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In This Issue:
  • Message from Pastor Jim
  • Annual Meeting Notices
  • Food Shelf Donations
  • Help with Heat & Electric Bills
  • Stewardship Opportunity
  • AA Meetings
  • Community Prayers and Links
Matthew 6:19-20

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Follow Jesus. That is the theme for our new series, "Live Simply." Is there a more prescient reminder this week? Jesus asks us, "where is your treasure?" Not, where is your heart, but where is your treasure? It's easier to measure where our treasure is than is heart. It's easy to deceive ourselves of our own heart. As we say these days, "Put your money where your mouth is." "Talk is cheap."

Are we following Jesus if we are not asking ourselves, where is my treasure? In my humble opinion, no way.  

Much has happened this week in our country. If you think Jesus had nothing to do with politics in his day, you would have to ignore his punishment of crucifixion. That was a political punishment. We have seen where Jesus' treasure was, and therefore, his heart. In such turbulent times, we can do no better than follow Jesus, and his ways of nonviolent protest. As followers, we pray and act for peace each and every day, in nonviolent ways. Please pray this week for peace and Jesus' truth. I'll likely say more Sunday.

We pray with St. Francis of Assisi:  
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of Rejoice Lutheran Church is the first Sunday in February following the worship service. The meeting will be held in the sanctuary; however, you may choose to watch the meeting on YouTube.
  • Sunday, February 7
Great Chili Feed

The Great Chili Feed is back… just in time for the Rejoice Annual Meeting and Super Bowl Sunday. This annual fundraiser benefits construction projects at Children’s Haven International in Reynosa, Mexico. Rejoice has had a 20-year mission partnership with this remarkable facility that provides housing, education, spiritual and parental care to children in need across the Mexican border. 

The Men’s Mexico Mission Chili Team, led by Chef Brad Johnson and his band of amigos, will provide a variety of delicious chili for you and your family to warm up and relax on Super Bowl Sunday. The Great Chili Feed is a win-win! Chili will be available in takeout containers from the Rejoice kitchen after Sunday worship service until noon.
  • Sunday, February 7
Soup-er Bowl Sunday

Regardless of who is vying to be the next Super Bowl champions, please bring canned soup (and other non-perishable items too!) to overflow the Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf shopping cart. Noisy offering and offerings made to ELCA World Hunger on Pushpay that day will also support the food shelf. Let's help others eat like champions.
  • Sunday, February 7

p.s. Wake me up for the halftime show.
Help with Journey to Sobriety

Alcoholics Anonymous meets at Rejoice on Mondays at 7:00 p.m.
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:
Sami (Lori Lanes)
Lucille (Jim Lanes)
Doug Nieters (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
Kris (friend, Kari Line)
*Kent Asheim
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
Kari Hilden (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Pete Lidberg
*Rosemary Monk
*Martha Johnson
Kathie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Theresa Klicker (daughter, Brad & Martha Johnson)
Aaron (friend, Kari Line)
Doug Lindseth (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Jed Anderson (friend, Ray & Mary Wilson)
Lucas Barrett (grandson, Mike Barrett)
Nick Eldred (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
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)
MJ Havlicek (friend, Lori Lanes)
Nancy Nicoloff (friend, Lori Lanes)
Ron Dettman (friend, Linda Agre)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Ron Wolfbauer (nephew, Carolyn & Ron Stensby)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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