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Dr. Natalie Gianforte will be conducting a short class on nutrition Sunday, March 9 in the Fellowship Hall at noon. A light lunch will be served. Come learn how to maximize your nutrition and fuel your body the right way. Please contact the church office at 952-935-1753 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
The Sacred Heart Chamber Players will be performing a concert of meditative music for the Lenten season in the Gethsemane sanctuary on Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 pm. This trio of violin, cello and piano will provide an hour of calming music for the season.
March 5: Ash Wednesday - Spiritual Well-Being
March 12: Emotional Well-Being
March 19: Vocational Well-Being
March 26: Physical Well-Being
April 2: Social/Interpersonal Well-Being
April 9: Intellectual Well-Being
When some people hear the words "wholeness" or "wellness" the immediate thought is that it must be connected to some kind of physical activity or diet. Wholeness is really about being a disciple of Christ.
Jesus’ desire for each of his disciples is that we be connected to God and experience life as a joy and a gift from God.
Due to many reasons, including our own brokenness, we fall away from God’s plan for wholeness in our life and we fall out of balance.
Sometimes we become physically unfit, or maybe we need a little help with mental health counseling to get us through a tough time, or perhaps we get caught up living beyond our means and out of sync with what we know is good for us. There are a variety of reasons that we each fall out of balance or fall away from our intended “wholeness.” This problem does not only affect us as individuals but can also happen to us as whole communities.
This Lent, our prayer is that everyone in our community of faith might find a new path back to wholeness. Our prayer is that where ever your life might be out of alignment, that you would find a ministry to help bring you back to wholeness.
Every Wednesday night in Lent we will be speaking directly to the biblical call to personal well-being and our communal wholeness. You will be sent home with practical steps and ideas to try in each area of your life and faith.
On Sunday mornings during Adult Education we will be bringing in a series of speakers to motivate us and guide us in our walk.
In addition we are inviting the whole congregation to take the Make or Break Challenge.
We will be using this wholeness wheel as a visual guide to keep before us. The wheel helps us see the various aspects of our life and well-being and how they are centered in our baptism and the grace found within its waters. As we work toward wholeness, we focus on God’s grace and forgiveness and together we move forward forgiven.
Join us in Living the Story as we search for balance at home, at church, and in the world.
As people of God, we gather around the table for fellowship, prayer, communion, meetings, and potlucks. Food is deeply integrated in our faith. We use it to express forgiveness, connection, and hospitality.
Daily, we make choices about food. We often know what we "should" choose — but social pressure, emotions, lack of time or money, illness, and bad habits can get in the way. This Lent, use the Make or Break wellness activity to prayerfully make a good healthy eating habit or break a bad one. Experience how one change can improve your health and, in turn, deepen your ability to live out your faith.
Using this Lenten activity, you’ll:
- CHOOSE YOUR HABIT. Pick one habit from the list that you don’t already practice.
Ask yourself: Why this habit? Be clear. Write down your reasons or tell someone.
- CONSIDER WHAT HOLDS YOU BACK. Use the spiritual practice of unbinding to release the barriers that prevent you from making a healthy change.
- VISUALIZE THE CHANGE. Prayerfully walk your habit through the Wholeness Wheel finger labyrinth. Consider what you might need to adjust in different dimensions of your life.
- PRACTICE YOUR HABIT. Faithfully follow your habit as best you can during Lent.
Visit PorticoBenefits.org/wellness for articles and ideas to help you. Rest on the Sabbath. If you fall off track, walk the finger labyrinth and start again.
- CELEBRATE! Come Easter, praise God for giving you strength to make a change. Rejoice in the gift of abundant life. Consider your next step on the journey to living
well in Christ.
CHOOSE ONE FOR LENT:
MAKE A HABIT
Fill half your plate with produce.
Track what you consume.
Fuel up with a healthy breakfast.
BREAK A HABIT
Quit processed foods.
Ditch unhealthy snacks.
No unhealthy beverages.
The annual Kid's Art Show will be on display in the gallery March 2 - April 27. We accept all art mediums: painting, sculpture, textiles, writing, drawing, poetry, etc. We’d love to see all of the Sunday school, Confirmation and Senior High kids participate!
Each child can display up to two pieces. Artwork can be brought to the church office through March 2. Please label the art with the Kids Art Show labels found at the reception desk.
This program year our Sunday morning education will be focused on the multitude of ways that we live out our faith stories. Join us each Sunday in the fellowship hall (unless published differently) at 9:45.
March 16 - Emotional Well-Being
"Laughter is the Best Medicine"
Come hear humorist and mental health expert Patrick Lair describe the effects and benefits of regular laughter in your life to your overall outlook.
March 23 - Vocational Well-Being
"Faith in Daily Life"
Our guest speaker is from Augsburg College Center for Vocation. Augsburg has a commitment to the theological exploration of vocation. This rises from the belief that all people have the capacity to be agents of God’s love by using their gifts and talents in service to their neighbor. Through deep reflection we can discern our life purpose in service to the world.
March 30 - Physical Well-Being
5th Sunday Service (5SS) Hunger Project
Our Fifth Sunday Service this month will focus on Hunger and ways that we can respond as people of faith. Throughout the morning we will have a variety of hunger related activities for participants of all ages. If you haven’t had an opportunity to donate food for ICA yet please bring food or cash donations this morning – let’s fill those barrels and respond to the growing needs of hunger in our community.
