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Sunday's Order of Worship:
 Mighty to Save
 Prayer for the Day
 Welcome and Announcements
 Isaiah 35:4-7a
 Gospel ~ Mark 7:24-37
 Offering/Spirit Song
 Offering Prayer
 Holy Communion Litany
Words of Institution
Prayers of the People
Lord’s Prayer
 Distribution/Behold the Lamb
Lord Reign in Me
In This Issue:
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • Fill Rejoice with Music
  • Fall Schedule
  • Rejoice Activities
  • Transforming Angels
  • Good News Library
  • God's Work. Our Hands.
  • Fall Festival
  • Buy Bibles
  • Clearview Backpacks
  • Orange Banner
  • Community Prayers and Links
Scripture Links:

Rejoice YouTube Channel
Mark 7:24-37

24[Jesus] set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,25but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” 30So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

 31Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. 34Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”

"Oh, the humanity!" That popped into my head when I first read this in preparing for Sunday. Jesus' true humanity is revealed, and we don't want to see it. He called a demon-possessed girl a "dog", right to her desperate mother's face! Take note of the word sighed" in verse 34. How might that be related to this shocking example of Jesus' humanity? I'll share what I think Sunday.

  • Sunday School and Confirmation Registration Forms are available at our website. Please register your children. Hard copies will also be available in church.
  • Parents meeting September 15, 6:30 pm. I want to meet with just the parents of Sunday school and confirmation students.
  • Sunday school begins September 19
  • Sunday school on Wednesdays begins September 22- if we have a few adult volunteers to lead! Please contact me if you are willing.
  • High school Faith Formation begins September 22.
  • We have applied for a refi of our mortgage and received a conditional approval that would save us about $24,000 per year! Once in a generation opportunity! It will be a game-changer for Rejoice! We will be having a campaign this fall to meet their condition.
  • Communion is served this Sunday, September 5.
  • No Communion Sunday, September 12- brief worship, followed by God's Work, Our Hands.
  • Worship will not be livestreamed on September 12 due to God's Work, Our Hands.

We pray: God, you open hearing to understand your love is for all people, and unconditional. Lead us to new understandings that shape new behaviors in us, your church. Amen

Pastor Jim
Make a Joyful Noise!

Throughout the summer, we have been blessed to have the musical talents of pianists Bekah Kanable, Doris Scharmer, Janelle Rudningen, Nancy Lidberg, Natalie Bump, and Nicole Heberling lead us in worship. In her position of organizer, Nicole continues to do an awesome job selecting music and scheduling musicians. Thank you to all of you who have provided music to our ears!

As fall starts, some of these musicians are no longer available to play the piano for us. If you know of a pianist who may be interested in playing at Rejoice, please let Doris Scharmer, Janelle Rudningen or Nicole Heberling know.

Confirmation will start soon! This year, we’re using Colaborate: Lutheran Confirmation to we discover the richness of Lutheran history, the Small Catechism, as well as the Old and New Testaments. Remember, Parents Meeting September 15, 6:30 pm. First night is September 22, 6:15-7 pm.

Contact us to sign your child up, or go to, click on "menu", then "forms", and you will find a form to complete.  

Have you ever been stumped by a faith question? Join us for Colaborate: Lutheran Confirmation as we explore those questions together. Have you ever thought to yourself “If we follow Jesus, why do we call ourselves Lutheran?” Or “I don’t understand how Jesus could be fully human and fully divine.” To help answer these questions, our confirmands will be using Colaborate: Lutheran Confirmation as a way of learning, as opposed to lecture/small group.
Fall Family Schedule at Rejoice

  • 9:30 a.m. worship
  • Sunday school for ages 3-K starts in worship and dismisses after children's message
  • Begins September 19
  • Sunday school/Confirmation 6:15-7:00 p.m.
  • Worship 7-7:15 p.m.
  • Sr. High Faith Formation 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Begins September 22
Parents Only Meeting for Sunday School and Confirmation:
  • Wednesday, September 15
  • 6:30 p.m.

We need parents to teach all age groups!  Thank you!
Happening at Rejoice

You are invited!
  • Yoga for All Class
  • Wednesday mornings
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • $10 per class or $32 per month
  • Senior discount: $9 per class or $25 per month
  • Stitch and Pray
  • Wednesday afternoons
  • 1:00 p.m. in the Rejoice Library
  • Bring your knitting needles and crochet hooks to make prayer shawls for those that are experiencing health or spiritual challenges
  • All levels of skill are welcome
  • Krumkaka Bake
  • Wednesday, September 8
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Young @ Heart
  • Thursday, September 16
  • Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch at 11:30 a.m.
  • Guest speaker Doug Ohman - author, photographer, storyteller and popular public speaker at Noon
  • Invite a friend to join you!
Calling all Angels!

Join us and you will receive the power to restore, revive, and transform the temple of God. Angels with the following special powers are needed:
  • ability to run commercial carpet cleaner
  • ability to perform general cleaning and dusting
  • ability to repair plumbing, heating and air conditioning
  • ability to perform mechanical or electrical repair; or possess basic carpentry skills
  • ability to mow, trim or rake lawn

You can make Rejoice welcoming to members and guests by helping! Sign up in the church lobby or call Paul: 320.224.6119.

An organizational meeting will be held:
  • Thursday, September 16
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Rejoice Lutheran Church garage
Love Kids? Love Books?

