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.

Vacation Bible School Aug. 13-17 Register Now!

By Sonya Connolly, in News
We invite you to join us for:
Venture onto an uncharted island where kids survive and thrive. Anchor kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. This year’s VBS offers a half day morning option (preschool – 5th grade) or full day (completed kindergarten – 5th grade).
Registration is smooth sailing – just click one of the links below for full or half day!
Several families, some whom are new to VBS and Joy Reigns, have requested VBS scholarships for their children to attend. You can help these children be rescued by Jesus this year with our great pirate theme. If you have any questions or would like to make a special gift please contact Pastor Sara or Yvette Woods or place a gift in the offering labeled VBS Scholarship.

VBS – Save the Date!

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Youth Ministry Activities

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH we will hold a PANCAKE BREAKFAST after worship to support those attending the National Youth Gathering in Houston. And SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH will be our next SUNDAY SUPPER for high schoolers from 5:00-7:00 pm. Call the church office or see Ali Purvis for more details!

Support our youth and order holiday greenery!

By Sonya Connolly, in News

Joy Reigns’ youth (grades 6-12) will be selling holiday greenery again this year. Stop by the table at the back of the church after worship to see what’s available. Items are on sale through November 5th. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy these beautiful items and support our youth!


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.

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

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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!



MAR-LU-RIDGE Summer Camp Registration is Open!

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Send in your registration and down payment of $130.00 prior to February 18, 2017 and receive $35.00 off your total camp cost. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE! The 2017 Open House dates for people interested in learning more about summer camp are March 26, April 30 and May 21. You will have a chance to meet some of the staff, tour the grounds and facilities, and ask questions from 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary, If those dates do not fit your schedule, please call us at 301.874.5544 to set up a personal tour. Don’t forget – Early Bird Registration ends February 18th. For more information, visit: www.mar-lu-ridge.org.