Up Coming News and Events Here at Gethsemane

 ELCA Gifts

Easter is April 20! As you celebrate the joy of the risen Christ with those you love, what about sharing that joy with someone in need?

Browse ELCA Good Gifts for more than 50 different gift-giving options, each with the potential to transform lives. Print a card and tuck it into any child’s basket to let them know about the gift you’ve given in their honor.

Ten chicks, for just $10, make a perfect addition to plastic eggs and marshmallow chicks – and they have the potential to make real, lasting change for a family in need. Nutritious eggs to eat and sell on the market help a family take one giant step toward ending hunger for good.

Share God’s love with the children in your life and those in need

 New Horizons Walk Against Hunger

The walk is May 18th but the deadline to sign-up as a team and order t-shirts with the Gethsemane logo is April 21st. Remember, 1 service that day at 9:30 so that everyone can sign-up and walk. The sign-up sheet is on the Narthex board. See Karen Wynn if you have questions.

 The Olive Leaf

The Olive Leaf - is the newest forum for communications within Gethsemane. This “E-blast” will be used for last minute and/or critical items, changes, notices that need to be distributed immediately (ie. cancellation of a class/meeting, special last minute event). It will also look different from the Olive Branch so that you can easily identify it. Let the office know if you have something that needs to get out via this “E-blast”.

 The Olive Tree

Please get all articles, photos and ideas for articles to Shelley no later than April 15th. Susannah Smith and Steve Stanley will help write articles if you have ideas but don’t want to write the article yourself. We need your help to keep the Olive Tree fresh, current and interesting. Submit articles to Photographers, get in touch with Shelley and we will add you to the Dropbox for the Olive Tree to make getting the photos to us easier. Thanks for your help.


 CASA of New Hampshire

CASA of NH trains concerned citizens to advocate for abused and neglected children in courts. There are children waiting for someone to speak on their behalf. Your common sense, commitment to children, and a contribution of 10-12 hours a month will help ensure a child grows up in a safe, permanent home. To become a CASA/GAL volunteer and help children in your community, please call 800-626-0622, or log onto for more information or to download an application.

 Granite State Ringers

Save the date! The Granite State Ringers will hold a concert at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on Sunday, April 27th at 3:00 PM.

The Granite State Ringers (GSR) is the only auditioned community handbell choir in New Hampshire and draws some of the most accomplished and experienced handbell musicians in from around the state. Their goals has been to create a choir of experienced handbell ringers who could take on more complex pieces and generate more interest in the art of handbell ringing. “The thing we hear most often in, “Is that really just bells?”” says the choir’s director Joan Fossum.

“They perform on 5 octaves of Malmark Handbells and 5 and a half octaves of Malmark Handchimes, and rehearse twice a month at the United Baptist Church in Concord, NH.”

 New Horizons
New Horizons has some items request outside of the “normal” food needs. If you can help out, please drop them off by the New Horizons basket in the Narthex. Thank you!

Powdered laundry detergent, Baby Powder, Q –tips, msn’s backpacks, twin sheets & blankets, bath towels, ponchos, coffee, dry creamer, any kind of flatware, #10 cans of veggies or other canned food, Tuna, Peanut butter & jelly, baked beans.


 Fisher Cats Baseball
 Back by popular demand, Gethsemane choirs (and friends) will be singing at the Fisher Cats baseball game on Thursday, June 26th. Game time is 7:05 PM . More information about tickets will be coming soon to a bulletin board near you!

 Earth Day Event

In Town Manchester Adopt A Block

Wednesday, April 25th, 1 – 4 PM

We have been asked to participate again in this clean-up and beautification of a downtown Manchester area. Different Manchester non-profit and business organizations work together to assist our community in caring for God’s creation. The response from last year’s participants was very positive and they would like to help out again. There was fun fellowship and free pizza provided by 900 Degrees afterwards. Wear work clothes and shoes. They provide disposable gloves, and bags, but bring work gloves if you have some. Meet at the church at 12:30 if you want to carpool. Sign up in the narthex. Speak to Janis or Cindee for more details. Rain date is May 9th.



