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Information & Conversation about Key Issues of Today
Gethsemane is hosting three summer community forums. These are free and open to all. Each will be held in the Fireside Gallery from 7-8 pm. Come and invite others!
Wednesday, June 19
Islam: Challenges to Peaceful Co-existence in the West
How do Muslims adjust to and co-exist in a pluralistic society? How do they cope with the added burden of being viewed as a threat?
Dr. Fatma Reda is a psychiatrist and consultant physician, with a PhD in Comparative Religious Studies. Born in Egypt, Fatma has lived in Minnesota since 1970 and has been a U.S. citizen since 1977.
Wednesday, July 17
Sex Trafficking in Minnesota: Who, What, Why and Where?
Christine Stark is an award-winning author, researcher, activist, visual artist and survivor. Currently, she is completing a research project about trafficking in the Duluth harbor.
Wednesday, August 21
Climate Change: Minnesota Impacts and Solutions
J. Drake Hamilton is Science Policy Director for the nonprofit Fresh Energy. She is an advocate for clean energy solutions to global warming that will maximize economic opportunities for the Midwest.
All Gethsemane couples are invited to a special ceremony to renew your marriage vows. Weddings are a time to make a public commitment to love and cherish one special person. On June 23 you are invited to be part of our corporate confession to continue to live in that promise.
Following the regular worship service at 9:30 am, please enjoy wedding cake in the gallery (see below) and then join us for a short, 15-minute service in the sanctuary to once again make your promises to love as Christ first loved us.
Weddings at Gethsemane Reception June 23
A wedding is one of life’s greatest events, and stories about weddings are recalled all the way back to the Bible. In June we are sharing the stories of weddings that were held at Gethsemane.
Photos of weddings held at Gethsemane are on display in the Fireside Gallery and in the glass case near the library. Trends in fashion, photography, and architecture will always change, but the tradition of being joined in marriage before God, family and friends will remain for generations to come.
A "wedding reception" will be held June 23 following worship, and everyone is invited. Join us to view the decades of couples who have begun their life together in our church and celebrate with coffee, wedding cake and stories. Thanks to all who have shared photographs of their very special day for this display.
GLC Family Ministry Group is going CAMPING!
Baker Park in Maple Plain - Half Moon Group Campsite
Cost is $30 per family (includes BBQ dinner on Saturday)
Not a camper? Come for the day on Saturday: Picnic lunch (on your own) at the beach at 12 noon. Spend the afternoon enjoying the beach, bike trails and playground! Stay for the BBQ dinner at 6:00 pm (cost is $5 per family if not camping) and the campfire worship at 7:30 pm.
If you are camping or attending the BBQ, you must sign up by Sunday, Aug 11. Click here to register.
Any questions, contact Krista Furan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Paul's, our partner congregation in the Phillips neighborhood, has invited us to share in a bilingual worship experience with them on Sunday, June 30 at 11:00.
We will meet in our parking lot after worship and travel there together. This is a wonderful way to come together for learning and worship with our mission partners.
During June we collect food for ICA, your local food shelf.
When children are home from school during the summer the food shelf sees an increase in the need for kid-friendly food. Let’s join together in filling the collection barrels at our south and north entrances with all kinds of non-perishable food.
You can also make a financial contribution. For every $10 given, $30 of food can be purchased directly by ICA. On a check to Gethsemane, please mark ICA on the memo line.
Gethsemane has a long-standing partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Our first work project was in 2000 and since then we’ve sent crews to one or two build sites each year. This includes two Hopkins homes for which we were Contributing Sponsors.
Our 2013 Work Project will be on Monday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9 at a Thrivent Builds with Habitat site in Chaska. Some of you may recall that we’ve worked at homes in this general area before. Ground-breaking is in mid-June.
The Social Ministry team organizes our annual Habitat initiative and there are several different opportunities for you to be involved. We need:
- 15-18 Crew Members to work each day
- People to provide food for the crew
- Volunteers to deliver the food to the site
- Financial donors to support the work of TCHFH
Anyone age 16 or older is eligible for the work crew. NO special skills are required, just a willingness to learn and be part of a team. Of course, it’s very helpful to have a few experienced volunteers as part of each crew. For questions or to get on the crew list, contact Donna Anderson at 952-933-0453 or email@example.com. Invite friends, neighbors and relatives to join you!
Financial donations to Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity are also appreciated. Checks should be made to Gethsemane and clearly marked for TCHFH.
