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Weather Update Jan 4, 2013 re: WORSHIP TOMORROW MORNING

FYI to all:

At this point, we will be holding both worship services tomorrow morning.  From all I’ve seen and heard, the accumulation by noon tomorrow will be relatively light (i.e., 1-3 inches), with things really picking up in the afternoon and evening.  (i.e., the kids sure will enjoy what will almost certainly be an extended Winter Break!).
At the same time, if any of you are concerned at all about making it safely to and from worship, please do NOT feel any pressure to make the trip.  We will make any adjustments needed.
The ONLY exception will be if our local Allen County Homeland Security issues a local travel WARNING barring any travel on the roads (except emergency vehicles).  Here is that exact wording:

  • The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a “warning” local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:
    • (A) refrain from all travel;
    • (B) comply with necessary emergency measures;
    • (C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
    • (D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
The best description and web site I could find to watch this is here:
A detailed map of each county’s current status can be found at that site.
Pastor Paul
P.S.  – this is more current than what I mention on the church’s main voicemail, but the basic gist is the same:  stay home if you feel uncomfortable on the roads.  If you come, someone will be there to welcome you.

Pastor Paul Offhaus
260-426-5751 church
260-348-6357 cell

“[Jesus told his disciples,] “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Abide in my love.”

+ John 15:8-9

Installation of ELCA Presiding Bishop being streamed live at St. John this Saturday


Monday, September 30, 2013


On Saturday, October 5, 2013, St. John Lutheran Church, 729 West Washington Blvd in downtown Fort Wayne, will be video streaming the installation service for the incoming presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, most recently the bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod, ELCA.  The installation itself will occur at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, which seats approximately 1,500 people.

The Rev. Jessica R. Crist, bishop of the ELCA Montana Synod and chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops, will preach the sermon. Scripture texts for the installation service are Isaiah 42:5-9, 2 Corinthians 4:1-12 and Mark 4:1-9. Among the guests attending are representatives from the ELCA’s full communion partners, members from The Lutheran World Federation, ELCA companions from around the world, members of this church and others. The liturgy will include a diversity of music led by organ, piano, bagpipes, brass, choir, soloists, drum, guitar and more.


St. John’s sanctuary will be open beginning at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) for pre-service music, with the Installation service starting at 3:00 p.m.


Parking is best accessed of of either eastbound Jefferson Blvd or southbound Van Buren St..  All are welcome!


Further details about Bishop-Elect Easton are included below.  Questions about the event at St. John may be directed to the Rev. Paul Offhaus at 260-426-5751, ext 101.


Installation – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

About Bishop Eaton
The 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly elected the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton as this church’s fourth presiding bishop. She will serve a six-year term beginning November 1.

Born in Cleveland on April 2, 1955, Eaton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.

Ordained June 4, 1981, Eaton served as assistant pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington, Ohio; interim pastor of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Boardman, Ohio; and pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Ashtabula, Ohio. She was elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod in 2006 and re-elected in May 2013.

Eaton is involved in a number of boards and committees. She is a board member of Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Capital University, both based in Columbus, Ohio. She is a member of the Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee and the ELCA Conference of Bishops Executive Committee. She also serves on the Conference of Bishops Domestic Ready Bench and serves in roles with the ELCA Malaria Campaign, the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, PORTICO Philosophy of Benefits Task Force, Ohio Council of Churches and Lutheran Planned Giving in Ohio.

Prior to her election, Eaton was the liaison bishop to the ELCA Church Council and a member of the ELCA Memorials Committee for the 2007, 2011 and 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assemblies. She served as a delegate to The Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Budapest in 1984, on the review team for Lutheran Episcopal dialogues in 1982, and she was a part of the delegation from the ELCA’s predecessor church bodies to the German Democratic Republic in 1982.

Eaton’s husband, the Rev. T. Conrad Selnick, an Episcopal priest, is pastor of St. Christopher’s-by-the-River in Gates Mills, Ohio. They reside in Ashtabula and are parents of two adult children, Rebeckah, who is married to Michael Ray, and Susannah.