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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

I love when we have time to have meals together, whether at Supper Club, or 2nd Tuesdays, or one of the amazing potlucks in the church basement. I really believe that one of the great things that families do together is share a meal, and I thank you for the times we’ve been able to do this together. I also invite you to share another together soon!

Whether it is with the church family, your family, or a couple of friends eating together, this month I invite you to pay special attention to the time of prayer and conversation at the meal table. At the table, we learn more about what has happened that day, we share our hopes and dreams, and we grow closer to each other. We also grow closer to God as we hear about God at work in the world and in the person next to us.

Another thing that we do at the table is pray together, and for some of our young people this is their first memory of prayer. If you haven’t been praying at the table, or you want help changing your routine, here are a couple of prayers from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. This month, in the midst of Lent, I invite you to pray as a family, remaining attentive to the fact that everything is given to us by God. Please also feel free to add the Lord’s Prayer to both of these prayers.

The eyes of all wait upon You, O Lord, and You give them their food in due season; You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for His mercy endures forever. We thank You, Lord God, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, for all Your benefits, You who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

This may surprise some people, but the old practice was to pray TWICE at a meal. We, too, get that opportunity. We can pray before starting to eat (the blessing) AND after we finish eating (giving thanks). This shapes our meals, and shows that God is present in everything, that God provides all, and that God cares for us.

I pray that your meals this month are special, are filled with grace and love, and that you grow closer to your families, your friends, and God who loves you.

Walking with you in Christ,
Pastor Stacy

Faith Lens

March 25, 2018–Put Out the Red Carpet

Posted on March 20, 2018 by faithlens

Dave Delaney, Salem, VA

Warm-up Questions

  • Who doesn’t love a parade? When was the last time you saw one, or even were in one? Have you ever seen a passing motorcade of an arriving dignitary, either in person or by video? What is going through the minds of those who pause to watch motorcade cars go by? If you knew someone famous was coming to town who was either going to be the featured rider in a parade or arrive by motorcade, what would inspire you to go out of your way to go watch it in person?
  • When you cheer for someone – say your school’s or city’s sports team – what kinds of things do you find yourself yelling to generate the most excitement? A lot of professional or even college teams have standard cheers that their fans have developed. What kinds of cheers would we make up and yell if we knew that Jesus was coming to town?
  • We are coming toward the end of the Lenten season. Did you take on any special extra faith-forming activities for Lent this year as people often do, such as depriving yourself of a certain food or treat? How has that Lenten discipline gone this year for you?

Put Out the Red Carpet

Even before television got involved, the Academy Awards ceremony, held around the first week in March each year, has been preceded by “the red carpet,” where arriving celebrities are greeted by fans and the press as they enter the theater. This has been going on at the Oscars since roughly 1922, although the tradition of putting out a red carpet as a sign of honoring dignitaries was common in medieval Europe and dates back possibly as far as 5th century BC Greece.

In recent years, the Oscars red carpet has been a place where making political statements has been possible, either by wearing some kind of extra decoration – a ribbon or a badge – or by giving (or denying!) an interview to one of the countless media outlets there. Sometimes wearing a particular color or style has been taken up as representing support for a particular cause. In 2018, with several high-profile concerns still in recent memory, including things like MeToo/Time’s Up and gun control, a number of celebrities took the opportunity to make statements, either aloud or symbolically, to call fans and the larger culture to awareness of some of these concerns.

Some history of the red carpet:

Discussion Questions

  • Does anyone watch red carpet coverage any more? If so, is that kind of scrutiny – especially for appearance and style – sound like something you would want for yourself or are you just not cut out to be the celebrity type?
  • Some think that entertainers in general have no business using their fame to advocate for any particular political stance, since they normally do not possess any special expertise in the causes they represent. So if someone is that well known, does s/he have a responsibility to speak up for an important matter just because they’re famous, or should celebrities leave political opinions to policy makers and the general public? When would it be okay for someone to use fame as an opportunity to advocate for a social or political position?
  • Does it make a difference when the matter of concern is something that really affects the lives of the performers, like the treatment of women or inclusion of under-represented communities in the entertainment industry?

Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Philippians 2:5-11

Mark 15:1-47

(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

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem a few days before he was to be arrested, tried, and executed shows that he was already well-enough known that his presence could attract a red-carpet-like crowd. Do we, then, see him using that notoriety to make statements of any kind? We do, actually, but the messages he sends are subtle and perhaps not obvious to modern readers.

In ancient Israel, animals had some strong cultural associations. In our own time, think of the lion at the beginning of MGM pictures or German Shepherds as police and military dogs. From Israel’s earliest days in their promised land, the average subsistence level farming family living in the hilly center of the country would mostly likely have a donkey as one of their agricultural tools, a simple work animal that was stable on a hilly slope and did not require a lot of the farmer’s grain resources to be healthy, reliable, and effective. Farmers working in flatter areas might use oxen to plow and thresh, but only in the flattest parts of the coastal plain next to the Mediterranean or the flattest valleys in Galilee would horses be present, requiring a lot of grain to be fed and representing military and political power far more than farming.

A king entering either a loyal or a newly-conquered city would almost certainly be seated on a horse. The prophetic passage that is echoed in this story, however – Zechariah 9:9 – envisions the messianic king not on a horse but on a donkey – a humble hill-dweller’s animal – even on a colt of a donkey, so clearly would this king’s identification with common people be. And so this king, Jesus, rides into the city not on a horse but very specifically on a donkey colt.

We don’t know exactly what the original onlookers meant when they were throwing branches and coats on the path, shouting “Hosanna!” and proclaiming the rebirth of great king David’s reign from a thousand years earlier. To be sure it meant that they regarded Jesus as royalty, and “hosanna” basically means “please help (or save),” something that might well be shouted at a king. They could have meant that they were hoping for a revival of those old, glorious days, a rule that would mean the end of the Roman Empire’s occupation and a purification of worship and public life. Or they could have meant that they understood quite well that this king was going to be different, reigning not from a place of superiority, but from a place of humility. In either case, Jesus makes no red-carpet-like speeches, choosing rather to return back to his guest house in Bethany and, perhaps, contemplate the painful week that he knew was ahead of him.

Discussion Questions

  • The long tradition of the Christian faith has often presented the city of Jerusalem as a symbol of our own hearts and lives. How do we welcome Jesus into the places of our lives, both in the world of our inner spirit and thoughts as well as the places where we live and learn and play? As silent as Jesus appeared to be (at least in Mark’s account of this day), those who welcomed him were not! Do we welcome his presence in all areas of our lives or are we more likely to turn away or shut him out or try and turn him back for certain portions of life? Do we hope that he’ll come in as a conqueror, sweeping all sorts of trouble from our lives, or do we see him as a disciple-maker, calling us by his example to a life of humility, service, and love for others?
  • In all four gospels, we see crowds cheering Jesus’ at his entry into Jerusalem, but then calling for his crucifixion later in the week. What expectations do you think they had that caused them to turn against him? Have you ever felt let down by God when things you hoped or prayed for did not come to pass? Did you feel let down enough to turn hateful? It is tempting to think that we would never have been part of that Thursday crowd calling for Jesus to die, but at those times when we admit we might have, how then do we return to God, and how does God regard us despite our frustration and anger?
  • Jesus showed tremendous courage by appearing in Jerusalem during Passover because of the political tension present during that time. Strong feelings of desire for Jewish independence, stemming from the memory of Israel’s release from Egyptian slavery 1200 years earlier, could easily spark unrest, and someone like Jesus who could serve as a rallying point was exactly the kind of person the Roman rulers would hate to see appear. What kind of courage do we need to show in representing God’s presence, promise, and call to stand firm for justice and merciful treatment of those who are often not treated fairly? Does the Palm Sunday story help us do that?

Closing Prayer

Gracious Father, as your Son Jesus prayed to you at all times, but with special urgency during the last week of his life, we ask you to draw us into diligent and attentive prayer this week. Let this Holy Week become for us a deep root from which a strong tree may grow and flourish. We pray for all of God’s people in every place, that even if we find ourselves sometimes full of disappointment and hurt, you would turn our voices to Christ in praise and adoration, for he is our king, and we offer our worship, with you and the Holy Spirit. 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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