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  • Make Advance Care Planning a Priority in your Family - Advance Care Planning can help to inform designated people about your preferences for medical and mental health care.  Most people have not discussed this- it can be difficult to talk about- but it is important. Advanced Care Planning means learning, thinking about what you want, writing it down and sharing it with providers and family so that they will be able to make health care
  • On Sharing the Peace - Shaking hands during the peace is another way that we may inadvertently share more than the peace of Christ. 
  • Art Exhibit ends early - The art exhibition, “Strong Women of the Bible,” was removed on Friday afternoon because of the artists’ concerns for security in a church building with regular activities but in particular, Project Home’s presence in our building.  Despite no history of theft or damage since the Gallery opened in 2005, she was concerned that her work could not be secured.  Gloria Dei reiterates its welcome to
  • 1st Week of Advent - The first week of Advent begins December 2.  As we mark this season, we encourage you to look for ways you are noticing the presence of hope in your life, and the need for hope in our world.  Consider the following questions: What gives you hope?  (Send us a picture or a short description of something that gives you hope.) We may include your responses on our web
  • Meet Paul Friesen-Carper, New Assistant Director of Music - Paul begins his ministry with us this December. Here are some fun facts about Paul: 1) What was the first musical instrument you learned to play? Who taught you? My first instrument was the cello. I first was introduced to it when my father taught a beginning strings class for Wawasee Community Schools. I had many other teachers– most notably Patricia White, who studied with
  • Gloria Dei Welcomes Assistant Director of Music - Gloria Dei welcomes Paul Friesen-Carper as our new Assistant Director of Music. This newly-created position helps to expand our music program to include additional style and focus for congregational singing, as well as increased attention to the children’s music program.  Paul will help lead music on Sunday morning and will take over as the director of Schola, our elementary school age choir.  Here is some
  • Advent-Christmas Schedule - 2018 Advent and Christmas Worship Schedule ADVENT WORSHIP December 2 ~ First Sunday of Advent Holy Communion 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. December 9 ~ 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 of a busy December. December 16 ~ Third Sunday of
  • Meet Kyrstin Schwartz, New Director of Children and Family Faith Formation - Kyrstin will begin her ministry with us on Dec. 3. Read her previous introduction.  We asked her some questions about life and ministry: 1) What kinds of things were you involved in at church as a kid and teen? I loved volunteering in the nursery, teaching VBS and Sunday School, singing in the youth choir, acting in the youth musical, and going to lock-ins and
  • Fun Facts about Karen Earhuff, Church Office Coordinator - Fun facts about Karen Earhuff, Church Office Coordinator When did you start working at GDLC? I started to work here in February of 2008, I have been here over 10 years. What church are you a member of, and how long have you been a member there? I am a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Roseville. I joined there in 2010.
  • Advent 2018 - Advent invites us to mark the weeks as we move toward Christmas. Each week, we encourage you to very briefly respond to a question that highlights what you see or experience as you anticipate the season of Christmas.  A photo or picture, or a sentence or two will probably suffice. Send responses to anyone on staff, or through Facebook or our website. We’ll also post some
  • Gloria Dei introduces new Director of Children and Family Faith Formation - Kyrstin Schwartz joins Gloria Dei as Director of Children and Family Faith Formation. We’re excited to announce that Kyrstin Schwartz will be joining our staff as the full-time Director of Children and Family Faith Formation. She brings many years of experience in youth and children’s ministry in the Lutheran Church. Pastor Bradley said,  “The search committee enthusiastically recommended Kyrstin for this position. It was clear
  • Two Congregational Gatherings scheduled in November - Save the Dates! – There are two important dates are coming up in November for all members to note. Gloria Dei members are invited to attend one or both of these upcoming events. Please RSVP for one or both events here if you plan to attend. Your RSVP to each will help us plan a meaningful and fun event. “Celebration of Thanks” breakfast on November
  • Why Take on this Project? - On October 14th, Gloria Dei voted to put a down payment on an organ that can be rebuilt in our sanctuary and hired an architect to help us consider our worship needs for the present and future.  Join us after the second service on November 18th for a workshop with architect Jim Hundt to share you thoughts, dreams, and challenges.  Lunch will be provided.  You
  • A perspective on the Sacred Site Tour - by Steven Peterson I greatly enjoyed hearing a Native American perspective of Minnesota history as presented on the Sacred Sites Tour on October 6 and encourage others to consider this experience. Our guides, Jim Bear, a Mohican, and Bob, a Dakota, had story-telling styles that made their information easy to listen to, even when the messages were not easy to hear. In response I spent
  • Pastor Bradley’s Letter to Rabbi Adam Spilker, Mt. Zion Temple - Dear Rabbi Spilker, Adam, my colleague and friend, the people of God at Mount Zion Temple The people of Gloria Dei stand alongside the people of Mt. Zion Temple as well as the people of Tree of Life Congregation, crying out to God for healing; for an end to hatred and injustice; for the freedom to name our children as citizens of a peaceful world. Our
  • Project Home 2018 - 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 our doors to homeless families in transition to long-term housing
  • New Staff Member Spotlight, Elizabeth Trites - Meet Elizabeth Trites, our interim co-director of Schola Cantorum! When did you join GDLC? I started coming to Gloria Dei in September 2017. Tell us a little about your “day job” I teach Kindergarten – 8th grade students general music (singing, percussion, recorder, Orff instruments, etc.) at Woodbury Leadership Academy. How did you come to know you wanted to work with kids? From babysitting to
