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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Kids Art Show

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.

Sunday Morning Adult Education

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.

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.

April 13 - Palm Sunday Festival and Breakfast
April 20 - Easter Sunday

April 27 - Living the Story
Join us for a return visit of popular speaker Brain Rusche. The executive director of Joint Religious Legislative Coalition (JRLC) will challenge us to Live the Story through his presentation entitled, "How Faith Communities can be good stewards of our democracy." We will hear a bit about Rusche 's own faith story and how it motivates him to work for justice and democracy.  

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.

The next date is April 26.

This initiative is made possible through the support of ICA and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Women's Book Club

Women who enjoy a good read and a good discussion are invited to attend the women’s book group on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7-8 pm in the gallery. Coming selections are:

May 20: Orphan Train: a Novel by Christina Baker Kline

June 17: The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

July 15: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

August 19: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

Family Communion Serving

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.

Saturday Night Club

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.

April 26: Trudy Harper - Outstanding Harp Music

May 17: Mike Kingery, former Major League baseball player, leads his talented family with guitar, mandolin, ukelele, fiddle and more.

Need of the Month: Children's Books

Alice Smith Elementary students love to read, yet many do not have books of their own. You can help them keep up their reading skills over the summer by donating new or gently used books during the month of April. The books will be given to the children during the last week of school. Each student will get to choose one (or more!) books to take home and enjoy.

Wednesday Lenten Dinners

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.

Our last Wednesday meal of the season is May 7.

April 23
Hot Dogs/Chili Dogs
Baked Beans
Potato Salad, Salad Bar

April 30
Salad Bar

May 7
Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas
Cilantro-Lime Rice
Corn, Salad Bar

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

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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.

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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