Connect & Serve

Healing Waters

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled veterans through fly fishing. We teach fly-fishing basics: equipment, casting, fly tying, and then we take the vets fishing (the best part).

Contact Jon at 480-694-9865 for more information.

Book Club

Great fellowship and wonderful things to read and discuss. Topics vary throughout the year, but the conversation and fellowship are always the same, wonderful.

Meets Thursday’s at 9:30am. Room 102.

God’s Work Our Hands

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together in 2018! View the video for more information.

WELCA (under construction)

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 Logging 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. We provide encouragement, spiritual guidance, a warm place to sleep and healthy meals all in the name of 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.


Prayer Chain

We have a team of people who are committed to pray for you. The Prayer Chain is as easy as reading your email and then praying. Requests for prayers are received via email or phone calls to the church office at or 480-507-0742. Scripture is matched to go along with the request and a prayer is put together and sent out to our “prayer warriors.”

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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