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In This Issue:
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • Helping Hands Needed
  • Synod Sermons
  • Pastor Vacay
  • Rejoice Activities
  • Donate with Pushpay
  • Coffee & Treats
  • Help Hungry Families
  • Fall Festival
  • Farewell to Dennis
  • Community Events
  • Community Prayers and Links
Luke 6:27 "But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Compassionate Justice- In Leviticus 19:2 God says, "You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy." Compare that with Jesus, "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful." Those words summarize his teaching on loving even your enemies. He describes what justice looks like. But, why does he not say "be holy" as in Leviticus? Some scholars argue that the Greek word for merciful used here in Luke would be better translated as "compassion." I'll say more about that Sunday. Compassionate justice is fulfilling what God's people understood as a right relationship with others. Justice and righteousness mean basically the same thing in the Old Testament. A just relationship, a righteous or right relationship, is one in which two people love like God designed us to love. An unjust relationship is where one fails to fulfill the demands in relationship with another. The Old Testament prophets had the unpleasant calling of speaking on behalf of God to a Jewish people that failed to fulfill the demands of their relationship with the poor, widow, orphan, etc. Unpleasant, because people do not like to be corrected when it comes to their money and their way of life. But, compassionate justice is one of Jesus' core values, and must also be one of ours.  

So far, we've looked at Courageous Service, Extravagant Hospitality, and Transformational Worship as core values. This coming Sunday we explore Compassionate Justice. Instead of thinking of it in negative, unpleasant terms, can we welcome this core value with joy over seeking fulfilled relationships with one another and all of society? Even enemies?  

We pray: Holy, Merciful, Compassionate God, you have met our share of the demands on us in relationship with you through grace and unmerited love. It is hard to admit sometimes, but we know you love our enemies. Move us by compassion to seek full and right relationships with everyone through the same gift you give us: grace. Amen.

Pastor Jim
We Need Your Gifts!

Coming soon, you will receive an email from Rejoice asking you/your family to lend a hand with Sunday worship: greeters, hospitality and communion assistants. It’s easy, takes little time, and connects you with others folks. Blessings!
Synod Sermons

Our Synod office will offer a weekly virtual sermon written and preached by one of the Synod Ministers, Bishop Jon, or Bishop Elect Dee Pederson through the end of August. There will be no bulletins or hymn suggestions paired with these sermons. They are simply there for us to watch and enjoy as we spend our summer worshiping God and celebrating his mission for us in this world.
Vacation and Communion

Pastor Jim will be on vacation July 19-25. Holy Communion will be offered on July 11th and 18th. There will be no communion on July 25th.
Activities at Rejoice

You are invited!
  • Yoga for All Class
  • 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 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
  • Thursday, July 15
  • Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Play cards and other games or just sit and share memories with old and new friends
  • Chicken Parmesan lunch served at 11:30 a.m.
  • $5 suggested donation
  • Entertainment by Terry Nelson
  • Women’s Bible Study
  • Tuesday, July 20
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • All are welcome
Pushpay Toll Free Giving

There is a new toll-free number, 800.824.8233, to text when you are donating to Rejoice using Pushpay. The same giving message remains, give2rejoice. If you haven't yet given Pushpay a try, now's the time!
Coffee Fellowship

Thank you to the volunteers and future hosts of Sunday fellowship for bringing and serving treats with us. Those serving can check the freezer for extra treats to put out.

To host fellowship, sign up in Fellowship Hall.
Open Your Heart this Summer

Open Your Heart Summer Challenge runs for the month of July. The challenge aims to boost food shelves in Minnesota when they need it most. During the summer months, food shelf donations are traditionally low. For the thousands of Minnesota families that rely on free breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, the summer makes it difficult for them to secure food. In partnership with Hunger Solutions, Open Your Heart’s Summer Challenge makes it possible for Minnesota food shelves to restock and distribute fresh and frozen foods during this difficult time of year. Please consider making a donation to the Food Shelf in July.

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. 

Crafters, please think of the Fall Festival when you are in a creative mood! We need and appreciate your creations for the craft tables! Thank you!

PLEASE no electronics or exercise equipment.

If you have questions, call the church office at 320.558-6851.
Celebrating Dennis
Dennis J. Eich, age 72 of Sauk Rapids, died Friday, November 6, 2020 at the St. Cloud Hospital. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held Saturday, July 17 from 1 - 4:00 p.m. at the Clearwater American Legion.
Area Happenings

Burger Corn Combo Drive-Thru Dinner:
  • Church of St Luke
  • 17545 Huber Ave NW, Clearwater
  • Saturday, July 17
  • 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • $10.00 per plate
  • Includes: 1/3 lb burger, sweet corn, French fries, cookie and bottle of water

Scout Fun Day:
  • Warner Lake County Park
  • 1485 Co Rd 143, Clearwater
  • Saturday, July 31
  • 1 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Free day of adventure and camping skills for boys and girls K-12 (don’t need to be a current scout)
  • Register at ScoutFunDay.org

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:
Deanna (Jim Lanes)
Lisa Noreen (friend, Lori Lanes)
John Solis (stepfather, Lisa Pridgeon)
*Jody Trovall
Wyatt Wesenberg (friends' son, Paul & Jane Nelson)
Rusty Cowles (Leigh Holman)
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)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
*Pete Lidberg
Others:
Karen Solis (mother, Lisa Pridgeon)
Trinity Grace & Peige Faith (Kent & Grace Asheim)
Katelyn Schwab (great niece, Lori Lanes)
Crissy Krohn (cousin’s wife, Mary Wilson)
*Martha Johnson
Kathie (friend, Lori Lanes)
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)
Active Duty:
Eli Mulqueen (son, Janet Moeller)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
(Open Position) Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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