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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 October 11, 2020
This week's gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
In Isaiah we are given a vision of the great feast to come, when God will wipe away death forever. In Jesus’ parable about a great banquet, those invited do not come, so the invitation is extended to others. In our liturgy God spreads a table before us. Even amid anxiety and hardship we rejoice in the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. With great joy we feast at the table of the Lord, and we go forth to share the wonderful invitation with others hungering and thirsting for the abundant life of God.
Sunday, Oct. 11 Worship is In-person and Online

Our Sunday worship will be available LIVE on the Facebook app only beginning at 9:30am, and the recorded service will be available on Facebook after 10:15am and you can view any time.

Note: A link to our mitigation rules is below. We are wearing masks, practicing 6ft distance in chairs, keeping services short and discouraging singing due to COVID-19. We are being very safe - if you’d like to worship with us, please try it out!

NOTICE: Special Congregational Meeting
Sunday, October 25th 

  • 9:50 AM IN-PERSON (Worship will be abbreviated!) 
  • 4:00 PM ZOOM (meeting invitation will be posted)

  • Adoption of Ministry Site Profile
  • Council's Recommendation for Staffing 

A quorum is needed at 9:50 AM meeting.

Saturday Morning Work Group This Week!

The Saturday Work Group will meet this Saturday, October 10 at 9:00am.

The weather forecast would indicate inside work. Masks will be worn and social distancing protocols followed. We will perform chores such as changing lightbulbs and furnace filters. 

Everyone is welcome! No special tools or skills required.
I’m very happy to report that we have established our Call Committee and what an awesome group to lead Joy into the future! It is a diverse group including new members to Joy and folks that have been members for many years, folks with young children or grown children, and even a newly confirmed member. This committed and willing group is:

Martin Atrops, Henry Huntington, Jill Duke, Nicole Simasko, Cynthia Oistad and Conner Lanehart

Please keep them in your prayers as they start this important next step in our search for a new pastor.

--Sue Weimer, Council President
Children's Message - Saturday at Noon
Pr. Karen records a 3-5 minute message for young people each week. The Children's Message is available on Facebook every Saturday at noon. Click the Facebook link above.
  • After Sunday worship service
  • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Classroom off Brause Hall
  • We will practice social distancing and recommend masks

If your young person is in at least 7th grade and not confirmed, this is the class for them! Questions: Call Pastor Karen, 907-434-1862
Sunday School
We plan to start Sunday, October 11th at 10:15am. Classes will be small in size, short in length and emphasize Bible Story/discussion, prayer, craft and or game. 

Thank you to those who are rotating as teachers: 
  • Debbie Quiroz and Rachel Christman (youngest ages)
  • Cynthia Oistad and Nicole Simasko (middle ages)
  • Kelly Mullin and Pr. Karen (5th - 6th graders)

Thanks too to:
  • Gina Stephenson - designing the Craft plans for each lesson 
  • Katie Lanehart - one of the substitutes. 

We still need volunteers for Substitutes. Please consider this prayerfully.  Everyone is asked to wear face masks (except the little kids!).
Pastor Karen's Work Days
(She is half-time)

  • Monday, Thursday, Sunday

You can usually find her in the Office on these days. If you have an emergency, please call her any day or time, 907-434-1862.
Thank You!
Thanks to Richard Dana for constructing 2 new mask trees and repairing the original mitten tree that we have been using for masks. They’re wonderful and we’re going to get so much use out of them! There will be one mask tree at each of the main entrances, and the mitten tree will be in the upper narthex. 
Thank you for your generosity!
Our Offerings have dipped the past 2 months (approximately $3500 in August and $2500 in September). Your offerings are very much appreciated and needed. As the season changes our utility expenses will rise. We are also on the cusp of determining how much we can pay a Full-time pastor in the near future. THANK YOU for your generous giving. You can also give electronically (see below or on our Website) and set up giving on a monthly basis. 
Joy of Reading Book Club 
Joy of Reading Book Club has successfully and safely met this summer. It’s getting a little chilly for outdoor meetings so we will be moving into our own Brause Fellowship Hall starting in October.
We meet the 3rd Monday of every month at 6:30 PM. We have read some very compelling books and we have had great conversations about them.  Even if you haven’t had the chance to read the book of the month, it’s still fun!   
The book for October is The Dragons, the Giant, the Women by Wayetu Moore.  Upcoming books are:
November – The Rent Collector by Camron Wright
December – Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
January – Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox

Friday, Oct. 9th -- Church office closed

Sunday, Oct. 11th -- Sunday School Begins

Sunday, Oct. 11th -- Confirmation

Monday, Oct. 12th -- Holiday: Church Office Closed

Tuesday, Oct. 13th -- Church Council Meets
JCDC is Hiring!
Joy Child Development Center is hiring.
  • Teacher: Toddler room teacher. Experience preferred but not necessary.
  • Cook: Experience preferred, but we will train.
Background checks are required. Please contact Robin O'Mara at 694-2755 if interested. Must be 18y.o.+
Our Neighbors Children's Theatre Presents... The Jungle Book
Bring the animals of the jungle right into your home with OUR NEIGHBORS Children’s Theatre’s production of THE JUNGLE BOOK, presented live on Friday, October 16 at 7:00 pm, on Zoom!

Answering the question of whether real live theatre can be experienced over Zoom, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” These 20 talented kids will bring Rudyard Kipling’s classic characters alive during an hour of fun, sharing the message that despite our differences, it is in being together that we are strong. 

Click this link to join us:
This play will be best seen on a computer in gallery view, since ipads and phones will not allow all the characters to be seen at once.

For more information, see our website at Or contact Sister Annette Janka at or (907) 885-8750.

This program has been made possible by grants and support from Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and other generous donors.
The next church council meeting will be Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 7:00pm.