In addition to the daily work done in our community, every September we participate in “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday. Our members come together to organize many service projects. Historically, we have accomplished many projects including: cleaning and edging the Historic Moline Cemetery, working with members of the Georgian Acres Neighborhood Association at the Gethsemane park preparing a space for a community garden, donating blood in the blood mobile, making dog toys for the Austin Humane Society, assembling rice and bean meals to be given out to the people who attend our English as a Second Language classes, purchasing household items to help two families who came here from Iraq and Afghanistan, setting up an apartment for another refugee family of five and cleaning up a neighborhood street.
FOOD PANTRY & CLOTHES CLOSET
Gethsemane Food Pantry & Clothes Closet – This vital ministry began as an Eagle Scout project in the 1970’s. It has grown through the years and serves thousands of people each year. You may participate in this ministry though your financial contribution and by donating food and clothing. We accept the following food items: canned vegetables and beans, saltine crackers, canned fruit, rice and dried beans, soups and Ramen noodles, canned meat products, pasta and sauces, Macaroni & Cheese, peanut butter and jelly. We accept clean and serviceable clothing and shoes in the current season (summer or winter) for men, women and children. Consider offering your time and talents to serve in this ministry by sorting clothes and stocking the closet and/or distributing food and clothes on one of our Tuesday distribution days. NOTE: The Gethsemane Food Pantry & Clothes Closet are open Tuesdays, 1:30-3:45 p.m. to distribute items to those in need.
Gethsemane is in a partnership with the neighbors in and around Georgian Acres to grow food and community. The garden is located at the northwest corner of Wonsley and Georgian. The infrastructure is growing throughout 2014-2015, but there are already small crops flourishing. Our goal is to grow food for the guests served at our food pantry, fill tables with healthy fruits and vegetables, and to meet our neighbors as we garden together. We see this place as a place of encuentro or “encounter”, with God, nature, and neighbor. Everyone is invited to join the gardeners the 1st Saturday of each month; mornings during hot weather and afternoons during cold weather. For more information about the garden, contact Intern Pastor Sharolyn Browning or Gethsemane member Judy Magnuson.
TA BROWN PARTNER SCHOOL
Candoli Christmas in July for T.A. Brown Elementary!
In memory of Dr. Carl Candoli, who tirelessly worked to show his belief that “every child can learn,” Gethsemane congregants are invited to assist in donating “Back to School” supplies for our neighborhood school, T.A. Brown Elementary who’s motto is “The best little school in town, where every child is college bound!”
Each week during the month of July, this “Christmas in July Giving Tree” will be in the narthex and have tags which lists which school supplies are needed.
Please remove a tag and choose what you can donate on the list or, if you prefer, you may make a monetary contribution instead. The deadline for all contributions is Sunday, August 2, 2015. An educational donation for the children of T.A. Brown Elementary will not only be appreciated, but will also be a special memorial to honor this amazing educator! Thank YOU for your donation & Merry Christmas in July!!!!
Committee “God’s Work, Our Hands” 2015 Schedule
July 1, 11:00am ……Meet at GLC to decorate the Christmas in July Christmas Tree
August 5, 11:00am…Inventory donations in Music Room
August 12, 10:00am..Shop for extra school supplies IF NEEDED
Week of August 17…School Supplies Presentation and Taco Breakfast for TA Brown Faculty and Staff –Exact date and time to be determined.
Contact Pam Bornemann Atkins for more information.
Gethsemane Lutheran members and families are invited to continue a holiday tradition by sponsoring TA Brown Elementary children and their families. Names will be on the Angel Giving Tree in the Narthex beginning Sunday, November 23, 2014. Return the gifts to Gethsemane by Wednesday, December 17, 2014 for delivery on Saturday, December 20th.
ENGLISH as a SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
ESL classes are offered twice a week.
Wednesday night classes are taught by John Berry in the downstairs kitchen from 6:30pm-7:40pm.
Thursday night classes are taught by Beth Collier, Karalyn Heimlich and Jeanette Chavarria in the Gethsemane Ministry House from 6:30pm-7:30pm. For the rest of 2014, classes will be Nov. 20, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. There will NOT be class on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. 2015 classes start on Jan. 8.