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In This Issue:
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • Coffee & Treats
  • Pork Chop Dinner
  • Donate to Synod
  • Mow Lawn
  • Fall Festival
  • Community Events
  • Community Prayers and Links
Mark 3:20-35

[Jesus went home;] 20and the crowd came together again, so that [Jesus and the disciples] could not even eat. 21When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 22And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 23And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. 27But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
 28“Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; 29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”—30for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
 31Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 32A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.” 33And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 34And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

How else are you going to explain Jesus healing a man with a withered hand, drawing huge crowds, and appointing twelve apostles? Surely he is crazy. Surely he is possessed by a demon. Even his own family thought he was crazy.

Jesus points out in defense that those explanations make no sense: "How can Satan cast out Satan?" My goodness, that should have settled the issue but his mother and brothers call for him to step away and return to normal. In defiance, Jesus asks who is mother and brothers are? Looking around at the crowd of followers Jesus says to them, "Here are my mother and brothers." Anyone who does the will of God, even if it might make them look crazy, is Jesus' family.

Jesus invites us to look crazy. What might that look like? Why would we resist?  

We pray: Dear Jesus, teach us what crazy in love with you looks like in our lives and in our faith community. Holy Spirit, empower us to do the will of God. Amen.

Pastor Jim
Coffee Fellowship

Coffee fellowship is an important part of our ministry at Rejoice. It is a great time for members to get acquainted, share with one another. We invite our visitors to join us for coffee fellowship so they can get to know us better.
 
Thank you to the volunteers and future hosts of Sunday fellowship for bringing and serving treats with us. Volunteer sign up is in Fellowship Hall.
 
In our busy lives, many of us have commitments that don’t allow us to provide treats for this ministry. There is a “free will” donation box when you pick up your treat. Please feel free to drop in a donation that will go toward the purchase of treats when we don’t have volunteers signed up to provide treats.
 
Thank you.
Let's Pig Out

Rejoice will host a pork chop dinner following worship:
  • Sunday, June 27
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • $10 per dinner
  • Reservations appreciated
  • please call the church office at 320-558-6851 or email rejoice@rejoicelutheranchurch.org
  • Walk-ins welcome
Opportunity to Make a Difference

One of our members has offered to match up to $1,000 in donations from our congregation to the Southwestern Minnesota Synod. This generous offer is to acknowledge the benefits we receive as a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) from our greater church body. 
Start your Engines!

Did you know our beautiful church lawn is maintained by volunteers? You can join this outdoor loving team, who spends one designated morning a week cutting the grass. The lawn tractors, trimmers and gas are provided. So grab your sun hat and sun glasses, sign-up sheets will be posted in Celebration Hall. Young adults are welcome.
2021 Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner and Fall Festival

Rejoice's famous Fall Festival will be held Saturday, September 25!

At this time we are seeking donations for both Raffle prizes and Silent Auction items. We are taking donations for Granny’s Attic. Gently used or new items may be a treasure to someone else. Household items, lamps and kitchen, etc., toys and toy sets, tools and garage stuff, holiday décor, jewelry, sporting goods, small furniture and whatever. 

PLEASE no electronics or exercise equipment.

If you have questions, call the church office at 320.558-6851. Thank you for your support!
Area Happenings

Garage Sale:
  • Church of St. Luke
  • 17545 Huber Ave NW, Clearwater
  • Thursday - Saturday, June 10 - 12
  • 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 13
  • 9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Clothing for all ages, furniture, household goods, small appliances, toys, books, tools and lots more - something for everyone!

Friends of the Library Summer Kids Used Book Sale:
  • Clearwater Area Library
  • 740 Clearwater Center, Clearwater
  • Friday, June 18
  • 3-6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 19
  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • All proceeds benefit the Clearwater Library

Vacation Bible School:
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:
Wyatt Wesenberg (friends' son, Paul & Jane Nelson)
Rusty Cowles (Leigh Holman)
Kerry Erickson (brother, Linda Allen & Carol Eich)
Shari (friend, Amber Doering)
Joyce, Laurie, & Stephanie (friends, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Eric Westland (cousin, Ray & Mary Wilson)
Jim Hartle (friend, Lori Lanes)
Kelly (cousin, Pam Bender)
Steven Ray (cousin’s husband, Darlene & Duane Johnson)
Julie Lovig (friend, Kirk Suchomel)
Mary Swanson (friend, Lori Lanes)
Sami (friend, Lori Lanes)
Lucille (friend, Jim Lanes)
Kris (friend, Kari Line)
*Kent Asheim
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
*Pete Lidberg
Others:
Trinity Grace & Peige Faith (Kent & Grace Asheim)
Katelyn Schwab (great niece, Lori Lanes)
Crissy Krohn (cousin’s wife, Mary Wilson)
*Hudson Hendricks
*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)
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)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Ron Wolfbauer (nephew, Carolyn & Ron Stensby)
Active Duty:
Eli Mulqueen (son, Janet Moeller)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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