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It is hard to believe that we begin this month of March.  On Wednesday we will celebrate Ash Wednesday Service at 7pm at the church.  The service will include Holy Communion, Lenten Message, and special music.  You will receive a gift as a reminder of our Lenten journey, and a daily devotional book for the days of Lent.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 8th, 6:15pm we will have our Soup Suppers and devotional time, commemorating the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation.  This is a wonderful way to share in the Lenten experience and fellowship with your church community.

Holy week begins with Palm Sunday, April 9, and our expanded festival choir will bring the Easter message in music at both worship hours: 8:15am and 10am.

On Thursday of Holy Week we will share in the reenactment of the Last Supper and Seder meal.  The evening will begin at 6:00pm and you are asked to bring potluck to share following the service. 

On Good Friday, 7pm, we will have a service of shadows... The Seven Last Words, spoken and with special music.

The Easter Egg Hunt will be on Saturday on our property at Highland Valley and Highway 67.  It will begin at 9am and children are encouraged to invite their friends.

Easter Sunday we will have three services: Easter Sunrise service at 6:30am on the land, 8:15am and 10am Easter Celebration Services at the church with special music, message, and instruments.  Come share in this incredible day at Spirit of Joy.

We always want to share and update all of you on the progress of our building.  We have the pads for the buildings now certified, working at draining all the water off the property, working on the major trunk of the underground storm drainage, receiving bids for the on site waste water system, and getting final approval and permit for building construction.  All areas need our prayers for God to continue to bring dedicated workers into our lives for the project, and the resources for all that we have planned for the new church.  We are so grateful for everyone who has taken time and volunteered for Saturday work parties.

See you Ash Wednesday...may our journey be a time of reflection and inspiration in our personal faith walk.
 

Blessings to you all, Pastor Dan
 
This Week's Construction Video
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More Flood Mitigation Needed
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Spirit of Joy Lutheran Construction on 2017-02-25 was all about flood control -- again, Thank you to all the Wattlers. Thank you, too, Harvey, Click on the image above to view the current video.

Harvey asked, "Wattle we do next?" Well, after this week's big rain of several inches, this is easy to answer.

Russ Popma reports that we need yet another flood mitigation crew to work on Saturday. The county establishes a time limit for when this work must be done. If we don't meet that we can incur big fiscal penalties. So, once again, bring your shovels and wheelbarrows to clean things up.

Men's Bible Study Will Meet 8:00-9:00

The Men's Saturday Bible Study is still on this week. Those who are able and willing can work on the land following the study.

 
The Story of Reality
in One Sentence

"God, the Creator of the universe, in order to rescue man from punishment for his rebellion, came to earth and took on humanity in Jesus, the Savior, to die on a cross and rise from the dead, so that in the final resurrection those who receive his mercy will enjoy a wonderful friendship with their sovereign Lord in the kind of perfect world their hearts have always yearned for.

"If you are a Christian, this is your story. If you are not a Christian, this is also your story, because this isn’t a religious fairytale. This is the Story of the way things really are."

Koukl, Gregory (2017-01-10). The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between (p. 177). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. Available on Amazon

Available on Amazon for $9.99 (Highly recommended by Al Rogers... thoughtful, powerful, easy read.)

 

Sunday Morning Helpers
March 5 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Berbrich Family Kathy Carpenter
Readers: Karen Tjosaas Harvey Payne
Ushers: Hickman Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: SPIRITS OF GRACE
Flowers: R.E. & Charlotte Collins in Memory of Mother's birthday
Dimmit Family in celebration of Denise's birthday
March 12 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Clark Family Charbonneau Family
Readers: John Trower Ellen Ray
Ushers: Hickman Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: JOYCE & BOB CURWIN
Flowers: Carol Loux in celebration of Jerry's birthday
March 19 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Cole Family Davis Family
Readers: Jessica White Al Rogers
Ushers: Hickman Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts: CAROL MILLER
Flowers: Carol Loux in celebration of Jerry's birthday
Ellen & Andy Ray for everyone at Spirit of Joy
March 26 8:15 10:00
Greeters: Deb Eaton Dimmit Family
Readers: Donna Zick Mona Snodgrass
Ushers: Hickman Team Barlow Team
Coffee Hosts:
Flowers: Jessica White in honor of Nephew Owen's 1st birthday
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