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Sunday Order of Worship:
Welcome
Welcome/the Singing Saints
Confession and Forgiveness
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Prayer for the Day
Children’s Message/Noisy offering
Welcome and Announcements
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Gospel ~ Luke 12:32-40
Message
Offering/Have No Fear, Little Flock
Prayer of Blessing
Prayers of the Church
Lord’s Prayer
Blessing
My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
Sending 
In This Issue:
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • Financial Statements Available
  • Fundraiser
  • Singing and Offering
  • VBS
  • Lawn Helpers
  • Good News Library
  • Finding YouTube
  • Food Rescue
  • Bette's Birthday
  • Rejoice Activities
  • Community Activities
  • Community Prayers and Links
Sunday Scripture Links:
Luke 12:32-40

[Jesus said:] 32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
35“Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.
39“But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

"What's in your wallet?" Sound familiar? Ten bonus points if you can name the company that advertises this. Jesus says "Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out..." What all is in our purses that that wears them out? Or, what material is used to make purse that won't wear out? What all did Jesus mean?

And what is an "unfailing treasure"? Have you ever reached a point in life where the things you thought mattered most no longer hold value? Maybe it was an all-consuming job or trying to keep everyone else happy at your own personal emotional expense. I find August to be a great month for self-reflection. A little more time for sitting on the deck or around the fire with our thoughts? Approaching a new school year and wanting to shuffle priorities for the upcoming year?  

I hope you can join us Sunday to marinate in God's love as Jesus lures us into a deeper, more meaningful life, carried by the purse that doesn't wear out. Maybe it's a chance to empty that purse and start over. What is for certain is God's love never wears out. Hearts that make God's love a top treasure will always find joy in the life we have- not the life we wish we had. He beckons to us to make the most of it.

We will have a noisy offering Sunday for our Vacation Bible School expenses. As of this writing, we have 14 children registered. Partner with us in making a difference in the lives of children and their families.

We pray: God of Grace and Love, help us examine what's in our wallets and replace those items that draw us away from the lasting joy you have in store for us. Amen.

Pastor Jim
Financial Statements

Pick up your financial statement in your mailbox at Rejoice.

** Reminder: Your box is located below your envelope number
Rejoice Garage Sale and Taco in a Bag Fundraiser 

  • Today and tomorrow, August 5-6
  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Taco in a bag with a bottle of water: $5
  • Muffin: $2
  • Water/Coffee: $1
Singing Saints & Noisy Offering

  • Sunday, August 7
  • Singing Saints will be joining us at the beginning of worship
  • Noisy offering benefits Rejoice Vacation Bible School ministry
Vacation Bible School
Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School this week:
  • Monday-Wednesday, August 8-10
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • For children 4 years old through those entering 5th grade
Lawn Care

Can you spare a couple hours on Thursday mornings to help care for Rejoice's lawn? We are looking for people to mow lawn. Lawn mowers are gassed up and ready to go. Thank you for your help!
Read, Learn, Discover

Rejoice's Good News Library is open weekdays during office hours and Sunday mornings. Come discover the magic of books!
Rejoice on YouTube
Finding Rejoice's YouTube channel is simple! Just click on the YouTube icon found at the bottom of each weekly update in the What's Happening section.
Community Food Rescue

You are welcome to stroll to the Education Wing after Sunday worship each week and take food offerings that you and your family will enjoy. Good for you, good for the environment!
Bette Jean’s Birthday

The eternal candle is sponsored by the Monk family to honor the life of Bette Jean, who would be 92 years old.
Happening at Rejoice

FALL FESTIVAL - Save the date!
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Raffle tickets now available
  • $2 each/book of 10 for $20
  • Will you donate cash for raffle prizes? Contribute any amount (we can combine the dollars) to enhance raffle prize offerings.
  • Questions: Call the church office at 320.558.6851
Fall Festival Meeting
  • Sunday, August 14
  • Following worship
  • We invite YOU to attend this meeting to share ideas and offer help. We are particularly looking for leadership in the kitchen.
  • Silent auction – we are looking for help with soliciting baskets, donations from area businesses
  • Email Rhoda at senkler@cloudnet.com or Carol at carol@rejoicelutheranchurch.org if you have any questions
Angels of Maintenance Summer Meeting
  • Thursday, August 25
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Weather permitting, we will meet behind the church by the garage
  • Short meeting followed by grilled brats, burgers, and beverages
  • Free will donations accepted. Everyone is welcome!
Women's Bible Study
  • Third Tuesday monthly
  • 10:00 a.m.
Yoga for All
  • Wednesday mornings
  • 9:00 a.m.
  • $10 per class or $32 per month
  • Senior discount: $9 per class or $25 per month
Stitch and Pray
  • Wednesday afternoons
  • 1:00 p.m. in the Rejoice Good News Library
  • Bring your knitting needles and crochet hooks to make prayer shawls for those that are experiencing health or spiritual challenges
  • All levels of skill are welcome
Young @ Heart
  • Third Thursday monthly
  • Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for card playing and fellowship
  • Lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by short program
  • Mark your calendar and call Carol at 320.558.6851 to reserve your spot for a couple of hours of fun and fellowship! Don't forget to invite a friend to join you!
Area Happenings

Community Open House Grief Services Resource Fair
  • Honoring Our Losses & Our Resiliency
  • Sunday, August 21
  • 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Center for Life Transitions
  • 38 24th Ave N, St. Cloud
  • Free event, all welcome; refreshments offered
  • Call 320.248.1563 for more information
 Church of St. Luke Parish Festival
  • Sunday, August 28
  • 17545 Huber Ave NW, Clearwater
  • Mass at 10:00 a.m.
  • Activities begin at 11:00 a.m.
  • Ham dinner 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
  • Silent auction
  • Quilt auction
  • Country store
  • DJ
  • Grand raffle drawing about 4:00 p.m.
Music in the Park
  • Thursday evenings
  • 6-9:00 p.m.
  • Eldorado Park
  • 800 Kelsey Ave, Clearwater
  • Bring your lawn chair
  • Food available to purchase
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:
Sami (neighbor's friend, Jim & Lori Lanes)
*Mike Barrett
Karen Emberton (Kari Line)
Kris (sister, Rosemary Monk)
JoAnn Stegura (wife, Jerry Stegura)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
John Swan (friend, Ron & Lynn Schneider)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
*Pete Lidberg
Others:
*Victoria Jasper
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
*Doris Scharmer
Marcia (sister, Pam Bender)
Lil Doenges (friend’s mom, Lori Lanes)
Kent Petersen (brother, Rhoda Senkler)
Jeff Lamb family (friend, Mark & Karie Gohman)
Cris Gears (friend, Linda Agre)
Travis Kent
Brian and family (nephew, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Brad Johnson (son, Darlene & Duane Johnson)
Bob Stangler (son-in-law, Dayle & Jean Meyer)
*Duane & Darlene Johnson
*Charlie Johnson
Active Duty:
Eli Mulqueen (son, Janet Moeller)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Lisa Pridgeon Office Assistant
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