Fall Fest 2018 – October 14

fall fest 2018

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!!!!!!

Pastor Lou

Lazarus House Golf Outing

lazarus house golf outingLazarus House is hosting their first annual golf outing on September 14, 2018 at Prairie Landing Golf club in West Chicago. Enjoy a day at the Lazarus House Golf Outing followed by appetizers, awards and raffle winners. The cost is $175 per golfer.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and donations are now being accepted for sports tickets, entertainment tickets, restaurant gift certificates, and golf foursomes. All proceeds will benefit Lazarus House operating funds.

You may make your reservations by calling Darlene at 630-587-2144 or purchase online at www.lazarushouse.net/lazarushouseopen.

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

Leadership Lab 2018

Developing future leaders with Leadership Lab

Leadership LabLeadership Lab takes place July 23rd – 28th, 2018.  Mike Willis encourages everyone to attend this transformative experience!

Leadership Lab is designed to assist youth in acquiring skills that will be useful in congregational, synodical and national youth ministry settings and in their local communities and the world.

Each level of Lab is structured to help participants progress in their ability to be responsible youth ministry leaders. It helps them grow their relationships with God, self, and others.

Register for the Lab 2018 now.

Leadership Lab is an intense week of study, worship, and building relationships. The participants spend from 8:30 am – 11:00 pm each day in small and large group gatherings. They work on planning, learning, praying and discovering where they are in their faith journey.

While very spiritually rewarding, the week can be stressful and hard work. As a participant need prepare yourself for this type of an experience.

We will be staying in the dorms of Augustana in Rock Island, IL and the cost is $390 per student which includes boarding, food, and programming.

If you have any questions or would like more information contact Mike Willis, or visit the Leadership Lab website.

Register for the Lab 2018 now.

Journey to love God

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Heading to the Mountains

Our youth team is heading to the mountains of Colorado for a rustic week-long adventure camp with Journey Quest.

They will talk about trust in God as they rock climb a vertical face and rappel down it afterword. They will discuss faith in Jesus to calm storms and sustain them in trouble as they white water raft down the Arkansas river. They will talk about Jesus’ love for them as they hike into the mountains to pray.

The second part of the greatest commandment asks us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength”.

That is this year’s Journey.

Gathering Ground

gathering ground at rejoiceSummer at Rejoice means more time for connecting with each other after service on Sunday morning at the Gathering Ground.

Why not plan to stay for a few extra minutes after worship, enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a cookie or two, and get to know someone new at Rejoice at the Gathering Ground.

Help with the setup

Sign-up here to help with the weekly setup of our Gathering Ground or contact Robin Beattie at 847.867.5887.

What’s New at the Gathering Ground?

Have you noticed a different brew at the Gathering Ground this year? Rejoice has begun brewing delicious coffee with freshly roasted coffee beans from Koawood Coffee, small-batch roasting by our very own Marco Saporito. And beginning this week, you can purchase these delicious coffee beans to take home and enjoy.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Rejoice.

Printed order forms are available at the church, fill one out and leave your cash/check payment in the envelope provided.  Alternatively, you can place and pay for your order below.

Submit your order by Thursday so that you can pick up your freshly roasted coffee the following Sunday.  Orders received after Thursday will be delivered on the next Sunday.

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Choose a grind.

A medium roast coffee. Choose a grind, $13 for 12oz. Yirgacheffe, located within the larger Sidama region in southern Ethiopia, is considered the birthplace of coffee. Once you try a cup, you’ll quickly understand why it’s so highly revered among coffee enthusiasts. If you’re ready to broaden your coffee horizons, this is the ticket!


Choose a grind.

Colombia Supremo

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Supremo beans are regarded as the best Colombia has to offer, and we think you will agree after tasting this fantastic coffee! If you’re just getting into single-origin coffee, we recommend you start with this! Coming from the Cauca region, this Colombian specialty is well known for it’s prominent almond and caramel flavor notes. Clean and nicely balanced, this coffee is great any time of day!

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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

College Age Faith Community Gathering

Come to this faith gathering hosted by Gary & Wendy Gruber and their two college-aged twins Lucy & Alex. Please come to our home for a casual and low-key time to connect with others your age to explore and share faith together.

Feel free to bring along a friend!   Tuesdays 7:30 pm. No RSVP is needed, just come!

Gruber House,
904 Carrol Ct.,
St. Charles, IL 60174.

847-989-8060 for questions.

Geneva Beautification 2018

beautificationVolunteers are needed to beautify the little garden located in front of the Geneva Post Office.

Our little ‘knuckle’ is located on the corner that has the Winnie the Pooh hydrant. Plants and trash bags are provided by the Geneva Beautification Committee.

Kudos to Amy Frazer who planted the flowers and Debbie Matthiesen who weeded and fed them.

We could use your help to keep the garden in tip/top shape. Weekly watering and weeding help would be appreciated. Our next community workday is August 25, 2018 at 8 am. On that day we will be putting some fall plants in the garden.

Thank you for keeping Geneva a beautiful place.   Volunteer here!