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  • Practice Hope – By Jayne Hovda. Member Blog, Day 9 - I had been struggling with the concept of practicing hope because I was stuck on the idea that I first had to find hope. This is easy when I make my world small and look within my family and neighborhood because I am blessed in my life. The difficulty comes when I widen my world […]
  • Practice Hope – By John Teipel. Member Blog, Day 8 - I was shocked! As a young 30-year-old runner, someone who’d been physically active and healthy all my life, I was stunned in 1999 when I felt like I was having a heart attack. In follow-up with a cardiologist, I learned that I needed a mitral valve replacement. No problem – it’s a routine surgery and […]
  • Practice Hope – By Garth Englund. Member Blog, Day 7 - The world needs a little more hope. The discernment of my call to Seminary was, at a fundamental level, centered on a desire to help bring God’s hope shown in Jesus Christ to a world in need. Too often, unfortunately, rather than living as examples of hope, the followers of Christ have (both intentionally and […]
  • Practicing Hope in the Work I Do For Pay – By Erika Taibl. Member blog post, Day 6 - I changed jobs this year. For three years, I worked in communications for a Fortune 200 food and agriculture company. I had challenging and good work to do. I had opportunities to learn and grow. I worked with talented people. I was compensated well. I was rising in the company, and I felt a connection […]
  • Practicing Hope – by Drew Stever. Member Blog, Day 5 - “Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students.” “Administration announces they will ban transgender people from serving in the military.” “Hate Violence Against Trans People Still ‘Disturbingly Common’” “Candace Towns is the 25th Trans Person Murdered in 2017” (posted on 11/2) It was around this time last year that I came out to my family […]
  • Practicing Hope – by Dave Schutt. Member Blog, Day 4 - As a young man working in a lab in St. Paul, I looked up to the engineers I worked with and thought, “I can do that…I want to do that.” The path to get there was not an easy one but a few night classes, a good enough score on the GRE, and a fortuitous […]
  • Hope That Goes Beyond – by Dan Lambrides. Member blog, Day 3 - You and I do it. We all do it: we speak as if hope and wish are synonyms, interchangeable words. The old Hebrew Bible and the New Testament provide a different view. We can sum it up: wish is circumstantial; hope is transcendent. Isaiah writes that though the strong, vibrant young “grow tired and weary,” […]
  • Practice Hope – by Betsy Diekema. Member Blog, Day 2 - “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” Emily Dickinson’s poem about hope has always been a favorite. Our crazy, stressful, uncertain world requires us to search for light and hope. In the darkest of times, God has always provided […]
  • Practice Hope – by BethAnn Ahlers. Member blog, Day 1 - In January of 2016, I went in for my routine, annual physical. When examining me, the nurse practitioner said, “I feel a small lump. It’s probably just a cyst, but I want you to have some additional tests in addition to your mammogram.” I really wasn’t too worried at this point. Even after the mammogram […]
  • Forum, Speaker, Sunday Forums – December 2017 - Sunday Forums meet at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall 12/3/17 Advent, 2017: Practicing Hope:  During this season of anticipation and longing, Christians have a unique opportunity to practice hope. This year’s Advent Theme invites us to consider new ways to experience and celebrate hope in our lives. Just as we need to exercise our physical […]
  • Intergenerational Service Event on Sunday, November 26 - The Sunday after Thanksgiving is a good time to offer our gifts to the world. All ages are invited to participate in the Intergenerational Service Day. Tasks are appropriate for all ages! Take this opportunity to serve others here in our own community. Meet in the Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. Service projects include: 1.Prepare […]
  • Advent, 2017: Practicing Hope - “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.” As winter draws near, days get shorter and colors fade from the horizon.  News of natural disasters, political unrest, as well as personal loss and despair weigh down on us.  Hope seems to be in short supply. Advent invites us to let […]
  • Sunday Forums – November, 2017 - Sunday Forums meet at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall 11/5 & 11/12/17 – Receiving the Theological Gifts of Transgender Christians:  Mary Lowe, of Augsburg University, and Marty Wyatt, Luther Seminarian. In these two forums we will explore some of the gifts that transgender Christians are giving to the church. Many celebrate that humans are a […]
  • All Saints Sunday - On November 5, we will remember the saints who have witnessed to God’s grace in our lives.  As part of the liturgy that morning, we will carry the book of saints to the baptismal font, remembering that we gather for worship with all those who have gone before us.  If you would like to remember […]
  • The Reformation Continues - With a Voice of Singing In celebration of dear friends and musical influences, Magnum Chorum offers an evocative program of treasured choral works including Jennings’ jubilant With a Voice of Singing, Be Thou a Smooth Way by Johnson, Dickau’s inspired O Nata Lux, Spirit of Life by Aspaas, and the deeply reassuring Hope and Quietly Wait by Rudoi, reminding us that nothing can […]
  • What’s in a Name? - Gloria Dei means The Glory of God in Latin. We recently asked ourselves what’s in a name and how does it help us remember that God’s glory is all around us. We are not the only Gloria Dei Lutheran Church as you can imagine. Conduct a Google search and many other churches who share the […]
