St. John Lutheran Church

The Purple Door Church

1100 North Main St.  Celina, OH 45822




Be Involved


The Bible teaches the priesthood of all believers – meaning every believer has a responsibility to minister to others using the gifts and abilities God gave them.  

We believe:


We have all been given gifts by God  (Ephesians 4:1-16)

The gifts given to each of us are different and vital to the body of Christ  (1 Corinthians 12)

We are challenged by God to put these gifts into action  (Romans 12:1-8)


St. John Lutheran Church is committed to acting on our mission statement of “Making the Love of Christ Known.”  We recognize that people come to our church family with differing gifts and needs.  We offer a variety of ministries which allow people the opportunity to serve others, grow in faith, and cultivate valuable relationships.


Here I Am, Lord, Send Me!

Once you have made the decision to become an active participant of St. John, we have many tools to help you find your “sweet spot” in ministry. 

These include:

A spiritual gift inventory which is a short questionnaire designed to help you figure out which gifts God has given you. 

Ministry Opportunity booklet published each year to give you information about all of the different ways you can serve.

A staff member to meet with you one-on-one to help match your gifts and passions with a ministry.


If you have any questions or would like to begin the process of getting involved, contact Heather Kuhn, Church Administrator.



July 6-9 - Escape Room - Call office for reservation


July  12th - Ice Cream Social - Car Show


July 13-16 - Escape Room - Call office for reservation


July 25th - Church Pool Party 10:30- 12:30


July 27th - 30th - Vacation Bible School




August 4-15 - Footsteps of Paul Trip


August 24 - Red Cross Blood Drive



September - WOW (Date to be determined)

Confirmation Camp 2020

Join us at Lutherwald with Pastor Jeff. A week that combines 2 hours of study with your pastor and confirmation class each morning, followed by a full day of great camp activities: hiking, arts and crafts, games, music, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and campfire programs. Confirmation campers register as a group, coordinated by your local congregation. Check with your pastor for details. This event is for all soon to be 7th and 8th grade students. 

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

The Holy Land is where it all started; the lands into which Abraham first walked from Ur, the land which God promised to Abraham and his descendants. Monotheism started here and this is where Isaac, Jacob, Sara and Lea lived. This is the land all armies and nations have, for generations, aspired to conquer and control, the land where David triumphed over Goliath, and where Solomon built his temple.


But above all, Christians need to be here because this is where Jesus was born, crucified and resurrected. Only in the Holy Land will you be able to walk where Jesus walked, to follow in his footsteps, to see and feel the places where the disciples walked with the Lord, where Jesus preformed his miracles and the place where he was nailed to the cross to forgive the sins of all Christians.

Event Registration

VBS 2020 - Knights of North Castle

We are excited to announce that we will be having VBS this year!! Mark your calendars for July 27th - July 30th. 

Spots are extremely limited. Sign up today! 

Pilgrimage following the Footsteps of

St. Paul 

Apostle Paul was Christianity's greatest missionary, responsible for writing over half the New Testament and spreading the gospel in the first century AD.  In August of 2020, we will pilgrimage together,  walking in the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece.


On this pilgrimage we will visit many of the cities that we read about in Paul’s letters, walking where he walked and listening to passages from his letters being read in the very places from which they were written. We will pray together, learn together, and share Eucharist together, all while visiting incredibly beautiful and historic sites and growing together as a community. We will visit Athens and Corinth, and cruise the Greek Isles. In each of these locations we will explore religious sites and immerse ourselves in the local culture.

First Communion 


Join us for First Communion classes on March 21st and 28th from 10am - Noon. First Communion will be held Thursday April 9th at 7:30pm in the sanctuary. 

Kite Festival 

A fun afternoon of kite flying, dinner and fellowship. Bring your own kite or use one provided. We have 5 different catagories each year for you to compete in along with bounce houses, gaga ball and a playground for the little ones. 

Women's Spring Fling

Once a year the WELCA women throw a fabulous event, The Spring Fling. A night full a laughter, food and fellowship. This event is always the beginning of May with tickets going on sale in April.  This year we painted signs and had flowers for sale.

Purple Door Pacers 5K

Our first ever 5K run/walk was held on our grounds this past May with all proceeds going to C.A.L.L. Food Pantry. We had a 5K run around our grounds, a 5K walk around our buildingand

 kids fun run was held out on the soccer fields. For our first year we had 50 participants and donated 26 food items and $680!

Community Easter Egg Hunt

This year we held our first ever community Easter Egg Hunt. Even though that morning was cold and rainy we had an amazing turn out! We are already making plans for next year.

Beth Moore Simulcast

We spent the day with our 'Strong Sisters' getting refreshed with Beth Moore during the Living Proof simulcast. 

Festival of Tables 

A morning of fellowship and brunch. You can choose to decorate a table or just enjoy the company.  Always the first Saturday of December and always a great time. 

Puerto Rico Mission Trip 

Pilgrimage 2019