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A message from the Council President Peter Johnson 3/19/2020

Dear Gethsemane Members,

There is a quote that seems to continually resonate with me...”The only thing permanent in life is change.”
These are unprecedented and extraordinary times. We are facing challenges that many of us have never faced before on such a global level. We are relying on our leaders to make decisions that impact our medical, financial, and physical well being. We trust that decisions made by trusted sources along with the safety plans put in place are embraced and practiced by all of us.
As a community of workers in Christ’s Love, our measured response is an important ingredient in resolving this challenge. Over the last week we have suspended our church services for the next two Sundays. We have suggested that any meetings be optional for committee chairs. The Easter Breakfast has been cancelled. 

Due to the new challenges regarding the spread and transmission of the Corona Virus, I would ask that all committee meetings planned at church be canceled at this time. Business can be conducted by phone or email if necessary. I would also like to suspend church services indefinitely until such a time that the Center of Disease Control feels it safe for groups to begin meeting once again.
At this juncture, Pastor Karen and I have been talking about outreach methods and how we can keep our members connected. You have already noted the inspirational messages, Pastor is committed to sharing daily. Please reflect deeply as you read and use this time to pray for others, especially those at the forefront of this pandemic.
I will be posting updates on a weekly basis with any information relative to the status of our church or information about Council decision-making.
What is most complex at this time is how we manage our church finances. We still have a building to maintain with utilities to pay. I also feel that it is important for our small staff to stay employed and remain on the church campus whenever possible or work from home to maintain operations and meet any needs you might have at this difficult time. To survive financially, please be sure to maintain your weekly/monthly pledges. Deb and I find it a real blessing to do our pledging on line. Our giving is set up on a regular basis and is automatic. I encourage you to consider this method yourself at this time. You can set up your own online pledge by going to our Website. It is clearly explained on the site. Checks, of course work well, if you prefer this method of payment. I will work with the office to make sure the checks are counted and deposited on a regular basis.
We are facing a unique challenge, but this little church with a big heart is prepared to meet the challenge. Our hearts are united in our mission and our love for one another. Christ, residing in our heart of hearts knows our deepest needs. Reside in Him continually and let his light shine through you.
Be safe. Stay home if possible. If you need to be out practice social distancing and of course wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. If symptoms arise including fever, dry cough, and trouble breathing call your health provider without delay.
Know you are loved,
Peter Johnson, Council President


A message from Conni Henning, Fellowship Chair

Dear Members of Gethsemane,


For the safety of your immediate family and friends, we are cancelling the Easter Breakfast. We are trying to follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control. We have been advised that all gatherings should be no more than ten people. Restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and mall are closing. School has been cancelled statewide and weddings and funerals have been postponed. The safety of our congregation must be our only concern.


We wish you all a blessed Easter,


Conni Henning

Fellowship Chair


The Paint and Praise event as been postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date.




Gethsemane Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and the Greater Milwaukee Synod. Gethsemane is a house of hospitality built on the foundation of sharing the living faith in Jesus Christ.


Matthew 25:35

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,






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Line Dancing has been postponed indefinitely.






Weekday Lenten Services have been cancelled, starting on March 18







A note from the Evangelism Committee

Gethsemane reaches out to welcome you.  Looking for a church that you can call home?  We are a church where everyone who visits is imporant because you are a gift from God.


Please join in worship.  "We believe all are called to share God's blessings".



 Pastor's Message:



There's a church nearby where you can sink your roots.  Where you can establish yourself. Where you can give yourself and your family the biggest advantage anyone can have in life, knowing and loving God.  Church is a place to grow.  To study.  To reflect.  Church is discovery.  Church is the people of God.  Many people, who don't go to church, say they would if someone would just invite them.  We're inviting you to Gethsemane Lutheran Church.  Welcome.  Our doors are open.  God helps you excel in handling every part of your life.  Good times and bad.  Problems and opportunities.  Excitement and boredom.  Too many people think of God as just a help in times of trouble.  And He is.  But if you turn to your church and your God only in desperation, you're missing some of life's real meaning.  Come to church this Sunday.  Come to Gethsemane.  We Welcome You.




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