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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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Occasional Opportunities to GO!

Occasional Opportunities to GO!

These opportunities are available when a need arises, or are places we serve 1-2 times a year. Check back as opportunities will be added when they become available! All are welcome to GO with Gloria Dei!
 

Ministry Partners to Serve

Click Here for more info about Gloria Dei’s Mission Partners
  • The Banquet
  • Church on the Street
  • Food to You
  • Necessities for Neighbors
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Heartland House
  • …and more!

 

 
 
 

The Banquet

 
 
The Banquet meal ministry was founded in 1985 starting with just one meal per week. We now serve 13 meals per week at two locations. The Banquet is a volunteer-based ministry, which means our meals are paid for, prepared by, and served by volunteer groups who come from Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. Gloria Dei has the opportunity to serve at the Banquet (900 East 8th St) twice per year. It is not only a great way to serve in our community but a wonderful time of fellowship!
 

10:15am-Noon | 4 Disciples

 
 

5:15pm-8pm | 45 Disciples

 

Mobile Hair Salon

Gloria Dei is launching a new and exciting adventure, following the call of the Holy Spirit and the passion of a few of your fellow members. We’re excited to announce that we’re opening up a new hair salon in the city of Sioux Falls! But wait! Let us explain. For some time now, a small group has been praying about and discerning a Mission and Outreach project to offer free haircuts to those in need in the Sioux Falls community. With this prayer and discernment came an amazing $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor. In addition to some extra funding sources, Gloria Dei was able to purchase a brand new, custom 24 foot trailer that will be converted into a mobile hair salon.
This mobile hair salon is about more than free haircuts. This about Dignity. It’s about being made in God’s Image. And it’s about sharing God’s Grace. Every one of God’s children longs for dignity. Every one of God’s children is made in God’s image and longs to look and feel their best. Every one of God’s children longs to know the grace and good news of Christ. The mobile hair salon will find its place in the Sioux Falls community wherever there is a need to offer dignity, image, and grace through free haircuts.
 

Monthly Opportunities to GO!

Monthly Opportunities to GO!

These opportunities are available on an ongoing basis. Each month we commit to serve again next month. Help us be the hands and feet of Jesus, by signing-up to GO! All Are Welcome!

GO: St. Dysmas

6:00-8:00pm | 4 Disciples

Worship with the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. We will welcome up to four worshipers each month. You will experience a warm welcome and grace will be given and received.

You will need a current background check (good for a year). See instructions on the sign up page. Background check paperwork due to St. Dysmas approximately 2 weeks before for participation in worship. Watch here for upcoming worship dates.
For more information: St. Dysmas
 
Yearly paperwork for worship on Sept 26 is DUE no later than Sept 10

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.
 
 
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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ADULT MISSION TRIPS

HAITI

Gloria Dei will be partnering with Mission Haiti for this Mission Trip. Mission-Haiti is a nonprofit ministry based out of Sioux Falls that glorifies Jesus Christ by reaching out and serving the people of Haiti. Our motto is to Love Jesus, Love Others, Make Disciples. One of Jesus’ main instructions to us is to “Love your neighbor as yourself,” and that’s what we try to do for the people of Haiti. Travel dates: Spring 2020
 
If you are interested in learning more about this mission trip and if it might be one you consider participating in, let us know using the button below and we will contact you when the informational meeting has been scheduled.
 
 

 A THIRD MISSION TRIP is in the PLANNING STAGES – WATCH HERE for INFORMATION.

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. Check out out Travel Booklet and check back here for announcements regarding Gloria Dei’s hopeful return to Nicaragua in February 2020.
 
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

 Meals on Wheels

Gloria Dei Quilting

Neighbors in Solidarity

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
 

SOCIAL MEDIA

We’re constantly following the movement of the Holy Spirit and you never know where we’ll be called next! Because we want to be nimble and adaptive to the Spirit’s call, we’ve created a closed Facebook Group for posting the latest needs and sharing stories of how God is using us for the sake of the Good News of Jesus. 

#GoNetwork: Gloria Dei’s Mission and Outreach Network

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