Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church - Port Clinton, Ohio



“Growing Disciples of Jesus”

 


Praise

Worship Times

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

Witness

Disciple-Ship Quest

Sundays
10:15 am

Mission

St. John @ the Bay

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

Word

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

AUGUST 20 AND 21 ... BLESSING OF BACKPACKS AND THOSER WHO WEAR THEM!
 
As children, youth, teachers and staff prepare to head back to school ... it has become our "tradition" to BLESS those who are involved in education! Students and teachers are encouraged to bring their backpacks on the weekend of August 20 and 21 ... to receive God's blessing as you head off into a new year of learning and growth!
 
We have a special gift for all who will be heading off to school ... as student, teacher or staff.
 
AUGUST 28 IS OUR DISCIPLESHIP QUEST KICK-OFF EVENT AS ENTER A NEW PROGRAM YEAR OF GROWING AS DISCIPLES OF JESUS. BRING YOUR BIBLES ON THIS DAY ... AND YOUTH WHO ARE ENTERING THIRD GRADE WILL RECEIVE A NEW BIBLE!
 
THE MONTH OF AUGUST IS FAVORITE HYMN MONTH!
Before you go searching for verification on your calendars or on Google, Pastor Jim is the one who made this decree! Many of you have “favorite” hymns that Pastor Jim NEVER or RARELY picks, so this is your chance to get even or perhaps to just “level the playing field.”
So, during the month of July you have the opportunity to turn in your hymn requests that will be used during the month of August. Pastor Jim will still get to choose when these hymns will appear! If for some reason, we have too many hymns for August, we may spill over into September.
 
So start searching through the hymnal to identify your favorites, and then record them on the Hymn Request Sheet on the table at the top of the stairs.
 
COMPANION RELATIONSHIPS
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Announcements

INSTALLATION OF BISHOP DANIEL BEAUDOIN
Pastor Daniel G. Beaudoin was installed as the 3rd Bishop of the Northwestern Ohio Synod, ELCA on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at a meaningful and Spirit-filled 1:00pm worship service.  The Service of Installation was held at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Bowling Green, OH with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton presiding. A myriad of special guests were present on this day from the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.” 
 
It was indeed a great and wondrous day … a packed house of worship … “Glory be to God.” Please remember Bishop Beaudoin and his family in your prayers in the coming weeks as he assumes this office on our behalf. Also say a prayer of thanksgiving for Bishop Marcus Lohrmann and the rest of the staff as their times of service in this office have come to an end.
 
THE MONTH OF AUGUST IS FAVORITE HYMN MONTH!
Before you go searching for verification on your calendars or on Google, Pastor Jim is the one who made this decree! Many of you have “favorite” hymns that Pastor Jim NEVER or RARELY picks, so this is your chance to get even or perhaps to just “level the playing field.”
 
During the month of July we have been collecting hymn requests that will now be used during the month of August. Pastor Jim will still get to choose when these hymns will appear! If for some reason, we have too many hymns for August, we may spill over into September.
 
The sign-up sheet will remain out until August 15.
 
SUMMER SPECIAL MUSIC
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.
 
Taking the Word into the Week.
Beginning on Labor Day weekend, September 3/4 and then continuing through September 24/25, we will once again be lifting up the partnership of those who have a vital role in preaching. “Taking the Word into the Week” Revised and shortened surveys will be available so that you can report back on how the proclaimed Word leaks out of our worship through you into the midst of your daily lives and has an impact on family, friends and community. Watch for more details in September.
 
NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The Nominating Committee of St. John Lutheran Church has begun 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: Marlene Benko, Ken Gipe, Linda Hopfinger, Mark Coppeler, Jim Sass and Monette Garn.
 
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.
 
NOISY OFFERINGS are collected on the second weekend of each month. The proceeds from this joyful noise are used to enhance our Mission Support of the ELCA and the Northwestern Ohio Synod. Through this ongoing effort we have received an additional $1,679.06! Our Next NOISY OFFERING will be … August 13 and 14!
 
COLLEAGUE EVENTS
Two primarily fellowship events will take place during the month of August that promote “collegiality” among pastoral leaders. Participating in such events deepens relationships, revives the spirit and encourages one another in what can be at times, a lonely vocation.
 
On Tuesday, August 16 Lutheran pastors and Roman Catholic priests from this “neck of the woods” will gather on Catawba Island for a cookout! This event begins at 4:00 pm.
 
On Thursday, August 25, pastors from the North Central Conference will gather at a lake cottage in Indiana for an all-day time of fellowship, food, water activities and conversation.
 
Pastor Jim has put both these events on his calendar, and Lord-willing, will be participating in both.
 
Our Mission … We are a Christ-centered and Caring Congregation called by God to Share the good news of salvation for all people.
Here’s an example of how we live out God’s Mission … On Christmas Eve the offering received at all worship services was designated for “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” a cooperative ministry with Firelands Presbyterian Church and United Way of Ottawa County. These resources are used throughout the year to purchase beds and bedding for children under the age of 18 in our county. It is a significant way to make a difference by meeting the needs of those who have “no place to lay their heads.” Our offering this year was $4,486.00!
 
We have also collected a number of bedding only packages, for those with beds, but insufficient bedding. Thanks be to God for the spirit of generosity that was present as we welcomed the birth of the Christ Child. AND thanks be to God that we are able to be a partner with God and with others in having an impact for good in our community. 

 


We Belong

St. John Lutheran
207 Adams St.
 Port Clinton, OH
 43452
419-734-5548
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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

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

OUR VIS­ION
     “Grow­ing Dis­ciples of Je­sus”

OUR VALUE
WOR­SHIP:
Our first re­sponse to the good news of God’s un­con­di­tion­al love in Je­sus is to wor­ship . . .
 
SAC­RED SPACE:
We strive to provide a wel­com­ing place where all can enter in­to God’s pres­ence . . .
 
MAK­ING A JOY­FUL NOISE:
In grat­it­ude and joy, we lift our praises to the LORD . . .
 
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 . . .
 
NUR­TUR­ING DIS­CIPLES:
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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