From the Pastor:
In 1977, when the Holy Spirit finally got through to me what it meant to be a follower of Jesus, I gained, overnight, an insatiable appetite for the Bible. I carried a small pocket New Testament with me everywhere I went – remember, this was when I was 25 and could still read the “fine print” contained therein. I quickly read through the entire New Testament, then started again, and then again. In those first 3 years, I read through the entire New Testament probably 10 times. I tried the Old Testament, but 2 things stood in my way. First, it wouldn’t fit in my pocket, and second, I quickly found out how daunting that reading was as I bogged down in Leviticus and Deuteronomy. So I switched back to the New Testament – Matthew through Revelation was a lot more understandable!
And it still wasn’t enough. It became such an obsession to Know God better through His Word. Ann and I quickly agreed that we needed to know the Word at a deeper level, so off we went to Bible school in Seattle, no small thing since at the time we had 3 children along for the ride. At Lutheran Bible Institute in Seattle we had wonderful teachers who walked us through the books of the Bible, along with theology, arts, worship, and ministry classes, and my love for the Word continued to blossom and grow. One of our professors told us to read Scripture “hugging every word.” And since I’m such a slow reader anyway that wasn’t so hard to do.

I began to teach the Bible while still at Bible school, in both a confirmation class at our local church and at Covenant Shores, a retirement home on Mercer Island. Over about 5 years early in my time here I taught through the entire Bible here at Gloria Dei, except for portions of the Psalms, which would have taken an extra 3 years to get through it as it was. In those classes we would read a portion of whatever book we were on and then I’d teach and we’d discuss what it all meant. I can say with confidence now that I’ve even read through the whole Old Testament at least 3 times. And I’ve preached the lectionary cycle of three years 11 times through in my 34 years of ministry.

What I’ve found is that I will always be a student of the Word. There are still insights that pop up for me in my reading or my conversations with Ann that fascinate me. How did I not see that before! Just the other day Ann was telling me how in the section she’s reading from Isaiah, just before the Suffering Servant, that is Jesus, is described and prophesied, there’s a section that refers back to the Exodus, one of my favorite sections of Scripture. Never saw that before!

As Ann and I look toward retirement next year it is my conviction to hand on this love of Scripture to you. I’m starting a sermon series this month, August, focusing each week on successive books of the Bible. Yes, we’ll start in the Old Testament, with the understanding that “the Old Testament is the bolt of cloth out of which the New Testament is cut.” (I’m not sure where that quote comes from – perhaps I made it up, but maybe not.). I pray that God may make His Word come more and more alive to you. Paul writes (Romans 10:17) “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” May your faith continue and always blossom and grow, to God’s glory and for His gain!
Power to you!
Pastor Pat
Our Prayers Are With You
Current Prayers

New Prayers:
  • Peace and comfort to Lylette and family after the loss of her husband Keith.
  • Jeanne’s father is home after being in hospital for heart issues

Prayers for those having tests and ongoing issues:
  • Don is now in hospice care at home 
  • Dick awaiting results of tests 
  • Mary Ann’s husband, Jim in hospice 
  • Effie’s husband, Fred with continuing health problems
  • Shannon undergoing extensive chemo treatment following her breast cancer. 
  • Grace’s son, Richard awaiting a kidney transplant.
  • Therese’s cousin, Irene with ongoing health and financial issues.
  • Rosemary with ongoing pain and medication issues-give both she and David much needed rest. 

