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Coming Events

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
Kick off the new school year at Spirit of Joy's annual Rally Day.
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!

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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.)

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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


“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.””
Matthew 19:14

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