ABOUT US

WELCOME!

Rejoice worships in a hand-hewn log cabin — a quintessential Colorado structure. We are inclusive, welcoming and open to all and invite you to join us wherever you are on your faith journey.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us a message or give us a call at (303) 828-3953. We’d love to have you join us!

How do I get there?
We’re the little log cabin at the end of the road! You can find our location on this map.

What should I wear?
Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You’ll see some dressed up; some dressed casual. We have no expectations for attire.

What’s your service like?
We have an active, awesome choir and music program, a Sunday School for children, and communion every Sunday.

See one of our church bulletins for a preview of our typical service.

What are your beliefs about communion?

  • Holy Communion is a sacred meal offered to all, every Sunday and during special services. We believe Christ comes to us in the bread and wine, and we share this sacrament as one body. This is not our table, or a Lutheran table, but it is the Lord’s table, truly open to all. You do not need to be a member of the church.
  • We commune children or offer a blessing according to their interest.
  • Alongside the bread and the common cup of wine we also offer white grape juice and provide gluten-free wafers on request.

What if I need accommodations?
As you enter the church, you’ll be welcomed by a greeter with a bulletin for the service. You can let them know if you need accommodations, such as being communed from your seat. You’re also welcome to call or email ahead of time about access or concerns you may have.

WHO WE ARE

Rejoice Lutheran Church is a mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and an outreach of the congregations of the Boulder County Conference of the ELCA’s Rocky Mountain Synod.

We recognize “agape” (one of the nine Hebrew words in the Bible for “love”) as the core of our Christian faith by encouraging lives of goodwill and benevolence, and we strive to embody Luther’s understanding of our relationship to God through Christ – that we are justified by faith through grace.

We believe that the Gospel proclaims that God is love and shows through Christ’s life and example how love edifies, builds up, hopes all things, endures all things, and never fails.

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SERVICE TIMES

Classic Services
Sundays 9:30 a.m

WHERE WE MEET

Rejoice Lutheran Church
3413 Lowell Lane
Erie, CO 80516

GET IN TOUCH

Feel free to contact us.
Email: office@rejoicelutheran.net
Phone: (303) 828-3953

Office hours:
Tuesday – Thursday
9:30 a.m – 2:30 p.m

EMERGENCIES

For Pastoral care emergencies, please contact Pastor Phil Kettering:

(507)-626-5806

or email him at: pastorphil@rejoicelutheran.net

OUR STAFF

PASTOR PHIL KETTERING

PASTOR PHIL KETTERING

LEAD PASTOR

DEBORAH SCHMIT-LOBIS

DEBORAH SCHMIT-LOBIS

MUSIC DIRECTOR

CHRIS NEWKIRK

CHRIS NEWKIRK

OFFICE MANAGER

ABOUT PASTOR PHIL

Pastor Phil was called to serve at Rejoice Lutheran on December 15, 2019.  He was born in Billings, MT and was baptized on May 20, 1956 at First English Lutheran Church.  He was raised in Montana until his family moved to San Antonio, TX where he resided until graduating high school. Pastor Phil returned to Montana to complete his undergraduate education in Business Management.  He then began a 20 year career with ARCO (an oil and gas company) that required him to relocate to Atlanta GA, Los Angeles CA, Anchorage AK, Dallas TX and back to Alaska in 1990 where he remained for the better part of 24 years.

Pastor Phil’s call to ministry came later in his life. After leaving ARCO during a corporate merger, he took a sabbatical to be a full time father and determine what God had planned for him.  His journey of discovery would eventually take him to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA as a resident MDIV student.  He remained in Berkeley CA for over a year until family needs took him back to Alaska.   In order to continue his call to pastoral ministry, he transferred into TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries).  Pastor Phil completed his academic work in TEEM and was ordained on March 28, 2010.

Pastor Phil previously served at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Valdez, AK (2006-2014) and then began servicing as an interim pastor (2014-2019) helping congregations work through a process of calling their next pastoral leader. He accepted a call at at Rejoice Lutheran in Erie, CO (current call) and is also serving on the Board of Directors of Yerusha (a Jewish Renewal organization focusing on academic development).

It is during a TEEM gathering that Pastor Phil met Pastor Janet Colby from Canby, MN.  Trusting in God along the way, Phil and Janet continued to develop the love they shared and were married on February 8, 2014. They have 7 children (including 2 son-in-laws and 1 daughter-in-law) and four grandchildren that bring great joy to their life. Pastor Phil enjoys cooking with Janet and developing a new ministry called Kitchen Theology.  If time is available, the “Phil” in “Pastor Phil” enjoys reading, fly fishing, golf, and billiards.