A community of joy – gathered
around word and sacrament -
celebrating, learning & sharing the love of God in Christ
SUMMER SCHEDULE STARTS MAY 24th
Beginning May 24th we will have ONE SERVICE at 9:30 am. This Summer Schedule will continue through September 13th. Adult Bible Class (ABClass) will meet at
ONE SERVICE MAY 31st at 2:30 pm
This year we will celebrate Trinity Sunday with our daughter congregation, The Mekane Yesus of Minnesota.
Rev. Francis Stephanous will be leading worship that day and Pastor Benke will be preaching. The readings will
be done in both Amharak and English.
Weather permitting the service will be held outside in our parking lot. We have 4
large tents to protect people from the sun and we will have “Valet Parking” so people do not have to park far
away and walk.
Following the service the Mekane Yesus have invited us to join them for some traditional Ethiopian treats:
Popcorn (some of it is specially seasoned), rich sweet coffee, water and a special bread. The members of The WHEREhouse have
been invited and some of them may be in attendance, as well.
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! REMEMBER THERE IS ONLY ONE SERVICE THAT DAY AND IT IS AT 2:30 pm!
Jehovah Family Album
Friday, June 5th from 2:20 - 9 PM and Saturday, June 6th from 10 AM - 4:30 PM we will have pictures taken for Jehovah's Family Album. The company uses the same photographers as Olan Mills, Target and J.C. Penny but in the warm setting of our church.
This is open to all Friends and Members of Jehovah, Children & grandchildren - and you can bring your friends and neighbors (they may not want the free copy of the church directory but they'll love the pictures!). YOU CAN EVEN BRING YOUR PET!
One 8x10 is free for each person, family, or group - as well as a copy of the church directory.
You can sign up Sundays at church, by calling the church office:
651-644-1421, or STARTING MONDAY, May 11th, you can sign up onine by
Adult Bible Class (ABC) Studies during May/June, 2015
“GOD’S OWN PEOPLE” a Study in 1st Peter
That classic letter defining and encouraging early Christians, First Peter, will get thorough
attention in the Adult Bible Class (ABC) at Jehovah Lutheran Church, Thomas and Snelling in the
Midway, starting May 10 and running six Sundays, or as long as it takes to delve into and
discuss the riches of the five chapters.
Each class begins with coffee/collected prayers, then
explores the text, probes, discusses and applies the text through class discussion.
On May 10, class begins at 9:30 a.m. On May 17 and 31 there will be no class due to special congregational events.
Beginning May 24 class begins at 10:45 a.m.
adjusting to the church's summer worship schedule (worship at 9:30 a.m. and Adult Bible Class at 10:45 a.m.)
Besides the biblical text of I Peter, a study guide called
“God’s Own People,” will help shape the study. “How to Live in Christ” – then and now -- might
be a second theme. Do join the discussion!
First Session, May 10: Peter, “Disciple, Apostle, Martyr,” followed consecutively by
Study Guide lesson 1: A Tested People (I Peter 1:3-0)
Study Guide lesson 2: A Trusting People ( I Peter 1:17-23)
Study Guide lesson 3: A Called People (I Peter 2:19-25)
Study Guide lesson 4: A Holy People ( I Peter 2:2-10)
Study Guide lesson 5: A Proclaiming People (I Peter 3:13-22)
“Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” I Peter 1:2
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
(click photo to enlarge)
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.