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.
“With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. “
It was as simple as that… in the first days of the Christian church, ‘those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostle’s feet and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” (Acts 4:33-34)
This, of course, is why we exist: to serve our neighbors in need. We serve those who are hungry: we provide food. We serve those who need shelter from the storm: can I tell you about Habitat for Humanity? We serve those who are lonely: we have ears to listen and friendship to share. We serve those who yearn for the peace that only Jesus Christ can provide: we exist to tell everyone about this Jesus who has saved us and given us Life.
But… it’s just not as simple as it used to be. We have many ministries at Gethsemane… all of them serving others. We are blessed with this building we call the church: 60,000 square feet of worship and gymnasium; Gethsemane School: classrooms and kitchens. What an amazing place Gethsemane is!
There’s no way to go back to the beginning in this building…as this place has life and breath of its own; if only these walls could speak! I have come to learn about and truly appreciate the history of Gethsemane and am thankful for the many people who have come and gone before us who have been a part of the many ministries this building has housed. It’s their obedience, love and dedication that has become our legacy and the gift we are giving to our own children.
We know that change has come in many forms over the past several months. It is these changes that get us more excited about what God is doing and what he has called us all to do as followers of Jesus. We are picking up the mantle; we are finding our place and now we are finding out what legacy we are creating for our children and grandchildren.
But anytime there is change, there will be a period of curiosity and even anxiety about what those changes might mean. I was hoping you wouldn’t mind if I let you in on what we’ve been up to…I think it will help, encourage and excite you all about the life of GFC (Gethsemane Faith Community).
So… here’s a little “Behind the Scenes” look into what we, your staff, have been up to and why. It’s been a busy time and so we have been very focused on the work, the meetings, the prayers and especially in seeking the Father’s heart for the steps He would have us take.
We are working very hard to ‘welcome the stranger’: to make the first, second or fifth experience that a new or returning person has at GFC to be one that is pleasant and welcoming. We have asked several friends to serve as “secret church shoppers” and to come for a visit and then tell us about their experiences. And in all honesty, several of these folks have reported back that the first impression we make isn’t our best foot forward. We are looking to change all that.
So, with those reports in hand, these are some of the first improvements we are making:
Painting in church entry, hallways, offices, school entrance, etc.
Signage for outside the building
New inhouse signs for the bathrooms, classrooms, offices, directions
New outside signs for our parking lot (directions to church and school)
Postcard mailings for our special events
Here is a list of things being done that have little or no cost to us but are extremely valuable:
De-cluttering the whole building
Meeting and growing our Lay Leadership for the Ministries
Working to enhance our 830 Worship Service
NEW and Improved Bulletins, Flyers, Welcome Guide, Invite Cards, Bathroom Signs
Team Spirit – Ministries working together
Growing the 1002 Worship Service
Website improvements for Church and School
Community Involvement activities to get involved in – example of this was the Great Gethsemane Get-Together…very successful outreach
Email GFC Prayer Chain
Midweek classes planned to start in the fall
NEW Kids Konnection Programs (Sunday mornings & Wednesday nights) starting in the fall
Pastor Rick is working on preparing some wonderful Sermon Series starting this fall
Community Nights at GFC starting in the colder months
All of these efforts take time and resources to achieve, but it is critical that we keep working to make Gethsemane a rich, rewarding and truly welcoming ministry! Each of us who claim Gethsemane as our church home has a role in helping to improve all that we do. Thank you to everyone who has stepped forward in these recent months to donate your time and your resources. Your continued generosity allows us to not just ‘make do’, but to thrive and grow and change! Thank you to everyone who donated time and items for our Great Gethsemane Giveaway. Thank you to everyone who helped to prepare and serve 700 sandwiches at our Community Block Party! What an amazing evening that was!
You make possible this incredible place called Gethsemane. Thank you. We look forward to all that the years will bring as we grow into the people who work to Love God, One Another and to Serve the World.
Pastor Emilie & Pastor Rick
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