News & Events


November 28, 2021


Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalm 25:1-10

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Luke 21:25-36


November 28 – First Sunday in Advent

9:30 AM  Serving meals at Our Daily Bread

9:30 AM  In-person worship in the sanctuary

9:30 AM  Worship on Facebook

10:15 AM  Coffee and fellowship

November 29 – Monday

Office Closed/Tricia on vacation

November 24 – Wednesday

10:30 AM  Women’s Gathering @ AMI Beach Cafe

November 26 – Friday

Office Closed/Pastor’s Day Off

December 5 – Second Sunday in Advent

First Sunday Food Collection

9:30 AM  In-person worship in the sanctuary

9:30 AM  Worship on Facebook

10:15 AM  Coffee and fellowship

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Our annual Pet Blessing is this Saturday morning, November 20, 10:00 am, outdoors at the church. There will a brief service of thanksgiving for our pets, followed by individual blessings by Pastor Doug. Refreshments will be served. This year we are collecting donations for Underdog Pet Rescue of Florida in Bradenton. Donations of dry pet food and accessories and new or gently used towels and blankets are especially needed. Cash gifts are also welcome. The community is welcome, including non-pet owners, for this fun and meaningful event.

An annual part of our observance of Advent is the Adopt-a-Family event. This year we are adopting 2 families, both with children attending Anna Maria Elementary School. One family has 3 granddaughters ages 9, 8, and 16 months. The other family has infant twin girls and a daughter aged 7. Look for Christmas trees in the narthex a week from Sunday. They will have card ornaments to take with gifts to be bought for the children. Unwrapped gifts need to be returned to the church by December 12th. If you would like to help with the wrapping on December 16, check the blue sheet or contact the office.

Plans are underway to resume our bell choir! If interested, speak with Pat Vanderstouw or leave a note on the blue sheet. New ringers are needed and welcome. If you can count, you can ring!


Remember in your prayers Mike Mulyck, while he recovers at home from foot surgery, and Albertine Veenstra, who is in rehab following hospitalization for a back disorder.


Sunday communion worship services at 9:30 AM have resumed in the sanctuary. Masks must be worn by those not vaccinated. We are in the process of gradually returning to a fuller worship service, including hymns and liturgy.

Worship services are also being broadcast online via Facebook on Sundays at 9:30 AM. You do NOT need to be a Facebook member to watch our services or other videos. Our Facebook page can be found by clicking here:

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Anna Maria Island


Tricia Murphy, our office administrator, is at the church Monday through Thursday from 9 to 3. You can contact her at:


Feel free to contact Pastor Doug at:

773-412-3594 (mobile)

When the preschool is in session, only staff and children are allowed in the building. Extra efforts are being made to clean and sanitize spaces used by the preschool on a regular basis.

Thanks to everyone who continue to make contributions to Gloria Dei your continued support is greatly appreciated. You can mail your offerings, but we also have an easy-to-use online giving option.

In addition to using a credit card, you can make one-time or repeating contributions as direct withdrawals from a bank account. When you go to the site, you have the option of creating a profile to save your information and avoid needing to reenter it later. Click on the link below to make a contribution:


Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
6608 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, Florida 34217

Gloria Dei is a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.