In the City for Good
At its congregational
meeting June 5, 2016, Gloria Dei affirmed its intention to rebuild at 6th
Avenue East and 3rd Street and authorized the Moving Forward
Committee to work with architectural consultants to develop conceptual drawings
and cost estimates that seek to incorporate the original structure with values
of accessibility, energy efficiency, and community ministry. A Moving Forward Committee member is available after worship each Sunday with schematic drawings and subcommittee
structure to respond to questions and receive additional
input. Thanks for your participation, input, and continued prayers throughout this process.
Rebuilding, Renewing, Reforming
The Capital Campaign to Rebuild Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
As we begin our rebuilding process, we need to think about how we will pay for the work that needs to be done. In order to cover the costs of our rebuild, we are preparing to launch a capital campaign at Gloria Dei with the theme of "Rebuilding, Renewing, Reforming”. Rebuilding refers obviously to the need for Gloria Dei to rebuild the interior of our church building. Renewing reflects the tag line from the ELCA “Always being being made new”, and Reforming refers to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the ongoing reformation of the church.
We are very fortunate that our congregational leaders had made sure that we had a very good insurance policy to cover much of the damage that occurred because of the fire. However, we know that insurance doesn't cover all expenses. And just as no insurance plan would cover all the expenses of a house fire or any other sort of event, our insurance will not cover all of our expected expenses as we rebuild. We feel confident that our fundraising efforts together with our insurance money will cover the work that needs to be done.
Fire Anniversary Gathering, Feb 18
A year after our tragic fire, we gather to remember God’s faithfulness along our journey and to affirm Gloria Dei’s presence in the Hillside neighborhood. Hosted by Dougherty’s Funeral Home on 6th Ave E. and 2nd Street, beginning at 10:00 a.m., plans include scripture and prayer, singing, speakers, a procession encircling the Gloria Dei building, and a reception following. Confirmed speakers include Mayor Emily Larson and Lee Stuart of Chum. This is also a good opportunity to invite neighbors and friends in the community, to thank them for their support, and to share about our plans going forward. Parking available either at Dougherty’s or at Gloria Dei. By God’s grace, we’re here for good.
Lent Begins with Ash Wednesday, March 1
Our invitation to the season of Lent will include worship with ashes and Holy Communion:
2:15 p.m. at Lakeshore Ecumen (40th Ave E and London Rd)
7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary (51st Ave E and Glenwood St)
+ Sundays During Lent - Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2
10:00 a.m. worship with Holy Communion
11:30 a.m. class for new members with lunch in the Teaching House
+ Wednesdays in Lent - Mar 8, 15, 22, 29, Apr 5
5:15 Soup Supper (downstairs)
5:45 Lenten Study on Martin Luther’s Small Catechism
7:00 Evening worship in the sanctuary
75 Years of Radio Ministry, since March 22, 1942
On March 19, 2017, we celebrate the diamond anniversary of this significant ministry, which has broadcast Gloria Dei’s worship since March 22, 1942. We thank God for this ongoing opportunity of sharing the gospel through the Radio and through the Internet. You’re invited to reflect on this valuable outreach: share a story, support a broadcast or a portion of the broadcast, gift a special gift of $75 for the anniversary, consider learning what happens behind the scenes to be more hands on if you wish. Thank you for your prayerful support!