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  • How Firm a Foundation - by Gloria Dei Member Kristine Oberg When I joined Gloria Dei in 1989, I was a young woman in my 20s wondering what my 30s would look like, and today I stare firmly down the runway to 60. One of the gifts of being at Gloria Dei for a long time is the opportunity to see our community grow and change, and to be, like you, one ...
  • 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 ...

  • Gloria Dei in the news - PopUp Choir Scotland, Gloria Dei's Music Director Tim Strand and the upcoming PopUp Choir concert at Gloria Dei were on the local news on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. Thanks to Fox 9 KMSP for the coverage.
  • Special Film Showing - Join us for a film showing as part of the multi-faith, community-wide Palestinian Film Festival through Bright Stars of Bethlehem. On Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m., Gloria Dei will host the screening of The Stones Cry Out. In 1948, tens of thousands of Palestinian villagers were driven from their homes in what was officially dubbed “Operation Broom,” intended to literally sweep tens of thousands ...
  • Congregation Approves Sanctuary Renewal Proposal - Congregation approves the Sanctuary Master Plan and authorizes the “Rise, O Church” campaign to raise the needed fund 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).
  • Road Trip to Waverly Lutheran Church -   One of our Gloria Dei partner churches is Waverly Lutheran Church (WLC) in Trimont, Minnesota. Over the past several years, Waverly members have extended gracious hospitality to Gloria Dei members, and in particular, our third and fourth grade students and their families. Every other year, WLC hosts a Harvest Festival that we attend. In this rural congregation, a church surrounded by cornfields, our students ...

  • August Has Turned On Me – Guest Blog by Scott Karli - August has turned on me. This eighth month with unforgiving precision is moving on. We have long since passed the first week of August and its defense against the mind’s slide into thoughts of the second week. And of course the second week, knowing its place, has thrust us unrelenting into the third week of August. The end of the third week. The State Fair ...
  • Fitness at Gloria Dei (updated August 28, 2019) - Take advantage of the various fitness opportunities available here at Gloria Dei. For information about the new October T’ai Chi classes, contact Nancy Agneberg (nagneberg48@gmail.com, 608-698-8100). For all others, please contact Parish Nurse Jill Stewart (nurse@gloriadeistpaul.org, 651-699-1378 ext. 3031) with questions. Walking Club Free, open to any fitness level, no registration necessary As along as the weather cooperates, the Thursday Morning Walking Club will continue ...
  • Rally Sunday, 2019 - Gather with us on Sunday, September 8, as we kick off a new year of programming, Sunday School, and ministries together. Rally Day gathers those who have been here often, and those who are here for their first time. God's grace works to knit us together into a new communion. It's a great chance to make new friends, and to reach out to someone you've ...
  • Pastor Bradley Reports on ELCA Churchwide Assembly - Dear Friends, Our denomination, the ELCA, holds a churchwide assembly triennially - to worship, vote on matters of governance and policy, and be church together for the sake of the world.  I had the honor of serving as one of the voting members from the St. Paul Area Synod, as well as serving as preacher for the Wednesday worship service.  Our Assistant Director of Music, ...
  • Bearing Witness: Concert and Multi-media Event for Justice - Join the Gloria Dei community of faith to be the difference we want to see. Thursday, September 12 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Sponsored by Gloria Dei’s Racial Justice Committee and Immigration Sanctuary Support Team Reception at 6:45 p.m. in the Gathering Place Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary Join Gloria Dei on September 12, 2019, for an event to raise awareness about ...
  • 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 ...
  • Habitat for Humanity 2019 Summary - From June 3 -14, Gloria Dei, in partnership with Interfaith Builders (a coalition of Saint Paul churches and synagogues), joined Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity to construct an affordable home for a family. The construction site was at 1023 Seminary Avenue in Saint Paul’s Midway area. Gloria Dei brought 12 volunteers who helped with construction. Gloria Dei volunteers also provided the noon time meal for ...

  • Soul Food – Friday Book Discussion - Soul Food meets most Friday mornings of the school year to read and discuss books from a spiritual, faith-based perspective. We read a few chapters at a time, and enjoy rich discussions and engaging conversations. In addition we take time to reflect on the upcoming Sunday's gospel reading, and pray together. During 2019-2020, we're reading the following titles: The Universal Christ:  How a Forgotten Reality ...
  • 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 ...
  • VBS 2019 by Kyrstin Schwartz - This is my first Vacation Bible School at Gloria Dei and I have been reminded every day how blessed I am to be a part of this congregation. People are always curious about the numbers so here is a snapshot of the numbers along with the impact that these groups have had on me and on the week of VBS: • 36 Preschool children: The ...
  • Gordon Braatz receives award for Distinguished Service - Rev. Dr. Gordon Braatz was honored at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), on May 20, 2019, with the award for Distinguished Service. Pastor Lois Pallmeyer represented the Gloria Dei community to celebrate and recognize Pastor Braatz for his faithful ministry to the church across his career. Braatz is a member of Gloria Dei and serves on the organ committee and as a ...
  • 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 ...

