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No. Come see how in the power of the Risen Christ.


Celebrate Easter at NLC!

Sunday, April 1 Worship at 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am

All are welcome here!


Worship Together

Sundays // 8:45 & 10:45 am / Worship 10:00-10:40 am Coffee, community, and faith formation 5:00 pm / Chapel Worship

April 2018

In This Issue 2 / Easter at NLC

Gather Around the Table

4 / Meet the 2018 NLC Church Council

Wednesdays // 5:00-6:45 pm Community Dinner served

9 / Welcome and Greet: The Ushering Ministry at NLC

Visit Us Online

10 / Making Music for Years and for Years

to Come 12 / Serve Your Neighbors: Wednesday Night Community Dinners @ NLC 13 / Upcoming Opportunities 14 / Life @ NLC 16 / Invest in our Youth

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Our Mission Led by the Holy Spirit and living in God’s grace, Normandale Lutheran Church is a community proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through love, learning, worship, and service.

Welcoming Statement We affirm that all people are created in the image of God, and as beloved children of God, all are worthy of God’s love and grace. We welcome all people into full participation in the life and ministries of Normandale Lutheran Church. We recognize that there are differences among us, but believe that we can love one another, even though we may not think alike. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church and society. Normandale Lutheran Church is committed to a ministry of reconciliation. We welcome and affirm our human family’s diversity of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, socioeconomic status, physical and mental ability. We embrace this diversity as a gift from God, and invite all into a faithful journey toward greater love, understanding, and reconciliation.

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What Is a Church Council? What does the NLC Council Do? The Normandale Congregation Council has general oversight of the life and activities of the congregation, and in particular its worship life. The overall duties of the Council include leading the congregation in stating its mission, completing long-range planning, setting goals and priorities, and evaluating its activities in light of its mission and goals. The Council is also the board of trustees of the congregation, and as such, is responsible for maintaining and protecting its property and the management of its business and fiscal affairs. The Council prepares an annual budget for adoption by the congregation, and supervises the expenditure of funds in accordance with the approved budget. It is the responsibility of the Council to see that the provisions of the NLC constitution are followed and that the resolutions of the congregation are carried out. The Council includes the pastors and 12 elected members. Any voting member who is of legal age may be elected, and elections occur at the annual meeting of the congregation. Meet the current NLC Council members on the following pages! One seat is currently open and will be filled soon.


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Meet the Council Members

Alley Ohe, President Alley and her husband Jeff have been members at Normandale for nine years and were drawn to Normandale by the congregation's focus on mission and outreach. Alley is deeply moved by the charge that Christians are to be the hands and feet of Christ, and is excited to serve in the role of President to support the continued ministries of NLC in our community and throughout the world. After starting a career in financial services, and then moving on to pursue music therapy, Alley is currently working full-time at her dream job raising the couple's four children ages 11, 10, 8 and 4. In her free time, Alley loves to read, especially at the cabin near Detroit Lakes.

Lee Newcomer, Vice President Lee has been married to Karen for five years and together they have six children scattered across the United States. His in-laws, Ed and Lois Peterson, introduced the two of them to Normandale nearly five years ago. Lee is a medical oncologist who practiced for ten years in Oklahoma and spent the remainder of his career at UnitedHealthcare managing medical functions for the company. He retired in March of this year and he’ll be spending his time writing, reading, hiking and watching Nebraska football when he’s not visiting kids.

David Myhre, Treasurer David and his family have been members at Normandale since 2001. David has always enjoyed his time at Normandale, whether it was teaching his daughter’s Sunday School class or volunteering on the Property Committee. Now, as the NLC Treasurer, he remains committed to this wonderful and loving congregation.

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Meet the Council Members

Lois Nordling, Secretary Lois has been a member of Normandale Lutheran Church since 1990. During her 28 years as a member of NLC, she has taught Sunday School, participated in a Small Group Bible study, and served on several committees, including Long-range Planning and Vision 40. Currently, Lois is sharing her gifts while serving as the NLC Council Secretary.


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Michelle Arreola has called Normandale Lutheran Church home since since she was just a kid. She grew up attending preschool, Sunday School, Confirmation, and youth events here at Normandale. Michelle and her husband, Angel, were married here in 2002 despite the fact they lived in California at the time. When they moved back to Minnesota they knew Normandale and its community was where they wanted to raise their three kids, Emmy, Max, and Mali. She's truly honored to be on the church council and looks forward to being a part of planning for the church’s future.

Eric Askegaard, his wife Angie, kids Lily (19), Lars (17), Linnea (15) and Lucy (12) have been members of Normandale since 2005. Their first experience with Normandale was at Normandale Preschool with all four kids going through the preschool program–and they loved it! Their family is active in a number of areas at NLC, including the music programs and Sunday School. Eric is excited to be on Council and see what God has in store for him! He works at Optum, which is in the health care industry.

Meet the Council Members

Jessica Berg has been a life-long member of Normandale. She lives in Minneapolis with her fiance Nate and his 4 year old son Lars. She is the Director of the Minnesota Cup, a startup competition based within the Carlson School of Management's Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship. The Minnesota Cup gives away nearly $500,000 in prize money to Minnesota-based startups from any industry, with the aim of making Minnesota a thriving, supportive place to start a company. She graduated from Edina High School in 2005 and then from Emory University in 2009.

Amy James is a life-long Lutheran, 1994 Gustavus Adolphus College Alumnus, and currently serves as Director of Sales & Outreach for Meadow Woods Assisted Living on the Martin Luther Campus, Bloomington, Minnesota. She served with the NLC Staff as Director of Connections from 20062015. Amy and her husband Cameron joined the NLC community in 1997 and have been involved in choir, committee life, teaching Sunday School, and welcoming new member communities over the years together. They have two daughters Allison (17) and Lindsay (15) who are active in reading buddies, youth choir, and NLC youth programs. Amy enjoys long walks, historical fiction, cooking and eating good food, listening to great music, and time with family and friends.

Brent Malcom has been at Normandale since 1998, and is married to Sheri Malcom, and has three children, Annie (23) and Katie and Willie (21). He has worked at Wells Fargo Bank since 1988 as a commercial banker and manager. He was born in Watertown, SD, and was educated at St. Olaf College (BA in Economics) and University of St. Thomas (MBA).

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Meet the Council Members

Walter (Bud) Meadley is a retired banker and has been a member of Normandale for 44 years. In addition to serving currently on Council, Bud has in the past chaired two Capital Campaigns and several committees. Upon joining Normandale, Bud taught Sunday School for 15 years, including a couple of years teaching Confirmation. From 2000-2008, Bud served as treasurer of the Minneapolis Synod.


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Karen Nelson has been a member at Normandale with her husband Kevin and their three now grown kids, Erik, Kristen, and Peter, for the past 25 years. They joined NLC when they moved to Minneapolis from Chicago and their kids were very little. Normandale has been a great fit for their family as the kids loved Confirmation and youth group. Karen is a CPA and currently works as Donor Relations Manager at Youth Frontiers, a non-profit that does character building retreats in grades K-12. Karen enjoys playing tennis and coaches the Eden Prairie JV girls tennis team. She also likes to golf, rollerblade, run, read, and hang out with family and friends.

Thanks be to God for these individuals and their commitment and service to the NLC community. If you would like to contact any member of the NLC Council, please contact the church office at 952.929.1697 for their personal contact information.

Step Forward & Engage Normandale strives to extend a warm welcome to all, and to assure visitors they are welcome and we want them to return; ushers are a key part of this welcome. Ushers are lay members assisting in the worship service to provide a meaningful, safe, and spiritual service environment. Our usher teams are made up of about 80 members of NLC who love to serve their fellow congregational members, support worship by greeting and handing out bulletins at the beginning of worship, collect the offering, direct communion participants, and maintain the spirituality of the sanctuary space.

Welcome and Greet: The Ushering Ministry at NLC

What's the Best Part of Ushering? Frank has been an usher since 1979! He remembers the men were required to wear a suit and tie and to keep their jacket buttoned. Ushers also could not chew gum! While we are respectful of the church environment, we are a little more relaxed now days in our dress-code. But he says the great part is getting to know, and serve with, other members. Henry, a 10 year old new usher, likes greeting people. Marv, an usher for 12 years, says he also likes greeting people, and says “some people even greet me first!”

We are looking for a few new ushers to join us! We welcome men, women, and youth as ushers; all members from 5th grade to age 105 can serve as an usher! Many teams get to know one another well and look forward to supporting worship services together a month at a time, two months a year. Teams ideally have eight or more members so each usher does not need to serve every Sunday of their team’s month. And, if four Sundays are too much, we can use “subs” who are able to serve as needed. Have a few friends to make a team? Want to join a team? Please let us know! Current Usher Team Captains: • Dave and Laura Chin • Eric Dahl • Dave & Sue Elenkiwich • Robert & Kathy Hodges • Jack & Marilyn Kemme • Bruce & Maren Kleven • Tim & Annette Kuck • Lynn & Kay Laaksonen • Blake Levin & Alex Feyder • Mike & Kris Noble • Bob Sannerud • Mike Tungesvick • Bill Wilkening Please feel free to talk to our team captains about their experience, or to ask about joining their teams. I am thankful for all our NLC ushers and their wonderful service to worship. I invite you to join us! Please call or email me with any questions about this vital part of worship at NLC. Kim Sannerud, Usher Coordinator 952.649.1714 |

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by David Clarke

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Organ music has been a long-standing tradition at Normandale. For many, the organ serves an uplifting role in our worship as it leads the congregation and choir in hymn singing. With the completion of repairs and enhancements to our instrument that are currently scheduled for early 2019, we will ensure that a high-quality instrument will be available to serve the Normandale congregation for generations to come. In 1997, we learned that our Reuter Pipe Organ needed significant repairs after 20 years of service to our congregation. We were deep in the process of evaluating the work needed to repair and enhance the instrument when we learned of a congregation in Palm Beach, Florida that was preparing to purchase a new organ and put its existing organ, built by the Schlicker Organ Company, up for sale.

Shortly after the All Together in One Place (ATOP) Campaign was launched, it became evident that our organ was less and less reliable and was in need of repair. That we have had three organists, including our dear Jack Swanson, that have been able to work with the organ's dysfunction is a miracle. In 2017, Normandale signed a retainer with Dobson Organ Builders to replace all in-organ low voltage wiring and build a new reliable 3-manual draw knob console, including combination action and switching system by Solid State Organ Systems. Dobson will perform other work as well, including needed repairs to aging wind chests and slider motors. The retainer allowed us to secure a date for Dobson’s work, which will begin on site in February of 2019 and be completed by Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.

After much discussion, running the numbers, Dobson’s work will be performed under the watchDo you know and sending knowledgeable people to inspect ful eye of John Ferguson, our interim organist for what the most the instrument, we decided to purchase the these past two years. Many of you know that “Ferg” valuable single Florida instrument and “transplant” it to was professor of Organ & Church Music at St. Olaf item is at NLC? Normandale. In February 1999, forty NorCollege for 29 years, and before that, organist/music mandale choir members traveled to Palm director at Central Lutheran Church in MinneapoBeach and joined the Bethesda choir for an Evensong and lis. He has always had a special interest in organ building Hymn Festival, which was the last time the Schlicker was and wrote his doctoral dissertation and first book about used in Florida. We spent the rest of the week dismantling organ building. He has served as an organ consultant for the organ and packing it for transport to Minnesota. Our many churches and institutions across the country and “new” Schlicker organ was first used in worship after the will assist us as consultant through the completion of our transplant in the Easter season of 2000. upcoming organ repair and revitalization project. While our organ is an amazing instrument – it has roughly 4200 individual pipes in 80 ranks – and was an amazing value – we have invested less than $400,000 in an instrument that has an estimated value of between $1.5 and $1.75 million – the purchase, “transplant,” re-voicing, and installation were done on a shoe-string budget that limited the instrument’s potential. For example, it soon became clear that, among other things, the complete electrical system needed replacement.

The cost of these repairs and enhancements is estimated to be between $350,000 and $400,000. Even with that considerable expense, we are well under the estimated value of the instrument and very far below the estimated cost of purchasing a new organ (which would cost between $3.3 and $3.5 million). This upcoming project will assure the quality of our organ for the next 30 to 50 years. Watch for more information on this exciting project this coming fall!

In addition, an organist search committee will be working to secure a permanent organist position, slated to begin in summer/fall of 2019. The NLC committee includes John Himle, Jenny Jungwirth, Suzanne Klein, Karrin Meffert-Nelson, Jerry Ouska, Pastor Paul Pettersen, and David Clarke.

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Step Forward & Engage

Serve Your Neighbors: Wednesday Night Community Dinners @ NLC

Looking for an opportunity to serve others in the congregation and our community? We need your help to prepare and serve Wednesday Night Dinners! This ministry supports NLC singers and musicians of all ages, Confirmation kids and leaders, people looking for a healthy meal shared in community, and families needing a break in the middle of their hectic week. Invite a friend or recruit a team for an easy and fun way to give back. No experience or training needed. And servers eat free!

Daytime Shifts Do you like to spend time in the kitchen? Have a a friend that likes to cook? Join a team of two helpers each shift under the direction of NLC Chef & Culinary Manager Kimlinh Bui. Assist our chef while meeting others and learning some new cooking techniques, recipes, tips, and tricks from our resident expert! Tuesdays • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm • 1:00-3:00 pm Wednesdays • 10:00 am - 1:00 pm • 1:00-3:00 pm • 3:00-5:00 pm

Wednesday Evening Shifts

Did You Know? Each Wednesday night @ NLC... we serve 120-160 NLC families and friends and it takes approximately 12 volunteers prepare and serve the meal.

5:00-6:00 pm • 4 people needed to help set-up and serve 6:00-7:00 pm • 4 people needed to help serve and help with light clean-up (Don't worry, no dishpan hands!)

Sign-up today!

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Serve . Share . Love . Give Come spend a fun afternoon together while helping others! We'll pack Hospice Kits for Global Health Ministries. It's an easy way to give back. Want to learn more? Visit our preview event on Sunday, April 14 or contact Lynn Laaksonen at 952.941.3345 or

Normandale Women's Spring Service Project Monday, April 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm

Save Lives. Give Blood. Memorial Blood Drive.

Can you help?

Wednesday, April 18 1:30-5:30 pm Sign-up to donate today! Online:, sponsor code: 0546 Contact Janet Devine at NLC: or 952.929.1697

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Life @ NLC

For the full calendar of NLC Happenings, visit


Children & Family

Celebrate Easter!

Sunday, April 1 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am Worship He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

Sunday Evening Chapel Worship

Sundays, 5:00 pm (Note: No Sunday Chapel worship on Easter Sunday, April 1.) Looking for an alternative worship time? Come as you are to this 40-minute contemplative service featuring a new liturgy commissioned for the NLC chapel. All are welcome here.

Invest in Our Youth: NLC Youth April Fundraiser

Throughout the month of April Stop by the display in Fireside Room, pick your amount, purchase "stock", and help support youth summer trips. Stockholders will be invited to a special stockholder meal and presentation in August!

Memorial Blood Drive

Wednesday, April 18 | 1:30-5:30 pm Gift the gift of life! Donors receive a delicious meal of soup & bread AND save multiple lives with their donation! All blood types needed - especially O- and O+. To donate: Sign up online at searchdrives - Sponsor Code is 0546 or contact Janet Devine at 952.929.1697 x347 or

Hymn Festival:

Honoring and Highlighting the Life Work of John Ferguson

Friday, April 27 | 7:30 pm Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf College Normandale Choir and other area choirs join in this festival honoring Ferg! Come share in the celebration! Gala Reception following the Hymn Festival. Learn more and reserve your free Hymn Festival tickets and purchase Gala Reception tickets at

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Sign-up for Summer 2018! Vacation Bible School

June 18-21 | 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Kids age 4 - 5th grade, come weather the shipwrecked storm with God's love! Summer Stretch

July 10-12 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Kids completing 5th-7th grade, it's fun, it's adventure, it's service! Don't miss it! Sign-up today at!

Children & Family questions? Contact Kari Warnke at

Youth Moonlight Madness: Year-End Confirmation Celebration

Friday, Apr 13 - Sat Apr 14 8:30 pm - 7:30 am It's an all night lock-out for NLC Confirmation and friends! We will join together with other area churches for an all-night-long party where we will go to multiple awesome locations. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to have a blast with your NLC friends and to meet new friends! $45/person.

Save-the Date: Raising Dough for Mission Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser Sunday, May 13 We'll be selling cinnamon rolls and goodies to raise money for youth summer trips.

Youth questions? Contact Maggie Jones at

Adults & Seniors Hatha Yoga

Tuesdays, through Apr 17 | NLC Studio B 2:45-3:45 pm or 4:00-5:00 pm This free yoga series blends yoga postures and breathing techniques in a mindful way to help you develop a balance of strength and flexibility. All ability levels are welcome!

Matter of Balance

Wednesdays, Apr 4 - May 23, 1:00-3:00 pm Rooms 205-206 Don’t let the fear of falling keep you from living an active, happy life! This workshop can help you increase your independence and quality of life. Register by signing up at the Welcome Center or contacting the Center at 952.929.1698. Cost: Sliding scale ($0-45)

Adult Community Learning: The Revelation of John

Sundays, April 8 & 15 | 10:00-10:40 am Join this two-week study of the last book of the Bible led by Pastor Paul.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Thursdays, Apr 12 - May 17 | 6:00-8:00 pm Rooms 212-213 This 6-week small-group program will provide you with self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. Learn to reduce stress, make tough decisions, and balance your life. Register at the Welcome Center or contact the Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952.929.1698.

Caregiver Education

Saturday, April 14 | 9:00-10:30 am Rooms 205-206 Topic: Music Therapy with Alexandra Thiem, MT-BC (Music Therapist Board Certified). Alexandra will explain what music therapy is, how it can be used in supporting caregivers and receivers, and why this therapy can be so effective.

Normandale Women's Spring Service Project

Monday, April 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm Come help pack Hospice Kits for Global Health Ministries. Visit our preview event on Sunday, April 14 in the narthex! Questions? Contact Lynn Laaksonen at 952.941.3345 or

Mother Daughter Sister Friend

Saturday, May 12 | 9:00-11:30 am Edina Country Club Ladies, save the date! NLC women and friends have been invited to join the ladies of Central Lutheran at this 18th annual event! All ages welcome. Sign-up at the Welcome Center in April and May or contact Kirsten Jacob at 952-920-8151. Learn more at

Life @ NLC

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Our Mission Led by the Holy Spirit and living in God’s grace, Normandale Lutheran Church is a community proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ through love, learning, worship, and service.

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INVEST IN OUR YOUTH April Fundraiser:

Buy Stock in Our Youth Pick your amount, purchase "stock", and support youth summer trips. Stock certificates available in Fireside Room throughout the month of April. Stockholders will be invited to a special stockholder meal and presentation in August! Thank you for your support!

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