Patricia A. Woodbury
As reported last week, Reverend Robert G. Schaefer, Bishop of the
Florida Bahama Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) did
preach at the Sunday, September 7 10:00 a.m. worship service at
Joy Lutheran Church.
service this morning was traditional with singing by the choir for
the first time this season. There was also a small bell choir performance
and a beautiful vocal solo.
Schaefer told the congregation that he wanted to come to Joy Lutheran
Church not for any special reason but just to celebrate our partnership
with the Synod and the amazing grace that we all our given. His
message followed the Gospel of St. Matthew, chapter 18, regarding
the discipline of the church. He remarked that some people are captive
to sin and need a chance to be heard and forgiven. He said people
are going to break out trust, as well as the church may also. The
answer to this is to forgive in the church and in the world. The
only thing we owe each other is love. He ended with the tag line
from the ELCA, “God’s work our hands.”
was nice to see the large number of participants in the congregation,
this morning. It was also a nice surprise to see members of the
Spirit Wings Biker Church, of Silver Springs, in attendance. Bishop
Schaefer mentioned that his assistant at the Synod was also a biker
and currently off on a road trip.
Jennifer Schaefer, wife of Bishop Schaefer, also attended this service.
She is originally from Philadelphia where she met Bishop Schaefer
when they both were in seminary. Currently Pastor Jennifer is an
interim pastor. She did preside over the afternoon German Language
Worship Service at 3:00 p.m.; and yes, she does speak some German.
Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 7045 SW 83rd Place at
SR 200, Ocala. Joy welcomes all those who would like to attend the
services at this church. For more information, contact the church
office or Fran Johnson at 854-4509 ext. 221.
HOLLOWAY IS CELEBRATED
Patricia A. Woodbury
2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Reverend Edward Holloway, Jr.’s
call to be the pastor at Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church as well
as marking his 30 years since ordination. The congregation wanted
to celebrate this event and held a dinner at the Palm Grove Auditorium
in Oak Run on Saturday, June 2. Over 160 members of the congregation
attended the dinner with guests Pastor Anna Figuerio, St. Matthew’s
Lutheran Church, Pastor Ashley Nicolls, St John’s Lutheran
Church, Summerfield and Pastor Jim Young, Ascension Lutheran Church.
Pastor Holloway came from Minnesota, where he received a bachelor’s
degree from the University of Minnesota and his Master of Divinity
from Northwestern Lutheran Seminary. He also served in the U.S.
Navy. He was a pastor in a small Lutheran church in Monticello,
Minnesota from 1982 to 1992 and then senior pastor at Zion Lutheran
Church, Cottage Grove, Minnesota for 10 years before coming to Florida.
Joy Council President, Jerry Hollnagel greeted everyone to the not
so very “Surprise Party” and thanked all for coming
to celebrate a friend, confidant and preacher. Pastor Young gave
the invocation to begin the celebration.
Hickman-Besch, Joy Associate in Ministry, Music developed and directed
a Musical Toast of Pastor Holloway covering his life events from
birth to the present. For his birth, the members were led in the
singing of “Jesus Loves Me.” Then the Joyful Notes (absent
one note) with Linda Aker, Trudy Harrsch and Ann Bellis, accompanied
by Ardith Thomas sang “Think About His Love” for Pastor’s
confirmation. In honor of his years in the Navy, the members all
sang Anchors Aweigh. Warren Erickson, marked Pastor’s marriage
in 1970 to Marsha by singing a solo, “You’ll Never Walk
Alone.” The Joyful Notes Trio then recognized Pastor’s
seminary years (1979-1982) with a song, “Life in Jesus.”
Pastor Ed was called to Florida he initially had to move alone so
he brought his dog with him for company. So the members all joined
in to tease him with the song “That Doggie in the Window.”
Pastor Ed has become known as the “piano playing singing pastor”
which he often does at worship services. Irene Henderson devoted
this song to him by singing “In My Heart There Rings a Melody.”
Lynn Barrett, sang a “Simple Song” for Pastor’s
future life. Finally the Joy vocal choir sang “The Lord Bless
You” for the Benediction.
After a delicious meal catered by the Oak Run Caterers, there was
a lot of “toasting” of Pastor Holloway. A member of
the original Call Committee said that after interviewing many potential
pastors she knew that Rev. Holloway would be the right one “just
by the way he got out of the car” when coming to the interview.
The Committee was looking for someone who would be an available
minister to his congregation and a good listener and Pastor Ed fit
of the Stephen Ministers commended Pastor Ed for his initiative
in helping to develop this ministry at Joy. Another said she had
learned why Pastor Ed was patient and willing to wait because as
he said, “God is in control, you wait because it is always
in God’s time.” Others praised him for helping them
through hard times, especially one who had a heart attack and heart
new member said she was so impressed with how Pastor Ed does so
much for a lot of people even when they are not members of the church
such as, providing weddings and baptisms. Another praised Pastor
Ed’s inspiring Daily Devotionals on the church website, www.joyocala.org.
Pastor Ed was allowed to have the last word at this event. However
he had to admit that he was quite overwhelmed by the many positive
comments. He thanked his church staff for all their devotion and
hard work and especially those who helped to put this event together.
