Mission Statement

Vision, Values and Mission Statements

The lead­er­ship and people of St. John Luther­an Church are strongly com­mit­ted to striv­ing to live out its Vis­ion, Value and Mis­sion State­ments that have been de­veloped over the past sev­er­al years.




Our first response to the good news of God’s unconditional love in Jesus is to worship.  Gathered by the Spirit, around Word and Sacrament, we praise God, pray, confess our faith, give thanks, experience fellowship with God and others, hear God’s Living Word, receive God’s blessings, and arise to serve others.

We strive to provide a welcoming place where all can enter into God’s presence, and experience the wonder, peace, majesty, grandeur and mercy of the God who loves us all.

In gratitude and joy, we lift our praises to the LORD, so that through “our music God may be glorified.”  We seek to utilize the varied gifts planted within this community of faith to sing, ring, and play music so that “every instrument is tuned for praise.” 

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 are aware that God calls us to invite others into this same caring community of faith, and challenges us to demonstrate Christ-like hospitality to all.

We will offer meaningful opportunities for children, youth and adults to hear, learn and experience the good news of God’s love in Jesus.  From cradle to grave, we will strive in all we do, to nurture disciples of Jesus who love God and others


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


Service a​nd Outreach Assistance:  St. John Lutheran Church partners with and supports with donations of food and cash, community agencies to provide assistance to individuals and families in need through First Call for Help (419.734.6645)  

Alcoholics Anonymous: AA groups meet here at St. John Lutheran Church on Sundays at 7:30 pm and Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.  

Scouting: The congregation serves as a sponsoring organization for a Cub Scout pack under the leadership of Kim Auxter.  Contact the church office for more information.  

The Gathering: St. John Lutheran Church partners with area congregations and agencies to provide a FREE MEAL and Blood Pressure Screenings on the last Thursday of the month.  The meal is served from 4:30-6:00 pm and is open to ALL.  It is a time when people gather together for fellowship around a wholesome meal.  Some baked goods are available at no cost.  

Tractors to Tanzania: Members and friends of St. John Lutheran Church have come together to provide used tractors to the people of Tanzania, seeking to lend a helping hand so that the people of that country may be fed more effectively.  

Companion Congregations: St. John Lutheran Church has entered into partnership agreements with two congregations from around the world. 

Through these partnership we seek to recognize and celebrate our unity with Christians around the world.  We regularly send letters and small gifts as part of this mutual relationship.  We constantly remember one another in prayer as we seek to be faithful to our One Lord, Jesus Christ.  

Lutheran Word Relief: Through our connection with Lutherans here in the United States of America and Lutheran from around the world, we support through our offerings, education and prayer the work of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal and Lutheran Disaster Response, which responds to disasters here and abroad. Over the past years we have hundreds of kits and quilts to alleviate human need and suffering.

Music Ministry

Sing or Ring a New Song Unto the Lord

Our Hand Bell Choir  … continues under the direction of Lisa Rider … rehearses on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm.
While our Senior Choir  … is now under the direction of Shelvin Burns … and rehearses on Sunday mornings at 8:00 am.   
Both of these groups of talented and dedicated singers and ringers would be most pleased to welcome new members into their midst. 
So why not join with the psalmist of old and “Sing (or ring) a new song unto the Lord?”

Prayer Concerns

Pray without ceasing

Prayer is Care

One of the significant responsibilities placed upon those who have been led to faith is the calling to pray for one another and the world. Many places in the New Testament lift up this summons to prayer:

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6


Attention all you “tech savvy” folks…that means anyone who can do email!

We are   developing an “Email Prayer Chain.”  Here’s how it will work: When we receive prayer requests, such as about someone having surgery, a death in the family, needing support, illness, etc., when permission has been given, that request will be sent via email to those on   our “prayer chain” who will then include those situations in their personal prayers and   devotions.  If you are interested in being a part of the “prayer chain”, please contact the church office by phone or email and let us know the best email address for us to use for   this purpose.  Thank you for your interest! We are beginning to put together our St. John “Paper Prayer Chain”.  

