This Week

Major Dates CYF Calendar for 2019-2020

Major Dates Calendar for all ages

September 

4- Three year old Milestone, 6th grade orientation, GDYG Leadership Team Meeting

8- Kick Off event & Backpack Blessing

11- Confirmation begins; GDYG Kick-Off

15- Sunday School Orientation

18 - GDYG Sustainability Night in the Garden

22- Sunday School, Kindergarten Milestone, Summer Trip Information Meetings

28-29 Sixth Grade Confirmation Retreat


October 

6- Confirmation Sunday, Mission Sunday

16- NO Confirmation, MEA

17- GDYG Fall Retreat

20- NO Sunday School, MEA

27- Third Grade Milestone


November 

17- Second Grade Milestone

27- NO Confirmation, Thanksgiving


December 

1- Family Adventfest, [Advent 1], Mission Sunday 

8- [Advent 2]

15 [Advent 3], Cantata

22 [Advent 4], “Christmas Story Rehearsal”

December 25- Christmas Day, NO Confirmation

December 29- NO Sunday School, Christmas break

January 2020

7th Grade Retreat

1- NO Confirmation, Christmas break

5- Sunday School is back

8- Confirmation + GDYG are back

19- NO Sunday School, MLK Jr. weekend


February

2- Mission Sunday, Camp GEV Sunday

9- First Grade Milestone

17- NO Sunday School, President’s Day weekend

22- The Auction

26- Ash Wednesday


March

Fifth Grade Milestone (March 1, 8, 15)

25- Last Day of Confirmation

29- NO Sunday School, Spring Break


April

1- Spring Break, NO GDYG 

5- Palm Sunday

6-11 Holy Week

9,10,11 Three Days

12- Easter Sunday, NO Sunday School

26- Fourth Grade Milestone


May

2- 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

10- Mother’s Day, Sunday School kids sing at worship

17- Last day of Sunday School, Senior Recognition Sunday


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)

Vacation Bible School 2019 Recap

Vacation Bible School 2019 Recap

By Krista Monson

Photos from each day are on Facebook!

Imagination Station was fun for Gizmos and paper beads! We learned a fun fact every day with our safari strips before making paper beads.

Imagination Station was fun for Gizmos and paper beads! We learned a fun fact every day with our safari strips before making paper beads.

Day One

VBS is off to a great start! Today we learned that when life is unfair, God is good!  

In Wild Bible Adventure, we learned about the Parable of the Vineyard Workers (Matthew 20:1-16), and that God is an unconditional Giver. Though life will provide fair and unfair times, we can always rely on God’s love for us and all. 

Imagination Station introduced us to safari strips to make paper beads everyday. By the end of the week, they will create a bracelet. VBS campers also learned about kinetic and potential energy. A fun, Science GizmoTM came home with them. It’s in a paper bag and there is a sticker explaining how you can talk to them about their Gizmo and day at VBS! They receive a new Gizmo, that they have tried out in Imagination Station, every day at VBS.

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Day Two

We said fun prayers before snack every day. Ask your camper about the JAWS prayer!

We said fun prayers before snack every day. Ask your camper about the JAWS prayer!

Today we learned that when life is scary, God is good!  

Wild Bible Adventure focused on the story Jesus Calms the Storm (Mark 4:35-41). We used our imaginations as campers climbed into a “boat” and a storm hit; complete with sound effects, lightning, and rain! We discussed things in life that makes us fearful, including storms, and how we can be reminded to look to God in prayer for peace and calm. Krista shared how when waking up from bad dreams, she says a prayer out loud until she feels calm. When life gets scary, God is good!

We met Hooper the hoopoe bird today at VBS. Campers have a fun, Science GizmoTM to share with you today. 

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Preschool and Kindergarten campers had fun and engaged playtime during Exploration Stations every morning.

Preschool and Kindergarten campers had fun and engaged playtime during Exploration Stations every morning.

Day Three

Tomorrow is our last day of "ROAR"!  Today we learned that when life changes, God is good!  

