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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 7, 2020
This Week's Gospel: Matthew 16-20
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. In the gospel Jesus sends his disciples forth to baptize in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. More than a doctrine, the Trinity expresses the heart of our faith: we have experienced the God of creation made known in Jesus Christ and with us always through the Holy Spirit. We celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity in word and sacrament, as we profess the creed, and as we are sent into the world to bear witness to our faith.
Opening of Worship at Our Church Building This Sunday

Dear Joy Lutheran Friends,

At its last meeting, the Church Council set a goal to hold our first “in-person” worship on Sunday, June 7 th .  We will carefully re-evaluate this ‘opening’ of our Sunday services on a week-to-week basis.  

We have planned for a 30-minute service in order to decrease the risk of spreading the virus. We encourage those who are at health risk not to attend.  

Please follow the link below to read our list of standards to mitigate the risks.  This will help you make an educated decision as to whether or not you would like to attend services. Especially note, we are asking people to wear facemasks and will have extra available.

Our National Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has been quoted as saying, “The Church never closed.”  As the Spirit moves where it will, God creates sanctuary for us wherever we are.  I invite you to join us as we gather in worship of our One God, Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Whether it is “online” or in a common physical space, God is with us.  

-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, Including Children's Message
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!!) :-) 
Online Memorial Service for Jean Truscott

A link to the recorded memorial service will be available on the church's website beginning at 2:00pm, Thursday, June 11.

There will be a ZOOM Coffee hour following.

Meeting ID: 868 3295 4248
Password: Jean
  • Please do not share this Zoom information publicly
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!
Matt said that he received the [second] care package from the church. Thank you so much for thinking of him. Matt re-enlisted for another 5 years yesterday (here’s a picture). He said it was bittersweet raising his hand for the last time in his military career.
-Rachel Christman
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
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
Pete & Paula Johnson
Harry Finch
Audrey Fredeen
Jonny Hegna
Nancy Olson
Peggy & Richard Dana's grandson, Jesse
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, June 9 at 7:00 pm.