At Gloria Dei, we have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved in our community.


Whether you would like to get involved in the church as an usher or you would like to participate in our annual Christmas Cantata, we have a variety of groups and activities that you can volunteer to be a part of!

Our Worship Schedule 

Summer schedule

Memorial Day- Labor Day

                                                Worship services at 5:00pm Saturdays

                                                                9:00am Sundays

5 pm Saturday evenings

The tone of our Saturday evening service reflects the fact that it comes at the end of the day, rather than the beginning. It is a quiet, intimate setting with a core of regulars that gather each week alongside those who may have other events or conflicts on Sunday morning services. 

Full schedule will resume in the fall

8 am Sunday mornings

The 8 o’clock service on Sunday morning follows the same traditional setting of the liturgy used on Saturday evening, but the atmosphere is more upbeat. At this service, we gather to be energized by God as we start our day. Our Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir often perform at this service. 

10:30 Sunday mornings

Our 10:30 service on Sunday morning is more relaxed and informal than the 8 am service with a more contemporary setting. More families with children come to this service than the other two, which adds even more spirit of the gathering. You can hear our choir at this service as well.

Our Music Programs at Gloria Dei 

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is blessed to have musicians on staff to enrich our worship with a wide range of music. Taylor Tracy is our Music Director, with Dr. Calvin Permenter and Dr. Tracey Johnson as our principal accompanists. 

We have two different active choirs at Gloria Dei: our Chancel Choir and our Handbell Choir. Beyond providing special music throughout the year, the regular musical groups have two special weekends each year where they are the primary preachers in worship — the Christmas Cantata weekend in mid-December and Music Weekend in early June— and the Sunday School kids lead a grand celebration of Christmas with their Christmas program.

Handbell Choir

If you can read music, we would be happy to teach you how to use handbells.   Our handbell choir rehearses Sunday mornings at 9:15 am between services. Performances occur on Sunday mornings at either the 8 or 10:30 services and will be announced by the Music Director.

Chancel Choir

Whether you know how to read music or haven’t learned how to (yet), we welcome you to join our chancel choir. Our rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Performances occur on Sunday mornings at either the 8 or 10:30 services and will be announced by the Music Director.

Outreach Ministry Team

The Outreach Ministry Team is dedicated to sharing God’s love within our church community and the community at large through service programs and charitable activities. Click on the months below to see what we are up to and feel free to call the church office for more information. 

Serving monthly lunches at the Gathering Table (formerly Children’s Memorial Lutheran Church).

New sock & underwear drive at the Park Hill Student Clothing Center. 

MLM’s Annual Feed the Hungry Drive

Diaper Drive at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Summer Reading Program at Chinn Elementary.

Back to School Fair at Platte County UCS. 

Food Drive: Gloria Dei Food Assistance Program  

Blanket Drive and filling Christmas Stores with MLM and Platte County UCS.

Bible Study and Small Groups

At Gloria Dei, we have a variety of small groups that meet in our church annually they include Adult Bible Study, NorQuest, Sparky’s Boys, the Gloria Dei Reading Team, the Wednesday morning Men’s Group and the Women of the ELCA. Brief descriptions of each of these small groups is included below.

Adult Bible Study

The Adult Sunday School class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:15 am to 10:15 am.  We are currecntly studying “Christ the Lightgiver.”  Starting on June 4th at 8:00 am we will begin our summer study “One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ”  

Gloria Dei Reading Team

This small group is for all ages.  We meet every other month to discuss a book that we have read.  All are welcome to join us. We meet on Sunday afternoons.  


An interfaith men’s breakfast Bible study led by Dr. Bill Stancil (Professor of Theology, Rockhurst University). This group meets at church on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:45AM.  

Wednesday morning Men’s Group

This is a social group dedicated to the maintenance and operation of the church facility. This group meets at church Wednesday mornings at 9:30AM.

Sparky’s Boys

This is an interfaith men’s Bible Study group that meets at the church on Tuesday mornings at 6:45AM.

Women of the ELCA

The WELCA Dei Circle meets every Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m at church. This group participates in fellowship, Bible studies, fundraisers to support MLM and the Platte County needy, crafting and many other special activities during the year.

Kids, Youth and Youth Fusion

“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.” Psalm 127:3-5 


At Gloria Dei, we are blessed to have parents  and other church members volunteer their time to teach our young ones about the love of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and God the Father. We have three separate youth groups that are active in our church: our “kids” group including the youngsters attending church ages 3 to 11,        our “youth” group consisting of kids ages 12 to 18, and our “youth fusion” group also consisting of 12 to 18 year-olds (middle school and high school). Our kids and youth groups meet for Sunday School at 9:15 every Sunday morning and children’s message is offered for younger kids during 10:30 service after reading of the Gospel.