He said this was like “grace” to him and coming to Joy
Lutheran Church was truly a gift.
By Charles Smith
More than 160
members of the congregation and friends attended Pastor Holloway’s
10th Anniversary Celebration.
and Marsha enjoying the many toasts for his 10 years of service
to Joy Lutheran Church.
The Joy Choir
sang “The Lord Bless You” for the Benediction at the
close of the Musical Toast to Pastor Holloway.
President Jerry Hollnagel greets the members and friends attending
Pastor Holloway’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.
PARTY AT JOY LUTHERAN CHURCH
Patricia A. Woodbury
Fellowship Hall at Joy Lutheran Church was very full and lively
at the Bunco Party on Saturday, May 19. Over 50 people (men and
women) attended this event for the purpose of raising money to purchase
shoes for Marion County School children who are homeless. The funds
raised through a free-will offering will be supplemented 50 cents
on the dollar up to a maximum of $500 from the Marion County Chapter
of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. These monies will combine with
the money raised at the April 28 Ice Cream Social and will generate
approximately $1500 for the purchase of the shoes.
It was obvious from the chatter and laughter among these 50 plus
people that they were there not only for charity but also to have
a good time. If you have never been to a Bunco party (which was
my first time) it is a hubbub of noise, social interaction and lots
of movement. There were 13 tables with four players at each table.
One table was the “Head” table that rings the bell to
signal the start and end of a round. Each time a round is finished
the players move to another table.
Round one starts when each player rolls the 3 dice to get as many
ones as possible. The round ends when the “Head” table
scores 21 points or gets a Bunco which is three of a kind of the
number one. The players move to another table with a new partner
and the game continues to the next number two, then on up to six.
One person at each table keeps the score for the teams and each
player has their own score card on which their wins of either a
game or a Bunco are tallied. This is just a few of the rules of
the game, there are many more to be learned but maybe at the next
Prizes are awarded either in the form of cash that the participant’s
contribute or, in this case, in the form of white elephant items
that the participants donated. A special gift is given to the player
with the top score and one for the player with the lowest score.
Everyone will most likely get a gift since there were many donated
gifts and the individual name tags had numbers on them which will
direct who gets to choose the next gift from the white elephant
According to the World Bunco Association website, Bunco dates back
to the late 1800’s when it was introduced into San Francisco
during the Gold Rush period. Prior to WWI, Bunco achieved permanent
placement as a traditional family or parlor game promoting social
interaction. The game has seen resurgence in popularity in the United
States, with a reported 27 million people playing regularly in 2006.
Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck, requiring little
decision making skill with simple scoring and set of rules. So if
you can roll 3 dice and count to six you can play Bunco.
HANDS QUILTS BRIGHTEN THE DAY AT LEGACY HOUSE
Patricia A. Woodbury
has been a few years since the women of the Joyful Hands quilting
group from Joy Lutheran Church delivered their quilts to Legacy
House, one of the facilities of Hospice of Marion County. So, on
Monday, February 6, 2012, sixteen beautiful handmade quilts were
delivered and received with great enthusiasm by the staff at Legacy
Legacy House opened in 2003 and has staff for 16 patients with a
full capacity of 24 beds. It also has 60 volunteers who assist the
staff in their work on a daily basis. Legacy House is just one of
four patient care facilities that Hospice has in Marion County.
Jennie Halvorsen, Hospice Volunteer and member of Joy Lutheran Church
has been instrumental in encouraging the quilting group toward donating
to Legacy House. In the past, she has heard patients tell her that
the quilts are so special because of the obvious amount of work
that goes into their creation. Michelle, one of the Hospice staff
nurses remarked that just because they are handmade and donated
the patients feel they are a special gift. She said the some of
the patients who enter hospice care early in their disease process
can enjoy the quilts even more. She adds that the soft, comforting,
eye appealing, warmth of the quilts are therapeutic, for these patients.
Alice Watts, Chief Operating Officer of Hospice of Marion County
says she is pleased when patients are able to reap the benefits
of hospice care early in their disease process and utilize their
Medicare benefits. Their goal at hospice is to aggressively pursue
comfort for the patient, so they do not give up.
The women of the Joyful Hands quilting group, who meet every Wednesday
morning, have been making these bright, cheerful and beautiful quilts
for many years. Recently they produced 167 quilts. Their works of
love are distributed worldwide through the Lutheran World Relief
program. They are pleased to be able to brighten the day of the
patients in hospice care, locally, and see the joy it brings to
the patients as well as the staff.
Lutheran Men in Mission (LMM) of Joy Lutheran Evangelical Church
continue to meet their commitment to the Department of Transportation
to clean up their "adopted" highway stretch of SW 60th
Ave between SW 95th St and SW 80th St. On a little cooler day several
more men, then last time, showed up on Friday, September 23 to make
a contribution to their community and help keep Florida beautiful.
Photo by Judy Olsen
(Back row) Al Olsen, Ed Hobbs, Ron Anderson, Jerry Hollnagel, Walt
Padgett, Pr. Ed Holloway, Bert Adams.
(Front row) Ken Neal, Terry Couillard, Odd Bjerkmann
For information on any of the above events, please Call
the Church Office.