Weekly Update April 18, 2019
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Apr. 18 - Maundy Thursday Service - 7:00 p.m., Synod Office
Apr. 19 - Good Friday Worship - 7:00 p.m., Emanuel's Lutheran
Apr. 20 - Easter Vigil - 6:30 p.m., Central Park 
April 21—Easter Sunrise Service, Central Park, 7:00 a.m.  NOTE TIME CHANGE
Late Easter Worship - 10:00 a.m., Silver Center
April 27 - Habitat Lutheran Home Build -8 am - Noon, 519 Tampico
May 26—Nolte Island, Confirmation Service with Emanuel’s Lutheran, 10 a.m.
Oct. 5—“Blessing of the Animals” with St. Andrew’s Episcopal and Emanuel’s Lutheran, Central Park, 10 a.m., Saturday
Oct. 20 —Outdoor Worship, Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, 10 AM, Potluck
Jan. 24-26, 2020  - Spirit of Joy Retreat at HEB Foundation Camp



First Missional River Experiment Donation from Spirit of Joy

Easter Vigil Service

This year, Spirit of Joy (along with Emanuel's and St. Andrew's) will be hosting an Easter Vigil service! We will be meeting at Central Park at 6:30pm on Saturday, April 20. This service will have it all - scripture reader's theater, fire, exciting music, mystery, and a celebration of the resurrection! We will conclude the service with a party - cake, s'mores, and cookies! Invite your friends! Please bring your own chair, and please note that the service could run up to an hour and a half, possibly a little bit longer. Hope to see you there! 


Pastor Megan is teaching the "Animate: Bible" series right now for adult education, following worship! We will be exploring how the bible came to be, how we read it and understand it, and what impact it has on our lives! Come and join us! 

Saturday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Moulton City Park Pavilion (rain or shine)
Veterans Drive, Moulton, TX 77975
You may bring a friend, a side dish to share and beverages (to be placed in a large ice      chest - no glass). If you only have time to stop by while on your Saturday drive to see the bluebonnets, that would be great too!
In lieu of gifts, donations will be collected by great grandson, Mason, for his charity The Weinert Locker. Needed items include school supplies, hygiene products and clothes for   children in need.  RSVP to: Debbie Ealy by text 210-378-6251 or email

The Missional River Experiment is happening!

Thank you to those who donated to the Missional River first delivery!  We received the mini-fridge, but Briesemeister would like one too if someone has one.  We’d like to use some Thrivent grants in the future, so please contact Karen Wallock if you are a Thrivent    member.  We need to coordinate what and how we ask for items.  

For now, let’s concentrate on items that do not expire like the socks, water, water bottles, and gift cards in $10 increments.  (Walmart, HEB, King Ranger, ZDT, Pin Twist)
Will keep you posted.  The Community in Schools Counselors were very grateful to receive our first delivery



Spirit of Joy has been very generous in donating items for the Humanitarian Respite Center. They are in need of small size shoes, both in adult and in children's sizes.  If sales arise on these products, please consider donating a pair or two.  In April, donations will be collected for Proyecto Azteca. This organization provides neighborhood lending libraries.  On the previous trip to the Rio Grande Valley, SOJ donated many books for these libraries.  Books continue to be needed as  lending libraries are constantly being built and set up in neighborhoods.  Books of all kinds will be needed:  children, teens, and adults, both in English and in Spanish.  There will be a tub on the stage each Sunday for the collection of the donated books.  Thank you for your generosity in the support of the youth's servant leadership program.



Good Friday April 19
Readers: Cissie Warncke, Kathy Yandell, Cynthia Points, Lewis Eggleston
Ushers: Calvin Points, Loren Cordes

Easter Vigil April 20
Readers:  Dave Legore,  Kaden Legore, Darren Dunn
Set up: Rick and Jennifer Ehlers, Thomas Snooks
Ushers Needed:  Joyce Scarlett, Calvin and Cynthia Points
Easter Sunrise April 21

Ushers: Rick & Jennifer Ehlers, Calvin and Cynthia Points
Set up:  Rick and Jennifer Ehlers, Cathy Cordes, Loren Cordes
Communion Set up: Helen Mycue, Kathy Yandell
Easter 10:00 a.m. Service April 21

