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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority
in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching
them to obey everything that I have commanded
you. And remember, I am with you always, to the
end of the age.”
pastor’s cup… Matt. 28:18-20
“In Our City and on Our Way!” That is the theme
for our 125th anniversary. It is a very appropriate Blessings for 2010,
statement for the events that will take place and impact
this ministry that Christ has entrusted into Gethsemane’s
Maynard Atik, interim pastor
On Sunday, February 21, 2010, we will gather for worship
and fellowship, celebrating 125 faithful years of Christ’s
ministry through Gethsemane. Pastor Jerry Buss, Assistant Council Highlights
to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission will be by Doris Rolander, Council Secretary
guest preacher at worship. Pastor Kirby Unti, pastor of St • Jean Anderson gave a fine tribute to Stan Haven for
Matthew Lutheran Church in Renton, will be our keynote the fifty-years he has served as Treasurer at Gethsemane.
speaker at our brunch following worship. Meal invitations His faithfulness has been outstanding. Bill Fovargue is
will be in the mail soon. We look forward to a full house. stepping in as the new Treasurer and will be assisted by
Stan Haven. Thanks was expressed to Bill for being willing
We received good news from the City of Seattle in mid to serve as Treasurer with his expertise in financial matters.
December. They will fund the housing project. The next
phase of funding will be met in February when we receive • In the absence of Pastor Atik who was on a week’s
loans from lenders. While that is happening, our own vacation at Chelan, Jean Anderson read his report.
fundraisers from Acumen will be approaching potential
foundations and will tell Gethsemane’s story and gain • Bill Forvargue said Gethsemane has a healthy balance
the final funds needed for this project. We really do have sheet and is well positioned to carry on for this year of
a project! Construction will begin in a year from now. transition.
Thanks be to God!!
• The fund-raiser Acumen, will be meeting monthly with
The momentum for the renovation and the apartment the GROW committee. The architects for Compass Housing
units is beginning to start up after having it set in Alliance and Olson-Kundig Architects, Beth Boram and the
“neutral” for a while. Dreaming and visioning what GROW committee will be scheduling frequent meetings
Gethsemane can be, will be for the downtown Seattle area to pursue the endless details involved in planning for the
is a challenging yet exciting activity. future building.
We’ve had visitors for Happy Hour Concerts, Festival • In an effort to keep the congregation informed about
of Carols Christmas Concert, Christmas worship progress with the plans there will be informative Coffee
services, Saturday Soup and Movies, Wednesday noon Hours and some bulletin inserts when information is
Communion services. They have experienced what available. In the meanwhile many preliminary ideas are
Gethsemane can offer the downtown community and being considered but will not necessarily be implemented
what we can do to support them in their faith journey. so it is difficult to know what is worthwhile posting as
Our neighbor, Aspira Apartments, is beginning to lease information.
apartments. The year 2010 is going to be exciting…..and
the years to come, beyond imagination! • The 125th anniversary committee is planning a catered
brunch served in the Fellowship Hall for a $20 charge
The 125th anniversary theme is very true: “In Our City per person on February 21st. Invitations have been
and on our Way!” designed and printed and will soon be mailed out to
a list that includes former pastors, members, children
Through it all let us remember Jesus’ promise to us: “And of the congregation who have moved away and many
remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” others. Benevolence offerings will be contributed to
the Gethsemane Community Services program. Gary
Anderson and Evie Bang are working on a banner.
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Notes from the President
by Jean Anderson, Council President
Two thousand ten, 2010, I can’t believe it! I just seems like During our 125th Anniversary
yesterday that Gary and I moved to Seattle from Salem, Celebration, Sunday, February 21,
Oregon. We moved to Seattle in 1986 to open a men’s there will be a special presentation
clothing store in the Pike Place Market, called The Forum in the sanctuary by Olson Kundig
Menswear. After visiting many Lutheran churches in the Architects, John Schwartz, and Beth
Seattle neighborhoods, we decided to join Gethsemane in Boram before the luncheon for those
1988 when Paul Eriks was the pastor. We just loved the who want to hear more about the
urban feel of Gethsemane and also Paul Eriks. He was a project.
