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Just two weeks ago we celebrated "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday.  We gathered together in song and were commissioned to go out into our community and serve. Over 150 individuals shared in this day with projects set up throughout Ramona.  We worked and rejoiced in God using us on a Sunday morning to live out the call to be a servant.  Thank you to all who made this such a memorable day in the life of Spirit of Joy.

Carrying on with the theme "God's Work, Our Hands" last Sunday we heard the testimony of Al and Kay Rogers, and in November we'll hear Andy and Ellen Ray...  each family sharing their personal witness to tithing.  We will gather together next Sunday, November 6, 5pm for our annual Harvest Dinner.  The Spirits of Grace are providing an entire Thanksgiving meal for the congregation.  We will hear about our life and ministry as we look to 2017, and Jim Barlow will share words about how we are funding our various programs and ministries.

On Sunday, November 13th we invite everyone to make the extra effort to be in worship.  We will have the privilege of bringing our personal commitment for the 2017 year to the altar for a blessing.  This is a time for the congregation to come together with the purpose of responding to God's love for us..   

November is always a time for thanksgiving...giving thanks for the many blessings that we have received over this past year.  On Wednesday, November 23, 7:00pm you are invited to our Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service.  This has always been a time to join others in our community of faith to worship with a grateful heart.

We are so thankful for the blessings of Spirit of Joy, and now as we begin the construction of the church, plan to pray each day for the land, for the building, and for the witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ that we are making in this community.  Great days....filled with GRATITUDE!

See you Sunday!
Blessings, Pastor Dan
 
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tURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK sATURDAY NIGHT
 
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Note: this is the personal testimony of Kay & Al Rogers last Sunday.

As we continue our journey towards inward growth and outward mission, we turn to the principle of Stewardship.  Some think that this is when the church begins asking for money.  

But it’s not about that. Rather, Biblical Stewardship is about where our hearts are.  The Disciples of Jesus turned the world upside down by making spiritual values triumph over material ones. Aren’t we also called to do this?  Stewardship is one of those places where we can learn how to do it.

It begins with the recognition that the earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof (ps 24). And thus we cheerfully return a portion of what He has given us to support His work on this earth. And as we do so, we learn important Spiritual truths… spiritual laws, if you will.

You’ve all heard that you can’t out-give God. You’ve also heard other versions of this idea: What goes around, comes around. You reap what you sow. But what does this mean? Is it true?  Does it really work?

In Luke 6:37-38 Jesus teaches us about the spiritual law of giving. He said, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you”.

In other words, you get what you give… pressed down, shaken together, running over!

So today... think... where is your heart? Billy Graham said, "Give me five minutes with a person's checkbook and I will tell you where their heart is."

Forty-three years ago, Kay and I were newlyweds and I was a brand new Christian. I remember a Sunday morning much like this one when a layman stood before the congregation and challenged us to give our hearts and our tithes and offerings to God so we could discover the truth of the law of giving.

We accepted that challenge and in faith committed a regular tithe to God’s work.  And for 43 years we have never been able to out-give God.  As a single-income family raising four children on a teacher’s salary, we discovered that God abundantly met all of our needs. When I resigned from teaching to start my own business, God continued to bless us and return to us far more than we deserved.

Today, I want to issue you the same challenge Kay and I received then. If you have not yet taken this step of faith:

  1. Prayerfully consider how much you will give every week or every month, to God’s work.
  2. Make your gift from your first fruits. In other words, your gifts to God should be the first payments you make, not from the left-over end of your paycheck.
  3. And then, when you make this gift on faith, discover that you can’t out-give God.

I know what some of you are thinking about now.  "I may take you up on this challenge some time, Al. When I get around to it."

Well, I have just the answer for you. Before I’m finished, I’m going to make sure that you get around to it.

The ushers are now passing around paper bags filled with these tokens. Please take a token and pass the bag on. There’s a token for everybody. This is a round wooden token and its name is printed on the front it big letters. It says TUIT.  T.U.I.T. TUIT. It is, in fact, a round TUIT.

So now that you have a round TUIT you no longer have to wait until you get around to it to accept this challenge.

If you do accept, you will learn the truth of the law of giving and you will be abundantly blessed.

Note: If you did not get  a round Tuit last Sunday, please attend the Harvest Dinner on next Sunday, Nov 6. We have one just for you. After all, you know that you really want to get a round tuit.
 

Sunday Morning Helpers

November 6 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Shohara Family Schuler Family
Readers: Shirley Emge Dougan Dimmitt
Ushers: HindmanTeam Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: SPIRITS OF GRACE
Flowers: Delone Langun's 89th Birthday from her children
November 13 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Sinkiewicz Family Scott Family
Readers: Sheila Gery Mick Hall
Ushers: HindmanTeam Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: Russ and Lilly Popma
Flowers: Nancy and Bill Clark in memory of Carla Schuler
November 20 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Snyder Family Serra Family
Readers: Ralph Kling Bev Payne
Ushers: HindmanTeam Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts:
Flowers: Tony and Pat Prasher
in celebration of their anniversary
Runzels in honor of daughter Alysha's 25th birthday
November 27 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Stotz Family Snodgrass Family
Readers: Richard Sinkiewicz Glenda McCarthy
Ushers: HindmanTeam Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: Elizabeth and Churck Snyder
Flowers: Tom and Sandy Aldern in honor of
Ashley Stotz's birthday
Carpenters in honor of Kathy's birthday
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!