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We find joy…

In worship, in serving together, in making a difference in our neighborhood and world.  There are so many opportunities.

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divine service

The Divine Service

… is what we call the Sunday morning service celebrated each week. We use this terminology, because it describes best how the Sunday service is first and foremost God’s service to us, as we are gathered by the Holy Spirit around the Word and Sacraments, which Jesus Himself comes to us fully and completely.

While we do respond to God in worship, praise, and prayer in the Divine Service, the big deal there is what God does for us! In the Divine Service God gives us His salvation, His peace, His love, and His very self. We invite you to join with us as our Lord comes to us!

Regular Meeting Times: Sunday, 9:30 a.m.

Contact:  Pastor Miller: pastorjoshuamiller@gmail.com

choir

Choir

The adult Parish Choir at JELC provides vocal leadership for worship services 2-3 Sundays per month.  We assist with liturgy, psalms, hymns, and anthems.  Our anthems are drawn from a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional sources. We also take time for prayer, sharing of news, humor, and loving care.

Regular Meeting Times: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in the choir room. rehearsals last 45-60 minutes, sometimes longer with advance notice.

Contact:  Director: Elizabeth Wegner: elizabethmwegner@gmail.com, 651-353-4272

spiritfreed

Spirit Freed

Spirit Freed, Jehovah Lutheran’s praise band, provides an eclectic mix of contemporary music for worship services. Dick Newman plays lead guitar (and sometimes banjo), Dan Wynn is on bass, Howie Tantholt drums, and Joy Sundet plays piano. Joy, Dick and Suzanne Hequet share vocals.

Regular Meeting Times:

The band plays for the online services every third Sunday of the month during the pandemic.

Contact:  Contact Suzanne Hequet: hequet@csp.edu

communion

Serving at the Table

Crucifers & Torch Bearers

Filled by elementary school-aged children who express a desire to serve and are trained for each position.

Lectors (those who read Scripture)

For those skilled in reading aloud before a group, the role of lector is one that carries both special joy and responsibility.

Communion Assistants

To “touch and handle things unseen” by serving Christ’s body and blood to the people of God is truly a privilege for confirmed members of Jehovah who are welcome to help with this holy task.

Contact: Pastor Miller, pastorjoshuamiller@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

altar

Welcoming to the Table

Ushers

Open to children and adults of all ages, ushers have a dual role, working both “behind the scenes” to prepare the sanctuary for worship and ringing the church bells, as well as working as the “face of welcome” as people enter into God’s house, as they direct people forward to receive communion, and as they offer assistance to worshipers as needed.

Altar Guild

The Altar Guild prepares Holy Communion for church services. They also sell flowers to decorate the sanctuary for Easter and Christmas.

Contact:  Janet Fishback:  612-388-5286

Luther

Adult Bible Class

Adult Bible Class meets on Sunday mornings after Divine Service. The class is typically taught by Pastor Miller, but guest teachers also present from time to time. In class, we study together God’s written Word in the Scriptures, teachings of the Lutheran Confessions, and topics related to how we live out our Christian faith.

Regular Meeting Times: Sundays, 11:00AM-12:00PM

Contact:  Pastor Miller: pastorjoshuamiller@gmail.com

 

Sunday school

Sunday School

Sunday School takes place on Sunday morning with instruction for preschool through middle school. We share the love of God and teach Bible lessons.

Regular Meeting Times: Sunday mornings at 10:45.

Contact:  Janet Fishback:  612-388-5286

 

Rooted in Faith

Adult Membership Class

“Rooted in the Faith” is the name of our adult membership class at Jehovah Lutheran. We look together at God’s work in creation and the Law, in salvation through the Gospel of Christ, and the Holy Spirit’s work of sanctification and gathering us into the Christian Church. We also look together at how our lives as believers are formed by prayer, meditation on God’s Word, and the trials we endure. We reflect also on how our Lord Jesus comes to us clothed in His Word and the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Absolution.

Regular Meeting Times: Sections opened as needed.

Contact:  Pastor Miller: pastorjoshuamiller@gmail.com

catechism

Confirmation Class

Confirmation class is the place where young Christians at Jehovah learn more about what the Triune God has done for them.

We study the basics of the Christian faith as found in Martin Luther’s “Small Catechism.” We look together at God’s work in creation and the Law, in salvation through the Gospel of Christ, and the Holy Spirit’s work of  gathering us into the Christian Church. We reflect also on how our Lord Jesus comes to us clothed in His Word and the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion, and Absolution, especially in the Divine Service throughout the Church Year.

Regular Meeting Times:  Wednesday Nights throughout the Year

Contact:  Pastor Miller: pastorjoshuamiller@gmail.com

 

phone in

Friendly Friday

… takes place over the phone.  We use a conference call app. Contact the church office for access information.

This group started during the pandemic but has become a bright spot in the week for many.  We usually start by sharing news as people join the group.  There is a bible verse reference and then a loose topic for discussion.  We also pray about our concerns, laying them at the foot of the Cross and then bid each other farewell until next week.

