When Gethsemane was founded in 1890 by Scandinavian farmers, factory hands and small business owners, it offered traditional Lutheran worship and a place to gather for fellowship. Neighbors came for the familiar traditions and rituals and were welcomed by the generous spirit of hospitality and partnership within the community.
Much has changed in our congregation and in our neighborhood since that time well over a century ago but much has also stayed the same. Even though the community inside and outside the walls of Gethsemane is more diverse than ever before we continue to be known for our hospitality and neighborhood partnerships. Gethsemane still values our Lutheran tradition and supports the ELCA and other Lutheran organizations like the seminary, Augustana Care Corporation, Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran Social Services. Tradition and hospitality are more than just a part of our story; they define us.
Throughout the month of January we are focusing on Sharing our Lutheran Story and why it matters. We recognize that there are many people within our community these days who don’t share the same Lutheran roots but we are convinced that there is more that unites us than separates us every time we gather for worship, fellowship or education events.
Throughout the month we will also have the opportunity to learn about our partnership with Lutheran World Relief, specifics of our worship services through pew cards, visit the gallery for Jim Arneson’s art show designed to Share the Lutheran Story through photography, provide donations for Lutheran Social Services through the Need of the Month and sing a variety of traditional Lutheran music.
Join us in worship and in education as we identify ways that we can all find a home in our Lutheran Story.
Don’t miss these special events!
January 13: Bishop Ann Svennungsen
The Bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod will be our guest preacher at both services and share her faith story during the adult forum.
January 20: "Lutheran Lunch"
A congregational potluck at noon followed by a special screening of the biographical Luther movie.
January 27: Annual Meeting
Gather as we celebrate and recognize the ongoing unfolding of the Lutheran Story at Gethsemane.
February 10: 4:00 pm Hymn Sing
Lutheran favorites and special instrumentations.