Category Archives: Mission Trips

Mission on the Bay 2014 Info Meeting

Rejoice returns to the Gulf Coast this fall to serve and we want to invite anybody who is interested in learning more about this life-changing trip to join us for an informational meeting on Monday, July 21st at 7PM here at Rejoice.  We will be serving two organizations:  helping a local veteran through East St. Tammany Parish Habitat for Humanity, and feeding the hungry through Loaves & Fishes in Biloxi, MS.  Trip dates are Oct 19-26, 2014.  Click here for more information and fundraising activities for this mission trip.

Big Bottomless Bowl Bash

Enjoy Gumbo at Grahams 318

gumboRejoice Lutheran Church will be holding a Big Bottomless Bowl Bash fundraiser at Grahams 318 Coffee House on Thursday, September 5th 2013 at 7pm.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Grahams resident favorite, Patrick James.

Church members will serve different gumbos inspired by the delicious Creole cuisine of the Mississippi region and beyond.

All funds raised will be used to bring relief to the homeless of the Gulf Coast regions surrounding Biloxi, Mississippi and Slidell, Louisiana which are still recovering from a series of natural disasters that have occurred in recent years.

Rejoice Pastor Lou Quetel said, “I want to invite you join in a great opportunity to serve fellow Americans who need help!  While the Gulf area has recovered from Katrina the needs of poor folks are great.  Basic shelter and food security are real issues for a lot of families. Rejoice has been serving in this area for four years now and this has become an important part of our ministry.  It is one way we try to show up with love in Christ’s name”.

“Join us for a great bowl of Cajun culinary mojo and great music by Patrick James.  You will be well fed, hear fabulous grooves played by a master and you will help to make a difference in the lives of poor folks in the Gulf Coast.  Please come out and partner with us in this opportunity to serve.  God bless you and thank you”.

In October, members of Rejoice Lutheran Church will return to the Gulf Coast for the fifth time and serve with Habitat for Humanity and the Loaves and Fishes Feeding Ministry.

For more information contact Shelly Erdmann at 263.993.9944.

Love Project 2013 North Carolina

June 22-30, 2013

Join us this summer for theLOVEproject2013 – North Carolina!  We will travel to Topsail Beach, NC working with a group called TEAMeffort for a week of serving low-income people through rebuilding projects.  TEAMeffort is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian youth mission organization dedicated to providing opportunities for both youth and adult leaders to reach out to others through Christian service and live out a passion for God, in the context of “putting our faith into action.”

Through TEAMeffort’s partnership with WARM (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry), we will be working on home repair projects. Our mission will be to rebuild homes and restore hope for our low-income individuals and families, many of whom are elderly or disabled. Our work will allow them to live safely and independently in their own home. The work may include building wheelchair ramps, repairing siding and flooring, building or repairing decks and roofs.

We will be staying at the Salt & Light Christian Center which is equipped with dorm-style sleeping facilities and on-site showers, dining area, Chapel, and recreation facilities.  Nearby beaches will be enjoyed for cook-outs, worship and recreation. All meals are provided except two lunches and two dinners during free times.

Rebuilding Together Aurora Spring 2013

April 26-27th 2013

Rebuilding Together Aurora

This year RTA will perform a first Community Block Build, focusing on Aurora’s Pattersonville neighborhood. Would you like to help rebuild safe and healthy homes for your neighbors?

Although Rejoice will not be managing a team this year we know that several of you would like to participate in the 20th Anniversary April Rebuilding Event on April 26-27th and RTA is looking for helpers!

General Event Day Volunteers carry out repairs and provides general labor for landscaping, painting or other projects during the Community Block Build, under the instruction of Rebuilding Together Aurora Captains. Activities vary, but no advanced skill is required. For 2013, General Event Day Volunteers can participate on April 26 (Friday) or April 27 (Saturday), or both days if they would like.

Hospitality Volunteers assist in taking care of all Rebuilding Together Aurora’s volunteers with:

  • Event registration (checking in volunteers and passing out t-shirts)
  • Pick up of lunches
  • Distribution of lunches
  • Overseeing tents (first aid, registration, hospitality, etc.)
  • Assist in clean up at the close of a build day

Volunteer and register online now and RTA will group all Rejoice volunteers in the same work teams.   Click here to access the online sign-up form and make sure that you select Rejoice Lutheran Church in the affiliations section.  All volunteers must be at least 14 years old. If under the age of 18, a parental or guardian must be present and a permission slip must be signed.

Rebuilding Together Aurora is a safe and healthy housing organization that provides low-income homeowners in Aurora, Illinois with critical home repairs, home safety modifications, and energy efficiency upgrades.  For more information, click here.


Serve at Feed My Starving Children

feed my starving children

Join a Rejoice Team that will work at Feed My Starving Children on dd/mm/yyyy.  Register your participation now, enter a group name of ‘Rejoice Geneva‘.  Alternatively, if you our group schedule doesn’t  fit yours, you can register as an individual and pick the date(s) that you’d like to serve.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.

Rejoice supports FMSC with all-ages volunteer teams.