Somewhere or other, you will find what is needful for you in a book." George MacDonald  

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Book Review

Image result for twilight by elie wieselWhile watching the news on the weekend prior to July 4, I heard that Elie Wiesel died on July 2, at the age of 87. Coincidentally, that weekend I saw the library cart with books from our library just outside of worship. Elie Wiesel’s name caught my eye because his name just being on the news. I checked out the book.

This is a work of fiction by Elie Wiesel, that I’m sure contains experiences from the time of the Holocaust. At first, I didn’t understand his writing style. But as the story unfolded, I discovered that the main character, Raphael was alternately in the past and in the present.  The story of the effect of the German invasion into Poland on his family was eye opening.  I would definitely recommend this book as one of the hidden treasures in our library.  Joyce Pauly




Where is the church library?

The Gloria Dei Memorial Library is at the east end of the Gathering Area - opposite the sanctuary.  Please visit!

Why do we have a church library?

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church has a church library to provide resources for the spiritual and recreational reading of members and to enrich the work of the church.  You will find materials that will help you grow in faith and understanding of Christian life, as well as fiction with a Christian slant.  Most materials in the church library reflect Lutheran doctrines and perspectives, and are often not available in public libraries.

What is in the church library?

The library has materials for ALL church members and visitors - young and old!  The Children's Corner has board books for our youngest members, as well as picture books, fiction and non-fiction for somewhat older members, and children's videos and DVDs.  Sunday school teachers can find materials to supplement their curriculum.  Young adults and adults can choose from a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, as well as videos, DVDs and music CDs.  The library also has a variety of magazines for both children and adults.  members of the Church Council or committees can find useful information to help them in their work. 

How do I check things out of the church library?

The church library is always open for browsing and quiet reading.  Library Committee members are available on Sunday mornings to help you, but you are welcome to use the materials at any time.  To check something out, please sign the check-out card found in the back of the book or DVD with your full name and the date, and if you print, we will be very grateful!  Put the check-out card in the small basket on the circulation desk, and take a due date slip.  Library items can be checked out for 2 weeks.   When you return your library materials, please put them in the large basket on the circulation desk, or in the black box right outside the library door - do note put them back on the shelves yourself!

How can I help in the church library?

The Gloria Dei Memorial Library is run by a committee of members from the congregation.  If you would like to be part of the group, please contact the Church Office, or talk to a committee member.  Library Committee members are Committee Chair Lois Schultz, Barb Chang, Diana Doyle, Phyllis Flowers, Chris Graves, Joyce Pauly, Jill Samonte, and Kristin Schultz.

Is there anything else I should know about the church library?

So that the library can stay current, Glori Dei's budget includes a line allocation for the church library.  But memorials and special gifts from individuals and groups are always welcome.  We also accept donated books, if they meet the church library's colleciton policy.  If you have a question, just ask a committee member. 



Try a magazine 

Magazines are available to browse in the library or check out.  Most have websites with additional content and information on how to subscribe. 

The Lutheran

The Lutheran magazine belongs to the people of the ELCA in all our diversity.  The magazine nurtures awareness of Christ's presence in our lives and in the world, shares stories of God's people living their faith, connects us with the global Christian community, provides an open forum for discussion, challenges us to bring God's grace and care to all. 

The Little Lutheran

The Little Lutheran is a monthly 24-page magazine in picture book form for children six and younger.  Their website has a section "Children Ask About" with answers from pastors - and your child can submit a question!  There are also review of books, DVDs and websites. 

Today's Christian Woman

A magazine and website for the Christian woman who wants to love God more deeply and live fearlessly for his kingdom. 


Gather, the magazine of Women of the ELCA, offers a mix of articles, theological reflections, devotions, and stories of comfort and challenge that helps readers grow in faith and engage in ministry and action. 


The magazine of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Epistle is published three times each year to highlight events, opportunities and accomplishments within the LSTC community 



Gloria Dei’s Library Now Has Fitness DVDs Available for Rental!


These fitness DVDs were selected by the Parish Nurse, Jean Versaci.  All have been highly rated by consumers and have exercise levels suitable for all ages and abilities.  Enjoy programs in Fitness, Pilates, Tai Chi, Cardio, Strength Training, Weight Loss, Toning, Yoga and Chair Yoga.  Exercise in the privacy of your own home, solo, with a buddy or group*.  If you would like to start an exercise club at Gloria Dei, please contact the Parish Nurse at 630-968-6231, extension 110. 

·         Joel Harper’s Firming After 50                                                                                  

·         Stronger Seniors Core Fitness Chair-based Pilates Program        

o   Designed to strengthen abdominal, lower back, & pelvic floor, improve balance, posture and proper breathing

·         Chair Yoga Program                                                                                                       

o   Enjoy benefits of yoga in a safe, gentle program, increase flexibility,

o   range of motion and core strength.  No pretzel poses or getting on the floor.

·         Absolute Beginners – Cardio & Strength Training for Seniors                    

o   For anyone who wants a beginning workout.

·         Yoga for Beginners                                                                                                        

·         Scott Cole:  Discover Tai Chi for Balance and Mobility – Exercise for Seniors and Older Adults

·         Element:  Pilates Weight Loss for Beginners                                      

·         Gilad:  Beginners Weight Loss and Toning Program                                                        

·         The Fitness Fix Intermediate DVD                                                                          


*Remember to check with your doctor before you start an exercise program, especially if you have a health condition.  

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