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2016 Rally Day Slideshow is ready for prime time (includes Pinewood Derby)

Coming Events

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 9:00 AM
God's Work, Our Hands Sunday
Only one Worship Service this Sunday. Then we'll spread out through Ramona to perform a variety of community service projects. Let us know if you are aware of any unmet needs for assistance.
Monday, November 14, 2016, 5:30 PM
Spirits of Grace serve Open Doors
SPIRITS OF GRACE 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, January 22, 2017, 6:00 PM
SOJ Men's Fellowship Dinner
SOJ Men's Annual Fellowship Dinner potluck & program. 

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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 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.

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.

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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.

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Ramona Pregnancy Care..

God's Work, Our Hands

Sunday, October 23 is a special Sunday celebration of our autumn church-wide theme, Inward Growth, Outward Ministry.

On God's Work, Our Hands Sunday, October 23, (formerly called WeCare) we will have only one worship service at 9:00. During this service we will be commissioned to go out into the community to perform a variety community service projects. For instance, we are coordinating with Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic and In His Steps Recovery Christian Homes to identify current needs that we could fulfill. And, for those who prefer to work at Church, we'll have one or more charitable projects you can work on.

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In His Steps

We are currently identifying appropriate projects and could use your help finding the needs we can help meet.

If you know of a person, family, or organization that has an unmet need for assistance please let us know... anyone or anywhere within the Ramona Community (whether or not they are members of Spirit of Joy). Some examples: in need of clothing, assistance with meals, maternity needs, transportation, home repair or maintenance, or other needs.

Please send us:

  • Name of individual or group
  • Description of the need
  • Phone
  • Email address if available

Please send your information to Ellen Ray at

Russ Popma Rescues Monument Plants

Monument Bucket Brigade

Our Water Has Been Restored!

Thanks, Russ! You're a Champion.

The Welcome to Ramona Monument corner is in the news again due to watering problems. In early August Spirit of Joy began receiving complaints that plants around the monument were dying.  Apparently CalTrans had  removed the existing water meter sometime in June or July but had never notified Pastor Dan.

When he learned of the problem, Pastor Dan asked Russ Popma to organize a bucket brigade to save the remaining plants. Every week Russ hauls 150-300 gallons of water and manually irrigates the plants.  This includes lifting multiple gallons of water to the shrubs in the monument planters. Unfortunately, the gazanias and geraniums were  lost. However the roses are coming back and all others seem to be doing well.

Pastor Dan stated that we expect to begin grading in September. Eventually, in the course of construction a new water meter will be installed.  We'll then install low-water xeriscape in front of the monument. Until then, that ground will remain bare.

Inward Growth, Outward Mission

Check out our Home Groups

A keystone of our current theme Inward Growth, Outward Mission is the RightNow Media series "Anatomy of a Disciple." View the Introduction video below. Click on the Login link below to view any of the 8 videos is the series. If you don't currently have a RightNow subscription click on the Request Invitation link. Click here for more information about Home Groups.

Introduction to "Anatomy of a Disciple"

We offer our Spirit of Joy Members and attendees free access to RightNow Media, an online church video library. Essentially, it’s a Netflix for Bible studies with videos for kids, students, singles, parents and married couples by teachers like Tim Keller  and John Piper. All the content can be accessed from a phone, tablet, computer or television.

Login to RightNow          Request Invitation

Thanks to Harvey Payne and his drone for this terrific aerial video at The Land.
When Cal Trans is finished with their corner remodeling,
Spirit of Joy will be left with 6000 cubic yards of much-needed free fill dirt.
God is Good.
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Gospel Reading for
Sunday, October 2

Luke 17:5-10 - The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ´Be uprooted and planted in the sea,´ and it would obey you. …
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“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,”
Philippians 1:9-10

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