Category Archives: Events

Annual Souper Bowl of Caring

Bring non-perishables and cash for the Gethsemane Food Pantry on Sunday, February 11

For 34 years, this event has transformed Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving/serving. Thousands of youth groups and passionate individuals unite to “Tackle Hunger Together”. Gethsemane youth will greet the community (they will not tackle you) following the 10:30 am liturgy inviting the Gethsemane faithful to give a gift benefiting the Gethsemane Food Pantry. Celebrate the 34th anniversary of this ministry by giving a generous donation on “Souper Bowl Sunday.” 

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – February 13, 2024

Yummy Pancakes on Tuesday, February 13 from 5:30-7 pm

Gethsemane Men in Mission host the traditional Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 13, from 5:30 – 7 pm in the Gethsemane Multipurpose Room. Join members, friends, and the community for a dinner of pancakes, sausage, and more. Enjoy lots of good food and fellowship!

Tickets are on sale in the narthex on Sundays: February 4 & 11

$8.00 for adults, $2.00 for children under 10

Profits will go to the youth for the Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Come and enjoy the food and fellowship in preparation for the Lenten season.

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.

42nd Annual Family of Gethsemane Retreat

February 24-25, 2023
Camp Chrysalis in Kerrville, TX

Register to join us for “No Greater Love: 42nd Annual Family of Gethsemane Retreat” at Camp Chrysalis! This is a very special opportunity for friends and all members of the congregational family: singles, couples, those with and without children, from the very young to the not-so-young in years, but all young in spirit.

  • All are “Called by Grace,” to come to a relaxed informal time to share thoughts, histories, dreams, conversations, laughter, songs, the bread and wine of communion, the fresh air of the hill country, and good food.
  • “Led by Faith,” you may hike to the cross on the mountain, read your Bibles, play, eat, visit, and rock on the porch.
  • “Welcoming All to Share God’s Love,” we will meet new friends and have time to relax and be with those we may not know so well. This is a great event to invite friends to share in the family life of Gethsemane.

RETREAT SCHEDULE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
10-12 noon Registration, fellowship, set up and move into your cabins
12:00 pm Lunch!
1:30 pm All ages gather together
3:00 pm FREE TIME! Hike to the cross, baseball, kite flying, resting, fishing, singing, soccer, archery (3 pm), canoeing (4 pm), nap, R & R, rocking, visiting
4:30 pm Arts & Crafts
5:30 pm Sing–A–Long and group photo at the dining hall!
6:00 pm Supper
7:00 pm Family of Gethsemane (FOG) Talent Show
8:00 pm Campfire Communion Service
9:00 pm S’mores, games, singing

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25
7:00 am Coffee available!
8:30 am Morning Worship and memorial bricklaying
9:30 am Sunday Brunch & Free Time
3:00 pm Check Out
*Schedule subject to change

WHAT TO BRING

  • Sleeping bag, sheets, blankets, pillows
  • Quilt for grass sitting
  • Flashlight
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Hiking shoes or tennis shoes
  • Jacket or sweater for chilly nights
  • Sports equipment
  • Board games (Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, Dominoes, Risk, cards, etc.)
  • Snacks, chip, dips, sweets, etc. for evening sharing
  • Musical instruments
  • Talent and props for the FOG Talent Show
  • Great attitude; leave troubles behind
  • ONLY COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
  • Sorry, no pets at the camp!

COSTS

This year, lodging fees are separate from meal/camp use fees.

Lodging Costs (Per Room/Tent):
Cabin rooms (accommodating 3-10 people) are $100 total per night. You can split a room with others to share costs. Minimum of three persons in a room for the rate of $100 for the entire room. You can also choose to tent camp, book your own motel, or come for the day only on Saturday.

Tent camp fee is $20 per tent per night

In addition to lodging fees, pay a per-person fee for meals and camp use.

Meals and Camp Use Fees (Per Person):

Saturday and Sunday with all three meals included (prices are per person):
Adults (6th Grade & Up): $34
Youth (1st-5th Grade): $17
Pre-K & Under: Free

Saturday Day Use ONLY includes two meals (prices are per person):
Adults (6th Grade & Up): $25
Youth (1st-5th Grade): $13
Pre-K & Under: Free

Add On Friday:
You may come in Friday evening after 7 pm for an extra $100 nightly cabin fee (can be divided between 3-10 people), but must be reserved in advance. No meals included.

Extra offering gifts are welcomed to help cover any additional expenses and activities.

HELP PAVE THE WAY!
You can leave a lasting impression by purchasing a personalized brick, which will be installed in the pathways around Camp Chrysalis. For $75 you can inscribe 3 lines of text on a 4X4 brick.

Blessing of the Animals

Bring your pets to worship on Sunday, October 1st at 10:30 am for a blessing!

  • All friendly pets welcome
  • Please keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier
  • Consider bringing pet food or toy donations for the Austin Humane Society

Can’t bring your pet(s) to worship with you?
Post a photo of your pet on our Facebook page to receive a virtual blessing!

Pastor Gronberg will also continue the annual Blessing of the Animals tradition at the Austin Humane Society (AHS) on St. Francis Day. AHS donors are invited to join with Pastor Gronberg and Dar Krenek in this traditional blessing. Thanks to Erin Jolly and Gethsemane neighbors at the Austin Humane Society for sharing their commitment to dogs, cats and humans in the Austin community. Everyone needs a “furever home”.

Learn more about St. Francis of Assisi.

God’s Work Our Hands & Rally Sunday

Sunday, September 10

Don’t miss this exciting day at Gethsemane! Wear or plan to purchase a “God’s Work Our Hands” shirt to wear for this day of service together.

