Who we are:


We are a Stephen Ministry

Congregation.


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We invite you to join us

in our experience of

growing together

as God’s people.

Our Mission:

To share the Good News

of grace and love with all

through worship, service

and fellowship.


7045 S.W. 83rd Place
Ocala, FL 34476
352-854-4509

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Pastors Message


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 at (386)453-9432 or e-mail me at arthurwuertz@gmail.com.


Yours in Christ,

Pastor Arthur Wuertz


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.

1995- January 15 at 10am, new Sanctuary of joy Lutheran Church is dedicated to the Glory of God. The Valedictory Service was held at Swenson Hall the former worship place and then the Procession to the new church led by Cross, Candles, Banners, Altar Guild bearing the appointments, the choir, Architects, Contractors, Building Committee,
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.

April 9- Joy celebrated the observance of our Fifth Anniversary of Charter and Recognition

Also in April, Contracts were signed with White Stained Glass Studios for 6 windows- Passion, Easter, Pentecost, Advent, Christmas and Palm Sunday for a cost of $16,268.00, paid for by memorials and special gifts.

June 8- the Stained glass windows were installed in the church.

October 29- Was the public unveiling of the original painting of Noah's Ark scenes on one entire wall in our Joy Church Nursery and was painted by Joy member and artist Betty Legg.

1997- October, Joy's Pipe Organ brought and installed. An Organ fund was started and will continue until 1999.

1998- Pipes for the Organ were ordered from Italy and will arrive in December.

LMM joined the rest of the Florida -Bahamas Synod's Global Outreach Committee in the 'Pigs and Pastors' project in Haiti.


1999- February 15, Organ Pipes were installed, thereby completing our New Rodgers 905 Digital Organ.

April- A celebration organ concert sponsored by Central Music Company of Clearwater was held.


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- one hundred twenty charter members and six associate members signed the Charter.
April 29, Pastor Swenson was called to serve Joy Lutheran Church Joy's mission statement was approved and we registered as a non-profit corporation in Florida.
September 3, 1990- A second Sunday service was added with one hundred fourteen persons worshiping

1991- The Church by-laws were written and a feasibility study was made to plan a fund raising campaign.

1992- The members of Joy continued to actively work for his Kingdom and pursued plans for building a new house of worship.
Memorial Garden and walkway were dedicated.

1993- March- a successful "Vision for Joy" fundraising campaign was held using the services of Lutheran Laity Movement.
October- The Congregation voted to commit to a loan of $700,000 from the ELCA to pay for the existing property and construction of a new building.  At a special congregation meeting we approved the transfer of existing property and buildings from the ELCA to Joy Lutheran Church.  A vote to construct a new sanctuary and approval to name Cogun Industries, Inc to design and build was approved by the congregation and subsequently the ELCA Division for Outreach.


1994- Groundbreaking Service was held on Palm Sunday, March 27

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.

July- Mission statement and financial program for the church were planned by the Service, Finance and Stewardship Committees of Joy and the Director of ELCA Commission for Financial Support.


November- "Tidings of Joy" the parish newsletter was first published. Christmas Day Service was the first service held in the remodeled house which served as Joy's temporary Sanctuary.


1990- Regular Sunday morning worship services begun on January 14 in the remodeled house on the property on SR 200

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.
September- Joys Women of the ELCA was organized.


1989- January 20-21, Joy held its first retreat at the Christian Church Conference Center on SR 40 with 25 people in attendance.



May 7, 1989, Lutheran Men in Mission was organized

(Information collected by Joy Church Historian Margret Todd)

Church History

1987-  The seed for Joy Lutheran Church was planted, when mission planners of LCA Division for Outreach saw that the growing population in the SW Ocala area of SR 200 could be served by a Lutheran Church and sent Pastor Dean L Swenson to Ocala a Pastor-Developer.  First interest meeting was held in November of 1987.

1988- First service of Joy was held on February 21. 1988 at Marion Landing Clubhouse. Joy is to be the first new Congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in this part of the state, which newly-merged and came into being January 1, 1988.

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- Rev. Dr. Marvin Seemann.

August 8- An Installation Communion Service was celebrated and included Dr Baines and Dr Harris as well as other ministers from the Pinelands Conference.

2000- May Joy celebrated its Tenth Anniversary.

September- Joy's Processional Cross was purchased using donated funds.

December- Sherry Hickman called to be Joy's Organist to replace Bob Perinchief who was leaving as Organist and Choir Director of December 31.

2001- Sherry Hickman was hired as Organist for Joy (Associate in Ministry).

2002 - Pastor Marvin Seemann leaves as interim Pastor of Joy Lutheran Church.

