GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN (ELCA)

219 N. 6th Ave. E., Duluth, MN 55805

218- 722-3381

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WELCOME TO GLORIA DEI

Welcome to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a city-wide and globally-connected parish committed to ministry in the Hillside neighborhood of Duluth, MN. Gloria Dei is a member of the Northeastern MN Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Gloria Dei is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in Duluth and the region, but it sees God’s redeeming love active in the world today and embraces a vision for God’s mission that gathers together people wonderfully diverse in age, race, ability, background, and experience. Gloria Dei is also a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Church, meaning that we welcome and strive to incorporate all persons, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, into full participation in the church. We welcome you to join us for worship or one of our many special community or ministry events.
Stainglass Window Presentation
STAINGLASS WINDOW PDF PRESENTATION

Please click the  stainglass window picture to the left, to go to the page with the PDF presentation that was viewed after worship on Sunday, March 18th.

After worship on Sunday, March 18, a presentation on the designs of Gloria Dei's new stained glass windows was held.
  This is a PDF of that presentation of the artist's watercolor renderings along with reflective words about some of the symbolism behind them.  Please note that the colors are approximate and may vary slightly from one computer monitor to another. 

Thanks to subcommittee members Brett A., Karen B., Deb H., Mark P., Alision S., and Pastor C.
Join our Gloria Dei youth in prayer.
REBUILDING AND RENEWING
VIDEO REFLECTIONS

BY MEMBERS OF GLORIA DEI

(Click on "Video Reflections" to view
stories of members of Gloria Dei.)

NEWS & CURRENT EVENTS

Live Audio and Video streaming of Worship Services

Live audio streaming of our worship is available each Sunday at 10:00 a.m CST.  Visit our Live Audio page for instructions on how to listen. 


Live Video streaming of our worship is available each on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  Wednesdays in Lent at 7:00p.m., and during Holy Week services at 7:00p.m. Visit our Live Video Streaming page to view.



Worship 2018

Wherever you are on your journey, you are welcome at Gloria Dei

All Sunday services are at 10:00 a.m. and include Holy Communion

  * Temporary worship site: 51st Ave E. and Glenwood Street.


LENT, HOLY WEEK, EASTER

+ Sundays During Lent - Mar 4, 11, 18

10:00 a.m. worship with Holy Communion

11:30 a.m. class for new members with lunch in the Teaching House

+ Wednesdays in Lent Mar 7, 14, 21

5:15 Soup Supper (downstairs)

5:45 Lenten Bible Study: “God’s Great Reconstruction Project”

Bible Study Themes – Rebuilding Fidelity… Ministry… Hospitality… Community… Sustainability.

