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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.

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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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40 Words for 40 Days: a Lenten Discipline

We want to encourage you to participate in our 40-day Lenten Deep Listening Discipline. Each day from Ash Wednesday through the day before Easter (not including Sundays) we will post a new word as a listening tool for personal reflection and prayer.

You are invited to share your reflections, if you choose, by posting a picture, submitting a written response, sharing a prayer or other creative response. You can post it on our Facebook page, to our Living Faith Blog, or email it to church and we'll post it for you.

If you miss a day that’s okay – you can participate when you are able and it is even okay to post something on a word for a day that has already passed. This discipline is an invitation into a time of reflection and listening to the life that God has called us to.

Feb 18: Beauty
Feb 19: Healing
Feb 20: Worship
Feb 21: Relationship
Feb 23: Laughter
Feb 24: Penitence
Feb 25: Wisdom
Feb 26: Dedication
Feb 27: Rest
Feb 28: Empathy
Mar 2: Tradition
Mar 3: Sharing
Mar 4: Diversity
Mar 5: Warmth
Mar 6: Grace
Mar 7: Dreams
Mar 9: Gratitude
Mar 10: Family
Mar 11: Abundance
Mar 12: Home
Mar 13: Second Chances
Mar 14: Innocence
Mar 16: Mission Fields
Mar 17: Memories
Mar 18: Harmony
Mar 19: Daily Bread
Mar 20: Angels
Mar 21: Stillness
Mar 23: Vocation
Mar 24: Language
Mar 25: Salvation
Mar 26: Community
Mar 27: Peacemakers
Mar 28: Love
Mar 30: Celebrations
Mar 31: Renewal
Apr 1: Trust
Apr 2: Scripture
Apr 3: Curiosity
Apr 4: Color

Lenten Speaker Series: Listening to our Community

Our Wednesday Lenten scriptures are about God’s calling for us to be one with our neighbor. As our Deep Listening Project continues, we turn to our neighbors. We are excited to welcome leaders who have agreed to share their thoughts and insights about the work they are doing in our community.

Each week following their talk we will enter into a time of silence and prayer to ruminate on what we have heard. In this time we will invite everyone to write a prayer for our community based on what you heard. At the close of the service you will be invited to roll up and place your written prayer in our "Prayer Wall."

Lent is meant to be a time of preparation. In this season we pray that God prepares your heart to hear his call to be the church in and with our community. Each week you will have the opportunity to write out ways you feel moved and ways that we as a church could respond to the community around us.

In the Easter season we will have a special adult education session to collect all of the ideas that were generated and hear how we might be born anew as God’s church here in Hopkins.

Come journey with us as together we "Discover God’s Blessings."

Lenten Speaker Series Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

February 18: Ash Wednesday Worship at 11:30 AM and 7:00 PM

February 25: Ron Kamps, ICA Board Member and longtime volunteer

March 4: Sonya Smith, Hopkins Police, Joint Community Police Partnership Liaison, Chair of the Hopkins Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee

March 11: Jody De St. Hubert, Alice Smith Elementary School Principal

March 18: Eugene J. Maxwell, City of Hopkins Mayor and Business Owner

March 25: Peggy Gaard, Director Hopkins Augustana Open Circle Adult Day Services Center

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: February 28, March 28

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.

King of Kings - Silent Film

Join us April 11 at 7:00 PM as organist Mark Fideldy presents the 1927 Cecil B. DeMille silent film King of Kings with live improvised organ accompaniment. The film details the life of Jesus and his passion and resurrection.

This will be the first time King of Kings has been shown in the Twin Cities in this way!

The event is free with a free-will offering. Open to all ages, though recommended age is 13+. Nursery care is available.

Film is 112 minutes.

Feed My Starving Children - Service Event March 14

Save the date for a great Family Ministry event! Please join us March 14 from 2:00-4:00 at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen. We have 65 open slots and are excited to fill them all. For more information or if your family wants to sign up, contact Julie Yakes at or 612-210-5196.

Health & Wellness: the "Power 9"

Research tells us the populations that live the longest and happiest in this world have several commonalities in their lifestyles.

Beginning February 25 and continuing during Lent, join us on Wednesdays in the Fireside Gallery from 6:00-6:45 pm as we learn to develop our own individual healthy lifestyles based on the proven Power 9 Principals of Health & Happiness:

  • Move Naturally
  • Have a Sense of Purpose
  • Shed Stress
  • 80% Fullness Rule
  • Plant Slant
  • Socializing
  • Belonging to Faith-Based Community
  • Putting Families First
  • Belonging to the Right Tribe, that supports healthy behaviors

Our Health & Wellness Ministry is devoted to demystify and simplifying the right way to eat, move, and love. It's never too late to do the right thing!

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.

Lent Meal Volunteers

The congregation is invited to join together on Wednesday evenings during Lent for soup, sandwich and salad beginning at 5:30 pm before Lent worship.

Volunteers are needed to help with serving and cleanup each week. Click here to sign up online or contact Amy in the church office at if you can help.

Reach & Restore is Need of the Month

The February Need of the Month is items for Reach & Restore. The Social Ministry Team works in partnership with this local non-profit organization which provides clothing and household furnishings to people in need.

Especially needed at this time: Children’s clothing, all sizes; men’s and women’s clothing, XXL; women’s socks, silverware, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, bakeware, towels, blankets, bedding. Items should be gently used or new. Let’s fill the barrels for families in our community!

Additionally, if you have items such as tables, chairs, lamps, dishes, utensils or small appliances in clean and safe working order, we may be able to provide a local family with these much needed items for their home. For these larger items, Contact LaVerne Anderson at 952-544-3062 or using the word "Gethsemane" in the subject line.

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.

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 is $14.00. Guests are welcome-come twice and you are a member!

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

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.

About Access Gethsemane

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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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