“Prayer Links” are available to add a request of a friend or family member in need of prayer!  

You can include   the name of the person requesting prayer, the date and the prayer request. For confidentiality, before using someone’s name in a prayer request, please obtain that   person’s permission prior to including their name on the request. These can (when the box   for permission is checked!) then be shared with the email prayer chain (see description   below!) and then linked together (words on the inside) to create a physical prayer chain  which will be located in the sanctuary.  The “prayer links” can be found in the narthex as you enter the sanctuary and then can be placed in the offering plate or dropped off in the church office.

St John@the Bay

A Lutheran Mission on South Bass Island

Our mis­sion and min­istry on South Bass Is­land con­tin­ues to be blessed by God as the Holy Spir­it goes about its work of stir­ring up faith!  Please re­mem­ber to keep this out­reach ef­fort in your pray­ers, as our com­munity gath­ers each week around God’s Word and the Lord’s Sup­per, and ex­per­i­ences the won­ders of God’s amaz­ing love and the bonds of an emer­ging Chris­ti­an com­munity! 




Sunday Worship:
@Mother of Sorrows Church
Memorial Day to September 13 6:30 pm
September 16 to May: 3:00 pm

Contact Us:

St. John@TheBay ~ 419.341.7216

Pastor Jim Lehman


Our mission and ministry on South Bass Island continues to be blessed by God as the Holy Spirit goes about its work of stirring up faith!  Please remember to keep this outreach effort in your prayers, as our community gathers each week around God’s Word and the Lord’s Supper and experiences the wonders of God’s amazing love and the bonds of an emerging Christian community! 



Here is our plan for worship at The Bay in June..


We will be gathering for Worship on the Lawn ... practicing physical distancing ... on all Sundays in June at 6:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. If the weather does not allow us to be outdoors, we will gather ... practicing physical distancing inside Mother of Sorrows. Worship will be led by Pastor Jim Lehman. 


After his retirement, a decision will be made about the future ministry at St. John @TheBay.  

June and July …

          June 7 ... Pastor Jim Lehman

          June 14 ... Pastor Jim Lehman

          June 21 ... Pastor Jim Lehman

          June 28 ... Pastor Jim Lehman

          July 5 ... Pastor Jim Lehman

          July 12 … Pastor Jim Lehman











Ways to Serve

"When you do it to the least of these..."

Following the example of Jesus

Following the example of Jesus, who came “not to be served but to serve,” so do we “offer ourselves, our time and our possessions” in grateful response to God’s wondrous love in Jesus.

We strongly believe here at St. John Lutheran Church that God, through the Holy Spirit has equipped and empowered us with specific gifts that are to be used for the proclamation of the Gospel in word and deed, and for the upbuilding of the body of Christ.

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord, and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates them in all.  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”  I Corinthians 12:4-7

“The gifts he gave were that some would be apostle’s, 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

“Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.”  I John 4:11

“Truly, I tell you just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”  Matthew 25:40

Listed below are some ways that you can serve at the present time.  You may also download the “Opportunities to Serve Survey,” marking those ways that you feel called by God to use your gifts and return the form to the office at St. John Lutheran Church.


As a part of the conversation that has been taking place between local Lutherans and Roman Catholics, each community of faith was asked to provide a list of outreach ministries that are carried out in Christ’s name to make a difference in the lives of people in our community and beyond.

Here is the list that I came up with “off the top of my head.” If you notice I have “overlooked” something, please let me know.


1.     Firelands Presbyterian Food Bank

a.       On first Sunday of each month we collect food and supplies to support those with food insecurities.

2.    Fill the Gap

a.       Program to purchase and warehouse items that cannot be purchased with SNAP cards. This is carried out in cooperation with United Way

3.    Needs of the Saints

a.       Contributions are received and re-directed to those from our faith community who need financial assistance.

4.    United Way and Salvation Army

a.       We partner with both of these community-based organizations to assist those in need providing resources throughout the year.

5.    Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

a.       Providing beds and bedding to children in Ottawa County. This is in cooperation with Firelands Presbyterian Church and United Way

6.    Knitting Ministry

a.       Shawls and afghans are knitted and provided to all in need and to those at marking special times along their faith journey.

7.    Lutheran World Relief

a.       We send quilts and health kits, sewing kits and school kits that are distributed throughout the world.

8.    Souper Bowl

a.       We partner with tens of thousands of congregations across the USA to receive a special offering to feed the hungry on the weekend of the Super Bowl.

9.    Haiti Loving Hearts

a.       We are currently sponsoring the educational costs for four children to attend school in Haiti.

10. Noisy Offerings

a.       On the second weekend of the month we collect “extra” change to enhance the mission of the ELCA and Northwestern Ohio Synod

11.   Mission Support to ELCA and Northwestern Ohio Synod

a.       These offerings support the local, national and world-wide ministries of our part of the Lutheran church.

12.  Provide building space to the following:

a.       Ottawa County Common Pleas Court for Intensive Outreach Alcohol and Drug Programs

b.      AA and NA

c.       Cub Scouts

d.      Girl Scouts

13.  Christmas Efforts

a.       Collect groceries and staples to Holiday Bureau

b.      Collect socks, mittens and hats

c.       Collect toys for Toys for Tots

14.  Summer Day Camp

a.       Host a week-long program of Christian nurture and fun for kids from our community in cooperation with Peace Lutheran.

15.  St. John@TheBay Lutheran MissioN

16. ELCA God's Work. Our Hands Sunday

Carry out a ministry to those who live, work and play on South Bass Island.


Our Visitation Ministry Team has been hard at work over the past few months, and what a blessing it has been for those who receive the visits and for those who are being visited. It has been one of those "God at work moments" to see how our ministry has been extended and enhanced through the sharing of gifts. So ... thanks be to God!

If you are called to serve in this way, please join this Visitation Ministry Team. 


In 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, Paul draws attention to an effort taking place that gives concrete expression to the oneness of the Church.  The reality is that the saints in Jerusalem are experiencing great hardship, and so a collection of resources is begun to help alleviate this suffering.  Offerings were being gathered from “saint to saint.”  Paul writes, “For the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.”
We have become aware that there are some “saints” among us who experience hardship due to the economic instability of our time.  Following in the steps of the early Church, your Church Council has established the Needs of the Saints Fund here at St. John.  Designated offerings will be received in order to provide financial resources that can then be shared with those from within our faith community who are experiencing economic hardships.  Disbursements will be made at the discretion of your pastor(s).  The privacy of who seek his assistance will be respected.  Those who receive assistance may choose to reimburse this fund when they are able in order to provide resources for future needs.
How can you participate?  Make a gift … designate it for the Needs of the Saints … and place it in the offering plate or send it to the Church Office.  Special envelopes are available in the pews, and on the table at the top of the Parish Hall stairs.
Our Mission … We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all people.
One way that we here at St. John live out our values … as a Caring Community … is through the, “Fill the Gap” Ministry that was initiated by the 2012 Confirmation Class.  We provide many “necessities” that are not able to be purchased through the SNAP program. While our closet has most of the items on hand, there are a few items that we are low on. If you would like to go shopping to help sustain this ministry, here are our current needs.
Laundry Detergent … Toilet Paper … 
Disposable Diapers (Particularly Size 5)
A box can be found at the top of the Parish Hall stairs where you may place these items.


Word and Sacrament

We returned to in-person worship in June. We ask that attendees wear a mask and maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others not in their household group. For your safety, singing has been limited, and communion is offered in disposable containers to eliminate touch points. Certain pews have been roped off to help with physical distancing.

