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Kinder Camp 2015 – Old West Adventure
Join us for a cowboy adventure! Little ones will enjoy crafts, snacks, games, music, puppets, and more. Throughout the program children will learn Biblical truths that BUCK UP their faith in Christ. They will be cared for by a loving staff at a ratio of one leader to every 4 children. Don’t miss out the fun of COJ Kinder Camp.

Dates
June 9th-11th 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Ages
2 to Kindergarten

Registration
Register Online

Cost
$10 if registered before March 31st
$15 after March 31st

Payment Options
Make Online Payment
or
Mail a check to
Community of Joy Church
Attention: Marissa Eastling
4015 Northview Terrace
Eagan, MN 55123

Day Camp 2014 – Branded
Pull up your boots and hold on to your hat as we blaze the trail to COJ Day Camp. Don’t miss out on a week filled with skits, crafts, songs, games, and more. Its sure to be a knee slapping good time as we learn that we are Branded for Christ.

Dates
June 29th-July 2nd from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Ages
Entering 1st Grade to Entering 6th Grade

Registration
Register Online

Cost
$10 if registered before March 31st
$20 after March 31st
Children must provide a bag lunch for each day. Snacks will be provided.

Payment Options
Make Online Payment
or
Mail a check to
Community of Joy Church
Attention: Marissa Eastling
4015 Northview Terrace
Eagan, MN 55123

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There’s a Blessing in Serving

IMG_1041On Saturday, January 31st, the “Youngish Adult Fellowship” of Community of Joy opened to the entire congregation an opportunity to serve a meal at the Ronald McDonald House at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.  The seven people pictured here actually served the meal but countless others prepared food and helped with childcare, making the evening possible.  The 70 or so people who were fed, mostly family members of hospitalized children, were most appreciative of the assortment of soups and salads they received.  All who served were greatly blessed.

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Jesus: God’s Gift To You

IMG_0878As we approach Christmas,  hear again the words of the angel to the shepherds tending their flocks in Bethlehem’s fields that night and ponder them in your own heart: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you ….” These words tell us that the greatest gift ever given to mankind came not in wrapping paper and a bow, but rather in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. The Savior has been born “to you.” In these two words, are embodied the gospel of Christmas. They create faith in the hearer when they are received with an open heart, because these two words deliver this Holy Child to each one personally. If the text stated only that a Savior had been born, people might say “So what?” But it says that “a Savior has been born to you.” This personalizes the message, and makes it inescapable. These two little words, to you, evoke a response – believe or reject the Christ of Christmas.

The gift of God’s Son is universal, He came for everyone; yet, He’s a personal gift – He came for you. If there was a tag on that little bundle wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in Bethlehem’s manger on that first Christmas, it would have read, “To you, from God.”

This is good news, but not everyone is receptive to it. John 1:11 says of Jesus, “He came to those who were His own, (his own people) but His own (the majority) did not receive Him.” By nature we are proud,  resistant to receiving. We get an unexpected gift from someone and we say “Oh, you shouldn’t have,” and we mean it.  We don’t want to owe anyone anything. We do the same thing with God. We don’t want to be given to, we want to get for ourselves. We want to earn our own righteousness and present that to God, saying to Him in effect, “Look what I’ve done. Look at what I deserve.” In this way, we stay in control.  We remain in the driver’s seat.

But the baby in the manger pulls the plug on this way of thinking. God came when no one invited Him. He was born where there was no room for Him.   Before we called on Him, He called on us.  He came in the most humble of ways. God divested Himself of His glory in order to initiate redemption’s plan through His Son. He removed His royal robes, and exchanged them for dirty diapers. He hid His power and majesty under the weakness of an infant in a manger, and ultimately in a man dying on a cross.  This He did for you and for me.

Do you get the point? God isn’t impressed with our attempts  to earn His favor. In the Christ child, He humbly gave to us a gift that keeps on giving. He simply wants each of us to humbly receive the gift of His Son and to enjoy all the benefits His salvation provides.

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Operation Christmas Child: The Next Step

OCC-Logo-BannerThank you to all who donated shoe boxes to Operation Christmas Child through Community of Joy on Sunday, November 16th.  Now to take it the next step, there’s yet another way for you to be involved.

On Saturday, December 6th you can help prepare shoeboxes for shipment to other parts of the world at the regional processing center at 10779 Hampshire Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55438.  There’s an OCC Family Event for parents, grandparents, and children 12 and under at 11:00 a.m. and an OCC All Church Event for age 13 and older from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Sign up sheets are available at the information table at Community of Joy, or you may notify us of your plan to participate by e-mail at office@cojlbc.org; or by telephone at 651-687-9010.

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Community of Joy’s Fall Harvest Party

Join us after our church service on October 26th 11:30 – 1:30 for our annual Harvest Party.  There will be jumpers, themed games, and food.

Church members can sign up to bring chili, soup, bread, or salad.

Invite your friends.  Everyone is welcome!

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