June- Pastor Edward Holloway, Jr was called to be the new Pastor for Joy Lutheran Church.

July 14- The Installation of Pastor Edward Holloway, Jr was held at Joy.

2004- Fran Johnson became Joy's Administrative Assistant.


2006

April 1 - At 2 pm Joy held the Ordination and Installation of Pastor Sean L. Forde as Joy's Assistant Pastor.

October- Blessing the Animals event was started.

October- The Righteous Roundup was held, Joy had a dunk tank, bounce house, dance floor and of course food.

2007

January- Joy sent out postcards to invite people to come and join Joy.

February- A portable Prayer Labyrinth was setup in Joy's Swenson Hall by Pastor Sean Forde and Gloria Z. for Lent.

June- Joy celebrated as Pastor Edward Holloway, Jr. marked 25 years of Ministry.  A short service was held at the celebration and an Olive Tree was planted in Joy's Memorial Garden to mark the occasion.

Wednesday Night Services began at Joy Lutheran Church ad held at 6:45pm.

November- A German Service began at Joy, held on the First Sunday of every month.

2008

July- Hallebash Music Festival held at Joy Lutheran Church. Pastor Sean Forde organized the Festival for local Contemporary Christian Bands and had food, water games, drawings and overall fun.

September- Joy Lutheran Church held its first Upward Flag Football game at Hope Field at Joy.

2009

The Thursday before Easter, Joy held a Seder (Passover Dinner) with Rabbi Kyle Moline presiding.

June 28- A farewell party was held at Countryside Presbyterian Church in their fellowship hall for Pastor Sean Forde and his family.

July 1- Pastor Sean Forde left Joy to go to develop a church in Port St.Lucie, Florida for a position (job).

2010

January 17- Celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Joy Lutheran Church with a special Service at the Church and then a party at Swenson Hall with 145 people in attendance.

Joy became a Stephen Ministry Congregation.


2011

April- Joy gets involved in Lutheran World Relief Coffee Project, starts using and selling coffee for this charitable effect to help farmers make a living.

April- Joy's sculpture "The Risen Christ" is refurbished.

May- For the past eight years, Joy's LMM has helped deliver Mother's Day flowers for Linda's Enchanted Florist before Mother's Day as one of their fundraising projects.

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.

September 25- Joy's First Stephen Ministry Sunday is held.

October 29- Joy's Animal Blessing this year was officiated by Pastor William Rosenow.

November 6 - Joy's 22nd Congregational Meeting was held for budget year 2012.

2012

April 7 - Joy holds its First Annual Easter Egg Hunt with about 70 Children in attendance.

June 2 - Joy celebrated Pastor Edward Holloway's 10th year at Joy and 30 years in Service with a dinner held at Oak Run's Palm Grove Auditorium.

November 11 - Joy holds its 23rd Annual Congregational Meeting for budget year 2013.

November- Members of Joy helped raise money for The Salvation Army with the ringing of the bell at Winn Dixie on Mondays.

November 22 - Joy members enjoy each other's company at Thanksgiving Dinner in Swenson Hall.

2013

February 10 - Joy hold's a special service to honor all members celebrating a marriage of 50 years or more.  We had couples ranging from 50 years to the longest at 74 years.

April 10 - Family Fun Night at Joy begins at 5:30pm.

August 25 - Joy says Goodbye to members Fred & Judi Minster as they move back North.  Fred was Sexton and Judi was Treasurer for Joy for many years.

October - Spanish Service started at Joy with Pastor Israel Reyes officiating, and assisted by Pastor Luis Betances.  A few years later the service was ended by Pastor Reyes.

2014

Joy had a visit from the Bishop.

October- New Banners received by Joy.

October 25 - Joy's 6th Annual Town Hall Meeting held.

October 26 - Joy's Confirmation of Caroline and Nicole.

November 1 - Joy Member's take CPR and AED training.

November 9 - Joy's Annual Church Meeting held for budget year 2015.

2015

January 4 - "567 Go Tell It From The Mount" with Cring and Clazzy service held at Joy.

April 25 - Joy's LMM Fish Fry held at Swenson Hall.

Summer- New roof for Swenson Hall and Garage.

October 4 - Two of Joy's Charter Members ( Gloria Z. & Ben C.) speak to Congregation before Service, and the Sermon was given by Anne Shank.

October 11 - Joy Lutheran Church celebrated 25 years of Ministry with a special service and a party at the Ocala Hilton Hotel.

2016

January 30 - Pastor Edward Holloway, Jr. retires from Joy Lutheran Church.

JOY Lutheran Church


Ocala, Florida

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