Category Archives: Ministry

English and Spanish Classes / Clases de Inglés y Español

English as a Second
Language (ESL)
&
Spanish as a Second Language (SSL)
Classes

Thursdays 6:00 pm —7:30 pm
CLASSES ARE FREE

Children’s Programming
& Tutoring Provided

For questions call
Pastor Schnelle 512-836-8560
Navy Browning 512-413-9821
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
200 West Anderson Lane

Ingles como
Segundo lenguaje
y
Español como
Segundo lenguaje
Clases
Jueves 6:00 pm—7:30 pm
CLASES GRATIS
Programación y tutoría
para niños son proveído

¿Cualquier Preguntas? Habla con
Pastor Schnelle 512-836-8560
Navy Browning 512-413-9821

Iglesia Luterana Getsemaní
200 West Anderson Lane

Ministry Fair & Fiesta

Gethsemane Lutheran members and members of the surrounding community come together to enjoy all the ministries at Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

Following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy, everyone is invited to the Ministry Fair/Fiesta:

  • Valley Women’s Co-op
  • Fair Trade holiday shopping
  • Live mariachi music
  • Lunch
  • Raffle items
  • Children’s games
  • entertainment

Please come and share in this time celebrating ministries of the congregation and renewing commitment to 2018 ministry. Everyone is needed! Everyone has talents, time and treasure for ministry.

Reserve the date: Nov. 12

Thailand Ministry Commences

Gethsemane members Khem & Pim Saythongkham await the arrival of the University of Texas-Austin students, their advisor David Powell and Pastor Susan & Lee Schnelle.

The water filtration system has been paid for by Gethsemane members with installation to begin upon the arrival of the students.

Khem took with him financial gifts to enable the completion of the the church building named “Blessing Church.” This is the 7th ministry started by Gethsemane congregation.

Thanks Gethsemane Lutheran for your prayers, words of encouragement, financial support for cooperative ministry with UT-Austin Projects with Underserved Communities.

3rd Annual 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 2017 ministries.

Following the 10:30 a.m. liturgy, everyone is invited to the Ministry Fair/Chili Cook Off:

  • over 25 pots of chili to sample;
  • over 25 ministries featured;
  • NEW MUGS THIS YEAR – $5 each;
  • Fair Trade holiday shopping;
  • Live music PLUS
  • the 3rd Annual Viola’s Bake-Off for all ages!
  • PRIZES.

Please come and share in this time celebrating ministries of the congregation and renewing commitment to 2017 ministry. Everyone is needed! Everyone has talents, time and treasure for ministry.

Reserve the date: Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 20

Oktoberfest

Gethsemane member Tony Venza, congregational representative to the Drive a Senior –North Central Austin, invites Gethsemane members and friends to the annual “Oktoberfest” fundraiser Thursday, October 13, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at UUC of Austin 4700 Grover Ave.

Gethsemane is a charter member of Drive a Senior: Faith in Action Network. This senior adult ministry assists Austin residents to stay in their homes during the aging process by providing transportation to medical and other appointments without charge to the senior.

Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Food, refreshments, entertainment by “Just for Fun Bunch” and one raffle ticket included
with ticket purchase.

Gethsemane Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Quilters have donated one of their beautiful quilts.

To purchase tickets visit bit.ly/DriveOct or call the Drive a Senior office (512-453-2273) or contact Tony (512-809-9974)

Thanks to Tony Venza and previous Gethsemane Board Members Ria Corbett, Gloria Cooper and the late Herb Zipperian.

Blessing of the Animals

Tuesday, October 4th is the commemoration day for St. Francis of Assisi, renewer of the church, 1226.

Plans are being developed by the Frances Jonan, SPCA Director, Sarah Hammel, Katelen Knef, Shelter Managers Austin Humane Society and Pastor Karl Gronberg for the annual blessing of the animals.

This blessing affirms the decades long partnership between Gethsemane Lutheran and the Austin Humane Society.

Pastor and Dar Krenek along with classes from the Gethsemane Lutheran Children’s Ministry plan to tour the SPCA building as the dogs and cats are blessed. Two volunteers from the SPCA/Austin Humane Society will join Gethsemane congregants in worship October 2nd bringing with them “friends” to receive a blessing during the Children’s Time on St. Francis Sunday, October 2nd.

Gethsemane gives thanks for the partnership shared with the SPCA/Austin Humane Society.

Bishop’s Installation

Rev. Erik Karl Joseph Gronberg, a son of Gethsemane Lutheran, Austin will be installed as Bishop of the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Saturday, 10 a.m. September 17, 2016.

ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach and preside.

The installation is hosted by First Presbyterian Church 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth, Texas.

Pastor Gronberg was baptized at Gethsemane by the beloved late Gethsemane pastor the Rev. Willis Erickson. He affirmed his baptism in the Rite of Confirmation and was ordained into the Word and Sacrament ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at Gethsemane Lutheran. Erik is a graduate of Gethsemane Lutheran Children’s Ministry, (Good Beginnings Never End); AISD schools: Maplewood Elementary, Keeling Middle School, Reagan High; Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts; Luther Seminary St. Paul, Minnesota. Erik is a Ph.D candidate at Dallas Baptist University. He has served Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and Trinity Lutheran Ft. Worth, Texas.

Gethsemane congregants may contact Pastor Karl or Sharon Gronberg for installation information.

Thank you Gethsemane Lutheran for giving witness to the heritage and faith of the church community, to Erik and all called to serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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.

2nd Annual 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 2016 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;
  • $5 a bowl for lunch (you can bring your chili mug from last year);
  • Fair Trade holiday shopping;
  • Live music PLUS
  • the 2nd Annual Viola’s Bake-Off for children (children are invited to bring their own baked goods: cookies, cakes, pies or cupcakes!)
  • PRIZES.

Please come and share in this time celebrating ministries of the congregation and renewing commitment to 2016 ministry. Everyone is needed! Everyone has talents, time and treasure for ministry.

Reserve the date: Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 22