Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church - Port Clinton, Ohio

“Growing Disciples of Jesus”



Worship Times

Saturday 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am
WGGN 97.7 8:00 am


Disciple-Ship Quest

10:15 am


St. John @ the Bay

Memorial Day-October 6:30 pm
November-May 3:00 pm


Narrative Lectionary

At All Weekend Worship

Worship: Greet­ings in the name of our Lord and Sa­vior Je­sus Christ! You are in­vited to come ex­per­i­ence the un­con­di­tion­al love of God in Je­sus as it is pro­claimed, ex­per­i­enced and ex­ten­ded when we gath­er to wor­ship, to grow in faith, to par­ti­cip­ate in fel­low­ship and to serve oth­ers.[More]

Dis­ciple-Ship Quest: Mov­ing to­wards God’s vis­ion of “Grow­ing Dis­ciples of Je­sus,” our cre­at­ive Chris­ti­an Ed Team has chosen the power­ful name “Dis­ciple-Ship Quest” for what was formerly called Sunday School. You are in­vited to join the jour­ney. Classes are avail­able for all ages from 3 year old through adult. [More]

St. John @ the Bay: Come and wor­ship at Moth­er of Sor­rows Church where our Luther­an Mis­sion, St. John @ the Bay, is de­vel­op­ing an emer­ging wor­ship com­munity that shares the Gos­pel and grows dis­ciple­ship in those who live, work and vis­it on South Bass Is­land. [More]

Nar­rat­ive Lec­tion­ary: The Nar­rat­ive Lec­tion­ary is a set of Bible read­ings for our wor­ship that tells the over-arch­ing bib­lic­al story in a nine-month peri­od. These texts sound the voices of Ab­ra­ham and Sarah, Moses and Isai­ah, Je­sus, and Paul; and so en­rich preach­ing and our life of faith.
[Summary & Schedule]

Our Events


When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.”  (Acts 2:1 4 NRSV)

On Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 we will come together on Pentecost, like those disciples of old, to celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.  One of the ways that we will celebrate the presence and power of the Spirit among us is with the color RED. 

Everyone is invited to show their Pentecost Spirit by WEARING RED as you come for worship on either of these days.  Come wearing red as we gather on Pentecost Weekend to celebrate the promised gift of the Holy Spirit!


Believe it or not … it is TIME for us to begin making some plans concerning the 2018 ELCA National Youth Gathering that will be held in Houston, Texas … June 27-July 1, 2018! Registration opens in October of 2017 … and we will need to know WHO would like to be a part of this tremendous opportunity to grow in faith, to be engaged in service, and to worship with 30, 000 youth from across the Church!

If you are entering the 8th Grade this Fall through entering High School Seniors … you are eligible to be part of this amazing event that only happens every three years!

Youth Gatherings are an amazing opportunity to experience the “largeness” and the excitement of what it means to be Church! There are five program areas that will be a part of the Gathering: Synod Day; Service Learning; Interactive Learning, Community Life and Mass Gatherings. If you want to learn more, go to these resources: … … Twitter ... @elcagathering.

You may be wondering why I am leading this effort. Sadly, Stephanie Setley who has served as our Youth Ministry Coordinator for the last couple of years, will be leaving Port Clinton at the end of July. Even though I am an old “geezer,” I have had countless experiences with taking youth to Gatherings over my 37 years of ministry (Kansas City, San Antonio, Denver, Atlanta, New Orleans, St. Louis, San Antonio again!) Along with my beloved spouse Jean, we truly delight in having the opportunity to guide, support, plan, fund raise and experience The Gathering alongside all of you. I have heard that Martha Snider from Peace will most likely also be one of our Adult Leaders. We may also be linking up with youth from St. Paul, Danbury.

On Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 pm, you, and your parental types, are invited to a Gathering Gathering. I will buy pizza and we will begin conversation here at St. John about the Gathering and what our participation might look like between now and summer 2018. Things to think about include: Getting Ready events, fund raiser ideas, travel plans and if we want to experience anything either before or after the Gathering.

Here’s my contact information … E-mail … text  419.341.4235.

If you, and or your parents, have any questions … please contact me!

