Welcome to Gethsemane Lutheran Church

A foundation of faith in Carmichael CA. since 1955



4706 Arden Way

Carmichael, CA   95608-5802

Office: (916) 483-5047





 From the Pastor


Olive Branch Reader:

The image of the olive branch is a symbol of peace, of hope, promise and restoration in my mind. After Noah comes through the waters of the flood, the olive branch is that sign from God.

In the coming month, the Olive Branch newsletter will be augmenting, slightly. The mailing list of the newsletter will begin to encompass two congregations: Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. And the newsletter will shift from a monthly to a quarterly publication while a weekly Spirit bulletin will be sent to both churches.

Our mailing list for the newsletter needs updating! And the church directory is being updated for a printing of both churches as well. If you are receiving this newsletter in error or have not been in touch with the church for awhile and want to continue to receive this missive, please inform the church office. We want to stay connected, please keep the church apprised of changes in your contact information.

And a June Olive Branch will introduce the Pentecost season next month. And may we continue in this Easter and Pentecost season continue to witness in word and deed to the peace, hope, promise and restoration of God.

Pastor Jason Bense



LCOR Weekly Newsletter

 The loss of a dear member of our church:

Lee Sutter, Sr., was called home to eternal rest on May 18, 2017. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, on October 16, 1941. Lee was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. He was a longtime member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, where he lent a joyful voice to the choir and served on the church council. Lee followed in his father's footsteps and was an active member of the Free & Accepted Masons and served as Worshipful Master several times. He was also the recipient of the Hiram Award which was given in recognition of his years of service to the Masonic Order. Lee served on the board of Sierra Sunrise Sr. Apartments and spent many Saturday mornings enjoying coffee and doughnuts with his friends. Most of all, Lee was proud of his family, especially his five children. He is survived by his brother, Paul Sutter, his daughters, Karie Sutter, Kristin Shumaker, Kelly Dankbar, Kim Perry, his son, Bobby Sutter, and 7 grandchildren. He will be remembered for his buckwheat pancakes, popcorn, and playful antics at family gatherings. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 4706 Arden Way, Carmichael, CA. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Gethsemane Lutheran Church.



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Welcome to the Gethsemane Lutheran Church. We hope this site will help you learn  about us.  We are a small, progressive faith community, within the Lutheran tradition, dedicated to ministry for and with older adults.  The transition from the world of work and career into the world of retirement is much more than the "shutting down" of a vocation.  These years are not about ending as much as they are about beginnings: new experiences, new challenges, and new opportunities.  Together, through worship, music, education, fellowship, and service we explore this wonderland of possibilities.  "We hope you will join us.  We would love to welcome you to Gethsemane Lutheran Church.



Go to  Ministries to learn more about life at GLC.




I have also been the recipient of thank you notes over the years. And there is power in a handwritten thank you note. When someone takes the time to put pen to paper and write about their gratitude for your actions, your presence, your ministry, that carries value far beyond the cost of the card and the postage.


We all want to be seen - to be truly seen and known and valued. I believe that is at the heart of all of the deep longings of our heart. Our churches can be places where we really see people - who they are at their core - with their gifts, and challenges, and failings, and say "you are beautiful in God's eyes - God loves you - and we welcome you and your complete self." To say that, and really mean it, means that we are open to being changed by other people. To truly accept someone for all that they are will open our eyes and hearts to a larger picture of the Body of Christ and the Reign of God, and isn't that part of the joy of Christian community!?


For whom are you thankful this week? I encourage you to pick up a pen and paper and write that person a note. Naming the things for which you are thankful in others is one step on the way to deeper and more loving community. 


The Rev. Katy Grindberg
Assistant to the Bishop 




Information and Resources

ELCA Social Message on Immigration

AMMPARO Strategy

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

Donate to Lutheran Disaster Response

Write to Congress: ELCA Advocacy Ministry

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