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Sunday's Order of Worship:
Psalm 119:127-135 (responsively)
 Children of the Heavenly Father
 Prayer for the Day
Baptized in the Water
 Baptism of Everly Rose Imdieke
Welcome and Announcements
 Romans 12:9-16
Gospel ~ John 2:13-19
 Offering/All Are Welcome Here
 Offering Prayer
 Prayers of the Church
 Lord’s Prayer
 I Love to Tell the Story
In This Issue:
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • Confirmation
  • Fall Schedule
  • Rejoice Activities
  • Fall Festival
  • Communion Helpers
  • Buy Bibles
  • Library Helpers
  • Clearview Backpacks
  • Pastor Dave Retirement
  • Turn Plasma into Dollars
  • Orange Banner
  • Community Prayers and Links
Scripture Links:

Rejoice YouTube Channel
Romans 12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Friends, sermon topics for the next three Sundays will be a little lighter than normal. I am having another series on D.O.G. Depend on God. There will be a pet blessing after worship on October 3, the last Sunday of the series. That is also St. Francis of Assisi week, whose pet blessing we will use.

For this coming Sunday, what does God, a dog tail, and Romans 12:11 have in common? You wag what you got! Hope to see you Sunday.

We pray: Dear God, teach us to rely on you as our dogs rely on us. Cause us to love you back like they love us back. Amen

Pastor Jim

Confirmation will start soon! This year, we’re using Colaborate: Lutheran Confirmation to we discover the richness of Lutheran history, the Small Catechism, as well as the Old and New Testaments. First night is September 22, 6:15-7 pm.

Contact us to sign your child up, or go to, click on "menu", then "forms", and you will find a form to complete.  

Have you ever been stumped by a faith question? Join us for Colaborate: Lutheran Confirmation as we explore those questions together. Have you ever thought to yourself “If we follow Jesus, why do we call ourselves Lutheran?” Or “I don’t understand how Jesus could be fully human and fully divine.” To help answer these questions, our confirmands will be using Colaborate: Lutheran Confirmation as a way of learning, as opposed to lecture/small group.
Fall Family Schedule at Rejoice

  • 9:30 a.m. worship
  • Sunday school for ages 3-K starts in worship and dismisses after children's message
  • Begins September 19
  • Sunday school/Confirmation 6:15-7:00 p.m.
  • Worship 7-7:15 p.m.
  • Sr. High Faith Formation 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Begins September 22

We need parents to teach all age groups!  Thank you!
Happening 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
  • Third Thursday monthly
  • Doors open at 10:30 a.m.
  • Lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by a program
  • Invite a friend to join you!
2021 Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner and Fall Festival - CAN YOU HELP?

Our annual Fall Festival is coming up quickly.
 Volunteers are needed to make this day a success. 
Please make a personal commitment to participate. 
(WTFS-Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Help, catalog, display, assist with Silent Auction-TFS
Help place sale items in Granny’s Attic-TFS
Help prepare and serve lunch and beverages at Ole’s Grill-S
Assist in the kitchen-S
Help prepare food during the week-TF
Assist in sales areas as needed-S
Solicit Silent Auction donations (lists available)-anytime
Lots going on, lots of days to choose from!
Donate to the Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Craft Sale, Produce Sale, Granny’s Attic
Eat – enjoy a traditional homemade, acclaimed Scandinavian meal (3:30 or 5)
or lunch & beverage at Ole’s Grill
Invite your family, friends and neighbors.

Helpers are needed in ALL areas. Sign-up sheets available on the Raffle table.
Please circle the area(s) you would like to help with, sign the sheet we will take it from there! Or... fill out and submit the volunteer form online. Thank you.

Questions or to sign-up contact church office (320.558.6851)
or Rhoda Senkler (320.266.1770)
Duo Communion

Two communion lines will return next Sunday, September 26th. We will need five assistants for distributing wine, juice, or bread. We invite you to consider this service of ministry, former communion helpers as well as new helpers. Instruction cards are provided on top of the rolling Cross Cart in the Sanctuary and verbal instructions will be provided if needed. Thank you.
Sponsor a Bible

Donations are appreciated to purchase Bibles for our youth. Envelopes available on the Prayer Box table in Celebration Hall.
Love kids? Love books?

