Category Archives: Events

Youth Dinner Theatre

Saturday, April 25th.  Lane Holmstrom has created another hysterically funny original play, “Senseless”.

Dinner at 5pm; Show at 6pm

Tickets on sale now!  Adults $10; Children $5 (10 & under)

Funds raised support Gethsemane youth during their summer trip to the national youth gathering in Detroit, Michigan.  Silent & Live Auctions, Door Prizes, Delicious Meal and our Talented Youth onstage! See you there!!


April 12th at 7 a.m., Gethsemane congregants are invited to “continue the tradition” by participating in the 38th Annual Cap 10K.

The late Paul Lundgren and Pastor Karl Gronberg, began this liturgy of scripture, prayer, blessing prior to the walk/run over thirty years ago.  People of all faith communities are invited.  The service is held in a parking lot at Riverside & Congress.  Gethsemane members Art LaValle and Pat Smith have participated in all of the CAP 10K runs.

Wear your sneakers/running clothes- “live the tradition

Holy Week Worship

11:45 a.m.       Meditation on the Cross and prayers for peace 12 noon Reading of Passion Story and Holy Communion
PRAYER: O God, your Son chose the path which led to pain before glory. Plant his cross in our hearts, so that in its power and love we may come at last to joy and glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
7:00 p.m. Eucharist
Scripture Psalm 36:5-11; Isaiah 42:1-9; Hebrews 9:11-15; St. John 12:1-11
11:45 a.m. Meditation on the Cross and prayers for peace 12 noon Reading of Passion Story and Holy Communion
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you have called us to follow you. Grant that our love may not grow cold in your service, and that we may not fail or deny you in the hour of trial. Amen
7:00 p.m. Eucharist
Scripture Psalm 71:1-14; Isaiah 49:1-7; I Corinthians 1:18-31; St. John 12:20-36
11:45 a.m. Meditation on the Cross and prayers for peace 12 noon Reading of Passion Story and Holy Communion
PRAYER: Almighty God, your Son our Savior suffered at the hands of humans and endured the shame of the cross. Grant that we may walk in the way of the cross and find it the way of life and peace, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
7:00 p.m. Eucharist
Scripture Psalm 70; Isaiah 50:4-9a; Hebrews 12:1-3; St. John 13:21-32
11:45 a.m. Meditation on the Cross and prayers for peace 12 noon Reading of Passion Story and Holy Communion
PRAYER: Lord God, in a wonderful Sacrament you have left us a memorial of your suffering and death. May this Sacrament of your body and blood so work in us that the way we live will proclaim the redemption you have brought; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Eucharist, First Communion, Foot Washing
Scripture Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; Exodus 12:1-14; I Corinthians 11:23-26; St. John 13:1-17, 31b-35
10:00 a.m. Eucharist & Stripping of Altar
11:00 a.m. Procession of Cross
12-3:00 p.m. Seven Last Words, First English Lutheran
12 N-12 M Prayer Vigil (Sanctuary/Home)
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, you carried our sins in your own body on the tree so that we might have life. May we and all who remember this day find new life in you now and in the world to come, where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen
7:00 p.m. Ancient Service of Tenebrae
Scripture Psalm 22; Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Hebrews 10:16-25; St. John 18:1-19:42
Scripture Genesis 1:1–2:4a; Isaiah 55:1-11; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 114; Romans 6:3-11; St. Luke 24:1-12
9:30 a.m. Altar Guild
10:00 a.m. Gethsemane Youth prepare for Easter breakfast

Ash Wednesday

The Season of Lent commences Ash Wednesday, February 18, 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.

“Strength for the Struggle” is the 2015 Lenten Theme.

Sweetheart Banquet

All are welcomed, friends & neighbors, to Gethsemane’s Sweetheart Banquet!

Fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering trip to Detroit 2015

When:  Saturday, February 14th, 6:30pm

Where:  Multi-Purpose Room

  • $20 per person
  • Advanced tickets only… limited supply
  • Delicious meal
  • Babysitting
  • Entertainment

Bring pocket money for tips and flowers!

Tickets go on sale Sunday, January 18th, 2015 and will be sold every Sunday and at Midweek  Connections on Wednesdays until they are sold out.  Contact Belinda at to reserve your tickets!

Borderland Trip

Gethsemane and San Lucas
Borderland Encounter

January 15-18, 2015


San Lucas is celebrating their 27 year history and Gethsemane has been a part of that ministry for about 21 of those years.

This is a special “encounter” or “encuentro” weekend for Gethsemane and San Lucas congregations to work side by side and expand our vision of ministry together.

All are “Called by Grace” to participate: youth, singles, couples, those with and without children, from the very young to the not so young. There is something for all levels of ability. Youth under 18 are asked to have a parent or guardian along for the weekend experience.

“Led by Faith, Welcoming all to Share God’s Love.” This is a great opportunity to work, worship, eat, and share together with the community of San Lucas.

“God’s Work. Our Hands.”

This mission trip includes the installation of a 2800 gallon rainwater capture system, construction of raised garden beds for a community garden, a remodel of the current food pantry to a new client-served pantry, a modified Bible School and Spanish worship Sunday morning. We are in need of volunteers to coordinate and prepare meals including the San Lucas/Gethsemane community dinner. Brochures are available in the narthex. Be ready for some special fun this year!

Passports or birth certificates will NOT be needed as we
will not be crossing the border as a group!
For any questions, speak to:
Pastor Susie or Intern Sharolyn

Family Retreat

February 28 – March 1 is the 33rd 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 2015 Family of Gethsemane Retreat Brochure and return to Pastor Susie or Intern Sharolyn by February 22nd.


Advent/Christmas Children’s 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 14th 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 the Sunday School hour on November 30th and December 7th in the Multi-Purpose Room.

Advent Midweek Connections

The Advent Season is a time of preparation for the 12 day Festival of the Nativity of our Lord.  Advent Midweek Connections invite the Gethsemane faithful to prepare for Christmas on December 3, 10, & 17.  We will worship, with song, Word and Communion, through the Holden Evening Prayer vespers at 7pm.

Viola Hall & Beverly Helsel continue the Advent tradition of soup, sandwiches and cookies beginning at 5:30pm.  There will be activities for the children, table discussion for adults and confirmation classes, worship and mentoring.

Thanks to all who have participated throughout the Fall Midweek Connections.  This has been a time of Christian community on Wednesday evenings with delicious meals, catered by Mark & Alice Mueller; excellent learning opportunities with Intern Sharolyn Browning, Dar Krenek, Jim Riley, Lee Schnelle, Pastor Susan Schnelle, music with Joann Gerbig; meaningful worship and mentor time.  Mid-week Connections classes will resume again on January 14, 2015.  “Adult Confirmation” will continue in the Steffans Parlor, 11 a.m.

Come and prepare for the Christmas Festival.

“Warm the Heart” 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 2015 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
  • kick-off of the new Gethsemane website
  • $5 for lunch, keepsake mug & bag
  • Fair Trade holiday shopping
  • Live music
  • 1st Annual Viola’s Bake-Off for children (children are invited to bring their own baked goods: cookies, cakes, pies or cupcakes!)

Everyone is needed! Everyone has talents, time and treasure for ministry.

Reserve the date: Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 23