What makes our kids, youth and youth fusion groups so unique is that they are highly involved in our church (as acolytes, greeters and/or readers) and in our community. Our youth fusion group in particular raises money for various causes throughout the year, including disaster relief when hurricanes crash against our coastlines and when those who are homeless need basic supplies like toothbrushes, socks and underwear. As mentioned on our homepage, the youth fusion group        meets on the first and third Sundays of every month from 5:30 to 8pm where they discuss outreach opportunities and grow in faith with Scripture and the Word of God.

If you would like to be a parent/adult volunteer to help with any of our youth programs or have a child who would like to get involved, feel free to contact the church office at (816) 741-3150 or reach out to Michelle Boe for more information on our youth fusion program at 

The Stewardship Team

The Stewardship Team is dedicated to exploring the resources of the church and studying ways the partners in ministry can maximize their use. We believe that giving of a person’s time, talent, and treasure leads to a well rounded attitude of stewardship.

Who We Serve

We Serve the church, all partners in ministry as well as visitors from our community. We strive to develop a deeper understanding of stewardship. When a person understands that stewardship is about, all of the gifts we have been given and not just money, we come to understand our own role in God’s ministry better.  

When We Meet

We meet the second Thursday of each month at 7pm in the church office. Anybody who is interested in learning more about our Stewardship Team or would like to join the team is welcome to attend our meetings to learn more.

Typical Activities

Along with various activities that we plan throughout the year, we publish monthly articles in the church newsletter and offer support to other teams as they face difficulties in their duties. We pray for guidance, wisdom, and optimism to be granted to our church and all those who enter its doors.  

Active Team Members

Some of our active Stewardship Team members include  Kris Smither, Steve Fogt, Art Lupin and Tommy Tedford. Anyone interested is welcome to join our team.


We are actively seeking feedback from those willing to share in ways that we can improve our church and the use of our resources. Please feel free to submit any suggestions to: or call Jennifer Smith at (816) 616-4717.

Additional Involvement Opportunities

Some of our additional involvement opportunities include acolytes, ushering, joining our church council, growing fresh produce in our community garden, our facility management team, our food assistance program, MLM (metro Lutheran ministries) and our shawl ministry team. Below gives a further description of each of these involvement opportunities. 

Shawl Ministry

Shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace, and spiritual sustenance. Many individuals at Gloria Dei have donated their time and talents by creating hand-knitted and crocheted shawls for those going through a difficult time in their life and are in need of comfort. Anyone is welcome to take a shawl and share it with someone who is in need.

Our volunteers also create Comfort Caps that are provided to the Ronald McDonald House and Childrens Mercy Hospital for the benefit of children undergoing treatment for cancer.

The Shawl Ministry meets every Sunday morning at 9:15. Come, learn and share your ideas.

The Shawl Ministry is lead by Sandy Fogt.


Metro Lutheran Ministries (MLM)

Part of our Outreach programs

MLM is a coalition of 50 KC Metro Lutheran congregations enabling low income people to meet basic needs, recover self-sufficiency and regain hope. We provide financial and personal support for MLM Christmas Store, donate to food and clothing banks, provide job-skill training and more.

If you would like to know more about MLM or are interested in helping families in need, please contact Jim Glynn at or (816) 931-0027.

Community Garden

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church provides a Community Garden that is available to anyone in the Northland who is interested in growing food for themselves or to share with others. Whether you love to garden or just want to give it a try, we encourage you to apply for a FREE garden plot. You will gain new friends while experiencing the joy of gardening!

The Community Garden is lead by Kelly Grau and Ric Smith. For more information on our Community Garden, please call (816) 916-5907. 

Food Assistance Program/Generosity USA Food Pantry 

Part of our Outreach programs

Gloria Dei’s Food Pantry serves residents of Platte and Clay counties in need of assistance. Participants are required to show proof of residence when they come to our food pantry – no financial information is required. The Gloria Dei Food Pantry is open from 7:00 to 9:00 am on the first and third Saturday of each month. We are always open for new volunteers to help us serve those in need.

If you have any questions regarding the food assistance program, feel free to contact the church office at 741-3150.

Facility Management Team

The Facility Management Team is responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the church building interior and exterior. This includes the general cleaning and upkeep of both the interior and exterior (mowing the grounds is also an included task). 

This group does not meet on a regular basis, but on a need-to-know basis when maintenance is required.

The Facility Management Team is lead by John Taveras.


Acolytes are a very important part of the Worship Service and also play a vital role in the life of the church. Youth in 3rd grade and above may participate in the Acolyte Ministry. Acolytes are trained to serve in worship, the congregation, and the community. They learn to become leaders by mentoring new acolytes, and planning and participating in programs for the congregation.

There are three levels of Acolyte: Acolyte, Senior Acolyte, and Master Acolyte. To reach each level an acolyte has to meet certain requirements. They also earn different crosses and pins along the way as they attain the different levels.

The Acolyte program is lead by Heather Mecham.


Contact us

Gloria Dei office hours:

Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm CST

Gloria Dei Church address:

5409 NW 72nd Street

Kansas City, MO 64151

Contact our Church office at:

(816) 741-3150

Our Parish is lead by

Reverend Edward Wunderlich.