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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 25, 2020
This week's gospel: John 8:31-36
Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ sets us free every day to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to us in baptism, we pray for the church, that Christians will unite more fully in worship and mission.
Sunday, Oct. 25 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, and keeping services short due to COVID-19. We are being very safe - if you’d like to worship with us, please try it out!

October 25 is Reformation Sunday.
Consider wearing RED on Reformation to celebrate!
NOTICE: Special Congregational Meeting
Sunday, October 25th 

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

  • 9:50 AM Call to Order
  • Attendance Report 
  • Opening Prayer 
  • Items for Consideration
  1. Council’s Staffing Recommendation
  2. Adoption of Ministry Site Profile 
  • Closing Prayer and Adjournment

Here is the ZOOM information for our Special Congregational Meeting:
Link to Join Zoom Meeting at 4:00pm:
Meeting ID: 811 8316 7396
Passcode: 537999
All Saints Sunday is November 1
On this day in particular we remember those who have died this past year and those who were baptized this past year.
Please let us know of any names you would like Pastor to include as we give thanks to God for those who have gone before us, bearing Christ's light and witness. Pastor will be mentioning them in prayer at the service next Sunday. 
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 1st
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.

There will be Confirmation Class this Sunday at 10:15am
Thank You!
Thank you very much for the beautiful autumn-colored bouquet and many cards you sent me on Pastor Appreciation Sunday. I was quite surprised!  It is a privilege to serve alongside you here at Joy Lutheran Church. God has brought us together, and I am thankful. 

Grateful for you,
Pastor Karen Sonray
Sunday School
Sunday School meets after worship beginning at 10:15am - open to all children age 2yo through 6th grade.
Pastor Karen's Blog Post

Click below to read Pastor Karen's new blog post entitled, "On Forgiveness."

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 
The Joy of Reading Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 6:30 PM.  Currently, we are meeting at the church in Brause Fellowship Hall.   We are taking turns hosting a light dinner.  The book for November is – The Rent Collector by Camron Wright.   November’s host will be Lori Atrops.

Upcoming books are:
December – Last Days of Rabbit Hayes by Anna McPartlin
January – Jimmy Bluefeather by Kim Heacox

You are welcome to come, even if you haven’t read the book of the month.  We are taking safety precautions of masks and distancing and it seems to be working well.   The books and conversations are always thought-provoking!

Sunday, Oct. 25 -- Congregational Meeting

Sunday, Oct. 25 -- Reformation Sunday

Sunday, Nov. 1 -- All Saints Sunday

Sunday, Nov. 1 -- Daylight Savings Time Ends (fall back)

Sunday, Nov. 8 -- Call Committee Installation
Thanksgiving Blessing 2020
Thanksgiving Blessing is going to be different this year. It will be a drive-up event in the front parking lot. Plans are still being developed with Love INC and the Food Bank of Alaska on how to accomplish that. Stay tuned!

Joy Lutheran Church is being asked to collect up to 300 cans of green peas. You may also contribute cans of green beans or make a financial donation to Love INC for "Thanksgiving Blessing."
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.+
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.
The next church council meeting will be Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 7:00pm.