Since 1973, Reformation Sunday has been designated the Sunday when Gethsemane youth are invited to Affirm their Baptism in the Rite of Confirmation. Reformation Sunday is celebrated by the Lutheran/Reformation community as the Sunday to focus “on the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ-the good news– that makes us free!” The Reformation community prays for the Holy Spirit to continue uniting the church catholic in proclamation and witness for all the world to hear of the grace of God. In the blessed sacrament of “Holy Baptism, the people of God are made one body;” giving thanks for Dr. Martin Luther and all the reformers past and present. Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scripture, Solo Christo, Soli Deo Gloria. The Gethsemane Sanctuary Choir, directed by Michael Harrison assisted by pianist Patience Jones are preparing special music for the Reformation celebration. Bellissimo, directed by JoAnn Gerbig, join with invited instrumentalists, Gethsemane organist Margaret Manz, and vocalists Dar Joy Krenek, Lee Schnelle add their musical gifts to the Reformation celebration in honor of the 2018 confirmands and in gratitude to God for the Good News of the Lutheran Reformation of 1517. Gethsemane youth, having completed two years of study/participation in Gethsemane Lutheran confirmation ministry will affirm their baptism Sunday, October 28: Ryan Scott Bohls-January 4, 2004; Katherine Elaine Errett-January 30, 2005; Luke Davis Lundquist-January 18, 2004; Brendan Beckham Raymond-June 20, 2004. Confirmation mentors John Foster, Belinda Malin, Rodger Anderson and Gordon Feller present confirmands. Family members present a candle, symbolic of confirmands baptismal candle. Continuing a Gethsemane tradition of four plus decades, the confirmands introduce family members during the 9:30 a.m. SCS Hour. These baptized Christians claim their family faith heritage by affirming their gratitude for the nurturing they have received on their faith journey since baptism. Congratulations parents, grandparents, and extended family for encouraging the Gethsemane Lutheran 2018 Confirmation Class to live their baptismal birthright.
“To God Be The Glory!”
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.
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!
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 ECLA National Youth Gathering will kickoff in Houston, Texas on June 27th, and will last until July 1st. This is a fantastic event that we would love all of our youth to be a part of!
For more information, Contact Dar Krenek
Vacation Bible School
June 18-22 2018
Gethsemane Vacation Bible School invites all children age 3 by June 18, 2018 and including those completing 6th grade. 6th graders may also choose to assist as a volunteer. 7th graders and older are invited to sign up to assist with VBS as volunteers.
You are invited to volunteer, even if you can only assist one day. We need help in the craft area, preparing and serving snacks, the storytelling room, games, and being a guide to lead the children from one area to another. Please note on the registration form which day you can assist and in which activity you would prefer to help. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and make a difference in the lives of children.
Gethsemane is grateful to all who lead Vacation Bible School.
Each day, the person picking up their
child(ren) after VBS must come in to the narthex to sign them out for the day with their group leader.
The walk to Emmaus
The conversion of Saul
Our Purpose-“Shiloh & Gracy”
The parable of the king,
the sheep and the goats
“Lazarus, Lillie & Lilo”
The Canaanite woman
The parable of the prodigal father and the wayward son
200 West Anderson Lane
Austin, Texas 78752