classmate of mine at Pacific Lutheran. Not long after we
joined, our Social Ministry committee became interested in This is my last month serving as the
finding ways to address the problem of affordable housing congregational president. I have served for 3 years and
in Seattle. Gethsemane joined with 3 other churches and a new president will be elected on February 10, 2010. It
as partners founded LATCH in 1990. Our church, under has been such a pleasure and honor to serve Gethsemane
the leadership of Paul Eriks, made an initial pledge to as your president and I am truly grateful for your prayers
help make it through the first years of LATCH. It was a 3 and support over the years. I will stay on as a member
year process where the congregation pledged money for of the GROW committee and will also be on council for 2
church maintenance with 20% of the amount raised going more years, so I will still be heavily involved in the church
to LATCH. The pledge was called “A House for Us and a activities, just not as president. We have wonderful church
Home for Others”. That was 20 years ago, and just look at leadership with Pastor Atik and our great staff. I am so
what LATCH has done in these last 20 years. Now we find thankful that Pastor Atik agreed to stay with us while we
LATCH joining forces with Compass Center under the new worked through the ups and downs of going forward with
name of Compass Housing Alliance and they are going to our mission. In the future, when we call a new pastor, we
build affordable housing right on our site in downtown will be strong and ready to proceed due to his excellent
Seattle! AMAZING! leadership. “In Our City and On Our Way” is a great motto
for us now and for our future!
Now that the City of Seattle has approved the housing
project, the planning sessions are increasing to an We have received good news on Tuesday, January 26th,
almost fever pitch. There will be weekly and bi-weekly that the bond allocation was approved, which secures the
meetings with Olson Kundig Architects, Beth Boram, John last piece of
Schwartz, the GROW committee, Acumen, and others to public funding
meet deadlines set by the city. In an effort to keep the for the building Contents
congregation informed about progress with the plans project. Thanks Pastor’s cup... 2
there will be informative Coffee Hours and bulletin inserts be to God!
when information is available. We encourage questions Notes from the President 3
to be submitted to the GROW committee that will be Blessings and
answered during coffee hours, special meetings, and in the love, Jean LWR: Haiti Earthquake 4
Gethsemanews. Help for Haiti 5
Did you know... 6
Council Highlights Cont.
125 Gifts for Gethsemane 7
This and That 8
• The 2010 budget was unanimously recommended by the Council for approval
Express Line - Gethsemane 9
by the congregation.
Understanding a State Budget 10
A Moral Document
• Nancy Sutter reported the next Happy Hour on January 27th will feature
violinists. The first two Happy Hours attended by some fifty people each were 11
well-received. Since Ash Wednesday is the week before the 125th Anniversary
celebration there will not be a Shrove Tuesday Pancake party. The Mid-week The Spirit 12
Lenten Services will be preceded by a Soup Supper beginning February 24th. The The Spirit Continued 13
Holden Evening Prayer liturgy will be used for the Services.
Parish Calendar 14
Faith Advocacy Day
• January 18th United Way volunteers will be doing a super-cleaning job of the
Birthday’s, Credits, Prayers, Thanks 15
church kitchen under the supervision of Pat Champion. Kris Okerlund will be
involved in taking an inventory at that time. Mailing 16
Faith Advocacy Day
• Persons getting to see the free monthly glossy newspaper “City Living” will see
that Gethsemane has a half-page ad about our 125th Anniversary on the cover of
the February issue.
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P H O T O S C O U RT E S Y:
BACKGROUND LWR also contributed 670 health kits and
A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on 1,500 layettes to Church World Service
You are my help, Tuesday, January 12. The quake struck 10
miles from the capital city of Port-au-Prince
for distribution to people displaced by the
earthquake and is working to mobilize
and my deliverer; and has left the city in ruins. thousands more as the needs in Haiti grow.
do not delay, As rescue and assessment teams work to Even as relief efforts continue, LWR
O my God. reach people in need, a clearer picture of and partners are now also making
the situation in Haiti is emerging. Latest plans for a three to five year response to
—Psalm 40:17b estimates put the death toll as high as help communities recover from this
200,000 with more than a million people in devastating crisis.
need of shelter and emergency assistance.
Now you can also
YOU CAN HELP
text gifts to LWR from The island continues to experience • PRAY – for all those affected and those
your cell phone. It’s powerful aftershocks, inciting fear of who are there to help.
quick and easy. Just another big earthquake and hampering
text LWR to 40579 to on-going aid efforts. • GIVE – by making a donation to the Haiti
make a $10 donation. Earthquake fund, you will help ensure that
Remember to reply YES LWR AND PARTNERS ARE RESPONDING LWR is able to quickly provide the most
to the confirmation. Lutheran World Relief is committing effective assistance.