  • What?  Change the Chancel? - It’s actually not a new idea to adapt a building to house Christian worship. In fact, Gloria Dei has been adapting its building and its worship practices almost since the current building was constructed in 1950. In this presentation, I try to summarize the history of Christian architecture, with a special focus on the powerful changes that occurred as a result of Roman Catholic changes
  • Chancel Redesign and Organ Update from Congregation President - This is a follow up from the Sunday Forum held on October 7.  There are several additional opportunities to learn more about the process and the future of these potential changes. Gloria Dei Congregation, Thank you so much to the over 130 members who attended our forum on Sunday regarding the Organ and Chancel Redesign. We heard reports from the Organ Committee, the Chancel Redesign
  • ISAIAH: Faith Over Fear - Interview of Jeanne Wiger conducted by Amy Hinrichs Why did you join ISAIAH? “ I personally feel that we need to take action. We face the most divided country we’ve witnessed since the Civil War. Our country is falling apart. It so divided and that’s fearful to me. We need to tell our story as Lutherans”. Jeanne tells of a friend hearing of a Jewish
  • Join a Sunday Morning Pop-up Gathering! - Are you looking for a way to connect spiritually and socially with other members of Gloria Dei?  The monthly Pop-Up Gathering may be for you! You are invited to drop in for a Pop-Up Gathering on the second Sunday of each month, beginning in October.  The name comes from Gather magazine, a publication of the Women of the ELCA (WELCA) offering reflections on biblical texts
  • Guatemala Trip scheduled for July 26 – August 3, 2019 - “We worshipped with El Mirador Church in Guatemala City on Sunday morning,” Katie LeClair, youth director at Gloria Dei, remembers. “The entire church fed us an amazing lunch and we stayed the whole afternoon with them to help build floats for the Palm Sunday processional. While others were pounding nails and painting, I was getting a tour of the host family’s yard, with its duck and chicken
  • Say Hello to Interim Children and Family Minister at Gloria Dei - Hello! My name is Teleen Saunders and I’m happy to announce that I will be returning to the role of Interim Children and Family Minister at Gloria Dei.  My job will be to bridge the transition until a new person is called to fill the position.  I’m looking forward to working with the families of Gloria Dei and will be continuing the amazing curriculum that
  • A Farewell Letter from Deacon Pat Derry - Dear members of Gloria Dei, You gave me an amazing gift on my final day, September 30! You graced me with your blessing, your love, and your many words of gratitude. They all touched my heart. And the wonder of it is that I wanted to share the same with you- to bless you, to show you my love, and to give you my gratitude.
  • Deanna Thompson: Glimpsing Resurrection Book Discussion - Deanna will lead a two-session discussion group on Tuesdays October 30 and November 6.
  • How’s your Hearing? Hearing checks available - Hearing loss is an issue that affects people of all ages. In the US, the prevalence is 10-15% according to the National Institutes of Health. People may be born with hearing problems or acquire them over their lifetimes due to disease, aging, and injury. Impaired hearing can affect balance and increase risk for falls; it hampers learning and interferes with communication. Hearing loss can affect
  • Gloria Dei is a Monarch Waystation - Gloria Dei's rain gardens have all the necessary components to be declared an official Monarch Waystation.
  • New Staff Member Spotlight – Chef Jessica Hauer - Fun Facts about new staff member Chef Jessica When did you join GDLC as a member? We started our journey as visitors in 2012 and became member in 2013 Who is in your family? I am married to Steve and we have 3 kids. Kaylee (13), Kristianna (11) and Briannah (almost 2) What is a favorite cooking memory of your childhood? Is there someone who
  • Director of Faith Formation for Children and Families - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul is seeking a full-time Director of Faith Formation for Children and Families. We are a congregation that, by God’s grace, 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. The Director of Faith Formation would live out this
  • Special Congregational Meeting scheduled for October 14 - At a September 25th Special Meeting, the Gloria Dei Congregational Council voted to accept and endorse resolutions from both the Organ Committee and the Chancel Redesign Task Force. Subsequently, the council also called a Congregational Meeting for October 14th for the purpose of reviewing these resolutions, gathering thoughts from the congregation, and voting on a resolution to puts these resolutions into action. There will be
  • Upcoming Forums - Sunday Forums – 2018-2019 Forum meets on Sundays in Fellowship Hall on the Lower Level, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome. 12/9/18  The Soul’s Address: Spiritual Practice and the Body– As we long for the birth of God in human form, we are called to renew our own sense of physicality. Spiritual practice begins with and depends on the body. Become more aware of
  • ISAIAH: Systematic Advocacy - It suddenly made a lot of sense when I heard Martha Wegner, one of the original ISAIAH core team members at Gloria Dei, explain it this way. “We’re great at doing charity work here at Gloria Dei,” she told a group of us learning about the need for sick and safe leave time for St. Paul workers. “But what if we also worked to reduce
  • Racial Injustice – Inclusion over Exclusion - I’m proud to be on the Isaiah team for Gloria Dei. Pastor Bradley gave us the image of huddling from a football perspective on Sunday, September 16.  Your Isaiah team is “huddling” to figure out our team strategy to reach our goal of a commitment from all voters at Gloria Dei to vote on November 6.   We hope we can count on you so
  • Caring and Healing in Palestine: The Urgent Need at the Lutheran Hospital in East Jerusalem. - By Pastor Bradley E. Schmeling The year after I graduated from seminary, I went to the Holy Land.  The Old Testament professor and archeologist who led the trip used Palestinian travel services and hotels to support our trip.  It opened my eyes to some of the deepest challenges that Palestinian people experience in Israel.  One of the most impressive stops was to Augusta Victoria hospital,
  • Rooted in Generosity: sharing our resources and our building - Join us in this joyful work of investing our resources in Christ’s church. Likely, generosity will look different for all of us. What’s the next step for you?
