An Electronic Newsletter by the Community of Christ known as Joy Lutheran Church

Our Mission Statement

We of Joy Lutheran Church foster
grace-filled relationships with Christ
through worship, fellowship, and service.

Gospel:  John 20:19-31
The Easter season is a week of weeks, seven Sundays when we play in the mystery of Christ's presence, mostly through the glorious Gospel of John. Today we gather with the disciples on the first Easter, and Jesus breathes the Spirit on us. With Thomas we ask for a sign, and Jesus offers us his wounded self in the broken bread. From frightened individuals we are transformed into a community of open doors, peace, forgiveness, and material sharing such that no one among us is in need.

The Breakfast Club Meets This Saturday
Please join us Saturday morning at 8:00AM for breakfast and fellowship. We'll start some maintenance projects around 9:00AM.  In addition to some inside work, we'll be sweeping some of the sand and gravel away from our entrances, sidewalks and some of the parking areas near the doors.  If you have a push-broom, please bring it.  Also, you may want a dust mask or handkerchief for your face - it can get pretty dusty!

Coming Week's Calendar
April 15
9:30 AM
11:00 PM
2:00 PM
6:00 PM
Adult Bible Study
ERHS Girls Softball Team Craft Event - Brause Hall
Boy Scout Troop 219
Monday, April 16 6:30 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Joy of Reading Book Club - home of Betty Veldhuis
Narcotics Anonymous
C/ER Grad Blast Meeting
April 17
8:45 - 11:00 AM
5:00 PM
6:30 PM
JCDC Picture Day - Brause Fellowship Hall
Narcotics Anonymous - Upper Narthex
Thrivent Financial Seminar - Brause Fellowship Hall
Alcoholics Anonymous
Wed., April 18
5:30 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:45 PM
Confirmation Class
Narcotics Anonymous
Church Council Meeting - Brause Fellowship Hall
Boy Scout Troop 219 Committee Meeting - Library
April 19
2:00 - 5:00 PM
6:30 PM
Narcotics Anonymous - Upper Narthex
Intern Pr. Kate's "Office Hours" at Jitter's 
Alcoholics Anonymous
April 20
6:30 PM
Narcotics Anonymous
April 21
6:30 PM
Narcotics Anonymous
Next Week:
Sunday, April 22
9:30 AM
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
6:00 PM
Adult Bible Study
Theroux Music Student Recital - Sanctuary
Boy Scout Troop 219

Weekly Worship Assistant Schedule
Please take a moment to consider serving in one of our 
Worship Assistant positions.   
Thanks for your service throughout the year!

The Joy of Reading Book Club
- This Monday - 

The Joy of Reading Book Club meets on the 3 rd Monday of every month around 6:30 PM.  Everyone is invited to come join us for a light dinner plus fun and lively book discussion.  

Our next meeting will be April 16 th at the home of Betty Veldhuis (907-696-5042).  The book for April 16 th - Salt by Mark Kurlansky.  

Upcoming books:  

May 21st - Origin by Dan Brown at the home of Mona Mitton.

June 8th - Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck  - This meeting will also be Book Club's 8 th anniversary party and will be held at the beautiful Willow lake home of Gerry Norene.  It is a sleepover for those who can stay overnight.
Thrivent Financial Seminar: 
Retirement & Estate Strategies
Thrivent is hosting a free workshop at Joy Lutheran Church on Tuesday, April 17th at 5:00PM.  

Retirement is something many of us look forward to with anticipation.  Turn that anticipation into action by assessing your retirement income sources and discovering tips to maximize your Social Security benefits.  Plus, consider ways to leave something to those you care about.  These sessions are hosted by Cameron Gilchrist, CFP, MBA, and feature Thrivent Financial guest speaker Mark Peterson, ChFC, RICP, FIC.

Please call 907-677-7756 or email to reserve a place for yourself and a guest.
Other Joyful News...

