God creates each of us with unique gifts, talents, and perspectives that together make us the body of Christ in the world. There are many ways to join us in our joyful mission to bring love to the world.



Gloria Dei worship is filled with songs of praise to celebrate God’s grace. All of us are invited to participate in music by offering our gifts, talents, and abilities. For more information, please contact Music Director Tim Strand at 651-699-1378, ext. 3004.

Adult Choirs

Chancel Choir
The Gloria Dei Chancel Choir leads our congregation in worship services throughout the year. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7 pm. Directed by Tim Strand.

Matin Singers
The Matin Singers perform one Sunday each month at the 8:15 am service. Rehearsal is at 7:30 am the day of the performance. Directed by Tim Strand.

Sunday Singers
Sings once a month at the 10:45 am service. Rehearses at 9:45 am the same day as singing in church.

Youth Choir

Jubilate!, Gloria Dei's choir for students in grades 7-12, generally sings one Sunday every month from October-April. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 5:45-6:30 immediately before confirmation. Directed by Caroline Miesle.

Children's Choirs

Alleluia is Gloria Dei's choir for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade that sings at Sunday worship several times a tear. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 5:00 - 5:45 pm. Directed by Linnea Bergren Hanschen.

Schola Cantorum (which means “singing school” in Latin) is Gloria Dei’s choir for children in 3rd – 6th grades. Schola sings once or twice a month throughout the choir season from September through May. They also learn to play percussion instruments and choir chimes. Rehearsals are from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Wednesdays. Directed by Tim Strand.

Sing a Solo
Provide special music for worship. Especially helpful in the summer when the choirs are on break.

Lead the psalm or other liturgical pieces. Especially helpful in the summer when the choirs are on break.

Handbell Choir
Plays in worship once a month, September through May. Rehearses from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on two Saturdays a month.

Play an Instrument
Play special music for worship or participate in a small ensemble. Especially helpful in the summer when the choirs are on break.

Provide music for special events
Play an instrument or sing a solo or in a small group for special occasions such as Stewardship Dinners or Summer Education programs.

Help with Gift of Music Recital Series
Help with publicity, or ushering, or receptions following recitals.

Caring and Healing

For more information on volunteer opportunities in our Caring and Healing ministry, please contact Janet Bricher .

Eucharistic Ministers
Distribute Communion monthly to someone unable to attend worship. (Training provided)

Faith and Food
Prepare and deliver home-cooked meals to families in need. An email alert is sent to group to sign up for specific dates.

Hope in Recovery Ministry
Provides hope in recovery for individuals and families affected by substance abuse and addiction.

Grief Support Team
Work as a team to contact grieving members on a regular basis.Training provided.

Prayer Team Ministry
Once a month, during regular worship services, members pray with individuals for health, healing, strength, comfort, or other petitions brought on behalf of themselves or loved ones.

1-to-1 Ministry
Visit homebound members at the Christmas and Easter seasons and bring a special gift.

Prayerful Knitters
Gather at church the 1st Thursday evening of each month to knit prayer shawls, eat chocolate and drink coffee by the fireplace.

Gather each Thursday morning at 9:00 to make quilts for Lutheran World Relief, Lutheran Social Services and variety of other organizations.

Card Making
Meets regularly to make cards that are used in Gloria Dei’s healing and caring ministries.

Funeral Meals
Help set up, serve and clean up receptions for after funerals (usually midday on weekdays).


Gloria Dei gathers around Word and Sacrament to celebrate God’s grace.
All of us are invited to participate in worship by offering our gifts, talents, and abilities.

Assisting Minister
Leads the prayers of intercession and serves at the table with the presiding minister.

Proclaims the Word by reading lessons.

Communion Assistant
Assists with the distribution of bread and wine.

Altar Service
Prepares the chancel for communion and cleans up after worship.

Greets people as they come to worship, pass out bulletins, collect the offering.

Worship Committee
Worship committee meets on the third Thursday every other month at 6:00 p.m. to plan and vision.

Serves as part of a new hospitality team to welcome people at the doors of the church and at the coffee hour.

Leads worship by lighting candles, leading processions, receiving offering, and assisting with communion.

Gift Presenter
Brings up the bread and wine during the offertory procession. (May be as individuals or families.)

Provides logistical support for the liturgy and assists acolytes in their service.

Write Prayers
Writes the prayers of intercession for Sunday morning that the assisting minister will lead. Writing team will be developed later this year.

