Family Camp Out Aug 18-20

posted Jun 26, 2017, 10:21 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church

ALL families (that’s you!) are invited to join us for our annual campout. We are heading back to Baker Park and staying at the Oak Knoll group site. This Friday night-Sunday morning retreat is an enriching time to spend with family and friends in the great outdoors. 

Cost is $30/family for camping. We also welcome day trippers for the Saturday night cookout and campfire worship that is a highlight each year. 

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.

Community Town Hall Forums

posted May 15, 2017, 9:18 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated May 24, 2017, 11:27 AM ]

Gethsemane is excited to announce this
summer's 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 14: The Changing Picture of Affordable Housing: How Everyone in Our Community is Affected
Russ Adams, Director of the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability, has worked as a nonprofit advocate and community organizer for more than 30 years. We will also have experts present who work with housing specific issues in Hopkins.

July 19: Hopkins Police: Building Community Partnerships  
Captain Erik Husevold has been with the Hopkins Police Department for 10 years. He oversees investigations and community services. In addition to his 4-year degree from U of M Duluth, he has earned a masters degree in police leadership from St. Thomas.

August 16: Lives Touched by Suicide and Mental Illness: Breaking the Stigma and Talking about It
John Bauer, a public radio host in Grand Rapids, produced a traveling art exhibit after his daughter’s suicide. John shares how he moved forward to talk about an issue most would prefer to avoid. He will bring some pieces from the exhibit, “What’s Left” to this presentation.

Please join with GLC’s Social Ministry Team and Adult Education program in continuing to make Gethsemane a place where moral deliberation and courageous conversation is fostered in our community. Come, learn, and perhaps be motivated to action!

El Salvador Update and Need of the Month

posted Apr 13, 2017, 8:07 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 6:11 AM ]

In the first week of August nine travelers will be visiting our sister congregation in El Salvador. The members of Igelsia Concordia are excited to have us join them for the annual festival for their patron saint. We will participate with them in the march that follows the El Salvador statue (El Salvador means “the savior”) from its home in the cathedral into the world and back. As the statue is on parade it is draped in purple but when it returns to the cathedral it is transformed to a white robe and returned to its place on the earth globe (savior of the world.)  

Our nine travelers are more than ambassadors for Christ. We represent the USA, Minnesota, Hopkins, and the congregation of Gethsemane. We represent you. We plan to bring greetings as well as gifts. We are collecting:
  • New, unopened bottles in the original packaging of:
    • Pain relievers - Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen) for infants, children and adults
    • Cough syrup for infants, children and adults
  • Financial contributions to be used to provide additional health care needs that we will purchase in El Salvador.
  • Gently-used suitcases to fill with donations and leave in El Salvador.
We appreciate your generosity as it is always so fun to share with our partners. Please pray for our travelers as we continue to build relationships with our sister members. 

Our United Campaign

posted Oct 27, 2016, 8:19 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 8:19 AM ]

United Campaign
One God – One Mission – One Gift
2017 Stewardship Appeal [Ministry & Capital Combined]

One God
By grace we are saved through our faith in Jesus Christ. Grace gives us power to respond in faith with God’s love.

One Mission
To be "Engaged By God in a Living Faith; at Church, at Home, and in the World.”

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 Gift
This year we invite you to UNITE your gifts for our one mission. We are combining our capital improvements into our regular budget and stepping away from special building appeals. When you give financially to our United Campaign, you are making a one-year promise to support all the needs of our congregation. If our members simply continued their combined contributions, what they contribute annually to the church with a third of what they pledged to the last capital appeal, we would have more than enough to cover all of our expenses. Rather than think of these as separate gifts, UNITE them and we will grow as a church.

Tell Us
Through the next several weeks we hope to start a congregation buzz about what motivates people to give to this church. What is your story? What are you passionate about? Email   

United Campaign
One God – One Mission – One Gift

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:

  • Are you able to combine a third of what you were contributing towards the Capital Campaign with your regular giving?
  • Is this a time when you could increase what you are sharing with God’s work here?
  • If you have not set a number on what you might contribute to the church in the past, could this be the time to take a healthy step in your dedication to God’s call to be a good steward of all you have and make a pledge?

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.

Click here to make an online pledge.



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." 


Our "Magic" Pop Machine

posted Apr 13, 2016, 8:52 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 7:29 AM ]

Gethsemane was blessed with a long-time, dedicated youth ministry volunteer who was passionate about sending Gethsemane kids to camp. Bob Wick purchased our pop machine and “magically” filled it every week, giving all of the proceeds to youth ministries.

Bob passed away in 2014, but you can help us keep the magic alive by donating soda. All proceeds from the pop machine go toward scholarships for Gethsemane kids going to Green Lake Bible Camp. 

The flavors in the machine are: Mountain Dew, Root Beer, Lemonade, Dr. Pepper, Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi

Donations can be dropped off at church. Thank you!

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