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Adult Bible Class
“Faith Lessons from the Early Church”
June 5, 10:45 am
Beginning with the Sunday class on June 5 (10:45 in the lounge, we will examine“ Faith Lessons
from the Early Church” (video by Ray Vander Laan, on site in the Holy Land).
This series will look at
some of the costs of discipleship paid by our forebears in faith, and we will have the chance to think
through what their commitments mean for us in our service and witness today.
Learn about the “gates of
hell” at the Grotto of Pan. Follow Paul’s journey to and through Ephesus. Wrestle with the
differences between Christian witness and worldly humanism. Find “where Satan lives.” Your eyes
will be opened to new power in the Word of God as biblical pictures take on shape before your eyes.
Welcome Pastor Mark Press
We are very excited that Pastor Mark Press has joined us as our vacancy
Pastor. This will be during the period in which we conduct our Congregational Study and "Calling"
process for a
Pastor Press has served for nearly 30 years as parish pastor at churches in Utica, MI, Mason, OH,
Seymour, IN, and Crown Point, IN. During those years, he developed a passion for church planting, which
resulted in pursuit of a PhD in Missiology from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN.
He is a “system product,” having gone to LCMS schools all the way from first grade
through his doctoral degree.
From 2006 to 2014, he served as faculty member at Concordia University St. Paul and as Director of the
Oswald Hoffmann Institute of Christian Outreach. In that capacity he was privileged to work with
university students (undergrad and graduate level), encouraging them in Christian outreach, to work
with various partners in training outreach leaders, and to influence the university campus (and beyond)
for the kingdom of Christ. Since his retirement in 2014, he has returned to parish ministry, serving as
vacancy pastor in River Falls, WI.
Among Pastor Press’s favorite Bible passages are 2 Corinthians 5:14ff
(where we as God’s people are called “ambassadors for Christ”),
Romans 8 (“all things work together for good to those who love God”),
and 2 Timothy 2:2 (church leader multiplication at work). Among favorite ministry memories are serving
in various sizes and types of congregations, being part of the start of several new churches and a new
Lutheran high school, and having the privilege of teaching in a Lutheran university. His hobbies include
walking, golf, baking, gardening, visiting grandchildren, and reading.
REFUGEE CLOTHING DONATIONS NEEDED
Lutheran Church continues to gather clothing and other items for Congolese refugees. The
church has so far helped over 100 families with clothing donations.
Congolese refugees have been
living in refugee camps for as long as 10 years, and more now are arriving in Minnesota
Donations of bus cards, cleaning supplies, toiletries, detergent and dish soap, dishes,
big cooking pots, microwave, used TV or radio and clothing are
urgently needed, says the Rev. Justin Byakweli, executive director of CEEDS USA (Center for
Employment and Education Development Services), a group founded in 2011 to help refugees.
The group has an office at the church. More information is available by calling
651-230-8957 or 651-239-7581.
Donated items can be left at the church, which is at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul.
Please call Jeanne (651-645-2867) to arrange drop off times.
Ancient City is Subject of Concordia Prof's Book
Mark Schuler of Concordia University and a member at Jehovah Lutheran Church in St. Paul is co-author of
a new book about the ancient city of Hippos in Israel,
where he has excavated for years.
"Hippos (Sussita) of the Decapolis: The First Twelve Seasons of Excavations (2000-2011)," Volume I,
(University of Haifa, 2013, 323 pages, $130) describes an ancient city on a low mountain overlooking the
Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, the area in which Jesus began his ministry. Hippos, also called Sussita,
flourished through Greek and Roman phases before finally becoming an important center for early Christianity.
It was destroyed in an earthquake in about A.D. 750.
Schuler, chair of the theology department at Concordia University in St. Paul, has led teams of
students and volunteers to
excavate at the site. Volunteers get a discount: The book only costs them $100.
More information is at
Sunday-school kids helped collect food-shelf items.
Come and sing!
Our mixed-voice choir for singers from seventh grade
to adult rehearses from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays and sings up to four
Sundays per month at the 9:30 a.m. service.
We sing, have fun during rehearsal, support each other in tough times,
pray together and throw great parties.
If you have a busy schedule, it's OK to come when you can —
or you could just join us for the great music of Christmas and Easter.
For more information, contact Ben Wegner at
Have you noticed the JCPlayZone for kids link to your left?
When children are looking for something to entertain them,
point them to www.JCPlayZone.com
interactive children's Web site.