Other Joy-full News...
Chugiak/Eagle River Food Pantry Needs
Rice-A-Roni, Pasta Roni, Hamburger Helper
or other Pasta/Rice Mixes
Toothpaste & Brushes
Laundry, Dish & Bath/Hand Soaps
Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday -
Even though we are busy enjoying our Alaskan summer, it won't be too long before school begins again.
This year, we will start the school year off right with a "Blessing of the Backpacks" on Sunday, August 19. We invite all students to bring their school backpacks to church that Sunday and we will have a time to bless them and pray for our students as they begin a new school year. There will also be prayers for our teachers, administrators, and all other school staff members, so please bring your briefcases, lunch bag, or tote bags.
Kids' Offering -- Clean Water Project
Thank you, young people, for your support of our Clean Water offering! Thanks to your donations, we were able to supply enough water filters for about seven families in a developing country. Since water-borne diseases and parasites are a leader cause of childhood mortality in these areas, your gifts go a long way to saving lives. Thank you!
Love INC Backpack Giveaway - August 18
Rev. Gracie Jackson is looking for volunteers to help during the annual Backpack Giveaway at Harvest Christian Fellowship on Saturday, August 18. If you'd like to help organize and distribute school items for this event, please call Rev. Gracie at 250-1735.
The Spitfire Grill
Branching out from opera a bit, Pastor Martin has been busy this month rehearsing for a musical at Cyrano's. "The Spitfire Grill" is a musical adaptation of the 1996 film of the same name. It centers around Percy Talbot, a recent parolee from prison who seeks to escape her troubled past by traveling to Gilead, Wisconsin, a little town she saw in a magazine while she was in prison. What she finds is a town not as idyllic as it might seem, but a place in need of a new hope and healing.
Pastor Melissa Johnson's Ordination
Pastor Melissa Johnson was ordained and installed as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran in Winlock, Washington on Sunday, June 17. Pastor Julia Seymour, Don & Bonnie Bladow (Lutheran Church of Hope), and Pastor Martin and Shelly represented Alaska and Melissa's two internship congregations. Melissa thanks all the people of both Joy Lutheran and Lutheran Church of Hope for their thoughts, prayers, and well wishes.