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.