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:



September 24th – 17th Sunday after Pentecost – Gospel Sunday

First Reading: Exodus 16:2-8a, 13-15 – Manna and quails feed the Israelites in the wilderness

Psalm: Psalm 145:1-8 – The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. (Ps. 145:8)

Second Reading: Philippians 1:21-30 – Standing firm in the gospel

Gospel: Matthew 20:1-16 – The parable of the vineyard workers


Monday, September 25th in the Garden Room and via Zoom, 10-11 a.m.

Texts for Sunday, October 1st – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

First Reading: Exodus 17:1-7 – Water from the rock in the wilderness

Psalm: Psalm 25:1-9 – Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love. (Ps. 25:6)

Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-13 –  Christ humbed to the point of death on a cross

Gospel: Matthew 21:23-32 – A parable of doing God’s will

Centering Prayer…

…is an ecumenical, non-sectarian practice of silent 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. Each gathering consists of a 20 minute sit, then the balance of the time is spent in spiritual reflection. Starting in October the Zoom group will reflect on Richard Rohr’s book “Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. If you would like to participate in a centering prayer practice, look on for the complete schedule of San Diego County groups or contact Pastor Karla for details. Our centering prayer group meets on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. via Zoom. Those who prefer to pray and keep silence ‘in person’ meet Thursdays, 11-12:30 in the chapel or the Garden Room.New participants are always welcome. Contact Pastor Karla (858)883-8038 or Diane Langworthy at (619)403-6822 or  for the Zoom link or 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.


CENTERING PRAYER — Tuesday, September 19th and Thursday, September 21st, details above

SUNDAY WORSHIP — 17th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST  — September 24th – Gospel Sunday

Contemplative Communion Service in the Chapel at 8:00 a.m.

Choir Rehearsal in the Chapel at 8:45 a.m.

Gospel Sunday on Facebook Live and In Person in the Chapel at 9:30 a.m.

TEXT STUDY — Monday, September 25th, 10-11 a.m. See scriptures listed above for October 1st – 18thSunday after Pentecost in the Garden Room and via Zoom

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 Hildie and Jerry for October, and Susan for November.

Your continued help is needed for support Storefront

Would you be willing and able?

Please sign up in the Narthex for December to finish the year strong!

Please sign up in the narthex or call the office. (Don’t forget you can team up.) 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, October 11th at 7 p.m. online. Here is a bit from the publisher about the book we’ll read for that night:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

From Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic Little Women, Geraldine Brooks has animated the character of the absent father, March, and crafted a story “filled with the ache of love and marriage and with the power of war upon the mind and heart of one unforgettable man” (Sue Monk Kidd). Brooks follows March as he leaves behind his family to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. His experiences will utterly change his marriage and challenge his most ardently held beliefs. A lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time, March secures Geraldine Brooks’s place as a renowned author of historical fiction.

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 monthOctober 17th 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