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Ash Wednesday

The Season of Lent commences Ash Wednesday, February 10, with the Christian faithful receiving ashes and meditating at the Gethsemane altar 7-8am, 11:30am to noon and 5:30-7pm.

Ash Wednesday Eucharist at 12 noon and 7 pm.

Family of Gethsemane Retreat

February 27 – 28 is the 34th annual retreat at Camp Chrysalis (near Kerrville, Texas) for the Family of Gethsemane. Please consider being part of the fun!

This is a very special opportunity for friends and all members of the congregational family: singles, couples, those with and without children, from the very young to the not so young in years, but all young in spirit.

All are “Called by Grace” to come enjoy a relaxed, informal time, to share thoughts, histories, dreams, conversations, laughter, songs, the bread and wine of communion, the fresh air of the hill country, and good food.

“Led by Faith”, you may climb to the cross on the mountain, read your Bibles, play, eat, visit, and rock on the porch.

“Welcoming All to Share God’s Love”, we will meet new friends and have time to relax and be with those we may not know so well. This is a great event to invite friends to share in the family life of Gethsemane.

Please print the 2016 Family of Gethsemane Retreat Brochure and return to Dar, Belinda or Pastor Susie by February 21st.


Wednesday Midweek Connections


January 13 – February 3, 2016

11:00 a.m. Adult Confirmation Bible Study, “I Love to Tell the Story” with Pastor Susie Schnelle
12 Noon Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
5:30–6:30 Supper ($5 each; $15 family) (MPR)
6:00–8:45 Baby sitting available
6:15–7:10 Conversation with Pastor Gronberg, confirmation, English as a Second Language, conversational Spanish and Children/Youth activities for PreK-12th grade
7:15–7:30 Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
7:30–7:45 Mentors & Confirmands
7:45–8:45 Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (MR)

Mission Trip

Gethsemane annual Borderland Trip to Eagle Pass is January 8-10, 2016.

Youth 18 and under must have a parent or guardian with them. Annual mission trips include: community garden, painting, cleaning, carpentry, modified Bible School, Spanish worship Sunday morning.

Brochures in the narthex.

Christmas Eve / Christmas Day Services

Thursday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve

12 Noon Christmas Eve Eucharist
7:00 pm Christmas Eve Candle Light Family Worship, Santa Lucia,Christmas apples
11:00 pm Christmas Eve Candle Light Worship, Santa Lucia, Christmas apples

Friday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day
Nativity of Our Lord

8:00 am Swedish Julotta (Sanctuary)
8:30 am Christmas Fellowship (Narthex)
9:00 am Eucharist, Carols, Christmas Story (Sanctuary)

Children’s Advent/Christmas Program

Waiting is just so hard, isn’t it? And yet every child knows the wonder-filled delight of waiting through Advent for the baby born in Bethlehem. Children, of every age, are invited to the Children’s Advent Festival on December 20th at 9:30am in the Multi-Purpose Room. Children will hear the story of the Prophets, the Holy Family, the Shepherds, the Angels, and the Magi told by St. Nicholas and St. Lucia. It will be a festive morning for all ages, with refreshments, goodies, song and story! Don’t miss it.

Children preparing to help tell the story through play acting and song, are invited to special rehearsals during Advent Midweek Connections on December 9th and 16th and during the Sunday School hour on December 13th in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Advent Wednesdays

DEC. 2ND, 9TH & 16TH
Advent soup prepared by Viola Hall & Tim Huston

Learning & Fellowship for all ages Confirmands meet with Pastor Susie @6pm

“Holden Evening Prayer” Eucharist @7pm
Confirmands meet with their mentors after service

Come light the Advent candles in preparation
for the twelve days of Christmas!

The liturgical church year invites the baptized community to be transformed into the Advent Community by lighting candles in the Advent wreath, singing the traditional Advent carols, commemorating St. Nicholas, 4th century Bishop of Myra on Dec. 6; celebrating the first Lutheran worship service in Austin leading to the birth of Gethsemane congregation on Dec. 12; and learning from Santa Lucia to share with others on Dec. 13.

Advent is for the faithful anticipating the celebration of the One who came, comes, will come again—- ”Come, Lord Jesus. Come.”

Thanksgiving Eve Youth Service

Gethsemane youth have led the annual Thanksgiving Eve Worship for over forty years. Thanksgiving is a national time of gratitude in the United States of America to express gratitude for generous blessings.

Gethsemane Confirmands and Senior High youth will create and lead the service.  Please bring non-perishable food donations to place on the altar for the Gethsemane Food Pantry.

The Angel Giving Tree to benefit T.A. Brown Elementary families will be placed in the narthex.  Plan to fill your Advent/Christmas Season with the spirit of giving by being a Gethsemane Angel and giving a gift to the Angel Giving Tree.

Wednesday, November 25th, 7pm

2nd Annual Ministry Fair / Chili Cook-Off

Christ The King Sunday concludes the church year. This is the time  for the Gethsemane community to look to the past giving thanks for faithful stewards and look to the future encouraging every person within the Gethsemane Lutheran community to make a pledge commitment for 2016 ministries.

Following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy, everyone is invited to the Ministry Fair/Chili Cook Off:

  • over 30 pots of chili to sample;
  • over 30 ministries featured;
  • $5 a bowl for lunch (you can bring your chili mug from last year);
  • Fair Trade holiday shopping;
  • Live music PLUS
  • the 2nd Annual Viola’s Bake-Off for children (children are invited to bring their own baked goods: cookies, cakes, pies or cupcakes!)

Please come and share in this time celebrating ministries of the congregation and renewing commitment to 2016 ministry. Everyone is needed! Everyone has talents, time and treasure for ministry.

Reserve the date: Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 22

All Saints’ Sunday

The names of persons having received the final commendation of the baptized community since All Saints Sunday, 2014 will be read during 8:15 & 10:30 a.m. festival liturgies.  Family members/friends are invited to light a candle in memory of their loved ones.

The faith community is blessed by saints having lived their baptism as well as those with whom the Gospel is lived today.

All Saints Sunday reminds the church community, that by the grace of God, the baptized live and die in God’s mercy and love:

  • Norma Hortense Peterson Wendlandt (11/26/2014)
  • Don Nels Pearson (12/31/2014)
  • Harold Russell Miles (1/13/2015)
  • Kathryn Jean Bell (1/14/2015)
  • James Lee Peterson (1/15/2015)
  • Camille P. Hobbs (2/10/2015)
  • Hazel Estella Nelson Schiwitz (2/20/2015)
  • David Newland Smith (3/5/2015)
  • Mabel Lucille Hall Rich Krenek (3/12/2015)
  • Kenneth Voelcker (3/20/2015)
  • Ola Mae Walker Moore (4/10/2015)
  • Barbara Franklin (4/16/2015)
  • Warren Clark Neil (5/26/2015)
  • Charlotte Lucille Kohrs McCord (7/8/2015)
  • Russell “Rusty” Eugene Johnson (8/19/2015)
  • Frank C.“Pat” Malone  (9/5/2015)
  • Ronald “Rocky” H. Tigue (9/7/2015)
  • D’Onn Ward Stevens (9/21/2015)
  • Emity Evelyn Clunis (10/18/2015)

“For all the saints who from their labors rest. All who by faith before the world confessed.”