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It's Here.....yes, on Easter Sunday we will break ground for our new worship center and fellowship/ kitchen/office/nursery center.

On March 27th, at 10am everyone is invited... along with the community, Southern California Lutheran Church representatives, and the Bishops Office, to come and share in worship and ground breaking. This has been a 23-year day in the making. And we can look back at how God has blessed us and led us to this monumental occasion and celebration in the life of Spirit of Joy.

We begin Easter morning with Sunrise service on the property at 6:30am. At 8:00am we will serve an Easter breakfast. and then at 10:00 Easter Celebration Service and Groundbreaking begins. The service will include our Festival Choir, brass quintet, Contemporary Worship Team, Easter message, Holy Communion, and Groundbreaking.  We ask everyone to bring their own shovel so that every family can participate in this incredible day.

Easter Schedule March 27

6:30 Sunrise Service
8:00 Easter Breakfast
10:00 Easter Celebration Service
and Groundbreaking

Lenten Season Celebration

As we approach Easter Day we need to be mindful of our Lenten journey.

  • Ash Wednesday, February 10, 7:00pm
    Begin Lent with an evening of worship. Each person in attendance will receive a special gift.
  • Soup Suppers Feb 17, 24, Mar 2, 9, 16 6:16pm
    Soup Suppers are followed by a Lenten Devotional Service.
  • Palm Sunday, March 20
    Everyone will receive a palm cross, and our Festival Choir will share the message of the cross and resurrection through music and word.
  • Good Friday Service, 7:00pm
    Ending this Holy Week we will have our Good Friday Service of Shadows and the Seven Last Words,
  • Annual Easter Egg Hunt 9:00am
    The entire community is invited to share in this morning with egg hunt, petting zoo, breakfast, games, prizes, and egg hunt.
  • The weekend culminates with the glorious worship and Celebration of the Resurrection along with the historical event of groundbreaking for Spirit of Joy. Plan to be involved and invite all those that you know to share in this great day with us.
Blessings, and see you Sunday...
Pastor Dan
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Greatest Generation Fete
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Ralph and Irene Kling are long-time and beloved members of Spirit of Joy. And they also represent the early maturity, courage, heroism and stick-togetherness in which the Greatest Generation was bred, born, and reared.

Ralph and his twin brother were high school seniors in a  central California farming community when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Soon after they graduated, they had enlisted and were assigned to pilot training in the Army Air Corp. By early 1944 Ralph was in Florida, training as a P-47 fighter pilot.

In early February Ralph's high school sweetheart, seventeen year old Irene, was on a troop train to Florida, and on February 18, 1944 Irene and Ralph were married. Next week they will celebrate their 72nd anniversary.

Less than 2 months later Ralph shipped out to England. In September, on his 70th mission, he was shot down and suffered serious burns before he could bail out. He spent the last nine months of the war in German POW camps, undergoing assorted trials and hardships. 

After the war Ralph became a high school teacher and was principal of a large high school in Northern California.

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Happy 72nd Anniversary
Feb 18, 1944

On Sunday Evening, February 21, Ralph will share some of their story. It will instruct and inspire all of us to recall a time when young people had to step up early to the responsibilities of mature adulthood. So please invite your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors to attend this special evening.

We also invite other members of that Greatest Generation to join us... please bring your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles so we can express our appreciation for their long lives of accomplishment and service. Click here for more information about Ralph's wartime experiences, including articles and interviews.

  • Greatest Generation Fete
  • Sunday, February 21
  • 6:30-8:00pm
  • Potluck dessert
  • Sign up on the kiosk or send email to arogers@sojchurch.com,
Youth Winter Retreat
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The eNewsletter thanks Trevor and Shannon Stemper for reporting on January's Youth Winter Retreat at Big Bear Lake. Their remarks are printed below. According to Alyssa, this was one of the best retreats she's ever attended. This winter retreat was a partnership with First Congregational. Alyssa meets on a regular basis with youth pastors from around Ramona, Julian and Borrego. Several of our youth events each year are in conjunction with youth from other churches.  Thank you, Alyssa, for promoting interchurch fellowship in Ramona.

Trevor writes, "Winter Retreat was very fun. I personally enjoyed the worship and solo time. It was amazing to look out on the frozen lake during solo time. Of course the snowboarding and games back at the cabin were great."

Shannon writes, "I liked the snow on winter retreat, since we do not get snow in Ramona. So it was fun to snowboard and walk in it. I also liked the solo and large group time. I think that Tim (worship leader) helped me to connect with God even deeper."

 
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Sunday Morning Helpers
February 7 8:15 9:45
Greeters: R.E. & Charlotte Collins Zook/Langum/ Garcia Families
Readers: Doug Bartlett Dougan Dimmitt
Ushers: Bergstrom Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: SPIRITS OF GRACE
Flowers: Chuck & Jeanette Bergstrom
celebrating their 36th Anniversary
Dougan & Denise Dimmitt celebrating 15 years of marriage
February 14 8:15 9:45
Greeters: Bob & Joyce Curwin Heidi Avera Family
Readers: Laurie Boruff Mick Hall
Ushers: Bergstrom Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: DONNELLYS (AND BAKE SALE)
Flowers: Mike Gainey & Jessica White
wishing Happy Valentines Day
February 21 8:15 9:45
Greeters: Fred & Barb Dacy Jim & Tori Barlow
Readers: Bill Clark Alyssa Howland
Ushers: Bergstrom Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: DIMMITTS
Flowers: Schuler Family and Clark Family
in honor of Carla's Birthday
February 28 8:15 9:45
Greeters: Tim & Sharon Daniels Beckman Family
Readers: Karen Dietmeyer Glenda McCarthy
Ushers: Bergstrom Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: BARLOWS
Flowers: Will & Christy Serra in honor of their 18th Anniversary