RALLY DAY Sunday, August 27

Put August 28 on your calendar...
    Then invite your friends and neighbors.
        All are welcome to our day-long celebration of the new school year

2016 Registering for Sunday School
New Sunday School Year Begins: 2016 Youth

Rally Day is Spirit of Joy's traditional fall kick-off event and begins an exciting new Sunday School and Church Year.

Plan on attending a full day of activities (continue scrolling down to see more). It's always fun and rewarding.

View slideshows from prior years: 20162015; 201420122011;  2010;  2009;


2015 Men Serve Pancake Breakfast
Pancake Breakfast
by Men's Fellowship

Between Services

Stay late after first service
come early before second service

Good good, Good Fellowship
with family and friends

2016 Youth BBQ
BBQ Dinner
by Youth Fellowship

Join us at 4:00 before the Pinewood Derby

Mmmmm.... Good

And it helps our active youth group with their fundraising

9th annual pinewood derby 5:00PM
2016 8th annual Pinewood Derby Winners 

Fun... entertaining.... only somewhat competitive.... definitely a hoot!

Click Here to learn more
about participating in our 9th Annual SOJ Pinewood Derby
Tragedy Strikes Spirit of Joy Family
Jennifer Campbell

Donny, Jennifer, Ariana and Dillon have been attending Second Service for the past two months. They fell in love with Spirit of Joy and  made this their church home.

Jennifer and her mother, Nancy Bauerlein, were the two women killed last Wednesday by the big-rig crash at S-125 & I-8.

Please pray for Donny and their boys. Also prayerfully consider making a contribution to Donnie for future expenses through GoFundMe.

August "Gus" Berry

Charlotte and Sheldon Berry and their son Alexander joined Spirit of Joy in 2013, attending Second Service.  They loved it here, and when August was born, Pastor Dan baptized him.

Last year work took the family to Michigan but Charlotte has kept in touch with good friends she made at SOJ.

At the end of July, Gus drowned in a swimming pool. Please pray for the Berry's as they grieve 

Ellen Ray, our Prayer List Leader, posted these two prayers for the Campbells & Berrys. Please join us in praying for them:

Lord, while we do not understand why you called young August Home, we pray for the strength in our hearts to trust in your ways above all else.  We pray that you hold the Berry family in your palm and that you be with them from now on and that they feel and accept your presence. As they grieve, may they turn to You. As they learn to live with this loss, may they feel the presence of Your Son as a source of comfort and healing. And, may all who are affected by this loss know Your love and peace in their hearts.

We pray for Donny, the children and the family that will grieve them, that they be sure of the knowledge of our Lord’s love and that they stay close to Him. May they experience God’s comfort and know His peace despite the pain of their loss. Help Donny to stand fast in his faith in the face of his loss and grief.

But If Not... the Miracle of Dunkirk

By now you have either seen the promos or the trailers, read the reviews, perhaps seen the new movie, Dunkirk.  Reviews are mixed, but one undeniable fact was the miraculous nature of the event itself: in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds,  more than 900 mostly civilian boats (of which over 200 were sunk) rescued more than 338,000 British soldiers from the beaches of Normandy.

Here is an interesting factoid about this amazing event: In those dark days in late May, 1940,

"...a  British officer on Dunkirk Beach flashed to London a three-word message: "But if not." It was instantly recognized as a quotation from the Book of Daniel, where Nebuchadnezzar commands Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to worship the golden image or be thrust into the fiery furnace. They say, defiantly:
   '...our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up." 

[Will, George (1986), Mesmerized by the Moment. In Will, The Morning After: American Successes and Excesses 1981-1986, (pp. 392). New York, Free Press,]

Because British society was Biblically literate, they recognized this quotation from Daniel 3:18 and accepted its challenge to stand fast in the face of insuperable odds. Like Daniel's friends, they knew God could save them but didn't know know if He would save them. But the choice was clear: they would stand in faith, resist the Nazi onslaught, never surrender, and trust God for whatever... whatever... came.

As we think and pray for the Berry and Campbell families,
let this also be our motto:
"But if not"
Coming Events

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 resumes Sept
7-8:30pm: High School
7-8am: Men's Breakfast Denny's
First Wednesday
9:30am: Spirits of Grace
Second Wednesday
6:30pm: Women's Bible Study
On hiatus until September
7pm: Choir
9:00am: Church Cleanup
We need your help: Please vounteer
Saturday: 1st & 3rd
8-9am: Men's Bible Study
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