Online Worship - Palm Sunday
April 5, 2020
Online Mini-Worship Service

Join us at 9:30am Sunday for a pre-recorded worship message on our Facebook page.

Holy Week Schedule

You do NOT need to be a Facebook user to connect to these services!

Palm Sunday   -  9:30 am  and after: Pre-recorded virtual Worship Join in on Facebook (Joy Lutheran Church). About 20 min.  Click Facebook link above or icon below.

  • Rugged Cross is standing outside of Church, E.R. Loop Rd. parking lot. Suggestion: drive over and have a quiet prayer by the cross.  Bring a can of food for Food Bank as we will have Food Bank Container near the Cross.

  • Make a Palm or place a willow or alder branch on your outside door as a witness to Christ's coming into your lives!

Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)   7:00 pm
  • (Pre-recorded virtual Worship) on our Facebook page . About 15 min..

Good Friday    12 Noon  
  • Jesus' 7 Last Words from the Cross (see Central Lutheran Church's Facebook page). Will include 7 short sermons by our Lutheran Pastors in Alaska
  • 7:00 pm   Tenebra Service- Join in using 7 candles at home! Follow along on pre-recorded Worship Service posted on Joy's Facebook page

Easter Sunday - Time TBA 
Stay tuned. There is a chance we might gather in our vehicles only.... and have a short Prayer, Litany and Song at Church Parking Lot. We would need to park carefully in 3 rows to make room for all cars.
Confirmation Class 

We will meet again using Zoom this Sunday. Also don't forget to send in your Class Lesson that Pastor Karen sends to you by email. Still missing 2. NO Class or Zoom on Easter Sunday!
March Finances

Offerings across all categories: $21,241
(includes special offerings for food pantry and extra mortgage principal payments)

Expenses: $21,099
(does not include March plowing/sanding)
Pastor Karen is also planning to post a Youth/Children's Story on Saturday, April 4
Looking for some fun activities? Below are links to this week's children's bulletins. There are things to read, things to color, word puzzles, and more!

Click to download and print:

Send Pastor Karen a photo of a sign of Hope!

Could be something outside, inside, something from Nature, from your family, or a past memory....

She is putting a montage together for Easter Sunday that she wants to post online.

Gospel: Matthew 26:14--27:66
On this Palm Sunday, we encounter the paradox that defines our faith: Jesus Christ is glorified king and humiliated servant. We too are full of paradox: like Peter, we fervently desire to follow Christ, but find ourselves afraid, denying God. We wave palms in celebration today as Christ comes into our midst, and we follow with trepidation as his path leads to death on the cross. Amid it all we are invited into this paradoxical promise of life through Christ’s broken body and outpoured love in a meal of bread and wine. We begin this week that stands at the center of the church year, anticipating the completion of God’s astounding work.
Joy of Reading Book Club
The Joy of Reading Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of every month and gets started around 6:30 PM. Even if you haven’t read the book of the month you are still welcome to join us. It’s a fun evening of discussion, sharing of ideas and respectful listening. And lots of socializing and laughter!

  • April 20 – The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri. Karen Johnson is hosting.
  • May 18 – We are Called to Rise by Laura McBride at the home of Mona Mitton
  • June 5 – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This is also Book Club’s 10thAnniversary Celebration! Once again our anniversary party/sleepover will be at the beautiful lake home of Gerry Norene on Nancy Lake.
  • August 17 – The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks
Joy Church Council Members
Sue Weimer -
Scooter Bentson -
Tom Bird -
Debby Bird -
Corrine Finnie -
Kelly Mullin -
Heather Slocum -
Clarke Hemphill, Treasurer -

The next church council meeting is
Tuesday, April 14th
at 7:00pm.