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A Faith-Filled Step Forward

For 151 years, St. John Lutheran Church has been boldly “Making the Love of Christ Known.” We proclaim God’s Word through our words and actions, we shine light into the dark places of this world, we tear down barriers of division, we act boldly in faith and love, and we protect and provide for the most vulnerable in our communities. We make decisions that reflect God’s love for us and our love for one another.
Thirteen months later, this pandemic is not over. Some parts of the world are experiencing a vaccine shortage and record-breaking infection rates. In Mercer County, we have an abundance of safe vaccines available, and our infection rates, hospitalization rates, and death rates remain very low.
Yesterday the board decided that beginning Sunday, May 2, we will continue reopening. We will move to masks optional. We continue to encourage masks, safe-distancing, and hand-washing. But if you are comfortable worshiping without a mask, feel free. Throughout the week, in and out of the church, remain sensitive to the needs of others. In small group gatherings, bible studies, etc., if someone asks the group to wear masks, please love them enough to honor their request.As we continue to move out of this pandemic, look forward to the reopening of the nursery, passing offering plates, more frequent Holy Communion, and the reappearance of coffee and doughnuts. These will all return in time.
Vicar Charlie and I are beginning to visit. If you would like us to visit, please let us know. We are fully vaccinated, but we will assume you prefer we wear masks unless you tell us otherwise.
Believe it or not, it is time to prepare to bid farewell to Vicar Charlie. He has been with us for almost a year. His last Sunday will be July 11th. St. Paul's in North Star will have a farewell dinner for Charlie on June 27th at 4:30. In Celina, we will have a 3-part reception, after each worship service in the Parlor on July 11th
The Mission Week is this week, June 21-June 24. Please keep the youth, the leaders, and the communities they will serve in your prayers this week. For more information please contact Ingrid at .
This week, we are collecting items for our day at Wernle. Items requested include canvases in assorted sizes, paint brushes in assorted sizes, bottles of acrylic paint in assorted colors, easels, clay, pottery supplies, sketch pads, sketch pencils, pastels, charcoal, and other classroom art supplies.
This important ministry comes from CALL Food Pantry. It provides food for children during the summer. Our church will be delivering on June 30 and August 4.  Delivery is between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days.  If you are interested in helping with the delivery, please contact Romana at
This year’s VBS theme is Concrete and Cranes and the excitement is building! We will be having VBS Monday, July 26-Thursday, July 29 from 6:00pm-8:00pm each night. Free Will Dinner will be 5:00pm-6:00pm each night.  Registration is now open! For more information please contact  Jenelle Gross at  Registration cards can be found in the Welcome Centers or you can register online.
Feeling called to serve this summer? We are still in need of a few good servants for VBS. Please contact Jenelle at to get signed up to change a child’s life!  You can also follow below link to sign up!
This year the 4th of July falls on a Sunday. Our evening worship in North Star will begin with a picnic at 4:30. Outdoor relaxed worship will follow. Bring a folding chair and a dish to share. All are invited.
Take out Church is still available in the back of the church. Get your box today! Don’t forget to share or email your pictures to Jenelle Gross at
Your offering dollars make a difference. We have two important funds that directly benefit our children and youth. Camperships makes it possible for our youth to attend outdoor ministry camps. So far this summer we’ve provided camp scholarship monies to 15 students. Partners in Education provides scholarship monies to our College Students at Christian based universities. Both of these are only possible because of your generosity. Thank You!
Altar Flowers are given by Dan & Kathy Snider in Honor of our 47th wedding anniversary.
Join us for Baobab Blast, Monday, June 14 through Thursday, June 17th. Children 3 and up, to those entering 6th grade this fall. To register, please visit the St. Paul Lutheran Church Near North Star Facebook page.
Pub Theology will be taking a break over the summer. We will return in September.
Put it on your calendar! We will be camping at Lake Loramie Park, September 10-12. Sites are $75 for the weekend and are limited to 6 people each.  You can register here or contact Jen Roidt at 419-586-8004 or Sue Buxton at 419-305-7008. They will handle the reservations with the park.
Aubree Joan Shellabarger is welcomed into baptism during the 10:45 worship service this morning. Aubree is the daughter of Dan & Brandi Shellabarger. She is the granddaughter of Don & Lori Shellabarger and Melvin & Sue Roehm. Her sponsors are Josh & Lauren Roth.
Berkley Lou Roth is welcomed into baptism during the 10:45 worship service this morning. Berkley is the daughter of Joshua & Lauren Roth. She is the granddaughter of Mindy & Dave Dilsaver, Dennis Roth, and Melvin & Sue Roehm. Her sponsors are Matt Roth and Christy Shively.
Congrats Aubree and Berkley!

