Vice President, Property
Activities & Programs
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, planning special worship experiences, and Praise Cafe. Also a part of the team’s responsibility is helping the music director plan our concert series.
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. In addition this teams monitors and encourages the leadership of the SNL (Sunday Night Live Worship the first Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m.).
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).
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 one of the pastors 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 in the local paper and other local publications Congregational events 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.
So much of Jesus' ministry dealt with restoring health to people. God wishes us to be shole persons spiritually, physically and emotionally. This ministry team includes the parish nurse and offers programs that promote greater health.
This group encourages upbeat singing and fellowship for all youth grades 5-12. Come for an uplifting experience. We sing the second Sunday of each month at the 8:45 am service.
This team is responsible for global mission. This involves keeping in touch with and planning visits to our sister congregations in Slovakia and El Salvador. We have begun the process of developing a relationship with a church in Tanzania and also a group in Madagascar. This group is also responsible for the purchases and sale of shade grown coffee.
The Social Ministry part of this team cares for those who are outside the congregation. Among other things it provides periodic dinners at the Lighthouse Shelter, Supports My Brother’ Food Pantry, helps people in need, donates100 turkeys and 20 dinners to families at Christmas and Thanksgiving, organizes educational events on AIDS and Love in Action. For the past two years we have worked with the homeless of the county by providing food and place to sleep as part of the county-wide Winter Relief program sponsored by a group of churches in Anne Arundel County.
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. Part of our plan for the future is to have a volunteer coordinator, who will oversee the many volunteer functions of the congregation.