  • Rooted in Generosity - by Lois Pallmeyer The rain garden on the north side of our property has been absolutely bursting with monarch butterflies for the past few weeks. Two Sundays ago, they stopped me in my tracks as I was leaving church, and reminded me of how we are rooted in such amazing generosity when we come to worship. Generations of faithful members of this congregation have lovingly given
  • Resources available during National Recovery Month - Gloria Dei’s Mental Health and Hope in Recovery ministries are offering resources to mark September’s National Recovery Month on Sunday, Sept. 23. Members of the ministries will be at tables with materials in the Gathering Place and near the library between services and after the 11:00 a.m. service. National Recovery Month is sponsored each September by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration with
  • ISAIAH: A Parish Nursing Perspective - ISAIAH is a great fit with Faith Community /Parish Nursing, which seeks to promote and support spiritual and physical well being of the congregation and broader community.
  • Working with Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults at Gloria Dei - Gloria Dei takes seriously our work with vulnerable adults, youth and children. All volunteers who serve through our ministries are required to complete a background check and take an online training, as described in our Ministry Volunteer Handbook and church policies. We use Protect My Ministry resources to manage background screenings and to communicate policies and expectations. The video guides all volunteers through the risks and
  • ISAIAH: Action Over Inaction – Supporting Justice and Inclusivity - Amy Hinrichs interviews Kyle Anderson, chair of ISAIAH chapter At our recent ISAIAH training August 18, I asked Kyle Anderson….why join ISAIAH? “I was impressed by the energy of the people of Gloria Dei getting involved in the work to support Safe and Sick Time for St Paul.  When I joined Gloria Dei, ISAIAH was sending representatives and going to support meetings with the city
  • ISAIAH: Action Over Inaction - by Jacque Bieber I found out about Isaiah when they had the big meeting a few years ago in North Minneapolis. I wanted to find out more about an organization right here in the Twin Cities, devoted to social justice and community building that included people from all religions. I knew there was much for me to learn and I was right. I am part
  • Third Chapter: Spirituality as We Age — Upcoming Events - If the 1st chapter of our story happens as we grow up (we go to school and are dependent on our parents) and the 2nd Chapter is the next 30 years (we get a job, head out on our own, maybe raise a family or cultivate relationships), the 3rd Chapter is what happens after we turn the page. We’ve grown up. We’ve retired from a
  • Adults Growing in Faith – Fall, 2018 - Join others as you deepen your faith and discover new ideas in spirituality.  Events occur throughout the week. Sunday Forum. Sunday morning, 9:30 a.m., September – May. Opportunities for deepening our faith and growing in awareness of ministries occurring in our community and throughout the world.  See information for upcoming forum discussions here. What?  Change the Chancel?  Are you Serious?  September 4th, 6:30 p.m. Fellowship
  • Forum, Speaker, Sunday Forums – September, 2018 - Forum meets on Sundays in Fellowship Hall on the Lower Level, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome.   Fall, 2018  Rooted in Generosity: God creates, gathers, renews and cares for the whole universe, and calls each one of us to be generous in our lives. Join us at Sunday Forum, beginning September 9 at 9:30 a.m., as we begin a year of growing in faith together,
  • Widows’ Group Offers Support, Healing by Lenore Franzen - When my husband Chris died suddenly at age 59, then my mother five days later, my world changed forever. I had little experience with loss on this scale, even less understanding of grief. I kept busy with settling two estates, a full-time job, and maintaining my house and yard. I didn’t have time to mourn. I didn’t know how to mourn. Gradually, I realized that
  • Hard Work and Wonder in Alaska -    By Hanna Saveraid During our Alaska mission trip, I was part of Construction Crew Two. We worked at a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) site where two missionary families lived, and were able to meet one of them, a husband and wife from New Zealand with two daughters, Emily and Rosemary. They generously made us treats each day that we could enjoy before our
  • Transitions and Celebrations: Deacon Pat Derry and Building Maintenance Supervisor Jeff Barth - Join us as we celebrate and give thanks for the work of our staff members who are leaving Gloria Dei. Jeff Barth, our Building Maintenance Supervisor, has accepted a new position effective August 27, 2016. Jeff joined our staff in 2016, and has been a tireless worker maintaining our building and grounds. We give thanks for his time with us, and wish him well in
  • What’s behind the closed door? by Mary Jo Hallberg - You walk past the closed door every time you enter Gloria Dei via the parking lot.  Ever wonder what’s behind that closed door? Pastor Ann Bergstrom did and spoke of the closed door in a recent sermon: You see, with God, there is always something quietly, often invisibly, going on. There’s a closet door at our church that has always been shut when I’ve walked
  • Reflections on Fairbanks Trip - Reflections on a mission trip to Fairbanks, Alaska By Don Fulton and Luke Fulton On Monday our group of 25 from Gloria Dei were split into 2 groups. Our group that affectionally called ourselves “The Drill Team” were sent to the Village Network where we worked on a cabin. This was part of the vision of Will & Yvonne Mayo to create a retreat for
  • Rally Sunday, 2018 — Rooted in Generosity! - Gather with us on Sunday, September 9, 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 the front lawn, including lunch, games, live music, and chances to
  • ISAIAH: Abundance Over Scarcity - by Barbara Salava For a long time, I felt overwhelmed, powerless and frustrated with how my community and the world we live in, were functioning.  As a nurse, I saw people struggling to obtain adequate healthcare while earning minimal wages including my brother. He has been a diabetic since childhood. Due to deteriorating health, he was forced to take an early retirement at 62.  We then
  • ISAIAH: Faith not Fear - Gloria Dei member Lynn Rankinen talks about ISAIAH and shared values conversations: Faith not Fear and Abundance not Scarcity for the fall candidates.
