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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Making a Commitment

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Deep Listening - Easter Challenge

The Tomb Is Empty!

If the tomb is empty, where is Jesus? On Easter Sunday we laid out a challenge for the whole congregation to join in our Deep Listening campaign.

In the scripture verses from Mark 16 we are told that Christ has been raised and indeed has gone ahead of us, intending to meet us out in the world. This is why as a congregation I invite everyone to seek out one person in our community to have a conversation with and ask them the same three basic questions we have been asking all year:

1. What are the blessings in their life?
2. What are they thankful for in our community?
3. What are the needs they see in our community?

Mark’s gospel ends with the empty tomb because it lets the church write the rest of the story. We want to hear about all your encounters.

Send us us an email, post your discovery on our Facebook page or our Living Faith Blog , and let us know where you have encountered people and their faith, perhaps glimpsing where God is at work in our community.

When we listen, when we engage our neighbor, we become the church for the world. Let us BE the church together!

Car Wash for Bible Camp

Sunday morning, May 31, from 10:30 – 12:30 Gethsemane kids going to Green Lake Bible Camps will be having a carwash at Gethsemane to help pay their tuition to camp. Tickets for the carwash are $10 and can be purchased before and after the service on May 24 and the day of the carwash. If you are unable to attend the carwash or would just like to make camp a reality for a Gethsemane child you can make donations to Gethsemane and put Camp Scholarships in the memo line of the check.

Living Faith Blog

On Easter Sunday we laid out a challenge for the whole congregation to join in our Deep Listening campaign. As a congregation we invite everyone to seek out one person in our community to have a conversation with and ask them the same three basic questions we have been asking all year:

1. What are the blessings in their life?
2. What are they thankful for in our community?
3. What are the needs they see in our community?

We want to hear about all your encounters! Click here to join the conversation on our Living Faith Blog.

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.

Service Event June 14 after Worship

Personal Care Kits needed in response to tragedy in Nepal
Lutheran World Relief needs Personal Care Kits after the recent earthquakes in Nepal. These kits are distributed around the world to victims of earthquakes and other disasters - people who have often lost everything.

Join us Sunday, June 14 in the fellowship hall immediately after worship to assemble kits. As always, many hands make light work! Together let’s respond to our brothers and sisters in need around the world. This is a perfect opportunity for all ages and abilities to serve together.

Some kit components are still needed. We are looking for donations of bath towels, 4-oz bar soap, toothbrushes and nail clippers. You can drop these items off at the reception desk on Sundays or during office hours.

Kitt Mallin Art Show on Display

Word and Power is now on display in the gallery through June 28. Kitt Mallin employs photo-transfer and collage with text on wood, focusing on scripture and Christian witness. Some of the works are personal, and all are a treat for the eye and the soul.
Kitt is an Indiana resident where she lives with her husband and two toddlers. She will be back Sunday, June 28 for an artist reception following the 9:30 am service. 

GLC Members' Art Show

All members of the church are encouraged to submit their creative works to the upcoming Members' Art Show.

Original paintings, drawings, sculpture, carvings, ceramics, fiber, photography, mixed media, and other creative works are all welcome. Up to three entries per artist may be accepted, space permitting.

Entry forms are available in the gallery and at the receptionist desk at church, or click here to download one.

All entries must be "display ready," meaning they are ready to hang or be displayed and an entry form is attached to each piece.

Please mark your calendars:

Exhibit: July - August

Drop off artwork in Gallery:
June 21, 28 or leave at reception desk anytime before June 30

Artwork pick up:
August 30 (following service)

Any questions, please contact John Johnson at 952 934-3018.

Family Ministry Picnic June 14

Family Ministry Picnic
Sunday, June 14, 4:30 PM

Let’s kick off the summer with an evening of family, food, and fun at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. We will cook burgers and hot dogs and everyone is invited to bring something to share like a salad, chips, or dessert. Then we will join in a family kickball game. Watch for a sign up online or in your bulletin so we can plan for food.

Men's Summer Bible Study

Friendship: Transform Through Strong Relationships - is an 8-session men's Bible study by Kenny Luck.

Summer Men’s Study will start Saturday, June 6, 7:00 to 8:30 am in the Fireside Gallery. To sign up contact the church office 952-935-1753 or Jack McCarthy 612-819-5962.

God's Word is clear about the importance of godly friendships — and how God designs them to complete us spiritually. If you ever hope to win the battles you face in your spiritual journey, you must be connected to godly men. The problem is that many men today act as if they don't need friends — and they're paying the price. Risking relationships is not easy for men, but it's non-negotiable for God's man. When you stand with others who share your spiritual goals, you achieve them faster. That's God's way. Godly friendships create consistency, provide care and support, stimulate healthy confession, produce new connections, and make you complete in Christ. They produce positive changes in your character, convictions, conduct, and commitment to do life God's way.

