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.



March 4th - W.O.W. starts at 6:30pm Free Will Dinner starts at 5:30pm


March 7th - Men's Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall 8am


March 8th - Youth Pancake Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 8am


March 11th - W.O.W. starts at 6:30pm Free Will Dinner starts at 5:30pm


Postponed for a later date- 1:30 Presentation on Israel/Greece, Fellowship Hall



April 4th - Men's Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall 8am

April 8th - NO WOW​​​​​​​

April 11th- Community Egg Hunt - 10am Family Life Center and grounds

April 15th - W.O.W. starts at 6:30pm Free Will Dinner starts at 5:30pm

April 22th - W.O.W. Celebration Carnival

Free Will Dinner starts at 5:30pm

April 26th - Confirmation Sunday



May 2nd- Men's Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall 8am


May 3rd- Kitefest 4pm


May 4th- Blood Drive in the Family Life Center


May 6th- Mission Trip Parent Meeting in Fellowship Hall 6pm-7:30pm


May 16th- Purple Door Ultimate 5K 9am


May 17th- Graduation Sunday - All 3 services





Mission Trip 2020 - Green Bay, WI

This year we will be traveling to Green Bay, WI for our mission trip. Join us in helping with small jobs such as pianting, building porches, ramps, stairs, and fences.  We will be departing St. John Lutheran June 14th and returning June 20th. To reserve your spot there is a $75 deposit due by Oct. 23rd. 

Confirmation Camp 2020

Join us June 14th - 19th 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. 

Church Campout 2020

Join us at the St. Mary's State Park June 5-7. Expect a place to gather for coffee and donuts in the mornings, evening bonfires, Saturday night carry in and worship and much much more. Friday evening meal and lunches are on your own. Full hook up, electric and cabins are available. 


Click the button below to sign up for this fun and relaxing event.


Event Registration

Purple Door Ultimate 5K

Join the Purple Door Pacers for the 2nd annual Purple Door 5K being held May 16th on the grounds of St. John Lutheran Church. We are going big this year for our 150th anniversary and adding bouce houses and other obstacles. We also hold a children's fun run, the cost for kids is 2 non perishable food items for CALL Food Pantry. The cost to pre-register for the 5K is $15 with out shirt and $30 with shirt. 

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.

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