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:  Mark 1:4-11
Our re-creation in baptism is an image of the Genesis creation, where the Spirit/wind moved over the waters. Both Mark's gospel and the story in Acts make clear that it is the Spirit's movement that distinguishes Jesus' baptism from John's. The Spirit has come upon us as upon Jesus and the Ephesians, calling us God's beloved children and setting us on Jesus' mission to re-create the world in the image of God's vision of justice and peace.

Intern Corner

Our Gospel text for Christmas Day was John 1:1-14. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and lived among us as one of us (John 1:1-14, paraphrase). In the sermon, I asked people to consider how they experience the Word living among them, touching their lives. Now, as I prepare the materials for my internship project, I find this even more relevant. 

Beginning in mid-February, I'll be leading a 6-week study on evangelism. We will cover the what, why, who, how, when and where of evangelism. We'll be talking about sharing the Good News regarding Jesus in our daily lives, right alongside the "good news" of our favorite TV shows, books, and social media curations. So, we'll be thinking about the ways in which we interact with the Living Word in our daily lives. For some of us, this is more interpersonal. For others of us this is more Scriptural- passages in the Bible that grab us for ongoing consideration. One such for me is Matthew 25:31-46, sometimes called the Judgement of the Nations. In doing prison ministry during seminary, I came to see the "eternal punishment" as something that happens now. Hearing the stories of how cycles of poverty and violence had so negatively impacted the men there, and their fears for their children and grandchildren to be repeating those, made the Word come alive in ways I couldn't have imagined. As we move through the final days of Christmas and into Epiphany, I invite you to consider- and share- where the Word comes alive for you.

-Intern Pastor Kate Drefke

Lent Planning Session
There will be a planning summit for Lent Wednesday, January 10th at 7:00PM. Bring ideas for a Lenten theme if you have them.   Thanks!

Coming Week's Calendar
Jan. 7
9:30 AM
11:00 AM
6:00 PM
Adult Bible Study
Boy Scout Troop 219
Monday, Jan. 8 6:30 PM
Narcotics Anonymous
Jan. 9
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Alcoholics Anonymous
Faith & Understanding: Understanding our LGBT Neighbors
Wed., Jan. 10
5:30 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Confirmation Class
Narcotics Anonymous
Lent Planning Meeting - bring theme ideas if you have any!!
Jan. 11
6:30 PM
Alcoholics Anonymous
Jan. 12
6:30 PM
Narcotics Anonymous
Jan. 13
8:00 AM
9:00 AM
6:30 PM
The Breakfast Club - All welcome to join us for breakfast!
The Breakfast Club - take down Christmas trees; do maintenance
Narcotics Anonymous
Next Week:
Sunday, Jan. 14
9:30 AM
11:00 AM
6:00 PM
Church Council Meeting
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!

QPR Training January 17, 6-7:30PM
QPR stands for Question Persuade and Refer. It is a simple 3-step process for recognizing signs of suicide, and intervening to get the person help.

This is free and open to all, so invite your classmates, co-workers, teachers, and anyone else you think may be in a position to help someone having a bad time.

We'll meet in the Brause Fellowship Hall at Joy Lutheran at 6:00PM.  Please join us.

The Breakfast Club - Next Saturday, Jan. 13
We need your help.  The Breakfast Club's regular monthly maintenance day is next Saturday, Jan. 13.  We start with breakfast at 8:00AM.  

At 9:00AM we'll start un-decorating and taking down the Christmas trees.  There are a few maintenance projects too. We need some help with a plumbing project in the utility room.  We would love some HELP!!  
Introduction to the Four Gospels

Taught by The Rev Jeff Hackler
Pastor, Central Lutheran Church, Anchorage 
Two consecutive Saturdays: January 13th and 20th 
from 10am to 1pm 
Central Lutheran Church 
I. Course Description

The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the earliest surviving accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus. This course will provide an overview of these texts, paying special attention to the distinctive portrait of Jesus that each gospel presents. The emphasis will be on equipping you to be a better reader of the fourfold Gospel witness that testifies to the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

II. Objectives

To help students:
  1. Gain a sense of the unique theology of each of the Gospels.
  2. Explore the historical and social background of the New Testament world.
  3. Articulate the similarities and differences among the various portraits of Jesus in the Gospels.
III. Required Texts

The New Interpreters Study Bible Abingdon Press
Fortress Introduction to the Gospels,
by Mark Allan Powell
This course is open to a nyone who wants to deepen their understanding of the Gospels and to those interested in becoming a Synodically Authorized Minister. 
Registration is requested at
A fee of $25 is requested.  Scholarships are available for ELCA members.
Those interested in becoming a Synodically Authorized Minister can find more information at

  The Joy of Reading Book Club

The Joy of Reading Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of every month.  Everyone is invited to come join us for a light dinner plus fun and lively book discussion.  We look forward to a year of good books! 
Upcoming books and meeting dates are:
January 15 - The Day the World Came to Town 
by Tom Defede. Lori Atrops has volunteered to host this one.
February 19 - 40 Autumns by Nina Willner.  
Nancy Hemsath will be doing her chocolate affair.
To those who are already planning their summer:  The 8th anniversary party will be at the beautiful lake home of Gerry Norene on Friday, June 8th.  It is a sleepover for those who can stay.

Annual Congregational Potluck & Meeting
Sunday, January 28 11:00AM
It's that time of year again, when we gather for some of the best food in town and, while we eat, we hold a congregational meeting.  Start planning now for what you will bring to this season's social highlight!  Some of the best chefs in town (both those in homes and those in stores and bakeries) will supply one of the best meals of the year. You do not want to miss this!

While we are busy stuffing enjoying our meal, we will also meet to discuss how the year went, how we foresee God's direction for the year to come -- including voting on a Mission Budget, voting on new Council Members and voting for new Synod Assembly Voting Members (April 27-29th at Central Lutheran, Anch.).

Alaska Synod Assembly 
April 27-29, 2018
This year's Alaska Synod Assembly will be held from Friday evening, April 27th until Sunday noon, April 29th at Central Lutheran Church in Anchorage. 

It is always an important and edifying experience to gather with our siblings in Christ from all over Alaska - to share our experiences, to worship together, and to prayerfully look to the future of God's mission in our state.  

This year, we will be also holding an election for Alaska Synod Bishop.  The Synod Bishop is elected/called for a 6-year term and is open to any ELCA pastor in good standing. This is a pivotal time in our synod's journey, and the election of a Bishop is an important part of that journey. 

At our annual Congregational Meeting (January 28), we at Joy Lutheran will be electing two Voting Members - one male, and one female - to represent us at the Synod Assembly.  We want you to prayerfully consider if you might be called and willing to serve in this capacity. We especially look to finding people that are younger.  Any Confirmed Member of Joy is eligible to be elected as a Voting Member for Assembly. If you know someone who might be willing to be considered, or of you yourself would like to be considered, please contact Congregational President, Henry Huntington: