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

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.

If you are interested in being a part of this fantastic journey of faith … PLEASE TALK WITH PASTOR JIM!

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

Our next Getting Ready Event is Sunday, July 16 at 6:00 pm at St. Jo


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.


Our next scheduled Praise Worship Sunday is set for July 30. If you are interested in being a part of the Praise Team Singers … see Julie Frattaroli for the practice schedule and location.


It is with true joy and delight that we are connected with brothers and sisters in Christ around the world!  

Continue to lift up our brothers and sisters in the Nkuhungu congregation in Tanzania and the Bacska Palanka congregation in Serbia.  (This the congregation formerly served by Pastor Jasmina Kotas-Medved. Pastor Jasmina moved in August of 2013 to a new congregation)

Here’s a recent email … including a picture … we have received from our sisters and brothers in the Nkuhungu congregation in Tanzania.

Greetings to all our brothers and sisters in Christ!

It's my joy  writing you this email as has been long time now since we last communicate. I hope our Lord has continued to keep and protect you all in His Love.

We are all so much blessed as we keep you in our hearts and remember you in our prayers. How are you doing on your side?

As we finish the first half of this year, we thank God for many accomplishments in our congregation. As you may remember we have one very important project of constructing a 'new church building'.  We have already started and made terrific progress.

A special committee was formed to monitor every step and resource committed for construction. This way we have reasonably achieved the first phase of construction which involved foundation. Phase two will involve supporting poles and beams. This will begin soon after final touches of this phase.

Reverends, I wish you all the blessings and love form God. I'll keep in touch with you.

In Christ,

Godwin Mbwambo




Church Council is pleased to announce that following a time of prayerful discernment, JULIE

FRATTAROLI has accepted the call to serve as our YOUTH MINISTRY COORDINATOR.  Julie

begins her time of service to, and with, the youth of our congregation on July 1, 2017.  As many of you know, Julie has demonstrated a love for our youth for quite some time.  We are filled with joy and

gratitude that she has been prompted by the Holy Spirit to live out this role on behalf of all who are at St. John Lutheran Church.  Keep Julie and our youth in your prayers as we anticipate many exciting ministry opportunities in the near future.



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 July 14, so call the office and saver your seats 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.


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.

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, August 30 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 … July 8 and 9!

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 July 2017 is “My Hope Is Built" ELW#596 or 597. 

… 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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