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Saint John's Lutheran Church

“A Family of Disciples, Faithfully Making Christ Known”


Sunday Worship : 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School for All Ages : 9:00 a.m.

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106 Scheid Road
Sandusky, Ohio
419-625-2192



· The Year of Scripture 2019 Memory Verse ·


Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. ~ Psalm 119:105



 Parish Worship
The Season of Revelation

SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

February 17 at 10:30 am.


Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 17:5-10 • Psalm 1:1-6 • 1 Corinthians 15:12-20 • Luke 6:17-26


Sunday School Improves All Ages

Join us at Panera on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM.

Acts 2:42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

There is no set curriculum for our time together. We will study, visit, eat, pray, or some combination of these each week. We will wrap up around 9:45 AM so we can head to St. John.

You are not required to RSVP, but if you plan to attend, please text or call Jason Steckel at 419-602-6288 by 7:00 AM on Sunday morning so he can choose appropriate seating.



 Parish Calendar
Faith Active Through Love

 Parish Events
With Grace Unbounded


It’s time for
BEING THE BODY OF CHRIST!

We will be doing the Together in Faith series from Augsburg called “Being the Body of Christ: A Study in 1 Corinthians”.

We will meet
·  February 28,
·  March 14
·  March 28,
at 10 AM at Steak N Shake.

There are booklets in the Upper Room.

Please let Pastor Stacy know if you have any questions.

 


Those who are reading through the Bible in a year are invited to meet at Chili's in Sandusky for lunch at noon on Monday.

(Location change because Berardi's is closed on Mondays).

 


Supper Club is resuming again on January 24, 2019.

We will be going to Berardi’s Restaurant in Huron on Cleveland Rd. East. They have a nice back room for us and we are supposed to be able to order from the menu. All of their food choices are very tasty!

We will meet at the usual 6:00 PM time. Looking forward to a great turnout for a fun evening.

 


It is with great joy that we join together in celebrating the sacrament of

Holy Baptism
for Raelynn Hermes
on Sunday, February 17th.

Please plan to support this child and her family in their new lives of faith.

Raelynn was born June 23, 2018 to Sarah and Thomas Hermes, Jr.

 


From now through February 28, the FAITH LIFE TEAM will be collecting elementary teacher supplies.

Every teacher spends a lot of their own money every year to purchase supplies that are needed by the students on a daily basis. For the past three years our St John’s family has collected supplies for teachers from Milan Elementary, Vermilion Elementary, and Perkins Meadowlawn.

We hope that this time a group of teachers from one of the other schools will be surprised with many of their items on our board at the back of the church. PLEASE HELP!!!

 


Sometimes, we find ourselves at a place in life where it is difficult to get out and get to worship. We are still an important part of the church family, and we are missed.  As a result, we have Eucharistic Ministers and Visitation groups who care for those who are homebound. Visitation groups go and visit, bringing cheer, prayers, and news of what is happening at church. Eucharistic Ministers do this as well, and they also bring Holy Communion (did you ever wonder what was in the little black boxes up front on the altar? It's a travelling Communion kit). 

Would you be interested in visiting or serving as a Eucharistic Minister? Please let Pastor Stacy know.

On March 3rd, we will have a celebration and giving of thanks for all of our Visitation Groups and Eucharistic Ministers. They will come forward during worship for a moment of prayer, and the celebration will continue at the coffee hour after worship.

 

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, March 6th with the “Imposition of Ashes.”

Wednesdays in Lent will include soup and sandwich supper, prayer, fellowship, discussion, and worship.

A sign-up list is on the Welcome Table to provide food for soup suppers. Plan to join us for this special time of worship, food, and fellowship!

 

Sandusky OPIOID Epidemic

Project Noelle is all about helping kids in our area who have been affected by the opioid problem we are having. These kids are losing parents, ending up in Foster Care, and seeing things no kids should see. Their goal is to bring even just a tiny bit of joy to these kids.

On October 28th, immediately following our worship service, we will gather downstairs for fellowship and to welcome a Project Noelle speaker who will share the mission of this special effort.

 

Saint John's Family and Friends

A Halloween Trunk or Treat in the parking lot across from the church. Join us for the fun of treats, games, and refreshments.

This is a safe & fun trick-or-treating experience for your kids going car-to-car to get their treats.

All these events are geared towards younger children. It is safer than going door-to-door, and you avoid many of the scarier costumes and decorations. And it’s easier on the littlest ones who don’t have to walk as far.

All are invited.

 


Young Family Eucharistic Ministers

When your child first wished to take the Sacrament of Holy Communion, and you believed he or she was ready to do so, you began to help prepare them to receive the Sacrament. Maybe your child loved talking about communion. Did they have questions about it? These questions and their answers may well have been in your home.

For many of our homebound members, Holy Communion always happens at home.

So we would like to partner families who have youth, with families who are homebound. We ask that you visit the homebound member once every other month and take communion to them.  This can happen anytime that fits your schedule!

We hope relationships will form and we can learn from each other.

