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JOYful News


September 2017


3980 Moore Duncan Hwy
Moore, SC 29369

Pastor Lane Bembenek

As the Body of Christ at Joy Lutheran Church we are called to be God's hands and voice in our community and world. 

As members of the Body of Christ at Joy Lutheran Church we will INVITE others to God's loving family, NURTURE them with God's Word and love, BUILD with them a fellowship of friends in Christ, SEND them out into service in our community and world. 

Sunday Worship
8:30 am Contemporary
10:30 am Traditional 

Sunday School
for Everyone

Children's Chapel
1st & 3rd Sundays

Children's Chapel
9:30 Qrtly Congreg. Meeting
5:00 Youth

September 3
11:45 Council Meeting
September 10

Children's Chapel
2nd Grade Book of Faith
5:00 Youth
September 17


September Prayer List

Please continue to pray for our members: Kathy & Mike Hines, Joan Giesler,  Brandy, Chris and Baby Troisi, Russ Dix, Erik Anderson,  Ed Barnes, Jane Watson, Julie Watson,  Jewel Long, Patt Page, Joanne Crawley,  Martha Christopher, Hunter Pickren, Hugo Lehrer,  and Cynthia Raines.
Pray for our government leaders, and those in the military overseas, Carl Long, Chuck Wright and all members of law enforcement, SPIHN, The Carpenter's Table, the ministries of Joy, and Joy's Staff.

Musically Speaking

It's time to start ringing the chimes.  Our two head ringers, Liz Smith and Jas Eckard will be starting Youth Hand Chimes and continuing Adult Hand Chimes.  All Youth, grades 6-12th are invited to come and check out the chimes on Sunday, September 17, from 4-5:00pm.  Youth Hand Chimes will then start meeting on the 1st and 3rd Sundays before Youth time.  All Adults interested in returning or beginning hand chimes will meet Sunday, September 17, from 5-6:00pm, and then on the same 1st and 3rd Sundays.  For more information contact Liz Smith.


Youth at Joy

School is in session and everyone is busy.  Don't forget Youth gatherings on 1st and 3rd Sundays from 5-7:00pm.  Bring a friend.  Introduce them to Joy and our fellowship and friendship.  Everyone is welcome.  Contact Wesley Kennedy if you need more information. 

Adult Ministries

Rise and Shine Men's Bible Study

All men are invited to bring a biscuit from home and enjoy a cup of coffee as we discuss the Gospel of Matthew together.  We meet at Joy at 6:30 on Tuesday mornings to engage in conversation and prayer to help us journey through our work week.  Join us anytime. Contact Pastor Lane for more information. 

Beacon Men-a-Plenty

All men of Joy and men from other churches are invited to join together for breakfast and Bible Study at the Beacon in Spartanburg.  The men gather every Tuesday morning at 8:30.  Come and enjoy prayer breakfast with us.  Contact Earle Dunham for more information. 

Women's Discussion Group

On Wednesday mornings  the Women's Discussion group gather to discuss a new book, What is the Bible? by Rob Bell. This book will help us read the Bible in a whole new way.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Shelley Allen at the church or by e-mail  All women of Joy are invited to join!

Adult Mid-Week Bible Study

All adults are invited to join in Wednesday morning Bible Study at 10:30.  We are currently studying the Gospel of Matthew.  Come and join us anytime. Contact Pastor Lane for more information. 

LinC Adults

LinC is an acronym for Living in Community.  This younger group of adults gathers for fun, food and fellowship usually the first Friday of each month at 7:00.  Most of their gatherings are for adults only, but occasionally they include the whole family.  Watch for FaceBook announcements and updates giving the exact location and details for the month's event.  Contact Jillian Cox for more information.
The September event will take place at the home of Cam and Tina Hunter. Join us at 7:00, Friday September 1.

Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School classes are in full swing studying Shift, Three Big Moves for the 21st Century Church by Mark Tisdworth.  Tuesday night study is just beginning this week and will continue for several weeks.  Tuesday night study begins at 6:30.  For more information contact Pastor Lane. 


Women of the ELCA meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:00am at Cork and Beans.  All women are encouraged to attend.  Contact Sharlene Teichmann for more information. 

Retired and Loving It

Exciting things are happening at JOY for our retired adults.  We have a year planned with fellowship and activities that will renew old friendships, develop new friendships, and join us together in the larger community.  All are welcome and bring a friend.  Watch announcements for events.
The first event is scheduled for Thursday, September 21, 1:00pm at Joy.  We will kick-off the fall with a Mexican Fiesta!  Bring a Mexican dish to share with your friends.  Drinks will be provided by the church.  Following lunch be ready for a competitive BINGO game!  Prizes will be awarded.  Be sure to sign up  soon for this fun event. Contact Faith Reitmeier for more information.  

