Wednesday Bible Study on Immigration Issues

Mr. Robert Rivera, leader of the Gulf Coast Synod AMMPARO taskforce and Vice President of the Synod Council, will lead a discussion of immigration issues on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 PM at Joyful Life Lutheran Church. This is an opportunity to learn about the issues and help discern where God may be leading us to serve in the community. This discussion open to the public and other congregations are especially invited to attend. Please contact Pastor Bob Bryan at 402-640-7145 for more information.

For more information on AMMPARO and the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod go to

It’s Time For Oktoberfest

Guten Tag!!!

On Sunday, October 27th we will celebrate the 502nd anniversary of the Reformation with our Oktoberfest. After church, we will have a potluck lunch of German dishes and beers. If you would like to participate, and we hope you do, listed below are some traditional German dishes below for you to think about bringing: 

Meats – bratwurst, schweinebraten (pork roast), wiener schnitzel, and frankfurters

Vegetables – potato pancakes, potato dumplings, red cabbage,and sauerkraut

Desserts – strudel, Black Forest Cake, buchtel, and lebkuchen

Beers – Shiner Bock, Lowenbrau, Kolsch and Spaten Oktoberfest

There are many more German foods and beers! 

If you plan to attend, please let Randy Harris know and tell him what you plan to bring.

Fall Food Pantry

For the rest of 2019, we will be collecting the following pantry items to support Society of Samaritans. Please bring all items to church with you on Sundays and place them in the worship area so they can be brought to the alter during the offering.

  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Gravy Mix
  • Chicken Broth
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • Caned Fruit
  • Canned Pie Filling
  • Jiffy Pie Crust
  • Marshmallows
  • Brownie Mix
  • Cookie Dough

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a “Sanctuary Denomination.” What does this mean?

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 PM, our Bible study will discuss the faith implications of being part of a Sanctuary Denomination and what this means for for Joyful Life as we serve all in our community through love and fellowship. The following text is from the ELCA website and includes a link to “Talking Points.”

“In its simplest form, becoming a sanctuary denomination means that the ELCA is publicly declaring that walking alongside immigrants and refugees is a matter of faith.

In baptism, we are brought into a covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ that commits us to strive for justice and peace in all the earth. Following the example of Martin Luther, we believe that advocacy is a crucial expression of baptismal identity. As a church, we have advocated for stopping the detention of children and families for decades. We have spoken out against family separation, sought a pathway to citizenship for community members who have lived in the U.S. for many years, and have taken steps to address the root causes of migration in a way that honors the humanity in people who must flee.

Through the ELCA’s AMMPARO strategy, we continue this work. Talking points, articles, videos and resources are housed here so this church can have conversations about what sanctuary means with many of our members in their context to discern future action and direction. Becoming a sanctuary denomination was voted on and passed by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Milwaukee.

Being a sanctuary denomination means that we, as church together, want to be public and vocal about this work. It will look different for everyone, but welcoming people is not a political issue for us – it is a matter of faith.”

September Food Pantry

During the month of September, we are looking to stock the shelves with soup and cereal. While at the grocery store, please consider picking up a few cans of soup or boxes of cereal and bring them with you to worship on Sundays.

We have an Interim Pastor!

The Joyful Life Church Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Pastor Bob Bryan has accepted the position of Interim Pastor for Joyful Life. He will be with us on a part-time basis on Wednesdays and Sundays through January 5, 2020. We look forward to having some stability with Pastor Bob as we move through the transition of searching for our next full-time pastor. Thank you, Pastor Bob, and welcome to the Joyful Life family!