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Sunday Morning Worship

8:30 & 10:02

Come As You Are…Really. 

At 8:30am 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 10:02am, get ready for an upbeat, music-intense contemporary service featuring Emilie Worre 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.

The finally at 3:00pm we have our Spanish speaking service, Casa del Maestro, led by Pastor Sam.    Casa del Maestro means “Master’s House” and in 2013 it opened it’s doors for the purpose of conveying biblical principle for the whole family.  Come and see this new ministry!



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By on July 16, 2015

Bega Kwa Bega

(Shoulder to Shoulder)

Trip Devotions for Gethsemane to Pommern and Home Again

July 24 – August 9, 2015

We will post periodic trip updates to Gethsemane’s Facebook page; follow us there!

The names of the travelers are: Alana Brown, Twila Buesing, Clay and Karen Morlok, and Shannon Shuweiler. Please pray for us by name, as we will be praying for those in Minnesota.

This trip devotional is set up so that you can follow what we are doing each day, look up a verse in the Bible, and then meditate and pray on it. We will be using the same devotional daily in Tanzania. May we worship and praise God together half a world away!!!

Friday July 24: Leave Minnesota in the afternoon and fly to Chicago, then take an eight hour flight to Amsterdam.
Verse:  Genesis 28:15
Prayer / Thought for the Day: God protect us all in the days ahead.
Saturday July 25: A four hour layover in Amsterdam, then the 11 am flight to Dar es Salaam, arriving about 11 pm after a brief stop at Kilimanjaro airport. Take the bus to our hotel in Dar, after midnight.
Verse:  Psalm 91
Prayer / Thought for the Day:  That God gives us assurance of protection, and may we trust daily in that.
Sunday July 26: Take an 8-hour, 300 mile bus ride from Dar es Salaam to Iringa. Check in at our hotel, the Lutheran Centre in Iringa.
Verse:  Psalm 46:10
Prayer / Thought for the Day: That we are acting on God’s timing and not ours, so be patient.
Monday July 27: Purchase Swahili/English Bibles for our scholarship students, as well as other gifts for our hosts and friends at Pommern
Verse:  Ephesians 3:20-21
Prayer / Thought for the Day: May we accomplish abundantly for your glory today, Lord.
Tuesday July 28: Courtesy visit to the office of the bishop at the Head Office of the Iringa Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. Visit an orphanage and do additional shopping.
Verse:  Luke 10: 27- 28
Prayer / Thought for the Day: May we love those we meet and in doing so be a Good  Samaritan.
Wednesday July 29: A 2.5 hour bus ride from Iringa to Pommern village, where we will be greeted by the pastor and people from Pommern Lutheran Church. Stay overnight at the guest house near the church.
Verse:  Isaiah 6:8
Prayer / Thought for the Day: As we look forward to renewing relationships and meeting new friends, may we be blessed to know that we are sent by God (Here I am Lord…go ahead and sing if you know the song!).
Thursday July 30: Walk around Pommern village. Visit Pommern Secondary School.
Verse:  1 Samuel 16:7
Prayer / Thought for the Day: As we walk through the village, to remember what God values.
Friday July 31: Visit preaching points and Bomala’gombe Secondary School
Verse:  Romans 1:11-12
Prayer / Thought for the Day: That we are encouraged by one another’s faith.
Saturday August 1: Visit preaching points and evangelists
Verse:  Hebrews 12: 1-2
Prayer / Thought for the Day: That we will persevere in doing God’s will, and fix our eyes on Jesus.
Sunday August 2: Worship and preach at two services at Pommern Lutheran Church. Bus ride back to Iringa before dark.
Verse:  Colossians 3:12-17
Prayer / Thought for the Day: That we will let the word of Christ dwell in us richly as we worship and sing praises together.
Monday August 3: Visit Ilula Hospital and Nursing School.
Verse:  Jeremiah 33: 6
Prayer / Thought for the Day: May our presence bring peace and healing to those in need.
Tuesday August 4: Visit Iringa University
Verse:  Psalm 51:6
Prayer / Thought for the Day: God grant wisdom to those who seek it.
Wednesday August 5: Four hour bus ride to Ruaha National Park. Afternoon safari.
Verse:  Psalm 147:1
Prayer / Thought for the Day: Praise God for His marvelous creation!
Thursday August 6: Safaris
Verse:  Genesis 1:24-25
Prayer / Thought for the Day: To marvel at the variety and beauty in God’s creation.
Friday August 7: Bus ride back to Iringa. Pack for the return home.
Verse:   Ezekiel 36:24-26
Prayer / Thought for the Day: That we will keep the people of Pommern in our hearts even as we return home.
Saturday August 8: Eight hour bus ride back to Dar es Salaam. Evening meal overlooking the Indian Ocean, then our flight departs Dar for Amsterdam at 11 pm.
Verse:   Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Prayer / Thought for the Day: There is a time for everything—now time to return home.
Sunday August 9: A 10 hour flight to Amsterdam. A three hour layover, then a 9 hour flight to MSP, arriving about 1 pm.
Verse:   Jeremiah 29: 11-14
Prayer / Thought for the Day: God knows the plans He has for us—and we trust Him!


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Family Sunday & Agents of H.E.A.L.E.D.

By on July 28, 2015

Hey Friends!  Who’s your favorite “agent,” secret or otherwise?  Are you a James Bond fan? Jason Bourne? Men in Black maybe? There are a LOT of “agents” in our entertainment world, and not all of them are particularly friendly. Just

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Tanzania Team Update

By on July 28, 2015

Here is an update from our Tanzania Team written by Shannon Schuweiler!  Follow  their progress on the Gethsemane Facebook Page. Greetings from Tanzania! We have made it here safe and sound. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. Below is

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Weekly Update from the Desk of our President, Jim Engen

By on July 16, 2015

From the Desk of Jim Engen, President of Gethsemane Faith Community (Written by Jim Engen, posted by Emilie Worre Noble)   THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES   Last Sunday, July 12th, we heard from the last of the guest preachers


Important Message from Pastor Tim on Gethsemane’s Finances

By on July 14, 2015

Friends – We have a difficult situation to address together at our annual budget meeting this Sunday, July 19th at 11:30 am. The draft budget that is being presented to the congregation at this meeting reflects a deficit of $56,351