Holy Week & Easter Worship

holy week & easter worshipAs the season of Lent comes to a close we invite you to join us in the journey to the cross with services during Holy Week, and a celebration of the Risen Christ on Easter Sunday!  Note days and times below – childcare is offered for children age 3 and under in our nursery.  Need directions?  Click here!

Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, March 29th at 7PM

Good Friday Service
Friday, March 30th at 7PM

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 1st – services at 8AM, 9AM* & 10:30AM

  • *Special activities for children preK-5th grade including an egg hunt!
  • Easter breakfast served from 8:30AM – noon – join us before or after Easter worship for a delicious homemade breakfast of eggs, sausage, pancakes and more prepared by our high school youth – a free-will offering will be collected with all proceeds benefiting the summer high school mission trip

Simple Lent

Simple Lent

Dear members and friends of Rejoice,

For the past few weeks in worship we have been talking about Soulful Perspectives on the Abundant Life. We have been asking how can we better cultivate and nurture peace – a word in Hebrew that means “the well being that comes from God.”

Can we follow this up with an intentional focus in Lent this year?

Here is my invitation! This Lent let’s modify our outward activity and take more time for silence, reading of Scripture and prayer – what I call “Simple Lent.” I invite you to try these spiritual exercises:

  • Find a time that works for you each day in Lent and begin by 5 minutes of silence – each week attempt to increase your time of silence
  • Follow the daily prompts in the website Sacred Space: a beautiful site created by Irish Jesuit Monks
  • Close with a prayer for yourself, your family, your church, your community, our nation and the world

Simple Lent is what I am going to commit to for each of the 40 day of Lent, and I invite you to join me. May this Lent and our daily exercise of silence, prayer and Scripture bring you peace and meaningful spiritual transformations! I would love to hear how your experience with Simple Lent meant for your lenten experience – click here to let me know.

With much love,

Christmas 2017 at Rejoice

Celebrate Christmas 2017 at Rejoice!

christmas 2017 at rejoiceCome celebrate the joy of the birth of our Lord Jesus with us at Rejoice on Christmas Eve!  Please feel free to attend the service most convenient for you. Childcare for children 3 and under available at each service.

Christmas Eve Morning Family Service – 10:00 AM

A special, family-friendly service celebrating the birth of our savior with familiar carols and communion – including special Christmas activities during the service for children grades preschool through 5th.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services – 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Join us to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ with carols, communion, and candlelight!

New to Rejoice? Click here to get a sense of our worship style and directions.

Rejoice Comforts Geneva High School

Recently our youth pastor, Mike Willis, gave an interview to Linda Girardi of the Aurora Beacon-News regarding the recent events at Geneva High School and Rejoice’s response to them.

Mike and his colleagues reached out this week to comfort Geneva High School students who have been dealing with a difficult week at the school.  Read more.Rejoice Comforts Geneva High School

If you would like to contact Mike with any questions or comments, please click here.

Christmas at Rejoice

Celebrate the Season with Us!

Come celebrate the joy of the birth of our Lord Jesus with us at Rejoice on Christmas Eve and Christmas day!  Please feel free to attend the service most convenient for you.

Christmas Eve

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  • 2:00 PM (including special Christmas activities during the service for children preschool – 5th grade!)
  • 3:30 PM
  • 5:00 PM

Childcare for children 3 and under available at each service.

Christmas Day

  • 8:00 AM (no childcare available)

New to Rejoice? Visit our What to Expect page to learn more about where we’re located and what it’s like when you arrive.  We look forward to celebrating Christmas with you!

Help Serve Communion

Have you ever wanted to serve God and serve communion?communion

It is an honor and privilege to be able to serve communion as a symbol of God’s grace to others in our congregation, and we want to make this opportunity open to all!

There are six lanyards hanging on the wall across from the elevator doors in the narthex.  We invite you to take part in the worship service by helping to serve communion.  You can hold the chalice of wine, the tray of wine and grape juice, or hold the basket to collect used cups – just take a lanyard.  When the lanyards are all taken, then we know we have enough communion servers for that service.

