Who we are:
We are a Stephen Ministry
(More info on Stephen Ministry Click here)
We invite you to join us
in our experience of
as God’s people.
To share the Good News
of grace and love with all
through worship, service
7045 S.W. 83rd Place
Ocala, FL 34476
Welcome in the name of Christ!
We are a JOYful congregation, with a mission to share the love and grace of Jesus Christ through service, worship, and fellowship. It is our vision, with the love of Christ, to listen to others, learn about them, and lead them to a relationship with Christ (or a deeper one). Here at Joy, you will find an active, vibrant group of people who extend hospitality to all whom they meet. We are grounded in a Lutheran tradition, but not bound by it. We come from all over the place, geographically as well as in church background. We are always on the lookout for places in our surrounding communities where we can serve. We wish to form and cultivate new relationships through our discipleship and witness.
We invite you to be our guest in worship, at a fellowship event, or in lending a helping hand in our outreach efforts. There is Good News, and an abundant life to be shared here!
For more information, or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Arthur Wuertz
December the 10 foot light bronze sculpture, titled "The Risen Christ" was lifted up and set in place on the front of Joy. The display includes a six foot statue of Jesus Christ with his arms outstretched and a dove resting upon a circular wreath framework. The sculpture was made by Candice Knapp.
the Church Council and the Clergy. At the doors of the Church the Architect and Contractor presented the keys of the Church to the Chairman of the Building Committee and then to the President of the Council. The Congregation and Processional entered the Nave and began the dedication of the building, Altar, Appointments, Baptismal Font, The
Pulpit and Lecteen, and all other furnishings.
Also in April, Contracts were signed with White Stained Glass Studios for 6 windows-
LMM joined the rest of the Florida -
Joy started printing our own bulletins, with the purchase of a new CD program for the computer.
May 14, Joy had an "Evening with the Swensons" to celebrate Pastor Swenson's retirement from and service to Joy Lutheran Church.
The charter statement and congregational constitution were adopted; the first Congregational
Council was elected.
April 29, Pastor Swenson was called to serve Joy Lutheran Church Joy's mission statement was approved and we registered as a non-
September 3, 1990-
Memorial Garden and walkway were dedicated.
Construction on Joy began May 9
October the trusses were put on the top of the walls and the roof was on the building and construction on Joy was finished not long after.
Second service was held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, and all services after that for about two years at 4pm each Sunday in the Sanctuary.
On March 6, 1988 the first child was baptized at Joy Lutheran Church.In the spring of 1988, the present property was selected and a contract to purchase was signed by the ELCA.
May 7, 1989, Lutheran Men in Mission was organized
(Information collected by Joy Church Historian Margret Todd)
July 1, Pastor Dean Swenson retired and his last service was on June 27. Where his
family honored him with a special Communion Service.
July 1, we welcomed our Interim Pastor to Joy-
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Wednesday Night Services began at Joy Lutheran Church ad held at 6:45pm.
The Thursday before Easter, Joy held a Seder (Passover Dinner) with Rabbi Kyle Moline presiding.
Joy became a Stephen Ministry Congregation.
Joy's LMM adopt a local road to help keep it clean for the DOT. The road is SW 60th Avenue between SW 95th Street and SW 80th Street.
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Joy had a visit from the Bishop.
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JOY Lutheran Church