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Blessing of the Backpacks

Students of all ages are invited to bring your backpacks to church on Sunday, September 14 for a special blessing during worship. We will go forth into a new school year reminded of God’s love and commitment surrounding us on every step of our journey.


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: 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.


Saturday Night Club

Saturday Night Club started when Ken Glazer, President of the Church Council, realized a gap existed for service in our church and brought to being an organization of men and women to fill social and spiritual needs of older members. On February 23, 1957, 68 enthusiastic men and women met for the first Saturday Night Club. 58 years later the tradition is still going strong - these monthly dinners have regular attendance of around 100 members.

The Saturday Night Club opens the 2014-2015 season of dinners and entertainment on September 20 with the Senior Synod Band under the direction of Em Stark.

A catered dinner is served at 5:30 PM. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Maury Treberg at 952-426-2568 by Tuesday evening, September 16. Cost remains at $12.00. Guests are welcome-come twice and you are a member!

2014-2015 Schedule
October 18, 2014       
The Civil and Dakota Wars
Stephen Osman, former Senior Historian, Minnesota Historical Society
 
December 6, 2014      
The Gloryland Gospel Band
 
January 24, 2015
“Duetto” - Gayle Thomas and Mark Fideldy, Violin and Piano
 
February 28, 2015      
The Roe Family - popular tunes, family-style
 
March 28, 2015          
The Travis Anderson Trio - jazz as we like it!
 
April 25, 2015             
Windjammers Swing Band - 18 performers including 3 vocalists
 
May 16, 2015            
Down the Mississippi River, Part 3 with Doug Ohman


GCW Salad Supper

A colorful array of salads from Gethsemane kitchens will usher in the 2014-2015 season for Gethsemane Church Women. The supper meeting is set for Tuesday, September 23, at 6:30 pm.

A lively performance by Cindi Scheffer, pianist and singer, will be the program feature. She entertains with jazz, show tunes and cabaret music.

Arrangements for the program and meal are being made by members of the Hannah and Sarah circles.

Cost is $8. Reservations should be made by calling the church office by September 21.


Men's Ministry Breakfast

Men’s Ministry Breakfast
Tuesday, September 9
7:00 AM in Fellowship Hall

Our guest at the September Men's Ministry Breakfast is Richard Andersen who is the Senior Major Gifts Officer for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. He will be sharing with us how Lutheran Social Service provides all people with service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds community.

A hot breakfast is served with an $8 contribution requested. Contact the church office if you plan to attend.

Lutheran Social Service has a staff of 2,300 and serves 1 in 65 people in Minnesota. They serve in each of Minnesota’s 87 counties and in more than 300 communities. With an annual budget of $98 million funded from public, private and charitable sources, LLS is the state’s largest, nonprofit social service organization.

Richard received a Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN and was ordained in 1986. He studied with Frederic Hudson and is certified as a professional life coach for organizational development and adult learning by the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, CA.
From 2006 – 2009 Richard was Executive Director of the Foundation of St Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, MN and served as interim pastor at St Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church, St Paul, MN. In 2006 Richard completed 15 years of service with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans as a Financial Consultant.


33 The Series: Men's Bible Study


Men, come be a part of an interactive 6-week course that will journey to discover Authentic Manhood as modeled by Jesus in His 33 years on earth.

Volume 4 – A Man & His Work, starts Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 am and Monday, September 22 at 7:00 pm. You have two options each week to participate in the session.

33 The Series will be held in the Fireside Gallery at GLC. The cost is $15 for your Training Guide. For more information and to register call Jack McCarthy at 612-819-5962.
For more information and to register call Jack McCarthy 612-819-5962.


Food Shelf is September Need


September’s Need of the Month is ICA (Intercongregational Communities Association.) ICA is our local food shelf that provides groceries and financial assistance to our neighbors in Hopkins, Minnetonka, Woodland, Deephaven, Greenwood, Shorewood and Excelsior.

Gethsemane has always been a strong supporter of ICA and our past efforts are appreciated, however, our generous support is needed now more than ever. Many families in our community struggle with putting food on the table. Children at our local schools are going hungry. Our neighbors need our help.

A few statistics:

  • In June of this year, the number of households served was 842. This is up 3% from June, 2013.
  • In 2013, ICA served food to over 2000 unique households. ICA helped over 6500 individuals (food, financial and employment services).
  • ICA gives out approximately 150,000 pounds (on average) of food each month.
  • In 2013, ICA gave out over 1.8 million pounds, 1.6 million to food shelf clients (the rest include pounds to Emergency Food Network, senior centers, schools, etc).
  • 33% (1/3) of food clients live in Minnetonka; 57% from Hopkins; 10% Excelsior and all other.
  • Over 1/3 of clients are children (under 18); 57% are 18 – 64; 7% are 65+
  • About half of ICA households have children; about 1/3 are single adult households.

