There are two things you’ll always hear at Gethsemane. The first is that God loves you just as you are, and not as you think you have to become. That’s the good news we have heard from Jesus and are eager to share! The second is our mission statement: We exist to make disciples of Jesus who love God, love one another, and serve the world. That reminds us that we all need to grow spiritually and that life is about relationships!
Worship with us this Sunday and you’ll hear that message, enjoy some awesome music, and meet a batch of genuinely warm and friendly people. We hope to see you soon!
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. Heart to Heart is a series by Pastor Tim that explores how to experience the reality of God’s love for you in prayer.
Our Core Beliefs and Gethsemane’s Vision Culture
(Written by Council President Jim Engen and posted by Emilie Noble)
Just to give you a bit of an update as to what is going on….
Let’s start with talking about we have completed:
It has been an incredible year of listening to the leading of God for an effective direction to turn this faith community around and see amazing growth. The Executive Board, Pastors, and extended board have spent much time discussing how best to expose people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and follow the Great Commission which says, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, until the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19,20)
THIS PAST YEAR
This past year was a success in that it has dove-tailed very well into what our consultant, Bill Easum, has instructed us to do. For those of you that may not know who he is, Mr. Easum is the president and senior managing partner in Easum, Brandy and Associates, a church consulting and futuring firm which we brought in to help us do what God has called us all to do as Gethsemane Faith Community. With the excellent leadership and guidance he provided, we can now look forward with confidence into the second year that is beginning in September of this year.
Toward the end of the fiscal year, the full council agreed to hire an executive director (Emilie Noble) to provide leadership for the entire faith community. This has given the pastors more time and ability to perform pastoral duties and not duties of leadership.
Since Emilie’s arrival, many things are being changed to make our Faith Community even more fantastic and welcoming for everyone:
We are making a big push to be multi-generational in all of our activities and our Sunday worship services. What a way to reach the community!
ANOTHER GREAT STEP
Eagle Brook is a great church organization that has played an important role in helping us to grow in our leadership, communication and spiritual lives. One of the tasks that Eagle Brook has had us work on was to develop a mission, vision, and values statement that was suitable for publication.
SPECIAL UPDATE! – We as a full council have solidified a mission and
vision statement! Please read the completed part of the document
below. Many thanks to Northgate Church, a fellow Lutheran member
of the Eagle Brook Association. They helped us with
the proper wording and formatting to make sure our Faith Community
was well represented in this document. This document will provide the
lens through which we make decisions.
A FEW LAST WORDS
Please mark your calendar for September 28 – this is the date of our annual meeting.
Thank you for your participation in the monthly town hall meetings! Our plan is to have them continue as they seem to be a good way to communicate with the congregation and keep our Faith Community connected and informed.
I am really looking toward to the future of Gethsemane Faith Community (GFC) with great anticipation and am humbled by your trust in me as your council president.
James (Jim) Engen
Who We Are and Who We Will Become Through Jesus at Gethsemane Faith Community (GFC)
– Our Mission, Our Culture, Our Vision
Our sole mission at GFC:
Make disciples of Jesus Christ who Love God, Love One Another, and Who Serve the World
We accomplish this through Biblical Teaching, Passion, People, and Purpose
A vision is what we will become tomorrow and the reality of what we see God doing today; what we see God doing today and how He will grow us for Himself tomorrow. . We at GFC believe God loves us too much to leave us the way we are today.
Outwardly-focused. We see “outwardly-focused” people whose hearts beat for those outside the church. We see people who don’t cater to their personal preferences, but stick to God’s purpose, first and foremost, of reaching as many other people as possible for Christ.
Spirited. We see a church and school moving freely, but wisely, in the things of the Spirit. . . Spirit-filled, culturally relevant worship, first-time commitments to Christ, growth in the Word, prayer without ceasing, deliverance from the demonic, gifts of the Spirit, and signs and wonders, as an every day norm.
Warmth. We see a down-to-earth church and school. . . an informal and welcoming environment for all people from all walks of life.
Community. We see dozens of mid-sized, fluid, relationship-based communities of 20 to 30 people developing over time throughout the region. Not traditional small groups, but mid-sized groups. Not closed-off, “me-centered”, social groups, but open, purposeful, mission-minded, prayerful, and God-honoring Christ-follower gatherings.
Practical. We see a church that offers rubber-meets-the-road, practical teaching and support to our neighbors. . . courses on spirituality, marriage, finances, and parenting.
World-wide. We see GFC expanding its mission around the world…a church of passion, people, and purpose.
Church as intended. We see an Acts 2 church, a New Testament church, a Christ-following church. . .
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:43-47).
We see a faith community where:
Many thanks to Northgate church and Eagle Brook Association for help in creation of this document!
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