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Our Mission Statement

We of Joy Lutheran Church foster 
grace-filled relationships with Christ
through worship, fellowship, and service.
Notes of Joy - Week of February 7, 2021
Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
In Isaiah the one God who sits above the earth and numbers the stars also strengthens the powerless. So in Jesus’ healing work we see the hand of the creator God, lifting up the sick woman to health and service (diakonia). Like Simon’s mother-in-law, we are lifted up and healed to serve. Following Jesus, we strengthen the powerless; like Jesus, we seek to renew our own strength in quiet times of prayer.
Sunday, February 7 Worship
In-person and Online

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Sunday School and Confirmation are after worship at 10:15am.

Our Sunday worship is also available on the Facebook app at 9:30 am., or online any time after 10:15am.

Coming Up Next Week
February 14th Holy Communion
(at worship and drive-up) 
New Office Hours 

Office Manager: Tues. - Wed. (10-5), Thurs. (10-4)

Pastor Karen in Office: Mondays and Thursdays 

**New deadline for "Notes of Joy" and Sunday bulletin announcements: Wednesday by 4:00 pm

Our annual meeting was held on Sunday, January 31st via Zoom. A traditional meeting with a great potluck and face to face fellowship would have been preferred but COVID restrictions made us think outside the box. Thank you to all that participated (we had 31 households sign in) and we successfully completed our necessary business, including:

  • Approving the 2021 budget for the Joy Child Development Center
  • Approving the 2021 budget for Joy Lutheran Church
  • Election of four members to the Church Council: Rachael Christman, Kristi Swain, Charlotte Kotlarchuk and Sue Weimer (2nd term) 
  • Reaffirming delegates to the Alaska Synod Assembly 2021: Ruth Barndt and Steve O’Donnell

Henry Huntington gave an update on the Call Committee’s progress as they have started to interview three possible candidates for our permanent pastor. This is an exciting time.

We are providing a link to the packet from the Annual Meeting and encourage you to read the various reports. It provides a great snapshot into the heart of what Joy Lutheran Church is all about.

--Sue Weimer, Church Council President
Food Pantry Donations Needed
This can be a very difficult time for families. Bring your food donations to church on Sunday or you’re welcome to call ahead to drop them during the week. 

Thanks to all of you, we gave 1,782 pounds of food last year! Thank you Wayne and Judy Rush for delivering our donations last month. Special need: empty egg cartons
Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is February 17. Stay tuned for worship opportunity!
Adult and Youth Readers
This year as a way to include more ages, we will be aiming for 2 Readers per Sunday - one adult and one youth. Lately we have had some fantastic readers - young and old! The sign-up Worship Assistant Schedule is on the Opportunities bulletin board in the upper narthex. 
We would like to increase our pool of people willing to record our Worship services LIVE.We have a Device for the recording. Please let us know if you are willing. 
New Church Directory
We are creating a new directory for Church uses only. Its important to have this updated for our membership and for the new Pastor who will be arriving hopefully soon! Please look at how your entry is listed. Make any changes needed and initial your entry as your indication that we have your permission to place your information in the Directory as written.  
Children's Message - Saturday at Noon
Pr. Karen records a 3-5 minute message for young people each week. The Children's Message is available on Facebook every Saturday at noon. Click the Facebook link above.
We have a Church library filled with children and adult books on the West side of the building. Free lending.... take one home and return after you have finished reading. 
Joy of Reading Book Club
February’s Book club meeting will, once again, be a ZOOM Meeting.    

Marty and Lori Atrops will be sending out the ZOOM information.   The date will be Monday, February 15th and will start at 6:30 PM.   

Our book for February is Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate.
Upcoming book for March is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren     
We look forward to in-person meetings in the future, but for now, ZOOM is allowing us to continue to enjoy book discussion, see each other’s unmasked faces and stay connected.
The next Church Council meeting is
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:00pm