Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church
eNewsletter                                            April 28, 2022

     May days are here and these are wonderful times in the life of the church as we celebrate our Easter season and look forward to the power of God's Spirit at Pentecost.  In the month of May we will honor Mother's Day with a special gift and once again a fun give-away on that day, May 8th. We want to remind everyone that we are enjoying our Communion Sundays with a variety of our liturgies (1st and 3rd Sunday each month). On the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays we will worship with our contemporary service.  We encourage you to invite others to share in the Joy that we have in our faith community. 
     At the end of the month, Sunday, May 29th you are invited to join others in re-entering the worship center for quiet prayer.  The setting is one of solitude with music, candles, and personal time for prayer. 
     As we move forward at Spirit of Joy we are beginning to utilize usher teams, and altar guild, and readers.  We will move back to our traditional communion (and continue to offer the pre-packaged communion to those who prefer it at this time).  Ushers will also be back to following their weekly responsibilities in worship. 

     Our live stream has been a wonderful success story in the midst of the pandemic.  We will continue this ministry permanently for those who need to be able to worship at home.  It has been far reaching across the United States as our faith community grows beyond our doors.

     We look forward to our leadership and the plans they are putting together for our summer and fall ministry schedule.

Blessings to you all, 

Pastor Dan
Weekly Events
  • Monday, 8 a.m - Bible Study at church
  • Monday 5:30 p.m.-Women's Bible Study at church
  • Thursday, 8 a.m - Men's Weekly Breakfast at Denny's
  • Thursday, 7 p.m. Choir Rehearsal at church
  • Sunday, 9 a.m - In the Worship Center at 1735 Main Street
  • For lyrics, bulletin, and You Tube link go to
Youth Ministry Happenings
Happy May Everyone!
Thank you for all of your support and for attending the Pancake Breakfast that the youth put together over Easter weekend! 
Here is the youth schedule and some updated information for you all to have:
Sunday, May 1st:  
Confirmation: 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Youth Group: 4:00-6:30 p.m.
  • We will meet at the church at 4:00 p.m. and then head to Get Air in Poway for an hour at the trampoline park and then some dinner at In-N-Out.  We will be back at the church for pick up at 6:30! If students are able to make it please fill out the form below and have students bring $5-10 to help cover the cost of the meal afterwards! 
Sunday, May 8th:
No confirmation or Youth Group
Youth Group: 4:30pm-6:00pm
Wednesday, May 18th:
Final sign-ups, paperwork, and payment for the summer trip are due
Sunday, May 22nd
Confirmation: 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Youth Group: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
 Sunday, May 29th
Final Confirmation Class:8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Youth Group: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Youth Summer Trip
High schoolers (9th-12th grade) are invited to attend our Summer Youth Trip from June 13th-18th  at Hume SoCal Summer Camp. The students will engage in a bunch of different outdoor activities, worship, concerts, & guest speakers alongside other campers!

We will be fundraising in the next couple of months to cut the cost of the trip, and I have been told by the camp that their is financial aid available for students who need it (contact me and I can help you get that set up).
We are always appreciative and looking for donations to help cut the cost to those students who are attending!
If students are looking to sign up please fill out the form here:
Information for students who have signed up will be sent out to the families in May to make sure all information has been shared! 
Looking forward to a fun packed Spring and Summer!
Randi-Kate Canoy Suhr
Bible Verse
Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one can come to the Father except through me.
John 14:6 NLT
Social Ministry

      In light of the pandemic and the effects it has on our congregation and the community, we have put a hold on any large scale God's Work, Our Hands Events.  Instead, each month, the social ministry task force will highlight a different organization in the newsletter for you to check out and prayerfully consider sharing your gifts of time or treasure.  Some of the organizations will be local, others might be international.  There is no shortage of need in the world, and we are all called to do our part.

