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In This Issue:
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • Pastor Jim Vacation
  • New Office Hours
  • Confirmand Reminders
  • Fundraiser Meeting
  • Holiday Extravaganza
  • Granny & Ole Wow Event
  • Sign up for Worship
  • Your Donation Envelopes
  • Volunteer in Sound Booth
  • St. Luke's Sale
  • Community Prayers and Links
Dear Friends, this Sunday we are drawn into knowing God. Some places in the Bible call that, “knowing God.” Doing justice is knowing God. Biblical justice is more than retributive, enacting punishment on the guilty. Biblical justice sets a plumbline by which all relationships are measured. God’s justice is frequently applied to the cause of the widows, orphans, immigrants, and poor. The justness of any society is measured by how it treats these groups within society. Please join us for a Biblical explanation of words that have lost their meaning in American individualism and exceptionalism.
We have had two successful online worship offerings in a row! You can join us live at 9:30 am by going to our YouTube channel. A link is provided on Rejoice’s website home page. If you don’t make it in time, don’t worry, it will be recorded for a later viewing.
I leave you with this prayer:
Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we have dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore.
Disturb us, Lord, when With the abundance of things we possess We have lost our thirst For the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life, We have ceased to dream of eternity And in our efforts to build a new earth, We have allowed our vision Of the new Heaven to dim.
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wider seas Where storms will show your mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars. We ask You to push back The horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future In strength, courage, hope, and love. AMEN
Written by Sir Francis Drake in 1577!

Pastor Jim
Pastor Jim Getting Recharged

Pastor Jim will be on vacation from today, Friday, October 16 through Thursday, October 22. You may still call the church office at 320.558.6851 or email

If you have a PATORAL EMERGENCY, you may call Pastor Alex Beck:
  • 320.274.8827 (w)
  • 612.386.0832 (c)
New Office Hours

Rejoice office now closes at 4:00 p.m. instead of 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.
Confirmand Reminders

Please sign up early for your number attending the worship service in-person on Sunday, October 25 either online or by calling the church office at 320.558.6851.

Confirmands will have pictures and rehearsal on Saturday, October 24 at 9:00 a.m.
Fall Fundraiser Meeting

All are welcome to join the brainstorming session!
  • Wednesday, October 28
  • 9:30 a.m.
  • Rejoice Good News Library

Pre-order your lefse by Tuesday, November 17 and it will be ready for you to pick up on Sunday, November 22 from 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • 3 lefse rounds for $5
  • 12 rounds for $20

Anyone interested, experienced or not, is invited to make lefse on Friday, November 20 at Rejoice at 9:00 a.m. We will follow COVID safety protocols.

For more information and to place your lefse order, call:
  • Mary Wilson - 763.228.8182
  • Grace Asheim - 320.266.2543

Holiday Bake Sale

  • Saturday, December 5
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Rejoice Celebration and Fellowship Hall

Freshly made by our Fall Festival experts, Swedish meatballs will be packaged in containers of 12 and for sale. We are looking for helpers to make meatballs on Friday, December 4 at Rejoice at 9:00 a.m., again following COVID safety protocols.

Could you donate your favorite baked or canned goods to sell? Please call Mary Wilson at 763.228.8182.

Craft Sale

  • Saturday, December 5
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Rejoice Celebration and Fellowship Hall

Rent a table to sell your craft items:
  • $20 for 6 foot table
  • $25 for 8 foot table

In anticipation of the Craft Sale, crafters are invited to donate items to Rejoice. Please mark containers and bags clearly so that we know the items are intended for the Craft Sale. Thanks so much for your donations!  

For more information and to rent a table, call Lisa Pridgeon at 320.290.5897.

Silent Auction

  • Saturday, December 5
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Rejoice Celebration and Fellowship Hall

Please consider putting a themed basket together or purchasing gift cards from local businesses to feature as items for our auction. These are great for Christmas gift giving.
Granny and Ole Recap

Because of the generosity of donors, the hard work of volunteers and a good community response, approximately $7,000 was raised - wow! Thank you for helping to exceed expectations. Please look for more opportunities to share, help, bake and arrange in future fundraisers. If you’re willing to be involved please contact Marilyn Koontz or Mary Wilson.
Sign Up for In-Person Worship

WE WOULD PREFER that you sign up if you are attending in-person worship service. But please feel free to attend if you do not sign up - you are ALWAYS WELCOME at Rejoice! You may call the church office at 320.558. 6851 to let us know you are attending or sign up online.

*Please RSVP by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday each week.
Tithes and Offerings

2021 GIVING ENVELOPES have arrived in your mailboxes. Thank you for supporting Rejoice and our ministries!
Help us See and Hear

Now that we can again worship in person at Rejoice, we are in need of helpers to run audio and video equipment on Sunday mornings. Training is provided and signing up to help is easy!

Thank you!!!
St. Luke's Holiday Sale

Please plan to come to St. Luke's annual holiday sale. Lots of gently used holiday items will be available for purchase. Most items will not be marked; prices are free will offering. There is something for everyone!
  • Thursday - Saturday, October 15-17
  • 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 18
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
  • Church of St. Luke
  • 17545 Huber Ave NW, Clearwater
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:
Doug Nieters (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
Kris (friend, Kari Line)
*Kent Asheim
Sunday Burquest, "Grit Girl" (Speaker at the 2019 Women's Salad Supper event)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
Judy Schill (mother, Chris Schill)
Terri (mother, Jill Charboneau)
Kari Hilden (friend, Lori Lanes)
Marlene Anderson-Woods (friend, Linda Agre)
*Pete Lidberg
Aaron (friend, Kari Line)
Doug Lindseth (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Jed Anderson (friend, Ray & Mary Wilson)
Theresa Klicker (daughter, Brad & Martha Johnson)
Karen Kroska (friend, Ray & Mary Wilson)
Doug Regnier (brother-in-law, Bill & Rhoda Senkler)
*Bev Allen
Mitch & Kalley Czech (brother-in-law and niece, Cindy Kirchoff)
*Dianna Jussila
*Martha Johnson
Lucas Barrett (grandson, Mike Barrett)
Nick Eldred (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
Violet Viesselman (friend, Jim & Marlys Johnson)
Ken Johnson (brother, Brad Johnson)
*Charlie Johnson
Brian (nephew, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Ryan, son of Layne & Julie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Linda O’Dell-Cowles (family friend, Leigh Holman)
Kent Petersen (brother, Rhoda Senkler)
Justine Honor Pridgeon (granddaughter, Lisa & Ryan Pridgeon)
MJ Havlicek (friend, Lori Lanes)
Nancy Nicoloff (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Dick Swanson
Ron Dettman (friend, Linda Agre)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Ron Wolfbauer (nephew, Carolyn & Ron Stensby)
Walker James Vreeland (grandson, David & Cindy Kirchoff)
Baby Henry Opatz (friend, Tina Bunting)
*Jerry Jagadzinski
*Bev Hugo
Deployed or Returning from Active Duty:
Pastor Daryl Thul (Pastor at South Santiago Lutheran Church) and members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade
Tyler Sunder (son of Karie Monk-Gohman's co-worker)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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