Worship at Gloria Dei Saturdays 5:00pm, Sundays 9:00am and 10:30am

A Pause in Programming Giving Thanks Often and Always

Hello Gloria Dei,

Due to the recent surge in the numbers of COVID-19 cases in our city and region, I, together with our Church Council and staff, have made the decision to pause all Gloria Dei in-person programming, except for weekend worship, until mid- January.

We continue to keep an eye on the situation and we talk at least weekly to health care professionals as we move forward. For now, we will gather in person for worship at our normal weekend times: Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. The Sunday 9:00 a.m. worship service will continue to live-streamed onto our Website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. There will be no Wednesday worship or programming until mid-January.
The reasons for our program pause are many. I won’t go into all of them, but primary is our value to love our neighbor and to be safe. Much of our programming will continue via Zoom and online.

As for worship. We know this is essential for all of us. Providing both in-person and online options gives everyone a choice. As for now, our in-person numbers are manageable and provide for adequate distancing. We are also expecting masks or face-coverings to be worn while in the building. We will also pause food and coffee service.

As we continue, we will pivot and make changes as deemed necessary and appropriate. We will be announcing our plans and schedule for Christmas Eve worship options next week. I thank you for your understanding and patience. Gloria Dei remains strong and I know we will come out of this pandemic stronger than ever as we proclaim and live out the Good News of God’s love.

I trust and pray you had a Happy Thanksgiving. In his letter to the Ephesians the apostle Paul says, “Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise.” He then proceeds to tell us that part of living as wise people is to “Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
–Ephesians 5:20

This year is different because of the global pandemic, yet following Paul’s exhortation, it is good and right for us as God’s people to “give thanks to God the Father at all times.” I won’t even begin to make a list of all that we have to be thankful for. Our lists would get quite long. I will simply echo Paul’s words, and the words of Scripture all over the good book, to live with an attitude of thanksgiving.

Personally, I have so many reasons to give thanks. Life itself is a precious gift. Yet I want you to know that I thank God for all of you. This congregation is a blessing to me. It is an honor and privilege to serve together with you. May you be blessed.

With a thankful heart,
Pastor Tim

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