  • Reformation 500 - Gloria Dei and the Community Celebrates Reformation 500 The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 1517, the German monk Martin Luther drafted 95 points to spark a conversation about the corruption of the medieval Church. He then nailed his famous “95 Theses” to the door of the church in Wittenberg, where […]
  • Church Council & Staff Retreat – September 23, 2017 - “How might we help people worship together, pray together, sing together, in and out of church so that we are rooted in Christ and worship with meaning and relevance?”  This question guided the initial work of our council and program staff as we gathered for a day of reflection and study of Gloria Dei’s Strategic […]
  • Strike The Match Stewardship Campaign kicks off -
  • Sanctuary Update - The Gloria Dei Sanctuary Support Team continues to monitor developments as federal immigration policy and its effects on immigrants in our community evolve.  ISAIAH reports that even as the flow of immigrants into the United States has slowed, ICE activity is increasing, raising fear and uncertainty for families across Minnesota.  The number of immigrants seeking […]
  • Sunday Forums – September, 2017 - 9/10/17  Gloria Dei Youth Mission Trips, 2017 – Come hear from Gloria Dei Youth about their experiences in Kansas City and Savannah earlier this summer.  When they returned from one of their summer mission trips, one of our young people stated, “When people think of mission trips, they often think that the point of them […]
  • Two opportunities to support Sanctuary efforts - Act To Protect the Dreamers  The Sanctuary Support Team asks you to pray for the nearly 800,000 people who had received protection from deportation under the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Sometimes referred to as “Dreamers,” these individuals were brought to the U.S. illegally as young children and have never known another […]
  • Learn about 2018 Stewardship “Strike The Match” challenge - We have an exciting opportunity for our congregation as we plan for next year.  Sign up to join fellow members of Gloria Dei at one of the various Gatherings hosted by members.  Please choose the one that best fits your schedule and sign up here. Tuesday, September 26, 10:30 a.m. Enjoy coffee, teas, pastry, fruit […]
  • Reformation 500 Bookstore - The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is fast approaching! Do you want to learn more about Martin Luther, his writings, and their impact on Christianity? Do you want to reflect on the ongoing impact of the Reformation today? Stop by our Reformation 500 Bookstore to shop for engaging books on the Reformation for readers of […]
  • Strike The Match 2018 Stewardship Campaign - We are blessed with an incredible opportunity this fall! A generous Gloria Dei member has given $100,000 to inspire increased giving to the Operating Fund. Imagine how we can fan the flames of this opportunity! How does Strike The Match work? New and increased pledges to the Operating Fund will be matched 100%. Your dollars […]
  • Traveler’s Report: Visiting the Church in Guatemala - The following was written by our Director of Youth & Family Faith Formation, Katie LeClair. It appeared in the Caminando Juntos of the the Saint Paul Area Synod Guatamala Task Force. “Now Do a Funny One!” The young women and men at the ILAG had just spent the morning with our teens being interviewed about […]
  • Students Describe Their Mission Trip to Savannah, GA July 28-Aug. 6, 2017 - Dear Gloria Dei Family, We thank you for your prayers and financial support to make this trip a discipleship experience for all of us. I asked a few of our students to name their favorite memories, but we’ll share the details at the Sunday Forum on Rally Sunday (Sept. 10) too! -Katie LeClair, Director of […]
  • Help us with 3 Service Projects on Rally Sunday - In addition to the fun and fellowship expected as we kick off a new season of programming at Gloria Dei, we will have 3 service projects that are great for all ages.  Participate in one or all of them during the Rally Sunday lunch held immediately after the 2nd service.  Highland Park Elementary Backpack program […]
  • Kids Learn and Sing - Learning and Singing at Gloria Dei is fun and meaningful! Register for Sunday School and Kid’s Choirs now. Kid’s Choirs Alleluia is Gloria Dei’s choir for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade and sings at Sunday worship several times a year. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. in Room 100 with Ahna […]
  • Rally Sunday 2017 - Gather with us on Sunday, September 10, as we kick off a new year of programming, Sunday School, and ministries together. We’ll worship together at 8:15 and 10:45 (note fall worship schedule), and meet for Sunday School, GAPP, or forum at 9:30 a.m. * After the second service, we’ll move out for a celebration on […]
  • Volunteers needed for 2017 Stewardship Campaign “Strike The Match” - Do you enjoy hanging out with your Gloria Dei friends?  Do you enjoy hosting parties?  These skills are in demand! This fall’s Stewardship Campaign,“Strike The Match,” will look different than previous years. Instead of having a large all-church event, we are encouraging smaller groups to gather together to get to know each other outside of […]
  • Reflection on Mission to Kansas City, MO June, 2017 - It was 5:00 AM on a Sunday morning. The sun was just starting to come up. 11 sleepy teenagers and their parents gathered in the church parking lot. After a sending prayer and some hugging of parents, we piled into the vans. One long drive later, we arrived in Kansas City, Missouri. We killed some […]
  • Guatemala Church sends letter to Gloria Dei - Gloria Dei received this letter from Rev. Karen Castillo, President of ILAG asking for our prayers and to celebrate La Resurreccion’s 25th Anniversary on Sunday July 16. Here is the actual letter as well as the English translation.
  • Help us choose books to read next fall in our Friday Morning Book Group - Soul Food is ready to make choices for next year’s reading schedule. Soul Food is a book discussion group which meets at Gloria Dei most Friday mornings of the school year (9:30 – 11:00 a.m.) to discuss a text from a faith perspective. We’d love to have you join us. To help us choose books […]
  • Pentecost Speaks in Many Languages - With the sound of a mighty wind, the Holy Spirit swept over the disciples, birthing the church and sending us into the world with good news.  The third great festival of the church year, Pentecost, falls 50 days after Easter, on June 4th in 2017.  This year, we’re planning a special, mysterious gathering rite, complete with […]
  • My first time at Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) - By Lowell Johnson, 9th Grade I had never heard of ILAG until a couple of months before my spring break journey to Guatemala. I learned it would be our home for the first two and half days, but never knew that such a small place could touch so many lives. Upon our arrival, we were […]
  • Sunday Forums — April, 2017 - 4/2/17 — Intergenerational Preparation for Palm Sunday.  All ages are invited to help us prepare for next week’s Palm Sunday procession. Why did Jesus process into Jerusalem, and what does the event mean in today’s context? Join the fun in Fellowship Hall at 9:30.  We’ll make signs that announce God’s intention to build a world of […]
  • Council Calls Congregational Meeting, March 19, 12:00 p.m. - The Gloria Dei Congregation Council has called a congregational meeting on March 19, 2017, after the second service, 12:00 p.m. to make a decision about becoming a sanctuary-supporting congregation.  All members are invited to attend and participate.  If there are any questions, please contact President Julie Printz, or Pastor Bradley. To view full resolution: Resolution–Sanctuary-Supporting Congregation–2017-03-03–FINAL FAQ: Sanctuary […]
  • Sunday Forums – March 2017 - 3/5 & 3/12 LENTEN REPENTANCE – GROWING FROM A CHURCH OF PRIVILEGE TO A MULTICULTURAL, ANTI-RACISM CHURCH The council has set a goal for Gloria Dei to combat racism and to acknowledge the privilege that comes from being white in our culture. The first two forums of March will help us understand privilege and help […]
  • Holy Week 2017 - Palm Sunday Outdoor Procession on Snelling, April 9, 10:15 a.m.  We’ll gather on the front steps of the church for a half-hour procession on Snelling Avenue.  We’ll return in time to enter the sanctuary with the rest of the congregation at 10:45 a.m.  The Holy Three Days–April 13-15 Christ redeemed humankind and restored the whole […]
  • My Neighbor is Muslim - Join a 7-week discussion group using the series developed by Lutheran Social Services, My Neighbor is Muslim, which will allow us to learn about our neighbors’ faith. Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. — April 19 – May 31 at Gloria Dei or Sunday afternoons, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m. — April 2 – May 21 (excluding Easter […]
  • Pastoral Letter on Immigration and Resources on How to be Involved - Pastoral Letter on Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Dear Friends in Christ, When Gloria Dei Lutheran Church was established in 1908, the memories of Sweden must have still been fresh.  Many of our church founders were children of parents who came from Scandinavia to seek a better life.  They worked hard, and they contributed to the […]
  • Upcoming Book Discussion: Abounding in Kindness - “The question facing each one of us is:  Which do we love better, the little island of our own certitude or the great surrounding ocean of holy mystery?”  Looking forward to a rich discussion with you on Elizabeth A. Johnson’s book, Abounding in Kindness: Writing for the People of God. Johnson is a theology professor who […]
  • Sunday Forums – February, 2017 - 2/5/17 Organ Restoration – Gloria Dei’s Organ Committee will update the congregation on where we are in the process of researching organ buildings to rebuild/renovate our aging pipe organ. Our organ consultant, Dr. Greg Peterson, college organist and head of the music department at Luther College, will be with us to present his insight on […]
  • Children’s Ministry Summer Faith Formation - We are excited to announce the following summer faith formation opportunities for children! Make faith development a part of your child’s summer.    
