Digital Worship Continues Each Sunday

By Sonya Connolly, in News

Please join us each Sunday morning at 9:30 on the Joy Reigns Lutheran Church YouTube channel for a live stream worship experience. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and click on notifications so you will be notified as soon as the service goes live. We look forward to seeing you on Sundays via YouTube at 9:30 am., and pray for your safety and peace.

Joy Thrift Update

By Sonya Connolly, in News

Joy Thrift is proud to announce our store’s Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, August 1 9am-12 pm.

Shoppers may now make purchases on Saturdays and Mondays from 9am-12pm.  Donations will continue to be received on Saturdays from 9am-12pm.  We will not accept large items like furniture, but are happy to receive your used clothing and household goods.  We look forward to seeing you at our new space, still located at 35 Mayo Road.  Masks required for shopping.

Outdoor Prayer Service now offered!

By Sonya Connolly, in News
Outdoor Prayer to Begin Sunday, June 21st at 8 am
In an effort to provide various worship opportunities with different risk tolerances and worship components, you are invited to the new Sunday Morning Outdoor Prayer Service beginning this Sunday June 21st. It’s RAIN OR SHINE.
Here are some important details:
  • You will be asked to sign in for accurate contact tracing.
  • Bring your own chairs to place on the lawn.
  • Plan to sit with appropriate social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • Please wear a mask.
  • Print your own bulletin and/or have access to it on a digital device.
  • Musicians will provide contemplative music to enhance our prayer gathering experience.
  • The format will be a short worship/prayer experience lasting approximately 30 minutes, from 8-8:30 am.
  • In case of rain, we will still offer outdoor worship but it will be drive-in style worship
  • Tune into 101.7 FM.
  • If you are in a high risk category, or have a fever the morning of worship, please stay home and worship online.

Caring Connections Team – NEW!

By Sonya Connolly, in News
As we navigate our way into our new reality of social distancing, we still want to stay connected until we are physically back together again. On a regular basis, members of the newly forming Caring Connections Team will be in contact with every household of Joy Reigns to check in and receive prayer requests. Please make sure we have up to date contact information including your email, mailing address, phone and/or cell so that we might connect with you. Updates may be sent to Sonya. If you are interested in being a part of this team, please contact Dave or Naomi Talbott or Pastor Sara.

Holy Week & Easter Digital Worship

By Sonya Connolly, in News

Join us this week on the Joy Reigns Lutheran Church YouTube channel to watch live-streamed Holy Week and Easter morning worship experiences. Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and click on notifications so that you will be notified as soon as the services go live. Expect a reminder email 15 minutes prior to the service, where you can again find the YouTube link.  Subscribe to the Weekly newsletter if you would like the links to the services emailed to you.

Once you’re on the YouTube channel, if you do not see the LIVE video, scroll down until you see the thumbnail videos and look for the one with a red box with the word LIVE in the corner. Click on that video to watch it.

WORSHIP TIMES:

Maundy Thursday, April 9th at 7 PM
Good Friday, April 10th at 7 PM
Easter Sunday, April 12th at 9:30 AM
We look forward to worshipping with you this week. Raise a hallelujah!

Vacation Bible School August 3-7, 2020

By Sonya Connolly, in News
Climb aboard for mountains of fun at Rocky Railway! On this faith-filled adventure, kids (preschool – 5th grade) will discover that trusting Jesus pulls them through life’s ups and downs. Save the dates now for August 3rd – 7th. Registration will open soon.

Recovery Rental Assistance Program Helps People Rebuild

By Sonya Connolly, in News
The Recovery Rental Assistance program at Joy Reigns provides short-term rental assistance grants to people residing in substance abuse recovery houses. When people first transition to a recovery house, they often do not have a job, transportation, and have exhausted their support network’s resources. In order to be accepted into a recovery house, people are often expected to pay initial fees/deposit as well as up-front front rent of one to two weeks, often about $400. Once a person moves in, rent averages $150/week.
Joy Reigns offers up to two weeks of rental assistance in the form of a grant. In order to receive a grant, recipients are asked to volunteer at the thrift shop for three shifts. This arrangement fosters healthy community relationships between thrift shop volunteers and grant recipients and serves as an opportunity for recipients to rebuild their work history. The biggest obstacle to the success of our program is a lack of transportation. Many of our inquiries come from people living in Pasadena and Glen Burnie who do not have access to private transportation. Unfortunately, to take public transportation from these areas, assuming one lives near a bus stop, it often takes approximately 3 hours to get to Edgewater. We have been fortunate to have a few volunteer drivers to assist with transportation but we do not have nearly enough.

Since its inception, we have given about $7000 in rental assistance this year. Knowledge of our program is through word of mouth only. Our goal is to have a more steady and significant budget, in addition to increasing our depth of drivers. With a firm budget and committed team of drivers, we will be able to reach out to more recovery houses, expanding our program to help even more people access and remain in recovery houses.

If you would like more information about how you can help, such as providing a donation, volunteering alongside a grant recipient, or serving as volunteer driver, contact Kelly Purnell at kellypurnell4@gmail.com.

Baby Pantry Ministry Serves Our Local Community

By Sonya Connolly, in News
The Baby Pantry is open on the first Saturday morning of each month, serving those in our local community who need help to keep their little ones healthy and comfortable. We work in partnership with Walk the Walk and Christ Church West River to collect and distribute diapers and wipes.  Through your generous donations to our annual Angel Tree, we collected 1590 diapers and 8 packs of wipes.  In 2019, we distributed over 20,000 diapers and 1750 packs of wipes, helping 108 babies in our largest monthly distribution.  Thank you for your continued support of this important ministry.  If you wish to get involved or donate diapers/wipes, please contact the office at officejrc@gmail.com

Calling All Bread Bakers!

By Sonya Connolly, in News
We are now baking our own gluten free vegan communion bread each week. The Worship Team is looking for individuals to join Pastor Sara in a baking schedule. If you are interested, please contact Sonya in the church office or Debby Kaempf.

Parsonage Open House on December 14th

By Sonya Connolly, in Uncategorized
Mark your calendars for the annual Parsonage Open House hosted by Pastor Sara and Justin. This year it will be held on Saturday, December 14th from 7-9pm. All are invited to see Pastor Sara’s collection of nativity sets and sample some light refreshments.  Click here to RSVP.