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Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:00 PM
Passover Seder & Service
Celebrate the traditional Passover Seder with us, with a potluck dinner to follow... sign up on Kiosk
Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:00 PM
Good Friday - Behold the Lamb
...they came to crucify a man... but sacrificed a Lamb. Behold the Lamb... the one who gives his life to set you free.

Join our service of shadows at 7:00 on Good Friday and meditate on the seven last words.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:00 AM
Bunny Hop Easter Egg Hunt
Bunny Hop & Easter Egg Hunt on the land 10:00 - 12:00 A.M., Highway 67 & Highland Valley Road (North East Corner)
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 6:30 AM
Easter Sunday Services
He is Risen! He is risen indeed! Please join us in celebration:
  • 6:30 Sunrise, Northeast corner of Highway 67 and Highland Valley Road
  • 8:15 and 9:45 at the church
Monday, May 12, 2014, 5:30 PM
SOJ MEN Serve Open Door Meals
SOJ MEN 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.

Do You Know Magdalena?

She's a 7-year-old girl in Tanzania, and our Sunday School Missions Mile of Pennies has been supporting her since 2009. We need your pennies.  Click Here  to see how easy it is to help.

You Can Help!

You can make an important contribution to our church mission by praying for and contributing to these needs:

  • We have two altar flower arrangements every Sunday which can be sponsored in honor or memory or celebration of someone or something special in your life. Please contribute $20 for one or $40 for both.
  • We have two sponsorships every month for the newsletter, one to cover the cost of mailing, and one to cover the cost of adding color printing, each for $45.
  • All year long we are grateful for your donations of paper goods and related items for the kitchen & bathrooms at the church, including paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, paper plates, coffee cups, drinking cups, plastic utensils, even coffee.  You can save your receipt and turn it in to the office to receive credit on your annual statement of giving for tax purposes.
  • Prayer list changes can be written on the copy from your bulletin and placed in the offering plate (we update the list every week).

Thank you for helping!

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

You'll find our worship services 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.

Please visit... we'd love to know you. And we promise you'll feel welcome!

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

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 5, 2014.

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 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.)

Click here to read an interesting commentary on the spiritual meanings behind Lent.

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.

Don’t Worry About Anything

Don’t Worry About Anything?

That’s right, one of the verses we have posted on the wall in the middle classroom for the kids says it just this way: Don’t worry about anything. Instead, pray about everything.” (Philippians 4:6)

So how do we deal with prayer needs here at Spirit of Joy? You have so many ways:

  • Prayer List:
    Every Sunday bulletin contains a prayer insert showing people who need prayer. We list friends, relatives, deployed military, first responders, and members who for some reason or other are in need of prayer. You can take this list home and pray for these people during the week. Want to add someone, or remove someone who no longer is in need? Just write on the list and place it into the offering plate, or leave it on the office desk, and every week the updates are made.
    Contact: 760-788-7456, admin@SOJChurch.com
  • 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 Jean Merrick or Ellen Ray.
    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.
    Contact: 760-788-7456, Prayers&Squares@SOJChurch.com

Gospel Reading for
Sunday, April 20

Matthew 28:1-10 - Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and …
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“[Love Fulfills the Law] Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”
Romans 13:8

RAMONA, CA (760) 788-7456