Music at Spirit of Joy
While some say, “’tis the season to be jolly,”
at Spirit of Joy we say,“’tis the season to be musical!”

Special thanks to Bryce Harrison and his Advanced Women’s Choir from Mission Vista High School for their gift of music at our congregation’s Christmas gathering last Sunday evening.  Their concert was a highlight of the festive event.  Not only are the singers talented, but they are gracious as well.


Sunday, December 13 our seasonal Festival Choir will present “Praise Noels” at both 8:15 and 9:45 worship.  This is a wonderful service that weaves together choir and congregational singing of Christmas and contemporary hymns, choir anthems, narrated Biblical passages, and visual slides.  Be sure to invite lots of others to share in this special morning.  It’s most surely a Christmas gift to all!

Christmas Eve at the 5:00 PM service children and youth will present the Christmas message, and familiar hymns will be sung.  The 7:00 and 11:00 PM services will include harp by Simone Salmon, a duet by Britany and Bryce Harrison, a men’s trio composed of Scott Brown, Bryce Harrison, and John Trower, and anthem by Festival Choir.

The musical blessings continue on Sunday, December 27, when Marcelo Braunstein will gift us with trumpet during worship!

May the gift of music fill your hearts and minds with joy and peace
throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Joan Brown, Director of Music
Thank You

On behalf of Karyn and myself we would like to thank the congregation for the Christmas card and gift, given to us at the Christmas Gathering.  We are blessed with a wonderful church family, and we are deeply appreciative of your thought-fulness.  May this Christmas Season be one in which we all take time to glorify our Lord born in a manger, who comes to us to give us the greatest gift of all.  We hope to see you all throughout the season, and on Christmas Eve.  May God be with us all as we embark on 2016 with great expectations for vision and the adventure of building.  Blessings to you all and thank you,

Pastor Dan and Karyn
New Council Members

We'd like to introduce our two new Church Council members who where elected at our Congregational Meeting on Sunday, December 6.

Robin White has been a familiar laborer in the work of Spirit of Joy. She was re-elected to her second three year term on the Council.

Danny Donnelly is a faithful member of our second service Worship Team.  As the owner of Five Star Communications he is a valued and active member of our busy Building Committee.

Please check out our other Council Members for 2016. Also, look at our Task Forces that actually make Spirit of Joy operate. Please consider helping out with at least one of these Task Forces... we always need more help. The 2016 Task Force leaders will be appointed by February, so this would be a good time to volunteer.

RightNow Media:
Look for an invitation

Three weeks ago we announced our new Spirit of Joy subscription to RightNow Media, the new Christian-based video streaming and download service which has been described as "The Netflix of Christian Bible Studies."

We are now getting ready to send you an invitation to sign up for RightNow Media at no charge to you: SOJ's paid subscription entitles our members to use it freely. Our email invitation will contain the subscription link and complete details about how to sign up and use this valuable resource.

Their growing collection of over 10,000 streaming and downloadable videos includes many titles suitable for all ages: Please take the time to browse through and view some of the many titles related to Christmas and spend time as a family watching them.

Also, when you discover a title you like, please let us know about it by sending email to

In coming weeks and months we'll be creating collections of videos for our own Spirit of Joy Bible Studies, Home Groups, Youth activities, and personal Christian growth.

Saturday Cleanups:
Volunteers Needed

Beginning in January, all of our custodial services will be performed by.... US. There- fore, if we want to meet and worship in a clean and tidy place we'll need faithful and willing hands to show up every Saturday morning to help out.

You know the aphorism: many hands make light work. So please sign up to help out once or twice a month to keep our facilities clean.


Be a Newshound

Covering events and news at Spirit of Joy can sometimes be a daunting or hit-and-miss enterprise. So we could use your help in uncovering newsworthy events and people.

We need photos and news of every-day body life at SOJ: News and photos about  Bible Studies, Home Groups, Sunday School, and other meetings and events each week. We would also like to see regular news items about SOJ members that would be of interest to others. Please send what you can to Deadline is every Monday. Thanks for your contribution.

Coming Events
Sun, Dec 13,
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.
Thu, Dec 24,
Christmas Eve Services
Sat, Jan 9 8:00 am
Church Cleanup Jan
Help spruce up our Church property... and bring your kids! A rewarding time of fellowship and good deeds. Sign up for a Sat morning in Jan
Mon, Feb 8 5:30 pm
Spirits of Grace serve Open Door meals
Fri, Apr 1,
Cheap USS Midway Tickets

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Men's Bible Study - Sermon on the Mount
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