Message Moments
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What a tremendous celebration of Thanksgiving this year.  We are thankful for the Harvest theme and all the hard work that went into the Dinner as well as, our worship experience on Thanksgiving Eve.    

We move into the month of December with a joy and sense of expectancy with the Advent Season.  On December 6th we have the privilege of approving our budget for 2016 and electing two individuals to serve three year terms on church council. 

Then, at 5pm we come together to share in our Annual Christmas Gathering.  This year we will begin with everyone sharing their favorite Christmas hors d'oeuvre to share. Santa will arrive and be seated in front of the Christmas Tree with pictures being taken of children and families.  The pictures will be ready and framed before everyone leaves the evening festivities.  Our contemporary praise music director Bryce will be bringing his advance high school women's chorale of 40 voices to share in a Christmas concert, and we end the evening with dessert.  Plan to share in this time together.

On Sunday, December 13, the Festival Choir will bring the message of the Christ Child in music at both worship hours.  We hope that you will invite your neighbors and friends to share in this meaningful worship experience.

Christmas Eve services this year will begin with the family service at 5pm.  The children will bring the message for the evening and it is always an inspirational time to see the children share their love for Jesus.  Candlelight Services will be held at 7pm and 11pm.  The service will include special music with our festival choir, harpist, Christmas message, Holy Communion, and Candle lighting Ceremony to conclude the services.

As we move through the Advent season with great anticipation, may we keep our eyes ever focused on the Christ child who comes to us in a manger, and offers us the greatest gift of all. 

Blessings, and see you Sunday...
Pastor Dan
 
Sunday Dec 6 Events
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Congregational Meeting

All Spirit of Joy Members are requested to attend the annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday starting promptly after first service at 9:15. Second service members should arrive early to vote on critical financial and governance matters.

 
 
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Christmas Gathering

The annual Christmas Gathering will feature good food, great fellowship, a special concert presented by Bryce Harrison's Mission Vista High School Concert Choir, a visit by Santa, and more. Sign up on the kiosk Sunday morning. Click here for more info, and click here for photos from last year's gala event.

 
Festival of Praise Dec 13
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On Sunday morning, December 13, 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.

 
Christmas Eve Worship
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5:00 PM Join us for a special Children’s Family Service, when our children perform the music they’ve diligently practiced.

7:00 & 11:00 PM Join us for a memorable Candlelight Christmas Service, including a guest harpist, holy communion, and candlelight.

Make these special times of worship part of your family Christmas tradition.

Please sponsor one or more poinsettias in honor of, or in memory of a loved one. These beautiful Christmas plants will adorn the sanctuary on Christmas eve, and you may take yours home any time after the 11:00 PM service that night.

 
Sunday Morning Helpers
December 6 8:15 9:45
Greeters: Bartlett Family Romero Family
Readers: Shirley Emge Jim Barlow
Ushers: Hickman Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: SPIRITS OF GRACE
Flowers: Emerick Family celebrating Aiden's 14th Birthday
December 13 8:15 9:45
Greeters: Barton Family Schuler Family
Readers: Karen Dietmeyer Dougan Dimmitt
Ushers: Hickman Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: BOB & JOYCE CURWIN
Flowers: Joan & Scott Brown celebrating their
43rd Wedding Anniversary
December 20 8:15 9:45
Greeters: Beggs Family Scott Family
Readers: Sheila Gery Mick Hall
Ushers: Hickman Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: MICHAEL GAINEY
Flowers: Gerry & Kathy Appleby in celebration of the birth of Jesus
Charlotte & RE Collins in memory of their parents
December 27 8:15 9:45
Greeters: Bergstrom Family Ralph Kling
Readers: Snodgrass Family Alyssa Howland
Ushers: Hickman Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts:
Flowers: Will & Karen Tjosaas in memory of their son, Steve
Hillmer Family celebrating Bob's Birthday