A community of joy – gathered
around word and sacrament -
celebrating, learning & sharing the love of God in Christ
Seniors to be Honored on Sunday, May 1 at Jehovah
On May 1, 2016 Jehovah Lutheran Church will honor the 23 senior members in their
midst and other senior "friends" of Jehovah at the 9:30 a.m. worship service and
at a brunch following worship. The seniors are all 80 years or older. Eight
are 90 - 98 years of age, and 15 are from 80 - 89 years of age.
Jehovah's oldest seniors,
Millie Sjostrand and Iris Raths, both 98, are also longtime members of the church having been members
for 56 and 67 years respectively.
The senior with the longest membership is Millie Olson who celebrates 80
years of membership this year when she marks her confirmation date of May 24, 1936.
Eleven have been members for
more than 50 years each!
Congratulations to all the seniors and friends and others who celebrate a long life on
this Sunday. And thanks from the church for these seniors'
total of 1,003 years of loving worship and service to their Lord and Savior.
Adult Bible Class: “The Easter Experience”
April 3, 10:45 am
We have recently celebrated the Festival of the
Resurrection of Our Lord. Easter,
the high point of the church’s year, may also raise some questions in your mind.
the coming weeks, we will seek to deal with some of those questions.
Here are a few:
- What is the purpose of life?
- How does Jesus’ resurrection signal a difference for my life today?
- How could my life change for the better?
- Does anyone understand my pain?
- What is the importance of hope for our daily trials?
If you are wondering about any of these matters, come and join us for “The Easter
Experience.” Supportive videos will enhance our deeper look into the Word and will of
God for us in light of Jesus’ victory over death and the grave.
We meet in the lounge
Sunday mornings at 10:45 AM – or right after morning worship at Jehovah.
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.