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


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….

Krista Celebrates One Year at Gloria Dei

Krista Celebrates One Year at Gloria Dei

by Krista Monson

When celebrating a “birthday person,” one of my favorite traditions is to ask them to share two highlights from the past year and one or two things they are looking forward to in the new year. June 4th is quite a significant day in my life. Not just because it’s my birthday, but it is also the day I started working at Gloria Dei. This year, I celebrated my birthday and the annual anniversary of being a part of Gloria Dei. So my response to a highlight from the past year was joining Gloria Dei!

Reflecting on the past year and my first year here at Gloria Dei instantly brings a smile to my face. I have met fantastic people. I have gotten to know youth and witness their growth inside and out. I am amazed and humbled to play witness to their questions, wonderments, and senses of humor. I laugh a lot here! My heart is gladdened to call people by name. I know them! Plus, sharing our stories and sharing in The Story.

I really appreciate hymns and have some favorites that date back hundreds of years. One being I Love to Tell the Story. It instantly transports me to standing on the pew between my grandparents, proudly holding onto the heavy hymnal, singing aloud in my Kindergarten voice that didn’t fully know the words, and listening to the clear voices surrounding me in song.

Stories and memories have been created with the Gloria Dei youth and community. Whether it be being mistaken as the mom of five seventh grade girls on a summer trip, “Wow quintuplets!”, or utilizing my Harry Potter knowledge to tame a wiley kid at VBS; the chance to sit with a sixth grade small group as they share the intense issues they face in middle school, or listening to a parent share current joys and concerns of his or her family; I am constantly awed and humbled by my opportunity to grow and learn alongside you.

In one year, we have shared many stories. I look forward to sharing more. I look forward to more moments when a child hears a Bible story and their eyes go wide in wonder. I look forward to unpacking The Story with middle school Confirmation students and connecting how it relates to us now. I look forward to sharing in experiences and building memories that become our shared story. What a blessing of connection we have here. I am so blessed to be a part of it.