Worship with Us!
8:30 a.m. - Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. - Fellowship and Education
10:30 a.m. - Contemporary Worship

Holy Communion
2nd and 4th Sundays
Sunday Worship Scripture Links
In This Issue
  • Note from Pastor Marlene
  • Sweets from Sweeties
  • Congregational Survey
  • Calling Pastors
  • Singers
  • Angels
  • Who's Who
  • Men's Mission Trip
  • Winter Walking
  • Comfy, Cozy Kid
  • Mission with Celebration
  • Community Prayers and Links
Giving Thanks!
‘Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!’ (2 Cor. 9:15)

Thanks to all who shared in making the Thanksgiving ecumenical service and supper such a blessing for many!

May you travel in safety. May your time with family and friends be filled with joyous memories. And may you find just a moment in these busy days to give thanks to God who blesses us so richly!

Don't forget to join us for the inter-generational event between services this Sunday in the Fellowship Hall! Thank you for the privilege of walking and serving with you here at Rejoice!

Peace,
Pastor Marlene (and Bill)
European Christmas Coffee, Craft & Bake Sale
Children of Rejoice will be serving hors d’oeuvres, cookies and candies, along with flavored coffees, teas and apple cider.
  • Saturday, December 1
  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
What Do You Think?
Our church council is looking for everyone's input on the topic of permanently moving to one worship service. Please take a moment to download and print this survey, or complete the survey on our website. Your opinion is very important! Have your survey submitted by:
  • Sunday, December 9
Holy Magic that Filled the Stable Fills Rejoice
Don't miss the Sunday School Christmas program during worship:
  • Sunday, December 16
  • Soup lunch will follow
Call Committee
Are you interested in serving on the committee to call the next pastor at Rejoice? If so, let Pastor Marlene or Council President Wendy Storkamp know by Sunday, December 23.
Joy to Good Shepherd
We are inviting all singers to join a group from Young at Heart for caroling at Good Shepherd Community. We'll spread a little cheer and enjoy lunch after. 
  • Thursday, December 6
  • Carpool from Rejoice at 9:15 a.m. to assemble and sing at 10:00
  • Good Shepherd Senior Living Community Event Center
  • 1115 4th Avenue North, Sauk Rapids
  • Lunch following at Jimmy's Pour House
  • 22 2nd Avenue North, Sauk Rapids

Hope you can join us! For questions and to RSVP, call Audrey at 320.558.9909. 
Be a Christmas Angel
Angel Tags for Pathways 4 Youth will be available starting this Sunday. Find a tag, write down your name and contact info, go out and shop. Thank you for helping bring a smile to area youth and their young children this Christmas! Return your items to Rejoice by:
  • Sunday, December 9
 
If you'd like to learn more about their mission,visit  http://www.pathways4youthmn.org/
‘Please tell me your name.’   (Gen 32.29)
On Sundays you will find name tags and pens on tables by the doors to the sanctuary. Please take one, write your name on it, and wear it during worship, as you leave the sanctuary and stop to shake hands or share an acknowledgement, and even as you share in coffee fellowship!

Peace, Pastor Marlene
Men's Mexico Mission Trip
There are spots available for men who want to escape our Minnesota winter and do some good deeds in Reynosa, Mexico. The group will travel to Children's Haven International :
  • Saturday, February 23 - Saturday, March 2, 2019

Children's Haven International provides home and refuge to 50+ needy children from broken, abusive, or impoverished families. C all James Kirchenbauer at 320.290.4879 or Ken Hutchinson at 612.845.4776 for more information or to sign up. We guarantee you'll return home with enough bright and sunny smiles to last you through the winter!
Weekday Winter Walking
Don’t let the cooler weather keep you cooped up, come walk the halls at Rejoice on weekdays!
  • Monday through Thursday:
  • 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday:
  • 7:45-11 a.m.

For entry, push the buzzer on the right hand side of the door that leads to the library and office area.
Ease a Child into Peaceful Slumber
You can help kids bundle up for bedtime by bringing in pajamas and blankets for the Crisis Nursery Serving Wright County's annual holiday giveaway on December 8. Pajamas are needed for boys and girls size 5 through 14.

Leave your pajama and blanket donations outside the sanctuary anytime this month.
Mission Trip Opportunity 
Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell has an adult mission trip headed to the Dominican Republic this winter. It is a Habitat for Humanity build and there are twelve spots still open if anyone is interested. Dates of the mission trip:
  • Saturday, February 16 - Sunday, February 24, 2019
Community Prayers
I f 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:
Bill & Rhoda Senkler in the loss of Rhoda’s friend, Barb Dhein
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
Jodi Wipper Anderson (friend Mark Gohman)
Lorraine Hoff (mother, Jeff Hoff)
Michelle Wrightson (cousin, Mary Wilson)
Janice Novak (Ron & Carolyn Stensby)
Ruth Johnson (Laurie Hoff)
Kade Moore (Lori Lanes)
*Pete Lidberg
Others:
*Bev Hugo
Esther Persen (mother, Jim Boucher)
*Alden Gjevre
Jody Nappa (sister, Chari Ahrenholz & John Gohman)
Karin Solis (mother, Lisa Pridgeon)
*Martha Johnson
Dawn Blair (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Jim Lanes
Deployed or Returning from Active Duty:
* Keith Sand
Jon Fisher (brother, Joe Fisher)
Rejoice Staff
Marlene Elmstrom Interim Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Sara Miller Youth & Family Coordinator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant