Tuesday, December 24
3:00 and 4:30 PM:
Family worship with Holy Communion, Sr. Choir, Voices of Praise, YOUth Choir, Jubilation Ringers with Instruments, Children's Choir (3:00 only)
Nativity of Our Lord with Holy Communion
Wednesday, December 25 at 9:30 AM
Josh Schmidt, soloist with Family Choir
Sunday, December 29 at 9:30 AM - Service of Carols
Through the waters of Baptism we are made a child of God and Set Free to live a life in service to God and one another.
We invite you to complete a Serving Attributes Survey as a tool to share your gifts and skills. You can also indicate which ministry areas you are willing to be engaged in at Gethsemane. One survey should be completed for each family member. Thank you for sharing your faith through the stewardship of your life!
To complete the survey online (preferred):
- Click Login on the menu bar above.
- Log in to Access Gethsemane
- Choose the Home tab, then My Profile.
- From the Serving tab, click Add Attributes (on the right) to access each section.
- When finished, scroll to the bottom and click Save.
Click here to download and print a paper copy. Please return it on Sunday or mail it to the church office.
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.
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
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This program year our Sunday morning education will be focused on the multitude of ways that we live out our faith stories. Join us each Sunday in the fellowship hall (unless published differently) at 9:45.
Offerings will include guest speakers, table discussion topics, opportunities for service, video presentations and Bible study. Each Sunday is a stand-alone learning opportunity - you are welcome any time.
Dec 1-22 Advent Study: "Preparing the Way"
Waiting. We hate to wait. Lines, doctors offices, traffic - it's all seen as wasted time, and we have so much to do, especially before Christmas! There are presents to buy, decorations to put up, plans to make! Who has time to wait?
Waiting doesn't have to be passive, however. Waiting also suggests looking forward expectantly and being ready and available. We can wait productively, allowing God to prepare us for what is to come as we heed the call to "prepare the way" for the coming of Christ.
Advent reminds us that preparing for the coming of Christ opens our hearts and minds to hope and a deeper lever of commitment to God and our neighbor. Join Pastor Ray Peterson as we explore Advent and “prepare ourselves" for a rewarding time as God grooms us for deeper relationship and a deeper faith. This series continues through Dec 22.
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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