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  • Nicole's Notice
  • Student Schedule Changes
  • Shop Amazon
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  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Holiday Extravaganza
  • Get Lutefisk To Go
  • Thanksgiving Worship
  • Work at Faith in Action
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  • Get Texts from Pastor Jim
  • Community Prayers and Links
Please read the following pericope asking yourself what surprises you, and perhaps, what troubles you.

Matthew 25:14-30

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”

We may understand this parable in a traditional way:  Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.

A surprise that hit me was how the Master demanded his slaves take risks to find their rewards. Do you think Christian churches, Rejoice included, fulfill the mandate to take risks for the sake of God? Reaps what he does not sow? Another surprise is how generous our finances are! Even if we are the slave with one talent, that amounts to 15 years' worth of earnings.

If this is an allegory, and the Master is to be understood as God or Jesus, look at how the Master is described! Harsh. Reaps what he doesn't sow. Gather what he doesn't scatter. I am troubled by this description, especially because it contradicts everything Jesus has taught us who he is!

Adding to this trouble is my understanding how the slaves with five and two talents respectively, double their money using means that violate the law and prophets on treatment of the poor. I'll share Sunday how I make sense of this.

One take away we can bank on is the invitation of the master to enter into his joy. See you Sunday, either online or in-person.

We pray: Master, hold us in your love. Shed your light on our path in responding faithfully to your generous grace. Amen.

Pastor Jim
Noble Nicole

I am grateful for the nearly 6 years of being the Music Coordinator at Rejoice Lutheran Church. I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to grow as a musician, in my faith, and in my understanding of how a worship service comes together. Thank you for the wonderful support! 
 
For those of you that don’t know, I work full time as a teacher in the Sauk Rapids-Rice School district. I am also a Mom of soon to be two girls. The Heberling family is expecting a baby girl on May 1st! Considering all of this and some important time reflecting, I feel it is time for me to focus on my family. 
 
I have been working closely with Linnea and the Personnel Committee to have a plan for me transitioning out of the Music Coordinator position. Linnea will explain more of the details below.  At this time, I do not have a final end date in the position as I am wanting to aid in the transition process rather than having a large gap of fill in musicians. I want to help try and make this is as smooth of a transition, change as possible. 
 
Rejoice has been a second home for me since starting to attend when I was three. I was baptized, confirmed, married, and had my child baptized here. This is a special place and I am thankful for the time as a staff member here. I appreciate your understanding as I begin to put a focus on my family. 
 
Nicole Heberling
Music Coordinator--Rejoice Lutheran Church
 
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We've been blessed with Nicole's musical talents for the past 6 years and her music leadership will be greatly missed -- we're sad to see her go. On the other hand, we rejoice with Nicole and Jesse on the birth of a second daughter next spring -- making Stella an older sister. We could not ask for a more gracious and respectful way that Nicole has chosen to leave her music coordinator position at Rejoice. She's giving us time to thoughtfully plan and find a replacement, and she's willing to help however she can in the transition -- we are blessed and thankful.
 
The Personnel & Finance (P&F) team, along with Pastor Jim and Council President Becky Brzinski, have created a plan to move forward. Marlys Johnson, Doris Scharmer, and Janelle Rudningen, along with Pastor Jim, have agreed to be our search team. They will post the position, search for candidates, interview, and select a person. If you know of a musician who would be a good fit for Rejoice, please let one of these search team members know.
 
Thankfully,
Linnea Lindquist
Rejoice P&F team 
Christian Education Changes

Until further notice, Sunday School has been suspended, and Confirmation and Faith Formation classes will be held online.

If you haven't already done so, please sign up to receive updates from Pastor Jim:
  • High School Faith Formation Students: text @rlcff to 81010 
  • High School Faith Formation Parents: text @rlcffadult to 81010
  • Confirmation Students: text @rlcmiddl to 81010
  • Confirmation Parents: text @rlcparent1 to 81010
  • Sunday School Parents: text @rlcss1 to 81010
Calling All Amazon Shoppers

Make a difference at Rejoice this holiday. Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/41-1758613 to generate donations for Rejoice Lutheran Church. Thank You!
Save a Life

St. Marcus is hosting a blood drive. Call Judy Warren at 320.743.2108 or make your appointment online.
  • Monday, November 16
  • 12:30-6:30 p.m.
It’s Shoe Box Time for Operation Christmas Child!
You can help a child learn of God’s love by donating items for a shoe box. When children are given shoe box gifts, they are given a bible story book in their own language and they are invited to attend Bible school in their village. When children complete Bible school, there is a ceremony and celebration where their parents and families are invited to attend and also hear the gospel.