Saturday Evening Worship is a “Come As You Are” ser­vice at 5:00 p.m. that draws the Chris­ti­an com­munity to wor­ship our Lord and Sa­vior through the singing of con­tem­por­ary mu­sic and the hear­ing of God’s Word in a cas­u­al, en­er­get­ic and rev­er­ent at­mo­sphere. The Lord’s Sup­per is cel­eb­rated each week. Our mu­sic­al ac­com­pan­ist is Eth­an Mandev­ille, and Jes­sica Segaard is our song lead­er. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved this service into the Parish Hall. 

Sunday Morning Worship is held each week at 9:00 a.m.. The wor­ship is fairly tra­di­tion­al, fol­low­ing the liturgy of Evan­gel­ic­al Luther­an Wor­ship and in­cludes mu­sic by our Seni­or Choir or spe­cial mu­si­cians or vo­cal­ists. (During COVID-19, Senior Choir and Handbell Choir have been suspended.) Holy Com­mu­nion is cel­eb­rated at all ser­vices on Sunday morn­ings.  

 Please note that there are no changes for the Saturday evening worship schedule which remains at 5:00pm. So, keep this in mind as a worship “alternative” if you have plans for Sunday morning.

From time to time, we have set aside our normal Sunday liturgy, to provide an opportunity for a worship style that is a bit different. It remains Lutheran in content, following the four parts of worship, but with the music/songs lifted from an obviously different shelf of the “church music library.” This move is intended to  provide an additonal way of worship that resonates with those who are “young at heart.” And the hope is that this will meet the need of those who are not presently found in our worship life with regularity and encourage them to discover the value of being to receive the gifts that God gives in worship.


Midweek Worship is held during the Advent and Lenten seasons.  Call the Church Office for times. 


St. John WELCA


We encourage all women to join one of our Circles. We study the Bible each month, and enjoy the social part of it as well. We also work on Lutheran World Relief Kits, Since our Circles are held on different days and hours, we hope you will join one of them.

Naomi 3rd Monday at 9:00 a.m. St. John Library Doris Libben
Priscilla 3rd Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. St. John Library Ellen Bloom
Rachel 2rd Monday at 6 p.m. Various locations Nancy Linn


And remember, you can also join in the work of the following groups:

Communion Bread Bakers 3rd Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Kathy Walls

Knitting Ministry 2nd Monday, 7:00 p.m.

Lorie Segaard

Quiltmaking Group 2nd Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.  


The women of the WELCA are with thiese ministries as well:

  • Senior Dinner: for our congregation members who are 75 and older.
  • Soup and Salad Lunch: in September. This event funds most of our benevolent gifts.
  • Thankoffering Service: in November we plan and conduct two church worship services.
  • Funeral Luncheons: are served when requested to do so.



Lutheran Men in Mission


Due to the lack of response over several months … a decision has been made to place this Small Group Ministry for Men … on permanent hiatus.

If anyone has a creative idea on how to recast and reshape this ministry, please get in touch with the church office at 419-734-5548.

Thanks to all who have been involved in this ministry in the past.














The Adventure of Faith


May Youth News:

A message in part from LMC..." Our number one priority is to love each and every person we encounter; this includes campers, donors, retreaters, students, volunteers and employees. Because of this priority, we as a Board of Directors and leadership staff have made the difficult decision to keep our camps closed until further notice. Based on medical advice, we do not believe we are able to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus while they participate in camp programs. We will not be offering traditional camp programs this summer through Lutheran Memorial Camp (LMC), Camp Luther, LOMO Outreach and Amazing Grace Day Camps."

Because this news came to us just before the printing of the Eagle newsletter, there have been no solid decisions made for the direction of Summer Day Camp, other than we know it will not be led by the normal contingent of college students. Look for more information to come soon.

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering has been canceled. For Youth Gathering notifications, I have a parent thread and an attendee thread. Please let me know if you have problems joining and I can manually add you. Following are instructions for each.


Attendee thread - Send a text to 81010...text this message @jfrattarol

Parent thread - Send a text to 81010...test this message @2021you













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