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Coming Events

Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:00 AM
Youth Summer Houseboat Retreat
It's time for youth to register for Houseboats July 8-13.  This is a life-altering event, so please encourage high-school aged youth to check it out.
Monday, July 22, 2019
Vacation Bible School July 22-26
Spread the word: Spirit of Joy VBS is  coming! Make sure your child, grandchild, niece or nephew is included. Invite your neighbors’ and friends’ kids to be part of the fun too!
Monday, August 12, 2019, 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.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Rally Day All Day
Kick off the new school year at Spirit of Joy's annual Rally Sunday. Sunday School Registration at 8:15 service, between services, and at 10:00 service; Pancake Breakfast; Youth BBQ Dinner; and Pinewood Derby.
Sunday, October 13, 2019, 5:30 PM
SOJ Men's "Let's Roll" Taco Dinner
Saturday night. Catered Taco dinner. We'll learn about practical tactics anyone can use to confront and disable volatile or threatening situations at SOJ gatherings. This is a meeting every manly man for Christ should attend.
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 9:00 AM
Single Church Service Today
Join us for a special message from our Pacifica Synod Bishop, Andy Taylor.
Sunday, November 10, 2019, 9:00 AM
Harvest Brunch
Presto-Chango: This year our annual Harvest Dinner has been transformed into a Harvest Brunch. It immediately follows our only Sunday service on November 10 at 9:00 AM. Good church, good food, good fellowship. What's not to like.
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 5:00 PM
SOJ 25th Anniversary Celebration
Join us at the San Vicente Resort Banquet Room for a gala celebration of our 25th Anniversary. Put this date on your calendar.  Details soon!
Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:00 AM
Youth Summer Houseboat Retreat
It's time for youth to register for Houseboats July 8-13.  This is a life-altering event, so please encourage high-school aged youth to check it out.

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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.

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.

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.)

Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace by Akiane, age 8

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

Recent archeological & textual discoveries continue to affirm that the Gospels are a reliable account of a historical event. Thus Jesus' remarkable claims about his identity present a growing challenge to each one of us. A few of His claims:

John 4:25-26: I am the Messiah.
John 5:16-18: Made himself equal with the Father.
John 6:47-51: Believe in me and have everlasting life.
John 8:58-59: I AM.
John 9:35-38: I am the Son of God.
John 10:25-30: I and my Father are one.
Mark 2:10: The Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.
Matt 25:31-46: The Son of Man will judge the nations.

In his great book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis posed  his famous "Trilemma:" Jesus must either be a liar, a lunatic, or Lord:

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronising nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. ... Now it seems to me obvious that He was neither a lunatic nor a fiend: and consequently, however strange or terrifying or unlikely it may seem, I have to accept the view that He was and is God." (Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity, London: Collins, 1952, p54-56)

What about you? Have you decided who Jesus is? Let me know.


“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Ephesians 6:4

RAMONA, CA (760) 788-7456