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Alyssa Howland has announced her retirement from Spirit of Joy. Relive highlights of her ministry here.
In February a large group of Spirit of Joy Women assembled for their second annual retreat at the Porcelli Residence. It was a weekend of notable Christian teaching and fellowship, with gourmet food prepared by Wes & Trevor. Such talent!
Relive our Famous Soup Suppers from 2012-2016 with this slideshow of your family and friends.
Sunday, October 23, 2016 was a glorious day of serving our community. We scattered throughout greater Ramona in numerous small teams to help community services & schools, charities, and general Ramona cleanup. Not only did we help our home town, we had a lot of fun doing it.
Our 2016 Eighth Annual Rally Day & Pinewood Derby were once again well-attended and popular. Check out this slide show of the day's events.
We had a large group turn out at 6:30am on Easter Morning to greet the rising sun and to celebrate and praise God for the Resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Youth Group went all out to prepare and serve the large Easter/Groundbreaking breakfast on Easter Morning. They served close to 300 people. The weather was great. Everyone enjoyed the breakfast and eagerly anticipating celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
Thank you to everyone who helped to orchestrate all that took place on the land Easter Sunday. The list is a long one.... from Thursday, Friday, Saturday, to everything that went into making the day such a memorable one. Thank you! Thank you! This will be a moment in the life of Spirit of Joy that will be remembered forever.
It was a busy Saturday at Highway 67 and Highland Valley Road. Our Easter Weekend kickoff was our annual Bunny Hop Easter Egg Hunt, which had its usual large attendance. And we had a special visit from the Easter Bunny, too. Check out these great photos.
Check out our youth events & activities over during 2015
Our 2015 Christmas Gathering was a treat: Our contemporary worship minister, Bryce Harrison, brought his concert choir from Mission Vista High School in Oceanside to share their Christmas Concert with us. Great food beforehand, Santa pics, music, and dessert: It was a well-attended and satisfying kick off to the Christmas season.
SOJ's 2015 Harvest Dinner was a great celebration of Spirit of Joy's ongoing ministry in Ramona as we launched our 2016 Stewardship Campaign. Tara Gehler and Mike Schuler gave warm and inspiring testimonies in our kick-off to our annual Stewardship campaign. The theme for 2016 is Glorious Unfolding as we prepare to break ground early in 2016.
Our Junior and Senior high youth put on a great set of activities and treats for Ramona's Safe Treats celebration on Oct 30 2015. The haunted house was a great draw and we had oodles of visitors to our church. Please send your photos to .
Spirit of Joy serving at past Open Door Ministry meals.
Our 2015 Rally Day kicked off the new school year by breaking records for attendance at worship and Sunday School, pancakes served, hamburgers cooked, and pinewood derby racers raced. Celebrate again by viewing these slides.
Take a look at these great photos from the 2015 youth houseboat trip to Lake Shasta. This week, sponsored by Sunshine Ministries, is more than just a fun-filled week. It is also a week of Bible study and discussion, reflection, singing and prayer.
Our Capital Building Campaign Fellowship Construction Dinner was a happy celebration of our growth and future prospects of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. Before the evening was over we had secured 95% of our victory goal for construction funds.
Our Architect's update (March, 2015) gives us some spectacular new views of our new church home. Take a look.
Our annual Christmas Gathering Sunday night was once again a festive celebration. The Christmas lights were lovely and the decorated Christmas tree was beautiful. If you would like to recieve a high-res copy of the original photo file, send email to with the photo numbers of the photos you'd like to receive (look above the top-left corner of each photo) and we'll send you a copy via email that you can view or print.
Our 20th Anniversary Celebration was a warm, happy, family-oriented landmark of our life together as believers in Christ. And it marks the beginning of our future as we prepare to break ground on our new building.
A kaliedoscope of our Spirit of Joy family greeting Pastor Dan after church; photos from 10/19, 10/26 and 11/2. Don't you just love this church family?
