Is there someone special in your life you’d like to remember or honor? Now is the time to purchase the LSB hymnal. We’d like to order the hymnals by the upcoming Labor Day weekend, to be used for worship planning. You can drop your order form in the offering plate on Sunday, or send it to the office. Cost per hymnal is $26.99. Please make your check payable to Jehovah Lutheran Church and mark “Hymnal” on the memo line. If you have questions or need more information, talk to Pastor Miller, Jehovah’s Music Director Elizabeth Wegner, or call the Jehovah office.
Cars … Trucks … Motorcycles
Saturday, August 21
in the Jehovah parking lot
Bring your non–alcoholic beverage and your camp chair.
Come just to browse.
Enjoy the fellowship!
See you there!
Join us for worship on Sunday, August 8 when an ensemble of twelve accomplished singers from the Twin Cities area, including four from Jehovah Lutheran, will perform movements from Vivaldi’s “Gloria” throughout our service. This sparkling baroque gem is conducted by Ben Wegner and features our own Tim Buendorf at the mighty Van Daalen organ.
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
Due to the new information that has come out about the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the ongoing poor air quality, the National Night Out event at Jehovah has been CANCELLED by Church Council and the Pastor. Thank you for volunteering to help and for any work you have already done in preparation.
The Administration Resources Board (ARB) is looking for volunteers to help with Jehovah’s annual National Night Out (NNO) outreach event that will be held from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, August. 3, 2021, on the church property. Here are your opportunities to help Jehovah reach out and serve our community:
- Help set up for the event in the church parking lot;
- Help by donating gently used clothing for all ages, small household items, linens, etc.
- Help sort and set out the clothing and small household items that have been donated for the giveaway;
- Help by donating purchased and packaged food items to be given away as prizes during the raffles throughout the event;
- Help for the loyal Kolar, Wynn and Fishback families and others who take on the food service;
- Help as popcorn makers;
- Help planning a few things for kids to enjoy;
- Help staffing food service, raffle, giveaway and kids area during the event;
- Help with take down and clean up after the event ends at 7:00pm.
Spirit Freed is planning to provide music during the event. We could accommodate another group as we have done in the past. Contact us if you know of a group that might be interested in playing that evening.
To volunteer or if you have a new idea to add to the fun, please contact Marge Avoles at 651–398–8204 or at email@example.com, or talk with any of the other ARB members: Katy Fishback, Mark Kolar, Karl Miesen, Bruce Wegner, and Dan Wynn.
The Church Council, the Board of Lay Ministry, Erica, and and Pastor Miller unanimously and wholeheartedly have decided to end the recorded service and restore congregational singing to our in-person gatherings.
We made this decision on the basis of the current metrics of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota and the extremely high rate of vaccination in our congregation. At this point, nearly 100%! of eligible members (age 12 and older) have been fully vaccinated.
Beginning on Sunday, July 4, we will discontinue the recorded service in its current form. We will offer the Divine Service in-person at 9:30AM. We will record portions of this service in audio form for distribution to our members who are unable to come to services in-person.
We have begun a new Bible Study for adults on the Book of Acts. It traces the outreach of the earliest church, noting what the disciples and early Christians did, and how God through the Holy Spirit caused the Word of the Lord to grow and spread. Join us for our first face-to-face activity following the Divine Service on Sundays. Masks are still required out of our concern for the safety of all.
COVID-19 Measures and Mask Policy at Jehovah Lutheran
13 May 2021
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Our King ascends to heaven, Alleluia!
I write this on the evening of Ascension Day, which we will celebrate together this Sunday. Our Lord Jesus has ascended into heaven above all powers and governance, conquering evil and defeating death for us! No matter what happens in this life, we can face it with the confidence that our Lord Jesus has overcome all evil and suffering and will return to earth to deliver us from them too.
This evening, Governor Walz declared the Minnesota mask order to be at an end, effective tomorrow May 14. By this time, many members of Jehovah Lutheran—myself included—are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We are relieved that we can breathe easier, knowing that we are safe and have done our part to help bring this pandemic to an end. Even children 12-16 years old can now be vaccinated, and this is a cause for joy.
At the same time, however, children under 12 are still ineligible to receive any of the COVID-19 vaccines. For parents of children this age, including my wife and me, this is a cause for ongoing caution and concern. The lifting of the mask order raises questions in the minds of parents of children under 12 who want to protect their children from infection.
Also, those who are immune-compromised may face similar risks.
As this is the case, our Church Council has voted to approve changes to the congregation’s COVID safety plan, which includes a mask policy for Jehovah Lutheran Church, until all members of our congregation–including the youngest ones–can be fully vaccinated. As your pastor and a father, I wholeheartedly support this measure.
This mask policy states that we will continue to wear masks for Divine Service and for all gatherings over 10 people, including educational activities, and all Sunday morning activities.
After July 1, if you are fully vaccinated, you may unmask with others who are also fully vaccinated, so long as you do not exceed 10 people in a group and everyone is comfortable unmasking. This would include working for employees, volunteering, or attending a meeting. If children are present, we ask you to mask regardless of the context or group size. Until all children can be vaccinated, we will continue to mask at all services and meetings over 10 people. For the sake of those among us who cannot yet be vaccinated, we ask that all members, guests, tenants, contractors, and employees comply with this policy.
Other changes will take effect along with this mask policy. These include, ending the sign-up and health screenings on Sunday May 30. Changes to communion distribution will be made on Sunday, June 6. Hymnals, worship books, and attendance cards will be returned to the pews beginning this Sunday, May 16.
Sadly, we will also continue to refrain from congregational singing at this time. It is my hope to re-introduce this rich feature of our worship over the course of this summer. Once again, our benchmark for this is a path to vaccination for the youngest children at Jehovah.
Other changes are detailed in the attached document and include a timetable for bringing Bible class and Sunday school back to our building on Sunday morning and sun-setting the recorded service.
With so many things that seem to return to “normal,” I ask that we consider our young, unvaccinated brothers and sisters as we conduct ourselves. It is fitting that we reflect upon the words of Martin Luther.
“I will therefore give myself as a Christ to my neighbor, just as Christ offered himself to me. I will do nothing in this life except what is profitable, necessary, and life-giving for my neighbor, since through faith I have an abundance of all good things in Christ.” (Luther, Freedom of a Christian, 82)
I thank you for all of your prayers and support for your pastor and council during these difficult times. If you have any questions or concerns about our policy, please speak to me or to Marge Avoles, who is our COVID-19 plan administrator. If you wish a copy of the update, contact the church office.
It is a joy to serve you as your shepherd in Christ, and I pray God’s peace and blessings to each of you.
Pastor Joshua Miller
From Pastor Miller:
This evening many feelings are running high after the conviction of Derek Chauvin on all counts. Many in the neighborhood of our congregation have felt these events in personal ways. Let us pray for our neighbors and for our community.
God our Father, You have created all peoples in your image. You have sent your only Son to die for all. Your Holy Spirit calls Your holy Church from all nations, languages, and tribes. Knit us together as one people in the name of Christ. Help us to understand and love our neighbor as You would have us to do. Open our minds, our ears, and our hearts to hear others. Open our hands to serve our neighbors in their need. Open our mouths to speak Your forgiveness, Your grace, Your mercy, and Your unconditional love.Keep us also this night from all danger to body and soul. Keep safe our homes, our neighbors, our streets, and our city. We put ourselves into your loving and almighty hand. Let Your holy angels be with us, that the evil foe may have no power over us.We ask all of this in the name of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.