Message Moments
  Pastor Dan & Karyn at the Cross Easter Morning Long Time Ago

In just days we will be working on the property preparing it for the Easter Services and Groundbreaking.  Banners will be going up to invite the community to come and share in this historic event, not only for Spirit of Joy but for the entire town of Ramona.  Tent, chairs, tables, decorations...all will be arriving on the property in just weeks. We can share with others the momentous joy of celebrating the Resurrection and the excitement of groundbreaking. 

This month is filled with activities of preparation. 

  • We come together each Wednesday (March 2,9,16) for Soup Suppers at 6:15pm for fellowship, dinner, and a devotional centered around being Lenten people of the Resurrection. 
  • On Palm Sunday (March 20) we will gather in worship at 8:15am and 10:00am and hear the expanded Festival Choir sharing a message in music, "Come, Touch the Robe". We will walk throughout the week to the cross on Friday. 
  • Good Friday (March 25) Service is at 7pm with a service of shadows and the Seven Last Words.  We will hear the words of Jesus from the cross. 
  • Then as we continue to Saturday (March 26), the children of the community are invited for an Easter Egg Hunt on the Land beginning at 9am. 
Celebrate Resurrection Day
Easter Sunday, March 27 on THE land
hwy 67 AND highland valley road
  • 6:30: Easter Sunrise Service.  Bryce will lead the music as we rejoice and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord at daybreak. 
  • 8:00: Easter Breakfast. The youth and men's fellowship will prepare and serve a pancake breakfast from 8:00-9:30am. 
  • 9:40am prelude music begins with Spirit of Joy Praise Team and Brass Ensemble will begin.
  • 10:00 Easter Celebration Worship begins.
    * Come,  invite your family and friends to share in this great day in the life of the church.  
    * A beautiful service praising the Risen Christ has been planned, with music from Festival Choir, Spirit of Joy Praise Team, and Brass Ensemble
    * We will be singing favorite Easter Hymns and Praise Music. 
    * We will hear the Easter message proclaimed, and receive Holy Communion. 
    * Then, the moment we have anticipated for so long, GROUNDBREAKING! 
    * The service will include an opportunity for all to share in the groundbreaking.
    * We will conclude with hymn and the "Hallelujah Chorus". 
    * Then join our continuing celebration at a reception with cake, provided by Marina Martin. 

Come and be a part of Spirit of Joy as we begin the building of His church....on Easter Sunday 2016!

Bring your shovel for groundbreaking and flowers for the traditional Easter Cross!


The congregation continues to move forward with all the necessary information needed to secure the grading and building permit.  We will submit the construction drawings on Friday, March 4.  We also very soon expect to hear the comments from our latest submittal to the county for the grading permit.

These are great times, and we need to all uphold the process in prayer as we move forward.

Blessings, and see you Sunday...
Pastor Dan


View our Building Slideshow
Aerial View of New Church Plot design

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Land Cleanup
Saturday, 9am March 12
Pastor Dan on the Land, 1994
Pastor Dan On the Land ca. 1994

Please help clean up and prepare the land for the Easter and Groundbreaking events.

Sign up on the kiosk or send email to Dave Hickman at to let him know you will be on the land at 9am on Saturday, March 12.

Sunday Morning Helpers
March 6 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Alain & Karen Dechape Berry Family
Readers: Shirley Emge Al Rogers
Ushers: Curwin Team Barlow Team
Flowers: Judie Loux celebrating Jerry's Birthday
Martin Family celebrating Kayla's 21st Birthday
March 13 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Karen DeWitt Family Jeff & Dodie Bumgardner
Readers: Sheila Gery Mona Snodgrass
Ushers: Curwin Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: SNYDERS
Flowers: Bob & Joyce Curwin celebrating all March Birthdays
March 20 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Emerick Family Carpenter Family
Readers: Alyssa Howland Marilynn Sproat
Ushers: Curwin Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: STEMPERS
Flowers: Emerick Family celebrating Marley's 12th Birthday
March 27 8:00 AND 10:00 ON THE LAND
Greeters: TBA TBA
Readers: Pastor Dan Pastor Dan
Ushers: Curwin Team Barlow Team
Flowers: Collins in memory of their Families

Everybody gets to be a greeter (we rotate active member families).

Would you like to be a reader?
Can you bring snacks & juice for coffee host time?
Would you like to sponsor altar flowers?
How about being an usher for your service?
Altar guild could use your help preparing for communion.
See the kiosk for charts or clipboards to help and be an active participant here at spirit of joy!