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"Small World" International Dinner - Help is needed!

"It’s a Small World" International Dinner & Stock Sale
Saturday, February 21, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Come join your congregation for really flavorful food at our 10th annual International Dinner youth ministry fundraiser.

The evening will include a raffle for some awesome prizes yet-to-be-determined as well as the chance for all fans of our Gethsemane youth to buy stock in our youth program! Our valued stockholders will be invited to a Stockholder Dinner later, to thank you with more good food and stories from our grateful youth about the summer adventures your investment made possible.

Help is needed
We are looking for Gethsemane members who are willing to share their favorite ethnic recipe with the rest of the congregation.  Or if cooking is more than you can handle, there are also many other purchased items needed. We are also looking for volunteers to help out at this event. Click here for a sign-up list that includes items needed and available volunteer slots. Sign up today!

Sisters in Spirit: a Women's Winter Gathering

Sisters in Spirit A Women’s Winter Gathering
Saturday, February 7, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Again this year Gethsemane is hosting Sisters in Spirit: a Women’s Winter Gathering featuring Gaye Lindfors, a consultant, author and speaker, on the topic of "Our Journey with God, Girlfriends, and Chocolate."

During our time together, we will learn more about enjoying the journey of life, not just anticipating the destination. Be ready to laugh, learn, smile and get to know each other and God even better as we consider this amazing journey called life.

The event costs $25, which includes a delicious breakfast and lunch. Registrations will be taken until February 2. Register online here or contact the church office at 952-935-1753 or

Click here to view or print the registration brochure.

Don’t miss this chance to renew your faith and reflect on your life’s journey. All women are welcome!

Find out more about our guest speaker at her website,

Friday Nights in Faith

We had such a great outpouring of participation and energy with this Spiritual Friendship initiative last year that we once again will be hosting Friday Nights in Faith groups. Several people testified that this was one of the best things they did all year as they were able to build new relationships with church members and strengthen those they have cherished for years.

Taking what worked well last year and your suggestions for this year we have shifted the program to run for only four weeks and have more options. Below you can see the series of interest-based small groups we are offering this time and we hope you will find one that fits for you.

Once again our challenge is for you to find something you would like to try and get engaged in one of these groups. No experience is necessary for the project-oriented groups; parents and children can both attend, and you are welcome to come as you are able. Some groups need to order supplies and plan for numbers so we ask that you sign up ahead of time. The groups will meet each Friday in January; most groups will meet from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Some groups will be on site and others will be off site.

We will host an informational event between services on Jan 4 when you can speak with those who are leading the various groups. Step out in faith and build a new friend in Christ this New Year.

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47

Click here to sign up for a small group. (After logging in, click "Available Registrations.")

FiF Groups for 2015:

Deep Listening – Arts Series
January 9: Journaling and Memoir Writing
Lance Zarimba, presenter
What do you observe? How will you express it? The class will discuss fundamentals of observation and response. The class will be asked to attend the other Arts Series sessions (see below) and then write responses. The class will also have an opportunity to write Lenten devotions to be included in Daily devotional e-mails. Held at the home of Lowell and Laverne Anderson.

January 16: Hymnus Angelicus
Paul McKenzie, director
Choral music presentation. What do you hear? What did the composer have in mind? The choir will present choral pieces and solos that reflect a variety of Biblical points-of-view. There will be time for Q & A. Held at the home of Rick and Amy Steinhauser.

January 23: Toll Free Handbell Ensemble
Handbell Ensemble music being presented by four of the Twin Cities’ most enthusiastic ringers. The group will present a variety of sacred and secular pieces and will de-mystify the art of handbell ringing. There will be Q & A (and maybe you’ll even get to play.) Held in the Gethsemane Choir Room.

January 30: Kyle Voigtlander, artist
Kyle is a Christian artist who paints birds. We’ll learn how the creative process happens for him, and how his faith and beliefs are represented in his pieces. There will be time for Q & A. Held in the Fireside Gallery.

Family Ministry Events
Toddler Time/Parent Time - Friday, January 9, 5:30-7:00 PM
Join us for an early evening Family Ministry event for parents with young toddlers/babies. We know it is difficult to find time to get out and socialize with young ones in tow so we are hosting an event at church where you can mix with other parents, share stories and best practices, and build good fellowship. We will meet form 5:30-7 pm, have some light appetizers, and activities/toys to engage the little ones. This is a great way to build a combined social and support network, physically and spiritually. Hope to see you there.

Game Night - Friday, January 23, 5:30-7 PM

Woodworking Workshop
John Johnson, leader
This Lent we will be having a Prayer Wall in our narthex. There will be small openings in the wall where our prayer petitions can be placed. We need woodworkers who could spend time on Fridays constructing this wall. The work will be done either at 1:00 or 7:00 on Fridays in the Gethsemane garage. Please specify the time that works best for you.

GLC History Fellowship Group
This group will meet from 10:00 – 11:30 AM to share a time of fellowship as we dig into the GLC archives to discover all that the last 125 years have held! Whether you’ve been a member for 6 months or 60 years, all are invited. We have many photos and memorabilia to sort, and many opportunities to share stories from Gethsemane’s past as we gather in fellowship.

Knitting Group

Culinary Arts
Each week you will be invited to participate as we make fun and creative foods in the kitchen. After working through a recipe together participants will get to sample their work and will leave with a new recipe to make at home. No culinary experience necessary – everyone is welcome.

