Do Not Be Afraid
on September 11th, 2020
Watch for God. He is with you always and he speaks in various ways. And as he does, he brings you the assurance that faith in Christ casts out fear. Be Not Afraid. Live courageously in Christ.
God's Calling On Our Lives
on September 4th, 2020
... Jonah and then moved on to Ruth, then David, then Paul, and this week Barnabas. You and I have lots in common with these biblical characters. We are people who journey through life looking ...
The Farmer, Blinking Back His Tears
on August 28th, 2020
I’ve been saving it for a special occasion, and that occasion is today! It is based on the Gospel of…. Pardon this Interruption, this is Jon Sogn ...
How Long, O Lord?
on August 21st, 2020
Perhaps the psalmist sighs these lyrics, their pain and longing so deep there are no other words. Perhaps they shout the words out of frustration or anger. Or maybe they cry them, cheeks stained with unending tears. “How long, O Lord?”
Keep Church Weird
on August 14th, 2020
Keeping church weird is a way of acknowledging that God exists outside of the boxes we like to put God in ...
on August 7th, 2020
Last weekend, and this coming week during worship, we have been digging into the book of Ruth. The book of Ruth is about how God is always working in and through ...
Imagine Stewardship Campaign
on July 31st, 2020
... let us take a moment to think and thank God for life and how he fills our lives full of his grace. We are so blessed each day with the many blessings that God rains down upon us. We have a good and gracious God who opens wide ...
Seeking Your Input in the Calling of a Pastor
on July 24th, 2020
After much deliberation, the Church Council has approved moving forward toward the calling of an Associate Pastor to take the lead in Congregational Care ...
Gathering for Worship at Gloria Dei This Weekend
on July 15th, 2020
I want to remind you that we will begin in-person worship services at Gloria Dei this coming weekend. The Church Council, together with our staff, continues to have the health and well-being of everyone as the driving force behind when and how to ...
A Devotion and a Few Reminders
on July 10th, 2020
Thought for the Day: Beautiful things I’ve seen happen in these days.
Happy 4th of July
on July 2nd, 2020
As Christians we also are given the gift of freedom, in a different sense. I’m excited over these next two weeks to have Pastor Chris preach on “The Freedom of a Christian”. One of Martin Luther’s most renowned writings bears that title. I urge you to ...
Gathering for Worship at Gloria Dei July 18-19
on June 25th, 2020
Dear Gloria Dei family and friends,While God’s church never closes, and we have been doing marvelous ministry together over these past months, I am excited to let you know that we will be gathering once again in person at Gloria Dei for worship services beginning on July 18-19.We always work to create a safe and clean environment for everyone to feel comfortable in worshiping, and we will be takin...
on June 25th, 2020
With joy and thanksgiving, we welcome you to worship.
Calling an Associate Pastor of Congregational Care
on June 19th, 2020
This week I need to let you know that we are in the early stages of preparation for another big transition. Judi, our Faith Community Nurse, will be retiring sometime in 2021. Judi’s shoes will be impossible to fill. She heads up our Congregational Care Team with such care, dedication, and faithfulness. Yet I am appreciative of Judi letting us know ...
Thank You Jeff Riley! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
on June 12th, 2020
We’ve known for some time now that this day was coming. But it is still hard to say goodbye. Jeff Riley, our head custodian ...
Meet Bishop Eaton
on June 5th, 2020
I’m happy to let you know that the presiding Bishop of the ELCA, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, will be preaching at Gloria Dei this weekend. Well, sort of...
Words of Encouragement from our Senior Pastor
on June 1st, 2020
Throughout this week much has been written and said about what we are going through as a country. It’s hard to know what to add or say. Yet we are people of faith. We are people of God. We are people with a calling to not only know the love of Christ in our lives, but to share it in order to bless others. The Christian voice must be heard...
Prayers and Encouragement
on May 29th, 2020
Many of you have heard that Steve and Tanya Stadem, longtime active members at Gloria Dei, lost their home to a fire this past week. We are thankful that no one was in the house at the time and that no one was physically hurt. However, the house and its contents were a total loss. Tanya works in our office and is often the first one who greets you with gracious hospitality ...