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In this IssueIn this IssueIn this IssueIn this Issue
Pastors Message P. 2
Adult Education P. 3
Play and Learn P. 5
Stuff the Truck P. 6
Blood Drive P. 6
Stuff the Truck P. 7
New Members P. 8
Prayer Concerns P. 10
On Sunday, April 28, Gethsemane will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA was formed when former
Lutheran bodies, the American Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Church in America,
and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches merged to form the largest
Lutheran denomination in America. The constituting convention of the ELCA took
place in Columbus, OH April 30 - May 3, 1987 after several years of discussion and
negotiations. Since Gethsemane was one of the only AELC churches in the area,
many of our members were a vital part of those discussions and the final
convention. The ELCA was officially formed on January 1, 1988. On Sunday, April
28, our own Violet Meek who was a part of the discussions, negotiations, and
assembly will preach and will lead the education hour with input from others who
Through Holy Week and Easter, we go through the
cycle that we go through every year: Jesus eats with
friends, Jesus is arrested and killed, Jesus is dead,
Jesus rises from the tomb. Easter is the culmination of
these days, the exciting conclusion to the story. Its a
great event. But we know next year, we will do the
story all over again the same way. Back to the
beginning, again and again.
Its important to know that we share the last week in
Jesus and Easter, not just because they are events that
deserve commemorating like Independence Day or
Presidents Day. Holy Week and Easter are what we
experience as human beings in this world.
We live and make relationships, we suffer and feel
pain, and we die. Not just our eventual, final death,
but all the smaller disappointments and endings and
devastations that we experience on the way: the
death of loved ones, the ending of a long time dream,
financial hardships. And then we all actually do die in
the end. All of those things are just realities of life.
Everyone in all sorts of religions can agree on that
But heres where Christians have a unique spin on the
whole life thing: we believe that after all those things,
God makes new things happen. We believe that little
deaths (and big deaths) are not the end. Are never the
end. Rebirth, new life, resurrection. We believe in the
miracles that God can do in us and through us even
after death, small and large.
So this Easter season, I hope that you dont just come
to Easter Sunday Worship to remember an event in
the past. I pray that you experience the promise of
hope and love and forgiveness in your life today and
Rev. June Wilkins
Gethsemane joins B.R.E.A.D
In the March meeting, our Congregation Council voted
to become a member of B.R.E.A.D., the Columbus area
justice organization. The mission of B.R.E.A.D is to
draw upon the strength of people of faith to act on
issues of justice and fairness in the Greater Columbus
Each year, through a process of house meeting, voting
and consensus building B.R.E.A.D agrees on an issue to
research and work towards resolving. For 2013, the
congregations of B.R.E.A.D chose to focus on
discrimination against immigrants in our city.
Our Gethsemane B.R.E.A.D team includes Darlene
Norman, David Norman, Wendy Luedke and Lee Ann
Perrin. The congregation is invited to join in on the
Rally on April 8th at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at
6:30pm. And the Nehemiah Action on May 6th at the
Celeste Center at 6:15. B.R.E.A.D relies on the
attendance of the member churches and the strength
of numbers to influence politicians and leaders to
make good and just decisions. If you have any
questions about any of these events, you can ask one
of our team members.
LIFETIME LEARNING Christian Education about life, for life, and for a lifetime.
Sundays at 10:45 AM
In the Multi-Purpose Room
Discussion of Contemporary Worship
Leaders Pr. June and Dr. Tim
The people of Gethsemane are invited to share
thoughts and ideas about the style and content of our
contemporary worship. If you enjoy contemporary
worship, come and share!
April 14 and 21
Leader Joanne Leussing,
Environmental Stewardship Ministry Team
Plastic seems to be indispensable to everyone's life.
But it is made from non-renewable oil, a lot of oil, and
seldom used more than once. The film Bag It focuses
on the downside of plastic in a humorous and com-
pelling manner. It forces us to see that plastic trash is
everywhere: clogging waterways, forming immense
trash piles in the oceans, and killing marine life.
Landfills are overloaded with this stuff that takes years
to break down. Chemicals in plastic appear to be
affecting people's health. Scientists are interviewed as
the film puts the whole picture together. Can we live
without plastic? The main character gives it a good-
natured try. Come to see the film and be a part of our
Earth Day discussion on caring for God's creation.
On Our Way Rejoicing:
The ELCA Comes to Columbus
Leader Rev. Violet Meek
How did the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
come into being? Where? Why? Who? What was it
supposed to be? All questions appropriate to a 25th
Anniversary. They are especially appropriate here at
Gethsemane because our congregation was right in
the thick of the action right here in Columbus when
the ELCA Constituting Convention came to town. On
that day, twenty-five years ago, three separate
Lutheran church bodies came together out of the
conviction that we could better serve Gods kingdom
and Gods people together than we could separately.
The road to unity was bumpy and messy. There were
speeches, demonstrations, high drama, and
sometimes the sound of heavenly laughter. Many of
us were there; some of us were actually the planners.
All of us were the pray-ers. Remember the dream as
we plan for the future.
Violet Meek, now a Gethsemane member, was an LCA
representative to the Ohio Transition Team, Chair of
the Southern Ohio Synod Transition Team, and Co-
Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the
LLLLEARN EARN EARN EARN
Gethsemane Reading Group April 24 7:30 pm
The End of Your Life Book Club Written by Will Schwalbe
Discussion led by Carol Prigan
You are invited to attend this book discussion
group in the library each month or to come when
For more information, please contact Sharon
Walton (614-451-4820 or Barbara Ford (614-263-
Brown Bag Bible Bash Resumes
The group resumes again the Wednesday following
Easter, April 3, at 12:00 noon.
Straying from the usual path for a few weeks the
group will use material primarily from the Lutheran
Study Bible, pages 19-27 and 1521-1552.
The topics are:
Apr. 3 An Introduction to the Bible what is it and
what is in it?
Apr. 10 Martin Luther on the Bible how he read it
law and Gospel is it the word of God?
understanding and interpreting the scriptures.
Apr. 17 The Small Catechism, a simple guide for the
Book of Faith, and, Lutheran insights that open the
Bible five key principles.
Apr. 24 What should we expect when we read the
Bible?, and, the Bible and Gods Mission looking at
the Bible from th