Joyful Readers

This group meets monthly on the fourth Monday August to April.  The location may change between homes and Joy, and the time might change between 6:30 and 7:00 depending if there is a special event relating to the book. The next book to read is Woman of God by James Patterson. The discussion on September 25, will be held at Colleen Kibler's house.  Contact Mary Ann Crout for more information. 


Growing in Friendship Together.  All ladies of Joy are invited to join this group for an evening of fun, fellowship, and good food.  We meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month, at 6:00 and usually at a local restaurant.  Our September 21 outing will be 6:00 at Cribb's Kitchen in Spartanburg.  Contact Sue Stoner to join in the fun and for more information. 

LinC Ladies

Leave the kids at home with dad and join the younger ladies for an early evening out. Sometimes we do a craft, sometimes we eat out and sometimes we just relax.  The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at a different place each time at 6:00.  September 21, we will meet at The Lazy Goat in Greenville where we will continue our book study on A Woman Who Doesn't Quit:  5 Habits from the Book of Ruth by Nicki Koziarz.  Watch FaceBook for more information or contact Jill Cox. 


All adults are invited to join us for dinner together on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30.  Each month we will visit a different area restaurant.  Watch the weekly announcements for the September location. Contact Sally Dix for more information. 


The Carpenter's Table

The Carpenter's Table's Third Annual Knock Hunger Off Its Rocker event will be September 30.  Music, food, good company and a good time awaits all.  If you are interested in sponsorship, contact Tracey Kovell at  Tickets are on sale now, $30 Adults and $15 Children.
Our next volunteer day at The Carpenter's Table will be September 16.  This a great time for the whole family to come out and participate in a ministry together.  Come at 8:45. 
Our September donation item is a 14-16 oz. jar of peanut butter.  Jelly isn't required, but it goes really well with peanut butter!

Coming Soon to Joy

Blessing of the Animals, Sunday October 1, 6:00
Pink Sunday, Breast Cancer Awareness, Sunday, October 8
SPIHN Moves In, Sunday, October 8
WELCA Two Day Retreat at Camp Kinard, October 14 and 15
WELCA Fall Upstate Conference at Joy, October 22, 3:00
Trunks of Treats, Sunday, October 29, 5:00-7:30

You can help
and make a difference!  

The ELCA's Lutheran Disaster Response has a long history of faithfully responding to disasters and staying involved through every phase of response, recovery and rebuilding.  A gift of any dollar amount would be helpful to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Please clearly mark your offering "Disaster Response" and place it in the offering plate.  We will make sure that your gift gets to those who need it the most. 

Children and Family Ministries

Sunday School News

  Be on time--all classes will begin at 9:30. 

Children's Chapel -- New Name, New Direction

Children's Story Time will look a little different this fall. All of the children at both the 8:30 and 10:30 services are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary for the Children's Sermon with Pastor Lane then join together for Children's Chapel.   Children's Chapel will be on the 1st and 3rd Sundays.  On the off Sundays each child will receive a children's bulletin after the Children's Sermon and is encouraged to remain with their family for worship time together.  Need more information?  See Shelley. 

Book of Faith Sunday

As part of the Book of Faith initiative in our synod, we will be giving Bibles to our boys and girls in the 2nd grade on Sunday September 17.  If your child is in the 3rd grade and does not have a Bible of their own, please let us know in the church office.  Parents of 2nd graders will be notified by mail to remember this important date. 

Family Fusion and Kids' Quest

Sky Top Orchard Trip for all Family Fusion (infant-2nd grade) and Kids’ Quest (3rd-5th) Families
On Saturday, September 23rd we will be traveling to Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC.  We will carpool from at Joy at 9am.  Our tour begins at 10am so please be on time.  The cost for this event is $7.00 per person and this includes a wagon ride, picking a ¼ peck bag of apples and a yummy apple donut!  Parents, please plan to go on this trip with your children.  You can sign up for this event on the bulletin board or on our Facebook pages.  I will need final numbers by Sunday, September 17th.  All money can be turned into Shelley Allen. If you have further questions contact Shelley at the church or e-mail ( 
Mark your calendars for Trunk of Treats!  Come join the fun on Sunday, October 29th from 5-7:30pm here at Joy. There will be games, prizes, refreshments and lots of treats. 

 Back to Pizza Inn

We had a wonderful gathering of friends at the Pizza Inn in August.  We will continue this fellowship gathering on September 24, at 5:00.  In the past we have eaten pizza in conjunction with bagging the back packs. We don't have a definite bagging schedule yet.  Watch for bagging announcements. 

Ongoing Ministry Opportunities at Joy

The following is a list of groups that meet regularly.  One or more of these might be a place where you can connect with others at Joy Lutheran Church.

