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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Mike Zdychnec, Executive Program Director for Healthcare Management at MN School of Business. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

JEN SCHUMACHER (far left), applauds as 15-year-old Matthew Trutna wins the 2015 Team Liam 5K Saturday. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards).

Kathleen R. Huber

DANCERS FROM JENNIFER’S DANCE CENTER will be performing at Disney World in Florida in October. Pictured (front row, left to right), are Grace Esselman, Lillian St. Jean, Sophia Gerou, Kailey Buchta, Rowan Payne and Hannah Oakes. Middle row are Amelia Cameron, Brianna Anthony, Jacqie Bengtson, Gianna Mitchell, Alex Dillion, Abby Yanke and Rose Curtis. Back row are Tori Ramert, Alexis Erickson, Sophia St. Ives, Tiana Link, Rachel Royseth, Kristian Kunkel, Brooklynn Bengtson, Nicole Bengtson and Kendall Luoma. Not pictured are Haylee Oakes and Melanie Miskowic. (Submitted photo).

FIVE GIRLS FROM MARY OF THE VISITATION CHURCH’S YOUTH GROUP helped Gail Stanley (not pictured) of Big Lake pack her belongings for a move she was taking to Princeton last weekend. The girls are (from left to right): Bridget Buchholz, Jasmine Johnson, Michaela Manifold, Brittney Kostek and Josie Berger. (Photo by Bill Morgan)
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