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 their annual Fundraiser, September 22nd, 4 pm. The Coordinating Committee have met with Pastor Karl Gronberg and Tony Venza to plan the event. They will be using the MPR and kitchen. Gethsemane members are encouraged to “Save the Date” to support this ministry to senior adults.
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.
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!
Gethsemane members Lester & Lois Johnson invite the community to participate in the annual 2018 Muscular Dystrophy Muscle Walk, Saturday April 28, 9:00 am, Barton Creek Mall. This is another opportunity for Gethsemane congregants to “make a difference” during the 50 Day Easter Festival. The walk and sponsorships “For the Love of Justin” (this is the 14th year) give evidence to the solidarity Gethsemane expresses to Lester & Lois and their beautiful family. See you Saturday!
Another group of intelligent and caring students from the University of Texas-Austin are preparing themselves for the trip of a lifetime: serving the people of Thailand. Gethsemane Lutheran will partner again with Projects for Underserved Communities in making a difference for the people in Thailand. Through the leadership of Gethsemane members Mary Lou Newman and Khem Saythongkham along with faculty members from the university, these students have designed the 2018 project to be completed this summer. The students will be sharing personal stories and the project with Gethsemane members during the Easter Wednesday Connections April 11th and 25th. Do you want to know more about this ministry? The history is a story of Gethsemane and the Saythongkham family coming to Austin and Laos/Thailand. You will learn about the students and this ministry on Wednesdays April 11th and 25th.
Men in Mission tour the Austin Energy Mueller Energy Center on Thursday, April 19. This facility provides electric power, chilled water and heating for the Seton Dell Children’s Medical Center and other local
customers. Note that a waiver for must be signed and submitted for a background check to enter this facility. See e-mail and provide form to Jack Westerman. During fellowship, Robert Youens will present his 79 day solo journey in a kayak down the entire length of the Mississippi River. Coffee, donuts 9:00am, Music Room. For details and signup, see Men in Mission Bulletin Board.