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eNews Update
February 3, 2021
 
     Here we are in February, and the Lenten Season at Spirit of Joy begins very soon.  This year our theme during Lent is "God's Love Is Shown".  We begin with Ash Wednesday, February 17th.  This year our Ash Wednesday service will be recorded and available on the morning of the 17th, starting at 8am.  At the Sunday services on the land prior, you can pick up a small package of ashes for the Ash Wednesday service. We will also have available, the Lenten devotional, "Steadfast Love", and your yearly remembrance coin, "God Is Love". If you are unable to be with us in person and would like the devotional, keepsake coin, and ashes for the service please call the church office 760-788-7456 and leave a message.  We will send them to you.  Each Wednesday we will have devotional worship recorded and available starting at 6pm. As these have always been soup suppers, plan to make soup that night and join us with the recording.  On Good Friday, our worship will again be recorded and available at 8am.  We pray that you will join us in this journey to the cross. 

     For outreach ministry we will be joining Project Mercy on Saturday, April 24th, for another house build for a family in Mexico.  We will build the home in pieces onsite in Chula Vista.  Please let us know of your interest to help in this build.  It is a tremendous experience, and we are in collaboration with Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Poway on this project.

     Spirit of Joy ministries continue with Monday morning Bible Study at 8am, Saturday Men's Study at 8am, Prayers and Squares each Tuesday, Children Ministries with special packages each Sunday, and Youth Ministry meeting at 5:30pm each Sunday. Our Home Groups are meeting both in person and via Zoom.  We encourage you to check out the home groups on our web page and sign up to be part of the study on John. 
 
           Blessings as we continue in this journey together,  

        Pastor Dan



 
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
~1 Corinthians 13:13
Weekly Events:
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
~1 John 4:8
God's Love Is Shown

Upcoming Special events:
  • Ash Wednesday 2/17
    • Service available only online starting at 8am
  • Wednesday "Soup Supper" Devotionals starting 2/24
    • Available only online at 6pm each Wednesday 2/24 - 3/31
  • Good Friday service 4/2
    • Available only online starting at 8am
  • Easter Sunday service 4/4
  • Daily Lenten devotionals starting Monday, 2/22
When Israel sought for rest,
the Lord appeared to him from far away.
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.
~Jeremiah 31:2b-3
     We are so thankful that we are able to gather in the back room of our church facility for meetings, Prayers and Squares, and Bible Studies!  Each group will be able to have a maximum of 8 persons at this time.  Everyone will receive a temperature check and be asked to wear a mask.  Each group meeting will be asked to use the cleaning agents available in the back room for cleaning after each gathering.  We look forward to having our gatherings, and ask that everyone follow the safety guidelines that have been in place at Spirit of Joy since we began our worship together on the church building site.  
Safety Procedure for Worship
We encourage your arrival between 8-8:45am for set up.  Everyone is encouraged to wear masks on entry and departure on the church property.  Bring your own chairs, pop-ups, umbrellas, and bottled water.  To insure your safety we will have a table with prepackaged communion (1st and 3rd Sunday each month), bulletins (also a digital bulletin is available on your electronic devices), and temperature check.  Please practice social distancing of at least 6ft of separation per family unit.  Trash cans are available to dispose of all trash upon leaving.  If for any reason you are not feeling well, at higher risk, or uncomfortable with attending, we invite you to enjoy the service live-streamed.  If you prefer staying in your car, there will be a designated area for you to do so.
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