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  • Happy Thanksgiving from our Homes to Yours - Thanksgiving Day The Gloria Dei staff members wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, from our homes to yours. We offer this 20-minute video devotion for your use over these next few days. Light a candle, sing along, listen to staff reflections on Thanksgiving 2020, and then take a moment to offer your own thanksgivings, trusting that the presence of God is always with you, even in… ...
  • 2020 Giving Tree Goes Online – Sign Up Today - Each year we help others celebrate Christmas by sharing gifts with youth and families who face financial challenges. Working with Neighborhood House and Rezek House, we have the same opportunity this year, although it will look a little different. Please sign up using one or more of the online forms below – yes plural (links below)! We have so many opportunities to give to others… ...
  • Pastor’s Message – Nov. 18, 2020 - Earlier this year, I started practicing Spanish to prepare for my sabbatical in Spain. For a few weeks I met with a teacher, but after COVID shut us down, I started using an app on my phone called DuoLingo. When I open the app, a helpful little green owl encourages me and gives me little tips. Yesterday marked my 257th day doing a little bit… ...
  • Learning About Our Environment - The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. ~ Proverbs 18:15 When Earth was created, God entrusted us as its stewards and calls us to care for it and each other in all our actions. When we make environmentally-wise choices we are celebrating and respecting creation, giving thanks for Earth’s abundant resources, and being good stewards with… ...
  • Support for Neighbors in Tent Communities - Update as of Nov. 12, 2020 - New list of items needed Thanks to your generosity, the Agnebergs have delivered your donations to the Saint Paul Camp Project (University Avenue and Vadalia). Current clothing needs are: thermal underwear (male and female), socks and underwear that is new and in packages. Other item needs are: toilet paper, hygiene products, plastic garbage bags, bottled water, propane tanks… ...
  • Social Justice and Outreach Volunteer Opportunities during the Pandemic - Last updated November 12, 2020 We know many Gloria Dei members are looking for ways to engage in local social justice ministries while remaining safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of some opportunities available with some of our long-standing social justice partners at Gloria Dei. Loaves and Fishes Gloria Dei members continue to work with Loaves and Fishes to help feed people… ...
  • Mental Health Minute - Our Gloria Dei Mental Health Ministry team offers Mental Health Minutes as they work to educate, create awareness and support the mental health of our community. Below are past Mental Health Minutes that we sent in our weekly News from Gloria Dei emails, with the most recent at the top of the list. Learn more about our Mental Health Support and the ministry team.  … ...
  • Confirmation Serve Night, Nov. 18, 2020 - Dear Confirmation Families, Wednesday, November 18, 2020 is Confirmation Serve Night! Plan ahead! Normally, we’d be organized in our small groups choosing projects that we can do together out in the community. This year, your family &/or pod can design your own serve night. We’re hoping you don’t see this as an evening “off” but a night “out.” On that night, there will be no… ...
  • Prayer of the Day and Readings - For the week of Nov. 23-29, 2020 You may use this resource (content also below) for your home devotional life. Scripture readings for each day flow from the Sunday readings, and prepare us for the following Sunday. You may use the Prayer of the Day as a daily centering prayer. Prayer of the Day Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all… ...
  • Gloria Dei Financial Update - Gloria Dei Financial Update as of Sept. 30, 2020. If you have questions, please contact Beverly Sargent, Finance and Administration Director. ...
  • Sanctuary Movement Status: Immigration, Refugees and Gloria Dei’s Commitment to our Neighbors - Thank you to all who participated in the October 18 Forum on immigration issues. Special thanks to Gloria Dei member Monica Dooner Lindgren, our presenter, who provides legal services to the immigrant community. Gloria Dei's Immigrant Support Team provided an update on immigration issues and ways we are responding. Ongoing changes in our federal government's immigration policies, along with the dampening effect of the COVID… ...
  • Energy Efficiency at Home - The heavens are yours, the earth is also yours; the world and all that is in it - you have founded them. ~ Psalms 89:1 When Earth was created, God entrusted us as its stewards and calls us to care for it and each other in all our actions. When we make environmentally-wise choices we are celebrating and respecting creation, giving thanks for Earth’s abundant… ...