7:00 Evening worship in the sanctuary

+ Sunday of the Passion/Palm Sunday - Mar 25

10:00 a.m. procession of palms, Commitment Sunday

11:30 a.m. celebratory lunch at St. Mary Star of the Sea

+ Maundy Thursday - Mar 29

7:00 worship with footwashing and Holy Communion

+ Good Friday - Mar 30

7:00 Tenebrae service with choir and special music

+ Easter Vigil - Mar 31

7:00 worship with readings, affirmation of baptism, Holy Communion

+ Easter Sunday - Apr 1

10:00 a.m. festival worship with Holy Communion


ILLFEST - AUG 23 – the 6th Annual Hillfest celebration is Sunday, August 23, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Hillfest again seeks to unify the hillside neighborhood by opening 6th Avenue East and 4th Street to bicycling, walking, dancing and playing.
We know that a healthy neighborhood is one full of healthy neighbors, commercial, charitable organizations, and individuals.  Gloria Dei has participated each year representing the church and the Central Hillside Parish Nurse Grant. Our usual space is right across from the Whole Foods Coop.  Bring your family and friends to this-filled afternoon of music, food, events for families as we get to know our Hillside neighbors better. To help at the table, see Pastor or Patti.
HILLFEST - AUG 23 – the 6th Annual Hillfest celebration is Sunday, August 23, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Hillfest again seeks to unify the hillside neighborhood by opening 6th Avenue East and 4th Street to bicycling, walking, dancing and playing.
We know that a healthy neighborhood is one full of healthy neighbors, commercial, charitable organizations, and individuals.  Gloria Dei has participated each year representing the church and the Central Hillside Parish Nurse Grant. Our usual space is right across from the Whole Foods Coop.  Bring your family and friends to this-filled afternoon of music, food, events for families as we get to know our Hillside neighbors better. To help at the table, see Pastor or Patti
HILLFEST - AUG 23 – the 6th Annual Hillfest celebration is Sunday, August 23, 2:00-6:00 p.m. Hillfest again seeks to unify the hillside neighborhood by opening 6th Avenue East and 4th Street to bicycling, walking, dancing and playing.
We know that a healthy neighborhood is one full of healthy neighbors, commercial, charitable organizations, and individuals.  Gloria Dei has participated each year representing the church and the Central Hillside Parish Nurse Grant. Our usual space is right across from the Whole Foods Coop.  Bring your family and friends to this-filled afternoon of music, food, events for families as we get to know our Hillside neighbors better. To help at the table, see Pastor or PatLent Schedule 201

GLORIA DEI SERVES DINNER AT CHUM, Apr 19 - Join us to serve dinner at the Chum Drop-In Center on Tuesday, April 19, at 5:00 p.m. (set up 4:15). Meatballs, potatoes, salads, desserts and rolls – if you can provide any of these and/or spare some time to serve, please contact the church office.
SALAD LUNCHEON, Apr 24 - Gloria Dei’s Welcoming Ministries will be hosting a Salad Luncheon during coffee hour on April 24. A freewill offering will be taken. Faith members are cordially invited to join in. Proceeds will go toward funding Welcoming Ministries activities, which includes supporting the LSS Together for Youth program. 

New - Gloria Dei Video (October 2017)

"We are Gloria Dei" - a 11 minute documentary about our fire, our ministry programs and our congregation.


Rebuilding & Renewing

The Capital Campaign to Rebuild Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

     As we begin our rebuilding process, we need to think about how we will pay for the work that needs to be done. In order to cover the costs of our rebuild, we are preparing to launch a capital campaign at Gloria Dei with the theme of "Rebuilding & Renewing."  Rebuilding refers obviously to the need for Gloria Dei to rebuild the interior of our church building. Renewing reflects the tag line from the ELCA “Always being being made new."

Rebuilding & Renewing - Community Dinner Feb 24

Save the date and invite others to Saturday, Feb 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth (835 College St) for a community dinner fundraiser put together by Koresh & Jill Lakhan.  Indian cuisine donated and prepared by the Lakhans, with gluten free options, beverages, and a cake auction will be part of the evening event.  Proceeds benefit the Rebuilding & Renewing of Gloria Dei.

In the City for Good

At its congregational meeting June 5, 2016, Gloria Dei affirmed its intention to rebuild at 6th Avenue East and 3rd Street and authorized the Moving Forward Committee to work with architectural consultants to develop conceptual drawings and cost estimates that seek to incorporate the original structure with values of accessibility, energy efficiency, and community ministry.  A Moving Forward Committee member is available after worship each Sunday with schematic drawings and subcommittee structure to respond to questions and receive additional input.  Thanks for your participation, input, and continued prayers throughout this process.

Intergenerational Sunday School, "A Great Cloud of Witnesses"

Christians of all times and places witness to God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ, and we can learn much about faith through their lives and writings. Through the sacrament of Holy Baptism, we become part of the Communion of Saints too, knit together into the church, inspired by the Spirit for faith and courage today. Join us on the 1st Sunday of each month (September through June) for singing, bible verses, crafts and conversations that will focus on God’s people throughout history and across the world.  See you there! 

The Council has called a special congregational meeting for Sunday, July 16 following worship. The purpose of this meeting is for the congregation to vote on the current schematic building rendering and to approve the current cost projection. This meeting will be preceded by an informational Adult Forum on July 9 and a congregational mailing set for July 5, both of which will contain the drawings, budgetary numbers and current funds held by the congregation for this project. Potluck will follow in the fellowship hall.
It coincides with a quarterly parish conversation & Lake Superior Sunday.

