News and Updates
The Season of Lent
The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18. Lent is a 40 day period – Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday. The Sundays in this period are not considered part of the season. They are considered Sunday’s in Lent not Sunday’s of Lent. During Lent we prepare ourselves for Easter by solemnly remembering that we are sinners who need God’s forgiveness so that we can be reconciled with Him.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, there will be six Wednesday Evening services beginning at 7:30 p.m.. The Ash Wednesday service will include the imposition of ashes and the Lord’s Supper. Prior to each service we will be a supper beginning at 6:30 .p.m.. Concerning the suppers, we ask that you sign up on the Sunday or call the church office on the Monday before each Wednesday meal. We want to have enough food for everyone, but we want to be good stewards of the cost and leftovers if we prepare too much food. Thank you for your help.
On Ash Wednesday, we will have two additional services during the day. The first will be at 1:00 p.m. at Luther Crest and the second at 3:00 p.m. at Luther Woods.
Holy Week Services
Holy Week is a special part of the Season of Lent. It is the week before Easter Sunday. We will have special services on Thursday and Friday of the week. Maundy Thursday we will have an evening service at 7:30 p.m. when we remember the Lord last supper with his disciples before his betrayal that night. On Friday at noon we will have a short devotion at Gloria Dei, at 1 p.m. we will have a service at Luther Crest, at 3 p.m. we will have a service at Luther Wood, and at 7:30 p.m. we will have a service at Gloria Dei.
Easter Services & Breakfast On Easter Sunday, April, 20 a continental style breakfast (similar to our normal fellowship time) will be served from 9:00 a.m. till 9:45 a.m. between our two services, the early service at 8:00 a.m. and the regular service at 10:15 a.m..
Lenten Devotions The Season of Lent lasts for forty days not including Sundays as we go from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. It is a time of reflection on our need to repent and to be reconciled by God through his Son Jesus Christ. The Portals of Prayer devotional book that we provide is a good resource for your reflection. Another resource is the Bible itself. You could select a book of the Bible along with the Psalms and read from them every day.
Bible Study and Sunday School Studying God’s Word is an important part of life together as a congregation. Studying together is a good way to search the Scriptures. Join us on Sunday morning or on the 2ND and 4TH Thursday of each month.
- Sunday Morning Bible Study at 9:00 a.m.. Starting on Sunday, February 22, Pastor Habrecht will lead a study of the religion of Islam. Join us.
- Luther Crest and Luther Woods Bible Studies – On the 2ND and 4TH Thursday of each month, Bible studies will be held at Luther Crest at 1 p.m. and Luther Woods at 3 p.m.. Join us even if you don’t live at either of these locations.
- Sunday School, 9:00 a.m., on the 1ST and 3RD Sunday of every month, open to all children starting at age 3.
Congregational Leaders On Sunday, December 14TH our congregational leaders for the year 2015 were installed. Please pray for them during the year as they serve us in the name of our Lord.
New Website We are working on a new website for our congregation. We will let you know when it is up and running.
Planning Committee Pastor Habrecht has asked a group of members to meet with him to discuss the short and long term future of Gloria Dei. We will be discussing how to serve our members and the community, and how to reach out into the community and invite others to join us. If you have any suggestions please let Pastor Habrecht know.
Budget Information We give thanks to the Lord that we met our 2014 expenses. Our expenses were slightly higher than our 2014 Budget but we were able to cover our expenses. The major sources of income were Offerings, Rental Income, and Thrivent Choice Dollars. We thank all of our members for their prayerful offerings.
Our 2015 Budget was passed on December 14TH. It is similar to our 2014 Budget with some items increased and some decreased based on actual 2014 expenses. The Church Council will be watching the budget closely. Your help is requested in prayerfully considering the amount of your offering.
Bad Weather, Safety, and Stewardship The winter months are usually full of cold, snow, and ice. It seems like often the worst of it is on Saturday nights and Sunday mornings. We want our members to be safe and that means some of you have not been able to join us on Sundays. We hope that you have been able to watch or listen to one of the Lutheran services that are on the television and radio or that you have taken time to have a personal devotion. What does not stay home are the bills, especially the heating and electrical. We thank those of you who have mailed in your offering even if you were unable to attend church. We ask that you prayerfully consider giving offerings for the Sundays you missed; it would greatly help in meeting our budget. Thank you.
- The Lutheran Hour is on the radio on Sunday mornings on WPOS 102.3 FM at 7:00 a.m..
- Worship for Shut-ins can be seen on television on Sunday mornings, Toledo station WLMB-TV 40, at 6:30 a.m.. It is also broadcast on Buckeye Cable channel 167 and DIRECT TV channel 377 at 11:30 a.m..
Nebraska Avenue Ministry
Often times in the Gospels we hear that Jesus took time to pray. The Lord not only tells us that he wants to hear our prayers, but that he promises to answer our prayers according to his good and gracious will.
There may be times that we think “I wish I could do more for Gloria Dei, I wish I could help more or give more money to support the work of the church.” Prayer is a gift that the Lord has given to all of us to do. It does not take physical strength or pockets full of money. Below are a few suggestions of people or places for which we might pray.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (That the Lord would bless us proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ, help us grow in our faith, and if it be his will help us grow in the number of people we reach)
Members of Gloria Dei (For our individual members and their families)
Northwest Circuit III Congregations (That the Lord would bless our sister congregation in our circuit – The Ohio District, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations in our area)
The Ohio District including President Cripe and the staff at the Ohio District office and the 175 congregations in our district.
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod including President Matthew Harrison and all the staff at the International Center in Kirkwood, MO and the 6200 congregations in our synod.
The seminaries and universities that are part of our Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and the Lutheran Laymen’s League as them support mission activities
National and foreign missionaries as they proclaim the gospel of Jesus
Lutherans For Life – An organization that promotes the sanctity of life
Salam Christian Fellowship – A mission to middle eastern immigrants in the Chicago metropolitan area.