Rejoice library is looking for several youth-adult helpers for its children's reading programs and general library duties. Contact Pam Bender for more information: 320.492.7477. Thank you!
2021 Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner and Fall Festival - CAN YOU HELP?

Our annual Fall Festival is coming up quickly.
 Volunteers are needed to make this day a success. 
Please make a personal commitment to participate. 
(WTFS-Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Help, catalog, display, assist with Silent Auction-TFS
Help place sale items in Granny’s Attic-TFS
Help prepare and serve lunch and beverages at Ole’s Grill-S
Assist in the kitchen-S
Help prepare food during the week-TF
Assist in sales areas as needed-S
Solicit Silent Auction donations (lists available)-anytime
Lots going on, lots of days to choose from!
Donate to the Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Craft Sale, Produce Sale, Granny’s Attic
Eat – enjoy a traditional homemade, acclaimed Scandinavian meal (3:30 or 5)
or lunch & beverage at Ole’s Grill
Invite your family, friends and neighbors.
Questions or to sign-up contact church office (320.558.6851)
or Rhoda Senkler (320.266.1770).
Sponsor a Bible

Donations are appreciated to purchase Bibles for our youth. Envelopes available on the Prayer Box table in Celebration Hall.
Noisy Offering for Clearview Backpack Program

It’s once again time to think about re-stocking the shelves for the weekend food backpack program at Clearview Elementary School! We will hold a food and fund drive to support the program on Sunday, September 26. Please bring non-perishable, kid-friendly items such as single-serving mac and cheese, soup and pasta cans with pull tops, single serving fruit cups or pudding, or instant oatmeal in single-serving packets. Your noisy (and not so noisy!) offering will also help kick-start the program this fall. The backpack program started in fall 2016 and last school year we provided breakfast, lunch and snack items to 5 families/14 children on the weekend when school meals are not available. 

When asked what they thought of the backpack program. Here’s what some of the kids had to say: 
  • "I really like them! They are a little heavy though." - Veronica - age 9
  • "I like to bring the backpack home. The food is good!" - Vincent - age 11
  • "I like everything about the backpack." - Brayden - age 6
  • "The only thing I don't like about the backpacks are that they are a little too heavy, but I love the food!" - Angel - age 8

Thank you for your generosity with food and funds in support of the backpack program on Sunday, September 26!
An Orange Banner in Remembrance of the Children
The American Indian Alaskan Native Lutheran Association (AIANLA) of the ELCA asks us to mourn with them the 215+ Indigenous children whose bodies were recently discovered in a mass grave in Canada.
In solidarity, an orange banner will hang in our church sanctuary for the next 225 days. A day for each child. Participate at home by placing this slip of paper or an orange cloth in a place of honor, in lament.
Inspired by Phyllis Jack Webstad who, at age 6, arrived at a residential boarding school wearing a gift from her grandmother–– a new orange t-shirt. Stripped, her new shirt taken away, the color symbolizes how they were stripped, too, of their Indigenous identity. An author and activist, read her story online.
From our library, read Kent Nerburn’s account as he takes you on ‘forgotten roads with an Indian Elder’ in his book Neither Wolf Nor Dog. Continue the journey with The Wolf at Twilight. Not in our library, I also recommend 2021 Pulitzer Prize winning author Louise Erdrich. She and Nerburn are from MN.
Community Prayers
If you have a loved one or friend in need of prayer, fill out a prayer request or use one of the prayer concern requests located on the Interest table and in the sanctuary welcome pads. The star(*) in front of a name denotes a Rejoice member. This is a dynamic list. Requests will be printed for up to four weeks; call the church office at 320.558.6851 to extend listing. If a name of a friend or loved one has been omitted please resubmit the name and/or concern using one of the prayer concern forms found in the red Welcome Pads in the worship area. 
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
Deanna (Jim Lanes)
Lisa Noreen (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Jody Trovall
Wyatt Wesenberg (friends' son, Paul & Jane Nelson)
Rusty Cowles (Leigh Holman)
Shari (friend, Amber Doering)
Joyce, Laurie, & Stephanie (friends, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Eric Westland (cousin, Ray & Mary Wilson)
Jim Hartle (friend, Lori Lanes)
Kelly (cousin, Pam Bender)
Steven Ray (cousin’s husband, Darlene & Duane Johnson)
Julie Lovig (friend, Kirk Suchomel)
Mary Swanson (friend, Lori Lanes)
Sami (friend, Lori Lanes)
Lucille (friend, Jim Lanes)
Kris (friend, Kari Line)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
*Pete Lidberg
Mike (nephew, Sue Severson)
Sheri and Joe, Skip (friends, Denny & Sue Severson)
Myron Napper (nephew’s son, Gene & Kay Krogstad)
Lynne (cousin, Pam Bender)
Rosie (friend, Rosemary Monk)
Susie Brown (friend, Liz Smith)
Jamie (Sig) Case (nephew, Kent & Grace Asheim)
Karen Solis (mother, Lisa Pridgeon)
Trinity Grace & Peige Faith (Kent & Grace Asheim)
Katelyn Schwab (great niece, Lori Lanes)
Kathie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Aaron (friend, Kari Line)
Doug Lindseth (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Lucas Barrett (grandson, Mike Barrett)
*Charlie Johnson
Brian (nephew, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Linda O’Dell-Cowles (family friend, Leigh Holman)
Kent Petersen (brother, Rhoda Senkler)
MJ Havlicek (friend, Lori Lanes)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Active Duty:
Eli Mulqueen (son, Janet Moeller)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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