A community of joy – gathered
around word and sacrament -
celebrating, learning & sharing the love of God in Christ
2015 Adult Bible Class (ABC)
Studies for January,
February through March 22
Jan 4 - Ragman, an 18-minute DVD of Walter Wangerin's prize-winning short story by the same name.
In 2010 it won acclaim at three film festivals for this category. This classic story follows businessman Will on his quiet walk
to work as he meets the mysterious ragman calling out "New rags for old."
A story of unconditional love, hope and redemption. An accompanying study provides thought questions and a study from
Jan 11 - Katherine Mennicke will tell of her recent stay in Israel, with
input by others in the class who have visited there recently.
Jan 18 - March 15 - Living Faith - Exploring the Essentials of Christianity
through ten 22 minute DVD sessions with basic data presented by N. T. Wright, the Anglican New Testament scholar,
and discussion insights offered by Pr. Joel Quie and Marilyn Sharpe from the Metro area.
Study guides will be available to stimulate class follow up to the DVD presentation. Topics for each date are as follows:
Jan 18 - The Story and Message of the Bible
Jan 25 - The Hebrew Scriptures
Feb 1 - The Word, Life and Ministry of Jesus
Feb 8 - The Gospel Testimonies to Jesus
Feb 15 - Paul and the Outward Movement
Feb 22 - A Brief History of Christianity
Mar 1 - Christian Doctrines and Beliefs
Mar 8 - Other Religions and Beliefs
Mar 15 - Growing in and Sharing Christ
Mar 22 - Living Christianly in the World
CHRISTMAS PAGEANT Postponed
The Central Lutheran School's annual Christmas pageant originally scheduled for December 18, is being postponed until
sometime in January due to widespread influenza and influenza-like illnesses.
Jehovah Lutheran Church will host Central Lutheran School's annual Christmas pageant. All the St. Paul school's 89
A free-will offering will be gathered.
Information is available by calling the school at 651-645-8649. The church is at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul.
Opening for a Financial Specialist
at Jehovah Lutheran
The Financial Specialist provides financial management and processing support in conjunction with
the Church Treasurer, Financial Secretary and Parish Administrator. Primary responsibilities include:
processing church accounts payables and receivables, balancing general ledger and bank statements,
and preparing monthly financial reports.
This position will work from 8-20 hours a month depending on other projects assigned such as
financial policy and procedure writing. Hours worked are negotiable. Pay is negotiable and dependent
on experience and skills.
Preferred candidates will have a bachelor's degree in accounting or business, have strong attention
to detail, proficient at MS Office products, have working knowledge of ACH and the ACS Church
Complete job description found at
Financial Specialist Job Description.
To apply, please send an email to
with your resume and cover letter with “Financial Specialist” in the
subject line. Please include salary requirements. No calls, faxes, or
personal visits, please.
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
Clothing and Household Items for
Refugee Families Needed
Lutheran Church is gathering donations of clothing and household items for
Congolese refugees. Most-needed now: bedding for twin size beds; towels of all
sizes; kitchen pots & pans. Always needed: good clothing and shoes; money for bus
passes; and toiletries.
Jehovah Lutheran, at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul, hosts an office for CEEDS, the Center of
Employment and Education Development Services, a group working with Congolese.
Donors are welcome to
leave clothing and other items in good condition in the church entry on Thomas. Tax-writeoff slips
are available at the shopping cart nearby. Decades of war have created havoc in the central African nation.
Some fleeing the violence are expected in St. Paul,
where Congolese immigrants have an established community.
Pastor Justin, director of CEEDS, has just returned from a trip to four refugee camps in East Africa. He writes, “ I
met Congolese refugees in these camps who are living in horrible conditions for over 10 years; I prayed with them
and encouraged them by the Word of God (scripture), and shared meals with some.. and met officials in these
countries that deal with Congolese refugees.”
There are currently three new refugee families from the Congo in
the Twin Cities. The larger influx will be later due to an already high number of refugees in the Twin Cities area
from other countries. Pr. Justin asks our prayers that those waiting in camps may soon find new homes.
Take Me Out To the Ball Game!
Jehovah Lutheran Church Members participated in an outing to a St. Paul Saints
Baseball Game on June 22.
SEVEN EAGLE SCOUTS INDUCTED
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Seven young men were inducted as Eagle Scouts during an Eagle Scout Court of
Honor Dec. 28, 2013, at Jehovah Lutheran Church in St. Paul: Matthew Westpfahl, Jared Bluhm, Jacob Goodale,
Connor Heck, Derek Murray, David Kolar, and Kaiden Hanan.
Only seven percent of Boy Scouts achieve Eagle Scout rank. Of these inductees, all active in
scouting since age five, six attended Central Lutheran School in St. Paul.
All seven received a letter of congratulations from President Obama.
For more information, see the Neighborhood
Formerly Known as theAlley-Midway
Officially starting on June 1st, theAlley-Midway became independent from its mother church in
theAlley-Midway has renamed its church as The WHEREhouse, which is derived from Matthew 18:20; Jesus says
“For where two or three gather as my followers, I am there among them.”
The name appears to ask the question, “Where?”
while all along, Jesus tells us that he is “Here."
Even though The WHEREhouse will offer weekly bible studies and worship services, much of the church's ministry
will be directed to meet God's people where they are. To do this, instead of having a worship service,
THE WHEREhouse once a month will "be the church" by engaging in outreach activities. In addition, the church
create several "Life Groups" (aka. home groups, bible study groups, etc.). To lead these efforts, the church
is in the process
of placing a call for an ordained LCMS pastor.
During this time of transition, The WHEREhouse will continue to look to God for direction on how
it can best serve His people and its surrounding community as well as spread the Good News of His
Son Jesus Christ. The WHEREhouse has been gracious of Jehovah's support over the past three years and would
continue to ask Jehovah to keep The WHEREhouse in your thoughts and prayers.
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.