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Fall Midweek Connections

MIDWEEK CONNECTIONS
2018 FALL SEASON
WEDNESDAYS, SEPT. 19-NOV. 14
11:00 a.m. Faith Conversations with Pastors Gronberg & Schnelle
12 Noon  Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
5:30–6:30 Supper ($5 per person) (MPR)
6:15–7:10 Faith Conversations with Pastor Gronberg, Confirmation class with Pastor Susie, and Children/Youth activities (PreK-12th grade)
7:15–7:30 Holy Communion (Sanctuary)
7:30–7:45 Mentors & Confirmands
7:45–8:45 Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal (MR)

Meals for each Wednesday are as follows:

Meals prepared by Kelly Hardage beginning Sep 26.

Let Linda Dunahoo know if you can bring a dessert or help with clean-up: LoneStarPGM@austin.rr.com or call 512-926-6504.

Wednesday, Sept. 19th   Meal prepared by the Spanish Immersion Travelers      COSTA RICA NIGHT!

Roasted Chicken with Rice

Tossed Salad

Black Beans

Tortillas

Wednesday, Sept. 26th  SWEDISH NIGHT!

Swedish Meatballs

Honeymoon Salad

Boiled Red Potatoes with Parsley

Beets

Rye Bread

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd   GERMAN NIGHT!

Bratwurst and Hot Dogs

German Potato Salad

Red Cabbage

Sauerkraut

Pumpernickel Rye

Wednesday, Oct. 10th   ITALIAN NIGHT!

Lasagna with Meat

Vegetarian Lasagna

Tossed Salad

Green Beans

Garlic Bread

Wednesday, Oct. 17th  BAKED POTATO BAR!

Baked Potatoes with All the Fixins:

Chili, Bacon Bits, Chives, Butter, Sour Cream

Fresh Fruit Salad

Corn Bread

Wednesday, Oct. 24th  MEXICAN NIGHT!

Taco Soup

Honeymoon Salad

Veggie Crudite

Cheese Quesadillas

Corn Chips

[No Midweek Connections on Halloween]

Wednesday, Nov. 7th  OLD SCHOOL LUTHERAN NIGHT!

Tuna Casserole

Gelatin Salads

Peas

Dinner Rolls and Butter

Wednesday, Nov. 14th  CASUAL COOKING NIGHT!

Sloppy Joes

Raw Veggie Tray

Baked Beans

Potato Chips

GLCM Spirit Nights

A new opportunity to support Gethsemane Lutheran Children’s Ministry started in August with dining opportunity at The Austin Daily Press. Owners of this restaurant, the Knef family, a GLCM  family, commenced Spirit Night inviting  parents, families, and GLCM friends to dine at their eatery. $165 was raised. Upcoming Spirit Nights: October 2nd, Freebirds; November 6th, Chili’s;  December 4th, Amy’s Ice Cream/Phil’s Ice House. A percentage of sales is given to GLCM when you mention Spirit Night at checkout. Gethsemane members with  a Randall’s Remarkable Card are encouraged to link your card to GLCM’s number 1588 and Randall’s will pay them a percentage of the total! Looking Ahead…..Mark your calendars– the Annual GLCM Fall Festival  Saturday, November 3rd, 10am-1pm, Multi-Purpose Room and north lawn:  Game booths, food, raffle, live music, face painting,  much more. This will be a time to bring the Gethsemane church community, children’s ministry families, alumni and the neighborhood  together. Save November 3rd, everyone is invited! For more information or to volunteer your time, please contact Angelica Lundquist at anglund@aol.com.

 

Holy Cross Lutheran Rockport Rededication

Through the leadership of Gethsemane member Mary Lou Newman, chair of the Poverty & Justice Task Force Southwestern Texas Synod, in kind assistance and financial support has been given to Holy Cross Lutheran of Rockport. The congregation sustained over $1,000,000 in damage from Hurricane Harvey. Mary Lou and husband Terry along with others from the synod have worked numerous times to help the congregation. On Sunday, September 30th, Holy Cross will have a rededication service at 10:30 am in their refurbished church. Terry & Mary Lou will represent Gethsemane Lutheran expressing the privilege to share with the Holy Cross community as they rededicate their sanctuary and ministry.   At 3 pm, there will be an Open House  to see all of the finished work and to celebrate. For more information speak with Mary Lou or Pastor Karl  Gronberg.

 

Stained Glass Windows

Pastor Karl & Sharon Gronberg and Ron & Gail Tigue  will have dinner this week with  Laura Buchner, an architecture conservator in New York City. Laura was awarded a fellowship enabling her to pursue her interest in the fabrication of the Gabriel Loire windows. She has visited the Loire family in Chartres, France. Annie Loire encouraged Laura to see the Gethsemane windows. In visiting with Pastor Gronberg prior to her visit to Austin,   Laura was given information on the history of the Gethsemane windows and the warm, friendly relationship of the Gethsemane community with the Loire family. Laura will visit with Pastor and Ron, chairman of the expansion of  chancel and clerestory windows,  as well as visiting the Gethsemane sanctuary to view the windows  up close. Those  having served  on the Gethsemane SGW Committees: Bert Magnuson, Chairman, R.H. Dickerson, Frank Allen, C. Curtis Anderson, LeeRoy Johnson, Philip Nelson, George Wendlandt, Pastor M.L. Lundquist-1963 Sanctuary Building Committee; Ron Tigue, Chairman, Frank Allen, Karl Borman, Toni Ericson, Shirley Lundgren, Bert Magnuson, Dean Zellmer, Pastor Karl Gronberg- Chancel Stained Glass Window Committee; Ron Tigue, Chairman, Karl Borman, Dan Lundquist, Ray Marek, Donna Olson, Grace Rehnborg, Dean Zellmer, Pastor Karl Gronberg-Clerestory Stained Glass Window Committee What a blessing the Gethsemane have been to past decades of believers; what a blessing they are to the church community today and what a blessing they will be to future generations.  To God be the Glory!

 

Drive A Senior Fundraiser

Gethsemane member Tony Venza is a leader with the Drive A SeniorNorth 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  their annual Fundraiser, September 22nd, 4 pm. The Coordinating Committee have met with Pastor Karl Gronberg and Tony Venza  to plan the event. They will be using the MPR and kitchen. Gethsemane members are encouraged to “Save the Date” to support this ministry to senior adults.

 

DRIVE A SENIOR MINISTRY

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.

 

2018 CHRISTMAS IN JULY FOR T.A. BROWN ELEMENTARY

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!!!!

COSTA RICA SPANISH IMMERSION TRIP

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
MONTEVERDE
Cloud Forest Hike
Café Monteverde Coffee Tour
Life Monte Verde Volunteership
Sky Trek (hanging bridges or
canopy zip-line)

HEREDIA
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
Farewell lunch