Gloria Dei’s Social Ministry Team is committed to promoting service to humanity through acts of love and justice and to increasing a greater awareness within the Gloria Dei community to the emotional and physical needs of society. Gloria Dei has a long history of support for both local and worldwide outreach programs.

“. . . and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” Matt.25:35

 “Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Heb. 13:1-2

Some of our programs include:

Clare House Meal

Every month Gloria Dei sponsors a meal at Anchorage’s Clare House for homeless women and children.

Loose Change Ministry of Spiritual Life

Every month we choose a different recipient for this way to support our community. Recipients have included McKinnel House, The Downtown Soup Kitchen HOPE Center, Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission, Lutheran World Relief Quilts, and many more.

God’s Work, Our Hands 

This year our project was “Beans and Rice Re-packaging”. Large bags of donated beans and rice are wonderful, but difficult to share among multiple families. We broke down 25 pound bags of rice into ziploc bags for easy distribution.

Blessing Mission Quilts

About 50 warm, colorful quilts were folded across the pews— the work of many Gloria Dei hands. Our congregation reached out and touched the quilts, knowing that the next person to feel its comfort will be someone continents away or a homeless child in Anchorage. These folks will be blessed in a way that might be hard for us to understand as we head back to the comfort and safety of our own homes.

Destined for the very neediest in our world, whether because of chronic poverty or natural disaster, these gifts will be distributed by Lutheran World Relief to refugees and others in need and by Salvation Army’s McKinnell House here at home.