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A Few Reminders
by Sydney Bartunek on December 2nd, 2022
As we move into the month of December, we are already approaching the second weekend in the season of Advent. I pray that this Advent season is one in which you can be deliberate about worship, service, and finding quiet times of contemplation to center in on the amazing reality of God taking on human form in the person of Jesus.  Read More
A Time of Thanksgiving and of Preparation
by Sydney Bartunek on November 25th, 2022
As we come out of this Thanksgiving weekend, we also begin a time of preparation. We call these weeks before Christmas the season of Advent. Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. And for the arrival of Christ into our lives each day.  Read More
Special Congregational Meeting Upcoming | Sunday, December 4th
by Sydney Bartunek on November 18th, 2022
Our six-member Search Committee, which has been working for many months now, has made a recommendation to the Church Council on a candidate for the Executive Pastor position.   Read More
Ephesians: A Great Christian Refresher Course
by Sydney Bartunek on November 11th, 2022
This weekend we are focusing on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. It is a rich and meaningful letter from Paul to people that he dearly loves.   Read More
All of Us, Saints
by Sydney Bartunek on November 4th, 2022
"Now it is our time to “Tell the Old, Old Story, of Jesus and His Love.” God is calling us, made saints by the cross and resurrection of Jesus, to share our faith stories and the way in which God’s love has impacted us." -Pastor Tim Selbo  Read More
by Gloria Dei on October 28th, 2022
C.S. Lewis was once asked what it was that distinguished Christianity from all the other world religions. He responded by saying, “O, that’s easy. It’s Grace.” Grace. God’s undeserved gift.  Read More
Saying Yes to the Promises of God
by Gloria Dei on October 21st, 2022
Because of Jesus, as the apostle Paul says: “We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” --Romans 8:37, 39.  Read More
A Few Reminders
by Gloria Dei on October 14th, 2022
Thanks everyone. It is a tremendous blessing to be part of such a vibrant and active congregation as together we proclaim and live out the gospel of Jesus Christ.   Read More
Stories to Tell and Faith to Share
by Gloria Dei on October 7th, 2022
I encourage you to think of the stories of your life. Who are the major players in your life story? How did the Christian faith come to you? Who told you God’s story and how did you discover that God’s story intersects with your story? Be sure to tell your stories to family and friends. Your story is important.  Read More
God Loves You Plain and Simple
by Gloria Dei on September 30th, 2022
As we go through the milestones of life, we, as Christians, are blessed to have the promise that God walks alongside of us. As we raise children to be good and faith-filled adults, we then release them into the world, knowing that God walks with them, just as he has walked with us.  Read More
Many Things and The Important Things
by Gloria Dei on September 23rd, 2022
" ... I settled down to work. I got out my computer, my Bible, and a cold Diet Coke. I was ready to focus…but then I thought I should just throw in a load of laundry ..."   Read More
Happy Fall
by Gloria Dei on September 16th, 2022
Your family needs you. Your friends need you. Your church needs you. But even more true is that you need your family, your friendships, and your faith in God.  Read More
Rally Weekend Living in Faith Together (LIFT)
by Gloria Dei on September 9th, 2022
God’s love is a love that runs deep. It is a love that gives life. It is the love that puts us back into a right relationship with God through faith in Christ. And it is a love that draws us together as a congregation as we experience “Living in Faith Together”.  Read More
Labor Day was God's Idea
by Gloria Dei on September 2nd, 2022
Labor Day is a day when families gather at the lake or for picnics and barbecues. It serves as a celebration of labor, but also as a needed day of rest. Yet, as I read the Bible, I am reminded that God was the first one to introduce a day of rest from our labors.  Read More
Life in Proper Perspective
by Gloria Dei on August 26th, 2022
I’ve shared with you many times the prayer I say every day. “Lord, use me.” “Lord, use me.” It is a prayer that gets its legs and content from a living, dynamic, relationship with Jesus. And that relationship is nurtured, and it grows, from spending time in Bible reading, prayer, worship, Christian relationships, and giving to the purposes of God.  Read More
You Need the Church and the Church Needs You
by Gloria Dei on August 18th, 2022
Hello Gloria Dei,I returned this week from a two-week vacation. I spent a bit of time in Arizona with my two grown kids; I connected with some old friends; and of course, I got in a few rounds of golf. I was then able to have a few off days here in Sioux Falls, getting some things done around the yard, reading a good book, and just enjoying life.And guess what? Everything here at Gloria Dei Luther...  Read More
A Promise to Hold Onto
by Gloria Dei on August 12th, 2022
We all need those safe places. Those places we can go and feel safe and secure.  Read More
Praise and Proclaim, Worship and Witness
by Gloria Dei on August 5th, 2022
Which leads me to my second invitation: Come witness to and proclaim the Good News with us! Gloria Dei has so many amazing opportunities for you to find where you belong, to make new friends, and to witness to and proclaim the Good News of God along the way!  Read More
Ukrainian Family Sponsorship
by Gloria Dei on July 29th, 2022
Hello Gloria Dei,  Christ calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus says, “When you help one who is hungry or in need of clothing, you have done it to me.”   This weekend in worship, Gloria Dei member Tom Fitz will be announcing our desire to sponsor a family from war-torn Ukraine. Working together with Lutheran Social Services, we are aware that Ukrainian families are arriving in our sta...  Read More
Regular Worship and a Pet Blessing
by Gloria Dei on July 22nd, 2022
But the 10:30 time frame, this weekend only, will be a short time of blessing and prayers for our pets and all of God’s creation.  Read More
All Creatures of our God and King
by Gloria Dei on July 15th, 2022
