Welcome to Gethsemane

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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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Gethsemane Preschool Update

By on July 14, 2014

Here’s an update from our Preschool Director, Chris Jorissen!

2013-2014 marked another successful year for our preschool. We established relationships with many new families, served new children from families we already knew, and continued to serve children who started as 3 year-olds in our program two years ago. The preschool provided a high-quality, academically rigorous, Christian-based educational program for the more than 85 children in our three classrooms. We continued to partner with parents to ensure, to the fullest extent possible, that we maintain strong relationships and meet the unique needs of each of God’s little children. Our public partnership with Independent School District 622 also flourished; we were again selected as a preferred contract provider to serve the needs of 10 children that qualify for special services. These spiritual, familial and community bonds enrich the lives of our staff, students, families and the communities we serve.

As we look ahead to 2014-2015, we have reason to be optimistic that we will have another stellar year. A number of unique challenges, however, face the preschool. As many of you know, the State of Minnesota recently implemented free preschool for qualifying children in many districts, including ISD 622. An effort is underway in the Legislature to implement “universal” public preschool. ISD 622 recently opened its third preschool. Our preschool is thus competing with a free school. And all indications are that more and more children will qualify for free and/or low priced public preschool. This will create challenges for the preschool as we strive to maintain and strengthen enrollment. For the upcoming year, it is too early to tell what impact this will have on our program – approximately 55 students are currently registered, and we normally see a substantial number of additional registrations throughout the summer and into early fall.

To maintain and strengthen our enrollment, we will need to continue to foster existing relationships so that our primary referral source, “word of mouth,” will persist as a means of attracting new families. We also need to differentiate ourselves from other programs. We have a lot to say about that. Unlike ISD 622 (and other programs with whom we compete), we offer: (1) all-day/every-day services; (2) before and after school programming; (3) flexible scheduling (parents are permitted to select days and segments of days); (4) hot lunch; and (5) amenities of a school and church (gymnasium, library, chapel, etc.). More importantly, we offer our families the opportunity to explore and experience a relationship with God. We intend to be proactive in getting our message out to the community through direct marketing, signs promoting the preschool and school, and through social media.

On behalf of the preschool, I wish you and your loved-ones all of God’s blessings. Please keep the preschool in your prayers. If you have questions about the preschool, please feel free to contact me.

Chris Jorissen, Director, Gethsemane Early Learning Center
cjorissen@geth.org

Posted in: Preschool
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“A Balanced Life” – Message 3/4 in the Rhythm and Balance Series

By on July 20, 2014

Here is Pastor Tim’s third message, which introduces the idea of “Spiritual Balance,” and a link to the Spiritual Balance – Handout he refers to. 7-20-14 Sermon 1002 from Gethsemane on Vimeo.

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Principal’s Note

By on July 18, 2014

Psalm 91 The Message (MSG) 91 1-13 You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “GOD, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from

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Hope for the Journey Home Concert

By on July 17, 2014

Hope for the Journey Home  (Oakdale Homeless Shelter) Do you enjoy classical music? Are you free on Wednesday, July 23rd, at 7 PM? Would you like to support the effort to increase the living space at Hope for the Journey

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BRIDGE THE GAP – UPDATE FOR JULY 14

By on July 16, 2014

Households participating is at 104 now – an increase of 2 from last Sunday. The total either contributed or pledged is now at $15,018, an increase of $165 since the July 8 update. The amount needed to reach the $28,000 goal before the July 31st

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Habitat 500 Day Three: Menahga to Bemidji

By on July 16, 2014

Today the Habitat 500 riders got a much deserved break!  This was possibly one of the best ever days to ride….  highs in the 60′s, clear skies and a light wind.   Much of the riding was on the Paul