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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 May 24, 2020
This Week's Gospel: John 17:1-11
In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In today’s gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family.

Joy Lutheran's Church Council met on Tuesday, May 12 in Brause Hall. It felt good to meet face-to-face and we made sure to keep proper physical distancing. One of the major items on the agenda was discussing the proper timing to resume in-person worship services. We feel that we could meet the current State and Municipality mandates, but are we ready emotionally for this next step?  As much as we long to gather together as our church family, we don’t want to risk anyone’s health by doing so. After much discussion, we have a tentative plan.

  • Continue with on-line services through Memorial Day
  • May 31st, have an outdoor gathering in the parking lot with proper spacing where we can share insights gained during this time of isolation, and prayers for us and our community
  • June 7th, hold a shortened modified indoor service

All of this is subject to change depending on State and Municipality mandates and our proper preparedness. We welcome your input on these matters. Please feel free to email any council member or Pastor Karen. 

-Sue Weimer, Council President
Sunday, May 31, 11:00am
Outdoor Gathering
Back Parking Lot
Bring a Lawn Chair! 
Circle of Sharing and Giving Thanks
We will sit 6 ft. apart
Sunday's On-line Worship
This week's worship will be available 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!!) :-) 
A Youth/Children's Message from Pastor Karen will be available on our Facebook page on Saturday, May 23, at noon . Check it out!

FINANCE UPDATE as of 5/21/2020
Our commitment is to keep the congregation informed on our finances. During these extraordinary times it is important for you to know that your council and treasurer are trying to be good stewards of your offerings.

Our income for April was $22,052 and expenses were $18,997. All received April bills are paid. We had not received the March snow plowing/sanding bill ($1,042) in March, which was received and paid in April.

  • JCDC reopened on May 6th with a “soft” opening for families deemed essential personnel and will expand enrollment as regulations allow. JCDC applied for and received a PPP loan/grant on May 8th, which will help cover their expenses. They have continued to forward their monthly payment to JLC, which is basically a reimbursement for their portion of utilities and insurance.
  • Flower orders and trash service continued to be suspended for the month of April.
  • Thermostats in the sanctuary, narthex and JCDC have been turned down to 58 degrees
  • AA and NA have temporarily moved their meetings online and are not meeting at JLC
  • JLC janitorial service was terminated in April. (Thank you to the Mullin family for stepping up to keep the area by the office, including the bathroom, clean.) 
  • The church council is developing JLC janitorial service requirements for a future contract.

We cannot thank you enough for your continued faithful support of your church. We have seen an increase in families giving thru our online option. You can mail your offering or drop it off at the office.

-Clarke Hemphill, Treasurer
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.
Joy Child Development and the church office will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day.
Joy of Reading Book Club

10 th  anniversary news:
We are still having our 10 th  anniversary Book Club meeting and party!  But this year it will not be a sleepover, due to respect for social distancing. 

On  Saturday, June 6 , we will have an All-American BBQ at the beautiful lake home of Gerry Norene on Nancy Lake.  The book is  Akin  by Emma Donoghue.   
For upcoming reading our August book is  The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life  by David Brooks
Thank You!
Thank you to Heather S. and Scooter for helping set up our sanctuary in preparation for our upcoming June 7th Worship! We are following COVID-19 protocols.
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.

Confirmation Class
We WILL be meeting via ZOOM at noon on Sunday. Please contact Kelly Mullin or Pastor Karen if you have any questions. Game: Kahoot! Review: Bible stories
Thank You!
Thank you Mona Mitton and Nancy Wojnowski for this week's worship music!

Folks who might be willing to record themselves performing special music, please let Pr. Karen or the office know you're interested. Pastor Karen will include it in a future online service. Thank you! 
Prayer Concerns & Requests
Jean Truscott died peacefully at Providence Hospital Thursday night, May 14th due to cancer. There are plans in the making for a possible Zoom Celebration of Life service. We will keep you posted. Jean’s presence, her singing voice, beautiful weaving pieces and quiet way of adding to our Community of Faith for many years will be sorely missed. 

Please keep Sue & Larry Weimer in prayer as they mourn Larry's mother, Mary Lou Weimer, whom passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 7 in Colorado.

Also, remember Nancy Olson in prayer as she recovers from hand surgery.
Pentecost: May 31
Pentecost is next Sunday, May 31. Attached is a Pentecost themed coloring page.

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.