Dear Gloria Dei

This Sunday we continue our theme: Vintage Faith (The Timeless Love of God!). Another classic car will be out on the courtyard – Jim St. Martin’s 1946 Ford Woodie. And what vintage theme will we looking at in worship? Pews! (Community) Jesus redefines community and family in this way: “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3:35) Who is your family? How do they support you? How do you support them? How do they walk the faith with you? I hope Gloria Dei is your “family.” Not in the sense of biology, or a closed system, or a loose collection, but a feeling of being on an adventure, a mission together. For that feeling to happen, it takes the Spirit, time, forgiveness, sticktoitiveness, participation, and a whole lot of other ingredients. Like a family, a church can be full of a whole bunch of “characters.” Like a family, a church can get derailed and become unloving.  Like a family, a church can be less than perfect and I think that’s the whole point. God throws us all together, with all our differences in politics, backgrounds, races, cultures and says, “love one another.”  Thinking about that, it’s amazing Gloria Dei thrives! But one thing God does not do is give up. That’s the cross! Blessed to be in the family, Pastor David   P.S. This Sunday, the Quilting Ministry will be raffling off a beautiful quilt!yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:29-30) Peace,

Pastor David

Membership @ Gloria Dei

If you are interested in officially making Gloria Dei your church home, sign-up at the Welcome Table. There are two ways to join the Gloria Dei family: 1)Transfer your membership from another Lutheran congregation. 2) Attend the Adult Inquiry Class (This is for people that come from another denomination or no church background and the class covers the basics of the Christian faith and is taught by a pastor.).  The next Adult Inquiry Class is Saturday, September 22, 9am. To all people joining, a New Member Orientation meeting is held at Pastor and Kimberly Mattson’s home – Sunday, September 23, noon. This is a social time to meet the other people joining, to hear in detail about the ministry of Gloria Dei, and to meet the leadership team. New members will be received officially on Sunday, September 30 at the 10am service.

For information on the next Adult Inquiry Class/New Member Orientation, call the church office to attend, 949-493-3414.

Table Talk

Discussion/Chat… around the table at Pastor David and Kimberly’s (33022 Daniel Drive, Dana Point) Friday, September 28. (Last Friday of every month.) Soup/Coffee provided.

Sign-up to attend and get directions.

Memorial Service

for Margaret Vislocky will be held on Saturday, September 29, 11am. Into Your hands, O Merciful Savior, we commend Your servant Margaret. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of Your own fold, a lamb of Your flock, a sinner of Your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of Your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

Church Campout 2018

October 5-7. Come for the weekend (tents and rv’s) or come out for a day (Saturday: Horseshoes-2pm; Potluck-5pm; Worship-7pm.) Sycamore B group site at O’Neill Regional Park. 

Sign-up at the Welcome Table.

Blessing of the Pets

Festival of Saint Francis Sunday, October 7, 5pm Pastor David will meet all pets (dogs, cats, birds, pigs, etc.) at the Harbor, across from the Richard Henry Dana statue on Island Way. Bring your pet and invite a friend to join you. 10 minutes.

Lunch and Learn

October 7, 11am-12:30pm, Bankson Hall. Lunch provided (donation) and Becks Heyhoe from United Way discusses  “United to End Homelessness” campaign. Childcare available.

You Are Invited

WOMEN’S CRAFT & COFFEE: Saturday, October 20, 10am, Bankson Hall TRICK OR TRUNK (Fall Festival): October 28, 5:30pm. In n Out Truck. Help needed. Sign-up. REFORMATION – Trumpets, special music, Bibles to 3rd Graders: October 28; LOS ANGELITOS MISSION TRIP: Saturday, November 3

Octoberfest 2018

Saturday, October 13, 5pm $10. (Children free) Great food, giveaways, friendship, music, and more. Childcare provided.

MGD (Men of Gloria Dei) are hosting.
Sign-up at the Welcome Table or call church office (949)493-3414.