Gloria Dei began as a mission start congregation, part of an intentional effort to reach into new and growing areas of the city of Sioux Falls with the good news of Jesus. Mission is in our DNA. In Scripture, we read the words of Jesus at the end of the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Jesus’ command begins with that simple little word, “GO.” At Gloria Dei, “Freed by Christ we Gather, Grow, Give, and GO all to the glory of God.” So, let’s GO Gloria Dei!
 
Questions or Comments about Go Therefore and Mission and Outreach at Gloria Dei, contact Pastor Chris Zuraff.

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The Banquet

Thursday October 20
ALL VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ARE FILLED – Contact Gloria Dei to be added to a “wait list” in case of cancellations or added volunteer opportunities from The Banquet, 605-371-3737
Morning Shift 1: 9:30am – 12:00pm 4 volunteers needed for meal preparation
Morning Shift 2: 10:15am – 12:00pm 4 additional volunteers needed for meal preparation
Evening Shift: 5:15pm – 8:00pm 45 volunteers needed to serve meal and clean up
 
Grab a friend and Sign up Online or on the Kiosk in the Gathering Space
 
The Banquet is always in need of plastic grocery bags and empty, clean yogurt, Cool Whip, or other plastic containers with lids for the guests to take leftovers home. These can be dropped off anytime at The Banquet, located at the corner of 8th and Indiana. Prayers are always welcome for this ministry and for the Guests of The Banquet.
 
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org

Turkey Baskets

“Gobble ’til You Wobble” is what many people do over the Thanksgiving holiday. There is much to be thankful for, and family to celebrate with. But not everyone has the means to provide a big “Gobble ’til you Wobble” meal for their families.
This is where you come in: Adopt a family and gather the fixings for a Turkey meal for them to prepare, then deliver the fixings early in the week, Thanksgiving week. Turkeys are provided. More details coming.
 
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org

 

 

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GO Therefore: The Rest of the Story

Church on the Street – The Rest of the Story

So much of what happens with mission and outreach takes place out of Gloria Dei’s view. We know about the ministry, hear it being promoted in worship, and see the lists of people responding to volunteer, but we often don’t hear the rest of the story. Those of you who’ve participated in this great ministry can attest to the sometimes powerful impacts it has, not only on those we serve, but on us especially. September seemed to be a great month for mission and outreach ministry. There was a TON of stuff going on.

There were several pretty incredible, impactful connections for those who had the opportunity to participate. One of the most powerful moments for me took place when a few of us gathered to worship with Church on the Street. Church on the Street, or COTS, is the South Dakota Synod’s newest worshipping community. They worship right in the heart of Sioux Falls, but not in a church building. Mission developer, Rebel Hurd, quite literally brings the church to the street. One Saturday in early September, a few Gloria Dei members gathered for worship with Rebel and the good people of COTS. As we arrived, Rebel excitedly shared with us some big news for the day: we were going to have not one, but THREE baptisms (thanks to the Spirit, later in the morning we added a fourth)!

Rebel leaned in as she spoke and said in a hushed, almost crackling voice, “the story of this baptism is amazing.” As she continued, Rebel shared with us that one of the baptisms was a newborn baby girl. COTS was throwing a baby shower for the family after worship that day. The newborn girl and her mother had a powerful story. Rebel shared that the mother was staying in one of the shelters in Sioux Falls before the baby was born. When it came time for the baby to be delivered, the mother went to a Sioux Falls hospital. The baby was delivered without complication and everyone was thankful. Two days later, the hospital discharged the mother and newborn; however, it was late evening. The shelter where the mother had been staying closed their doors at 8pm. After a few panicked phone calls the mother was told she would not be allowed to stay in the shelter for the night. The newborn baby girl slept underneath the coat of her mother in a park her first night out of the hospital.

It was a gripping story, powerful enough to move us to tears as we welcomed the child into the Lord’s family that Saturday morning. Just like always, the Spirit showed up in the water and the Word that day, but this time it seemed to mean even more than usual. It was a gift to be witnesses and participants in worship that day. Church on the Street is the kind of ministry that you, Gloria Dei, help to support. Thank you. There are always lots of ways to get involved with ministries like this at Gloria Dei. Keep your eyes on our webpage: http://www.gloriadei-sd.org/go-therefore

Let’s GO Gloria Dei!

Pastor Chris



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DEPOSITS are now being collected for the February 14-21, 2018 Mission Trip.
$200 Deposit due by Sunday October 29, 2017
 
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org
 

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