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

Pastor Dwight is Retiring

Hello Gloria Dei,

A wise person once said, “If you can manage your transitions, then you can manage your life.” That wise person was Pastor Dwight Stensgaard.

Pastor Dwight has announced an upcoming transition in his life. After 42 years of ordained ministry in the Lutheran Church, Pastor Dwight will soon be retiring. I, together with our staff and congregation, will say more as the time approaches. Just know that we are so grateful for Dwight’s tremendous ministry over the years, including these past eight years at Gloria Dei. He and his wife Kathy will be sorely missed.

Please see the letter from Pastor Dwight as he outlines his timeline. We will have opportunity as a congregation to thank Dwight formally. Stay tuned for more details. Yet through these next weeks, please take time to say a heartfelt “Thanks” to Pastor Dwight and Kathy.

This weekend in worship we will conclude our five-week series on Gloria Dei’s Core Values. Core Value Number Five is this: “Our Unity is in Christ”.

Within a world and culture that seems to be more and more divided, where is it that we, as Christ-followers, can find unity with one another? The answer is in Christ. We are all equals at the foot of Jesus’ cross. We are all in need of God’s never-failing love and forgiveness. The cross and resurrection of Jesus, and Jesus’ claim on us and his people, brings us together like nothing else can. Even with differing opinions on everything from football teams to food favorites to the more important issues of the day, we can be, and are, united as one family of God, centered in Christ.

In preparation for worship, please read Ephesians 2:12-22.

Our Unity is in Christ. See you in worship!

Pastor Tim

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