ABOUT US

Who We Are & What We Believe

Love God
Love People
Live Changed

We believe vibrant and healthy faith is about relationships…our relationship with God and our relationships with each other! The Christian faith is a journey, and that journey is most soulful and energizing when we walk together in community. Rejoice is a safe, loving, and inclusive space where we explore what faithfulness looks like in each of our lives and in our church itself!

We are Lutheran (ELCA is our larger faith community), but our church is filled with people from all denominations, including those with no faith backgrounds! Our worship is modern and contemporary and our unique OASIS mid-week program is built around small groups for all ages! It’s our hope that you will find a place here to grow and help others to grow as well!
God bless you today, and may the peace of the Lord be always with you!!

~ Pastor Lou Quetel, Senior Pastor

What We Believe

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. For us as part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all.

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We are a church that belongs to Christ. There is a place for you here.

We believe God calls each of us by name. Christ’s church is not ours to control, nor is it our job to sort, divide, categorize or exclude. Whenever we feel compelled to “draw the line” in our lives, we must acknowledge as Lutherans that Jesus always stands on both sides of that line.

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We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread.

Because we are grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in  the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities. We have the courage to explore the world as saints and sinners, knowing we will never take God somewhere God has not already been.

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We are a church that believes Jesus is God’s “Yes” to us. Our lives can be a “Yes” to others.

The “Yes” of Jesus Christ compels and empowers us to be open and accessible within any community, within any context.

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We are a church that believes God is calling us into the world — together.

We don’t have to do it alone, and we don’t have to do everything.  Each of us has a unique story, and  we are part of a larger story that makes up the ELCA. We work through our congregations, synods and partners, and the church-wide organization. Together, we achieve things on a scale and scope that we could never do otherwise.

What To Expect On Sundays

Our weekly worship service is celebrated every Sunday at 10:00 AM.  
First and foremost, our hope is that anyone attending our worship services would feel warmly welcomed! We realize that coming to a new church for the first time can be a bit stressful so we do our best to create a comfortable atmosphere.
Our desire is to create a space where we can connect with God and with each other in a real way.

Whether you’ve never been in church before or you’re a Sunday regular, you can anticipate an encouraging & enlightening experience! Our worship service is contemporary, topical, engaging and meaningful. Worship is centered around the Word and Sacraments, and it is shaped to make connections to our daily lives and to our community.

We celebrate communion at every worship service. You don’t have to be Lutheran and you don’t have to be a member of Rejoice. We invite all who believe in Jesus as our Savior to participate.

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The Music

Our Rejoice Worship Ensemble (RWE) is backed by guitars, keys, and drums. They lead us in lively and contemporary songs with powerful vocals, unique arrangements and original compositions, creating a true spirit of worship.

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What Do I Wear

As for what to wear, dress however you feel comfortable.  Some people dress casually in jeans and some dress up. Just dress your style.

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Is there something for my kids?

Yes! We love to see kids in the worship, but we also have a staffed nursery for children 3 and under. We will care for them during the worship service.

Club WOW (We are One in the Word) is Rejoice’s Sunday School program for children in preschool through 5th grade and is held during worship September through May at both services. Kids begin worship with their parents in the sanctuary and then go downstairs for fun, interactive learning! They return in time to celebrate communion with their families.  In the summertime, kids enjoy Bible stories, crafts and games, returning before communion.

ALL children – whether they are regular attendees or new to Rejoice – are welcome and invited to all of our children’s ministry programs!

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After the Worship Service

Worshiping and sharing food and drink together are fundamental ways in which we develop bonds and form lasting and meaningful relationships. Join us after each worship service at our Gathering Ground.  

Our Gathering Ground is a time for everyone to enjoy a cup of fresh & locally roasted coffee, cookies, and each other's company for a short time after worship.

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