Category Archives: Ministry

The Bridge at Gethsemane

You’re invited to join The Bridge at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Austin! This ministry is designed to bridge the gap between youth programs and ministries catered toward retired adults. We are a diverse group–young professionals, singles and families with and without children–looking to build community through fellowship and faith-sharing during this busy stage of life. We meet during the Sunday Learning Hour (9:30-10:30am) downstairs in the room adjacent to the church office. Sunday School or nursery care is available for children. Come have a cup of coffee or tea and connect with us! Find our group on Facebook: The Bridge at Gethsemane

Gethsemane Receives ELCA Mental Health Grant

In the United States, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. When families are struggling with mental health conditions the first place they call is the church, yet churches are often lacking the information and resources needed to help. 

Gethsemane Lutheran in Austin is launching a Mental Health Ministry Plan thanks to a $10,000 grant from the ELCA. Gethsemane will host twelve workshops over the next year and a half covering a variety of mental health topics for both adults and children. The first “kickoff” event will be a 4-hour workshop to inform and support people who have friends or family with a mental health condition on Saturday, November 16th from 1-5 p.m. at Gethsemane Lutheran in Austin led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

In addition, all Southwestern-Texas Synod clergy and their church leaders are invited to attend one of two mental health training conferences led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at Gethsemane Austin on January 9 & 25, 2020 to learn the tools needed to support mental health in congregations and facilitate an environment that is knowledgeable, open and supportive of individuals and families dealing with mental health issues.

Photo Caption (photo attached): Grant proposal writers (left to right) include Gethsemane Austin members Elizabeth Kite, Alice Bassett, Pastor Susan Schnelle, Karalyn Heimlich and Glenda Holmstrom.  

Fall Midweek Connections

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)


Gethsemane Lutheran will be offering language learning opportunties for people who want to learn English or Spanish. There will be English as a Second Language and Spanish as a Second Language classes offered on Thursday nights from 6:30-7:30 pm from September 19th thru November 14th (excluding Oct. 31st). If you are interested in either attending classes or volunteering please contact Pastor Schnelle.


The names of persons having received the final commendation of the baptized community since All Saints ‘Sunday, 2017 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:

  • Prince Dixon (10/28/2017)
  • Annemarie Ursula Gasch Haydon (11/1/2017)
  • David E. Williamson (11/6/2017)
  • Rachel Martinez (11/15/2017)
  • Sigvard “Siggy” Dahl, Jr. (11/6/2017)
  • Clarence Helmuth Jaster (11/19/2017)
  • Diana Kelsey (12/3/2017)
  • Kody Robert Hampton (12/16/2017)
  • Sharon Utz Kite (12/29/2017)
  • Carol Lynn Ellerthorpe Malin (1/1/2018)
  • Marilyn S. Winters Smith (1/2/2018)
  • Don Ray Swenson (1/9/2018)
  • Haynes Roger Lagerquist (1/14/2018)
  • Agnes Roberts Coker Nelson (1/16/2018)
  • Janice Marie McGarry (1/22/2018)
  • John Gunnar Morlberg (1/24/2018)
  • Dennis Paul Burroughs (2/1/2018)
  • Adrian Glenn Smith (3/7/2018)
  • Joe Callahan (3/12/2018)
  • Jimmy “Jim” Jay Werchan (3/31/2018)
  • Mary Jo Hindman (4/23/2018)
  • Edna Pauline Lundgren Kroll Schilling (4/23/2018)
  • Gladys Christine Hanson (5/24/2018)
  • Nathan Hazelton (5/28/2018)
  • Gwendolyn Lindgren (6/3/2018)
  • Delbert L. Hladik (6/16/2018)
  • Odiene “Dean” William Zellmer (6/18/2018)
  • Dawn M. Velasquez (7/8/2018)
  • Lucia Rose Vasquez (8/13/2018)
  • Amy Ray Cody Smith (8/19/2018)
  • Mable “Mae” Maxine Collins (9/5/2018)
  • Lucy Lee Speaker Grant (9/22/2018)
  • Linda-Marie Schulz (10/4/2018)
  • Stuart Nelson Henry (10/11/2018)

“For all the saints who from their labors rest.  All who by faith before the world confessed.”






Since 1973, Reformation Sunday has been designated the Sunday 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 Gethsemane Sanctuary Choir, directed by Michael Harrison assisted by pianist Patience Jones are preparing special music for the Reformation celebration. Bellissimo, directed by JoAnn Gerbig, join with invited instrumentalists, Gethsemane organist Margaret Manz, and vocalists Dar Joy Krenek, Lee Schnelle add their musical gifts to the Reformation celebration in honor of the 2018 confirmands and in gratitude to God for the Good News of the Lutheran Reformation of 1517.  Gethsemane youth, having completed two years of study/participation in Gethsemane Lutheran confirmation ministry will affirm their baptism Sunday, October 28: Ryan Scott Bohls-January 4, 2004; Katherine Elaine Errett-January 30, 2005; Luke Davis Lundquist-January 18, 2004; Brendan Beckham Raymond-June 20, 2004. Confirmation mentors John Foster, Belinda Malin, Rodger Anderson and Gordon Feller present confirmands.  Family members present a candle, symbolic of confirmands baptismal candle.  Continuing a Gethsemane tradition of  four plus 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 2018 Confirmation Class to live their baptismal birthright.

“To God Be The Glory!”



A new opportunity to support Gethsemane Lutheran Children’s Ministry with dining opportunities. Upcoming Spirit Nights:  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


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.