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Lenten Wednesday Gatherings

Wednesdays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
February 21 – March 20

Feed your body, mind, and spirit on Wednesdays during Lent. Enjoy a simple soup and sandwich dinner starting at 5:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room. Participate in weekly wellness activities hosted by the Gethsemane Mental Health & Wellness Committee, exploring ways to support wellness through connection, mindfulness, playfulness, music, and creativity. At 7:00 pm, join in a brief Lenten prayer service in the Sanctuary.

5:30-6:30 PM DINNER AND WELLNESS ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES IN THE MULTIPURPOSE ROOM

Come for a simple soup and sandwich dinner in the Multipurpose Room starting at 5:30 pm. Then participate in weekly wellness activities hosted by the Gethsemane Mental Health & Wellness Committee:

February 14 – Ash Wednesday Wellness Through Self-Compassion: NO dinner or in-person activities, but you can pick up a “Grow Your Self-Compassion” booklet in the Narthex anytime on Ash Wednesday. Begin your wellness journey during Lent with three at-home exercises to foster self-compassion.

February 21 – Wellness through Friendship: Strong friendships have a powerful impact on our health and well-being. Complete a simple friendship craft project. Gretchen from Therapy Pet Pals of Texas and her wonderful comfort dogs, Mallory and Elliot, will be on-site comforting our Gethsemane community.

February 28 – Wellness through Playfulness: Playing is just as important for adults as it is for children. Research shows that play is critical for adults’ well-being — but many of us don’t play enough anymore. Enjoy fun intergenerational play and movement activities together.

March 6 – Wellness through Mindfulness: Mindfulness offers a host of wellness benefits, and is even being used to treat mental health conditions. Explore various types of meditation, breathing exercises, and mindfulness practices. Discuss sleep hygiene best practices ahead of the start of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 10.

March 13 – Wellness through Music: Listening to or making music affects the brain in ways that may help promote health and manage disease symptoms. Join Stephanie Scheffel, Gethsemane member and music therapist, for group music therapy activities and instrument exploration. Dar Krenek will also lead a sing-a-long. Singing lowers cortisol and relieves stress and tension.

March 20 – Wellness through Creativity: Science continues to reveal encouraging evidence about the mental health benefits of creativity. Learn how to create flowers from tissue paper—a medium that is both fragile and forgiving! Are you a poet and don’t know it?—Learn how to express thoughts, feelings, and observations using the poetic art of Haiku.

LENTEN “PRAYER AROUND THE CROSS” 7:00 PM SERVICE

Enjoy a simple, quiet, and reflective prayer service around the cross through chants, readings, scriptures, prayers, and the lighting of candles. All are welcome to come for this brief prayer service during the Lenten season. These services are livestreamed.

Lent is a traditional time of reflection, meditation, and preparation. Pick up a “Mary Oliver and the Poetry of Lent” devotional in the Narthex or request a digital copy. Every journey needs a guide – and what better guide to the 40 days of Lent than the beloved poet, Mary Oliver? Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Oliver is widely celebrated as an accessible, insightful observer of the natural world, the life of faith, and the interplay between the two. Enjoy a six-week journey with Oliver at your side, illuminating ancient passages of scripture; provoking bite-sized meditations on key Lenten themes; and pointing toward everyday practices for individuals and families.

BRIDGES TO HOPE: Free Virtual Mental Health Training for Clergy & Faith Leaders

Join us for “Bridges to Hope: Free Virtual Mental Health Training for Clergy and Faith Leaders” led by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Thursday, April 22nd from 9 a.m. to noon. All faiths welcome!

Because religion and spirituality often play a vital role in healing, it’s not uncommon for families and individuals experiencing mental health issues to turn to a faith leader first for help. Yet faith leaders, staff and key outreach volunteers are often lacking the information, education, and resources to be the “bridge to hope” needed as people navigate serious, sometimes life-threatening, mental health issues.

