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VBS Video & Slides

View our VBS VIDEO & SLIDES from our exciting Son Surfin' Safari July 14-18 (video is posted now, slide show "soon").

Home Groups are Coming

We're excited about the introduction of Spirit of Joy's Home Groups early in September. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get to know more about your faith, get to know some of your fellow Christians more in-depth, and learn how the Church becomes the Church. Click here to see more, and watch for more information in the weeks to come.

Church Calendar

Saturday, August 2, 2014, 8:00 AM
Church Work Party
Join us for a FUN-FUN Saturday Church Work Party on Saturday, August 2th from 8:00 A.M. to Noon.
Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:30 PM
Spirits of Grace 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, September 7, 2014, 8:15 AM
2014 Rally Day & Pinewood Derby
Kick off the new school year at Spirit of Joy's annual Rally Sunday. Sunday School Registration; Pancake Breakfast; Youth BBQ Dinner; and Pinewood Derby.
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 7:00 AM
Spirits of Grace Yard Sale
Spirits of Grace is planning a yard sale as a fund raiser on Saturday, September 13, 2014.   Please start saving items for us. We will start collecting your items beginning August 16 through September 10. Click here for more information.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Home Groups Begin
 

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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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.

 

All of the children who attended our wild and wet SonSurf VBS (July 14-18)elebrated God's unconditional love as they discovered that God has a purpose and a plan for everyone and that he crafted each of us with his own loving hands.

Bible-learning experiences, Bible Point crafts, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats were just a few of the activities that help faith flow into real life. Join us as we relive this week through video (below) and photo slide show.

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The Big Bang

Questionable Universe

Christianity is true. This being so, you would expect to see evidence of its truth staring you in the face everywhere you turn. So why do so many people miss it? Part of the secret is learning to ask the right questions. For example:

  • If God isn’t there, then why is the world there?
  • If the universe is just matter and energy evolving by chance, why has it bothered to evolve at all? Why hasn’t it already run down into a pool of useless entropy?
  • Why does it behave so consistently? If things just happen by chance, why are all the natural laws the same today as they were yesterday?
  • Why do we want things to make sense? Where did the notion of sense come from?
  • If intelligence and order were not put into the universe from the outside, how did they get here?
  • If matter is such neat stuff that it has the tendency to evolve intelligence all by itself, why has it evolved a life form whose intelligence only serves to keep it from feeling at home in the cosmos that gave rise to it? Why does that life form have aspirations for love, meaning, purpose, and immortality, all of which are unfulfillable, indeed meaningless, in a universe in which matter and energy are the ultimate reference point?
  • Why does the universe make sense only up to a point? Why does that fact bother us?

None of these questions is answerable from outside the Biblical worldview. The postmodern generation is suspicious of people with answers. So maybe, first, we should just be the people with questions.

Copyright ©Touchstone Magazine, May, 2009, p.5

Gospel Reading for
Sunday, July 27

Matthew 13:31-33 - He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a …
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- Genesis 28:15 "Behold I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest."

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