This is a community wide event sponsored by the Upsala Lions Group and TimeOut Sports Bar and Grill.
Just finished our shift at the Operation Christmas Child distribution center. Excited about next year!
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Sometimes, we may find ourselves facing a life crisis or living in a vulnerable state, or perhaps we have a personal or family need. These things can happen to any of us, at one time or another. At times like these, our pastor and members of our congregation are here to help you through the temporary rough patch in the road. We’re ready to love and help serve our neighbor with care and compassion. We believe Christ has freed us to embrace and care for people of all ages, in any situation, or in any context.
Kids Fighting Hunger
Kids Fighting Hunger is a volunteer-driven effort to provide emergency food relief where crisis has struck and there is an immediate need. We put our many hands to work to package emergency food. Our financial support goes to help offset the cost of ingredients and the distribution of food globally, kidsfightinghunger.org
Oasis Share-A-Meal is a free supper served every Thursday night in Little Falls, MN. Gethsemane along with other groups in the area take turns providing and serving the meal, oasiscm.org/share-a-meal
Hands of Hope Resource Center
Hands of Hope Resource Center is a local resource center advocating, educating, and promoting societal change for those affected by violence and abuse. We support this center through financial gifts, and the Hands of Hope Tag Tree we put up every December, handsofhope.org
Morrison County Food Shelf
To help relieve hunger in our area, we provide both financial support and donations of non-perishable food items to the Morrison County Food Shelf in Little Falls, Minnesota. We donate food and money year-round, but increase our donations during the months of November and March. Visit: hungersolutions.org
Lutheran World Relief (LWR)Empowered by God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ, Lutheran World Relief envisions a world in which each person and every generation lives in justice, dignity, and peace. Lutheran World Relief works with partners in 35 countries to help people grow food, improve their health, strengthen their communities, end conflict, build livelihoods, and recover from disasters. Gethsemane Lutheran Church holds an annual drive to send school kits and health care kits to people in need through LWR. lwr.org
Wycliffe USA is an organization that works worldwide to translate the Bible, not only into the written Word of God, but also to reflect through their lives the love of God, as well, wycliffe.org
ELCA Global Mission (Dr. Steve & Bethany Friberg)
Dr. Steve and Bethany Friberg live as missionaries in Tanzania, Africa. Steve works to reactivate medical dispensaries in North Maasailand, and Bethany works with Maasai women to create an international market for the women’s beautiful beadwork. Our financial donations and prayers support their ministry, elca.org.
Fair Trade Project
Fair Trade provides the means through which farmers and artisans around the globe can earn a fair wage, support and build up their communities, and protect the environment. Each of us can help by purchasing Fair Trade coffee, tea, and chocolate during church office hours, or on Sunday mornings. We also host a Serrv Fair (formerly “Fair Trade Fair”) in November, at which you can purchase and/or order Fair Trade handcrafted items. For more information: lwrcoffee.com
The Women of the ELCA (WELCA) holds a SERVV Fair two Sundays in October or November, you can purchase and/or order handcrafted items through Lutheran World Relief that will be delivered in December. For more information: lwr.org
Twice a year, our church members along with our youth group walk the ditches, along a two-mile stretch of Highway 238, just south of Upsala, picking up trash, dot.state.mn.us/adopt