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4-Week Bible Study

“These Texts are ‘Extra’ - Reading Early Church Literature as Scripture”

Wednesdays May 24 & 31 and June 7 & 21

6:30PM in Sacred Grounds

Come at 6PM for Finger Food & Fellowship

Dr. Crystal Hall will lead this study again about books that didn't make it in to the Bible. While the New Testament canon of 27 books is effectively closed, early churches held hundreds of additional letters, gospels and acts sacred. This series will explore some of these extra-canonical (outside the canon) texts. While early church leaders excluded them from the New Testament, they are no less a part of the Christian tradition. Topics will include: The Acts of Paul and Thecla, The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and The Odes of Solomon.

We will gather at 6PM for light appetizers and fellowship (bring a snack to share as you are able) and then at 6:30PM for the study. Invite a friend!

NO study on Wednesday, June 14.

Please remember to wear red on Sunday, May 28 for Pentecost!

Red symbolizes the fire of the Holy Spirit that descended that day.

"Suddenly a sound came from heaven. It was like a strong wind blowing. It filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like fire in the shape of tongues. The flames separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit." Acts 2:1-4


Yoga on Tuesdays in the Zabor Room

Gentle Yoga at 10AM

Gentle Chair Yoga at 12PM

Next Sessions on May 23

Please arrive 15 minutes early

Gentle Yoga is a 60-75 minute class. Please bring your own mat. If you don't have a mat, one can be provided.

Gentle Chair Yoga is typically a 45 minute class. No equipment or previous Yoga experience needed!

Both classes are led by JoAnne Monahan, a certified Kripalu and Chair Yoga Instructor. If you have any questions, please email JoAnne at [email protected].


Send in your Graduates' Photos!

Please send in photos of loved ones in your extended family who are graduating this year!

Whether it's from preschool, kindergarten, grade school, high school, college, or beyond, send in your pictures to [email protected] so we can celebrate with you!

Please specify the name of the person, their relationship to you, from where they are graduating along with any degrees you wish to name, and what the person plans to do next.

Deadline to submit is Friday, May 26

Thank you Rev. Emmanuel Philor and to our talented musicians & tech booth personnel who brought to you the Sunday, May 21 worship services:

Tech Booth:

*Ken Barber

*Mike McNulty-Bobholz


*Angela DiPalantino - guitar & vocals

*Vinny Feliciano - drums

*Aidan Fell - bass

*Mary Jones - keyboard & vocals

*Chris Schmer - Praise Band Leader

*Lisa Thomas - piano (8:30)

Gloria Dei will be collecting donations

from the congregation to sell at the Flea Market

NO clothing or electronics please!

  • Bring your donations to Christian Fellowship Hall
  • Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, June 2
  • 10AM to 4PM

Questions? Contact Dawn at [email protected].

Gloria Dei Flea Market & Bake Sale

Saturday, June 3

8AM to 1PM in the church parking lot

Sign up to sell your treasures!

  • Vendor spots are $25 for two car widths
  • Click HERE for the Vendor sign up form
  • Click HERE to pay online

Vendor sign up forms are also in the Chapel, Sanctuary, and church office.

This is a rain or shine event with a non-refundable fee

Vacation Bible School 2023

at Gloria Dei Church

Hero Hotline:

Called Together to Serve God!

Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11

9AM to 12PM


All children ages 3 (potty-trained) through 5th grade are welcome to participate. Youth that have completed 6th grade and up are eligible to volunteer.


Early registration is taking place now through June 30. The cost is $35 for one child and $55 total for two or more children.


Click HERE to register. You’re registration is not complete until your online payment has been made. Click HERE for the payment page.


If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Dana Harrison at [email protected] or 215-947-8200, ext 104.

See you this summer!

The Autistic Art Coalition of Philadelphia

First Annual Art Exhibition

Friday, June 2 from 6-9PM

Held at the Mural Arts Philadelphia's Tacony LAB Community Arts Center located at 6918 Torresdale Avenue

Click HERE for the applicant form to have your art displayed.

Click HERE for more information about attending the event.

Do Good Things This Summer! Donate Blood!

Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 6

from 2-7PM in Christian Fellowship Hall

Come to give in June for a $10 gift card by email. Plus, automatically be entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package which includes projector & screen, smokeless firepit, and MORE!


To schedule your appointment online, go to and enter gloriadeihv

To schedule an appointment, you may also:


Thank you for helping save lives!

"Mack & Rita" will be the June movie!

Matinee & Munchies

Wednesday, June 7

1PM in Sacred Grounds

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

Join us next month as we watch "Mack & Rita!" This movie is 1 hour and 35 minutes long.

Questions? Contact Dana at: [email protected]

Mark your calendars: Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 11

following ONE combined 10AM worship service

We are sad to announce that Pastor Karyn’s last day as Lead Pastor of Gloria Dei Church will be on June 30, 2023

There will be one combined worship service at 10AM

on Sunday, June 25 to celebrate Pastor Karyn's time here

“I have loved my seven years of being one of your Pastors so much and will miss you all very deeply.” Click HERE to read the full letter from Pastor Karyn and Church Council President, Dave Blanton.

Church Council is here to listen to you!

Please email them at [email protected] with any questions, comments, concerns, or ideas that you may have.

Click HERE to see who your elected representatives are.

Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 21, 2023

First Reading: Numbers 11:24-30

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

Gospel: Acts 2:1-21


Lead Pastor: Karyn L. Wiseman, [email protected]

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

Kids and Family: Dana Harrison, [email protected]

Tweens & Youth: Pastor Karyn; 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]; Keisha Wilkins,

[email protected]

Church Council: [email protected]

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-3:30pm; Friday: 9:30am-1:00pm



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