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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!



Here you can sign up for all the latest Mission and Outreach opportunities

GO: Food To You

4:15 – 7:45pm | ~20 Disciples

The Food to You Mobile Pantry distributes grocery and personal products to families in need in Sioux Falls. Gloria Dei has the opportunity to serve with this organization on Thursday, February 7th. We will be helping to set up and distribute products from the “Pantry” at Eastside Lutheran Church.

Early Bird Volunteers must be able to help unload the truck and lift/carry boxes. Volunteers must be 6th grade or older to help.

We will also be collecting the boxes of noodles/pasta to be distributed on February 7th. Donations can be brought to Gloria Dei and left in the Gathering Area now through Mon Feb 4.

GO: St. Francis House

6:15-7:30pm | 6-7 Disciples

Serve the prepared evening meal and then stay and clean up. All together it takes about an hour and a half.
We need 6-7 people for each date. Use the Sign-Up Genius to let us know you’ll be joining us.

GO: St. Dysmas

6:00-8:00pm | 5 Disciples

Worship with the inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. We will welcome up to five worshipers 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 approximately 2 weeks before for participation in worship. Watch here for upcoming worship dates.
For more information: St. Dysmas
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |



GO Therefore: The Rest of the Story

Church on the Street – The Rest of the Story

So much of what happens with mission and outreach takes place out of Gloria Dei’s view. We know about the ministry, hear it being promoted in worship, and see the lists of people responding to volunteer, but we often don’t hear the rest of the story. Those of you who’ve participated in this great ministry can attest to the sometimes powerful impacts it has, not only on those we serve, but on us especially. September seemed to be a great month for mission and outreach ministry. There was a TON of stuff going on.

There were several pretty incredible, impactful connections for those who had the opportunity to participate. One of the most powerful moments for me took place when a few of us gathered to worship with Church on the Street. Church on the Street, or COTS, is the South Dakota Synod’s newest worshipping community. They worship right in the heart of Sioux Falls, but not in a church building. Mission developer, Rebel Hurd, quite literally brings the church to the street. One Saturday in early September, a few Gloria Dei members gathered for worship with Rebel and the good people of COTS. As we arrived, Rebel excitedly shared with us some big news for the day: we were going to have not one, but THREE baptisms (thanks to the Spirit, later in the morning we added a fourth)!

Rebel leaned in as she spoke and said in a hushed, almost crackling voice, “the story of this baptism is amazing.” As she continued, Rebel shared with us that one of the baptisms was a newborn baby girl. COTS was throwing a baby shower for the family after worship that day. The newborn girl and her mother had a powerful story. Rebel shared that the mother was staying in one of the shelters in Sioux Falls before the baby was born. When it came time for the baby to be delivered, the mother went to a Sioux Falls hospital. The baby was delivered without complication and everyone was thankful. Two days later, the hospital discharged the mother and newborn; however, it was late evening. The shelter where the mother had been staying closed their doors at 8pm. After a few panicked phone calls the mother was told she would not be allowed to stay in the shelter for the night. The newborn baby girl slept underneath the coat of her mother in a park her first night out of the hospital.

It was a gripping story, powerful enough to move us to tears as we welcomed the child into the Lord’s family that Saturday morning. Just like always, the Spirit showed up in the water and the Word that day, but this time it seemed to mean even more than usual. It was a gift to be witnesses and participants in worship that day. Church on the Street is the kind of ministry that you, Gloria Dei, help to support. Thank you. There are always lots of ways to get involved with ministries like this at Gloria Dei. Keep your eyes on our webpage:

Let’s GO Gloria Dei!

Pastor Chris


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. Take a look back here for our Travel Booklet with the most detailed information about past trips, as well as opportunities as they become available!


Click the link to view the Travel Booklet and learn about our mission trip.

Our Feb 2018 Team

Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |



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.

 South Dakota Synod, ELCA

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

Iglesia Luterana Fe y Esperanza, ILFE

 Church on the Street

Pueblo de Dios

St Francis House

 Lutherans Outdoors

Lutheran Social Services of SD

St. Dysmas

 Food to You

Necessities for Neighbors

The Banquet

 Table of Grace

Heartland House

Bishop Dudley Hospitality House

 Feeding South Dakota

Feed My Starving Children

Luther House of Study

 Meals on Wheels

Gloria Dei Quilting

Neighbors in Solidarity

Want to get involved? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |



A weekend celebration of God’s mission in and through Gloria Dei. A weekend to give thanks to God for the work of our mission partners. A weekend to connect Gloria Dei members to the amazing mission work God is doing through this congregation. A weekend to be present to how God might be calling you to serve the world.


The 1st Annual Mission Festival was a successful Event! A huge THANKS to all who helped make it a great day!

(See Ministry by the Numbers updates in RED)
○  Worship Saturday 5pm, Sunday 9am and 10:30am – Guest preacher – Pastor Rebel Hurd
– Mission Developer for Church on the Street, at all 3 worship services
– Special Offering during worship for Church on the Street $1402.67 collected for Church on the Street
○  Chicken or Pork Tamales, Oh Yum! For sale from Pueblo De Dios!  To preorder your dozen(s) click here!
– Come help out and learn to cook with Pueblo de Dios on Friday, April 20th at 6pm   2,250 tamales made raising over $3,400 for Pueblo De Dios Youth going to the National  Youth Gathering in Houston, summer 2018
○  Get to Know our Mission Partners!
– Stop by the Gathering Space to learn about our mission partners before or after all services 8 partnership ministries were on hand having caring conversations
○  Nicaragua in a Nutshell
– Learn about the recent trip from those who went, while enjoying a plate of tamales and sides Sun Apr 22.
– Lunch plate is $12 and will be served at 11:30am in the fellowship hall.
○  Nicaragua Medication Fundraiser
– Sat Apr 21 at Vance Thompson Vision – Food & Drink, minimum donation $25 per person


Questions? Contact Pastor Chris:
605-371-3737 |

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We’re constantly following the movement of the Holy Spirit and you never know where we’ll be called next! Check back often.
Questions? Contact Pastor Chris: 605-371-3737 |