$2.25 million to relief efforts in Haiti.
LWR accepts donations by phone at
LWR is coordinating with a network of 400
800-LWR-LWR-2, online at lwr.org or by
and data rates staff on the ground through partnerships
mailing a check or money order to:
may apply. with Catholic Relief Services, local
responding organizations, and other
Lutheran World Relief
international relief agencies to ensure that
the people of Haiti get immediate access to
P.O. Box 17061
water, food, and shelter.
Baltimore, MD 21298-9832
LWR is also responding to this emergency
Once immediate needs are met, further gifts
as a member of the Action by Churches
will be used to help LWR respond where the
Together (ACT) International global aid
need is greatest, in Haiti or elsewhere around
alliance. With support from LWR, ACT
the globe. Please also consider making an
partner Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
unrestricted donation which will enable LWR
is helping to deliver water containers,
to respond quickly to the next emergency.
purification supplies and shelter items. With
other partners, LWR is working to supply food, • LEARN MORE – LWR is also exploring other
hygiene supplies and sanitation in Port-au- options for extended assistance, including
Prince and heavily affected communities in the possible provision of LWR quilts and kits.
the surrounding areas. For the most up-to-date information on these
Lutheran World Relief is a ministry of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA),
ongoing efforts and how you can be part of
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS),
individuals and parish groups in international relief,
the recovery effort, visit lwr.org/Haiti.
development, advocacy and social responsibility.
LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF 700 LIGHT STREET BALTIMORE, MD 21230 USA 1.800.LWR.LWR.2 LWR.ORG
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Help for Haiti Ten Facts About Claiming
With TV cameras from KOMO News and KING 5 filming Donations Made to Haiti
for the Monday 11:00 p.m. evening news, people gathered to If you are donating to charities providing earthquake relief in
hear over 20 performers sing and play for the benefit to help Haiti, you may be able to claim those donations on your 2009
the earthquake victims in Haiti. The benefit received over tax return. Here are 10 important facts the Internal Revenue
$1,000, with more gifts promised in the mail. There is still a Service wants you to know about this special provision.
chance for you to offer a gift to help the sisters and brothers
in Haiti. Make your checks out to Gethsemane Lutheran and 1. A new law allows you to claim donations for Haitian relief
memo it “Haiti”. A single check will be cut and sent to the on your 2009 tax return, which you will be filing this year.
ELCA Disaster Response.
2. The contributions must be made specifically for the relief of
Accompanying this article is a news item from the IRS victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.
making it possible for you to declare any gifts given now in
2010 for Haiti relief on your 2009 tax returns. Read carefully 3. To be eligible for a deduction on the 2009 tax return,
and note that donations given to Gethsemane & the ELCA donations must be made after Jan. 11, 2010 and before March
qualify for this deduction. Please respond quickly so these 1, 2010.
funds can be put to good use. Thank you for your caring
support. 4. In order to be deductible, contributions must be made to
qualified charities and can not be designated for the benefit of
specific individuals or families.
5. The new law applies only to cash contributions.
6. Cash contributions made by text message, check, credit
card or debit card may be claimed on your federal tax return.
7. You must itemize your deductions in order to claim these
donations on your tax return.
8. You have the option of deducting these contributions on
either your 2009 or 2010 tax return, but not both.
9. Contributions made to foreign organizations generally are
not deductible. You can find out more about organizations
helping Haitian earthquake victims from agencies such as
the U.S. Agency for International Development ( www.usaid.
10. Federal law requires that you keep a record of any
deductible donations you make. For donations by text
message, a telephone bill will meet the record-keeping
requirement if it shows the name of the organization
receiving your donation, the date of the contribution, and the
amount given. For cash contributions made by other means,
be sure to keep a bank record, such as a cancelled check or a
receipt from the charity. Receipts should show the name of
the charity, the date and amount of the contribution.
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Did You Know...
This is a monthly fun fact article that I would like to share
from the archives. Ok, a quiz - When was the Christ Statue
installed at the parish hall buildling?
• The statue is twelve feet tall and weighs two thousand
• It cost five thousand dollars and is made of reinforced cast
• Bill Blair, anthropologist for the Boeing Company created
• It was dedicated by Reverend Everett Jensen and the
Gethsemane congreagation on May 28, 1961.
• Most people in the neighborhood call this the “Jesus
church” because of the statue.
• The new parish hall was dedicated at the same time with
a cost of two hundred fifty dollars in 1961.
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Gethsemane Lutheran Church
"In Our City, and On Our Way"
125 GIFTS FOR GETHSEMANE COMMUNITY SERVICES
Celebrate our 125th anniversary with a gift that will help those who need it most and come to
Gethsemane seeking God's mercy and grace. It is the goal of Gethsemane Community
Services to assist each client to overcome the barriers to wholeness and a life of dignity and
$150 will provide a homeless person with warm shelter for one month
$35 will provide the documentation necessary for a WA State ID
$75 will provide for a commercial driver’s license
$45 will provide a driver's license for a new resident
$25 will provide for a new driver's license
$15 will replace a lost driver's license
$50 will provide a pair of work boots required on certain job sites
$10 will provide a food handler's permit required for jobs in restaurants
$22.50 will provide a week of round trips on the Metro system for jobs, interviews, and
$15 will provide cab fare to a local hospital emergency room
$10 will provide a long distance call to reconnect with family
Monetary donations may be sent to:
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
911 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Please indicate that your donation is for the 125 Gift List for GCS
February 2010 – Gethsemane Lutheran ChurCh – 7
This and That
Every now and then we receive a creative piece from “Book Gift to Gethsemane’s Library” Gethsemane’s
one of our friends at Gethsemane. This is a second gift Library is the recipient of Greg Mortonson’s new work,
from our substitute organist, Thaddeus Stuart. Thank you Stones into Schools. The new work is a gift from Queen
Thaddeus for your gospel words. Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. Earlier in 2009 we
received from Queen Anne Books Greg Mortonson’s first
Sonnet II bestseller, Three cups of Tea. Stones into Schools is about
Thaddeus promoting peace with books, not bombs in Afghanistan
and Pakistan. Please check it out. We extend our thanks to
Malachi 1: 2, 3; Romans 9:13 Queen Anne Books for their generosity.
“I Jacob love; his brother did I hate.”
Great God, Your words of cruel injustice reek! Parking Arrangements: As of this GethsemaNews print-
His birthright he despised? Who spurned His state ing, there is no definitive word on the new parking ar-
In heaven, deity itself, to seek rangements in the Aspira building complex. Details are
Unworthy, sinning souls? Strange women wom still being worked out and as soon as the office finds out
His hear? You comb all tribes of Earth to find the final plans the congregation will be notified. In the
Your bride, the church! No one but the Son meantime, continue to use the U-Park across the street.
Of God could breathe that Spirit, forgiving, kind, Thank you for your understanding and patience in this
Which Jacob met when, fleeing new-stirred fray matter.
And seeking refuge, he to Esau came.
My prayer fails; You say, “In My Name pray.” SAM Talks: Jim Olson, Architect; February 24, 2010; 7–8
So Jacob once asked in his brother’s name. pm; Plestcheeff Auditorium. Free and open to the public at
He, Esau, is Christ’s shadow backward cast. the Seattle Art Museum.
“Well done!” God says, and hugs him close at last.
Jim Olson, founding partner of Seattle-based Olson Kun-
dig Architects, and the architect for the Church renovation
discusses projects from his book Jim Olson Houses (The
Copyright (c) 2009 by Thaddeus James Stuart Monacelli Press). With projects as varied as an art collec-
Permission is given here to anyone who may want it, tor’s retreat along Lake Washington and an estate outside
to copy and disseminate this sonnet. Hong Kong, Olson’s work captures intangible qualities of
nature, art and the sensibilities of the collector.
February Food of the Month
Please reach out to the
increasing numbers of homeless
people in our community with
your gifts of :
• 7-oz cans of luncheon meat
• 15-oz cans of pork & beans
or $10.00 will buy a whole case of pork and beans.
If you prefer, you can donate on-line with our Virtual Food Drive.
Just log on to www.emergencyfeeding.org to start shopping.
These gifts will provide easy-to-use food for people with no place to cook.
For all those who rely on this service to help feed themselves and their
families, thank you very much for your help.