A few notes:
  • 6 lanyards will be available for each service – 2 trays of wine/grape juice, 2 common cups of wine, 2 baskets for discarded communion cups. After worship, don’t forget to return the lanyard to the wall for the next service!
  • Pastor Lou & the worship leader will continue to serve the bread.
  • The back of the lanyard will include instructions on what to say and do as a communion server.
  • We welcome children to serve by holding the baskets. As there is one basket for each side, we ask that there are no more than 2 children per service (once students are confirmed, they are welcome to serve the tray or common cup).

We believe this is a wonderful opportunity to involve more people and bring new energy to our worship services at Rejoice!

Click here if you want to learn more about being a communion server.

Renewing our Mission

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Recently we put together a mailing highlighting your giving at work… stories of FAITH in ACTION!  Just a few of the many ways your financial offering helps Rejoice be a place where God is experienced, community is shared and lives are changed.  If you did not receive a brochure, click here to read how God is at work through the people of Rejoice.

This year’s stewardship focus is entitled ” Renewing our Mission” were we make our pledge towards God’s mission at Rejoice.  We ask that you pray about your financial commitment for 2017, and bring your completed pledge card with you Sunday. Or if you prefer, you may click the button below to safely and confidentially make your pledge online.

Thank you. Timely receipt of your pledge will help us plan and budget for next year as we seek to honor your faithful stewardship by using your gifts wisely as we carry out God’s work in our congregation, our community and throughout His world.

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Turbo Group Leadership Training

Are you interested in growing your skills as a leader?
Would you like to learn from our youth minister Mike Willis and Pastor Lou how to lead a small group bible study?

If you are interested in taking your involvement in spiritual growth to the next level and want to help others do the same… this TURBO GROUP IS FOR YOU!  Youth minister Mike Willis and I invite you to join them for a 5-week training experience where we will talk about spiritual leadership and the practical aspects of leading discussions and choosing great resources.  Our meeting dates will be Sept 20, Oct 4, Oct 18, Nov 1 & Nov 15 – we’ll meet from 7-8:30pm at Rejoice.

The expectation is simple: graduates of this class will commit to leading a group, with our support.  Mike and I are here to help you, so let’s do this!!  Sign up below by Sept 18th.

Yes, I\'m interested in Turbo Group Leadership Training with Pastor Lou and Mike Willis

Our Week in Eureka Springs

2016 High School Mission Trip

“To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.” -Jesus

Okay, let me clarify this quote isn’t actually from Jesus. In fact, I bet you won’t find it anywhere in Scripture. This quote was shared with us by Ketchup Ken, one of two men (Ken and Joe) whom we worked with directly at our mission site.  Two men we affectionately referred to (at least among ourselves) as the Jesi.

Right now you might be asking yourself what about the setup to this mission trip blog sounds common? And why were our youth referring to the two guys at our mission site as Jesus?

Well, you are right that this mission trip was the opposite of common. For starters, when I think of youth mission trips I usually think of doing repairs on an underprivileged person’s home or place of living, or natural disaster recovery work like “Mission on the Bay,” or something in that vein. This was not the case in Eureka Springs, AK.

When we arrived, TEAMeffort told us that Eureka Springs is organized different than all of their other locations. Eureka Springs is an economically poor area, however it is also uniquely a tourist area in the summer. Most people in Eureka and the surrounding towns have a hard time finding full-time work year round. In the summer during the tourist season people can find jobs in the small shops downtown, at the area caves, and at one of their biggest employers and sources of income in the area, a not-for-profit organization called the Great Passion Play.

