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Adult Bible Class Study for August:
"The Other Gospel -- John"
Sundays at 10:45 in the Lounge
Coffee, prayer, interactive study
The Adult Bible Class (ABC)
once again tunes in to hear Dr. Prof. Luke Timothy
Johnson of Candler School of Theology, Emory University, deliver his crisp insights
into the gospels -- this time that "other" gospel, John.
The lectures are from The Great
Courses series called "Jesus and the Gospels," and four 30-minute DVD discourses cover background,
themes and unique aspects of John's gospel. Johnson cites John's language as the simplest of all
the four gospels, yet the most flowing and compelling in its story. Since the gospel readings for
this season of the church year are from John, chapter 6, a look at this gospel undergirds worship
time as well.
All are invited to join the study and group discussions led by Maynard Dorow which
follow the DVD lectures.
Note: there will be no ABClass on August 16 as the
congregation is gathering immediately after worship for a special
brunch. Class resumes on August 23, and the gospel of John will likely
continue into September.
Bring your questions,
your study Bibles and your love of scripture and join us when you can!
REFUGEE CLOTHING DONATIONS NEEDED
Lutheran Church continues to gather clothing and other items for Congolese refugees. The
church has so far helped 76 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.
Call for a drop-off time: Shirley, 651-628-4934 or Lydia, 651-644-7421.
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
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
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.