Rejoice in the Spirit of Prayer

Concert of Prayer April 26 – 27th

prayer-concertSave the date for a very special marriage of people and prayer.  We all know how much the world needs prayer and we have also all witnessed first hand it’s amazing power.  We know it heals, it helps, it answers questions big and small and not at all, and is our direct line of communication with God.  He is pleased when we pray and misses us when we don’t.  To honor the Spirit of Prayer, Rejoice is going to celebrate its first 24 hour ‘Concert of Prayer’ and it just can’t happen without you.

On Friday April 26th – Saturday April 27th Rejoice will be open for 24 hours during which time you are joyously invited to come to the sanctuary to pray for whatever you see fit, and in whatever way you are most comfortable.  There will be a sign up poster with half hour time slots, and we encourage you to make some family time out of it and spend time together in prayer, or to come on your own and enjoy the silence and beauty of a deep and rich encounter with God.

Please sign up in the narthex for a block of time during our upcoming Concert of Prayer April 26-27.  In the next few weeks, some of our Prayer Ministers will be sharing testimonies & stories – read on as Helen Shullaw shares a few reasons to be a part of the Concert of Prayer.

Why attend the Concert of Prayer?

Because it’s …

  •  A time to reflect on God’s goodness, commit our lives to Him, praise Him for all that He’s done and will continue to do.
  •  A time to repent, confess our sins, and accept His forgiveness.
  •  A time to center ourselves, to remember our purpose in this world.
  •  A time to pray for our brothers and sisters at Rejoice and for those who have not yet entered our doors.
  •  A time to pray for the ministries and leadership of Rejoice.
  •  A time to pray for loved ones, our friends and families.
  •  A time to pray for those who are sick, sorrowing, and lost.
  •  A time to pray for our communities, our nation, our government, the world.
  •  A time to be still, and know that He is God.
  •  A time to listen and learn from God.
  •  A time of renewal, revival and restoration –  of starting fresh with God at the center of our Christian community!

Which one of these reasons speaks to you?  What is your prayer?

Please join us for a time of prayer and contemplation April 26-27. See the sign-up poster in the narthex!

Jesus’ Take On … Faith

Mark 10: 17-27. In this story, a man comes to Jesus and asks “what must I do.” That’s the question we ask as it relates to faith, isn’t it? “What must we do.” Often times, we think of being faithful in terms of our actions. Faithfulness means going to church, tithing, reading the bible, praying regularly and keeping a sabbath. Faithfulness becomes a to-do list.

But is it really? What if faith is not what God wants from us, but what God wants for us. In this story we get a clear picture into what Jesus’ take on faith really is.

Jake Fry 2/24/13

The Journey Inward Wednesdays During Lent

lentJoin us on Wednesday evenings during Lent where we will experience unique & personal opportunities to honor our Lenten theme of “The Journey Inward.”

  • February 20, March 6 & March 20 will be evenings of prayer & reflection with a guided journey designed to strengthen and enhance your prayer life.  This self-directed journey will begin at 7:00 and conclude at 8:00 – you may start and end at your own pace (expect to spend between 20-30 minutes).
  • On February 27 & March 13, from 7:00-8:00 pm, Pastor Lou will lead us in ways that we can enrich our faith lives and connect with God more deeply.

The Journey Inward continues next Wednesday, March 13th between 7:00-8:00 PM at Rejoice – we hope you will join us for your own journey inward.

Where is God When it Hurts, part II

Genesis 28: 10-22.   “Where is God when it hurts?  On Sunday we look into the experience of a young man who deceived his father, stole from his older brother and is now on the run.  We find him fearful, lonely, and pondering an uncertain future. As he rests for the night he has a dream that awakens him to a new awareness of God’s presence.  How will this amazing story speak with power to our lives?

Rebuilding Together Aurora Spring 2013

April 26-27th 2013

Rebuilding Together Aurora

This year RTA will perform a first Community Block Build, focusing on Aurora’s Pattersonville neighborhood. Would you like to help rebuild safe and healthy homes for your neighbors?

Although Rejoice will not be managing a team this year we know that several of you would like to participate in the 20th Anniversary April Rebuilding Event on April 26-27th and RTA is looking for helpers!

General Event Day Volunteers carry out repairs and provides general labor for landscaping, painting or other projects during the Community Block Build, under the instruction of Rebuilding Together Aurora Captains. Activities vary, but no advanced skill is required. For 2013, General Event Day Volunteers can participate on April 26 (Friday) or April 27 (Saturday), or both days if they would like.

Hospitality Volunteers assist in taking care of all Rebuilding Together Aurora’s volunteers with:

  • Event registration (checking in volunteers and passing out t-shirts)
  • Pick up of lunches
  • Distribution of lunches
  • Overseeing tents (first aid, registration, hospitality, etc.)
  • Assist in clean up at the close of a build day

Volunteer and register online now and RTA will group all Rejoice volunteers in the same work teams.   Click here to access the online sign-up form and make sure that you select Rejoice Lutheran Church in the affiliations section.  All volunteers must be at least 14 years old. If under the age of 18, a parental or guardian must be present and a permission slip must be signed.

Rebuilding Together Aurora is a safe and healthy housing organization that provides low-income homeowners in Aurora, Illinois with critical home repairs, home safety modifications, and energy efficiency upgrades.  For more information, click here.

 

Spring Blood Drive at Rejoice

Did you know?

  • Every 3 seconds someone needs blood.
  • You can donate blood every 56 days.
  • Blood cells are produced inside the bone marrow, at a rate of 4 to 5 billion an hour.
  • Blood donated to Heartland Blood Centers is provided to hospitals in Illinois and Indiana.
  • Type O negative is the universal donor and can give blood to any other blood type.
  • Blood makes up about eight percent of a person’s body weight.
  • Blood is needed every minute of EVERY day, summer, winter, spring and fall.
  • Donating one unit of blood can help save the lives of at least three people.

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Save the Date. If you have an hour to spare, stop on by and donate a pint of lifesaving blood!  Rejoice’s spring blood drive is on Monday, April 1st from 3:30-7:30 PM right here in the lower level.

Herman Hoffmann

Rejoice extends our love and sympathy to Karl and Jan Hoffmann on the loss of Karl’s father, Herman Hoffmann, who passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, March 6th from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Palmer Funeral Home-River Park in South Bend, IN with services immediately following at 1:00 PM at Palmer Funeral Home.

Please pray for comfort for Karl, Jan and their whole family.

Serve at Feed My Starving Children

feed my starving children

Join a Rejoice Team that will work at Feed My Starving Children on dd/mm/yyyy.  Register your participation now, enter a group name of ‘Rejoice Geneva‘.  Alternatively, if you our group schedule doesn’t  fit yours, you can register as an individual and pick the date(s) that you’d like to serve.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

Rejoice supports FMSC with all-ages volunteer teams.