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:

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GETHSEMANE LUTHERAN CHURCH

SUNDAY WORSHIP

8:00 a.m. Contemplative Communion

9:30 a.m. Gospel Service in the Chapel and Facebook Live

SUNDAY, April 14th – 3rd Sunday of Easter

First Reading: Acts 3:12-19 – Health and forgiveness through the risen Jesus

Psalm: Psalm 4 – The Lord does wonders for the faithful. (Ps. 4:3)

Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-7 – The revealing of the children of God

Gospel: Luke 24:36-48 – Eating with the risen Christ

 TEXT STUDY 

Monday, April 15th 10-11 a.m. in the Garden Room and via Zoom

Texts for Sunday, April 21st – 4th Sunday of Easter

First Reading: Acts 4:5-12 – Salvation in the name of Jesus

Psalm: Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1)

Second Reading: 1 John 3:16-24 – Love in truth and action

Gospel: John 10:11-18 – Christ the shepherd

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 http://www.contemplativeoutreachsd.org 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 dlangworthy1952@gmail.com  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.

THIS WEEK

Celestial Harp Concert – Saturday, April 13th – 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Chapel

SUNDAY WORSHIP — April 14, 20243rd Sunday of Easter

Contemplative Communion at 8:00 a.m.

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

Classic Communion Service on Facebook Live and In Person in the Chapel at 9:30 a.m.

BORDER CHURCH – Sunday, April 14, We will meet at GLC at Noon to carpool to St Mark’s Lutheran in Chula Vista – See above. 

TEXT STUDY — Monday, April 15th in the Garden Room and via Zoom 10-11 a.m.

Texts for Sunday, April 21st – 4th Sunday of Easter – as above.

CENTERING PRAYER — Tuesday, April 16th via Zoom and Thursday, April 18th in the Chapel

PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY

Tuesday, April 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Garden Room. See above.

COUNCIL MEETING – Saturday, April 20th via Zoom @ 10 a.m.

LOOKING AHEAD

Pentecost, Sunday, May 19, Festive worship at 8:00 and 9:30 a.m.

                                    Special Pentecost offering to Lions, Tigers and Bears Exotic Animal Rescue

Also to note:

The holy month of Ramadan has begun. Our Muslim neighbors will be fasting during the day and praying all the more diligently. Please be mindful of our neighbors’ faith.

April 9—We wish our Muslim neighbors a blessed Eid al-Fitr (the breaking of the fast at the end of the holy month of Ramadan)

April 22—We wish our Jewish neighbors a Glad Passover, as they celebrate their liberation from slavery in Egypt the forces of destruction ‘passed over’ all who had the mark of the sacrificial lamb on their doorpost.

April 22 is also Earth Day, when we celebrate this precious place we call home.

LIVING THE RESURRECTION

…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. 

WELCOME STATEMENT

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)

STOREFRONT: DINNER IS SERVED!

GLC takes dinner to Storefront, the shelter for homeless teens, on the first Monday of each month.

Thank you Susan Mendoza for taking May and Tom T. and Mary E. for taking June.

Would you be willing and able to sign up for July as we move into our summer months already?  The need continues for your support – sign up in the Narthex.

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.

MMACC/GLC BOOK CLUB  

This is our book club with an opportunity to mix and mingle with readers from the Mary Magdalene community. It is a wonderful fellowship opportunity. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is Wednesday, May 8th at 7 p.m. online where we will discuss our current selection “Braiding Sweetgrass”: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants. As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these lenses of knowledge together to show that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings are we capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learning to give our own gifts in return.

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.

PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY

PRAYER QUILT MINISTRY

The Quilters meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. They will meet again on April 16th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Garden Room. It would be a great time to come, get acquainted, and find out where you can fit into our congregation’s quilting ministry for 2024!

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: 

Join any of our Zoom Meetings with this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82522613866?pwd=Tk9vQXN1T09ieFF4SXdzM0xkTEFqUT09
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