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In This Issue :
  • Note from Pastor Jim
  • Drive-Through Communion
  • Sign up to Worship in Person
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry
  • Garage Sale Donations
  • Volunteer to Mow Lawn
  • Donate to Food Shelf
  • Volunteer in Metro
  • Community Prayers and Links
Acts 27:13-38
13 When a moderate south wind began to blow, they thought they could achieve their purpose; so they weighed anchor and began to sail past Crete, close to the shore. 14 But soon a violent wind, called the northeaster, rushed down from Crete. 15 Since the ship was caught and could not be turned head-on into the wind, we gave way to it and were driven. 16 By running under the lee of a small island called Cauda we were scarcely able to get the ship's boat under control. 17 After hoisting it up they took measures to undergird the ship; then, fearing that they would run on the Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and so were driven. 18 We were being pounded by the storm so violently that on the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard, 19 and on the third day with their own hands they threw the ship's tackle overboard. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned. 21 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul then stood up among them and said, "Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and thereby avoided this damage and loss. 22 I urge you now to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For last night there stood by me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship, 24 and he said, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before the emperor; and indeed, God has granted safety to all those who are sailing with you.' 25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told. 26 But we will have to run aground on some island." 27 When the fourteenth night had come, as we were drifting across the sea of Adria, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land. 28 So they took soundings and found twenty fathoms; a little farther on they took soundings again and found fifteen fathoms. 29 Fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. 30 But when the sailors tried to escape from the ship and had lowered the boat into the sea, on the pretext of putting out anchors from the bow, 31 Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved." 32 Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the boat and set it adrift. 33 Just before daybreak, Paul urged all of them to take some food, saying, "Today is the fourteenth day that you have been in suspense and remaining without food, having eaten nothing. 34 Therefore I urge you to take some food, for it will help you survive; for none of you will lose a hair from your heads." 35 After he had said this, he took bread; and giving thanks to God in the presence of all, he broke it and began to eat. 36 Then all of them were encouraged and took food for themselves. 37 (We were in all two hundred seventy-six persons in the ship.) 38 After they had satisfied their hunger, they lightened the ship by throwing the wheat into the sea.

Paul is on his way to Rome to stand trial. View a map of his journey .

We are so separated from the adventures of the early church that we value comfort and familiarity over a sense of adventure in grace. Can we hear this story with fresh ears in this time of Covid-19? What impact would that story have on the way we are church? Please pray about that and join us Sunday July 26, 9:30 am. Drive thru communion from 10:15-11 am. Hope to see you then,

Pastor Jim
Drive-Through Communion

You're invited to participate in drive-through communion:
  • Sunday, July 26
  • 10:15-11:00 a.m.
  • Rejoice parking lot
Sign up to Attend August 2 Worship Service

Think of this guideline as an RSVP. Your RSVP allows us to better predict how many people we can expect at each service time so that we can maintain appropriate social distancing. We are asking that families RSVP together for the total number of people who are planning to attend. You may call the church office at 320.558.6851 to let us know you are attending or use Sign-Up Genius.

Please RSVP by Thursday each week.

This instructional video will help prepare you for worshiping in person. We are asking those who decide to worship in person to watch the video become attending. Thank you.
Stitch and Pray Coming Back to Rejoice!

Get those knitting needles out! Depending on weather, the Stitch and Pray will be working on prayer shawls either outside under the canopy or in the meeting room, beginning:
  • Wednesday, July 29
  • 10:30 a..m.

Call Audrey Lidberg with questions at 612.205.1542.
Garage Sale

We'd like to sell your authentic retro treasures. Before you head to your local donation center to drop off things found in your cleaning and organizing frenzy during COVID-19, please bring the “good stuff” to Rejoice. We will be having a garage sale of some sort in the near future. Donated treasures may be dropped off during office hours:
  • Monday - Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you would like to be the CEO (lead organizer) of this fundraiser, please call the church office. This onetime event can be so much fun for volunteers and shoppers alike. Help us slay this sale like a boss!
Be Our Lawn Barber

If you can help out mowing or trimming the Rejoice lawn, call the church office at 320.558.6851 or show up on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Tools and mowers provided.
Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf Open Your Hearts Summer Challenge

The Open Your Hearts Summer Challenge aims to boost food shelves in Minnesota when they it the most – summer time. The challenge makes it possible for food shelves to restock and distribute additional food during this difficult time of the year. Please consider a monetary donation to the Clearwater-Clear Lake Food Shelf . The challenge runs from July 1-31.
HandsOn Twin Cities

Find volunteer and donation opportunities, as well as educational resources that specifically address current needs in Minneapolis following recent protests at HandsOn Twin Cities , a volunteer center that wants to elevate and support the organizations that are rooted in the metro community and that have been, and will continue, the fight for racial justice. 
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:
Charlie & Edie Johnson in the loss of their son, Michael
Tara and Adam Maile in the loss of Tara’s father, Bruce Bushkofsky
Receiving Treatment for Cancer:
Doug Nieters (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
Kris (friend, Kari Line)
*Kent Asheim
Sunday Burquest, "Grit Girl"  (Speaker at the 2019 Women's Salad Supper event)
Lester Dupont (father, Linda Painter)
 Kathy Ryan (sister, Brad Johnson)
Judy Evans (friend, Betty Loehr)
Judy Schill (mother, Chris Schill)
Terri (mother, Jill Charboneau)
Kari Hilden (friend, Lori Lanes)
Christy Dorris (great-niece, Duane & Darlene Johnson)
Marlene Anderson-Woods (friend, Linda Agre)
*Pete Lidberg
Joe Allen (brother,Tom Allen)
Lucas Barrett (grandson, Mike Barrett)
Nick Eldred (friend, Ryan Pridgeon)
Violet Viesselman (friend, Jim & Marlys Johnson)
Ken Johnson (brother, Brad Johnson)
*Charlie Johnson
Brian (nephew, Scott & Doris Scharmer)
Ryan, son of Layne & Julie (friend, Lori Lanes)
Linda O’Dell-Cowles (family friend, Leigh Holman)
Kent Petersen (brother, Rhoda Senkler)
Justine Honor Pridgeon (granddaughter, Lisa & Ryan Pridgeon)
MJ Havlicek (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Martha Johnson
Rachel Randall (sister, Duane Johnson)
Nancy Nicoloff (friend, Lori Lanes)
*Dick Swanson
Sandy Swanson (daughter-in-law, Dick Swanson)
Ron Dettman (friend, Linda Agre)
Marlene Vogel (mother, Joni Hagstrom)
Ron Wolfbauer (nephew, Carolyn & Ron Stensby)
Walker James Vreeland (grandson, David & Cindy Kirchoff)
Baby Henry Opatz (friend, Tina Bunting)
*Jerry Jagadzinski
*Bev Hugo
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)
Tyler Sunder (son of Karie Monk-Gohman's co-worker)
Rejoice Staff
Jim Bump Lead Pastor
Carol Eich Office Administrator
Nicole Heberling Music Coordinator
Mary Bergeron Office Assistant
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