At Gloria Dei, volunteerism is a part of our culture. We believe that we should not just celebrate, but share Christ’s love. A major part of Gloria Dei's ministry is partnership with community and international groups that carry out loving service. We believe it is integral to our ministry to be instruments of healing. Jesus said, "Whoever gives even so much as a cup of cold water to a thirsty one, because they are a disciple of mine, shall gain a great reward." (Matthew 10:42)
Get Involved Inside Gloria Dei
We need members to help us keep Gloria Dei running smoothly. Maybe you feel called to help with one of these things: take communion to the homebound, acolyte (light the candles and assist Pastors during worship), become an usher or a greeter and be a friendly face to members each week, serve on the Altar Guild and help keep our worship area fresh and inspiring, or serve as a communion assistant. Contact Sue Sharping for more information (mailbox near the nursery).
Get Involved Outside Gloria Dei
One way we express our partnership is through financial support. Our Mission and Justice Committee develops an annual budget so that a portion of every dollar contributed to Gloria Dei is used for causes like these. We also accept designated gifts for all of these efforts, and "pass through" your additional contributions
If you’d like to learn more about how to volunteer in the local community, contact the church office to be connected with a group. Gloria Dei’s members volunteer in many ways, including bringing flowers to members in hospitals, working local PADS homeless shelters, cooking and baking for those in need, planning fundraisers for families in turmoil, and working with youth on social justice projects. Join us as we do God’s work with our hands.
While you can certainly contact agencies on your own, the church tries to make it easier for you by pointing out the areas of greatest need, and helping match your interests with the needs.
Community organizations Gloria Dei supports include:
- FISH Food Pantry
- Adult Day Care
- Bridge Communities
- Boy Scouts of America
- Hope's Front Door (formerly Walk-in Ministry of Hope)
- Labor of Love
- Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)