Worship at Gloria Dei will resume July 18 at 5pm & July 19 at 8:15am, 9:45am and 10:30am

Mission & outreach

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations

Matthew 28:19

Gloria Dei began as a mission start congregation, part of an intentional effort to reach into new and growing areas of the city of Sioux Falls with the good news of Jesus. Mission is in our DNA. In Scripture, we read the words of Jesus at the end of the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Jesus’ command begins with that simple little word, “GO.” At Gloria Dei, “Freed by Christ we Gather, Grow, Give, and GO all to the glory of God.” So, let’s GO Gloria Dei!

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Occasional Opportunities to GO!
These opportunities are available when a need arises, or are places we serve 1-2 times a year. Check back as opportunities will be added when they become available! All are welcome to GO with Gloria Dei!
Gloria Dei is launching a new and exciting adventure, following the call of the Holy Spirit and the passion of a few of your fellow members. We’re excited to announce that we’re opening up a new hair salon in the city of Sioux Falls! But wait! Let us explain. For some time now, a small group has been praying about and discerning a Mission and Outreach project to offer free haircuts to those in need in the Sioux Falls community. With this prayer and discernment came an amazing $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor. In addition to some extra funding sources, Gloria Dei was able to purchase a brand new, custom 24 foot trailer that will be converted into a mobile hair salon.
This mobile hair salon is about more than free haircuts. This about Dignity. It’s about being made in God’s Image. And it’s about sharing God’s Grace. Every one of God’s children longs for dignity. Every one of God’s children is made in God’s image and longs to look and feel their best. Every one of God’s children longs to know the grace and good news of Christ. The mobile hair salon will find its place in the Sioux Falls community wherever there is a need to offer dignity, image, and grace through free haircuts.
GO Therefore! Jesus called and commissioned his disciples to get up and GO! We need your help serving and supporting a vital Sioux Falls outreach ministry called Necessities for Neighbors. The program was started several years ago when it was discovered that there are certain basic necessities that people cannot buy with Food Stamps (known today as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). Each month, Necessities for Neighbors volunteers distribute these basic necessities to over 300 local families.

Now though Thursday July 30, 2020 we are also collecting Toilet Paper in the gathering space to support this mission.

This service event is held at Peace Lutheran Church - 5509 West 41st St, Sioux Falls. Please bring your own mask to wear while volunteering. Gloves will be provided. Click HERE or the event date and time to sign-up

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Monthly Opportunities to GO!
These opportunities are available on an ongoing basis. Each month we commit to serve again next month. Help us be the hands and feet of Jesus, by signing-up to GO! All Are Welcome!
GO: St. Dysmas
Volunteers are suspended until further notice. 
We welcome disciples to worship with the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary each month. You will experience a warm welcome and grace will be given and received.
You will need a current background check (good for a year). See instructions on the sign up page. Background check paperwork due to St. Dysmas in advance for participation in worship. Watch sign-up form for upcoming dates to join the inmates for worship, and make note of sign-up deadlines please.
For more information: St. Dysmas
GO: St. Francis
Volunteers are suspended until further notice.
Serve the prepared evening meal and then stay and clean up. All together it takes about an hour and a half. We need 5-6 people for each opportunity. See sign-up for upcoming date.
For more information: Moving People from Homelessness to Hope - The St. Francis House

mission partners

The Holy Spirit calls each of us to make disciples wherever we go. Mission is driven by the Spirit in our families, our neighborhoods, our community, our state, our nation, and our world. We encourage every member of Gloria Dei to get actively involved in the work the Holy Spirit is calling them to, wherever that may be. As a church, we offer ways to live out that call together. Click the links below to learn more about our many mission partners.

Outreach Ministries of the Month - OMM

FOR 2020
  • JANUARY --- Nicaragua Hospitality Coordinator / Missionary
  • FEBRUARY --- St. Dysmas
  • LENT --- 1/2 to ELCA World Hunger Appeal & 1/2 to Feeding South Dakota
  • MARCH --- Church on the Street
  • APRIL --- St. Francis House
  • MAY --- Neighbors In Solidarity (co-op of the SD Synod Mission Partners)
  • JUNE --- LSS Mentoring
  • JULY --- Habitat for Humanity
  • AUGUST --- Luther Seminary / Ephphatha
  • SEPTEMBER --- Charis Ministry Partners (Food to You; Necessities for Neighbors; Healthy Rides)
  • OCTOBER --- The Banquet
  • NOVEMBER --- Heartland House
  • DECEMBER ADVENT OFFERINGS --- Cameroon Misionary
  • DECEMBER --- Bishop Dudley Hospitality House / Soldier Creek

adult mission trips

Serve the Kingdom on a mission trip

Gloria Dei has a strong relationship with the Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope in Nicaragua. For over 15 years, Gloria Dei has sent a medical mission delegation to work together with the church to provide acute medical care and health education to the population. Check out our past Travel Booklet and check back here for announcements regarding Gloria Dei's hopeful return to Nicaragua.
Click the link to view the Travel Booklet and learn about our mission trip.

Go:Therefore Events

Click on event for additional details / information and to sign-up / register, if applicable. All Are Welcome!