Leah Matocha will be leading a group of Spirit of Joy volunteers to activate a Handbell Choir. If you are interested in joining these Ding-A-Lings or just want to dip a toe in the proverbial musical waters, contact Leah at (361) 649-6045 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on when rehearsals/performances will begin. Thank you.
Campus Updates: October 2020
Greetings From President Cottrell & Texas Lutheran University
I hope this email finds each of you staying safe and well, experiencing grace and comfort as we continue through this pandemic.
Since I last wrote you, TLU has reopened for the semester, with an enrollment very similar to Fall 2019. We’ve done a lot of rearranging to ensure a safe campus—including offering about half of our classes online, limiting residence hall assignments to single rooms only, and holding minimal, small campus activities. It is not a normal semester, but we are happy to be operating and finding new ways to serve our students well.
As our search for a permanent campus pastor continues, we are deeply grateful for the work of interim chaplains Katy Miles-Wallace '14 and Kelsie Theiss '13. Both are leading virtual chapel services so our community can continue to safely worship together.
The most important work that all of us will do this year is to guide students through this time—helping them grow intellectually and spiritually, preparing them for a complex world that needs their wisdom, passion, and grounding more than ever. I firmly believe that our connections with Lutheran churches across Texas provide us with many opportunities to partner and collaborate in this work. It remains a great comfort to us to know we have your support and your prayers.
In the near future, I personally look forward to connecting with individual churches, joining you virtually for worship services, and then, as soon as it is safe, resuming in-person visits to your congregations. I hope you enjoy reading about some of the important news and events going on at TLU.
Thank you for your support and for joining us as we strengthen the presence of Lutheran higher education in Texas.
Dr. Debbie Cottrell, President
NOTES FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE
Please notify the church office of any changes in personal information so that our database may be updated and remain current.
When making checks out to Spirit of Joy, it is not necessary to write multiple checks when contributing to various ministries. Either designate in the remarks line how you want the check disbursed or attach a note. If I have any questions, I will contact you personally.
Church office hours are normally 9:00 - 2:00 PM Monday, 9:00-1:00 PM Tu-Thurs, and 3 hours on Friday as scheduled. Office number is (830) 433-7711 or contact me at email@example.com. It is best to call first to make sure I am not out on an errand.
Blessings, Cynthia Points
CHURCH IN PERSON STARTS IN NOVEMBER 2020
Pastor Megan sent an email last week outlining the return to worship plan starting in November 2020.
Worshippers at Spirit of Joy will be limited in number to 20 each Sunday. Congregants scheduled for a specific Sunday will be notified.Please contact Jennifer Ehlers(firstname.lastname@example.org) 830-305-1352 to add your name to a specific Sunday or with any questions..
SISD Needs Water Bottles for Students
The Seguin school district is in need of our help. Students cannot use the water fountains at the schools because of Covid. Pete Silvius is working on getting students in the district water bottles that can be refilled from the water fountains. Some students can afford to pay for them but there are many that cannot. Spirit of Joy's committee, Supporting Counselors in schools, will be hosting a donation drive to help fund these water bottles. There are several ways to donate. If you are a Thrivent member, you can write a grant to help buy these bottles (contact Grace Mueller if you need help with this). You can also donate through the church by sending in a check with Water bottles as your memo. The donation drive will last until Oct. 31. We will then give the money/grants to the district so Pete can get bottles to all students.
As always, thank you for your commitment to the community.
"I Love Goats"
"I love goats." These are the opening words of Rodrick Shao's Temple Talk last year promoting the 7th Annual Watoto Kickball Tournament; an annual event Spirit of Joy has embraced all seven years. Due to the pandemic, this tournament will not be held in-person this year. However, you have an opportunity to continue to support the orphans of Tanzania (who need supporting more than ever since Tanzania has been hit hard by the COVID-19 virus) through the sustaining purchase of goats that can provide milk, food, fertilizer, and income. Goats create a life-changing event at a crucial time in each child's life.
There are two ways to give. First, you may visit this secure link that outlines TLU's fundraising plan: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=axweAk. If you prefer, you may make an "above and beyond" offering through our church office by making your check to: Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church with the memo line reading: Watoto=Children Project.
Thank you for supporting the TLU Watoto=Children Project. We love goats! But more importantly, Spirit of Joy loves caring for God's children!
Fair Trade Promotion
The Fair Trade movement promoted by Lutheran World Relief is championing social justice while at the same time caring for God’s creation. SERRV International, 501(c)3 non-profit, is credited to be one of the first fair trade initiatives worldwide. All of the items are made through 85 small-scale, environmentally sustainable cooperatives in 35 developing countries.
