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 this year the annual Fundraiser, Saturday, September 22nd.
In memory of Dr. Carl Candoli, who tirelessly worked to show his belief that
“every child can learn,” Gethsemane congregants are invited to assist in donating
“Back to School” supplies for our neighborhood school, T.A. Brown Elementary whose motto is “The best little school in town, where every child is college bound!”
Each week during the month of July, the “Christmas in July Giving Tree” will be in the narthex and will have tree tags which lists what exact school supplies are needed for the upcoming school year.
Please remove a tag and choose what you would like to donate on the list or, if you prefer, you may make a monetary contribution which will go to T.A. Brown Elementary.
Note: Please make out all checks to Gethsemane Lutheran Church. On the check memo line, please put For TA Brown Elementary.
The deadline for all contributions is Sunday, August 5, 2018. An educational donation for the children of T.A. Brown Elementary will not only be appreciated, but will also be a special memorial to honor this amazing educator, Dr. Carl Candoli!
Thank YOU for your donation & Merry Christmas in July!!!!
JULY 28-AUGUST 11, 2018
Gethsemane members and friends Elizabeth Kite, Mackenzie Kite, Madison Kite, Dar Joy Krenek Mark McConaughy, Marsha McConaughy, Mary Lou Newman, Julie Rowe, Lee Schnelle and Pastor Susie Schnelle travel July 28-August 11 to Monteverde and Heredia, Costa Rica where they will participate in Spanish classes and immerse themselves in the culture of Costa Rica. In preparation for this experience they have taken Spanish classes at Gethsemane with Jose Moreira and Navy Browning. Gethsemane has a long history of outreach to people in our community whose primary language is Spanish. This opportunity will benefit Gethsemane ministry by closing the language barrier.
TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Cloud Forest Hike
Café Monteverde Coffee Tour
Life Monte Verde Volunteership
Sky Trek (hanging bridges or
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Worship at the Lutheran church in San Jose
Heredia walking tour
Volunteership with the Lutheran church in San Jose
Tarcoles River nature tour
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.
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!
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!
EASTER SEASON WED. MIDWEEK CONNECTIONS
April 4-May 2, 2018
11:00 a.m. Adult Confirmation Bible Study with Pastor Gronberg and/or Pastor Susie
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, conversational Spanish and
Youth activities for PreK-12th grade
7:15–7:30 Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
7:30–7:45 Mentors & Confirmands
7:45–8:40 Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (MR)
CONFIRMATION BANQUET MAY 9
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.