Members' Art Show

posted Jun 3, 2019, 8:04 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Jun 3, 2019, 8:05 AM ]

All members of Gethsemane are invited to participate in the annual member’s art show opening July 7. Bring up to 3 pieces ready to exhibit along with an entry form before July 1. All mediums are accepted.

Click the file below to download an entry form.

All-Church Community Picnic June 19

posted May 31, 2019, 10:21 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Everyone is invited for BBQ picnic Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 PM at Burnes Park. We’ll provide the meat; you can bring a side, fruit, chips, or a dessert to share. After dinner join us for an Intergenerational Kickball Game. Bring your tennies and/or your cheering voice! The Splash Pad is also up and running so bring your suit and towel if you want to get wet! Invite your friends and neighbors.

Community Town Hall Forums

posted May 31, 2019, 10:03 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Gethsemane is again hosting a summer series of monthly Town Hall Forums about key issues of today. 
These are free and open to all. All are held in the Fireside Gallery from 7-8 pm.

JUNE 26 - Public Education: an Economic or Moral Imperative?
Our speaker is Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Superintendent of the Hopkins School District, who has served in public education for over 15 years. She will examine the role public education must play in strengthening the moral compass and economic backbone of our increasingly complex and globalized society.

JULY 24 – Condescension, Curiosity, Connection: Getting Something Out of Arguments You Can’t Win 
Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and culture critic whose writing has appeared in The New Republic, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, and Esquire. She hosts "With Friends Like These," a podcast from Crooked Media. 

AUGUST 14 – Understanding Climate Change and Turning Grief into Action 
Jothsna Harris, Public Engagement Manager, Climate Generation

Climate change is the most defining issue of our time. We are the first generation to experience the impacts, and the last generation to do something about it. This weight can leave people feeling at a loss. Climate Generation sees the power of people and communities as change-makers to engage in solutions to climate change. We will cover the causes and impacts of climate change, and offer ideas for turning grief into hope and action.

Everyone is encouraged to mark your calendars and spread an invitation to neighbors and friends.  Please join with GLC’s Social Ministry Team and Adult Education program in helping ensure that Gethsemane continues to be a place where moral deliberation and courageous conversation is fostered in our community. 

Since this summer series began in 2012 we have focused on many “issues of the day.” Some of the topics covered have been: Islam, sex trafficking, guns and violence, barriers to peace in Palestine, the opioid epidemic, homelessness in the western suburbs, indigenous justice, ending gender-based violence and much more. Now we are excited to announce the 2019 community forums. Come, learn and perhaps be motivated to action! Invite others to join you!

Safety Last! Silent Film Event

posted May 31, 2019, 9:58 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Gethsemane organist, Mark Fideldy, will be showing the 1923 silent film Safety Last! June 13 at 8:00 PM in our sanctuary with live improvised organ accompaniment.  This 70-minute comedic film is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Movie fans and music fans are invited to connect, and bring friends to this free performance! Refreshments to follow.

Youth Worship Assistant Sign-Up

posted May 15, 2019, 12:53 PM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Even though it's summer, we still need confirmation students to sign up for ushering, greeting, reading, and acolyting. 

El Salvador Partnership is Need of the Month

posted May 3, 2019, 10:51 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated May 31, 2019, 9:49 AM ]

Thirteen Gethsemane members and friends are traveling to El Salvador this August. We look forward to spending time with our partners at Iglesia Concordia and recognize that when we travel we are bringing support and love from our entire congregation. You are invited to participate in our partnership even if you are unable to travel with us. We are collecting the following items for our partners:  
  • New, unopened pain relievers for children and adults
  • New, unopened cough syrup for children
  • New, unopened multi-vitamins for children and adults
The members of Iglesia Concordia are thankful for our relationship, our visits and all of the support from so many of you. We just received this in response to a financial donation that we sent: “Thanks so much, we have been helping the congregation with prescribed medication, exams, glasses, transportation and more. We are blessed to be able to help them.”

Vacation Bible School: "Transformed Community"

posted Mar 23, 2019, 3:56 PM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

This year’s theme will invite kids to reflect on the scripture of Romans 12:2: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” 

Gathered by the Holy Spirit, kids will play, make crafts, sing and be engaged in worship and Bible study. Green Lake Bible Camp counselors will renew and equip our kids to be transformed as they live in the world.

Click here to register or call 952-935-1753 for more information.

How can working parents bring their kids to VBS? We’ve made it easy and affordable!
Gethsemane will offer before and after Kid’s Care to make sure every child has the opportunity to participate in VBS! Kid’s Care is available for children enrolled in the Gethsemane VBS program and will be held Monday- Friday. 

Kid’s Care Morning Session is from 7:30 – 9:30 am and is available for preschoolers through 6th graders. Cost is $50.
Kid’s Care Afternoon Session is from 2:30 to 5:30 pm and is available for Kindergartners through 6th graders. Cost is $50. 

