Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Calendar

Youth Calendar

The youth at St. John’s Lutheran enjoy many activities centered around fellowship, service, education, and strengthening their Christian faith.

Our youth gather once a month to enjoy devotions, games, crafts, and food.

Grades 1-6 meet from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, and

Grades 7-12 meet from 4:00 - 6:00 pm.

It is another exciting year filled with fun, fellowship and even some growing! But, we need you! So bring a friend and come have fun! For details call the Church Office at 419-483-5442.

 

Outreach

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

St. John’s is active in the community through Pass It On Clothing Closet and Fish and Loaves Food Ministry. 

 

Music & The Arts

Music is just one way we use our God-given talents and gifts to express our praise and appreciation to Him. St. John’s Lutheran uses many different kinds of music to enhance our weekly and seasonal worship services.

Our Choir Director, Organists and Musicians lead our worship, choirs and helps us plan how music will enhance our worship services. Members can participate in our music ministry through:

  • Adult Choir
  • Sunday Church School Choir
  • Saturday Worship Song Leaders

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

The stained glass windows were designed and executed by the Capitol City Art Glass and Decorating Company of Columbus. At this time the men and boys sat on one side of the church with the women and girls on the other.

The new parish hall was dedicated March 20, 1955 including the Church Parlor supplemented by a kitchenette. 

The present Sanctuary and Chapel were dedicated Sunday, January 14, 1962. 

The new $375,000.00 structure is styled in modern Gothic architecture by Carl Britsch of Toledo.  The entrance is on Harrison Street via a circular drive with ground level glass doors. 

The Nave (Sanctuary; seating capacity 300) is beautified by six sets of stained glass windows, each depicting a phase in the life of Jesus Christ. The lectern, pulpit and altar were taken from the old church and refinished.  Its laminated wood arches, stained glass windows, quatrefoil penetrations in the stone work form a dossal screen.  This is an expression of modified Gothic architecture.

Directly above the Narthex is a balcony (seating capacity 106) for the choir, organ and organist.

A small Chapel (seating capacity 78) is located to the right of the Narthex. 

On July 18, 1965 the Chapel windows were dedicated. The glass used in the windows was hand blown in Germany and used for ecclesiastical purposes only. The work was executed by the Franklin Art Glass Company of Columbus.  The glass windows in the Narthex are also imported German glass. The partition screens separating the Narthex and Nave are leaded stained glass. 

SILENT FILM FETIVAL

Each year, St. John’s hosts a Silent Film Festival. 

THE ORGAN

The original organ built by John H. Sole of Fremont cost $1,500.00. It was a two-manual tracker-action instrument with nine speaking stops.  This organ was replaced with a Moller organ by the Knapp family.  With the pending demolition of the 1894 structure and the construction of the present Sanctuary beginning in 1960, the Toledo Pipe Organ Company removed the Moller organ.  Upon completion of the new building, they installed a four manual, thirty-six rank instrument. This organ served St. John’s from 1962-1997.

In June, 1997, the organ was removed by the Bunn-Munnick Organ Company of Columbus, Ohio. The craftsmen cleaned, repaired, releathered and rewired the entire organ and added sixteen ranks.  There are 3,513 pipes. They installed the Swell, Choir, and Solo Divisions, plus the bulk of the Pedal Division in time for the 1998 Easter celebrations. The new exposed Great Division and the total refinishing were completed in 1998. The new organ was dedicated September 27, 1998.

Christian Education

St. John’s Lutheran Church strives to provide every member with educational opportunities to enhance and strengthen their relationship with Christ.


SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School for our children age 3 through Grade 6 begins at 8:45 am in the Chapel.  Pastor will lead us in the opening time of music, prayer, offering and announcements.  From there we go to our classrooms where parents can meet their child at 9:50.


PRESCHOOL TO 6th GRADE

For children ages 3 to 6th graders, we offer an exciting and interactive Sunday church school program called SPARK. By using a multisensory approach, each Bible story is presented in different fun and engaging ways. 


CONFIRMATION CLASSES ~ 7th & 8th GRADE

On Sunday mornings, our confirmation students meet in the Confirmation Room (just past the Fellowship Hall upstairs). During this time they will study the Bible, focusing one year on the Old Testament and one year on the New Testament. In addition, students meet with Pastor Wednesday evenings in the Gathering Room to focus on Luther’s Small Catechism.

HereWeStandConfirmation.org is a web based curriculum that covers each of these areas using multi-sensory learning, fun, and technology.  Each student will be given their own password for this site so be sure to check it often for the latest updates and information. 

Both Sunday mornings and Wednesday evening are crucial components to building relationships during this two year process of faith formation. 

HIGH SCHOOL

For our High School students, we offer both topical and biblical studies that are relevant to their interests and experiences. Grades 9-12 meet in the Youth Room each Sunday from 9:00-9:50. Topics included Bible Study, current issues, and movies. All youth are invited to join in this time of fellowship and learning.  Each month we will also meet for fun, fellowship, activities and service projects.  Click here for more information and a calendar of events.    


ADULTS

Beginning at 9:00 am on Sundays, our Adult Bible study meets in the first floor Lounge focusing on both topical and biblical subjects.


ADDITONAL OPPORTUNITIES

St. John’s Lutheran offers a number of additional Christian education opportunities for youth and adults, including:

  • Confirmation classes and service projects
  • First Communion instruction (visit the Communion page for more information)
  • Vacation Bible School for all ages
  • Classes that explore what is means to be Lutheran
  • Small Group Bible Study classes

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

All women of St. John’s Lutheran are invited to join our Women’s Circle meeting and help us with our social projects. Our mission is to act boldly on their faith in Jesus Christ. Through monthly Bible studies and other activities, we are committed to grow in faith and engage in social ministries to support our church, our community, and our world.  In addition to our Bible studies, WELCA is always seeking to make our community and the world a safer, healthier, and more peaceful place so God’s creation can thrive. Social ministry projects include sewing blankets and assembling health kits.