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Talent Show Youth Fundraiser

Don’t let impending winter get you down! FIGHT BACK against the darkness by gathering with your church community to see the spotlight reveal an amazing amount of inspiring talent (plus a lot of heroically good sports willing to be fools for Christ.)

With a line-up of acts ranging from sublime to ridiculous, with performers ages 3 to 98, the big stage at Eisenhower Community Center will be very busy on Sunday, November 9, when the curtain goes up at 4:30 pm. We hope YOU will be there to enjoy it and to help us raise money for next summer’s youth trips.

Altogether, we usually end up with close to a hundred GLC members lending their talents to the cause. The show runs about 90 minutes. Suggested donation is at least $6 per person or $25 per household.

Reserved Seating option with advance purchase (min. donation: $10/seat) And PLEASE invite friends who don’t know what a good time they’ve been missing the last 9 years!

Questions? Call Bob the Youth Guy: 935-1753 x114 or

Informational Meeting for El Salvador Mission Trip

Join us at noon on Sunday, November 2 in the Fireside Gallery for an informational meeting about this summer’s trip to El Salvador.
The trip is July 8-18, 2015 and will be approximately $1,500. For more information and a preliminary itinerary please make plans to attend the meeting. Initial deposit is due November 16. This is an intergenerational mission trip that is available for anyone who has completed their junior year of high school. 

Wednesday Night Dinners

We serve a congregational meal on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. All are welcome. A $3/person donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.

November 5
Ham and Cheesy Potatoes, Salad Bar

November 12
Teriyaki Chicken and Rice, Salad Bar

Living Faith Blog: the Book of Acts

While we read the Book of Acts together our blog will be an opportunity for discussion, questions, and sharing on topics and feelings related to the Book of Acts. There will be regular postings to stimulate conversation but you are always welcome to bring your own ideas and questions to the blog. Visit

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: November 22, December 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.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship and Pie Fellowship

Join us for our Thanksgiving Eve worship on Wednesday, November 26 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.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Our Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Thursday, November 27 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 26 to make your reservation. Reservations will close when capacity is reached.

Scandinavian Fair

The 39th annual Scandinavian Fair will be held Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15.

November 14 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Swedish Meatball Supper 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Meatball Plate $8; a la carte items extra

November 15 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Buffet Luncheon 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Sandwich Loaf Plate $5; a la carte items extra

World Import Shop ~ Bakery ~ Sweet Shop ~ Nearly New Shop ~ Handcraft Boutique ~ Silent Auction (Auction ends at 2:00 pm Tues) ~ Drawing (Drawings at 1:30 pm Tues)

Gifts that Make a Difference

Does your family exchange gifts that usually are impersonal gift cards? Do you have a few people on your gift list that are impossible to buy for? Do you need a stocking stuffer or two? A gift for a teacher or friend? Are you looking for a family gifting opportunity that reflects the true spirit of Christmas?

The Social Ministry team is facilitating the ELCA Good Gifts program. ELCA Good Gifts is an opportunity for you to donate the price of an animal that is then given to a needy family abroad. The animals range from chicks ($10) to a cow ($500.) There are 50 choices in between; all are thoughtfully offered to help grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives.

In addition to animals, other causes we lift up as good gifts range form water jugs, irrigation canals, and funding for international emergencies. A refugee family can be fed for a week for only $10; here at home, $10 feeds 10 people for a week at a soup kitchen. There are also scholarships for seminary students here and abroad as well as support for new congregations.

There are brochures located around the church or you may go to www.elca/goodgifts to browse the gifts, find one that will be a fit for your family, and place your order.

This is an excellent way to model generosity to your children; each donor will receive a card explaining what was given. We will have a table set up at the Fall Fair; there are coloring papers and stamps that will be given to the Sunday school children.

This is an excellent opportunity to actually impact some lives, as we in advent await the savior of the world. Please consider purchasing a ”Good Gift” this year.

Community Movie Night: The Lego Movie

Bring the whole family for Community Movie Night on Friday, November 21 at 6:30 PM. We'll enjoy some popcorn and watch
The Lego Movie (PG) on the big screen!

FREE - All are welcome.

La Natividad

Angels and shepherds. A suspicious king. A time of social distress. A pregnant woman knocks on the doors of the city, seeking shelter. This is the Christmas Story, the story of the Holy Child born in our midst.

This unique event honors the Mexican tradition of La Posada, in a collaboration between St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. Audience members move with the actors as we process with Mary & Joseph as they seek Posada, or shelter. The family-friendly production is a combination of street theater, giant puppets and masked figures, musicians and choir.

If you would like to attend with a group from Gethsemane, we will be purchasing group tickets for the performance on Saturday, December 20, at 6:30 PM beginning at In the Heart of the Beast Theater. A carpool will leave from GLC at 5:45 PM. Dress for the weather and plan to do some walking. Tickets are $16 each. Contact Amy in the church office by November 27 if you plan to attend and we will reserve a ticket for you.

For more information or to purchase tickets for a different date, visit

Hymnus Angelicus Concert Nov 16

The Fauré Requim, and choral works for double choir will be presented by Hymnus Angelicus, Paul McKenzie, director, and the Chamber Choir of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, William Mathis, director, on Sunday, November 16 at 7 PM.

We are excited to combine the efforts of two fine chamber choirs for this very special evening of double choir music. Featured will be a Moravian anthem for soloist, duet, double choir and orchestra, a Capella movements of The Peaceable Kingdom by Randall Thompson, and finishing with much-loved Fauré Requiem with a new "quartet" instrumentation.

Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

Men's Ministry Breakfast: How to Read the Bible

The next Men’s Ministry Breakfast is Tuesday, November 4 at 7:00 am in the Fellowship Hall. The speaker is Karoline Lewis, a scholar, teacher and writer.

Karoline thinks the future of homiletics is biblical preaching and being able to interpret biblical texts into the lives of congregations so that the text becomes the shaping, forming, living word of God that it’s meant to be. The sermon needs to be the very living presence of Jesus and God for us.

"Dr. Karoline Lewis is spectacular! Her engaging teaching style invites everyone to love learning alongside her. Her presentation is educational, spiritual, heartwarming and authentic. What a thrill to be a part of any study she leads."  - Pastor Brenda Legred, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Excelsior, MN.

A hot breakfast is served with an $8.00 contribution requested. Contact the church office if you plan to attend. ALL are welcome!

Karoline Lewis received her B.A from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; her M. Div., from Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN; and her Ph.D., from Emory University, Atlanta, GA in 2006. Karoline M. Lewis joined the Luther Seminary faculty in 2007 and holds the Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Homiletics. She has had adjunct faculty positions at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She was also adjunct faculty in the bible division at Luther Seminary in 1994-95 and in 2006.

A Visit with William Kent Krueger

Award-winning local author William Kent Krueger will speaking in the Gethsemane Gallery on November 18 from 7-8 pm. Everyone is invited to come - men, women, friends and community!

Krueger will talk about the writing process and his books. He’s written 16! He will focus on Ordinary Grace, his 2013 stand-alone novel, a moving coming-of-age story set in southern Minnesota during 1961. In addition, he’s sure to touch on and answer questions about his Cork O’Connor mystery series, including the most recent release, Windago Island.

The Women’s Book Group urges you to invite others to join you for what is sure to be a very interesting hour. A book signing and sale will follow the program.

Caring Conversations: Same-Gender Marriage

We had about 150 participants in the Caring Conversation process last spring where each had a chance to share what has influenced them on this issue and what the felt was the heart of the matter concerning performing same gender marriages at GLC. Opinions expressed ranged from supportive, to uncertain, and opposition. Approximately 65% were in favor, 20% were opposed and 15% were uncertain or felt it was not a critical concern.

Individuals in support tended to express the opinion that the gospel teaches us that unconditional love and acceptance are central to the Christian faith. Individuals against performing same gender marriages at GLC were unified in citing that Biblical statements against same-gender relationships were clear and formed the basis of their opinions.

All those involved shared the concern that this was not an easy issue to be taken lightly and expressed a concern that our congregation proceed in a manner that respects all. Both groups were concerned that a decision either for or against could result in members feeling alienated. All were appreciative of the opportunity to hear various view points and that they could share their faith in a safe and constructive manner.

The church council continues to discuss how we feel we should move forward as a whole community of faith and would like to hear from you if you have not had the opportunity to share. What is the heart of the matter for you concerning Gethsemane performing same gender marriages?

The council will be make a decision on a variety of proposals in December and invites you to reach out to them. You can talk to a council member in person or email our church council president, Amy Brandli, at

Discovering God's Blessings: A Year of Deep Listening

Our mission at Gethsemane is to be Engaged by God in a Living Faith; at home, at church, and in the world.

God wants us also to be blessed by the Holy Spirit at work in our community. This year we are embarking on a Deep Listening Project to better connect with those who have a story to tell. Not only will we get to hear their faith stories, we will also hopefully be building bridges with our community of faith and the church universal.

Each month we'll post a new question and we invite you to respond in whatever way you are most comfortable. So join us this year and together let’s "Discover God’s Blessings!"

November Question: Name one thing you are specifically thankful for about the community you live in.

It is important to identify and give recognition to those things or places that impact our quality of life and well-being. In this season of Thanksgiving we invite you to write a short note about one specific thing you are thankful for about your community and post it on our Facebook page, email it to the office, or write it on the blue slip in the Sunday bulletin. We want to hear from you and hear what you cherish most about the place you live, work, or play.

Photo Contest
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. We invite you to post a photo of what you are thankful for in our community to our Facebook page or email us a copy. You can use your camera, cell phone, or even draw us a picture. Photo quality, while important, is not the primary qualification, but creativity and subject matter. How you capture the object or tell a story of what impacts your life is what were are looking for. We will collect submissions all month and print one winning picture in next month’s newsletter and on our church website.

Theology on Tap

The second Friday of each month at 7:30 pm a group of grassroots theologians (better known as normal people with questions) gather with Pr. John at the Big 10 in Hopkins for God talk and a brew. You are welcome to join us.

New Gallery Show: Works of Ken Green

We are pleased to present a sample of the works of the late Ken Green, St. Paul artist, actor and friend. This Minnesota-born artist’s works (brightly colored oils, watercolors, acrylics, pencil drawings and mixed-media works) are displayed in galleries across the United States, and dot the walls of local office buildings, and have graced the homes of celebrities, including Bob Hope, Paul Anka, Kirby Puckett, Dionne Warwick and Queen Latifah.

Ken Green was a model for JC Penney and Dayton’s department stores and also starred in the cable TV movie "Thugs," and the feature film "Bill's Gun Shop."

Among local artists, Ken is remembered for being a strong promoter of the St. Paul art scene, and the popular “art crawls” that are still active today. His last project was a series of 16 murals based on biblical scenes that he completed in 2008, now on view at St. Peter's African Methodist Episcopal Church at 401 E. 41st St. in Minneapolis. Ken died in 2009.

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

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