Regular Meeting Times: Fridays, 11:10 am, over the phone

Facilitator: Elizabeth Wegner: elizabethmwegner@gmail.com.

prayer

Prayer Ministry

“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…for all the saints.” Eph. 6:18

Prayer Ministry is a group of intercessors who love God and neighbor by praying together for the church, for the world, and for individuals upon request. All personal requests are kept in confidence unless the individual asks for inclusion in the worship prayers of the congregation.

Contact the church office: office@jehovahlutheran.org, 651-644-1421 to make a request.

LWML

Jehovah Women in Mission (LWML)

Includes all women attending Jehovah Evangelical Lutheran Church. Meetings include Bible study and fellowship.

Regular Meeting Times: First Thursday of the Month at 1 pm

Contact:  Lydia Volz: lydiavolz@gmail.com

seniors

Senior Celebration

Senior Celebration is scheduled for the first Sunday of May to honor all members of the congregation who are 80 or older. The Seniors and their families attend Divine worship followed by a luncheon with a short program.

Contact: Board of Mission and Ministry: office@jehovahlutheran.org

 

New Freedom

New Freedom Store

Supporting the Minnesota South District, empowering mission oriented churches, halfway houses, homeless shelters, and Christian charities who serve the needs of the least, the last, and the lost, especially those in our state correction system and those who have been recently released.

The New Freedom Store distributes the following: Food, gift cards, Bibles, hygiene kits, quilts, and blankets. Men’s Clothing: coats, hats and gloves, shoes, belts, tee shirts blue jeans. Driving for the recently released, picking them up from prison, reuniting them with family and friends on special occasions.

Contact:  Jim Seemann, Ph.D:  seemann@cso.edu, Cell 651-226-8047

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-New-Freedom-Store-106044761089262 or ask to be put on the newsletter.

earthcare

Earth Care

Concern for the healthy functioning of God’s creation gifts  – earth, water, air and all creatures —  is expressed at Jehovah Lutheran Church.  A “Creation Sunday” was followed up with major upgrading of lighting and energy usages by the facility manager in 2012.  Since then the Board for Administrative Resources has been working to effect a ban on all Styrofoam usage in the building and has been mindful of other earth care changes.  JELC’s monthly newsletter, The Jottings, carries a column entitled “earth care” which aims to make practical suggestions and underscore the compelling call to be good stewards God’s earth.  Sunday prayers include thanks for creation and also prayer for sustainable use of all creation.

Contact:  Maynard and Shirley Dorow: Dorow@csp.edu, and Marge Avoles: 651-398-8204

Lyng

Lyngblomsten

Jehovah Evangelical Lutheran Church is in a formal, covenant relationship with Lyngblomsten Foundation and Care Center to support ministry to, with and for older adults. The congregation also seeks to support Lyngblomsten’s mission by making information available to the congregants as well as providing volunteers and financial contributions to Lyngblomsten as it is able.

Lyngblomsten will work with area congregations to carry out the mission of caring for older adults. Within the confines of its financial stewardship, Lyngblomsten will make available community-based programming and services to older adults worshipping at or living in the communities around its member congregations.

Regular Meeting Times: 2/year

Contact:  Lydia Volz: lydiavolz@gmail.com

Rezek House

Rezek House

… offers housing for homeless youth (16 – 21) as they complete educational programs and work with Lutheran Social Service (LSS) case workers to transition into independence and security. The youth live in the Rezek apartment building at 501 Asbury – just three blocks south of Jehovah’s parking lot.   Behind the apartment building there is also a community center with offices, kitchen, lounge for both the apartment youth and others who drop-in for help, counseling, and daily needs assistance.  Jehovah Lutheran Church supports this LSS Metro Homeless Youth program by donating staple food items, laundry detergent, cleaners and toiletries for the center supply shelf and sometimes provides meals.  Jehovah also has supported 4 to 6 youth through the LSS “Sponsor-A-Youth” Christmas gift project for many years.

Contact:   JELC office: office@jehovahlutheran.org

Keystone

Keystone Community Services

Keystone’s Food Shelf receives both monetary and in-kind donations from Jehovah Lutheran Church (JELC).  The current monetary goal is $2,500 per year, the “supporting church” level for Keystone‘s  Basic Need program  which operates the food shelf.   For at least 30 years, Jehovah has donated money, food staples and grocery bags to Keystone.  The hunger needs of JELC’s neighborhood are well served by Keystone, and needs are still great.  Keystone can purchase about nine times more food per dollar than individuals.  Therefore, dollar contributions are strongly recommended.  Checks should be made out to “Jehovah Lutheran Church” and the memo line should say “Keystone Food Shelf.”  Keystone Food Shelf is on University Avenue near Fairview.

Contact:  Jim and JaNell Kinsel: office@jehovahlutheran.org