The following is an article about our church from the Lutheran Foundation. Their readers are encouraged by the work God is doing through you. You can find the article at www.serveboldly.org/glendalelutheran.
In mid-2017, when Pastor Scott Jonas took the call to Glendale Lutheran Church, he knew the congregation had been hurting. After nearly seven years of leadership change and transition, they were losing hope and vision for what God had for their church. Little did they know that the next year would be one of great revitalization.
In early 2018, Pastor Jonas gathered 30 of Glendale's members to explore, with the help of Send Me St. Louis, how God has blessed them - what gifts, skills, and tools he has already provided them to reach their community. Of this experience, Pastor Jonas says, "It was really a tool for gratitude for all God has given our church. It was very energizing." Through asset mapping, the theme of hospitality emerged, as well as a desire to see their space fully utilized. They prayerfully decided they would try to host some sort of event to gather the community on Glendale's property. Unbeknownst to them, God was already working on the plan.
Shortly after their asset mapping session, the church was contacted by the city of Glendale. Their space, which usually hosted the annual Jazz Festival, was under construction and they wondered if Glendale might be willing to host it on their property. The church couldn't believe what they were hearing - clearly God had been with them, guiding them through their time of asset mapping! God had been preparing them for this, to feel equipped to say "yes!"
On Friday, May 25th, 3,000 people gathered at Glendale Lutheran Church for the city's 19th annual Jazz Festival! To engage and welcome them, the church had a booth staffed by volunteers with a bubble machine, chalk, and glowsticks. The event was a huge success and the city is now talking about whether they might want to partner with Glendale again next year. What might be even more exciting, though, is that on Saturday, June 30th, Glendale hosted their own follow-up event, "Music on the Lawn," and 100 people attended, with about half being non-church members from the community. That's 50 people who may not have otherwise engaged with the church, and for a 2nd time!
With a renewed hope in the Lord and a clear vision of how they can serve their community, the congregation is feeling inspired to continue the momentum. Going forward, they are seeking ways to better engage with the local elementary school and cannot wait to see how the Lord directs their steps.
Daily Bible Readings
Fresh Look for GLC Website and Facebook Page
The GLC website has a lively new look and new ways to find it. You can use any of these addresses to get to the new and improved site.
We also have a new Facebook page. Check out Glendale Lutheran Church - LCMS on Facebook. Like us, follow us and share posts about our members and community. A newly formed Communications Committee has been working on these updates and other ways to spread the word about GLC ministry. If you have ideas for increasing the visibility of our ministry or interests in social media, photography, web technologies or communication in general, let Pastor Scott know.
Upcoming Pancake Breakfast
Glendale Lutheran will be hosting our annual pancake breakfast (normally held in the spring!) for our CCLS Preschool families on Wednesday, October 3 from 7:30am-9:00am. If you would like to help flip pancakes or even just enjoy meeting some of our preschool families, please contact Sue Schultz (314-304-0556). Thank you!
The Leadership Council is accepting nominations for two members to serve on the Leadership Council to replace outgoing Council members Bruce Hartung and Andy Ryan and for nominations for two members to serve as Elders to replace outgoing Elders Robert Lubben and Ron Froesel. Each position on the Leadership Council and as an Elder carries a three-year term.
Please let anyone on Leadership Council or the Elders know if you would like to nominate someone (including yourself) to fill one of these positions. We hope to have nominations no later than early-September so the Leadership Council can consider them and provide recommendations in advance of our October 2018 Voters' Meeting.
Potluck Dinners are starting up again on Wednesday, September 19! Fellowship begins at 6:00pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm. Bring an appetite and a dish to share!
Thursday Evening Women's Bible Study
Autumn is nearly here, and so is the Thursday Evening Women's Bible Study. Beginning on September 20th, this group will again be meeting the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. If you're interesting in joining or have any questions, please contact Cathie Albers at 314-882-2033.
Faith Support for Individuals with Loved Ones in Jail
Through his role as Chaplain for the St. Louis County Jail, Pastor Vince Stanley has recognized the emotional stress placed on individuals when a loved one is in jail. Pastor Stanley has formed a faith-based and confidential support group for individuals who have loved ones currently or formerly incarcerated. The group will meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm at Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood. If you are dealing with this stressful situation or have experiences to share, please join this group.
Glimpses from the Homefront
21 February 1945
Paper arrived today via Pony Express...Glendale is an insignificant tiny circle on the map, but to me it's the most important city on the face of the earth...news from there is most welcome even if it isn't an AP dispatch. Tell us when the flowers are blooming...the folks are getting along...news along the main drag (Sappington Rd.) etc...such things are welcome. Regards and congrats on the paper.
T/Sgt R.W. Nickels, SC Radio Station W A R, Alexandria, VA
Interested in a game night of Dartball (baseball game played on a dartboard with darts)? Join us on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in game room in church basement. Refreshments provided--no experience needed (just a willingness to laugh at yourself and others)!
Yard Work Volunteer Wanted
We are looking for a volunteer to maintain the boxwood bushes on our campus. Bushes should be trimmed as necessary (2 to 3 times per year). It is estimated to take two to three hours to trim. We will provide a cordless trimmer unless you prefer to use you own. Please let Michelle know if you are willing to take responsibility for this seasonal task.
Come one, Come all! Lutheran South is hosting a Homecoming Carnival on Friday, September 28 from 5:00-10:00pm and Saturday, September 29 from 11:00am-9:00pm. This community event will include rides, games, funnel cakes and more! Enjoy the football game Friday night and live music Saturday while your kids are entertained riding the scrambler or racing the pigs. Bring the entire family for a weekend of fun! Wristbands for unlimited rides are available for Saturday only from 11:00am-6:00pm. These can be purchased at lhssstl.org/carnival. Regular ride tickets, as well as tickets for food and games, can be purchased at the event.
The Wizard of Oz
Christ Memorial Lutheran Church invites you to attend The Wizard of Oz. Performances will be held on September 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30pm and September 16 and 23 at 2:30pm. All seating is reserved. Tickets for children will range in price from $5 to $15, while tickets for ages 13 and over will be $10-$20. Tickets may be purchased online at CMPShows.org, at the church at 5252 South Lindbergh Blvd (Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm). Email Tickets@CMPShow.org for more information.
St. Johns Lutheran Trivia Night
The Women of the Word of St. Johns Lutheran Church invite you and the members of your congregation to join us for our annual Trivia Night, which will be held on Saturday, September 22, at the St. Louis Police Officers' Association Hall (3710 Hampton Ave., between Mardel and Tholozan). Doors open at 6:00pm and trivia starts at 6:45pm. The cost is $20 per person or $144 for a table of eight, which includes trivia, soda, cookies, and light snacks. Beer and wine will be available for purchase (alcohol and coolers are not permitted). Tickets may be purchased by contacting the church office at 314-773-0126 or calling Maureen at 314-200-6296.
The Word Within the Word by John Wehmueller
This Sunday (9/16)
Next Sunday (9/23)
Jack & Norma Bentzinger
John & Miriam Lee
Joan Schlichter & Jean Das
Ken Clark, Jack Hurley, Jeff Wille, Rodger Lubben
Judy George, Becci Sasser, Theresa Canania
Bible Class Video Support
Next Sunday's Bible Readings
Prepare for next week's worship through a careful, prayerful reading of the appointed lessons for the day:
Jeremiah 11:18-20; Hebrews 8:1-13; Mark 9:30-37
Glendale Lutheran Church, 1365 North Sappington Road, Glendale, MO 63122