The story of the Israelites escaping Egypt and wandering the wilderness was the story in Wild Bible Adventure today. We traveled around the church and discussed how changes happen constantly. Changes can bring complaints, but we remember that even when life changes, God is good! New experiences, friends, and favorite things and memories can come from changes. Just like VBS!

Presto Change-o! VBS campers have a special GizmoTM today that highlighted our Bible Point. 

Thank you for letting us share this week with your child(ren). A big THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. You all make VBS amazing!

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We are grateful for the friends made at VBS!

We are grateful for the friends made at VBS!

Day Four

Note from Krista:

What a week! When kids gather for VBS to learn, play, and connect, God is good!

I have felt so heart-filled this week. It has been such a blessing to witness the kids sing, laugh, wonder, try, dance, smile, giggle, and connect with one another. I had the opportunity of leading first through fifth grade in Wild Bible Adventure time, and watching all of them wonder and get caught up in the wild story was a daily dose of awesome. 

It was high energy watching the whole group sing the songs together during opening and closing. It was obvious that those CDs have been utilized at home and in cars. You have my permission to “misplace” those CDs for a couple weeks this summer for reprieve, if needed. While cleaning up and putting away VBS decorations, some leaders were still pounding out the VBS music CD through their speakers. I think after today, I will be taking a break from it; though I am sure it won’t stop running through my head! 

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We collected an amazing amount of items for Bundles of Love:

  • 2,461 diapers

  • 5,185 wipes

  • 930 oz baby wash/shampoo/lotion!

A huge thank you to all volunteers! To those who donated snack items or materials, were crew leaders, led stations, helped kid wrangle for drop off and pick up, decorated and set up spaces, and all those who supported the event- THANK YOU!!! This week was a success because of you!

Did your child(ren) enjoy VBS? We have more awesome events throughout the year! 

  • Keep the fun and learning going throughout the school year! Registration for Sunday School and Confirmation are already open and available online

  • Community Camp at Good Earth Village. Gloria Dei goes to Good Earth Village August 9-11 for a weekend away from home to: splash in the creek, hike, play, relax, connect, and be in the beautiful scenery and great outdoors! More information and registration on the website.

  • Worship in the summer happens on Sundays with The Table in the Sanctuary at 8:45am and EPIC 1:8 in the Worship Center at 10am. There is also a midweek worship on Wednesday nights at 6pm in the Sanctuary. 

Confirmation Year in Review 2018-2019

What a year! The last night of Confirmation this year was cancelled on Wednesday, April 10th due to snow and weather. Quite a reflection on the oddball weather we experienced throughout the year. We still got many chances to connect, learn, laugh, and worship together. Water’s Edge worship is our large group time. Many stories were shared this year. The four seasons, the greatest gift I have ever received, Aha Moments, and Love in Lent (aka Get on the Bus!), and more.

Highlights include: small group time, Christmas party, creative and fun LABS projects, silly gifs in the announcements, and service projects. A big thank you to all volunteers who helped make this year happen: service project leaders and small group guides! These caring adults make the Confirmation community a fun and awesome space to learn and grow.

This was my, Krista, first year on staff and involved with Confirmation. I had a blast! It has been a blessing getting to know everyone. Next year I look forward to more Water’s Edge worships, guide huddles, LABS, service projects and small groups; as well as the addition of retreats! Keep your eyes and ears open for the 2019-2020 Confirmation calendar and updates this summer!

Thanks for a great year! Check out the Family Hubs’s photo gallery for some snapshots of this year’s events and captures.

Summer Camp at Good Earth Village!

Summer Camp at Good Earth Village!

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Summer Camp registration is open at Good Earth Village! Super Early Bird discount is 15% until February 3rd, 11:59PM. Details for dates, programs, costs, and more are available at www.goodearthvillage.org/summer. Gift certificates are available at www.goodearthvillage.org/giftofcamp, or by calling 507-346-2494.

$50 Gloria Dei scholarships are available for week long registrations. Contact Krista at kristam@gloria-dei.com with any questions.