The 2014 Rally Day & Pinewood Derby was a Sunday filled with back-to-school excitement and celebration. See some of the action for yourself.
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. Enjoy this slide show of the week's events.
Another smashing Spirit of Joy Pit BBQ & Potluck Picnic was enjoyed by everyone. Good times reprised in our slideshow. Check it out.
On Ash Wednesday, 2014 the Ugandan Children's Choir visited Spirit of Joy. This was an entertaining and joyous occasion... the grace, enthusiasm, and energy of these winsome children was contagious. We were all blessed.
Relive and enjoy our gala 2013 Harvest Dinner and Talent Show. Who knew the great talents hidden within our Church Family. It was a productive and entertaining evening.
An overview of all of the ministries and activities available at Spirit of Joy. It features depictions of Worship and Music, Social Ministry, Christian Eduction, Spirits of Grace, Men's Fellowship, Youth Ministry, Prayers and Squares, Family Fellowship, Evangelism, and more. Check out this fun slideshow.
He is Risen.... He is risen indeed! Review our Easter Sunday worship on the land, in music, and fellowship within the Body of Christ.
Our youth had an inspiring & fun-filled time at Big Bear early in March. Bible study, games, fellowship, and a great day Saturday skiing at Snow Summit.
Take a look at our busy Youth Events through the year... Winter Retreat, Beach Camp, Vacation Bible School Staff, Houseboats on Lake Shasta... an exciting year, filled with great Bible Study and discussions, lots of fun, and great friends and memories.
See our intrepid Christmas Carolers braving the wintery Christmas season singing Christmas Carols and handing out tasty candy canes to shoppers at Albertsons.
Spirit of Grace Christmas Shopping Event was a smashing success. View a slide show of highlights of this productive day.
The second annual Ramona's Evening of Prayer was held on Saturday, September 3, 2011. The Next Wave youth band from First Christian Church, El Centro, provided great worship and praise music music. We served free hamburgers and hotdogs. We worshipped, praised, sang, prayed, and were blessed by God's mercy and grace. All of us are looking forward to next year's evening of prayer.
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Sixteen of our Spirit of Joy youth spent an great week on Lake Shasta wake boarding, swimming, singing & worshiping and having small-group Bible Studies.
We're so proud of our eight 2011 Comfirmands. Each of them shared their faith statements before they were confirmed. We praise God for these young men and woman who honor God in word and deed. Congratulations to Hanna Trower, Brent Krohne, Cameron Krohne, Mike Schuler, Wyatt Scott, Tyler Burgos, Daniel Hallman, and Nick Stemper.
The First Annual Ramona Community Prayer Breakfast was a highlight of our spring season. Popular speaker Carol LeBeau received rave reviews, and the prayers given by Skip Banach, Paige Schwarz, Mike Jensen, and Ralph Kling were heartfelt and succinct and powerful. The decoration was elegant and the food fabulous, thanks to the hardworking Spirits of Grace, and the Men's Fellowship was out in force to handle parking and serving and cleanup logistics. Thanks to all.
Check out the group that went to the March Winter Retreat at Big Bear. It was a great weekend of skiing & hijinks.
The 2010 Christmas Cantata was brilliant. View this slide show to see the many members who worked so hard to bring a Christmas-worthy production.
View this 2010 Youth Houseboats slide show... with sound. You can turn the volume up or down by using the vertical slider in the left side of the window.
View Spirit of Joy Volunteers serving homeless military veterans at 2010 Stand Down in San Diego, July 17, 2010.
The 2010 Youth Beach Camp in June was better than ever. Take a look at the antics of our youth in this entertaining slide show.
See Spirit of Joy Youth at Shasta Lake 2009 House Boat Week. This is a week of fun and fellowship with an emphasis on developing a deeper and more knowledgeable walk with the Lord. Pastor Rob is a terrific mentor for all of our youth. Thanks to all who helped out!
Youth at 2009 Beach Camp
See a 2007 Blast from the Past: The 2007 Spirit of Joy Youth at Shasta Lake.
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”