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Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas in St. Paul, is gathering food items for low-income families and household basics for homeless youth and just-released prisoners.

Leave items at the church Donation Center, through the inner doors to the left at the Thomas Street entry. Drop off items before or after worship at 10:15 a.m. Sundays or call the church at 651-644-1421 to set up another time. Donation forms for tax purposes are available.

Here are the needs of the organizations receiving items:

  • Keystone Food Shelf needs staple food items not near expiration, paper grocery bags and cash donations. Its location nearest the church is at 1916 University Ave. W. in St. Paul. Food items, paper bags and checks to Keystone Food Shelf can be left at the church. Keystone Community Services operates food shelves and provides other services.

  • Rezek House, in St. Paul's Midway area, needs brooms, mops, cleansers, pots and pans, pillows, can openers and the like. Lutheran Social Services runs the two-year transitional program for homeless youth 16-21 years old. Residents of its 10 efficiency units for singles and two one-bedroom units for parenting youth must save 30 percent of their income - a nest egg to help them transition to independent living when they leave. Please label your gift for Rezek House.

  • Crossing Home needs bedding, pillows, household items, large-size men's jeans, backpacks and similar items. The group, based in Richfield, has an office at Jehovah Lutheran. It helps just-released prisoners find housing and jobs and return to society. Please place in Crossing Home shopping cart.

  • Union Gospel Mission needs bedding, pillows and clothing of all sorts for all ages. Mark bags "UGM." Union Gospel Mission helps homeless by providing meals, shelter, education, job training and recovery services. Please label "Union Gospel Mission."

  • National Night Out in August will feature a giveaway table for household, games, toys, good clothing at the church's annual event. These items can be dropped off in the church's nursery, the small room just beyond the Donation Center alcove

Adult Bible Class (ABC)
Sundays at 11:30 a.m. in the Lounge

Beginning Sunday, February 3, the Adult Bible Class (ABC) will discuss the Daily Readings from the Chronological Bible. Please read each day’s verses from the prior week, mark items you’d like to comment on, and find a place around the table in the lounge for some good discussion. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bibles).

If you need a Bible, please call the JELC office (651-644-1421) to reserve one for your use. The One Year Chronological Bible, New Living Translation, Tyndale House Publishers.

2019 Caring Hearts Ingathering

Volunteers Fill Sock Kits and Bags of Hope
at Caring Hearts Event

Thanks to those who helped organize kits of basic necessities for homeless people. Volunteers met for a luncheon at noon Sunday, February 24, in the church nursery and packed 37 Sock Kits and 70 Bags of Hope.

For more information and pictures, see the Neighborhood page


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 and other websites.

Church Youth

Sunday-school kids helped collect food-shelf items.

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Pop Up Sunday School
(outside the Sanctuary)
10:15 a.m.

Celebration Worship
10:15 a.m.

Adult Bible Class
11:30 a.m.


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