Alaska Synod Assembly 
This year's Synod Assembly will be held at Central Lutheran Church in Anchorage (15 th Ave. and Gamble) beginning Friday at 2 pm through Sunday noon.  Joy will be represented by Lois Lester, Ian Soellers and Pastor Martin. While these three are our official Voting Members, guests are always welcome to attend any of the parts of the Assembly.  At this Assembly, we will be electing (or re-electing) a bishop, so people may be interested in that process. A draft of the Assembly schedule is up on the bulletin board in the narthex.  
Synod Assembly Meals
Central Lutheran will be our hosts for Synod Assembly.  It is customary, however, to ask nearby congregations for help in some areas, especially with meals.  Each of the Anchorage and Eagle River/Chugiak ELCA congregations have been asked to help supply one of the meals for Assembly.  

We have been asked if we can supply Lunch on Friday, April 27.  We need food for about 30-50 people.

There now a sign-up in the narthex for various food that we need for our lunch. We are trying provide a simple, light meal where people can build their own sandwiches or combine the various food in any way they wish.  We are trying to provide some Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options as well. There will be water and coffee supplied.
Let's plan on an "Assemble the Assembly Meal" party on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00PM in the kitchen, where we can set up the platters, cover with wrap, and whatever else we think needs to happen.

Treasures & Tasty Treats Fundraiser - 
Coming May 6
Spring has sprung! It's time to rally together for another potluck and fundraising auction at Joy before we start going different directions for summer.

Join in on May 6 with a contribution of food and one of your treasures.  Are you crafty?  Do you have time or talents to offer someone?  Maybe you're in the market for something?

++ Auction items can be brought to church on Sunday morning May 6, dropped at the office between Monday, April 30 - Thursday, May 3, or by special appointment with Pr. Martin.  (The office will be closed Friday, May 4.)

On Sunday morning we'll enjoy our repast after worship, all the while trying to outbid one another on the item (or items?) we have our eye on.  Cash, check or charge will all be accepted forms of payment.

"For where your treasure is, there also is your heart."  Matthew 6:21

Other Ordination News

Our previous Intern, Melissa Johnson has received a call from St Paul Lutheran in Winlock, Washington. Melissa will be ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament on Sunday, June 17th at St. Paul.  Winlock is a small community about 45 minutes south of Olympia, Washington.  St. Paul's website is: . Congratulations Melissa!  

Mikah Meyer at Worship on June 24th
Join NPR featured guest speaker/National Cathedral countertenor singer, Mikah Meyer, as he shares about his world record, 3-year road trip to all 417 National Park Service sites, how being a Lutheran pastor's kid inspired it, and the huge, unique role Alaska plays (*hint, it has to do with bush planes!).

Mikah has been living in a cargo van while traveling across the U.S. for the past 26 months becoming the youngest person to visit the entirety of the National Park System--using the media and platform to share a message of carpe diem, hope, and acceptance for LGBT Christians. To keep this project going, he "sings for his supper" and receives donations to fuel him to the next park. Come hear him speak/sing, learn more about his ministry, and ask your questions in person.
Mikah is the son of Pastor Martin's Internship Supervisor, Larry Meyer

Discussion of the Draft Social Statement on Women & Justice

Social Statements help shape teaching points for us in the ELCA and serve as tools for people and congregations for many years. This Social Statement is in process, which means the ELCA is looking for your thoughts and comments. If you would like to learn more about this and be part of the process, I would recommend studying this with  Pastor Julia Seymour on  April 21, 9:00AM - Noon at Lutheran Church of Hope, 1847 W. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, Alaska 99517.
This is an opportunity to learn: 
1) What is a social statement? 
2) How is a social statement written? 
3) What does a social statement do? 
4) What is the draft statement on Women and Justice? 
5) How can I comment on this draft statement? 

Pastor Martin has one paper copy of the Draft Social Statement, or you can download it from the link below: