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Rev. Stacy Lauer-Scovanner


Pastor Stacy and Family

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.


Finding the Right Lutheran College

We begin the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, which this year falls on February 14th. During these forty days, we remember that we are mortal human beings, and that we don’t always have it all together, often doing things we wish we could take back. During Lent, we again remember that we make mistakes and that we need the grace and love of our amazing God, which is shown to us in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. As we reflect on this love and grace, we take time for conversations, for prayer, for worship.

As part of the conversations, this month is the perfect time for families to talk together about how all of us struggle to get things right, and sometimes miss the mark. To get the conversations started, we may ask each other things like: Who have you ignored? When should you have helped someone but you walked away instead? Who have you been jealous of? What words do you wish you could take back?

It’s also an amazing time to offer forgiveness and grace for each other and to hear God’s words of love and healing. Who do you forgive? Who has forgiven you? What does this feel like? How do you feel knowing that God forgives us for all the mistakes we make and calls us again and again to know God’s love?

Additionally, during the Lenten season, we come together for prayer and worship. We gather each Wednesday evening, beginning February 14th, for soup and sandwich supper, prayer, fellowship, discussion, and worship. It’s a wonderful addition to our faith journeys, and will hopefully help us see even more clearly Jesus’ love for us as he goes to the cross.

Will you join us this year in these family conversations, in worship, in meals, and in prayer as we journey with Jesus to the cross?

To get us started, here is an option prayer and blessing to say with our families:

Let us pray,

God we thank you for making us in your image, and also for making us human. Even though we struggle throughout the day to walk the path that you set before us, help us to continue to trust in you. Heal the hurts we have caused. Help us forgive others and to recognize your forgiveness in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

We can also bless each other.

Name, you are a forgiven child of God. (and make the sign of the cross on the forehead).

Walking with you in Christ,
Pastor Stacy

Faith Lens

February 25, 2016–Faster. Higher. Stronger.

Posted on February 20, 2018 by faithlens

Scott Mims, Virginia Beach, VA


Faster. Higher. Stronger.

On February 9, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games officially opened in PyeongChang, South Korea. By the time the closing ceremony is held on February 25, some 2,920 athletes from 92 countries will have competed in 102 events. Along the way, there are sure to be many amazing, dramatic moments as some of the very best athletes in the world go for the gold.

Yet, even though those who compete come from many different countries, they all share in the drive and discipline it takes to become an Olympian. What these athletes often make look so graceful and easy is the result of years of training, often for hours each day. Their whole lives are oriented around the goals they pursue. Doubtless there is much that those who compete at this level give up in order to focus on their chosen sport. And, even if they do not get to stand on the podium, their quest to compete has greatly shaped who they are.

Questions

  • Have you been keeping up with the Winter Olympics? If so, what have been some of your favorite events or moments of the games?
  • What sports or other activities do you enjoy doing? Have you ever been part of a team or group competition? What did you learn from the experience?
  • Which do you think shapes who we are more, what we do – that is, where we spend our time, energy and attention – or what we claim to believe?

Second Sunday in Lent

Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16

Romans 4:13-25

Mark 8:31-38

(Text links are to Oremus Bible Browser. Oremus Bible Browser is not affiliated with or supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can find the calendar of readings for Year B at Lectionary Readings

For lectionary humor and insight, check the weekly comic Agnus Day.

Gospel Reflection

“Then Jesus began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.”

We come this week to what is often called the fulcrum or “hinge” of Mark’s gospel account. Not only is it the midpoint of the book, it also marks several important turning points in the story. Geographically, Jesus has been working mostly in the region of Galilee, but now his ministry will lead him steadily onward toward Jerusalem and the cross. Theologically several shifts also occur. Up to this point, Mark has focused on whoJesus is as shown by his words and his works of power. The conclusion he hopes that we, the readers of the gospel, will reach is the same one that Peter voices in Mark 8:29, namely that Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ. But what does that mean? From here on out the gospel will focus more and more on this question. What does it mean that Jesus is the Christ, and, subsequently, how does that shape the lives of those who call themselves Christians? The invitation that was extended to Peter and the other disciples when Jesus first called to them, “Follow me,” will, going forward, be furthered refined. At the same time, it will also be opened up by Jesus to “any who want to become my followers.”

So, what does discipleship look like? What does it mean to follow Jesus? Another important feature of this passage is that it contains the first of three instances, three “passion predictions,” in which Jesus foretells what lies at the end of his journey to Jerusalem (verse 31). Here, as in the other two instances (Mk. 9:30, 10:32-34), those closest to Jesus fail to understand what he is talking about. Peter rather famously pulls Jesus aside, as if Jesus is the candidate and Peter the campaign manager, and he begins to rebuke Jesus for saying such things. Jesus just as famously puts Peter in his place. “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” And here is the essence of the matter, it is not the disciple’s place to define what “Messiah” or “Christ” mean, for it is Jesus alone who gets to define these things. The disciple’s place is simply to get behind Jesus, to take up her or his cross, and to follow.

