Community welcome at Joy Lutheran Church Oktoberfest

(ROCKWALL, TX – Oct. 22, 2018) Joy Lutheran Church invites all area residents to its Oktoberfest to enjoy fall festivities.

“Our area neighbors are invited to join us on Sunday, October 28, as we celebrate Oktoberfest at Joy Lutheran Church in Rockwall,” said Brandy Trygstad, head of Joy’s Outreach & Fellowship Committee.  “We’ll have a free lunch featuring German food, door prizes and activities for children.”

The event, with the support of Thrivent Financial, is a fundraiser for “Love to the Max,” a nonprofit organization celebrating the life of Maxwell Schwolert by providing scholarships for high school students. Max died at age 17 from complications of the flu during a holiday vacation.  He was the son of Joy’s Minister, Tom Schwolert, and his wife Melanie.

Trygstad said that following a 10:30 worship service with communion, a meal will be served featuring bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad, sweet-and-sour red cabbage, hot dogs, desserts and other Oktoberfest favorites.

Other fall activities at Joy include the following:

  • Children’s Sunday school classes are taught by Mary Oltmanns and Dawn Mahoney at 9:15 a.m.
  • Minister Tom Schwolert leads periodic adult education series Sundays at 9:15 a.m.  The next series will be a study of the Book of Acts to begin November 5.
  • A group called “Young@Heart,” composed mostly of Joy’s senior members, gathers on the second Tuesday of each month at a popular restaurant in the area.
  • The women of Joy gather on the last Wednesday of each month to play Bunco and share an evening meal while the men of the church gather at a nearby restaurant.

Joy Lutheran Church is a family-oriented church located at 302 N. Goliad (Hwy. 205), one block north of the Rockwall Historic County Courthouse.  The church’s website is  Call the church at 214-716-7539 for more information.

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