Welcome to Gethsemane Faith Community Church & PreK-8 School

 

Easter_Flyer-01Sunday 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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“It has been suggested…” Gethsemane Community Garden

By on March 17, 2015

When I served as an intern at Luther Memorial Church in River Falls some years ago, Pastor Herb Hoeffer was my supervisor.  Pastor Hoeffer had a technique that he used to gauge interest in the congregation for a new idea or program… he would simply get up in front of the congregation and announce:  “It has been suggested…”.  Then he would outline the idea and invite anyone who had an interest to meet to talk about it.  It wasn’t important who had made the original suggestion (often it was Pastor Herb himself); it simply gave everyone the opportunity to hear about a suggested idea.

So… ‘it has been suggested‘ that we consider organizing a community garden.

This past winter I met with a number of area congregations who gathered to talk about their  community gardens.  These are 12′ by 15′  garden spaces gathered together in a space set aside for the project.  Some churches have started with just a few spaces… but I learned that every church that has begun a community garden project in St. Paul has seen their gardens grow steadily every year since inception.    First Evangelical Free Church in Maplewood (www.firstefc.org) began with just a handful of gardeners on the 16 acres of land they had purchased for a new building.  Their garden has grown to 1000 gardeners working together to grow healthy food for their family’s table.  Those 1000 plots are already spoken for this summer.  The interest and demand for garden space is very strong in our community!

The Community Garden begins each spring as interested people from the community meet to hear about how the garden will be organized and to sign up for a plot.  The ground is tilled and prepared by volunteers as soon as the frost is gone and people come and begin to plant.  As the growing season progresses there are pot luck dinners and celebrations of the harvest.  Everyone has the chance to learn about new ways of preparing favorite vegetables and meet one another.

Community gardening is a powerful way to develop new relationships. It is also an excellent opportunity to welcome our neighbors and to show Christian hospitality.  When people gather to grow food together, new friendships are built.  People share tools and seeds and advice and the crops that are grown are shown to be distributed throughout extended families and to the local food shelves.  All it takes to get started are people with a passion for gardening and the opportunity to teach others what they know about growing things.  The Gethsemane council has approved starting a small garden to see how the idea would unfold.

Of course, making a community garden into a success takes hard work.  There need to be rules and expectations.  There will be problems to solve.  Many community gardeners will be new immigrant and refugee families.  There will people from many different cultures; speaking many different languages.  There are solutions and help available for all these issues, of course, but it all starts with a small team of dedicated gardeners willing to take on a gardening project.

Are you interested?  Time is of the essence if we’re going to be able to start a garden this season.  Connect with Pastor Rick, and if there is support for this opportunity, we’ll call a meeting and talk it out.

Be well,

Pastor Rick

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“Service or Status?” Pastor Tim’s Sermon from March 22, 2015

By on March 23, 2015

Hi friends!  We usually like to post video of sermons but are having some hardware issues with that right now, so I thought I could at least put up the manuscript that I used for the sermon yesterday.  It won’t

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Principal’s Note

By on March 19, 2015

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to come and worship at Gethsemane this past Sunday for our yearly school Sunday.Thank you for taking the time to share the gift of your children so that they could spread

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The Facilities Team Needs You!

By on March 18, 2015

Do you like working with your hands and working on projects around the house? You might be just the person the Facilities Team is looking for. Gethsemane has a team that oversees the maintenance of the grounds and building and

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New STEPS Classes Begin April 8th

By on March 17, 2015

We have two exciting opportunities coming up for our next round of Midweek STEPS!  Matthew Showalter will lead a Bible study on Paul’s letter to the Romans, and Pastor Tim will guide a short-term small group on personal discipleship.  Check