  • What Does This Mean?  – New Adult Growing in Faith Opportunity for Fall 2018 - Join the pastors as we explore themes of Christian life, exploring the ancient teachings of the church even while taking our questions seriously. 
  • Happy News from Waverly Lutheran, our Partner Church! - A joyous announcement to Gloria Dei’s Harvest Homecoming alumni families! Waverly Lutheran is celebrating the addition of three new members, the newborn children of Daniel and Kendra Helvig. Dan and Kendra have taken over the teaching responsibilities of instructing our second graders in stewardship – the stewardship of the land. They drive the 2 ½ hours to Gloria Dei (each way) to teach the Sowing
  • ELCA Youth Gathering in 2021 to be held in the Twin Cities - Here are some reflections from Rachel James, Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries at First Lutheran, Columbia Heights, attending her first Youth Gathering this year:
  • Giving Garden Update - “Plant seeds, Pull Weeds, Harvest Hope.” ~ Anonymous Three little square raised garden beds are accomplishing a lot for the ministry of Jesus this summer! Approximately 15 volunteers are covering twenty weeks of gardening responsibilities: daily watering, weeding and harvesting on Sundays. Volunteers report that they are taking over 8 one-gallon bags each week to Francis Basket, where neighbors in need are thankful for fresh
  • Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala Accepted into the Lutheran World Federation - We celebrate with our companions on their acceptance into the Lutheran World Federation.
  • Third Chapter’s Sacred Poetry Session - The sunny Gathering Space was fully occupied on the afternoon of Thursday, July 12th, by 15 participants considering SACRED POETRY.  Presenter, poet Ann Floreen Niedringhaus, provided three groups of questions along with packets of sample poems, poetry and writing books, and visual images.  The sections for each period of meditation and/or writing were:  SOURCES AND ROOTS; MYSTERY/CERTAINTY; FRUIT AND SEED FOR THE FUTURE. Spread out
  • Yogadevotion, Bread and Wine on Monday July 30 - Many have said that after a yoga class they feel more spiritually connected to God or something greater than self. Yogadevotion will honor this spiritual experience with a gathering that will combine the best of yoga, spirituality and church community at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi. Check in is at 5:30 p.m. with class from 6-7 p.m. The session will open with
  • Churchwide Resources and Publications - Our denomination produces and offers a variety of rich and informative publications.
  • The Castaways Thank You!  - The five VBS days of “Shipwrecked” are now over. Everyone has been rescued and returned home! Vacation Bible School was a wonderful week for both children and adults, and we will all carry great memories from this time together. Each day began with singing, skits, and a new Bible Point followed by games, movies, science experiments, and Bible dramas. We met a new animal buddy
  • Volunteer Opportunities available this summer - There is a lot of activity happening at Gloria Dei in the next several months.  Please consider volunteering for one or more of these opportunities – it will be fun! Gloria Dei at Highland Fest  Gloria Dei will have a booth at Highland Fest on Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22, and we need volunteers to spend a few hours at our booth over the course of the weekend! This will be
  • Gloria Dei Welcomes Dorcas and Her Family on Sunday, July 15 - Saint Paul Reformation has provided sanctuary to Dorcas and her three children, Daniel (11), Elizabeth (8) and Deborah (6) since September, 2017.  They came from the Southwestern Nigerian city of Ibadan, Oyo State, where Dorcas served as a teacher in a Christian school.  They arrived in Houston, Texas, in March of 2017 and petitioned for asylum. After a period of detention, as well as living
  • Gloria Dei Extends Its Commitment to Accompany Migrant Minors - At its June 19 meeting, the Congregation Council furthers its sanctuary support commitment made by the congregation in March, 2017.