Graduation Recognition Sunday

On Sunday, June 7, at our 9:30 am service, we will be honoring Gethsemane’s high school and college graduating Class of 2015, and announcing Memorial Foundation scholarships for those attending Lutheran colleges next year. 

If your family has a student graduating any program of higher learning this year, please contact the church office at or 952-935-1753 so we can acknowledge their achievement on June 7!

Need of the Month: El Salvador Mission

We are excited for our return trip to El Salvador this summer because we will be formalizing our partnership with Igglesia Concordia, a small congregation in the capital city of San Salvador.

On our request, Pastora Gloribel Rubio has provided us with a list of items that are always needed by the members of our partner congregation:

Vitamins for adults and children (new, in original packaging)

School Supplies in good condition:

Sacapuntas - pencil sharpeners
Lapices - pencils
Borradores - erasers
Resistol - glue
Lapiceros - mechanical pencils
Marcadores - markers

If you prefer to give money to support our partners we will be purchasing books in Spanish for their small church library.

Additionally we are collecting large unwanted suitcases that will be used to bring donations to El Salvador and left there.

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.

Will Steger Forum and Community Fish Fry

Wednesday, June 17

7:00 PM: FREE Community Forum, "Eyewitness to Global Warming"

Native Minnesotan Will Steger will share his vivid account of the changes he has witnessed first-hand in Arctic regions over four decades of polar exploration. Steger shares photographs, compelling data, satellite imagery, and multimedia videos to document the deterioration in the polar ice caps. He will share a message of hope and empowerment, as we all have a role to play.

5:30 PM: Community Fish Fry

Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. (Spaghetti alternative available.)

5:00 PM: “Youth for Change”

Will Steger will host a special 1/2 hour session with youth to look at his high adventure trips and ways we all can help preserve the environment.

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School: "A Love that Never Ends!"

Join counselors from Luther Point Bible Camp for VBS at Gethsemane July 19-23, 2015.

Kids’ faith will be nurtured through play, music, crafts, games, Bible stories and more as they learn what it means to live in a world as God’s chosen people.

6:00 - 7:30 pm for preschoolers
6:00 – 8:30 pm for Kindergarten - 6th grade

$25 per student or $60 per family (scholarships available)

Click here to register online.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. - Deut. 6:5

Disney Music Adventure

Disney Music Adventure
June 15-19 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Fellowship Hall

Are you looking for summer activities for your children? Gethsemane is offering a full week music experience your kids will LOVE! All students entering 2nd- 7th grade are invited to join us as we put together an exciting show called "Disney Music Adventure."

Your children will learn fun Disney songs, dance moves, and acting. Their week will come to a close with a final performance in Gethsemane's Fellowship Hall at 3:00 pm Friday, June 19.

All participants will receive a T-shirt and a recording of the music to practice with at home.

Registration Fee: $100/per student for the week

*Extended daycare options from 8 am-5 pm available for an additional $20/day.

Register online here.

Space is limited to 30 students. Registration will close on Wednesday, May 20, or when enrollment reaches 30 students.

Catch a Twins game with GLC

Lutheran Night at the Twins
Thrivent Financial is again sponsoring Lutheran Night at the Twins Tuesday, July 28, at 7:10 pm against the Pittsburgh Pirates. A limited number of seats are available at a discounted price of $28.

Come join the fun at Target Field! Reserve tickets by contacting Sally Haugen at 952-935-5611 or

4th Annual Men’s Ministry Twins Outing
Gethsemane Men’s Ministry is hosting its 4th annual Minnesota Twins outing Tuesday, August 11. The Twins host the Texas Rangers at 7:10 pm. Tickets are $47 and include seating in section 121 and transportation to and from church - the bus drops us off and picks us up right at the gate. We’ll leave Gethsemane at 6 pm. All are welcome. Click here to reserve your tickets by July 24 or contact Gary Dass at 612-290-7367.

Community Town Hall Forums

Gethsemane is again hosting a summer series of monthly Town Hall Forums about key issues of today. These are free and open to all.

Eyewitness to Global Warming
Wednesday, June 17 from 7-8 pm

Our speaker is Will Steger. Click here for more information about this event.

Dispelling Myths and Spreading Awareness: One Family’s Experience Raising a Transgender Child
Wednesday, July 29 from 7-8 pm

Speaker Leslie Lagerstrom is a mom, writer and advocate. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and also shares her family’s story with audiences across the nation.

Why Is It Hard to Talk about Race? Understanding the Keys to Starting a Community Conversation
Wednesday, August 19 from 7-8 pm

Speakers Akiko Maeker and Paul Maeker are founding partners of Interculturalist LLC, helping organizations achieve their diversity and inclusion goals.

Everyone is encouraged to mark your calendars and spread an invitation to neighbors and friends. Please join with GLC’s Adult Education program and Social Ministry Team in making Gethsemane a place where moral deliberation and courageous conversation is fostered in our community.

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.

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