Gethsemane Lutheran Church


September 2017

This month we're doing simultaneous collections of personal care items for two organizations. 

1.Our first project is to make as many PERSONAL CARE KITS as we can as part of Project Promise.  The kits will be combined with other kits prepared by local ELCA Lutheran & Roman Catholic congregations in honor of the 500yr anniversary of the reformation.  Project Day women will assemble the kits.

2.The second project is to provide items for the WERNLE YOUTH & FAMILY TREATMENT CENTER   Their annual need is great!  In October Pastor Cliff Nunn will be visiting our congregation to talk more about the needs of his organization.  He will take donated items with him.

ITEMS REQUESTED -- new items:

  •     BATH TOWEL - Lightweight, Dark Color (between 20" X 40" and 52" X 27")
  •     WASH CLOTH - Dark Color
  •     SOAP - bath size bar (8-9 oz.) in original wrapping
  •     TOOTHBRUSH - Adult or Youth Sizes
  •     COMB - Sturdy, Not in Package
  •     NAIL CLIPPERS - Metal, Nail File Optional
  •     BODY WASH - Full Size, Flip Top Please
  •     HAIR SHAMPOO - Full Size (or shampoo/conditioner)
  •     BODY LOTION  - For Boys & Girls

   Or, if you prefer to send money, please make check payable to Gethsemane and mark for Outreach.

Thanks in advance for your generosity!   

Wow!  What a day - the largest Back to School Event Gethsemane has ever hosted(to my knowledge)!  We distributed 336 zippered backpacks of school supplies and everyone received extra supplies that you donated!  We entertained at least 550 guests (per the meal tickets we gave each family as they registered)!  With more than 65 volunteers from our congregation, the school system, and several other organizations, all ran like clockwork!  The children enjoyed all the games and activities including a magic show from a professional magician and learned from KSU's Farmer Brown.  They enjoyed potting flowers, bouncing on the inflatables, and even drawing on the the parking lot!  "Food" items of cotton candy, popcorn, and sno cones kept the kids energized until they could enjoy a hot dog or hamburger lunch and pick up their backpacks.   

In case you are interested, last year's event was 'also the biggest ever' and we distributed 274 backpacks!  

Thank you ALL for all your work towards this -- raising money, donating backpacks and school supplies, blowing up balloons and packing all the bags of school supplies into the backpacks, cooking dogs and burgers, manning the various activities and games, setting up everything and then taking it all back down on a warm (but not HOT) beautiful summer morning!  

Thanks from the families and children who received the backpacks and a fun, fun morning, and thanks especially from me and the rest of the Outreach Committee.  I am so proud to be part of this very caring and generous congregation!
Candy Simms
Outreach Chair


2185 Garden Springs Dr. Lexington, KY 40504