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|How?||By donating toiletries and hygiene items to be distributed to homeless by Health East and to prisoners re-entering society by CrossingHOME.|
|Where?||Drop off donated items at Jehovah Lutheran Church (JLC), 1566 Thomas Street, St. Paul. The Donation Center has a cart labeled for this “Caring Hearts” ingathering. Call the church office at 651-644-1421 for a drop off time, or bring items before or after church on Sunday a.m. between 9:30 a.m. and noon.|
|When?||Donations will be gathered during January and February.|
|Who?||JLC’s Care Ministry group will sort all donations and use some to make Sock Kits to be gven to newly released prisoners when they visit CrossingHOME at the church. The other toiletries/medicines/personal care items will be given to the programs for the homeless operated by Health East. Some personal care items may also go to CEEDS (refugees from the Congo) through the office at church.|
Toiletries, personal care items, socks, medicines, both full size and travel size.
See Neighborhood page for specific suggestions.
|Questions:||Call the church office or Shirley at 651-628-4934.|
Drop-in Center Wish List
Crossing Home and Jehovah Lutheran Church (1566 Thomas Ave. W., St Paul MN 55104) maintain a Drop-in Center and Freedom Store that serves the needs of the recently released. The center provides a plan for success which includes safe, sober, secure housing in a social and spiritual context. The center helps them find jobs and connect them with churches, connects them with professional counseling services, provides bus passes, helps with taxes and offers other basics needed to start a new life.
The Freedom Store is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Other days are good too, but the church office is not always open.
Please call (651) 644-1421 to arrange another time. Freedom Store fills the gap between
that first day of freedom, the job interview, the first month of work, and that first paycheck.
Household Goods needed include Bibles, calendars, blankets, twin or single sized sheets, pillow cases and towels.
Many men arrive at their new houses penniless. They will need foods that will tide them over. Complete meals in a can are best: spaghetti, soup, franks and beans, chili, etc.; cans of soda, juice, etc.; boxes of macaroni and cheese, boxes of drinks. Avoid perishables, odds and ends like stewed tomatoes, peas, carrots. Also, they need Tide Pods to do laundry.
Men’s Clothes Freedom Store has more than enough women’s clothes, but never enough men’s:
Winter coats, jackets, rain wear, hats, gloves, belts, shoes, socks,
sweat shirts, tee shirts, shirts,
blue jeans especially!
Back pack, duffle bag, or even a soft sided collapsible suitcase (they don’t have much closet space). Many men take the bus. Back packs are very helpful. Some live in homeless shelters where there are no closets. They will have to carry everything they own until we can find them a place to live.
We support about 18 homes which need a few common tools for their upkeep. Tools are also welcome.
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."
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 www.pagepublishing.com and other websites.
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