Gethsemane Lutheran Church began as a fledgling congregation in 1948. The founding members were a small group of Slovak immigrants who mortgaged their homes and volunteered many hours to finance and construct the building we still worship in today. Over the past 60 plus years Gethsemane has been home to thousands of members of many different nationalities and races who have been baptized, married and worshiped on the corner of Madison and St. Charles Avenues.
The name of Gethsemane comes from the Biblical Garden of Gethsemane which is depicted in the stain glass slide show on the home page. It is in this Garden where Jesus prayed before his betrayal, suffering and crucifixion.
Gethsemane has a long history of support for Lakewood Lutheran School. The school is currently located within the Church and occupies most of the lower level. It operates grades K-8th with individualized and multi-grade learning experiences.
Gethsemane is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The LCMS has over 6,000 congregations and 30 partner churches throughout the world. The LCMS is a leading educator in the United States with over 1,000 elementary schools and 70 high schools. Gethsemane is a member of the Cleveland Lutheran High School Association which operates Lutheran High East and Lutheran High West.
Our mission is simply stated as “Ordinary people bringing the extraordinary love of Jesus Christ to the world.” What this means is:
Jesus is Lord. All that we have, all that we are, all that we offer to the world comes through Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross.
Love changes people. Experience the love of Christ with us.
Everybody has something to offer. God gifts each one of us uniquely. Discover those gifts with us and help build his kingdom
The world needs what we have. Share Christ’s love and forgiveness with the world around us.