Around 1973, Pastor Floyd Brause and his wife Lucille came to Eagle River to see about establishing a Lutheran Congregation. They spent a lot of time asking people how a new congregation might help the community. Two responses in particular seemed to come up again and again: a place for community groups to meet, and a quality child care.
Over 40 years later, Joy Lutheran is still a vital part of our Eagle River and Chugiak community. This year we celebrate our 40th anniversary as a congregation and we celebrate the work of God’s Spirit that has done such great things amoung us.
The Joy Child Development Center (JCDC) has provided the quality child care and education for many years and remains one of the highest rated centers in the state. Our building is used every day and evening of the week for various community groups: recitals, Boy Scouts, A.A., N.A., neighborhood councils, the list goes on.
The Chugiak/Eagle River Food Pantry had its beginnings here at Joy, and we remain an essential support of this outreach for our community.
Over the years, hundreds of people have worshiped together, sang together, learned together, prayed together, built together. We have been together a place of hope and healing in Jesus, the One in whom we find our center and our peace.
As we begin another 40 years of mission and ministry in Jesus name, we are excited to see where the Spirit will take us!