April 6 - Social/Interpersonal Well-Being:
"Discovering Your EQ"
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to express and control our own emotions along with the ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. We will be joined by Sandi Lindgren, PhD, MSW and certified professional coach for an overview exploration of the 15 categories of Emotional Intelligence. Lindgren will help us to understand how EI affects our relationships and what we can do to balance it.
The Spiritual Life team for our Living the Story - Set Free to Serve campaign did a wonderful job creating a devotional booklet with a collection of devotions written by our very own members.
We will periodically post these devotionals on our Living Faith blog at glcbiblestudy.wordpress.com. Read and respond if you are so moved.
We are grateful to all of our writers and the members of the Spiritual Life team who worked hard to compile this devotional. Thanks be to God for you!
Click here to join the conversation.
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.
Throughout Lent we will serve soup, sandwich and salad. A vegetarian option is included each week.
Help is needed with Lenten meals. Click here to sign up.
Soup: Taco or Mushroom Wild Rice
Sandwich and Salad
Soup: Vegetable or Ham and Bean
Sandwich and Salad
Soup: Tomato Basil or Chili
Sandwich and Salad
April 2 - Crock Pot Pot Luck!
Yes, you read that right, but can you say it five times in a row real fast?
Wednesday, April 2 we invite you to bring a crock pot of your favorite soup or stew to share with the congregation. We'll provide the usual soup and sandwich. No crock pot? No worries - we will find you one!
Sandwich and Salad
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.
The next date is March 22.
This initiative is made possible through the support of ICA and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
March is Foodshare month for ICA. Our local food shelf is once again participating in a contest to collect the most food for our community over the month. Let’s break last year’s record and blow out all expectations! The need is greater than ever.
Food is being collected in barrels by both doors. You can bring food or financial donations to church throughout the month. Watch the library display case as our donations make a difference and fill the empty shelves.
Empty Bowls Event: Tuesday, March 11
Gethsemane is a sponsor of this annual community fundraiser for ICA and ResourceWest. Join community members anytime from 11 a.m. – 7 pm for a meal of soup and bread at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
We are offering "Metabolic Burst Training" exercise classes throughout the Lenten season at church. You can come and learn the 12-minute routine to workout on your own or be a part of the weekly group at church.
We’ll be meeting in Room 105 at 6:30 PM from March 12-April 9.
How it Works
Burst training is when you perform a series of "surges" in your workout followed by the same period of rest. During each surge you are pushing your body to its maximum potential and then resting for the same duration you performed the exercise. In this 12-minute workout, you will perform each "surge" by following the routine below and repeat it 3 times.
10-30 seconds of high intensity SURGE movement
10-30 seconds of recovery/rest or low intensity movement
10-30 seconds of high intensity SURGE movement
10-30 seconds of recovery or low intensity movement
10-30 seconds of high intensity SURGE movement
2 minutes of recovery or low intensity movement
Many studies prove this training elevates your heart rate and works it to its maximum. Even when you are resting your body will continue to burn fat and build muscle.
Join us Friday, March 21 at 6:30 PM for this casual, fun opportunity to gather around appetizers and (non-alcoholic) drinks to have a discussion about something that matters in the world.
We will show the movie, A Place at the Table, a documentary about the food system in America. The movie explores this issue through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity and interweaves it with insights from experts. Our follow-up discussion will explore issues like: Is the food system working? Does it seem strange that there are hungry people in the midst of so much excess? What do followers of Jesus have to say in the face of food insecurity?
Bring an appetizer to share and meet in the Fireside Gallery.
As a Lenten discipline we invite you to go see Son of God that is out in theaters now. This new biblical drama feature film was adapted from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's ten-hour miniseries The Bible. Son of God explores the life of Jesus Christ from his birth through the resurrection. The film features select scenes from the miniseries as well as footage not aired in the telecast.
We will host a discussion about the film in April. Watch for details.
Each month we have an opportunity for families to serve communion together at both the 8:45 and 10:45 service. Typically, a parent serves the wine and a child serves the grape juice. If needed, a training will be provided right before the worship service. If you are interested in serving please click here to sign up online or call Tiphanie at 952-935-1753.
If you missed this year's Talent Show, here's the GLC Staff starring in "Silent Movie," produced and directed by Bob Windels.
Everyone is welcome to attend Saturday Night Club. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm. Ticket are $12 per person. Invite your friends to join us in a night of great dining, entertainment and fellowship.
Reservations are required. Please call Maury Treberg at 952-426-2568 by the Wednesday evening prior to the event.
Jan 25, 2014: Becky Jyrkas and Mark Fideldy - French Horn-Alphorn and Piano
Feb 22, 2014: Three Ensembles - Instrumental sections from Synod Senior Band
Mar 22, 2014: Travis Anderson Trio- Lively Jazz as you like it
April 26, 2014: Trudy Harper - Outstanding Harp Music
May 17, 2014: The Pickering Family - Bluegrass Gospel Music
Mike Pickering, former Major League baseball player, leads his talented family with guitar, mandolin, ukelele, fiddle and more.
During June we collect food for ICA, your local food shelf.
When children are home from school during the summer the food shelf sees an increase in the need for kid-friendly food. Let’s join together in filling the collection barrels at our south and north entrances with all kinds of non-perishable food.
You can also make a financial contribution. For every $10 given, $30 of food can be purchased directly by ICA. On a check to Gethsemane, please mark ICA on the memo line.
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 www.shopwithscrip.com
- 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 www.shopwithscrip.com for details.
If you prefer not to purchase your Scrip online, click here to download and print an order form.
Our women's book club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Fireside Gallery. All women are welcome. Just read and come!
January 21: Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
February 18: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
March 18: Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye