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Wednesday Night Dinners

We serve a congregational meal on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. All are welcome. A $3/person donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.

October 15: School Break - NO MEAL

October 22
Chicken or Veggie Enchiladas, Cilantro-Lime Rice, Salad Bar

Winter Warm Wear is Need of the Month

In October the Social Ministry team collects items for the Winter Warm Wear program at ResourceWest.

We’re collecting new or gently used winter jackets, snow pants and boots, and new hats and mittens for children from newborn to age 18.

The Warm Wear program provides winter essentials for more than 700 local low-income children who lack the most basic warm weather items.

Place your donations in the yellow barrels near the church entrances. If your items are gently used, please be sure they are stain-free and launder them before donating. Financial donations are also welcome. Write your check to Gethsemane, with "ResourceWest Warm Wear" on the memo line.

Living Faith Blog: the Book of Acts

While we read the Book of Acts together our blog will be an opportunity for discussion, questions, and sharing on topics and feelings related to the Book of Acts. There will be regular postings to stimulate conversation but you are always welcome to bring your own ideas and questions to the blog. Visit

4th Saturday Cafe: Free Community Breakfast

Gethsemane has begun a new program called The 4th Saturday Cafe, created to provide a healthy, free breakfast one Saturday a month for our hungry neighbors.

All are welcome to come every 4th Saturday for a free breakfast of eggs, French toast, cereal, coffee and more. There are no reservations required. Kids are welcome. Breakfast is served from 9 am - 10:30 am.

Next dates: October 25, November 22.

Volunteers are needed each month. Sign up here if you can help.

This initiative is made possible through the support of ICA and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The Border Crisis: Walking with Our Partners

Community Forum Thursday, October 23, 7:00 PM at Gethsemane

Learn about the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. Mexico border. This timely event is co- sponsored by the congregations that have partnership relationships in El Salvador.

After the speaker we will hear a response to the crisis from the Lutheran Church in El Salvador and have the opportunity to learn about the other partnerships that are happening within our synod.

RSVP to Jill Cornell by October 20 at or (612)849-0513.

Discovering God's Blessings: A Year of Deep Listening

Our mission at Gethsemane is to be Engaged by God in a Living Faith; at home, at church, and in the world.

God wants us also to be blessed by the Holy Spirit at work in our community. This year we are embarking on a Deep Listening Project to better connect with those who have a story to tell. Not only will we get to hear their faith stories, we will also hopefully be building bridges with our community of faith and the church universal.

Each month we'll post a new question and we invite you to respond in whatever way you are most comfortable. So join us this year and together let’s "Discover God’s Blessings!"

What are you most grateful for?

Write a short note about what you are most grateful for - email it to, post it on our Facebook page (or post a picture!), Tweet it on the youth Twitter account, or yes, you can write it on your blue worship sign-in sheet. We want to hear from you and hear how God has blessed you!

Halloween Family Festival

Saturday, October 25, 5-7 pm

Bring out your costumes for this great community outreach event with games, crafts, food, friends and fun for all ages! Just $2 per person or four items for ICA, our local food shelf.

Click here to view a slideshow from last year's event.

Candy and snack donations
We need donations of peanut-free candy, single-serving snacks, and bags of apples. Drop your donations off at the reception desk at church.

Volunteers Needed
This event draws hundreds from the community and would not be possible without the help of many volunteers. 

Come for a special family decorating/setup party the night before, Oct 24:
Family Tasks, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Adults & Teens only, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

There are many other ways to help with this fun event! Sign up today!

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Theology on Tap

The second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm a group of grassroots theologians (better known as normal people with questions) gather with Pr. John at the Big 10 in Hopkins for God talk and a brew. You are welcome to join us.

New Gallery Show: Works of Ken Green

We are pleased to present a sample of the works of the late Ken Green, St. Paul artist, actor and friend. This Minnesota-born artist’s works (brightly colored oils, watercolors, acrylics, pencil drawings and mixed-media works) are displayed in galleries across the United States, and dot the walls of local office buildings, and have graced the homes of celebrities, including Bob Hope, Paul Anka, Kirby Puckett, Dionne Warwick and Queen Latifah.

Ken Green was a model for JC Penney and Dayton’s department stores and also starred in the cable TV movie "Thugs," and the feature film "Bill's Gun Shop."

Among local artists, Ken is remembered for being a strong promoter of the St. Paul art scene, and the popular “art crawls” that are still active today. His last project was a series of 16 murals based on biblical scenes that he completed in 2008, now on view at St. Peter's African Methodist Episcopal Church at 401 E. 41st St. in Minneapolis. Ken died in 2009.

Saturday Night Club

Saturday Night Club started when Ken Glazer, President of the Church Council, realized a gap existed for service in our church and brought to being an organization of men and women to fill social and spiritual needs of older members. On February 23, 1957, 68 enthusiastic men and women met for the first Saturday Night Club. 58 years later the tradition is still going strong - these monthly dinners have regular attendance of around 100 members.

The Saturday Night Club opens the 2014-2015 season of dinners and entertainment on September 20 with the Senior Synod Band under the direction of Em Stark.

A catered dinner is served at 5:30 PM. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Maury Treberg at 952-426-2568 by Tuesday evening, September 16. Cost remains at $12.00. Guests are welcome-come twice and you are a member!

2014-2015 Schedule
October 18, 2014       
The Civil and Dakota Wars
Stephen Osman, former Senior Historian, Minnesota Historical Society
December 6, 2014      
The Gloryland Gospel Band
January 24, 2015
“Duetto” - Gayle Thomas and Mark Fideldy, Violin and Piano
February 28, 2015      
The Roe Family - popular tunes, family-style
March 28, 2015          
The Travis Anderson Trio - jazz as we like it!
April 25, 2015             
Windjammers Swing Band - 18 performers including 3 vocalists
May 16, 2015            
Down the Mississippi River, Part 3 with Doug Ohman

33 The Series: Men's Bible Study

Men, come be a part of an interactive 6-week course that will journey to discover Authentic Manhood as modeled by Jesus in His 33 years on earth.

Volume 4 – A Man & His Work, starts Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 am and Monday, September 22 at 7:00 pm. You have two options each week to participate in the session.

33 The Series will be held in the Fireside Gallery at GLC. The cost is $15 for your Training Guide. For more information and to register call Jack McCarthy at 612-819-5962.
For more information and to register call Jack McCarthy 612-819-5962.

Fall Music and Arts opportunities

Fall Music Schedule:

Children's choir 6:00 - 6:45 pm Begins September 10
Voices of Praise 6:20 - 7:40 pm Begins September 10
Senior Choir 7:45 - 9:15 pm Begins September 10
YOUth bells 5:30 - 6:15 pm Begins September 24
YOUth choir 5:30 - 6:15 pm Begins September 24

Jubilation Ringers 6:00 - 7:15 pm Begins September 4
Children's Bells 5:00 - 5:45 pm Begins September 25

Jubilation Ringers

For adults and advanced YOUth ringers. You need music reading experience. Contact Paul McKenzie, Director of Music and Fine Arts at

Childrens' Bells

Childrens' Bells is open to children in grades 3-6. Ringers do not need any music experience. Contact Paul for more information.

El Salvador Mission Update

Six Gethsemane travelers had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador this summer with the goal of finding a partnership congregation and taking the next step in mission. We learned a lot about their civil war (1979-1992), their efforts to rebuild, the ways that the church is involved, and we heard many personal stories of poverty, struggle and the faith that gets them through. We learned about the United States’ involvement in the Civil War and we were stretched beyond our comfort zones as we heard of the political unrest and ongoing struggles that face this nation. We were also able to observe a partnership that our host church, Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Chanhassen, has established with five congregations that sponsor 350 children in their education.

We have lots of stories to share but one person we were the most touched by was Pastor Gloribel Rubio. Pastor Gloribel is a pastor of two different churches – one in the city of San Salvador and one in the mountain community of Guaymango. She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and El Salvador. She lived in Mankato for many years while her husband was in seminary. She returned to El Salvador when he completed his studies and attended law school. Pastor Gloribel was working for a Federal Judge when she felt called to enter ministry. She quit her job (pastors don’t get paid in El Salvador) and began ministering to families with Special Needs children and a community that had been almost completely destroyed in an earthquake. Even though Pastor Gloribel’s adult children live in the U.S. she feels a great sense of call and commitment to the ministry and country of El Salvador. She uses her training as an attorney to advocate for the needs of her parishioners and uses much of her own money and money provided for her from other congregations to assist them in securing safe housing, necessary medical care, and transportation for the children to attend school.

In light of everything that we are hearing on the news about immigrants on the border trying to flee their home country for the possibility of a better life, we felt like we were in the presence of a saint who would give so much of herself to support families and individuals in El Salvador.

We look forward to sharing more about "Saint" Gloribel Rubio and our experience in El Salvador in worship and adult education on Sunday, October 5.

This summer's trip has been in the dreaming stages since our congregation took a step almost 10 years ago to support Latino Ministry. The goal at that time was to offer financial assistance to the God’s Work our Hands initiative to support Latino Ministry in the synod through a partnership with St Paul's, develop a local Latino ministry focused in Hopkins and eventually establish a global mission partner in a Spanish speaking country.

Please come on October 5 to learn more about how our congregation is moving forward to continue the mission started a long time ago!

The six Gethsemane travelers who journeyed to El Salvador this month have returned with hearts and minds full of ways that we can continue in partnership with people that we met. We look forward to sharing our stories with you! 

Join us on Sunday, October 5 for Global Church Sunday when we will share stories in worship and during the adult forum. In the meantime feel free to ask us about our experiences in El Salvador. 

Global Church Sunday
On World Communion Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, congregations are invited to celebrate our church’s connection and common mission within Christ’s global church by sponsoring a Global Church Sunday.

Women's Book Club

For over eleven years, women have gathered on the third Tuesday of the month from 7-8 pm for book discussions. While opinions may vary about that month’s book, there’s always agreement the discussion was interesting and informative.

The group meets in the Gallery and is always open to all women. Here are the coming selections:

September 16: King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by P. Bartels and E. Herman
This remarkable true story is sure to amaze and inspire!

October 21: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

November 18: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

Shop with Scrip and Support Youth Ministries

Great Lakes Scrip Center offers gift cards to hundreds of merchants including: Cub, Rainbow, Target, WalMart, Caribou, iTunes, Panera, LL Bean, Amazon and more - gas, restaurants, groceries, gifts - purchase your gift cards through Scrip and a portion comes back to Gethsemane!

Regular order deadlines are the 2nd Sunday of the month. Look for Betty Rasmussen in the gathering space after worship and she can help you place an order. Or you can do it now online. Here's how:

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PrestoPay electronic payment is now available to Gethsemane members. With PrestoPay, you can order ScripNow! in between regular order dates and receive your Scrip through email. You can also reload your Scrip cards that have been purchased through Great Lakes Scrip using the Reload option. Visit for details.

If you prefer not to purchase your Scrip online, click here to download and print an order form.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Any time you want to send the perfect gift, remember the Prayer Shawl Ministry at Gethsemane. Faithful members of this group enjoy sharing their God-given gift of knitting with others, and each shawl is handmade with prayers. Give one as a celebration of the birth of a baby, a wedding, an anniversary, a new job, a new home. The shawls are a wonderful way to show someone you care when words don’t seem enough; in the case of the death of a friend or family member, divorce, depression, illness and treatments, or loss of a job or home.

Prayer Shawls have been used throughout generations. Our ancient Israeli ancestors used special shawls during prayer as a reminder of God's constant presence.

Prayer Shawls are on display and available on the first Sunday of each month. Requests can also be submitted to the church office.

We request that a donation be made to the Prayer Shawl Ministry for each shawl requested. Donations cover the cost of the yarn and ensure this outreach can continue.

"Dignity Quilt" Project

The Quilters group from Gethsemane Lutheran Church recently began a special project inspired by a request from their next door neighbor and partner Augustana Chapel View Nursing Home.

When a death occurs at the nursing home, the body must leave the building through the main front door whatever the hour of day. The church was asked if a quilt or coverlet could be designed to place over the body before it is moved through the halls and past the friends of the deceased.

The women immediately went to work collecting white, cream, soft gold and silver prints to create a quilt top of approximately 48" by 80".

Three of these quilts have been assembled so not only Chapel View might have their wish fulfilled and a spare provided, but another was made for their sister facility, Augustana Home in downtown Minneapolis. The plan at Chapel View is to have the quilts stored in their chapel so it is at hand whenever the need arises.

Gethsemane dedicated the Dignity Quilts in worship before sending them out to their respective mission fields.

This project has inspired fellow member and current Gustavus Adolphus College student Linnea Moat, daughter of Gethsemane's Pastor Sarah Moat, to work with churches in her community of St. Peter to create similar quilts. Carol Rodine, a Gustie alum, and the director of the Gethsemane project, will be her mentor for the project.

Want to know more about the process? Click here to download Dignity Quilt instructions.

GLC Housewarming Project

The Gethsemane Social Ministry Team in partnership with local non-profit organizations would like to provide household furnishings to people in need in our community.
If you have items such as tables, chairs, lamps, dishes, utensils or linens in clean and safe working order, we may be able to provide a family with much needed items for their home.

Additionally, we may be able to accept some recycled products such as appliances, doors & windows, lighting fixtures and miscellaneous cabinetry including hardware and doorknobs, plumbing fixtures and more.

We may provide some pickup and delivery, or for small items we can set up a convenient time for you to drop your items off. (The non-profit organization is in Hopkins.)

Contact LaVerne Anderson at 952-544-3062, or email, using the word “Gethsemane” in the subject line.

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