Dear Gloria Dei family

It is a “moving” target – this building/construction/dedication happening…
We’re still on schedule to have our first worship service in the new sanctuary on Sunday, May 21. This is Confirmation Sunday, so it will be quite the celebration for everyone.
And then on May 28, we will have our annual Baccalaureate Sunday, honoring our high school graduates with a blessing, presentation of a Prayer Shawl, and more. (If you have a graduating student, please let the office know.) Again, it will be a wonderful happening to honor these young people in this beautiful context.
Here’s the moving target part – While it will be finished in terms of occupancy and safety, there are still a few big pieces missing – the stained glass and organ pipes being two items. So…
While we will still worship in the new space for a few weeks, the big Dedication Celebration weekend will now take place on June 3-4. Here are the details:
  • Saturday, June 3, 6pm – Bach Festival with new organ and piano, Sanctuary Choir, guest musicians, and refreshments.
  • Sunday, June 4, 8:30am and 10:30am – Official Dedication on Pentecost Sunday – Blessing ceremony, recognitions, giving thanks to the many people that made it possible, and prayers to God for future opportunities.
Pastor David

Building Update


The new sanctuary continues to move forward with an anticipated opening date on 
May 21
  • Sound system is going in this week.
  • Last finished coat of stucco done.
  • The parking lot just had it’s final coat of asphalt.
  • Restrooms are finished.
  • Altar platform finish work is being completed this week.
  • Elevator work begins Monday (May 1).
  • Large “Nanawall” glass door system begins installation on Monday (May 1).
  • Flooring finishing begins Wednesday (May 3).
  • Piano arrives Friday (May 5).
  • Pews and new organ arrives Monday (May 8).
  • Large trees have been delivered and landscaping is taking place right now.

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.



A Little Help

Thanks to Jeff Contestabile for getting our existing pews ready for removal this past week.

 On Saturday, if you’re around, 10:30am, we can use some help getting the sanctuary (or outdoor sanctuary) ready for worship. Please join Pastor David at the church for some carrying and storing, etc.

Gifts for the New Sanctuary


We want everyone who wants to participate (whether the gift is large or small) to be able to contribute to the new sanctuary. 

 We continue to receive gifts for pews, the boulder fountain, the organ, sanctuary furnishings and more.

 If you would still like to participate and make 

a gift in memory or honor of someone, please pick up an envelope at the back of the sanctuary, or at the visitor center, or speak with a pastor. We will recognize those contributions at the Dedication.

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

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Sunday, May 14 – Mother’s Day, we will be in our current sanctuary, using chairs. We will also sing “Daisy a Day.”

Sunday, May 21 – We will be in our new sanctuary, sitting on new pews. We will light and dedicate the Eternal Flame in the new sanctuary. It’s also Confirmation Sunday.
Sunday, May 28 – We will celebrate our high school graduates at a baccalaureate service.
Saturday, June 3, 6pm – As part of our Dedication Weekend, we will have a “Bach Festival” highlighting two amazing instruments, the piano and organ. They will be blessed and we will have a reception following the concert.
Sunday, June 4 – The Dedication Ceremony will take place at 8:30am and 10:30am (no 5pm worship service). We will welcome special guests, acknowledge the generosity of so many, and pray for God’s future guidance.
There will also be anointing of Worship Space and Items: Altar, Pulpit, Bells, etc. At 9:30am, we will have special refreshments and entertainment.
Saturday, June 10 – Los Angelitos Orphanage Trip
Monday, June 26 – Vacation Bible School begins.
Monday, July 10 – Germany Trip celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation begins.



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.