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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 August 23, 2020
This Week's Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20
In Isaiah the people are advised to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn. Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter’s bold confession of faith. God’s word of reconciliation and God’s mercy are keys to the church’s mission. Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From the table we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.
No In-person Worship During August

Our Sunday worship will be available on Facebook beginning at 9:30am. 

You can still view our Facebook page, even if you do not have a Facebook account. Click the link above. (Ignore the bar at the bottom when it opens asking you to sign-in or create an account. You are still able to scroll down through our page. You need to click "not now" on the pop-up page when it again asks you to sign up, then it will go away - - hope that helps!!) :-)
Sound System is Now Improved! 

  • Try it! 
  • Let us know how it works for you! 
Henry Huntington
Our own Henry Huntington is featured in this month's issue of "Living Lutheran" magazine! Congratulations!

"I believe that we need to work together if we want the world to be a better place. Among other things, this means understanding and respecting those who have different views than ours." ....
Pastor on Vacation 
Pastor Karen will be on vacation Aug. 10 - Sept. 4, 2020. In case of emergency, please call the Church office (694-9601), or any of the Church Council members (see listed on bottom of each "Notes of Joy"), who will then reach a pastor willing to help.

Do not hesitate to call, as Pastor Karen has lined up backup coverage from several pastors.
Food Bank of Alaska is Seeking Volunteers

If you are interested in organizing a group to come in and volunteer at the Food Bank of Alaska's Box Build for COVID-19 distributions, they will be building boxes August 25 - 28th. Morning (9am-noon) and afternoon (1-4pm) shifts are available.
If you form a group, please email Andy Gilg at, and let him know which shift you'd like and the number of people in your group. 

If you are not able to organize a group and would like to volunteer individually, go to this link to sign up.
Thank you for your support of Food Bank of Alaska.

If you have any questions, contact: 

Andy Gilg
Manager of Volunteer Resources
Food Bank of Alaska
Children’s Ministry!
  • If you received a VBS survey in the blue envelope, we would be grateful if you would return it via the self-addressed envelope inside!
  • It will have a direct effect on potential Sunday School this Fall! 

Thank you!
Children's Bible Stories on Amazon Prime
Did you know that if you (or your parents) have Amazon Prime, you can watch episodes of Whirl for free?

Whirl is a Bible-based cartoon series. In each episode the kids tackle a different theme central to Christian values. And while the issues dealt with are relatable, the solutions these kooky characters find are mostly... unconventional. Kids of all ages will be laughing while they're learning!

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!
Here are the books we came up with for the next few months.   A whole new season of reading!

  • September – Caste: the Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. This meeting will be at the home of Lois Lester and she has promised social distance.
  • October – The Dragons, the Giant, the Women by Wayetu Moore
  • November – The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
  • December – Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
  • January – Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox
Note: Pastor Karen will be on vacation Aug. 10 - Sept. 4, 2020.