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    Nov. 30-Dec. 1|2019

    Shirley Voshell Larry Lewis Paula Spark Jessica Kramer

    Heather Kusel Taylor Peterson Bob Sams Roger Cling

    Sandra Jackson Lou Schroedel Ginny Swift

    Those traveling this weekend

    Message: “God’s Light Promised”

    Scriptures: Genesis 3:1-15 & Isaiah 7:10-14 As a result of what you have received from God’s Word today, what do you think He is giving you to believe or do this week?

    Additional Notes:

    Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 8301 Aurora Ave. Urbandale, IA 50322 276-1700 • Pastor Joe Meyer, Senior Pastor Ph: 777-3892 | Twitter: @KeyRowJoe E-mail: [email protected]

    Outpouring of Love November 17-23, 2019 (Fiscal year July-Dec, 2019)

    General Fund Offerings $46,306

    General Fund Offering Budget $34,900

    2nd QTD Offering Total $273,423

    2nd QTD Budget $252,200

    YTD Offering Total $720,773 YTD Budget $691,800

    Let’s pray! Prayer Wall: Post your prayer requests (anonymously, if you choose) to a pastor or the online community. (Go to: Connection Cards: Prayer requests can be made on the back of the “Welcome” card located in the pews. Phone Calls: Contact Pastor Phillips at 276-1700 or Diane Young between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 321-1566 with your request.

    Visiting Today? Welcome to worship! We are glad you’re here. If you have any questions, please stop by the Connection Center or contact Pastor Ben Johnson at 777-3900 or [email protected]

    Infants-4 years old: Our fully-staffed nursery is located through the doors at the southwest corner outside the Sanctuary.

    PreK-Grade 5: Grace Place is not available this weekend. Join us next week as we welcome children ages 3 through grade 5 on Saturdays at 5:15 p.m. and Sundays at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m.

    “God’s Light Promised” As we start this “God’s Light” sermon series, we have to start

    at the beginning! We have to go back to the Garden of Eden

    to truly be amazed by the way that God loves us even though

    we brought darkness into His

    world. We know He loves us

    in that He created us and in

    fact, made us the pinnacle of

    His creation. We know He

    loves us in that He breathed

    the breath of life into our

    lungs and set us on our way

    on this earth. But His love is far more amazing than that. The

    moment Adam and Eve chose darkness by disobeying God’s

    one command in the Garden...He showed them, showed us,

    the true extent of His love. He loved us in spite of our sin,

    and disobedience and promised, in the Garden, to send His

    Son, the Light of the World. In other words, He loved us in

    the Garden and all the way to Bethlehem and beyond. And so

    today we will explore “God’s Light Promised” in the midst of

    our sin!

    Advent Midweek Worship Services

    Wednesday, Dec. 4, 11 & 18

    12:15 p.m. (Traditional in Sanctuary)

    6:30 p.m. (Blended in Sanctuary)

    Please note: During worship, children are welcome to worship with their

    families before being invited to Faith Alive. ReCharge will meet in the

    Youth Center at 6:10 p.m. Family meal will be served from 5:30-6 p.m.

    Nursery will be open from 6:15-7:45 p.m.

    Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.

    Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

    Isaiah 7:14

    Water Project “Jugs-O-Coins” We want to say a HUGE thank you to all the families that took the plastic jugs in support of the clean water initiative. We want to not only make this easy for our accounting department, but we also want to provide the most tangible learning experience for your family. So, here’s what we need you to do:

    • Before the end of December, as a family, take the coins to your bank and ask them to count/sort the coins for you. (We’ve found that most banks will do this no charge...and you can tell them about this amazing project while you’re at it.)

    • Let your kids know (if you have children) how much you were able to raise by just dropping spare change into the jug.. Explore other ways on how to be generous with others.

    • Spend time as a family talking about clean water and how privileged we are to have it, but also about reaching out towards those that have less than we do.

    • Either write a check to Gloria Dei for the amount of the coins, with “Clean Water” in the memo, or donate through the Gloria Dei App or Website under “Clean Water Initiative” fund.

    Thank you for all that you do for God’s Kingdom!

    Sweet! Holiday Bake Sale!


    Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

    Saturday, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

    before & after worship services The LWML Circles are busy collecting their favorite family recipes for a Holiday Bake Sale. They will have lots of holiday goodies, including hundreds of delicious cupcakes collectively made and decorated by

    these women. It will be a great place to pick up all your holiday treats, put them in your freezer and then serve them at holiday parties. All proceeds will go toward local missions.

  • Christmas with a Cause Saturday, Nov. 9 ( 9 am- 2 pm) & Sunday, Nov. 10 (9 am- 2 pm) We invite you to Christmas with a Cause. We currently have 22 participants whose proceeds will help individuals in Africa, South America, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Malawi, Honduras, Swaziland, Hong Kong, Ethiopia, Haiti, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and right here in Iowa! Their products are as varied as the non-profits that they represent. Handbags, paintings, leather bags, coffee, crochet

    Sunday, December 8 from 4-5:30 p.m

    Plan to attend this amazing rendition of the Christmas story told by our children.

    Advent by Candlelight This lovely evening is open to all women to celebrate the coming of our Savior, Jesus. If you have not registered, please contact DeAnn at

    [email protected]

    Christmas Brunch Women's Event

    Christmas Caroling

    Senior Adult Christmas Party

    ReCharge Breakfast Fundraiser

    Lessons & Carols

    Saturday, Dec. 14 | 1-5 p.m. Come and lift the hearts of those who are home bound. Please meet at church at 1 p.m. Afterwards, we will finish by eating a meal together at church. Register online at www. GDLC.CHURCH.

    Sunday, Dec. 15 | 8 a.m. to noon Join us for a delicious hot breakfast. All profits will help support the Youth Ministry and mission trips. The delectable menu is: • French Toast • Ham • Eggs • Baked goods • Fresh Fruit • Drinks (OJ, milk, coffee)

    Sunday, Dec. 15 | 3 p.m. Hear the musical telling of the nativity story in the Sanctuary delivered by a variety of voices and instruments of Gloria Dei.

    Sunday, Dec. 15 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reserve your spot for the Senior Ministry Christmas Party. They will have games, caroling, a devotion and a delicious chicken dinner for you to enjoy! Wear your favorite Christmas

    glitz or your ugliest Christmas sweater. Bring a White Elephant gift or a purchased gift costing no more than $5 to exchange. Reservations are due no later than Wednesday, Dec. 11 by calling Elaine Mueller at 515-276-

    8903 or registering online at www.GDLC.CHURCH. Anyone desiring a ride to or from the party (you may already be at church because of the Lessons in Carols), please call Elaine Mueller.

    Saturday, Dec. 14 | 9-11 a.m.

    Join us for a time for women of all

    ages and stages to come together to

    celebrate Jesus, our Savior, born in a

    manger. This event will help us slow

    down and focus on His presence as we

    Monday, Dec. 2 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

    prepare for Christmas. We eat, have fellowship, worship, and have a

    time of Bible study. Register online at www.GDLC.CHURCH

    Tiny Treasures Christmas Program

    Thursday, Dec. 19 | 6 p.m. Come and experience the Christmas story through the eyes of our preschool children.

    Giving Tree We are very excited to provide you an incredible missions opportunity through our Christmas Giving Tree 2019!


    International $25 Donation Outreach: These two items are what $25 will provide:

    Mama Kit: In Uganda the women giving birth are required to have a $5 medical kit in order to be allowed to have their baby in the hospital or clinic. No kit? No hospital! Many of them cannot afford the paltry $5 for the kit! So, in partnership with Shining City, you can make that happen for them!

    Shoes That Grow: All over the world children are going without shoes and even if they have them, they often grow out of them quickly ending up bare-footed after all. “The Shoe That Grows” is a ministry that provides expandable shoes for children and adults that are not only sturdy, but that also expand (forward and sideways) with the growing foot. The shoes are $20 a pair.

    GRAB an envelope! PLACE

    cash or check in envelope!

    (please make checks

    payable to Gloria Dei)!

    DROP envelope in red box!

    Christmas Eve Please invite your friends, family and neighbors to join you as we

    worship the birth of our Savior!