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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 March 28, 2021
Gospel: Mark 11:1-11
This week, the center of the church’s year, is one of striking contrasts: Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by shouts of glory, only to be left alone to die on the cross, abandoned by even his closest friends. Mark’s gospel presents Jesus in his complete human vulnerability: agitated, grieved, scared, forsaken. Though we lament Christ’s suffering and all human suffering, we also expect God’s salvation: in the wine and bread, Jesus promises that his death will mark a new covenant with all people. We enter this holy week thirsty for the completion of God’s astonishing work.
Sunday, March 28 Worship
In-person and Online

Palm Sunday

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 Week Schedule
April 2 Good Friday Service - 7:00pm
April 3 Hide Easter Eggs (7th grade on up) - 12:30pm
April 4 Easter Worship with Holy Communion - 8:30am
.......... Easter Worship with Holy Communion - 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 10:00 a.m.

Vote on Calling
Pastoral Candidate Sean Avery
and Proposed Compensation Package 

This Sunday is the Congregational Meeting to formally vote on the candidate and approve the compensation package. This meeting will be directly after worship. Since this is also Palm Sunday we may count our votes by a show of palms!
Easter Sunday
We will have two services, allowing room between people as we continue to follow COVID protocols. We will need 2 ushers at each service to help people come forward in staggered 6 ft. rhythms as they receive holy communion.  Please sign up on the sheet provided on our Opportunities bulletin board. 

For the time being, we will continue to use "pre-filled" cups and wafers. Remember, what makes communion holy is Jesus. He promises to come to us through the bread and wine/juice as we gather in His name, and Pastor Karen pronounces the Words of Institution at the altar: "In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took the bread... and said, ‘do this in remembrance of me’... After supper, he took the cup and said, ‘do this for the forgiveness of your sin’.“ It is not the containers, but rather the elements and Jesus’ promises as we gather that make this a holy sacrament. 
Easter Egg Hunt
We would appreciate any donations for our small Easter Egg hunt for children preschool ages through 6th grade to be held on Easter Sunday: plastic egg containers, wrapped candy. 

Older youth, confirmation age and up, will fill the eggs and hide them Saturday, April 3 at 12:30PM. Please help!!
Sunday School! 
  • Still having fun
  • Every Sunday 10:15 after worship 
  • Here is our craft for John 3:16
Feeling Blessed?
Consider tithing to the Church on your stimulus check (this would be $140), or increasing your regular giving. Many are unable to do so during COVID; others feel their cup is overflowing. Let us pray for all and give according to our ability.
This Spring we hope to have a FUNDRAISER. Details are still being ironed out. The funds raised will go toward the one-time Moving Expenses of our new Pastor. Right now we have $3,000 toward our $9,000 goal. We hope to have a Silent Auction where we contribute items that will be silently bid on. We may post some of these on-line in addition to having items displayed along with a bidding sheet at Church over the span of 1-week. 

Think creatively: hand crocheted items, quilts, runners, wooden bird houses, seedlings you've got started for gardens, a weekend at your cabin, a home-made pie, name it!

If you would like to give a financial gift, beyond your regular giving, simply put a note that you would like your check directed toward pastoral moving expenses. If it’s an electronic gift, click Special Offering and let the office know it’s for moving expenses. Thank you!
Joy of Reading Book Club
Our Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 PM.  We read a wide variety of books and have a wide variety of discussions!
We are ready to start in-person meetings again in the church Fellowship Hall.  Zoom meetings helped us get through COVID, but we look forward to getting together in person again.
April’s book is How the Penguins Saved Veronica by Hazel Prior
May’s book is The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
Please feel free to come, even if you have not read the book; we all need the socialization!         
PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the June 11th book club anniversary celebration at the beautiful cabin of Gerry N.  
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, April 13, 2021 at 7:00pm