Our New Intern

Hello! My name is Andrea McDonough, and I am looking forward to meeting and serving with all of you. In addition to being a seminarian at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, I am the mother of two great children— my daughter, Annika, and my son, Evan. I have lived in Ohio for over fifteen years but have spent time in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida. I love music and art and make time for both. I first discerned a call to ministry when I was a member and employee of the United Methodist Church, but the theology and inclusivity of the ELCA have made it my true spiritual home— I am looking forward to sharing my next steps with your congregation.  My two-year internship will begin in late August. See you soon!

Prayer Concerns

Pat Maury, Heather Cramer, Jerry Linn, Jackie Czernik, Laurie Eichenauer, Ron & Darlene Adams, Rick & Marilyn Nelson, and Don Bird.

Spanish Class

Our staff has decided to do some continuing education together.  And you are invited to join us. We will be learning Spanish on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 4:30.  Let us know if you are interested.

New Members class

If you are interested in becoming a member of St. John Lutheran or want to learn more about church values, history, and ministry gifts, we are offering a 2-week course on Wednesdays, May 5th & 12th at 6:30 pm OR Saturdays, May 15th & 22nd at 10:00 am. Please contact Vicar Charlie ( if you are interested, want to sign up or have any questions. 

Quilters are back

Our quilting ministry is back (thanks to vaccinations).  They will be meeting on the second  and fourth Tuesdays of the month starting at 9:00 am in the Sewing Room. You don’t need to know how to sew to join in the fun. They would love to see you there! 

Hiking Club

Come hike with us . Let's keep fit, socialize, share God's word and his goodness as we hike and enjoy the nature.   Our first hike at  Kendrick Woods in Spencerville was a fun filled event and we look forward to more hikes.
Below is a schedule of upcoming hikes:
John Byran State Park, Yellow Springs OH -  Saturday, June 19 at 10.00 a.m.
Hueston Woods State Park, Oxford, OH - Saturday, July 17 at 10 .00 a. m.
Kuenning-Dicke Natural Area, New  Bremen, OH - Sunday , Aug 15 at 1.00 p.m.
Ohio Caverns,  West Liberty OH - Sunday, Sept 19, at 1.00 p.m.
Ouabache State Park, Bluffton, IN -  Saturday,  Oct 16 at 10.00 a.m.
 For more info, please contact Romana at 

Foot STEPS  OF PAUL PILGRIMAGE - greece pilgrimage postponed

Sadly, we've decided to postpone our August pilgrimage to Greece. In the United States, we are slowly coming out of the pandemic. Greece and many countries in that part of the world are still in the grip of the pandemic. It is possible Greece may be open for travel, but there will probably be many restrictions on that travel. New dates are coming.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Join us on a life-changing pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and experience an amazing spiritual adventure of a lifetime. We will travel you to sacred Holy sites where Jesus Christ lived, walked, preached, and performed miracles.  You will connect with your faith physically and spiritually as you grow in first-hand knowledge of the scriptures.
The tradition of taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land dates back to the 300s.   As you travel through the Holy Land you will experience and explore the landscape and culture of our LORD and reflect on the spiritual and religious significance of the land where Jesus and His disciples lived, walked and ministered.    New dates are scheduled: January 28 - February 6, 2022.