Medical Cannabis Info Session at Joy Reigns Tues. June 6 at 7 p.m.

By Pastor Sara, in News

Dear Friends and Members of Joy Reigns-

You may or may not know (I did not know until late last week) that a medical marijuana dispensary has requested a special permit for the old Susquehanna Bank building across from Giant, just around the corner from church.

I have to admit that I was not well informed (and am still learning) about this issue and thought it was important to learn more and have an educated opinion.

After several calls with Anne Arundel County Council member Jerry Walker, I mentioned that there does not seem to be a neutral location to have community conversations such as this.  A place where everyone is welcome and all are heard.  A safe place for respectful questions. At the end of the conversation, I offered Joy Reigns as a place for the community to learn more.

There will be several individuals speaking whose names are included on the attached flyer and a time for questions.

I invite you to come and learn more.  The meeting will begin at 7 pm with Jerry Walker as moderator.

Please do me a favor and RSVP so we can plan for set up.

See you Tuesday at 7 pm.

God’s Peace,
Pastor Sara

Click the link below for more information:

Flyer With Details

Summer Youth Events – Join in the Fun!

By Pastor Sara, in News

It’s that time of year again when our summer youth events get going in full force! Take a look below for the schedule of what’s already on the calendar! Youth accounts can be used for summer events and/or scholarships are available by speaking with Pastor Sara. The events are for everyone entering grades 6-12, and drivers are needed! Please contact Ali at or 443-994-9799 if you can help!

Bowling Sunday, June 25 5 – 7:30 p.m. Annapolis Bowl $8
Hiking, Beach & Swimming Thursday, July 6 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Flag Ponds Nature Park/Cove Point Pool $10
Whitewater Rafting (Signup deadline 7/11) Tuesday, July 18 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center Youth $55, Adult $60
Service Day & Swimming Thursday August 10 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Truxton Park Youth $4, Adult $5
Roller Skating Tuesday, August 22 12:30 – 4 p.m. Skate Zone in Crofton $10
Sunday Youth Supper (High School only) Sunday, July 23 5 – 7 p.m. Meghan Connolly’s House (come at 3:30 to boat/kayak) FREE
Sunday Youth Supper (High School only) Sunday, August 27 5 – 7 p.m. Andy Purvis’s House FREE


Holy Week Worship Schedule

By Debby Coughlan, in News

Holy Week is a special time for spiritual reflection at Joy Reigns. Maundy Thursday Worship will take place on April 13th at 7PM. At this worship we remember Jesus’ command for us to love one another. Come for music, hand washing and communion.

Good Friday Worship will be held on April 14th at 7PM. Come for music, scripture reading and contemplative candle lighting as we journey with Jesus to the cross.

Easter Sunday Worship will be celebrated at 8:30AM and 10:30AM. Come to this festive worship with communion to boldly proclaim, “Alleluia, He is Risen!”

Our Easter Egg Hunt will be held between worship services on Easter Sunday at approximately 9:30AM. Join in the fun and fellowship!

“A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Matthew 21:8-9

Is your coat closet full? On Palm Sunday, our congregation brought gently used coats and jackets to church for donation to our Joy Thrift ministry. You can still contribute to this important community outreach by dropping off coats or jackets of any size to Joy Thrift on Saturdays or Mondays between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Thank you for your generosity!

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:

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 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 about making a gift now or through the end of the year.