Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

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WOMEN’S TEA – May 13. Sign-up at the table on the patio.

BACH FESTIVAL in the New Sanctuary with the new organ and piano, May 20 – Watch for details.

DEDICATION OF THE NEW SANCTUARY, May 21 – Watch for details.

CHURCH CAMPOUT: Friday – Sunday, April 28-30 at Campland on the Bay. Sign-up.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS (VBS) – June 26-June 30, 9:00am-3:00pm. VBS fee for week will be $95.00 per camper for 5 year olds to 5th graders (sibling discount available). VBS will be staffed by Lutheran Retreats, Camps and Conferences (LRCC) and will focus on the theme “This Little Light of Mine” Matthew 5:14-16. Registration will begin in May.

Dear Gloria Dei family


This Friday (April 14) is Good Friday. We have services at noon and 7pm.
These are “tenebrae” (darkening/shadows) services – as the seven last words of Jesus are spoken, the sanctuary grows slowly darker and darker and then we leave it silence.
Many people tell me each year that this is the most moving service. Perhaps it’s the scripture, the music, the darkness, the silence, the pounding of the hammers – taken all together, the Spirit speaks.
Good Friday is the Christian preparation for Easter.
Madeleine L’Engle, the Newbery Medal-winning author and poet wrote the following – Thomas: After Seeing the Wounds.
As thou depended from a tree
so depend I, Lord, on Thee
Thou my cross; on Thee impaled
is my body, now I see
how our hands and feet are nailed,
nailed by joy and nailed by pain:
strength of thine own scars remain.
Thou the cross from dark to sun,
stretching boughs to wind and rain
upholding all, withholding none.
Lord, on Thee do I depend
Thy limbs hold me, heal me, mend
All unbelieving doubts. And now
I do not break, I bend, I bend:
As Thou depended from a tree
so depend I, Lord, on Thee.
Of Thy body make a part
I was blind, and now I see:
all life and love are because Thou art.
Pastor David

Building Update


The new sanctuary continues to move forward with an anticipated opening date in May…
• This week the outside of the building will be stuccoed.
• The fabrication for all the glass walls is happening
• The new grand piano is being sought.
• The tile work in the restrooms are complete.
• The building of the new sanctuary’s altar platform.
We continue to receive gifts for pews, the boulder fountain, the piano, sanctuary furnishings and more. Thank you!

If you would still like to participate and make a gift in memory or honor of someone, please call the office for an envelope or speak with a pastor.




Soup Supper begins at 6pm and then the worship service is at 7pm.
Thanks to the many people that have provided soup this Lenten Season.

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week

Palm Sunday is Sunday, April 9 – We will process in with palms, special music and decorations will happen, and we will celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
This is the beginning of Holy Week. Please join in fully in order to prepare ourselves deeply for Easter.

 “First Communion” will take place at the 10:30am service.

 A pancake breakfast will be served by our high school youth group between morning services (9:40am).

Membership @ Gloria Dei

MEMBERSHIP – There are two ways to join the Gloria Dei family:

1) Transfer your membership from another Lutheran congregation.

2) Attend the Adult Inquiry Class – Saturday, March 25, 2017, 9:00am (for people that come from a non-Lutheran background).

To all joining, a New Member Orientation meeting (Sunday, March 26, 2017, 6:00pm).

All new members will be received officially during worship on Sunday, April 2. See the sign-up or speak with a pastor.




Sunday, March 26, 12 – 3pm
Calling all Hikers!! Let’s enjoy an afternoon in the fresh air.
We’ll leave the church parking lot for hike at Top of the World.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow, March 1.

There are three opportunities to receive ashes on that day:

1) Pastor David will be available in the church sanctuary from 8-9am for a short prayer and the Imposition of Ashes. And then you can get on with your day.

2) We have two worship services, the first at noon and then

                                                    3) at 7pm with the Sanctuary Choir.

                                                    Soup suppers will be served at 6pm every Wednesday.

                                                    These will be very simple meals and you can sign-up to provide a soup.

The New Organ

Gloria Dei’s New Organ

We are still receiving gifts to pay for the new organ, which is being built in Pennsylvania and will be a three manual French style console.

To the left is a progress picture of the console.

The pipes are solid zinc which will look stunning reflecting the colors from the stained glass. We have been blessed to have Hanna Lee as our organist and she is excited to play this new instrument.

We have tentatively scheduled a “Bach Festival” for the Dedication weekend (Saturday, May 6? for concert and party).

More details will be forthcoming


Fat Friday Fellowship – Instead of the traditional “Fat Tuesday”, the pre-Lenten party is this Friday, February 24, 6pm – appetizers, beverages, good conversation before the Season of Lent begins.

Hosted by Ken & Barbara Rohde. We thank them for their hospitality!

Call the church office for directions: 949-493-3414.