  • Recommendations for Gloria Dei Constitutional Changes - Gloria Dei Congregation Council approved recommending to the congregation a variety of updates and changes to the congregation constitution. These edits will help keep our constitution consistent with the ELCA’s model congregational constitution. The council also recommends adding a continuing resolution regarding the establishment of a Racial Justice Committee. We will vote on these edits […]
  • Gloria Dei Wins Conservationist of the Year From Ramsey County - Gloria Dei was nominated by the Ramsey County Soil and Water Conservation District as Conservationist of the Year, 2016, for “leadership in the science and practice of sound use, management, and conservation of resources.” The church was recognized for it’s work to go beyond requirements to treat and retain storm water by adding rain gardens […]
  • Advent-Christmas Schedule - 2017 Advent and Christmas Worship Schedule ADVENT WORSHIP December 3 ~ First Sunday of Advent Holy Communion 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. December 10 ~ Second Sunday of Advent Holy Communion 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Advent Lessons and Carols 5:00 p.m. Join us for this beloved Gloria Dei tradition at this calm and meaningful service in the midst […]
  • Forum, Speaker, Sunday Forums — January, 2017 - Sunday, January 1.  One worship service only at 10:00 a.m.  Join us at 11:00 for Carols with Tim as we sing favorite hymns and carols of the season. 1/8/17   Rev. Mary Brown: My Neighbor is Muslim– As editor of the small group resource, My Neighbor Is Muslim, Pastor Mary Brown listened, learned and brought together a number […]
  • Project Home 2017 - In our mission statement, we proclaim: “By God’s grace, we are called to be a caring, healing and welcoming community who proclaim and celebrate the love of Jesus Christ, live as God’s servants and seek justice for all people.” During Advent, the season of waiting and giving, Gloria Dei lives into our mission by opening […]
  • Sunday Forums — November 2016 - 10/30/16  Project Home — Please join our conversation about homelessness, shelters and life on the margins of our community as we prepare for a month of offering shelter for guests in December. Our guest speaker will be Teresa Gowan, U of MN Professor of Sociology and author of Hobos, Hustlers and Backsliders. 11/6/16:   Advent Conspiracy […]
  • Larry Nelson Gives Beautiful and Poetic Temple Talk - Good morning, I’m Larry Nelson. This Stewardship season, we’ve gathered around the theme of “Open Hands, Open Hearts” and we’ve been encouraged to ponder what is the “heart” of Gloria Dei for each one of us. OK, so where do I begin? Choir? For sure, my heart is in the choirs. It is a privilege […]
  • Pastor Bradley Invites You to Join This Year’s Stewardship Campaign - I love the graphic that was designed for our Stewardship mailing. It tells our story. At the center is God’s welcoming and healing love, meeting us in worship as we hear the good news, share the meal of Jesus, and baptize new members into our community. That love spreads in our congregation as we teach our […]
  • Carenna’s Temple Talk from October 16, 2016 - Good morning! My name is Carenna Saunders and I’m in tenth grade. Most of you guys already know that there are lots of great things going on here at Gloria Dei. The thing that I’d like to talk about is the youth program. I started coming to Gloria Dei four years ago when my family […]
  • Gloria Dei Partners with Guatemalan Lutheran Church - On Sunday, October 23, congregational members will have the opportunity to sign a covenant of companionship with La Resurrección, a Lutheran congregation in Guatemala. La Resurrección is a congregation of the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG), led by Pastor Marcelina Monroy and located in the El Tuerto district in the ravines of Guatemala City. El […]
  • Pastor Bradley Describes Stewardship Poster - Comments made at the Stewardship Breakfast, October 9th, 2016 Dear Friends, We decided to do something different this year. We worked with a graphic artist to tell our story. His first question was, “What difference does Gloria Dei make?” I admit. I heard the question like, “Do you make any difference really?” I heard it […]
  • Weekend Backpack Program Volunteer Opportunities - Gloria Dei has partnered with Highland Park Elementary (HPE) School to provide nutritious food for children so they get enough to eat on weekends. Nearly 60% of children are eligible for free lunch and teachers see a real need for the Weekend Backpack Food Program. This is a tangible way to help reduced childhood hunger […]
  • Forum, Speaker, ADULT FAITH FORMATION offers many way to grow in faith this fall - — for those who continue to grow in grace, faith, questions, and discovery ADULT FORUM resumes next Sunday, 9/11/16—Explore Gloria Dei’s New Rain Gardens – Meg Stevenson introduces us to the new rain gardens at Gloria Dei.  What is a rain garden, and how is it different than other gardens? How does the water drain from […]
  • Forum, Speaker, Sunday Forums — October, 2016 - Sunday Forums meet in Fellowship Hall between services on Sunday mornings of the school year, beginning on September 11. 9:30-10:30 am. Forums provide opportunities for adult members to consider faith and service from diverse perspectives.  Congregational leaders and outside speakers present on a variety of subjects throughout the year. Join us!  All are welcome. 10/2/16  […]
  • Teen Summer Trips for 2017 Announced! - Most of us might not even be fully unpacked from our trip to Niagara Falls and here we are already dreaming of next summer’s legendary adventures. That’s the Jesus’-life! Faith compels us to keep going! Our adventures on the road took us nearly 5,000 driving miles this summer. Sponsors contributed over $15,000 which was nearly […]
  • Pastor Schmeling Plans Trip to Germany - Join Pastor Bradley, August 23-September 1, 1017 to walk “In the Footsteps of Luther,”  sponsored by Faith Journeys. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses (items for discussion) to the church door in Wittenberg.  Five hundred years ago, this event began the Protestant Reformation and initiated the Lutheran reform movement to make the […]
  • Minnesota State Fair “Water Welcome” - The Minnesota State Fair is coming up, and as one of the Park and Ride sites, we will be seeing lots of folks passing through our parking lot on these hot summer days. To provide Gloria Dei hospitality for our fair-going friends, we are again seeking your help! Donations: We need lots of bottled water […]
  • Teen Summer Journey: With God through Civil Rights Tour Stops - By Greta Hanson 10th Grade, Eagan High School On our way home from Knoxville, we tagged on a couple of extra days to see and learn about the Civil Rights movement. The first stop on our Civil Rights tour was Birmingham, where we met a former Freedom Fighter who grew up in Birmingham. She gave […]
  • Teen Summer Journey: With God through Knoxville - By Maren Ostrem 8th Grade, Saint Paul Academy Saturday morning, June 25, the team of 26 youth and 8 chaperones for the Knoxville summer mission trip gathered in the Gloria Dei parking lot. The air was full of anticipation. After praying in a big circle and multiple group pictures, we threw our suitcases into the […]
  • Gloria Dei Reads — Summer 2016 - What if the whole congregation read the same book at the same time? Would we deepen our connections to one another? Would we learn about each other’s perspectives?  Would we have a better sense about what was important to each of us? Would we develop a shared language for things that were hard to discuss? […]
  • Project Journal: Heading toward the Finish Line - In spite of some rainy weather, good progress continues to be made around Gloria Dei. Our contractor is targeting the week of June 6 to complete the major portions of the project. The new handrails around our plaza have been installed and will be painted black to match existing railings. Work that remains for the plaza […]
  • Project Journal: Parking Lot Reconstruction - In spite of the wet weather, the workers have continued to make progress on the re-grading of the parking lot. The north end of the lot has been milled and packed.  A survey crew was out shooting elevations for the curbing and asphalt levels. The drain tile running from the gym over to the SE […]
  • OUR PARKING LOT TRANSFORMATION BEGINS - On Monday, May 2, the four detention pipes were delivered to the SE corner of our parking lot. The final big piece of our renovation project has begun! Over the next two weeks we will be witnessing an amazing transformation to our property. A rain garden will be developed above the detention pipes to filter and […]
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  • Rain Garden Descriptions - We can look forward to two new rain gardens being installed at Gloria Dei this spring. They will be located at opposite corners of our property. Both will be beautiful, with differing plants due to the amount of light they will receive. The NW garden will run along the north side of our facility. It will […]
  • Give a Tree - Our project includes a complete landscape plan for our property that is beautiful, manageable, and cares for plants, birds, and butterflies. Because the cost is too high for us fully to complete at this time, we will implement parts of the design over time. However, there are trees that should be planted now, primarily those […]
  • Parking Lot Design Summary - Final Parking Lot Design to Care for Creation Parking Lot Description Our building project has evolved and changed over time. When we began our work, our goal for the parking lot was to solve the major problems by disturbing as little acreage as possible in order to avoid the requirements of the Capital Regional Watershed […]
  • Parking Lot Construction Information - Parking Lot Construction Information Heavy construction on our parking lot faith lift begins on April 27th in the southeast corner of the lot. There will be limited parking in the lot available on the next three Sundays: May 1, 8, and 15. We ask our able-bodied members to leave the lot spaces open for those that need […]
  • Nobody Told Me There Weren’t Going to be Toilet Seats in Mexico - During my senior year of college, I was volunteering as a youth leader at my church, where we took a large group of teens to the Yucatan Peninsula for a mission trip. The plan was to spend ten days immersing ourselves in the local culture, doing street outreach in the city, and also visiting various […]
  • Expanding Our Welcome - In May 2015 the Congregation Council authorized the creation of a Task Force for Expanding Our Welcome, charged with revising our congregation’s welcoming statement and suggesting ways to make Gloria Dei a more welcoming environment for trans* (transgender) folks and their families. The Task Force, comprised of Gloria Dei members Maren Jansen, Anne Wigdahl, Julie […]
  • Triduum – The Holy Three Days - The Holy Three Days: April 13-16, 2017 Christ redeemed humankind and restored the whole creation through his paschal mystery: by dying he destroyed death and by rising he restored our life. The Triduum (Three Holy Days) of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. What Sunday is to the […]
  • Weekend Backpack Food Program is Awarded Grant - It is with gratitude that the Gloria Dei-Highland Park Elementary (HPE) Connect Committee announces it has received notification of a grant approval. The Weekend Backpack Food Program has been awarded an ELCA Domestic Hunger Grant in the amount of $2000 for use in 2016. These monies will be used to purchase low cost food from […]
  • Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign - For more than 30 years, the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches has coordinated the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, the annual grassroots food and fund drive that provides more than half the food distributed by 300 food shelves throughout the state. It is the only annual statewide food and fund drive of its kind in Minnesota. […]
