Ministries

Gloria Dei! Church Council

President: Mark Yerkes
Vice President: Susan Coale
Secretary: Jaime John
Treasurer: Brad McCormick

Communication: Annette Taylor
Fellowship: Sherry Benson
Learning: Keith Limbacher
Service: Kristin Dubinski
Support: Nancy Ochiltree
Support: Eric Ruden
Witness: Bobbi Hobson
Worship: Dale Lauerman

Summary of Ministry Areas and Activities

Gloria Dei! Ministry Teams


Communication

Annette Taylor

The Communication team is responsible for publicizing events in local newspapers, maintaining the email and telephone directory, the monthly newsletter, the Facebook group and the web site.


Fellowship

Sherry Benson

The Fellowship team is responsible for fellowship activities including the annual Christmas progressive dinner.


Learning

Keith Limbacher

Sunday School Superintendent: Becci Ropp
Teen Hour: Keith Limbacher

The major responsibilities of the education team are Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. With the number of children that Gloria Dei! has this is indeed a large task. Most of the Adult Education classes are planned by the pastors and the parish counselor. This last year the Christian Education team under the leadership of the chair remodeled classrooms and made the hallway more worshipful.

Gloria Dei! youth programs are a vibrant part of the congregational life. We have groups for elementary, Middle school, and High School children.

This Learning team also organizes programs and services that promote Spiritual and emotional well being and wholeness. It organizes quiet days, retreats, staffs the prayer chain, sends notes and prayers to the ill, organizes the prayer vigils, and provides meals for families in need (sick, hospitalized, grieving etc).

BOOKS FOR SALE - Check out the Gloria Dei! Book Cart, located in the Narthex. PLEASE remember to follow the simple payment directions located on the cash box on the cart. It will help with the inventory. Any questions - please see Jill Lowe.

So much of Jesus' ministry dealt with restoring health to people. God wishes us to be whole persons spiritually, physically and emotionally. This ministry team includes the parish nurse and offers programs that promote greater health.


Indoor Property

Bill Hatch

Indoor property is responsible for maintaining the indoor property of Gloria Dei!.


Global Outreach

Annette Taylor

This team is responsible for global mission. This involves supporting, keeping in touch with and planning visits to our sister congregations in Slovakia, El Salvador and Madagascar.

Special Mission Initiatives


Community Outreach

Jill Lowe

This team cares for those who are outside the congregation. Among other things it supports My Brothers Food Pantry, helps people in need, donates turkeys at Thanksgiving to Food Link and gifts to numerous families at Christmas, organizes educational events.and other projects throughout the year.

MY BROTHER'S PANTRY Food donations are accepted every Sunday at Gloria Dei! You may place your donations of food items on the cart in the Narthex.

BABY PANTRY Baby supplies are accepted every Sunday at Gloria Dei! You can place your donations in the basket in the Narthex. The donations are given to the Emergency Baby Pantry of Annapolis through Food Link.

CROP WALK During the month of October the ministry team organizes walkers and donations to sponsor the annual walk to raise money to help world hunger. The event also gives 30% of the money to the local Severna Park food bank.

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR) FAIR TRADE COFFEE PROJECT This coffee project promotes congregational awareness through the sale of shade grown fair trade coffee, tea and other food products. Farmers earn a fair price for their products and are able to invest in education, health care, and agricultural improvements in their communities.

WINTER RELIEF For the past few years Gloria Dei! has worked with the homeless of the county by providing food and a place to sleep as part of the county-wide Winter Relief program sponsored by a group of churches in Anne Arundel County.


Support

Nancy Ochiltree

Eric Ruden

This group does more than organize the Fall every member response. Stewardship is a way of life. It includes stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.


Witness

Bobbi Hobson

It is the goal of this team to warmly welcome all members and visitors and to help them know they are valued at Gloria Dei! The team plans new member classes and reception.

If you are interested in finding out more about membership in Gloria Dei!, call the church office to set up an appointment to meet with the pastor or see when the next new membership class is scheduled.

This team is charged with the responsibility of helping our members know each other and our programming better as well as communicating our ministry events to the wider community. It has developed this web site, developed a new pictorial directory, and through the church office sends out daily Email devotions. It advertises Congregational events in the local paper and other local publications so that as many as possible know what is happening at Gloria Dei! This team explores the many new and exciting ways that we can use technology to communicate God’s grace to as many people as possible.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH - Check out our Spiritual Growth web page for topics of special interest and links to many outstanding sites.


Worship

Dale Lauerman

“Worship the Lord with Gladness; Come into His gates with Thanksgiving.” Psalm 100: 2 & 4

This team has the responsibility for everything that goes into making worship meaningful. This includes the altar Guild, ushers, communion assistants, readers, greeters, sound system technicians, nursery attendants, acolytes, and planning special worship experiences (Click here to volunteer). Also a part of the team’s responsibility is helping the music director plan our concert series.