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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.
We 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.
Pat Maury, Heather Cramer, Jerry Linn, Jackie Czernik, Laurie Eichenauer, Darlene Adams, and Don Bird.
This important ministry comes from CALL Food Pantry. It provides food for children during the summer. Our church will be delivering on  August 4.  Delivery is between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.   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.
Just a reminder that we will be serving meals every night of VBS from 5:00ppm-6:00pm. These meals are Free Will Donation. All are welcome!
Monday -  Salad bar, Grilled Chicken, Ham Sandwich, Chips, Apple Sauce
Tuesday  -T acos, Grilled Chicken, Salad Bar
Wednesday - Chicken Fingers, Mac & Cheese, Salad Bar, Grilled Chicken
Thursday - Pizza, Salad Bar, Grilled Chicken, Fruit
Come to Bryson Pool on Friday, July 30th from 5:30pm-8:30pm to celebrate the end of another wonderful VBS week!
Sunday, August 1st during the 9:15 service, the children will be showcasing what they learned this year at VBS.
Come join us after service on Sunday, August 1 for a Pancake Breakfast served by the Youth to celebrate another successful VBS week!
We've upgraded our Wi-Fi at the church. If you need the new password, please ask any staff member.
Social Concerns will be collecting school supplies from August 1st-August 12th for needy students in Mercer County. Any cash donations will be used to offset fees and purchase supplies. Items may be put in the containers located in the Narthex and in the Family Life Center. These supplies will be taken to Our Home to help families in need. Thank you so much!
July-September Portals of Prayer are available in the office or the Welcome Centers.
The Altar Flowers are given by the family of Ginny Brewer in Honor of her 89th birthday.
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. Regular sites are $75  and Cabins $200 for the weekend and are limited to 6 people each. Please note  (linens are not included in the cabins). 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.
Put it on your calendar!  St. John Lutheran Church is participating in this year's Lake Festival on July 24 . starting at 6.30 p.m.   We are inviting you to walk with us as we showcase our Float .  Please join us, do not not miss this exciting event of the year!

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!

Our new intern will move in on Sunday, July 25 at Noon. Come to worship dressed and ready to lend a hand, or come back at Noon. She will need help moving some furniture, boxes, etc. Please join us! After moving in, she will go back to Columbus for a couple of more weeks of classwork. Her first Sunday with us will be August 15th

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.

purple door pacers WALKING CLUB-  10 .00 A.M.

The Purple Door Pacers will continue to meet in August at 10:00am on Monday and Thursday at different locations.  Below is the schedule, it can also be found in your August Tower or on the bulletin board outside of the office. All are welcome and encouraged to come walk.
July 26 – Fairground, meet eet at Grandstand
July 29 – Nature Preserve Heritage Trails, 14840 Country Rd.66A, St.  Marys
Aug 2 - Eastview, meet at Beach
Aug 5 - Franklin Nature Preserve Montezuma
Aug 9 - Start at Church and walk to Courthouse and back
Aug 12 - Lakeshore meet at Gazebo
Aug 16 - High School Track
Aug 19 - Fairground, meet at Grandstand
Aug 23 - Bike Path
Aug 26 - Canal, start at 40 acre pond
Aug 30 - Lakeshore, meet at Boat Dock

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,  Aug 21  at 10.00 a.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.