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Pastor
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.


Finding the Right Lutheran College

One of the first things I noticed about this congregation when I was called here almost two years ago was that you all live out your mission statement. You are truly a ―family of disciples faithfully making Christ known.

Throughout my time here so far, I’ve seen you care for each other, care for my family, care for this community, and care for the entire world. You’ve shared the Gospel of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in your words and actions, and I am so thankful to be a part of this family.

Recently, we’ve been asked to provide meals for some of our own church family members, and it is a joy to care for each other. It has also helped me realize that there are so many ways we can care for each other, and so much we have to offer in this family.

To make this caring outreach a bit more organized and ready to respond to whatever needs arise, we are going to create a team that knows who can serve in what capacities. As we look at this, how are you able to help? Please fill out the sheet below and return it to the church or email in your response. You do not need to respond yes to every question, but please note what gifts you are willing to share.

Name____________________________________________________

Phone Number ___________________________________________

Email_____________________________________________________

Are you willing to:
Coordinate meals/transportation etc. _____________________

Provide a meal: __________________

Provide transportation to a doctor’s appointment: ________________________

Sit with a family member so the caregiving can run an errand/get respite: ___________

Have Four Wheel drive to transport people in a bad snowstorm: _________________

Visit in the hospital: _________________

Take Communion to homebound members: _______________________

Additional Items: _________________________________________________

Walking with you in Christ,
Pastor Stacy

Faith Lens



April 22, 2018–With Joy and Freedom

Posted on April 17, 2018 by faithlens

Erin Haligowski, Dayton, OH

Warm-up Question

Who are the people in your life who have had the most tremendous influence on who you are as a person and how you live your life and faith? What is it that makes/made those people influential?

With Joy and Freedom

Pastors, teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and coaches: so many people significantly influence our life and faith as we are “becoming” and growing into who God created us to be. It takes a special kind of love, engagement, and patience to shapepeople over a long period of time.

For fans of college basketball, this year’s March Madness tournament was truly madness. Upsets and underdogs, buzzer-beaters and overtime – and underneath all the chaos, some truly inspiring stories – especially if you’re willing to dig a little. Take, for example, NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball, and the undefeated Eagles of Ashland University (Ashland, Ohio). The 2017 National Champions had built for themselves a 73-game winning streak under the leadership of head coach Robin Fralick – the fifth longest win streak in NCAA basketball history, any division, men’s or women’s.

As they went into their Final Four matchup, Coach Robin Fralick told the girls to “play with joy and freedom,” and in that game, that is exactly what those girls did. They played an incredible game that led them to back-to-back National Championship games. And then, in a heartbreaking loss to Central Missouri, the historic winning streak and second-in-a-row perfect season came to an end.

In the post-game press conference, Coach Robin Fralick had these words to say: “We talked in the locker room after the game; one game doesn’t define us. Our purpose is bigger than winning and losing. Being good at basketball doesn’t make you a role model. Being good at basketball gives you a platform to impact. I’m proud of them.” These words are so characteristic of Coach Fralick, who focuses as much on character as she does on basketball fundamentals and winning.

Read More about the Ashland University Women’s Basketball team here:

Questions

  • Have you had a teacher or coach that truly inspired you?
  • How did that person inspire you to grow as a person beyond skills or knowledge?
  • In what ways do you see Jesus as a selfless teacher or coach, inspiring you to grow in faith?

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:5-12

1 John 3:16-24

John 10:11-18

(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

In today’s gospel lesson, Jesus claims to be the “good shepherd,” who sacrificially leads his sheep and lays down his life for them. He cares for the sheep, and contrasts himself against the hired hand, who runs away because he doesn’t care for the sheep. The love of the “good shepherd” is the love of one who knows his sheep intimately beyond their “perceived” value of providing a livelihood. Jesus says, “I know my own [sheep] and my own [sheep] know me.”

If you know anything about sheep, you know they are actually pretty dumb animals. They have small brains, and need to be “kept” by a shepherd or penned up so that they don’t wander away into dangerous situations. That said, the one thing sheep can do is recognize the voice of their shepherd and follow it. As sheep in Jesus’ flock, we may not always make the right choices, but we can rest assured that we will recognize Jesus’ voice and follow it.

And, better yet – there is some really good news in here! Jesus refers to us as sheep – and he knows sheep. He doesn’t love us or save us based on our intelligence or usefulness or skill set. He loves and saves us because he knows us, and the ones he knows are the ones he loves.

In this Easter season, we see Jesus’ sacrificial love lived out through his death and resurrection, and also through this promise: “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (vs. 14-15)

Questions

  • How does viewing Jesus as the Good Shepherd help you to understand Jesus’ sacrificial love?
  • What stands out to you in this passage?
  • What connections can you make between the people you named earlier and Jesus, as our good shepherd? How are those people living as God’s image through their inspiration in your life?

Activity Suggestions

  • Write letters of affirmation and thanks to the people you named earlier in the lesson who have inspired you. Encourage them to deliver them in person or mail them (if the person is still living).
  • Sing the silly camp song “I Just Wanna Be a Sheep” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpYgYoNGM38) and think about what it means to be a sheep in Jesus’ flock.
  • Use a concordance to find other references in the bible to “sheep” or “shepherd” and think about what connections you see in the use of that imagery throughout scripture.

Closing Prayer

Jesus, thank you for being our Good Shepherd and for guiding us with your loving voice. Please continue to guide us, and help us to follow you together. Watch over us. Protect us. Lead us. Help us to show your sacrificial love and care to those around us, so that everyone may come to know you as their Good Shepherd. In your holy name, 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 - Theologies of the Cross & 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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