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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: Food To You

4:15 – 7:45pm | ~20 Disciples

The Food to You Mobile Pantry distributes grocery and personal products to families in need in Sioux Falls. Gloria Dei has the opportunity to serve with this organization on Thursday, February 7th. We will be helping to set up and distribute products from the “Pantry” at Eastside Lutheran Church.

Early Bird Volunteers must be able to help unload the truck and lift/carry boxes. Volunteers must be 6th grade or older to help.

We will also be collecting the boxes of noodles/pasta to be distributed on February 7th. Donations can be brought to Gloria Dei and left in the Gathering Area now through Mon Feb 4.

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.

GO: St. Dysmas

6:00-8:00pm | 5 Disciples

Worship with the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. We will welcome up to five 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
 
 
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 | chris.zuraff@gloriadei-sd.org
 

 

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GO Therefore: Reaching Out Right Where You Are

Hello Gloria Dei!
 
I’ve been wanting to write about this for a long time. It’s been on my mind for nearly a year, so it’s about time to get it down on some of that “pixelated paper.” I’ve been thinking a lot about my own call to serve God as a pastor of the church and what that means in the long run. I know what I’m expected to do day-to-day. I have my to-do lists, my agenda items, my never-ending pile of unanswered emails, and my overflowing calendar of meetings. These tasks could keep me busy every day for the rest of my life. But not all of these things are what I’m called to. Not all of these things match up with the gifts God has given me, the time God has allotted me, the passion God has stirred in me. Some of these things, left undone by me, would be just fine on their own. Or they might get done by someone else more called, more passionate, and definitely more efficient than me.
 
One thing I’ve learned in serving the church is that I am not called to do everything. And neither are you. God has given each of us different gifts, different allotted amounts of time, and different passions. God has not made us all the same, put us in the same positions, or expected that we will be exactly alike. You are not called to serve God in the same way I am. Not everyone is made to be a pastor. And I am certainly not made to be a nurse, or a teacher, or a stay at home parent!
 
We are each called to serve God in unique ways. As pastor of Mission and Outreach, I know I probably sound like an old, broken record asking you to donate things like toothbrushes and Macaroni and Cheese or to sign up to volunteer at various ministries. But I know that not all of you will serve in the same way. You are uniquely called, gifted, and passionate people of God. You have your own calling, in your own ways.
 
At Gloria Dei, my call is to help you fulfill your own calling from God. My call is to encourage you to live out your unique calling through whatever gifts, time, and passions God has given you. We offer lots of ways to do that at Gloria Dei. Global mission work, local mission work, service right here at church, donating items for projects we have going on, financial donations, and many more.
 
I would encourage you to pray about your unique calling. Talk about it with your spouse, your friends, and your pastors. Look to Scripture for God to speak to you about what it is you might be feeling called to. I would encourage you to keep an open mind and heart about it, to really challenge yourself to perhaps see some new places or ways to serve. You might think you can’t serve for this reason or that reason. But maybe you can.
 
For some of you, this will mean heading to Nicaragua or joining us on Sunday, February 25th at 11:30am to dream about another global mission trip. For others this will mean serving right here in Sioux Falls at Food to You, or the Banquet, or St. Francis House. For still others it will mean  delivering Meals on Wheels, or quilting, or donating         toothbrushes and toothpaste and combs. For many of you, it will mean giving to the Outreach Ministry of the Month in your green offering envelops or electronically.
 
Whatever way God is calling you, we want to help you live that out. I firmly believe that God can use you right where you are. I firmly believe that you can reach out right where you are. So, where is that? I’d love to help you find that out.
 
Let’s GO Gloria Dei!
Pastor Chris

 




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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

 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
 

Coming Soon!

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