Category Archives: Giving Opportunitites

Thanksgiving Eve Youth-Led Service

For over forty years, Gethsemane youth have prepared an annual Thanksgiving Eve Worship.

7:00pm Holy Communion

The spirit of Thanksgiving is to give and Gethsemane congregants are invited to bring food items for the Gethsemane Food Pantry and 2017 commitments of Time, Talents, Treasure.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good”

Rally Sunday, God’s Work Our Hands

Sunday, September 11th is Kick-Off for the Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Educational opportunities (Sept. 21st) at Gethsemane.

All ages will gather in the MPR at 9:30 a.m. to celebrate the beginning of a new year of growing in faith together. After the opening, children and youth will go downstairs to meet with their teachers. Parents are asked to go with them to get them registered.

Following the 10:30 a.m. worship, a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by Gethsemane members Greg & Debbie Pitts (aka Rusted Shut BBQ) and Gethsemane Men-in-Mission.

The afternoon of Sept. 11 is an opportunity for Gethsemane congregants to reaffirm ministry to the neighborhood. This will be an multi-generational opportunity for service work restoring/reconciling communities. Wear or plan to purchase a “God’s Work, Our Hands” t-shirt to wear for this day of service together.

The blood mobile will be here again this year-blood donors sign up for this opportunity to Give the Gift of Life.

Volunteer opportunities include: Ashlynn Althaus’ Girl Scout Silver Award project at Gethsemane Park, making toys for the Austin Humane Society in the Multi-Purpose Room, weeding the gaga ball pit area at the Ministry House & Elroy/Moline Lutheran Cemetery cleanup in Elroy. Signup sheets for each these opportunities are in the narthex.

See you Rally Sunday.

Angel Giving Tree

The Angel Giving Tree to benefit T.A. Brown Elementary families has been 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.

Saturday, December 19, Gethsemane youth gather in the Music Room 9:30 a.m. to prepare and deliver the gifts for Angel Tree  families.  Please return your gifts for our families at T.A.
Brown Elementary by Wednesday, December 16.

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

Rally Sunday, God’s Work Our Hands

September 13th is Kick-Off for the Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Educational opportunities at Gethsemane.  All ages are invited to the MPR at 9:30 a.m. to meet teachers, hear a story, sing songs, and celebrate the beginning of a new year of growing in faith.

Following the 10:30 a.m. worship, a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by Gethsemane members Greg & Debbie Pitts (aka Rusted Shut BBQ) and Gethsemane Men-in-Mission.

Welcome Back Blue Bell Ice Cream Sunday.  2015 was the first Vacation Bible School the VBS children did not have a Blue Bell treat – Rally Sunday will offer Blue Bell ice cream to everyone participating in the Rally Sunday meal.  Thanks to Stephen & Jane Jaster Greinert and Pastor Karl & Sharon Hendrickson Gronberg for providing the ice cream for the enjoyment of everyone – great to have Blue Bell back !

There will also be 3 sets of ribs auctioned off so bring your checkbooks.

The afternoon will be an opportunity for Gethsemane congregants to reaffirm ministry to the neighborhood.  This will be a multi-generational opportunity for service work restoring/reconciling communities.

“God’s Work, Our Hands” t-shirts will be available for purchase to wear for this day of service together.

Volunteer opportunities include: Moline Lutheran Cemetery clean-up;  Georgian Acres Community Garden and Lola Drive clean-up;  make toys for the animals at the Austin Humane society;  shop for supplies helping a family through Refugee Services of Texas;  a book drive for Gethsemane Lutheran Children’s Ministry;  the annual blood drive provides an opportunity for Gethsemane congregants to “give the gift of life”..  Many opportunities to make a difference in the community.  Thanks to Babs & Mihira Chandrasoma for coordinating these service opportunities.

God’s Work, Our Hands.  Sacramental vessels-chalice and bread plate–purchased by Gethsemane youth at the Detroit ELCA National Youth Gathering – as a gift to the congregational will be dedicated and used for the first time on “God’s work, Our hands Sunday.  Thanks to Gethsemane youth for continuing this tradition giving a generous gift for the worship life of Gethsemane Lutheran expressing their gratitude for the support Gethsemane gives to youth ministry.

Godly Play Quilt designed by 2014-2015 Gethsemane intern Sharolyn Swenson Browning and quilted by Arlene Beckham Smith with assistance from the Gethsemane quilters depicts the liturgical church year.  This 8’x8’ quilt will be dedicated Sunday, September 13 during the worship of the Gethsemane community for use in the new Godly play room and at the Kid’s Table.  Thank you Gethsemane women for your work in creating this beautiful quilt story of the grace of God.

Giving Tuesday

December 2nd is “Giving Tuesday.”  The good people of Gethsemane do this everyday.  This Tuesday, Gethsemane is giving to the community through its food pantry and clothes closet.  God’s abundant gifts are shared through this congregation in so many ways…consider giving to one of the many ministries that Gethsemane supports today, this #GivingTuesday.

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Angel Tree

Beginning at Thanksgiving Eve Worship

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.