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
Download a 2014 Commitment Card.
Thank you for supporting our ministries.
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.
WoW: Worship on Wednesdays
December 11 at 6:30 pm
Join us December 11 and every 2nd Wednesday at 6:30 PM for a youthful and unique worship experience. This 30-minute service will help connect life, faith, and thankfulness in ways that resonate will all ages.
After worship meet in the gathering space to go Christmas Caroling at Chapel View. We will meet at 7 pm, hand out music and simple instruments and walk over as a group. These are intergenerational events that will get everyone in the Christmas spirit!
The Spiritual Life team for our Living the Story - Set Free to Serve campaign did a wonderful job creating a devotional booklet with a collection of devotions written by our very own members.
We will periodically post these devotionals on our Living Faith blog at glcbiblestudy.wordpress.com. Read and respond if you are so moved.
We are grateful to all of our writers and the members of the Spiritual Life team who worked hard to compile this devotional. Thanks be to God for you!
Click here to join the conversation.
We serve a congregational meal on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm. All are welcome.
We always serve a vegetarian option and/or salad bar.
A $3/person donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.
December 4: Cheese Ravioli, Garlic Bread, Salad
December 11: Tator Tot Hotdish, Salad
December 18: Ham and Cheesy Potatoes, Salad
It's time to plan your holiday shopping with Scrip! Choose from hundreds of merchants and buy gift cards to give away or use to purchase that special something for everyone on your list. GLC Youth Ministries receives a percentage of every purchase - at no additional cost to you!
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!
Be sure to take advantage of our two special Scrip ordering dates - Sunday, November 24 and Sunday, December 15 to be sure you have your Scrip for the holidays.
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 www.shopwithscrip.com
- 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 www.shopwithscrip.com for details.
If you prefer not to purchase your Scrip online, click here to download and print an order form.
Music for Christmastide
Sunday, December 22 at 4:00 PM
Concert for organ and voices featuring Mark Fideldy, organist, the women of Hymnus Angelicus, and congregational sing-along. Free-will offering.
Come one, come all. If you and your friends and family will be attending the Christmas Day service at 9:30, consider participating in the Family Choir.
If you are able, come to a 30-minute rehearsal on Sunday, December 22 at Noon, or just come at 9:00 on Christmas Day to quickly learn the music. It will be fun and easy. More info? Contact Paul McKenzie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952 935-1753 x113.
Service of Light
Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 PM
Christmas can be a difficult time for many. Join us for carols and readings of hope. Special music by Jubilation Ringers and Melissa Culloton.
We are again collecting new, unwrapped toys and gifts for local children ages 0-18. Toy Chest is a program of ResourceWest in Hopkins. Each qualifying parent can select two toys/gifts for each of their children during the shopping days in mid-December. Our collection will continue through December 15. You’ll find the Toy Chest barrels near the south and north entries. Click here for gift ideas, or simply get something you think a child or teen would enjoy.
If you missed this year's Talent Show, here's the GLC Staff starring in "Silent Movie," produced and directed by Bob Windels.
We are fulfilling the vision of God in the world when we live out the story of how Christ has set us free to love one another as we have been loved. Watch this brief video about how Gethsemane’s own members feel called to live out their faith in ways that make a difference in people’s lives.
Capital Appeal Video
At our Community Town Hall Forum in August, those attending heard an outstanding presentation by J. Drake Hamilton from the MN non-profit Fresh Energy. All who asked for more information about Climate Change and its impacts and solutions were told that a written update would be available in the fall. We’ve recently heard from Fresh Energy that these materials are now available in both electronic and print version.
We encourage everyone who is interested in the latest research about Climate Change to access the information - whether or not you were able to be at the Forum.
You can find the information at: http://ow.ly/pEZVk
You can also ask for a paper version of the brochure to be mailed to you by contacting Alexis Williams at email@example.com or 651-726-7569. Mention that you’re from Gethsemane in Hopkins and she’ll happily send you a copy.
Everyone is welcome to attend Saturday Night Club. Dinner is served at 5:30 pm. Ticket are $12 per person. Invite your friends to join us in a night of great dining, entertainment and fellowship.
Reservations are required. Please call Maury Treberg at 952-426-2568 by the Wednesday evening prior to the event.
Dec 7: Cliff Brunzell - World Famous "Golden Strings Trio"
Jan 25, 2014: Becky Jyrkas and Mark Fideldy - French Horn-Alphorn and Piano
Feb 22, 2014: Three Ensembles - Instrumental sections from Synod Senior Band
Mar 22, 2014: Travis Anderson Trio- Lively Jazz as you like it
April 26, 2014: Trudy Harper - Outstanding Harp Music
May 17, 2014: The Pickering Family - Bluegrass Gospel Music
Mike Pickering, former Major League baseball player, leads his talented family with guitar, mandolin, ukelele, fiddle and more.
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 December 28.
This initiative is made possible through the support of ICA and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Our women's book club meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the Fireside Gallery. All women are welcome. Just read and come!
November 19: Little Men by Louisa May Alcott. It’s a classic to enjoy again or for the first time.
December: No meeting.
January 21: Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
February 18: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
March 18: Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye
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.
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.