Worship at Gloria Dei will resume July 18 at 5pm & July 19 at 8:15am, 9:45am and 10:30am

Prayers and Encouragement

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 either in person or on the phone at Gloria Dei.
                      
We have received many questions and phone calls in the office about how to help and so I want to give you an update. Steve and Tanya do have home insurance and they are working through that process. They have been able to stay with relatives and now at the home of a friend.

As you can imagine it is overwhelming for them in so many ways to lose the home where they have lived for many years; the home where they raised their children. So many memories. So many special items lost.

However, Steve and Tanya are also overwhelmed in a good way by the outpouring of love, prayers, support, and encouragement that they have received from friends, family, and church family.

Because so many of you have asked, and since they currently have no address, if you’d like to send a card or note with words of support and encouragement, you can send those to Gloria Dei. If you’d like to include a check or gift card, you can make checks out to Gloria Dei with the notation “Stadems”, or directly to Steve and Tanya Stadem, and we will pass the cards and/or gifts on to them.

We are a caring community in so many wonderful ways. The best you can do for the Stadems now is to simply pray for them to have peace and to know of the grace-filled embrace of God. They, like all of us, know and experience deeply the love of God through Jesus Christ. We are working on a Zoom Prayer Service and will keep you informed of the time and date for such an opportunity.

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday. We celebrate the Holy Spirit and know that the Spirit is with us, now and always. In preparation for this great festival of the church, please read Acts, chapters one and two.

See you online for worship,

Pastor Tim
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