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.
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Our Events

 

ADVENT … begins the weekend of November 30 and December 1. Our theme for this year is, “Nearness.”

Midweek Advent Events will be held on three Wednesdays in December … December 4, December 11 and 18.

We gather for a light meal at 5:30pm. After dinner, we will gather in a circle for Holden Evening Prayer, followed by an activity for all ages that arises out of our theme verse, and then out the door by 7pm (or so.)

Our themes for our weekly these for our Midweek Events … include:

December 4: Jesus Is Coming! (Matthew 24:44)

December 11: From Bad News to Good News (Isaiah 11:3b-4a)

December 18: The Signs of the Promise (Matthew 11:3-5)

CHRISTMAS EVE ... DECEMBER 24 ... FOR US AND FOR ALL!

Candles, Carols and Communion … at 4:00 p.m.  We gather late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve. As we hear through Word and proclamation; as we sing beloved Carols; and as we experience God’s Love in the Lord’s Supper … we will discover again, that the Christ Child comes, “For Us and For All. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come! This is indeed Good News for all the world!  

Children and Families Service at 7:00 p.m.  This “middle” service on Christmas Eve is a time specifically designed for Children and Families, as well as for those who still think of themselves, “young at heart.” Together we will discover that Christ comes as a gift “For Us and For All.”  Worship will feature beloved Christmas carols, the Christmas story from Luke’s Gospel, a dramatic presentation and Holy Communion, we will be led to see, through the eyes of our children, the wonders of this most Holy Night. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into into the darkness, Light has come! This is indeed Good News for all the world!  

Christmas Concert at 9:30 p.m.

A collection of talented members and friends will offer their gift of music at the manger, as we participate in this half-hour period of preparation before our celebration of our Lord’s Birth.  Come, and allow, the sounds of the season to enliven your hearts and souls as we seek to greet, worship and receive the Newborn King.

Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship at 10:00 p.m.

This traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve service will be a time of joyous worship and praise as we add our voices to the heavenly host that invaded the earth that “holy night” and heralded our Savior’s Birth.  In the darkness of this night we will discover that the Christ Child comes into the world, “For Us and For All.” We will sing many of our favorite Christmas carols, hear the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus’ birth, receive the gift of Holy Communion, musical offerings of praise and celebration by our Senior and Hand Bell Choirs. Our worship concludes with the lighting of candles, to remind us that into the darkness, Light has come!

CHRISTMAS 1 December 28 and 29

Worship will be held according to our normal weekend schedule … Saturday at 5:00 pm and Sunday at 9:00 am. These worship services will feature more Christmas Carols, Sermon and the celebration of Holy Communion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Join us in worship as we enter into this new year … this new decade … as 2020 begins with two great festivals.

Epiphany of Our Lord … January 4 and 5 … This year on the Second Sunday of Christmas … we will hear the story of the magi … those strange and mysterious travelers who make their way … across a vast wilderness to find … to see … and to worship the newborn King. On Sunday, a short drama … will be presented … “Not So Wise.” And we will sing, “Noel, Noel … Born is the King of Israel!”

Baptism of Our Lord … January 11 and 12 … As we hear the story of the Baptism of Jesus … we will be led to respond by the Affirmation of Our Baptism into Christ, renewing our commitment to living as and serving as disciples of Jesus in the world.

During the season of Epiphany … we be using an extended Sending … as consider how God, through the power of the Spirit, sends out into daily life to serve others and care for the world that God has made.

WEIRD STORIES FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

 

Beginning on Thursday January 23 … Pastor Jim is launching a new Midweek Bible Study that will focus on FIVE weird stories that arise as the apostles … following in the way of Jesus … and definitely led by the Holy Spirit … share the story of God’s Love for All … moving out from Jerusalem … to the ends of the earth.

Here are the stories that will capture our attention:

Thursday, January 23 … When Being Less Than Honest Turns Deadly … Acts 4:32-5:11

Thursday, January 30 … Hitchhiking on the Gaza Road … Acts 8:4-8, 26-40

Thursday, February 6 … A Dream that Changed the Church … Acts 10:1-48

Thursday, February 13 … Holy Hankies … Acts 19:1-41

Thursday, February 20 … More Than a Three-Hour Tour … Acts 27:1-28:10

Each of these studies will begin at 6:30 pm. We will meet together in the Lounge.

MARK THESE DATES …

Our week of Camp at LMC for 2019 is scheduled for June 14-19!

This is the one week of the summer where there is programming for all ages … including Confirmation Camp … from the youngest through high school.

Watch for a letter sometime in late February/March to let you know about the particulars for registration.

