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.
MAKING A JOYFUL NOISE:
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.”
A CARING COMMUNITY:
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 and 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.
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
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”.
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.
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!
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.
OUTREACH MINISTRIES HERE AT ST. JOHN
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.
MINISTRIES CARRIED OUT THROUGH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH
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.
NEEDS OF THE SAINTS FUND …
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.
Midweek Worship is held during the Advent and Lenten seasons. Call the Church Office for times.
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.||
|Knitting Ministry||2nd Monday, 7:00 p.m.||
|Quiltmaking Group||2nd Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.|
The women of the WELCA are with thiese ministries as well:
MEN IN MISSION … SMALL GROUP MINISTRY FOR MEN
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.
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