Welcome to Gethsemane Faith Community Church & PreK-8 School

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Sunday Morning Worship

8:30 & 10:02

Come As You Are…Really. 

At 8:30 we worship in a traditional service featuring hymns, liturgy and organ.  If you enjoy a classic worship style, then this service is for you. Communion is served weekly at this service and all people are welcome at Communion!

Then at 10:02, get ready for an upbeat, music-intense service featuring Emilie Noble and the 10:02 Band.  Children are invited to attend the Kids Konnection Sunday School which meets during this service.  Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at this service.  On that Sunday, children are encouraged to worship with their parents, and are dismissed to Kids Konnection before the message.

You can also get a feel for the preaching at Gethsemane by looking at some past messages.  Pastor Rick’s message entitled simply ‘Waiting’ is available here.     Heart to Heart is a series by Pastor Tim that explores how to experience the reality of God’s love for you in prayer.

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Pastor Rick Announces Retirement

By on April 12, 2015


Dear Gethsemane Family,

I am writing today to tell you of my decision to retire from my call as your Senior Pastor.  My final Sunday will be June 7, 2015.

I have often said that your pastor is simply the ‘resident stranger’.  It has been my joy to serve you in these past almost nine years and to see how we have grown into a church that truly cares for one another and welcomes all who come.  There are many reasons to celebrate and I look forward to joining with you to look back to see how God has been at work among us.  I know there will be many questions in the days ahead.  Please know that my door is open to all who care to stop by for prayer and conversation.

The first step in the process to call your next Senior Pastor will be an information meeting with the Council leaders on Sunday, April 19th, following the 10:02 service.  I will be on hand to answer any questions I can, but the process of calling your new senior pastor will be directed by your Council.  They will be responsible for the process going forward.

Rev. Patricia Lull, the Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will come to address the congregation and to answer any questions you might have for her.  The date of Bishop Lull’s visit is being finalized, so we will announce the firm date as soon as we have it.

In today’s sermon, I talked about Jesus’ teaching to “Be anxious for nothing” (Luke 12: 22-24).  These coming weeks and months will be a time of transition for Gethsemane and times of change can often produce anxiety.  The way to stay focused on the mission of welcoming and making disciples of Jesus will be for everyone to stay engaged in the process.  Come to the meetings and learn how the process works.  Share your hopes and dreams for Gethsemane as the Ministry Profile is assembled.  Finally,  pray for your church and her leaders.  Trust that God is among us and with us and that He will ensure that the right pastor is called to guide Gethsemane into the future.

Be well,

Rev. Richard White

Senior Pastor,  Gethsemane Lutheran Church and School

(Here is the video of Pastor Rick’s sermon today, in which he announced his retirement.)

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Financial Peace Facebook Group Now Open!

By on May 6, 2015

Since 2011, Gethsemane has been blessed with hosting multiple Financial Peace University courses, helping families “live like no on else so they can LIVE like no one else.” In order to keep the conversation going to help graduates apply the

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Bridge the Gap – Update #1

By on May 4, 2015

As of Monday, May 4th we have 31 households participating and a total of $4,230 raised.  Our goal is 100 households and $15,000 by May 17th.  We’re nearly a third of the way there with two weeks left! And since there

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Bridge the Gap Fund Appeal

By on April 30, 2015

Last Sunday, Ryan Morlok announced a short term fund appeal to the congregation, called “Bridge the Gap.” If you are already up to speed on this and are ready to make your gift – great!  Just head on over to

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Homeless Shelter Needs Volunteers

By on April 29, 2015

Hope for the Journey Home We are looking for help in filling several volunteer shifts at Hope for the Journey Home in Oakdale (a shelter for families experiencing homelessness) through the end of May.  If you have completed the Gethsemane online

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Scripture in Sand – New Midweek STEPS Class!

By on April 22, 2015

Join Pastor Rick for four weeks of exploring how an amazing visual art can shape and enrich our reading of scripture! “Sand artist” Joe Castillo tells powerful stories by “painting” with sand on a lightbox, using just his hands as