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CROP Hunger Walk 2022

Sunday, October 16

Please join us on this year's South DuPage CROP Hunger Walk!. Our congregation is signing up walkers to join others in the church and community who are walking to reduce hunger in our area and in the world. We are also taking donations to support the Hunger Walk. If you can't walk, please consider donating to Pastor Claude, Pastor Andi, or Pastor John (or all three!).

Each Sunday, you can sign up to walk in the parlor or donate to CROP Hunger Walk online here. (see below) Our church’s goal is to raise $10,000. Last year, we surpassed our goal! Let's do it again!

All contributions to CROP Hunger Walk go to local food pantries and Church World Service to alleviate hunger locally and worldwide. 

The walk starts at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4501 Main Street, Downers Grove (map).

  • 1:30 - Registration
  • 2:00 - Walk begins

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Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 4501 Main Street, Downers Grove
Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 2:00pm

2023 Annual Giving Commitment

We are starting our 2022 finance campaign this month. This year’s theme is “Reconnect, Renew, and Reach Out.” Your giving to the church is an act of worship. Our financial gifts make possible the ministries to change lives, transform communities, and renew the church. John Wesley urged us to “earn all you can and save all you can so that you can give all you can.”

This October, we explore our membership vows of presence, prayer, service, gifts, and witness. On Commitment Sunday (October 30) we celebrate the exciting opportunities for the church. Christ is always with us, and our church is always there for us as well through our children and youth ministries, inspirational music programs, dedicated staff, and most of all, our finest traditions of relishing the glory of God in our lives.

As the church, we are the heart, spirit, and hands of God’s love — and we are putting love into action. As the Finance Committee works on the 2023 church budget requirements, be aware that estimates show we will need a 4% increase in pledges. Look for information regarding our annual financial commitment campaign on the church website, by email, and by mail in the coming weeks.

We are very grateful for your continued generosity. Every pledge and gift, great or small, helps our church maintain our programs, staff, worship, educational and mission opportunities, and historic building.

Giving Opportunities

We encourage all to give online. If you plan to give regularly this year (weekly, monthly, or quarterly), we encourage you to use the recurring giving option.

You can also give using your phone. Download the Vanco Faith app, the church's electronic giving program or give by texting 630.812.7062.

Hope Still Dwells

From Pastor Claude's sermon on September 18:

“Hope Still Dwells”
by Denise King

The glare of a summer sun shining through my windowpane brings warm thoughts to mind!

Remembering the times when days were long, playing in the street where no crime abides.

Where the grass is green, and the flowers grew. The old gather to share things that matter and the young fill the air with laughter and chatter.

Now these things are long in our past, war is present, hunger, and homelessness are vast.

Crime is in, families are torn, and the dreams of children are no longer born!

Where do we go from here when we see our young, our future, in despair?

Do we look away, having an empty place in our hearts and minds for those who are not in our care?

Or do we just pray and send money to a popular cause, letting our conscious be free and clear?

Where do we go from here when all we see is hopelessness in a world full of tragic circumstances with hatred and indifference to those that do not look and live like us?

We go back to the beginning where hope still dwells. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ brings that hope through the glare of the new summer Son (Jesus) to those who have not
hardened their hearts.

May we all take on the burden to bridge the gap with the love and care that we have in our hands and deep within our souls!

Join us for Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. Online and In Person

Join us Sundays at 10:00 a.m. for worship in person and live-streaming on YouTube! Click here to join us! 

Online Worship
Our live-streamed worship service will be available for viewing on YouTube.

Join us in worship

In-person Worship
We have made the following changes to our policy in response to the recently revised CDC and State of Illinois guidelines:

  • Masks are now optional in the church building and during worship according to recent CDC and State of Illinois Health Department updates. 
  • For those who have not received a complete COVID-19 vaccine yet, wearing a mask is suggested.
  • There will be no tracking method for checking vaccination records. We encourage everyone to become familiar with CDC guidelines and use their best judgment.
  • We are singing during our worship services, however, our Chancel Choir Board voted to continue wearing masks at this time.  

All are welcome!

Can't Make it Sunday Morning?
Our live-streamed worship service will continue to be available for viewing on YouTube at any time. Recordings of past worship services on Zoom are available on our website here.

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