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In This Issue:
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • Parent Survey
  • Helping Hands Needed
  • Synod Sermons
  • Pastor Vacay
  • Heritage Days Car Show
  • Rejoice Activities
  • Coffee & Treats
  • Help Hungry Families
  • Fall Festival
  • Community Events
  • Community Prayers and Links
2 Corinthians 8:1 We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; 2 for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, 4 begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints-- 5 and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, 6 so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. 7 Now as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you-- so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. 8 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9 For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.

Dear Friends,

Courageous Service. Extravagant Hospitality. Transformational Worship. Compassionate Justice. Those are the first four core values in our series on trying on for size what Council has discerned. This coming Sunday we look at Joyful Generosity.  Generosity is a way of seeing life. It sees abundance in all things. There may be limits to any one thing, but there is always more than enough. It sees all things are God's things, and that God gives us the privilege to enjoy them. And we're not just talking about material things and money. We are given 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and approximately 698,880 hours in a lifetime. We are given the gifts of abilities to use and share, along with stewarding ideas with others. It all belongs to God, but God wants us to make the most of all of it. Why would we ever want to share these? Because we have come to know grace. Grace is hidden in the above passage at least four times, plus the one time Paul actually named it as such. I'll share those other places we find grace in this passage. We can see that the Macedonians, who were not nearly as wealthy as Corinthians, nonetheless found joy in giving- even beyond their means.  

Joyful generosity is one of God's core values. God joyfully and generously gives abundant grace to us. John 1 describes it as grace upon grace. God lavishes us with all we need, and then some. I look forward to celebrating this with you Sunday.

We pray: Creator, thank you. In your abundant grace we find your joy. Make our joy complete by stirring us to share all you have given us to use. Amen.

Pastor Jim
Parent Feedback Survey

If you have children younger than high school age, please help us put together Sunday School and Wednesday night activities by answering at most, six questions in this survey. It should take two minutes. Thank you.
We Need Your Gifts!

Coming soon, you will receive an email from Rejoice asking you/your family to lend a hand with Sunday worship: greeters, hospitality and communion assistants. It’s easy, takes little time, and connects you with others folks. Blessings!
Synod Sermons

Our Synod office will offer a weekly virtual sermon written and preached by one of the Synod Ministers, Bishop Jon, or Bishop Elect Dee Pederson through the end of August. There will be no bulletins or hymn suggestions paired with these sermons. They are simply there for us to watch and enjoy as we spend our summer worshiping God and celebrating his mission for us in this world.
Vacation and Communion

Pastor Jim will be on vacation July 19-25. Holy Communion will be offered this Sunday, July 18. There will be no communion on July 25.
Clearwater Heritage Days

Heritage Days Committee has reached out to Rejoice to use the parking lot for a car show.

We are looking for someone to coordinate a fundraiser during the car show. It could include selling coffee and rolls, tacos in a bag and beverages.
  • Saturday, August 7
  • Car show runs from 9:00 a.m. until Noon
  • Rejoice parking lot

If this speaks to you - speak to us! Call the church office at 320.558.6851 to get details.
Activities at Rejoice

You are invited!
  • Fall Festival Meeting
  • Sunday, August 8
  • Following 9:30 a.m. worship at Rejoice
  • 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
  • Women’s Bible Study
  • Tuesday, July 20
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • All are welcome
Coffee Fellowship

Thank you to the volunteers and future hosts of Sunday fellowship for bringing and serving treats with us. Those serving can check the freezer for extra treats to put out.

To host fellowship, sign up in Fellowship Hall.
Open Your Heart this Summer

Open Your Heart Summer Challenge runs for the month of July. The challenge aims to boost food shelves in Minnesota when they need it most. During the summer months, food shelf donations are traditionally low. For the thousands of Minnesota families that rely on free breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, the summer makes it difficult for them to secure food. In partnership with Hunger Solutions, Open Your Heart’s Summer Challenge makes it possible for Minnesota food shelves to restock and distribute fresh and frozen foods during this difficult time of year. Please consider making a donation to the Food Shelf in July.

2021 Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner and Fall Festival

Rejoice's famous Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 25! The Fall Festival has become a very important event for our church. This fundraiser has become a necessary part of our annual budget.

We will be asking for you to share your time, talent and treasure with you church family to make this event a success. We could use donations:
  • Raffle prizes and silent auction items
  • Granny’s Attic - gently used or new items may be a treasure to someone else
  • Household items, small furniture, amps and kitchen, etc.
  • Toys and toy sets
  • Tools and garage stuff, sporting goods
  • Holiday décor
  • Jewelry
  • PLEASE no electronics or exercise equipment
  • Homemade craft items

Thank you! If you have questions, call the church office at 320.558-6851.
Area Happenings

Burger Corn Combo Drive-Thru Dinner:
  • Church of St Luke
  • 17545 Huber Ave NW, Clearwater
  • Tomorrow - Saturday, July 17
  • 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • $10.00 per plate
  • Includes: 1/3 lb burger, sweet corn, French fries, cookie and bottle of water

Scout Fun Day:
  • Warner Lake County Park
  • 1485 Co Rd 143, Clearwater
  • Saturday, July 31
  • 1 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Free day of adventure and camping skills for boys and girls K-12 (don’t need to be a current scout)
  • Register at ScoutFunDay.org

Vacation Bible School:
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. 
We Mourn With:
Ryan and Lisa Pridgeon in the loss of Lisa’s stepfather, John Solis
Jeff & Barb Nelson and Jesse & Nicole Heberling families in the loss of Grandma Mary
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
Others:
Karen Solis (mother, Lisa Pridgeon)
Trinity Grace & Peige Faith (Kent & Grace Asheim)
Katelyn Schwab (great niece, Lori Lanes)
Crissy Krohn (cousin’s wife, Mary Wilson)
*Martha Johnson
Kathie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Aaron (friend, Kari Line)
Doug Lindseth (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Lucas Barrett (grandson, Mike Barrett)
Ken Johnson (brother, Brad Johnson)
*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
(Open Position) Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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