500th REFORMATION ANNIVERSARY ACTIVITIES

By Sonya Connolly, in News

REFORMATION ART SHOW AND AUCTION: Friday, October 27, 6:30-9:30pm at Zion Lutheran Church (400 E. Lexington St., Baltimore). Eight young artists of color from Baltimore have been creating works of art, visual and performance, that communicate their understanding of faith and reformation in the 21st century. Auction supports The Center for Grace-Full Living at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Baltimore and The Sand Gallery.

 REFORMATION FESTIVAL: Saturday, October 28, 1-4pm at Zion Lutheran Church (400 E Lexington St., Baltimore). Features booths with different aspects of life during Luther’s time – medicine, toys, songs, crafts, and theology of the middle ages. Children may collect stamps from different booths to earn a prize. There will also be a marketplace with crafts, sausages and beer for sale.

 METRO DC SYNOD REFORMATION SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE: Sunday, October 29, 4 p.m. at the Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.). Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach.

 LUTHER ART EXHIBIT: The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. Open Wed-Sun from 10-5

through October 29. Uncertain Times: Martin Luther’s Remedies for the Soul focuses on the ways in which Martin Luther comforted the distressed souls of his contemporaries by approaching them as a father, a husband, and a friend—rather than as a priest or theologian.

 LUTHER OPERA PREMIERE: Sunday, November 5, 4pm at Christ Lutheran Inner Harbor (701 S. Charles St., Baltimore). Hollis Thoms’ latest opera, And did the World with Devils Swarm, was written to commemorate the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary. It focuses on Martin and Katie’s marriage and relationship. Tickets at www.bachinbaltimore.org.

LEAD Team Update

By Pastor Sara, in News

The LEAD Team made a brief presentation to the congregation on Sunday October 1st. Here is a summary of the powerful presentation as well as information on the next steps of the process.

The LEAD process has involved three great listenings: listening to God, listening to the congregation, and listening to the neighbor.

Last February, you may recall that the LEAD Team surveyed you as a congregation. We heard two common themes in our questions:

What is the brokenness in our neighborhood, community and world that God has given you a passion to help address?

The single highest response, about 20%, was ‘Drug Use’

How has God positioned Joy Reigns to serve its neighbors?

About two thirds of the congregation responded, ‘Thrift Shop.

This summer, with some training, the LEAD team then began listening to the neighborhood, with over 15 one hour listening sessions completed with schools, hospitals, community leaders, and businesses. We asked the same question about the brokenness, and their responses were:

  • 85% of the interviewees identified ‘drug use’ as one of the concerns for the community
  • Interestingly, although not asked nor tracked, at least 20% of our interviewees identified JRLC as the ‘church with the trailers’ or the church with the ‘Thrift Shop’

Why we heard it

  • More than 100 Americans die every day from drug overdose
    • For perspective, that’s about 16 plane crashes per month (assuming 185 people on a Boeing 737 flight)
  • Maryland had a little more than 2000 people die from drug overdose in 2016
    • That’s almost one plane crash per month in our state
  • As of 1 September, 94 people in Anne Arundel County have died from drug overdose
  • Many families in our church have been touched by this crisis directly

The LEAD Team has heard many powerful and real stories:

Counselors at Central Middle School

Without hesitation, they all agreed the greatest problem is children coming to school struggling because their families are battling/struggling with addiction. They were quick to point out that they are not therapeutic counselors, they are educational counselors. They refer families to outside, community services. But can’t guarantee that they follow through or are getting the help that they need. This truth became clear to Jenny last week when a coworker, an Edgewater resident, shared a story about her neighbor, a woman, her boyfriend and 2 children. The women and her boyfriend are both addicted to opioids/heroin. Last Friday the boyfriend overdosed at their house and was not able to be revived. He died at the home with the 2 children present, a first grader and sixth grader. Those children will need support and love.

Librarian

These stories are more than the “right answer” because people are reading the newspaper. The Opioid Epidemic is the brokenness that is touching many places in unique ways. The librarian told us that she can “see it in their eyes” when a drug user comes into the library, maybe for a safe place to be out of the elements or because they are asking for help. She also encounters many families and friends who come looking for resources in the library and the community on addiction and recovery.

ER Nurse at AAMC:

In general, the ER sees an average of 200 patients per day. They’ve seen an uptick in overdoses, particularly fentanyl overdoses, that’s what killed Michael Jackson. Because of this increase, AAMC has begun an outreach program for overdose victims. There is a staff person in the ER to help with their issues that led to the overdose. AAMC is now prescribing Narcan (medication that reverses the dangerous respiratory effects of opioids) to overdose victims. She sees that this crisis is affecting ALL people, ALL income levels, ALL backgrounds and ALL races.

What’s next for LEAD?

The LEAD Team has determined the need to go deeper into our neighborhood listening. We have done wonderful general listenings and will now be doing approximately 10 more listenings specifically with those who have expertise in the Opioid Epidemic including prevention, active addiction and recovery. The LEAD Team is listening with open ears, but also listening for ways that the Thrift Shop (how we are known in the community) and solutions to the opioid epidemic (greatest brokenness) might work together to bring about renewal, abundant life and community healing.

After these listenings, we will them move into the final three steps of the implementation phase.

What is needed from the congregation?

First, your prayers as the LEAD team continues this work. We are prayerfully expecting to find a nexus of our gifts and the community’s need in these next specific listening.

Second, names and contact information for individuals and organizations that you might think the LEAD team should be in contact with. Please provide those names by our next meeting on Monday October 9th.

Third, and finally, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the LEAD team with your comments or questions:

Melissa Fullerton, chair

Jenny Corkill

Frank Downs

Dave Emminizer

Todd Liller

Pastor Sara Yotter

 

VBS Fun – God Will Always Love You! Thanks to our Volunteers!