  • Servant Church Arise! - Our stewardship campaign for 2021, "Servant Church Arise!" is underway. In this blog post, you'll find a link to the short video with Pastor Bradley and Gloria Dei member Rachael White to learn more about the special recipe we included in this year's stewardship packets. In addition, find information and links to the stewardship packet materials. If you have any questions or didn't receive your… ...
  • Creation Care - God first created Earth, and then created humankind. And the first task to humankind was to see that God’s creation was good and to care for it - to till and keep the Garden of Eden, and to care for the plants and animals on all the land and sea. Joining together to care for the masterpiece that God has made should be something that… ...
  • Guatemalan Paintings Available for Purchase - Salvador Reanda, the painter of La Ultima Cena (The Last Supper), which hangs above the altar in the Gloria Dei sanctuary, and the owner of the Galeria Expresiones in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, is now making the gallery’s paintings available for sale and shipment to the U.S. The Guatemalan economy, particularly around Lake Atitlan, has suffered badly from the loss of tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shops… ...
  • Be in Community while in Pandemic - But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into the one who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:15-16 Caring for Each Other During this Time… ...
  • Fall Programs Begin on September 13; Online Worship Continues - Gloria Dei begins fall programs on September 13 and online worship will continue. Read Pastor Bradley's letter to the congregation. ...
  • Hazelden Betty Ford Complimentary (virtual) Family Program - Addiction is called "a family disease" for good reason. Family members are profoundly affected when a loved one becomes addicted to alcohol or another drug. By the time most families reach out for help and drug treatment, the disease of addiction has typically progressed to a crisis level for the addict and family alike. Our programs and services at Hazelden Betty Ford are designed to… ...
  • Breathless - by Lenore Franzen, Gloria Dei member Sometimes there are no words, and there shouldn’t be. George Floyd is trying to tell us something. His first message was clear, urgent: he couldn’t breathe because of the pressure Derek Chauvin applied to his neck for more than eight minutes before Mr. Floyd died of asphyxiation. But as I sit with the events of the past week, feeling… ...
  • Rise O, Church Update - At the May 10 online congregational meeting it was reported that the Rise, O Church campaign has been paused until sometime this fall when we will reassess whether it is prudent to start up again. The congregation was assured that it remains an active, ongoing project with much activity and planning taking place while we continue to operate under Governor Walz’ COVID-19 Guidelines. Some highlights… ...
  • CoVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan - The Gloria Dei Safety Task Force developed a CoVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan for staff return and use by groups of 10 or fewer. As always, the church is guided by its mission to love the neighbor. We want to open in a way that is safe, compassionate and focused on wellbeing.   ...
  • Gloria Dei Community for Young Adults - 20-Somethings/30-Somethings Group By Chloe Ahlf Six years ago, I sat down with Meredith Pain, Rachel Manz and Megan Henry for the first time. We had all, separately, approached the pastors about a ministry group within Gloria Dei that focused on young adults. Nothing existed. So, Pastor Lois brought the four of us together to dream up something ourselves. One thing was certain: we wanted community… ...
  • Support for our Community - Ways to Find Assistance Saint Paul Meal Distribution for Families in Need  The City of Saint Paul has partnered with Youthprise, Arts-Us and the Sanneh Foundation to provide free meal service to Saint Paul families in need. Families with minor children in the home will be eligible to pick up one meal bag per child per week. Each meal bag contains seven dinner meals and seven snacks including fresh fruits and vegetables,… ...
  • Coronavirus Fast Five Tips - By Parish Nurse Jill Stewart Health experts report that we are approaching the peak of the current COVID outbreak. We will need to be careful to protect ourselves for a while. In the meantime, all aspects of the outbreak are being studied and some helpful information is emerging. Handwashing is still the most important way to protect yourself. The Coronavirus is destroyed by soap. Wash… ...