Visual Design Team
Plans, creates, and installs visual design for the sanctuary.

Provide Altar Flowers
Remember a loved one or an important date, providing beauty for the chancel. $55 per week. For particular date, sign up in the church office.

In Service

Gloria Dei’s ministries depend on many hands working behind the scenes. Share in the ministry of service. People of all ages are welcome for each position.

Office Volunteer
Help complete tasks in the church office on a weekly or monthly basis, or when special projects arise.

Sanctuary Servent
Dust and straighten pews and throughout worshiping space.

Children's Worship Bags
Take inventory, sort contents, and replenish supplies for bags that children use during worship.

Bread Baking
Bake communion bread every four to six weeks.

Art Committee
Work with team to oversee art displays and signage throughout building.

Greet and staff Gloria Dei’s library, oversee circulation of books and answer questions of patrons.

Laundry Team
Take home to wash & dry worship albs, table cloths and other linens.

Run the Gloria Dei dishwasher for large gatherings and meals (It’s fun!).

Funeral Meals
Help set up, serve and clean up receptions for funerals (usually midday on weekdays).

Plant and tend outdoor plantings around Gloria Dei and in the courtyard during summer months.

Outdoor Summer Help
Water and weed summer plants.

Outdoor Winter Help
Shovel or salt sidewalks and around entrances during winter months.

Property Caretakers
Serve on repair and maintenance teams, periodically painting, cleaning, and tending to facility.

Kitchen Cleaning Team
Provide periodic deep cleaning of Gloria Dei kitchens.

Sound Engineer
Run microphone soundboard.

Communications Committee
Write, edit and develop publications, maintain social media accounts, take pictures and video of classes and events.


For more information about volunteer opportunities in our Children's Ministry, please contact Pat Derry Children & Family Director, at 651-699-1378 ext. 3021.

Preschool Sunday School Co-Teacher
Co-lead a traditional classroom of teaching activities for 3, 4, or 5 year-olds during one school year.

Water Tower Guide
Accompany/build relationships with a group of eight children in 1st-4th grades during one school year.

Water Tower teacher
A three to four-week commitment teaching one faith lesson to 1st – 4th graders using activities such as art, drama, storytelling or science.

Grace and Promise People Small Group Leader (5th and 6th grade)
Lead a group of six to eight preteens in conversation and relationship building during the school year.

Grace and Promise People Co-teacher (5th and 6th grade)
Accompany preteens one school year, teaching an active lesson once every month.

Grace and Promise People Guest Speaker (5th and 6th grade)
A one-hour commitment to talk with children about your faith as part of life experiences.

Vacation Bible School Music Leader or Band Member
Lead a large group of children ages 3 – 11 in joyful singing one week during June.

Vacation Bible School Field Trip Planner and Leader
Plan/ lead afternoon VBS field trips.

“Serve and Play”
Participate/organize “Serve and Play” with 2nd – 5th graders - four Wednesdays in July and August 8:30-4:30.

For more information about children's choirs, please contact Music Director Tim Strand or phone, 651-699-1378.

Alleluia is Gloria Dei's choir for children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade that sings at Sunday worship several times a tear. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 5:00 - 5:45 pm. Directed by Linnea Bergren Hanschen.

Schola Cantorum
Schola Cantorum (which means “singing school” in Latin) is Gloria Dei’s choir for children in 3rd – 6th grades. Schola sings once or twice a month throughout the choir season from September through May. They also learn to play percussion instruments and choir chimes. Rehearsals are from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on Wednesdays. Directed by Tim Strand.

For more information about worship volunteer opportunities for children, please contact Pat Derry Children & Family Director, at 651-699-1378 ext. 3021.

Communion Assistant
Preteens in fifth grade who would like to participate in Children's Christmas Worship by serving communion, receive a special training from one of our pastors. This happens in GAPP class, during Christmas preparations. When 5th graders have been trained, they may continue to serve communion at other opportunities.

Gift Presenter
Either with their families or on their own, children can carry forward communion bread and wine after the offering is taken.

As children get older and learn to read, they are invited to lead worship by reading scripture. Every second Sunday of the month, child lectors read scripture in worship - a different reader at each worship time. Children receive the texts in order to practice at home. Parents are requested to help their children understand the text, pronounce difficult words, and practice reading slowly and loudly. Children arrive 15 minutes early to worship in order to adjust the microphone and test reading from the pulpit. Child lectors are very much appreciated by the congregation, since hearing the text from a child makes a difference for everyone!