Assisting Minister: Helene Stadtmueller
Readers: Janice Ideus, Alfrieda Leiter
Communion Assistants:  Heidi Franzen, Nick Franzen, Cynthia Points
Communion Assistants – Youth: Eleanor and Abigail Crettenden
Children’s Sermon:  Pastor Megan
Ushers: Calvin Points, John Gesick
Setup/Takedown: Pete Silvius, Calvin Points
Host: Rodrick Shao
Children’s Corner:  Rhonda Behal
Flowers: Rick and Jennifer Ehlers
Refreshments: No refreshments
Altar Setup:  Cathy Cordes, Grace Mueller


Christian Cupboard Donations 

(Both monetary and grocery)
Dixie Grill Receipts
Missional River Experiment Items

Wayfarers—Sundays, 12 pm.—1:30 p.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Youth House
Prayer Group - April - Babs and Jeep Kiel
Tuesday Morning Bible Study—6:00 a.m.—El Olvido Hacienda Restaurant
Habitat for Humanity Home Build—March 23, 8:30—Noon
Christian Cupboard—1st & 3rd Saturday, 8:45 a.m.—Noon
Women’s Bible Study
Evening—April 9, 7 PM, Home of Bobbie Maddox, 236 Hilltop
Afternoon—Mar. 20, 2 p.m., Home of Diane Lippe, 211 Twin Oak
Choir Practice—TBA
Madrigal Practice—TBA
Hymn Selection—TBA
Pastor Megan’s Sermons are available at


Nancy Kempf, Fred Strey, Dee Pickelman, Katy Wallace, Thomas and Linda Snooks, Linda  Canet, Wilbert and Jeanette Doerr, Elaine Cordes, Brenda Engelmann, Lynna Kraus

Hilda Zamora (Niece of Sharon and Armando Villalpando), Rhonda Fuquay (Sister-in-law of Calvin Points), Amie Calhoun (Niece of Nancy Kempf and Lynna Kraus), Judy Semmler,(Sister of Chris Frels and step-sister of Rhonda Behal), Randy Hill (Brother of Rhonda Behal and Chris Frels), Rob Gordon (Brother-In-Law of the Frels/Behals), Dusty Jones ( Brother-in-Law of Karen Jones), 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), Emily Komarek (Daughter of Mary Petrosky), Mike Hartfiel (Son of Arlynn and Nancy Hartfiel), Judy Saunders (Mother of Kim Saunders/Denise Crettenden, Grandmother of Eleanor/Abigail Crettenden/Cameron Saunders), Lauren Knight (Niece of Katie Dickey)

Family of William Zies (Friend of Mary Ruby) who passed into eternal life this week.
Esther Beck and Family (Friends of the Molines and so many others), Nellie Robinson (Friend of Mary Ruby), Michelle Faith (Friend of Kristin Moum), TC McCoy (Friend of Calvin Points), Rachel Keller (Friend of Denise Crettenden), Emma Wolter (Friend of Sharon Frels), Mike Taft (Friend of Karen Wallock), Mark Keddal (Friend of Karen Wallock), Heath Hartung (Friend of Sharon Villalpando), Jessica Sauceda (Friend of Sharon Villalpando), Connie Hendricks (Friend of Diana Ball), Jackie Mueller (Friend of Mary Ruby), Clay Hollub (Friend of Karen Wallock), Ethan Bundick (Friend of the Behal and Frels Families), Ramon Salazar (Friend of Denise Crettenden), Donna Boelter (Friend of Kathy Yandell), 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.

Amazon Orders - Log into Amazon Smiles and choose Spirit of Joy
Announcements to Pastor Megan before Service starts
DEADLINE for Bulletin/Weekly Update Entries is Thursday at 10:30 AM

1st Sunday of each month - Wear your SOJ T-Shirts
Offerings - Simply Giving Automated Bank Deposits - see Cynthia  
Personal Information Changes  - keep church office updated
Dixie Grill Receipts  - we get 10% back in donations to Offerings


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