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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Congratulations to Team Community of Joy!

Congratulations to our runners who ran in challenging heat to help those in need.

Eight runners participated in the Minnesota Half Marathon on August second to raise support for Team World Vision. World Vision is a Christian organization dedicated to working in communities world wide, tackling the causes of poverty and sharing God’s hope for a brighter future.

Team Community of Joy raised $9,440 bringing clean water for life to 189 people.
Team World Vision runners at the Minnesota Half Marathon raised $119,827 bringing clean water for life to 2,396 people.

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Team Community of Joy for Team World Vision

Meet five of the nine members of Team CoJ, all of whom attend CoJ.

Meet five of the nine members of Team CoJ.  This photo was taken at a recent team meeting.

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40

The Lord Jesus tells us in Matthew 25:34-40 that whatever we do for the hungry, thirsty, sick, and others in need, we do for Christ. Community of Joy is excited to once again be doing the work of Christ by running a half-marathon with Team World Vision. Team World Vision is a ministry that raises funds through donor-supported runs for clean water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in Africa by providing wells, water systems, rain water harvesting systems, and many other permanent water solutions.   By providing clean water, preventable child death is cut by up to 57%.

God has placed this cause on the hearts of our 9 person team.  We are a mix of first-time and experienced runners pushed out of our comfort zones for the cause of Christ.  We pray that through our fundraising efforts and the work of World Vision many people will be reached with clean water and that in the process, many will receive the Living Water of Christ.”

Please join us in our journey with Team World Vision. We will be training for our half-marathon (13.1 miles) throughout the summer and running our race on August 2nd, which  begins at 8:00 a.m. in St. Paul.  Maps of the race course will be available at Community of Joy.  You can support our team and ministry in three equally important ways: by praying for our team and the ministry of Team World Vision, by coming out to cheer for us on race day, and by making a donation to the team using the following link.


Thank you!  Team Community of Joy


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Free Spanish Classes

Free Spanish classes are being offered at Community of Joy church! All levels are welcome, no sign up costs, no requirements for attendance or grades, just a willing to learn and participate in a relaxed, creative class environment. These classes will continue each Saturday 10:30 to 11:15 until the summer. Summer schedule will vary, possible different activities, locations, and possibly longer times, but will continue throughout the summer and into the next school year. You can email us at joelandtammyb@gmail.com or also see our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/SpanishClassCommunityofJoy/ events. See you there!

¡Clases gratis de español se ofrecen en la iglesia Community of Joy! Todos niveles son bienvenidos, sin costo, sin requisito de asistencia o nota de calificación, solo tener el deseo para aprender y participar en un ambiente relajado y creativo. Las clases van a continuar cada sábado a las 10.30 a.m. a 11.15 a.m. hasta el verano. El horario de verano va a variar, con otras actividades, lugares, posiblemente mas tiempo pero va a continuar durante todo el verano y en el siguiente año escolar. Se puede contactarnos por correo electrónico, joelandtammyb@gmail.com o también en nuestro pagina de Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SpanishClassCommunityofJoy/ events. ¡Nos vemos pronto!

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