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What We Believe:

We are a member of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod with the goal of spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. He is the Savior and Lord people need for living a full life here and for life eternal.

We believe in a God who loves the people of the world so much, that He has provided a way for us to come to Him and receive a spiritual life that blesses the believer here in this world and gives him a place in heaven as well.

We accept that the Old and New Testaments are the revealed Word of God which were verbally inspired. We also accept several confessional writings including the Apostle's creed, Nicene creed, Luther's Large and Small Catechism, and others.

We practice what is known as Close Communion.

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Who We Are:

We have over 600 members, including nearly 500 communicant members and over 100 members Baptized but not yet confirmed.

Many of our members live in rural areas and are involved in agriculturally related activities. However, many members also work or live in surrounding communities including Napoleon, Wauseon, Liberty Center, Pettisville, and Archbold.

What We Do:

We provide worship opportunities in our building where, not only can we approach God, but more importantly, God can approach the hearts of people through the Word and the Sacraments so that He may bring people to Himself. God feeds and strengthens believers in their faith and life before Him. The church also provides Christian fellowship for believers. The Pastor of the church counsels and guides the members with the Word of God.

Activities within St. John include the Adult Choir, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Ladies Aid, Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Booster Club, PTL, Lutheran Youth Fellowship and Adult Handbell Choir.

Support is also given to various organizations including our Synod, the Lutheran Laymen's League, Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne, Lutheran World Relief, Morning Meditation, and many others.

Our School:

Perhaps our biggest outreach is our Parochial day school program. St. John Lutheran Church supports a school with nearly 80 students. Education is provided for grades kindergarten through eighth. Teachers for grades one through eight instruct two grade levels each. Also serving our school part-time are a cook, librarian, teacher's aide, a remedial reading instructor, computer instructor, and music director.

Students participate in a wide variety of activities at St. John Lutheran School. Music programs include student choirs, a bell choir, Christmas program, and operettas. Athletic activities in which students may participate include cross-country, volleyball, football, and basketball.

Contact Information:

You are welcome to attend services at St. John Lutheran Church Sunday mornings at 9:00am. Sunday School and Bible Class follow the service. We are located in Northwest Ohio at the corner of Henry County Roads U and 16. Map available

Our pastor is Stephen Niermann. You may contact him at the church office, 419-598-8961, or by E-mail at: sniermann@sjl.org.

Our School Principal, Mary K. Rettig, may be reached at our school office, 419-598-8702, or by E-mail at mrettig@sjl.org.

Our Church/School Secretary, Joyce Wiechers, may be reached at our school office, 419-598-8702, or by E-mail at jwiechers@sjl.org.

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