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Top Ten New Opportunities You Are Going to Love This Year!

We are pumped for this upcoming year and made this list of all that we are looking forward to, so you can look forward to it too!

Top Ten New Opportunities You Are Going to Love This Year!


  1. Kick Off!

We are kicking off the year with bouncy houses, mini donuts, and loads of fun for everyone outside on the north side of Gloria Dei!
Sunday September 8 from 9:50-10:50am.

2. Excavation Station and more!

This year’s Sunday School is getting a refresh! Stations and rotations provide for all learning styles. The Excavation Station kicks off each unit (four weeks) with a deep look into and experiencing the Bible Story. Skits, videos, songs, and wonderments will abound!

3. B.Y.O.B. = Bring Your Own Bible

B.Y.O.B. is at the beginning of each unit for the excavation station. We will learn how to look up stories and find things in the Bible. Did we mention there will be stickers??

4. Confirmation Retreats

We all need a break from it all, at times. Every grade in Confirmation will have a retreat to bond, unwind, connect, and learn something together. Sixth grade is September 28-29, seventh grade is a one-day Saturday retreat in January 2020 (date TBD), and eighth grade is May 2, 2020.

5. Sunday eves with GDYG

The last Sunday of the month will be dinner gatherings offsite for high school youth with GDYG. If your family is interested in hosting, contact D.J.
Dates are: September 29, October 27, November 24, December 22, & February 23.

6. New Logo

This year’s theme verse is Micah 6:8. It is our code of conduct, our encouragement, and unites our mission inside and outside the building!

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7. GDYG Cheer Squad

Which school and youth activities will D.J. be attending this week? How can I cheer on my fellow GDYG friends? The GDYG Cheer Squad is our way of supporting youth in their activities. D.J. will be communicating what’s coming up and how we can hang out and support our friends.

8. Sunday School Opening & Closing

Grades 1-5 will start with Opening including music with D.J. and the Dinosaurs, weird wonderments with Jonette, and connecting questions with their groups. Preschool 1, Preschool 2, and Kindergarteners will wrap up Sunday School with Closing that includes music, the take away of the day, and final fun.

9. [Church] Bags

Have a hard time collecting things your kid(s) need for church? We are including bags into our milestones for three years olds and sixth graders. Three year olds will receive and design their own “church bag” for their Bible, snacks, and activities they bring to church. Sixth graders will receive a “confirmation bag” to transport their Bible, writing utensil, etc. for Wednesdays.

10. Sustainability

We’re going green at Gloria Dei! Or at least challenging ourselves to be sustainable and do better to care for the earth. Be prepared to learn and be challenged alongside with us as we care for our home planet.

and extra BONUS….

It’s YOU!

You are the bonus, the special ingredient, the maximizer! You bring your gifts, your unique you-ness, and all your great individuality that make every opportunity new and extra special! We can’t wait to see you.

See you at the Kick Off! (refer to #1)

Get to Know Jonette!

Getting to Know Jonette (pronounced like bonnet)

We asked Jonette 10 questions to get to know our new Children’s Programming Coordinator better!

1. What drew you to Gloria Dei?

Gloria Dei offered to employ me to do what I love to do, with people that believe like me. Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

2. Do you like coffee or pop?

YES….I drink one cup of coffee a day and I don’t really drink much pop anymore. Every once-in-a-while I crave a fountain Diet Coke from McDonald’s or a can of Diet Dr Pepper. 

3. Summer or winter

I am a winter girl (not Polar-vortex winter but regular winter). I don’t like to be hot...there is only so much clothing you can take off; but you can always add another layer or snuggle under a blanket if you are cold. 

4. What is your third favorite dinosaur? 

Brontosaurus (after the T-Rex and Stegosaurus).  I like the name Brontosaurus because it means “Thunder Lizard.”

5. What celebrity or historical person would you choose to have dinner with?

(Besides Jesus...I have lots of questions for Jesus) I choose Mr Rogers. I got to meet him once, in college. But I would love to share a meal with him and just soak up all his “Mr Rogers-ness”. He was kind, thoughtful, smart, faithful, and so dang nice.

6. Tell us three words that describe you.

Creative, friendly, funny

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7. What is your role here at Gloria Dei?

I get to coordinate programming for children in Preschool through 5th Grade, including Sunday School, Milestones and VBA (Vacation Bible Adventure). That is my main role.  BUT I also get to work with the other staff to imagine and execute ideas for great ways to help us all encounter Christ.

8. If you could have any animal- imaginary, domestic, wild- as a pet, which would you pick and why?

A Penguin...they are such funny little creatures. They always make me smile. Plus, most types of penguins like winter too. 

9. Do you like movies or books?

YES, I love books and movies! I like movies about books (usually, I like the book better). I learned to read before I could walk, but I have always loved to go to the theater and watch movies. I like mysteries and romance, and I read lots of best sellers and Shakespeare. I also like to read plays. 

10. What is your favorite treat? 

Popcorn, with butter and salt and maybe a little pepper. I also like it with caramel or chocolate, with Parmesan cheese, or dill, or just plain….