A community of joy – gathered
around word and sacrament -
celebrating, learning & sharing the love of God in Christ
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.
November and December 2015 Adult Bible Class
with Pastor Mark Press
"Discipleship and Outreach Conversations" will frame the Bible study and discussion during November and
December during the Sunday morning 10:45 a.m. Adult Blble Class (ABC) at Jehovah Lutheran Church.
Bring a treat and your coffee from the after-worship fellowship table and join the study in the lounge.
The group will give consideration to what it means to be a disciple (especially as distinct from being
merely a "church member"), and what Christ's calling means in our daily lives.
We will find out the significance of "Gospel Blasting" and "Power Shaping" in our daily witness.
And there will be consideration given to the possibility of forming "Outreach Action Teams" to build
connections with people who do not yet have a personal connection with the Savior Jesus.
All are welcome to participate. Bring your own Bible -- or use the ones provided. The lounge is just
inside the Thomas Street doors, to the right. God is always surprising us with new insights about life,
and you are invited into this new journey.
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 the church office (651-644-1421) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mon-Fri
for a drop off time.
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, primarily at the 10:45 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 Elizabeth 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.