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

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.

FAITH and ART: New Lenten Mid-Week Series begins March 6th

By Sonya Connolly, in Uncategorized

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 Uncategorized

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 Uncategorized
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