Prayers for healing after surgery:
  • Claudette doing better after a procedure.
  • Greta is doing well and is recovering at home after hip surgery.
  • Janet after surgery on hip and pelvis. 
  • Janelle undergoing chemo treatments after tongue cancer surgery.
  • Tim with ongoing health issues after surgery.
  • Lynn’s friend, Linda recovering from having a toe removed

Ongoing Prayers:
  • Jeff’s friend, Paul’s wife, Eileen with pancreatic cancer.
  • Charlotte heart and fluid issues (now in hospice)
  • Continuing prayers for safe travel for John and Anna and Josh.  
  • Give guidance and peace to Scott, Kevin, Glen and Chris with mental health issues.
  • We pray for peace, unity and restoration for the people of Ukraine.
  • Continued prayers for Jill and Margarita. Cover them with safety and well being.
  • Continue to watch over the volunteers and families that come to the ELC and Lord’s Pantry. 
  • Keep the call and transition teams in prayer. 
  • Prayer thread partners as they pray daily for the call process.  
  • Continued prayers for the leadership and all the congregation as we move forward
  • We pray for world leaders to make good decisions as they work for peace and justice.
We continue to pray for: 
Ron Nuessle
Joan Rositano, Claudette Rezos,
Rosemary Livesay, Eva Duffy,
Gilda and Julian Carlsen
Remember our shut-ins
Send them a card and let them know
you are thinking of them. 
Addresses are in the directory
† Chuck is home and doing well following a medical crisis.
† Eloise doing well after cataract surgery.
† Kim is better now after having covid 
† Jessica’s breast cancer is being controlled

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord ~Psalm 150:6
To submit a prayer request:
Please contact Joyce Boddie,
Gail Castle, or Pastor Pat.
You may also email the church office
to add people to the Prayer List.
We Pray for many people
whose names are not published
For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.
 Psalm 71:5
I’m sure we all have hopes of good health. Immunizations have helped make that hope plausible in many cases. For those who refuse to take advantage of this, their only hope is in the Lord.

The following information is from the website: CDC Gov/Vaccines
August is National
Immunizations Month
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)
is an annual observance to highlight
the importance of vaccination for people of all ages
On-time vaccination throughout childhood is essential because it helps provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.

By staying up to date with vaccines before and during pregnancy, you can pass along immunity that will help protect your baby from some diseases during the first few months after birth. Vaccines given before pregnancy may also help protect you from serious disease while you are pregnant, including rubella, which can cause miscarriages and birth defects.

Infant and Toddler Years: Birth to Age 2 Vaccination helps give infants and toddlers a healthy start. More than one dose is necessary for many vaccines, to build and boost immunity. Because influenza viruses are constantly changing and the body’s immune response declines over time, everyone over the age of 6 months needs a flu shot every year.

Your child needs additional doses of some vaccines from ages 3 through 6. You may need a certificate of immunization to enroll your child in school and Teen Years: Ages 11 through 18 As protection from childhood vaccines wears off, adolescents need additional vaccines to extend protection. Adolescents need protection from additional infections as well, before the risk of exposure increases. As your child heads to college, make sure all vaccinations are up to date and he or she has a copy of all immunization records. If your child travels outside of the United States, check if he or she needs any additional vaccines.

Everyone should get a flu vaccine every year
before the end of October, if possible.

Adults need a Td vaccine every ten years. Healthy adults 50 years and older should get shingles vaccine. Adults 65 years or older need one dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine followed by one dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Adults younger than 65 years who have certain health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or HIV should also get one or both of these vaccines. Adults may need other vaccines based on health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits.

Donna
The month of August offers these health topic observances: Breastfeeding Month; Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month; Minority Donor Month; National Immunization Month; Psoriasis Awareness Month; & Spinal Muscular Atrophy Month. World Breastfeeding Week is 8/1-7
The Leadership Team met on July 19, 2022
Here are some highlights of current activities around Gloria Dei:
ELC The summer school program is under way and proceeding well.. We currently have 14 students and all are doing great! Unfortunately, Vacation Bible School was cancelled due to lack of student signups. It was determined we need to start advertising in April and May as that is when parents start looking for summer programs for their kids. We’ll start planning earlier and hopefully have a good turnout. The new school year will begin on August 1st this year.

