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Holiday Cabaret

THIS Saturday, December 2


Christian Fellowship Hall

Come for a festive evening of entertainment featuring: Sheridan Seyfried, Chelsea Delgado Merz and friends including Ya-Jhu Yang!

Light fare will be served at this BYOB event.

The cost is $10/person

Click HERE to purchase your tickets online, or you may pay cash at the door.

First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2023

Communion Sunday

Order of Worship for 10AM service held both in the Sanctuary & online

~Pastor Brendan Galvin will be preaching.

~Click on the church websiteFacebook page, or YouTube page to watch

  • Welcome & Prayer
  • Litany & Candle Lighting
  • Song
  • Statement of Faith
  • Song
  • Children's Message
  • Scripture: Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:1-2
  • Message: "Jesus’ Royal Titles" ~Pastor Brendan
  • Song
  • Prayer & The Lord's Prayer
  • Communion & Musical Offering
  • Closing Song & Giving
  • Church News
  • Blessing for the Week

Meet in Sacred Grounds after worship for fellowship, coffee, and treats!

Cathedral Worship Service

Sunday, December 3 at 11:30AM

in the Sanctuary

Gather on Sunday for the monthly Cathedral worship service at 11:30AM. This service will have Communion, traditional organ music, hymns, and a sermon.

The 8:30AM Chapel service and 10AM service in the Sanctuary and online will take place as well with Communion served at both.

Meet in Sacred Grounds after worship for fellowship, coffee, and treats!

Lectionary Readings for the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2023

First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Gospel: Mark 13:24-37


The Labyrinth will be available in the Zabor Room before & after all 3 services on Sunday, December 3

The labyrinth is an analogy for life. It is not a maze or a puzzle to be solved but a path of meaning to be experienced. Its path is circular and convoluted but has no dead-ends.

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Socks for the Streets 5th Annual Sock Drive

Now through December 17

Please bring your donations to church on Sunday or to the church office during the week.

New socks ONLY please!

Care Bags Collection

Gloria Dei is collecting items for Care Bags for those experiencing homelessness

Please donate the following:

small water bottles, gloves, hats, socks, chapstick, wet wipes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, single serve snacks, nail clippers, hand warmers, band aids, combs, soap, and travel-sized tissues, deodorant & hand lotion.

Please bring your donations to church on Sunday and place them in the marked bin in the back of the Sanctuary or to the church office during the week.

Giant & Wawa Gift Card donations needed

Please donate gift cards to the church to help people in our community in need. Your donation will be acknowledged on your Giving Statement.

Sign up for Lunch

at the Congregational Meeting

on Sunday, December 10

following ONE combined 10AM worship service

Sign up on sheets in the Chapel & Sanctuary, or email

Deadline is Monday, December 4

Poinsettias for the Sanctuary

Purchase poinsettias this Christmas Season “in Memory of” or “in Honor of” someone special

Plants are $20 each

Place your order by Sunday, December 10

Click HERE to order & pay online.

Order forms are also available in the Chapel & Sanctuary. Please leave your form & payment in the offering box.

Following the last Christmas Eve service, you may take your plants to enjoy, or pick them up from the church office that week.

Volunteer at Caring For Friends

Tuesday, December 12


at their northeast Philly location:

12271 Townsend Road

Anyone ages 12 & up, meet at Caring For Friends to prepare and package meals. Come late or leave early as your schedule allows.

Click HERE to sign up or email Dana at

Matinee & Munchies

Wednesday, December 13

12PM in Sacred Grounds

“It's a Wonderful Life” is this month's movie

Bring your favorite beverage, we’ll supply the movie and munchies. Come and enjoy this Christmas classic!

This movie is 2 hours and 10 minutes long.

Questions? Contact Dana at or

Betsy at

Make Your Voice Heard Via the Synodical Mission Profile Survey


In May of 2024, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod will be electing a new bishop. Bishop Davenport is concluding her six-year term.


A brief survey developed by the Transition Team is now available via Google Forms. We hope that you and members of your congregation will take the time to complete this survey. Surveys must be completed by Monday, December 11.


Click HERE to access the survey. Results will be posted by the end of the year on the synod’s website. 

Thank you for your participation. 

Patricia Moore & Pastor Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath

Transition Team Co-Chairs

Do you have an interest in or knowledge of Human Resources processes and policies?

If so, the current HR Committee needs YOU!

Gloria Dei is looking for two additional people to volunteer some time to review HR policies and job descriptions to bring them up to date.

This team will meet quarterly after an initial meeting or two. If you are interested in helping on this important committee, please email Church Council at

Feast of Justice: Holiday Special VOLUNTEERPALOOZA!

Come serve in their 100% volunteer-staffed, grocery store food pantry this Holiday season!

Create relationships with volunteers and guests while feeding our community in Northeast Philadelphia.

Click HERE to sign up in December.

Click HERE for more information about volunteering.

Christmas Eve Services

  • 3PM Traditional: BOTH in-person & livestreamed
  • 5PM Family: in-person ONLY
  • 8PM Contemporary: BOTH in-person & livestreamed

Please note, there will be NO morning services on Sunday, December 24


Lead Pastor: Brendan Galvin,

Senior and Lay Ministry: Betsy Maier,

Kids and Family: Dana Harrison,

Tweens & Youth: Dana Harrison

Praise Band Leader: Chris Schmer,

Office Staff: Susan Earp, Bookkeeper,; Jennifer Suit, Office Manager,

Property: David Stryker, Facilities Manager,; Jeff DeHaven,

Church Council:

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:30AM-3:30PM; Friday: 9:30AM-1:00PM




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