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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]
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.
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 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.
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
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”