Interested? Have questions? Join us for a brief discussion on November 3rd at 11:30 before Art and Pizza, or see Pastor Stacy.

 


Please join us again for a craft, prayer, and pizza on November 3rd from 12-1.

These special times strengthen young people and their families in their relationship with God; help them to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ; and to enjoy and share God’s love together.

All young people and their families are invited.

 


All Saints Sunday is when we take the time to give thanks for the saints who have shared their faith with us and helped us grow in ours. It is a day when we commemorate those we have lost as well as the Christians who have lived before us and have testified to their Christian faith.

You are invited to bring a picture of someone you would like to remember on this special day and place that picture on the altar before worship begins.

 


The SPURS visioning team is offering two opportunities on Monday, November 5th to encourage everyone at St. John’s to share their dreams for St. John’s. Ann Voight, team leader and Pastor Stacy will host two meeting times 10 am and 5:30 pm in the Upper Room.

SPURS is a think tank where together we dream big dreams and seek God's vision for the future of the congregation. Your dreams and creativity are needed, so please come and join in casting a new vision.

S -Support
P -Persons
U -Understanding
R -Renewal in the
S -Spirit who leads us on

 


AT Ohio Veterans Home.

Join us to help place flags on the graves of veterans at the national cemetery for Veteran's Day.

This event is a proper way to show patriotism and honor those who served our country. It's important to have this time set aside to celebrate the lives given so we could receive our way of life.

Meet by the south end of the cemetery and be sure to dress for the weather. Your help is needed!

Parking is available on that side of OVH as well.

DRESS WARM

 


Just For Your Information:


A property team meeting will be held on the 13th at 7pm.

 


WE NEED YOUR PUMPKINS, and fruits, vegetables and fall flowers to decorate and celebrate the season of Thanksgiving on Harvest Sunday.

Decorating will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 17th.

Volunteers are needed to help decorate!

Adam, master of all he saw, was walking in the Garden and wanted to eat of the fruit. He stretched out his hand to pluck an apple, but the branch moved away from him out of reach. He tried the same with a pear and the same happened again. This went on two or three times. Then the voice on high spoke. 'First water and tend the trees, then you may eat of the fruit.'

 


Christmas We practice for the Christmas program during 9 am SundaySchool.

All young people are invited—to read, have a role, play bells, sing a song, unwrap a gift.

The Christmas program will be December 16 at the 1030 worship service.

 

Please wear you pjs and join us for hot cocoa, snacks, and a Christmas story. All ages are welcome” ― Martin Luther

 


We thank you for all of the times you've opened your lives and homes to us over the last year, and we want to open our home to you.

Please join us for a dessert open house November 20th @ 5:30-7 at the parsonage.

The Scovanner Family

 


Join us for the annual Hanging of the Greens as the St. John’s church family comes together to decorate the sanctuary for the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Hanging of the Greens will take place immediately following worship on Sunday, November 25th. Lunch and drinks will be provided before we get to work.

Families and individuals, young and old, all are invited. Don't miss this festive event!

 


Ladies you are invited:

The 2018 Women's Gathering will be held on Sunday, November 25th at 6pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 203 S. Washington St., Castalia. $5 donation goes directly to Project Share which helps Margaretta School district families.

Join us in the fun watching Charlie Brown learn all about involvement and the real meaning of Christmas!

Doors open at 5:30 and please bring a small gift to share.

 


Please join us for this intergenerational activity during the Sunday School hour on December 2nd.

We will prepare for Advent with special stories, songs, and prayers and the making of a family treasure -- our own Advent Wreath!

Can you help? We're looking for small scale Christmas items for our Advent Wreaths. Do you have small ornaments, greenery, tinsel, and other holiday stuff you could donate?

We will be collecting now through mid November and then shop for everything else we need. We're also looking for:

  • pink, purple, and white birthday candles;
  • votive candles;
  • pink, purple, and white 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon;
  • average size wine glasses.

 


All Friends! All Families! You are invited!

Help us start off the Christmas season at St. John's with a Christmas Celebration. Join in the fun and fellowship.

A light supper will be served. Please feel free to bring a your favorite appetizer or dessert.

Hope you can be there.

 

We will beautify our sanctuary this Christmas season with poinsettias. Please place your order by Sunday, December 2nd. Place orders and payment in the offering plate.

Number of 6 inch plants _________ @ $8.00 each total _________________

PLEASE MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: St. John’s Lutheran Church

NAME__________________________________________________________________
ADDRESS_______________________________________________________________
CITY___________________________________________________________________

IN LOVING MEMORY OF (Deceased)________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

IN HONOR OF (Living)___________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

 


Ladies and young ladies of St. John’s plan to attend the Christmas Get Together at the Sandusky Yacht Club on Thursday, December 6th at 6:00 pm.

Come help us begin a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Mark your calendar and plan to attend and bring a friend!

Please make your reservations on the sign-up sheet located on the Welcome Table.

 


Endowment Applications are on the Welcome Table.

The applications are due by the 15th of December 2018 for disbursements by April 15, 2019.

If you have a questions, please contact a member of the Endowment Commitee.

Let the Endowment Fund support you in your mission plans!

 


Everyone is ivited to go at Admiral's Point in Huron on Saturday December 15th at 2:45 pm.

Please come and sing the joy of Christmas for the Admiral's Point residents and staff.

Sing unto the Lord a Joyful Song!

 


This year the Faith Life Team has selected to do Christmas for Nursing Home Seniors. These residents and their wish lists do not have much family or visitors.

Typically they spend the holiday alone. So let's reach out to them by choosing a tag, buying the items requested, wrapping and returning it to church by Sunday, December 16, 2018.

The items will be delivered to happy residents so the residents can receive the love of the Lord and the true meaning of giving this Christmas Day. Thank-you for your continued generosity.

CHRISTMAS for NURSING HOME SENIORS

  • Choose a tag on the Welcome Table
  • Purchase the gift
  • Wrap gift (or don’t wrap)
  • Attach tag to the gift (IMPORTANT)
  • Return gift to church by Dec 16.

FOR CASH DONATIONS

  • Cash will be used to provide gifts from the lists not picked
  • Take a cash donation tag with envelope
  • Put cash in envelope and place in the basket provided

 


Bishop Daniel Beaudoin reminds us in this his Bible Study that a long time ago, Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. In the Old Testament, Book of Nehemiah, we read that before Nehemiah lays even one stone; Nehemiah prays. He prays for strength. He prays for protection. He prays for forgiveness. Nehemiah takes everything to the Lord in prayer.

God of justice and joy, as we begin this study of the Book of Nehemiah may we be inspired by your love and transformed by your will to be built into the people you long for us to be. Lead us to grow strong in our daily prayer and in our love for you. This we pray in the blessed and holy name of Jesus. Amen

We will meet on Tuesday mornings at 9 am for six weeks. We begin October 23 at Barry Bagels on Milan Rd in Sandusky (behind Five Guys). Sign-up sheet is on the Welcome Table or just show up for the study.



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Our Book Club Meets Again.

When Richard Beck first led a Bible study at a maximum security prison, he went to meet God. His own faith was flagging, but Beck still believed the promise of Matthew 25, that when we visit the prisoner, we visit Jesus. And sure enough, God met him in prison.

We meet at 9 am in the Upper Room. The book is Stranger God.

This is a remarkably useful book. Beck lays out the core issues affecting our relationships to people outside of our normal social circles, shows why this is an exceptionally important issue, and gives a great practical way to become more like Jesus.

This book would be of value to any Christian who is interested in addressing the various divisions in our world.

A nice perk is the simplicity and concise nature of Beck's writing style. His message is accessible and valuable to anyone regardless of educational background, and makes a fabulous small group resource for us.

Please join us.

This Month





You are invited to be a part of one of our ongoing small groups. We gather for prayer, scripture, fellowship, and food. Would you like to participate? Currently, there are two groups:

  • The "youngish" families will meet at Pastor Stacy's to pretend that winter is over. We will have a cookout and indoor picnic.
  • Other families will be at the Young household. YOU are invited. Please let the office know if you would like more information.

Please sign up on the welcome table.

Summer Camp

It's that time of year again to think of sunshine and camp! Register early. Register now. Camp fills up quickly


1. Day Camp with Zion, Huron is June 17-21.
  • Day Camp for K-6 is 10am to 4pm, Monday-Friday.
  • Day Camp for preschoolers is Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10am to 12 noon. 
Registration is available online.  Day Camp fills up quickly, so register soon.

If you are available to volunteer in the kitchen or with registration, please see Pastor Stacy soon!

2. Camp Mowana! Family Camp is June 28-30
Information is available online. Check it out!

3. Summer Camp for our elementary age kids is likely the week of July 14-19.

Additional information is available at pathfinders.

Please let Pastor Stacy know if you are interested in any of these camp opportunities. Scholarships are available, and camp is more fun when we do it together!


 Parish Pictures
Our Faces and Places

Remembering Our Baptism




 Parish Partners
Sharing in the Body of Christ

Bishop Daniel Beaudoin


Dear Friends in Christ,

“Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.”
Genesis 41:46




ANNOUNCEMENTS AND FLAMe CHURCH NEWS:


· Thu, Feb 14: St Paul,
JOY Time, 6-7:30,
Faith-based gathering for adults with developmental disabilities.

· Mon, Feb 18: St. John’s,
FLAMe Board meeting, 7pm

· Thu, Feb 28 : Zion, Huron,
Lifetree Café, 7-8pm.
Lifetree Café is a place to gather for conversation about life and faith.

· Sat, Mar 2: Grace, Castalia:
Project Share Spaghetti Dinner, 4:30-7pm, Fellowship Hall. Carry-out and delivery available

· Sun, Mar 3: St Peter, Norwalk,
Christian Day Nursery School, Chili Cook-Off and Silent Auction,
12pm – 1pm, $8

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154 Years  :  Rejoice, Renew, Reach Out  :  1865-2019

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