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 email@example.com, using the word “Gethsemane” in the subject line.
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Access Gethsemane is a web tool that enables members to:
- Complete your Serving Skills Set
- Change your personal information
- Register for events
- Sign up for volunteer opportunities
- Stay connected with your groups
- Request your newsletter be delivered via email
- View your giving history
- Check your pledge
- Give online
- and much more!
Click here to send us your e-mail address. All email addresses and membership details will be securely protected and will not be distributed outside of the church office.
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 www.lutheranmalaria.org
Thanks to everyone who participated in our "Blue Ribbon" Recipe Contest on Rally Day. Congratulations to our winners! Click on the recipe title to view the recipe.
Chocolate Dessert: Marcia McCombs
Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Pops
Runner-up: Randi Lawson
Jam: Mary Ofstie
Runner-up: Kathy Swanson
Sweet Bread: Gingie Wood
Salsa: Eileen Lorentz
Tangy Black Bean Salsa
Pie: Karen Eckenrode
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 www.lutheranworldrelief.org to learn more.
It's always a great time to think about how you can engage in new opportunities at Gethsemane. A tool that can help you match your interests with opportunities is the Serving Attributes Survey. Use your gifts and strengths to make a difference in our church and in our world! Log in to Access Gethsemane and complete the survey on your profile page.
By Brian Furan, Facilities Supervisor
These days, you can’t turn on the news, go online or open a newspaper without seeing more and more about the environment and being "green" (environmentally friendly.) By doing what we can to conserve energy here at Gethsemane and at home, we are contributing to a much larger effort that can produce massive results!
What can we do here at Gethsemane? We can ALL make an immediate difference by just doing a few simple things when we are at church.
- Simply wiping your shoes well on the way in can make a difference in the energy and resources needed to keep the carpets clean.
- Turn off lights, fans and air conditioners when you are finished using a room.
- Recycle instead of just tossing in the nearest garbage can. We have aluminum can recycling containers around the building, and containers for paper, glass and plastic are located next to the walk-in cooler in the kitchen, as well as a large red barrel for paper in the work room.
- Ink cartridges, cell phones and cell phone batteries can be recycled in a container located next to the front desk.
- Cardboard can be recycled in the paper dumpster located behind the garage, or left next to the maintenance office downstairs.
Other steps being taken include using paper products such as towels and tissues from recycled materials and certified "green" industries, and researching bio-degradeable cleaning products and methods to reduce cleaning waste.
Together, we can all take little steps towards making a big difference at Gethsemane, and hopefully be an inspiration for others in our community to work toward a cleaner, better environment for our future generations to enjoy!
You are invited to download and color a picture of Jesus and take him out on the road wherever you are going this summer. Then take pictures and send them to us! Click here to print your own picture of Jesus.
Send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our Facebook page. Join the fun and share your story.
Since it began over 20 years ago, the ELCA has been committed to being a welcoming, diverse denomination, and its goal is for at least 10% of its membership to be persons of color or whose language is other than English. Each year, along with statistics about attendance and finance and educational programs, the ELCA asks congregations to report their racial/ethnic make-up in order to measure progress toward that goal.
In the past the GLC staff has estimated this information. But Gethsemane’s ethnic make-up has been changing and we believe that gathering this information in a more accurate, meaningful way will help us understand who we are as a congregation and be respectful of our diversity.
We now have a place in our membership database to record members’ race/ethnicity. We need each member to let us know how they identify themselves. You can do that by going to your Personal Profile in Access Gethsemane and choosing the Race/Ethnicity category that best describes you. Parents, please enter this information for your children as well. You can also check the rest of your information for accuracy, change the Newsletter Options to choose to get your newsletter by email , and complete the Attributes section of the Serving tab to tell us more about your interests and abilities. If you don’t have access to a computer you can contact Karen Eckenrode in the church office and she can record your information.
Lutheran World Relief has challenged quilt makers to create 500,000 quilts in 2013. We need your help to meet this challenge! Anyone who can press fabric, cut squares, sew tops, assemble layers, tie, and/or complete the edges of the quilts is welcome to lend a hand.
You can join the Wednesday morning quilters, or work on your own time from home. Contact Carol Rodine at email@example.com or 952-935-9457 for more information.