TEAMeffort prayed about how they could be most effective at serving the people of this area and found that as a construction-based mission organization that operates in the area 10 weeks out of the year, the biggest impact they could have is to partner with other ministries who serve the area year round to help them be as effective in their ministries as possible by doing work on their facilities and grounds, freeing them to be able to focus on other tasks of the ministry.

rakingOur group was assigned to work at The Great Passion Play. The Great Passion Play is “America’s #1 Attended Outdoor Drama” with seating for 4100 people in an outdoor amphitheater. The multi-level set, special lighting and sound effects, live animals, and a cast of 150 Biblically-costumed actors come together to create the epic drama of Jesus Christ’s last days on earth. The play is not the only on-site attraction on the 167 acre park though, there is the Christ of the Ozarks statue, the Holy Land Tour, Moses Tabernacle in the Wilderness, a section of the Berlin Wall, the Church in the Grove, the Bible Museum (the second largest collection of Bibles in the U.S.), the History Museum, and the Sacred Arts Museum are also on the grounds.  This is where our team, along with our TEAMeffort leader Cali, got the chance to meet the people maintenancewe would be serving for the week – Ken and Joe, the “Jesi.”  Ken and Joe are really the heart and soul behind the ministry at The Passion Play.  They do everything from strategic planning to construction work and marketing, not to mention they both play the role of Jesus in different areas of the park as well as in the play. So they both have an uncanny resemblance to what we typically think our Savior looks like. They also represent Jesus in their love for his people and in their desire to use this place to help people experience Jesus’ life death, and Resurrection and bring people back to God.

concreteWe had various tasks from watering the flowers (which takes 3-4 hours a day), construction work, roofing an area in the market place, painting, lots and lots of painting, weeding/deforesting an area for a future Noah’s Ark petting zoo, cutting down trees, extracting boulders, and building a 3 mile walking path through the woods to the sea of Galilee (which is going to be dedicated to Rejoice). We did a ton of work even though many of things we did just seemed ordinary in and of themselves. Such as watering the flowers and painting garbage cans. However, our youth worked extremely well together and accomplished a lot. I shouldn’t leave out we also had a lot of fun in small-group, caving, zip-lining, playing volleyball, and dizzy flash bangs.

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passion playAt the end of our last day of service they asked us if we would like to be extras in the play and 14 of us took them up on the offer – what an amazing experience! We were able to see what our efforts all week went toward.  We had the privilege of being a part the cast who are a dedicated group of Christians from all walks of life who come together 150+ strong 4-5 nights per week to share the gospel with everyone in attendance, and to share Christ’s love with everyone they interact with. The lady we partnered with as an extra just arrived back in town that morning from Berlin, as she works as an international flight attendant but takes time to do this as her ministry whenever she is home.  When all was said and done at the end of our last night, Joe and Ken took pictures with us and Ken left us with the opening quote “To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.”- Henry John Heinz.

Ken said when he was 16 years old he read that quote at youth group on the back of a Heinz ketchup bottle and it changed his life. It is what inspires him to approach all of the various tasks and challenges at the Great Passion play with an uncommon passion and zest. He told us that all of the tasks we performed this week no matter how common they might have seemed were done uncommonly well by our youth! I couldn’t agree more. I couldn’t be more proud of the work effort that our youth put forth in the 100 degree plus heat each day. In the end I think each one of us would say that we were blessed to be a blessing to such a wonderful group of Christ followers who are on a mission to share Chris’s love with the world. No, Ken and Joe aren’t Jesus, but we sure saw a lot of Christ in them!

Mike Willis
Rejoice Youth Minister

Roles of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, plays an active role in our lives as believers. Here are some of the wonderful things the Holy Spirit does for us, as we talked about last Sunday!
  • He gives us boldness to share our faith.  (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:1-4, Acts 4:31, Matt.10:20)
  • He helps us to live according to our new nature. (Gal. 5:16-26)
  • He provides us with gifts and talents to serve God. (I Cor. 12:1-11)
  • He is our Comforter, our Counselor, our Helper, our Advocate (John 14:16, 26; 15:26, Acts 9:31)
  • He is our Teacher of all things spiritual. (John 14:26, John 16:13, I Cor. 2:9-16, Eph. 1:17)
  • He convicts us of sin in our lives  (John 16:8-11)
  • He intercedes for us before the throne of grace when we have no words. (Romans 8:26,27)
  • He sets His seal of ownership upon us until we reach heaven’s doors. ( II Cor. 1:21-22, I Cor. 3:16, II Cor 5:5)