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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.


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Jesus said to them,
Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it. Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.

Mark 10:13-16 (New Living Translation)

Dear friends, I give thanks to you for the many ways that you are caring for the little children (and the not as little children) in our congregation. We have so many opportunities for families and faith formation, and I hope that you are able to participate in some (or all) of them. Many of these opportunities are for people of all ages, as we know that we benefit from being in community together!

A few opportunities include:

  • 2nd Tuesdays
          We gather on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 5:30-7 PM for fellowship, prayer, conversation, food, and to share our faith (this isn’t as scary as it sounds…it’s all part of a natural, flowing conversation).
          Families with children and young people in their twenties gather at Pastor Stacy’s home. Other congregation members gather at various other homes.
          This is a great time to really connect with others, and you can talk as little or as much as you would like. It’s not too late to join! If you are interested in participating, please contact Pastor Stacy at 419-680-0358.
  • Camp
          Summer is approaching, and we are almost ready. This year, we are going to Camp Mowana in Mansfield for family camp June 29 -July 1. This is for all ages, and doesn’t require special walking or camping skills. You can even stay in an air conditioned lodge that is similar to a hotel.
          Youth in grades k-8 will also be attending camp the week of July 22nd. We have scholarships available, and are doing two fundraisers.
          When pastors are asked about an influential moment in their lives that prepared them for ministry, many comment on camp. You and your family are invited this summer, and even if you are not attending camp, I encourage you to talk to the young people in our congregation about their experiences.
  • National Youth Gathering
          Kylie Ross and Allison Young will be attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston this summer with over 30,000 youth from around the world. They will worship, serve, and grow in their faith in ways they will remember forever.
  • Day Camp
          is the week of June 18th at Zion, Huron. Camp Counselors from Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio will be leading this exciting time. Registration is full, and we thank the many people from St. John’s who are volunteering with this.
  • Dinner Church
          Worship continues on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6 PM in the basement of St. John’s. This was so well received during Lent that we will continue to have a pot luck meal at 6, and worship in a less formal environment at 7 PM. Our next Dinner Church is at May 23rd and people of all ages are invited.
  • Prayer
          A few team leaders and council members gather each week to pray. After our six week session, another prayer group will form. Will you consider joining us?
  • Weekly worship
          We are so excited to have so many young people in worship. We invite parents to sit near the front of the sanctuary (our worship space) so that the kids can see and participate in worship. We love when they follow along and say the Lord’s Prayer, watch the choir, and take it all in.
          Wiggles and noises are welcome--that’s part of being a kid. If you do not have kids with you in worship, please offer help to parents by being friendly, by not commenting on or encouraging the sounds (no matter how cute), and by giving any assistance the parents or kids may need.
          We know that bringing kids to worship can be a lot of work, and we want them to feel welcome as they grow in their faith and are important parts of our family.
  • These are just a few of the happenings around St. John’s for our youth and all of our church family members as we live out our mission statement of being ―a family of disciples faithfully making Christ known. I pray that for each of us, no matter what age, our faith continues to grow and we experience Christ’s love in a new and life-changing way. If you have any interest in these or other ways to shape our faith, please let me know. I love having conversations with you!

    Walking with you in Christ,
    Pastor Stacy

Faith Lens



May 20, 2018–Spirit of Truth

Posted on May 15, 2018 by faithlens

Dennis Sepper, Burnsville, MN

Warm-up Question

How can you tell if someone is telling you the truth?

Spirit of Truth

Nathan Zohner, a 14-year-old student at Eagle Rock Junior High School won first prize at the Greater Idaho Falls Science Fair with his project on Dihydrogen Monoxide. Nathan urged 50 of his peers to sign a petition demanding strict control or the total elimination of the chemical Dihydrogen Monoxide because:

  • It can cause excessive sweating and vomiting.
  • It is a major component of acid rain.
  • It can cause severe burns in its gaseous state.
  • Accidental inhalation can kill you.
  • It contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.
  • It decreases the effectiveness of automobile brakes.

43 of his peers said yes and signed the petition. 6 were undecided. And one knew that the so-called dangerous chemical is…water!

It turns out what Nathan was really testing was how gullible we all can be to what we call today “fake news”. 86% of Nathan’s classmates just accepted what Nathan was saying and believed that “water” was a threat to humankind. Following a report on Nathan’s project, an enterprising person set up a “Ban DHMO” website and was evening selling T-shirts for the cause (the website still exists @ DHMO.org)

Questions

  • Have you ever believed something to be true but later found out it wasn’t? How did you find out? How did it make you feel?
  • Going back to the warm-up question, how do you know if something you read or hear is true? What resources can you use to find out the truth of something?
  • Is there more to truth than “the cold, hard facts”? Can a story be “true” in regard to what it says about human nature or even God?

Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21

Ezekiel 37:1-14 (alternate)

Romans 8:22-27

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

(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

On this Pentecost Sunday we remember and celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, as promised by Jesus. In this section of John’s Gospel, the Holy Spirit is called the “Advocate” and the “Spirit of truth” (see John 15:26 and John 16:13). Jesus makes the promise that the Spirit of truth will guide us into the way of truth. However, as we explored above, we might ask the question “what is truth?”

In the Gospel, John gives us some answers to that question. First, John says that Jesus is the truth (Jesus is full of grace and truth, John 1:14 and Jesus states “I am the way, the truth and the life,” John 14:6.) John also say that the Gospel Jesus proclaims is the truth (John 8:31-32).

What that means for us today is that in baptism we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is the same Spirit of truth that Jesus speaks of in this week’s gospel text. We take Jesus at his word that the Holy Spirit will guide us in the way of truth.

Martin Luther had another way of saying this in his Small Catechism explanation of the Third Article of the Apostles’ Creed when he wrote, “I believe that I cannot by my own understanding or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him, but the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy and kept me in true faith”

Then Luther goes on to say how the Holy Spirit also calls and gathers the community of faith…the Church. The Spirit of truth is not just present in us as individuals but as a community, as the Church. So while we have the ability to consider the truth of something compared to Jesus and to what Jesus proclaimed and taught, so the community of faith has that ability too.

One final point about this issue of truth…in the Gospel of John, and in the whole New Testament really, truth demands action. The truth of Jesus calls us to be witnesses to Jesus and to the Gospel in the world. Or to put it another way, we do not just know the truth, but the truth sets us free to action, witness, advocacy and service in the world (See John 8:32).

Questions

  • What are some of the gospel truths you hold dear in your faith journey? How does that truth set you free?
  • What truths have your congregation or community of faith claimed as the reason for their ministry and mission; evangelism, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, working with prisons (and there are many more)? How did your congregation come to that decision?

Closing Prayer

Spirit of Truth, on this occasion of Jesus giving you as a gift to us and the Church, we ask that you remind us that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. By your power let us clearly hear the truth of the Gospel and Jesus’ teaching. Move us to action as witnesses, disciples, and advocates in our own day. We ask this in name of Jesus, our Savior. 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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