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Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas in St. Paul, is collecting winter items for refugees from the troubled nation of Congo, including warm clothes, bed sheets, blankets and kitchen wares.

Among recent arrivals are families of 12, 10 and six individuals, according to CEEDS, the Center for Employment and Education Development Services. CEEDS maintains an office at the church to help refugees from Congo, which has endured years of fighting factions' armed violence.

Donors can leave items at the church's Donation Center, indoors to the left of the entry at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul before or after worship at 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Or call or email the church (651-644-1421, to set up another time. Place items in shopping carts provided. Tax vouchers for donors are available as well.

 CEEDS also accepts money donations. Checks can be made out to CEEDS and left at the church office or mailed to the church, 1566 Thomas, St. Paul MM 55104. Contacts include Pastor Justin Byakweli, 651-230-8957, and church member Shirley Dorow,

THANK YOU to all for your donations of clothing and household goods for CEEDS/Congolese refugees. Here are some of about 30 recipients who took home bags of useful items at the Sep 3, 2018, Labor Day Clothing Distribution organized by Pastor Justin and his helpers and Jehovah Lutheran Care Connections volunteers.


A painting commissioned by the family of Edna Reasoner will be dedicated Sunday, Sept. 9, at Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas in St. Paul, after worship at 10:15 a.m.

Reasoner, who died in 2015 at age 98, became a member of the church in 1931 and was a regular library volunteer at Central Lutheran School.

The Reasoner family provided a memorial gift to the congregation to be used for an original work of art for the church building. Keith Williams, longtime chair of the department of art and art history at Concordia University-St. Paul, was commissioned to do the painting, which will hang in the entry to the church's Drews Chapel.

The theme of the painting is Christian education, "which Edna Reasoner valued a great deal" explains artist Williams in an email. "The scene is a slightly abstract or surreal church library setting in which a diverse group of people respond to the teachings of Jesus in different ways.

"Edna is depicted in the scene, but as one of many. She is not the feature of the painting, as she understood it is the Word of God that is of key importance."


A free noncredit course on prison ministry will meet at Concordia University in St. Paul from 7-9 p.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays beginning Sept. 11.

"Introduction to Correctional Ministry," led by Jehovah Lutheran Church member Jim Seemann, will examine strategies to help the incarcerated find reconciliation and redemption in the context of the Christian Gospel. Pastors, missionaries and former prisoners will be guest speakers.

Classes meet in Luther Hall classroom 111. Sign up by contacting Seemann at Online learning is also available, and course credit for a fee.


A women's Bible study on 2 Corinthians begins will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, and selected Wednesdays thereafter in the lounge at Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas Avenue, St. Paul.

Sessions are free. Refreshments are provided. All are welcome.

The basis for the sessions will be "All Things New" by Christian author Kelly Minter. According to promotional material, the book and eight-part DVD explore issues including "opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships" and "what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant."

The group will also meet at the church at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 26; Oct. 3, 10 and 24; Nov. 7 and 28; and Dec. 12.


David Bailey of Roseville, a longtime member at Jehovah Lutheran Church, is the author of "Barley Corn John," published earlier this year (Page Publishing Inc., 2018, 241 pages, $17).

Fiction with a tinge of memoir, it outlines the exploits of its namesake character. Set in St. Paul and points north, it reflects author Bailey's youth, when he lived near the State Fair grounds and University of Minnesota agriculture campus. The book's promotional language touts its "dreamy humor and youthful adventure."

Bailey, a retired insurance agent who turns 80 in September, was also a commissioned U.S. Army infantry officer and is a licensed pilot.

The book is available by asking for it on a print-on-demand basis at bookstores; or from and other websites.


Gently used household items are needed for recently released prisoners served by Crossing Home, an organization that helps released prison inmates adjust to living on their own.

Jehovah Lutheran Church at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul is helping gather dishes, cooking pans, small appliances, flatware and furniture on behalf of Crossing Home, which has an office at the church.

Bring items to the church's Donation Center indoors to the left at the Thomas Street entry before or after worship at 10:15 a.m. Sundays. To set another dropoff time, contact the church at 651-644-1421 or; or contact Jim Seemann (651-276-8047 or

Seemann is a congregation member and liaison with Crossing HOME. Contact him especially for guidance about donating larger furniture. More about Crossing HOME is at

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Sunday-school kids helped collect food-shelf items.

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