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Coming Events

Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:00 PM
Family Movie Night
Fun for the whole family. See Disney's Big Hero 6 while feasting on popcorn. Can it get better than this? ;->
Friday, June 12, 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.
Sunday, June 14, 2015, 2:00 PM
Annual Church Picnic
Then Annual Congregational Picnic is one of the fellowship highlights of the year... don't miss it. Place to be announced; tentative starting time at 2:00. Look for more information soon.
Monday, July 13, 2015, 9:00 AM
Vacation Bible School July 13-17
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! Look for more information in the coming weeks as we look forward to this event.
Monday, July 13, 2015, 9:00 AM
Vacation Bible School Leaders Needed
We need VBS Leaders to act as Secret Agents during our VBS week July 13-17. Please consider helping out.
Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:30 PM
SOJ Youth Serve Open Door meals
SOJ Youth serve Open Door meals at Collier Park, 6:00 P.M. ... 

more...

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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

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.

Faith Raising vs Fund Raising

At our victory celebration service on Sunday we learned that we have received $675,667 in 3-year commitments, which exceeds our victory goal by over $75K. God is good.  We can now begin the process of securing a construction loan so that we can break ground later this year.

We thank God for moving in the hearts of all who have been involved in this achievement to date. This includes the campaign leadership team who contributed countless hours of time to helping us reach this milestone, and all who could make a financial contribution. Thank you all.

While we are thankful to those who have been able to contribute financially, we want to both remind and reassure everyone that our stewardship campaign is not over... in fact it has really just begun. Thus far we have emphasized financial giving, but at its heart our building campaign is much less about fund raising than it is about faith raising. We believe God is primarily interested in growing our faith, not getting our money. We also believe that if the first happens, the second will naturally occur. 

This sentiment was expressed beautifully on Sunday as we sang the beautiful hymn, All are Welcome. As you read these lyrics, can't you envision ways in which all of us can contribute?

All are Welcome
Let us build a house
where love can dwell
And all can safely live,
A place where
saints and children tell
How hearts learn to forgive.

Built of hopes and dreams and visions,
Rock of faith and vault of grace;
Here the love of Christ shall end divisions;

Let us build a house where prophets speak, 
And words are strong and true,
Where all God's children dare to seek
To dream God's reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness
And a symbol of God's grace;
Here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:

Let us build a house where love is found
In water, wine and wheat:
A banquet hall on holy ground,
Where peace and justice meet.

Here the love of God, through Jesus,
Is revealed in time and space;
As we share in Christ the feast that frees us:

All are welcome, all are welcome,
All are welcome in this place

This is a mission in which every one of us must participate... children and youth, young adults, singles and married, parents and grandparents. There's plenty of work ahead: God inspired and thus satisfying, fulfilling, energizing, and unending. Please make a commitment to join us as we build this house of welcome..

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 24

John 15:26-27 - "But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning."
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“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
Romans 12:10

RAMONA, CA (760) 788-7456