Category Archives: Mission Work

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.


ESL/SSL Classes

English as a Second Language (ESL) & Spanish as a Second Language (SSL) classes
Ingles como segundo lenguaje y Español como segundo lenguaje clases

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Iglesia Luterana Getsemaní

8 week courses
Cursos de 8 semanas

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm
Jueves 6:30-7:30 pm


Children’s Programming & Tutoring Available
Programación y tutoría para niños disponibles

Call 512-836-8560 for details.
Llame al 512-836-8560 para más detalles.


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.

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

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

UT Austin/Gethsemane Serve Thailand 2018

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.

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.

Mission Trip

Gethsemane annual Borderland Trip to Eagle Pass is January 8-10, 2016.

Youth 18 and under must have a parent or guardian with them. Annual mission trips include: community garden, painting, cleaning, carpentry, modified Bible School, Spanish worship Sunday morning.

Brochures in the narthex.

Borderland Trip

Gethsemane and San Lucas
Borderland Encounter

January 15-18, 2015


San Lucas is celebrating their 27 year history and Gethsemane has been a part of that ministry for about 21 of those years.

This is a special “encounter” or “encuentro” weekend for Gethsemane and San Lucas congregations to work side by side and expand our vision of ministry together.

All are “Called by Grace” to participate: youth, singles, couples, those with and without children, from the very young to the not so young. There is something for all levels of ability. Youth under 18 are asked to have a parent or guardian along for the weekend experience.

“Led by Faith, Welcoming all to Share God’s Love.” This is a great opportunity to work, worship, eat, and share together with the community of San Lucas.

“God’s Work. Our Hands.”

This mission trip includes the installation of a 2800 gallon rainwater capture system, construction of raised garden beds for a community garden, a remodel of the current food pantry to a new client-served pantry, a modified Bible School and Spanish worship Sunday morning. We are in need of volunteers to coordinate and prepare meals including the San Lucas/Gethsemane community dinner. Brochures are available in the narthex. Be ready for some special fun this year!

Passports or birth certificates will NOT be needed as we
will not be crossing the border as a group!
For any questions, speak to:
Pastor Susie or Intern Sharolyn