Pastor Tom's Welcome to
Community of Joy!!


841 Saratoga Dr. NE

Rio Rancho, NM 87144

P: (505) 896-2543

Fax: (505) 896-0756

Directions to our Church

Office Hours: M-F 8-12 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday Services 8:15 and 10:45 a.m.

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We meet each week on Sunday morning for worship services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Holy Communion is celebrated at each service. Education and fellowship between the services.


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Music draws us together like nothing else can. It helps us to focus our thoughts and emotions to worship God in a meaningful way. The ReJOYce Music Team is all about participation.





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Adult Education

Modern day topics discussed every week between services at 9:40 a.m. See the new schedule in "More".



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Youth Education

Opportunities for all ages to learn. .


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I am New

Frequently Asked Questions



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Keep current with the latest happenings at COJ and take a peek at what's coming up. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about upcoming events and how you can get involved.

*Midweek Newsletter

*Weekly Newsletter

*Monthly Newsletter

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What's Coming Up

Look ahead

Contact Us


Pastor Tom Anderson (Interim Pastor)

P: (505) 896-2543

Prayer Requests: Pastor Tom Anderson, call the church office at 505-896-2543.

Hospital Visits and Pastoral Care: by Pastor Tom Anderson - Request thru church office: 505-896-2543



Earlene Shroyer, Administrative Coordinator

P: (505) 896-2543      


 2018 Church Council

Church Council installed January 28, 2018.

    Kristen Sillence, President

    Christina Engel, Vice President

    Julie Laybourne, Secretary

    Dick Tool, Treasurer

    Meghan Lyman

    Anne Kinney

    Harrison Lyman

Small Group Ministry

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Children's Choir

Children 5-11 who meet each week on Wednesday evening during school year, various Sunday performances.


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We meet each week on Wednesday evenings during the school year.

Fellowship, Education, Adoration, Song, Togetherness

Join us for our Lenten Soup Suppers

followed by a short service at 6:30 p.m.



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Joyful Hearts

Women who meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. @ COJ





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Joyful Journey

Members who meet 1st & 3rd Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.


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Joy Quilters

For Members who like Quilting. We meet various times, check the calendar in  "More"



Man Cave Small Group

Men who meet weekly on Mondays @ 6:30 p.m. Contact Bill Kostel in "More" for weekly details.


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Men Alive

Men who meet the 2nd and 4th Saturday for breakfast @ 8:00 a.m.



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ReJOYce Music Team

For the Music Geeks, we meet Wednesdays and Sundays.  All instruments welcome.




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Tuesday Morning Prayer

We meet each week Tuesday at 9:30 a.m



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Women of Prayer

We meet each 1st and 3rd Tuesday at COJ 3-4:30 p.m.



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Youth Group

7th Grade and Up that meet at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Check the schedule inside "More" below




Our Ministry at Large

Community of Joy Lutheran Church, originally called Rio Rancho Lutheran Church, was founded in late 1987.Services were held in various places including the Italian-American Center and Stapleton Elementary School. In 1990, COJ officially became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Since then, COJ has experienced many ups and downs, but thanks to God and many dedicated people, we are now a joyful and thriving community in Rio Rancho.

In 2004 we moved into our first dedicated facility at 841 Saratoga Drve and have since added on an education wing to accommodate our growing congregation. We invite you to join us as we move forward sharing Christ's love and growing God's family!    

More History

Together in Our Community

Discovery Jungle Preschool is now providing daily Toddler PlaySchool from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m for Little Ones 1 & 2 as well as Full Time Care for families who need it!! We sing a lot of songs, do a lot of crafts, and have a lot of fun! We learn our colors, our feelings, how to share and make friends, and that Jesus Loves Us! It is a great introduction to preschool and is a great way to give mom a break. Contactt Joleta Spears at for more information.

Lutheran Family Services

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains is in need of gently used items in good condition. They need furniture, towels, bedding, cookware, tableware and of course, money and gift cards (Walmart gift cards are preferred) are also appreciated. There is a table in the fellowship Area to drop off your donated items. Contact Dianne 505-600-9171 and she will contact Tarrie to schedule delivery times, pickups, or if you have questions.

Girl Scout Troop 3291 - See Tiffani Lovell for more information.

Rio Rancho Youth Chorus

See Neal Shotwell at 505-228-9808 (cell) for more information.

Storehouse West

Please remember to bring pennies, nickels, dimes, etc for Storehouse West to help the needy in Sandoval County. There is a jar for this specificaly in the entryway.


In Ministry Together
ELCA, World Hunger,
Lawrence and Purity who service and Live in Kenya where they work offering education and direction to girls in Kenya..


About Us

"We at Community of Joy Lutheran Church, ELCA invite all into the fullness of God's love. This invitation is inclusive of people of every race, national origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, physical or mental ability, sex, or station in life. We pledge to use our differences as gifts for our work together."

Contact Us

Community of Joy Lutheran Church
841 Saratoga Dr. NE
Rio Rancho,  NM  87144
P: (505) 896-2543
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