Music Notes August 2016
five of our members have recently returned from a choral trip to Ireland.

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Joan and Scott Brown, Karen Dietmeyer, and Dianne Jackmann, along with husband Craig, joined the combined choirs of Mission San Diego de Alcala and St. Michael’s church in Poway to sing at 4 different venues in Ireland.


The ecumenical choral experience began by singing the Mass at the Basilica of Knock, where people come from all around the globe to visit Ireland’s National Marian Shrine.




Next the group sang for the evening Mass Next the group sang for the evening Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney.  The evening Mass in memory of Monsignor Tom Prendergast at the Church of the Assumption was a special moment.  Many members of the Mission choir had personally known Msgr. Prendergast – he served the Diocese of San Diego for 59 years, and he was Pastor of Mission San Diego de Alcala for the past 13 of those years. 


The highlight of the trip was an hour long recital at St. Patrick’s (Church of Ireland Cathedral in Dublin).  The Gothic cathedral, built in 1213 is the largest in Ireland.  The pipe organ there was played by Handel for a performance of his Messiah.  All were blessed to sing together and make new friends in Christ.

God bless us and keep us while we are absent one from another during these summer days.
Joan Brown, Director of Music
Called Up: 2016 Men’s Retreat
Friday, Sept. 9 – Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016
Camp Oakbridge

Penasquitos Lutheran Church has invited Spirit of Joy and other men from around Southern California to join them in their Men's Retreat for 2016. Pastor Jeremey King of Radiant Church in Huntington Beach will be our speaker this year. We'll hear him share his life’s message of personal transformation, enjoy worship and fellowship, and hang out together. It will be the event of the year for Spirit of Joy men as we get to know one another.

For more information contact Al Rogers at or to let him know you're interested. Cost including meals:

  • $190 Premium Accommodations (Hotel Style, 2 people/room)
  • $165 Standard Accommodations (Dormitory Style, 8 people/room)

Register now on the Penasquitos Lutheran Church Web site (Select the 2016 Men's Retreat and then register as a GUEST.)

Camp Oakbridge 12 miles east of Spirit of Joy just off Hwy 78 at 27224 CA-78, Ramona, CA 92065. Click Here to view it on Google Maps.
Coming in the Fall
Rally Day

Rally Day is Sunday, August 28. This day-long celebration of the beginning of a new school year is filled with events: Sunday School Registration both worship services; pancake breakfast between services; youth BBQ in the afternoon, followed by our annual Pine Wood Derby. Get your car next Sunday and begin whittling.

Men & Women Bible Studies
Women's Study

Are you searching for a way you can relate your everyday life with the Bible. Come out and join the Women's Bible Study. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7-8:30 pm and convene in a different home every month. Carpoolers will leave from the church at 6:30pm.

Our first meeting of the 2016-2017 year is on Wednesday Sept 14 at Linda Porcelli's house in Poway, 

All women are invited — and please bring your friends.

For more information contact Linda Porcelli.

Men's Study

Men's Saturday Bible Study begins September 3, 6:30-8:00 as we read and discuss C.S. Lewis' masterpiece, Mere Christianity. Sign up on kiosk to reserve a book, or send email to

Join us every first and third Saturday as we do just this.

Anatomy of a Disciple

Home groups begin the week of August 28-Sept 3.

You have a purpose in this life. Do you believe that? Do you live like it’s true? Walk together in your Home Group through this journey of The Anatomy of a Disciple. It will give you a clear, thorough picture of Jesus’ life and what it means to be His disciple. You'll learn how to live out the teachings of the Bible in a practical, relatable way.

This study will prepare us to heed Jesus command in Matt 28:18, "go and make disciples of all nations" as we begin the process of reaching out into the community around us.

Click here for more information on our Home groups.

Click here to view an introduction to The Anatomy of a Disciple.

Coming Events
Sun, Aug 28,
Rally Day All Day
Sun, Aug 28,
Home Groups Resume This Week
Sat, Sep 3 7:30 am
SOJMen Bible Study: Mere Christianity
Fri, Sep 9 6:00 pm
Called UP: Men's Retreat
Fri, Sep 9 7:40 pm
Lutheran Choir Night at Petco Park
Wed, Sep 14 7:00 pm
Women's Bible Study Resumes
Sun, Oct 23 6:00 pm
SOJ Men's Fellowship Dinner
SOJ Men's Annual Fellowship Dinner potluck & program.
Mon, Nov 14 5:30 pm
Spirits of Grace serve Open Doors

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Weekly Activities
8:15 & 10:00 am: Worship
8:15: SS preK-6th grade
10:00: SS preK-High School
6:30-8pm: Junior High
Sunday: 1st & 3rd A.M.
11-12:30 High School
8-9am: Bible Study
6-7pm: Bible Study
9am: Prayers & Squares
4-6pm: Kids Klub
7-8:30pm: High School
7-8am: Men's Breakfast
First Wednesday
9:30am: Spirits of Grace
Second Wenesday
7-8:30pm: Women's Bible Study
7pm: Choir
9:00am: Church Cleanup
We need your help: Please vounteer
Saturday: 1st & 3rd
Men's Bible Study
On hiatus until September, 2016.
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