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In support of our general fund we are once again conducting a Spring Fundraiser. The goal is to raise $10,000 for our current year operating budget - not for new ministries or building projects, but the ongoing, day-to-day costs of operating the church.
In 2015, we will celebrate 125 years as a faith community. Think of how much has changed over that time! We’ve gone from outhouses to running water, from iceboxes to walk-in freezers, from brooms to vacuum cleaners, from candles to chandeliers. Needless to say, the associated costs are far greater than they were in 1890.
This year instead of a fundraising "event," we’ll reminisce and remember how far we have come at a special "Throwback Sunday" June 9.
On Sunday, June 9 we invite everyone to wear their "Sunday best," even hats in church, as we celebrate over a hundred years in ministry and "unplug" for a day. We’ll use candles, sing a capella, and take our cues from worship leaders instead of bulletins. After church we will hold an old-fashioned ice cream social as we look forward by looking back, celebrating how far we’ve come.
Please help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 to "plug back in" and move forward in mission. An informational letter and special envelope will also arrive in the mail. Or use the specially-marked envelopes at church or give online (be sure to designate your gift "Unplugged.") To encourage congregational giving one member has posted a matching gift to any donation above or beyond one’s pledged offering. This way your donations will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000.
Remember Me is an exhibit of original art that brings to life the decades-long conflict in Colombia. It will be on display at Gethsemane August 1-29.
The bloody, 60-year conflict in Colombia has touched every village, every church and every family in the war-torn country. This exhibit will give you the opportunity to see the faces, hear the voices and feel the struggles of Colombians caught in this decades-long nightmare.
The exhibit is presented by Lutheran World Relief along with partners in Colombia. For more information and a preview, Visit the Remember Me website.
A reception with exhibit curators will be held Sunday, August 29 at 10:30 am.
The coming of winter brings special problems to those living on the streets. Clean white socks can provide some measure of comfort.
In response, our Need of the Month is new white crew socks. The socks are distributed through an inner city mission project of Central Lutheran Church.
Socks may be left in the yellow barrel at either entrance during January.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (our partner congreation) has invited us to attend Julebord Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6.
5:30 p.m. Appetizers and Fellowship
6:00-7:00 p.m. Buffet
7:00 p.m. Dessert and Musical Program
Tickets are $20/adults 12 and older, $12/children under 12. For reservations or information contact Lowell Hanson at 651-459-7277.
Please invite family and friends to join you at this year’s Julebord. We will again offer the option of reserved tables for larger parties who wish to make reservations as a group.
Click here to visit the Saint Paul's website
To foster a conversation on immigration, Gethsemane’s Latino Outreach Team is showing two significant films that portray the experience of those newly arrived in the U.S.
Join us for Under the Same Moon at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 20 in the youth room.
This year’s Under the Same Moon received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival. It tells the story of Rosario, working illegally in Los Angeles so she can send money home to her aged mother and 9-year-old son, Carlitos, and hoping she can afford to send for him soon. When his grandmother dies suddenly, though, Carlitos embarks on a colorful and arduous journey across the border in search of his mother. The film touches on timely and pressing issues concerning immigration and discrimination, but it works on a simpler level as well by focusing primarily on the sweet relationship between a mother and her son.
The film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Pr. Laurie. So, make a movie date with us!
Sweet Land was shown on November 13, so if you haven’t already seen it, we recommend renting it soon so we can do some comparisons.
Indicate your interest by contacting Pastor Laurie or calling the church office or registering through Access Gethsemane.
We are now offering communion instruction for all children who are ready to begin receiving the sacrament. The instructional workshops are intended to be taken by families together. Each begins with a community meal and then proceeds through a series of active learning exercises to teach the basic concepts of communion. Each family will be sent home with a parent and child workbook to review on their own. If your child has further follow-up questions, we invite you to visit with one of the pastors again; otherwise your child would be invited to then begin receiving communion at any time. You can sign up for the workshops in the Sunday Friendship Folder or by calling the church office.
Upcoming Dates: November 16, 12:30 p.m.
Families are not required to participate in the workshops and might feel it is best to wait until the 5th grade when we will continue to offer the Communion Retreat for all children, regardless of whether they have been taking communion already or not.
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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. The next date is May 25.
This initiative is made possible through the support of ICA and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Support kids going to Bible camp by getting your car washed after church on Sunday, June 9.
Kids and parents will be washing cars in the south parking lot. Tickets can be purchased for $10 that day.
The kids going to Green Lake camps this summer appreciate Gethsemane's commitment to making Bible camp a priority.