| Organizations | Outreach
| Group Meetings | Photos
congregation encourages all members to be involved 24/7 in the world as
a direct link of faith to action. Gethsemane partners with many Austin
area groups to enhance and do ministry. Call the church office (836-8560)
or check the links to discover how you may be involved beyond the Gethsemane
Gethsemane is a vital founding partner with Austin Area Inter-religious
Ministries to bring conversation, growth, understanding and service to the Austin community. All
faiths come together for dialog, worship and to serve. Gethsemane
members participate in home repair, mentoring, dialog groups and joint worship.
is a close partner with Cross Trails
Ministry. Youth and families attend the camps during the summer at
Camp Chrysalis near Kerrville, and the Ebert Ranch Camp near Harper, Texas,
both in the Hill Country. Confirmands attend summer camp together at least
one of the summers. Since 1983, Gethsemane has gone to Camp Chrysalis
the last weekend in February for the Family of Gethsemane Retreat. Many attend of all ages, families, singles, and couples. Gethsemane college age youth have served as summer staff members for the camps.
Lutheran Church in America has a strong emphasis on education with a network
of colleges, universities and seminaries. Our closest ELCA university is
Texas Lutheran University in Seguin,
Texas, and many Gethsemane members have attended. Eight ELCA
seminaries are the graduate training schools for pastors. Seminarians
receive a college degree before being admitted to seminary. Pastors Gronberg
and Bohls attended Luther Theological
Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. The ELCA also has a seminary program
here in Austin, The Lutheran Seminary Program
of the Southwest affiliated with the Episcopalian Seminary. Pastor Schnelle graduated from this program. Gethsemane
has served as a site where seminary interns have a special year of training to prepare
them for parish experiences. Gethsemane is a close partner with the University of Texas -Austin Campus Ministry, and there are many active ELCA campus ministries around the United States.
Lutheran practices Holy Baptism for adults and infants, reminding us continually
that God chooses to claim us in his grace that saves us as well as claiming
all ages as the children of God. Baptisms may be done privately, but
they are normally part of the worship service, reminding us that we are baptized
into the community of faith. A baptismal information packet and application card are available. Contact the church office to inquire about scheduling a baptism.
Holy Communion is offered during each of the Sunday morning worship services and each Wednesday Eucharist is shared at 12 noon and 7 p.m.
All are invited to participate in the sacrament of bread and wine as the
body and blood of Jesus. We are united with God in Christ, with one another,
and with the churchs mission in the world. Communion is shared privately
with shut-ins and those hospitalized, and may be requested through the church office. Instruction is offered for those
in third grade and above.
Travel is a wonderful gift to expand the mind. Gethsemane
sees travel as ministry; people coming together by the Spirit’s
invitation to build community and create shared spirit filled memories.
There are day trip and longer ones around Texas and to nearby states.
Since 2000, pilgrimages have gone to the Holy Land and Egypt, Greece and
Turkey in the Footsteps of St. Paul, Germany and Switzerland, Italy, Scandinavia
(Denmark, Norway and Sweden), England, Ireland and Scotland, Germany, Russia, and China.
Pastor Kent and Joan Bohls will be leading a cruise trip to Australia and New Zealand January 25- Febrary 11, 2009. In September, 2010, they will be leading a trip to Austria, Switzerland and southern Germany to view the famous "Passion Play". Contact Pastor Bohls for more information on these upcoming pilgrim experiences. Mission trips have gone to Mexico, Central and South America. Classes
have invited all to share in the experience of the travels around the
world. Members and non-members are invited to share in the life enhancing
If you experience challenges with this site, please contact our Web