1290 Thompson Road

Coos Bay, OR 97420

(541) 267-2347

office.gloriadeifamily@g mail.com

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Welcome from the pastor


Welcome to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. We are a congregation of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) www.elca.org and the Oregon Synod
www.oregonsynod.org . Since 2009, we have welcomed pastoral interns to Gloria Dei.
This is like student teaching, but for pastors. In January of 2018, we became a
Reconciling in Christ Congregation www.reconcilingworks.org that welcomes everyone
into all aspects of congregational life and leadership: All gender and sexual expressions
and identities, all ages, all race and ethnicities, all economic and marital situations, and
all physical and mental abilities. We have Sunday School for all ages during the school
year and feature a VBS program in the summer.
I grew up in Wisconsin, went to college at UW-Eau Claire, worked for Wausau Insurance
Companies in Wausau, WI for 6 years before quitting my job to become a youth and
family minister at my home congregation in Merrill, WI. I enjoyed that ministry so much
that I went to Seminary at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, IA from 1999-
2003. My first call was in Fordville, ND. I have been at Gloria Dei since January of 2007.
I have been married to Jeranna since 1997 and have 4 Children. Annika, Elias, Ezra, and
Marcella. Marcella recently joined our family through the foster care system in Oregon.
I am a busy husband and father. You can often find me at games, meets, concerts, or
picking up my kids from practices. I love to cook. And my hobbies are golf and
racquetball. You can also find me on the local mountain bike trails from time to time.
Thank you for checking us out.
Peace, Pastor Jon Strasman

Calendar of Events

Worship Schedule

Sundays: 8:30am & 11:00am

First Sunday of Advent is

December 1, 2019

Schedule of  Christmas events:

Monday, December 2nd—Southwestern Oregon Community College Choir Fall Concert-Christmas—7:00pm

Wednesday, December 4th—Advent Soup Supper—5:30pm and Advent Worship Service, 6:30pm

 

Saturday, December 7th—Sea Breeze Harmony Chorus Home for Christmas, an afternoon of joyful singing to celebrate the season—2:00pm

 

Wednesday, December 11th—Advent Soup Supper—5:30pm and Advent Worship Service, 6:30pm

 

Saturday, December 14th—Installation of Oregon’s newly-elected bishop, Laurie Larson Caesar at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland at 11:00am.

 

Sunday, December 15th—Sunday School Christmas Pageant during the 11:00am service, special music, Scripture readings, the manger scene and a clever storyline that reminds us of the many surprising elements of the Christmas story.

 

Wednesday, December 18th—Advent Soup Supper—5:30pm and Advent Worship Service, 6:30pm

 

Tuesday, December 24th—Christmas Eve early-bird Worship Service, 3:30pm

 

Tuesday, December 24th—Christmas Eve late Evening Service, 11:00pm