Palm Sunday Festival & Pancake Breakfast

posted by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated ]

Bring your friends and neighbors and join the fun at Gethsemane on Palm Sunday!

Our youth are hosting their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser, and the Festival includes a Holy Week Scavenger Hunt, Family Project, dying Easter eggs and more. 

8:45 and 10:45 - Worship
Palm Sunday Family Festival - 9:00-10:40 AM
*Pancake Breakfast - 9:00-11:30 AM

* $8/person or $25/family. All proceeds support youth mission trips and camps.

Holy Week at Gethsemane

posted Mar 15, 2018, 9:08 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Palm Sunday, March 25
8:45 and 10:45  Worship
Palm Sunday Breakfast  9:00-11:30 AM
Palm Sunday Family Festival 9:00-10:40 AM

Maundy Thursday, March 29
7:00 PM Worship

Good Friday, March 30
7:00 PM Worship

Easter Sunday, April 1
8:45 and 10:45 Worship

Vacation Bible School

posted Mar 15, 2018, 9:07 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 9:12 AM ]

“Find the Way,” Gethsemane’s VBS 2018 theme, will invite kids to escape the many interruptions and distractions that they face every day and get lost in God’s love. Through skits, games, songs and crafts, Green Lake Bible Camp Counselors will guide kids to “Find the Way” in God’s love and the immense impact that love can have on their lives. We will encourage kids to “Find the Way” in the things that bring us closer to God, with daily themes of Love, Prayer, Service, and Sabbath.  

$70 for 1st- 6th graders
$30 for preschoolers

$50 for morning care
$50 for afternoon care
$20 for Friday care if the kids are not signed up for both morning and afternoon care 

El Salvador Partnership

posted Feb 23, 2018, 10:57 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

El Salvador Partnership – A New Opportunity
Did you know that it costs $2 a day for one of our partnership children in El Salvador to get to school? And $10 a month for blood pressure medicine and $15 a month for a family to get necessary medicine and health screenings? These costs can be prohibitive in a country where the average daily wage is just $8. 

As a new way to engage in partnership with our sisters and brothers in El Salvador we have created a sponsorship program. You are encouraged to select one way that you can support the members of Iglesia Concordia – with a onetime gift or a monthly pledge. All donations can be made to Gethsemane with El Salvador in the memo line and put in the offering plate or by contributing on-line and are tax deductible. There are sponsorship pledge forms around the church. A gift of any size is appreciated and will be put to good use.  If you have additional questions please contact Pastor Sarah.

El Salvador Partnership Trip - July 6-13
This summer a group of Gethsemane members will travel out of our comfort zones into a unique adventure of faith, learning and self-discovery.  We will explore the treasures of El Salvador, learn from personal testimonies, and begin to understand the legacy of the civil war of the 1980s. We will spend time in worship and fellowship with our partners at Iglesia Concordia. Trip cost is $1,650 which covers airfare, lodging, food, ground transportation and trip insurance (limited scholarship money is available.)  A non-refundable deposit of $200 is due Sunday, March 4. If you have questions or are interested in participating please contact Pastor Sarah.

"I Can Only Imagine" Movie outing - March 18

posted Feb 22, 2018, 7:20 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Mar 8, 2018, 8:15 AM ]

Pr. John will take a group to see the amazing story of how the lead singer Bart Millard from contemporary music group MercyMe wrote one of the all-time most popular Christian songs. The movie is a gripping reminder of the power of forgiveness, and beautifully illustrates that no one is ever too far from God’s love - or from an eternal home in Heaven.

The movie is at Eden Prairie AMC Theater.  Meet at Gethsemane at 3:15 to carpool or at the theater at 4:00. 

Cost is $11.00,  $9.50 for seniors.

Click here to sign up.

Lent Worship

posted Feb 7, 2018, 11:07 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 7:45 AM ]

Lent – “By Heart” - Wednesdays at 7 pm
This Lenten season we are going back to the basics in honor of Martin Luther’s groundbreaking initiative to have faith taught in the home. Luther created the Small Catechism that focused on the core elements of faith one should learn by heart: the Ten Commandments, Apostle’s Creed, Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, and Holy Communion. Each week we will focus on a different element, share how it is still relevant today, and provide take-home tools to help instill these key components of faith. We invite you all to download the free app on your smart phones from Augsburg Fortress: “Luther’s Small Catechism.”

