Deily Work Details: May 5 2017

On Saturday April 1 the youth of Gloria Dei sold 587 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts on the street corners of Sioux Falls. For anyone who loves numbers, that is 7044 donuts. For anyone who loves Krispy Kremes, we hope you were able to come out and get your donuts. For anyone who loves our youth and supported them with this fundraiser, THANK YOU!! 
A HUGE Thank You to anyone and everyone who helped to prepare, serve or enjoy this wonderful feast. We served a record 387 people at this year’s brunch! We continue to be amazed by how fabulous and generous this congregation is in supporting the Youth and their mission trips. This year our youth will be traveling to Philadelphia, and Minneapolis in service to others.
The youth assembled Easter baskets and personally delivered them to the members of the Gather Bible Study this past Wednesday. The women in the study were surprised and very welcoming to the youth who came by. There were conversations shared and many smiles exchanged. If you ask the women they would say how much it meant to them and what a treat it was; but if you ask the youth they would claim to be the real lucky ones in this exchange. What a gift to be able to connect in fellowship through service.
We got wind that this group was making quilts for a special foundation, so we inquired and got this response, “Yes, our Peace by Piece quilting group is starting to make quilts for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation for their Breathe Bravely bundles. We have a couple of work days to finish up some quilt tops that were in progress and we hope to have them quilted and delivered soon.”
Tucked back in the hallway to the east of the sanctuary is a beautiful, fully equipped quilting room, that is used by two different quilting groups. But what is truly beautiful are the quilts that are lovingly and prayerfully pieced together, and the members who create them. Interested? Contact 605-371-3737
Community Blood Bank provides blood to 34 area hospitals, providing nearly 100 pints a day to local patients. A HUGE Thank You to the 20 people who donated blood during the bloodmobile on Sun April 9.
*Know of some interesting ministry going on around Gloria Dei?  Share a few details with us, we’d love to hear!

Deily Work Details: Mar 28 2017

So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?”John 4:33
Our Dei Workers have been busy #servingdeily with food ministry in the past couple weeks.
Thanks to everyone who helped to serve the meal on March 16. They prepared 25 pans of lasagna, washed 13 flats of strawberries and placed 350 pieces of garlic bread on baking sheets. They served, cleaned, chatted, and shared many smiles with the guests that evening. The morning crew was so productive that the Banquet staff also asked them to slice dozens of pounds of meat and more carrots than Bugs Bunny could eat in a month. They also wrapped silverware until we ran out of spoons. Gloria Dei serves at The Banquet again in the fall, watch for details, and get signed-up to serve.
The Gloria Dei Kitchen was a flurry of activity on Monday March 20 and as fast as the preparing and cooking got started, it was wrapping up and now there are 55 home cooked meals, waiting to be given to anyone who could use the blessing of some home cooked food. This CAST meets when the need arises. You are always welcome to join in the fellowship and serving. Contact Judi Schwerin if you’d like to get involved.

Deily Work Details: Mar 2 2017

CLUB 56 and OWLS
The 5th and 6th graders at February’s Club 56 gathering created valentines for the OWLS (Older Wiser Lutherans). The valentines were delivered to the OWLS at their monthly potluck and were the hit of the day. The messages were sweet, thoughtful and funny. Each valentine was opened and read aloud to the group. What a wonderful way to share in fellowship and caring for one another. Both of these groups are open to attend. Club 56 meets again on Thurs Mar 16 for a St Pat’s gathering, and the OWLS are being treated to lunch by the kitchen for their Sun March 19 meeting at 11:30am in the Fellowhship Hall. All are welcome!

Here is a picture from the dedication of the CTE/Habitat home build that Gloria Dei helped to sponsor through a donation. Thank you to all who donated toward the completion of this home. It was a joyous day with Belay, Nighisti and their family! Click HERE to see more pictures of this wonderful event.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. The beginning of waiting for the Resurrection. During this time of waiting make it a point to attend Wednesday night worship and a Saturday or Sunday worship time. Be renewed, filled and uplifted in worship while you wait. As you begin to plan for Easter with family and friends, consider attending Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services leading up to Easter. Attending these worship services, we are reminded of the final days of Jesus and what he endured on the way to the cross for us. Walking away from church on Good Friday, makes Easter morning so much more glorious. If you’ve never attended all of them, consider this your year to walk with Jesus in His final days and then be there Easter to celebrate His resurrection.

Deily Work Details: Feb 16 2017


On February 8 & 9 Gloria Dei Preschool hosted Pancakes for Parents during our Letter P week.  We also had a special visit by Police Officer Bob Draeger and enjoyed wearing our pajamas to school, eating popcorn and pizza and hearing stories read by Pastor Chris!  It was Perfect!!!

