Gethsemane NEWS

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You can now give to Gethsemane instantly online! You can also check your pledge balance to be sure you are staying current with your support.

Click here to make your secure donation through Access ACS.

To make a donation to the Gethsemane Memorial Foundation, choose "Memorial Fund" from the list of funds, and be sure to put the name of the person you are memorializing on the "Memo" line.

Electronic Giving

Our church also offers electronic giving, which allows you to make donations on a scheduled, automatic basis. It's convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our church.

Click here to download an Electronic Giving Form.

Making a Commitment

Download a 2015 Goal for Giving Card.

Thank you for supporting our ministries.

2015 Photo Directory Sign-up

We have begun the sign-up process for our 2015 Lifetouch photo directory!

As we come into our 125th year it is once again time for a new church directory. Now is the time to get signed up. You can sign up in person at the table in the Gathering Space between services on the Sundays of December, or Wednesday evenings at the welcome table in the Fellowship Hall.

We are now able to accept online signup also at the link here: Gethsemane-Lifetouch online signup

Portrait sessions will be January 6-10 and 13-17 with hours of 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM weekdays and 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturdays.

Each individual or family photographed will receive a FREE 8x10 print with the option to purchase additional prints, so this is a great opportunity to pose for your updated family portrait alongside your church family.

Please join us in being photographed for our directory. We need YOUR help to make this project a success!

Toy Chest Collection

We are again collecting new, unwrapped toys and gifts for local children ages 0-18. Toy Chest is a program of ResourceWest in Hopkins. Each qualifying parent can select two toys/gifts for each of their children during the shopping days in mid-December. Our collection will continue through December 15. You’ll find the Toy Chest barrels near the south and north entries. Click here for gift ideas, or simply get something you think a child or teen would enjoy. Our collection continues through December 14.

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.

December 17
Oven "Fried" Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Salad Bar

Dec 24 and 31: No Meal - Christmas Break

January 7
Pasta Bar

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: November 22, December 27.

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.

Music for Christmastide - Sunday, Dec 21 at 4 pm

Organist, Mark Fideldy, will again offer a Christmastide organ recital with the Jubilation Ringers. Works old and new will be performed along with congregational carol singing. Bring a friend to this festive concert. Free-will offering; reception to follow.

Gifts that Make a Difference

Does your family exchange gifts that usually are impersonal gift cards? Do you have a few people on your gift list that are impossible to buy for? Do you need a stocking stuffer or two? A gift for a teacher or friend? Are you looking for a family gifting opportunity that reflects the true spirit of Christmas?

The Social Ministry team is facilitating the ELCA Good Gifts program. ELCA Good Gifts is an opportunity for you to donate the price of an animal that is then given to a needy family abroad. The animals range from chicks ($10) to a cow ($500.) There are 50 choices in between; all are thoughtfully offered to help grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives.

In addition to animals, other causes we lift up as good gifts range form water jugs, irrigation canals, and funding for international emergencies. A refugee family can be fed for a week for only $10; here at home, $10 feeds 10 people for a week at a soup kitchen. There are also scholarships for seminary students here and abroad as well as support for new congregations.

There are brochures located around the church or you may go to www.elca/goodgifts to browse the gifts, find one that will be a fit for your family, and place your order.

This is an excellent way to model generosity to your children; each donor will receive a card explaining what was given. We will have a table set up at the Fall Fair; there are coloring papers and stamps that will be given to the Sunday school children.

This is an excellent opportunity to actually impact some lives, as we in advent await the savior of the world. Please consider purchasing a ”Good Gift” this year.

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.

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

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:

  • Go to
  • Go to Family Sign Up and click on create an account. Use a unique user name and enter Gethsemane’s enrollment code at the end of the process: 6775BC75273L1
  • Select from hundreds of merchants.

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.

Nominations for Elected Leaders

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the following Gethsemane committees:

2 members to serve a 3-year term on the Church Council
1 member to serve a 3-year term on the Audit Committee
4 members to serve a 2-year term on the Nominating Committee
2 members to serve as Synod Assembly Voting Members

If you are interested in serving or would like to make a candidate recommendation, please contact Steve Paulson at or 952-465-9821. For more information about the positions, contact Pastor John at 952-935-1753 or

"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.

About Access Gethsemane

Access Gethsemane

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Access Gethsemane is a web tool that enables members to:

  • Complete your Serving Skills Set
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Click here to send us your e-mail address. All email addresses and membership details will be securely protected and will not be distributed outside of the church office.

LaRee Shebeck supports Lutheran Malaria Initiative

Watch this Lutheran World Relief video of our own LaRee Shebeck as she shares the story of why she became an LMI supporter.

Learn more about the Lutheran Malaria Initiative at

Fair Trade Coffee, Tea & Olive Oil

Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade coffee, tea and olive oil is sold every 3rd Sunday of the month in the Lobby at Gethsemane.

Gethsemane serves Fair Trade Coffee every Sunday during fellowship time in the Gathering Space. Fair Trade ensures that more of the money spent on coffee reaches the farmers who actually grow it. Visit to learn more.

Serving Attributes Survey

It's always a great time to think about how you can engage in new opportunities at Gethsemane. A tool that can help you match your interests with opportunities is the Serving Attributes Survey. Use your gifts and strengths to make a difference in our church and in our world! Log in to Access Gethsemane and complete the survey on your profile page.

'Greening Up' Gethsemane

By Brian Furan, Facilities Supervisor

These days, you can’t turn on the news, go online or open a newspaper without seeing more and more about the environment and being "green" (environmentally friendly.) By doing what we can to conserve energy here at Gethsemane and at home, we are contributing to a much larger effort that can produce massive results!

What can we do here at Gethsemane? We can ALL make an immediate difference by just doing a few simple things when we are at church.

  • Simply wiping your shoes well on the way in can make a difference in the energy and resources needed to keep the carpets clean.
  • Turn off lights, fans and air conditioners when you are finished using a room.
  • Recycle instead of just tossing in the nearest garbage can. We have aluminum can recycling containers around the building, and containers for paper, glass and plastic are located next to the walk-in cooler in the kitchen, as well as a large red barrel for paper in the work room.
  • Ink cartridges, cell phones and cell phone batteries can be recycled in a container located next to the front desk.
  • Cardboard can be recycled in the paper dumpster located behind the garage, or left next to the maintenance office downstairs.

Other steps being taken include using paper products such as towels and tissues from recycled materials and certified "green" industries, and researching bio-degradeable cleaning products and methods to reduce cleaning waste.

Together, we can all take little steps towards making a big difference at Gethsemane, and hopefully be an inspiration for others in our community to work toward a cleaner, better environment for our future generations to enjoy!

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