  • In Your Own Words: Writing as a Spiritual Practice: A Summer Writing Series at Gloria Dei - You are invited to a series of writing sessions taught by members of Gloria Dei who are writers. Sessions will focus on topics related to the gifts and challenges of the Third Chapter stage of life.
  • 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 ...
  • Holy Week Children’s Experiences - by Kyrstin Schwartz This was my first Holy Week at Gloria Dei. I found myself more able to fully embrace the magnitude of Easter due to the unique Worship experiences leading up to Sunday. I am sure you have heard of the moving dinner church on Maundy Thursday, the heartbreaking music of Good Friday, the tradition and richness of the Easter Vigil. Have you heard ...
  • Crowing – A short story to relieve post-Easter doldrums - by Kristin Anderson I had a wonderful Easter dinner today with Jerry and Val Vagts, dear friends of mine, and Cathy Jenny. Val, Cathy and I went out to Oregon a few years ago to swim across the Columbia River and became good friends on the journey. We let Jerry be an honorary member of We Three. After dinner we decided to play a card ...
  • Hello—–and Good-Bye! - In May, we welcome Alan Benoit as a new full time custodian. Al will be here on Sunday, May 5, and will start his full time hours on Sunday, May 12, primarily working afternoons and evenings. He comes to Gloria Dei with 25 years of experience with Hennepin County.   At the end of April, we said good-bye to Greg Larson,one of our part-time custodians. ...
  • Rabbi Spilker responds to the Sri Lankan bombings - Hi Bradley, I hope services over the last few days were uplifting and meaningful. Mount Zion members felt a special connection to our Christian neighbors over Passover and Easter because of our shared study and worship during this festival and holy season. We are so grateful. With a broken heart, I wanted to reach out on this Easter Monday because of the tragic horror in ...
  • 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 ...
  • Preserving a piece of Gloria Dei History - by Audrey Johnson Have you noticed something missing from the Gathering Place?  The old display turn-style that has held photographs of Gloria Dei’s Confirmation classes has been replaced.  Look for them in the two blue photo albums located on the Library Table.  This project was tackled by one of Gloria Dei’s long time members, Beverly Mayer who joined Gloria Dei in 1963.  She can also ...
  • Maundy Thursday Community Meal and Worship - Our worship service on Maundy Thursday, April 18, at 7:00 p.m. is a combination of dinner and worship, held in the Fellowship Hall. 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 ...
  • New Artwork installed on lower level of Gloria Dei - Gloria Dei has acquired new artwork from Janet McKenzie whose mostly biblical-themed artwork incorporates subjects from a wide range of cultural identities.
  • 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 ...
  • Lenten Evening Prayer - Paul wrote this Lent's evening prayer service at Holden Village for the winter community in 2006.
  • All Church Service Event on March 28 - Join Third Chapter folks and others for fellowship and service projects on Thursday, March 28, 1:00-3:30 p.m., Fellowship Hall. There are a variety of projects and definitely something for everyone! All are welcome to help with the following activities: Packing backpacks for Highland Park Elementary students Assembling fleece blankets for young disaster victims at Camp Noah Creating "Happy Spring" cards for seniors in local residential ...
  • 20-Somethings/30-Somethings - Often caught between being a youth and having school-aged children, young adults exist within the church and serve in many capacities but can feel like they lack a clear peer community.
  • Remembering and Rejoicing: Keeping the Holy Days with Mt. Zion Temple - Gloria Dei is preparing for Easter with forty days of Lent. Mt. Zion is preparing for the Passover. Both communities have special ways of leading the congregation into the wonder, depth, and power of our holiest days. This year, we decided to walk together, trusting that learning about one another’s faith will help us to deepen our own.On Sunday mornings and at Wednesday Evening Prayer, ...
  • Thank you from Bishop Lull and the ELCA - In each of the past three years, Gloria Dei has been able, through generous contributions from our members to end the year with more income than expenses.  In each of these years, we have celebrated by sending the St Paul Area Synod 10% of the extra income.  At the end of 2018, we designated $4,257 as an extra gift to the Synod.  This was sent ...
  • Rev. Dr. John Martin Mann Obituary - Pastor Mann served as Gloria Dei's Interim Senior Pastor from August 2010 through August 2012, upon the retirement of Pastor M. Susan Peterson.  The thoughts and prayers of the entire Gloria Dei community go out to his family.  Here is Pastor Mann's obituary: Mann, John Martin, 72, was called to his heavenly home, Tuesday February 19, 2019.  He was born on November 18, 1946 in McKeesport, ...

  • Lent 2019 - Wednesdays of Lent, March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10 5:00 p.m. Children’s choirs 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Lenten Labyrinth Walks 5:30 p.m. Community Soup Suppers $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for children 6:00 p.m. Bible Study with pastors and leaders 6:30 p.m. Confirmation for grades 7-10. See schedule 7:00 p.m. Midweek Worship – Using a setting of Evening Prayer written by Paul Friesen-Carper Holy Week--For more information ...
  • Rooted in Christ – Stories of Gloria Dei - At our Congregational meeting on Sunday, February 10, members met to discuss plans for the upcoming year, review the past year, and set our budget for 2019. This booklet gives concrete examples of how our congregation is embracing the Guiding Principles and living out our mission of being a caring, healing and welcoming community.
  • Meet Jeanne Hanson, Administrator - Tell us about your family: My husband Gordy and I have been married for 25 years. We have one son, Jeff, who is 21 years old. We live in Richfield. We enjoy traveling to see different places, and our trips have often included camping,  visiting zoos and amusement parks. What are three of your main job tasks? 1. Monitoring the finances and reporting on the ...
  • 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 ...
  • Chalking the Door on Epiphany - On January 6th Gloria Dei celebrated Epiphany by chalking the church door together during Worship.
  • 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.
  • Donors needed for Blood Drive on February 4 - The American Red Cross is in urgent need of all types of blood for lifesaving treatments and emergency care. Currently, blood products are going out to hospitals faster than they are coming in. Since blood products are perishable and cannot be stored for very long, the need is especially great in winter because stormy weather, travel, and influenza outbreaks decrease donations. You can help replenish ...
  • 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 ...
  • New Art Exhibit installed in Gallery - Jeanne Kosfeld is a Saint Paul artist whose work will be displayed in the Gallery in January and February 2019.
  • 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 ...
  • Confirmation J-Term 2019 - Confirmation families will meet as a group (grades 7-10) this January for two important topics. On Jan. 9 and Jan. 16, we'll be tackling tough money subjects that families have told us they need assistance with. How to talk to teens about money? Experts from Thrivent Financial will be here to lead us in several interactive workshops so families can sort out these topics together ...
  • Prayers of the People, Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018 - Oremos. Let us pray. O God who finds favor with us, You come to make your church a house of love. Let us be signs of your compassion and your goodness in the world. On the borders of doubt and faith, let us witness to your grace. Where people are homebound or lonely, send your joy. Where the earth is torn or damaged, teach us ...
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber – The Shameless Tour comes to Gloria Dei on January 31 - On January 31th, 2019, at 7 PM, Nadia Bolz-Weber is coming to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church to share from her new and most personal book Shameless: A Sexual Reformation (Convergent, Hardcover, January 29, 2019). In her latest release, Bolz-Weber is out to slay a giant by going after the church’s teachings on human sexuality. She deftly weaves narrative, history, scripture, and wit together to show how ...
  • YogaDevotion Winter Session begins - Yoga is good for the body, mind and soul. Yoga devotion can be a time of prayer, worship or a time to become more mindful, present to God in a new way while improving strength and flexibility. Our yoga instructors are certified, and are hired by YogaDevotion, a faith-based company run by a Lutheran pastor. Sessions of Yoga Classes will begin January 8th, 2019 for ...
  • Prayers of the People, Third Sunday of Advent, December 16, 2018 - These are the Prayers of the People from Advent 3 on December 16.
  • Advent Prayers of the People - Each week in Advent, prayer requests are gathered from members and incorporated in the Prayers of the People.
  • Prayers of the People, Second Sunday of Advent, December 9, 2018 - These are the Prayers of the People from Advent 2 on December 9.
  • Prayers of the People, First Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018 - These are the Prayers of the People from Advent 1 on December 2.
  • “Rooted in Generosity” Update - Here is an update from Larry Nelson, Stewardship Committee chair. Thank you to all of you who have made a pledge or given us an estimate of giving for 2019’s operating and capital funds.
  • “What Does This Mean” Wraps Up Fall Series  - “I think the best part was discovering that I’m not a heretic.”  The first seven weeks of our Wednesday night classes, “What Does This Mean,” gave over forty adults the chance to hear from theologians and each other about how to have a relevant and meaningful faith in the modern world. We discovered that questions have always been a part of an active, vibrant faith, ...

  • Forums - Upcoming Sunday Forums – discussions and presentations from a wide variety of faithful perspectives. Please join us! Forum meets on Sundays during the program year in Fellowship Hall on the Lower Level, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  All are welcome. 10-20-10 Advance Health Care Directives:  In a health emergency, who would speak for you if you were unable to state your own wishes and preferences? If you ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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. Dear Sisters and Brothers, Receive enthusiastic greetings from your sisters and brothers at La Resurreccion.  We are always thinking of you and are grateful to God for ...