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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.

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

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY

January 20 at 10:30 am.


The first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee.

Isaiah 62:1-5 • Psalm 36:5-10 • 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 • John 2:1-11


Sunday School Improves All Ages

Join us at 9:00 a.m.


 Parish Calendar
Faith Active Through Love

 Parish Events
With Grace Unbounded
 


January 13th is the Baptism of our Lord. On this day, Cassidy, Wade and Joshua will receive Bibles from the St. John's congregation. We will all remember our baptisms and give thanks that our God has claimed us and continues to call us beloved children.

As part of a baptism, our congregation promises to help the baptized grow in the Christian faith and life. We celebrate that Joshua, Cassidy, and Wade are beginning the next part of their faith journeys, joining Cole in catechism each week. There are so many ways that they grow during this time, as Jesus' love becomes (hopefully) more evident and meaningful. Please keep them in your prayers.

As part of this journey, they are also encouraged to complete a variety of activities and keep track of their points. Many of you are involved in activities that can help them acquire points--serving in the community, attending a team meeting, singing in the choir, etc. Please invite these young people to join you!

During Sunday School classes when Pastor Stacy is scheduled to teach the older youth, we will now have catechism class. If there are any additional youth who would like to be part of this, please let Pastor Stacy know soon.

In the meantime, there are Bibles in the upper room. Please underline your favorite verse or leave a note in the Bible for Wade, Cassidy and Joshua so they know that God's word is alive and full of love for them when they receive their Bibles.

Thank you for being an important part of their lives and helping them grow into their baptismal promises.

Blessings during this journey,
Pastor Stacy

 


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”. Please sign up on the welcome table by January 13.

The cost for a participant book is $6, which can be placed in the offering plate with “bible study” in the memo line.

We will meet for four weeks at 10 am at Mr Smith’s coffeehouse downtown. The dates are:

· January 24
· January 31
· February 7
· February 14

Please let Pastor Stacy know if you have any questions.

 


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.

 



The annual congregational meeting will take place immediately after worship on Sunday, January 27th. All confirmed members of St. John’s are asked to attend.

We will discuss important ministries for 2019. Plus, a world famous pot-luck lunch will follow the meeting! Drinks will be provided, but please bring a dish to share.

Don’t miss this important meeting of the congregation and fellowship time to follow.

 


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.

 


This fall, in place of the annual CROP WALK, the local Lutheran churches are combining efforts to raise money for local hunger efforts.

On October 14 we will walk to help feed those who are hungry. We walk at the Prayer Path at Zion Lutheran Church in Huron.

We will combine walking with prayer for hunger relief. We will raise money that will be distributed to local food banks and hunger relief organizations.

Please walk and pray with us on October 14. Donation documentation records can be picked up on the welcome table.

 

Team St. John's Makes a Difference!

Come join the Make a Difference Day Event at the Ohio Veteran's Home! This event is open not only to our youth but also adults!

We'll gather frist in the Auditorium. Look for Allison Young as you enter the lobby. She will direct you to the right place.

Hope to see you at the OVH on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. or if you want to enjoy some fellowship and a bite to eat, be there around 8:30 am.

Please wear your “God’s Work Our Hands” shirt if you have one! Let’s show we care!

 

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.



Monthly






Our Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month.

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 the second Tuesday of the month at 9 am in the Upper Room, beginning January 8th . The next book will be 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





On January 15th 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:

    1. One group for people of any age will meet this month at 5:30 on January 15th at the home of Chuck & Peg Kingsley At this gathering, appetizers are provided and you are invited to bring a dessert to share.
    2. The young family group will meet this month on January 15th at 5:30 at Castaway Bay to go swimming together--and remember our baptisms. All "young" families are invited.

Please sign up on the welcome table.


 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




The story of Joseph is compelling reading. From his days as a slave followed by a stint in prison, God raises Joseph to be second in command in all of Egypt. The arrogant boy who once dreamed of his family bowing down to him, has matured into a great leader. Joseph is gifted with dreaming great dreams, and he is also gifted with the ability to interpret dreams. And what makes Joseph a great leader, is that he is fully aware of the source of his giftedness. It all comes from God. When Pharaoh asks Joseph to interpret two disturbing dreams, Joseph replies, “It is not I, but God…” (Genesis 41:16).

All of us have skills to hone. All of us have gifts to share. We may not be raised to serve as the second in command of Egypt, but there are places in our lives in need of good and Godly leadership, including our families, our schools, our places of work, our communities, and our parishes. We need good and Godly leaders. Today’s a great day to step up and serve. So, my prayer for you this day is that you rise to lead remaining fully aware of the source. It all comes from God.


This Week's Readings:

Jan. 14 Genesis 41-42
Jan. 15 Genesis 43-45
Jan. 16 Genesis 46-47
Jan. 17 Genesis 48-50
Jan. 18 Exodus 1-3
Jan. 19 Exodus 4-6
Jan. 20 Exodus 7-9

Justice and Only Justice
You Shall Pursue

Deuteronomy 16:18-20

Ecumenical Worship Service for
The 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


Jointly prepared and published by
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
and
The Commission on Faith and Order
of the World Council of Churches

7:00 p.m. Wednesday,
January 23, 2019
at
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
503 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, Ohio
with
First Congregational United Church of Christ
and the
Sandusky Catholic Parishes


Lifetree Café


Thursday, January 24th
7:00-8:00 pm
At the Christian Center behind Zion Church
930 Main St, Huron

Tips and strategies for losing weight and becoming healthy will be shared.

The program, titled, “Hard to Be Healthy: TV’s ‘Biggest Loser’ Weighs In,” includes a filmed interview with Jaron Tate, a contestant on NBC TV’s The Biggest Loser. Tate shares his secrets for losing over 150 pounds and keeping the weight off.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. For more information call 419-433-4955

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

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