Project-Ready Shovel
Mysteriously appears
An anonymous benefactor left this handsomely decorated gold project-ready shovel at Pastor Dan's door this week. Notice the artfully painted cross and dove on the handle.Now all we need is the ground-breaking beginning of our building project. Stay tuned. Click here to view our Architectural Slide Show.
Congregational Meeting
Please attend the congregational meeting between services on Sunday, 12/7. This is an important governance meeting required by law. We'll vote on the 2015 budget and the slate of candidates for Church Council.
Christmas Decorations
Russ Popma needs 3-5 people to help decorate the Christmas tree and put up outside lights, at 10:00 on Friday morning, 12/5. Please give Russ a call at 760-789-3625 if you can help.
 
Christmas Gathering Sunday Night
  2013 Christmas Gathering
   
Don't miss our gala annual Christmas Gathering on Sunday, 12/7, 5-8 pm. This festive family function will include a delicious ham dinner, a special visit from Santa for the children, a “fun” ornament exchange, music, conversation, and fellowship.
Bring an ornament to exchange to add to the fun (no more than one per family member, please).
Also bring your favorite Christmas side dish to share... we'll provide the main dish, dessert & drinks.
We need an accurate count: Please sign up on the kiosk so we'll know how much to purchase for the dinner. Or send email to Kathy Lodico at Fellowship@sojchurch.com with the number of people attending in your group.
To help get you in the spirit, view one of our slideshows of previous Christmas Gatherings: 2013,   2011,   2010
 
Second Sunday in Advent – Bethlehem Candle
Light two candles as the family says together: Jesus said, "I am the Light of the world, he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of Life."
A child asks: Why do we light two candles?
A parent responds: The first candle reminds us of the light of hope of the prophets. The second candle reminds us of the dark night when Joseph and Mary found light and warmth in the stable.
Read about the search for a place for Joseph and Mary to spend
the night:
 Luke 2: 1-7.
Sing or listen to 0, Little Town of Bethlehem  
      O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie
      Above thy deep and dreamless sleep The silent stars go by
      Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light
      The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.
      For Christ is born of Mary And gathered all above
      While mortals sleep, the angels keep Their watch of wondering love
      O morning stars together Proclaim the holy birth
      And praises sing to God the King And Peace to men on earth.
Pray: Dear God, help us to have room in our hearts and our homes for other persons who need us. We thank you for friends and strangers who have received us when we were lonely or afraid or tired. May we be ready to receive the love God offers us in Jesus. We pray in the name of Christ our Lord, Amen.
Click here for more information about Family Advent Celebration.
 
Prayers and Squares
 
Spirit of Joy is home to Chapter 115 of Prayers & Squares, a non-profit world-wide prayer ministry started right here in San Diego County in 1992. We meet every Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. to create pocket squares, lap squares, and lap quilts for those who need prayer for any reason.
The idea behind these quilts is simple, yet powerful. Embroidery floss is used to take stitches through the quilt layers, and the ends are left free to be tied with a knot. As each knot is tied, a silent prayer is offered for someone in special need - someone who has asked us to pray for them. The quilt is then given to that person. What makes each quilt so special is not only the pattern, color or workmanship, but the fact that prayer is tied into each one. These comforters are a statement of faith, and a testimony to our belief in God and in the power of prayer.
Please visit us any Tuesday morning. The work is rewarding and the conversation and fellowship are warm and loving.
We also treasure the thank you notes we receive. Here is a recent one;
FRIENDS FROM PRAYERS & SQUARES:
      My Gosh what a wonderful surprise!!  I absolutely love my Prayer Quilt!!  It is beautiful.  You could not have picked better colors or motif!  The deer look like the ones in my front yard.
      I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and caring for others.
      I believe in the Power of Prayer! I use the quilt over my legs while I ice my new knees.
      Thank you for your time and this very special gift!!  Please know you have made a difficult time a lot more comfortable!  My prayers are with you.
      Thanks again,
S.G.
Prayers & Squares will be on winter break the month of December. We will resume on Jan. 6.
If you have need of a prayer quilt, call Marilynn Hersey at 619-851-3624
 
 
Coming Events
Sat, Dec 6 8:00 am
Church Work Party
Sun, Dec 7,
Congregational Meeting Between Services
Please stay late and come early to the congregational meeting between services to approve council nominations and budget.
Sun, Dec 7 5:00 pm
Annual Christmas Gathering
Sun, Dec 14,
Christmas Festival Sun
Our Spirit of Joy Festival Choir presents its Christmas Festival Concert at both services. Join us in worship through music as we prepare our spirits to celebrate the birth of Jesus, God's Word made flesh, come to love and save us.
Sun, Dec 14 6:00 pm
Bryce's Christmas Concert
Bryce's high school choral groups present their Christmas concert. Don't miss this special performance.

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Weekly Activities
Sunday
8:15 & 9:45 am: Worship
8:15: SS preK-6th grade
9:45: SS preK-High School
6:30-8pm: Junior High
Sunday: 1st & 3rd A.M.
11-12:30 High School
Monday
7-8am: Bible Study
7-8pm: Bible Study
Tuesday
9am: Prayers & Squares
on hiatus until 1/6/15

4-6pm: Kids Klub
7-8:30pm: High School
Wednesday
7-8am: Men's Breakfast
7-8pm: Women's Bible Study
First Wednesday
9:30am: Spirits of Grace
Thursday
7pm: Choir
Saturday
9-11am: Festival Choir
Saturday: 1st & 3rd A.M.
Men's Bible Study:
7:30am: breakfast
8-9am: discussion