A supply of SERRV’s 2020 Holiday Catalogs are available at the entrance of the Synod Offices on the campus of TLU. The catalog will give you all the information you need to place an individual order through email, by phone, by fax, or through the mail. Or, you may order directly on-line by visiting their website: www.serrv.org. SERRV’s phone number is 800.423.0071.
Assisting Minister: Thomas Snooks
Assisting Minister: Katie Wallace
Monday Afternoon Storytime, 12:30 PM, Online with Pastor Megan
Monday Evening Trivia, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, On-line with Pastor Megan
Wednesday Morning, 7:00 AM, Men's Group Bible Study at Taqueria Olvida followed by service at Juan Seguin (for anyone) until noon
Wednesday Evening, Acts Study, 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Online with Pastor Megan
2nd Saturday, Juan Seguin Workday, 8:00 AM - Noon All skill levels needed, Contact Jim Dyess with questions
Pastor Megan’s Sermons are available at
November 2020 - Limited on-site worship begins
Scheduled each Sunday at 9:30 am. Log onto our Facebook www.facebook.com/seguinelca. ZOOM for fellowship hour after worship.
All persons worldwide infected with the CoronaVirus
Iglesia Luterana- Cristo Rey
Rhonda Behal, Susan Jennings, Jason Bounds, Janey Larson, Janene Jendrusch, Del Schlueter, Nancy Kempf, Dee Pickelman, Katy Wallace, Thomas and Linda Snooks, Jeanette Doerr, Lynna Kraus
Scott Boswell (US Army)
FAMILY OF MEMBERS
Chris Owen (Son-in-Law of Nick and Heidi Franzen), Earl Bishop (Father of LeeAnn Dunn), Annabelle Mueller and Chris and Karly Mueller (Granddaughter and Son and Daughter-in-Law of Grace and John Mueller), Diana Saunders (Aunt of Denise Crettenden and Great-Aunt of Eleanor/Abigail Crettenden), Allison Hastings (Niece of Karen Wallock and Jeep Kiel), Claire Ongstad (Daughter of Lynna Kraus), Patti Miles (Mother of Jessica Miles-Wallace), Mike Hartfiel (Son of Arlynn and Nancy Hartfiel), Mike McMillen (Cousin of Cynthia Points), Judy Pearce, (Aunt of Rhonda Behal), Jeanne Behal (Mother of Charlie Behal and Grandmother of Jessie Behal), Mary Lee Alexander ( Aunt of Denise Crettenden), Ross Moline (Brother of Jon Moline), Amie Calhoun (Niece of Nancy Kempf and Lynna Kraus), Amber Jendrusch (Daughter of Janene Jendrusch), Albert and Ruby Gallas (Uncle and Aunt of Helen Mycue), Jennifer Bulgerin (Niece of Bobbie Maddox), Emily Eastwood (Sister of Sharon Villalpando), Robert and Martha Eastwood (Parents of Sharon Villalpando), Lisa and Ron Vertuyft (Sister and Brother-in-law of Martha Rinn), Judy Saunders (Mother of Denise Crettenden and Grandmother of Eleanor/Abigail Crettenden), Lynda Urban (Cousin of Sharon Frels)
Gloria Puchot (Friend of Brenda Engelman), Gene Brown (Friend of many), Bill Squires (Friend of Kathy Yandell), Dee Willen (Friend of Denise Crettenden), Gae Widdows (Friend of Mary Petrosky), Susan Duke (Friend of Kathy Yandell), John Mikulin (Friend of Sharon Frels), Laura Johnson (Friend of Susie Winterhalter), Lisa Shelton (Friend of the Boswell Family), Hiliary DeRuyder (Friend of Sharon Frels), Don Cummins (Friend of Kathy Yandell), Leia Hill (Friend of Diana Ball), Jaila Castro (Friend of Diana Ball), Martin (Grandson of friends of Dawn Silvius), Cesar Melendez, (Friend of Susie Winterhalter), Mollie Love (Friend of Rick and Jennifer Ehlers), Harry Miller (friend to many), Nellie Robinson (Friend of Mary Ruby), Rachel Keller (Friend of Denise Crettenden), Emma Wolter (Friend of Sharon Frels), Mike Taft (Friend of Karen Wallock), Mark Keddal (Friend of Karen Wallock), Clay Hollub (Friend of Karen Wallock), Ramon Salazar (Friend of Denise Crettenden), Amanda Simmons (Friend of Mary Petrosky)
Please contact the church office to have a name added to this list. We will add all individuals with health, emotional or family/work issues. We will edit all names for continued inclusion at the end of each month. Please let the Office know if an individual has returned to good health and can be removed from the List. Thank you.
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