In Brief September 2020


New pastor at Jehovah

The Rev. Dr. Joshua Miller is the new pastor at Jehovah Lutheran Church in St. Paul, installed in an online worship service Sept. 6. Video of the installation rite at remains posted for viewing.

Miller holds a doctorate from Luther Seminary in St. Paul in systematic theology and has been teaching in the religion department at Augsburg University in Minneapolis since 2011. Jehovah Lutheran, at 1566 Thomas in St. Paul, is a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It has been a fixture in the Midway neighborhood since its founding in 1923.

Ice cream social Sept. 11

Jehovah Lutheran Church, 1566 Thomas, will host a free ice cream giveaway in its parking lot from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Everyone is welcome to drive through the parking lot to receive up to four cases of ice cream bars per vehicle, all free. Each case contains six boxes of six individual-serving ice-cream bars. The truckload of free ice cream is from Ruby’s Pantry (, a provider of affordable food. Ruby’s, based in North Branch, Minn., gathers and sorts surplus food from manufacturers, distributors and producers and delivers it monthly to pop-up locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Free computers through Workforce TechPak

Ramsey County Workforce Solutions, in partnership with Tech Dump/Tech Discounts and Northstar Digital Literacy, has launched the new Workforce TechPak initiative to provide technology to those experiencing unemployment due to COVID-19. The packs, which include refurbished computers pre-loaded with helpful job-finding and training information will also be distributed by Ramsey County and city of St Paul Libraries. This program is made possible through the Ramsey County RISE program, which is funded by the Federal CARES Act. The program launched Aug. 1 and will run through Dec. 31, 2020. Each TechPak contains a refurbished laptop, a hotspot for internet access, and QuickStart guides which support the user’s virtual training experience. More at

Reading Partners moves online with Connects

In addition to offering its traditional in-person one-on-one literacy tutoring where it is safe to do so, Reading Partners is launching a new online tutoring program.Reading Partners Connects is an innovative online program that will allow Reading Partners to continue to partner with schools and provide volunteer-led one-on-one literacy instruction to students in situations where school campuses are closed to volunteers or where students are in blended learning environments. Learn more at

Hamline grants for underserved students

Hamline University School of Education recently secured a $250,000 Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund) grant from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE).

The HSE GEER funds will provide additional financial stability and increase access to technology for students of color, indigenous students and students with disabilities, and it will support faculty mentoring and curriculum development to better serve these groups of underserved students.

Hamline University has selected five undergraduate students to be the first recipients of its George Floyd Endowed Scholarship. The recipients from the senior class are: Damyn Hultman, a social justice major from Duluth, Minn.; Savior Allen-Knight, a philosophy major from St. Paul; and Yasmin Hrisi, a political science and global studies major from Apple Valley. The other awardees are Hamline University sophomore student Ilhan Omar, a legal studies major from St. Paul, and classmate Khalif Ahmed from Saint Cloud Ahmed has yet to declare a major.


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