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.

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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.

A vegetarian option is usually served, as well as salad bar.

October 7
Soup and Sandwich
Salad Bar

Volunteers are always needed to help with Wednesday dinners, especially cleanup (shift 2.) Click here to sign up.

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 of the month 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.

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.

Rally Day Congregation Photo

Thanks to everyone who came out in support of Rally Day and participated in our 125th Anniversary congregation photo.

Thanks also to our photographer, Jim Arneson.

The photos are available to view or download on Jim's photo-sharing site. Click here to go directly to the Rally Day album.

Halloween Family Festival

Saturday, October 24, 5-7 pm

Bring out your costumes for this great community outreach event with games, crafts, food, friends and fun for all ages! Just $2 per person or four items for ICA, our local food shelf.

Candy and snack donations
We need donations of peanut-free candy, single-serving snacks, and bags of apples. Drop your donations off at the reception desk at church.

Volunteers Needed
This event draws hundreds from the community and would not be possible without the help of many volunteers. 

Click here to sign up.

Come for a special family decorating/setup party the night before, Oct 23:
Family Tasks, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Adults & Teens only, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

125th Anniversary Celebration

There is something unique about celebrating anniversaries – they mark shared years past as well as look forward to a future together. They invite us to reminisce, to share stories, to look through old pictures and artifacts, to name the difficult times, gather with friends and dream about the future.
Gethsemane is celebrating its 125th Anniversary Year. We sincerely hope that you will join us Sunday, November 1 - All Saints Day - for a commemorative worship service at 9:30 followed by a delicious catered brunch.

We have been doing a whole lot of celebrating around Gethsemane lately as we recognize 125 years of mission and ministry in this place! We have heard from former pastors, had special treats including Scandinavian delicacies, hotdish and Jello (of course!), had a congregational picture taken, visited “Old Gethsemane,” created a new directory, enjoyed regular history lessons through old newsletters, the display case and the gallery and we pulled out all the stops for our 125th Raspberry Parade Float.

At every turn we have been recognizing and naming our blessings – at every turn we have been thanking God for His presence in this community of faith and listening to where we are being called next. A rich history has been established here at Gethsemane and it feels like a privilege to be in the midst of this community as we look back and look forward together.

Men's Ministry Breakfast

Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 AM in Fellowship Hall

All are welcome at the next Men’s Ministry Breakfast. The speaker is Carl Eeman. His topic of discussion will be Generational Dynamics - how being part of a generation colors your view of things, including other generations, everywhere you go: church, school, business, politics, culture, tech, etc.

Carl Eeman was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1954. His parents were refuges from Estonia and were admitted to the U.S. after World War II. Carl grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Ohio State University with a B.A. degree in Economics. He worked in a variety of positions before graduating in 1983 from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN with a Master of Divinity and added a Master of Theology a year later.

Carl was ordained in October 1984 and serviced as a pastor in Pennsylvania and Ohio. He was an associate pastor in St. Louis Park and worked as a minister for the Minneapolis Synod. Carl was also an interim pastor at Gethsemane for a year. He has authored three books: Generations of Faith, Recounting Minnesota, and Encampment. He has a book forthcoming titled The Ladies of Port Royal.

Carl continues to write, teaches at St Mary’s college in St. Paul, and offers workshops and seminars around the country.
A hot breakfast is served with a $8.00 contribution requested. Contact the church office if you plan to attend.

Scandinavian Fair set for Nov 13-14

This year is the 40th Annual Scandinavian Fair! Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14 and watch for more information and ways you can help.

125 Projects at Gethsemane

As part of our celebration of Gethsemane’s 125 Years of Blessings, we have a list of 125 projects of all kinds that can be done at Gethsemane.

Anyone can volunteer to help with projects such as painting, cleaning, landscaping, and more. These projects can be done any time during the day, and any time during the year.

Don’t feel like working? There are opportunities to contribute financially as well, as some of the projects on the list involve purchasing cabinets, carpet tiles, and shelving.

Click here for a current list of projects.

Singers and Handbell Ringers Wanted

Our music ministry is seeking handbell ringers and singers for Voices of Praise (VOP) and Sr. Choir. Jubilation Ringers will rehearse on Thursdays at 6:00. Choirs rehearse on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in leading worship through music and song and want to work with a dedicated group of adults, contact Paul McKenzie at for more information. 

El Salvador Mission Trip

10 Gethsemane travelers have recently returned from a mission trip to El Salvador. Click here to see pictures and read about their journey.

Women's Book Club

Women, this is an invitation to treat yourself this summer to a good book followed by an interesting discussion. The 3rd Tuesday Book Group is open to all. Discussions are held in the air-conditioned Gallery from 7-8 pm. Read and Come!

June 16: Wingshooters by Nina Revoyr. This novel explores both racial change and the enduring bonds of family in a small Wisconsin town.

July 21: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. The true story of how zoopkeepers in Warsaw saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

Aug 18: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker. This best-seller is an uplifting tale of resilience and the power of love.

Why Is It Hard to Talk About Race?

On Wednesday, August 19, we held a community town hall forum, "Why Is It Hard to Talk about Race? Understanding the Keys to Starting a Community Conversation."

Presenters Akiko Maeker and Paul Maeker are founding partners of Interculturalist LLC, a consulting company working with public and private organizations to help them achieve their diversity and inclusion goals.

Click here to view a PDF of the presentation slides.

Click the links below to view the presentation.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Winter Warm Wear is Need of the Month

In October the Social Ministry team collects items for the Winter Warm Wear program at ResourceWest.

We’re collecting new or gently used winter jackets, snow pants and boots, and new hats and mittens (preferably waterproof) for children from newborn to age 18.

The Warm Wear program provides winter essentials for more than 700 local low-income children who lack the most basic warm weather items.

Place your donations in the yellow barrels near the church entrances. If your items are gently used, please be sure they are stain-free and launder them before donating. Financial donations are also welcome. Write your check to Gethsemane, with "ResourceWest Warm Wear" on the memo line.

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 Lei-Ann Moris 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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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

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