We believe that God is active in our lives and in the world, but how often do we really go looking to see what God is up to? And when we do catch sight of the Lord at work, how often do we tell each other about it?
I'm looking for a batch of "God Spotters" who will spend a week on the lookout, take some notes along the way, and then share some stories and sightings with the rest of us on a Sunday morning.
Interested? Read on!
This Sunday, July 11th, I will have little notebooks to give out to eight volunteers at the end of worship to be our spotters for the week. I'll have some ideas and suggestions for them as well, but mostly we'll rely on the Spirit to help them to be attentive and to "notice things" during their regular activities. Then next Sunday, July 18th, I'll gather the whole batch of them with me during worship just to hear the report, and together, the congregation will reflect on what it looks like God has been up to during the week.
Think you might like to be a spotter? Great! Pray about it and come ready to volunteer. Children and youth can be spotters too! Contact Pastor Tim at TThompson@geth.org if you have any questions.
God is surely up to something... let's take a look together and see what we can see!
Volunteers needed to cleanup tornado damage in Wadena, surrounding area
From Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
On June 17, what appears to be an unprecedented number of tornadoes in Minnesota touched down in many regions of our state, causing three deaths, hundreds of injuries, and wide scale damage. Our hearts go out to these families and communities.
While assessments are still underway, reports indicate that hundreds of homes, along with churches, schools and businesses, have had extensive damage with some structures completely destroyed in Wadena, Freeborn, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Faribault, Winona, and Steele counties. Wadena was among the areas hardest hit by this devastation.
Lutheran Social Service, with help from Lutheran Disaster Response, is on the ground in Wadena right now registering, equipping, and sending volunteers into neighborhoods to help families.
Volunteers are needed this week, Wednesday through Saturday, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to help families remove debris, rake yards, chainsaw trees, and assist with general cleanup efforts.
Volunteers should pre-register by calling 211 from a landline or 800.543.7709 from a cell phone. Groups larger than 15 are required to pre-register by calling 211. No volunteers will be needed on Sunday, June 27.
What to wear
Volunteers should wear work clothes and sturdy gloves and bring shovels, rakes, and brooms. They meet in Wadena at the Pamida Parking Lot, 801 Jefferson St. North, located a half mile north of highways U.S. 71 and U.S.10.
Other ways to help
We know from many years of experience that volunteers not only provide valuable physical help, but they also offer families great comfort by simply showing up and letting them know that they are not alone in this disaster.
We also know that recovery takes a very long time. Families will need lots of support to rebuild their homes and lives in the months to come. If you can help with a financial contribution to our recovery work, your generosity is so much appreciated. You can give online at www.lssmn.org or send your contribution to Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, 2485 Como Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108, memo: Minnesota Tornadoes.
We watch out for our neighbors in times like this. On behalf of the families we will serve, thank you for all you can do to help our neighbors now. Please visit www.lssmn.org/tornado for updates on relief efforts.
Are you interested in
If so, please join us as we form a New Member Team! We will have an initial meeting on Saturday, May 8th at 2pm in Krause Lounge. If you are able to come, or are interested but can't make that meeting, please let Pastor Tim know at TThompson@geth.org. Bring a friend!!
During the March Food Share Campaign, Gethsemane donated a "personal best" of 1,102 pounds of food and $79.60! The total for April so far is 407 pounds. The donations received in March and through April 9 are particularly important as the Food Shelf receives a grant based on what is collected through the FoodShare Campaign. They also receive a grant from the Feinstein Foundation based on donations received in March and April. The N. St. Paul Area Food Shelf distributes over 24,000 pounds of food each month. Thank you to all who contribute to the Food Shelf.
Dear Members and Friends of Gethsemane Lutheran:
By now I hope you have heard at least once or twice about Consecration Sunday – the conclusion and celebration of our Stewardship program that is taking place on Sunday, March 28th, with worship at 9:30 followed by a free catered luncheon. This will be a tremendous celebration you won’t want to miss!
Your participation with us on this day is very important, both for your spiritual growth as a giver, and for the mission and ministries of our congregation. If you have not yet finalized your plans to attend both worship and the luncheon, please do so right away.
Our goal is to have every member and regular worship attendee present. If you have not yet make a reservation, please let me know if you will be present or not by calling the church office at 651-739-1264. If you prefer, you can RSVP electronically at this web address: www.bit.ly/CS-RSVP. (We need a good estimate of attendance for the caterer.)
The effectiveness of our church’s mission and ministries next year depends on your initiative and dedication. Please make whatever sacrifices are necessary to be present with your congregation on Sunday, March 28th.
Your servant in Christ,
Consecration Sunday Coordinator
Are you an Activator or a Relator? Strong in Competition or an Includer with Empathy? Maybe all five! StrengthsFinders can help you get clarity about your strengths.
I took the StrengthsFinders inventory in the spring of last year and it has been such a great help to me - I wish I had done it years ago! Let me give you just one example.
The inventory identified my top strength as “Strategic” which is described as a “…distinct way of thinking (that) allows you to see patterns where others simply see complexity...” (That is so true of me!) One suggestion the inventory offered was to take time to reflect and muse about things until the patterns begin to emerge. “Remember that musing time is essential to strategic thinking.” Not only did SF give me language to name and claim my strength, but it finally helped me to “give myself permission” to simply spend time thinking. That’s been a struggle for me, since it doesn’t always look like productive work. But the SF inventory has helped me to honor that as an important part of how I use the gift God has given me in my “Strategic” abilities!
I want to encourage ALL of you to consider taking this inventory and I have a great opportunity for that coming up very quickly. On Sunday, March 7th right after worship a group of folks will be taking the inventory together down at the Gethsemane computer lab. It will take about 40 minutes and costs $13 for the book/online access code. (Scholarships available!) You will get a printed report with all kinds of great information and suggestions for working with your top 5 strengths. Then on Sunday, March 14th, again, right after worship, we will gather for a conversation to share what we’ve learned about ourselves and how we can use these strengths at home, at work and wherever the Lord has up placed in our vocations.
If you would like to take the inventory, please let me know right away so I can have a book available for you! (TThompson@Geth.org or 651-739-1264 x102)
Frequently Asked Questions
What Business can be conducted at a special meeting?
“The call for each special meeting shall specify the purpose for which it is to be held and no other business shall be transacted.” Constitution C10.02.
Is it possible to vote by absentee ballot or by proxy?
“Voting by proxy or by absentee ballot shall not be permitted.” Constitution C10.05.
Who is allowed to vote?
“Voting members are confirmed members. Such confirmed members, during the current or preceding calendar year, shall have communed in this congregation and shall have made a contribution of record to this congregation.” Constitution C8.02.c.
“Associate members are persons holding membership in other Christian congregations who wish to retain such membership but desire to participate in the life and mission of this congregation, or persons who wish to retain a relationship with this congregation while being members of other congregations. They have all the privileges and duties of membership except voting rights and eligibility for elected office or membership on the Council of Elders of this congregation.” Constitution C8.02.d.
Gayle Bidne, our Business Manager, provides this additional clarification:
Since this meeting is being held in 2010, only those who have made contributions and communed during 2009 and 2010 will be eligible to vote. Contributions and participation Communion are recorded during the week following a given Sunday’s worship services. Therefore, those who have made a contribution and communed prior to and including January 24, 2010, (or at any time during 2009) will be eligible to vote.
Celebrate love in February by helping feed hungry families! We will put together a meal for 60 families and there are at least five ways you can show or “feel the love.”