Dinner served 5:15-6:30 PM. Freewill donation. Click here to view the menu.

Need of the Month: ICA Food Shelf

posted Dec 29, 2017, 8:02 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 7:11 AM ]

March is Minnesota Food Share Month and our Need of the Month is ICA (Intercongregational Association.) ICA is our local food shelf that provides groceries and financial assistance to our neighbors in Hopkins, Minnetonka, Woodland, Deephaven, Greenwood, Shorewood and Excelsior.

Gethsemane has always been a strong supporter of ICA, however, our support is needed now more than ever. Many families in our community struggle with putting food on the table. A survey of 374 clients in June found that underemployment was the single biggest reason people had come to the food shelf, followed by a job loss or a medical crisis. Between fiscal years 2008 and 2017, the number of clients who have paid a visit to the ICA Food Shelf has grown from 3,256 to 5,737.”

A few statistics: ICA averages over 2,000 food services per month to approximately 800 households. The number of food services is an increase of 130 percent as compared to 2008. 1/3 of the households that have come in this past year are new to ICA. ICA gives out approximately 135,000 pounds of food each month. 

ICA can stretch every dollar donated through their access to discounted products and programs. Please consider making a financial gift to ICA. You can write your check to Gethsemane, with “ICA” on the memo line.

Many volunteers help ICA provide food for more than 5,000 people every year. To volunteer or to learn more about ICA call 952-938-0729 or visit their website, Questions about the March Need of the Month may be directed to Naomi Chinn, 952-935-3215 or Beth Jones, 952-935-5341.  
Our mission is to offer hope as we provide assistance to our neighbors in need.

Here I Stand: Make a Statement with Your Generosity

posted Nov 3, 2017, 9:55 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 8:08 AM ]

Pastor John Nelson

As we move further into our year reflecting on the Reformation and celebrating the impact it continues to have on our lives, one of the core components we lift up is the need to take a stand for what we believe in. 

Martin Luther is famous for not only standing up for what he believed in, but then nailing his grievances to the door of the town church. While that might seem a little bit grandiose for our reserved mid-western taste, what is telling is that Luther knew his actions said something. More than words, our actions speak volumes. 

What do your actions say about what you believe in? How does your life reflect your faith? St. Francis of 
Assisi is famous for his line, “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Like Luther, he knew what we do, matters. How we live out our faith is often more impactful to the world than what we say.  

Rather than initiating a “program” for our fall Stewardship drive we invite you to reflect on how your life “preaches” your faith. When we see that it is God who abundantly blesses us with his grace and all that we have, we have a whole new model of generosity than what the world would present to us. 
In Mark 12:41-44, the story of the Widow’s Mite, Jesus lifted up a widow who made an offering to God that reflected her abundant faith that it is God who provides. Her abundant faith translated into abundant generosity in how she used what little she had. 

We have an abundance of gifts to share and where we use them or put them to work is a statement of what is most important to us. In essence, it is a statement of our faith. 

This month you will be invited to make your own statement of faith and post them, one personally, and the other communally. You will receive a mailing in a few weeks with two cards where you can write how you hope to make a statement with your generosity. One will be for you to post at home, the other you can post anonymously at church. We challenge everyone to think of one new way you wish to make a statement with your time, and also with your giving. It is one more way we let the Christ in us shine through.  

Even though it has been 500 years, it is best to admit we are “Still Being Reformed” and called to put our faith into practice. Join us this fall in exploring your own understanding of living an abundant life and making a statement with your generosity. 

Wednesday Night Dinners

posted Sep 20, 2017, 10:46 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 8:19 AM ]

We serve a congregation meal at Gethsemane almost every Wednesday evening during the program year. All are welcome.

Volunteers are needed! Can YOU help in the kitchen on a Wednesday? We need help with food prep, serving and cleanup. The shifts are just 90 minutes. Click here to sign up or contact Amy Furan in the office with questions.

Menu subject to change. A vegetarian option is usually available. Salad bar is served every week.

March 14
Pulled Pork Sandwich or Beef Hot Dog
Sweet Potato Fries
Baked Beans, Coleslaw
Salad Bar

March 21
Sesame or Pineapple Chicken and Rice
Salad Bar

March 28
Split Pea and Ham or Tomato Basil Soup
Cheese Sandwich
Salad Bar

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.

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