Welcome Bishop Eaton

On Sunday, October 5th, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, the new ELCA Presiding Bishop (the head of the Lutheran church in the US), will be installed in Chicago.  She is the first female Presiding Bishop in the ELCA.  She is articulate and decisive and emphasizes the importance to make room for differences in our church and find the commonality we all share as Christians.   She also encourages us as Lutherans to “go out into our communities” and more…

Godspeed and farewell

It is with both a heavy heart and understanding for God’s greater plans that we bid farewell to Pastor Rick and Judy.  Pastor Rick has been a faithful and enthusiastic leader at Gloria Dei for the last five years.  We will all miss his commitment to social justice and his love for urban ministry.  His impassioned sermons have been a call to serve those around us in need.    We give thanks for Pastor Rick’s fresh more…

Remembering, changing, and looking forward

A large number of us gathered on the third Sunday of August to give thanks to our beloved Pastor, to hear the first Keila Rodriguez sermon at Gloria Dei, and to listen to the “living cloud of witnesses” to the work of Santiago and his remarkable family.  They are a family in mission, and they are still serving.  Faithfulness is the witness, and relationship the model! Lots of great partnering has been done with our more…

Memories & Celebrations

July closed with a bang! 70 children having gathered for two weeks of mayhem, fun and exuberance; a noticeably exhausted team crafted and delivered another chapter in the annals of Glory Days Camp history. Congratulations to all who made this living dream possible, and for all those who were in the planning trenches, and in the sandboxes with the wonderful children and families that participated. And, thanks to Leonardo and the other musicians who heralded in the more…