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

Core Value Number Four Loving and Caring for our Neighbors

Hello Gloria Dei,

As Christians, we are set free by way of Christ’s cross and resurrection. Our standing before God is secure and no one can take that away from us. Not even the devil himself.

Now that we are free, what is it that we are called to be about? As we go through our Five Core Values preaching series, we arrive this weekend at Value Number Four: Loving and Caring for our Neighbors. Jesus tells us over and over again, “Love one another as I have loved you.” The apostle Paul says, “Faith, Hope, and Love abide, and the greatest of these is Love.”

Loving and Caring for Our Neighbors. Those across the street and across the world. All people, of every tribe and race, are created and loved by God. All people are our neighbors.

This weekend, as we focus on this core value, we will commission two more Stephen Ministers. The Stephen Ministry program at Gloria Dei is one among many ways in which the love and care of Christ is lived out among us. Maybe you are in need of someone to walk with you through a period of challenge or grief. If so, inquire about having a Stephen Minister to come alongside of you for a time. Or maybe you feel called to be trained as a Stephen Minister. Be sure to inquire with one of the pastors.

I also want to call your attention to a 4.2 mile walk happening on Saturday October 9, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Our High School Group will join with three other churches to raise money and awareness for Mission Haiti. Gloria Dei will be joined by Abiding Savior, Embrace, and Shalom churches to raise money and awareness for Mission Haiti. The walk will begin and end at Embrace Church, with stops along the way at all four churches. Devotions, bottled water, and even a taste of Haiti at Gloria Dei, will all be part of this great day.

I encourage all High School students to participate. It is not only a great cause, but also a great way to put faith into action by Loving and Caring for Our Neighbors.

Just a reminder, we are still collecting New and Slightly Used Shoes for the people of Haiti. Stop by the Mission Haiti Kiosk for more information on both the walk, and the shoe collection.

And finally, I’d like to invite all of you to attend one of two Fellowship and Stewardship Events. Both will take place at Willow Run Golf Course in their fellowship room. The two options are Sunday October 24, and Sunday November 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.

We will enjoy food and drink together. We will hear updates about God’s activity through Gloria Dei. And we will have a great time. We are asking that you please RSVP for one of the events so that we can plan properly. RSVP here or sign up at church at the Welcome Center.

In preparation for worship this weekend, please read Matthew 25:34-40. As we love and care for our neighbors, we are loving and caring for Jesus himself.

See you in worship!

Pastor Tim
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