On Your First Visit to Gethsemane, You May be Wondering:
Do you have a nursery and where is it? We have a nursery for children through age four (4). It is staffed by a paid attendant during both worship services. The nursery is located on the lower level, down the “Sunday School” hallway. Ask an usher, greeter, or member for further directions. There is no cost to the families who utilize the nursery.
What is the best way to get to know people? Between services (from 9:45-10:40am), we have coffee, doughnuts, and conversation in the Fellowship Hall downstairs. This “holy hospitality” is a great informal occasion to meet and greet members (and for them to meet and greet you). Don’t be shy – introduce yourself and join a table.
Am I welcome to take Holy Communion? All who seek the Lord are welcome at Christ’s table to receive the gift of God’s grace! The ushers will invite you forward for communion. You will be given the bread by the pastor. Then you are welcome to drink the wine from the common cup, or from one of the individual glasses in the round trays. Light colored grape juice is also available in the round trays. Gluten free wafers are available upon request. Return to your seat by the side aisle, placing your used individual cup in one of the trays in the front of the church.
What kind of Lutheran church is this? Gethsemane is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a
4.9 million member church body. The Lutheran Church teaches that we are saved by God’s grace alone, our salvation is through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, and that the Bible is the standard by which teachings and doctrines are measured.
What does “Gethsemane” mean? Gethsemane was the name of the garden in which Jesus prayed on the night that he was betrayed. In that place he said, “Not my will, but thine be done.”
Why does your worship look/sound like the Roman Catholic Church? Martin Luther, the church’s founder, had been part of the Roman Catholic tradition. Luther sought to preserve many of the worship forms found in the Roman Catholic mass, that go back to earliest Christian worship. We gather, hear God’s Word, share the Lord’s Supper, and are sent into the world to serve.
Who are your members? Gethsemane was organized in 1894 and ministered primarily to the Swedish Lutheran community. Today, our membership reflects the neighborhood in which the church is located. We are young and old, from Lutheran backgrounds and other Christian traditions, with a diversity of educational backgrounds, opinions, and occupations. History of Gethsemane
What do I have to do to become a member? Please note your desire for membership on the blue worship information card. Or click here: new member form if you want to get a jump on things! New Member Orientations are held 2-3 times a year, generally on a Sunday evening from 3:30-7:00pm. If you are transferring from another Lutheran or Protestant church, contact that congregation to send a letter of transfer. If you have not been baptized, please talk with the pastor.