Building Update

Our diligent Building Committee has been hard at work sorting through a variety of construction alternatives that could meet our needs and slash our costs. After much research, they settled on building with shipping containers to closely match our design requirements as well as significantly reduce our total costs from our original estimates.


To illustrate, this magnificent church in Christchurch, New Zealand, is built around two rows of shipping containers. They provide sturdy sidewalls and roof support as well as meeting rooms, kitchen, offices, storage, and restrooms.

Shipping container construction has been around for several years, and a simple Google search displays many examples of beautiful shipping container homes.



On Sunday, June 2, Jim Barlow gave a Building Committee Report illustrating our current and future financial needs and plans. It also includes this simple diagram showing how a container-based design on our existing foundation footprints can match our design goals.

We are confident this plan will be economical, practical, and beautiful. The reduced cost, as well as the unique construction, will significantly improve our prospects of securing the funding needed to finish our building program.

Finally, we also expect that our new church building will attract interested and curious people to visit our ministry.   Can you feel a new burst of optimism arising?

We'll have additional sketches in the weeks to come.

Wrapping Up Our Bioswales

We must complete our bioswale and landscaping planting in order for the County to inspect and sign off the final tasks of our grading program. They will then refund our $30,000 grading bond.

Consequently, we are planning several church-wide DIY planting and landscaping workdays to complete these tasks.

So please join us to help plant our nine bioswales and place additional plants around the property. We especially encourage families to participate as an example to your children of church and community involvement in a great cause.

There's something magical about working with our church family and friends to build a better future. We hope you don't miss out.


VBS will ROCK Spirit of Joy the week of July 22-26, 8:30-11:30am

Spread the word.  Make sure your child, grandchild, niece or nephew is included. Invite your neighbors’ and friends’ kids to be part of the fun too!


Please support this year's VBS with a charitable contribution



Coming Events
Mon, Jul 8 6:00 am
Youth Summer Houseboat Retreat
It's time for youth to register for Houseboats Jul 8-13. This is a life-altering event, so please encourage high-school aged youth to check it out.
Mon, Jul 22,
Vacation Bible School Jul 22-26
Spread the word: Spirit of Joy VBS is coming! Make sure your child, grandchild, niece or nephew is included. Invite your neighbors' and friends' kids to be part of the fun too!
Mon, Aug 12 5:30 pm
SOJ MEN Serve Open Door Meals
Sun, Sep 8,
Rally Day
Kick off the new school year at Spirit of Joy's annual Rally Day.
Sun, Oct 13 5:30 pm
SOJ Men's "Let's Roll" Taco Dinner
Sat night. Catered Taco dinner. We'll learn about practical tactics anyone can use to confront and disable volatile or threatening situations at SOJ gatherings. This is a meeting every manly man for Christ should attend.
Sun, Nov 3 9:00 am
Single Church Service Today
Join us for a special message from our Pacifica Synod Bishop, Andy Taylor.
Sun, Nov 10 9:00 am
Harvest Brunch
Presto-Chango: This year our annual Harvest Dinner has been transformed into a Harvest Brunch. It immediately follows our only Sun service on Nov 10 at 9:00 am. Good church, good food, good fellowship. What's not to like.
Sun, Dec 8 5:00 pm
SOJ 25th Anniversary Celebration
Join us at the San Vicente Resort Banquet Room for a gala celebration of our 25th Anniversary. Put this date on your calendar. Details soon!

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6:30pm: Women's Bible Study
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9am: Prayers & Squares
4-6pm Kids Klub
5pm: Junior High
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First Wednesday
9:00am: Spirits of Grace
7-8am: Men's Breakfast Denny's
7pm: Choir
9:00am: Church Cleanup
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8-9am: Men's Bible Study
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