219 N. 6th Ave. E., Duluth, MN 55805

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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minnesota suffered a devastating fire in the early morning of February 18, 2016. The fire, which began in the electrical wiring, destroyed the church’s pipe organ, altar structure, which framed a painting of the Ascension, and most of the stained glass windows. Smoke and water damaged the 110-year-old Gothic-style sanctuary, pews, and contents, as well as the lower-level kitchen and fellowship hall and attached office and education building. Despite extensive losses, engineers determined nearly four months later that the structure could be reused, and the congregation voted to rebuild at the same downtown location, incorporating the original building in its discernment process. Meanwhile, God has accompanied us “in the wilderness” and enabled our ministry to continue beyond those walls. Since that first week, the congregation has worshiped at Faith Lutheran Church on the city’s east end, a small congregation that was in the process of closing, and the Synod has provided office space. Nine days after the fire, Gloria Dei’s free monthly breakfast was held at a Catholic church two blocks away, which has continued to host it. A month later, over 100 community members and area clergy attended a service of prayer and singing as we reaffirmed our commitment to the neighborhood and encircled the building following a processional cross. Throughout this journey, it is relationships with God, one another, and the community that have mattered most, and we have experienced incredible generosity from individuals and congregations across our area and beyond. 

Fire News
To view local media coverage of the fire, click on the following article links:



(Click on "Video Reflections" to view
stories of members of Gloria Dei.)
Stainglass Window Presentation

Please click the  stainglass window picture to the left, to go to the page with the PDF presentation that was viewed after worship on Sunday, March 18th.

After worship on Sunday, March 18, a presentation on the designs of Gloria Dei's new stained glass windows was held.
  This is a PDF of that presentation of the artist's watercolor renderings along with reflective words about some of the symbolism behind them.  Please note that the colors are approximate and may vary slightly from one computer monitor to another. 

Thanks to subcommittee members Brett A., Karen B., Deb H., Mark P., Alision S., and Pastor C.
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10:00 a.m. Sunday

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