Thank you to all who attended and helped with the Drive-In. A fun time was had by all as children created their cars, then settled down in them with their snacks to watch The Secret Life of Pets. There were even some favorite dolls there, in their own cars, watching the movie too. Stay tuned for more upcoming fun family events.

What a fantastic turnout for the first gathering of this spiritual growth group. The number of people interested far surpassed what we originally anticipated when we began praying for the formation of this group. Thank you for listening to the Spirit’s nudging and continuing to impress us with your willingness to go Deeper in Faith and Wider in Outreach! The remaining meetings are scheduled for, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 27, May 7, May 21 at 7:45pm. It’s not too late to join. Contact Judi  or Chris if you are interested!

Donations have begun to come in, we will continue to take them through Feb 22. Formal dresses, shoes, and jewelry are needed to help make some beautiful young women feel extra special this prom season. Thank you to all who have brought in donations, or who shared our Facebook post. That post reached people who otherwise would not have had any connection to Gloria Dei, and they are donating items! Yay!

**Boutique Hours: Sat Feb 25 from 11a-3p & Sun Feb 26 from 11a-3p. Dresses will begin at $10 | Shoes and Jewelry will begin at $5 | All are welcome to shop!
GET to THE POINT: Sunday School Re-Mix
Two versions of the Creation Story? What? We had never heard of the Nephilim and their connection to Noah and the flood, until this class. Not only the Nephilim, there are many other strange creatures in the Bible. We ended the class contemplating resurrection and discussing if evil can exist? Phew – great conversations, wonderful fellowship, sharing of personal stories and experiences; left us all saying “It’s over already? Really?” Now the contemplation of what the next class might be has begun and we are anxiously waiting the next class announcement. We’d love to have you join us for any or all of the Get to The Point classes. Thanks Pastor Chris for this wonderful opportunity to learn in a quick 4 week class.

Deily Work Details: Feb 9 2017

Thanks for checking out our first post in Deily Work Details. Here you will find information about events, ministries, or people of Gloria Dei as we attempt to share with you a few details from the big picture of ministry happening in and around this place. Look for the event / ministry / name to be in bold, then the details to follow. There may be multiple items being shared in one post. See something that piques your interest? Contact us – we love to help you get connected and plugged-in. Have some details to share about a event / group / ministry, send them to Cicely. Posts will be made when we have details to share. Look for the blog posts on our app and on social media as well. 
We at Gloria Dei are busy workers throughout the Kingdom of God, for the Kingdom of God!
SUPER BOWL Change for Change: Falcons vs Patriots
Last weekend in worship our change for change baskets were labeled Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots. During offering loose cash was placed in the basket for the team you thought, or hoped, would win. The Atlanta Falcons basket filled-up fast, creating almost a 2 to 1 victory over the Patriots. But we all know the real winners are the organizations receiving your generous donations to help alleviate hunger in and around Sioux Falls ans throughout the world. Thanks for allowing us to have some fun while we are giving and supporting a great cause!
FOOD to YOU – MOBILE FOOD PANTRY: Pasta Collection and Serving
Yeah Gloria Dei! We collected ‘lotsa pasta’ throughout January and then assisted with handing out that pasta and more during the Mobile Food Pantry on Feb 2 at Eastside Lutheran. About 25 of you showed up, greeted, handed out, carried food, and shared your smiles with the guests. Way to go! Keep up the great work of #servingdeily ! We are currently collecting Hearty Soup for this month, through Feb 26.
Training to be a Stephen Minister is a big undertaking, but we have 3 of our members who have risen to the task! They are gathering and learning with others from other churches throughout the spring to become a Stephen Minister. Please pray for our new Stephen Ministers in training – Rachel Hensley, Dave Krull, Sara Maloney.
What is a Stephen Minister?  We all experience challenges in life – times when we could benefit from the support of a caring Christian friend. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care needed when faced with a crisis or difficulty. This is also a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what happens in each caring relationship remains private. If you are interested in connecting with a Stephen Minister, contact Char Hovland, Stephen Ministry Coordinator, Faith Community Nurse, Judi Schwerin, or Pastor Dwight Stensgaard.
KIDS NIGHT OUT: February 3
~65 kids between the ages of 0-12 (wow – that’s a lot) and then all the necessary volunteers; came to hang, play, eat, craft and watch a movie last Friday night for Kids Night Out. There are two dates left this school year, March 10 and April 7. Please sign-up by the Wednesday before so we can plan accordingly with food, materials, and volunteers. Thank you!
We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. 2 Thessalonians 1:3