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.

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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

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Thank you for supporting our ministries.

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!

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: August 23, September 27, October 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.

The Great Gethsemane Get-Together!

Sunday, September 7
9:30 AM Worship
10:30 AM Celebration

Rally Day has become a feast of sorts. This is the time of year when many come back to the trough of blessing and grace that is the church community. We are kicking off the new school year with our annual Rally Day celebration where faith, food, and fellowship are served up in abundance for all. It is an important time for everyone to feel that sense of a fresh start with the possibility for new growth and learning. Make this fall your opportunity to begin anew in working on becoming engaged in a Living Faith.

Like any good kick-off we are starting with a celebration feast. We will worship together in thanks for all God has given us in word and sacrament. Then we will join together in the blessing of community fellowship at our outdoor picnic. This year we invite you to come PIG OUT on some delicious Famous Dave’s pulled pork sandwiches and corn on the cob from our own roaster while listening to live music.

True fellowship is also found in the sharing of our lives and we invite you to participate in a round of fellowship bingo with great prizes. Keeping with our congregational health initiative you can also participate in our one mile fun run/walk around the property. It is a great way to work up an appetite for another piece of corn.

In addition to spin art and a bouncy house for the little ones, you can witness or join in the latest teen game craze, the Gaga Pit. This was discovered at Green Lake Bible camp and the Boy Scout camp, and now Gethsemane has built our own.

The educational ministries we provide to all who come in our doors could not happen without your support. On this day we also invite you to contribute to our annual fundraiser for our education ministries. The food for this whole event has been provided by a few very dedicated members and another has once again put forth a challenge gift for our congregation to match. Every dollar donated above or beyond your regular pledge will be matched up to $10,000.

So come and feast on the blessings of God and give to the furthering of his church.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities for our celebration. Click here to sign up!

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.

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

El Salvador Delegation

The six Gethsemane travelers that 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.

Thank you!

Thank you for all of your prayers and support for our inaugural visit to El Salvador.  We were blessed to be held in your hearts while we traveled.

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.

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

Our summer forum series continues in August with another program and conversation about a key issue of today. The forums are free and open to the community. Each is held in the Gallery. Please invite your friends and neighbors to join you in attending.

Wednesday, August 20, 7-8 pm
Shifting the Narrative on Guns and Violence: Why Stories have Power to Save the World

Our speaker is Heather Martens, the Executive Director of Protect MN, an advocacy group that educates Minnesota 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.

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
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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!

Living Faith Blog

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 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.

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