(206) 329-0300 Seattle
The Emergency Feeding Program (425) 653-1652 Eastside
8 of Seattle & King County email: firstname.lastname@example.org
– February 2010 – Gethsemane Lutheran ChurChweb: www.emergencyfeeding.org
Express Line – Gethsemane
by Dwight Robinson from Cross & Crown Lutheran Church photos by Kim Charie of http://kimcharie.com
December, 2009 FINALLY, the call to enter. Red-
topped teenagers directed diners
It was a salty, sandy Saturday in to tables. Santa hats helped stow
the city. Misty, moisty clouds hung packsacks and coats. Music
low over a town that most likely marked the march and sparkled
would not see a white Christmas. the Christmas mist. Piano,
A gritty sidewalk glared back at all violin, guitar, sax, and flute
who ventured there. made merry moments. After a
short prayer, a white-capped
Most travelers abandoned the cook called, “Let’s eat some
streets as quickly as possible. For food!”
others, it was their home. Down the
street, at a 125 year old city church, As the meal progressed, swirling
a long line was forming, and a servers swept around tables
quick glance could tell you this wasn’t a church convention. with more coffee and juice. But soon, too soon, dinner
These were tourist of the hard road, survivors of ventures was done. Small presents of caps, gloves were handed out
that lost. In a word – street-homeless. From highballers of and diners called back their thanks and retired to watch
the woods to seaman from the dogwatch, it was dinner at cartoons and nap. For a little while, the nitty, gritty city was
God’s diner today. outside and they were inside. Bells overhead proclaimed,
“Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel”. Then the band chimed in with
For these men and woman on other similar Saturdays, “Born is the King of Israel.”
sandwiches, soup and coffee filled the menu. And
appreciated, mind you. But today was special. It was Have a misty, Merry Christmas
almost Christmas. Inside dancing pre-school decorations,
Girl Scout greeting cards, and small boxes of candy covered
the table. ‘Neath banners, costumed teams would serve
humor, ham, and turkey with the trimmings. The spirits of
the waiting men and women were high.
“Hardy hobos,” laughed one guy. “We didn’t need a map,”
remarked another. (Hobos of the 30s marked good feeds
on the outside of churches like this one.) “Cool Clogs”,
remarked one man, pointing to another man’s boots. “I
need them for the long road! Good gear yourself, but no
February 2010 – Gethsemane Lutheran ChurCh – 9
ON WASHINGTON ASSOCIATION OF
10 – February 2010 – Gethsemane Lutheran ChurCh
save the date
Join us to Lift Every Voice on
Faith Advocacy Day
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
At the State Capitol in Olympia
Begin the day at United Churches in Olympia.
Move to the State Capitol for lunch and legislative meetings.
Meet your legislators and voice your concerns.
Registration materials will be available in December. For more information, contact one of the primary sponsors:
Washington Association of Churches, (206) 625-9790, Lutheran Public Policy Office, (206) 464-4133, and
Church Council of Greater Seattle (206) 525-1213
LATCH: “Wow! The Holiday Gift Giving Program was a wonderful success due to the incredible energy of supporters
like you! Just over 100 households, and the Angle Lake Senior Community, were showered with hundreds upon
hundreds of thoughtfully chosen gifts and gift cards. All of us at LATCH were overwhelmed with your generosity and
reminded daily of how profoundly touching the season can be. On behalf of everyone here, especially our residents, we
sincerely THANK YOU.”
Nightwatch: “It’s such a glorious time of year. Thank you so much for your generous help. Operation Nightwatch
depends on our friends all through the year. We appreciate what you have done.”
Lifelong Aids Alliance: “Your donation helps us continue to improve the lives of the men, women and children living
with and affected by HIV and AIDS in Seattle/King and more recently Pierc, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties.”
Northwest Harvest: “Your support brings hope and brightens lives by putting nutritious food on the table for
thousands of our neighbors in need of food in Washington.”
The Church Council of Greater Seattle: “The gifts we receive from congregations such as you assure us that the ministry
of the Church Council is in fact an expression of many people in our community, people who are as committed as we
are to making the love of God visible in 21st Century America.”
ELCA: “THANK YOU for your ELCA Missionary Sponsorship gift. I thank God for the over 250 ELCA missionaries
who teach, build, grow, heal, nurture, and proclaim the Gospel in almost 50 countries around the world. I thank God
for sponsors like you; your faithful support helps missionaries do what needs to be done. I thank God for the ministries
made possible when global neighbors, missionaries and sponsors work ‘hand in hand’ together.”
