Our next Gethsemane Welcome Orientation is April 19 at 6:30 PM in the Fireside Gallery. This is a great time for those new to Gethsemane or considering joining to find out more about the church. This is also your opportunity to invite. If you know of someone who is interested in joining or should receive an invitation please invite them to attend with you or let us know so we can invite them.
Email Mark at email@example.com
You can be well on the way to a healthier, happier, more resilient family in just 3 weeks! This class teaches a faith practice which carries the power to enrich communication, deepen understanding and promote mental, physical and spiritual health.
Bring your whole family for a meal, fellowship and active learning. We will meet from noon – 1:30 on Sundays, April 23, 28 and May 7.
The course will equip you with tools and know-how to install FAITH5 in your home. What is FAITH5? It’s a workable, powerful family faith formation system based on a simple nightly routine: Share, Read, Talk, Pray, and Bless. No matter a child’s age or a family’s unique situation, FAITH5 works!
FAITH5 is having a positive impact on families around the world – just ask any of the families who attended the series in January. For more information contact Tiphanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-935-1753.
Pancake Breakfast Youth Fundraiser Sunday, April 9, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Make sure your Palm Sunday Celebration includes a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit parfait, juice and coffee.
Our 9th grade youth will lead this fundraiser to offset costs for their Montana backpack trip this July. You’ll enjoy great food and fellowship and watch our youth in grateful action … flipping, setting, serving, clearing, washing, and of course smiling.
Invite your friends and neighbors! Thanks for supporting our youth!
The Palm Sunday Festival is an opportunity for young and old to gather together to experience an interactive walk through Holy Week. A live donkey will lead the way as we start with the triumphant walk into Jerusalem and end with a visit to the tomb and the resurrection.
Other things you can participate in that morning:
· Youth Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast
· Dying Easter Eggs
· Palm Branch Procession at 10:45 service
· Kid’s Art Show reception following the 10:45 service
We are looking for a mature, passionate, creative, organized individual with strong communication skills to join our ministry team. The primary focus of this position will be oversight of the confirmation program (7th-9th grade) with additional focus on senior high students and families. A strong commitment to Christian faith and Lutheran theology are essential.
You will be joining a dynamic staff and walking alongside a core group of dedicated and competent volunteers. Gethsemane Lutheran Church is a mid-size congregation in Hopkins, MN with a strong commitment to faith development, community outreach and fellowship activities.
Interested candidates can submit a resume and cover letter to Pastor Sarah Moat at email@example.com. The position will be open until filled.
Position Title: Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministry
Position Classification: Full Time/Salaried
Reports To: Associate Pastor
Positions Supervised: None
The Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministry is a faith-centered person of prayer who is committed to Christ, has an understanding of his/her own beliefs, and is committed to outreach and justice. This person exhibits a mature faith through an ability to articulate and grow in that faith. The individual possesses a conviction of personal calling to ministry with youth and families and displays visible enthusiasm for this ministry. She/he has a relational approach with youth and their families.
The Director of Confirmation and Youth Ministry is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive relational ministry to assist youth in deepening their faith and commitment to Christ and in solidifying their values. The primary focus of this position is confirmation through high school youth and their families, which includes working in partnership with Children’s and Family ministries.
General Youth Ministry Tasks
This is the quintessential phrase that begins the season of Lent with the Imposition of Ashes. And yet it still seems so foreign to our ears. After all, we’re not dust, we are healthy, living beings, full of life and hope. Still, as the secular saying goes, the only two guarantees in life are taxes and death. So how we relate to death, and are honest with our own limitations, significantly impacts our life. In his book “Being Mortal,” author Atul Gawande calls this the “dying role” - not how one dies, but how one lives their life in relation to death.
This is the theme for our Lenten journey this year.
March 1: Ash Wednesday Worship at 11:30 am and 7:00 pm
March 8: “Living Well – Dying Well” Dr. Mark Seaburg
Dr. Seaburg has dedicated his life to the healing profession, yet it may be his mother Jean’s witness at the end of her life - that medical heroics is not always the best answer - which was the most powerful.