  • Project Journal: Week of February 1, 2016 - We experienced our first unexpected issue as part of the renovation project this past week. It was determined that the damage to the wainscot in the Colonial Room was due to leaking in the steam heating system. Initially we had felt that water intrusion from the window wells was the culprit. Instead, we uncovered rusted […]
  • Sue Abderholden’s Forum Presentation; January 17, 2016 - Sue Abderholden, MPH, and Executive Director NAMI Minnesota spoke at the Forum in January about the negative effects of the stigma associated with mental illness, and what we can do as individuals and as a congregation to be understanding and supportive  to people in their journey to better health. To view her PowerPoint, click on […]
  • 3 minutes a day - Weekly Invitations to Unplug for 3 minutes a day Week 1: February 14 – 20. Unplug from Electronics. What would happen if we turned off all of our screens and electronic equipment, and instead sat quietly for a bit each day? This week, we’re going to launch our Lent Unplugged series by taking 3 minutes […]
  • Lent Unplugged - Lent 2016 Wouldn’t it be refreshing to unplug from all the meetings, commitments, devices and networks that overstimulate our lives? The season of Lent invites us to deepen our experience of God’s loving presence in our lives. The ancient church traditionally urged fasting or abstaining from practices that harmed us. This year at Gloria Dei, we […]
  • Gloria Dei Auction 2017 -   On Saturday evening, February 25, join us at Sokol Hall in Saint Paul for Mild, Mild West: A Lutheran’s Hot Night Out. This annual event features a Western-themed, chili cook-off competition. Admission is free and food will be offered for a small donation along with a cash bar.  We will hold the live auction […]
  • Job Opportunities at Gloria Dei - Gloria Dei has two job openings for building maintenance and custodial care. We are looking for a full time Building Maintenance Supervisor to take over the duties of Richard Betsinger, who is retiring.  This individual’s responsibility is to maintain and provide upkeep the physical plant and to supervise other custodial staff.  We are looking for […]
  • rain garden graphic Project Journal: Update on our Restoration Work - Outside work has finally come to a halt around Gloria Dei. However, due to the mild fall and start to winter, a great deal was accomplished. Take a moment and read over the list of what has been completed. – Underground fuel tank removed. – Hazardous materials abated from exposed foundation walls. – Waterproofing and […]
  • A Great Start for the Weekend Backpack Food Program! - Nearly 60% of the students at Highland Park Elementary (HPE) are eligible for free lunch. Gloria Dei’s Weekend Backpack Food Program supplies these children at HPE with nutritious food for the weekends—a tangible way for Gloria Dei to partner with HPE to help reduce childhood hunger. All funds raised thus far are from generous donations […]
  • Project Journal: November 16 – December 04, 2015 - November 16 – December 04, 2015 When it comes to the restoration project at Gloria Dei, we have been very blessed by the mild start to winter. Work has progressed at a steady pace and much has been accomplished during this time frame. Here a listing of what has been completed heading into early December. […]
  • Advent, Lessons and Carols AdventSense & Daily Devotions - Deepen your experience of Advent hope by carefully noticing and reflecting on the season around you. We’re inviting you to pause each day to reflect on how you are experiencing the goodness of God’s creation through your senses —  sight, sound, smell, and touch.  We hope that you’ll share your responses with us through photos, descriptions, […]
  • How Could Our Mission Grow? - At a recent stewardship breakfast, members were invited to dream about how our mission could expand if we all could grow by giving an additional one percent of our income.  What a beautiful array of hopes and dreams. Support music at Gloria Dei Build a Playground Support local families in need Buy more Sunday School […]
  • A Tale of Two Weekends - “The distinction between true and false works… is as difficult as the distinction between true and false faith. No theory is adequate. One must believe, pray, and strive.” (Faith Victorious: An introduction to Luther’s Theology, 76). On back-to-back weekends, our teens rallied together to grow in faith and friendship. Our youth ministry follows several core […]
  • Project Journal: Week of November 9, 2015 - This was a week filled to the brim with activity concerning the building restoration work. The Chapel Wing was the focus of many activities. On the inside, the Colonial Room concrete floor was removed and soils excavated, making room for a sand cushion and new concrete floor. Because of the settling along the north side […]
  • Project Journal: Week of November 2, 2015 - The focus this week was completing the waterproofing work along the front entry portico and choir room foundation walls. Once the choir room was exposed, we learned that there had been settling where the room connected to the original foundation. Thus water was running toward the sanctuary and causing problems over time.  Workers removed the […]
  • Thanksgiving Collection on Sunday, November 19 - Each year in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, we collect funds and food* to support Keystone Food Shelf, serving the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. On Sunday, November 22 we will collect a second offering for Keystone. However, you can make a contribution to this month’s second offering anytime in November by placing a check (memo line: […]
  • Heidi Neumark book event - The Rev. Heidi Neumark will speak about her new book Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith at 7 p.m. Monday evening, November 16. Learn more and join us at this event!
  • Project Journal: Week of October 26, 2015 - Mother Nature put a bit of a crimp on what was accomplished this week as far as the waterproofing work went. There are four different layers of materials that are applied to the foundation wall. A backing and drainage material layers, followed by the hot waterproofing application and finally the solid insulation panels. The foundation […]
  • Project Journal: Week of October 19, 2015 Project Journal: Week of October 19, 2015 - This was a week of testing and discussing various waterproofing options. When the foundation walls of the front entry, choir room and sanctuary were exposed, materials containing asbestos were discovered. The original plan of Kremer Davis, our waterproofing contractor, was to sandblast the walls before applying the Hydro Tech waterproofing system. Now the asbestos needed […]
  • Open Hands Open Hearts 2016 - Make your pledge electronically here. To View Our Poster, click here. To read Pastor Bradley’s comments from the Stewardship Breakfast, describing the poster, click here. Some of new members talk about why they love Gloria Dei: Our staff got together to make a video about our theme, Open Hands, Open Hearts, but we got a […]
  • Construction Project Journal: Week of October 12, 2015 - This was one those dramatic weeks on site, when the excavators arrived with their giant machines. It was amazing to see just how quickly they were able to dig down and expose the foundation walls. It is hard to miss the rather large pile of dirt on the NW corner of our property. The plan […]
  • Faces of Mary exhibit and talk - This morning’s Sunday Forum presentation by David Penchansky and related art show, Faces of Mary, was well received and well attended!  The speaker provided this link to his presentation Mary, the symbol of the sacred feminine is revered in Islam and depicted uniquely in the Qur’an. Theologian David Penchansky (University of St. Thomas), presented on this […]
  • All Saints Sunday - On November 1st at both worship services, members will have an opportunity to light candles and remember those who have died in Christ.  We will remember all our brothers and sisters at Gloria Dei who have died in the past year.  In addition, a book of remembrance will be carried into the sanctuary and placed […]
  • Project Journal: Week of October 5, 2015 - This week we learned that the appraisal of our property was completed and a closing date on our loan with Thrivent has been set for the 13th of this month. On the construction side of things, removal of the stone entry porch and brick wing walls at the chapel entry was completed. Materials are being […]
  • Project Journal: Week of September 28, 2015 - It was a tough start to the week as I watched trees taken down on the North side of the property. The finest specimen was a Black Locust that was growing very near the choir room. It was directly in front of the area we need to excavate. Three evergreens that were limbing up due […]
  • Project Journal: Week of September 21, 2015 - This week work began in earnest on our renovation project. The city approved the construction site plan and soon the orange fencing had arrived and was installed on the NW corner of the property. The first contractor on site was Vieau Associates. They began removing hazardous material. This included the wrought handrails coming down from […]
  • Project Journal: Week of September 14, 2015 - This week we received notification from the city that our site plan has been approved. We are also negotiating the final revisions to our contract with Adolfson & Peterson. Our hope is to see workers on site Monday the 21st!! The initial work will involve preparing the site for waterproofing and drain tile installation. We are going […]
  • Thank you, Task Force! - I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to once again thank the dedicated members who have served on the Capital Improvement Task Force these past three plus years. Pastor Bradley and Jeanne Hanson have represented the staff. Claire Hoyum, Joanne Claussen, John Pain, David Opsahl, Steve Teipel and Gregg Micholic have […]
  • Meet Our Project Team  -  Meet the team who will be guiding our building project! Owner’s Representative – Sterns and Associates, LLC Teresa Sterns / President Teresa launched Sterns & Associates in 1999, following work as a project manager for the St.Paul Economic Development Department. Gloria Dei hired her company to serve as our Owner’s Representative for the 2002 addition. […]
  • How Firm a Foundation ?  - We will soon begin to uncover the answer to this question at Gloria Dei. Work is set to begin in the coming days. Please follow the progress and track the schedule of work at this link on our web site. If you have any questions about the project feel free to contact me by e-mail: […]
  • Gallery Show: Art of Hend Al-Mansour - The exhibit featuring the art of Hend Al-Mansour opens Sunday September 6, 2015 in the lower level Art Gallery.  Learn more about her art at http://www.hendalmansour.com/ In October, Hend’s husband, Hebrew scholar and theologian David Penchansky of University of St. Thomas, will give a related talk at the 10/18 Sunday Forum. He will discuss how […]
  • Book Review: Aging as a Spiritual Practice by Lewis Richmond - Lewis Richmond is a Buddhist priest and meditation teacher (a student of Shunryu Suzuki, the author of Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind). His new book, Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser (New York: Gotham Books, 2012), is meaty, well-written and well-organized.  Richmond approaches the challenges and joys of aging from a Buddhist perspective, […]
  • What do cardboard, duct tape, and the MN State Fairgrounds have to do with homelessness? - Imagine 500+ teenagers all in one big location – from many different church backgrounds, and some with no church backgrounds, all busy constructing dwellings out of used cardboard and duct tape. Every October, at the beginning of the MEA break, for the past seven years, teens and leaders have gathered to raise awareness about homelessness […]
  • Building Team Prepares for Congregational Vote on August 23 - The Capital Improvements Task Force thanks everyone who attended the forum on Sunday after church.  Three years of work are culminating in the congregational vote that is scheduled on August 23rd at 9:30 AM.  Our plans to solve water issues that have plagued the church for 40 years, as well as recreate the parking lot, will […]
  • Two mission trips for teens announced for summer 2016 - I was personally transformed this summer when we went to Wyoming. Actually, ask anyone who went to serve in Wind River.
  • Host a Summer Coffee Event - Calling All Committees and Groups: Host a Summer Coffee & Conversation Gathering! Dates: Sundays through August 30, 2015 Summer is coming with a more relaxed and informal opportunities to gather together on Sunday mornings. To support this, the Worship Committee seeks committee and groups to sponsor Coffee & Conversation between and after services during the […]
  • Donate School Supplies for Highland Elementary - It’s that time of year again to buy school supplies. The staff and students at Highland Elementary were very grateful for all Gloria Dei donated last year to get the school off to a great start. Many students do not come with the needed supplies. We can help! Please check the school supply list below […]
  • Congregational Meeting, Potluck and Worship Time Changes in August - There are two important dates in August for members of the congregation: Sunday, August 16 and Sunday, August, 23. On Sunday, August 16th, the Capital Improvements Task Force will present their proposal for the next phase of work on our building restoration. There will only be one service that day at 9:30 AM with a […]
  • Rally Day Humble Walk and Run is Sept. 13 - Join us for the Rally Day Humble Walk and Run. Proceeds go to benefit Humble Walk Lutheran Church, a congregation serving people in St. Paul who haven’t found a home in a more traditional church. The cost is $25 per person, $55 per family. The race begins here immediately after the 10:45 service. Walkers and […]
  • Pastor Lois Pallmeyer’s Sabbatical Begins - Dear Friends, For twelve weeks beginning August 3, 2015, I will be on sabbatical leave from Gloria Dei. I’m looking forward to exploring parts of God’s creation and I invite you to join me in some of my goals for these three months. The purpose of my sabbatical is to take time for my general […]
  • Growing Older with Wendell Berry - Wendell Berry, the great American poet, novelist, environmental activist and farmer, is now 81 years old.  He often worships in the country church where he once sat with his grandfather and where he now sits among his grandchildren. He and his wife still live on land they have farmed for more than 50 years. Those […]
  • BOOK REVIEW: Finding Your Way to Say Goodbye by Harold Ivan Smith - Finding Your Way to Say Goodbye: Comfort for the Dying and Those Who Care for Them by Harold Ivan Smith (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2002) was written for those who have received a terminal diagnosis and their loved ones.  Smith, a well-known death educator and grief counselor, takes you by the hand and guides you […]
  • Clearing the Space: Nancy Agneberg’s Blog - Those of you who attended the May 3 Adult Forum at Gloria Dei had the opportunity to get to know one of our newer members, Nancy Agneberg.  Nancy is a trained spiritual director with a special interest in spiritual growth in the “third chapter” of life – what she calls the “wisdom years.” During our […]
  • End-of-Life Options for Those With Dementia - Jerome Medalie, an 88-year-old retired lawyer, has seen firsthand the ravages of dementia and the burdens it places on loved ones.  He wants no part of it, or as he puts it, “If I’m not me, I don’t want to be.” His health care directive lists 10 symptoms of advanced dementia — for example, “I […]