Worship with Us!
9:30 a.m. - Worship
10:30 a.m. - Fellowship

Monthly Worship Schedule:
1st and 3rd Sundays: blended worship
2nd Sunday: traditional worship
4th Sunday: contemporary worship

Holy Communion
2nd and 4th Sundays
Sunday Worship Scripture Links
In This Issue
  • Message from Pastor Marlene
  • Lutefisk Tickets
  • Garden Goodies
  • God's Work, Our Hands
  • Eternal Candle
  • Confirmation Orientation
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Women's Bible Study
  • Young @ Heart
  • Adult Bible Study
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Fall Festival Donations
  • Community Prayers and Links
3 Things to Remember!
1. Sunday Worship schedule does not change even though fall has arrived! Worship at 9:30a each week. (A new midweek service begins Wed., Sept 11 th at 7:30p following confirmation orientation and Faith Formation at 6:30.) Rally Sunday – start of Sunday School, etc. – begins Sun, Sept 15.

2.  God’s Work Our Hands:  Loving and caring for the neighbor is just another way to love and worship God! Plan to join us this week as we gather for a short worship service at 9:30am followed by volunteer service in the community as well as here at Rejoice. (Dress accordingly!)

3.  God is good all the time! Whether things change or they remain the same, all the time, God is good!

Blessings on your week!
Pastor Marlene
Get Ready for our Swedish Smorgasbord
Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Dinner tickets will be available in Celebration Hall or during regular office hours. You may also call the church office 320.558.6851 for reservations. Tack så mycket (" Thanks so much " for non-Swedes) for making your reservations.
Create a Garden of Your Dreams
Remember, you can pick up perennials all ready to plant in your garden for a suggested donation of $3 each! They are from our own beautiful flowerbed at Rejoice.
God's Work, Our Hands Sunday, September 8
God's Work, Our Hands Sunday is this Sunday, September 8! Don't miss the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community! Wherever you plan to serve on Sunday, be sure to wear your ‘Live Generously’ shirt from Thrivent or any Rejoice gear that you have.
Opportunities at church:
  • pack snack care packages for homeless youth served by Pathways 4 Youth in St Cloud
  • make cards and write notes for Rejoice shut-ins and residents of Annandale Care Center

Opportunities in the community:
  • Team 1: Becker - cancelled due to conflicting commitments of homeowner
  • Team 2: Clear Lake - wash windows, clean gutters and pull weeds
  • Craig & Shalynn Reid family
  • Ryan & Lisa Pridgeon
  • Beka & Asha Kanable
  • Becky Mix
  • Team 3: Clear Lake - mow lawn, pull weeds, blow leaves and trim bushes
  • Dick & Susan Chwalek
  • Deb Biorn
  • Janelle Rudningen
  • Kent & Grace Asheim
  • Team 4: Clearwater - mow lawn, trim trees/bushes and visit homeowner 
  • Jim Eich will transport lawn mower from church
  • Rhoda Senkler
  • Lori & Jim Lanes
  • Fred & Marge Varner
  • Kathy Langva
  • Team 5: load large items for fall festival at various locations and unload at Rejoice
  • Chris Schill ?
  • Ken & Kris Maehren
  • Bill Elmstrom

Your participation on any of these teams in the community is still welcome and needed! To sign up, call Susan Chwalek at 320.267.0320 or come to Rejoice at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday and we'll find a team for you to join! 
Eternal Candle
The Eternal Candle is sponsored by the families of Bob & Bette Monk, in memory of Nana B & Papa Bob for a heavenly grandparents day celebration. We miss you.
Equip and Empower
Confirmation students in grades 6-8, their parents and guides are requested to orientation:
  • Wednesday, September 11
  • 6:30 p.m.
We have the cause. You have the effect.
Sign up in the binder found by the sound booth to help with leading worship, operating video or audio.

Thank you - your gift of time is priceless!
Women's Bible Study
Join women to learn more about our Bible, our soul food for every day living. This group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. The new schedule begins:
  • Tuesday, September 17
All That Really Belongs to Us is Time
Before the three R s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, there was a different meaning in yesteryear. Do you remember?