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News for the congregations of the Northwest Washington Synod of the
Volume 26, Number 5
27, 2 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America May-June 2009
We Are The Stewards Of God’s Creation
Disciples Follow Jesus
byby The Rev. Chris Boerger, Bishop
The Rev. Wm Chris Boerger, Bishop
At the recent those who do have the gift of understanding
Faith the January
In Advocacy model, we remain climate and human beings
the complexities ofin charge. It is my time, my
Day in supplement
synod Olympia I skill and my interests. Do in agreement that
affects on the climate are I want to use my life
in The Lutheran
had the opportunity in support of this or that institution?
we are having a damaging effect on the world.
magazine I focused
to testify before The underlying now is not sustainable
What we are doingmechanisms may be or
on the House
a Statefact that desirable. disciples know that Jesus is Lord
God calls on the
committeeus to It is critical for we have to follow where
of the church andthe church to speak on
Cap and Invest bill
be disciples, not we are called to go will be damaged by our
behalf of those whoin service. Yes, we have
(Senate Bill 5735)
members. This is individual gifts, but they are for many of
current practices. This includes the purpose of
thata new idea nor
not building up communities of our
the poorest the Body of Christ. world and
is it proposed to the
had unique to me. the non-human is using us to call new
for In addition, God communities of plants
There are disciples into relationship with Jesus God’s
and animals. We are the stewards of and
I found pastors
number of creation. with their gifts, which the whole
in this position
and non-ordained So what do we do? I are learning from
church needs. Disciples would encourage
leaders in this involvement with in Care
because of mysynod who are outthe front on our to learn more about organizations like
you Lord. Disciples are serving as Jesus did.
of Creation Ready Bench of the IEvangelical
this understanding in ways that am trying to Disciples are (www.earthministry.org). This
Earth Ministrycalling their friends, neighbors
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastors
learn and understand. One of these Conference and total strangers to come and see and the
site focuses on sustainable practicesso that
commented that conference we have divided
of Bishops. As a I did miss one important aspect they might is written as very readable and
informationalso servein adisciples of Jesus.
ourselves into small focus groups that will It is format. David Rhoads at the Lutheran
usable clear that the membership model is
of discipleship in my Lutheran article.
represent this church on current issues in our School of Theology in Chicago developed
Disciples follow Jesus in word and deed, and an institutional model that is not the future of
society. I am on the Care of Creation Ready another resource (www.webofcreation.org).
they also are called to call new disciples. Christ’s church. We will continue to ask the
Bench. On this site you will find information about
In this age of individualized faith and faith institutional questions about membership, but
I agreed to do this because I am convinced becoming at green congregation. These are
practices, we need to hear we are responsible the real need for the church is the discipleship
that our stewardship of God’s creation is a critical two places to start.
to and for the neighbor. Disciples of Jesus of the followers of Jesus. Disciples are always
part of what it means to be a human being. In the long term we as a culture will need
God created us encourage this creation. We
invite, provoke, to care for ,and call others to learning, serving and live. That call others to
to change the way weseeking to will be hard.
understand that what we own is texts in for the
be disciples. One of my favorite in trust John’s follow Jesus. Fellow disciples, we have work
The accusing finger of God’s law will
gospel is the call We are accountable to God, to
real owner, God. of Nathaniel. His call came from to do.again be pointed at us. We can deny or
his neighbors did to answer all of his questions
our friend who andnotfuture generations for our despair the accusation or we can recognize
but merely invited him to this created world.
decisions on how we usecome and see. the call we have from God to be stewards.
We make the process farthat the science ofIn
I will be the first to admit a daily Note: The encourage your
This is Editor’s struggle. IJanuary supplement
doing so, we take the path debate resistance
the current global warming of least is beyond and to the the power of God at be found on
witness toLutheran magazine canwork among
the avoidance of calling new disciples. We are
my limited understanding. I also recognize that on the synod’s website at www.lutheransnw.org/
us and all creation.
a walk of faith in a community of other walkers publications. To subscribe to The Lutheran
magazine please visit www.thelutheran.org
our Advocacy Day in Olympia was co-sponsored this year by the Lutheran Public Policy or
who know thatFaith destination and our journey is
Office (LPPO),us and to the world around us. call 1-800-328-4648.
a blessing to the Washington Association of Churches, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Many
Lutherans were present. In the morning Bishop Boerger, along with an unusual presence of the Governor,
I have objected to calling other disciples
testified in support of SB5735 - the Cap & Invest bill. Bishop Boerger serves on Gov. Gregoire’s Climate
volunteers. When we use the volunteerism
Action Team and serves on the ELCA’s Conference of Bishop’s Care of Creation Ready Bench.