  • We are Shipwrecked! - With an amazing crew of over 100 kids, helpers, and adults, Gloria Dei’s Summer Vacation Bible School is underway. We are playing, singing, creating, imagining, and learning in creative, happy ways.  Our week focuses on the key message that when we’re in trouble, Jesus Rescues and frees us to a life of joy and serving.       Each day children are collecting Bible Buddies
  • It’s Been a Crazy Year! -or- How Are We Doing Financially? - This has been an odd year.  Because of tax law changes, more people prepaid their pledges than in any recent year.  At the end of 2017, we had received $51,336 in prepaid pledges.  In past years, that number has varied from $8,000 to 12,000.  What a difference!  That makes predicting the flow of offering income for the rest of the year much more of a
  • From the Midst of the Assembly, We Offer Our Prayers - The Prayers of Intercession are the time in the Sunday service when we lift up our real struggles, our genuine hopes, and our concrete dreams to God, who promises always to hear us.
  • Join our Friday Morning Book Group! - Soul Food will begin this fall, and we’ll have an even better discussion if you are with us! Soul Food meets at Gloria Dei most Friday mornings of the school year to share faith, get to know others, and discuss a book from a Christian perspective. We’re starting to choose our books for next year from a great list, and would love to have you
  • Gloria Dei’s Garden Gives Back to Community - We now enter our fifth year of volunteers gardening for support of Francis Basket, the Highland neighborhood food shelf.
  • Synod Assembly: Reflections on Restless and Resolute - This year's Saint Paul Synod Assembly presented fresh new voices in the church.
  • Welcome to our new Parish Nurse - We asked our new Parish Nurse a few questions as a way to introduce her to the congregation.
  • Organ Committee Update from Task Force - The Organ Task Force is looking at exciting possibilities and a concrete proposal to address this ongoing issue.
  • Summer Spirituality - Nancy reflects on this question: How does God speak to you in the summer?
  • Sunday Forums – May, 2018 - 5/6/18 Congregational Semi-Annual General Meeting All confirmed members of Gloria Dei are encouraged to join us for the May congregational meeting, on Sunday, May 6, at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. We will elect members to the Congregation Council and other leadership positions, express our gratitude to those who have served Gloria Dei in significant ways in the past year, and take care of other
  • Gloria Dei Giving Garden - Has spring fever hit your itch to dig up the dirt? It’s time to plant the Gloria Dei Giving Garden on the south side of the church. We have three raised beds that produce a harvest for Highland’s Food Shelf, Francis Basket. Cash and plant donations are needed, as well as members to sign up for a week of weeding/watering/harvesting throughout the entire season, into
  • Gloria Dei hosts Saint Paul synod conference on Racial Justice - Gloria Dei hosts conference in order to acknowledge and better understand racism and our white privilege.
  • Soil, Seeds and Spirituality - Third Chapter is a newer initiative at Gloria Dei, and serves as an expression and forum for talking about and experiencing the periods of growing and changing as we age.
  • Thoughts from the Water Tower: Faces of Grace - The month of May will be the final Water Tower rotation of the year – Faces of Grace.
  • Longer days and the hope of spring - Pastor Lois reflects upon the fact that the gift of spring will come, even if many of the signs of it are still hidden.
  • Stop! Look ! Listen! Read! Mental Health Awareness Month - The Mental Health Ministry team of Gloria Dei encourages members to think about their own lives, as well as the lives of those around them.
  • Growing the Green - More than 100 people attended Gloria Dei’s annual fundraising event on Saturday, April 21 and helped to raise over $27,000 to support our mission and operating budget. In addition to the Live Auction and Fund-a-Need, there were 18 unique events hosted by Gloria Dei members throughout the summer and fall that that will offer new experiences and the opportunity to socialize with fellow members. Even
  • Growing the Green – 2018 Live Auction Event - Join us for Gloria Dei’s annual fundraising event at Highland National Golf Course Clubhouse. The evening and event sign-ups will kick off at 6:00 pm. In addition to these events and experiences, a special Live Auction and Fund A Need will provide opportunities to support the mission and ministry of Gloria Dei. Our vintage golf theme will include clubhouse style food, a cash bar and
  • Guiding Principles: Question 1 - How will you engage worship so that it becomes more meaningful and relevant in your life?
  • Sunday Forums – April 2018 - Listen and learn from invited speakers discussing issues of faith for today's Christians.
  • Pastor Bradley Gives Invocation for Minnesota State of the State Address - On March 14, 2018, Pastor Bradley prayed at the Joint Session of the Minnesota legislature for Governor Dayton's final State of the State Address.
  • Maundy Thursday Community Meal and Worship - Using an ancient liturgy from the second century, we’ll gather at tables in another room to sing and hear lessons. The night is designed to create a community of conversation and friendship. It’s a unique opportunity that we hope can open this night to a new understanding of what happened in the upper room with Jesus and his friends. The structure of the meal/worship will
  • Sunday Forums — March, 2018 - 3/4/18  Organ Committee  What is the current status of Gloria Dei’s organ, and how are we prepared to address its ongoing upkeep and repairs? We will meet today with Tim Strand in the Sanctuary Chancel to get a close up view of the concerns and issues facing us. 3/11/18  What Do We Have To Lose?  On Sunday we will view “A Father for All,” a documentary
  • Thoughts from the Water Tower: March Rotation for 1st – 4th Graders - A criminal says: “God loves me even though I did wrong.”
  • Pastor Bradley Responds to Sunday’s Protester - We’re proud of our mission and we want everyone to know about what Jesus is doing here. 
  • Art Installation Veils the Chancel for Lent 2018 - It’s an old tradition to veil the cross during Lent or for the two weeks before Easter...