Lord’s Pantry–The Pantry continues to see an increase in clients. We are up to 150 Families a day are coming for food. Fortunately, we’re seeing a good turnout of volunteers. We had a bi-annual site monitoring by Second Harvest, and passed with flying colors. Kudos to Mary and Dennis and the volunteers who are so dedicated to the Program. Food donations from Second Harvest and local stores continue providing the bulk of our food needs. Your donations of food are always appreciated. As we had mentioned in previous months, cash donations to help with building and staffing expenses are very low. If you are able to donate additional funds, it would be appreciated. We are using the back end of the Pantry building for the program, but the office and front storage room are still shut down and waiting for the city to release the permits to complete the construction. We’re hoping for a resolution by the end of July. Please keep the Pantry in your prayers.
 
Care Ministry– Our Care Team is continuing their Informal visits at church, home visits, and phone calls. Over 60 clients are being served each month. Donna continues to create Health Ministry Corner articles, which are sent out by Constant Contact each week and a monthly Messenger article.

Worship Activities– Attendance at worship on Sundays at 9:30 AM is growing and we’re starting to see some of our pre-pandemic friends more regularly, as well as some new faces, too. Online worship, either by live-streaming the service at 9:30 am Sunday, or later by Facebook or You Tube from the church’s website. Is going strong, too. We’ve continuing to do bi-monthly communion (in person) on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. “Drive through” communion continues on the first Sunday only. Please watch your Constant Contact announcements for times. “Coffee Hour” continues each week. Coffee is always available but treats need to be supplied by Members to enhance the experience. Please sign up to host a Sunday on the list next to the coffee center. Flowers really brighten up our service. Please consider bringing flowers (you take them home after the service) and sign up on the Flower Chart in the Narthex.

Facility Activities– A Facilities Committee continues to develop with members from both Gloria Dei and the IMDC to help take care of all the facilities actions that are required to be done. Lots of activity takes place during the week to repair and update the Campus. We continue in the process of creating new websites (for the Church, Pantry and ELC) to make it easier to use and more appealing. We’ll let you know as the are up and running.

BBQ– On July 19th, we had our first Fellowship Activity since our pre-Covid days. Over 50 people, including 2 families from the ELC and over a dozen volunteers from the Pantry attended this FUN event. The company was great, and the food was FANTASTIC. A great time was had by ALL.

GDLC Finances/Budget– Contributions for the year continue to be a bit low We thank you for all your support for Gloria Dei. Our Treasurer, Barbara McCalment can answer any questions on the best way to give online. As always, members are encouraged to use the “digital” platforms to make their tithes and offerings. If you need help with any of the plans, feel free to contact Ernie Moore, who can help! . A QR code is now available to make online giving easier. 

Call and Transition Team Activities– The 2 Teams are busy with activities in preparation for Pastor Pat’s retirement. Our church documents are being reviewed and modified and new ones are being created. Another Fellowship activity is planned for the September/October timeframe. We’ll keep you posted on plans. Please plan to attend. We have posted a Call for a new Pastor online and are starting to see some interest. The Call Team is working hard to find the right individual that God is calling to move us forward.

Watch your bulletin, Messenger and Constant Contact emails for upcoming events!

HABITAT for HUMANITY
NGO [Non-governmental organization]
for Consideration of your Benevolence Giving
Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward our vision by building strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

Habitat for Humanity, like many other nonprofit organizations, relies on volunteers to achieve its mission. Volunteers play key roles across the scope of nonprofit work, from working in offices to supporting programming in communities. Volunteering can also take many different forms, from long-term volunteering to virtual volunteering and more. The value that volunteering brings to the organizations served is well-known, but the impact of volunteering doesn’t stop there. Although many people are motivated by a sense of altruism, the volunteers themselves walk away with benefits.

Research has shown that volunteering is associated with improved health and well-being, including increased longevity, adoption of healthy lifestyles and reduction in depression and stress. The service volunteers provide also goes on to benefit the communities in which they live and serve.
☀️ Happy Birthday ☀️
AUGUST BIRTHDAYS
8 David Bakken
14 Bob Martinez
18 Ron Nuessle
20 Saundra Zimmerman
24 Joyce Boddie
29 Karen Hokanson