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  • Message from Pastor Jim
  • Lent Announcements
  • Community Prayers and Links
This Sunday our theme is #ExcelLENTtemptation.

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Our focus Sunday is on temptation around Mark 1:9-15:
Mark 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. 11 And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased." 12 And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news."

All of us have at one time or another, found ourselves in a wilderness. During these times of trial and temptation, I hope we can also see how God has sent us angels to comfort our hearts in all our doubts and uncertainties. It has me wondering what role this experience had in shaping Jesus and his mission to announce the arrival of the kingdom of God, and call for repentance and open hearts to the good news the kingdom brings? Can you look back at your experiences of temptation and see how they shaped you to be the person you've become? Just maybe, temptation is a good thing.

We pray: Jesus, impart to our human hearts your will and power to resist temptation, and send us your angels to help us as we seek to follow you. Amen.

Pastor Jim
Lent at Rejoice

Youth will play an integral part in Lent at Rejoice. Join us each Wednesday.
  • Worship at 6:30 p.m.
  • Meet with mentor and small groups immediately after worship
  • COVID-19 guidelines will be followed
Adult Book Discussions via Zoom on Wednesday Nights
Susan Chwalek, Linnea Lindquist and Pastor Jim will facilitate weekly discussions on what it’s like for a person of color in Minnesota based on the book “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” by Sun Yung Shin. We will discuss two chapters each week.
  • Wednesdays through April 7
  • 7:30-8:15 p.m.
  • via Zoom - use passcode 538093
New Leadership

Rejoice Council leaders were elected at last week's annual meeting. They are:
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:
Steven Ray (cousin’s husband, Darlene & Duane Johnson)
Mark Grommash (friend, Kari Line)
Julie Lovig (friend, Kirk Suchomel)
Mary Swanson (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Pam Bump
Sami (friend, Lori Lanes)
Lucille (friend, Jim Lanes)
Doug Nieters (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
Kris (friend, Kari Line)
*Kent Asheim
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
*Pete Lidberg
Others:
*Tom Allen
Frank Mason (friend, Karolyn Boucher)
*Rosemary Monk
*Martha Johnson
Kathie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Theresa Klicker (daughter, Brad & Martha Johnson)
Aaron (friend, Kari Line)
Doug Lindseth (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Lucas Barrett (grandson, Mike Barrett)
Nick Eldred (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
Ken Johnson (brother, Brad Johnson)
*Charlie Johnson
Brian (nephew, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
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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