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.

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.

Christmas by Candlelight Friday, December 6th

By Sonya Connolly, in Uncategorized
 
All are invited to attend Christmas by Candlelight on Friday, December 6th at 7pm.  We will have desserts and time for fellowship and relaxation as we listen to stories from Pastor Sara’s recent trip to Palestine and other interesting areas around the Holy Land.  Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can save a seat for you!

ROAR! Life is Wild: God is Good VBS comes to Joy Reigns in August

By Sonya Connolly, in Uncategorized

ROAR! Life is Wild: God is Good Vacation Bible School is Aug 19th – 23rd
An epic Vacation Bible School African adventure engages the whole herd. At Roar, kids will explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this “wild life”.  Half and full day options available. Registration is open!  Click here to register.

FAITH and ART: New Lenten Mid-Week Series begins March 6th

By Sonya Connolly, in Uncategorized

This year we are excited to announce a faith and art series for Lent. Come and see some of your favorite stories come alive. Explore the symbolism beyond the biblical story that can add deep meaning to paintings and other works of art. Grow in your faith each week as we focus on a different biblical story and work of art. The final week we will create one large community art piece (no talent needed). The series will begin on Wednesday, March 6th at 7 pm and then continue on Tuesday starting March 12th at 6:30 pm through Easter Sunday. Tuesday midweek will offer family friendly meals available beginning at 6 pm with vegetarian and gluten-free option available.

Pictorial Directory Photo Shoot Coming Soon. Sign up today! 

By Sonya Connolly, in News
You are invited to sign up soon for the Lifetouch photography sessions for Joy Reigns’ 15th Anniversary pictorial directory,  These will take place on Friday, Nov. 9 from 2-9pm and Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9am-4pm.  This is a great opportunity to get a FREE 8×10 professional photo of your family. We encourage singles, couples, and groups to participate — and pets are welcome too!  We hope all will join in, so our directory can be complete.   Photos will be back in 3-4 weeks after the shoot, in time for Christmas!  You can order Christmas photocards and many other various photo packages, if you wish, but you are not required to do so.  Sign up at church or click this link to sign up now!   https://booknow-lifetouch.appointment-plus.com/yjdsqcnc/  Questions?  Ask Sonya at officejrc@gmail.com.