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Earthquake in Haiti
We have all heard about the 7.0 earthquake via mail.) Or, you can easily visit www.elca.
in Haiti that occurred on January 12 that org/haitiearthquake and make your donation
devastated the small country. More than 30 on-line. One hundred percent of your gifts
aftershocks have occurred, with one at 6.1 designated to Haiti will be used in this vital
magnitude. We have seen the devastation in response effort.
video and photos. We have heard about the † Lutheran World Relief Launched Text-to-
large number of deaths and injured, and how aid Give—To support LWR from your cell phone,
is slowly beginning to get to the people in need. just text the keyword “LWR” to 40579 to
Thankfully the Lutheran World Federation donate $10. Remember to reply YES to the
(LWF) were all ready on the island and confirmation.(Standard messaging and data
were spared. They were able to focus their rates may apply.) You may also visit
immediate efforts on issues of water safety www.lwr.org to give directly through their
and sanitation, assisting with medical triage, website.
and providing emergency shelter for the many † Thrivent Financial for Lutherans—Thrivent
who are now homeless. (The ELCA has long- will match members’ gifts to LWR for Haiti,
standing relationships in Haiti through several giving $1 for every $2 donated, up to $1
organizations and the Lutheran Church in Haiti.) million. Members can make their donation
The ELCA is working closely with other online at www.thrivent.com/helpinghaiti or at
organizations that include: ACT International, 1-800-236-3736.
Church World Service, Lutheran World
Federation - World Service, and Lutheran World On January 19 the ELCA reported that
Relief. individuals and congregations of the ELCA had
On January 19 Lutheran World Relief (LWR) contributed more than $1.2 million to fund relief
announced that it was shipping health kits and efforts of ELCA partner organizations working on
layettes to be distributed to Haitian earthquake the ground in Haiti.
LWR partner Church World Service will
distribute the shipment of 650 health kits and
1500 layettes, the first of multiple planned
shipments to Haiti. LWR has committed material
The Spirit, a publication of the Northwest Washington
resources valued at nearly $500,000 and plans Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
to send more health kits and layettes, along with (ELCA), is intended for members, leaders, and clergy
quilts and school kits, in the near future. of synod congregations and organizations.
Congregations are encouraged to copy The Spirit and
Your help is needed today to bring immediate include it in their own newsletters. The Spirit can be
relief and continued hope for our brothers and downloaded from the Synod website.
sisters in Haiti. About 3 million people, one-
third of Haiti’s population, were affected by this Northwest Washington Synod, ELCA
5519 Phinney Ave North
earthquake. Seattle, WA 98103-5829
There are many ways to give: Toll Free: 1-800-244-6997
† ELCA International Disaster Response— Fax: 206-783-9833
You may give to ELCA Disaster Response
by: Check or money orders sent to ELCA Editor: Margit Peiffle
Disaster Response, 39330 Treasury Center, Email: email@example.com
Chicago, IL 60694-9300 (write “Haiti Telephone: 425-299-6667
Earthquake Relief” on your check’s memo
line; Credit card by phone: 800-638-3522 Information for the March 2010 issue of The Spirit is due to the
Synod Office by Wednesday, February 3.
(Credit card contributions may also be made
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FEBRUARY 2010 17 Wed 12 Noon Ash Wednesday, Chapel
2 Tue 1:00 pm Community Services -Pr. Maynard Atik
1:00 pm Orion Youth Center Staff 1:30 pm Office Staff
6:00 pm Grow Committee 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday (eve)
3 Wed 12 Noon Holy Communion, Chapel 18 Thu 1:00 pm Community Services
-Pr. Maynard Atik 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal
1:00 pm Endowment Committee 20 Sat 11:00 am Soup and Movies Christmas
1:30 pm Office Staff
3:30 pm GCS Advisory Committee 21 SUN 1ST SUNDAY OF LENT
4 Thu 1:00 pm Community Services & 125TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal & EMERGENCY FEEDING PROGRAM
6 Sat 11:00 am Soup and Movies 9:00 am Christian Education
10:00 am Holy Communion
7 SUN 5TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
-Pr. Maynard Atik