The demand is so great that ICA expanded its resources by opening an additional, larger food shelf near Hopkins (11588 K-Tel Drive, Minnetonka.) The new location is closer to the greatest level of need within ICA's service area giving clients easier access to the food shelf. The current Minnetonka food shelf remains open.

The new ICA Food Shelf looks and feels like a typical grocery store. Food shelf patrons are able to shop more frequently, once a week rather than once a month. This breakthrough approach allows access to the freshest produce and perishable food available. Ultimately these changes will result in greater nutritional choice with less spoilage and waste.

ICA welcomes gifts of non-perishable food, checks or cash.

Food Needs
Canned Fruit in natural/light syrup
Canned Chicken or Tuna
Pasta Sauce
•Canned Tomatoes
Whole grain Pasta
Peanut Butter
Pancake Mix and syrup
Low Salt/No Salt Canned Vegetables
Macaroni and Cheese

Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Dairy items are also appreciated. When bringing these items, please bag them separately from canned or boxed foods.

Non-Food Needs
Deodorant - male and female
Laundry Detergent
Toilet Paper
Dish Soap
Diapers (size 4,5 or 6) and Pull Ups (any size)

ICA is also in need of volunteers at the two Minnetonka sites and for special one-time projects. To volunteer or to find out more about ICA, call 952-938-0729 or visit their website, http://www.icafoodshelf.org.

Thank you! As an ICA supporter, YOU are the key ingredient to our success!

ICA Mission Statement
Our mission is to offer hope as we provide assistance to our neighbors in need. Our vision is to uphold the dignity of our neighbors as they strive for self-sufficiency. We share the ongoing work of assisting our neighbors in
partnership with the congregations, organizations, businesses and individuals in our communities. Our
belief is that ICA's presence in our communities makes our neighborhoods more stable and secure.


The Great Gethsemane Get-Together!


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

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

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:

Wednesdays
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

Thursdays
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 pmckenzie@glconline.org

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.


El Salvador Mission Update

Six Gethsemane travelers had the opportunity to travel to El Salvador this summer with the goal of finding a partnership congregation and taking the next step in mission. We learned a lot about their civil war (1979-1992), their efforts to rebuild, the ways that the church is involved, and we heard many personal stories of poverty, struggle and the faith that gets them through. We learned about the United States’ involvement in the Civil War and we were stretched beyond our comfort zones as we heard of the political unrest and ongoing struggles that face this nation. We were also able to observe a partnership that our host church, Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Chanhassen, has established with five congregations that sponsor 350 children in their education.

We have lots of stories to share but one person we were the most touched by was Pastor Gloribel Rubio. Pastor Gloribel is a pastor of two different churches – one in the city of San Salvador and one in the mountain community of Guaymango. She is a dual citizen of the U.S. and El Salvador. She lived in Mankato for many years while her husband was in seminary. She returned to El Salvador when he completed his studies and attended law school. Pastor Gloribel was working for a Federal Judge when she felt called to enter ministry. She quit her job (pastors don’t get paid in El Salvador) and began ministering to families with Special Needs children and a community that had been almost completely destroyed in an earthquake. Even though Pastor Gloribel’s adult children live in the U.S. she feels a great sense of call and commitment to the ministry and country of El Salvador. She uses her training as an attorney to advocate for the needs of her parishioners and uses much of her own money and money provided for her from other congregations to assist them in securing safe housing, necessary medical care, and transportation for the children to attend school.

In light of everything that we are hearing on the news about immigrants on the border trying to flee their home country for the possibility of a better life, we felt like we were in the presence of a saint who would give so much of herself to support families and individuals in El Salvador.

We look forward to sharing more about "Saint" Gloribel Rubio and our experience in El Salvador in worship and adult education on Sunday, October 5.

This summer's trip has been in the dreaming stages since our congregation took a step almost 10 years ago to support Latino Ministry. The goal at that time was to offer financial assistance to the God’s Work our Hands initiative to support Latino Ministry in the synod through a partnership with St Paul's, develop a local Latino ministry focused in Hopkins and eventually establish a global mission partner in a Spanish speaking country.

Please come on October 5 to learn more about how our congregation is moving forward to continue the mission started a long time ago!

The six Gethsemane travelers who 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.


August Need of the Month - School Supplies

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.

Check their site at www.facebook.com/ResourceWest 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:

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


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 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.


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 andrs691@aol.com, 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 www.lutheranmalaria.org

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