Welcome to Gethsemane

 

Gethsemane Business Card ContemporaryThere 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!

Worship Services – 8:30 and 10:02 a.m. on Sundays

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!

Gethsemane Business Card TraditionalThen 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.

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A Special Update from your Council President

By on August 20, 2014

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.

NEXT STEP

Since Emilie’s arrival, many things are being changed to make our Faith Community even more fantastic and welcoming for everyone:

  • Some are little things: painting, more visible signs in the building, welcoming entryway for the church and school, guest-friendly coffee bar, easy to read & informative bulletin, Synergize, up-to-date website, decluttering offices, storage rooms & classrooms, to name a few things.  Although little, they have really made a big difference in the way we look at ourselves and how we may look to others who have not heard of Jesus.
  • Some are big things in the works: outside signage for the parking lot, signs for our streets, banners for on the building, branding for everything we have to offer here, relevant sermon series, new midweek STEPS classes, community nights & activities, Next Best Step (GrowLink), specials guests like MN Adult & Teen Challenge, National Back to Church involvement, Great-Gethsemane Get-Together, growing our lay leadership and ministries, to name a few.

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.

Respectfully,

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.

PASSION

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.

  1.   We see people who are increasingly devoted to reaching those far from God, even if it means moving out of their personal comfort zones; people who know, because Jesus Christ has changed their lives, the difference he can make in other people’s lives; people who see a lost and confused world, stranded in sin, and are willing to do something about it.

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.

  1.   We see a biblically grounded church and school with applicable, matter-of-fact teaching and preaching; relevant topical series & messages with accessible language and challenging concepts.

PEOPLE

Warmth. We see a down-to-earth church and school. . .  an informal and welcoming environment for all people from all walks of life.

  1.   We see people who are exploring Christ becoming followers of Christ; people who are following Christ getting closer to Christ; and people who are close to Christ becoming full-blown, God-centered, fully devoted followers of Christ who are willing to risk anything and everything for the Gospel.

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.

  1.   We see kids and youth coming out our ears. A church and school that is constantly improving a student’s experience at GFC and equipping parents to teach their kids at home what it means to be a Christ-follower in the world. We dream about bridging the gap between youth and adults. . . making Sunday worship relevant to high school students and young adults.  Having a school that motivates our graduates to further their relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2.   We see a multigenerational church and school; people of all ages.
  3.   We see a church that helps hurting families living in very complicated times. . . a church that heals broken marriages, restores the hearts of the divorced, challenges the vision of singles, and raises up a new generation of young Christ-followers.
  4.   We see a church on a mission of radical and demonstrative love.  A church that feeds the hungry, clothes the poor, volunteers in the community, fights disease, protects the vulnerable, and lets loose compassion on those who need it the most, whether it’s across the street or over an ocean.

PURPOSE

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.

  1.   We see an authentic, Christ-centered, Spirit-driven church and school with the very best of the historic Christian disciplines and traditions which includes such things as baptism for all ages, regular communion, fasting and prayer.
  2.   We see an attractive church and school. . .  a faith community that isn’t uptight, but has fun and lets the community know about it. . .  a church and school that is relevant to our community, offering playful opportunities for our neighbors.
  3.   We see a church with its own building in Maplewood, a practical, historic, and multi-use building that is highly visible in the community; a church and school that is positioned for the future to grow.
  4.   We see a church and school with a flexible, but consistent, core group of people who really believe eternity is forever and that GFC is the hope of our community. . . a faith community with high levels of ownership, huge amounts of participation, and service out of love, not duty.
  5.   We see a church and school of excellence that deliberately does a few things well and nothing at 50%. . .  a church and school on a risky, outreach adventure that is financially stable and risk-taking at the same time.
  6.   We see a church and school developing generational leaders. . . young and old, new and not so new, raising and training up leaders for the future.
  7.   We see GFC continuing its relationship with the Latino community as well as expanding its relationship with other ethnic and inner city communities making an impact for Christ.

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:

  • The Lord is adding to our numbers daily
  • People are being saved
  • People are growing spiritually
  • People love each other
  • People are serving God and others
  • People are generous

 

Many thanks to Northgate church and Eagle Brook Association for help in creation of this document!

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