You are invited to join your friends at Gloria Dei in a variety of lifelong learning opportunities:


Current Event Discussion Group

You are invited to join us on Wednesdays from 5:00 - 5:45 PM in the Lounge. This is perfect for parents of children in the choir; those arriving early for Church Night Supper; those looking to make some new acquaintances; and those wanting to discuss current items in the news along with the relevance to modern Christian living. Based on The Wired Word, we link the latest headlines to appropriate Scripture. Each week will include biblical commentary and discussion questions related to a recent topic in the news. No commitment - just drop in.

Adult Sunday School: In Depth Study of the New Testament

Adult Sunday School meets at 9:45 a.m. in the Conference Room from September 18, 2016 -- May 21, 2017. We will study the New Testament using the book introducing the New Testament by Mark Allen Powell. This will be an engaging and class for those who wish to explore the writings, times and people of the New Testament. Contact Denise Marnen-Jirka for more information.

Theology on Thursdays: God Behaving Badly Book Study

Is the God of the Old Testament angry, sexist and racist? In David T. Lamb's book, God Behaving Badly, he will unpack the complexity of the Old Testament and show us how to God of the Old Testament is abounding in steadfast love and is reconciled with the God of the New Testament. Theology on Thursdays summer sessions will meet on the first Thursday of the month starting June 2nd, 1:30 PM in the Chapel. The group's weekly meetings will start up in September. Please sign up on the blue information sheet in your worship bulletin so that we can order the appropriate number of books.


Scripture Circle Bible Study

This group gathers on Wednesday mornings from 10:00-11:00 AM in the beautiful church library.  This study tends to be a deeper thinking discussion group addressing the scripture lessons for the upcoming week.  Contact Pastor Tim for more information. 

Word for the Week Bible Study 

This group gathers on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 PM to study and discuss the scripture readings for the upcoming weekend worship services, and how the readings relate to their lives.  Some of the upcoming topics will include the golden calf, letters to Timothy and the comfort of being "found" by God in the Gospel of Luke. This group tends to have people with a variety of backgrounds and interests.  Contact Pastor Kral for more information.

Theology on Tap

Our Theology on Tap group meets monthly, partnering with Rev. Craig Felde of Christ Lutheran Church, Clarendon Hills. No RSVP necessary, just drop on by!  Saturday nights, 6:00 pm at Tracy's Tavern, 401 55th Street, Clarendon Hills. The next meetings are February 25 and March 25. We hope you can join us for a convivial atmosphere of good Christian conversation and fellowship, with Tracy's great food and drinks to match! 

BROS @ Work

A Men's Ministry that mentors and teaches teen boys basic construction skills and how to work with tools of the trade.

60 Minute Book Group

The 60 minute Book Group meets monthly on the third Monday for one hour at 12:15 pm in the church library.  All are welcome to share titles and discussion on fiction, non-fiction and Gloria Dei library selections.  Come as you are and bring a sack lunch if you like.   

WELCA Circles 

Circles: Four circles meet at various times during the first two weeks of the month.

Elizabeth Circle meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in member's homes at 7:30 PM. Elizabeth Circle focuses on doing hands-on Christian action projects at their meetings as well as fellowship.

Martha Circle is a daytime group meeting in member's homes or in the Church Lounge on the 1st Friday of the month at 1:00 PM. Martha Circle helps to create Neo-natal bibs and Memory Boxes several times a year. Their activities also include Bible and other book related studies as well as fellowship.

Priscilla Circle meets on the first Thursday of the month in member's homes at 7:00 PM. Our activities include studying the Bible based on lessons from Gather Magazine, Christian Action projects and fellowship.

Sarah Circle meets on the first Tuesday of the month in member's homes or at the church at 11:00 AM. Sarah Circle participates in service projects, fellowship and studies, scripture and theology from a fariety of resources. 

For more information on any of the Circles, please contact the Church office.

Third Tuesday Morning Women's Group

This daytime group meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10:00 AM. A variety of topics is presented and discussed.

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