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Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter Sunday Services
He is Risen! He is risen indeed! Please join us in celebration at 6:30 on the Land and at 8:15 & 10:00 AM at the Church.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Home Groups Resume This Week
Home Groups resume the week of April 28-May 2 reading and discussiong the book of Daniel. Watch for more details in the weeks to come.
Monday, May 13, 2019, 5:30 PM
SOJ Youth Serve Open Door meals
SOJ Youth serve Open Door meals at the Grange, 6:00 P.M. Please sign up on the kiosk to bring food and/or serve.  Click Here for more information.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Home Groups Resume This Week
Home Groups resume the week of April 28-May 2 reading and discussiong the book of Daniel. Watch for more details in the weeks to come.

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We take videos and photos at most Spirit of Joy activities and events.  We may use these photos and recordings in Spirit of Joy sponsored or approved publications or media, such as bulletins, newsletters, promotional materials, news articles, slide shows and online media such as our Web site at SOJChurch.com. Click here to read our photo privacy policy and see how you can notify us if you don't want us to use photos or videos of you or your children.

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We take our Sunday Greetings Seriously!

Welcome to the Internet site of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church in Ramona, California

Our worship services are expressive, open to all, and full of the presence of the LORD. Our goal is to glorify God in our meetings and meet your needs with his Word. Spirit of Joy is diverse in age and ethnic and social origin, but we are united by love for Jesus Christ our Savior.

There is no better life than one based on the Word of God and lived in relationship with Him. We guarantee that you'll feel welcome at Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. We're warm, friendly, and we love to greet visitors.
  

8:15 am Sunday Worship
Traditional Worship w/Choir; Sunday School (preschool thru sixth grade); Nursery provided
10:00 am Sunday Worship
Contemporary Worship w/Praise Team; Sunday School (preschool thru high school);Nursery provided

We have families and individuals of all ages and backgrounds and with a wide variety of Christian experience. Please visit... we'd love to know you. And we promise you'll feel welcome! You'll be glad you did!

We're located in Ramona, California, on the edge of the "back country" in northern San Diego County... Click here for directions.

Tetelestai: It is Finished
Tetelestai: It Is Finished

It is Finished!

John 19:28 & 30: "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."

 

The Greek word translated "finished" is "tetelestai" and occurs only in these two verses.  In New Testament times "tetelestai" was commonly written on business documents or receipts to show that a bill or debt had been paid in full.  

 

Thus Jesus' use of "tetelstai" would have been crystal clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership: it is unmistakable testimony from God's own Son that His death on that Good Friday paid our debt, our penalty, for our sins. The matter is indeed finished.

Easter at Spirit of Joy

Easter at Spirit of Joy

Season of Lent at Spirit of Joy

Lent is the forty days (not counting Sundays) before Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Lent is almost as old as Christianity itself, when early Christians prepared themselves to observe the signal event in the life of every Christian: the death and resurrection of Jesus. During this time early believers rededicated themselves to faith in Christ, instructed new converts in the faith, and prepared for baptism.

By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. It is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock.

In many Western countries, the last day before Lent (called Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, or Fasching) has become a "last fling" before the solemnity of Lent. (For centuries, it was customary to fast by abstaining from meat during Lent, which is why some people call the festival Carnival, which is Latin for farewell to meat.)

The Family of Christ here at Spirit of Joy observes Lent through sharing simple meals, prayer and worship. Please click here to review the opportunities to join with us in preparing for Easter Week.

 

Easter Sunday Services

Decorate our Easter Cross

Easter Sunday Services

Please join us for one of our Easter Sunday Services, April 21, 2019

  • 6:30 A.M. Sunrise Service on the Land at the corner of Highway 67 & Highland Valley Road.
  • 8:00 - 9:30 A.M. Pancake Breakfast served by the youth
  • 8:15 & 10:00 Easter Worship, Holy Communion, & Easter Message
  • Flowers for the Easter Cross: Spirit of Joy has a tradition of members bringing cut flowers from home to decorate our celebration Easter Cross for our service. Bring your flowers on Easter Sunday morning and place them on the cross.
  • We are also accepting donations for lilies to adorn our Easter Celebration.

 

 

 

Latest Construction Video

May 14, 2018.
A semi time lapse showing a few clips over time starting mid 2016 to now. I've added some of the artists renderings to show what we are going for eventually. This project is for presentation at the Pacifica Synod. The church has a "Go Fund Me" page to support our building project. Please check it out. Any donations go to the church's construction project.
https://www.gofundme.com/sojbuilding

Click Here to view Harvey Payne's entire library of aerial videos captured by his Phantom Drone.

(View full-screen video by clicking on [ ] icon in lower right of video screen above.)

Don’t Worry About Anything

Don’t Worry About Anything?

That’s right. Philippians 4:6 says,  Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything.” Of course Jesus has much to say about this in Matthew 26:15-34.

So how do we deal with prayer needs here at Spirit of Joy?

  • Prayer Line Emails:
  • We have a group of dedicated, focused individuals who have agreed to say prayers for urgent situations, emergencies, upcoming surgeries, tragedies, etc. We have two leaders who will take prayer requests and forward them to the group via email. Immediately a prayer team is launched into action. See Barb Dacy.
    Contact: 760-788-7456, PrayerLine@SOJChurch.com
  • Prayer Quilts:
    Know someone who might be comforted by receiving our prayers in the form of a prayer quilt? We have request forms in the office. The recipient must agree to receive our prayers & the quilt, so it’s not a gift or a surprise, but an informed consent to have others praying for specific needs. See Marilynn Hersey if you have questions about our Prayers & Squares chapter that meets here almost every Tuesday. Our Heavenly Father wants to hear from us. Let us remember to praise him always, to thank him, and most importantly to be in conversation (prayer) with Him. See Marilynn Hersey.
    Contact: 760-788-7456, 

 


“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.””
John 10:28-30

RAMONA, CA (760) 788-7456