By Sonya Connolly, in News

 

Thanks to all who volunteered at Vacation Bible School this year. You are a blessing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Work. Our Hands. Service Day, Sun., Sept. 10

By Sonya Connolly, in News

Joy Reigns will again be participating in the ELCA fall service day. There are new moisture wicking dri-fit T-shirts available for $12 with an order deadline of August 3rd. Please sign up for a T-shirt in worship or contact Sonya at officejrc@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more information about scheduled service opportunities coming soon.

Day on the Water was a Big Splash! Join us Next Time!

By Sonya Connolly, in News

Joy Reigns enjoyed a family boat day on Sunday, July 30th. We gathered after church at the homes of the Shaun and Sonya Connolly (4149 Cadle Creek Rd, Edgwater, MD 21037) and John and Kenneth Hilbert-Graham (4117 Cadle Creek Rd, Edgewater, MD 21037). We look forward to diving into this event again next year!

 

 

Opioid Community Presentation at Joy Reigns Tuesday August 1st 

By Pastor Sara, in News
Opioids are narcotic medications that relieve pain. They can also be addictive.  Heroin is an opioid.  The dangers in your medicine cabinet can cause harm to you or others.  Come to this important presentation on Tuesday August 1st from 6:30-8 pm to learn about community trends and Naloxone/Narcan (opiate antidote).  Please invite others who have been effected by this epidemic to this presentation.  To learn more go to www.PreventSubstanceAbuse.org or www.DENIALisDEADLY.org.

Register for Vacation Bible School AUG. 14 – 18, 2017 — MAKER FUN FACTORY

By Pastor Sara, in News

Welcome to VBS! Register now by clicking on one of these two orange links for Half Day or Full Day:

Join us for an Amazing week at Maker Fun Factory VBS where we’ll learn how we were all Created by God and Built for a Purpose!  VBS will run from Monday, Aug 14th through Friday, Aug 18th.
Once again we will offer both a half day (9:00–noon) and full day (9:00am–4pm) option. Sign up to participate or volunteer today!  It’s easy – just click a link to register:
Don’t remember VBS being this late last year? You’re right! We are flexing our schedule due to the change in the Governor’s required start date for schools in an attempt to meet the need for quality and fun child opportunities at the end of the summer.

Medical Cannabis Info Session at Joy Reigns Tues. June 6 at 7 p.m.

By Pastor Sara, in News

Dear Friends and Members of Joy Reigns-

You may or may not know (I did not know until late last week) that a medical marijuana dispensary has requested a special permit for the old Susquehanna Bank building across from Giant, just around the corner from church.

I have to admit that I was not well informed (and am still learning) about this issue and thought it was important to learn more and have an educated opinion.

After several calls with Anne Arundel County Council member Jerry Walker, I mentioned that there does not seem to be a neutral location to have community conversations such as this.  A place where everyone is welcome and all are heard.  A safe place for respectful questions. At the end of the conversation, I offered Joy Reigns as a place for the community to learn more.

There will be several individuals speaking whose names are included on the attached flyer and a time for questions.

I invite you to come and learn more.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm with Jerry Walker as moderator.

Please do me a favor and RSVP so we can plan for set up.

See you Tuesday at 7 pm.

God’s Peace,
Pastor Sara

Click the link below for more information:

Flyer With Details

Summer Youth Events – Join in the Fun!

By Pastor Sara, in News

It’s that time of year again when our summer youth events get going in full force! Take a look below for the schedule of what’s already on the calendar! Youth accounts can be used for summer events and/or scholarships are available by speaking with Pastor Sara. The events are for everyone entering grades 6-12, and drivers are needed! Please contact Ali at apurvis53@gmail.com or 443-994-9799 if you can help!

EVENT DATE TIME LOCATION COST
Bowling Sunday, June 25 5 – 7:30 p.m. Annapolis Bowl $8
Hiking, Beach & Swimming Thursday, July 6 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Flag Ponds Nature Park/Cove Point Pool $10
Whitewater Rafting (Signup deadline 7/11) Tuesday, July 18 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center Youth $55, Adult $60
Service Day & Swimming Thursday August 10 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Truxton Park Youth $4, Adult $5
Roller Skating Tuesday, August 22 12:30 – 4 p.m. Skate Zone in Crofton $10
Sunday Youth Supper (High School only) Sunday, July 23 5 – 7 p.m. Meghan Connolly’s House (come at 3:30 to boat/kayak) FREE
Sunday Youth Supper (High School only) Sunday, August 27 5 – 7 p.m. Andy Purvis’s House FREE

 

Holy Week Worship Schedule

By Debby Coughlan, in News

Holy Week is a special time for spiritual reflection at Joy Reigns. Maundy Thursday Worship will take place on April 13th at 7PM. At this worship we remember Jesus’ command for us to love one another. Come for music, hand washing and communion.

Good Friday Worship will be held on April 14th at 7PM. Come for music, scripture reading and contemplative candle lighting as we journey with Jesus to the cross.

Easter Sunday Worship will be celebrated at 8:30AM and 10:30AM. Come to this festive worship with communion to boldly proclaim, “Alleluia, He is Risen!”

Our Easter Egg Hunt will be held between worship services on Easter Sunday at approximately 9:30AM. Join in the fun and fellowship!

“A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew 21:8-9

Is your coat closet full? On Palm Sunday, our congregation brought gently used coats and jackets to church for donation to our Joy Thrift ministry. You can still contribute to this important community outreach by dropping off coats or jackets of any size to Joy Thrift on Saturdays or Mondays between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Thank you for your generosity!