Dear Gloria Dei family

Wednesday worship…

We continue our Lenten worship schedule on Wednesday at 7pm, soup supper at 6pm.
I’ve enjoyed a more detailed, intense look at the “Stations of the Cross.” It’s slowed me down to contemplate in a deeper way each step of Jesus, each step towards the cross, each step towards Easter and finally hope.
One of my favorite authors (in a ghoulish way) is Stephen King who wrote recently about the rock group, “The Who”:
“Remember when The Who sang “Hope I die before I get old?” They’re now scheduled to play an extended gig in Vegas.”
Old rock and rollers don’t die, they head to Las Vegas or Old Coachella. The truth is, we don’t get to decide about those things, many of the most important things in life and death – but the One who hold Life in His hands can be trusted, because of the cross.
Join me in saying “thank You” on Wednesday.
See you Wednesday,
Pastor David

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.

Building Update

boulderThe new sanctuary continues to move forward with an anticipated opening date in early May.

• This week the fire line is going in and then other permanent utilities.
• Painting of the inside and drywalling will be happening next week.
• Preparing for all the glass takes place.
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.




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.


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.

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

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SPRING CLEANING: Join us for an hour or two on Saturday, April 1, 9am as we clean and pick up the church and grounds. All ages are welcome to join in!

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE: Palm Sunday is Sunday, April 9 and we celebrate “First Communion”; Maundy Thursday is Thursday, April 13; Good Friday is April 14 and we have two worship services at noon and 7pm; Easter Sunday is April 16 and we have three worship services (6:30am – Outdoors; 8:30am and 10:30am with trumpets, lilies, and more.)
CHURCH CAMPOUT: Friday – Sunday, April 28-30 at Campland on the Bay. Sign-up begins Sunday.
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.

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.


Concordia College Choir (Moorhead, MN) – the Grammy Award winning Choir will be with us March 8, 7pm at St. Edwards.

Buy a ticket soon!

Thanks to all those that will be hosting students overnight.

See the sign-up in the Fellowship Hall. Thanks to Music Director Kathy Person for organizing and to Daneen Pysz for leading the logistics and sales!