Wednesdays in Lent-- Soup Supper from 6:00-6:45 p.m. and Worship at 7:00 p.m. This year our Lenten series will focus on getting our hearts ready for the great love God has to give us by looking at the Book of Jonah. Our Lenten series is titled, 'Unfinished, Out of the Depths'.

Community Bible Study--Pastor Dave leads a weekly Bible study at H.E.L.P., 329 Buckroe Avenue.  All are invited to attend most Mondays at noon.  This is a great opportunity for us to learn the needs of our community and help us to become more outreach-oriented.  Please know that we will not be meeting on days when a holiday is being celebrated.

Wonderful Wednesdays--Our gatherings are taking a break during Lent and will resume on April 19th.

Children's Church--Beginning Sunday, March 12th, following Pastor Dave's message during 'A Word for the Children', children ages 4-8 are invited to the Simeon Center for a brief, age-appropriate Bible lesson. Children will be returned to their families in the Nave for communion and the remainder of the worship service.

Easter Egg Orders--Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is selling chocolate covered Easter eggs.  The eggs are available in two sizes and seven fabulous flavors.  Order deadline is Monday, March 20.  All orders must be pre-paid.   Make checks payable to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.  Questions: Mary Mace (757) 826-5435.  Please use the attached form:   Easter Egg Order Form 2023

Fellowship Bible Study--You are invited to join us in Bible study every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am. We are meeting in the Simeon Center and using the Augsburg Adult Bible Study Series. This is a small group study, where you will find fellowship and a relaxed atmosphere. During January and February, we are using the study guide, “From Darkness to Light” by Jeanette Bialas Strandjord.  We will discuss the good news found in Paul, James, and 1 Peter. For information, email Sharon L. Padula at

Little Library Donations--Please consider donating any quality children's books to the new Little Library. Place 1 or 2 into the box located at the middle set of doors, which is where school parents exit once picking up their children.

Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits--Personal Care Kits are being created again to support the efforts of Lutheran World Relief. Collections will be taken through Lent. The following items can be donated to complete these kits:
1. Nail Clippers - Sturdy and heavy-duty
2. Combs - Large 7-10 inches long
3. Bath Soaps - two large bath-sized bars, no travel sizes
4. Bath Towels - NOT WHITE about 20x40 to 52x28
5. Toothbrushes - Still in the packaging, no travel sizes

Eucharistic Ministry--We are in the process of revitalizing our team of home communion assistants to enhance our Care Ministry.  If you are interested in being a part of this committee, please call Peggy Sipes in the Church Office.

The 2023 flower calendar is posted in the Atrium for those wishing to give the flowers for our Sunday worship services.  These flowers cost approximately $50.00 plus a delivery fee.  You may designate your flowers in celebration of something, in memory of someone, in honor of someone, to the glory of God, etc.  You will be billed directly by Jeff’s Flowers, Of Course. Thank you!

H.E.L.P. Food Pantry Donations--Please, join us in filling up the red wagon to feed the hungry in our community.  They have an immediate need for paper grocery bags. The following are items on their most needed list:

  • Paper grocery bags
  • Dry cereal in boxes
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Pork and beans
  • Shelf-stable milk-single-serve pkgs.
  • Jell-O
  • Canned meat–Spam, corned beef
  • Tomato sauce
  • Rice-a-Roni-flavored rice packets
  • Toilet paper
  • Individually wrapped bars of soap

J.O.Y. Luncheon--Just Older Youth meets on the third Wednesday of each month (September – May), 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., in the Simeon Center.  This gathering includes lunch. March 15th, we will have guest speaker, Julie Savage of InnoVage, a program to help seniors live life independently for as long as possible. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 12th to Anita or Ann

Prayer Shawl Ministry--Members of this ministry meet on the second Sunday of the month following worship in the Koinonia Atrium, near the fireplace. Lunch typically follows at Capri's Restaurant after knitting or crocheting. Contact Rita Foringer at if you have any questions.

Gloria Dei is currently looking to hire a new Minister of Music - see details here!

Join us for worship each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.  All services are offered in person in the Nave and virtually via either LiveStream (Facebook Live) or a Zoom link through our Church Facebook page.

Cross and Crown is a wonderful ministry enabling youth to participate and serve in worship, and there are always opportunities available. Please contact the church office if you would like to serve.

The coffee bar is open before and after services and is in need of coffee creators! Please contact the church office if you would like to serve

Lay Assistants, Readers, Ushers, Greeters, and Altar Guild are all in need of extra help.  Please contact the church office if you would like to serve!





Children's Bible Study

K-4th Grade, Growing with Jesus, 5:45 p.m.

Jr. & Sr. High Youth Christian Education

5th & 6th Grade Bible Study, 6:55 p.m.
7th & 8th Grade Confirmation, 6:55 p.m.
Grades 9-12 Sr. High Discipleship Group, 6:55 p.m.

Adult Class




Daybreakers Bible Study meets in person and on Zoom
8:30 a.m. - 2nd & 4th Mondays

Fellowship Bible Study meets in person and on Zoom
10:00 a.m. - Every Tuesday


Gloria Dei Offers Ministries for Children and Adults of All Ages! We hold a variety of service and learning activities at Gloria Dei or in the community throughout the week. Find schedules and details across the website and through the links below.

Family & Youth | Adults



Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is a people, not a place. Our goal is to be Gloria Dei not only to the Fox Hill community, but to also be Gloria Dei at the park, beach, grocery store, school, work, and beyond. Maybe you have experienced Gloria Dei in one of these settings and are wondering how you can become involved.

First, begin with prayer. Pray that the Holy Spirit would help discern which faith community is best for you and, if applicable, your family. Second, check out our calendar of events, and if something catches your eye that you might like, then try it. Third, join us for worship.

The folks of Gloria Dei are full of love, the love of Christ; and they would love nothing more than to share that love and their experience of Jesus with you. Blessings as you search for a faith community that you can be part of and support. Jesus deserves our worship and our praise. Peace be the journey.


Lutherans are the oldest protestant denomination of Christianity.  At the very core of our beliefs is that Jesus the Christ is Lord; we believe in the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and we believe that salvation belongs to our God, is a gift from God, and there is not anything that we can do to earn it.

At the heart of the Gospel is God’s love for us and for all of God’s creation.  There is not anything you can do to make God love you less or more than what God already loves you.  Lutherans focus on grace.  There are no fire and brimstone messages here.  We preach a message that balances the law and the gospel...


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