Ministries & Support
Our church offers a mid-week Communion service on the Wednesday following a non-Communion Sunday service. This service is a non-musical, devotional service that begins at 6pm and usually lasts about 15 minutes. Our church feels Communion is an important and vital aspect of our religion and offers this opportunity for those who want “the bread of life” more than twice a month as offered in our Sunday services. This service is perfect for those who work on Sundays, couldn’t make it to church when Communion has been offered, those who want additional opportunities for this divine meal, and others who prefer a more intimate service setting.
Please join us in October on Wednesday the 17th and 31st – in November on Wednesday the 14th and 28th . Please check back for the many opportunities to attend church with us in December.
The Prayer Chain
If a member has a situation that they feel requires concentrated prayer, they can contact a member of the Prayer Chain. After the call has been taken by the captain, that person will then call the next person on the chain. That person will relay the prayer request to the next person and so on. Every prayer request is considered personal and private. If the requester wants the information to be shared or if the requester wants Pastor advised of the situation, the captain will make that known when passing on the request. For more information on the Prayer Chain, or to contact the appropriate individual, please contact the church office at 440-466-2473.
At this time we do not have a Stephen Ministers program. Stephen Ministers care for members facing difficult times. More than 10,000 congregations from more than 100 Christian denominations have a Stephen Ministry, however. Stephen Ministers provide confidential pastoral care to all those experiencing divorce, grief, hospitalization, discouragement, and other life difficulties. If you are in need of guidance or care, please contact the church office at 440-466-2473. If you, as a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church would like to re-start our Stephen Ministries program, please call the office to volunter
On the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, a number of parishioners along with Pastor get together at a two of our local Assisted Living facilities to hold a non-communion service for the residents there. Pastor leads the service while the St. John’s parishioners help the residents follow along and sing. The services last about a half an hour. Afterwards, a little gift is handed out to each resident compliments of the church’s craft circle. Everyone is invited to join us for these worship events. Call the church office at 440-466-2473 for times and event locations.
Geneva Area Food Pantry/Produce Giveaway
The Geneva Area Food Pantry is a Geneva Ministerial Association supported food pantry to assist anyone from the Geneva Area City School District who qualifies financially, that may need emergency food. This includes Austinburg, Geneva, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Trumbull and Harpersfield. It is supported by local churches and by donations of food and money from generous residents. On average, the pantry serves 10-20 families each day that it is open. The USDA stipulates that a three day food supply be given to anyone in need, however the Pantry tries to supply more than that. The Pantry serves on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1pm to around 3pm. Since the Pantry operates with appointments, many times, the Pantry may close early. The staff consists of volunteers. Some food is purchased from Country Neighbor in Orwell through the Cleveland Food Bank. Food is also purchased locally supporting the Geneva and Saybrook Giant Eagle Stores. Many local churches and individuals donate food and money monthly which helps the Pantry purchase non-donated food items. The Pantry participates each year with the United States Postal Service during their “Stamp Out Hunger” event. St. John’s is a great supporter of the Food Pantry by donating money, plastic bags, food and many volunteers. St. John’s hosts the Mobile Food Pantry program on the Second Saturday of each month from April – October each year. This event, also run by many volunteers from St. John’s, helps distribute free produce to residents living in the Geneva Area City School District. Food is brought in by box truck from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, sorted, and distributed starting at 9am. Those wishing to receive the produce are asked to bring a piece of identification each time they come to the event. The event is such a huge success it is usually finished by 10:00am. If you would like more information on receiving assistance from either of these Food Pantry programs, please contact the Geneva Area Food Pantry at 440-466-5500 or you may contact the church office at 440-466-2473.
Thrivent Financial is a faith-based, not-for-profit membership organization of nearly 2.5 million members. They are a Fortune 500 financial services organization offering a wide variety of products and services from insurance to financing, from financial planning to investments. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of its members, their families and their communities by providing solutions that focus on financial security, wellness and caring for others. Their original vision is to be the organization Lutherans, Lutheran congregations and Lutheran institutions seek first when pursuing financial goals, however, due to the demand of the public, Thrivent is now open to everyone! Thrivent brings together a combined 185 year history of two fraternal benefit societies of Aid Association for Lutherans and Lutheran Brotherhood and draws upon the experience of rich heritage of each. The organization has the resources and tools to make a difference in the lives of their members and their families, faith communities and beyond. You can become a member of Thrivent Financial by purchasing a financial product through a Thrivent representative. The local Thrivent Office is located in Concord, Ohio at 9930 Johnnycake Ridge Road, #5c. You can reach them at 440-354-5611. Thrivent Financial has several programs that supports the churches and the community, through their Action Team programs. For more information about Thrivent Financial financial products, log onto www.thrivent.com. or give the local office a call!
Lutheran Bible Translators
St. John’s was honored to sponsor and support missionary John Strasen, a long-time member of St. John’s. Before John retired, he was a member of Lutheran Bible Translators (LBT). He spent many years working in Namibia, Africa trying to get the New Testament translated into the “heart language” of the Dhimba people. Currently, thanks to many including John, the Dhimba Language New Testament is complete and has been distributed to the Namibia community. John worked many hours translating, proof-reading the text and getting it into correct type-set form. He often told us of the eagerness of Namibia residents to learn more about Jesus, even walking all day to get to the nearest Bible study location. If would like to support this ministry or learn more about their work, contributions and questions can be sent to: Lutheran Bible Translators PO Box 2050 Aurora, IL 60507.