"... Trinity has gotten along just fine with only one hind leg. I look forward to sharing with you how dogs often give us a glimpse into God’s full and unconditional love for us."   Read More
Two Important and Fun Events
by Gloria Dei on July 8th, 2022
Please mark these events on your calendars. You are cordially invited.  Read More
Happy 4th of July and Another Holy Land Trip
by Gloria Dei on July 1st, 2022
"We have much for which to be thankful, and the tenets upon which our founders built this country certainly are a part of our gratitude lists. Happy 4th of July. As you have heard, Pastor Sarah Goldammer is leading a trip to the Holy Land this spring. This trip is getting close to capacity, and so I want to lift up another local group heading to the Holy Land for your consideration."  Read More
Executive Pastor / COO Search
by Gloria Dei on June 24th, 2022
... Sara Dannen, and I sent an email letter to the congregation regarding our search for an Executive Pastor / COO. As we explained in that letter, this position is open to qualified clergy and lay persons within the church. As an update, our Call Committee has met twice.  Read More
Sojourners with Jesus
by Gloria Dei on June 17th, 2022
" ... we are sojourners through this life and this world, and that our true home is in heaven forever. Yes, we are travelers and sojourners, and our lives matter to God."  Read More
Summer on the Mount
by Gloria Dei on June 10th, 2022
He gives us our identity and purpose, as salt and light for the world, in his name. He then goes on to describe what this way, or new kingdom looks like. As you read through these three chapters, you will discover that these are not easy teachings. Yet Jesus casts a vision for what his desired kingdom looks like, even as it is breaking into the world even now.  Read More
Thanks for the Conversation
by Gloria Dei on June 3rd, 2022
... last week’s Friday Followings in which I encouraged all of us to Pray and Act in response to the recent shootings in our nation. I thank you for taking me up on the invitation for dialogue. I hope to keep the dialogue going. I thank you for your continued prayers for the victims and their families, and for the many who have said they have and will write to our government representatives. I hope we can continue to talk of this and other issues with respect and trust of one another. It is helpful conversation. Another part of this conversation is, of course, mental health.   Read More
Lord, Have Mercy
by Gloria Dei on May 27th, 2022
I had written another version of this Friday Following message earlier this week. And then the unthinkable happened, again. Another mass shooting. To be very honest, I struggle with what to say. We all have been bombarded with news reports and social media comments. Is there something… anything to say?  Read More
Happy Thanksgiving… But Wait, It’s Ma
by Gloria Dei on May 20th, 2022
I can still picture the smile on his face when he said, “Thank You”. It was a reminder to me that life is much better when we can pause and say thank you – living always with a sense of gratitude.  Read More
Thank You Teachers and Volunteers
by Gloria Dei on May 13th, 2022
Paul didn’t condemn their ways, he simply and profoundly found a way to connect Jesus to their world. Paul was a gifted teacher and witness for Christ. This weekend is the final weekend for church school classes for this school year. As we come to the close of this school and program year, I want to say a big word of thanks to all ...  Read More
What Must I Do to be Saved?
by Chris Zuraff on May 6th, 2022
Hello Gloria Dei,“What must I do to be saved?” Never in the history of humankind has there been a more important question. In our brief preaching series entitled “Easter People”, we are spending a bit of time in the book of Acts. The question about salvation is asked by a jailor who is given the job of keeping the apostles, Paul and Silas, in prison.I encourage you to read about all of this in Act...  Read More
Community Events - You Are Invited
by Gloria Dei on April 29th, 2022
This week I simply want to highlight two of the many events that are happening in and through Gloria Dei.  Read More
Executive Pastor/COO Search
by Gloria Dei on April 22nd, 2022
... to let you know that at our recent Church Council meeting, we made the decision to move forward in filling the Executive Pastor / COO position that was vacated by Pastor Stensgaard upon his retirement this past December. Our Council President, Sara Dannen, and I will be sending an email letter to all members of the congregation within the next two weeks. In our letter we will provide more details regarding the search/call process.  Read More
Our True and Certain Hope
by Gloria Dei on April 15th, 2022
This question sets the stage for all of us. What are you looking for? We all want a meaningful, purpose-filled life. We all are hoping for real life and truth.   Read More
Palm Sunday
by Gloria Dei on April 8th, 2022
Some 2000 years ago, as Jesus walked the road, people were lining the streets, waving their palm branches and hailing him as their king. “Hosanna to the Son of David”, they shouted in celebration. Hosanna is a word used to express praise and joy. It also can mean “God Save Us.”  Read More
Entire Gloria Dei Staff Resigns
by Gloria Dei on April 1st, 2022
I am deeply saddened to tell you that the entire Gloria Dei staff, lay and clergy, have resigned their positions, effective immediately.  Read More
Vine and Branches
by Gloria Dei on March 25th, 2022
... always, it is good to reflect on our own lives to see what might need to be pruned away in order that our lives can become even more healthy and fruit-bearing.  Read More
Jesus and March Madness
by Gloria Dei on March 18th, 2022
The disciples don’t understand. They think this is all “Madness”. Jesus says to them: “You know the way where I am going.” Thomas is confused. He asks Jesus an honest question: “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?  Read More
Jesus’ Foot-Washing Brigade
by Gloria Dei on March 11th, 2022
"...and then God sends us out of the sanctuary and out of the parking lot into the world. And out in the world our role is to be servants ..."  Read More
Looking to Scripture for Comfort and Assurance
by Gloria Dei on March 4th, 2022
When the world news becomes overwhelming, as we are seeing this week as Russia invades Ukraine, and when our own lives get complicated for any reason, it is good to search the words of Scripture for comfort, strength, and assurance.  Read More