Exciting News! We are starting a brand new ministry at Glendale Lutheran, Holy Yoga. The first one will be Saturday, February 9th from 9-10am in the Family Life Center. But let me share with you how this came about. At the end of last year, a Glendale preschool teacher, Cathy Frazier, came to me with the idea. She said that she was trained in Holy Yoga and she would love to teach classes through the church. Cathy is a lifelong Lutheran whose family is in Illinois. She used to live in Arizona and she got into Yoga. She loved the emphases on a healthy mind and body. It got kind of expensive, $20 a session, so she started looking for other yoga studios. She found Holy Yoga which combined her Christian faith with yoga.
I started researching it at www.Holyyoga.net. Their purpose statement says, "Holy Yoga is experiential worship created to deepen people's connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ-honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect to God through His Word, worship and wellness." I've heard objections from some Christians that yoga is inherently connected to eastern religions, but I think that is nonsense. Why should they have a monopoly on stretching, breathing and meditation? When Yoga is bathed in scripture and prayer to Jesus then it is transformed into a new creation. Lutherans should know that they have the freedom in Christ to love yoga!
This is a great opportunity for us to connect Glendale with the preschool community and our neighborhood. We are inviting CCLS teachers (we have over 25) to come and try it. I have a dozen church members who have said that they can't wait to be a part of it. I can feel God working through his people. Bring a yoga mat and $5. It only seems fair that we compensate Cathy for her time and training. Invite friends. Most people will be beginners so don't be intimidated. Grace has agreed to babysit for the first one. The sessions will be every other Saturday 9-10am and every Tuesday from 4-5pm. Pray for this new endeavor God has brought to us. If God has placed a new ministry on your heart, share it with me.
Daily Bible Reading
A big Thank You to everyone who helped take down Christmas decorations on Sunday!
New Flower Chart
The 2019 Flower Chart is up by the office! Please stop by and reserve a Sunday or two or three. Thank you!
Tables of 8
It's time to "shush away" the winter blahs with some warm fellowship and good food! Sign up sheet for Tables of 8 is posted on the kiosk. Last day to sign up will be Sunday, January 28. We will begin in the month of February and conclude in May. Questions? Call Carol Froesel at 822-1365.
On Sunday February 10, we will be welcoming CCLS families and staff to worship at Glendale in celebration of our partnership. Like last year, we will be hosting them for breakfast after worship. Please see the sign-up sheet on the kiosk and let us know what you'll be able to bring. Thank you!
At a December Voters' meeting, our members voted to move ahead and develop our courtyard area on the Sappington side of our church.
We have already garnered more than half the building and development cost:
We have member bequests totaling ------------------------- $52,795.
Your Leadership Council and Elders have pledged ------- $36,500.
One-third of our 75th Anniversary fund contributes ------ $ 3,400.
Recent member contributions add another----------------- $ 4,000. Giving us a current total of -- $96,695.
On the table at the rear of the church, you'll find a display of pledge progress, along with a box to drop your completed pledge cards.
We will be accepting pledge cards through January because the contractor is ready to begin work this winter for planned completion in the spring.
Please prayerfully consider your pledge to this project - and make Glendale Lutheran Church more visible and welcoming to anyone traveling along Sappington Road.
Notes from the Music Director
New choir members always welcome!! See or call Jim Thielker - 314-487-6942.
During the coming year we will present a "glossary" of Christian "terms" each week. Today's word is ABSOLUTION -- announcement of forgiveness following the confession of sins.
Hopeful Living Devotionals
A number of you have asked about the current Hopeful Living devotional booklets. Unfortunately, due to some confusion regarding our account with the distributor, we will not be receiving the January-March issue, but we should be receiving the April-June ones in early to mid March as usual. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Used Vehicle Needed
A college-age GLC member is looking to purchase a used car or truck to use for long drives next year to Nebraska. Please contact Pastor Scott with any leads. Thank you!
The Word Within the Word
This Sunday (1/20)
Next Sunday (1/27)
Andy & Tracey Ortstadt
Bill & Judy George
Ken & Jeanne Clark
Ken Clark, Jack Hurley, Jeff Wille, Rodger Lubben
Mike Toney, Terry Buchholz, Steve Phelps, Rodger Lubben
Bible Class Video Support
Glendale Lutheran Church, 1365 North Sappington Road, Glendale, MO 63122