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.








Christmas Cookies for The Banquet

As a holiday fundraiser, The Banquet puts together beautifully wrapped platters stocked full of homemade goodies that businesses and individuals “buy” for a suggested donation of $20 each. To do this, they rely on churches and groups to provide cookies and treats for these platters. Lets show our Christmas Spirit by helping out The Banquet! Sign up to bring a dozen or two!!
If you are able to help, please bring your baked goods to The Banquet, 900 E. 8th St. (north door) by Friday, December 15 at 3:00 pm. If this is not possible you can drop them off at Gloria Dei and we will deliver them to The Banquet for you.
Please do not bring cookies or treats earlier than December 11th.
Please package your treats in disposable boxes or bags, and not on platters or plates, if possible. GO: BANQUET COOKIES Sign-Up
Suggested treats include: sugar cookie cut-outs, assorted cookies, peanut blossoms/star cookies, dipped pretzels, fudge, peanut brittle, rosettes, divinity, anise candy, peanut clusters, peanut butter balls, homemade caramels and candy, gingerbread men, mini loaves of banana bread or other holiday breads, refrigerator cookies, etc.

Think Beyond Your Table – HELP the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House the Christmas Season

Although their list is not glamorous, these are items that are in great need for this organization. Please consider donating an item or two from their Christmas Wish List. Collecting will take place now through Dec 22 at 12:00pm in the Gathering Space at Gloria Dei.

Christmas Wish List:

  • White Copy / Office Paper
  • Stamps
  • Disposable Surgical Gloves (size L and bigger, non-latex)
  • Baked Beans
  • Canned Fruit/Vegetables
  • Chili beans with chili sauce
  • Refried beans
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Salsa
  • Paper plates/bowls
  • Disposable silverware
  • Food service gloves
  • 22 quart roaster liners
  • Towel sets
  • Laundry Hampers
  • Kleenex
  • Garbage bags 13 gallon
  • Foot Powder
  • 6oz Styrofoam cups

Gift Cards:

  • Franklin Foods
  • Hy-Vee
  • Sam’s Club
  • Wal-Mart
  • Target
  • Taco John’s / McDonald’s
Monetary donations are always welcome.

Join the OWLS (Older Wiser LutheranS) Collecting NEW Socks for All Ages.

Bring your new socks to the Gathering Space at Gloria Dei now through Dec 20 and the OWLS will be distributing them to those in need around Sioux Falls. New socks can make all the difference for someone please donate some today!
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |




GO Therefore: Consumers or Participants?

Consumers or Participants?

The word, “church” has taken on a dangerous connotation over the years. Church has been misunderstood to be the place where we go when we want to hear God talked about. Church is misunderstood to be the place where we go to take in all of the religious offerings that have been produced for us. Church is misunderstood to be a marketplace where we sample and consume the things that please our religious palates and sensibilities. Church, at least for a large portion of our society, has been misunderstood to be the manufacturer of religious goods and services for the sake of our consumption.

This is not the church. YOU are the church. Church is not the building, not the programs, and most certainly not the paid professionals! You are the church on earth, the body of Christ in the world, His hands and feet.

Americans have been conditioned to consume by our economic, political, and societal forces. Everything in American life is here to be bought, sold, or consumed. We’ve been taught that if we want something we have to work for it, and if we work hard enough we can have whatever we want. This is a dangerous mindset for the church because it means that while we are sitting back waiting for someone to produce our religious goods and services, we are ignoring the call of Jesus to be His presence in the world. We are ignoring the great treasure, gift, and responsibility to go into all the world, baptizing and teaching in the name of Jesus.

Jesus does not call us to be consumers but active participants in the world He is creating. This world Jesus wants to create is a world of peace, kindness, compassion, humility, justice, grace, hope, and love, among many other good things. These are not collectables or trinkets consumed in a sermon and taken home from church, only to be shelved in the dusty curio cabinets of the human heart. These are actions because, “faith is active in love,” as St. Paul talks about in his letter to the Galatians.

We, who are members of Christ’s body, members of His church, are not consumers of religion. We are active participants of the faith. We don’t come to church, we are the church. And Christ has called us to be the church in the world.

With all of that in mind, while I may have the title of Associate Pastor of Mission and Outreach, I am not called here to produce religious goods and services for your consumption. Instead, I am called here to constantly speak Christ’s word of forgiveness and freedom so that God actually sends you out into His world with in love and service to those in need. I am no more of a professional in ministry than you are. Gloria Dei members, you already know this. You know this deep in your bones. It’s part of your DNA as a mission-start congregation in Sioux Falls. It’s simply built in here and it’s so amazing to see it all in action!

I’m excited that many members of Gloria Dei are already actively organizing and planning mission and outreach opportunities, not for your consumption, but for your participation. We’re creating a network of people at Gloria Dei that want to shake of the consumer mindset of religion and want to follow Christ’s call to be active participants in this holy work. We hope you’ll join us!

Let’s GO Gloria Dei!

Pastor Chris Zuraff





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  and learn about our Mission Trip.
DEPOSITS are now being collected for the February 14-21, 2018 Mission Trip.
$200 Deposit
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |

Our Feb 2017 Team