Gethsemane NEWS

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VBS Meal Menu for Wednesday, July 23

The menu for Wednesday, July 23 includes:

Crispy chicken
Tater tots
Salad bar

Menus will be posted daily. Please check back tomorrow!

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: July 26, August 23, September 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.

Vacation Bible School and MORE with Luther Point

Vacation Bible School - July 20-24

5:15 pm Dinner
6:00 - 7:30 pm VBS for preschoolers
6:00 – 8:30 pm VBS for Kindergarten through 6th grade

$25 per student or $60 per family (scholarships available)
Click here to register.

As we come together this summer, united by the love of Christ, we’ll learn how to be in tune with God’s time. We’ll explore the different seasons of our lives of faith – Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost – and what these mean for our relationship with Jesus. 

Luther Point Bible Camp Staff will lead the activities, and the kids always enjoy these enthusiastic and Spirit-filled camp counselors. Kids form lasting relationships with each other and with Jesus!

The success of VBS depends on the support of volunteers and contributors. We invite youth (7th grade and up) and adults of all ages to volunteer to prepare for VBS, or serve as a leader or helper for the week of VBS or just one evening! We are especially in need of people willing to cook one or more evening meal. Click here to volunteer or contact Tiphanie at 952-935-1753.

GLC Grand and Kids VBS event
Calling all Grandparents! We would love to have you bring your grandchildren aged 3 through 6th grade to our Grand and Kids VBS event Tuesday, July 22 from 10 am until noon. Counselors from Luther Point Bible camp will lead you and your grandchildren in songs, games, devotion and a craft activity. Register by contacting Tiphanie, 952-935-1753 or

Serve at Feed My Starving Children with Luther Point Counselors
Come experience the fun you can have at Feed My Starving Children while helping families throughout the world eat a nutritional meal. The bus will leave Gethsemane at 8:50 am on Wednesday, July 23 and will return around noon. This event is open to people age 5 to 105. Children 5-7 years of age should be accompanied by an adult. Sign-up by contacting Tiphanie at 952-935-1753 or

Splashing with the Counselors
All high school students are invited to attend a pool party with the counselors from Luther Point Bible Camp on Thursday, July 24 from 1- 3 pm at Susan Radde’s. Please bring a treat or beverage to share and a beach towel. If the weather is not cooperating we will hang out at Gethsemane instead. If you have any questions please contact Tiphanie at 952-935-1753 or

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

7th Grade Prayer Retreat

Incoming 7th graders will gather together at 7 pm on August 26 for an overnight prayer retreat. 

That evening the youth will experience praying while walking through a labyrinth lined with glow sticks and reflecting in silence in the sanctuary with their handmade dipped candles.

This is the only time during a youth’s time at Gethsemane that they get to sleep in the sanctuary – and if you were wondering, it is really cool watching the sun rise through the stain glass windows! In the morning the youth will tour the Basilica of St. Mary and write in prayer journals. Throughout the retreat they learn about many different prayer practices including Mandela, prayer beads and chanting.

Please keep these incoming 7th graders in your prayers as they experience new schools, new sports and the next step of their faith journey—confirmation.

Global Mission Trip: El Salvador

Six Gethsemane travelers left Minneapolis July 10 to travel out of our comfort zones to the tiny country of El Salvador, which is home to just over 6 million people and is roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts. While we are there we will participate in a unique adventure of faith, service and self-discovery.

The majority of our time will be in San Salvador. We will listen to personal testimonies of Salvadorans, visit historic sites, and we’ll learn how the legacy of the 12-year civil war impacts the building of a just and peaceful society today.

We will worship at the headquarters of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador, spend time volunteering at a soup kitchen for homeless people, host sponsorship parties for children, and participate in one or more work projects. We will also meet with members from two or three different congregations in hope that we can establish an ongoing long-term partnership between them and Gethsemane.

Ways that you can be involved:

Pray for the Gethsemane travelers. Stop by the table in the narthex over the next few weeks to learn more about El Salvador and our upcoming trip, and fill out a question card that we will take with us to ask of the congregations that we are interested in partnering with. A partnership will be based on a relationship, so we want to bring your questions with us. We look forward to sharing the responses with you when we return.

You are also invited to follow their journey through the daily blog (includes pictures) that is being hosted by one of the leaders from our host, Family of Christ
Click here to visit the blog!

Muchas Gracias!

Thank you to everyone who contributed craft supplies, baseball hats, and money for books to the El Salvador need of the month. When we are in El Salvador later this month we will be hosting parties for children through the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. Some of the supplies will be used for the parties while the books, baseball hats, and remaining supplies will be gifted to individuals. Each of us will fill one checked bag with donations to share and additional books in Spanish will be purchased in El Salvador. It is a privilege to take a little bit of Gethsemane with us as we go. We appreciate your generosity! 

Summer Writing Classes

Are you a writing enthusiast? Have you ever dabbled in it? Do you LOVE to read?

Gethsemane member and author, Lance Zarimba, has offered two Monday night classes on the Five Elements of Writing. The remaining class is:

July 28:Theme and Putting It All Together, and Voila!

Classes are offsite and will be held 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

Each class is unique with writing games and exercises. If you have material that you’d like to bring, that’s OK, too.

To register, contact Paul McKenzie at pmckenzie@glconline or 952- 935-1753 x113.

Handbell Ringers Needed

The Jubilation Ringers would welcome some additional ringers for next season. If you read music and can commit to weekly rehearsals with a really fine group of musicians and friends, consider joining us.

Handbells 101 will be offered on 3 Wednesdays – July 16, 23 and 30 for those wishing to give it a try.

Contact Paul McKenzie at or 952-935-1753

Discipline that Connects with your Child's Heart

What kids learn when they are disciplined will last a lifetime. When parents are thoughtful about this, their kids grow up knowing that they are valued people built for God's purposes. "Discipline that Connects" is a profound and practical way to think about discipline that has empowered thousands of parents to be wiser and more effective when they discipline.

Join us on Wednesday, July 23 from 6 – 7:30 in the Fireside Gallery as we welcome Connected Families, a local non-profit organization  whose mission is to equip parents with Biblical insights for living out real and contagious faith with their children. Please invite your friends and family to attend this powerful workshop. All are welcome.

Girl Power Retreat

It’s time for another "Girl Power" retreat! Girls who have finished  4 - 6th grade will have fun while learning about Positive Body Image, Good Nutrition, Physical Fitness and Positive Ways to Handle Stress. We will eat well, exercise, play games, make crafts and make new friends – There will be lots of fun mixed with lots of learning. 

Where: Gethsemane Lutheran Church
When: Wednesday, July 30, 9:30 am - 4 pm
Cost: $25 per child (scholarships are available)

Register online

Space is limited to the first 25 girls registered.

If you have any questions or would like to help with this event please contact Tiphanie at 952-935-1753 or

August Need of the Month - School Supplies

Even though it’s still summer, it is time to think about school supplies for kids from financially struggling families in our community.

ResourceWest served about 1,100 students last year with school supplies, and expects more need this year. School supplies of all kinds are needed, but the items that ResourceWest is always short of are: backpacks, college-ruled paper, wide-ruled paper, 2-pocket folders, and 10-pack washable markers.

Collection barrels are located at the church entrances, or you can bring items directly to ResourceWest at their new location at 1011 First St S, Suite 109 (in the Wells Fargo building in Hopkins at the north entrance by the parking ramp.)

If you know a family who may have children in need of school supplies, have them call ResourceWest at 952-933-3860 beginning August 4 to register for supplies; distribution will begin August 18.

If anyone can volunteer time to sort supplies and assist with distribution, you can also call the main number. Check their site at for updates on specific needs. Thanks for your support of this community-wide effort.

Catch a Twins game with your GLC friends!

3rd annual Men’s Ministry Twins Outing
Gethsemane Men’s Ministry is hosting its 3rd annual Minnesota Twins outing on Monday, August 18. The Twins host the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 pm.

Tickets are $45 and include seating in section 121 (same as years past) and transportation to and from Gethsemane - the bus drops off and picks up right at the gate! We’ll leave Gethsemane at 6 pm. The group had a fantastic time last year. All are welcome - join us for an evening of exciting baseball, tasty stadium snacks and great fellowship!

Click here to sign up or contact Gary Dass at 612-290-7367 or

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:

August 19: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
This novel is about a woman born in a Palestinian refugee camp after the 1948 formation of Israel.

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

Community Town Hall Forums

After a great start in June, our Town Hall Forum series continues. These programs are designed to bring people together for information and conversation around key issues of today They are free and open to the community. Each is held in the Gallery. Please invite your friends and neighbors.

Wednesday, July 30, 7‐8 pm
Our Achievement Gap: Searching for a Community Solution
John Schultz, Superintendent of the Hopkins School District and Myron Orfield, Director of the University of MN Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity will be our presenters. Their presentation will include information about the following questions: What is the achievement gap and how is it measured? What issues are at the heart of this gap and why is it so difficult to change? Why should this matter to the entire community and what can we do to respond?

Wednesday, August 20, 7‐8 pm
Shifting the Narrative on Guns and Violence: Why Stories Have Power to Save the World
Heather Martens is the Executive Director of Protect MN, an advocacy group that educates MN citizens, policy makers, and the media about gun violence prevention and policy. Protect MN is a statewide organization representing Minnesotans who want to change the discussion about gun violence and advocate for commonsense gun laws. They have been successful at gaining bi-partisan support as they work to prevent gun injuries and deaths.

Family Camp Out Aug 22–24

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a great family weekend at Carver Park Reserve just on the west end of Lake Minnetonka. We will be camping out and joining together for large group games, a picnic, and outdoor worship around the campfire. Even if you are not staying overnight you are welcome to come join us for the day and stay for the Saturday night cookout and worship.

Click here to sign up!

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.

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