Up Coming News and Events Here at Gethsemane

 20th Annual Women's Retreat - June 6-8, 2014

The retreat program this year will be a study of faith. We ask ladies who are attending to prepare in advance by reading the book entitled Have a Little Faith:   A True Story by Mitch Albom.    This reading should start you thinking about the meaning and purpose of faith in our own lives. The book is currently available for approximately $11.00 from Amazon and the Kindle edition is approximately $10.

Cindy Kaufmann has generously volunteered to lead a couple of sessions of Christian yoga during the weekend. This will be an exciting addition to our program. Please bring yoga mats if you have one or more!

The previous 19 annual retreats have been attended by 72 different women from Gethsemane, their sisters, mothers, or friends. The retreat has been held at three different venues during this time, and for the past 13 years we have returned to Calumet.

All Gethsemane women are invited to attend. The weekend offers Bible study, relaxation, delicious meals, and a great opportunity to become better acquainted with other Gethsemane women. The cost of the weekend is $158 and includes lodging for 2 nights and 5 meals at the Calumet Conference Center. If you have questions please contact Adeline Herman (783-9162). A final message of what to bring, who will be attending, etc. will be sent to each person in May.

 Church Clean Up Day

 All church spring clean up day has been moved to May 31st at 9 am. More details to follow.

 Outreach & Service

We need your input! The ELCA is having a “God’s Work - Our Hands” day again this year on September 7th. What would you like to see Gethsemane do for a community service/outreach project for that day. There is a suggestion box in the Narthex and forms to use or you can submit your suggestion HERE.

 New Horizons Walk Against Hunger

Support the Gethsemane Team and New Horizons! - Make your donation to help our 32 walkers beat the $1700 raised last year. Donations can be made to any walker or Karen Wynn. You can also donate online at

 Vacation Bible School 2014

Vacation Bible School is happening June 22-25 from 6-8 PM. You can register via the website here at the VBS link. JoAnn and Gretchen are looking for volunteers to help out. Items needed for crafts are: spools of fishing line, large pieces of black fabric or felt, skewers or chopsticks, small gift/band aid size boxes, Styrofoam balls (any size), ribbon, decorative cord, Velcro stickers, paper towel tubes and glitter. There will be a box for these items in the Sunday School corridor.

 We Need Your Ideas

Look at everything from the perspective of the future parishioners Gethsemane wishes to attract, and not through the traditional lens of the past. You are visiting the church for the first time, what do you see? Every tiny detail makes a difference!


Please participate in the process by doing this exercise and giving us your feedback. Put in the ideas box in the narthex or email Cindee HERE.

Ed Goyette’s report can be found HERE.

Our goal is to continue to be a welcoming, inclusive family for all. As we do so, we want to cast a wider net into our community, particularly to people of all ages in our immediate neighborhood and to young families. And, as we think about our worship, physical building and spiritual life here at Gethsemane, we will be doing so as if we are seeing ourselves through the eyes of “G”, a young, local parent in search of a spiritual home for her and her family. We think this is a vision that we all — young and old — can and will love! What little changes can we make for Gethsemane to be more inviting and engaging for them?

 Our Place
  Our Place - is having their annual baby shower in early May to get more items for the new moms. As a tribute to Mother’s Day, the Mary Martha group would like to see the porta-crib in the Narthex over flowing with supplies for them. Needed are: diapers, wipes, formula, baby food and new clothing (with the tags on). Let’s fill the crib to the brim! See Carol Burgess with questions.
 Fisher Cats Baseball
 Gethsemane members have the opportunity to attend a Fisher Cats game on Thursday June 26th and hear our own Junior and Senior Choirs sing the National Anthem. The sign-up sheet for tickets is on the Narthex board and tickets are $10 each. Deadline to sign up is June 16th. Check with Shelley in the office if you have any questions.

 Sunday School
Sunday School - Is collecting pasta and noodle mixes during the month of May for the NH 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 May 13th.

 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


 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.



My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm. -- Isaiah 51:5

Copyright © 2015  Gethsemane Lutheran Church • Manchester, NH • 603-623-3451