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September 2020

You’re probably wondering, “What happened to our fancy newsletter!?” It’s not colorful! It’s not pretty! It’s  just… words! Well, I’ll tell you. I’ve never had lessons in newsletter production, even in seminary, where it was possibly something that should have been taught to those pastors whose letter of call included tasks such as this, 

along with bulletin preparations and all the other things an office admin/secretary takes care of in churches  fortunate enough to have them on staff. I’ve been blessed in 32 years of ministry to always have an office administrator on hand… Read more Here


Pastor Pat's sermon notes

April 28, 2019, Alpha here

July 8, 2018, Mission: Reframing here


Pastor Pat's Bio here

Learn more about Pastor Pat's Christian Philosophy here


The Anchor

Devotional by Joyce Boddie

My daughter gave me an ornament a few years ago that is in the shape of an anchor. On it are engraved the words steadfast, honest, strong and there is a rope entwined around the anchor. A tag on the ornaments said, “Hold fast, stay true and sail on”. Although I knew why she had chosen this ornament, I wanted to hear her thoughts about it. She responded as I thought she reminded her of her Dad (a passionate sailor that had died a few years before) and the family values (a surprise to me). What she didn’t know was how much more the anchor means to me and why I treasure this gift beyond what she saw

The rope around the anchor represents the cord of our marriage and how we grew together and were anchored together in life.

On my graduation from nursing school, the graduates were given a pin from the school. It had a red band on a gold pin, the motto Humanitas et Firmitas and in the center was an anchor. The legend of the pin stated that the anchor was caught upon a rock and surrounded by water. It signified the fertility of resources for the nurse..a firm support, a trusty stay to the patients in hours of need.

The other deep meaning for me of an anchor is how I feel about my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is steadfast and will always be there. He is a solid rock and his strength is there for me.

That ornament is so much more than just an ornament. It is a great representation of many important things in my life.

April 30, 2020

“If We’ve Ever Needed You


by David Bakken, Music Director GDLCSJ

Throughout the ages, prayer seems to accompany need. However, it’s the time of rejoicing that needs prayer and praise too. During this time of “Shelter-in-place,” when we are missing the fellowship, it’s time to reset the switches. God provides in all times.

Over the course of the last four years of Graduate school, my personal and professional lives were filled with one tumultuous event or another. I prayed for comfort rather than opening my heart to the blessings of a home and family whose faith remains strong. Perhaps I’m not as strong as it may seem. When Rose suffered her stroke in a February of 2019, I prayed for blessings. Serendipitously, when I got in the car after leaving the hospital, Laura Story’s “Blessings” came on. I almost had to pull over because tears had welled up in my eyes. Yes, Lord, I AM thankful you provide blessings.

Fast forward to this morning (April 24) at 1:00am, I couldn’t sleep. As God always does for me, he gave me a song - Casting Crowns’ “If We’ve Ever Needed You.” While it may appear that we need God because of pandemics and political strife and ailments that engulf us, it’s the blessings that cause us to NEED Christ.

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace. I am grateful we have each other, with God’s calming Spirit guiding us the entire way.

If we’ve ever needed you, Lord it’s now. May the blessings of the Lord surround you and make you joyful. Peace to you.

David Bakken, Music Director GDLC


Recommended Websites

Below is a list of Ministries that Gloria Dei Lutheran Church support with Benevolence Funds and/or partner with to continue our mission of serving.  These organization range from as near as a short walk out our front door to the other side of the globe. The links are identified in red