Worship with Us!
9:10 a.m. - Sunday School Music
- Fellowship & Sunday School
2nd and 4th Sundays
Monthly Worship Schedule:
1st and 3rd Sundays: blended worship
2nd Sunday: traditional worship
4th Sunday: contemporary worship
Midweek Lenten Worship:
Every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
In This Issue
- Message from Pastor Jim
- Virus Precaution
- CentraCare Announcement
- Easter Plants
- First Communion
- Breakfast for Youth
- Sunday School Drop In Postponed
- Lenten Announcements
- Community Prayers and Links
This Week's Scripture Links:
[Jesus] came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.
Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon.
A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”
(His disciples had gone to the city to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?
Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?”
Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again,
but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.”
Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come back.”
The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’;
for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!”
The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet.
Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”
Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.
You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”
The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When he comes, he will proclaim all things to us.”
Jesus said to her, “I am he, the one who is speaking to you.”
Just then his disciples came. They were astonished that he was speaking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you want?” or, “Why are you speaking with her?”
Then the woman left her water jar and went back to the city. She said to the people,
“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”
They left the city and were on their way to him.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.”
But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.”
So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?”
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.
Do you not say, ‘Four months more, then comes the harvest’? But I tell you, look around you, and see how the fields are ripe for harvesting.
The reaper is already receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together.
For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’
I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
Many Samaritans from that city believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I have ever done.”
So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.
And many more believed because of his word.
They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the Savior of the world.”
This coming Sunday we take a deeper look at
The Gravity of Shame
. Shame can destroy the lives of individuals and those around them because it breaks them as human beings. Shame attacks the very person, rather than their actions. It sounds simple, but it is true:
broken people break people.
Jesus could have handled the Samaritan woman, who had been married five times and was currently living with a sixth, by passing judgment and shame upon her. By her own account, Jesus had told her everything that she had done. Yet she went and told others about Jesus. She wouldn’t have done so had he passed judgment on her as a person. Shame would have weighed her down. How is shame shaping you? How does it shape others around you? See you Sunday as we go deeper.
We pray: God, you have shown yourself in Jesus to desire that we be healed from shame and its effects on others. Open our hearts to truly believe that we are forgiven people, and that no sin need drive us to shame. Restore us that we can be a healing force with others. Amen
Let's Not Go Viral
We have been advised to encourage no shaking of hands to reduce the risk and spread of flu and COVID-19. Feel free to bump elbows or just say “Good morning”. Thank you.
No Non-Essential Visits
A NO VISITOR policy has been instituted at CentraCare hospitals, long-term care facilities, senior housing, hospital outpatient departments, ambulatory surgery centers, and sites where individuals are housed in large numbers in response to the COVID-19 situation. Exceptions will be made for patient/resident family members under special circumstances. If you need help arranging a visit, call the Spiritual Care Department at 320.251.2700, ext. 54621.
Let’s beautify our church sanctuary this Easter by purchasing potted flowering plants and potted bulb gardens in memory and/or in honor of loved ones. The plants and bulb gardens will be from Southway Greenhouse & Floral in St Cloud. Cost is $15 each.
There will be 4 varieties of potted flowering plants in assorted colors:
- Daisy Mums
The bulb gardens will consist of a variety of bulbs.
Order by Sunday, March 22.
Help with Holy Week
If you are worshiping at Rejoice during Holy Week, please sign up to greet, usher, and operate the video and sound system. Sign up sheet is in Celebration Hall. Much appreciated!
Celebrate a Step in Faith
- Sunday, March 15
- 10:30 a.m. - Noon
The celebration of Holy Communion for new recipients will be Sunday, March 29 at 9:30 a.m.
Start Your Day Sunny Side Up
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Stop by the
Clearwater American Legion
for an omelet breakfast served by our youth.
Money earned will support Rejoice youth on their summer mission trip to Quad Cities, Illinois.
Young@Hearts, get your daubers ready for our next gathering.
- Thursday, March 19
- Fun starts at 10:30
- Lunch at Noon followed by BINGO
- Be the first to win on our new BINGO cards - no cost to play!
- Make your reservation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 320.558.6851
- Donation of $5 each is appreciated
Kingdom of Fun for Kids Postponed
The Sunday School Drop In event scheduled for Friday, March 20 has been cancelled. Watch for an announcement for another event this fall.
It's Hunting Season at Rejoice
Our annual Easter egg hunt is on! If the weather is nice we will be outside; if not, be careful for running kids inside!
- Sunday, April 5
- 10:30 a.m.
Lent at Rejoice
Plan to make Wednesday nights at Rejoice a part of your family’s Lent tradition.
- 5:30 p.m. Soup Supper
- Sign up in Celebration Hall to bring soup prior to 5:30
- Email Mary for details: email@example.com
- 7:00 p.m. Lenten worship service
"For the Lord you God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.” Deuteronomy 10:17-18
Millions of Americans struggle to get enough to eat. Whether you’re looking for a refuge from the streets or a little extra help to get by, a warm meal and a seat at the table can go a long way. A gift of $50 to ELCA World Hunger can help feed 25 people at a soup kitchen.
Thank you for your gifts to
ELCA World Hunger
Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf
this Lenten season.
Help Wrap Them in Love
We will be celebrating our graduating seniors with tie blankets made by the hands of Rejoice. Could you donate fleece fabric, a minimum size of 52x60"? If you feel inclined to make and donate a completed blanket this would be greatly appreciated! Please have donations/blankets to Rejoice by:
f you have a loved one or friend in need of prayer, fill out a
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:
Judy Evans (friend, Betty Loehr)
Nancy Hilla (friend, Bill & Rhoda Senkler)
Judy Schill (mother, Chris Schill)
Terri (mother, Jill Charboneau)
Kari Hilden (friend, Lori Lanes)
Christy Dorris (great-niece, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
Rev. Scott Gustafson (cousin, Linnea Lindquist)
Marlene Anderson-Woods (friend, Linda Agre)
Brian (nephew, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Lee Fredrickson (mother, Todd Brzinski)
Ryan, son of Layne & Julie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Marge Holmgren (sister-in-law, Lynn & Ron Schneider)
Linda O’Dell-Cowles (family friend, Leigh Holman)
Carmen Schmoll (friend, Wally Westerberg & Mary Bergeron)
Kent Petersen (brother, Rhoda Senkler)
Justine Honor Pridgeon (granddaughter, Lisa & Ryan Pridgeon)
MJ Havlicek (friend, Lori Lanes)
Don Miller (friend, Karolyn Boucher)
Karen Kroska (friend, Ray & Mary Wilson)
Elsa Petersen (mother, Rhoda Senkler)
Rachel Randall (sister, Duane Johnson)
Connie Nelson (sister-in-law, Gladys Steiger)
Nancy Nicoloff (friend, Lori Lanes)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Sandy Swanson (daughter-in-law, Dick Swanson)
Ron Dettman (friend, Linda Agre)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Michael Johnson, (son, Charlie & Edie Johnson)
Ron Wolfbauer (nephew, Carolyn & Ron Stensby)
Walker James Vreeland (grandson, David & Cindy Kirchoff)
Baby Henry Opatz (friend, Tina Bunting)
Tom Ahrenholz (brother, Mark Ahrenholz)
Deployed or Returning from Active Duty:
Pastor Daryl Thul (Pastor at South Santiago Lutheran Church) and members of the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade
Justin Neisen (nephew, Lisa Pridgeon)
Jon Fisher (brother, Joe Fisher)
Tyler Sunder (son of Karie Monk-Gohman's co-worker)