Gethsemane member Tony Venza is a leader with the Drive A Senior– North Central. Gethsemane Lutheran is a charter member of this ministry with the goal of helping senior adults to stay in their homes by providing needed transportation. Due to recent federal government delays in funding senior citizen transportation services such as Drive A Senior, Gethsemane Lutheran was asked to provide “extra” financial support. Through the Carl & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation a gift was given to enable this vital ministry to meet their staff obligations. Tony, the staff of Drive a Senior and the people they serve express their thanks. Gethsemane Lutheran will host this year the annual Fundraiser, Saturday, September 22nd.
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 whose motto is “The best little school in town, where every child is college bound!”
Each week during the month of July, the “Christmas in July Giving Tree” will be in the narthex and will have tree tags which lists what exact school supplies are needed for the upcoming school year.
Please remove a tag and choose what you would like to donate on the list or, if you prefer, you may make a monetary contribution which will go to T.A. Brown Elementary.
Note: Please make out all checks to Gethsemane Lutheran Church. On the check memo line, please put For TA Brown Elementary.
The deadline for all contributions is Sunday, August 5, 2018. 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, Dr. Carl Candoli!
Thank YOU for your donation & Merry Christmas in July!!!!
JULY 28-AUGUST 11, 2018
Gethsemane members and friends Elizabeth Kite, Mackenzie Kite, Madison Kite, Dar Joy Krenek Mark McConaughy, Marsha McConaughy, Mary Lou Newman, Julie Rowe, Lee Schnelle and Pastor Susie Schnelle travel July 28-August 11 to Monteverde and Heredia, Costa Rica where they will participate in Spanish classes and immerse themselves in the culture of Costa Rica. In preparation for this experience they have taken Spanish classes at Gethsemane with Jose Moreira and Navy Browning. Gethsemane has a long history of outreach to people in our community whose primary language is Spanish. This opportunity will benefit Gethsemane ministry by closing the language barrier.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Cloud Forest Hike
Café Monteverde Coffee Tour
Life Monte Verde Volunteership
Sky Trek (hanging bridges or
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Worship at the Lutheran church in San Jose
Heredia walking tour
Volunteership with the Lutheran church in San Jose
Tarcoles River nature tour
The annual Gethsemane Lutheran Vacation Bible School June 18-22, 8:45 a.m.-12 noon. Theme: This Changes Everything. VBS brochures are available in the narthex This is an opportunity to make new friends and make a difference in the lives of children.
Men in Mission will tour the Austin Steam Train Rail Yard in Cedar Park on Thursday, May 17. We will tour the railroad locomotives and cars of the steam train, view the museum and see the actual parts of a large steam engine. Coffee, donuts 9:00 AM, Music Room. Lunch will follow tour. Sign up Men in Mission Bulletin Board.
The Festival of Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit calling the church community into life. Pentecost is the third major festival in the life of the church catholic. Gethsemane calls the names of persons baptized into the “one holy catholic and apostolic church” through congregational ministry since Pentecost, 2017. May the Triune God: Creator, Redeemer, Spirit bless the baptized to live the faith of the holy, catholic church giving witness to their identity as people of the eternal promise.
GETHSEMANE YOUTH LEAD PENTECOST WORSHIP
May 20th, Gethsemane youth, led by high school seniors, will lead the community in Pentecost worship. Graduating seniors and Sunday School teachers will be recognized at a reception during the Sunday School hour, 9:30am in the Multi-Purpose Room. All are welcome!
Remember to have your pictures taken with mother on Mother’s Day. These pictures are displayed on the Gethsemane Women of the ELCA Bulletin Board. Worship with mother on Mother’s Day-May 13th. Rev. Richard Hartmann, a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America , will present the mission of Food For The Poor during worship and the Adult SCS Class. Consider giving a gift for this ministry in honor of/memory of your mother on this special day.
The annual Gethsemane Lutheran Confirmation Banquet Wednesday, May 9th, 7 pm Multi-Purpose Room recognizing 7th/8th graders having completed confirmation instruction for this year. Gethsemane youth having completed the 6th grade and entering the 7th grade in the fall will be welcomed into the catechetical program. Ezra Spielvogel will give his senior reflection. All are welcome!
The Abundant Life Art Exhibit, commemorating the life of Gabriel Loire, creator of the Gethsemane Stained Glass Windows will feature art from Gethsemane members and friends and visual images in honor of the late, beloved Dr. Martin Lutheran King, Jr. on the 50th Anniversary of his death. Contact Pehr Smith or Pastor Karl Gronberg for information.
Gethsemane Lutheran Adults Dine Out for Food, Fun and Fellowship Tuesday, May 8th, 7 p.m., Hao-Q Asian Kitchen (3742 Far West Blvd. #113). Tom & Donna Kelly are hosts. All are welcome!