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Coming Events

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 9:00 AM
Single Service Victory Celebration
We'll combine both worship services into one today, beginning at 9am, as we mark the begining of Spirit of Joy's Glorious Unfolding by bringing the First Fruits installment of our three-year pledge. We'll also celebrate as we learn of the results of this first phase of our Capital Stewardship Campaign. You won't want to miss this special time of praise, thanksgiving and celebration.
Monday, May 11, 2015, 5:30 PM
Spirits of Grace serve Open Door meals
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.
Friday, May 15, 2015, 9:00 AM
Life Line Screening
Life Line Screening provides a wide array of health screening services. Check it out.
Friday, May 15, 2015, 4:00 PM
Parents Night Out
Drop your kids at church and have a free night for dining, theater, dancing, shopping, or.... Sponsored by our youth, you can be sure you're children are well cared for and entertained while you enjoy some time off.
Monday, May 18, 2015, 6:30 PM
Thrivent Financial Workshop on Trusts
It's never too early to begin thinking and planning for your inevitable demise. This workshop on trusts will help you understand what you need to begin thinking about.
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Photo Privacy Policy

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 SOJChurch.com. 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.

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 $25 for one or $45 for both.
  • 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

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
9:45 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.

In all these things we are more than conquerors (to be completely and overwhelmingly victorious) through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NIV)

This single-service Sunday worship, May 3, at 9:00AM will celebrate our Victory in Christ, in all circumstances. (To see what we mean, take time to read verses 38-39. For that matter, read the entire Chapter 8 of Romans. You'll be glad you did.)

We will also bring our First Fruits offerings as we mark the beginning of our three-year pledge period, after which we'll reveal our total pledges and cash offerings to date. Did we reach our victory goal? Come and find out.

Click here for complete information about our Stewardship Campaign.

Prince of Peace
Prince of Peace by Akiane, age 8 
http://akiane.com

Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

If the Gospels are a reliable account of a historical event, we face a challenge regarding Jesus’ remarkable claims about His identity:

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.

Gospel Reading for
Sunday, May 3

John 15:1-8 - "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have …
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“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”
Philippians 2:5-8

RAMONA, CA (760) 788-7456