The Sharp Family is currently in Uruguay and St. John’s is proud to have supported them for over 3 years now. You can follow the Sharp family through their newsletter, in emails, and with Facebook. They have been blessed with major support and thus, have expanded their facilities, ministries, and services. God be praised!
In 1898 within parishioner’s homes, three families founded what was to become St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Geneva. Our first official church building was (and still is) located on West Main Street, State Route 20 in Geneva, across from the Geneva UHHS Hospital from timber cut from the parishioner’s farms and transported by horse drawn wagons. Our church legally organized in 1915 in accordance with the beliefs of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.
St. John’s members continue their commitment to spread God’s Word in the Geneva area, from our present church building at 811 South Broadway, Geneva that was built using river rocks from the Grand River in 1964.
Along with its forefathers, todays members of St. John’s share the same Savior – Jesus Christ! It is this Savior that makes the members of St. John’s brothers and sisters in Christ, whether those members are brand-new or long-standing, single or married, poor or wealthy, elderly or young! By Baptism into Christ and through faith in Him, we truly are all part of God’s family.
Our Church motto “Come Join Us As We Grow in Christ” is not just our motto, but our sincere wish!
What To Expect
In order for you to know what to expect, we provide this overview of our worship service experience.
First, you need to find the church. Visit our map page to view directions and maps to our church. The parking lot is behind the church and you enter through the rear door to your left. There is always someone there to greet you and answer any questions that you may have.
Children’s Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. and Adult Bible Study begins at 9:30 a.m. Adult Bible Study is led by our Pastor and is rather informal. Coffee is provided. You can bring your own bible, but NIV bibles are provided. The adult bible class and children’s Sunday School both end around 10:15 a.m. The adult bible study is a great way to meet some of our members and get to know them better. On any given Sunday, there are about fifteen to twenty people present for the adult class. We also conduct bible study on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can contact Pastor Schroeder for more information if interested.
Church services begin at 10:30 a.m. and follow the Missouri Lutheran Church Order of Service as found in the Lutheran Service Book of 2006. A nursery is provided. Worshippers tend to wear whatever they are most comfortable in. You will see anything from suits and ties to sport shirts and slacks for the men, while the women wear anything from slacks and a blouse to skirts or dresses. Children dress comfortably. Communion is usually celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month. We practice “close(d)” communion which means that those who are not confirmed in the Missouri Lutheran Church are asked to talk with the Pastor several weeks prior to first taking communion. The order of worship is found in the bulletin as well as in the Lutheran Hymnal. In the very front of the hymnal are suggested prayers that you may want to use before and after the service. You will be asked to sign the guest register at the end of the service but, no one will call on you in person or by phone unless you request it. Also, you will not be asked to stand up during the service and introduce yourself. It is the responsibility of our members to support the church so guests are not expected to contribute to the offering but, may do so if they wish.
We also conduct special services during the religious holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, as well as weekday services during the season of Lent. Check the church calendar on this web site for more information.
St. John’s is actively involved in community outreach programs and we also support various missionary projects. You will find us very friendly and we truly provide a family atmosphere. You can feel free to get involved in as much or as little as you have time for and are comfortable with.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I become a member of St. John’s?
Membership is open to anyone who has been confirmed in the Missouri Lutheran Church. We hold adult classes forprospective members as needed. These usually consist of six weeks of meetings, one evening per week for a few hours. Prospective members then participate in a short service in front of the congregation during a regular church service. If you are already a member of a Missouri Lutheran Church, you may have your membership transferred to St. John’s. Check with your local Pastor for instructions. Current members of St. John’s become voting members by signing the church’s Constitution at a meeting of the Voter’s Assembly.
2. Where can I go to find out more about what Lutherans believe?
General searches through Google, Yahoo and other search engines will provide much information. Information about the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church can be found at http://www.lcms.org. Our church is founded on the teachings of Martin Luther and a search of his name will also provide additional information. You may also find the information provided by the Lutheran Hour Ministries (http://www.lhm.org) interesting.
3. Is St. John’s handicapped accessible?
Partially. Outer doors are push button operated for wheel chairs but, the restrooms are not easily wheel chair accessible at this time as the doors do not have automatic openers.
4. Do you provide a nursery for young children during the church service?
Yes, this service is oprovided to worshippers free of charge.
5. Can anyone take communion?
No. St. John’s practices close(d) communion which is open to members of the church who have been confirmed in the Missouri Lutheran Church faith or those who have met with the Pastor several weeks prior to taking communion.
6. Is the Pastor open to office visitations if I am a non-member?
Call the Pastor at 440-466-2473 and he will be happy to discuss this with you.
7. Can I obtain food, clothing or money directly from St. John’s?
No, but St. John’s does help with the area food distribution programs offered by other agencies.
8. Is the Pastor available to perform weddings or funerals for non-members?
Generally the answer is no. However, special circumstances may exist where the Pastor would be willing to do so. This generally happens when it is requested through a member. Contact the Pastor for more information.
9. Does St. John’s provide day care during the week?
No, we do not have a day care program, but we do offer pre-school classes. Check this web site for more information on our Pre-School.
10. Can I rent the church for my private event?
No, St. John’s Church is not available for rental use by the general public but, our athletic field is available for approved community activities.