Tuesday Lenten Offerings Helped Neighbors in Need

By Pastor Sara, in News

This year, our Lenten offerings were donated to the Local Serving Fund to support our neighbors in need. This fund is used to help with crisis emergencies for community members who need energy assistance, food and medical help.

The year 2017 marks the international observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In honor of that anniversary, our midweek Lenten series was built around Luther’s Small Catechism. The Small Catechism was designed as a teaching tool of the faith, not just within the church but in the home. Luther intended for the home to be the place where faith was first shared and taught.

To that end, Luther created the Small Catechism: a simple explanation of the Ten Commandmanets, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and the Sacraments. He included basic prayers for morning and evening to worship God during each part of the day.

Our TUESDAY MIDWEEK WORSHIP began with a simple meal at 6 pm. followed by worship at 6:30 pm., with the following topics:

TUESDAY, MARCH 7th — The Ten Commandments
TUESDAY, MARCH 14th — The Creed
TUESDAY, MARCH 21st — The Lord’s Prayer
TUESDAY, MARCH 28th — Baptism
TUESDAY, APRIL 4th — Holy Communion

Many thanks to those who prepared meals and participated in this rewarding worship  opportunity.

Household Huddle Sunday School for All Ages After Worship

By Pastor Sara, in News

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Household Huddle is an opportunity for people, young and old, to gather together and go deeper into the Bible for the day. You might ask why should I come? Here are several reasons:

1. We need each other. The wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child help each other learn about God together.

2. It helps you connect to others. This is a great opportunity to meet people and form friendships.

3. We are called to do it. As a community and as individuals, Jesus calls us to teach (and learn) about Him.
I hope you will join me for Household Huddle. We will gather in the front of the worship space each Sunday at 10:45, for approximately 30 minutes of cross+gen, multi-generational learning that continues the themes from worship. Each week we will go deeper into the weekly Bible Story with meaningful conversations and some fun too! You won’t want to miss it!HH sole hope CH MH

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MAR-LU-RIDGE Summer Camp Registration is Open!

By Sonya Connolly, in News

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.

3/14 Worship Cancelled and Home Video Worship Available

By Pastor Sara, in News

Due to the weather we are canceling Lent worship tonight.

Grab some dinner then all gather around to watch this video.

You may also want to print the portions of the small catechism and Luther’s Evening Prayer included in this blog post.

Small Catechism Lent Worship: The Creed

Home Worship Resource 3/14/17

Tonight, we study the Creed.   “The creed is a very different teaching than the Ten Commandments.  For the latter teach us what we ought to do, but the Creed tells us what God does for us and gives to us.”  – Martin Luther in the Large Catechism

The Creed  from the Small Catechism

The First Article: On Creation
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

What is this? or What does this mean?
I believe that God has created me together with all that exists. God has given me and still preserves my body and soul: eyes, ears, and all limbs and senses; reason and all mental faculties. In addition, God daily and abundantly provides shoes and clothing, food and drink, house and farm, spouse and children, fields, livestock, and all property—along with all the necessities and nourishment for this body and life. God protects me against all danger and shields and preserves me from all evil. And all this is done out of pure, fatherly, and divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness of mine at all! For all of this I owe it to God to thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true.

The Second Article: On Redemption
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead [or, “he descended into hell,” another translation of this text in widespread use]. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

What is this? or What does this mean?
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father in eternity, and also a true human being, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned human being. He has purchased and freed me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death. He has done all this in order that I may belong to him, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in eternal righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he is risen from the dead and lives and rules eternally. This is most certainly true.

The Third Article: On Being Made Holy
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

What is this? or What does this mean?
I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy and kept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one common, true faith. Daily in this Christian church the Holy Spirit abundantly forgives all sins—mine and those of all believers. On the last day the Holy Spirit will raise me and all the dead and will give to me and all believers in Christ eternal life. This is most certainly true.


Martin Luther’s Evening Prayer

I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen


Finally, would you please let us know when you use this resource. Send us a quick note here, email the office at officejrc@gmail.com or make a post on social media of your household #homeworship.

Thanks to Bob who spent many hours today helping Pastor Sara put this together and Jen Molina-Mabe who helped as well!

Ash Wednesday Worship – March 1st at 7 pm

By Debby Coughlan, in News


Please join us at 7 pm on March 1st for ASH WEDNESDAY worship with Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes.

