Unpacking White Privilege

By Pastor Sara, in News
The ELCA has been working hard to help educate and inspire Lutherans to promote fairness and racial equity in our churches, our communities and our country. But it has become more apparent how much work remains to be done. With 96% of our membership Caucasian, we remain the least integrated of the nation’s major Christian denominations.
Just recently Anne Arundel County sponsored a Bias and Hate Crimes Forum.  In a letter to the county, County Executive Steuart Pittman stated that Anne Arundel County was identified by Maryland State Police as the county with the most reported hate bias incidents in 2018.
During the season of Lent, we turn and reflect on our sinfulness as it relates to this topic.  The 2020 Lenten Series was inspired by a January 2020 article in the Living Lutheran magazine.  You can access the article by going to: https://www.livinglutheran.org/2020/01/unpacking-white-privilege/.
Please join others for this holy and sacred conversation.
LENTEN WORSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE:
Ash Wednesday, February 26:  White Privilege and Me
Tuesday, March 3:  Unpacking White Privilege
Tuesday, March 10:  Wide Disparities
Tuesday, March 17:  Taking the White Privilege Test
Tuesday, March 24:  Responding to Racism
Tuesday, March 31:  Listen to Others with Special Guest Bishop Bill Gohl
Please note Ash Wednesday worship is at 7 pm.
Each of the Tuesday events begin with a simple family friendly meal at 6 pm. Worship and Discussion will begin at 6:30 pm.

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.

Family Game Night and More!

By Pastor Sara, in News
Join the Yotter family and the Fellowship Team for a monthly family game night on the last Friday of every month. Our first event will be Friday, January 31st at 7 pm. Please bring a favorite game, simple snack to share and your own beverages. We will play Phase10 (and some other games). Plus, keep your eye out for more gatherings like a Bowie Baysox game, Paint Night and of course our annual Christmas by Candlelight. If you’d like to get involved with planning, email Lori LaDue and be sure to mark your calendars as events are announced!

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.

Christmas Eve Services

By Pastor Sara, in Uncategorized
All are invited to join us for Christmas Eve Service at 4:30 pm or 7:30 pm as we celebrate 300 years of Joy to the World!

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.