Advent and Christmas Worship

posted Nov 20, 2018, 8:38 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Advent Worship - 
Dec 2-23, 8:45 and 10:45 AM

Children’s Christmas Program, “The Inn Crowd”
December 16, 10:45 AM

Vespers - Music for Christmastide
December 23, 4:00 PM

Traditional Christmas Eve Worship
December 24, 3:00, 4:30, 10:30 PM

Service of Lessons & Carols with a Blessing for the New Year 
December 30, 9:30 AM 

Toy Chest Collection is Need of the Month

posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:47 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

The Need of the Month barrels are festively decorated for our annual Toy Chest collection. 
Let’s fill them with new, unwrapped toys and gifts for children ages 0-18. They’ll be delivered to ResourceWest in Hopkins for distribution to qualifying families in mid-December. Our collection continues through December 16.  

Parents, this is a wonderful opportunity to involve your children in selecting a gift for someone else. You could take them along when you’re shopping and then let them put the donated gift(s) in the Toy Chest barrel the next time you’re at the church. Financial donations are also much appreciated and are used by ResourceWest to shop for ages that may be under-represented in gift donations. Please be sure any check is made to Gethsemane but labeled for Toy Chest.

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.


Wednesday Dinners

posted Sep 10, 2018, 7:19 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Nov 26, 2018, 12:24 PM ]

We serve a congregational meal almost every Wednesday during the program year and all are welcome. Dinner is served from 5:15-6:15 PM in the Fellowship Hall. 

We need lots of volunteers to help with food service and cleanup. Click here to sign up.

This year our new Connect Worship will begin in the Fellowship Hall following the meal at 6:30 PM. Please join us!

Menus are subject to change. There is always a fresh salad bar and typically a vegetarian option.

November 28 - Pasta Bar
December 5 - Chicken or Veggie Enchiladas, Rice
December 12 - Swiss Chicken Bake, Noodles, Vegetable
December 19 - Swedish Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetable 
Dec 26-Jan 2 - NO Meal
January 9 - Tator Tot Hotdish

Connect Worship - Wednesdays at 6:30

posted Sep 10, 2018, 7:07 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Sep 20, 2018, 9:01 AM ]

CONNECT Worship is unique from our Sunday worship. We gather with multiple generations around tables in the fellowship hall, utilizing personal sharing, a teaching time, and contemporary music. Join us for this new casual worship - a time to share God moments and build togetherness as we CONNECT with God and one another. 

4th Saturday Cafe: Free Community Breakfast

posted Jun 2, 2017, 7:14 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 7:15 AM ]

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.

People Serving People

posted Apr 25, 2016, 9:18 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated May 18, 2016, 11:50 AM ]
Gethsemane serves supper to families at the People Serving People shelter in Minneapolis on the second and third Sundays of the month. The time commitment at the shelter is from 4:10-6:00 PM and carpooling is always available. Please support this important ministry. Click here to sign up online

Questions? Contact Barb Krig, PSP serving coordinator, at 952-474-2041 or

 "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." 


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