Workshop Details:

  • An informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders
  • Simple ideas for building “bridges to hope” for your faith community
  • A tool kit of community mental health resources
  • A tool for developing an action plan to address the needs in your community and optional post-training support

Easter Services

Online and In-Person Easter Worship Schedule

Online Zoom Easter Service on Sunday, April 4th
(See details below to access)
10:00am

In-Person Easter Service in Gethsemane Sanctuary on Sunday, April 4th
(RSVP to attend and follow all safety guidelines listed below)
11:00am

In-Person Worship Service Details:

PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE, 512-836-8560 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO info@gethsemaneaustin.org TO RSVP FOR THE IN-PERSON SERVICE. WE WILL END RESERVATIONS ONCE WE REACH CAPACITY. THANK YOU!

***REQUIREMENTS TO ATTEND IN-PERSON SERVICES***

  • Please wear a mask
  • Enter through the narthex only
  • Please use the hand sanitizer available at the door
  • You MUST call the church office and leave a message with your phone number to RSVP to attend
  • Maximum attendance is 125
  • If you are sick, have been around someone who has been sick or have any symptoms, PLEASE stay home

Online Easter Worship Service Details:

Download our Zoom-friendly worship bulletin for Easter Sunday.

Download the traditional worship bulletin for Easter Sunday.

Download music lyrics for Easter Sunday.

Download the children’s bulletins for ages 3-6 or ages 7-12 for Easter Sunday.

To participate in the online service, you will need to download the Zoom app or program on you phone or computer. Here is the link to access the worship service: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6996794165?pwd=WnVETVBQZHEzNTJRdnhCeWU2ODBQdz09

If you’re on a phone, you may not be able to access that link directly. In that case, you will need to go to www.zoom.com, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following:

Meeting number: 6996794165

Password: 234133

If you do not use Zoom, you may view the Facebook live stream of the online service through our Gethsemane Facebook page.

HOLY WEEK ACTIVITY PACK FOR GETHSEMANE CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Gethsemane families with children may pick up a packet with ideas and materials to do together during Holy Week. The packets will be available in the narthex on Sat. March 27th between 11 am and 1 pm or contact Dar Joy at 512-913-1616 for other pick up times.

We give thanks to Lori Althaus, who has continued sharing Godly Play stories during the pandemic on Sunday morning Zoom worships, since we have not been meeting in person for Sunday School. Gethsemane continues sharing the love of Jesus with our children.

Christmas Services

Online and In-Person Christmas Worship Schedule

Christmas Eve on December 24th:

In-person in Gethsemane Sanctuary
(RSVP to attend and follow all safety guidelines listed below)
5:00pm, 6:30pm & 8:00pm

Online Zoom Christmas Eve Service
(See details below to access)
6:00pm

Christmas Day on December 25th:

In-Person in Gethsemane Sanctuary
(RSVP to attend and follow all safety guidelines listed below)
9:00am

In-Person Worship Service Details:

PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE, 512-836-8560 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO info@gethsemaneaustin.org TO RSVP TO EITHER THE 5PM, 6:30PM, 8PM ON CHRISTMAS EVE OR THE 9AM CHRISTMAS MORNING
IN-PERSON SERVICES. THANK YOU!

***REQUIREMENTS TO ATTEND IN-PERSON SERVICES***

  • Please wear a mask
  • Enter through the narthex only
  • Please use the hand sanitizer available at the door
  • You MUST call the church office and leave a message with your phone number to RSVP to attend
  • Maximum attendance is 75
  • If you are sick, have been around someone who has been sick or have any symptoms, PLEASE stay home

Online Christmas Eve Worship Service Details:

Download the Christmas Eve Zoom Worship Bulletin

To participate in the online service, you will need to download the Zoom app or program on you phone or computer. Here is the link to access the worship service: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6996794165?pwd=WnVETVBQZHEzNTJRdnhCeWU2ODBQdz09

If you’re on a phone, you may not be able to access that link directly. In that case, you will need to go to www.zoom.com, click “Join a Meeting” and enter the following:

Meeting number: 6996794165

Password: 234133

If you do not use Zoom, you may view the Facebook live stream of the online service through our Gethsemane Facebook page.