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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.”

Reformation Sunday


Reformation Sunday has been designated, since 1973, the day 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 Lutheran tradition rejoices in the gift of music. Reformation Sunday, 2015 will highlight special music offered by David Spicer, playing on the Gethsemane Memorial Pipe Organ in honor of his granddaughter Alyssa Makay Woodley, a member of the 2015 confirmation class, and all the 2015 confirmands; The Gethsemane Sanctuary Choir, directed by Michael Harrison; Bellissimo, directed by JoAnn Gerbig and invited instrumentalists along with Gethsemane organist Sheryl Johnson Evans, Lee Schnelle and Dar Joy Krenek with a vocal duet, will bring inspiration through musical offerings.

Pastor Charles Wilfong, a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and grandfather to confirmand Heidi Gabriela Lundquist and Pastor Song of Thailand will participate in the confirmand blessing.

Gethsemane youth, having completed two years of study/participation in Gethsemane Lutheran confirmation ministry will affirm their baptism Sunday, October 25:

  • Summer Grace Browning-December 9, 2001
  • Henrick Mark Hoff-February 19, 2012,
  • Amanda Grace Holmstrom-May 13, 2001
  • Jody Kay Johnson-October 29, 2000
  • Heidi Gabriela Lundquist-December 24, 2000
  • Robert Stickley Mount-February 25, 2001
  • Dillon Ta Sareerat-September 30, 2001
  • Devin Dauangdy Saythongkham-April 20, 2014
  • Justin Matthew Snowden-April 29, 2001
  • Alyssa Makay Woodley-October 28, 2001.

Confirmation mentors Kathi Allen, Brenda Brown, Renita Feller, Steve Greinert, Kathy Jurgens, Colleen Krasinski, Belinda Malin, Ken Malin, Ken Schulz, Cal Streeter and Johnny Walker present confirmands. Family members present a candle, symbolic of confirmands baptismal candle. Continuing a Gethsemane tradition of four 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 2015 Confirmation Class to live their baptismal birthright.

Midweek Connections



11:00 a.m. Adult Confirmation Bible Study 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 Racism with Pastor Gronberg, confirmation, English as a Second Language, conversational Spanish and Children/Youth activities (PreK-12th grade)
7:15–7:30 Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
7:30–7:40 Mentors & Confirmands
7:40–8:40 Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (MR)

The Kid’s Table

Come, You child of God, of every age

Come, find joy & welcome here at

The Kid’s Table

Sunday Mornings in the Sanctuary

9:45 – 10:15am

During the regular Sunday School time, EVERYONE is invited to gather in the sanctuary from 9:45-10:15am for stories and songs for all ages. There will not be separate Sunday School classes (except for Richard Strait’s adult class beginning again in late June) throughout the summer.


Sundays + Conversation 6pm + Contemplative Vespers 7pm + Child care provided

EVERYONE is invited for Sunday evening conversation at 6pm and contemplative vespers at 7pm (lasting about 30 minutes).  All senior high youth and their parents are expected to attend, as some of our community conversation will help us get ready for the ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit. 

Vacation Bible School

Jesus Loves the Little Children of the World!

June 22-26, 2015
8:45 a.m. to 12 Noon

Gethsemane Vacation Bible School invites all children age 3 by June 17, 2015 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.

VBS daily offering of canned goods or money will support the  mission of the Gethsemane Food Pantry.

See our VBS brochure for more information!

Art Exhibit Concluded

The first annual Abundant Life Art Exhibit hosted in 2015 by Gethsemane Lutheran and organized by the newly formed “Lutheran Visual Arts Council of Central Texas” held their opening reception on Tuesday, April 21st, the birthday of Gabriel Loire.

The exhibit commemorated the life and work of Gabriel Loire concluding on the evening of May 19th. The exhibit displayed art from various local artists including James Janknegt, Jenna BrunsJose Blanco, Clare Andrus and Pehr Smith in addition to celebrating the stunning stained-glass art of Gabriel Loire in the Gethsemane sanctuary.

For information about the Lutheran Visual Arts Council, contact  Pehr Smith, Clare Andrus, Pastor Gronberg or Intern Sharolyn Browning.

Special thanks to the members of the committee and those persons  having assisted with the two receptions. The committee was honored by the participation of George Wendlandt, Ron Tigue, Dean Zellmer for their reflections on implementing the stunning art work in the Gethsemane sanctuary.

Abundant Life Art Exhibit

a Gabriel Loire commemorative
invitational art exhibit
at Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Austin, Texas

The ABUNDANT LIFE Art Exhibit is open every Tuesday evening from 6-8pm beginning April 28th through May 12th.  Drop by and see the beautiful work of James Janknegt, Jenna Bruns, Clare Andrus, Pehr Smith, and the mosaic by Jose Blanco.  Mark your calendar for the closing reception on the evening of May 19th.