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CONCORDIA CHRISTMAS CONCERTS SET
Concordia University's Christmas concert, "The Promise Fulfilled," is set for three performances Dec. 7-9
at the university's Buetow Music Center Auditorium, 300 Hamline Ave. N. Performances are at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 7; 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Tickets at $15 ($12 for students and
seniors) are available online at ticketworks.com; or by calling 612-343-3390 in the metro
area or 1-888-779-0079 (toll free).
Conductor of the university's Christus Chorus and coordinator of its Christmas concerts is
Dr. David Mennicke, a member at Jehovah Lutheran Church. Students and faculty will perform
Johann Pachelbel’s "Magnificat in G" and John Rutter’s "Gloria." Sing-along audience carols,
narrations and visual imagery enliven the program, which concludes with the Concordia choirs’
signature piece, "E’en so, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come" by Paul and Ruth Manz.
A free concert, Concordia's annual Christmas Vespers service, will be at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in
Graebner Memorial Chapel, 1259 Carroll Avenue,
St. Paul. Performers include the university's Concert Band;
Vox 9, a vocal jazz ensemble; the Chamber String Ensemble; and Shades of Harmony Gospel Choir.
No tickets or reservations are required.
Adult Bible Class (ABC)
"Reading Biblical Literature" Course
The ABClass is currently hearing about and discussing Paul's ministry and letters and teachings via
the DVD lectures of Professor Craig Koester from Luther Seminary. The class began this marathon walk
through the Bible form Genesis to Revelation last December, 2017, and it will finish with lecture
"Revelation's Vision of New Creation", this December, 2018.
Bring your coffee and treat and find a place around the table in the lounge after Sunday worship.
All are invited.
HELPING JUST-RELEASED PRISONERS
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.
CENTURIES-OLD BOOK TURNS UP AT CSP
A foundational Lutheran book found in Concordia University-St. Paul Special Collections earlier this year
has been verified as authentic by faculty member Dr. Suzanne Hequet.
The book, a Concordia or Book of Concord, was printed in Dresden, Germany in 1581,
according to Dr. Hequet, a church historian and member of Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas in St. Paul.
It is among the last in a series of three printings of the work published in Dresden in 1579, 1580 and 1581.
The Book of Concord, collected confessions of Protestant theologians and leaders during the Reformation,
was published fifty years after the imperial diet of Augsburg in 1530, where followers of Martin Luther
formally presented their beliefs in the document known as the Augsburg Confession.
The Book of Concord states what they believed then and what Lutherans continue to accept today.
The book found at Concordia University in St. Paul is noteworthy because it includes the names of
more than 8,000 pastors, teachers and civic leaders who were willing to attest their support for
Protestantism, even though such an affirmation might mean a death sentence in those years.
This edition is also significant, says Dr. Hequet, because it includes margin notes and handwritten
provenance that traces ownership of the book from an original signer, Johann Hunnenberger, down to the
gifting of the book to Concordia University, perhaps at the institution's founding in 1893.
Dr. Hequet, who teaches church history at Concordia, will continue to study the volume with other
scholars at Concordia and elsewhere.
FOOD DONATIONS, WINTER CLOTHING NEEDED
Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas, is gathering donations for Keystone food shelves and winter
clothing for refugees and recently released prisoners.
Staple, nonperishable grocery items are sent on to Keystone Community Services,
which operates food shelves in St. Paul and Roseville. Paper grocery bags in
good condition are welcome as well.
The congregation is also gathering winter clothes, bedding and kitchenware for refugees from Congo,
which is enduring years of violent insurrection. CEEDS, the Center for Employment and Education Development
Services, maintains an office at the church to help Congolese refugees.
CEEDS accepts money donations as well. 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,
email@example.com; or church member Shirley Dorow,
The congregation also partners with CrossingHome, an organization that helps former prisoners
adjust to living on their own. The group has an office at Jehovah Lutheran, where members are helping
gather dishes, cooking pans, small appliances, flatware and furniture for released prisoners.
Jim Seemann (651-276-8047 or
firstname.lastname@example.org). Seemann is a congregation member and liaison with
Items for any of the groups can be left at the church's Donation Center, indoors to the
left of the
entry at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul. Tax vouchers are available. Drop off items before or after
worship at 10:15 a.m. Sundays, call the church at 651-644-1421 to set up another time, or contact one
of the group's representatives listed above.
EDNA REASONER MEMORIAL PAINTING DEDICATED
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."
WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY FOCUS:
"ALL THINGS NEW"
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
CHURCH MEMBER PENS YOUTHFUL ADVENTURE
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;
www.pagepublishing.com and other websites.
Sunday-school kids helped collect food-shelf items.