  • Virtually Present or Truly Present:  On Deciding to Celebrate Holy Communion Online for Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday - by Pastor Bradley E. Schmeling, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota Read Pastor Bradley's full message. Summary: Gloria Dei celebrated Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday in its online worship services. We will continue to include Holy Communion on the last Sunday of the month while we continue online worship. This time of pandemic is an extraordinary situation that calls for the strengthening… ...
  • Pastor Bradley’s Letter to our 2020 Confirmands - Dear Confirmands, So many good things have been postponed or cancelled. I know many of you have missed special classes, tournaments, clubs, and time with your friends. This time of confirmation instruction isn’t turning out like we planned, either. Confirmation Sunday is always a grand celebration that you are entering the life of faith as a more mature, wiser—more adult—member of Gloria Dei. The good… ...
  • Be Hospital Ready - “Being ready” means having a plan for what to do when we need to respond quickly and efficiently. We plan and practice for severe weather and keep jumper cables in our cars. It is a good idea to have a contingency plan for going to the hospital, especially during this pandemic. First, recognize when it is time to seek help. Don’t hesitate to contact your… ...
  • Instructions to Access Zoom - Worship online with Gloria Dei on Zoom (printable PDF version) You can use Zoom without a Zoom account. Your device (computer, phone, tablet) and operating system, and other factors will affect your Zoom experience, including how you access it for the first time. The instructions below are general, based on some experiences. The most important thing to do is click the link Gloria Dei provides,… ...
  • Ways to Give at Gloria Dei - Your giving matters, especially now as we move to online worship services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gloria Dei offers several ways you can continue to support our ministry, the call to love, welcome, care, heal, and do justice. Electronic, recurring payments help provide the most steady income stream for our church. We thank you for your generosity and support. Mail your offering to… ...
  • Rooted in Beauty - In addition to our beautiful Gloria Dei music program, Gloria Dei is blessed to have an Art Committee that helps us uphold our guiding principle: Rooted in Beauty – we seek transformation through music and art. We also have an Art Gallery, in our lower level, and encourage you to take time to explore the exhibits and displays. Our Art Committee exhibits art with the… ...
  • Inside the Campaign - Inside the Campaign with Timothy Strand Tim Strand has been the Gloria Dei Music Director for 10 years. Our Rise, O Church campaign will help Gloria Dei get a new pipe organ, which means Tim’s musical talent will shine even more in our worship and music programs. By the way, Tim is the composer of Hymn 548 (ELW), Rise, O Church, like Christ Arisen. Tim,… ...
  • Rise, O Church Sanctuary Renewal - Join us for our upcoming Rise, O Church events. Learn more about our sanctuary renewal at https://www.riseochurch.info/. ...
  • Donuts photo Sign Up for Flowers and Donut Holes Online - We appreciate everyone who provides altar flowers and donut holes for our Sunday worship. Beginning this year, you can now place your order online, if you like. Order altar flowers.                        Order donut holes. You can also call the church office at 651-699-1378 to place your order. The price is now $60 for each and you can continue to pay online. After you submit your order,… ...
  • ISAIAH Core Team – What Can we Learn from the Prophets? - Kyle Anderson, a seminarian from Gloria Dei, shares an assignment that connects the message of the prophets with the work of ISAIAH today. ...
  • Stories of Faith in Action - Gloria Dei, the Saint Paul Area Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The ELCA has 65 synods that vary greatly… ...
  • Congregation Approves Sanctuary Renewal Proposal - Congregation approves the Sanctuary Master Plan and authorizes the “Rise, O Church” campaign to raise the needed funds for the implementation of this plan. Thank you to everyone who attended the Oct. 13, 2019, meeting. Click here to request a copy of Gloria Dei Sanctuary Renewal proposal master plan. (Yes-196; No-16; Abstain-2). ...
  • The Importance of Getting Around: Health and Transportation - Some of the best things about church life involve being part of a faith community. Belonging is good for us because it provides a sense of purpose, social time, and it boosts health by reducing isolation and loneliness. When people have trouble getting to church – and other events or appointments – because they do not drive or have easy access to transportation, their health… ...
