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Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Fellowship

Join us for our Thanksgiving Eve worship on Wednesday, November 25 at 7 pm. After worship we'll gather downstairs for pie and fellowship.

Can you bring a pie to share? Any leftover pies will be shared at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner the following day. Just drop it off in the kitchen before worship.

Wednesday Night Dinners

We serve a congregational meal on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. All are welcome. A $4/person donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.

A vegetarian option is usually served, as well as salad bar.

November 25: NO MEAL

December 2
Swiss Chicken over noodles
Salad Bar

December 9
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Salad Bar

Volunteers are always needed to help with Wednesday dinners, especially cleanup (shift 2.) Click here to sign up.

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.

125th Anniversary Reflections

If you would like a copy of the reflections on our church history that were shared on Nov 1 you can download it here or can pick it up at the welcome desk in the narthex or at the reception desk.

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?"

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor.
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?

At Gethsemane we want to be good neighbors! We are beginning a careful examination of the ways that we welcome others into our space and how we share that welcome with the people we encounter beyond the walls of Gethsemane. Mr. Rogers and his neighborhood will serve as a model for being good neighbors.

Mark your calendars for two special events happening Sunday, Nov 29:

All Congregation Potluck at noon
Let’s practice being a good neighbor by sharing a meal with one another. Bring a dish to share and join us for good food and activities for neighbors of all ages. This is also a new member Sunday – so let’s offer a robust Gethsemane welcome to our newest members.

Sweater Sunday
Wear a cardigan to church in honor of Fred Rogers and his neighborhood! Won’t you be my neighbor?

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Our Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Thursday, November 26 at 1 pm in Fellowship Hall. We will once again provide a delicious, free, turkey buffet meal, open to everyone in the community. It is for families, singles, couples, members, friends, and all our neighbors.

Our Social Ministry Team began this event in 1997. The goal was to create a welcoming event to which everyone in the community was invited for fellowship, food and celebration.

Call the church office at 952-935-1753 by Wednesday, Nov 25 to make your reservation. Reservations will close when capacity is reached.

Gethsemane Members: Click here to sign up to bring a food dish or help at the event.

Vespers Services

Join us for this monthly opportunity to gather for contemplation around Word, prayer and song. Services are at 4:00 pm and led by various musicians and worship leaders. Some services will be festive and others will be simple; all will gather us in the Spirit. Invite a friend to experience the beauty of the Gethsemane sanctuary filled with song, light and hope. A free-will offering will be collected and a reception will follow.

October 25 – Hymnus Men

November 29 – Advent Vespers - Women’s Ensemble

In the season of holiday preparations, we also enter the season of waiting and watching. For some this is a special time - time to contemplate, time to remember, time to prepare. In our Vespers service we will hear again the words of prophecy, of warning and of comfort. Our music will be led by Angel Voices, strings and organ. There will be prayers of hope and peace and hymns old and new.

December 20 – Organ and Cantor

January 31 – Hymnus Men and guest soloist

February 28 – Combined Sr. Choir, Voices of Praise, and YOUth Choirs

April 3 – Hymnus Men

May 1 – Jubilation Ringers

Service Opportunity at People Serving People

Each 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month Gethsemane sends a team of 6 people to the People Serving People homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis to serve supper to the residents.

Anyone 12 or older can volunteer. Time commitment is 3:30-6:30 pm, including travel time. New volunteers are always placed in a group with those who "know the ropes."

To volunteer call Barb Krig at 952-474-2041 or visit our page on Signup Genius HERE

Rally Day Congregation Photo

Thanks to everyone who came out in support of Rally Day and participated in our 125th Anniversary congregation photo.

Thanks also to our photographer, Jim Arneson.

The photos are available to view or download on Jim's photo-sharing site. Click here to go directly to the Rally Day album.

125 Projects at Gethsemane

As part of our celebration of Gethsemane’s 125 Years of Blessings, we have a list of 125 projects of all kinds that can be done at Gethsemane.

Anyone can volunteer to help with projects such as painting, cleaning, landscaping, and more. These projects can be done any time during the day, and any time during the year.

Don’t feel like working? There are opportunities to contribute financially as well, as some of the projects on the list involve purchasing cabinets, carpet tiles, and shelving.

Click here for a current list of projects.

Singers and Handbell Ringers Wanted

Our music ministry is seeking handbell ringers and singers for Voices of Praise (VOP) and Sr. Choir. Jubilation Ringers will rehearse on Thursdays at 6:00. Choirs rehearse on Wednesday evenings. If you are interested in leading worship through music and song and want to work with a dedicated group of adults, contact Paul McKenzie at for more information. 

El Salvador Mission Trip

10 Gethsemane travelers have recently returned from a mission trip to El Salvador. Click here to see pictures and read about their journey.

Why Is It Hard to Talk About Race?

On Wednesday, August 19, we held a community town hall forum, "Why Is It Hard to Talk about Race? Understanding the Keys to Starting a Community Conversation."

Presenters Akiko Maeker and Paul Maeker are founding partners of Interculturalist LLC, a consulting company working with public and private organizations to help them achieve their diversity and inclusion goals.

Click here to view a PDF of the presentation slides.

Click the links below to view the presentation.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

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 Lei-Ann Moris 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

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