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

By Sonya Connolly, in News

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 News

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.

Worship Cancelled January 13th

By Pastor Sara, in News

Due to inclement weather, worship has been cancelled. Please join Pastor Sara on the Joy Reigns Lutheran Church Facebook page at 9:30 am ET for a LIVE Snow Worship Experience.

You’ll need a cup of water and a Bible if you have one.

Today’s reading is Luke 3: 15-17, 21-22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.”

Looking forward to being together, even if it is not in person.

God’s Peace,


ACT! Continues To Work On Key Community Issues

By Pastor Sara, in News
ACT! (Anne Arundel Connecting Together) which is a strictly non-partisan “organization of organizations” made up of 25 member and friends institutions, faith-based and non-profit, including Joy Reigns, represents thousands of residents, working together to build community power so that people’s voices are represented, and solutions presented, at the places where decisions are made. We build power by forming deep relationships within our organizations and our communities and identifying and developing leaders in their own communities who can lead and take action. We never act “for” anyone, but always with. We do not endorse candidates or work with or for any political parties. Working with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest community organizing effort in the country, we are part of a network of 60 affiliate organizations, and are the fourth in Maryland — joining Baltimoreans United In Leadership Development (BUILD), Action In Montgomery (AIM), and People Acting Together in Howard (PATH)). We remain focused on Anne Arundel County, but benefit from the leadership development and training we get alongside other affiliates. If you have passion or interest in any of these areas please join one of these gatherings and/or contact Claudia Garrett or Jenny Corkill for more information!
Tues., Jan. 15, 7-8:30pm: Gun Violence Reduction & Safety
Asbury Broadneck UMC, 657 Broadneck Rd., Annapolis
Mon., Jan. 21, 7-8:30pm: Mental Health and Addictions
First Christian Community Church, 1800 Hall-Brown Way, Annapolis
Thurs., Jan. 24, 7-8:30pm: Housing
First Christian Community Church, 1800 Hall-Brown Way, Annapolis
Mon., Jan. 28, 7-8:30pm: Education
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 730 Bestgate Rd., Annapolis
TBD: Immigration
Contact Cynamon Butler at

Christmas Eve Worship

By Pastor Sara, in News

You are invited to join us in celebrating our Savior’s birth on Monday, December 24th at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. All are welcome. Oh, come let us adore him!

In this season of peace, I invite you to join in this prayer from the ELW Occasional Services book:

Gracious and holy God, lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Take a moment and ask for specific peace:
in your heart
in your community
in our world.


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!  Questions?  Ask Sonya at

Fall Educational Opportunities

By Debby Coughlan, in News


There are so many great learning choices at Joy Reigns! Check out the information below and complete this form online.

Please select the one(s) you wish to participate in. Use 1 page/participant

  •   NEW! Bible Story Time — Before Worship from 8:45-9:15 am A story will be read from the Spark Story Bible for all ages
  •   Cross+Gen GIFT (Growing in Faith Together) — Following Worship for all ages6 Week Fruits of the Spirit Series. All ages begin together, then breakout time per age group: preschool, elementary, middle/high school, adult. Then, we close with FAITH5 together.
    If you wish to participate in Sunday morning Adult education, this is the one to sign up for – it replaces the Adult Bible Study from past years.
  •   NEW! Monthly Faith Fix Boxes
    An at-home activity – faith-themed box of activities for all ages.
  •   Confirmation — For Middle Schoolers Weekly October – AprilA weekly time for faith and fellowship after school.
  •   Sunday Suppers — For High Schoolers
    Monthly Sunday evening gathering in various homes for food, fun and FAITH5.Plus various fun youth events and retreats through the year.
  •   New! Frolic — For Birth to Age 3
    Parent and child group starting in late fall.
  •   Thursday Morning Bible Study
    Thursdays at 10 AM at Panera in Edgewater with Pastor Sara.Name of Participant: Parent/Guardian: Preferred Contact Info: Email or Phone:



Join the IAF Gathering on October 4th at 7:00

By Pastor Sara, in News

On July 12th, Sonya Connolly shared part of her family’s story and invited others to join her in the work of improving mental health and addiction struggles in Anne Arundel County with IAF.

AACo IAF is part of a national interfaith broad-based non-partisan organization that works through the power of relationships. Joy Reigns has committed to bring 50 people to the next gathering on Thursday, October 4th from 7-8:30 pm to begin to tackle together big issues such as mental health/addiction, fair housing, transportation, education and immigration.

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.

NEXT AACo IAF ACTION Thursday July 12th

By Pastor Sara, in News


What We Heard What We Will Do About It

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 7:00 – 8:30pm

Asbury United Methodist Church

87 West St.Annapolis, MD 21401

FREE PARKING in Whitmore Garage from 6:15pm until 9:15pm

Parking Validation provided at the Action


Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early.

We are one month away from our next action! Over the past three months, we have heard the stories of over 2,100 people from communities across Anne Arundel County. Your stories have shared anger, frustration, but also hope that building a power organization such as the one we are building will make us agents of real change together!


The problem areas we heard about:







all underpinned by systematic racism, sexism, and xenophobia, which we can dismantle together.



Do these problems affect you? Do you have hands-on experience or network connections that could help us build a solution? At the action we will invite you to participate on a Research Action Team related to these and other problem areas. As a team, you will work together and with others directly affected to identify specific issues and develop solutions that we may bring to the tables of power in our communities with people impacted by the problem.

Let us BUILD POWER together to address these community ills.

Let the leaders in your organization know you will be present!

At our next action on Thursday, October 4, we will LAUNCH OUR ORGANIZATION (with a name!) and address people in power, asking them if they will accept our recommendations and work with us to do something concrete about the issues we have raised.


The Anne Arundel County IAF Sponsoring Committee is a strictly non-partisan “organization of organizations” made up of 19 member and friend organizations working together to build community power so that people’s voices are represented, and solutions presented, at the places where decisions are made. We build power by forming deep relationships within our organizations and our communities, never acting “for” anyone, but always with. We do not endorse candidates or work with or for any political parties.