An Electronic Newsletter by the Community of Christ known as Joy Lutheran Church

Our Mission Statement

We of Joy Lutheran Church foster
grace-filled relationships with Christ
through worship, fellowship, and service.

Gospel:  John 15:9-17
This Sunday's image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John's gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

Coming Week's Calendar
May 6
9:30 AM
6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Treasures & Tasty Treats - Potluck & Fundraising Auction
Boy Scout Troop 219
CH-ERHS Grad Blast Planning Committee - Upper Narthex
Monday, May 7 6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Narcotics Anonymous
Boy Scout Troop 219 Board of Review
May 8
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
Narcotics Anonymous - Upper Narthex
Alcoholics Anonymous
Finance Committee Meeting
Wed., May 9
5:30 PM
6:30 PM
Confirmation Class
Narcotics Anonymous
May 10
2:00-5:00 PM
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
Narcotics Anonymous - Upper Narthex
Intern Pastor Kate's "Office Hours" at Jitters
Plunked Student Piano Recital - Sanctuary
Alcoholics Anonymous
May 11
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
Troop 219 Chris Fueg Court of Honor - Brause Fellowship Hall
Narcotics Anonymous
May 12
8:00 AM
6:30 PM
Breakfast Club - breakfast & monthly church maintenance
Narcotics Anonymous
Next Week:
Sunday, May 13
9:30 AM
6:00 PM
Boy Scout Troop 219

Weekly Worship Assistant Schedule
Please take a moment to consider serving in one of our 
Worship Assistant positions.   
Thanks for your service throughout the year!

Memorial Service for Mary Lou Knudsen - Friday, May 4 at 4:00pm at Joy Lutheran

Mary Lou Knudsen, 67, died on April 21, 2018, at her residence in Soldotna, AK of natural causes.  She was born to the late John and Thelma Knudsen in Ballard, WA on September 25, 1950, the youngest of four.  She graduated from Ballard High School in 1968.  Mary moved to Kodiak, Alaska in the late 70s. In 1990, the family moved to Eagle River, AK.  After moving around the mid-2000s, she returned to Alaska in the the spring of 2017, settling in Kenai, and more recently, Soldotna. She was confirmed into Crown Lutheran Church in Ballard and remained a devout Lutheran until the end.  

She is survived by her two beloved children Chelsea and Jacob Berg, her brother John, and sisters Jo-Ann and Karen.

Mary will be remembered for her love of music: she saw the Beatles in concert and Willie Nelson.  She always talked about her favorite bands and who she would see next. She could also talk on the phone!  Seldom were her phone calls less than an hour in length! She also loved sewing. She took pride in her sewing machine and her mastery of it.

Mary Lou was a wonderful woman and she will be missed.

Other News...

Treasures & Tasty Treats Fundraiser -
Please join us after worship this week for a potluck and fundraising auction before we start going different directions for summer.  We'll have some tasty dishes to sample as well as some great auction items!  Cash, check or charge will all be accepted forms of payment.

Reminder: you can drop off an auction item at church today, or bring on Sunday.  If you need to drop off at a different time, please contact Pastor Martin.  The office is closed Friday.  There is a memorial service at church Friday afternoon at 4:00pm.

"For where your treasure is, there also is your heart."  Matthew 6:21

Highlights from 2018 AK Synod Assembly
Central Lutheran Church, Anchorage, AK
April 27-28, 2018
Delegates: Lois Lester and Ian Soellers

Friday, April 27
Registration at noon followed by a wonderful lunch provided by Joy Lutheran.  The Assembly was officially opened by Bishop Shelly.  The theme was Psalm 145:3-4 which reads: Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!  There is no end to your greatness.  One generation shall praise your works to another and declare your power.  Dr. Robin Steine, first female president of Luther Seminary, presented the biblical work on these verses.

The first Bishop ballot vote resulted in the re-election of Bishop Shelly Wickstrom.  Rev. Richard Boerger, Secretary of ELCA was present to oversee this election.

