Worship with Us!
9:30 a.m. - Worship
10:30 a.m. - Fellowship

Monthly Worship Schedule:
1st and 3rd Sundays: blended worship
2nd Sunday: traditional worship
4th Sunday: contemporary worship

Holy Communion
2nd and 4th Sundays
Sunday Worship Scripture Links
In This Issue
  • Message from Pastor Marlene
  • Fall Festival Updates
  • Volunteers Needed
  • Women's Bible Study
  • Young @ Heart
  • Adult Bible Study
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • Service Volunteers Needed
  • Community Prayers and Links
New Starts - New Wonder
Just as September brings new starts and new wonder in our schools and in our communities, so it does here at Rejoice! Confirmation, Faith Formation and our first week of midweek services were filled with energy, learning, interaction and joy! We expect more of the same as we gather for Rally Sunday this week. Families with children ages PreK through Grade 5 are encouraged to be in the sanctuary by 9:10 a.m. for Family Music and Movement. (VBS taught us how much fun it is to dance and sing together in the name of Jesus!) Worship follows at 9:30 a.m., (traditional format this week), with Sunday School (Faith5) and Fellowship at 10:30 a.m. Your presence will only add to the wonder!!

If you haven't responded to the "On Our Way Rejoice-ing" emphasis, it's not too late. We're still in the 'start-up phase' with thirty-three individuals or households already responding. But we're confident that now with people back from cabins and vacations the race will take off with even more energy and enthusiasm! Look for information, the colorful banner and response envelopes in the gathering area.

BTW: thanks to all who shared in the GWOH (God's Work Our Hands) experience last week. Hearts were touched, lives were changed, and Christ's love was evident! (If you couldn't participate, mark your calendars now for next year!)

Peace and blessings on your week!
Pastor Marlene
Desperately Seeking Helpers
The Rejoice Fall Festival is just around the corner. EEEK! Have you volunteered? Can you help in other ways or on other days? We are seeking:
  • kitchen servers at 3:30 and 5:00
  • bake sale workers/set-up/donors
  • bread bakers on Friday
  • silent auction shift workers during day/set-up help-close-out help
  • silent auction business solicitation
  • gift boutique shift workers/set-up
  • kitchen morning help to prepare for day
  • dessert makers on Wednesday
  • kitchen clean up
  • Granny's shift workers - 3 rooms/Thursday, Friday set-up/box up about 4:00 p.m.
  • general clean up
  • dinner reservation/will call/ticket sales assistant

Please contact the church office or Rhoda Senkler at senkler@cloudnet.com if you can help with any of the above. We are presenting ourselves to our community with this annual well-attended event. Please help us welcome our guests with a positive and fun experience at Rejoice.
Ticket Stubs, Anyone?
We would appreciate your sold raffle tickets stubs turned in sooner than later. Thank you!
Lefse, the Norwegian Treat
Do you love the lefse at our Fall Festival? How would you like to purchase a box full, 25 sheets, to enjoy over the holidays? The cost is $35. Please let Lee Monk know by Monday, September 16th. Please make your check out to Rejoice.
Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Dinner
Lutefisk & Swedish Meatball Dinner tickets will be available in Celebration Hall or during regular office hours. You may also call the church office 320.558.6851 for reservations. Tack så mycket (" Thanks so much " for non-Swedes) for making your reservations.
Women's Bible Study
Join women to learn more about our Bible, our soul food for every day living. This group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. The new schedule begins:
  • Tuesday, September 17
All That Really Belongs to Us is Time
Before the three R s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, there was a different meaning in yesteryear. Do you remember?

Be sure to come to the next Young @ Heart meeting to travel back in time with Doug Ohman, photographer, historian and storyteller. We'll reminisce about recess, school lunch and the three R s. His photographs will bring history to life and smiles and laughter to the audience.
  • Thursday, September 19
  • Doors open at 10:30 a.m. for coffee, cards or conversation
  • Lunch at Noon, followed by presentation

Make your reservations through the Rejoice office: call 320.558.6851 or email rejoice@rejoicelutheranchurch.org .

Young @ Hearts is always looking for smiling faces that may be able to help prepare the fellowship hall for our events and help where needed. You can either call or send an email and we will follow up with more details about what the needs are.
Overcomer Bible Study Date Change
Many people feel they are less than who God says they are. We get our identity from our careers, our political positions, our roles in the family, and a number of other lesser things. 

However, what is most true about us is that we are made by a God who loves us, and the gospel can bring us into a relationship with Him. When we understand who God is, we more fully understand who we are. 

This group study will let us examine how we determine our identity and how we can find our true identity in Christ.  Join us for the Overcomer Bible study beginning:
  • Wednesday October 2
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Education wing meeting room

Please sign-up in Celebration Hall or email Chari Ahrenholz a cahrenholz252@gmail.com by Wednesday, September 18th. Hope to see you there!
Shoebox Event 2019
Come and meet someone who received a shoebox gift at one of these events:
  • Saturday, September 21
  • 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Free crafting event at Hobby Lobby
  • 375 2nd St S, Waite Park
  • make a few crafts that can be put into shoeboxes!
  • no registration required
-OR-
  • Saturday, September 21
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Jubilee Worship Center
  • 3125 County Road 74, St. Cloud

Yuliya Shubina was living in Central Asia when she received a shoebox gift that would change her life. Come and hear her story and praise God for the 10,000,000 shoebox gifts collected in 2018 through Operation Christmas Child .

Join others who are excited about shoebox gifts as we share the impact prayer has on this project! Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is November 18-25 this year. For more informatio n, call or text Janelle Rudningen at 320.237.4896.
Can We Use Your Gifts?
Reminder: we're still on the lookout for helpers for Rejoice services. Sign up at the binder near the sound booth to help with video, audio or leading worship. You can also email rejoice@rejoicelutheranchurch.org or call the church office at 320.558.6851. No experience is needed!
Community Prayers
I f 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. 
We Mourn With:
Cindy Kirchoff family at the loss of her sister, Ann Czech
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
*Kent Asheim
Maria Landers (area quilters)
Shirley Thomley (friend, Jim & Marlys Johnson)
Christy Dorris (great-niece, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
Rev. Scott Gustafson (cousin, Linnea Lindquist)
 Marlene Anderson-Woods (friend, Linda Agre)
Michelle Wrightson (cousin, Mary Wilson)
 *Pete Lidberg
Others:
Carol (friend, Rosemary Monk)
Mimi (friend, Rosemary Monk)
*Darryl Bissell
*Gladys Steiger
*Liz Smith
*Leigh Holman
*Carolyn Bissell
Sandy Swanson (daughter-in-law, Dick Swanson)
*Dianna Jussila
*Scott Scharmer
Ron Dettman (friend, Linda Agre)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Jaxon Gentile (nephew, Angie Jacobs)
Michael Johnson, (son, Charlie & Edie Johnson)
David Tarro (nephew, Susie Faust)
*Bev Allen
Scott Gambill (son, Rosemary Monk)
Joyce Hoffer (friend, Linda Agre)
Ron Wolfbauer (nephew, Carolyn & Ron Stensby)
Kris (sister, Rosemary Monk)
Walker James Vreeland (grandson, David & Cindy Kirchoff)
Baby Henry Opatz (friend, Tina Bunting)
Tom Ahrenholz (brother, Mark Ahrenholz)
*Jerry Jagadzinski
*Bev Hugo
Deployed or Returning from Active Duty:
Troy Thomas (Mike Charboneau)
Jon Fisher (brother, Joe Fisher)
Rejoice Staff
Marlene Elmstrom Interim Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant