>>> ALL WORSHIP and ACTIVITIES at Gloria Dei SUSPENDED until further notice.

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FREED BY CHRIST, WE GATHER, GROW, GIVE AND GO, ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD
March 9, 2020
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church | 5500 E 57th Street |Sioux Falls, SD 57108
605-371-3737 | www.gloriadei-sd.org

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Nursery We’d love to have you on the nursery team, providing care for the youngest in our congregation during worship times. Volunteers often serve once a month, as schedules allow. Interested? Click HERE. OR Plan to attend a no-obligation Nursery Open House, Sun Mar 15, 10:10-10:25am in the nursery.
Support HS Youth Mission Trips -- see CYF section for details!
   Spreading the Gospel: 1 T-shirt at a Time!  Mar 21/22
   Car Wash Sat May 2, 4-6pm and Sun Mar 3, 8:30am-12:00pm
   1st Annual Mulligans for Missions Sun May 3, 1:00pm (registration begins at 12:00pm) Prairie Green Gold Course. Register Here contact sandy.berven@gloriadei-sd.org
WIT (Women in Transition) Tues Mar 24, 5:30pm - The Barrel House
GO:The Banquet Thurs Mar 19, 900 E 8th St  28 disciples needed, 5:15-8:00pm to serve the evening meal
Holy Communion Milestone Events and Dates: Information HERE

'Stir Us Lord ... to Deeper Discipleship'

Jesus said:
“You are the salt of the earth!
You are the light of the world!
Let your light shine before others, 
so that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5.13-16

Dear Friends,
Blessings on your Lenten journey! As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter article, we are going to reflect on Jesus call to follow him, to be his disciple. And I mentioned that we would reflect on the four following marks of discipleship; believing, belonging, becoming and being. Our first reflection:

Discipleship is believing! Discipleship is believing in Jesus Christ through the gift of the Holy Spirit!

A Polish Jewish girl perished in World War II while hiding from the Nazis in a cave outside of Warsaw, Poland.  Before she died she etched the following verse on the wall of the cave;
I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining!
I believe in love, even when I don’t feel it!
                        I believe in God, even when He is silent!

Belief in the Lord our God is a powerful source of strength for us in our lives. Belief in God brings confidence, courage, joy, peace, love, hope, comfort, assurance, affirmation and so much more to our lives. And these gifts of belief are graciously given to us by our creator and redeemer through the Holy Spirit.

Discipleship is believing! Belief is sown and nurtured in the family, with friends and in the community of faith, the church!

See you in church fellow disciples!

God’s Blessings Always, Pastor Dwight Stensgaard
Worship this Week   Saturday 5pm | Sunday 9am | Sunday 10:30am | Wednesday 6:00pm
Sermon Series With you Always-The Gospel of Matthew
Baptism Class Sun May 10, 9:30-10:20am RSVP Here (no April class Easter Sunday)
Nursery We’d love to have you on the nursery team, providing care for the youngest in our congregation during worship times. Volunteers often serve once a month, as schedules allow. Interested? Click HERE. OR Plan to attend a no-obligation Nursery Open House, Sun Mar 15, 10:10-10:25am in the nursery.
Holy Week: Palm Sunday Worship Sun April 5 Worship 9am & 1030am
Holy Week: Maundy Thursday Worship Thurs Apr 9 Worship 6pm & 7:30pm
Holy Week: Good Friday Worship Fri Apr 10, 7pm
Easter Worship Sat Apr 11, 5pm & Sun Apr 12, 7:30am, 8:30am, 9:40am and 10:50am
Easter Plants Order plants $15 each, "in honor of" and or "in memory of" now through Mon Apr 6. Plants will decorate the altar for Easter worship. Order in Dei Worker or online.
"Heaven to Heaven” Gloria Dei Choir Join your voice to help design the next chapters in this exciting new musical theater work! All HS-Adults welcome!
   Rehearsals: 7-8pm on Wednesdays
   Sing in Worship: Sun Mar 15; Fri Apr 10
Crossroads Conference Assembly Sun Mar 15, 2:00pm at Trinity Lutheran in Tea, SD. All are welcome to attend this assembly.
Check’n on the Second Sun May 10, blood pressure checks before and after worship services in the Gathering Space. You can have high blood pressure without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and heart continues and can be detected.
WIT (Women in Transition) Tues Mar 24, 5:30pm - The Barrel House. This group is opportune for widows to meet, have fun and support one another as they live as single persons again. Questions/ride contact Sheryl Curl, sacurl1950@gmail.com
The Divorce C.A.S.T. (Called and Sent Team) Thurs Mar 19, 6:30pm Room 123. All members and associates who are separated, divorced, or divorced and remarried are welcome to attend. Childcare is available with an advance RSVP. Call the church office 605-371-3737
Food C.A.S.T. gathers to prepares freezer meals. These meals are available for friends who are in need; new baby, surgery, death, job loss. This ministry makes sure that freezer #9 is stocked with nourishing meals that embody the care of the community. You are welcome to take a meal to someone you know at any time.
Pickleball Come as you can-we will teach you to play!
   Tues/Thurs Morning, 8:15-10:15am contact: Janine/Adrian Mohr
   Sunday Evening, 4:30-6:30pm  contact:Janine/Adrian Mohr
   Thursday Night, 6:45pm  contact: Brenda Olson
Open Arms Addiction Ministry www.gloriadei-sd.org/addiction
Church School Sun 9:20-10:05am | Sun 10:50-11:35am | Wed 4:00-5:00pm contact: lara.kvale@gloriadei-sd.org
6th Grade Confirmation Camp at NeSoDak June 7-12 OR June 21-26 $125 deposit due ASAP! Check payable to Lutherans Outdoors. Visit www.gloriadei-sd.org/confirmation_camp for more information and to register.
6th/7th/8th Grade Confirmation Wednesdays 6:00pm worship; 6:30pm large group, 7:00pm small group  |  contact: sarah.goldammer@gloriadei-sd.org
High School Youth Group Sept-May: Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm. Youth Room. contact: sandy.berven@gloriadei-sd.org
Spreading the Gospel  1 T-shirt at a Time!  Mar 21/22 before and after services, stop by the Youth Room doors and buy a t-shirt for $20. Proceeds support HS Youth Mission Trips.
Car Wash Sat May 2, 4-6pm and Sun Mar 3, 8:30am-12:00pm. Gloria Dei West Parking Lot, $20 for a clean inside and out, $10 for outside only. Proceeds support HS Youth Mission Trips.
1st Annual Mulligans for Missions Sun May 3, 1:00pm (registration begins at 12:00pm) Prairie Green Gold Course. Cost $400 per team ($100 per person). Sign-up as a team or an individual. Scramble Golf Tournament, seriously anyone and everyone can play. Registrations deadline Thur April 30. Proceeds support HS Youth Mission Trips. contact sandy.berven@gloriadei-sd.org
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Fri Apr 3, at 9-11am Fellowship Hall Find us on Facebook: @GloriaDeiMOPS. All moms of children not yet in kindergarten are welcome to be a part of this group. 2019-2020 Theme To The Full
Kid’s Night Out Fri Apr 3, 5:30-8:30pm $20 first child, $5 each sibling. Come for cheese pizza, games, crafts, movies, and fun. Children ages 1-12 years welcome!  >>RSVP by Wed Apr 1 www.gloriadei-sd.org/kno or call church.
Open Gym for Families Mon Mar 16, 6:00-7:30pm Parents must supervise their own children. A liability waver must be completed to participate and will be available at the door.
VBS (Vacation Bible School) 2020 Mon-Fri June 8-12, 9am-12pm. Children 3 years old who have completed a year of church school or preschool through completed kindergarten. $25 for first child, $5 for each additional sibling. Bible Stories, songs, crafts, games, friends and fun! Information and Registration HERE
Jesus Loves Me - Adult & Child VBS Wed June 10, 10:30am-12:00pm. Children, 2 & 3 years old and caring adult. Free. Optional t-shirt and CD for purchase. Info and Registration HERE
Dei Camp 2020 Mon-Thurs June 22-25 OR July 20-23, 9am-3pm, $60 per camper. Campers completed kindergarten through completed 5th grade are invited to join us for ONE of the two weeks this summer. Join counselors from Shetek and volunteers for a fun week of camp at Gloria Dei. More information, to volunteer, or register campers, click HERE.
Holy Communion Milestone Events and Dates: Information HERE
   Communion Cup Painting: Mar 8 and 11 during church school, (deadline to paint is Mar 20)
   Pre-Communion Instruction: Wed April 1, 6:30-8pm in the Sanctuary. Instruction is immediately following 6:00pm worship, for all Holy Communion trainees and their parent(s).
   Seder Meal: Wed Apr 8, 5:00pm OR 6:30pm - Click Here for RSVP
   Holy Communion Service: Thurs Apr 9, 6:00pm OR 7:30pm - Click Here for RSVP
GO:The Banquet Thurs Mar 19, 900 E 8th Street. Prepare, Serve, Clean-up a meal for the guests of The Banquet. Sign-up by clicking the time below.
   FULL 9:30am-12:00pm morning meal prep
   FULL 10:15am-12:00pm morning meal prep second shift
   30 disciples still needed for the 5:15-8:00pm serve evening meal
GO:St. Dysmas Thurs Apr 23  - 6:00pm, Gloria Dei will not be attending worship at St. Dymas in March 2020. 5 disciples needed to worship with the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary, sign-up and paperwork deadline Tues Mar 31. You will experience a warm welcome and grace will be given and received. You will need a current background check (good for a year). See instructions on sign up form, or stop by GO:Hub
GO:Mission Haiti - Sponsor a Child for just $25 per month. $25 per month covers tuition, uniforms and shoes, a daily meal, school supplies, textbooks, free primary health care, and support for teachers and facilities at the school. We’re “flipping the script” and taking pictures of Gloria Dei families, sending them to children in Haiti, and inviting kids to pick their sponsors!! Contact P. Chris
GO:St. Francis House  Date TDB 6:00-7:30pm. Sign-Up by clicking date, or call church. Serve/clean-up a prepared meal to the guests of St. Francis House; 6 disciples serving each time.
Quilting Ministry The quilters provide quilts to local groups.
   Dei Quilters vpanders@q.com Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesday, 9.00am.
   Peace by Piece smileshiner@sio.midco.net Meet 1st and 3rd Tuesday, 6:30pm
GO:Hub Stop by the GO: HUB in the Gathering Space or visit www.gloriadei-sd.org/go
Join our closed Facebook group #GONetwork, to learn about more opportunities to serve.
GDYA (Gloria Dei Young Adults) The Crossing As young adults everyone goes through seasons of change. Whether it be graduating from college, or landing your first job, life seems to never stay still. The Crossing is a place where you can rest your mind and recharge your faith for the week ahead. Connect with The Crossing: on facebook @GDYATheCrossing, on Instagram gdyathecrossing, on Twitter @GDYATheCrossing contac: Sandy Berven
Thursday Nights with Pastor Tim - Revelation 1st and 3rd Thursdays 6:30- 8:00pm in the Office Commons. This group will be going through the book of Revelation, using a 15 minute video for each session from a Luther Seminary professor, followed by teaching and conversation.
Exercising Your Faith*  Mondays, 5:15pm This session using the book: Walking in God’s Grace, by: Sarah Young. Join us for 20-30 minutes all ability exercise followed by Bible Study.  contact: judi.schwerin@gloriadei-sd.org
Gather* Tuesdays, 9:30am, Rm 123 contact: judi.schwerin@gloriadei-sd.org
Wednesday Women in the Word-AM* 10:30-11:30am Room 123 book: He Choose the Nails by Max Lucado contact: daricerenae@midco.net
Wednesday Women in the Word-PM* 6:30-7:30pm Theatre Room using guide; Engaging God’s Word: Joshua and Judges (study guides available on Amazon) contact: christa.coughlin@gmail.com