9:00 am Christian Education
11:15 am Coffee Hour
10:00 am Holy Communion
12:00 noon Celebration Luncheon
-Pr. Maynard Atik
11:15 am Coffee Hour
8 Mon 9:00 am GethsemaNews Deadline 23 Tue 1:00 pm Community Services
9 Tue 1:00 pm Community Services 1:00 pm Orion Youth Center Staff
1:00 pm Orion Youth Center Staff 6:00 pm GROW Committee
6:00 pm GROW Committee 24 Wed 12 Noon Holy Communion, Chapel
6:30 pm Finance Committee Meeting -Pr. Maynard Atik
10 Wed 12 Noon Holy Communion, Chapel 1:30 pm Office Staff
-Pr. Maynard Atik 6:00 pm Lenten Soup
1:30 pm Office Staff 6:45 pm Lenten Service
6:30 pm Parish Council Meeting
25 Thu 1:00 pm Community Services
11 Thu 1:00 pm Community Services 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal
27 Sat 11:00 am Soup and Movies Christmas
13 Sat 11:00 am Soup and Movies
28 SUN 2ND SUNDAY OF LENT
14 SUN TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD 9:00 am Christian Education
9:00 am Christian Education
10:00 am Holy Communion
10:00 am Holy Communion
-Pr. Maynard Atik
-Pr. Maynard Atik 11:15 am Coffee Hour
11:15 am Coffee Hour
16 Tue 1:00 pm Community Services
1:00 pm Orion Youth Center Staff
6:00 pm GROW Committee
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Gethsemane Lutheran ChurCh
911 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101-1492
Phone: (206) 682–3620
Web Site: www.urbanfaith.org
2/1 Barbara Chamberland
Congregation Officers 2/1 Dola Conway
Council President 2/5 Ellen Steinbart
Jean Anderson 2/10 Paul Hinrichsen
Vice President 2/14 Gail Fisher-Figueroa
Bill Fovargue 2/18 Paul Hensel
2/21 Jessica Rugland
2/23 Rachel Pesis
Stanley Haven 2/24 Scott Melancer
LENT AT GETHSEMANE
Pastor The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday services on February 17th
Pr. Maynard Atik
at 12 noon and 7: 00 p.m., with the Imposition of Ashes.
Director of Music Wednesdays during Lent: Soup
David G. Barela
Supper at 6:00 p.m., followed by
Haugen Evening Prayers in the
Gethsemane Community Chapel at 6:45. Meditation theme
Services Director will center on the “I AM” phrases
in the gospel of John. Sign up to
donate soup and bread on the
Office Administrator signup sheet on the bulletin board
across from the lounge.
Please keep in your prayers…
… Our home bound – Robert Hull Nelson;
Custodian/Security … Hospitalized – Doris Farmer;
Gregory Keels … Those in need of prayer for strength and healing – Gary Anderson,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Betty Casey, Pat Champion, Marie Cress, Irene Haven, Gail
Assistant Treasurer/Accountant Hendrickson, Louise Hintz, Marian Johnson, Rose Mary Pendergast,
Sara Williams Ruth Pipe, Evelyn Pittman, Iris Tompkins, and Mark Wogsland;
E-mail: email@example.com … Our staff – Charles, David, Greg, Kareen, Pr. Maynard, Sara, and
GethsemaNews is a publication … Luther Seminary, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Pacific
of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Lutheran University, Trinity Lutheran College, and all Lutheran
Seattle, Washington. institutions of higher learning and their students;
Editor: Charles Cadwallader … Our bishops – Wm Chris Boerger and Mark S. Hanson;
… ELCA Domestic and International Disaster Response;
Deadline: Monday, January 11 for the … The people of Haiti as they recover from the devastating earthquake
February issue. Please e-mail articles and mourn those lost
and announcements to: … Our companion congregation the French Speaking Lutheran–
firstname.lastname@example.org. Protestant Church in Moscow;
… Peace - in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Sri Lanka, in the Middle East, and
in all parts of our world.
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News NON-PROFIT ORG.
A PublicAtion of PERMIT NO. 3771
911 S t e wA rt S t r e e t , S e At t l e , wA 98101-1492
Return Service Requested
Sundays at Gethsemane
9:00 am Christian Education (all ages)
(September through May)
10:00 am Holy Communion
11:15 am Coffee and Fellowship
Wednesdays at Gethsemane
12 noon Holy Communion
Musicale 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 24
Renaissance to Modern Music
Mary Jensen, Flute
Ben Williams, Oboe
Yuriy Mikhlin, Violin
Brian Warton, Cello
Refreshments: 5:00 p.m.
Concert: 5:30 p.m.
The concert and refreshments are free!
(Donations gladly accepted to offset costs).
Gethsemane Lutheran Church
911 Stewart Street, Seattle WA 98101 • 206.682.3620
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