A community of joy – gathered
around word and sacrament -
celebrating, learning & sharing the love of God in Christ
LENTEN SERVICES ON WEDNESDAYS
Lenten services begin with Ash
Wednesday, February 10, and run through March 16, at Jehovah Lutheran Church. All are welcome to join us for the Evening Vespers
at 6:30 pm.
Beginning February 17th, Lenten Soup Suppers will be held in the
Fellowship Hall at 5:30 PM, prior to the service at 6:30 pm.
Noontime Lenten services are available at
Emmaus Lutheran Church.
A Chance to Help Recently Released Prisoners
and Homeless People
The community is invited to fill a real need among prisoners, who are returning to the Metro
area after being in prison, and homeless people in the St. Paul area.
From mid-January to mid-
February Jehovah Ev. Lutheran Church (JELC) is gathering toiletries and hygiene items to be
distributed by Amicus’ prisoner re-entry program and HealthEast’s homeless care program.
This “Caring Hearts” event will culminate with a gathering on February 17 to which all are
invited. If you cannot come to the Feb 17 ingathering and wish to donate, please call the church
office at 651-644-1421 or Jeanne at 651-645-2867 to arrange a drop off time.
||Ingathering of toiletries and hygiene articles for HealthEast and Amicus.
click here for a full listing of items
||Jehovah Ev. Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas Ave., corner of Snelling.
Through Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Come to the church on February 17 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for a
“Caring Hearts” reception for all donors
Bring your donations, enjoy some food, meet your neighbors
and also meet Jim Seeman, prison volunteer worker for over 40
For a list
||To encourage one another in caring for one another and our neighbors…
“Sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus as God loved us.”
Please enter at the Thomas Avenue door; parking available in lot east of church or on street.
Adult Bible Class: “The Grave Robber”
Starting January 10, 10:45 am
Grave robbers typically get a bad name, disturbing resting bodies with their nighttime raids.
But did you ever consider that Jesus was a “grave robber”? He was one who robbed the grave
of its prey, actually on several occasions. In his gospel writing, John pictures Jesus as the ultimate
grave robber. In particular, John tells how Jesus robbed the grave of the body of Lazarus –
and of course, of His own dead frame as well. Such actions tell us a good deal about the person of
Jesus – and about His intention for our lives.
During this study of St. John’s gospel, we will
examine the seven “signs” that John uses to picture
Jesus’ life and ministry, as well as the culminating “ultimate sign” of
His own resurrection. That sign calls each of us to pay close attention to Jesus’
teaching and especially to His call to follow Him as His disciple.
Join us on Sunday mornings, beginning January 10, at 10:45 AM (following our worship service)
for this study that promises to unleash the gospel message in some new and amazing ways among us.
Some “lead-in” videos by Mark Batterson will help to kick off our conversations.
But our primary text will be the Scriptures themselves. Come, learn, and grow to know Jesus a bit
better – it will help you to share Him more eagerly.
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 the church office (651-644-1421) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mon-Fri
for a drop off time.
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, 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.