Gethsemane NEWS

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The Tomb Is Empty!

If the tomb is empty, where is Jesus? On Easter Sunday we laid out a challenge for the whole congregation to join in our Deep Listening campaign.

In the scripture verses from Mark 16 we are told that Christ has been raised and indeed has gone ahead of us, intending to meet us out in the world. This is why as a congregation I invite everyone to seek out one person in our community to have a conversation with and ask them the same three basic questions we have been asking all year:

1. What are the blessings in their life?
2. What are they thankful for in our community?
3. What are the needs they see in our community?

Mark’s gospel ends with the empty tomb because it lets the church write the rest of the story. We want to hear about all your encounters.

Send us us an email, post your discovery on our Facebook page or our Living Faith Blog , and let us know where you have encountered people and their faith, perhaps glimpsing where God is at work in our community.

On Sunday, April 26 we will hold a special Adult Forum to hear responses we have received over this past year of Deep Listening and discuss where God might be calling us a church to reach out.

When we listen, when we engage our neighbor, we become the church for the world. Let us BE the church together!

Wednesday Night Dinners

We serve a congregational meal on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. All are welcome. A $4/person donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.

April 15
Creamy Swiss Chicken over Noodles
Green Beans, Salad Bar

April 22
BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Chips, Potato Salad
Salad Bar

April 29
Pasta and Meatballs
Garlic Bread
Veggie, Salad Bar

May 6

May 6 is the last Wednesday night meal of the season. Join us again in the fall!

Living Faith Blog

On Easter Sunday we laid out a challenge for the whole congregation to join in our Deep Listening campaign. As a congregation we invite everyone to seek out one person in our community to have a conversation with and ask them the same three basic questions we have been asking all year:

1. What are the blessings in their life?
2. What are they thankful for in our community?
3. What are the needs they see in our community?

We want to hear about all your encounters! Click here to join the conversation on our Living Faith Blog.

4th Saturday Cafe: Free Community Breakfast

The 4th Saturday Café is offered at Gethsemane 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: April 25

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.

33 The Series: Men's Bible Study

The purpose of 33 "The Series" is for men to engage in the Authentic Manhood Movement-a movement that leads men to the life of truth, passion and purpose they were created to live. It is designed to inspire and equip men to pursue Authentic Manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ in the 33 years he lived on earth.

Volume 1 - Man & His Design, will start Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 am and Monday, Monday April 13 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 612-819-5962 or the church office at 952-935-1753.

Book Drive is April "Need" and Congregation Service Project

Gethsemane Loves Books!
Congregaonal Service Project

On Sunday, April 19 during the education hour Coffee Tribes will be hosted by Sunday School classes to participate in a friendly book collecting competition to support our Need of the Month. (See below.) Start cleaning out your bookshelves and bring your donations to church. When you bring in your books you are encouraged to include your tribe name. This will help us tally which tribe donates the most! Children’s books will be donated to Alice Smith and adult books will be donated to a variety of community agencies.

Need of the Month is Books for Kids
The April Need of the Month is Books for Kids. We will collect new and gently used books for children in grades
K-6. The books will be distributed at Alice Smith School. At the end of the school year every child receives two or three books, which they will permanently own. This is an eagerly awaited event, as the children love choosing their books. Help support Books for Kids and summer reading!

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 Streets Restaurant, Hwy 7 & Hopkins Crossroad, for God talk and a brew. You are welcome to join us.

Disney Music Adventure

Disney Music Adventure
June 15-19 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Are you looking for summer activities for your children? Gethsemane is offering a full week music experience your kids will LOVE! All students entering 2nd- 7th grade are invited to join us as we put together an exciting show called "Disney Music Adventure."

Your children will learn fun Disney songs, dance moves, and acting. Their week will come to a close with a final performance in Gethsemane's Fellowship Hall at 3:00 pm Friday, June 19.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and a recording of the music to practice with at home.

Registration Fee: $100/per student for the week

*Extended daycare options from 8 am-5 pm available for an additional $20/day.

Register online here.

Space is limited to 30 students. Registration will close on Wednesday, May 20, or when enrollment reaches 30 students.

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.

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 is $14.00. Guests are welcome-come twice and you are a member!

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.

"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
  • Change your personal information
  • Register for events
  • Sign up for volunteer opportunities
  • Stay connected with your groups
  • Request your newsletter be delivered via email
  • View your giving history
  • Check your pledge
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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!

Flat Jesus Project

You are invited to download and color a picture of Jesus and take him out on the road wherever you are going this summer. Then take pictures and send them to us! Click here to print your own picture of Jesus.

Send your pictures to or post them on our Facebook page. Join the fun and share your story.

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