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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 permanent Pastor.
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.
Adult Bible Class Sundays at 10:45 a.m.
|Sept. 27:||“Jesus Past and Present,” final dvd lecture in series by Prof. L. T. Johnson
|Oct. 4:||“Matthew 25:36 .. The Forgotten Fifth” by Prof. Jim Seeman, prison worker.
"Is there a Christian response to crime? Every year Minnesota releases 5,000 prisoners back into free society, most of whom have had no lessons in morality. We know that statistically 67% of these will commit crimes again. Our hardest of hearts"
These excerpts from Jim’s writings are just teasers. Come and hear his story on Sunday, Oct 4, at 10:45 a.m. in the lounge of Jehovah Lutheran Church.
Bible Study with Pastor Press; come and meet our new vacancy pastor.
Jehovah member Marc Hequet will lead a Bible study addressing
responsibility to welcome one another as well as strangers.
|Oct. 25:|| No class as the congregation gathers for voter’s meeting during this time.
Jehovah 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.
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 http://hippos.archaeology.csp.edu.
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