Weekly Update July 4, 2019
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Aug. 23-25--WELCA Synodical Convention, Phlugerville
                      Aug. 25 - Congregational Vote on Juan Seguin Property 
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 a.m., Potluck
Jan. 24-26, 2020  - Spirit of Joy Retreat at HEB Foundation Camp

    Vacation Bible School Thank You

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 Spirit of Joy/Emanuel’s joint Vacation Bible School a success. Your love and passion is what makes our community shine bright.  Karen Jones.


We are so blessed as a congregation. Spirit of Joy rallied to collect $2,191.00 for our 5th Sunday benevolence on June 30, 2019.  The ministries of Proyecto Desarrollo Humano, La Posada Providencia and Project Azteca are the beneficiaries of these funds.                Thank you Spirit of Joy!                                            



Beginning in July. and continuing through the first week in August, we will be collecting backpacks and monetary donations for school kit supplies for our mission church Iglesia Cristo Rey. We are asking for specific donated supply items be limited to:
1”, 2” and 3” binders 
monetary donations

Please make checks payable to Spirit of Joy with a “school supply” notation in the memo  section. A display will be on the  Resource Table the entire month of July. We will track our success throughout the month.  Let’s see how the drive goes this year. Contact Cynthia Points with any questions. Thank you so much for your generosity.

There is a need for primary altar volunteers to help with set up.  This involves coming a little early on Sunday morning and setting up the altar as well as communion trays.  It also includes taking down the altar cloths and communion trays. The rotation is for a month at a time. Our current volunteers are having to serve 3 months or more a year.  Additionally, we need volunteer helpers for the altar set up. This position involves helping the primary altar volunteer set up, but it's only for a Sunday every other month.  Let Grace Mueller know if you would like to help.  Training is free. 


The annual salad luncheon at Faith Lutheran is set for July 16th at noon.  All women of Spirit of Joy are invited to attend and listen to guest speaker Linda Canizales of Mosaic of South Central Texas. Event will take place in the Activity Center at Faith Lutheran.



Guadalupe Valley Habitat for Humanity will be accepting applications for their 2020 Homeowner Program from July 1st through July 31st. Contact Pam Sagebiel for more information.


 July 7
Assisting Minister: Arlynn Hartfiel
Readers: N/A
Communion Assistants:  Kathy Yandell, Denise Crettenden, Sandra Boswell
Communion Assistants – Youth: Eleanor & Abigail Crettenden
                   Children’s Sermon:  Pastor Megan   
Ushers:  Tobin & Judy Hoffmann
Setup/Takedown:  Marvel Maddox, Rick Ehlers
Host:  Marilyn Sager
Children’s Corner:  Monica Matocha
               Flowers: Grace Mueller           
Refreshments: Bobbie & Marvel Maddox
 Altar Setup:  Judy Hoffmann,
July 14
Assisting Minister: Jackie Silvius
Readers: N/A
Communion Assistants:  Sandra Boswell, Cynthia & Calvin Points
Communion Assistants – Youth: Neolla & Nancy Shao
                   Children’s Sermon:  Thomas Snooks            
Ushers:  Rodrick Shao, Pete Silvius
Setup/Takedown:  Chris Frels, Charlie Behal
Host:  Joyce Scarlett
Children’s Corner: Pamela Bounds
               Flowers: Charles and Mag Holm-Roesler               
Refreshments: Joyce Scarlett, Gloria Mitchell
 Altar Setup:  Judy Hoffmann,

What Does A Spirit of Joy Mean?
We welcome comments concerning the above.  An article detailing these comments will   appear in the next Welcome Word.  Dig deep and send me your musings.  You might hit on a meaning that others have or a new insight that reaches others.  Be insightful!!  Please respond to Cynthia Points.


Dixie Grill Receipts
Christian Cupboard Donations 
Both monetary and grocery)
Missional River Experiment Collection

Prayer Group - July -Thomas and Linda Snooks
Tuesday Morning Bible Study—6:00 a.m.—El Olvido Hacienda Restaurant
Habitat for Humanity Home Build—June 22, 8:30—Noon- 519 Tampico
Christian Cupboard—1st & 3rd Saturday, 8:45 a.m.—Noon
Women’s Bible Study
Evening—July 9, 7 p.m., Home of Mary Ruby, 816 Country Club Dr.
Afternoon—July 17, 7 p.m., Home of Marj Peters, 225 Montwood
Choir Practice—On break until end of summer
Hymn Selection—Date/Time TBA - Synod Office
Pastor Megan’s Sermons are available at


Loren Cordes, Jon Moline, Pastor Megan Elliott, Pastor Kelsie Theiss, Grace Mueller, Dawn Silvius and 3 youth from Spirit of Joy and Emanuel's who have traveled to the Rio Grande Valley on a service trip.
Nancy Kempf, Dee Pickelman, Katy Wallace, Thomas and Linda Snooks, Linda Canet, Wilbert and Jeanette Doerr, Brenda Engelmann, Lynna Kraus

Jeanne Behal (Mother of Charlie Behal and Grandmother of Jessie Behal), Jay and Mary Lee Alexander (Uncle and Aunt of Denise Crettenden), Charlie White (Brother-in-Law of Susie Winterhalter), Don Moline (Brother of Jon Moline), Hilda Zamora (Niece of Sharon and Armando Villalpando), Amie Calhoun (Niece of Nancy Kempf and Lynna Kraus), Judy Semmler,(Sister of Chris Frels and step-sister of Rhonda Behal), 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), 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)

Jack Lee (Friend of the Frels), Brook Bertling Brown (Friend of Karen Wallock), Doug Bierstedt (Friend of Kathy Yandell), 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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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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