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“Caring Hearts” reception Feb. 17

Posted on 12 February 2016 by Calvin

Jim SeemannThe community is invited to meet Dr. Jim Seemann, Ph.D. (photo right), and share some food during the “Caring Hearts” reception, Wed., Feb 17, 5:30-6:30pm at the fellowship hall of Jehovah Lutheran Church (JLC), 1566 Thomas Ave.

The reception features the ingathering of toiletries and hygiene items to be distributed metro wide, including to persons re-entering society after incarceration.

Seemann, a professor of Theater Arts at Concordia University-St. Paul (CSP) until last year when he retired, has devoted much of his time and energy to teaching, mentoring and walking alongside prisoners both inside and outside prison walls—his passion for the past 40 years. He regularly teaches a free course on the CSP campus for anyone interested in prison ministry, and he has helped establish two homes for prisoners returning to free society—Martin’s House in north Minneapolis and “J” House in St. Paul. He is director of the Lutheran Freedom Initiative and volunteer coordinator of prison ministry for the MN South District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. A co-worker, John Henderson, will also be available at the reception for questions.

Over 5,000 persons leave prison each year in Minnesota. In a recent article Seemann noted that they have “…no friends, no job, no credit, no money, no place to live, no spiritual support … our goal is to help them make a safe transition to a better life.” He concludes: “… remember those in prison as if you were together with them.”

This “Caring Heart” ingathering is one way to help.

All are invited to bring the much-needed toiletries to the reception. JLC Care Ministry will sort and deliver the gathered items to Amicus for distribution to prisoners returning to society and to HealthEast for distribution to homeless persons in St. Paul. All items should be new; most needed items include soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, lotions, shampoo, wash cloths, socks, warm hats and gloves. A full listing is available at www.jehovahlutheran.org.

For anyone who wishes to donate but cannot come to the “Caring Hearts” reception, please call Jeanne at 651-645-2867 or the church office at 651-644-1421 to arrange for drop off. For the Feb 17 reception please enter at the Thomas St. door; parking is available in the lot east of the church and on the street.


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