Drop off filled shoe boxes or any donation items at Rejoice by Sunday, November 22. Thank you! This may be the first gift this child has ever received.
 
Get a Piece of Cod that Passeth All Understanding

Living Waters Lutheran Church is having a TO GO lutefisk and meatball dinner:
Thanksgiving Worship

Please join us for a time of Thanksgiving to God for all that we have and are in Him! A Thanksgiving Eve service will be celebrated at Rejoice:
  • Wednesday, November 25
  • 6:30 p.m.
The Art of the Ask

Faith in Action is looking for a friendly Volunteer Coordinator to join our team in Becker. As a Volunteer Coordinator, your main focus will be to assist with recruiting volunteers for our non-profit organization. In addition, you will be coordinating group service projects, checking in with clients as needed, and helping with daily operations of FIA. This is a flexible 24 hour work week position. Please send resume to Darin Bohlken E.D. at darinb@grfia.org.
Pass the Tissues, Please

Quiet Oaks Hospice House is in need of paper products:
  • paper towels
  • paper plates
  • Kleenex
  • toilet paper
  • napkins

There is a drop-off container in Celebration Hall at Rejoice during November. Thank you for supporting the work of Quiet Oaks Hospice House & Respite Care - a whole-family approach to transform fear, confusion and exhaustion to comfort, clarity and hope.
Lefse

Pre-order your lefse by Tuesday, November 17 and it will be ready for you to pick up on Sunday, November 22 from 10:30 a.m. - Noon
  • 3 lefse rounds for $5
  • 12 rounds for $20

Anyone interested, experienced or not, is invited to make lefse on Friday, November 20 at Rejoice at 9:00 a.m. We will follow COVID safety protocols.

For more information and to place your lefse order, call:
  • Mary Wilson - 763.228.8182
  • Grace Asheim - 320.266.2543
~or~ sign up for your order in Celebration Hall

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Holiday Bake Sale

  • Saturday, December 5
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Rejoice Celebration and Fellowship Hall

Freshly made by our Fall Festival experts, Swedish meatballs will be packaged in containers of 12 and for sale. We are looking for helpers to make meatballs on Friday, December 4 at Rejoice at 8:30 a.m. (note: time change), again following COVID safety protocols.

Could you donate your favorite baked or canned goods to sell? Please call Mary Wilson at 763.228.8182.

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Craft Sale

  • Saturday, December 5
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Rejoice Celebration and Fellowship Hall

Rent a table to sell your craft items:
  • $20 for 6 foot table
  • $25 for 8 foot table

In anticipation of the Craft Sale, crafters are invited to donate items to Rejoice. Please mark containers and bags clearly so that we know the items are intended for the Craft Sale. Thanks so much for your donations!  

For more information and to rent a table, call Lisa Pridgeon at 320.290.5897.

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Silent Auction

  • Saturday, December 5
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Rejoice Celebration and Fellowship Hall

Please consider putting a themed basket together or purchasing gift cards from local businesses to feature as items for our auction. These are great for Christmas gift giving.
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. 
We Mourn With:
Jim and Carol Eich in the loss of Jim’s brother, Dennis
Ray and Mary Wilson in the loss of brother-in-law, James Smith
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
Doug Nieters (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
Kris (friend, Kari Line)
*Kent Asheim
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
Terri (mother, Jill Charboneau)
Kari Hilden (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Pete Lidberg
Others:
Lori Krebs (daughter, Ray & Mary Wilson)
*Bev Allen
Theresa Klicker (daughter, Brad & Martha Johnson)
Andy Anderson (friend, Jim and Karolyn Boucher)
Aaron (friend, Kari Line)
Doug Lindseth (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Jed Anderson (friend, Ray & Mary Wilson)
Doug Regnier (brother-in-law, Bill & Rhoda Senkler)
*Martha Johnson
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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