Service Opportunities

College Student Care Kits

Gloria Dei will send care packages of snacks and prayers to our students in higher education. The high school youth group (GDYG) will pack the boxes as part of their service project on Wednesday, October 23. We will mail them the next day.

If you would like your student to receive a box, please fill out this form, even if it is the same address as last year. We will only be sending to those whose names/addresses we receive here. For planning purposes, addresses must be received by Sunday, October 20.

We would love your help with donations to put in the boxes. Please consider donating:

Homemade treats: (Special K bars, chocolate chip cookies, trail mix, rice-crispy treats, brownies, protein based trail mix for our health-kick kids...etc)
Granola/breakfast bars
Dried Fruit in individual packages
Fruit Snacks
Ramen Noodles
Crystal Light Water flavor packets, hot chocolate packets
Packs of Gum
Cross pins or necklaces, stickers, etc...
Flash drives
Hand sanitizer, Hand lotion, Kleenex packets
Anything else students would enjoy in a care package

Please bring the items to D.J.'s office by 4pm on Tuesday, October 22.

We also need help with postage costs. Each box costs approximately $10 to ship.

If you are Thrivent members, Carol can help you apply for an Action Team Grant of $250 to help cover the costs. It takes about 5 minutes to fill out the form online.

If any of you would like to help with packing on the evening of Wednesday, October 23 or have questions, contact D.J. Chatelaine.

Confirmation Labs - Community Fundraisers

Our LABS project started last fall to give our confirmation youth an opportunity to actively explore their faith through service.  Last year, 13 groups were given $1,300 and were challenged to turn that money into more through fundraising opportunities. Our youth raised $4,200 in food, clothing, and housing donations in the Rochester area like our Food for Friends Backpacks program, Threads, Family Promise, Channel One Food Bank & Community Food Response.

This year, our youth are excited and ready to put a new plan into action within their small groups.  

Each of our 15 confirmation small groups will receive $100 in Sustenance dollars to help their assigned partner organization in Rochester:

  • 6th Grade - Channel One Food Bank (Food for Friends)

  • 7th Grade - Family Promise Rochester

  • 8th Grade - Community Food Response

Each small group will learn more about their assigned organization and will be given the opportunity to increase the $100 they are each given, as we explore the lesson of the “Parable of the Talents”.

We are so grateful for the Sustenance Committee and appreciate that they have faith in our confirmation youth’s spirit of service. We are so proud of our youth for their heart and generosity through this project and we are excited to see what God does through them this year!

6th Grade Projects - To benefit Channel One

Jen Spaeth & Frank Spaeth’s Group:
Cookies and Cards Sale: Wednesdays in February before Water’s Edge Worship.

Mindy Rice & Sarah Ryan’s Group:
Valentine Treats Sale: Treats will be sold Wed. evening, February 13. Price varies by size of treat package.

Tanya Johnston & Julie Ruzek’s Group:
Blanket Sale: Wednesday evenings starting in February. Our goal is raise $200. Blankets will include JM, Mayo, Century high school logos as well as Packers and Vikings logo blankets.

Sharon Gartner’s Group:
M&M Raffle - Guess the amount! Tickets on sale Sunday, Feb 3rd (10am hour) - Wed, March 6th (before worship). Tickets are $2.00 for 1 ticket or $5.00 for 5 tickets
First Prize: $50.00 Amazon Gift Card
Second Prize: $50.00 Amazon Gift Card
Third Prize: Jar of M&Ms

7th Grade Projects - To benefit Family Promise

Amy Sear’s Group:
Bake Sale & Chocolate Sale: Wed, Jan 30th and Feb 13th in the Narthex before Water’s Edge. Baked item $1 each and 1 box of chocolates for $2 and 3 boxes for $5.

Raffle for Gift Cards: March 6th after Water’s Edge Worship: Tickets - 1 for $1 or 10 for $5.

Robyn Ohashi & Janalene Niichel & Pam Mathiason & Karla Larson’s Group:
Lenten Dinners: A free-will donation is encouraged.
March 13th: Soup and Bread
March 20th: Tacos
March 27th: Baked Potato Bar Dinner.

Lyn Peterson & Kim Books’ Group:
Pop Socket Sale: Wednesday evenings before and after Water’s Edge.

8th Grade Projects - To benefit Community Food Response

Melissa Aeschilmann & Heidi Seaberg, & Julie Buchholtz’ Groups:
Pancake Breakfast: For a free will donation, there will be pancakes sold on Sunday, January 20th at 10 am in the Kitchen in the Garden Lounge

Jim Strom’s Group:
Flower Drop at Samaritan Bethany: We’ll be selling flowers for $1 each on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings. Our goal is send over 100 flowers to residents at Samaritan Bethany for a bright and lively March! With each purchase of a flower you’ll be entered into a raffle for a $25 Kwik Trip gift Card, a free pizza or Caribou Coffee coupon.

Frank Galvan & Brad Behle’s Group:
Bake Sale: Cookies will be pre-sold on Wed, Jan 16th before worship and on Sunday, Jan 20th. The cost is $10 for 15 or $5 for 6. Cookies will be delivered Wed, Jan 23 and Sunday, Jan 27th.

Jamie Patrick’s Group: TBD

Living Advent Wreath Donations


Join us this Advent season as we await the birth of Jesus, and explore what the incarnation of hope, joy, peace and love look like in our lives.

Speaking of incarnation— hope, joy, peace and love are tangible, accessible and completely shareable as we continue our Epic Advent tradition of the Living Advent wreath.

During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, we mark the time by lighting a candle, and filling one box in the center of the our worship space with items to bless our world. We are becoming the incarnation of hope, joy, peace and love through the entire season of Advent. So… when you come to church on the following dates, bring the following items to share:

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