The proposed 2019 spending plan was given by the treasurer.  The Synod ended in the red last year.
After the evening meal, a wonderful festival of worship concluded the day.

Saturday, April 28
Continental breakfast followed by Biblical Work presentation by Rev. Dr. Ray Pickett who is the Rector of PLU Seminary.  A short explanation of the Psalms was given.

Clusters (we are part of the Knik Cluster) were directed to meet and decide what the focus should be for the synod.  We decided that collaboration, communication and creative thinking about programs should be of paramount importance.  At another cluster session we answered three questions (1) Where does your congregation have the most energy?  Answers: music, food ministry, mission school in Africa; (2) What are the gifts and resources for ministry?  Answers: people, church administration, hospitality and grace; (3) What should be the top priorities in ministry?  Answers: Prince of Wales, sharing God's love, support and engagement of youth, being open to all, and combating racism.  We met again while having lunch.

A resolution thanking Center Lutheran for hosting the meeting was presented, voted on and passed.
Workshops: Social Statement on Women's Justice, Community Gardens, Global Music, Social Media for Your Ministry, International Ministry, KUWAA Mission in Liberia.
Naomi Ford, the general secretary for the Lutheran Church of Liberia, was in attendance.

Supper and anniversary celebrations preceded the adjournment of the Assembly.  Pastor Martin was recognized for 30 years in the ministry.

Prayer around the cross in the Sanctuary was the last order of the day.

Synod Assembly meeting 2019 will be at Lutheran Church of Hope, Anchorage, during the last weekend in April.

Other Ordination News

Our previous Intern, Melissa Johnson has received a call from St Paul Lutheran in Winlock, Washington. Melissa will be ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament on Sunday, June 17th at St. Paul.  Winlock is a small community about 45 minutes south of Olympia, Washington.  St. Paul's website is: . Congratulations Melissa!  

Mikah Meyer at Worship on June 24th
Join NPR featured guest speaker/National Cathedral countertenor singer, Mikah Meyer, as he shares about his world record, 3-year road trip to all 417 National Park Service sites, how being a Lutheran pastor's kid inspired it, and the huge, unique role Alaska plays (*hint, it has to do with bush planes!).

Mikah has been living in a cargo van while traveling across the U.S. for the past 26 months becoming the youngest person to visit the entirety of the National Park System--using the media and platform to share a message of carpe diem, hope, and acceptance for LGBT Christians. To keep this project going, he "sings for his supper" and receives donations to fuel him to the next park. Come hear him speak/sing, learn more about his ministry, and ask your questions in person.
Mikah is the son of Pastor Martin's Internship Supervisor, Larry Meyer

"Kids' Offering"
Our younger Christians have been collecting money for clean water in developing countries. Through the ELCA Good Gifts program, we are collecting funds to purchase family-sized water filters.

When safe drinking water just isn't available - especially in times following natural disasters or emergencies - a simple, ceramic water filter is a lifesaver. Capable of purifying water without electricity or chemicals, it's a powerful tool to quench thirst and prevent water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid.  Each filter costs $30.

So far, we have collected $180.14, enough to assist 6 families

Thank you for your generosity!  We will keep collecting for water filters until the end of June. 

Benefit for Linette Cook's Nephew in Minnesota

The Joy of Reading Book Club

The Joy of Reading Book Club meets on the 3rd Monday of every month around 6:30 PM.  Everyone is invited to come join us for a light dinner, plus fun and lively book discussion.  
Our next meeting will be May 21st at the home of Mona Mitton.  The book is -  The Origin  by Dan Brown.  (I know!  Book Club is reading Dan Brown!)
Our 8th anniversary party is coming up!  The book club/ celebration will be Friday night, June 8th  at the beautiful Willow lake home of Gerry Norene.  The book is Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.  For those who can stay overnight the celebration will continue at breakfast the next morning.
No Book Club in July, as we are out and about enjoying those great Alaskan summer days!