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 (beginning 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

 

The 2020 Easter Lily Memorials & Honorariums can be viewed by clicking here.

The 2020 Geranium Memorials & Honorariums can be viewed by clicking here.


Scripture readings for the coming week:

Mon  Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Joel 2:18-29, Romans 8:18-24

Tues  Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Ezekiel 39:7-8, 21-29, Romans 8:26-27

Wed  Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Numbers 11:24-30, John 7:37-39

Thurs  Psalm 8, Job 38:1-11, 2 Timothy 1:8-12a

Fri  Psalm 8, Job 38:12-21, 2 Timothy 1:12b-14

Sat  Psalm 8, Job 38:22-38, John 14:15-17

Sun The Holy Trinity  Genesis 1:1—2:4a, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13, Matthew 28:16-20

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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 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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2020 BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN for Heartbeat of Ottawa County  will take place between Mother’s Day (May 10th) and Father’s Day (June 21st).  If you would like to pick up a baby bottle to fill with change, dollar bills, and/or check, please contact the church office to make arrangements.

PB & J (Prayer, Bible & Jesusmeets at 6:45pm on Wednesdays in the 1st floor lounge with Bible Study from 7:00 - 8:00. All are welcome to join us on Wednesdays!

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!

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