  • Gloria Dei Has Struck The Match - At Sunday’s Annual Meeting, there was a vote on how to split the $30,000 for outreach that resulted from meeting the Strike the Match challenge last fall. Each of the 100 members present had three votes...
  • Children’s Experiences for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week - Gloria Dei invites children and young families to Children’s Experiences crafted uniquely for them...
  • Parish Nurse Position Open - Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul, MN is seeking candidates to fill a Parish Nurse Position.  The Parish Nurse plays an integral role in Gloria Dei’s healing ministries.  The Parish Nurse integrates issues of health and faith; provides health education; participates in recruiting, developing and training congregation members for Gloria Dei’s healing ministries; and acts as a liaison to those ministries. This is a
  • Thoughts from the Water Tower: February Rotation for 1st – 4th Graders - by Deacon Pat Derry A Lost Son says: God loves my bad brother? Luke tells us that “tax collectors and sinners” were drawn to Jesus. How could someone who is drowning in the consequences of wrong choices, experience such gracious acceptance and not feel loved! By contrast, the “church leaders” of the time, Pharisees and scribes, couldn’t stand the sight of it! They were theologically
  • Sunday Forums – February, 2018 - 2/4/18 Gloria Dei’s Mission Priorities & Plans—In preparation for the Annual Meeting on February 11, at 11:45 a.m., Gloria Dei congregation council representatives will present the proposed 2018 Gloria Dei budget.  This forum is an important opportunity to hear about the upcoming budget’s implications, and will allow for questions and comments so that you can be well informed in advance of the Annual Meeting next
  • Lent 2018: What Do You Have To Lose? - “Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  Those who love their life lose it and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”                               John 12:24-25 Planting seeds in the ground is one of the most counter-intuitively hopeful signs
  • Staff Positions open at Gloria Dei - There are no open positions at this time.    
  • Gloria Dei “Strikes the Match”! - Thank you to everyone who responded so generously to the Strike the Match Challenge. We met – and exceeded – the challenge! Here is the list of eligible organizations: Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG, the Lutheran Church in Guatemala): Our congregation partners with ILAG’s El Mirador School and La Resurrección congregation in Guatemala City. Loaves and Fishes: Gloria Dei’s Loaves and Fishes team provide nutritious meals to about 325 hungry people at the Dorothy
  • Highland’s Doggie Play Dates - Gloria Dei Lutheran has a sign on our front lawn that says “Everyone Welcome!” We’ve gladly extended that welcome to include our canine family members & neighbors who would like a fun place to socialize and exercise in our gym. We’re proud to be a place where God’s love can be shared with all God’s creatures! Our Play Date now has a private Facebook group.
  • Third Chapter Service Afternoon - The Third Chapter Planning Team invites you on Tuesday, January 16 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to share your time, energy and work on projects that benefit others in our community. Projects available will include: 1. Creating valentines for veterans at the VA Hospital and Clinic 2. Assembling fleece blankets for children and youth at Camp Noah who are affected by floods and other disasters
  • Thoughts from the Water Tower - by Deacon Pat Derry From Martin Luther to Jonah: What’s the connection? What do you associate with the name of Martin Luther? •Grace alone, Faith alone, Word alone? The first Bible in German vernacular? “Here I Stand!” What do you associate with the name of Jonah? •Jonah and the Big Fish? Swallowed by a whale? Some say, “Believe it is historical or you are not
  • Welcome to Deacon Pat Derry! Wait, what? What’s a Deacon? - Welcome to Deacon Pat Derry! Wait, what? What’s a Deacon? Our director of Children and Family Faith Formation has a new title!  Instead of being considered an “Associate in Ministry,” the former title of rostered lay leaders, the church has changed the title to deacon.  We now have two rostered sets of leaders: Ministers of Word and Sacrament (Pastors) and Ministers of Word and Service
  • Sanctuary Support Opportunities in January 2018 - What’s happening on Immigration and Sanctuary Support fronts?   Join the Gloria Dei Sanctuary Support Team at Adult Forum on Sunday, January 21 for an update on Gloria Dei’s efforts to support immigrants in our community and to discuss the current status of immigration actions locally and nationally. Our featured speaker will be Kathy Moccio, attorney with the Center for New Americans at the University
  • Martin Luther King Community Breakfasts - Plan to celebrate the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday at one of our uplifting community breakfasts. Breakfasts will be held on January 15, 2018 from 7:00 – 9:30 a.m. at various neighborhood locations.  Enjoy a tasty, hot breakfast and watch a live broadcast of the General Mills breakfast event in downtown Minneapolis. The keynote speaker will be David Oyelowo, lead actor in the 2014
  • Sunday Forums – January, 2018 - Sunday Forums meet at 9:30 am in Fellowship Hall 1/7/18:  Why do we do that?  A look behind the scenes to learn about why worship is structured the way it is. This is for all the times you’ve wondered why we worship the way we do…  Why do we sing all these hymns?  Why do we have liturgical songs and where do they come from? Why
  • Walk into the New Year: Open Labyrinth Time - What are your hopes, plans, goals, questions, and concerns as you begin the new year? The spiritual practice of walking a labyrinth is a way to reflect on the movement of God in your life. On Tuesday, January 9 the canvas labyrinth will be available from 1:00-6:00 p.m. in The Gathering Place. Come, walk on your own time and at your own pace. Materials for
  • Practice Hope — By Martha Wegner Member Blog, Day 20 -
  • Practice Hope – By Julie Schulz. Member Blog, Day 18 - I’ve had my share the last few years. Our oldest son struggles with addiction. The fallout from that journey has put stress on my relationships with my husband and younger son. I’ve had two hospitalizations, one broken neck requiring surgery, and I discovered at age 48 that I was adopted, something I never knew or suspected. So yes, I’ve had my share. When I was
  • Practice Hope – By Meg Stevenson. Member Blog, Day 17 - This year, the Thanksgiving holiday was filled with many blessings, as so many of the people I love gathered over the four days. In many ways my family is my rock, but it is also very much my hope. This strong bond of love fuels my hope and sustains my spirit. Here is a photo of my 93 year old Dad with his four great
  • Practice Hope – By Joanne Kendall. Member Blog, Day 16 - Waiting for the late-January (2018) birth of my first great-grandchild is a wonderful way for me to practice hope in Advent 2017. To welcome new life into the world always involves hope and expectation. It gives new significance, too, to these words of a 12th Century mystic, telling me that the birth of Christ continues in all of us. What good is it to me
  • Humor and Hope – By Susan Gangl. Member Blog, Day 15 - Humor gives us hope by approaching a situation from a new and unexpected perspective. When done properly – retaining respect for all involved – it can offer relief from the serious frame of mind in which we may find ourselves. Humor is harder and more elegant than wit (I’m good at wit; I know how hard humor can be but I love it because it