Together let’s continue our support of Habitat’s mission to eliminate poverty housing from the Twin Cities and to make decent, affordable housing for all people a matter of conscience.
Gethsemane Men’s Ministry is hosting its 2nd annual Minnesota Twins outing on Monday, August 12. The Twins host the Cleveland Indians at 7:10 pm.
Tickets are $45 and include seating in section 121 and transportation to and from Gethsemane - the bus drops off and picks up right at the gate!
The group had a fantastic time last year. We encourage you to join us for an evening of exciting baseball, tasty stadium snacks and great fellowship!
Only 50 tickets are available. Click here to sign up or contact Gary Dass at 612-290-7367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Catch the wave and surf on over to Gethsemane Lutheran Church's Vacation Bible School. This year's theme, "Waves of Grace" is based on 1 Corinthians 16:14, "Let all that you do be done in love."
Vacation Bible School
July 21 – 25
6:00 to 8:30 pm (K- 6 grade)
6:00 – 7:30 pm (3 & 4 year olds)
$20 per child or $50 per family
Expect a week of big smiles and big changes. This year we have invited Green Lake Ministries to provide their trained camp counselors to run our Vacation Bible School program. They will provide the leaders, curriculum, games, crafts, music and fun. We are excited about this change and can’t wait to introduce our church and community to the counselors.
Many youth and adult volunteers are still needed to make this VBS a success – so please watch for ways that you can help. Each evening we will have an optional community meal at 5:15. Catch the wave and sign up today. Click here to register.
All members of the church are encouraged to submit their creative works to the upcoming Members' Art Show.
Original paintings, drawings, sculpture, carvings, ceramics, fiber, photography, mixed media, and other creative works are all welcome. Up to three entries per artist may be accepted, space permitting.
Entry forms are available in the gallery and at the receptionist desk at church, or click here to download one.
Drop off artwork in the gallery on Sunday, June 23 or anytime before June 25. Pick up artwork September 1 following worship.
All entries must be "display ready," meaning they are ready to hang or be displayed and an entry form is attached to each piece.
Download and print an entry form here.
Any questions, please contact: Gretchen Olson at 952-934-8621 or Jeff Skold at 763-551-9185.
Over summer we will be posting the weekly scripture passages along with our Faith and Daily Life Question early each week on our blog site at glcbiblestudy.wordpress.com.
You are invited to read through the scriptures and ruminate on the questions. We would love to engage in a conversation about the texts so if you have some questions, insights or ponderings that you would like to share please do so in the comments.
This is an opportunity to stay connected with one another and the Word this summer - even if you happen to be away.
So, check out the new look and comment as you are comfortable.
Click here to join the conversation.
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 June 22.
This initiative is made possible through the support of ICA and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
You can support Gethsemane Youth Ministries by simply pre-spending the money you normally would for gas, groceries, department stores, movie theaters, restaurants and more.
Through Great Lakes Scrip Center you can purchase gift cards to hundreds of merchants including: Cub, Rainbow, Shell Gas, iTunes, Panera, LL Bean, Amazon, Target and more. Purchase your gift cards through Scrip and a portion comes back to Gethsemane!
Order deadlines are always 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.
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!
June 18: Hidden Power: Presidential Marriages that Shaped Our History by Kati Marton
July 16: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
August 20: Calico Joe by John Grisham
Our youth led us in worship on Sunday, April 21. Use the links below to find lots of photos, an audio recording of Sam Arneson's sermon, and a video of the "Flash Mob" during Jane Henderson's sermon. Many thanks to all our youth who participated and inspired us!
Photos by Bob Wick
Photos by Jim Arneson
Video of Jane Henderson's Sermon
Audio of Children's Message and Sam Arneson's Sermon
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.
Based on the success of the last tour (Ireland and Scotland) the Art Committee is sponsoring another trip. This time, we’ll fly off to Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 26- August 1, 2013.
We’ll see Spanish and Native American-influenced architecture and dwellings, visit sites made famous by the artist, Georgia O’Keefe, visit historic churches and religious sites, tour Los Alamos (home of the Manhattan project), tour the Santa Fe open-air opera house and more.
Cost is $1995. Contact Paul McKenzie at email@example.com or 952-935-1753 for more information.
The registration link below is for 8th graders attending the trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area June 23-29, 2013.
Click here to register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, using the word “Gethsemane” in the subject line.
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