Welcome to Gethsemane Lutheran Church & PreK-8 School




Sunday Morning Worship

8:30 & 10:02

Come As You Are…Really. 

At 8:30am 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!  Pastor David Wrightsman will be preaching at both services.

Then at 10:02am, get ready for an upbeat, music-intense contemporary service featuring Emilie Worre Menz and the 10:02 Band.  Children are invited to attend the Kids Konnection Sunday School which meets all but the first Sunday of the month.  The children are welcome to join the congregation for the music portion of this service and then are dismissed to their classes.  The first Sunday of the month is what we call “Family Sunday”.  Pastor Dave prepares a childrens message and we enjoy learning about Jesus together as a family.  All are welcome.  Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at this service.

The finally at 3:00pm we have our Spanish speaking service, Casa del Maestro, led by Pastor Sam.    Casa del Maestro means “Master’s House” and in 2013 it opened it’s doors for the purpose of conveying biblical principle for the whole family.  Come and see this new ministry!



A letter from Em

By on May 10, 2016

Dear Gethsemane Family,

I can’t believe that my 2 year contract is already coming to an end!  It is so hard to comprehend that my last Sunday will be this May 15th.

God continues to amaze me at how He orchestrates our lives; He pays attention to every single detail.  I see this in action in my life right this minute as I look ahead into the coming months.  As you know, I have recently married Jon Menz, the gorgeous Italian who usually sits in the back pew at the 1002 service when he visits.  He is from the town of Menomonie, WI (about 45 minutes from here) and that is where my kids and I are heading as soon as their school year is up and that happens to be around the same time that my contract is up…See?…God orchestrates!  That will give me and my family the summer to get settled and adjusted to our new home and new life as “cheese heads”.

I’ve played a lot of different roles here at Gethsemane; interim/sub Praise Worship Leader for a very pregnant Torie Redpath Wormwood, Executive Director for the church and the school, and then my final role here as Worship & Communications Director.  All roles have been important and a part of why God brought me to this place.  He knows.  After I arrived here I was told that this very church, Gethsemane Lutheran, is where my great-grandmother Jass was its first pianist and choir director in 1939!  From there I learned and was amazed to find that this is where my Grandma Pearl Jass and my Grandpa Arthur Worre met.  And to think, all these years later their granddaughter would be led by the Holy Spirit to come here to lead and serve in ministry.  Like I said, God orchestrates.

My favorite role I played here though has been as friend.  And I want to thank you for extending back to me that friendship back to me.  I am grateful for those that have taken the time to; welcome me, accept the many roles I’ve been given,  tolerated me,  introduce me, support me, encourage me, stand by me, laugh and cry with me, worship with me, pray with me, learn with me, grow with me, change with me,  oh the list is endless.  I am humbled by the love and support you have shown me.  I know I haven’t been everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay!  Not everyone likes tea right?  God puts people into place as He sees fit.  We may not all like it but we can sure trust Him right?  But enough about me…let’s talk about you for a moment.

As your quest for a called Pastor continues; listen and learn from the man God brought to Gethsemane.  Pastor Dave Wrightsman is an exceptional human being with a heart after God.  I have been more than honored to work and minister with him week after week.  He is a dear friend and I know our paths will cross again and again.  As the vision for Gethsemane becomes more defined, you will love his guidance and leadership as that is his role as interim pastor.  He can be trusted.  Rest in that.

  • I want to first thank Torie Redpath for seeking me out to cover for her maternity leave. As she decided to stay home with that gorgeous boy of hers (who can blame her), that brought me to the next part in my journey here.   I love you my friend…so happy God brought us together.  Lifelong friendship is a true gift and I am thankful.
  • I would also love to thank those that financially made it possible for me to work here. God bless you all.  And thank you to the council for their guidance through very interesting waters as we learned how to really hear the voice of our Father guiding us and calling us out upon the water.  The people of God and His ministry are ALWAYS worth fighting for.  It’s a hard thing, being on council.  Such important things are prayed over and decided for this body so it is even more important that you are praying together and in your own personal prayer time; seeking the face of God for His guidance and leadership.  Thank you for standing alongside each other and for wanting the best for this body of believers.
  • I would like to that the church and school staff, church ladies, PTO and School Board – what a fantastic group of dedicated people. Thank you for loving what you do so much that you lay down your lives for it.  It’s a humbling example of sacrificial love and obedience to God.  It’s because of each of you that this building has LIFE and PURPOSE and HOPE for a future.  Thank you for doing what was necessary to see God’s plan moving and in action.  Each of us has a role to play and without each other we wouldn’t be who we are.  Stick together as one team, you will be unstoppable.
  • Thank you to our incredible lay leadership and volunteers – you truly make the world happen around here. I have never worked for a church and school that had so many wonderful ministries that consistently work so diligently to show people God’s love.  So many I have come to depend on in my role as Director or Worship.  This world is better because of the things you do here – I hope you now that.  Keep involved and invite others to join you!  Love God!  Love Each other and Serve the World!
  • To the wonderful kids here at Gethsemane church and school – I just love you guys so much. You have always been so awesome to play and work with, teach and sing with.  Thank you all for being so fantastic.  Know that you are loved by me and that God has you in His hands.  He will guide your path…He knows exactly where you are going.  Trust in Him…He is for you, always.  Be His light in the world – never hide it.  Be strong, be bold…He is with you.

May the Lord bless you, May the Lord keep you, May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and give you peace and joy and May He be gracious to you all.

See you soon my friends,

Em, Jon, Brey (16), Brynn (14), & Bo (10)


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By on April 27, 2016

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