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From The Pastor

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

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Thank you for checking out Gethsemane Lutheran Church.  Since 1964, we have welcomed people for worship, community time, service, learning and even dancing (our Community Hall was originally “Tiny Dumont’s Dance Hall”).  We are committed to connecting with our neighbors in the diverse Mill Park neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

We are a congregation that welcomes everyone.  As the Interim Pastor who just arrived at Gethsemane on September 1, 2015, I can tell you I have been met with kind and gracious people whose love for God comes through as they wear name tags, answer questions, and share stories about the ministries they participate in both within our walls and out in our neighborhood.  We would love an opportunity to meet you, listen to your story and journey together for a time.

At Gethsemane, our worship is liturgical.  That means we follow ancient patterns that gather us to reflect on God’s Word, share a meal, and send us in service out to the world.  We have a rich music tradition with choir and bells and Sunday School for both children and adults.  Our worship services are at 8:00am and 10:30am, with Sunday School between at 9:30.  Throughout the week our building hosts a Preschool program, a band, an orchestra, a quilting group and many other neighbors.  Please check out our calendar for the group that interests you.

I hope you continue to check us out soon at a worship service or some other gathering.  Or give me a call and set up a time to talk.


Pastor Shelley Willem

Coming Events

Youth Socks and Underwear Drive

socks-underwear-clipart-G4rnHF-clipartHelp our youth as they gather donations of socks and underwear for local children in need. Our goal is to match or exceed the number of donations acquired through a grant from Thrivent. We will be accepting donations through Sunday, 9/11, in the Narthex. Our youth will then be sorting the donated items during a special luncheon on that day. If you would prefer to have us do the shopping, you may leave your monetary donation in the offering plate, labeled "Youth". Thank you for your support!


For information about PreK Monday - click here!

To open the PreK Schedule - click here!


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