Since the VBS program is Monday through Thursday we will offer a full day of Kid’s Care on Friday. If your child is signed up for both the morning and afternoon session they will get to attend the all-day Kid’s Care on Friday free of charge. If your family is signed up for only one of the sessions the cost for Friday is $20.

4th Saturday Cafe: Free Community Breakfast

posted Feb 8, 2019, 8:28 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

The 4th Saturday Café is offered at Gethsemane to provide a healthy, free breakfast one Saturday a month for our hungry neighbors. All are welcome to come every 4th Saturday of the month 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.

Volunteers are needed each month. Sign up here if you can help.

This initiative is made possible through the support of ICA and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

HREI Wins Local Government Innovation Award

posted Dec 26, 2018, 8:39 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Dec 26, 2018, 8:44 AM ]

[Pictured: Members of the Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative Leadership Team. 
L-R: Julia Ross, JCPP Officer, Pr. John Nelson, Dr. Stanley Brown, School Equity Coordinator, Steve Adams, School Board member; Pastor Sarah Moat; Katie Williams, Community Ed Director; Kersten Elverum, City of Hopkins; Dr. Rhoda Mhiripiri-Reed, Hopkins Schools Superintendent; Officer Erik Husevold, Hopkins Police; Molly Cummings, Hopkins Mayor; Hopkins Police Chief Brent Johnson; Mike Mornson, Hopkins City Manager; Jason Gadd, City Council member]

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota named 19 projects as recipients of its 12th annual Local Government Innovation Awards (LGIA).

From streamlined dispatch of emergency responders and childcare licensing services, to breakthrough conversations about race and county-tribal collaborations, local governments in Minnesota are finding creative ways to deliver services to their residents with greater impact and at lower cost. 

The awards program is organized in partnership with the Bush Foundation and its Native Nation Building Initiative; and co-sponsored by the League of Minnesota Cities, the Association of Minnesota Counties, the Minnesota Association of Townships and the Minnesota School Boards Association.

In the Public School Category: Hopkins Public Schools, City of Hopkins, and Gethsemane Church — won with their Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative.

The Hopkins Race and Equity Initiative is a collaborative effort creating opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of race, equity, and diversity while promoting a sense of community that welcomes and values all residents. The initiative, which was formed in 2015, has offered five community conversations on race and equity topics to address and unravel social constructs specifically designed to promote and exclude particular racial groups.

The four Leading Innovators for 2018 will receive a grant from the Bush Foundation to continue their work, and a professionally produced video to use for marketing and awareness. The winners in the city, county, and school categories will receive a $5,000 grant. The Local Government and Native Nations Collaboration Award winner will receive a $10,000 grant.

“This year, like every other, we’re struck by the innovation that’s happening in Minnesota. It’s always evolving, which is inspiring for the judges to see,” says Jay Kiedrowski, senior fellow at the Humphrey School’s Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center and LGIA program lead. “The exciting part is sharing all of this innovation with the broader community in hopes that they see opportunities in these innovative models to apply to their own communities.”

Connect: Faith + Finances

posted Nov 2, 2018, 10:54 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

From Pastor John Nelson

Some things are just meant to be together. Like peanut butter and Jelly. Milk and cookies. Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. I cannot remember ever having apple pie at a baseball game; still, it sounds right. Some things just go together… like Faith and Finances.

Now you might be saying, “I have faith and don’t recall ever putting finances together with that.” Well, perhaps that is the issue Jesus gets at in his story of the rich young ruler in Mark 10. This great guy comes up to Jesus and says, in a way, “I have followed all of the commandments my whole life, attended services as I was supposed to, done all that God has asked. How can I connect with God and get into heaven?” Jesus replies, “You lack one thing. You never connected your Faith with your Finances.”

Money management can be confusing enough without bringing faith into the equation. But it is the heart of what stewardship is all about. It is the center of the call to discipleship. Do you want to have a full and blessed life? Then we are asked to follow Christ, not our portfolio or the stock market. Jesus knows there are more than enough resources to spread the gospel if only people give their full selves to the cause.

This year rather than conduct a fund drive to determine the church budget for next year, we are going to do a Faith Drive. We want you to pledge that you will CONNECT your FAITH to your FINANCES! Connect how God has blessed you to how you wish to bless others. Connect the gifts you have with the gifts you can use in service of others.

This month we invite you to come to church and hear a series of temple talks on what “Connecting our Faith with our Finances” can do. Stories about leaving a legacy, expressing a humble faith, being provoked by faith, and living out an active faith. Each story has impacted this church and each tells a story of God at work.

On Thanksgiving weekend, Sunday, November 25, we invite you to bring your “Faith Card” to church and share with us how you hope to live out your faith in the ways you give back to God. How does your faith call you to give? How does your faith call you to get involved? How have you connected your finances with what you believe? You could say it is a statement of faith, but I think it is more of a statement of Thankfulness.

In this season of thanksgiving, I give thanks for you, and the amazing ways you each live out your faith through the ministries of this congregation.

Click here to pledge online.


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