Notes of Joy for the Week of February 9, 2020
Our Mission Statement

We of Joy Lutheran Church foster 
grace-filled relationships with Christ
through worship, fellowship, and service. 
Gospel: Matthew 5:13-20
Light shines in the darkness for the upright, the psalmist sings. Isaiah declares that when we loose the bonds of injustice and share our bread with the hungry, the light breaks forth like the dawn. In another passage from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus, the light of the world, calls his followers to let the light of their good works shine before others. Through baptism we are sent into the world to shine with the light of Christ.
Saturday Morning Breakfast Group - Tomorrow!
Please join us  Saturday, February 8  for our monthly church maintenance. 

We begin with breakfast at 9:00am, followed by building maintenance. We hope to be done around noon. Please bring a dish to share. All are welcome and no special skills are required!

For those of you who don't know - our THREE big furnaces in the upper mechanical room went down last week. We had 2 different heating companies out. After a new blower motor, a couple of control boards, some new wires and hours of Clarke Hemphill's time on Saturday finishing it up, we have heat!
The Passing of the Peace  
Sharing peace with one another is an ancient Christian tradition, not only in the words of Jesus, but also in the practices of the Christian community. Paul begins every one of his letters by saying, "Grace to you, and peace" (Romans 1:7; Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians 1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1, etc.). This suggests that in the very early Church, "Grace to you and peace" was the way Christians greeted one another. 

The Passing of the Peace is more than just a greeting - it is a form of community-building. It is an opportunity to extend God's grace to one another in response to the grace that we all receive as members of the Body of Christ. In giving signs of peace to each other...while focusing our attention on the person to whom the peace is extended, we express the reconciliation, unity, and love that are in Christ. 
As we are passing the Peace in a worship liturgy, don't think of it as the intermission, or time-out, when we simply shake hands and say "hello." It is a time when we remember who we are: the reconciled people of God whom Jesus welcomes to his table with words of peace.

What if I am sick? In my experience over the years, I have seen different symbols of peace being shared. I have served in churches where congregational members, for example, chose not to share the sign of peace at all as they were at higher risk. I have also seen people in the same circumstances or when they themselves were battling a cold choose, rather than a handshake:
  • a “wave” of their hand 
  • placing their hand over their heart and nodding their head as they shared God’s peace 
  • holding their hands together as in prayer and bowing slightly 
  • remaining seated during this time and smiling at those who seek to share peace with a handshake
  • shaking people’s hands and using their “hand sanitizer” prior to communion

The peace is a sign of the blessing and presence of God , a sharing of the peace that comes only from God. What a beautiful thing! So the next time you are given the opportunity to Pass the Peace, be sensitive that some people may want to exchange peace using a different symbol and whatever symbol you use do so with love, and with an understanding of the great significance of this Peace of God.
Installation Service & Welcome
You are invited to the installation of the new pastor, Rev. Liz Lowry, at Lutheran Church of Hope on Sunday, February 9 at 1:30pm. A reception will follow.
Scout Sunday 
This year we are hoping to have a reception rather than a potluck. Scout Sunday is February 16 . We hope to have a "finger food " type of reception! Bring appetizers and desserts easy to eat without a lot of mess. Should be fun! If someone would like to help coordinate this please let Pastor Karen or the office know. 
Upcoming Youth Event
WHAT: ELCA Youth Retreat at Birchwood Camp
WHEN: March 20 - 21, Friday evening through Saturday afternoon  
AGES: Confirmation Ages through High School  
THEME:  Walking in our Baptism Promises 
COST:  $50  
Pastor Karen will need to know who can attend and have applications received by March 3rd. This should be fun. It will also satisfy Make Up classes your confirmand may need (up to 5 classes worth). There will be good food, games, and fellowship and of course class time!
Warm Accessories
It’s definitely cold outside!  Bring mittens, hats, socks, etc. of all sizes. Place them on our accessories tree or in the orange bin and we will make sure they get to folks in need! See Scooter Bentsen for more info.
Do you have a Sleeping Bag?
Do you have a sleeping bag we could borrow this summer for July 18 - 25? We are looking for 25 sleeping bags. There will be a Youth Group from Messiah Lutheran Church in Auburn, Wa. visiting the Anchorage area. They will be doing some mission work.  

Borrowing bags will cut down on the bulk of their baggage. More information will be posted as the dates get nearer. Contact Kelly Mullin or Pastor if you can help.
Worship Assistant Schedule
Joy of Reading Book Club
The Joy of Reading Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of every month and gets started around 6:30 PM. Even if you haven’t read the book of the month you are still welcome to join us. It’s a fun evening of discussion, sharing of ideas and respectful listening. And lots of socializing and laughter!

  • No Book Club in February 
  • March 16 – Akin by Emma Donoghue. Sue Weimer will host this one.
  • April 20 – The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri. Karen Johnson is hosting.
  • May 18 – We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride at the home of Mona Mitton
  • June 5 – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This is also Book Club’s 10th Anniversary Celebration! Once again our anniversary party/sleepover will be at the beautiful lake home of Gerry Norene on Nancy Lake.
  • August 17 – Overstory by Richard Powers
Joy Church Council Members
Sue Weimer
Scooter Bentson
Tom Bird
Debby Bird
Corrine Finnie
Kelly Mullin
Heather Slocum
Clarke Hemphill, Treasurer

The next church council meeting is Tuesday, February 11th
at 7:00pm.