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REFUGEES NEED WINTER CLOTHES
Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas in St. Paul, is collecting winter items for refugees from the troubled nation of Congo, including warm clothes, bed sheets, blankets and kitchen wares.
Among recent arrivals are families of 12, 10 and six individuals, according to CEEDS, the Center for Employment and Education Development Services. CEEDS maintains an office at the church to help refugees from Congo, which has endured years of fighting factions' armed violence.
Donors can leave items at the church's Donation Center, indoors to the left of the entry at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul before or after worship at 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Or call or email the church (651-644-1421, email@example.com) to set up another time. Place items in shopping carts provided. Tax vouchers for donors are available as well.
CEEDS also accepts money donations. 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, 651-230-8957, firstname.lastname@example.org and church member Shirley Dorow, email@example.com.
THANK YOU to all for your donations of clothing and household goods for CEEDS/Congolese refugees. Here are some of about 30 recipients who took home bags of useful items at the Sep 3, 2018, Labor Day Clothing Distribution organized by Pastor Justin and his helpers and Jehovah Lutheran Care Connections volunteers.
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."
PRISON MINISTRY FREE COURSE BEGINS SEPT. 11
A free noncredit course on prison ministry will meet at Concordia University in St. Paul from 7-9 p.m. for six consecutive Tuesdays beginning Sept. 11.
"Introduction to Correctional Ministry," led by Jehovah Lutheran Church member Jim Seemann, will examine strategies to help the incarcerated find reconciliation and redemption in the context of the Christian Gospel. Pastors, missionaries and former prisoners will be guest speakers.
Classes meet in Luther Hall classroom 111. Sign up by contacting Seemann at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online learning is also available, and course credit for a fee.
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