Children & Youth Sunday School
Sundays   9:30
Contact:  Shelley Allen,

Adult Sunday School
Sundays   9:30
Contact:  Pastor Lane,

Rise and Shine Men's Bible Study
Tuesday   6:30am
Contact:  Pastor Lane,

Beacon Men-A-Plenty
Tuesday  8:30am  at the Beacon
Contact:  Earle Dunham,

Evening Shift Discussion
Tuesday   6:30pm (until December)
Contact:  Pastor Lane,

Women's Discussion Group
Wednesday   9:30am
Contact:  Shelley Allen,

Midweek Adult Bible Study
Wednesday   10:00am
Contact:  Pastor Lane,

Youth 6th-12th Grades
1st and 3rd Sunday   5:00pm
Contact:  Wesley Kennedy,

Hand and Foot Canasta
1st Friday   6:30pm  different locations
Contact:  Sharlene Teichmann,

LinC Adults
1st Friday:  7:00pm  different locations
Contact:  Jillian Cox,

2nd Tuesday   9:00am  Cork and Beans
Contact:  Sharlene Teichmann,

Property Work Day
2nd Saturday   8:00am
Contact:  Matt Cox,

Volunteer The Carpenter's Table
3rd Saturday   8:45am
Contact:  Joann Smith,

LinC Ladies
3rd Thursday  6:00  different locations
Contact:  Jillian Cox,

GIFT Ladies
3rd Thursday   6:00  different locations
Contact:  Sue Stoner,

Joyful Readers
4th Monday  6:30/7:00 different locations
Contact:  MaryAnn Crout,

BBT Break Bread Together, Adult Dinner Group
4th Thursday  6:30  different locations
Contact:  Sally Dix,

Retired and Loving It
Every Other Month, Thursday  1:00
Different locations
Contact:  Faith Reitmeier,


New Members

On Sunday, August 27, we welcomed 6 new disciple members into our Joy family.  Marlin Hines joined during the 8:30 service, and Richard and Christine, Abigail, Nathan and Rebecca Donaldson joined during the 10:30 service.  Be sure to meet these new members. 



Mark your calendar--First Wednesday Confirmation will be on September 6, at 6:30.  For more information contact Pastor Lane.


Quarterly Congregation Meeting

Mark your calendar for our Quarterly Congregation Meeting this Sunday, September 3, at 9:30 in the sanctuary.  Make plans to come and hear what is going on at Joy. 


Alzheimer's Support Group

The doors open on the third Wednesday of each month for a community wide Alzheimer's Support Group meeting beginning at 10:30.  The September meeting will be September 20th..  Sandi Martin leads the discussion for this group.  Contact Sandi at for more information.


Troisi Love

Brandy, Chris, and Brenna are headed to Houston.  However with all of the weather and the visit from Hurricane Harvey, we at Joy don't have their exact relocation dates.  We do want to share their Houston address in hopes that you might continue to show them love and support while they are there waiting for Baby Girl Troisi and during their stay for her medical care:

Brandy and Chris Troisi
Reside Away From Home
7755 Main Street
Unit #2331
Houston, TX 77030

Continue to pray for Bill and Mary Troisi and Kelly Willenberg as they will be traveling back and forth to be with "the kids".  Our prayers are with you all. 


Joy's Reformation Time Line

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, A Roman Catholic priest and professor of theology, took a step that, ultimately, was to impact all of Christendom and change the course of world history. On that day, after years of often agonizing study, prayer, and reflection, Luther posted The Ninety-Five Theses on the door of Wittenberg’s All Saints (Castle) Church. What Luther considered flawed teachings and abusive practices of Roman Catholic Church these propositions created a widespread call for change and reform in the church.  October 31, 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Joy Reformation events
to take place leading up to October 31, 2017:

**Continue to sign up for the Stained Glass Mosaic Luther Seals.  Because of your interest in this event, we will have the LEB Glass Studio come to Joy instead of our having to go to Greenville.  The seals are $20 each and must be paid in advance to Becky at the church office.  Continue to sign up for Monday, October 2, 6:30 to 8:30.  These wonderful completed projects can be hung in your home as a reminder of our Lutheran faith.  

**Our church is having a Reformation 500 Bookstore! The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching! Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther, his writings, and their impact on Christianity? Do you want to reflect on the ongoing impact of the Reformation today? Stop by our Reformation 500 Bookstore to shop for engaging books on the Reformation for readers of all ages and interests! Save up to 50% plus receive free shipping on all Bookstore titles.  Stop by the Gathering Area from September 24th through October 8th to get fascinating books on the Reformation for you and your family.   Our Bookstore is sponsored by Augsburg Fortress, the publishing ministry of the ELCA. The books will include bestselling biographies like Luther the Reformer as well as an atlas of the European Reformations, a graphic novel for young readers, and primary sources from The Annotated Luther series.
**Sunday evening, October 15, we will have the opportunity to gather back at Joy to view Rick Steve's Reformation movie and follow with a discussion. More information and exact time will announced later. 
**Saturday, October 28 we will participate with Springs of Grace, Holy Communion and St. John Lutheran Churches in a Community Reformation Service held at Holy Communion Church.  The service will be held at 3:00.
**We will observe Reformation on Sunday, October 29 during both of our worship services.  



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