Rejoice to celebrate 26th anniversary

By Ken Francis

Rejoice Lutheran Church celebrates its 26th Anniversary this year. A celebration will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4. Worship at 9:30, followed by a meal and a program. The seed for Rejoice was planted in November of 1985, but it wasn’t until March of 1987 that the first worship service was held. In those early years, Rejoice worshipped at Clearview Elementary. The move to its current location took place on March 10, 1991. Since that time, Rejoice has added on twice: an education wing completed in 1996 and a new sanctuary and kitchen completed in 2006. Rejoice is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is broken up into districts called Synods, and Rejoice is a part of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod, with headquarters in Redwood Falls. The Synod’s Bishop is Jon Anderson. Rejoice is a congregation of about 750 baptized members, consisting of approximately 250 families. It is located at 1155 Co. Rd. 75. An open invitation is offered to anyone who would like to attend the worship and celebration on Sunday.

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HISTORIC FIND. SCSU graduate student Jeff Williams is shown with copies of the Red Wing Republican Eagle newspaper that detail a week's worth of the fighting on Iwo Jima in 1945. Williams said he found the historic treasure at a rummage sale and paid $20 for the five newspapers. (Photos by David Hannula.)

Top left Jayden Mclearen, top right Cade Sixberry, bottom Vince Dailey. (Submitted photo.)

Back row: Coach Ryan Prom, Josh Gunther, Erik Larsen - 5th place, Jake Wesley, Shane Roberts - 3rd place, Brady O'Connor, Jordan Hickman - 4th place, Nick Merten, Front Row : Connor Gess - 2nd place, Jayden Mclearen - champion, Dylan Krebs - 2nd place, Vince Dailey - champion, Cade Sixberry - champion. Not pictured : Assistant Coach Loren Holthaus. (Submitted photo.)

BIG  LAKE HORNET Cassie Knick took third place in the all-around in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet versus Buffalo.