In His Grip

J.O.Y. Fellowship

J .O.Y. Fellowship was organized April 5"', 1994. The name J .O.Y. was chosen as we are to put Jesus first in our lives, Others second and Ourselves (you) last. Our goals are to provide fellowship and fun to the Women of Peace Church and an atmosphere of cooperation and Christian love with our sister organization, Women's Guild. We strive to serve the Lord through the work and outreach of our Church.

We begin our year in January with our annual potluck holiday meal and gift exchange. This is when our Secret Prayer Sister is revealed and a new name drawn for the next year for those who choose to do so. We also have our election of officers.

In February we do some sort of Valentine treats for residents of Elm Crest Manor, the assisted living apartments and shut-ins in our community.

During the Spring season we share serving refreshments for Wednesday night Lenten Services with Women's Guild. We assist the Council and decoration committee for the Easter Breakfast, sometimes supplying candy. Along with Women's Guild we purchase Mothers' Day gifts for the Church and Elm Crest Manor. We honor our graduates with a small gift each year. We also provide corsages and boutonnieres for our Confirmands.

Summer season begins with a potluck picnic/meeting usually in June. Along with Women's Guild we purchase gifts for the men for Father's Day. We provide coffee and goodies after Church one month during the Summer. We take turns with Women's Guild hosting a Mother Daughter Tea every couple years. In August we host a Teachers' Luncheon to welcome back all the teachers and support staff of New Salem Almont schools.

Fall season begins with planning our annual Potluck Family Thanksgiving Dinner. Womens' Guild purchases the turkeys and J .O.Y. members cook them along with trimmings. For our December meeting we have been attending a dinner theater Christmas Pageant in Bismarck. We supply cookies for the annual Holiday Open House at Tracy's Sanctuary in Bismarck.

We also support many varied Missions- Child Evangelism, Campus Crusade, Teen Challenge and any within out Peace Church Family. We have an adopted Grandmother and Grandfather at Elm Crest Manor that we honor on their birthdays and Christmas.

We meet on the second Thursday evening at 6:30 with prayer and Bible Study or lesson. We welcome new members and new ideas or suggestions anytime.