Current Events

All of the events for the current month can be found on the Calendar page.  Below are some of the events coming up in the next few months that you may want to put on your calendar:



March 26th – 5th Sunday in Lent

First Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14 – The dry bones of Israel brought to life

Psalm: Psalm 130 – I wait for you, O Lord; in your word is my hope. (Ps. 130:5)

Second Reading: Romans 8:6-11 – Life in the Spirit

Gospel: John 11:1-45 – Baptismal image: the raising of Lazarus


NO TEXT STUDY on Monday, March 27th or April 3rd

Texts for Sunday, April 2nd – Palm Sunday

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a – The servant of the Lord submits to suffering

Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16 – Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)

Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11 – Humbled to the point of death on a cross

Gospel: Matthew 26:14—27:66 – The passion of the Lord

Centering Prayer…

…is an ecumenical, non-sectarian practice of prayer. Centering prayer groups are hosted by Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists and more. Here in San Diego County, there are Centering Prayer groups meeting every day of the week and all are open to anyone who would like to practice this form of prayer. And ‘practice’ is the right word for it. We are all learning, deepening, maturing in our faith and our ability to enter into the life of Christ through this and other forms of prayer. If you would like to participate, look on for the complete schedule or contact Pastor Karla for details. Our centering prayer group that meets on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. is meeting only via the internet for now. An ‘in person’ centering prayer group is starting up on Thursdays, 11-12:30 in the chapel or the Garden Room. Contact Pastor Karla (858)883-8038 or Diane Langworthy at (619)403-6822 or for any questions.

GLC Voted YES!

to becoming a Reconciling in Christ Congregation!

The vote was unanimous at the congregational meeting last Sunday. What does this mean? This means that we’ll be listed in the public records of Reconciling Works, our ELCA partners that work for inclusion of our LGBTQIA+ neighbors, racial equity and justice for those who have been marginalized. We will have access to their materials, logo, and other resources to help us in our goal of becoming more inviting to people in our community, especially those who have been pushed out of churches in the past when their full identity or history has become known.

In tandem with our Reconciling in Christ Congregation designation, our Council is working on updating our welcome statement.


Next Congregational Meeting – April 16 – 10:45 a.m


Palm Sunday: April 2—bring a leafy branch or palm frond to wave! (Is there someone who would like to take charge of decorating the chapel? Pastor Karla will be on Pilgrimage to Israel over Palm Sunday.)

Maundy Thursday: April 6, 3:00 p.m.

Good Friday: April 7, 3:00 p.m.

Easter Sunday: April 9

Watch for a future Bible Study …

details to be announced!


…is our baptismal calling. It is about living with joy and hope in the midst of real life where we become a blessing to our community and the world around us. It is also an 18 month guided practice of outreach to each other and to our neighbors. During the months of June and July, our Living the Resurrection team will be conducting interviews of (hopefully) every member of our congregation, either in person or by phone or zoom (your choice) to collect your thoughts on what makes GLC unique. 


We humbly welcome all to join us in worship and to participate in the mission of building community, embracing the work of racial, social, gender and economic justice, and equal opportunity for people with differing abilities, seeking equity for all.

We believe in including everyone. We cherish diversity, including your race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, marital status, social or economic state, physical or mental challenge, addiction history, geographical location and whether you are confident or questioning in your faith. There is nothing that separates you from the love of God through Christ Jesus.

Our unconditional welcome is an open and sincere invitation for you to fully participate in all facets of our Christian community: the Lutheran sacraments (baptism and Holy Communion), other sacred rites (confirmations, weddings and memorials), Christian education and fellowship, and congregational leadership and service.

“You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male or female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26-28, Common English Bible)


GLC takes dinner to Storefront, the shelter for homeless teens, on the first Monday of each month. THANK YOU Jerry and Hildie Class for taking on April. It’s not too early to sign up for May 2023 in the Narthex or call the office. This is one way we serve our youthful neighbors. Thank you all!

Even if you can’t provide dinner on a Monday, perishable and non-perishable breakfast, lunch, and snack items are also needed, such as milk, orange juice, and cereal (teenagers can go through LOTS of cereal!), bread, sandwich meat/cheese and individual bags of chips, cookies, ramen cups, Hot Pockets, frozen breakfast sandwiches, you name it! Bring non-perishables to the office on Wednesday or Thursday, or to worship any Sunday and put them in the Storefront basket, or contact Pastor Karla for pick-up/coordination for delivery of perishable or frozen items. Also, checks made out to San Diego Youth Services (Storefront written in the notes) can be mailed directly to San Diego Youth Services, 3255 Wing Street, San Diego, CA 92110 or if given to Gethsemane, note “Storefront” in the notes line.


This is our book club with an opportunity to mix and mingle with readers from the Mary Magdalen community. It is a wonderful fellowship opportunity. We normally meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 12th at 7p.m. online. This month we have adventure and excitement. The book we will be discussing is “The Pharaoh Key” by  Douglas Preston and  Lincoln Child. Those who have read it say it is reminiscent of the Indiana Jones stories. Here is a little about the book from the publisher:

Gideon Crew – brilliant scientist, master thief, intrepid adventurer – is shocked when his former employer, Eli Glinn, vanishes without a trace, and Glinn’s high-tech lab shuts down seemingly overnight.

Fresh off a diagnosis that gives him only months to live, Crew is contacted by one of his former coworkers who has a bead on one final treasure hinted at in the lab’s final case, the long-awaited translation of a centuries-old stone tablet of a previously undiscovered civilization: The Phaistos Disc.

What lies at the end of the trail will either save Gideon’s life – or bring it to a sudden, shocking close. Crew faces incredible odds – but as he proves again and again, there’s no such thing as too great a risk when you’re living on borrowed time.

The Zoom is sponsored by MMACC so the log-in info is different. Please contact Pastor Karla at (858)883-8038 for log-in information.


The Quilters meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, April 18th will be their next meeting  from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Garden Room.

 New participants are welcome and you need not know how to sew. There are lots of tasks that are part of making this ministry function—from prepping fabric for cutting, picking colors to go together, cutting fabric or batting, placing ties—all easy to do. Recipients of prayer quilts, crocheted throws, and prayer squares often express their wonder and appreciation of this ministry of love and healing and you can be part of providing it!

Zoom Information: 

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You can also join any of our meetings from the Zoom home page by entering our Meeting ID: 825 2261 3866 and the Passcode: Welcome (capital W, the rest of the letters small case). To join any of our Zoom meetings by phone, simply dial 1(669)900-9128. Once on the line at Zoom, when prompted enter the Meeting ID: 825 2261 3866 and then the Passcode: 3213747