Gloria Dei's annual Valentine Party will be held on Saturday, February 14 from noon to 2:00 p.m. A picnic lunch will be served. Our favorite fun maker, Terrence Smith will be with us for music and a variety of rousing activities. You can decorate cookies and make a Valentine for that someone special. There will be treats and prizes for all ages.
Your help is needed. We can use some pans of red jello, unfrosted heart-shaped cookies, colored frosting, cans of beans, liter bottles of soda, hot dogs and buns, and potato chips.
We also collect small prizes for all ages. These can be toys, games, etc. for children. For adults toiletries, (men and women), household items, etc. We will also have a Fish Pond once again for young children so small treats are welcome. We also need to have you there to lend a hand with these festivities. If you can help with any of the above, please contact Carol Kelley or Sue Anderson.
Thanks to artist Joel Cooper for permission to display this print. >>
This year’s guest preacher and presenter will be Tim Feiertag, a 2009 graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Tim is currently employed as the Grassroots Organizing and Training Coordinator for ReconcilingWorks, helping faith communities create a process to become places of public and intentional welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. He is approved for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America through the Central States Synod.
Tim will be sharing his personal journey as a gay man responding to God’s call to become an ordained minister in the ELCA at the 8:45am Adult Forum in the Hillside Room and will be preaching at Gloria Dei’s worship service at 10:00am in the sanctuary. At 5:00pm, a service “Baptized, Transfigured, Reconciled” will be held in the sanctuary followed by a light supper.
Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome at Gloria Dei. This is most certainly applicable to those who may have felt the sting of rejection from a previous church experience. For more information, please contact Sue at email@example.com, or the church office at 722-3381.
February 18—Ash Wednesday
7:00 p.m. worship with ashes and Holy Communion
A 2:00 p.m. service will also be offered this year at King Manor.
An invitation to the season of Lent
Sundays During Lent
Feb 22, Mar 1, 8, 15, 22
10:00 a.m. worship with Holy Communion
11:30 a.m. class for new members and seekers with lunch
Wednesdays in Lent
Feb 25, Mar 4, 11, 18, & 25
5:15 Soup Supper (Hillside Room)
5:45 Dwelling in the Word: “The Sermon on the Mount”
led by Jim Bailey and Pastor David - see study book, below
7:00 Evening Worship and prayer around the cross
Lent Wednesday Study Book - Order by Feb 10
Contrast Community: Practicing the Sermon on the Mount by James Bailey (2013). This will be our focus for Lent Wednesdays, co-led by the author and Pastor David.
No portion of Scripture has been more influential in renewing church and society than Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. This book invites us into a transformative engagement with the text, the cultural context, and its meaning for us today. Its approach challenges faith communities not only to study the Sermon on the Mount but to begin practicing these radical teachings of Jesus.
All sessions on Wednesdays, 5:45-6:45 in the Hillside Room:
Feb 25: Freed from Nursing Anger (Matt 5:21-26)
Mar 4: Challenged to Value Women (Matt 5:27-32)
Mar 11: Trusted Truth-Tellers (Matt 5:33-37)
Mar 18: Risking Non-Violent Power (Matt 5:38-42)
Mar 25: Open to Enemies (Matt 5:43-48)
Jim Bailey is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. We look forward to this rich opportunity for learning and growing in faith together! Books are not required for the sessions but will provide helpful insights for these and future conversations. Books are available at a discounted rate of $15 – order through the church office (722-3381) by Tuesday, Feb 10.
St. Matthew Passion & Symposium with Dr. Martin Marty
Mar 27-29 at First Lutheran, Duluth
The Arrowhead Chorale, jointly with the UMD University Singers, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus and a local chamber orchestra and chamber choir from local churches will offer to the Twin Ports Community a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. The entire work will be sung in German (the audience will see English supertitles). Dr. Stanley Wold, Director of Music at Gloria Dei, is the conductor.
Friday, March 27 at 7:00 PM at First Lutheran Church
Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 PM at First Lutheran Church
Tickets are available at the UMD Box Office.
There is also a special Symposium to be held on Saturday, March 28 at First Lutheran Church. Featured at this Symposium will be Dr. Martin Marty, prominent church historian, and Dr. Timothy Stalter, tenor, Evangelist soloist for the performance. More information about registration for the symposium is listed at http://arrowheadchorale.com.
You could be in the Gemeindechor for these performances.
To sing most of the chorales in this masterwork, a chorus of additional singers is also needed for the St. Matthew Passion. Church choir members are especially invited to consider this opportunity, with certain requirements attached to this invitation:
1) All singers must be present for both performances of the Passion (Friday and Sunday) and for the two dress rehearsals Tuesday (March 24) and Thursday (March 26) of performance week.
2) All singers must commit to attending Monday evening rehearsals at 7:00 PM beginning in February at Duluth Congregational Church.
If any church singers are interested in participating, please contact Arrowhead Chorale Assistant Director Marcia VanCamp at firstname.lastname@example.org.