Our Worship Schedule
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.
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.
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Worship services on Sundays only.
Adult Sunday school 8:00am
Worship services at 9:30am and 5:00pm
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com or (816) 931-0027.
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.