Together in Christ,

Pastor Jim Lehman

PS If this date doesn’t work for you, you will still be able to join us as a part of the Gathering, this gathering will just get the pump primed! Let me know if you are not able to attend this Gathering Gathering, but are interested in being a part of our group!


Pre-School and Pre- Kindergarten ... 9:00 am-Noon.

Completed Grades K-6 ... 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Middle School and High School ... 4:00-8:00 pm.

Call 419.734.5548 to learn more and to register. Click on this link to download the Registration, Health, & Permission Form.


It is with true joy and delight that we are connected with brothers and sisters in Christ around the world!   
We have had two tremendous opportunities to deeps these connections in the last month. On Sunday, July 17 we welcomed back to St. John, Evka Hlavati who is the Administrative Assistant to Bishop Samuel Vrobovsky in the Slovak Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in Serbia. What a delight it was to renew this relationship. 
As some of you know, we had been exploring some options with Pastor Jasmina Kotas-Medved about a possible term call to return her to be a part of our ministry in both our locations. Recently, we received word that she has determined that the Holy Spirit is leading her to remain serving in Serbia. While we held at some hope that this might happen, we continue to support Pastor Jasmina wherever she serves. 
Subsequent conversation and e-mails with Evka have uncovered another possibility that we will be praying and talking about in the very near future. Just when one door closes, another opens! Stay tuned! 
Then on July 30 we had the opportunity to welcome to St. John at our Saturday worship, Bishop Kinyunyu of the Dodoma Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania!  We have been connected with the Nkuhungu congregation Dodoma for a long time! Plans are underway to see how we might strengthen this relationship from both ends of the world!
Continue to lift up our brothers and sisters in the Nkuhungu congregation in Tanzania and the Bacska Palanka congregation in Serbia. 




Off to Camp at LMC … June 11-16, 2017

On Sunday June 11 … Confirmation Campers and Summer Bible Campers will be traveling to Lutheran Memorial Camp for a week of growing in faith and fun. The theme this years is: “Water of Life.”

With Craig Dieterich’s recent retirement and Henry Kihlken’s death in April, we have two significant “holes” to fill in our Music Ministry Team. First, keep these searches in your prayers, asking God to guide and direct us as we seek gifted persons for leadership. Second, if you know anyone who might be interested, forward their names to Pastor Jim, Kristina Smith or Erin Linehan.

Here are two brief descriptions of the positions that we have posted on various sites, including: NWOS web site, Lutheran Association of Church Musicians, local universities and Ottawa County Job store.

St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, OH is receiving applications for the position of Organist. We are seeking a person to lead us, through their gifts at the organ and piano, as we worship in song and liturgy during our one service on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. Expectations also include: accompanying our choir in rehearsal and playing for midweek services in Advent, Lent and Holy Week. Position is open immediately. A ministry description is available upon request. Inquiries and resumes may be sent to 419.734.5548.

St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, OH is receiving applications for the part-time position of Choir Director. We are seeking a gifted person to inspire, oversee, rehearse and direct our Senior Choir. Position begins in August, 2017. The choir season begins each year in September and concludes at the end of May. A ministry description is available upon request. Inquiries and resumes may be sent to 419.734.5548.


An all-congregation outing to Fifth-Third Field to see the Toledo Mud Hens in action is being planned for Friday, July 28. First pitch is at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15.00/person.

Sign-up or call the church office if you are interested. Tickets will be ordered on or about June 20, so sign-up before that date!


Over recent months, a number of gifted individuals and groups have been willing to share their musical gifts during our Sunday morning worship. If you have a gift to share, especially as we move into summer when our choirs take a break, contact Erin Linehan or Kristina Smith who serve on our Worship Committee.


If you may have forgotten to turn in your TIME and TALENTS Survey, there is still time to do so.

If you may have misplaced your copy of the NEWLY REVISED AND IMPROVED Time and Talent survey, contact the Church Office for another!

Please turn them into the OFFICE as soon as possible!  

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:11-12)


The Nominating Committee of St. John Lutheran Church will soon begin its work of prayerfully calling forth leaders to assist in the accomplishment of God’s mission in and through this congregation. 

