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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: Food to You – Ukrainian Refugees in Sioux Falls?

Food to You – Ukrainian Refugees in Sioux Falls?

Back in mid-September, Gloria Dei members and friends had the chance to volunteer with a mobile food pantry called Food to You. On this particular Thursday night, Food to You was being hosted by Messiah New Hope Lutheran Church just to the north of Gloria Dei on the east side of Sioux Falls.

A number of volunteers busily prepared for the 100 or so families we expected to meet that night. Pallets full of fresh vegetables donated by POET, frozen meat donated by Feeding South Dakota, and fresh bread donated by Brake Bread ministries and area bakeries were sorted and prepped for distribution. As the families arrived, the room full of volunteers turned into a room full of smiles and friendly faces. Gloria Dei members greeted each family with dignity and grace and the love of Jesus. It was amazing.

I learned something interesting that night: Sioux Falls is home to a fairly significant population of Ukrainian refugees. Refugees, as many of you already know, are people who have fled their home country due to some sort of violence or oppression beyond their control. Many of these particular refugees began arriving in the U.S. in the early 2000’s. Some have landed in Sioux Falls.

My role the evening of Food to You was to help carry the boxes stuffed with food for each family. Carts were provided and we wheeled the heavy boxes out to some not-so-road-worthy vehicles. In spite of the condition of the vehicles, the attitudes of each guest were attitudes of gratefulness and joy. I spent a number of my trips in and out of the building walking along side of and visiting with Ukrainian refugee families. I was fascinated by their stories. They fled Ukraine seeking refugee from the communist regime and the threat of war in Ukraine and Russia. They came to America seeking the promise of freedom. They are hardworking people with that elusive American dream and they were so grateful to have a little extra help with food to make it through the week.

The next day, as I was scrolling through Facebook, I came across an Argus Leader news story about a Ukrainian couple who had settled in Sioux Falls and opened a tailoring business on east 26

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street. Some of you may recognize the business as Olga’s, across the street from the Cherry Creek Grill and Bagel Boy. Check out the story here:

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/2017/09/15/becoming-south-dakotan-immigration-and-citizenship-stories/667066001/

Wanting to know more, I did a Google search and found this article from Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota. It does a good job of covering why these refugees have fled, check it out:

https://lsssdblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/nobody-wants-war-hearing-from-ukrainian-refugees-and-immigrants-in-sioux-falls/

Many stories, like those of these incredible Ukrainian families, are the stories of people we get the chance to meet when we participate in mission and outreach through Gloria Dei. I’d love to have you join us sometime. Come for the good feelings that serving brings; stay for the amazing relationships we get to make with God’s children all across Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and around the world!

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!

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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