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In This Issue
  • Note from Pastor Marlene
  • Commitment of Financial Support
  • Chili Feed
  • Annual Reports & Meeting
  • Snowshoeing
  • Volunteer Opportunity
  • Donate to Needy
  • Walk at Rejoice
  • Community Prayers and Links
Little Things Make a Big Difference
What a difference a day makes! Frigid temps and blustery winds become a balmy Super Bowl weekend!? All of which means that we can bask in the ability to come together for worship in safety and with celebration this Sunday morning. AND, we can add our presence and our voice to the important work that will be done at the Annual Meeting (9:40 am in the sanctuary,) where we will elect new leaders, approve the annual budget, and give thanks that the Holy Spirit has touched the hearts of 7 individuals, (names announced at the meeting,) who have agreed to serve on the Call Committee.

Of course, don’t leave without chili! Whether you eat at church or do take out, the Men’s Mexico Mission Group needs and appreciates your support!!

And while we are safe and warm, this alert came in from Pr. Jeff Sackett of Celebration / Sartell that the extreme weather has placed an unusually high demand for food, clothing, and shelter on SC Place of Hope as well as Salvation Army. (Place of Hope helps over 65 in transitional sheltering and more than 45 in the overflow on mats.)

While the cold will diminish this weekend, their supplies are low or on empty and there is much winter left. So we are being asked to not only pray for them, but do what we can for those who have immediate needs.

Needed: Financial donations to pay for heat, electric, and water, as well as donations of Clothing All Sizes; Snowmobile suits; Coveralls; Snow pants/bibs; Boots; Long Underwear; Flannel shirts; Warm Scarves; Hand/foot warmers; and food supplies, especially coffee, cream, sugar, hot chocolate, fruit; orange juice, eggs, butter, bacon, hamburger, spaghetti sauce, cheese, toilet paper, yogurt, popcorn and just about anything that can be used to serve three meals a day, 7 days a week!   All donations may be brought to Place of Hope, 511 9th Ave N, door #4. Or, s ome are taking advantage of being able to ship supplies straight to them via Amazon or Walmart- a super practical way to help out, too! (Any donations brought to Rejoice this weekend will be taken to Place of Hope. :)

Peace…,
Pastor Marlene
Financial Pledge
Jesus said, ‘ …give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back. ’ -Luke 6.38

Please return your commitment card. Those who contribute through the Simply Giving electronic deduction, please also fill out a commitment card. Several options make it easy:
  • Mail your card to Rejoice using the pre-addressed envelope you received
  • Please your card in the offering plate during church service
  • Drop your card off at church
Hunks of Burnin’ Love
Our favorite Men's Mexico Mission group will be spicing it up for us at their annual chili feed. Enjoy a bowl of chili and all the fixings or grab a container to take home with you.
  • Sunday, February 3

This is one of the more amusing ways to bring people to our congregation's annual meeting - don't miss it!
Annual Meeting
Be sure to be present at Rejoice's annual meeting, where leadership will take us through the proposed budget, we'll elect new council members and more. If you've picked up a copy of the Annual Report from church, please make a reminder to bring it along with you to the meeting.
  • Sunday, February 3
  • 9:40 a.m.
  • Rejoice Sanctuary

Get involved and see God's glory manifested in our congregation!
Snow Much Fun
Nature, exercise and companionship converge at our snowshoeing event this weekend!
  • Sunday, February 3
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Ney Memorial Park
  • 5212 73rd St NW
  • Maple Lake MN 55358
Heroes of Hunger
It’s a new year, are you looking for a new adventure? The Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf has just the thing for you! Volunteers are needed on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. to unload and organize the weekly food delivery. No experience needed. If you are interested, please talk to Rejoice member Karie Monk-Gohman or call the food shelf at 320.558.2954.
Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Wanderer
There is high demand for food and clothing at St Cloud Place of Hope and Salvation Army due to the horrid temps from this polar vortex. Yes, the cold is lifting, but supplies are low or on empty and there is much winter left. All that our congregation does is very appreciated and put into use for those who have immediate needs. Donations needed:
  • Clothing - all sizes
  • Snowmobile suits
  • Coveralls
  • Snow pants/bibs
  • Boots
  • Long underwear
  • Flannel shirts
  • Warm scarves
  • Hand warmers/foot warmers

You can ship supplies via Amazon or Walmart - easy and practical! Drop off or ship your donations to Place of Hope, 511 9th Avenue North, Door #4, St Cloud, MN 56301.
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:
  • 7:45-11:00 a.m.

For entry, push the buzzer on the right-hand side of the door that leads to the library and office area.
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:
Linnea Lindquist in the loss of friend, Linda Wolf and cousin, Tom Gustafson
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
Cindy MacIntosh (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Sandy Swanson (daughter-in-law, Dick Swanson)
Nancy Andreson (friend, Sharon Dupont)
Jodi Wipper Anderson (friend Mark Gohman)
Michelle Wrightson (cousin, Mary Wilson)
Janice Novak (Ron & Carolyn Stensby)
Ruth Johnson (Laurie Hoff)
Kade Moore (Lori Lanes)
*Pete Lidberg
Others:
Paul Kinney
*Denny Severson
*Bev Allen
Tom Ahrenholz (brother, Mark Ahrenholz)
*Kent Asheim
*Jerry Jagadzinski
*Doris Scharmer
Tim Klein (neighbor, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
Carmen Schmoll (friend, Wally Westerberg & Mary Bergeron)
Steve Swanson (son, Dick Swanson)
Sam (grandson, Pastor Marlene & Bill Elmstrom)
*Martha Johnson
*Jean Meyer
*Bev Hugo
Esther Persen (mother, Jim Boucher)
*Alden Gjevre
Jody Nappa (sister, Chari Ahrenholz & John Gohman)
Karin Solis (mother, Lisa Pridgeon)
Dawn Blair (friend, Lori 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