Rejoice library is looking for several youth-adult helpers for its children's reading programs and general library duties. Contact Pam Bender for more information: 320.492.7477. Thank you!
Noisy Offering for Clearview Backpack Program

It’s once again time to think about re-stocking the shelves for the weekend food backpack program at Clearview Elementary School! We will hold a food and fund drive to support the program on Sunday, September 26. Please bring non-perishable, kid-friendly items such as single-serving mac and cheese, soup and pasta cans with pull tops, single serving fruit cups or pudding, or instant oatmeal in single-serving packets. Your noisy (and not so noisy!) offering will also help kick-start the program this fall. The backpack program started in fall 2016 and last school year we provided breakfast, lunch and snack items to 5 families/14 children on the weekend when school meals are not available. 

When asked what they thought of the backpack program. Here’s what some of the kids had to say: 
  • "I really like them! They are a little heavy though." - Veronica - age 9
  • "I like to bring the backpack home. The food is good!" - Vincent - age 11
  • "I like everything about the backpack." - Brayden - age 6
  • "The only thing I don't like about the backpacks are that they are a little too heavy, but I love the food!" - Angel - age 8

Thank you for your generosity with food and funds in support of the backpack program on Sunday, September 26!
Honor Pastor Dave

There will be a retirement celebration in honor of Pastor David Nelson:
  • Sunday, October 3
  • 9:30 a.m. worship
  • Retirement celebration and lunch immediately following
  • St. John’s Lutheran Church
  • 331 Harrison St W, Annandale
  • Please RSVP by September 22 at or call the church office at 320.274.8827.
Contribute to the Universal Greater Good

Want a great and easy way to help Rejoice financially, as well as help millions of compromised children and adults in the world? Consider donating plasma and earn up to $1,000 per month for your time; approx. 1 hour twice a week. Go to to find out more. Thank you, from a Rejoiceful member
An Orange Banner in Remembrance of the Children
The American Indian Alaskan Native Lutheran Association (AIANLA) of the ELCA asks us to mourn with them the 215+ Indigenous children whose bodies were recently discovered in a mass grave in Canada.
In solidarity, an orange banner will hang in our church sanctuary for the next 225 days. A day for each child. Participate at home by placing this slip of paper or an orange cloth in a place of honor, in lament.
Inspired by Phyllis Jack Webstad who, at age 6, arrived at a residential boarding school wearing a gift from her grandmother–– a new orange t-shirt. Stripped, her new shirt taken away, the color symbolizes how they were stripped, too, of their Indigenous identity. An author and activist, read her story online.
From our library, read Kent Nerburn’s account as he takes you on ‘forgotten roads with an Indian Elder’ in his book Neither Wolf Nor Dog. Continue the journey with The Wolf at Twilight. Not in our library, I also recommend 2021 Pulitzer Prize winning author Louise Erdrich. She and Nerburn are from MN.
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:
Nancy Zembel (friend, Mary Wilson)
Deanna (Jim Lanes)
Lisa Noreen (friend, Lori Lanes)
*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
*Gail Bradford
*Allan Groth
Mary Yerbich (cousin, Lori Lanes)
Liam (friend's grandson, Rosemary Monk)
Mike (nephew, Sue Severson)
Sheri and Joe, Skip (friends, Denny & Sue Severson)
Myron Napper (nephew’s son, Gene & Kay Krogstad)
Lynne (cousin, Pam Bender)
Rosie (friend, Rosemary Monk)
Susie Brown (friend, Liz Smith)
Jamie (Sig) Case (nephew, Kent & Grace Asheim)
Karen Solis (mother, Lisa Pridgeon)
Trinity Grace & Peige Faith (Kent & Grace Asheim)
Katelyn Schwab (great niece, Lori Lanes)
Kathie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Aaron (friend, Kari Line)
Doug Lindseth (friend, Linnea Lindquist)
Lucas Barrett (grandson, Mike Barrett)
*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
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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