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Worship Service on Good Friday, March 29

5:30PM Service in the Sanctuary & online

Pastor Brendan will be preaching on John 18-19:30.

To watch the 5:30PM service online, go to the church website, Facebook page, or YouTube page.

Worship Services on Easter Sunday, March 31

8:30AM Morning Service in the Chapel

10AM Contemporary Service in the Sanctuary & online (NO Sunday School)

11:30AM Cathedral Service in the Sanctuary

Pastor Brendan will be preaching. To watch the 10AM service online, go to the church website, Facebook page, or YouTube page.

Communion will be served at all three services.

Then the angel spoke to the women. "Don't be afraid!" he said. "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen." Matthew 28:5-6

Lectionary Readings for Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024

First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Gospel: John 20:1-18

Celebration of Ministry Service & Community Dinner

4PM on Sunday, April 7

ONE 10AM Worship Service

4PM Celebration of Ministry Worship Service followed by a Community Dinner

Gloria Dei is excited for our new pastor, Brendan Galvin, and his wonderful family! We are having a special worship service to celebrate our new chapter in ministry and to officially welcome him.

The service starts at 4PM, and immediately after will be a catered community dinner. Everyone is invited!

Click HERE to register to reserve your dinner.

Thrivent Choice Dollars

Thrivent Financial distributes some of its charitable grant funds through Choice Dollars.

Thrivent Financial members have until March 31, 2024 to direct their 2023 Choice Dollars. Please consider directing them to Gloria Dei Church.

You may:

  • Speak with your Thrivent Financial Advisor.
  • Click HERE for information on how to direct your Thrivent Choice Dollars.
  • Click HERE to go to Thrivent Choice online.
  • Call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” when prompted.

Thank you for your consideration!

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25

One House at a Time (OHAAT) DREAM BIG Campaign:

March 2024

Help give warm beds to area children so they can Dream Big!

During the month of March, Gloria Dei will be collecting the following:

  • New Twin Sheets (most needed item)
  • New Pillows
  • New Blankets
  • New Individual Children’s Toothbrushes

Other ways to help:

  • Click on the following links to order a bedtime item from one of OHAAT's wishlists: Target, Amazon, Walmart
  • Click HERE to donate funds directly to OHAAT.

Bring your donations with you to church on Sunday or to the church office during the week

Somerton Interfaith Food Bank Donations

We are now collecting the following needed items:

  • Mac & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Peanut Butter

Somerton is so appreciative of all the items donated!

Thank you for your generosity!

Blood Drive

Tuesday, April 2

2-7PM in Christian Fellowship Hall


To schedule an appointment:

  • Click HERE
  • Go to and enter ArtisHV in the “Find a Drive” box
  • Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)


This drive is being hosted by Artis Senior Living.

Thank you for helping save lives!

Click to listen to Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton's Easter 2024 message.

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Limited-edition Easter cards are available for gifts from ELCA Good Gifts.

Choose your gift, get a card, and make a difference! Your gift supports the ministries of the ELCA.

Click HERE to get started.

We had a SOUP-er time at our Maundy Thursday Dinner Church Service

Thank you to all who brought a delicious soup to share and to everyone who helped make this important evening special.

"As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, 'Take this and eat it, for this is my body.' And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, 'Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and His people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.'" Matthew 26: 26-28

What a fabulous

Easter Egg Hunt and

Palm Sunday Brunch!

A great time was had by all in church, in Sunday School, at the Easter Egg Hunt, & at brunch.

Thank you to the organizers and to all of the volunteers who helped make this day a huge success! We couldn't have done it without you!

Volunteer at Caring for Friends

Tuesday, April 9


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 [email protected]. There are also sign up sheets in the Chapel and Sanctuary.

Last volunteer date until the fall: May 14

Matinee & Munchies

Wednesday, April 10

12PM in Sacred Grounds

“Elsa & Fred” is April's movie

Bring your favorite beverage, we’ll supply the movie and munchies!

Questions? Contact Dana at [email protected] or

Betsy at [email protected].

Set up Online Giving in the Church Center App!

Online giving is fast, easy, and convenient! Through the app or website, you can give one time or set up a recurring donation.

Click HERE when using your phone to download the app.

Click HERE when using your computer to go to the web-based version.

Click HERE to watch a 1-minute video on how to give online using the new giving software.

Click HERE to donate online in our new giving platform.

Please contact the church office if you have any questions at [email protected] or 215-947-8200.

Volunteer Form

Thank you for making a difference in our community! We're excited to partner with you. Please answer some questions on the volunteer form so you can get connected to the right team.

Click HERE to fill out the Volunteer Form online. There are also some paper copies of the form available in the Chapel and Sanctuary.

Laurel House 25th Annual Gala

Saturday, April 13 at 6PM

Sheraton Valley Forge

Please join Laurel House to Light the Night for Hope & Healing and enjoy a fabulous evening of dinner and dancing. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds will fund Laurel House's lifesaving programs and services for survivors of domestic violence.

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

The church office will be closed on Monday, April 1


Lead Pastor: Brendan Galvin, [email protected]

Senior and Lay Ministry: Betsy Maier, [email protected]

Kids and Family: Dana Harrison, [email protected]

Tweens & Youth: Dana Harrison

Praise Band Leader: Chris Schmer, [email protected]

Office Staff: Susan Earp, Bookkeeper, [email protected]; Jennifer Suit, Office Manager, [email protected][email protected]

Property: David Stryker, Facilities Manager, [email protected]; Jeff DeHaven, [email protected]

Church Council: [email protected]

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



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