For starters Gethsemane friend and Personal Chef, Kim Flemmer, will expose us to two popular and tasty entrees:
Jan 9: Homemade butternut ravioli with brown butter and hazelnuts.

Jan 16: Paella – an internationally known traditional rice dish from Spain.

Jan 23: Naomi and Randy Chinn will be with us this week to introduce us to the process of making traditional Chinese wontons.

Jan 30: Gethsemane’s experienced Lefse crew will be in the kitchen to show us how to make this traditional favorite.

Line Dancing
Mark Windels will be teaching us a new groove each session. We'll start with two popular line-dances and then learn two couples' dances. Come on your own or sign up with a partner! Cowboy boots not required, as long as you have something with leather soles or the tread all worn down.

Photography: "The art of the shot"
We hope to not only take a close look at camera equipment and computer editing software but also travel away from Gethsemane to capture some compelling images of wither in Minnesota. There is no need to have an expensive or fancy camera to benefit from this effort. Jim Arneson and Dave Johnson will be available to help with cameras and editing software each evening.

Tentative schedule of events:

January 09, 2015
We will travel downtown to the Stone Arch Bridge to capture images of the Minneapolis skyline. The goal of this first outing will be to learn how to set our cameras for landscape photos and capture some compelling images of the bridge and downtown buildings.

January 16, 2015
We plan to have a two part session at Gethsemane on this second Friday night. We will have a computer set up in one of the classrooms to look at and enhance some of the images we captured at the Stone Arch Bridge. We will also set up and capture some photos of individuals and groups inside the church. The goal of this session will be to help understand how to capture better inside photos and see the results of Photo enhancements using Photoshop first hand.

January 23, 2015
We are purposely leaving this evening open for now to allow the group to help decide on a topic or activity.

January 30, 2015
We plan to travel to Rice Park in downtown St. Paul to photograph Ice Carvings created during the St. Paul Winter Carnival. 

"Reel" Theology
Everyone loves movies! They are pure entertainment and fun, yes, but (many) can also be much more. They can help us bridge the gap between the church and the world and explore and enrich our faith. The God who spoke to Joseph through dreams and Moses through a burning bush continues to speak in unexpected ways and places if we are willing to listen. We will gather at 1:00 each Friday afternoon to watch a movie and discuss what God is up to in the world and see how we might better understand, appreciate and participate in it.

The Way: A powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. A father completes a walking trip on Camino de Santiago that his son began and through his unexpected and oftentimes amusing experiences he is transformed.

The Giver: In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world. Based on the book by Lois Lowery.

The Book Thief: An American-German war drama based on a novel by Markus Zusak shares the story of a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home.

Philomena: This is the true story of a 50-year-long search by one woman whose son who was forcibly adopted by the nuns that sheltered her during her pregnancy. Philomena’s story got the attention of a BBC correspondent who helps in her search. The movie was co-produced in the United States and the United Kingdom and has won several international film awards.

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.

January 28
Chicken or Vegetable Enchiladas
Cilantro-Lime Rice
Salad Bar

February 4
BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Side dishes TBD
Salad Bar

February 11
Teriyaki Chicken and Rice
Mixed Veg
Salad Bar

February 18: Ash Wednesday
Soup, Sandwich and Salad (continues through March 25)


Living Faith Blog: Star Words

In worship on Epiphany Sunday, participants were invited to take a Star from the baskets provided. Each Star had a different word written on it. Worshippers were asked to keep the word with them throughout the Epiphany Season (until Ash Wednesday) and use it as a tool to remember to listen for God. These words will hopefully provide a new or different way to listen – they might offer guidance for prayer life, a tangible reminder to listen in the midst of ordinary experiences, listen in unexpected places, or perhaps the word itself will grab your attention and speak to you at this particular time in your life. However you use this Star Word we would love to hear about it! You can leave a reflection on our Living Faith Blog at or on our Facebook page. If you weren’t in church on Epiphany Sunday but would like to participate, there are still Stars available on the welcome desk in the narthex.

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: January 24, February 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.

Family Ministry Retreat

Family Ministry Retreat
Friday, Feb 13 - Sunday, Feb 15

What better way to celebrate the ones you love this Valentine’s Day than a weekend of family and fellowship.
Join Gethsemane families at the Family Winter Retreat on Feb13-15 at Green Lake Bible Camp. This is a time honored tradition filled with games, sledding, food and fun. Hang out in your jammies, go for an early hike, make that expert snowman and warm up with some hot chocolate.

Cost includes all meals, complete with Pastor John's less than traditional blessings! Each family has their own room/bathroom and the common rooms become the scene of many hilarious memories. To quote the kids, "We love the winter retreat!" Come and join in on the fun!

Adults – $88; Students K-12 – $44; Infants-Preschool are free. Register online HERE

Questions? Contact Nancy Spangrud at

Congregational Read and Author Visit

Gethsemane’s book club and our mission to El Salvador team is excited to co-sponsor a congregational read and author visit.

The Weight of All Things by Sandra Benitez is a beautiful exploration of the reality of the civil war in El Salvador told from the perspective of a nine year old boy. The author gracefully shares the political and spiritual focus of this war on the innocent as she combines fiction and fact to create the story.

We are excited to host the author at noon on Sunday Feb. 15. She will share with us about the book as well as parts of her own story growing up in El Salvador before making her home in Minnesota. Mark your calendars and invite your friends!

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.

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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.

'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!

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