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Sunday 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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A Message to the Faith Community on the Progress of the Call Process

By on May 14, 2015

A Message from Jim Engen, Gethsemane Faith Community President (posted by Emilie)

This message is the first of a monthly update on our journey as a faith community to call our new pastor.

This is a very exciting time for Gethsemane!  This is a time to celebrate our 75+ year service to Jesus Christ.

This is a time to celebrate our time with Pastor Richard White.  This is a time to look forward with great anticipation as we examine who we are as a faith community and where we see God leading us through His Holy Spirit.

On April 19th, you had the opportunity to hear a presentation on the process of calling a new Settled Pastor to Gethsemane (“settled” is a synod term for a full time permanent pastor).  You were also given an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers to those questions.

I invited Lamont Koerner, assistant to the bishop to speak to the full council on the topics/processes of calling an Interim Pastor and the Ministry Site Profile.  That meeting took place on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 5:30pm and lasted about an hour and a half.  The meeting was very informative.  The synod will be sending us several names and resumes to choose from to call our interim pastor who is intended to be with us until we call a new settled pastor.  The interim pastor will be installed just like a regular pastor and will have the responsibility of shepherding this community just like a regular pastor.

We as a council have appointed 3 people to do the interviewing of the possible interim candidates.  The team of 3 will bring their choice forward to the Full Council and the council will approve or disapprove of the candidate.  This is a process that the full congregation is not involved in as per the constitution.  When it comes time to approve the calling of our new settled pastor for Gethsemane, the full congregation will have opportunity to approve or disapprove the council proposed candidate.

The Ministry Site Profile (MSP) is a process where the congregation is asked to discover who we are as a faith community.  We have our mission in place – to make disciples for Jesus Christ who love God love, love one another, and serve the world.  We have several strategies in place to accomplish this mission – three types of worship styles (Spanish, traditional, and contemporary), the day school, Sunday school, the pre-school, Kid’s connection, summer camps, our youth program, and our mid-week program to help people grow in their relationship with Jesus.  What the MSP will help us do is to more tightly define who our neighbor is and what gifts God has given us to serve the neighbor.   You, as a part of this faith community called Gethsemane, will be asked through the generation of the MSP to more tightly define who our neighbor is that we are attempting to serve, what gifts God has given us to provide service in His name, and to help us hear how the Holy Spirit is calling us into the future.  Lamont gave us a great example of a cow path in a pasture: each day the cows follow the same path home and back to the barn.  The MSP will help us discern whether we keep going down the same path like the cows returning to the barn or if we are being lead by the Holy Spirit to move off the current path and in a different direction and use different strategies to accomplish our mission.

Plans for Pastor Rick’s ministry celebration on June 7, 2015 are well underway.  The plan is to have only one service that Sunday and it will begin at 9:30am.

The next step in our call process is to receive names from the synod for interim candidates.  I spoke to Lamont on Wednesday May 13, 2015 and he said names would be coming shortly.

The Full Council will meet again on May 28, 2015 to select an MSP team and discuss the many names being brought forth for the call committee and the MSP team.  Thank you to all who have stepped forward to be a part of the journey that is forming our direction of Gethsemane Faith Community.

Yours in Christ,

Jim Engen

 

A Message from Jim Engen, Gethsemane Faith Community President

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Send Me an Angel – Ireland’s Song

By on May 22, 2015

Our good friend Karl Demer has a story and a video to share, and an opportunity for you to join him in something wonderful that the Lord is up to. You may remember that Karl was the one who produced

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First-Ever (?) Baptism in Chapel at School!

By on May 21, 2015

We had a super-special event in chapel on Tuesday… the baptism of one of our students, Jim Xie! Here’s a video clip from the chapel service, showing the message I shared with the students and teachers about baptism, and the baptism

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STEPS Wraps Up for the Season

By on May 21, 2015

Our Midweek STEPS program finished off for the season on Wednesday May 20th. (We had originally planned to go one additional week to May 27th but everyone’s schedules and end-of-school activities made it clear that the 20th was the better

Congregational Meeting with Bishop Lull

Congregational Meeting with Bishop Lull

By on May 20, 2015

Bishop Patricia Lull of our Saint Paul Area Synod came for a special meeting of the congregation to provide information and answer questions about the call process and transition in connection with Pastor Rick’s upcoming retirement on June 7th. Pastor