Rev. Stacy Lauer-Scovanner





Rev. Stacy Lauer-Scovanner was born in Gibsonburg, Ohio. She attended Capital University, Bexley Ohio where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She was awarded a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Bexley, and was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has worked as a licensed social worker before serving five years as Pastor at Bethany Lutheran and Reformation Lutheran churches in Toledo, Ohio. She accepted a Letter of Call to Saint John's in September of 2016. Pastor Stacy is married to Ryan Scovanner. They have two children.


As I write this, I realize that all of us are at different points in our lives.

Sometimes, we may have moments of great excitement and joy, filled with wonder at the gifts our Lord bestows upon us. At other moments, we may realize that things are not what we had hoped for, and we may be filled with grief or fear, or we may be consumed with worry for someone we love. Sometimes the moments of joy or sorrow last for days, weeks, or even years. And yet, through everything, we know that we not only have the love and peace of our Lord, but that we also have the hope we find in each other.

These ups and downs of life are shown to me most clearly at the end of this month when we move from the Epiphany Season, with its focus on light, into the Season of Lent and its focus on the somber realities of life and on the immense love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The joyous Epiphany Season started off with the wonder of the Magi finding Jesus and was followed by Jesus’ baptism and the declaration that he is God’s son. Now, a few short weeks later, this season ends with a mountaintop experi- ence as we find ourselves standing with Peter and James and John at the Transfiguration, experiencing all the light of Jesus’ glory.

And then we move into Lent in the beginning of March. We worship on Ash Wednesday and are reminded of the knowledge that we are dust and to dust we shall return. We look in the mirror and see the sins that we have – the way we ignore people who need help, the forgiveness we don’t want to give, the way we don’t love others as we should. But we also recognize that God continues to work in, with and through us, keeping the promise given to us in our baptisms, the promise that we will always be children of God who are loved and forgiven. In this life that is full of highs and lows, there is one true constant – and that is the love of God revealed to us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we experience God’s amazing love that never leaves us, the mountaintop experiences are more joyful, and the valleys are not so frightening.

To be a Christian is to live life as a journey, a spiritual journey, from baptism to death and from death to resurrection.

As we travel, we will experience both those wonderful mountaintop experiences and the sometimes challenging realities of the valley. But as we live by faith, we will also experience the eternal reality – that we do not journey alone. In the midst of both light and darkness, the living Lord is with us, showering us with love and strength – supporting and guiding us. And we are here with each other, lifting each other up and offering hope, prayer, and encouragement. God’s blessings be with you in the journey!

Walking with you in Christ,
Pastor Stacy

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Faith Life Team
Leader,
Paula Hoffman

The focus of the Faith Life team is to provide service opportunities for the members of St. John's. The team remembers our youth on their birthdays with a gift card. They sponsor our Supper Club, movie nights, serve dinners at CROSSROADS homeless shelter, twice a year place flags to honor our country's fallen at Ohio Veterans Home, sack lunches for Care and Share, and Giving Tree projects for our local domestic violence shelter. Each year new ideas.

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Worship Team
Leader,
Sandy Thompson

The focus of the Worship Team is to assist the Pastor and the Music Director in planning of weekly worship services and to support them in new expressions of worship. The team meets monthly to share worship ideas, secure lay worship leaders, and maintain a calendar for Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Christmas, and Christmas Eve.

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Property Team
Leader,
Jeff Justi

The focus of the Property team is to assist the trustees and to help with the many issues regarding church property, cemetery, and parsonage issues. The team is responsible for maintaining our buildings and facilities, and tracking the church's equipment and maintenance needs,

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Giving Garden Team
Leader,
Jeff Justi

The focus of the Giving Garden Team is to provide fresh vegetables to those in need of food support through local food ministries. This has become a joint effort of FLAMe our Firelands Network of Lutheran Churches.

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Finance Team
Leader,
Peg Kingsley

The focus of the Finance Team is to ensure financial accountability and transparency, and engage in the annual budgeting process which includes faithful handling of weekly offerings and monitoring of expenses.

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Good News + Amen
Leader,
Barry Laird

The Good News + Amen team is leading our congregation in a deeper understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ and extending the invitation to join God at work in the world. St. John's reaches out to both our church and our community. Through prayer and servanthood, people are lifted in prayer and supported in so many ways as shut-ins or in a nursing home.

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Helping Hands Team
Leader,
Paula Hoffman

We care for families in our congregation and community that are in special need, as at the time of a loved one's death. A luncheon is prepared for the family and friends. This loving ministry extends that grace of God that this congregation has discovered in our extended family of the world.

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Youth Team
Leader,
Pastor Stacy

St John's Youth Ministry exists to bring young people into age-appropriate faith relationshps where they know they belong to the family of God, where they grow in their relationship with Christ, where they learn to serve and share Christ in the world!

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Enriching the Life of Those in Need



Care and Share of Erie County↗

Being There



Our Mission is to serve qualifying residents of Erie County fairly and with dignity in providing emergency and supplemental food, clothing, linens and housewares as available. We distribute free food, clothing, linens, furnitiure and appliances to persons of economic eligibility according to the standards set by the USDA.


There Are No Limits to Caring



Crossroads↗

Essential Services for Homeless Individuals



Crossroads offers case management, support services, and supportive housing for homeless individuals and families. this facility is located in Sandusky, Ohio. Crossroads is an 18 - 30 bed, 30 - day homeless shelter (extensions can be granted) that also provides transitional housing up to 2 years. It serves anyone from anywhere except convicted arsonists and sex offenders.


Restoring the Community One Relationship at a Time



Nehemiah Center↗

Excited to see God move through this place and have His will be done!



Nehemiah Partners of Sandusky's mission is to encourage, empower, and educate young people to pursue the fullness of their God-given potential through a holistic programming approach. Since 2007 the Welcome to Nehemiah Partners have offered educational and faith services, age-appropriate activities, mentoring, and guidance aimed at spiritual, physical, and relational well being of the individual.


Working to Meet your Needs



Ability Works, Inc.↗

Our commitment is to services for those with developmental disabilities and to our corporate customers.



Ability Works serves two different audiences, with a strong commitment to both. Our corporate customers can choose from a broad range of products and services which is ever-evolving to meet their needs. Currently these include our sign shop, customized production, and subcontracting of employees. On the other hand, we also provide to those in our community with developmental disabilities. Our offerings include employment opportunities, an extended employment workshop, training, counseling and other services customized to their specific needs. We do all this while maintaining the necessary reasonable accommodations to individuals in accordance with the ADA guidelines.

 


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

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