For more information about volunteer opportunities in our Youth Ministry, please contact Youth Director Katie LeClair at 651-699-1378 x3008.

Confirmation Small Group Leader
Lead or co-lead weekly discussions with small groups of of kids in 7th-10th grades.

Mentors make a two-year commitment to meet monthly with their mentee.

Youth Ministry Leadership Team
Help advise and lead regarding Confirmation, youth events, and other trips.

Youth Ministry Events
Serve one time or on an ongoing basis creating, leading or hosting youth retreats, activities and camps

Cross Walk Leaders
During Lenten season (Wednesdays and Sundays) - help students with production, directing, costumes/sets and final Good Friday production of a Passion play.

Wednesday Night Meal Cashiers
Serve on a rotating basis taking orders for tickets and helping with hospitality.

Safe House Meal Driver
Help deliver meals to teens in housing transition at a Lutheran Social Service Safe House in Saint Paul, the last Wednesday of each month. During the summer months, drivers also prepare the meals. During the school year, drivers deliver the meal that is prepared for the church during supper.


For more information on volunteer opportunities in our Adult Faith Formation Ministry, please contact Faith Formation Chair
Cara Sjodin.

Adult Faith Formation Committee
Join a small group committee that develops, plans and visions adult faith formation

Lenten Book Study
Join or facilitate a small discussion group for four weeks in Lent.

Bible Study
Participate in short-term or long-term Bible study.

Career Networking
Form or participate in one-time or ongoing group discussions to connect faith and career.

Life Stage or Life Transition Group
Help form and participate in a one-time or ongoing group that connects life and faith.

Parenting Group
Gather to share common experiences or ideas and connect.

The Village Series
Help plan/organize intergenerational evening gatherings; planning starts April/May with Village series anticipated in August; includes food, music, activities, speakers and more.

Hunger Outreach

For more information about volunteer opportunities in hunger outreach, please contact Pastor Javen Swanson.

Food Shelves
Gloria Dei gathers groceries regularly for our neighbors who are hungry. We support the following food shelves:

Francis Basket
Located here in Highland Park, Francis Basket serves over 1,500 individuals in our local neighborhood including many new immigrants. Each year we have a special month-long collection for Francis Basket as part of the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. You will find large, red containers at our parking lot entrance accepting donations any time.

Keystone Food Shelf
The Keystone Basic Needs Program helps feed the hungry and assists people in crisis in a large service area in Ramsey County — from downtown St. Paul to Roseville, from Little Canada to the Midway and the North End neighborhoods of St. Paul. We do a special collection each year around Thanksgiving to support Keystone Food Shelf.

Loaves and Fishes
On the fourth Wednesday of even-numbered months, volunteers from Gloria Dei feed those who are hungry at the Dorothy Day Center in downtown St. Paul (183 Old 6th St. W.). In less than 90 minutes, we feed approximately 325 people!

One team of volunteers gathers from 1:30-3:00 pm, to prepare a nutritious meal. A second team arrives at 4:00 pm to serve the meal to the guests. Volunteer and serve just one time to learn about how to feed the hungry, or join us as often as six times per year.

Shobi’s Table
Shobi’s Table is a ministry by, of, and for folks in St Paul living on the margins of our community. Through food and worship in an open environment they work to build a faithful community with folks who struggle to find a home in traditional congregations. The program is also designed to draw the homeless into meaningful volunteer work and to help them build community with each other and volunteers.

All are invited to attend weekly worship services, Thursdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at 1055 Payne Ave. Follow them on Facebook

Gloria Dei holds various drives throughout the year to provide both financial and volunteer support. Two members of Gloria Dei also serve on the Board of Shobi's Table, Susan Davis-Ali or Cathy Sedacca. They would be happy to tell you more!

Hunger Garden
Gloria Dei has planted some small vegetable gardens along Highland Parkway to grow produce for our friends at Francis Basket (delivered each Monday). If you see the gardens need tending, weeding, or watering, please join in the fun!

Garden Share
Do you have a garden full of too many vegetables? Garden Share is a chance for us to bring the treasures of our vegetable gardens to share with our neighborhood food pantry. Look for the Garden Share basket in the Gathering Place on Sundays in the summer and share your garden’s bounty with our community! Produce will be delivered to Francis Basket on Monday mornings.

Local and Sustainable Agriculture
Local farmer Mai Yang and her daughters, Pala, Mai Yia, and Vang Xiong, cultivate land near Saint Paul. They sell their produce in the Gathering Place between services and after the second service. Your support of Mai is a way to buy local produce and encourage her work. This relationship is made possible through Farmer's Legal Action Group of Saint Paul.

Housing Outreach

For more information about volunteer opportunities in housing outreach, please contact Pastor Javen Swanson.

Project Home
During Advent, the season of waiting and giving, Gloria Dei lives into our mission by opening our doors to homeless families in transition to long-term housing. December is the month we host overnight guests of Project Home, a program of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (formerly the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches). We invite your participation for an evening, an overnight shift, or more as you are able. Make it a fun night with family and friends; make it a night of sharing and giving. We need 200 volunteers over the course of the month!

LSS Metro Homeless Youth Services
Gloria Dei supports Lutheran Social Services Metro Homeless Youth Services, which offers a continuum of holistic services to runaway, homeless, and street-dependent youth in the Twin Cities Metro Area. These services are committed to helping youth build on assets and strengths, and connecting them with caring, supportive adults. On the last Wednesday night of each month Gloria Dei youth prepare and deliver a dinner for youth at Safe House, an emergency shelter for youth ages 16-20 in Saint Paul. And during the Christmas season Gloria Dei members purchase gifts for youth living at Rezek House, which offers transitional housing for homeless youth who are 16-21 years of age.

Interfaith Builders
Each summer, Gloria Dei partners with Interfaith Builders, a coalition of Saint Paul churches and synagogues who have joined together to work with Habitat for Humanity to build safe, affordable homes for families in need. In addition to building homes, the group also builds relationships and understanding among parishioners from different faiths. Members of Gloria Dei participate by volunteering with the build, providing occasional meals to volunteer builders, and making financial contributions.

Community and Global Outreach

For more information about volunteer opportunities in local and global community outreach, please contact Pastor Javen Swanson.


Highland Park Elementary School
Gloria Dei has a partnership with Highland Park Elementary School, just blocks from the church. This local public school educates 400 students in grades K-5 and is made up of a very diverse student body. Over 50% of the children qualify for free or reduced lunch. During the year Gloria Dei hosts a number of drives to support the school.

Giving Tree
Each year Gloria Dei decorates a Giving Tree with wish lists from local children and families who find themselves unable to afford Christmas gifts and sometimes even basic needs. Look for the tree during the season of Advent and select a tag to participate.

State Fair Water Welcome
Every August in rain or shine, people from all around the state line up in the Gloria Dei parking lot to wait for the buses that will carry them to the Minnesota State Fair. Volunteers from our congregation serve these guests with a bottle of water and deliver the welcoming spirit of our community. Look for more information about this ministry in August.


Gloria Dei partners with the church in Guatemala through a relationship with a Catholic mission at San Lucas Toliman, as well as with the Lutheran Church in Guatemala (ILAG). Through ILAG, we are partnered with El Mirador School, a grade school for children in Guatemala City. The congregation also supports a staff person in the Iringa Diocese of the Lutheran Church in Tanzania.


For more information about volunteer opportunities in advocacy, please contact Pastor Javen Swanson.

ISAIAH is a faith-based coalition of more than 100 member congregations that lets communities in Minnesota more effectively live out their faith in biblical justice and the common good. By uniting local congregations in a large regional organization, ISAIAH strengthens the ability of people of faith to to address both local and regional community issues, including sprawl, affordable housing, transportation, and racial inequity.

Lutheran Advocacy - Minnesota
Lutheran Advocacy - Minnesota advocates for justice in the areas of hunger, poverty, and care of God’s creation, by speaking with and for those who have little or no political power. LA-MN is one of 11 state public policy offices of the ELCA.

The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) is the largest and most inclusive interfaith public interest group in Minnesota—people of diverse faiths bringing vision and wisdom to the public realm for the well-being of Minnesotans. JRLC is authorized and governed by four sponsoring members: the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Council of Churches, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the Islamic Center of Minnesota. JRLC influences Minnesota legislation in many policy arenas and hosts an annual lobby day, Day on the Hill.

Bread for the World
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's leaders to end hunger at home and abroad. Gloria Dei participates in an annual "Offering of Letters" to our representatives in Congress advocating for legislation that confronts the problem of hunger.