A special prayer service will be held on the first anniversary of the fire that devastated Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Duluth. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, exactly one year since the fire, members and friends will meet for scripture, prayer, singing and speakers, including Mayor Emily Larson and Lee Stuart of Chum, plus a procession encircling the Gloria Dei building. The event is at Dougherty's Funeral Home on 6th Avenue East and Second Street, and a reception there will follow. Parking is available either at Dougherty's or at Gloria Dei. All are welcome.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Duluth commemorated Sankta Lucia again this year following their worship service on Sunday, Dec. 11. In the fellowship hall of the former Faith Lutheran Church building at 51st Ave. East and Glenwood Street where Gloria Dei is currently meeting, Daphne Amundson spoke of the saint, historically from Italy and beloved in Scandinavia, who is known for bringing light and hospitality to people during the darkest time of the year.
For now Gloria Dei Lutheran Church's building at Sixth Avenue East and Third Street remains boarded up as a result of last February's fire. But the congregation will still hold its Fall Fair this year 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 325 E. Third St. Everyone is welcome and the event is free.
Every Tuesday morning during the growing season, Gloria Dei's "Tuesday Tenders" meet to care for the gardens at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, located at the intersection of Sixth Avenue East and Third Street. Surrounded by the concrete of the city, Gloria Dei's gardens provide a lovely and fragrant place of respite and contemplation for passersby, employees of Essentia and other nearby businesses, and for Gloria Dei members who come to spend time near the church building.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church has Hope. Hope for a blessed future. Hope to carry on its ministries despite dislocation from the church building on Sixth Avenue East and Third Street in Duluth, after its tragic fire in February. Hope in the goodness of God and God's promises. And Hope the Bear, a soft, furry, huggable companion sent from First Lutheran Church of Lorain, Ohio, to help Gloria Dei through a challenging time.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Duluth celebrates the 74th anniversary of its radio ministry on Sunday, March 20. Join in the celebration as Gloria Dei worships at Faith Lutheran Church, 51st Avenue East and Glenwood Street at 10 a.m., followed by coffee and cake in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome. Or you can tune in to the service on WDSE 710 AM radio or online at gloriadeiduluth.org/worship/liveaudio.html.
Their historic church building may be charred and battered, but members and friends of Gloria Dei Lutheran will continue their ministry to Duluth's Central Hillside. The 110-year-old church at Sixth Avenue East and Third Street was devastated by a fire on Feb. 18. As of the Budgeteer's Feb. 24 deadline, the cause is yet to be determined. Area churches and organizations are offering space to Gloria Dei so that its ministries can go on.
Last Sunday, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at Sixth Avenue East and Third Street in Duluth celebrated the 10th anniversary of Rev. David Carlson’s installation as pastor there. Gloria Dei has...