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.

It’s finally summer! I wasn’t sure if it would ever arrive, and I am so glad that it’s warm, we can be outside, and the grass and trees are green..

   In the church, it’s also the season after Pentecost (or it will be after June 9th, Pentecost Sunday). This is the green season, the time when we get to grow as disciples just as the plants and animals are growing around us. As our lives take a calmer rhythm with summer vacations, no school, and beach days, we get to take additional time for prayer, reading scripture, and worship.

   YOU are invited to gather as we grow as disciples.

   June 12th, July 10th, and August 14th we gather at Nickel Plate beach for worship at the beach. It begins with prayer, a couple of hymns, and Holy Communion. You are welcome to wear comfortable clothes, just come as you are. After worship, we have a picnic dinner and you can bring your favorite food to share. Plates, napkins, silverware, and water are provided. After dinner, it’s time to relax on the beach, swim, or play at the playground. Friends are welcome, too.

   June 17-21 is day camp with Zion, Huron. We are celebrating that we will have four counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Ohio this year, which allows us to include an additional ten kids. School children gather for songs, crafts, bible study, and lots and lots of laughter. Preschoolers are there only three of the days, but they love the time to learn together about God’s love. Your youth are invited, and I encourage you to take time to see the joy. We need volunteers with sign-in and signout, snacks, and lunch. Could you help and experience some of the fun? .

  It’s also important that we study together as we grow in our faith. This is the year of scripture in the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the ELCA (of which we are a part). Bishop Daniel shares that the “Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them the Holy Spirit creates and sustains Christian faith, life, and fellowship for service in the world.” .

   As part of the year of scripture, some of us have been reading through the Bible with others around the Synod. It’s never too late to join us, and you are invited to start reading through the Bible with us. We gather once a month for a meal, fellowship, and a very relaxed discussion of what we’ve been reading. The reading schedule is available toward the back of the newsletter. Please join us! .

   We are also going to dive into Bishop Daniel’s study on the Beatitudes. This will be a six-week study, and is great for those who have never been to a Bible study before or for those have been studying the Bible their whole lives. We meet on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM, beginning on June 4th. This group will meet at Vine and Olive. We will also have an evening Bible study option, on the first Monday of the month, beginning June 3rd, for six months at 6 PM (location to be determined). Please let me know if you are interested, but no RSVP is required. .

   It is so exciting to have the opportunity to pause, pray, worship, and study together. I give thanks for the many ways I learn about God’s love from you. .

Walking with you in Christ, .
Pastor Stacy

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Faith Life Team
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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


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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