Men’s Bible Study Wednesdays 6:30am, Rm 123 contact: chris.zuraff@gloridei-sd.org
Couples' Bible Study 2nd and 4th Mondays, 6:30-7:30pm Have you been looking for a way to grow in your faith with your significant other? Come give our new bible study a try. We gather in the office conference room for casual conversation around the scripture heard in worship. Contact: chris.zuraff@gloridei-sd.org Childcare available with RSVP, contact church office.
                 *Women's Bible Study
Wednesday Supper Soup Supper - Chicken Noodle, Chili, Cream of Tomato, Vegetable Beef Barley, Wisconsin Cheddar and Turkey Wild Rice. $3 per plate; purchase meal cards online or at church
Sunday Breakfast Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Hashbrowns; suggested donation $3
Palm Sunday Brunch Sun Apr 5, 8:30am-12:00pm. $8 per person; $6.50 for guests under 6 or over 65. Groups of 12 or more can RSVP in the church office. Proceeds support HS Youth Mission Trips.
OWLS (Older Wiser LutheranS) Sun Mar 15, 11:30 am - Room 123 (3rd Sunday of each month). The meal is potluck, and this is a time for those 55 and older to gather and share a good meal, fellowship and celebrate the gift of years.
Gloria Dei Book Group Mar 26, 5:30-7:00pm book: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. All are welcome to join us for fellowship and conversation. contact: Holly
Get to Know Your Dei - Pastoral Led Membership Classes Sun Mar 15 and Sun Mar 22, 9:15-10:20am Office Commons. Please plan to attend both sessions.
Membership? Contact Tanya.Stadem@gloriadei-sd.org with questions
New Member Welcome Weekend Sat Mar 28 @ 5pm and Sun Mar 29 @ 9am
Stampede Night - STAR WARS Night Fri Mar 27, 7:05pm $13 per lower bowl ticket, proceeds support high school youth mission trips, call 605-336-6060, mention Gloria Dei for tickets.
View Gloria Dei Online Directory
Job Opening - Custodial / Maintenance Team Lead Full time position (40 hours/week) with primary responsibilities to include appearance, maintenance, and security of the building and grounds, as well as the overall cleanliness of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. This position supervises other custodial staff and contractors and is a member of the Ministry of Administration Team. We are looking for a self-motivated person, good communicator, strong organizational skills, mechanical aptitude with previous janitorial and grounds keeping experience preferred and who has a passion for the ministry at Gloria Dei. Check out www.gloriadei-sd.org/employment for more info or to apply.
Ministry in Motion Goal of $50,000 for the new (used) bus and the haircut trailer. Please consider a gift of $5 or $5,000 by Sun March 29. Checks/Cash marked Ministry in Motion or give online, select fund Ministry in Motion. Tax-deductible gifts to this special giving appeal are above and beyond your offering/pledge.
Don't Forget to Report Your IRA QCD If you took advantage of the opportunity to make charitable gifts with a Qualified Charitable Distribution from your IRA last year, don’t forget to tell your tax preparer. Your gifts are invisible on the 1099-R form. It only shows the total withdrawal amount, with no mention of any tax-free transfers to charity. The QCD must be reported on your tax return to avoid payment of taxes. Be sure to keep an acknowledgment from the charity, showing that it received your contribution, in your tax records. If you have questions or you have made a QCD from your IRA to Gloria Dei Lutheran, please feel free to
contact Holly Brunick in our business office at 605 371-3737, extension 16 or via email at holly.brunick@gloriadei-sd.org.
Gloria Dei Office Hours Mon-Thurs: 8am - 4:30pm | Fri: 8am - 2pm
Gloria Dei Preschool  www.gloriadei-sd.org/preschool Join our new facebook group: @GloriaDeiSDPreschool
Gloria Dei Preschool Registration NOW OPEN -- Visit the preschool page on the website for registration information.
Rise & Shine with Gloria Dei Preschool Mon-Fri 7:30am-9:00am, $6 per day, contact Sharon Claude to sign up.
GDei Library Stop by. Check Out an Item or 2. Read/View. Return. Repeat. contact: Laura at lruesch@sio.midco.net
View Council Meeting Minutes | Annual Report  | Past Newsletters
Information subject to change, please see our calendar for a complete listing of church events and details. Or call the church office, 605-371-3737.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church | Sioux Falls, SD  | March 9, 2020
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