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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

Cluster Youth Event

Sunday, Nov. 15th from 5pm-7pm

Meet at Milwaukie Lutheran Church (3810 SE Lake Rd, Milwaukie OR 97222) for this months cluster youth event. Middle schoolers and high schoolers welcome to join in on this months theme ofThanksgiving and Hunger. We will cook, play games, watch a short video, eat food from other cultures, and engage in a discussion on food, hunger, and sustainability. Bring $2 to cover cost of food.

RSVP to Jennilee or Pastor Shelley by Saturday.

Neighborhood Events at GLC

During August, several neighborhood groups are using space at Gethsemane: On Mondays and Wednesdays, a free Tai Chi class is offered at 12:45 p.m.; on August 29 the East Portland Neighborhood office presents an Involuntary Displacement Prevention Retreat; from August 28 through August 31 there will be a dumpster in the parking lot for a Metals Fundraiser for Loaves & Fishes; and Mill Park Neighborhood has monthly meetings here the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Annual Spring InGathering

Lutheran World Relief’s Spring Ingathering The need continues and the list is long for the kits so we are going to suggest a couple of items in each month that you may consider giving for the project. We will bear in mind which items might be on sale during that time. For September we suggest CRAYONS (16 count) and SPIRAL NOTEBOOKS (70 count). Place in the box in the narthex marked Lutheran World Relief. Thanks for helping us!

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