Gethsemane NEWS

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Give through Access ACS

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.

Click here to make your secure donation through Access ACS.

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.

Click here to download an Electronic Giving Form.

Making a Commitment

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Thank you for supporting our ministries.

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.

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.

Singers and Handbell Ringers Wanted

Our music ministry is seeking handbell ringers and singers for Voices of Praise (VOP) and Sr. Choir. 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. 

Jubilation Ringers will rehearse on Thursdays at 6:00. Choirs rehearse on Wednesday evenings. Our first time to sing will be Rally Sunday – rehearse at 8:30 and sing at 9:30 worship.

August 2 is “Bring a Friend to Church” Day

With our recent discussion of hospitality, and our deeply rooted tradition of hospitality at Gethsemane, we are holding Bring a Friend to Church Day on Sunday, August 2. Taking time to reach out to a friend or neighbor, or even the cashier at the supermarket with a personal invitation is the first step towards a meaningful environment of hospitality. Evidence also suggests that 85% of people who attend worship do so because they were personally invited. WOW! So begin thinking now about who you can invite, and let’s fill our Sanctuary.

Family Campout Aug 28-30

Family Ministry Campout - Baker Park August 28-30

Families of all shapes and sizes, not to mention ages, are welcome to join us for our annual campout. We are heading back to Baker Park but this time staying at the Marshview group campsite. This is set up for tent camping - trailers are welcome but there are no hook-ups.

The Friday night through Sunday morning retreat is an enriching time to spend with family and friends in the great outdoors. We also welcome day trippers to come out for Saturday swimming and evening cookout with our campfire worship. It is one of the highlights each year.

Cost is $35 a family for campers, $5 for day trippers. Click here to sign up and reserve your spot.

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.

Members' Art Show on Display

Our Member's Art Show is on display in the Fireside Gallery through August. Come view the creative works of your friends and fellow members.

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.

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.

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.

About Access Gethsemane

Access Gethsemane

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Access Gethsemane is a web tool that enables members to:

  • Complete your Serving Skills Set
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Click here to send us your e-mail address. All email addresses and membership details will be securely protected and will not be distributed outside of the church office.

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.

'Greening Up' Gethsemane

By Brian Furan, Facilities Supervisor

These days, you can’t turn on the news, go online or open a newspaper without seeing more and more about the environment and being "green" (environmentally friendly.) By doing what we can to conserve energy here at Gethsemane and at home, we are contributing to a much larger effort that can produce massive results!

What can we do here at Gethsemane? We can ALL make an immediate difference by just doing a few simple things when we are at church.

  • Simply wiping your shoes well on the way in can make a difference in the energy and resources needed to keep the carpets clean.
  • Turn off lights, fans and air conditioners when you are finished using a room.
  • Recycle instead of just tossing in the nearest garbage can. We have aluminum can recycling containers around the building, and containers for paper, glass and plastic are located next to the walk-in cooler in the kitchen, as well as a large red barrel for paper in the work room.
  • Ink cartridges, cell phones and cell phone batteries can be recycled in a container located next to the front desk.
  • Cardboard can be recycled in the paper dumpster located behind the garage, or left next to the maintenance office downstairs.

Other steps being taken include using paper products such as towels and tissues from recycled materials and certified "green" industries, and researching bio-degradeable cleaning products and methods to reduce cleaning waste.

Together, we can all take little steps towards making a big difference at Gethsemane, and hopefully be an inspiration for others in our community to work toward a cleaner, better environment for our future generations to enjoy!

Flat Jesus Project

You are invited to download and color a picture of Jesus and take him out on the road wherever you are going this summer. Then take pictures and send them to us! Click here to print your own picture of Jesus.

Send your pictures to or post them on our Facebook page. Join the fun and share your story.

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