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



In a world filled with noise and empty words, God comes to us as stillness and silence, even to the point that wind ceases. Jesus walks over stormy waters to his disciples, entering their boat and being present with them despite their fears and doubts. 

The wind blows us powerfully, frighteningly, making even familiar places seem strange, stirring up the water to obscure our vision and make our journey fearful and slow. Even when we risk and screw up anyway, God’s hand is there to reach out and catch us.

God is not distant from our fears, but close to keep us safe.




Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Gethsemane Lutheran Church on 9/7/2017.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit

http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979





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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.





A Message from Bishop Mark W. Holmerud







For a long while now, I have been developing, attending to, nurturing, re-developing, and maintaining a number of spiritual practices. Sometimes, they are rather "usual" practices -- prayer, readings, Scripture, journaling, spiritual direction, more prayer. Sometimes, I find something that I might not have previously identified as a spiritual practice, only to discern that it could be that for me. The other day, one of my morning devotional readings suggested "belonging" could become a spiritual practice.
I know, belonging isn't something that many people seem to value these days - many organizations are finding their numbers dwindling because people are not "joiners" anymore. Many of our churches are also finding that people are less willing to join, to become a part of their community, to belong as in years past. I'm not suggesting that people belong to something simply for the sake of boosting the membership of the Kiwanis or the Moose Lodge or even the Church. Nor am I suggesting that we refer to our congregations and ministries as "families" to which we belong. That sort of belonging usually involves delineating who's in, and who's out. 
The kind of belonging I'm wondering about is that which is additive to our lives, to our faith, to our awareness of God's presence coming near to us. The kind of belonging that celebrates the unity and diversity of The Trinity, and seeks to live that out in our world, here, now. The kind of belonging that doesn't count as loss what might be given up in choosing to commit to something beyond ourselves, but revels in what is added to our lives by doing so. The kind of belonging that God offers to us in Christ, by choosing to become human for all, and for all time to invite us to belong to Christ, and each other.
Blessings as we seek and serve together as the Sierra Pacific Synod and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to be Christ for the sake of the world.  
Bp. Mark





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ELCA Social Message on Immigration

AMMPARO Strategy

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

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