The Council has called a special congregational meeting for Sunday, July 16 following worship. The purpose of this meeting is for the congregation to vote on the current schematic building rendering and to approve the current cost projection. This meeting will be preceded by an informational Adult Forum on July 9 and a congregational mailing set for July 5, both of which will contain the drawings, budgetary numbers and current funds held by the congregation for this project. Potluck will follow in the fellowship hall.
It coincides with a quarterly parish conversation & Lake Superior Sunday.

75 Years of Radio Ministry, since March 22, 1942

On March 19, 2017, we celebrated the diamond anniversary of this significant ministry, which has broadcast Gloria Dei’s worship since March 22, 1942.  We thank God for this ongoing opportunity of sharing the gospel through the Radio and through the Internet.  You’re invited to reflect on this valuable outreach: share a story, support a broadcast or a portion of the broadcast, gift a special gift of $75 for the anniversary, consider learning what happens behind the scenes to be more hands on if you wish.  Thank you for your prayerful support!

Easter Sunday  April 5, 10:00 a.m. Festival Worship with Holy Communion, choir, brass musician

GLORIA DEI SERVES DINNER AT CHUM, Apr 19 - Join us to serve dinner at the Chum Drop-In Center on Tuesday, April 19, at 5:00 p.m. (set up 4:15). Meatballs, potatoes, salads, desserts and rolls – if you can provide any of these and/or spare some time to serve, please contact the church office.


SALAD LUNCHEON, Apr 24 - Gloria Dei’s Welcoming Ministries will be hosting a Salad Luncheon during coffee hour on April 24. A freewill offering will be taken. Faith members are cordially invited to join in. Proceeds will go toward funding Welcoming Ministries activities, which includes supporting the LSS Together for Youth program. 

Neighborhood Breakfast - 4th Saturday at St. Mary Star of the Sea

All are welcome to join us for our free Neighborhood Breakfast on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  This month's breakfast will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea at 325 East Third St. - two blocks from Gloria Dei. Enter the building through the glass doors on the west side of the building.

FIRE AT GLORIA DEI

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minnesota suffered a devastating fire in the early morning of February 18, 2016. The fire, which began in the electrical wiring, destroyed the church’s pipe organ, altar structure, which framed a painting of the Ascension, and most of the stained glass windows. Smoke and water damaged the 110-year-old Gothic-style sanctuary, pews, and contents, as well as the lower-level kitchen and fellowship hall and attached office and education building. Despite extensive losses, engineers determined nearly four months later that the structure could be reused, and the congregation voted to rebuild at the same downtown location, incorporating the original building in its discernment process. Meanwhile, God has accompanied us “in the wilderness” and enabled our ministry to continue beyond those walls. Since that first week, the congregation has worshiped at Faith Lutheran Church on the city’s east end, a small congregation that was in the process of closing, and the Synod has provided office space. Nine days after the fire, Gloria Dei’s free monthly breakfast was held at a Catholic church two blocks away, which has continued to host it. A month later, over 100 community members and area clergy attended a service of prayer and singing as we reaffirmed our commitment to the neighborhood and encircled the building following a processional cross. Throughout this journey, it is relationships with God, one another, and the community that have mattered most, and we have experienced incredible generosity from individuals and congregations across our area and beyond. 


Updates will be made here and on our Facebook page as they are available.

The church office has been temporarily relocated to 1105 E. Superior St., Lower Level, Duluth MN, 55802.  Packages should be sent to this address.  Regular mail may still be sent to the church address, 219 N. 6th Ave. E., Duluth MN, 55805.  The church phone number remains (218) 722- 3381.

The support and prayers of the community are greatly needed and appreciated at this time.  Should you wish to make a donation to rebuilding Gloria Dei, please do so here. Thank you for your solidarity and God Bless!

Fire News
To view local media coverage of the fire, click on the following article links:
Gloria Dei Launches Online Giving
A new option to make financial gifts to Gloria Dei is here.   Click on the "Donate Now" button for a convenient way, through automatic withdrawal or secure credit/debit card transactions, to support God's mission through Gloria Dei with a donation or monthly commitment.

Sunday Schedule:

8:45 a.m. Sunday School/ Adult Forum

10:00 a.m. Worship & Holy Communion

     Temporary worship site

     51st Ave. E. and Glenwood Street

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