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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THE BIG WOODEN CROSS which stood behind the monument known as La Pieta was broken in Our Lady of the lake Catholic Cemetery last weekend. (Submitted photos.)

THE BECKER-BIG LAKE SQUIRT B1 HOCKEY TEAM. Front row, (L-R): Erik Baker, Cooper Fredericks, Josh Lillemo, Jack Beckstrom, Kellen Hurt and Luke Boardson. Second row, (L-R): Dillon Lindenau, Nik Hughes, Ben Piehl, Eli Sheideman, Zack Dembinski, Jacob Polecec and Dylan Pishney. Coaches, (L-R): Eron Boardson, Head Coach Mark Fredericks and Jake Pishney. (Submitted photos).

Pictured above are food shelf volunteer Bob Segler, Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Dr. Scott Schulz, Tara Boone and Sara Peterson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

THE SHERBURNE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THRIVENT FINANCIAL donated $1,200 worth of items to the Big Lake Community Food Shelf Tuesday. The donation included 50 hams and some personal care items. Pictured above from the left are Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Coborn’s Manager Mitch Utecht, Thrivent Financial Associate Curtis Snesrud, Coborn’s Assistant Manager John Howard, Thrivent Financials Associate Derek Birdsall and food shelf volunteer Bob Segler. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TOMMY ECKSTROM had to think hard about what he wanted to say on the gift card for the present he had just purchased.