Dear Gloria Dei family,

I hope you had a blessed 4th – joyous and safe. I thank God for our nation and pray that God’s wisdom, protection, and purpose will always guide and direct us. 

As Saint Paul and Martin Luther remind us, it’s always right to pray for good government and responsible citizenship, “to strengthen that which is good and to correct that which is amiss…”

See you Sunday,

Pastor David



This Sunday


We continue our summer theme:

SelahPause, Breathe, Love.

We will look at Psalm 109, which is called an “Imprecatory” Psalm – where there is a curse of one’s enemies. What do we do with that! Especially in light of Jesus who said, “Love your enemies.” Come and find out!

There will be baptisms of twins at the 8:30am service. Join us as we begin at the fountain and celebrate new life in Christ!

Hanna Lee will play the organ at 5pm with Pastor David narrating, “The King of Instruments” by W. Albright (1944-1998) – A Parade of Music and Verse for Organ. It is quite a comical and very educational piece, plus Hanna will be playing some other amazing numbers. Wine, refreshments will be served following the concert.

Saturday Photo Crew

On Saturday morning, architect David Keitel and others will have a professional photographer at Gloria Dei.

They are hoping to have about 10-12 people from Gloria Dei in their photos, milling around, talking to one another, “acting natural.”

Would you help out? It won’t take long – half hour…

Please call the church office for details – 949-493-3414.

Organ Concert

Dr. Hanna Lee will be touring in the US and will perform at Gloria Dei this Sunday, July 8 at 5pm.

Pastor David will be narrating a piece called “The King of Instruments” by W. Albright (1944-1998) – A Parade of Music and Verse for Organ and Narrator.
Invite a friend to join you, as we welcome our former organist/pianist.

Free will offering at the concert.

Huston Hoedown Dinner

Recap of the National Gathering: July 14, 5:30pm.

Please join the youth of Gloria Dei for Texas BBQ with all the fixins’!

Pictures and stories from the ELCA Youth Gathering will be shared.

Sign up at the Welcome Table.

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

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Missionary Dorcas Wang: July 28-29

Los Angelitos Orphanage Trip: August 4

Church Beach Party: August 19

Church Picnic

Sunday, July 1, 12pm. Please note change of date.

Dana Woods Park.

Bring something to share and a lawn chair. Gloria Dei provides hotdogs, brats, beverages, utensils.

Games for all ages! (Water balloon toss, etc.)

Sign up and more information at the Welcome Table.


PHOTOS for new membership directory.

Do we have a recent one?

David Ross will be here to snap photos between services (9:30am-10am).

Look for the guy with the camera!

Vacation Bible School

June 25th-29th, 9am-3pm. 5 year old – 5th grade.

Fee – $100 (Members receive 25% off, so $75).

VBS Theme: Mark 12:30. Registration forms are  available at the Welcome Table.

Invite a friend! Volunteers needed as well. Questions, email Barb Collins

Women’s Beach Glass Event

June 23 at 10:00 am.

Women and girls (10 years and older) are invited to learn how to make jewelry from sea glass. $10 for one piece of jewelry, $15 for two. Bagels and coffee will be provided.

The event will take place in the downstairs courtyard. Sign up.