Social Ministries

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.

Need of the Month

We organize a congregation-wide collection of items to support the identified needs of various community organizations; e.g., school supplies, food, holiday toys, personal care items and children’s books.

Habitat for Humanity

Gethsemane provides work teams for local Habitat home-building projects.

Housewarming Project

We facilitate delivery of gently-used home furnishings and clothing to support local families moving to more adequate housing. We work in partnership with Reach & Restore, an area non-profit.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

A free Thanksgiving Day Buffet is provided for everyone who wishes to attend.

Dinner at Your Door (Meals on Wheels)

Two days each month, we provide delivery volunteers for a community program supplying midday meals to shut-ins.

People Serving People

Twice each month, Gethsemane volunteers serve a meal at People Serving People, a Minneapolis shelter for homeless families. Sign up here to volunteer

After School for Kids (ASK)

We host a free weekly program of activities, homework support and a family dinner, run by Gethsemane volunteers and offered for 3rd-6th graders from a neighboring school.

The 4th Saturday Café

On the 4th Saturday of each month we serve a free breakfast buffet for the community. Sign up here to volunteer

Fair Trade Coffee Project

We support this Lutheran World Relief initiative by serving Equal Exchange coffee at fellowship time and selling it on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Social Justice Dialogue

We encourage respectful discussion and promote balanced education about issues related to social justice. Each summer, we host monthly Community Town Hall Forums.

World Mission

We organize support for initiatives such as Bread for the World, ELCA Relief and Development, ELCA Good Gifts, and Gethsemane’s El Salvador partnership.

Annual Drive for Memorial Blood Centers

Gethsemane’s Social Ministry Team:

  • Meets four times per year

  • Invites everyone to meetings

  • Welcomes new ideas

Partnering with Local Agencies

We support Intercongregation Communities Association (ICA), ResourceWest and Reach & Restore, along with other human service organizations as agents of practical and emergency help for the west metro area.