Whether they’re half-way across the country or in the next town over, we want to keep in touch with those students who have headed off to college by sending them uplifting and encouraging care packages to let them know their church family is thinking of them and praying for them.
If you have a student in college, please fill out the form below by October 7th. Packages will be mailed last week of October. We ask for a donation of $10 per package to help defray the cost of shipping – you will be transferred to Paypal after you complete the form.
Lazarus House is sponsoring its first “The Need is Now” community concert. Relax with family and friends on September 22, at Lincoln Park in St. Charles from 5-9pm.
This event features music by “Betsy Petrie & The Souvenirs”. They will entertain you with long-lost classic songs of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Bring a cooler and blanket or chairs, learn more about Lazarus House and enjoy music that’s the “oldies, but goodies”.
See how you can be a part of neighbors helping neighbors in the community at lazarushouse.net.
The Rejoice Mission on the Bay team returns to Biloxi in October to help at Loaves and Fishes – a Community Kitchen.
We are again collecting new or gently used backpacks or string bags for homeless adults in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Perhaps they’ve been forced from their homes because of a loss of employment due to an economic downturn or a long illness. Perhaps they are one of the many disabled Veterans forced to the streets these days. The Rejoice Backpack Drive is a meaningful way to help those who find themselves making their beds on the beaches and in the woods of this part of Mississippi.
Budget for a loaded backpack – $25
Did you know that, with a little effort, you can pull together a backpack for under $25? Here’s how:
Find a backpack at a local thrift or dollar store and budget between $1 and $5. The backpack doesn’t need to be fancy (better if it’s not), but it does need to be adult size, functional, without tears and with working zips or Velcro closings.
Add some warmth and weather protection – a t-shirt, socks, beanies, rain poncho, plastic sheet, bandanna, small fleece blanket. Again, these don’t need to be new, but should be something you would be happy to receive.
Add some personal hygiene items – toothpaste and brush, razor, toilet paper, bar of soap, ziploc bags. Note: the majority of recipients of the backpacks will be men.
Add some non-perishable food items – tinned tuna and/or chicken (cans that click open), package of crackers, peanut butter, applesauce, nuts, gum.
Add some extra love – a personal note of encouragement in whatever form suits you. A small book of promise or a devotional is also a lovely addition.
Assemble your backpack and tag it as either male or female. Bring it to Rejoice before October 19, 2018 and the mission team will arrange transport and delivery via our partners at Loaves and Fishes.
No time to do this?
Let us do it for you, complete and submit this form and we’ll build a backpack on your behalf for every $25 we receive.
Join LSSI on September 18, 2018, 7-9 p.m. for this special evening and learn more about our efforts to help people in our communities living with mental illness. All proceeds from the evening will benefit LSSI’s newly launched Mobile Crisis Team program.
As we make the passages of life, what can we hold on to with confidence? What are the promises from God we can count on to hold us? Where are the safe resting places and holds that can spring us upward? The hand-holds we need are firmly in place for the grabbing!!!
In growing our relationships with God, with each other and with those outside of our community we have the secure hand-holds we need. There is a lot to muse on with this theme so open your imaginations, come to the services and invite others!!!!
Hope you’ve had a good summer!!! We start bowling on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at Funway Entertainment Center in Batavia. Please arrive at 6:00 pm. We have to draw for teams, then get everyone set up, then practice, and then start bowling.
We bowl every OTHER week. We’ll get a schedule out as the first day gets closer. The schedule includes themes for each week that have created some fun weeks and interesting outfits over the past few years!
Cost this year is $20/person per week. There are prizes at the end of the season (everyone gets a prize), an end of year banquet, and of course your weekly bowling that is paid for by this money.
Please let us know now if you will be bowling, even if you can’t make it to week 1 but know you will be bowling this year please let us know.
Just reply via e-mail to [email protected] or you can text (or call) Nick 630-742-5836.
Our next Hesed House Mission Event will be held on Saturday, September 8th and Sunday, September 9th, 2018. We will be serving Saturday Evening Dinner, Sunday Breakfast, and Sunday bag lunches for 180 homeless at Hesed House in Aurora.
Ever wonder why this ministry is so important? Read this.
Every second month Rejoice puts together a team to staff our local PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter) for a Saturday night and Sunday morning. Can you help? Contact the team leaders.
Hesed House provides emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, and comprehensive resources to families with children and individuals experiencing homelessness in our area.
Sign-up sheets for food items and service volunteers are located in the Narthex, near the elevator. Please check your calendars and consider donating food and/or volunteering your time at the event. If you have any questions, contact Heidi Wiseman or David Bolender.
Have you ever done a transatlantic race? Here’s your chance to participate in one virtually and help raise money for a great cause organized by Rejoice’s very own Gry and Tormod Larsen. Local runners and walkers are welcome to join the 5K race Aug. 18 in the LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve. At the same time, participants in the Larsen’s home country of Norway will run and walk there!
The 5K is raising money for the Kristoffer Larsen BIG HEART Foundation, which is dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death in youth while honoring the memory of the Larsen’s son. Their son, Kristoffer, passed away from an undetected heart condition in 2016.
After Service, from 11:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m., we will have games, activities for children, great food, music, and even free 10 minute massages from a massage therapist!!!! How cool is that!!!????
Our ask is simple and three fold!!!! Invite some friends to worship, stay after and enjoy yourselves, and take time to meet, greet and welcome others!!!
The intention here is to give our best in the building of relationships that connect and build faith!!!! Here is an opportunity for Rejoice to reach out in a fun, loving, and meaningful way!!!!
Helping with Fall Fest
We are also reaching out to our ministry leaders to help in the planning/manning of booths!!!!! If you are able to help in anyway, please contact me directly at [email protected] or via the website here.
Thanks for saving the date and I look forward to seeing you on Sept 30th!!!!!!