Information collected by
Joy Church Historian
JOY Lutheran Church
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
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.
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 -
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-
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.