  • Soul Food Book Discussion Group - Soul Food, a group that discusses books from a faith perspective, meets weekly from 9:30-11 a.m., on Wednesday mornings. Due to COVID-19, we have moved to online meetings. Email Pastor Lois Pallmeyer for meeting details. We begin each week with a prayerful reading of the coming Sunday’s gospel text and prayer. Then, we discuss a few chapters from a book we’ve chosen to read together,… ...
  • Sanctuary Renewal Frequently Asked Questions - Frequently Asked Questions On Sunday, May 19th, the sanctuary renewal team presented the results of the design process to this point.  The following were the questions that were collected at the end of the meeting.  Some have been combined with other similar questions. If you would like further information, please contact one of the pastors or the church office. What’s the seating capacity in the… ...
  • Sanctuary Renewal: Summer of Conversations - On May 19, the Sanctuary Renewal Task Force presented the proposed design for congregational study, discussion, and consideration — today and in the months to come. SUMMER OF CONVERSATIONS  Join us in the nave, at the front of the sanctuary, between services from 9:20 – 9:50. May 26: Together we’ll walk through a spatial tour of what the Master Plan proposes. Come and envision your… ...
  • Sanctuary Renewal Master Plan Presentation - by Jim Hundt, Foresight Architects Foresight Architects has been creating master plans since our founding in 1993. Since that time, we have completed over 70 master plans for churches around the country – most of which have since been implemented. We felt then as we do today that it’s not good enough for us to simply guide churches through a successful building project. We want… ...
  • Stepping Out: Renewing our Worship Space - Dear Friends, In the last couple of years, I’ve sometimes chosen to preach from the steps in front of the altar instead of the pulpit.  I don’t do it every time I preach because it’s a lot of work to memorize the sermon.  Some weeks, I have the time.  Others, I just don’t have the extra hours on Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning.  The… ...
  • Sanctuary Redesign - by Mike Kruger, Chair of Sanctuary Task  Force Getting involved in the sanctuary redesign effort at Gloria Dei has been quite an adventure and an amazing experience for me! It started with Tim Strand’s demonstration one Sunday morning in the Chancel. He literally gave a “hands on” demonstration on why we needed to replace our current organ. Basically, Tim was showing us that our organ… ...
  • Sanctuary Redesign Needs Assessment Report - In November over 120 people gathered to share their ideas on and input about the future of our worship space. Opinions, ideas, hopes, dreams and concerns were voiced and recorded.  We truly value everyone’s involvement and passion.  All of the information was gathered and submitted to our architect, Jim Hundt of Foresight Architects. Jim has thoughtfully created a Needs Assessment Summary from this information as… ...
  • Greetings from President of Agustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala - Rev Karen Castillo, pesident of Agustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala sends an update as 2019 begins. ...
  • Greetings from Colegio Luterano Agustino de Guatemala - Gloria Dei received this letter from our friends in Guatemala, sharing the good news and thank you for our support.  Translation is provided by Diego Gil. Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, through this letter, we send a fraternal greeting, wishing in God our Lord, you are enjoying the end of the year festivities, time of waiting and remembering the good news. We want to… ...
  • Prevent Slip, Trip and Fall Injuries - Slips and falls are a leading factor in preventable injuries and deaths. In Minnesota, the rate of deadly falls is rising faster than rates for the US as a whole and we are one of the top states for serious or fatal injury from falls. That is not a good statistic to be known for! While the highest rate of fall injuries is in the… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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.… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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 2019 - 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… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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? ...
  • Gloria Dei Giving Garden - Come view 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 October. Sign up to serve, below! It's a great household serving opportunity for… ...
  • 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. ...
  • Guiding Principles: Question 1 - How will you engage worship so that it becomes more meaningful and relevant in your life? ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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... ...
  • Children’s Experiences for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week - Gloria Dei invites children and young families to Children’s Experiences crafted uniquely for them... ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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.… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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 - For the man or woman who is standing on the corner with a cardboard sign: here is a pair of new warm socks. And a “ticket of hope” good for one free meal at the Union Gospel Mission, along with lots of good people and programs there to give you hope. I keep bags of these in my car. ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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… ...
  • 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… ...