Gather for Rally Sunday in the multipurpose room at 9:30 am to celebrate the beginning of a new year of growing in faith together. After the opening, children and youth will meet with their teachers. Parents are asked to go with them to get them registered.

Following the 10:30 am worship, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by Gethsemane members Greg & Debbie Pitts (aka Rusted Shut BBQ) in the multipurpose room.

After lunch, participate in the annual “God’s Work Our Hands” multi-generational opportunity for service work restoring/reconciling communities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Make pet toys for the Austin Humane Society
  • Donate food and clothes for the Food Pantry & Clothes Closet
  • Give blood at the “We Are Blood” blood mobile in the Gethsemane parking lot
  • Contribute birthday party supplies for single mother families at The Jeremiah Project
  • Work on GLCM outdoor playground beautification
  • Clean up around the church campus, including the kitchen pantry and MPR tables
  • Sign greeting cards to Gethsemane members in need of love and prayers
  • Bring baked goods to deliver to local emergency responders and to enjoy as a community after lunch
  • Donate costumes, dress-up, pajamas, and accessories (ALL MUST BE NEW) and/or monetary donations for Katrina’s Cocoon Crew to bring smiles to children battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses
  • Make a Blanket of Love
  • Help serve the BBQ lunch

Signup sheets for each of these opportunities are available in the narthex or sign up online.

See you there!

Pastor Susie’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Pastor Susie’s Ordination and Ministry at Gethsemane

Sunday, June 11 at 9:30 am

Gethsemane Lutheran Church Multipurpose Room

Join us to congratulate and celebrate Rev. Dr. Susan Schnelle’s 20 years of ordination and ministry at Gethsemane!

“Baobab Blast” Vacation Bible School

Join Gethsemane Lutheran’s “Baobab Blast” VBS Week:
June 19-23, 2023 from 8:45 am to 12 pm

Register Your Child to Attend VBS Week

Gethsemane invites all children age 3 by June 19, 2023, including those completing 6th grade, to register for our FREE in-person VBS Week! 6th graders may also choose to assist as a volunteer. 7th graders and older can sign up to assist with VBS as volunteers. You are encouraged to invite friends, relatives, and neighbors to participate in this fun outreach ministry!

Each day begins with opening songs and stories in the sanctuary at 8:45 am. You are welcome to come any time after 8:15 am; there will be supervision on the church grounds. The morning includes storytelling, music, craft time, recreation/games, and a light snack. Each day there will be an opportunity to bring an offering of money or canned goods to support the Gethsemane Food Pantry.

***Each day the person picking up their child(ren) after VBS must come into the narthex to sign them out for the day with their group leader.***

All are invited to the closing program on Friday morning at 11:30 am in the sanctuary followed by a hotdog lunch in the Multi-Purpose Room with a freewill offering to help with VBS expenses.

Volunteer at VBS

We need help in the craft area, preparing and serving snacks, the storytelling room, games, and being a guide to lead the children from one area to another. This is a great opportunity to make new friends and make a difference in the lives of children. You are invited to volunteer even if you can only assist one day. Gethsemane is grateful to all who lead Vacation Bible School! Adults of all ages as well as 6th graders and older can sign up to volunteer at VBS.

Order VBS T-Shirts

Gethsemane VBS 2023 T-Shirts are available for $12 or $15 each. Your shirts will be delivered during VBS. Order and pay by Monday, June 5th to be guaranteed a shirt. Deliver cash or check payable to Gethsemane to the church office. You may also pay online using the “OTHER (please specify)” section and adding an additional 3% processing fee.

Holy Week & Easter

Join us for Holy Week & Easter Activities at Gethsemane!

PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 2
9:30 am: Sunday School for all ages
*10:30 am: Eucharist, palm branches, blessing of the quilts
12 pm: First Communion instruction

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3-5
12 noon & 7 pm: Reading of Passion Narrative, Holy Communion

MAUNDY THURSDAY, APRIL 6
*7 pm: Eucharist, foot washing, First Communion

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 7
10 am: Eucharist/ Stripping of Altar
11 am: Outdoor Stations of the Cross
12 pm: Youth Easter Setup & Pizza
12 pm-12 am: Prayer Vigil
*7 pm: Tenebrae Service of Darkness

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 9
9 am: Easter Morning Celebration in the Gethsemane Garden/Narthex
9:30 am: Easter morning brunch in the multipurpose room
*10:30 am: Festive Easter Resurrection Celebration
12 pm: Easter Holy Communion at the Altar

*Indicates a livestreamed service

Dedicate an Easter Lily
Use the brown Special Gifts envelope to give a lily for the Easter Chancel Lily Garden. Provide desired wording and enclose $12.

THE LORD IS RISEN! ALLELUIA!

Youth Dinner Theater Fundraiser

Dinner * Silent Auction * Live Auction * Great Show!

Saturday, April 22

4:30 pm Silent Auction
5:00 pm Dinner
5:45 pm Live Auction
6:00 pm Show

Tickets: $15 (dinner and a show!)
Children 3 & younger are free
Purchase tickets in the Narthex on Sundays

Auction Items Needed!
Help raise money for the youth trip by donating to the silent auction by April 16:

  • WINE for the wine pull
  • Themed gift baskets (gardening, movie night, board games, etc.)
  • Gift cards
  • Baked goods and artwork
  • Gifts of service (host a dinner, babysitting, lawn services, etc.)

Email the church office with a description of the items to be donated.

Playbill Ads
$25/Half-Page, $50/Full-Page
You are invited to place an ad in the playbill. Email the church office with your order. Past supporters may use the same ad as before or send a new layout. New supporters please send a layout in Publisher format and/or a PDF.