Broadway Kids Camp

kids-theater-classAll kids grades 1-6 are invited to our Community of Joy Broadway Kids Camp under the direction of our Children’s Ministry Director, Marissa Eastling, on Monday – Friday, August 24th – 28th from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Community of Joy Church, 4015 Northview Terrace, Eagan, MN.  There will be a performance and pizza party for the participants and their families at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 28th.  Interested in this camp?  Email Marissa Eastling for details at

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2015 Summer Camp Registration Now Open

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.

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

Entering 1st Grade to Entering 6th Grade

Register Online

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

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Community of Joy Church
Attention: Marissa Eastling
4015 Northview Terrace
Eagan, MN 55123

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.

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

2 to Kindergarten

At this time our registration is closed. If you would like to find out if a spot opens up please email me directly at with the subject line Kinder Camp, and I will be happy to help you. Thank you for checking out COJ’s Kinder Camp.

God Bless,
Marissa Eastling
Children’s Ministries Director

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Four Confirmed at COJ

Front: Hayley Persons, Micah Schultz Back: Sam Hull, Danny Henderson, Pastor Jarvinen

Front: Hayley Persons, Micah Schultz
Back: Sam Hull, Danny Henderson, Pastor Jarvinen

Confirmation at Community of Joy took place on Sunday, May 3rd.  Four confirmands each shared memorized passages from Luther’s Small Catechism and personal testimonies of faith, in addition to receiving a personalized message from Pastor Jarvinen.  Each confirmand was presented with a Life Application Bible, a Cross, and a Certificate of Christian Knowledge from Community of Joy.


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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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