Be sure to come to the next Young @ Heart meeting to travel back in time with Doug Ohman, photographer, historian and storyteller. We'll reminisce about recess, school lunch and the three R s. His photographs will bring history to life and smiles and laughter to the audience.

  • Thursday, September 19
  • Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for coffee, cards or conversation
  • Lunch at Noon, followed by presentation

Make your reservations through the Rejoice office: call 320.558.6851 or email rejoice@rejoicelutheranchurch.org .

Young @ Hearts is always looking for smiling faces that may be able to help prepare the fellowship hall for our events and help where needed. You can either call or send an email and we will follow up with more details about what the needs are.
Overcomer Bible Study Date Change
Many people feel they are less than who God says they are. We get our identity from our careers, our political positions, our roles in the family, and a number of other lesser things. 

However, what is most true about us is that we are made by a God who loves us, and the gospel can bring us into a relationship with Him. When we understand who God is, we more fully understand who we are. 

This group study will let us examine how we determine our identity and how we can find our true identity in Christ.  Join us for the Overcomer Bible study beginning:
  • Wednesday October 2
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Education wing meeting room

Please sign-up in Celebration Hall or email Chari Ahrenholz a cahrenholz252@gmail.com by Wednesday, September 18th. Hope to see you there!
Shoebox Event 2019
Come and meet someone who received a shoebox gift at one of these events:
  • Saturday, September 21
  • 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Free crafting event at Hobby Lobby
  • 375 2nd St S, Waite Park
  • make a few crafts that can be put into shoeboxes!
-OR-
  • Saturday, September 21
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Jubilee Worship Center
  • 3125 County Road 74, St. Cloud

Yuliya Shubina was living in Central Asia when she received a shoebox gift that would change her life. Come and hear her story and praise God for the 10,000,000 shoebox gifts collected in 2018 through Operation Christmas Child .

Join others who are excited about shoebox gifts as we share the impact prayer has on this project! For more informatio n, call or text Janelle Rudningen at 320.237.4896.
Clean Your Closet for a Cause
Reminder: bring your household items for Granny's Attic or Silent Auction donations to Rejoice during office hours or on Sunday mornings.
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. 
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
*Kent Asheim
Maria Landers (area quilters)
Shirley Thomley (friend, Jim & Marlys Johnson)
Christy Dorris (great-niece, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
Rev. Scott Gustafson (cousin, Linnea Lindquist)
 Marlene Anderson-Woods (friend, Linda Agre)
Michelle Wrightson (cousin, Mary Wilson)
Ann Czech (sister, Cindy Kirchoff)
 *Pete Lidberg
Others:
Carol (friend, Rosemary Monk)
Mimi (friend, Rosemary Monk)
*Darryl Bissell
*Gladys Steiger
*Liz Smith
*Leigh Holman
*Carolyn Bissell
Sandy Swanson (daughter-in-law, Dick Swanson)
*Dianna Jussila
*Scott Scharmer
Ron Dettman (friend, Linda Agre)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Jaxon Gentile (nephew, Angie Jacobs)
Michael Johnson, (son, Charlie & Edie Johnson)
David Tarro (nephew, Susie Faust)
*Bev Allen
Scott Gambill (son, Rosemary Monk)
Joyce Hoffer (friend, Linda Agre)
Ron Wolfbauer (nephew, Carolyn & Ron Stensby)
Kris (sister, Rosemary Monk)
Walker James Vreeland (grandson, David & Cindy Kirchoff)
Baby Henry Opatz (friend, Tina Bunting)
Tom Ahrenholz (brother, Mark Ahrenholz)
*Jerry Jagadzinski
*Bev Hugo
Deployed or Returning from Active Duty:
Troy Thomas (Mike Charboneau)
Jon Fisher (brother, Joe Fisher)
Rejoice Staff
Marlene Elmstrom Interim Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant