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We of Joy Lutheran Church foster 
grace-filled relationships with Christ
through worship, fellowship, and service.
Notes of Joy - Week of March 14, 2021
Gospel: John 3:14-21
The fourth of the Old Testament promises providing a baptismal lens this Lent is the promise God makes to Moses: those who look on the bronze serpent will live. In today’s gospel Jesus says he will be lifted up on the cross like the serpent, so that those who look to him in faith will live. When we receive the sign of the cross in baptism, that cross becomes the sign we can look to in faith for healing, for restored relationship to God, for hope when we are dying.
Sunday, March 14 Worship
In-person and Online

Fourth Sunday in Lent

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.

Holy Communion Sunday
Holy Communion will be served during worship this Sunday, March 14.

Pastor Karen will also be offering a drive thru communion at 11:30am on Sunday in the west parking lot.
Holy Week Schedule
April 2 Good Friday Service - 7:00pm
April 4 Easter Worship - 8:30am
.......... Easter Worship - 10:30am 

(no Sunday School or Confirmation on Easter)

We will have an Easter egg hunt at 10:00am between worship services.

Sunday, March 28
10:15 a.m.
Calling of Pastoral Candidate Sean Avery
and Compensation Package 

What a successful opportunity we had to meet and greet our pastoral candidate Sean Avery this past weekend. The next step on the Call process is to hold a Congregational Meeting to formally vote on the candidate and approve the compensation package. This meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 28th right after the regular service at approximately 10:15 am. This is also Palm Sunday so we might count our votes by a show of palms!

What a fun in-person visit we had with Pastor Sean and his wife Becky! Alaska really put its best foot forward with stellar sunshine and mild temperatures. Thank you to all that took time out of your busy schedules to attend at least one of the opportunities to meet and greet Sean and Becky. There was great energy in the many conversations that took place over the 4 days and we all had a chance to learn a bit about each other. It is reported that they even saw a moose which was an item on their wish list! 

Thank you to everyone that made this visit possible, from donating air miles, to providing transportation, to donating gift cards and food, and welcoming them with open arms. 
Watch Pastor Sean Avery’s Q&A Session
Click the two links below to watch the Q&A Session with Pastor Sean after worship this past Sunday. Check it out!

What's Happening in Confirmation?
Confirmation Class made food packets Sunday as we studied the miracle of Jesus feeding the multitudes. They included notes (like “You are important and loved ” or "Hope this helps" or "God loves you"), and then took them to the Blessings Box down at Eagle River's Sleepy Dog Coffee shop. People in need can help themselves to the Blessings Box.  Some of our other members also like to add to the shelves.
Sunday School is Cool!

Join us after worship at 10:15am
Wednesday Lenten Services

Midweek Lent Services will be provided virtually every Wednesday at 7:00pm.

A link to the service will be sent out each week in a special "Notes of Joy."
Joy of Reading Book Club
The Book Club meeting for March will be Monday, March 15th in our church’s Fellowship Hall, starting at 6:30 PM.  Yes! We are back to in-person meetings! Please bring a mask along.

Betty Veldhuis will provide dessert. Sue Weimer will lead the discussion.

The book for March is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Please feel free to come, even if you have not read the book; we all need the socialization!
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. 
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.  Special need: empty egg cartons
The next Church Council meeting is
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7:00pm