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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 May 25.
This initiative is made possible through the support of ICA and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
In support of our general fund we are once again conducting a Spring Fundraiser. The goal is to raise $10,000 for our current year operating budget - not for new ministries or building projects, but the ongoing, day-to-day costs of operating the church.
In 2015, we will celebrate 125 years as a faith community. Think of how much has changed over that time! We’ve gone from outhouses to running water, from iceboxes to walk-in freezers, from brooms to vacuum cleaners, from candles to chandeliers. Needless to say, the associated costs are far greater than they were in 1890.
This year instead of a fundraising "event," we’ll reminisce and remember how far we have come at a special "Throwback Sunday" June 9.
On Sunday, June 9 we invite everyone to wear their "Sunday best," even hats in church, as we celebrate over a hundred years in ministry and "unplug" for a day. We’ll use candles, sing a capella, and take our cues from worship leaders instead of bulletins. After church we will hold an old-fashioned ice cream social as we look forward by looking back, celebrating how far we’ve come.
Please help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 to "plug back in" and move forward in mission. An informational letter and special envelope will also arrive in the mail. Or use the specially-marked envelopes at church or give online (be sure to designate your gift "Unplugged.") To encourage congregational giving one member has posted a matching gift to any donation above or beyond one’s pledged offering. This way your donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000.
Gethsemane Men’s Ministry is hosting its 2nd annual Minnesota Twins outing on Monday, August 12. The Twins host the Cleveland Indians at 7:10 pm.
Tickets are $45 and include seating in section 121 and transportation to and from Gethsemane - the bus drops off and picks up right at the gate!
The group had a fantastic time last year. We encourage you to join us for an evening of exciting baseball, tasty stadium snacks and great fellowship!
Only 50 tickets are available. Click here to sign up or contact Gary Dass at 612-290-7367 or email@example.com.
The Social Ministry Team is collecting items for the Veterans' Home at Fort Snelling. The government supplies the residents’ basic needs, but we are suggesting items that will improve their quality of life even more. Following is a list of requested items. Please place your donations in the barrels near the church entrances.
- sheets of 100 stamps
- white tube socks (crew length)
- sweat pants - any color, sizes M-XXL
- manicure supplies for women - nail polish, nail polish remover, emery board, cotton balls
- seasonal and holiday paper goods, i.e. plates, cups, napkins, table coverings, to accommodate 100
- metal BBQ tongs & flippers for picnics (must be all metal/no wood allowed
- newspaper subscriptions to St. Paul Pioneer Press & Mpls. Star Trib.
The Vets' Home, as it is usually called, provides permanent food and shelter for men and women who served our country during previous wars and now are in need of 24/7 care. The Veterans Home-Minneapolis is the oldest, serving our veterans for 125 years. It is also the largest, caring for 341 veterans and their spouses who qualify.
Catch the wave and surf on over to Gethsemane Lutheran Church's Vacation Bible School. This year's theme, "Waves of Grace" is based on 1 Corinthians 16:14, "Let all that you do be done in love."
Vacation Bible School
July 21 – 25
6:00 to 8:30 pm (K- 6 grade)
6:00 – 7:30 pm (3 & 4 year olds)
$20 per child or $50 per family
Expect a week of big smiles and big changes. This year we have invited Green Lake Ministries to provide their trained camp counselors to run our Vacation Bible School program. They will provide the leaders, curriculum, games, crafts, music and fun. We are excited about this change and can’t wait to introduce our church and community to the counselors.
Many youth and adult volunteers are still needed to make this VBS a success – so please watch for ways that you can help. Each evening we will have an optional community meal at 5:15. Catch the wave and sign up today. Click here to register.
Our youth led us in worship on Sunday, April 21. Use the links below to find lots of photos, an audio recording of Sam Arneson's sermon, and a video of the "Flash Mob" during Jane Henderson's sermon. Many thanks to all our youth who participated and inspired us!
Photos by Bob Wick
Photos by Jim Arneson
Video of Jane Henderson's Sermon
Audio of Children's Message and Sam Arneson's Sermon
Based on the success of the last tour (Ireland and Scotland) the Art Committee is sponsoring another trip. This time, we’ll fly off to Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 26- August 1, 2013.
We’ll see Spanish and Native American-influenced architecture and dwellings, visit sites made famous by the artist, Georgia O’Keefe, visit historic churches and religious sites, tour Los Alamos (home of the Manhattan project), tour the Santa Fe open-air opera house and more.
Cost is $1995. Contact Paul McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-935-1753 for more information.
Lutheran World Relief has challenged quilt makers to create 500,000 quilts in 2013. We need your help to meet this challenge! Anyone who can press fabric, cut squares, sew tops, assemble layers, tie, and/or complete the edges of the quilts is welcome to lend a hand.
You can join the Wednesday morning quilters, or work on your own time from home. Contact Carol Rodine at email@example.com or 952-935-9457 for more information.
Each Thursday at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm we gather with the preaching pastor for the week to discuss the texts to be used in worship.
Participants often comment that this weekly study helps them better engage with Sunday's sermon and worship. Come and explore the scripture story and ways that it intersects with your story.
All are welcome. No experience necessary!
You can support Gethsemane Youth Ministries by simply pre-spending the money you normally would for gas, groceries, department stores, movie theaters, restaurants and more.
Through Great Lakes Scrip Center you can purchase gift cards to hundreds of merchants including: Cub, Rainbow, Shell Gas, iTunes, Panera, LL Bean, Amazon, Target and more. Purchase your gift cards through Scrip and a portion comes back to Gethsemane!
Order deadlines are always 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!
April 16: The Orchard by Theresa Weir.
May 21: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
June 18: Hidden Power by Kati Marton
July 16: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
If you missed this year's Talent Show Youth Fundraiser, you can click here to view "Oh Happy Day!" The first-ever GLC Staff music video. Enjoy!
If you were not able to attend the Talent Show to help us raise money for youth camp scholarship, please consider making a donation in appreciation for viewing the video.
Pastor John Nelson, Pastor Sarah Moat, Tiphanie Dirnberger, Paul McKenzie, Russ Sheats, Brian Furan, Karen Eckenrode, Susan Radde, Sandie Chermak, Amy Furan and Bob Windels (director/producer)
Christ is Risen! What a joy to celebrate with many of you on Easter Sunday. The final blog posting is up for this series of study. May the joy of the Risen Christ continue to bring hope, joy and comfort to you all.
Check out these prompts and ideas for reflection wherever you are along your journey of faith and storytelling. There is always an opportunity to share your thoughts or use what is posted for private mediation and discovery. Visit http://glcbiblestudy.wordpress.com/
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.
The registration link below is for 8th graders attending the trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area June 23-29, 2013.
Click here to register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, using the word “Gethsemane” in the subject line.
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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 www.lutheranmalaria.org
Thanks to everyone who participated in our "Blue Ribbon" Recipe Contest on Rally Day. Congratulations to our winners! Click on the recipe title to view the recipe.
Chocolate Dessert: Marcia McCombs
Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Pops
Runner-up: Randi Lawson
Jam: Mary Ofstie
Runner-up: Kathy Swanson
Sweet Bread: Gingie Wood
Salsa: Eileen Lorentz
Tangy Black Bean Salsa
Pie: Karen Eckenrode