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

Download a 2015 Goal for Giving Card.

Thank you for supporting our ministries.

August Need of the Month - School Supplies

ResourceWest served about 1,100 students last year with school supplies, and expects more need this year. School supplies of all kinds are needed, but the items that ResourceWest is always short of are: backpacks, college-ruled paper, wide-ruled paper, 2-pocket folders, and 10-pack washable markers.

Collection barrels are located at the church entrances, or you can bring items directly to ResourceWest at their new location at 1011 First St S, Suite 109 (in the Wells Fargo building in Hopkins at the north entrance by the parking ramp.)

If you know a family who may have children in need of school supplies, have them call ResourceWest at 952-933-3860.

Check their site at for updates on specific needs. Thanks for your support of this community-wide effort.

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

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.

Old-Fashioned Fun on Rally Day!

Sunday, September 13

You’re invited September 13 to celebrate the start of another program year and 125 years of blessings at Gethsemane.

Worship at 9:30 will be followed by a group congregational photo. We want everyone in it, so plan to gather at the south entrance.

Then we’ll celebrate with an Old-Fashioned Picnic with fried chicken, roasted corn, games, and music from bluegrass band Machinery Hill. There will also be a photo booth where you can dress up in vintage clothing.

Volunteers are needed for this event. We need help with setup and takedown, food, cleanup and more. Click here to sign up online.

We also need help before Rally Day getting our grounds cleaned up and weeded. Contact Brian Furan in the church office if you can help.

Each year we make our Rally Day event one of our largest fundraisers for the mission and ministry of our congregation. In honor of our anniversary year we are challenging people to make a $125 contribution in appreciation for 125 years of faith formation that this church has provided.

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. 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.

Congregation Campout Aug 28-30

Congregation Campout - Baker Park August 28-30

The congregation is invited 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.

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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  • Register for events
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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!

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