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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.

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 19
Tator Tot Hotdish, Salad Bar

November 26: NO MEAL
Join us for Thanksgiving Eve worship at 7 PM followed by coffee and pie fellowship.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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:

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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.

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