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  • July 2016 Newsletter

    Gloria Dei

    Lutheran Church

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    From the Desk of Pastor David Maxfield

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    Have you noticed it? I have. Have you sensed it? I have. It more than a warm summer breeze wafting through on Sunday mornings. Something, or perhaps it is Someone is stirring in our midst. What are the signs?

    Warming Hospitality: Before worship the Gathering area is buzzing. I t is good not only to catch up with friends and neighbors, it is good to share a smile and handshake as we say, “Welcome to Gloria Dei, my name is…” You have welcomed the families of children who are bap- tized, former members who come back in the summer, new folks to the town.

    Thank you for the gift of the pop-up canopy. Lemonade and treats out on the lawn we can delight in the beauty of God’s creation (thanks also for all who tend to the landscaping and flowers)

    Infectious Generosity: The “Noisy Offering” has taken off beyond anyone’s dreams. Have you seen the faces of the children as they grab the pails and dump the coins in the funnel? Thank you for sharing your loose change. Thank you also for helping to teach by example that we are blessed to be a blessing. There is a deep joy in the heart of gratitude, and the children are teaching us to mine its depths. By the way: I just received word that the noisy offering for June resulted in $275.21 being shared which will go to bless others ( We’ll announce the recipients soon)

    Enthusiastic, reverential Worship: One of the joys of summer worship is the opportunity of worshipping together. We’re sharing the gifts of our rich, diverse worship life. Whether it is in sing- ing one of the classic hymns of faith, or one of the songs of praise, we are discovering that worship is like a rainbow of many colors which flows from and towards the Cross. We are discovering the journey of worship which leads us to the presence of God who comes to us in Word and Sacrament and sends us out to be his hands and feet in the world.

    Persistent Patience: You are not about to let a minor inconvenience such as a “Road Clos- es” sign, a torn up street, or a detour distract you from worship.

    Excited Invitation: The story is told of a young man who was so excited, he told his brother he had to “come and see.” As I watch the planning and prayer in preparation for Vacation Bible School, I sense the same kind of excitement in the children and staff as Phillip had when he grabbed Nathaniel’s arm.

    Open-eyed Awareness- Snippets, notes, pieces on facebook…. what we are beginning to notice is what we already knew. God is walking among us! We can sense it in the beauty of each day, in a conversation with a friend or family member, in something good that happened along the way, or in the smile and story you heard in the life of someone you met. Maybe a good question for us as we gather for worship on Sunday is simply to think of one way you and I experienced the amazing love of God this past week.

    Thankful Prayerfulness- I grow more and more convinced in the power of prayer and I also realize how little I thank you for your prayerfulness. Whether it is daily devotion, or at a stop light. In the stillness of dawn or the quiet of late evening. Maybe you pray for 5 minutes, or for an hour. Please remember to pray, our lives, our ministry, our world needs to brought into the pres- ence of peace and only God can give the peace we need. Thank you for praying for me, and know that I pray for you.

    Shalom,

    Pastor David

  • LOOK FOR UPCOMING 2016—2017 CHURCH SCHOOL CALENDAR IN AUGUST 2016 NEWSLETTER

    NEW EXCITING CURRICULUM!

    RALLY DAY WILL BE

    SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH & WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH

    CHURCH SCHOOL REGISTRATION AVAILABLE ONLINE

    @ www.gloriadeiwill.org

    SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

    to Vote to call Pastor David Maxfield

    DATE: JULY 10th

    TIME: FOLLOWING WORSHIP

    Vacation

    Bible School

    July 8th – 10th

    Friday and Saturday VBS will end with Closing Worship.

    Please join us to hear all about the activities from the day!

    Friday, July 8th at 7:50 pm

    Saturday, July 9th at 12:05 pm

    Sunday VBS will be closing out our 9:30 a.m.

    Worship with new Music learned at VBS!

    Following the Congregational Meeting, we will be

    having a VBS BBQ Celebration including

    Bounce Houses, Lawn Games and a BBQ.

    We are looking for grills and grillers. If you are able to

    help please contact Scott or Rachael Studsrud ASAP @

    570-2115 or 770-8013.

    If your last name starts with A-M please bring a salad to share, if your

    last name is N-Z please bring a dessert! Burgers, hotdogs, chips and

    drinks will be provided.

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    June Worship Attendance

    June Memorials In Memory of Borghild Heller

    John & Lois Kuester......……………………………………………….………...……..…...Memorial Fund John & Carrie Forthun ……………………………………………………………..……….Quilters Fund Dick & Marg McKennett………………………………………………………….……………..50/50 Fund Edna Forthun………………………………………………………………………….……...Quilters Fund Gerald & Joanne Christensen……………………………………………………………...…...50/50 Fund David & Kaylene Heller…………………………………………………………………….…..50/50 Fund

    In Memory of Mary Harrington Bob & Shanna Rude....……………………………………………….……………..……….....50/50 Fund

    In Memory of Lloyd Berg Hazel Kolden………………………………………………………………………………...…..50/50 Fund Wayne & Karen Kamp………………………………………………………………………….50/50 Fund Les & Nancy Holgerson…………………………………………………………...……UMM Campership

    In Memory of Florence Larvick Harold & Arlene Tvedt………………………………………………………………………....50/50 Fund Louise Watterson…….………………………………………………………………………....50/50 Fund Zoanni Liffrig………..………………………………………………………………………....50/50 Fund Lorraine Nelson……...………………………………………………………………………....50/50 Fund Ione Nice……………...………………………………………………………………………....50/50 Fund Ron & Deb Bingeman……………….……………………………………………………....Quilters Fund Dale Livdahl………….………………………………………………………………………....50/50 Fund

    Duane & Dorothy Fenster………..……………………………………………………………...50/50 Fund Ollie & Joan Bekkedahl………..……………………………………………………………...Music Fund Golf Enterprises, LLP…………………………………………..……………………………...50/50 Fund

    In Memory of Jim Hill Ron & Deb Bingeman………………………………………………………………...UMM Campership

    In Memory of Erik Rauser Floyd & Donna Peterson………………………………………………………..…………….50/50 Fund Ted & Peggy Bearce…………………………………………………………………………..50/50 Fund

    In Memory of Earl Haugenoe Cheryl Haugenoe……………………………….……………...Banquet West/50-50 Fund/Food Pantry Jory Meyer……………………………………………………………………………..…….Food Pantry Floyd & Donna Peterson…………………………………………………………………….Food Pantry Stan & Shirley Lyson………………………………………………………………………….50/50 Fund Arlene Farber……………………………………………………………………………..…...50/50 Fund

    In Memory of DeLaine Rude Steve Adducci………………………………………………………………...…...Outdoor Flower Fund Gary & Jane Bartlett…………………………………………………………….Outdoor Flower Fund John & Lois Kuester…………………………………………………………………...…….50/50 Fund

    Date: Sat - 5:00PM Sunday - 9:30AM Total

    June 5 4 149 153

    June 12 7 155 162

    June 19 7 170 177

    June 26 7 132 139

    In Honor of Bill & Lola Christensen & Rae Olson for “All you do & for all you are!”

    Dick & Marg McKennett………………………………………………………….……….50/50 Fund

  • BIRTHDAYS 07/01

    TIM KLEVEN KEIANA RONESS

    JOSH SOLEM 07/02

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