  • Practicing Hope – By Tracy Taubert. Member Blog, Day 14 - My niece, along with three girlfriends, recently completed a cross-country bicycle trip from San Francisco to St. Augustine, FL. In addition to logging over 5,000 miles in three months on two wheels, they accumulated a wealth of wonderful stories of hope and faith to share. First of all, they biked under a banner of hope. They called themselves Women on Wheels For Wild Lands, and
  • Practice Hope – By Paula Hutchinson. Member Blog, Day 13 - God’s love shines light into my life. Even when I am caught up in the darkness of fear, sadness, or general unease that I can’t quite name, I’ve learned there are always glimmers of hope and goodness that are present if I’m awake and willing to look for them. The real trick for me is finding a way to let go of the darker feelings
  • Practice Hope – By Pat Derry. Member Blog, Day 12 - It didn’t seem possible! Suddenly I was forced to sit quietly at home, leaving the work I loved! But vertigo was relentless; conversing for an hour was too much. I reluctantly accepted my new reality. My daughter became my guardian angel, and the care and prayers of family and church family lifted my spirits. I contemplated, “What now? What gives me joy?” I began with
  • Writing Is An Act of Hope – By Martha Wegner. Member Blog, Day 11 - “I feel that writing is an act of hope, a sort of communion with our fellow [human beings].” – Isabelle Allende Last year, I made a commitment to put my Advent practice to work in a concrete and tangible way. My plan was to choose one of the Advent themes, act on that theme for a week, and then write about my action every single
  • Practice Hope – By Karen Earhuff. Member Blog, Day 10 - Thirteen years ago I had the most severe headache of my life. I was experiencing the bursting of a brain aneurysm. I went through surgery where 2 aneurysms were closed with titanium clips. I was in a sorry state, physically and mentally and spent 31 days at St. Joseph’s ICU. I was visited by a Chaplain who came and prayed with me. She gave me
  • 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 and look at poverty, homelessness, the state of our government
  • 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 I was in good health. Unfortunately, many things went wrong
  • 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 unintentionally) made participation in our communities conditional, expecting people to
  • 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 to the purpose of feeding people, plants and animals. It
  • 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 as transgender. I went into it knowing these headlines, feeling
  • 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 connection that led to a great reference, landed me an
  • 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,” those “who hope in the Lord will renew their strength…”
  • 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 love and hope to all people. As followers of Jesus,
  • 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 and CT scan when they said I needed to come
  • 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 muscles to gain strength and stamina, so we need ways
  • 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 our rooms for Project Home guests. Empty our Sunday School
  • Advent, 2017: Practicing Hope - [Scroll down to read each new day’s post from one of our members.] “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
  • 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 unity of body-mind, and they welcome the Holy Spirit’s gifts
  • 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 loved ones, please add their names to the Book of
  • 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 separate us from the love of God. Our centerpiece, Mass for
  • 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 name display in the results. In fact, this year our
  • 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 he was a Bible professor. This small act unleashed a
  • 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 plan. In order to deeply engage with our mission statement,
  • 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 sanctuary through the ISAIAH program remains small, and to date
  • 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 is to help people. And while this is partly true,
  • 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 home.  They have higher rates of college education and lower
  • 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 and conversation at the home of Bob and Ann. Space
  • 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 all ages and interests! Save up to 50% plus receive
  • 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 go directly to the 2018 budget.  What would we do
  • 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 their lives and what brought them to the newly forming
  • 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 Youth & Family Faith Formation At 7am on a Friday
  • 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  Gloria Dei has partnered with Highland Park Elementary (HPE) School
  • 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 Logan. Schola Cantorum (which means “singing school” in Latin) is
  • 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 the front lawn, including lunch, games, music, and chances to
  • 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 church and have some fun. Would you be willing to
  • 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 time by visiting the Shoal Creek Living History Museum and
  • 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 you’re interested in discussing, please see the attached list of
  • 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 greeted by Pastor Karen Castillo. She kindly showed us around
  • 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 peace and compassion. 4/9 Healing the Land. Healing Ourselves: Braiding
  • 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 Q&A–2017-03-03 Description of the Role of a Supporting Congregation: Roles of
  • 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 us begin to confess our complicity in the system. Our
  • 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 Sunday, April 16) Click here to sign up. A minimum of
  • 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 development of St. Paul. They built a church, and they
  • 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 brings a fresh, enlightening perspective to classical Christian ideas (creation,
  • 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 the project. Please be with us to learn more about
  • 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 at the annual meeting in February, 2017. Click on the
  • 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 and slow-release storage tanks under the parking lot. Bill Barton,
  • 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 of Lutheran voices to shed light on Islam. Currently the
  • 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 – How might we prepare for Advent, changing it from
  • 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 to sing in a choir that is the best I’ve
  • 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 children, care for the sick, provide hospitality for the stranger,
  • 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 moved to St. Paul. It didn’t take long for Katie
  • 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 Tuerto became populated during the civil war and has remained
