Posts with the category “friday-followings”
Christ the King
by Gloria Dei on November 20th, 2020
After having shared the story of Jesus all year long, from his birth, to his public ministry filled with teachings, healings and miracles, to his death on the cross and glorious resurrection, we lift up Jesus as King.
Thank You Gloria Dei!
by Gloria Dei on November 13th, 2020
This congregation, while belonging to God, is powered by all of you and the countless numbers of volunteer hours you provide for this ministry.
Livestream Stewardship Event and Link Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
by Gloria Dei on November 6th, 2020
... how the grace and love of God in Jesus Christ not only saves us but launches us ...
A Few Reminders
by Gloria Dei on October 30th, 2020
All Saints weekend ... Confirmation / Affirmation of Baptism celebration ... Livestream Stewardship ... Consecration Weekend ... Set your Clocks Back ...
by Gloria Dei on October 23rd, 2020
Over these next two weekends we are so blessed to have a large group of 9th graders making public profession of their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives. We call this confirmation… a profound confirming of God’s promises made to them at their baptisms.
by Gloria Dei on October 16th, 2020
Back to my question in the title. Why Vision? Why are we doing all of this? Why are we working so hard at looking forward into 2021 and well beyond? Why not sit back and rest on our laurels? Why move forward when it takes so much effort?
The Reliability and Faithfulness of God
by Gloria Dei on October 9th, 2020
Our backyard faces east. I often will go onto our back porch with a cup of coffee in the morning and watch the sun come up. As I did that this week, I was reminded ...
IMAGINING THE VISION
by Gloria Dei on October 2nd, 2020
This weekend I will begin a seven-week preaching series entitled IMAGINE. Together we will be imagining both God’s call on our individual lives, but also God’s call to ...
The Joy of Being Together
by Gloria Dei on September 25th, 2020
What struck me was that there was no inhibition about playing catch with someone you didn’t know. Just the joy of playing catch together.
A Letter from the Gloria Dei Church Council
by Gloria Dei on September 18th, 2020
A church of course isn’t a business. A church does, however, have business. We also are living in some strange times with Covid-19. Accordingly, we want to take a moment and update you on how we have been handling some of Gloria Dei’s business during this pandemic.
Do Not Be Afraid
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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?
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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 ...
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei on July 10th, 2020
Thought for the Day: Beautiful things I’ve seen happen in these days.
Happy 4th of July
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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...
Calling an Associate Pastor of Congregational Care
by Gloria Dei 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!
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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
by Gloria Dei 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 ...
A Shout-Out to our High School Grads
by Gloria Dei on May 22nd, 2020
Today I want to say a big word of thanks and congratulations to our High School Graduates. You have sacrificed a lot over these past months. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to ...
The Cost of Discipleship
by Gloria Dei on May 15th, 2020
What I admire about Dietrich Bonhoeffer is how he allowed his faith in Christ to evolve and mature to a place where it encompassed and enveloped his whole life. Christianity was not just head knowledge.
Update on Reopening from Pastor Tim and Council President Jon Sogn
by Gloria Dei on May 8th, 2020
As for when and how we will be reopening worship and group gatherings, ...
“Who Do You Say that I Am?”
by Gloria Dei on May 1st, 2020
Please know our staff, together with the church council, is monitoring the situation. We will provide you updates as we move forward. In the meantime, we still remain together in Christ. And we will, of course, continue to ...
Thousands and Thousands
by Gloria Dei on April 24th, 2020
I mentioned a few weeks ago that Gloria Dei turns 35 years old this month. Happy Birthday Gloria Dei. A milestone celebration like this gives us great opportunity to ...
So, Now What?
by Gloria Dei on April 17th, 2020
So, now what? That’s often the question in these weeks after Easter. If Jesus is raised from the dead, and if we now live in ultimate victory, then how does that affect our lives from here on out?
by Gloria Dei on April 10th, 2020
I know each year I remind myself why this day is called “Good”. I mean, think about it, ...
by Gloria Dei on April 3rd, 2020
The week we call holy begins this Sunday.
Our Refuge and Strength
by Gloria Dei on March 27th, 2020
This Sunday, in our virtual worship together, we will begin by singing the song “Lord I Need You”
While We Are Paused Update 3/20/2020
by Gloria Dei on March 20th, 2020
During this pause in worship and physical gatherings at the church, we still want to be church together...
Response to Coronavirus - Pastor Tim Selbo
by Gloria Dei on March 13th, 2020
We are a community of faith, rooted in the hope and love of Jesus Christ. Knowing that God is a God of love and care for all people,
Gloria Dei is Turning 35 Years Old
by Gloria Dei on March 6th, 2020
A bit of Gloria Dei history.
by Gloria Dei on February 28th, 2020
But more than that, it provided a time to keep our relationships strong and healthy.