Freedom

Freedom

Freedom There’s a great song by the Soup Dragons that celebrates, with a great beat and bravado, that “I’m free to do what I want, any ol’ time.” This is the ideal in our society’s mind’s eye – we are free to choose what we want, to live how we...

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Sunrise in Kuwait

Greetings from Kuwait

Greetings from Kuwait Dear sisters and brothers at New Joy, Greetings to you in the midst of Vacation Bible School week! May your ministry of hospitality and community, of learning and playing, of singing and proclaiming the Gospel be a blessing to you, to our VBS families, and to the...

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Listening is love

Listening is Love

Listening is love by Pastor Chris Duckworth “Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry.” – James 1:19 Christians, and especially preachers, are known for speaking. We are called, after all, to proclaim God’s Word. Whether the...

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Pastor Chris Duckworth

Peace is a Gift

Dear Sisters & Brothers at New Joy, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I give to you not as the world gives. Don't be troubled or afraid." - John 14:27 I think many households are starting to feel a kind of peace fall upon them...

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Preschool Playground Build Day

Preschool Playground Build Day

New Joy Preschool Playground Build Day On Saturday March 24... We had 33 people show up to help create our new playground area for the preschool. Volunteers helped assemble playground equipment, dug slides into the hill area, move the fire pit, create mural designs that will go on the fence...

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Movement at the Cross

Movements at the Cross

Movements at the Cross I’m traveling overseas in the next few weeks. There will be lots of movements. We’ll be packing up our barracks and equipment. Staging Soldiers and their gear. Moving to the airfield. The long flight with at least one stop. We’ll land several time zones away, and...

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Packing UP

Packing Up

Packing Up Dear members and friends at New Joy, I hope all is well back at New Joy! I loved seeing the pictures of the playground build, and I can imagine all the work underway as you prepare for the Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast. Here at North Fort...

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Rank Insignias

Looking at Everyone with the Eyes of Faith

Looking at Everyone with the Eyes of Faith Being a Soldier has taught me to look at everyone. Before becoming a Soldier, I was always observant, and I like to think that I noticed people. But as a Soldier noticing those around you is a duty. You see, we wear...

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Greetings from Fort Hood

Greetings from Fort Hood Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, Greetings from North Fort Hood, where the Soldiers of the 638th Aviation Support Battalion are hard at work preparing for their Culminating Training Exercise (CTE) on way to validation to go overseas. The exercise is coming up soon, and in...

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Pastor Chris Duckworth

Taking Leave from New Joy

Taking Leave from New Joy This Sunday, January 20, will be my last Sunday with you before my extended leave for service overseas with the Indiana Army National Guard. Your partnership in the Gospel, both here at New Joy and with the US Army, is something for which I am...

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Waiting for Jesus this Advent

Waiting for Jesus this Advent

Advent begins Sunday, December 2 This Sunday at New Joy we will celebrate the beginning of Advent, a four-week season of anticipation leading to Christmas. We will hang deep blue cloths on the altar, pulpit, and on the wall, recalling the dark nights in which words of hope were spoken...

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