  • 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 through the lens of so many people who wonder if
  • 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 in our neighborhood. Gloria Dei volunteers pack bags at church
  • 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 the building into the gardens? How does this help the
  • 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  Reformation 500: Papa Luther with author Dan Maurer  — Gloria
  • 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 50% of our costs for our service learning to Knoxville,
  • 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 unconditional grace of Christ central to the church’s mission. For 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 to support this ministry of hospitality! Please leave your donations
  • 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 us a tour, starting at the high school where she
  • 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 van deemed “the cargo van” and piled into the three
  • 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? Throughout the country, communities are reading and discussing a book
  • 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 is the installation of drain box grate covers and a
  • 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 rain garden has been installed. Conduit is being laid for
  • 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 clean the storm water runoff that flows across the parking
  • May is Mental Health Month -
  • 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 capture storm water from our downspouts coming off the sanctuary
  • 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 in the rain gardens. We need your help to include
  • 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 District and Ramsey County. As the capital improvements task force listened
  • 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 to be closer to the door.During these weeks, we invite
  • 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 Mayan villages to do wordless drama that proclaimed the Gospel.
  • 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 Printz, Joanne Claussen, Mark Christianson, Susan Gangl, and Pastor Javen
  • Holy Week, March 25 – April 1 - This the time we remember Jesus’ last week on earth, beginning with Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and ending with Jesus’ resurrection on Easter. Passion Sunday, March 25 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Passion Sunday Holy Communion  10:15 a.m. Palm Sunday Parade through the Neighborhood Marching for the Reign of God. Join us for a march for love, peace, and justice in our neighborhood on
  • 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 The Food Group. We have the opportunity to receive another
  • 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. During the month of March, food shelves come together with
  • 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 and broken piping on both the heating and the electrical
  • 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 the link below: Mental Health Forum Jan 17, 2016  
  • 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 each day to completely unplug. Try sitting quietly and reflecting
  • 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 are inviting one another to honor the tradition by unplugging
  • 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 and fund-a-need portion of the auction this evening, provided generously
  • 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 someone who has a Second class C Engineer boiler license,
  • 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 insulating completed on all foundation walls from front Snelling Avenue
  • 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 by Gloria Dei members and friends and a Thrivent grant
  • 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. INSIDE – Concrete floor poured in the Colonial Room. –
  • 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, drawings, or notes so others can appreciate your insights.  Use
  • 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 supplies Transportation for senior citizens and handicapped Give more to
  • 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 values, which were articulated at least a decade ago in
  • 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 of the Chapel Wing, there was a severe pitch in
  • 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 two layers of concrete making up the choir room roof.
  • 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: “second offering”) in the offering plate, or online. That same day, we will
  • 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 walls are done one half at a time starting at
  • 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 to be abated. The Twell Company came in and scrapped
  • 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 little confused. See for yourself: Pledges will be collected on
  • 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 is to excavate portions of the foundation at a time
  • 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 topic at today’s Sunday Forum. His presentation and the related
  • 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 at the baptismal font to remember all the loved ones
  • 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 stored for reuse. The concrete steps and the window wells
  • 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 to old age were removed as well as two Amur
  • 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 the Chapel exit door and the tile flooring in the
  • 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 to have to remove existing trees on the north side
  • 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 represented the Congregation Council. Ruby Hunt and Donna Anderson helped
  • 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. During the project, Teresa and her partner Jane Helmke joined
  • 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: meg@tcgardener or phone: (651)983-6944
  • 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 Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scripture depict these women and 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, using ancient tales, stories shared by his teachers and students,
  • 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 and families in housing transition through a huge event called
  • 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 allow us to move forward into a next generation of
  • 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 summer. Groups provide light refreshments, but most importantly, hospitality. It’s
  • 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 to see what supplies are needed and drop off any
  • 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 potluck and presentation following. Gloria Dei will provide coffee, tea, water,
  • 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 runners can choose from a 5k or 2k. Little ones
  • 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 well-being, for discovery of parts of the world that are
  • 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 who know Berry’s work, know he attends church only in
  • 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 step-by-step as you or a loved one begin this final
  • 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 panel discussion on Dr. Atul Gawande’s best-selling book, Being Mortal, Nancy