March 15: “Living Shaped by Faith” Amy Brandli
Amy has long been driven by the strong gospel-centered faith within her, but realizes the true blessing of those who planted and nurtured that within her.
March 22: “Living After a Death” Nancy Spangrud
Faced with the sudden death of Nancy’s husband when their son Will was only 3 years old profoundly shaped the way this young family lives daily with the reality of death and the power of life.
March 29: “Living So that You Leave a Legacy" Dale Searles
A lifelong Christian, Dale has realized that the real power of his faith is not in what he does in this life, but in the legacy of his life for those who live on after him.
April 5:“Living Mortal” Katy Tessman
Dealing with breast cancer as a young mother solidified Katie’s determination that cancer and death will not be what defines her, but her power to believe and hope.
Being Mortal small group book discussion
There are three options to participate in small group discussion:
This 5-week discussion group is based on Atul Gawantde’s book “Being Mortal.” Discussion will focus on various aspects of aging and dying including: what is important to us as we age, understanding our choices (medical and otherwise) and facing mortality. The groups will meet in the gallery. Come ready to discuss chapters one and two the first night. Books are available at the church for $17.
March is Minnesota Foodshare Month, and Gethsemane supports this initiative by designating ICA, our local foodshelf, as our Need of the Month. ICA provides not only food services to our neighbors in need, but also homelessness prevention and employment assistance.
Please support the March Need of the Month by filling the barrels with non-perishable food items and/or give a monetary donation. ICA can stretch your dollars. Please note “ICA” on your check.
Thanks to our members' generous gifts of time, talents, and financial resources through the years, our ministry and facilities have expanded to become a cornerstone of our community. They are what allow us to “be church” for those around us and for each of us in particular.
One Goal: 1.06 Million
“United” we grow!
Our congregation has continuously given generously to the needs of our ministry and our building. In 2017 we are asking members to combine their giving. While a budget over a million dollars might seem out of reach, we have already done it! Amazingly the combined income of our General Giving and Capital Appeal Drives from 2014 – 2016 has been 1.05 million or more each year. If we can remain “United” in One God, One Mission, and One Gift, we will continue to move forward in faith!
2017 Financial Needs for Ministry
Ministry support is the life-blood of the church. Everything we do is geared to help people be “Engaged by God at Home, at Church, and in the World.” This portion of our budget is the day-to-day lifeblood that flows through and brings sustenance to the whole body of Christ. This includes things like worship and education expenses, staff salaries and insurance, as well as publications and utilities. This year we are including line items for core outreach ministries like Global Mission, Latino Ministry, and our Health and Wellness program.
$910,000 of our Goal will be for our 2017 Ministry Support.
2017 Capital Improvement Needs - Parking Lot & the Fellowship Hall
First impressions make a big impact on visitors and prospective members. The vitality of our ministry is often judged in the first 30 seconds someone steps on our property. Cracked and crumbling pavement is also a walking hazard for members and guests. This is a project we can no longer put off. In addition our Fellowship Hall carpeting and divider wall are in a similar state for needing to be replaced so we can continue to offer a warm and hospitable environment for ministry to flourish. Each of these is an issue of hospitality and safety.
$150,000 of our goal will go towards our 2017 Capital Needs.
Please prayerfully consider how you might respond to our 2017 United Campaign:
As we continue to be Engaged by God in a Living Faith at home, at church, and in the world, we invite you to join us.
A congregational meal is served on Wednesdays during the program year from 5:15-6:30 pm. All are welcome. A $4 /person donation is requested.
Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen with serving and cleanup. Click here for an easy online signup.
A vegetarian option is typically served, as well as a salad bar.
Pasta Bolognese (meat sauce) or marinara
Baked Potato Bar
Soup and Sandwich
Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Coleslaw
* The last congregation meal of the season is May 3.
Click here to sign up online:
Questions? Contact Barb Krig, PSP serving coordinator, at 952-474-2041 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself."