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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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GO: The Banquet

Thurs March 15
9:30am-12:00pm | 8 Disciples

5:00-8:00pm | 50 Disciples

The Banquet – 900 E 8th Street
Morning volunteers will help prepare the meal in two shift.
Evening volunteers will serve and clean-up the meal
 
 
NEEDS at The Banquet:
Clean plastic containers are always needed at The Banquet. They are used to send leftover food home with guests.
Drop-off at The Banquet anytime they are open.
 
For more information on volunteering at The Banquet – Click HERE

GO: St. Francis House

6:15-7:30pm | 6-7 Disciples

Serve the prepared evening meal and then stay and clean up.
All together it takes about an hour and a half.
We need 6-7 people for each date.
Use the Sign-Up Genius to let us know you’ll be joining us.
 
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org
 

 

 

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GO Therefore: Reaching Out Right Where You Are

Hello Gloria Dei!
 
I’ve been wanting to write about this for a long time. It’s been on my mind for nearly a year, so it’s about time to get it down on some of that “pixelated paper.” I’ve been thinking a lot about my own call to serve God as a pastor of the church and what that means in the long run. I know what I’m expected to do day-to-day. I have my to-do lists, my agenda items, my never-ending pile of unanswered emails, and my overflowing calendar of meetings. These tasks could keep me busy every day for the rest of my life. But not all of these things are what I’m called to. Not all of these things match up with the gifts God has given me, the time God has allotted me, the passion God has stirred in me. Some of these things, left undone by me, would be just fine on their own. Or they might get done by someone else more called, more passionate, and definitely more efficient than me.
 
One thing I’ve learned in serving the church is that I am not called to do everything. And neither are you. God has given each of us different gifts, different allotted amounts of time, and different passions. God has not made us all the same, put us in the same positions, or expected that we will be exactly alike. You are not called to serve God in the same way I am. Not everyone is made to be a pastor. And I am certainly not made to be a nurse, or a teacher, or a stay at home parent!
 
We are each called to serve God in unique ways. As pastor of Mission and Outreach, I know I probably sound like an old, broken record asking you to donate things like toothbrushes and Macaroni and Cheese or to sign up to volunteer at various ministries. But I know that not all of you will serve in the same way. You are uniquely called, gifted, and passionate people of God. You have your own calling, in your own ways.
 
At Gloria Dei, my call is to help you fulfill your own calling from God. My call is to encourage you to live out your unique calling through whatever gifts, time, and passions God has given you. We offer lots of ways to do that at Gloria Dei. Global mission work, local mission work, service right here at church, donating items for projects we have going on, financial donations, and many more.
 
I would encourage you to pray about your unique calling. Talk about it with your spouse, your friends, and your pastors. Look to Scripture for God to speak to you about what it is you might be feeling called to. I would encourage you to keep an open mind and heart about it, to really challenge yourself to perhaps see some new places or ways to serve. You might think you can’t serve for this reason or that reason. But maybe you can.
 
For some of you, this will mean heading to Nicaragua or joining us on Sunday, February 25th at 11:30am to dream about another global mission trip. For others this will mean serving right here in Sioux Falls at Food to You, or the Banquet, or St. Francis House. For still others it will mean  delivering Meals on Wheels, or quilting, or donating         toothbrushes and toothpaste and combs. For many of you, it will mean giving to the Outreach Ministry of the Month in your green offering envelops or electronically.
 
Whatever way God is calling you, we want to help you live that out. I firmly believe that God can use you right where you are. I firmly believe that you can reach out right where you are. So, where is that? I’d love to help you find that out.
 
Let’s GO Gloria Dei!
Pastor Chris

 




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  and learn about our Mission Trip.
 
NOW COLLECTING:
COMBS | TOOTHBRUSHES | TOOTHPASTE
for the team to take with to Nicaragua.
 
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org

Our Feb 2017 Team