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All-Church BBQ and More!!

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Tickets On Sale starting this Sunday (September 27, 2015) for the October 11 All-Church BBQ & More!!! On the 11th there will be raffles in the Gathering Space at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. with Dennis Longnecker’s famous baby back ribs and Katie Hurley’s fabulous cornbread, beans and slaw. To reserve your spot at the BBQ, sign-up in the church office or in the Gathering Space between services. Price is $15 per person or $40 per family, to be paid when you sign up.


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A view into the huge barbecue rig Mr. Longnecker uses to smoke the ribs.

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Close-up of smoking ribs intended to get your mouth watering!

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Retired pastors lending a hand to separate racks for personal consumption.

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There’s more to this barbecue than famous baby back ribs: Mrs. Hurley and the kitchen crew turn an entreé into a
meal with cornbread, beans and coleslaw.

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It’s an All-Church BBQ and More out in Luther Hall!

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Gloria Dei To Host Godly Play Training Event: May 29, 2015

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Gloria Dei To Host Godly Play Training Event: May 29, 2015

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Time: 4-9pm Hospitality Room open with light meal and refreshments
6-9pm Training; child care provided
Cost: $25/Congregation
Trainer: Cindy Spencer, M.Div. Episcopal Diocese of Olympia (Seattle)
Contact  Beth Tobin, Children’s Ministry Director,
Person: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Olympia, WA
To Register: Call the Gloria Dei Church Office at (360) 357-3386

Sponsored by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Olympia, and St. Christopher’s Community Church, Olympia

What is Godly Play?

Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. Come join us!

CINDY SPENCER has been teaching Godly Play since 1992 in a variety of settings, and has been a Godly Play trainer since 2002. She was the Coordinator for Children and Family Ministries at Saint Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle from 2002-2015, developing, supporting and maintaining four Godly Play classrooms for children age 3 through 5th grade. From 2013-15 she also served on the Bishop’s Staff of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, supporting congregations as they developed their ministries with children and families.  Her interests include equipping families to pass on their faith at home and ministering to and with children with special needs and their families.  She earned an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1994, and has three Godly Play raised children who are now in high school and college.

Training Schedule:

6:00 Introductions & Evening Overview
6:15-7:10    Full session of Godly Play:  Story, Work/Response Time, Feast
7:15-8:15    Debrief of the Full Session:  What did we notice? What do we wonder about?

Click here for the Event Flyer

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Easter Sunday Schedule, April 5, 2015

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

6:30am Outdoor Sunrise Service at WEST CENTRAL PARK
(located at the SE corner of Division and Harrison Ave.)
As we celebrate the promise of new life in Christ we share that with our neighbors at the new community park. Join us rain or shine and spread the invitation to begin Easter in the fresh air breathing in God’s gifts of grace.
Joyful Worship Times At Gloria Dei:
8:00am Traditional Worship, Sanctuary
9:00am New Song Worship, Luther Hall
11:00am Festival Worship, Sanctuary
7:30-11:00am EASTER BREAKFAST (Petit Déjeuner) Gathering Space
MENU: Croissants, scones, Black Forest ham, cheeses, fruit, coffee, tea, hot chocolate & juice. This is a Youth Ministry fundraiser. Proceeds will help support Gloria Dei Youth Ministry.
10:30am EASTER EGG HUNT (for infants through Kindergarten)
Bring your own basket and meet us on the playground rain or shine!

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Holy Week Schedule 2015

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Palm Sunday
March 29
8:00, 9:00 & 11:00am Worship with Holy Communion
Shout “Hosanna!” together as we remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
Wednesday
April 1
NO EVENING MEAL OR ACTIVITIES
(Except Bell Choir and Senior Choir)
Maundy Thursday
April 2
7:00pm Worship Service with Holy Communion
Maundy Thursday is from the Latin word “maundatum” which means mandate. This service focuses on the loving commandments Jesus gives us to serve one another (as Jesus took on the role of servant, washing the feet of the disciples) and the gift of the Last Supper, the instructions Jesus left with followers to “do this in remembrance of me….”
Good Friday 12:00pm Brief Order of Tenebrae, Sanctuary
April 3 5:45-8:15pm Good Friday Prayer Stations, Fireside Room/Gathering Space.
Participants may spend five minutes or two hours interacting with the different stations as they choose. The various stations will guide people to reflect on the events that took place on this Holy Day and on our relationship with God. The design is intentionally appropriate for children of all ages from 1 to 100. Children and Youth are encouraged to visit the Prayer Stations wit a family member.
6:00pm Prayers Around the Cross, Luther Hall
This reflective worship around the cross offers time for Taizé style music, scripture and candlelight prayers.
7:00pm Full Order of Tenebrae, Sanctuary
This Service of Shadows is a combination of scripture lessons and extinguishing of candles symbolic of Jesus’ journey to the cross. Special music weaves throughout this Good Friday worship.

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