Weekly Update April 11, 2019
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April 11—Water to Thrive Benefit Dinner - 5:30 p.m., 1st United Methodist, $12/$15
Apr. 14 - Congregational Meeting and Vote - immediately following worship
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



Spirit of Joy was well represented at the
Geronimo/Alligator Creek Clean-up this past Saturday, April 6th.


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! 


Three Spirit of Joy congregants are traveling to Honduras on Wednesday April 24, 2019.  Calvin Points, Arlynn Hartfiel and Jim Dyess will lend their construction skills to the refurbishing of Proniño, a school that will be part of the Children's Home Project.

As part of their mission, they are asking for monetary donations for the purchase of tools and supplies.  These items will be purchased in Honduras (to save the cost of shipping) and will be left there for the school's use.

If you have not already contributed, and would like to, there will be a tool box for collections with the words "Tools for Honduras" on it at the Resource Table this Sunday.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and warm wishes.



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!

1. We have delivered a mini-fridge to Barnes thanks to the Dyesses.
2. Who is a Thrivent member who would be willing to do a $250 grant to benefit this  project?
3. Keep those items coming!

Pastor Megan and Karen Wallock met with the Communities in Schools Counselors and their
supervisors to come up with a wish list for our partnership. These counselors currently serve
students at Barnes, Briesemeister and Seguin High School. We decided we don’t have to wait
for a building—we can begin this work now! Many of the ideas will take some time with much
more planning, but we can begin our support of our Seguin community with our initial collection
of socks and snacks! Beginning this Sunday, please bring whatever you can of the following:

New socks (teenager sized)
Refillable water bottles
Granola bars
Cheese or peanut butter cracker packs
Chips ( individual sized)
Bottled water (6-12 oz size)
Applesauce pouches
Jerky sticks
Gift cards to HEB or Walmart

These are examples, so any kind of snack in individual serving sizes is great. Refrigeration is
not available at this time for these items.
Does anyone have a mini-fridge to donate?
We will be collecting more items as we get going, but we’re hoping to let these kids know now
there is someone helping them! Let’s make this happen!

Matthew 25: 35-36
“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me
something to drink...naked, and you clothed me.”


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.



April 14
Assisting Minister: Kathy Yandell
Readers: Arlynn Hartfiel, David Legore
Communion Assistants: Nancy Doerr, Judy and Tobin Hoffmann
Communion Assistants – Nollan Shao, Kaden Legore
Children’s Sermon: Lewis Eggleston
Ushers: David Legore, Jim Germann
Setup/Takedown: Charlie Behal, Nick Franzen
Host: Marilyn Sager
Children’s Corner: Alfrieda Leiter
Flowers: Cissie Warncke
Refreshments: Chris Dyess, Heidi Franzen
Altar Setup: Cathy Cordes, Rhonda Behal



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)

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.

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