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Stay up to date with the happenings of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church by visiting our blog. Here, you'll find the same information that is included in the announcements in the Sunday bulletin and our monthly newsletter.

ADVENT 2022 - In Light and Darkness

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Scripture focusing on God’s light has led to the belief light is the source of goodness and hope. This belief implies darkness is not wanted or needed, it is something to banish or get rid of, or that God is not even present in the dark.

   

How we understand these ideas affect the way we view God, our faith, and our world. Inspired by Barbara Brown Taylor's book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, we re-frame traditional understandings of light as good and darkness as bad or ev

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Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Everyone is invited to a LUTEFISK & MEATBALL DINNER on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at Gethsemane Lutheran Church. 

   

Come and enjoy a delicious dinner of Lutefisk with drawn butter and cream sauce, handcrafted meatballs with potatoes and gravy, vegetables and beet pickles, lefse and bread, and cupcakes with coffee and milk. 

   

Take outs are available. Pre-orders are encouraged. Tickets on sale at the door: Adults $18.00, Children 6-12 $6.00, Children 5

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Confirmation Annual Wreath Sales

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Order your Christmas Wreaths from now until November 9th. Confirmation students will take your order anytime! Wreaths cost $23 this year. They are 24 inches in diameter, made with real evergreen, and decorated with a red bow. Wreaths will be available for pickup in our North parking lot on Sunday, November 27 after worship. Profits will go to the Youth Fund, which reduces costs for special events and buys snacks and supplies for our youth ministries.

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Birthday Celebration

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Help us celebrate Betty Ann Laakso’s 90th birthday by joining us for cake and coffee after the service in the fellowship hall on Sunday, November 13th. All are welcome!

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Military/College Students Christmas Shoe Box Gifts

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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We are planning on packing these gifts after the service on December 4th. Please turn in your donations by then. Here are some ideas to help you out: money for postage, beef jerky/hard salami, tea/powdered drinks/nuts/instant soups/instant oatmeal/Starbucks or Caribou gift cards/crackers/cookies/candy/gum/personal care items (not hotel items)/crossword books/word find books/ stamps/note cards/lip balm/sunscreen/personal wipes/breakfast bars/mac & cheese/chips/ pretzels/cou

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Women of Gethsemane

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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On Thursday, November 17th, at 5:30pm in the youth room, all women are invited to a casual get together just to “hang out” with other gals, enjoy visiting, relax, and have some laughs. We’ll meet the 4th Thursday of each month. No commitments, just bring yourself and your own beverage. Please come—we’ll have a fun time!

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Mission Quilters Fundraiser Raffle

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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The quilters are having a raffle.

Eleanor Anshus has donated a beautiful Heirloom homemade quilt (valued at $300) and it is hanging in the Narthex. Tickets are 3 for $5 and will be on sale Sunday after worship, or they will be available in the office. 

Drawing will be held on Sunday November 20th, so don’t miss the opportunity to help support our quilters!

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No Confirmation Dates

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Confirmation will NOT be held on the following dates:

November 23--Thanksgiving week

December 21 & 28--Christmas

April 6 & 13--Holy Week & Easter

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Sunday School Singing in Worship

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Sunday School children will sing a special song during worship on the following dates:

December 11

April 2

May 14

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No Sunday School Dates

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Sunday School will NOT be held on the following dates:

November 27--Thanksgiving

December 25--Christmas

January 1--New Years

January 15--Martin Luther King

February 19--Presidents' Day

April 9--Easter

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Confirmation

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Confirmation sessions are held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. We are using Augsburg’s Here We Stand curriculum this year and our focus is on The New Testament. We will be learning about Jesus’s life and teachings, his passion, death, and resurrection, and the beginnings of the early church.

    

We will also be having fun doing service and building friendships.

All Youth Gathering November 18-19

Cragun’s Resort, Brainerd

Mark your calendars for this fun event! For mor

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Sunday School

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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(Preschool - grade 5)

Our Sunday School children are really enjoying the Spark Bible Lessons, and are so excited to be starting practice for the Christmas program.

Save the date on December 11th when our kids will be having their Christmas program. Just a reminder that there is NO Sunday School on November 27th.

   

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Library News

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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The library has a collection of known authors’ books for younger children. Our recommendations are Stan and Jan Berenstain, Lois Lowry, and Barbara Parks. These authors have series of books.

Several bible story books are also recommended: Bible Now! (101 amazing stories) and Treasury of Bible Stories.

Books may be found in the children’s section of the library.

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We Need Your Help

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Are you good at reading aloud?  Do you like ushering and greeting?  Please give us a call in the office (218-741-4961) and we will add you to our Master List of worship volunteers. ...
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Attention Youth and Young Adults

by: Joyce Bloomquist

11/05/2022

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Our Congregation Council is looking for someone in your age group (ages 15-25) to join us.    We need your ideas and input about our church and how we can better serve one another, especially your age group. Being part of your church council is also a plus on a college application or job resume. We also can sponsor you for youth leadership training through LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) to help you develop your leadership skills.    The qualifications are: being a bapti...
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