For now … block these dates off on your calendars … it’s a great way to “get rid” of your kids for a week … where they can grow in faith and experience Christian community. Pastor Jim plans to be at camp with you … one last time!

HIGH SCHOOLERS  AND CONFIRMATION YOUTH

BE WATCHING YOUR SNAIL MAIL BOXES FOR A LETTER CONCERNING OUR JOINT CONFIRMATION/YOUTH MINISTRY RETREAT … WHICH IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH !!!!!

WE WILL NEED FIRM COMMITMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH INTERESTED YOUTH TO MAKE THIS A GO! Space may be limited …

ALSO … OUR SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE SUPPER WHERE WE RAISE FUNDS FOR OUR SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE AT LMC IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25!!

CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING

Over the past several years, St. John has chosen in light of our receiving the True Gift of Christmas, to give away the offering collected at our three worship services to local ministries that provide tangible signs of God’s love to those in need within our community.

This year the Church Council selected … Joyful Connections ... and the amount received is $ 3,366.19.

LOVE PC EVENTS

Watch the bulletins in January for information about two LOVE PC Events that are being planned by the Port Clinton Ministerial to demonstrate love to our community.

Wednesday, January 15 … a Special Luncheon for Widowers … at The Sutton Center

Friday, February 14 … Our Second Annual Valentine’s Day Brunch for Widows at PCYC

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

St. John Lutheran Church will assemble for its January Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 26 at 10:15 am in the Parish Hall. The agenda will be devoted to the consideration and approval of the 2020 Spending Plan. Please plan on being a part of this important time of decision making.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Pastor Jim will be attending the annual Ohio Rostered Leaders Event that will be held FROM TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 THROUGH THURSDAY, JANUARY 30. This year the event is being held at the Nationwide Conference Center outside of Columbus. The theme is “Practical Evangelism,” featuring Keynote Speakers, Jake Jacobsen and Wally Taylor.

CHRISTMAS, THANK YOU

Pastor Jim and Jean Lehman would like to thank all of you who remembered us once again upon the birth of our Lord with cards and gifts.  We are truly thankful to God for your generosity and for the faithful partnership we share in the work of the Gospel here at St. John’s. We pray that your Christmas was a blessed time of grace, peace and joy. Thanks be to you, and to God.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING

The Souper Bowl of Caring is coming … the weekend of February 1 and 2. Bring an extra $5.00 to place in soup pot offering receptacles. This year’s offering will support ELCA World Hunger and the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CLICK HERE TO FILL IN AND PRINT REGISTRATION FORM

 

Camp at LMC Pictures …

If you are longing to see what a week of camp at Lutheran Memorial Camp looks like, please visit lomocamps.org … find the LMC page … and click on Week One. It was another great week of growing in faith, experiencing the Body of Christ and getting away from daily routines. Oh, and it was FUN too! A poster with additional pictures will also be appearing soon.

CROS+GEN LIFE CONFERENCE 2018

One of our values … those characteristics that are a part of the DNA of this congregation … is that we are always about NURTURING DISCIPLES. We would stop being St. John … if we would end our commitment to providing “meaningful opportunities for children, youth and adults to hear, learn and experience the good news of God’s love in Jesus.”

From October 1 through October 4, Pam Boytim, Julie Frattaroli and Pastor Jim Lehman had a tremendous opportunity to learn about and to experience Cross+Gen Ministry. This event was held in Estes Park, Colorado at the YMCA of the Rockies. We were inspired and challenged by “big picture” presentations, case studies and workshops.

The basic thrust of this approach to nurturing disciples is to gather children, youth and adults into one community, versus breaking age groups into separate classrooms. Here’s a question that is at the heart of this Cross+Gen Life, “What happens when the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child collide in the same sacred space every week?” Promise. Hope. Joy. Depth. Fun. Cross+Gen Life.

The three of us who attended have met once to process our experience. We have identified some ways that we can implement some of what we have learned. You will have a chance to experience this at our Advent Events and at the Winter DSQ Kick-off. We will be doing some deeper reading of how this ministry has taken shape in congregations across the US. We will be praying about the ways that we can move into more significant commitment to nurturing children, youth and adults in Christian faith.

This adventure was made possible through the generosity that has been provided through the Shela Fund, which is a part of the St. John Endowment.

MUSIC MINISTRY NEWS

The Handbell Choir … under the direction of Lisa Rider rehearses on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm.

 Our Senior Choir, under the direction of Shelvin Burns, rehearses on Sunday mornings, except when the Handbell Choir is ringing, at 8:00 am.

 Come join one of our two outstanding choirs who provide leadership for our worship, as gifts and talents are shared!

 

 


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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