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:



8:00 a.m. Contemplative Communion

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

July 14th – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

First Reading: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 – David and the house of Israel dance before the Lord

Psalm 24 – Lift up your heads, O gates, that the King of glory may come in. (Ps. 24:7)

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14Chosen in Christ to live to the praise of God’s glory

Gospel: Mark 6:14-29The death of John the Baptist


Monday, July 15th 10-11 a.m. – In the Garden Room and On Zoom

Texts for Sunday, July 21st – 9th Sunday after Pentecost

First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a – The promise of the Lord to David

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

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22Reconciled to God Through Christ, our peace

Gospel: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56Christ healing the multitudes

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.


PREACHING CLASS – Saturday, July 13th – 10-11:30 a.m. in the Chapel and on Zoom

CELESTIAL HARP CONCERT – Saturday, July 13th – 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Chapel

SUNDAY WORSHIP — July 14, 2024 – 8th Sunday after Pentecost

Contemplative Communion at 8:00 a.m.

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

TEXT STUDY — Monday, July 15th10-11 a.m. In the Garden Room and on Zoom

9th Sunday after Pentecost 

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



Thanks to those of you who came to work or bring treats on Saturday. We got quite a bit done. We’ll take August off and be back to work in September. Stay tuned for our next “work together day!”

WELCOME DEACON JENNIFER BARKER – she will officially start on Tuesday, July 16. She’ll take a bit of time to get settled in and we’ll be sorting out how we will work together. We’ll keep you posted as it all gets clear. Please be thinking about how you could welcome her to Gethsemane.


…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 Class for covering August.

Would you be willing and able to sign up for September to start us off in the fall?

 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.


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 meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Our next meeting is July 10th, 7pm on Zoom. That evening we will discuss Mad Honey by Jodi Piccoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan.

Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life–living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher–was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father’s beekeeping business. Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they both hope it will be a fresh start. And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can she trust him completely . . . Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of his father’s temper in him, and as the case against him unfolds, she realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.”

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. They will be taking a break for July and August and meet again on September 17th 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 as we head into fall!

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:
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