Open Door Meals

Spirit of Joy will be serving an Open Door Meal at the Grange on Monday, May 9th, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  The Youth Group will be preparing and serving the meal, but there is always a need for extra hands to serve and clean up.  You will be home by 7:30 p.m.  This is a great opportunity to minister to those in our community. Please see Randi-Kate if you can help out.
The San Diego Rescue Mission

Since 1955, the San Diego Rescue Mission has been providing meals, shelter, clothing, education and job-skills training for men, women, and single parents with children experiencing homelessness. Serving San Diego County at multiple locations, the Rescue Mission helps restore the lives of people experiencing homelessness, abuse, poverty or addiction through faith-based emergency services, residential rehabilitation programs, children’s services, hunger relief efforts and community outreach.   
Ways to Help:
1) Volunteer:
Each volunteer is a special part of our Rescue Mission team, who help serve others in so many ways:
Serving meals & distributing food; Organizing clothes & in-kind donations; Helping students prepare for job interviews; Praying for our staff and students
Contact the volunteer coordinator at 
619-819-1897 or

2) Donate Hygiene Items:  Collect Essential items for “I See You” hygiene kits to be handed out to neighbors still living on the street. Each kit contains necessities, a non-perishable snack, and a resource guide.   Click this link to see the most needed items:

3) Make a  Financial Donation.
Women's Bible Study

Calling all women of the congregation!  The Women's bible study completed its first five-week session on Rahab. It was a resounding success. The study mixes bible study with praise music, prayer requests, and a lively discussion.  Our next five-week session will focus on The Prodigal Son. We will meet at 530 p.m. on the following Mondays:  Apr.25, May 2, May 9, May 23, and May 30.  Don't worry if you missed the first session on Rahab... this is a whole new study.  The meetings are an hour, so you will be on your way home before it gets dark!

The study book is available to purchase on Amazon, but you don't need to buy the book to participate. We can make copies of the lessons.

Please contact Rachel Wilson or Marilyn Sproat for more information.
Rachel   Cell 760-807-8174   Marilyn: Cell 760-315-5352
Bible Verse
For shoes, put on the peace that comes rom the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.
Ephesians 6:15
Live Streaming of Services 
All Spirit of Joy Live services will be accessed via the SOJ YouTube Channel. The channel can be found here:
or go to the Spirit of Joy Web site at
All Sunday Live services will appear in the channel 10 to 15 Minutes prior to the start of the service. 
A BIG Thank You to Harvey Payne and his efforts on improving our live stream technology! 
Ways to Give

Your Annual Commitment-Never to Late to Ignite Your Generosity
This year our theme is Ignite Your Generosity.  We are thankful for those who have made their commitment for the coming year.  We encourage those who worship in person, and those who live stream, if you have not yet made your commitment please plan to do so soon.  We are counting on the entire congregation to be ready for what God has in store for us as we embark on a new and exciting path in the new year.  

Contribute via PayPal
We accept online contributions through PayPal using your credit card, checking or savings account. You can even configure PayPal to automate recurring weekly or monthly payments so that when you are not in church your support continues.  Your contribution is tax deductible.  For more information and to register go to

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Thank you and we are grateful for your support.
Bible Verse
Do not be anxious about anything but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Phillippeans 4:6
Technology/Website/Audio/Visual Support
Are you interested in computers? IT? Website design? Audio/Visual technology or streaming? Do you know someone else who is? We are looking for someone to help bring our streaming and other technologies into the 21st century. Specific tasks include: learning audio/visual equipment to assist with streaming, providing technical support for those operating and watching the streamed services, updating/revamping the Spirit of Joy website, helping with graphic design for advertisements or other outreach activities.

Office Administration
Do you have a passion for filing, collating copies, or data entry? Do you love seeing a nicely organized office? Help us keep the SOJ admin office in order! We need someone who can help type up bulletins, file papers, update the church directory, and other tasks during the week (or whenever you are free!)
If you or anyone you know can help with the above, or would like more information, please contact Jessica Parker at or (760) 315-2197.

Check out ways you can support
Spirit of Joy's ministry!
PRAYER LINE REQUESTS: Tori Barlow is our new prayer line coordinator.  If you have a prayer request please contact Tori at or (760) 522-0661.  All prayer requests will now be forwarded through Tori.
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