Announcements

“Drive-In” Worship Service    

Join us in the parking lot — corner of Ottawa & Church Street at

9:30 am Sundays

for worship in your vehicle using your car radio FM 91.9


Few items to remember:

* Please remain in your cars; you may roll down your windows due to cars being 6ft apart

* Church will be locked, use the bathroom before arriving

* Bulletins will only be available by clicking here (Wednesday afternoon)

* Enter parking lot using Church Street entrance

* Offering can be dropped off when entering or exiting parking lot

Be sure to watch the link on the Home page regarding Holy Communion


Scripture readings for the coming week:

Monday  Psalm 78:1-8, 17-29, Deuteronomy 8:1-10, Romans 1:8-15

Tuesday  Psalm 78:1-8, 17-29, Deuteronomy 26:1-15, Acts 2:37-47

Wednesday  Psalm 78:1-8, 17-29, Exodus 16:2-15, 31-35, Matthew 15:32-39

Thursday  Psalm 85:8-13, 1 Kings 18:1-16, Acts 17:10-15

Friday  Psalm 85:8-13, 1 Kings 18:17-19, 30-40, Acts 18:24-28

Saturday  Psalm 85:8-13, 1 Kings 18:41-46, Matthew 16:1-4

Sunday   1 Kings 19:9-18, Psalm 85:8-13, Romans 10:5-15, Matthew 14:22-33

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Please contact the office or Pastor Becky with any weekly prayer concerns.  On the first Sunday of the month, we will include a “Communion card” on the back page of the bulletin for you to fill out.


ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFAST will be on Tuesday, August 4th at 9:00am in the 2nd floor Social Room. Pastor Becky will share her experience and insight on Worship, Prayer and Reverence in Different Faiths.  She will talk about different aspects of religions – such as Hindu, Sikh, African Christianity – as she helps us appreciate more deeply our God who loves the whole world and the mysterious and invisible spirit that binds us together in our God oriented, God created humanity.    Lydia Circle is hosting this annual event and they invite all to attend.  Continental breakfast will be served.  A mask is suggested, and social distancing will be maintained.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to help care for the geraniums. You may sign up for a week at a time to help throughout the summer. Please call Brenda Hetrick (419-707-1601) to volunteer. Your help is truly appreciated!

Lutheran Higher Education Scholarships are available to any member of the congregation who attends a Lutheran school.  Request forms are in the church office. Senior Choir is accepting applications for the Doris Mylander Scholarship.  Students should be a member of St. John’s or a student from the BCS school district, in their sophomore or junior years of college, majoring in music.  Please send your requests to the choir in care of the church at 122 W Ottawa Street.

PB & J (Prayer, Bible & Jesusmeets at 6:45pm on Thursdays on the parsonage porch with Bible Study from 7:00 - 8:00. All are welcome to join us!

COMMUNITY MARKET RECEIPTS Please keep your community market receipts and bring them to church - the LYO is collecting the receipts! There is a box in the elevator lobby or you can drop them off to the office. A special thanks to Marge Felder for organizing and tallying them for the LYO!

PERSONAL CARE KITS ITEMS are being collected by Ruth Circle for Lutheran World Relief.  A basket is located in the 1st floor hallway for the following items:

o         Dark colored light-weight, bath towel (20”x40” or 52”x27”)

o         2 or 3 bath-sized soap bars, original wrapping

o         Adult-size toothbrush, original wrapping

o         Sturdy comb, wrapping removed            

o         Metal nail clippers

 

Nominating Committee is looking for several members called by God to serve on the church council or nominating committee for the upcoming year.  Church Council and nominating committee are three year terms.  We ask that each of you prayerfully consider your time, talents, and willingness to serve our church in any of these capacities.  We are looking for at least 2 members to run for each position.

Needed for the ballot:

·        12 members for 6 council positions

·        2 members for Council President position

·        2 members for the Treasurer position

·        4 members for 2 positions on the Nominating Committee

            Members of the nominating committee are: Nancy Harder – Chair, Maria Patrick, Doug Ceraldi, Dave Baker, Beth Beasley and Renee Swartz.  Please contact any of the committee members or the church office if you would be willing to be on the upcoming 2020 ballot.  Thank you.

