A Note from Cathy Sedacca (November 2021)


Gloria Dei Church Council President
Animal lover and selfie-taker

At our November meeting, the Council got a preliminary update on the stewardship campaign, our usual treasury update, and an update on the Rise, O Church project, which is progressing as expected. We also met Sam Graber, a member of Temple Israel and long-time advocate for immigrant justice, who will highlight our Room 99 project in an upcoming episode of the American Refugee podcast that he produces. Sam has been impressed with the Lutheran church’s role in aiding asylum seekers. He will follow our project to portray what it means for a congregation to undertake this work, start to finish. Sam has a national audience and hopes the episode will encourage others around the country to consider this work themselves. Our discussion also included the following items.

Racial Justice Committee request. The Racial Justice Committee proposed that in 2022 we consider allocating 10% of the capital budget pledges to support the Native American community. The capital budget was chosen because it represents funds designated for the building, which sits on Native land. The committee, or possibly another group, would seek opportunities to provide financial and other support.

Room 99 Resolution. Lenore Franzen and Claire Hoyum presented a resolution that would allow for rapid decisions while respecting applicant confidentiality when we are ready to receive applications for Room 99. It authorizes a small committee and the Executive Committee to review applications and make decisions. It is anticipated that the room will be completed by the end of the first quarter 2022, and that we will have guests soon after completion.

Now is the Time to catch up. We continue to see a decline in giving and are now slightly below budget. Our expenses have picked up as we’ve increased our ministries. If you might be behind in your giving, Now is the Time to catch up. Please consider the pledge you made for 2021 and work to close any gap as you are able. It’s also a good time to submit your pledge for 2022 giving if you haven’t yet. If you have questions about your pledges or giving, please contact Director of Finance and Administration Beverly Sargent.

On behalf of the Council and staff, we thank you and wish you a blessed Advent and Christmas.