Members of the Nominating Committee are: Mike Snider, Chad Mitchell, Dave Bloom, Chuck Postma and Lida Knipp.

The first meeting is scheduled for THURSDAY, JUNE 22 at 6:30 pm.

If you are interested in assuming a position of leadership, we’d be glad to hear from you and learn about your particular interest.  For example … do you have a heart for worship, Christian education or congregational life?  Just contact one of the above Committee members or Pastor Jim Lehman.


The next edition of our local Lutheran-Roman Catholic Conversation will take place on Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 am at the Sutton Center. We will continue our conversation will focus on, “The Declaration On The Way,” which features 31 statements of agreement that have already been established through the dialogs that have been happening over the past 50 years. If you want to know how to access this document, please see Pastor Jim.
NOISY OFFERINGS are collected on the second weekend of each month.  Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … June 10 and 11!

REFORMATION 500 … During this calendar year, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. Each month a Hymn of the Month will be selected that we will sing in worship each week. The use of a Hymn of the Day is a Lutheran inheritance. It serves to unite the proclamation of the scripture texts and preaching of the day with the spirit of the season. The Hymn of the Month will show up in various locations in our worship order, see if you can find it. The Hymn of the Month for June 2017 is “Oh, Sing to the Lord,” ELW#822. 

… We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all peple.


We Belong

St. John Lutheran
207 Adams St.
 Port Clinton, OH
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Office Hours:
 Mon-Fri:  8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Rev. James N. Lehman

We are a mem­ber of the Evan­gel­ic­al Luther­an Church in Amer­ica , whose of­fices are loc­ated in Chica­go, Illinois.

We are also part­ners with the 162 con­greg­a­tions of the North­west­ern Ohio Syn­od. The of­fices of the NWOS are loc­ated in Find­lay, Ohio.

Loc­al ELCA con­greg­a­tions in Ot­t­awa and Wood Counties share mis­sion and min­istry through the North Cent­ral Con­fer­ence.

Our con­greg­a­tion also par­ti­cip­ates in the Port Clin­ton Clergy As­so­ci­ation and it’s sea­son­al wor­ship and ser­vice op­por­tun­it­ies.


Pastor's Welcome

Greet­ings in the name of our Lord and Sa­vior, Je­sus Christ! On be­half of the people who gath­er to wor­ship, learn and serve at St. John Luther­an Church, I wel­come you to our Web site as you learn more about our mis­sion.

You are in­vited to come ex­per­i­ence the un­con­di­tion­al love of God in Je­sus as it is pro­claimed, ex­per­i­enced and ex­ten­ded when we gath­er to wor­ship. It is our church's de­sire to grow in faith, to par­ti­cip­ate in fel­low­ship, and to serve oth­ers

I am avail­able to vis­it with you by phone, at your home or work place, or via e-mail. I would en­joy get­ting to know you bet­ter and an­swer­ing ques­tions you might have about the Chris­ti­an faith, or what Luther­ans be­lieve, or any spe­cif­ic prac­tices of this Chris­ti­an com­munity. Please don’t hes­it­ate to get in touch with me.

Once more, in Christ’s name, wel­come to St. John Luther­an Church. Come and join us as we seek to make Christ known.

Pas­tor Jim Leh­man

Our Beliefs

We are a Christ-centered and caring con­greg­a­tion called by God to share the good news of sal­va­tion for all people.

     “Grow­ing Dis­ciples of Je­sus”

Our first re­sponse to the good news of God’s un­con­di­tion­al love in Je­sus is to wor­ship . . .
We strive to provide a wel­com­ing place where all can enter in­to God’s pres­ence . . .
In grat­it­ude and joy, we lift our praises to the LORD . . .
We re­cog­nize that when God calls us to faith in Christ, we are joined to a com­munity where we can ex­per­i­ence genu­ine warmth, deep friend­ships, and lov­ing re­la­tion­ships . . .
We will of­fer mean­ing­ful op­por­tun­it­ies for chil­dren, youth and adults to hear, learn and ex­per­i­ence the good news of God’s love in Je­sus.


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