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Welcome - The Joy Project

Join the Mt. Tam Church Summer Joy Project!

3 Ways to Participate:

ONLINE via our website and facebook page, beginning July 19th

IN WORSHIP: 9:30am, beginning July 23rd

IN STUDY: Tuesdays, 10:30am, beginning July 25th

INTRO:

My beloved Mt. Tam Church and Community,

What joy I felt when I found The Book of Joy, a recording of a week together by two spiritual giants of our times, His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu! In 2015, to celebrate the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday (and Archbishop Tutu's 85th), they spent a week together in fellowship and conversation, focusing on the question, "How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?" The excitement I found as I read this book inspired me to create The Mt. Tam Church Summer Joy Project-an 8 week celebration designed to bring more deep joy into our lives. I hope you join in!

You may wish to purchase the book and read it in preparation for The Joy Project. Or relax and enjoy what you find here. You might want to keep a journal or just learn and reflect quietly. Each week, we'll e-mail a devotion and post it to our Facebook page (also available on the church website at mtumc.org). Please add your comments, discoveries and reflections to the comment section on Facebook so we can share and grow with one another.

There are so many ways to participate-you might want to join the Tuesday "Engaging Faith" group at 10:30 am, which will focus on The Joy Project beginning July 25th and certainly, join the summer worship services (9:30 am) beginning July 23, where scripture, message and music will center on joy! And even when you are traveling or cannot get to Sunday morning worship, you can connect online. Invite a friend to join in; enter The Joy Project as a family and make it part of your dinner conversation.

The Summer Joy Project allows all of us to be connected throughout the summer, no matter where we are! And we are building community while building more joy into our own lives. I look forward to The Joy Project journey together. May it be a blessing and joy for you!

Peace,

Pastor Kim

WEEK 1, JULY 19TH

WELCOME TO JOY: FOUNDATIONS AND BEGINNINGS

"Rejoice in the Lord always!" Philippians 4:4

Click HERE to continue reading this week's devotion.

WEEK 2, JULY 26TH

THE FIRST PILLAR OF JOY: PERSPECTIVE

These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)

Click HERE to continue reading this week's devotion.

WEEK 3, AUGUST 2ND

THE SECOND PILLAR OF JOY: HUMILITY

"No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth." (2 John 4)

Click HERE to continue reading this week's devotion.

WEEK 4, AUGUST 9TH

THE THIRD AND FOURTH PILLARS: HUMOR AND ACCEPTANCE

"[God], I am now coming to you and all these things that I speak in the world, [I do so] that your people here may have my joy fulfilled in themselves." (John 17:13)

Click HERE to continue reading this week's devotion.

WEEK 5, AUGUST 16TH

THE FIFTH PILLAR: FORGIVENESS

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,

kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness."

(Galatians 5: 22-23a)

Click HERE to continue reading this week's devotion.

WEEK 6, AUGUST 23RD

THE SIXTH PILLAR: GRATITUDE

"For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before Jesus at his coming? It is you! For you are our glory and joy."

(1 Thessalonians 2: 19-20)

Click HERE to continue reading this week's devotion.

WEEK 7, AUGUST 30TH

THE SEVENTH PILLAR: COMPASSION

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope." (Romans 15:13)

Click HERE to continue reading this week's devotion.

WEEK 8, SEPTEMBER 6TH

THE EIGHTH PILLAR: GENEROSITY

"We want you to know, sisters and brothers, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affection, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part."

(2 Corinthians 8: 1-2)

Click HERE to continue reading this week's devotion.

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