Cantata, Sunday, December 1
At both the 8:15 am and 10:00 am service: Joy Choirs will present the cantata, “Night of the Father’s Love,” by Pepper Choplin, at both services. This is a lovely cantata that creates a fresh telling of the Christmas story that is worshipful and beautiful. You will want to attend this powerful worship experience!
Joy Women’s Advent Tea
Sunday, December 1, 2013 Joy Lutheran Church 2:00 – 4:00 P.M.
All Women & School-Aged Girls are Invited! The speaker will be Mary Segerstrom, a humorist and singer, who often entertains in nursing homes, churches, and civic gather- ings. Mary says she's a normal person with an abnormal attitude, and her greatest joy is to uplift and inspire others. You won't want to miss Mary's Advent message! There will also be special entertainment by Joy Unlimited and Sing4Joy. Delicious dessserts will be served. Begin your Advent Season with this special program and an opportunity for fellowship with the women and girls of Joy!
The Christmas Story - Children's Christmas Program
Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 11th 6 PM – 7 PM
Rehearsal: Saturday, December. 14th 9 AM – 11 AM
Program Date: Sunday, December 15th
Children must be at the church at 8 AM to get their costumes on in time for the first service at 8:15 AM.
We are encouraging the kids to participate at both services. 8:15 AM and 10 AM. Please register your child as soon as you can using this Registration Form.
Christmas Eve Services
December 24th at 3 pm, 5 pm and 9 pm!
One Service Sunday December 29th
There will be only one service at 9:30 am on this date. We will have a special service of singing many Christ- mas hymns and learning the stories behind the hymns. This ser- vice will be enjoyed by all the family.
The Alternative Gift Fair this Christmas!
Sunday, December 8 th and Sunday, December 15 th between services and after the 10:00 service.
As we enter the season of Advent, most of us have b egun planning our holiday shop- ping list – and maybe we have already purchased man y gifts for our loved ones. Perhaps we’re thinking of the latest gadgets, newest toys, or other popular gifts. But, what if you could give a gift that makes a real, life-changing difference? What if you could gift something that was not only thoughtful and valuable, but that would also transform the life of someone in need? Well, this year you can do just that!
The mission of our Alternative Gift Fair is to provide our church community with a meaningful alternative to holiday gift giving, One which celebrates personal charity, community health and well being, and the preservation of our earth. It also teaches our children about the meaningful giving of gifts that grow the church, fight hunger, and transform lives.
Please see page 7 of the December Newsletter for more information.
Bountiful Harvest Celebration & Stewardship Drive
Join the celebration of Joy of God’s bountiful harvest in 2013 and plan and plant the seeds for our 2014 ministry by pledging to Joy! Click here to get details on the feasts and sharing of God's Gifts displays - and timing on when to pledge for 2014.
What an exciting time for us. What a bountiful harvest and hopeful future! We have recently adopted a new Mission and Vision that is giving us direction for our life together. Our church leadership has also done a lot of work on re-organizing our council around this emerging focus—we know that God is leading us into a new chapter of ministry.
At Joy we gather to be renewed in the joy and love of God through inspiring worship and caring community. We seek to
understand and live by God’s Word. We serve those in need of God’s healing through Christ, reaching out
to our community and world.
Our Vision: To be a growing, generous and hopeful community, working together to connect in a spiritually relevant way with God and our neighbor.
One of the most important ways for us to grow into this mission and vision is by increasingly reflecting on the joy and generosity of God. Scripture is filled with reminders that we are called to grow in faith. One of our abiding prayers is that together we grow in our generosity toward God’s church! And so, we invite you to join us to grow your giving for our 2014 Ministries!
Your love and faithfulness to Joy has been a blessing. And we pray that you see this new chapter of our life together as an opportunity to express your gratefulness and partnership in all we do. Please read the Steps/directions, fill out the pledge card & return it to Joy on/by November 10th so we can begin to plan the fruits of 2014 at Joy.
Many people choose to forward Joy's ministries through Simply GivingŪ. If you are already enrolled in Simply GivingŪ, thank you very much. It truly helps us to have consistent giving for our ministries over the course of the year.
Joy Lutheran Church wants to more accurately gauge the strength, vitality and trends in our church.
While we want to update our mission/vision, more importantly we want to know what your hopes are for Joy. See our newly developed 'Mission and Vision.'
Click here to know more about this project.
NURSERY IS AVAILABLE
We welcome children at Joy Lutheran Church and in worship. We also understand that infants and toddlers are very active, therefore providing a nursery helps parents receive the greatest benefit from worship. Please be respectful of time and pick up your children after worship.
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Want to know more about Joy Lutheran? Have you been active at Joy and now interested in membership? Are you wondering what it means to be a member of a church?
Joy can help you gain a community of friends, spiritual growth for you and your family, and a calm center in the midst of your busy life.
This is a great opportunity for you to learn about the life and ministry of Joy Lutheran Church and ask any questions you may have.
If you would like to be included in upcoming communications about this event, please call the church office at 715-262-5800.