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In This Issue
  • Note from Pastor Marlene
  • Fall Festival
  • Parking Lot Progress
  • Children and Student Faith Life
  • Social Concerns
  • Young@Heart
  • Meat Raffle
  • Caring for Kayleen
  • Community Prayers and Links
Bill, Izzy, and Me Makes Three!
“Never say never” has been one of my live-by maxims – especially after our beloved 12 year old basset hound left us two years ago. We will never have another dog – too much work, makes us too tied down, too hard to say good bye. However, as of June 29, I’m unabashedly eating those words as I succumbed to my husband’s longing and the heart-melting face of an energetic puppy who is now affectionately known as “Izzy.” So here “we” are to serve with you!

I’m what is often referred to as a second career pastor with my first vocation being school
district administration. (U of MN alum, business and accounting.) All 24 years of ministry have been in the SWMN Synod, serving two settled calls over the first 20 years: Tracy Lutheran (Tracy,) and First English Lutheran (Ortonville). Since retirement wasn’t initially my forte, the Spirit challenged me for another three years with the joy-filled opportunities of serving as interim in Paynesville, Becker, and St Cloud. Since we live on the far western side of the state, (the tip of the bump-out on the map of MN,) at the conclusion of my time in St Cloud it finally seemed reasonable and right to stay home and enjoy living on Big Stone Lake. But, once again, the Holy Spirit surprised me and stepped in with the opportunity to come and serve with all of you here at Rejoice!

In the days and months to come, no doubt you’ll hear more about us – especially as Izzy seems to like coming to work with me (no one has objected that has met her so far! But it won’t be a regular happening after this week.) And if you’re willing to share stories about you and your family, I’d be more than willing to tell you about our three children, (all girls and all born in different countries,) two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren ranging in age from 15 to 30 years of age. (I know – it makes me sound really old, but I’m pretty sure we got married in kindergarten!!)

I look forward to meeting all of you and trust that you will be patient with me as I learn new names!

Blessings & Peace!
Pr Marlene
Fall Festival
The 2018 Fall Festival is right around the corner - Saturday, September 29 ! Volunteers are needed to make this day a success. Please make a personal commitment to participate:

  • Anytime - beginning now!
  • Solicit Silent Auction donations (lists available)
  • Donate to the Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Craft Sale, Produce Sale, Granny’s Attic
  • Invite your family, friends and neighbors - and plan to join the fun!

  • Wednesday through Friday, September 26-28:
  • Help prepare food

  • Thursday through Saturday, September 27-29:
  • Help, catalog, display, assist with Silent Auction
  • Help price and place sale items in Granny’s Attic

  • Saturday, September 29:
  • Assist in the kitchen
  • Help prepare and serve lunch and beverages at Ole’s Grill
  • Assist in sales areas as needed

Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Dinner tickets are available Sunday mornings in Celebration Hall or in the church office during regular business hours . You may also call the church office at 320.558.6851 for reservations at 3:30 or 5:00 p.m.

Raffle tickets are available Sunday mornings or in the church office during regular business hours. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

Questions? Call the church office at 320.558.6851 or Rhoda Senkler at 320.266.1770
Parking Lot Update
The parking lot will be swept and striped on Tuesday, September 18 beginning at 5:00 a.m. Please, park all vehicles off the pavement that day.

Thank you,
 Sue Severson
Building and Property Team
Sponsor a Bible
Rejoice will be giving  Spark  Bibles to three-year-olds and third graders during both worship services on Sunday, October 7. Included in each Bible is an envelope and book plate; if you would like to sponsor a Bible, simply place cash or check into the envelope and fill out the correct information included on the front. You may put the envelope in the mail, offering plate, or bring it to the church office. Sign the book plate (optional) we’ll take care of the rest! 

Suggested amount to sponsor either a Story Bible or Gift Edition Bible is $20 each. Please know any amount will be received with gratitude and thanks for your generosity! Thank you, thank you!
Confirmation Mentoring
We’re looking for adults, five men and eight women for our thirteen eighth graders, who love kids, love Jesus, and will commit to a faith-building relationship with one eighth grade confirmation student for the 2018-19 school year.

Requirements include meeting with one student regularly (a couple times a month) from mid-October through early May, typically on Wednesday evenings, and making an effort to support that student in their walk with Christ. Extras include sending cards, praying for your student, meeting them at church, and finding ways to make them feel loved and accepted by the church as a whole!

If you are interested, please fill out a form on the Youth & Family table and place in the office drop box. Thank you and bless you for the difference you’ll make in a kid’s faith life!
Have a Heart - Lend a Hand
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Consider being a co-leader for the Sunday School year. Please call Becky Brzinski at 320.420.6356; Tara Maile at 320.223.0675; or Lori Lanes at 320.963.3492.
Social Concerns Meeting
Please join the conversation at the next meeting of the Social Concerns committee.
  • Tuesday, September 18
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Good News Library

If you have any questions or suggestion for this committee and are unable to attend our meeting, please contact Susan Chwalek at 320.267.0320.
We are never too old to learn! Cyrene Bastien from the Clearwater Library will be on hand to educate us on how to research our heritage and find websites with ancestry information, even if we don't own a computer.

Summer is winding down and we will go back to our regular schedule with our caterer supplying the meal.
  • Thursday, September 20
  • Noon meal, followed by program
  • $5 suggested donation
  • Call church office for reservation at 320.558.6851
Get Piggy With It
We have the opportunity to raise $500 in one night if we fill the place for our meat raffle. Come out, grab a bite to eat or a drink, and try to win some meat as you support our 2019 Summer Mission Trips! Thank you!!
  • Saturday, September 22
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • Club Almar
  • 24617 Co Rd 7, St Augusta
Caring for Kayleen Legacy Spaghetti Dinner + Raffle/Auction
Pick up your bag if you registered for the 5K, enjoy a spaghetti dinner, and get some deals at a raffle and silent auction. You may walk away with Ed Sheeran tickets, a set of four Twins tickets, or a full Striker snowsuit! More information on Caring for Kayleen Facebook page or www.kayleenlarson.org.
  • Tonight, Friday, September 14
  • 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Clearwater Legion
  • 505 Pine St, Clearwater
  • Tickets: $5 for children; $8 for adults
  • Live Music from DJ Ziggy
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:
Butch Liestman (friend, Eagle Trace)
Barb Dhein (friend, Rhoda Senkler)
Al Mensa (friend, Lee & Rosemary Monk)
Jodi Wipper Anderson (friend, Mark Gohman)
Jen Braun (friend, Amy Brzinski)
Dean Bissell (brother, Darryl Bissell)
Sydney (friend, Karie Monk-Gohman)
Cecelia Daniels (friend, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
*Pete Lidberg
Jody Nappa (sister, Chari Ahrenholz & John Gohman)
*Bev Hugo
*Martha Johnson
Carol Hamilton (friend, Lee & Rosemary Monk)
Richard Randler (brother-in-law, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
Dick Daniels (friend, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
Blair Bissell (brother, Darryl Bissell)
Pat Backhaus (nephew, Sharon Dupont)
Kent Petersen (brother, Rhoda Senkler)
Deployed or Returning from Active Duty:
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