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A Chance to Help Recently Released
|What?||Ingathering of toiletries for HealthEast and Crossing HOME
|Where?||Jehovah Ev. Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas Ave., corner of Snelling
|When?||Through Wednesday, February 15th , 2017
Come to the church on February 15 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. for a
“Caring Hearts” supper reception for all donors
Bring your donations, enjoy some food, meet your neighbors and hear about Crossing HOME, which has a Midway office at the church.
|Why?||To encourage one another in caring for one another and our neighbors…
“Sharing the love of God in Christ Jesus as God loved us.”
|Please enter at the Thomas Avenue door; parking available in lot east of church or on street.|
Click here for list of items needed.
Jehovah Lutheran Church will serve fellowship meals from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 15 and 22. All are welcome. After a break for Ash Wednesday March 1, soup suppers will be served March 8-April 5.
Meals are free, with donations welcome. Lenten worship follows at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday starting March 8.
At the meal on Wednesday, Feb. 15, volunteers will accept donations of toiletries and hygiene items for the homeless and for recently released prisoners. The church is partnering in the effort with HealthEast Care Systems for the homeless and Crossing Home, an organization that helps released prison inmates.
Jehovah Lutheran is at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul. More information is available by calling the church at 651-644-1421.
On Jan. 8 and 15, 2017 we will review the new film, The First Rosa, a study of the life of Rosa Young, one of the first LCMS evangelists among the African-American community. Rosa made a huge impact on outreach in southern regions, especially in Alabama. Within the 1920-40’s, Rosa was instrumental in the beginning of some 35 black congregations and 30 schools serving primarily black students.
Beginning on Jan. 29, ABC will start a new study (under Pastor Press’ guidance) that will utilize some materials from the well-known Christian author and apologist, Ravi Zacharias. Watch for more information about this in the near future.
Admission is free and follows worship at 9:30 a.m. The church is at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul.
Jehovah 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.
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.
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 permanent Pastor.
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.
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