The N.H. Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and the Greater Manchester Clergy Association held a "moving vigil" on Sunday, March 23 as part of a weeklong movement that happened in five towns across the state. The vigil began at St. Joseph’s Church and ended at Victory Park. Members of Gethsemane took part in the Vigil and Pastor Boehringer lea the prayers at Victory Park.

 Sunday School
Sunday School - will be collecting rice and rice mixes during April for the Food Bank.
 New Horizons


Serving at New Horizons - The Outreach Ministry has put together a group from Gethsemane that will volunteer at New Horizons the second Tuesday of each month. From 10:00 am—1:00 pm prepping for the dinner service. You can join in by coming to the church by 9:45 that morning to carpool over. Next date is April 13th.

First Communion

The young people in the First Communion Class will take their First Communion during the Maundy Thursday worship service on April 17th at 7PM.   This is a change from the May 11th date. There will be a celebratory cake for them during the Easter Sunday breakfast on the 20th.

 Seder Meal

The 1st communion class will be participating in a children's version of a Seder Meal on Thursday April 17th at 5:30. Gretchen is looking for 3 or 4 people to help with the preparation and serving for the students and their families that evening before the Maundy Thursday Service.
 Pub Theology

The newest in the Adult Education series of get-togethers. Join this informal gathering, enjoy a beer (or something else) and spirited conversation about a different topic each week. All Pub theology groups will meet in the 2nd Tuesday of the month. No need to RSVP


 Altar Flowers
Please consider signing up to give altar flowers. The cost is $10 per vase, and you can sign up for 1 or both vases. It is a wonderful way to celebrate or honor someone. The sign up sheet is on the Narthex board. On weeks that no one has signed up, there will be no flowers on the altar.

 Eleven Countries Eleven Months

Have you ever wondered if there's something more out there? If there's more to life than empty traditions, routines, and working 9-5 everyday to achieve the impossibility of the American dream?

It's because there is.

There is a generation of radicals whose heartbeat is to see a changed world. It's a generation that's dissatisfied with the status quo and is actively rising to the challenge of seeing the world transformed through tangible expressions of God's love. World Racers are seeing lives changed in nations all over the world.

About Us:

The first World Race squads launched from Mexico in January 2006. Literally knocking on doors and sleeping on streets, it was a raw adventure of faith. While in Swaziland in 2007, the Lord told Seth Barnes to structure the World Race for a movement and to give it away to our generation.

The World Race continues to change. It is expanding overseas and in the States, yet its foundations stay the same. It is a journey to 11 countries in 11 months to serve "the least of these" while amongst real and raw community. It facilitates discipleship through the process of discovering into the abundant life He promised. It births partnerships with ministries around the world. It requires Luke 10-like faith.

We're calling you out of your comfort zone and giving you exposure to what God is doing in the world before you commit to the American dream. Because it's not about you, it's about the Kingdom.

LJ (Linda-Jean) Burleigh of Northfield will be going on the Adventures in Mission World Race (a mission trip to 11 countries in 11 months – 11 in 11) starting this July. To help raise the money needed to make this journey, friends are hosting a charity craft fair on April 27th from 11-4 PM at Camp Allen in Bedford. There will be local vendors and crafter, raffles and a 50/50. Mark your calendars and support a remarkable young woman. For more information on LJ and the World Race Mission program go to her blog If you are interested in donating an item for the raffle, or want to be a vendor, please contact Amy Rybczyk (event coordinator) at (Note – Amy is a friend of Shelley’s – not a stranger).

 Exploring Our Faith Classes

The evening Exploring our Faith group will not meet in February as previously announced. We hope to have the group back and running in March.


 Adult Forum

Adult Forum is back and the group is studying Corinthians. Everyone is welcome to stop by for some coffee, fellowship and discussion. The group meets Sundays at 9:15 in the Mary Martha room.



In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3)

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