A community of joy – gathered
around word and sacrament -
celebrating, learning & sharing the love of God in Christ
JOINT THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SET
St. Stephanus Lutheran Church will host a joint Thanksgiving worship service with Bethel, Emmaus and Jehovah Lutheran churches and Central
Lutheran School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22. St. Stephanus is at 739 Lafond Ave St Paul.
Adult Bible Class
Martin Luther and the Reformation
Religious reformer Martin Luther and the Reformation will be
the subject of Bible study at Jehovah Lutheran Church from 10:45-11:30 a.m. Sundays
Nov. 6-27 and Dec. 4.
The sessions feature video presentations by Luther scholars and discussion
led by Jehovah Lutheran member Dr. Suzanne Hequet, who teaches church history at Concordia
University in St. Paul.
Luther was the catalyst for a revolution in church and society that
rocked Europe and eventually the world, starting in 1517.
Admission is free and follows worship at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 1566 Thomas in
Women’s Wednesday Night Bible Study
The Women’s Bible Study will examine The Armor of God by Pricilla Shirer for 8
weeks, beginning in mid-September.
This study is a strategy for prayer; the strategy
is targeted, specific, precise and detailed. Please join us every other Wednesday
evening at 6:30 p.m. in the lounge.
We will meet Nov. 16, Nov. 30, and Dec. 14. For more information call Jeanne Watson
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.
COLD WEATHER Heightens NEED for WARM CLOTHING.
As winter approaches, The need is for warm clothing as Minnesota winter arrives – much colder
than the immigrants’ homeland in Africa. Please pass the word around to
anyone you know who may have children’s sweaters, pants, jackets, hats,
mittens, scarves, snowsuits, or boots (infant through 12 years) to share.
Adult coats and winter clothing are also needed,
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 Jeanne (651-645-2867) or Sarah at the church office (651-644-1421) to arrange drop off times.
Crossing HOME: Warm Jackets Needed
The Crossing HOME office at Jehovah is in need of very large-
sized (2X, 3X) jackets and winter coats, a dresser, a 10 x 15
carpet and an area air conditioner (not window). Backpacks and
duffel bags are also needed. And, Jim recently reminded us that
gently used men’s clothing of all kinds is always welcome. Leave all
donations in a bag marked “Crossing HOME” in the Donation Center next
to the vending machine.
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.
Sunday-school kids helped collect food-shelf items.
Come and sing!
Our mixed-voice choir for singers from seventh grade
to adult rehearses from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays and sings up to four
Sundays per month at the 9:30 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.