Leah Moat traveled to El Salvador this summer with the hope of learning about what it means for a congregation to be in partnership with a Latin American congregation. You will be invited to hear and do more in the weeks and months to come. For now, here is a brief update from Leah about the trip:
"This summer I was blessed to have the opportunity to travel to El Salvador on a mission trip with two local ELCA churches that have established partnerships with churches and communities there. Before I embarked on the trip, I didn’t know much about El Salvador besides its reputation of extreme poverty and recent history of political unrest. It only took a few amazing days of worship, work, and life-changing conversations for me to fall in love with the country and its people. Whether it was playing with Fernando, a charismatic little boy who loves going to school and riding his bike, talking with Trini, an elderly woman who serves meals to hungry and homeless gang members on one of the most dangerous streets in San Salvador, or worshiping alongside Pastor Matias, who helps children in his congregations stay in school, I felt the joy, hope, and love of God’s presence in every experience.
I am so appreciative of the prayers and support that I received from the Gethsemane family. I look forward to sharing more of my El Salvador experience during an adult forum this fall."
Read more and view photos on the trip blog.
On Thursdays at 10:00 am* we gather with the preaching pastor for the week to discuss the texts to be used in worship.
Participants often comment that this weekly study helps them better engage with Sunday's sermon and worship. Come and explore the scripture story and ways that it intersects with your story.
All are welcome. No experience necessary!
*Sept-May we also meet Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
We are making a concerted effort to help all Thrivent Financial members at Gethsemane complete their paperwork to direct their Thrivent Choice dollars to a ministry of their choosing. In 2011 Gethsemane was a recipient from several members and our congregation was blessed with an additional $5,000 for ministry. It’s no cost to you, but a huge blessing for the church.
If you are a Thrivent member and have not yet filled out these forms, please look for the information tables at church on Sundays and Wednesday nights.
You can also sign up at Thrivent.com or by calling 1-800-847-4836. You can select one ministry, like Gethsemane, or several. Select "recurring" designation and you won’t have to call again.
GLC members Jean Lundgren and Fran Lahre, along with our Parish Nurse, Susan Radde, were recently featured in a segment about our Health and Wellness Ministry.
Watch it online.
If you missed this year's Talent Show Youth Fundraiser, you can click here to view "Oh Happy Day!" The first-ever GLC Staff music video. Enjoy!
If you were not able to attend the Talent Show to help us raise money for youth camp scholarship, please consider making a donation in appreciation for viewing the video.
Pastor John Nelson, Pastor Sarah Moat, Tiphanie Dirnberger, Paul McKenzie, Russ Sheats, Brian Furan, Karen Eckenrode, Susan Radde, Sandie Chermak, Amy Furan and Bob Windels (director/producer)
As people of God, we are given the task of being stewards of the earth and all that He has created. You don’t have to go too far in the Bible to find this message. “And God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves over the earth.” Genesis 1:28
This is a powerful statement, and in truth a huge responsibility – we are in charge of taking care of the entire world! As stewards of God’s creation, it is our responsibility to do all that we can to follow His message.
It is in this spirit that we at Gethsemane have decided to no longer use or advocate the use of Styrofoam products here at the church. As an alternative, we ask that you strongly consider using the ceramic and glass dishes and cups, and to factor in the washing of dishes when organizing an event. (If you are interested in volunteering to help with dishwashing, please let us know.)
Styrofoam is cheap, convenient and easy to use, but is also one of the worst products that can be introduced into our environment. Some facts about Styrofoam:
- By volume, Styrofoam products take up 25 – 30 percent of our entire landfill space.
- One Styrofoam cup takes 500 years to dissolve – not decompose, but dissolve into the earth where its effect on the ecosystem is unknown.
- Every year, America alone uses 25 billion Styrofoam cups – enough to circle the globe 436 times.
- A 1986 report from the EPA named the Styrofoam manufacturing process as the 5th largest creator of hazardous waste on the planet.
- Styrene, the basic component of Styrofoam, has been classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA.
In addition to the environmental impact, Styrofoam has been linked to health concerns such as skin, eye and respiratory irritation, gastrointestinal problems, depression, kidney function, fatigue and even links to cancer Styrofoam has been completely outlawed in Taiwan, Portland, and Orange County, California due to its harmful nature.
By not using Styrofoam, we are taking a small but important step toward providing a better environment for our future generations, and are setting a good example for our children and grandchildren to follow.
Any questions or concerns you may have regarding the use of Styrofoam can be directed to the Gethsemane staff.