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eNews Update
July 21, 2021
SPIRIT OF JOY LUTHERAN CHURCH WILL RESUME PUBLICATION AS A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER BEGINNING ON JULY 28TH.  THE NEWSLETTER WILL BE EMAILED ON THE 28TH OF EACH MONTH. PLEASE SEND ANY ITEMS FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE 21ST OF EACH MONTH TO NEWSLETTER@SOJCHURCH.ORG.
    TOGETHER IN COMMUNITY IN CHRIST
 It has been three weeks of worship inside our worship center.  Everyone is so thankful for this sense of community again.  Seeing one another, hearing the voices share in prayer and in music.  We are encouraged as we begin to be Spirit of Joy again after this long time of being apart, and worshipping on the land. We invite you to come and join us in our worship center, every Sunday 9am.   If you are unable to attend, we will be live streaming the service.   This will be an ongoing ministry for Spirit of Joy.  It truly is great to be together again!

Our weekly safety protocols at Spirit of Joy have adjusted with our indoor worship.  We rejoice that the vaccine has proven effective and is taking hold in our communities.  There is still a way to go, especially since a vaccine for young children will not be available for a few months.  There are also some adults who have not been vaccinated... some for very good reason.  The church council has been diligent in the matter of caring for our faith community.  

The basic shift of our protocols is a movement from "requirement” to "personal choice". Things like mask wearing, social distancing, etc....the choice now becomes yours.  You are encouraged to do what is best and most comfortable for you.
     1) Wearing your mask as of July 4th is no longer a requirement if you are vaccinated.  Please feel free to wear one if that makes you feel more comfortable.  The CDC guidelines ask that you wear a mask for your protection if you are not vaccinated or if you happen to have a slight cold.
     2) Social distancing of six feet, as of July 4th, will no longer be in effect.  Nonetheless, when you arrive at the church, seating can be well-spaced.
     3) Serving coffee after worship will resume for the month of July.  We will move to adding snacks in August.
     4) As for greeting one another, you are urged to be respectful of another's personal space.  If you are a hugger, it is a good idea to ask: "May I give you a hug?"  Some may still be at the elbow or fist bump stage of greeting; others are no longer comfortable shaking hands.  The important thing is for us to respect one another and to be assertive in indicating with what we are most comfortable.


Blessings,
Pastor Dan
 
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Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
Proverbs 12:25  NIV
Ways to Give

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Thank you and we are grateful for your support.

 
Our Daily Bread Devotional
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Bible Verse
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 18:7 NIV
 
Building Contribution Fund 

July 11, 2021     $7,506
Bible Verse
...But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love" for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.
Psalms 59:16 NIV
 
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Men's Weekly Breakfast continues every Thursday, 8am, at Denny's in Ramona.
 

We have no specific agenda except to get to know other Christian men in an informal gathering.
 

We hope you can join us.

PRAYER LINE REQUESTS: Tori Barlow is our new prayer line coordinator.  If you have a prayer request please contact Tori at toribarlow@gmail.com or (760) 522-0661.  All prayer requests will now be forwarded through Tori.
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