Christmas Music Celebration
2013 Easter Festival Choir
 
On Sunday morning, December 14, both worship services feature music, narration, scripture, and slides interwoven to present a “Festival of Praise Noels.”  Music will include traditional Christmas carols as well as contemporary hymns; Festival Choir selections as well as plenty of congregational singing.  Invite your friends, neighbors, and other community members to join us at 8:15 or 9:45 AM to celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Then on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM you’ll want to return to Spirit of Joy to enjoy a very special Christmas concert presented by the choirs of Mission Vista High School in Oceanside, under the direction of Bryce Harrison, our Director of Contemporary Music.
Come! Please don't miss these opportunities to experience, enjoy, and enhance your celebration of this blessed Christmas season.
 
Christmas Gathering Photos
 
   
Our annual Christmas Gathering Sunday night was once again a festive celebration. The Christmas lights were lovely and the decorated Christmas tree was beautiful, thanks to Russ Popma and his dedicated team of helpers.  
The slide show is already posted: Click here to view it.  If you would like to receive a high-res copy of the original photo file,  send email to newsletters@sojchurch.com 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.
 
Third Sunday in Advent - Shepherds' Candle
Light three 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 three candles?
A parent responds: The first candle reminds us of the light of hope of the prophets. The second candle is a symbol of the light and warmth Joseph and Mary found in the stable. The third candle reminds us of the great light and joy which surrounded the shepherds at the announcement of Jesus' birth.
Read the story of the shepherds' search for the newborn Jesus:  Luke 2: 8-20.
Sing or listen to The First Noel  
     The first Noel, the angels did say,
     Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
     In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
     On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
     Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.
Sing or listen to While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
      While shepherds watched their flocks by night
      All seated on the ground,
      The angel of the Lord came down,
      And glory shone around, and glory shone around.
Pray: Dear God, we thank you for your gift of Jesus to the whole world. As the shepherds found Jesus in a manger, may we find Jesus in the love and joy that we share together. Help us, 0 God, to love one another. Help us to do our share to bring happiness, goodness and peace to the world. Amen..
Click here for more information about Family Advent Celebration.
 
 
Coming Events
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.
Wed, Dec 24,
Christmas Eve Services
Please join us on Christmas Eve to worship as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus of Nazereth.
At 5pm our children present a special program for the whole family.
At 7pm and 11pm we'lll worship with Choir, Christmas message, and special candlelighting ceremony.

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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
On hiatus until 1/12
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
No breakfast Christmas Eve or New Year's eve
First Wednesday
9:30am: Spirits of Grace
7-8pm: Women's Bible Study
Thursday
7pm: Choir
Saturday
9-11am: Festival Choir
Saturday: 1st & 3rd
On hiatus until 1/17/15
Men's Bible Study:
7:30am: breakfast
8-9am: discussion