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Coos Bay, OR 97420

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                             Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

            Weekly E-Newsletter

               April 3, 2020

         Please remember that

Staying home is an act of love.


Please reconsider if your trip to church is essential. We’re trying our best to keep things safe for us and for you. Pastor will be working from home in compliance with the governor’s “stay at home” order.

It is not essential that she work from the church office. Please don’t hesitate to call, text, or email me. pastorpeggy@hotmail.com or 802-579-1948.

Friday, April 3 . The narthex floor is

being refinished. NO ENTRY  to the Building


Need help picking up things locally?  These generous people have offered to help!

  • Jenny Forbes is in Coquille (541) 297-5481

  • Violet Ahlstrom also is in Coquille (808) 281-2247


Who would like to volunteer to do a bit of yard work?

Wanita Russell could use someone to cut a bit of grass in her patio. She reports it is such a small plot, that it can be easily cut with a line trimmer. She is unable to do it herself.

Call Pastor for information, or call Wanita directly. Just let her know you’re from Gloria Dei.
Thank you!








Join us Online  for Worship

Sunday, April 5, at 10 a.m.

You will be sent via emailworship materials and a link to log in.

We’ll resend the link Saturday, as well.Call the office if you are not on the email list!  



Staying in touch.

Would you like to be called? Would you like to call others?

Your pastor and council currently are making calls to members in this unique time of forced separation. Let pastor know if you can call others, or if you’re craving connection and would like someone to call you.


Meetings and Bible studies can still happen, they just need to be done remotely, that is, online.



Dear Friends,
We are restarting the adult bible class using Zoom this Sunday, where we will finish up First Corinthians. 

You can bring up the meeting by just clicking on the link you have been sent.  The class will end five minutes
before our 10 am church service, also on Zoom.

Topic: 1 Corinthians
Time: Sundays, from 9:15 to 9:55 am

Jim Gilbert


Want to Help Others Fight the Coronavirus?

Get the tutorial on JoAnn-Fabrics’ website or copy and paste this link:


We have received a call from Avamere in Coos Bay. They are looking for people to sew face masks for their employees. They need two layers of cotton fabric to be used for all of the face masks.


While you’re at home sheltering-in-place,

And send them to pastorpeggy@hotmail.com

Connie Monahan and Pastor Peggy are in the process of putting together the new edition of Gloria Dei’s Pictorial Directory. PLEASE, if you haven’t been a part of this directory before, send pastor a recent digital photo, saved electronically.






Texts for Palm Sunday

Today, we encounter the paradox that defines our faith: Jesus Christ is glorified king and humiliated servant. We too are full of paradox: like Peter,  we fervently desire to follow Christ, but find ourselves afraid, denying God. We wave palms in celebration today as Christ comes into our midst, and we follow with trepidation as his path leads to death on the cross. Amid it all we are invited into this paradoxical promise of life through Christ’s broken body and outpoured love in a meal of bread and wine. We begin this week that stands at the center of the church year, anticipating the completion of God’s astounding work.

FIRST READING:                                                 Isaiah 50:4-9a

4The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens—wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. 6I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.

7The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;

8he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. 9aIt is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?


PSALM:  31:9-16                                                         

9Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I | am in trouble;
my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat | and my belly.
10For my life is wasted with grief, and my | years with sighing;
my strength fails me because of affliction, and my bones | are consumed.
11I am the scorn of all my enemies, a disgrace to my neighbors, a dismay to | my acquaintances;
when they see me in the street | they avoid me.
12Like the dead I am forgotten, | out of mind;
I am as useless as a | broken pot. R
13For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; fear is | all around;
they put their heads together against me; they plot to | take my life.
14But as for me, I have trusted in | you, O Lord.
I have said, “You | are my God.
15My times are | in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who | persecute me.
16Let your face shine up- | on your servant;
save me in your | steadfast love. 


Second Reading:                                                                         Philippians 2:5-11

5Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, 6who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.
 9Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.


GOSPEL:                                                                                           Matthew 21:1-11

1When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” 4This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, 5“Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” 11The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”    



Remember in Prayer


  • The congregations of Augustana and Central Lutheran in Portland. Each lost congregational members this past week due to COVID 19.

  • Tom and Laura McElligott’s son, Brian, as he recovers from a broken back sustained in an auto accident.

  • Ray Nelson -  hospitalized briefly

  • Bob Dehart – recovering at home from surgery

  • Mike Huffman – hospitalized Thursday, March 19

  • Wanita Russell – recovering from a series of illnesses.

  • Maxine Wood – recent loss of her husband. End of life issues.

  • Kay Hamilton – Recent falls.

  • Karen Johnston’s brother-in-law, Bob Johnston, Cancer

  • Larry Wood – home from the hospital

  • Alice Kenagy, an active member at Gloria Dei, died peacefully in her sleep on March 20th. She lived in Texas where she moved to be close to her daughter. She was 93

  • Leroy Hawkins recently died in Portland. Please keep his widow, Susan Coons, in your prayers

  • Peggy Oswald Schwarze died in her sleep on Saturday, March 28, here in Coos Bay. She was 72.


Prayer Beads

Kathy Whitwer reminds you that she has offered some of her prayer beads  for your use,  especially

during this

difficult time.

Please call Violet

in the church

office to sche-

dule a time to
        view them.





Thank you

To all those who helped out with our grounds clean-up last week!

Posted on GDL Web site 4/1/2020

Gloria Dei happy volunteers preparing the Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving 2019 Meal

Gloria Dei smiling faces preparing the Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving 2019 Meal