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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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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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: July 26, August 23, September 27.

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.

Fall Music and Arts opportunities

Fall Music Schedule:

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

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

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.

Global Mission Trip: El Salvador

Six Gethsemane travelers left Minneapolis July 10 to travel out of our comfort zones to the tiny country of El Salvador, which is home to just over 6 million people and is roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts. While we are there we will participate in a unique adventure of faith, service and self-discovery.

The majority of our time will be in San Salvador. We will listen to personal testimonies of Salvadorans, visit historic sites, and we’ll learn how the legacy of the 12-year civil war impacts the building of a just and peaceful society today.

We will worship at the headquarters of the Lutheran Church of El Salvador, spend time volunteering at a soup kitchen for homeless people, host sponsorship parties for children, and participate in one or more work projects. We will also meet with members from two or three different congregations in hope that we can establish an ongoing long-term partnership between them and Gethsemane.

Ways that you can be involved:

Pray for the Gethsemane travelers. Stop by the table in the narthex over the next few weeks to learn more about El Salvador and our upcoming trip, and fill out a question card that we will take with us to ask of the congregations that we are interested in partnering with. A partnership will be based on a relationship, so we want to bring your questions with us. We look forward to sharing the responses with you when we return.

You are also invited to follow their journey through the daily blog (includes pictures) that is being hosted by one of the leaders from our host, Family of Christ
Click here to visit the blog!

Muchas Gracias!

Thank you to everyone who contributed craft supplies, baseball hats, and money for books to the El Salvador need of the month. When we are in El Salvador later this month we will be hosting parties for children through the Lutheran Church of El Salvador. Some of the supplies will be used for the parties while the books, baseball hats, and remaining supplies will be gifted to individuals. Each of us will fill one checked bag with donations to share and additional books in Spanish will be purchased in El Salvador. It is a privilege to take a little bit of Gethsemane with us as we go. We appreciate your generosity! 

Handbell Ringers Needed

The Jubilation Ringers would welcome some additional ringers for next season. If you read music and can commit to weekly rehearsals with a really fine group of musicians and friends, consider joining us.

Handbells 101 will be offered on 3 Wednesdays – July 16, 23 and 30 for those wishing to give it a try.

Contact Paul McKenzie at or 952-935-1753

Girl Power Retreat

It’s time for another "Girl Power" retreat! Girls who have finished  4 - 6th grade will have fun while learning about Positive Body Image, Good Nutrition, Physical Fitness and Positive Ways to Handle Stress. We will eat well, exercise, play games, make crafts and make new friends – There will be lots of fun mixed with lots of learning. 

Where: Gethsemane Lutheran Church
When: Wednesday, July 30, 9:30 am - 4 pm
Cost: $25 per child (scholarships are available)

Register online

Space is limited to the first 25 girls registered.

If you have any questions or would like to help with this event please contact Tiphanie at 952-935-1753 or

August Need of the Month - School Supplies

Even though it’s still summer, it is time to think about school supplies for kids from financially struggling families in our community.

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 beginning August 4 to register for supplies; distribution will begin August 18.

If anyone can volunteer time to sort supplies and assist with distribution, you can also call the main number. Check their site at for updates on specific needs. Thanks for your support of this community-wide effort.

Catch a Twins game with your GLC friends!

3rd annual Men’s Ministry Twins Outing
Gethsemane Men’s Ministry is hosting its 3rd annual Minnesota Twins outing on Monday, August 18. The Twins host the Kansas City Royals at 7:10 pm.

Tickets are $45 and include seating in section 121 (same as years past) and transportation to and from Gethsemane - the bus drops off and picks up right at the gate! We’ll leave Gethsemane at 6 pm. The group had a fantastic time last year. All are welcome - join us for an evening of exciting baseball, tasty stadium snacks and great fellowship!

Click here to sign up or contact Gary Dass at 612-290-7367 or

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:

August 19: Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa
This novel is about a woman born in a Palestinian refugee camp after the 1948 formation of Israel.

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

Community Town Hall Forums

After a great start in June, our Town Hall Forum series continues. These programs are designed to bring people together for information and conversation around key issues of today They are free and open to the community. Each is held in the Gallery. Please invite your friends and neighbors.

Wednesday, July 30, 7‐8 pm
Our Achievement Gap: Searching for a Community Solution
John Schultz, Superintendent of the Hopkins School District and Myron Orfield, Director of the University of MN Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity will be our presenters. Their presentation will include information about the following questions: What is the achievement gap and how is it measured? What issues are at the heart of this gap and why is it so difficult to change? Why should this matter to the entire community and what can we do to respond?

Wednesday, August 20, 7‐8 pm
Shifting the Narrative on Guns and Violence: Why Stories Have Power to Save the World
Heather Martens is the Executive Director of Protect MN, an advocacy group that educates MN citizens, policy makers, and the media about gun violence prevention and policy. Protect MN is a statewide organization representing Minnesotans who want to change the discussion about gun violence and advocate for commonsense gun laws. They have been successful at gaining bi-partisan support as they work to prevent gun injuries and deaths.

Family Camp Out Aug 22–24

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a great family weekend at Carver Park Reserve just on the west end of Lake Minnetonka. We will be camping out and joining together for large group games, a picnic, and outdoor worship around the campfire. Even if you are not staying overnight you are welcome to come join us for the day and stay for the Saturday night cookout and worship.

Click here to sign up!

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.

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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.

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