The Branch Service

Beginning January 11th, 2015 we will be starting a new service in the 11:15 am time slot called “The Branch”. It is based on the scripture found in Luke 13:18-19. We believe that God is calling us to create a service experience that leads us into worship, yet is safe and compelling to any first time guest. We are called to help people find the irresistible God. Please plan on becoming a part of our outward focus as we strive to help people move to a Christ centered life.

Office Hours at The Garden

IMG_4065As we move into the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays, the staff and members of The Garden wish you all the best and remind you to remember Jesus and the miracle of His birth as you celebrate.

The Office at The Garden will be closed as follows during this time: December 24, 25, 26 and January 1, 2.

After the Holidays, starting on Friday, January 9th, the church Office will no longer be open on Friday. We will be happy to serve you Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Christmas Season Events

IMG_4068Here is a list of Christmas activities planned at The Garden at Gethsemane to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Dec 14, 10a-noon – Children’s Area – Children’s Christmas party including Angel Tree activity.

Dec 14, 6:30p – Sanctuary – The Winter Rose Cantata.

Dec 21, 10:00a – Asbury Hall – A birthday party for Jesus.

Dec 21, 9:00a and 11:15 – Sanctuary – Together for Christmas – ask someone to give you the Christmas gift of attending a church service with you.

Dec 24, 6:00p – Sanctuary – Christmas Eve Service – Candlelight & Communion.

Dec 28, 10:00a – Sanctuary – One Worship Service, no Sunday School classes. Children can worship with their families.

Mark your calendars to attend and participate in as many of these events as possible as you travel on your Journey.

Operation Christmas Child

Members at The Garden have participated in Operation Christmas Child for several years. A project of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child uses shoebox size gifts to introduce children all over the world to God’s love in Jesus’ Name. Operation Christmas Child brings together the opportunity to provide children with basic necessities and small toys with God’s message of hope and love and salvation.

The members of The Garden at Gethsemane are inwardly strong for an outward focus. We find strength in our own relationship with Christ to be better prepared to serve our community. Operation Christmas Child is one of many opportunities available at The Garden share God’s love in the world.

Thanks to Cindy and Howard Cring and the many shoebox gifters who help make Operation Christmas Child successful at The Garden. The outpouring of God’s love to move us along our Journey is strong and well at The Garden.

SOULSHiFT Continues


Earlier in the year members and friends of The Garden at Gethsemane began a church-wide study to move as a group on The Journey toward a Christ Centered Life. SOULSHiFT is the program, and it is bringing transformation to our relationships, our Church, and ourselves.

SOULSHiFT books are available at The Garden on Sunday morning or through the church office during the week. We encourage everyone to become a part of this study. Weekly Worship Messages by Rev Vickie Perkins and Pastor Tony Collins center around SOULSHiFT, and the study notes are available each Sunday morning or on the The Journey web site each week. You can also receive them by email if you like.

From the SOULSHiFT site SOULSHiFT Site.
Learn seven key shifts that God’s Spirit causes in the hearts, minds, and behaviors of Christians that will empower and unite your church for growth and ministry. SOULSHiFT will move you and your church from performance-driven religion to life-transforming relationship . . . for the rest of your lives!

United Methodist Men Pickle Sales

photo-15The United Methodist Men at The Garden sell Sechler’s pickles each year. Recently they setup a pickle shop at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Bob Wright and Butch Littell are shown here selling pickles.

Sechler’s pickles are made in Indiana and taste great. Several varieties are available at The Garden. United Methodist Men are available most Saturday mornings at The Garden so stop in and buy some. Or you can call the church office Mon-Fri 8-4 for details.

Funds raised from pickle sales support summer camp opportunities and other church activities.

SOULSHiFT Study – beginning May 2014

SoulShiftIn May we will begin a church-wide study that will bring transformation to you, your relationships, and your CHURCH! SOULSHiFT is a church-wide study that will begin May 4th. Books will be available on April 27th. We encourage everyone to become a part of this study.

From the SOULSHiFT site SOULSHiFT Site.
Learn seven key shifts that God’s Spirit causes in the hearts, minds, and behaviors of Christians that will empower and unite your church for growth and ministry. SOULSHiFT will move you and your church from performance-driven religion to life-transforming relationship . . . for the rest of your lives!

Holy Week Worship and Celebration Events

Gethsemane United Methodist Church announces Worship Service and Special Events for Holy Week 2014.

On Palm Sunday, April 13, we will have 9:00a and 11:15a Worship Services in the Sanctuary.

On Palm Sunday, April 13, we will hold a Service of Baptism at 7:00p at The Compass Church on West Jackson Street.

On Good Friday, April 18, a WOW Celebration Service will be held at the church at 7:00p. An Easter egg hunt for the children will be held after the Service. (The special dinner announced previously has been cancelled.)

On Easter Sunday, April 20, we will hold 9:00a and 11:15A Worship Services in the Sanctuary.

Please plan to join us, bring a friend or guest, to Worship and Celebrate our risen Savior. On the Journey!

A New Name for Gethsemane

UPDATE On Tuesday evening, March 11, the members of Gethsemane United Methodist Church at a Charge Conference sanctioned by the Bishop and the District voted to approve a name change/addition to the church. Consideration of the name change was the sole business for the Charge Conference. Rev. Vickie Perkins asked that the name become The Garden at Gethsemane. The vote was not unanimous, but the motion passed. Rev Vickie thanked the members for their love and support, and praised God for the work being done in his name at Gethsemane.

The church will continue to a member of the United Methodist Church, and that will not be a secret. As Gethsemane is moving toward completion of a major building project, The Governing board and Journey Committee leadership in consultation with Rev. Vickie Perkins and Pastor Tony Collins felt led to pursue this change. Implementation of the name change will be gradual, and will begin to be reflected in church communication and outreach over the next several months.

Gethsemane United Methodist Church has scheduled a Charge Conference on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 6:00p, to vote on an addition to the name of the church.

Members will be able to discuss and vote on the addition of The Garden at to the name of Gethsemane. Everyone is invited to attend, but only members can vote on the change.

Worship Message – March 2, 2014

Listen to Rev. Vickie’s March 2, 2014, Worship Message “50/50″ from the Study/Sermon Series “Staying in Love” by Andy Stanley at Gethsemane United Methodist Church.

Winter Weather

With the heavy snow and low, low temperatures that followed, schools in Muncie and Delaware county and surrounding areas have been closed this week. This effectively gives most children an extra week of break from school, and parents an extra week with their families. And makes living day to day a little more difficult.

Gethsemane offices close following the lead of Muncie Community Schools. Activities at Gethsemane are cancelled when the office closes. Check email, the GUMC Facebook page, local radio, and the WTHR TV station for closing information.

Stay safe and warm, and do Whatever it Takes to stay on The Journey.

Staff Changes at Gethsemane

God has given us a vision – The Journey.. Moving People toward a Christ Centered Life. As we continue on our Journey at Gethsemane, God has made it clear that we need to be a church that is inwardly strong for an outward focus. In order to fulfill God’s vision, we must staff in the right positions to accomplish the goal of making Disciples of Jesus Christ. With that in mind, I am very excited to announce the following:

Effective October 1, 2013, Bishop Mike Coyner has appointed Tony Collins as Pastor of Outreach Ministries at GUMC. Pastor Tony has a heart and passion for the poor and marginalized in our community. While Tony will continue his responsibilities in Worship, his focus as Pastor of Outreach Ministries will be on Mission, WOW (Wheeling to Walnut), and launching a new worship “experience in February 2014. With great excitement I welcome Pastor Tony to the Indiana United Methodist Clergy connectional system.

Effective September 2013, Rhonda Green is serving as Executive Director for GUMC. She is resonsible for the inward networking of the many teams we have at Gethsemane. Rhonda has the Spiritual gifts of administration and shepherding. Rhonda has a heart and passion for seeing the “big” picture while empowering the body of Christ to minister in the name of Christ.

I continue to be in awe at the path on which Christ leads us. Thank you for your continued prayers and tremendous support as I Vision, Lead and Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Rev Vickie Perkins, October 2013

God’s Group Children’s Ministry

Gethsemane Children’s Ministry Team hosts God’s Group once a month on the 3rd Sunday. God’s Group provides fun, relationship-building activities for your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Children beginning second grade this year are welcome.

A kick-off celebration is planned on Sunday, Sept 15, after the second service. We will meet at the church for a Taco/Sundae lunch and fun with board games and fellowship. Plan to join us then.