Finally, what does it mean to take up one’s cross? Is it simply to deal with the problems or troubles that come your way with as much patience, determination, and faith as possible? We often hear of “bearing our cross” in terms of just such perseverance. Yet Jesus has something else, something deeper in mind than getting through life as best as we can. After all, the cross that awaits Jesus in Jerusalem is not an accidental event or circumstance for him to “get through,” it is a direct result of his own work to confront the powers of sin, evil, and death.

As many of us prepare for this summer’s ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, I am reminded this week of the Gathering’s cross shaped logo and the theme: “This Changes Everything.” The life-changing grace that flows from what Jesus has done in taking up his cross beckons us to follow, and, in following him, to discover who we truly are. Jesus defined Messiah in terms of his identification with the outcasts, the forgotten, and the oppressed, bringing to them in word and deed the promise of God’s coming kingdom. This has important implications for all who would be disciples. “Taking up the cross means being at work where God is at work in the world to relieve suffering and injustice, to rescue the weak, and to bring peace and justice to bear in the human community.” [1] Because God has gifted each of us with a unique set of gifts, talents, abilities, and experiences, each of us has a unique opportunity to take up our cross and participate in God’s redemptive work in the world.

[1] R. Alan Culpepper, Mark (Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys Publishing, Inc. 2007), 288.

Questions

  • One often hears that all you need to do to be a Christian is to “believe in Jesus.” How does such a statement compare with the things that Jesus says in this passage? Can a person follow Jesus apart from believing in him? Can a person believe in him without following?
  • If you were either to paint a picture or to make a list of what it means to take up your cross and follow Jesus, what are some of the things that you would include? How do such activities shape who we are?
  • We are currently in the season of Lent, traditionally a time for self-reflection and repentance. Yet Lent can also be a time for spiritual growth. What things in your life right now might you be willing to give up, change, or take on in order to grow as a follower of Jesus?

Activity Suggestions

  • Lent is also an important time to reflect upon the meaning of Baptism. Examine the Affirmation of Baptism service, and especially the description of our baptismal covenant (ELW pg. 236; LBW pg. 201). How is this a description of what it means to be a disciple? Check out the ELCA website for some great resources that help connect faith practices and the gifts of discipleship. Two helpful links:

http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Faith-Practices?_ga=2.15329526.198197125.1518492296-749132665.1442867431

http://www.elca.org/Resources/Faith-Practices?_ga=2.11143284.198197125.1518492296-749132665.1442867431

Closing Prayer

Gracious and loving God, in the waters of baptism you name us and claim us and make us your own. Thank you for the gift of new life and for the invitation to experience that life in the community of your church. Fill us with your Spirit, call deeply to our hearts, and lead us to more fully and faithfully follow Jesus. Guide our thoughts, our words, and our actions, that we may be your hands and voice in a world so hungry to experience good news. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.



Catechism 2018


We meet with other Lutheran youth at Zion Lutheran from 3:00-4:30 pm.
Please bring your Bible with you.
Click here for a copy of Luther's Small Catechism

January

  • 07 - Introduction to the Commandments
  • 21 - Exploring the Commandments: Part One
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February

  • 04 - Exploring the Commandments: Part Two
  • 14 - Attend Ash Wednesday worship
  • 18 - Exploring the Commandments: Part Three

March

  • 04 - Exploring the Commandments: Part Four
  • 18 - Law + Gospel & Sinner + Saint
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April

  • 01 - Attend Easter worship
  • 08 - Love your Neighbor
  • 23 - Creed Overview

May

  • 06 - Exploring Article One
  • 20 - Exploring Article Two
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June

  • 03 - Exploring Article Three
  • 17 - Review: Creed

July

  • 01 - The Greatest Prayer
  • 15 - God's Kingdom and Will
  • 29 - God Gives and Forgives

August

  • 12 - Temptation, Trial and Deliverance
  • 26 - Connecting with God through Prayer
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September

  • 09 - Review: Prayer - Psalms
  • 23 - Theology of the Cross & Theology of Glory
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October

  • 07 - The Sacrament of Baptism
  • 21 - Word with Water
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November

  • 04 - The Sacrament of Communion
  • 18 - Take and Eat
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December

  • 02 - Saved by Grace through Faith
  • 16 - Sharing your Faith
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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.

 


153 Years  :  Rejoice, Renew, Reach Out  :  1865-2018

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