We are making an electronic pledge form available to the congregation this year. You can now turn in your 2021 Pledge electronically! Just click the button below to access our on-line pledge form, fill it out, and submit. Your pledge is confidential and will be sent directly to Kelley in the Finance Office.

Welcome to 2021! Programs remain virtual, including Wednesday Worships.  Contact the church office for more information on how to participate in Fall Programming

Worship remains on-line. The Safe Start team works regularly with our Pastors to assess ways to manage memorial services, baptisms, and other special services – and to share key milestone celebrations virtually with our congregation. Our Church Council will continue to revisit the decision to remain online every few months, but with this pandemic and flu season, the avoidance of large gatherings remains the primary importance.

We continue to be the Church, the Body of Christ together – apart. We continue our work of proclaiming the Gospel in new and creative ways and in all we do. We thank you again for being a part of the important mission and ministry of God’s Growing Family we call Gloria Dei. Stay safe, healthy and well. God’s Peace!

Epiphany Traditions

Epiphany is the season of the church year between Christmas and Lent.  Scripture readings for this season reveal more who Jesus is, the light of the world, and we, in turn, are called to follow — to reflect the light of Christ’s love on others. Epiphany begins with the story of the wise men following the star, and ends with Jesus’ light-filled transfiguration on the mountain top before heading to Jerusalem one last time.

House Blessings: Many people enjoy the tradition of a house blessing for Epiphany.  Links to two options are below.  

Epiphany At Home 2021 Includes Epiphany Background and entryway blessing for all who come and go through your door. 

Blessing of a Home for Work and Play: This blessing includes indoor spaces and acknowledges that many homes are now additionally places of work and school. Light a candle or use a battery candle or flashlight to move with you from room to room as a reminder that Christ is present with you in all of these spaces and in all you do. 

Star Words: This is a cool Epiphany tradition that is growing. The wise men followed a guiding star. Star words are a special word you pay attention to in your life for the coming year. My word for the year is “light.” [Looking for the light of Christ in the world and in others; being open to receiving the light of Christ; reflecting the light of Christ.] My word, light, just came to me. The link below is for a fun star word spin-the-wheel. When I spun the wheel I got the word, “guidance.” I look forward to hearing what your word is! – Deacon Beth Tobin

Link to an article about how Star Words work. Link to a fun “Spin the Star Word” Wheel.

Epiphany Star: Here are a couple versions of an Epiphany Star coloring sheet for you to enjoy!

Glow in the Dark Stars: Display glow in the dark stars at home.  Fun!  🌟

Join Us For Virtual Coffee Fellowship Sunday Mornings!

Join us for a time of fellowship hosted by Justin Snider every Sunday at 10am. This will be a time to hang out with other Gloria Dei friends, and catch up on what is going on in our lives. There will be no agenda other than fellowship and a few announcements. Coffee not mandatory! ☕️ You will need a phone, tablet, or computer connected to the internet with a Zoom app. Register at the link provided in Gloria Dei’s E-News!