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Fall 2019 Newsletter

Honoring some of the men and women who have made Joy of Living possible

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Kathy Rowland—39 Years of Leadership

Joy of Living would like to announce that after 39 years of dedicated leadership, Kathy Rowland has stepped down from the role of director, effective June 1, 2019. She and her husband have permanently moved to their home in South Dakota. Kathy has not left the Joy of Living  team completely, but will continue to work remotely, on a part-time basis, as an editor and author, along with fulfilling other responsibilities. Her leadership and presence in the office will be sorely missed.

The eldest daughter of Joy of Living founder Doris Greig, Kathy was eighteen when her mother began writing and teaching the first Joy of Living Bible study in 1971. Kathy graduated from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, where she met and married her husband, Gary. Their first child was born in 1979.

While Kathy’s family began to expand, Joy of Living was also expanding beyond anything Doris had dreamed. From one class in 1971, Joy of Living had grown to 50 classes in 1979. Doris needed someone with a heart for the Lord and for this ministry to oversee the day-to-day operation of Joy of Living. Who better than her daughter, Kathy? Overseeing Joy of Living would, at first, allow Kathy to work part-time out of her home, while being a full-time mother. However, a part-time job it would not remain...

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Announcing our New Director, Nancy Collins

We are pleased to announce that Nancy J. Collins has been appointed as the new director of Joy of Living Bible Studies. Nancy has been with Joy of Living since 1996. Previously holding the position of assistant director, she has worked closely with our former director, Kathy Rowland, developing many of our day-to-day procedures, overseeing our participation at conventions, creating and maintaining the functionality our customer database, and much more.

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20% Off Ecclesiastes
Fall Special 2019

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In the book of Ecclesiastes, the “Teacher,” whom many Bible scholars believe to be King Solomon, takes stock of the world as he has experienced it, and discovers that human wisdom, even that of a godly person, has limits. It cannot find out the larger purposes of God or the ultimate meaning of man’s existence. 

Although man is in mad pursuit of one thing and then another, these things all turn out to be meaningless. In contrast, a life centered on God takes on purpose and meaning. With God’s presence, all of life and God’s good gifts to us are to be gratefully received, used, and enjoyed to the full.

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In Memoriam

Luis Ricardo Garcia 



From 2011 to 2017, Luis Garcia managed the Joy of Living warehouse operations. It was rare for our office to receive a call saying, “I’ve received the wrong lessons!” This was due largely to Luis’s outstanding efforts. A quiet, soft-spoken man with the heart of a servant, Luis was always ready to go the extra mile to help everyone.  

Luis and his wife, Mary, were married shortly after he finished his service with the military. They made their home and raised their family in Ventura, CA. Prior to joining the Joy of Living team, Luis was happily employed by Gospel Light Publishing. After retiring, Luis and his family moved to Apple Valley, CA.

Luis went home to be with the Lord on June 12, 2019. We will miss you, Luis.

From Our Customers

Joy of Living studies are used around the world!

From Reutlingen, Germany: ”Thank you very much for the newsletter. The new book [Christ B.C.] is really a great work! Very interesting!! And congratulations to the 80-lady group with the Corinthians lessons. May they have many joy and blessings together.”

From San Diego, CA: “We could write a book on how God worked among the lovely ladies at Joy in the Morning Bible Study. It was an incredible year and we made it through Romans without a scar.  We are preparing for ten discussion classes next year. God keeps working among our women through all kinds of circumstances!”

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Joy of Living • PO Box 5828 • Ventura, CA 93005

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Joy of Living Bible Studies is an evangelical, interdenominational, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the study and teaching of the Bible, God’s Word. All money not used for printing and office costs goes toward developing new Bible study courses. All contributions are tax deductible. Our newsletter is published quarterly in December, March, June and September.

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Founder: Doris W. Greig • Director: Nancy J. Collins  Newsletter Editor: A. N. Caouette

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