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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!
 

 

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GO: Turkey Baskets

(You + Meal Fixings) + (Gloria Dei + Turkeys) = Happy Fed Family
 
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Let us know if you’d like to partner with Gloria Dei to provide a Thanksgiving Basket for a family in need. You can choose a family from 2-4 members, 5+ members or we can give you a family of any size. We typically provide this blessing for 40 families, say you’ll help! It’s fun to join with another family and share the task, or each take a family, and then shop and deliver together. Pick-up Turkey from Gloria Dei and Deliver Fixings on Monday Nov 19, from 4-7pm.

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: What on earth am I here for?

“What on earth am I here for?” This is a great question. It invites us to deeply reflect on an important part of what it means to be human. It invites us to deeply reflect on our purpose and what makes our life meaningful and worth living.

It’s also a question that, when left unanswered, can bring up all kinds of insecurities, anxieties, and even fears. Left without an answer to this question, we can easily drift into one of the greatest existential crises of our time: meaninglessness. And without meaning, our lives can seem fairly bleak.

There are a lot of ways a person could answer this question for themselves. Those who confess some sort of faith often look to that faith for answers. I would argue that even those who confess no faith are often answering the question in “religious” ways, even if those “religious” ways don’t speak of a deity or use typically spiritual words. These big human and religious questions will be asked and answered, whether we confess a god or not.

For Christians, answering the question, “what on earth am I here for?” means looking to Jesus, the Bible, and our own experiences of grace. The Bible reveals God’s story and invites us to reflect on our own stories in light of the character of God we read there. God most clearly shows us who God is through the person of Jesus. Jesus healed the sick, fed the hungry, cared for orphans and widows, spent time with society’s outcasts, and criticized the legalistic religious zealots, not to mention the many miracles he performed as signs of what God’s kingdom has the power to do.

Again, for Christians, answering the question, “what on earth am I here for?” means looking to Jesus, what he did and how he behaved. We do our best to imitate these things, knowing that we cannot do them perfectly, or even very well sometimes. The old, slightly worn-out phrase, “What Would Jesus Do?” tells us at least a little bit about what we’re here for.

In our own Christian tradition, Lutheranism, we’ve attempted to live out this purpose in big, impactful ways. Lutherans have sought to provide solid education for nearly 500 years. In fact, Lutherans have a history of being some of the most vocal supporters of educating girls as well as we have educated boys. Lutherans have histories of parochial schools, colleges and universities. We’ve also established hospitals, often caring for people who may never be able to pay for their medical bills. We’ve created organizations like Lutheran Social Services, assisting with mentoring, counseling, financial counseling, fostering, adoption, and refugee resettlement. When Lutherans answer the question, “what on earth am I here for?” we often answer it in big ways that model after the person of Jesus.

However, Jesus is not simply a model for how to behave and answering the question isn’t only about things that we should do. “What on earth am I here for?” has its root in a bigger human question, “Who am I? Or, even more accurate, whose am I?” As a Christian, I believe that not only have I claimed God, but God has claimed me. I am a child of God. This is who and “whose” I am.

Every night when I tuck my kids into bed we trace the shape of a cross on each other’s foreheads with our index finger and say, “You are a child of God.” This simple action is also rooted in these questions, “who and whose am I?” I am a child of God because of Jesus; and even more importantly, because of what Jesus did on the cross. What he did was not glamourous. It does not look like a victory. But it does look a lot like how he lived: sacrificial, giving, humble, meek, and mild. Jesus humbled himself and died on the cross, and by doing so claimed me as his own.

The world wants me to be something and someone else. As an example, the economy wants me to be a consumer; and by extension, the question of what I am here for is answered by how much I have to spend. The government wants me to be a citizen; and again, by extension, the question of what I am here for is answered by how loyal I am to the state.

The world will always try to tell you what you are here for. The world will always try to define who you are and what you should be doing. The big human and religious questions will always be answered, whether we’ve thought about them or not. They will be answered for us if we do not answer them for ourselves.

I’d love to invite you to consider these big questions. Don’t let the state or the economy or anything or anyone else ask and answer these questions for you. Consider the questions, “What on earth am I hear for?” And, “Who am I?” And even, “Whose am I?” Stem the tide of that existential crisis our world is facing by answering these questions for yourselves. And join me in answering them in a specifically Christian way. It has brought a whole lot of meaning and purpose to my life and I know it will yours, as well.

Pentecost 2018
Pastor Chris Zuraff



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NICARAGUA
Gloria Dei has a strong relationship with the Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope in Nicaragua. For over 15 years, Gloria Dei has sent a medical mission delegation to work together with the church to provide acute medical care and health education to the population. Take a look back here for our Travel Booklet with the most detailed information about past trips, as well as opportunities as they become available!

NICARAGUA

Click the link to view the Travel Booklet and learn about our mission trip.

Our Feb 2018 Team

Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org
 

 

MISSION PARTNERS

The Holy Spirit calls each of us to make disciples wherever we go. Mission is driven by the Spirit in our families, our neighborhoods, our community, our state, our nation, and our world. We encourage every member of Gloria Dei to get actively involved in the work the Holy Spirit is calling them to, wherever that may be. As a church, we offer ways to live out that call together. Click the links below to learn more about our many mission partners.
 

 South Dakota Synod, ELCA

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

Iglesia Luterana Fe y Esperanza, ILFE

 Church on the Street

Pueblo de Dios

St Francis House

 Lutherans Outdoors

Lutheran Social Services of SD

St. Dysmas

 Food to You

Necessities for Neighbors

The Banquet

 Table of Grace

Heartland House

Bishop Dudley Hospitality House

 Feeding South Dakota

Feed My Starving Children

Luther House of Study

Want to get involved? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org
 
 

 

 1st ANNUAL MISSION FESTIVAL

A weekend celebration of God’s mission in and through Gloria Dei. A weekend to give thanks to God for the work of our mission partners. A weekend to connect Gloria Dei members to the amazing mission work God is doing through this congregation. A weekend to be present to how God might be calling you to serve the world.

 

The 1st Annual Mission Festival was a successful Event! A huge THANKS to all who helped make it a great day!

(See Ministry by the Numbers updates in RED)
○  Worship Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9am and 10:30am – Guest preacher – Pastor Rebel Hurd
– Mission Developer for Church on the Street, at all 3 worship services
– Special Offering during worship for Church on the Street $1402.67 collected for Church on the Street
 
○  Chicken or Pork Tamales, Oh Yum! For sale from Pueblo De Dios!  To preorder your dozen(s) click here!
– Come help out and learn to cook with Pueblo de Dios on Friday, April 20th at 6pm   2,250 tamales made raising over $3,400 for Pueblo De Dios Youth going to the National  Youth Gathering in Houston, summer 2018
 
○  Get to Know our Mission Partners!
– Stop by the Gathering Space to learn about our mission partners before or after all services 8 partnership ministries were on hand having caring conversations
 
○  Nicaragua in a Nutshell
– Learn about the recent trip from those who went, while enjoying a plate of tamales and sides Sun Apr 22.
– Lunch plate is $12 and will be served at 11:30am in the fellowship hall.
 
○  Nicaragua Medication Fundraiser
– Sat Apr 21 at Vance Thompson Vision – Food & Drink, minimum donation $25 per person

 

Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org
 

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We’re constantly following the movement of the Holy Spirit and you never know where we’ll be called next! Check back often.
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org