 

Mission & Ministry and Property & Personnel have been working to create a Medical Equipment Closet available to anyone in our community.

We are accepting donations of gently used durable medical equipment including, but not limited to:   

                     * walkers, canes, wheelchairs

              * raised toilet seats, toilet safety frames, bedside commodes

              * grab bars, shower chairs

        * reachers/grabbers, long-handled shoe horns

We will also accept incontinence supplies such as chux, pull-ups and gloves.  

If you need to make arrangements for items to be picked up or if you have something you feel could be useful but it's not listed, please call the church.



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KEEPING EACH OTHER SAFE & HEALTHY

A responsibility of the Congregation Council is to ensure a safe and healthy environment at our church for our pastor, employees and members.  This COVID-19 virus poses significant challenges for assuring this.  In response to the new State of Ohio initiative and orders to reopen businesses across the state, the Return to Service Committee and Council have developed a St. John's COVID-19 Crisis Health and Safety Plan.  The plan is modeled around the State of Ohio Responsible Protocols issued to help protect citizens while trying to reopen Ohio.

We ask for your understanding and support of these actions as we begin the process of trying to reopen our church and our church missions and activities.  We all pray that this COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end and we can return to a more normal way of life and worship.

Click here for the St John COVID-19 Crisis Health & Safety Plan (updated 7/21/20)
Click here for the St John COVID-19 Crisis Health & Safety Plan (updated 6/16/20)
Click here for the St John COVID-19 Crisis Health & Safety Plan  (updated 5/26/20)
Click here for the St John COVID-19 Reopening Schedule

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ST. JOHN WORSHIP SERVICES & ALL CHURCH ACTIVITIES 

SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


March 18, 2020

Dear Members of St. John’s,

The Congregational Council met last night and discussed in great detail the COVID-19 virus crisis.  We discussed the ever changing and increasing bans and recommendations coming from the President, the Governor of Ohio, and the Center for Disease Control.  We discussed the information being shared concerning the expected increases in confirmed cases and when those increases are expected to peak and subside.  We also discussed the decisions and recommendations coming from the major church organizations and the current decisions that have been made to date by many other local area churches.

Council understands that worshiping in church is very important in the lives of many people and we did not want to remove that opportunity unless it was clearly the correct thing to do. After much deliberation and in light of all of the information available, Council made the decision to suspend all “in church” worship services and church activities indefinitely beginning March 18.  Therefore, there will be no worship services held in the St. John church facilities until further notice.  This decision includes suspending the use of all church facilities for all internal and external organizations and activities. Please note however that if you need pastoral care, do not hesitate to call the office or Pastor directly, 419-356-2249, as well as if you are concerned about someone else.

The church office will currently remain open under normal hours, however for the safety of all, access to the building will be limited to the northeast door of the education building.  Anyone entering the education building should go directly to the church office and check in with the Office Manager before going anywhere else in the building.

Council and Pastor Becky are pursuing making worship services available on-line during this suspension.  We are hopeful to have something in place by this weekend and will be working on more options over the next couple weeks.  Watch for more communication to follow on this and other items. 
Sunday School will continued to be offered on-line on Facebook as it was starting last Sunday evening at 7:30pm.  Catechism is also being set up for on-line classes.  We give thanks to God for our members who have stepped up and are making this happen.

Again, watch for more communications and please pray with me and ask for God’s wisdom and guidance as we deal with these unprecedented conditions.

Blessings,
Clark Price, Council President


Click here for the St. John COVID-19 Crisis Response Plan 


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THERE IS A LARGE PRINT HYMNAL available for the congregation.  It is in a 3-ring binder located on the credence table by the handicap entrance.  If there is a need for more than 1 hymnal at a service, please contact the office.



Keep in your prayers the members of our Call Committee

                                                Karen Abbott        Karen Demangos

                                                   Marcia Jess        Lindsey Lohman

                                         Diane Meckfessel        Mike Shadoan        

                                              David Tooman        Logan Witt