Shoebox Outreach

Shoebox Ministry happens every December. We gather gifts for those children in need and distribute them with love to positively impact their lives at a time of need. We have been blessed with a relationship to the local schools through the Mesa police department.

Feed My Starving Children Outreach  

We participate in FMSC pack events throughout the year. It is a great opportunity for us all to work side by side in love as we care for those in the world who are in need.

FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.

Through volunteering at FMSC, you’ll get the chance to impact hundreds of kids in just two hours per packing shift. You’ll experience what it’s like to make a tangible difference today.

Feed My Starving Children meals are produced by volunteers in Minnesota, Illinois, Arizona and all over the United States through MobilePack events.


(Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program)

Working closely with Lutheran Social Ministry of the Southwest, Spirit of Joy offers physical space to shelter homeless women. All the women are in transitional living conditions and are either employed or in job training. The third Monday and Tuesday of every month we turn our fellowship hall into a dormitory to provide a warm place to sleep along with healthy meals, encouragement, and spiritual guidance, all in the name of God’s love.

Family Resource Center – Lutheran Social Services

Lutheran Social Services is located at Spirit of Joy and is one of our partners in building strong and faithful families. Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest Family Resource Centers, is also in partnership with First Things First, and provides families with children birth to 5 years old activities, which include developmental playgroups, parenting classes and assistance to locate information and community resources. Families have access to knowledge, resources and supports that will help their children be school ready in order to reach their full potential. This partnership with First Things First is with the Phoenix North and Southeast Maricopa Regional Councils.

Please check the Spirit of Joy Calendar (link to calendar) for programing that helps to build strong families. Locations in our building vary so please watch for signage.

  • Book Club
  • Messy Play
  • Kids in the Kitchen
  • Little Rembrandts

Stephen Ministry

This is a National ministry lived out by persons who have gone through rigorous training to provide care for people within the faith community who are in need of care through prayer, conversation, listening, support and encouragement.

Here at SOJ we are committed to have Stephen Ministers who are trained and ready to walk with individuals through the challenges of life and when they experience crisis.

This is a wonderful way to express God’s love to those who are in need and to strengthen the individual’s faith and the faith of the community of believers.

For more information please contact the church office.

Save the Family

We believe in making families whole again where justice and dignity are upheld for those who are in need. We are really good at encouragement and spiritual support, but look to our partners at Save the Family ministry who specialize in serving families who are homeless. At Save the Family families become permanently housed and financially self-sufficient.  This is a results-driven ministry of love that offers:

  • Case coordination
  • Long-Term Shelter
  • Rapid Re-Housing
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families
  • Shelter + Care
  • Permanent supportive housing (ARM of Save the Family)
  • Supportive services

Save the Family services are based on national, standardized best practices to reduce family homelessness and their goals and strategies align with strategies and goals set by the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Maricopa Association of Government’s Continuum of Care to End Homelessness.

Building Relationships Through Connections

We know the key to developing a faith that sticks for life is through forming deep connections at home and within the community of faith. We provide a variety of ways for people to connect with each other and to equip people to live out their faith confidently.

Classes are wonderful formal learning environments designed for students of all ages to learn about the Bible and the Christian/Lutheran faith. It is also a time to equip you live a life of faith, peace and love and communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout your life through your words and deeds.

Time for fun and fellowship create opportunities to grow deeper in our relationships with each other so that we are better equipped to support each other in times of need.

We want to help you to live the life of a disciple and so we have developed opportunities and procured resources to help all households become strong in their faith!

For current information on all programs, events, and ways to connect subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Time to Learn and Grow…

LIGHT (Learning in God’s House Together) is our inter-generational learning time on Sunday mornings. Focused on building inter-generational relationships, learning centers around the Lutheran Catechism and Biblical stories. Music and activities that reinforce learning help to keep all ages engaged with each other.

Confirmation for middle school youth means special time with the pastor to ask questions about faith and grow more deeply in their personal relationship with our Creator. This time includes every Sunday morning as well as extended time monthly simply for hanging out, playing games, and deepening relationships.

Sunday morning adult forums occur throughout the year. Topics range from Biblical Study to special topical studies. All classes are designed to meet you where you are and to help you to grow in your faith! Just come as you are!

A variety of Bible studies are offered frequently at different times throughout the year. Watch the home page banner for more current information, contact the church office (, or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Summer time…

All youth are invited to Terrific Tuesdays during the summer school break. This is time for food, fun, fellowship with youth, the pastor, and any other adults who want to deepen relationships across ages. Bring your swim suit so you may enjoy our backyard pool!

Summer camps are offered for Middle School students to have unique experiences mixing the outdoors, Bible, fun, and fellowship in order to go deeper in faith. We partner with faith-based accredited camps with trained young adult counselors who connect with young people and share their faith.

We believe in helping youth develop leadership skills. Vacation Bible School is a great opportunity for youth to serve as assistant leaders and eventually as leaders for the younger children. Vacation Bible School is offered the 3rd week of _June__ every summer, 5:30 – 8:30 PM so mark your calendars now!

For current information on all summer programs, watch the home page banner as summer approaches, contact the church office (, or subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Time for Fellowship…

Sunday morning fellowship is time to enjoy food and conversation, connecting with others and using guided conversations to grow deeper in our faith and relationships.

OWLS (Older, Wiser, Lutherans) is a fellowship gathering of 55 plus aged who enjoy fellowship, bible study and good food. We meet every 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm in at the church.

Oktoberfest is our annual picnic held in our own backyard. Time for music, fun, games for kids, food, and fellowship.

Music Ministry…

Our Adult Choir is a community within a community, these folks are fed spiritually as they fellowship and participate in high quality worship! This is a vocal ensemble comprised of men and women who participate in weekly rehearsals. You do not need prior vocal experience or be able to read music.

Meets Tuesday’s 6:30pm-7:30pm in the Worship Center
Director: Chris Mack;

Our Bell Choir adds a beautiful ring to worship. Men, women, and youth rehearse in preparation of leadership during Sunday traditional worship services. While you do not have to read music or have prior experience, it is always helpful.

Meets Tuesday’s 8:00pm-9:00pm in the Worship Center
Director: Chris Mack;

Caring Ministry…

Prayer is critical for our life together. We are a congregation that encourages all to pray for each other. Each week individuals requesting prayer are listed in the bulletin and all are encouraged to pray throughout the week for those who have requested prayers.

We also have a prayer wall in our lobby. Individuals are encouraged to put a prayer request on the wall. As people leave worship, they are encouraged to pick up a prayer request and pray all week for that individual.

Stephen Ministry is a National ministry lived out by persons who have gone through rigorous training to provide care for people within the faith community through prayer, conversation, listening, support and encouragement. Here at SOJ we are committed to have Stephen Ministers who are trained and ready to walk with individuals through the challenges of life and when they experience crisis.

For more information about receiving care from a Stephen Minister or about training to be a Stephen Minister, please contact the church office.

1159 North Greenfield Road
Gilbert AZ, 85234-2845


Pastor Brian Cain makes learning about the Lord fun and easy to understand. Absolutely love going to church at Spirit of Joy. The 10:30am service is filled with great people and just an all-around amazing experience. Recommend it to anybody.

Paul S.

Gilbert, AZ

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