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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 June 14, 2020
This Week's Gospel: Matthew 9:35--10:8
Moses tells the Israelites that they are called to be a priestly kingdom and a holy people. Jesus sends out the disciples as laborers into the harvest. In baptism we too are anointed for ministry, sharing God’s compassion with our needy world. From the Lord’s table we go forth to proclaim the good news, to heal the sick, and to share our bread with the hungry.
From Our Pastor...

Dear Friends in Christ,

There is so much happening in this troubling and yet glorious life and world! Thanks be to God that He is our Guide and Pilot!

Here at Joy Lutheran we began "indoor" worship last Sunday and 27 people attended. Things went very well as the Church Council has been deliberate and cautious in their planning. I am very thankful.    We will continue to offer BOTH in-person and online Worship Services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Please join us!  

THIS Sunday we will offer Holy Communion  using the element of bread only. We invite those of you watching online to join us by having bread or wafers set before you in a respectful manner at home.  

I remind you that we believe Christ comes to us through each element. Therefore although we will only partake in the bread, yet Christ comes to us fully in that bread. His presence is given to us for the salvific purpose of forgiveness and life. We are all surely longing for this assurance in the Sacrament as we have not been able to commune since March 15th. 

I am looking forward to being with you in spirit or as we gather and see each other his Sunday,  

-Interim Pastor Karen Sonray

PRAYER for our Nation
The family of George Floyd at his violent death
The safety of all protesters
The cessation of all violence, looting and rioting
Reform not only in law enforcement but all institutions
Reconciliation and healing between all peoples
The awareness and hard work to stop racist behavior in our relationships and institutions
Hope for all who are hopeless and afraid
A deliberate decision to find a way to work together despite the understandable pain, divisions and anger
Sunday's Worship
This week's worship will be in person at our sanctuary and available LIVE on our Facebook page Sunday 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!!) :-) 
MSP Team Continues to Seek Your Input
The MSP team looks forward to the day when we can all get together to discuss IN PERSON the topics that need to be covered. In the meantime, we are requesting your input on a couple of areas which we can discuss in depth later. Again, these come straight from the ELCA MSP form.

Context : List three ways that the community in which we are located has been challenged by change and transition in the last three to five years.  
Energy : What is our congregation really excited about right now? 
Please consider your responses to the following, and reply to the MSP Team’s email.  The link is below.  We appreciate you hanging in there with us through this.

Jean Truscott

Jean's online memorial services was Thursday, June 11.

You can still watch her beautiful service at the link below.
Calling all Joy Lutheran members & friends:
  • Do you have a favorite Bible Verse? Or one you'd like to suggest to our 2020 Confirmands who will be affirming their Faith?
  • We would like to include them in one of the gifts we are giving to the 2020 Confirmands.
  • Please email the church office with a bible verse!
Vacation Bible School
We are seeking to put together an online VBS in July using pre-recorded stations of music, craft/science, stories, etc.

Are you interested in planning and helping? Contact Pastor Karen, Kelly Mullin or the office. We will have a Zoom meeting about VBS soon.
Contributions of the thicker style of Hand Sanitizer (Purell or Germ-X, for example) will be needed and greatly appreciated here at Joy Lutheran. They are hard to find! If you see any, please pick them up for the Church. If you need to be reimbursed, you can submit your receipt and we will be happy to do so.
Volunteers Needed
A big thank you to these people who have already helped with lawn mowing here at Joy: Sue Weimer and Mona & Dave Mitton

We can use some more volunteers! 

It's that time of year again! Joy Lutheran Church is seeking volunteers for weekly lawn care for the summer. The church has 2 push power mowers. We do not have a weed trimmer or leaf blower. If you'd like to use those, you will need to bring your own. If you plan to mow after hours/weekends, you will need to pick up the shed key from the office in advance or have your own key to access the building. Thank you Sue W. for being the first one to kick off the mowing season!
Prayer Concerns & Requests
Eunice Vrem
Pete & Paula Johnson
Harry Finch
Audrey Fredeen
Jonny Hegna
Nancy Olson
Peggy & Richard Dana's grandson, Jesse

These people might especially appreciate a phone call. Also Paula Johnson would really appreciate some CDs with traditional hymns. Her caregivers also mentioned meals or food are always appreciated. Wear a mask if you bring anything over. 
We would like to have special music at worship, especially since we miss singing so much! Can you volunteer?
Joy Church Council Members
Sue Weimer -
Scooter Bentson -
Tom Bird -
Debby Bird -
Corrine Finnie -
Kelly Mullin -
Heather Slocum -
Clarke Hemphill, Treasurer -

Interim Pastor: Karen Sonray -
Cell: (907) 434-1862
-this is a Nome cell phone number,
so be sure to dial the "907" first

The next church council meeting will be Tuesday, July 7
at 7:00 pm.