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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!

 

 
 
 

Turkey Baskets

Sign up to deliver the fixings to a family. We need you to help provide and deliver a feast to a family in need. 
 
 
COTS Now Collecting – see a list of current needs, donations are being collected in the Gathering Space.

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
 
Sign-Up and Yearly paperwork DEADLINE is Nov 22 for worship on Dec 12.

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: Be Good for Something

“…be not simply good; be good for something.” Henry David Thoreau

Our mission team from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church returned from Nicaragua a little over a week ago now. It was yet again a faith forming and faith transforming experience. Most trips like this are if you approach them with the understanding that God is already there and already at work ahead of you.

 
For me, the most impactful parts of these trips are the human connections we make. The scenery is certainly beautiful; active and inactive volcanoes stand like sentinels over the fragile landscape. New-to-me trees, grasses, bushes, flowers, and row crops pepper the fields. Free-ranging hens, roosters that can’t seem to tell midnight from dawn, sturdy oxen, gaunt-looking cattle, and tiny geckos are a part of daily life. The birds make different sounds than I’m used to, often mocking me with their familiarity of the warm, blue skies. Meanwhile, I stare up at the sun, which seems to be so strange when I am that close to the equator. Or maybe it seems strange because I am the stranger there.
 
We definitely are the strangers when we travel to Nicaragua. But not unwelcome, even in these days. Familiar faces from past trips are always bright with welcoming smiles, but so are the faces of those we don’t know. Our loud and clumsy Spanish is often met with gratitude because at least we tried to speak the language. We’re never told to go back where we came from, we’re never met with angry or disapproving stares. Instead, we are greeted with a hearty “¡bienvenidos!” or “buen dia.” The welcome feels genuine, sincere, and authentic; all the things I wish Americans could be for those who are visiting or emigrating from another country. The people are warm and friendly human beings who desire real connection with us.
 
Like I said, the humans are the best part of the trip for me. We do medical mission work on our Nicaragua trip. It’s one way that we connect with these beautiful human beings. But it’s not the only way. Believe me when I say that there is plenty to do for those of us who have no medical training. There are young men to joke around with, young women to cook beside, children to sing with, babies to hold, and old women who need someone to sit near them. There are anxious hands to hold, toothbrushes and combs to distribute, and crying toddlers to console. The human connections are so rich, and fruitful, and blessed.
 
The connections are blessed, I believe, because it’s in those connections 
that we meet Jesus. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” Jesus said. Jesus also said, “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the one who sent me.” And once, on Mount Olivet east of Jerusalem, Jesus was teaching his disciples about feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, and visiting the sick. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Jesus is there in the human connections. For me, that is the most impactful part of mission trips.
 
Because I do things like mission and outreach work, some people have called me a good person. Those a little bit closer to me, my family or my coworkers for example, know the truth. Yet, Christ forgives me for those times when I fall short of being the good person I ought to be; and then Jesus calls me to do something with that newfound forgiveness. More than good, I am called to be good for something. And that’s what faith in Christ calls us to when we go on trips like this. Come join us sometime!
 
Let’s GO!
Pastor Chris Zuraff
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, SD



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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