Memorable Christmas Worship

By Jen Mabe, in News


What a blessing it is to celebrate the Newborn King! May you keep the spirit of Christmas in your heart all year long. Visit our Facebook page to enjoy memories of this year’s Christmas services and to learn more about what is new at Joy Reigns!




Thanks (for) Giving Campaign

By Pastor Sara, in News










In thankfulness for all that Joy Reigns is to you and your faith journey, your financial generosity is needed. Several safety and hospitality issues recently have been identified by the Property Team to be of urgent need. These are expenses that are over and above the general budget:

PARKING LOT: $15,000 There are significant safety issues requiring repair near the dumpster, as well as the need to resurface and restripe. This is a two stage process.

SIGNAGE: $3,000 Once in the parking lot, clear signage is needed to make the property more hospitable to visitors.

JOY THRIFT: $10,000 The Joy Thrift Ad Hoc Team made a recommendation to repair instead of replace the current thrift shop structure due to our current mortgage burden. Currently there are immediate needs for roofing, water damage repair and decking repair, as well as HVAC needs.

PARSONAGE BATHROOM: $5,000 Demolition of the leaking shower uncovered significant amounts of mold and the bathroom needs a full remodel.

HOSPITALITY TABLE: $4,000 To complete the work that was started in the Worship Center to make our space pleasing and welcoming, a permanent hospitality center to replace the temporary one is recommended.

Some funds are available from the final remainder of the generous gift given in 2015, but it will not cover all of these urgent needs. For more information please see the display board in the back of the worship space and/or speak to a member of the Stewardship or Property Team.

If you would like to financially contribute to these immediate needs that are above and beyond the current budget, please write T4G in the memo or speak with Pastor Sara at sarayotter@gmail.com about making a gift now or through the end of the year.

Christmas by Candlelight

By Pastor Sara, in News

2016-04-12-19-00-58All are invited to an inspiring evening during this busy season to focus on Jesus, the baby born as Christ Messiah. Set aside the cookie making, present wrapping and party planning for a night of joy and relaxation. On Friday December 9th at 7:30 pm, you are cordially invited to a festive gathering with dessert and entertainment. It is a special opportunity to enjoy the musical talent of Maggie Samson, a celtic dulcimer artist.

Please RSVP now — and no later than December 1st — to reserve your seat at this free special event. Be sure to list the host/hostess you will sit with (or write ‘open’ to be assigned to a table) and include the following in your email:

Mailing Address
Email Address

We look forward to sharing the blessings of this magnificent season with you.


Join a small group – you’ll love it!

By Pastor Sara, in News

Small GroupsThe small groups at Joy Reigns Lutheran Church are an exciting place to be and you do not want to miss out on an opportunity to learn more about Jesus Christ. These groups are a place where you have the opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ, and to broaden your faith with other people in our community.

Check out our brochure to discover the small group that works best for you:

People are excited about small groups because they have helped to create a community where people feel supported and reenergized in their walk with God. I would encourage you to become involved and active in a small group so you can help to fulfill God’s calling for all us—to share His good news so that all may know Jesus Christ and become His fully devoted followers.

GOD’S WORK OUR HANDS service day, Sunday 9/11

By Pastor Sara, in News

15002145338_5b9d09abdf_oOn Sunday, 9/11/16, we will have three rewarding opportunities to serve our local community. We invite you to consider these options and choose the opportunity that best suits your time and talent:

For those who can commit to an hour or so of service, volunteers will prepare lunches for the Light House Shelter at the church hall. The Light House, a homeless prevention support center, has been serving the needs of the Annapolis area for over 25 years. A total of 10 volunteers are needed.

Another group of volunteers will go for a couple of hours to the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department on Londontowne Road for weeding and light spruce up of the property. The Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department has been serving our community for almost 100 years. Bring work gloves, rakes, and weeding tools if you have them. A total of five to ten volunteers are needed.

A third opportunity for those who can commit to a full afternoon is planned to help harvest fresh produce at the First Fruits Farm in Freeland, MD for distribution to local food banks and soup kitchens. Thirty-five or more volunteers are needed for this event including volunteers to drive small groups to the farm which is approximately 66 miles each way. Children must be accompanied by a parent. We will return to Joy Reigns between 5 and 6 pm. We will harvest in rain or shine as long as there is no thunderstorm. Learn more about the inspiring ministry of First Fruits Farm.

Sign up now to join in the blessings of sharing a serving spirit.