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Worship Ministry

The Worship Ministry works to provide all persons with opportunities to worship and praise the Lord and to participate in a worship service for the glory and honor of God the Father, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Activities include:

  • Support of Sunday Worship services

  • Chancel Choir

  • Handbell Choir

  • Advent Worship and Soup Suppers

  • Lenten Worship and Soup Suppers

  • Summer Worship and picnic

  • Children’s Christmas Program

Contact the Church Office

Tel: 740-452-7569

Prayer Group

Witness Ministry

Our mission is to lead the congregation in witnessing to the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people who are not active members of a Christian congregation, to support the faith development of members and increase the active membership of the congregation.

Activities include:

  • New Member Outreach: The Welcome Center continues to welcome visitors, presenting a welcome gift and following up with delivering a loaf of bread and visiting potential new members.

  • Activity Bags for Children: Activity bags are provided for children to use during the service.

  • Bereavement Ministry: The Bereavement Ministry coordinates bereavement receptions and meals.

Contact the Church Office

Tel: 740-452-7569


Learning Ministry

The Learning Ministry works to provide the tools, means and opportunity to enhance spiritual growth and understanding of God’s message.

Activities include:

  • Recruiting Sunday School teachers for the children’s classes

  • Recruiting Sunday School secretaries who collect the weekly Sunday School offering

  • Overseeing the nursery

  • Delivering Valentines made by Sunday School children to homebound members

  • Purchasing Easter books and key chains for the children, which are passed out on Easter morning

  • Recognizing and thanking Sunday School teachers, nursery volunteers and Sunday School secretaries

  • Recognizing high school graduates and honoring them with a dinner after church

  • Hosting a reception for confirmands

  • Holding Vacation Bible School

  • Supporting “Operation Christmas Child”

  • Supervising games at the Church picnic

Contact the Church Office

Tel: 740-452-7569


Community Caring Ministry

The Community Caring Ministry leads the congregation’s efforts to address the caring of the social, economic and emotional needs of people both within the congregation and in the community at large.

The Ministry continues to serve with designated offerings for Lent, Thanksgiving and Christmas and special projects to support community organizations.

Organizations we’ve supported include:

  • The Salvation Army

  • The American Red Cross

  • Oesterlen-Services for Youth, Inc.

  • Eastside Community Ministry

  • Response

  • Transitions

  • Christ’s Table

  • Senior Center Fund

Contact the Church Office

Tel: 740-452-7569


Youth Ministry


Soulfire is an active ministry for high-school age youth, focusing on service projects, Christian learning and Bible study, and fellowship.

  • Soulfire Rocks – We go to the best in Christian Music.

  • Soulfire Learns – We nurture our relationship with Jesus Christ through his Word.

  • Soulfire Services – If we don’t serve after rocking and learning, we’ve missed the boat.

  • Soulfire’s Other Activities – There is just so much to do with one another.


Amazing Grace Day Camp
Amazing Grace Day Camp is sponsored jointly by the Southern Ohio Synod of the ELCA and Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, working in partnership with St. John’s, who serves as a host church. Day camp provides children, entering ages 1 to 7 with a quality Christian camping experience in their own community. The Amazing Grace Day Camp program – a unique combination of evangelism, outreach and outdoor ministries – focuses on bringing the Good News of our living God to unchurched children and children living in poverty on Southeast Ohio.

ELCA Youth Gathering
ELCA Youth Gatherings bring youth and adult leaders together around a theme that is integrated into all program components. These components including Bible study, service, worship, focused study areas, experiential learning, special events, dances and tours. ELCA Youth Gatherings occur every three years.

Contact the Church Office
Tel: 740-452-7569


Bus Ministry

The Bus Ministry brings children and those needing transportation to the church each Sunday morning to experience learning, worship and a caring Christian family. We have a van and Church bus.

We welcome volunteers who would like to become bus drivers. See Doug Smith for more information.

Activities include transportation to Worship and other ministry purposes, for example:

  • High school youth group mission trip

  • Family trip to the Creation Museum

  • DCYF to a hot dog roast

  • Transportation to Amazing Grace Day Camp

  • Trips to Kings Island

  • Trips to Christian music concerts

The bus and van are also used for trips, retreats and other ministry purposes. Church members can call the Church office to use them or book a trip for a group.

Contact the Church Office

Tel: 740-452-7569


Property Ministry

The mission of the Property Ministry is to provide for the maintenance and improvement of all the real and personal property of the congregation; to provide the equipment and materials necessary and helpful for the congregation to carry out its mission and ministry; to provide for the scheduled maintenance and replacement of property and equipment.

Activities include:

  • Restoration of stained glass windows

  • Repair of walls and ceilings

  • Maintaining shrubs, flower beds and grounds

  • Repair of roofs and downspouts

  • Parking lot maintenance and repair

  • Plumbing and heating/air conditioning repair

  • Maintenance of church organ

Contact the Church Office
Tel: 740-452-7569

Laptop and Paperwork

Stewardship Ministry

The Stewardship Ministry initiates programs for the development of good stewardship attitudes in the members of the congregation in regard to time, talents and treasures. It provides for the training and utilization of members of the congregation for the work of Christ’s Kingdom, and it ensures the financial stability of the congregation and its work through a developed program of dedicated, proportionate, first fruits giving.

Contact the Church Office

Tel: 740-452-7569

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