Music Notes February 2017
2015 Choir Rehearsal

The robe was just a piece of cloth.
Yet when Christ was present, there flowed a great healing power.

We had an enthusiastic response to our Palm Sunday cantata Meet ‘n Greet.  Singers listened to a recording of the cantata “Come, Touch the Robe;” music and part dominant cd’s were passed out. 

Participants have the coming weeks to become familiar with the songs before weekly rehearsals begin on Saturday, February 25.  Rehearsals will continue through Saturday, April 8 from 9–11AM. 

If you would like to participate but weren’t able to attend the orientation meeting, please talk to Joan Brown about your interest.  We look forward to enhancing our Palm Sunday services with this beautiful, meaningful cantata.

May God bless and be with you all.
Joan Brown, Director of Music.
Work Party on the Land Feb 4, 2017

Once again we're gratified and thankful for all of the enthusiastic volunteers who shared hard work and fellowship in restoring the natural drainage channel that flows between Highland Valley Road and our property. With the completion of this channel we should be able to manage all future flooding events across our property and provide the required mud and silt mitigation the county requires.


Our final (we hope) required flood mitigation chore will be done with your help this Saturday.We'll   install many yards of straw wattles for on-going erosion control at the top of both sides of the drainage channel we worked on last week. It shouldn't be heavy work;  but since they must be staked to the ground every two feet, there will be a lot of pounding to do.

So break out your short and long sledge hammers and your work clothes and boots and set your alarm so you can join us on the land on Saturday, Feb 11, 8:00am.

This Week's Construction Video
Work Party on the Land Feb 4 2017

Once again Harvey captured some great photos of our Saturday workers on the land. Please continue to pray for resources to build a worthy worship center. Click on the image above to view the current video. Thanks again to Harvey for flying his drone.

Successful Women's Retreat Last Weekend
  SOJ Women's Retreat Feb 3-4, 2017

By all accounts, the Women's Retreat last weekend was successful with close to 30 Spirit of Joy Ladies of all ages from teen to septuagenarian.

The theme was "Teach me to want" based on Psalm 86:11: Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.

Through video, small group discussion, fellowship, and reflection the ladies sought a deepening of their relationship with the LORD and with each other.

Wes Howland and Trevor Stemper prepared from-scratch home-made pizzas of several different varieties Friday night to rave reviews. They also prepared the Saturday evening menu.

One participant reported that the best part of the retreat was being together and focusing on the LORD. She also reported that she enjoyed hearing personal stories from other ladies.

Thanks to Lori Boruff for sharing this photo (and others) of the Retreat. Please add your own snaps to SOJ's photo history archive by sending them via email to Al Rogers at Click here to view photo slide shows going back to 2007.

Lenten Schedule

The Lenten Season is soon coming. Save these dates on your calendar, and look for event details in coming weeks:

  • March 1, 7:00pm: Celebrate Beginning of Lent at our Ash Wednesday service.
  • March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 6:15pm: Join us at our Lenten Wednesday Soup Suppers.
  • April 9, 8:15 & 10:00am: Palm Sunday featuring our Spring Festival Choir.
  • April 13, 6:00pm: Observe Passover with us at our annual Seder Supper.
  • April 14, 7:00pm: Good Friday Service
  • April 15, 10:00am: Bunny Hop Easter Egg Hunt (Location pending)
  • April 16, 6:30, 8:15, 10:00am: Worship Our Risen Savior on Easter Sunday
Coming Events
Wed, Feb 8 6:30 pm
Women's Bible Study Continues
Sun, Feb 12,
Valentine Day Bake Sale
Mon, Feb 13 5:30 pm
SOJ Youth Serve Open Door meals
Sat, Feb 25 9:00 am
Palm Sun Festival Choir
Rehearsal 9:00-11:00 am
Wed, Mar 1 7:00 pm
Ash Wedesday Services
Wed, Mar 8 6:15 pm
Lenten Devotions and Soup Suppers
Sun, Apr 9,
Palm Sun
Thu, Apr 13 6:00 pm
Passover Seder & Service
Fri, Apr 14 7:00 pm
Good Fri Service
Sat, Apr 15 10:00 am
Bunny Hop Easter Egg Hunt
Sun, Apr 16,
Easter Sun Services

SOJChurch Calendar

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 Ramona Cafe
First Wednesday
9:30am: Spirits of Grace
Second Wednesday
7-8:30pm: Women's Bible Study
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7pm: Choir
9:00am: Church Cleanup
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Saturday: 1st & 3rd
8-9am: Men's Bible Study
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