This statement describes our policies regarding the information we collect as you use this Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church Web site (SOJWeb) and how we use and protect that information. Please read this statement before using SOJWeb so you will have a full understanding on how we use the information you provide to us. By using SOJWeb you consent to our collection and use of data as described in this statement.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church is the sole owner of the information collected on this site. We will not sell, share, or rent this information to others in ways different from what is disclosed in this statement.
In order to fully use SOJWeb, a user must be a member, a regular attendee, or recognized friend of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church and must submit an online registration. We require you to provide complete contact information including name, street and email addresses, telephone numbers, and other personal information. This information is used to verify your relationship with Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. Every online registration is reviewed and approved by Church staff or authorized moderators. We do not accept anonymous registrations or those from persons we do not know.
This personal information will be used in a variety of ways to facilitate the ministry of Spirit of Joy Church and the operation of SOJWeb. Staff members, members of the Church Council and Task Force leaders may have access to and use your information to contact you regarding participation in Church activities and ministries or information about services and products which may be deemed of interest to authorized users of SOJWeb.
The contact information you provide when you register (name, address, phone) will be displayed in the online member directory unless you specifically opt out of the online directory in your member profile. This online directory will be available only to authorized logged-in members, regular attendees, and friends of Spirit of Joy.
Spirit of Joy also periodically publishes and distributes at Church a separate printed member directory with names, addresses, phone, etc. This printed directory is compiled from official member and attendance records in the church office and is only available to members and friends of Spirit of Joy. To request a copy or to add (or remove) your information to this directory contact the office.
Most of our Web-based email and text-message services require you to opt-in to receive email or text messages through this Web site. However, that does not restrict individuals from including you on their own email or text message lists.
Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through any public message boards on SOJWeb, this information may be collected and used by others. Therefore your use of any communication services on SOJWeb should reflect your participation in the public ministry of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church. PLEASE DO NOT USE SOJWEB IF YOU WISH TO COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE REGARDING SUBJECTS THAT ARE PERSONALLY SENSITIVE OR PRIVATE.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church does not sell, rent or lease its SOJWeb user information or lists to third parties. Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church may, from time to time, contact you on behalf of external partners about a particular offering that may be of interest to you. In those cases, your unique personally identifiable information (e-mail, name, address, telephone number) is not transferred to the third party. In addition, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church may share data with trusted partners to help us perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church does not collect, use or disclose sensitive personal information without your explicit consent.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church will disclose your personal information stored on this Web site, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church; and, (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, or the public.
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 or anthologies, bulletin boards, SOJChurch.org Web site, and other Spirit of Joy sponsored Web media such as Facebook.
When we do publish or display photographs or videos as described above we use the following guidelines.
We use two types of cookies: persistent and non-persistent. A persistent cookie is stored in a file located on your computer's disc and is instructed to last for a specific length of time by the Web site that created it. Persistent cookies last between Web site sessions and SOJWeb uses them to automatically configure your browsing preferences when you return to this Web site.
SOJWeb also uses non-persistent cookies, also known as "session cookies," are not stored in files on your computer, but are instead stored in your computer's memory only until you quit out of your browser. We use session cookies to facilitate your navigation from page to page during your visit.
If you use a computer in any public space accessible to other people, you should never use the "keep me logged in" feature when you log in, and if you are logged in, you should always log out before you leave the computer. These will prevent the shared computer from storing any personally identifying information.
A log is maintained of every web visitor to this Web site. This log file collects non-identifying information which includes IP address, domain names, browser type, etc. The information in these logs may be used to generate usage statistics and patterns regarding the use of SOJWeb. No other personal information is collected unless you submit a registration or send an inquiry or comment via email.
SOJWeb may at times contain links to other sites. Please be aware that we (Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church) are not responsible for the privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected by SOJWeb.
We consider security an important aspect of SOJWeb, and therefore all personal information about our register users is securely stored on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment accessible only by authorized personnel. We take every precaution to protect our users' information. This Web site does not contain the official membership records of our members. That information is stored and protected within the church office.
Please note that one of the most vulnerable security risks to unauthorized access to your user account is the use of feeble passwords that are easily guessed. Therefore, you should always use a secure password of 8 or more characters that include letters, numbers, and special characters (such as ~!@#$%^&*)-=+) and not make that password available to unauthorized users.
We also may send members newsletters from time to time. Members have the ability to un-subscribe from newsletters by editing their personal profile upon logon to the web site (see next item for a link).
If your personally identifiable information changes (such as your e-mail address), or if you no longer desire our service, you can correct, update or remove your personal data provided to us by editing your personal profile at http://sojchurch.com/profile.
Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect current needs. We encourage you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how SOJWeb collects, uses, and protects your information.
We welcome your comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you have questions or comments or believe that Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church has not adhered to this Statement, please contact us at http://sojchurch.com/contactus.
“[On Not Loving the World] Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
—1 John 2:15-16