Hand-holds for the Ascent!

The Vibe of Worship from September to Advent!!!

Climb Wall

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!!!!

Get your climbing gear ready!!!!!!!

Pastor Lou

Seasonal Priorities – What’s Next?

Town Hall Meetings

We will be holding these meetings to answer any questions you might have as we begin this process.

Tuesday 8/28/2018 Beattie’s Home 0S644 Branford Lane Geneva 7 pm
Thursday 8/302018  Quetel’s  0N542 Armstrong Lane Geneva 7 pm
Sunday 9/2/2018 Church (after service)
Tuesday 9/4/2018 Debbie Matthiesen 1419 Fairway Circle Geneva 7 pm
Saturday 9/8/2018 Grahams 318 Downtown Geneva 8am-10am

I will be working with the council, staff, and our volunteer leaders to craft a comprehensive ministry growth plan to ensure that we are laser focused on acing our seasonal priorities, as well as developing a plan on how to fund this initiative.

Join an upcoming town hall meeting to learn more.

What will our plan look like?

The details of the ministry plan are still to be developed. Our belief is that God will bless our efforts to fulfill our priorities, and the results will be more people engaged in ministry at Rejoice, more authentic relationships being built, we will have more people whose lives are being transformed by the life-changing love of Christ and his followers.

Simply put, we will see and feel more JOY! Isn’t that what it is all about?

What role can you play in this?

We need your buy-in for this to work! We all need to pray for wisdom, courage, and guidance throughout this season, as none of this will be possible without God’s help.  We are asking everyone to pray about what part God might be calling you to play in our efforts to live out the mission God is calling us to.

What if I still have questions?

There are more questions to be answered as this is just the first step in the process. Please join one of the upcoming town halls or feel to contact Pastor Lou or me with any questions you might have.

Clear focus … ambitious priorities

Dear Members and Friends of Rejoice!

Where are we …. where are we going?

clear focus

Because Rejoice is a place where God is Experienced, Community is Shared and Lives are Changed we want to honor our mission with a clear focus and ambitious priorities!

Our desire is to take the initiative and get Rejoice to the next level of service and impact!

We have so much love, energy, and talent here. How can we take the gifts God has given Rejoice and make the most of them to bring blessing to our congregation and the neighborhoods around us?

Finding the answer to that question was the motivation behind our engagement with Intentional Impact. Over the summer council, staff and members of Rejoice have met with this outstanding team. In our meetings, we have come to a clear focus and keen unity on what we would like to see happen here at Rejoice in the next 18 months!

Seasonal Priorities

We are calling the next 18 months of our focused ministry our seasonal priorities.  In these months we believe God is calling us to do three things well:

  1. grow in our relationships with God,
  2. grow in our relationships with each other,
  3. grow the relationships with people who are not yet part of this community of faith.

At these meetings, it became clear that we will need to enhance the capacity of staff to organize, lead, teach, train and work with small groups, outreach, and leadership development. Simply put the needs to move forward will need a leader to focus and take us to that level. We are now in the process of creating a job description of what that position will look like.

This will be a fruitful and vital opportunity for Rejoice and I’m very eager to see this happen now. I feel deeply this is the right thing for us at the right time.

Gathering Ground

In the meantime, I’m so glad Rejoice is having coffee after each service at our Gathering Ground! Stay, share and take the initiative to welcome others during this time! Also, we want to do our best to do two things that will be helpful to us, start services on time (!!!)
and relegate our announcements to our bulletin and not after worship!


Neil and Cindy are here to help you get your announcements ready for the weekly bulletin and help you to drive the traffic to our website.  If you have an anything that you would like to be announced by us you can submit the details online here.

Let’s be frank … .this will be a cultural shift for us but in the long run, it is the way to go!

We have a lot to look forward to and together we will show up with love and take our mission to the next level!

God bless you and thank you for your partnership in ministry!

With much love,
Pastor Lou

Seasonal Priorities

Dear Friends and Members of Rejoice!

Last week staff, council and other servant-leaders of Rejoice had a great day of retreat and reflection. This was led by Intentional Impact, a coaching team recommended to us by our synod!

seasonal priorityThe project of the day was to reflect on what we value most as a congregation, and from that think about what our ministry-energy and service might look like in the next year to 18 months!

It is always powerful to be able to stop and think about what we value most in life, both personally, and what our church values most!  For me it was moving to hear the various ways Rejoice has been a blessing in the lives of people both in our community and beyond!

At the retreat we determined that what we value most is the primacy of relationships … relationships between ourselves and God, and the relationships we have (or want to have!) with each other!

With this clarity, we have a focus for ministry in the next year to 18 months.  This is what we call our Seasonal Priority:

  • We will cultivate relationships that connect us to Christ and each other,
  • We will work on relationships that will empower us in our growth as servant leaders here at Rejoice, and
  • We will work on relationships that include people who are not yet part of our community!

Focusing on these relationship dynamics will be at the core of our thinking on priorities.

For me, one of the blessings of this retreat was to see how it harmonized authentically and organically with our essential DNA … that Rejoice is a place where God is Experienced, Community is shared and Lives are Changed.

Our seasonal priority is clear: We will honor these relational values with focus and with love!!!!!

The purpose of this note is simply to give you a vibe on what we achieved during the retreat and how we felt the Spirit bless us on this day of reflection.

Thank you for your prayers for this event and your ongoing partnership in ministry.

With much love, Pastor Lou

Pastor Lou

A Vision For Our Future

There is a great opportunity ahead for Rejoice!  At the end of the month, some of Rejoice council, members, and staff will be meeting for a retreat with Intentional Impact.

Intentional Impact is a consulting firm that has worked with many churches in our synod and has been recommended to us by Pastor Sarah Stumme, the associate to the ELCA Bishop.  Rejoice has carried out these focus retreats in 7-year intervals so they are helpful ways to examine where we are now and how we can best use our gifts in service to Christ and his Kingdom!

The purpose of the retreat is three-fold:

  1. to name our vision and communicate it clearly!
  2. to focus on that vision with the love, talent and energy of Rejoice.
  3. to develop the organizational structures that will best serve us in carrying out our vision.

This is a great time for Rejoice to pause, ponder and pray about what it means for us to be faithful. My ask is for you who read this to pause and pray for our May 29th retreat.

We look forward to sharing with you what comes out of the retreat … and seeing what God has in store for us as we look to the future!

God bless you!

With much love,