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Sunday, December 3 8:45 & 10:45 am | Sanctuary Worship 5:00 pm | Chapel Worship-Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, December 6 11:30 am Chapel Matins | Lunch Following 5:00 pm Community Meal | 7:00 pm Sanctuary Vespers


Sunday, December 10 8:45 & 10:45 am | Sanctuary Worship 5:00 pm | Chapel Worship-Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, December 13 11:30 am Chapel Matins | Lunch Following 5:00 pm Community Meal | 7:00 pm Sanctuary Vespers


Sunday, December 17

8:45 & 10:45 am | Sanctuary Worship 5:00 pm | Chapel Worship-Holden Evening Prayer

Wednesday, December 20 11:30 am Chapel Matins | Lunch Following 5:00 pm Community Meal | 7:00 pm Sanctuary Vespers



Sunday, December 24 9:30 am (only) | Sanctuary Worship

Weekly reflections for the season. See page 4.

Together December 2017

In This Issue 2 / Advent at NLC 4 / Lift Up Your Eyes and See the Light: Devotions for the Season of Advent 8 / The Joy of Giving: Annual Holiday Gift Campaign 10 / Home for the Holidays 11 / New! Sunday Evening Chapel Worship 12 / Staff Spotlight 13 / Advent Opportunities 14 / Life @ NLC 16 / Christmas at Normandale

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Sundays // 8:45 & 10:45 am / Worship 10:00-10:40 am Coffee, community, and faith formation 5:00 pm / Chapel Worship Wednesdays (December 6-20) 11:30 am / Chapel Matins 7:00 pm / Advent Vespers

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Wednesdays (December 6-20) 12:00 noon / Lunch 5:00-6:45 pm / Community Dinner

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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 Normandale Lutheran Church is called to the 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. 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. We invite you to join us in our faithful journey toward greater love, understanding, and reconciliation.

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As we move further into the darkness of the season, we are mindful that the words of Advent hearken us forward, through the darkness and toward the light to come. But, so often we have our heads down, literally down, lost in a device, cast down in sorrow, missing the signs that something new is on the way. The prophet, the gospel writer, and Jesus himself, call us to stay awake, lift up our heads, lean forward into the promising future that God has for us. Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love are ours in Christ Jesus.

ADVENT REFLECTIONS by Pastor Paul Pettersen


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Christ is coming! Christ has come! Christ will come again!

ADVENT I WEEK OF DECEMBER 3 “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father and Mother; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hands.” Isaiah 64:8 The prophet Isaiah moves from judgment to comfort to promise, announcing that God will restore the people and never leave them. We have peace in knowing, that no matter the darkness in our lives, no matter the seeming impossibility of our future, we are the work of God’s hands, and God will see us through. Spirit and image of God you are! Lift up your eyes and see the peace. God’s hands are upon you! God of Peace, mold and shape us by your hands of love, stripping away our fear and anxiety, and filling us with your peace, through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

ADVENT II WEEK OF DECEMBER 10 “A voice cries out; In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3 Wilderness is the journey through the unknown to the hope that lies ahead. In times between, we find ourselves exiled from what is familiar; home, routine, the present, and all the while, God is preparing a way through. Do not despair, but trust that the God who has seen you thus far by faith, will see you into new life again. The pathway will straighten out. The darkness will turn to light. The despair will be restored to hope. God of Hope, put your hands beneath our chins, and lift our heads. Break open the shackles around our hearts and come to us. Make yourself known, that we may launch forward into the light and follow you, through Jesus Christ, our shepherd. Amen.

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ADVENT III WEEK OF DECEMBER 17 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me; sending me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1 Oh, the pain of a broken heart; a relationship shattered, a loved one lost, a dream crushed. And in that place of suffering, right in that place, God meets us in the breach of our own hearts, and brings good news, that God will bind up our broken hearts and restore us. And in that, there is healing for the whole world! Joy comes with the morning! God of Joy, in a flicker of light a candle breaks the darkness, and what seems like sorrow without end, becomes joy deep within. Turn our mourning into dancing, our grief into good purpose, and our broken hearts into love for all people, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

ADVENT IV DECEMBER 24 “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.” Luke 1:46-47 From the bottom up God uses that which is of no status to reveal the truth about who God is. To the lowly servant comes favor and blessing. To be used by God is the greatest honor, no matter the suffering endured, nor the pain encountered. This is our purpose, to offer up our lives in the power of Mary’s words, “Let it be with me according to you word.” From your knees, in the humility of your servanthood, lift up your eyes and see the love, the love that sees you and calls you alongside. From Hymn 292, Love Has Come, verse 1 Love has come a light in the darkness! Love shine forth in the Bethlehem skies. See, all heaven has come to proclaim it; Hear how their song of joy arises: Love! Love! Born unto us a Savior! Love! Love! Glory to God on high. 6

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CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY DECEMBER 24 & 25 “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.� John 1:5 Jesus is the light of the world. We are the light of the world. Together with Jesus, we shine in the dark corners of the hearts of people, bringing peace, hope, joy, and love. A single light, the Christ light, will not be quenched. No darkness can match its power. No suffering, not even death, can snuff it out. Lift up your eyes and see the Christ. Emmanuel, God with us. To you, to us, to all the world, a child is born, a Son given, and his name shall be called, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Parent, Prince of Peace. Thanks be to God! Living Christ, we bring our darkness before you; our sin, our shame, our suffering. Transform us by your holy presence, that we may walk from darkness into light, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

NLC Together // December 2017


Annual Holiday Gift Campaign Each holiday season, the NLC community comes together to spread God’s love and share the joy with families living at Normandale & Elliot Avenue Housing and others in need. These gifts have touched lives of those around us and have made the holidays come alive for many. Read their stories below.

Jean is a divorced mom of two school age children, son 8 and a daughter 10. She has been involved with Normandale House of several years. After coming from Mary's Place, a short-term shelter for families, she was happy to have landed an apartment on Elliot Avenue in the Phillips Community. She recalls being in the shelter at Christmas and compares it where she is at now, "It's like to day and night. I am surrounded by a caring and awesome community of friends who are now my family." The Annual Holiday Gift Campaign (previously known as Sponsor-a-Family) warmed her heart when she actually received the gifts she requested. "It was not so much about the gift from friends at Normandale, it was really about the giver. As a family, we felt special because someone took time to especially care about us and what we thought. I am grateful." - Jean, Elliot Avenue resident

"The Christmas that I had as a child was what I always wanted to give my children. Because of the Christmas Wishlist, it has been just that, a day of thankfulness and gratitude. Thank you for all you do for my family and me." - Tisha, mom of three


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NEW this year! Donate ELCA Good Gifts! New this year! We will participate in the ELCA Good Gifts program to help fight hunger and poverty around the globe, including Huch’uy Runa in Peru. ELCA Good Gifts provide critical support to those in need. For example, a $50 donation will purchase a goat to provide milk for a family. In our abundant culture, it is a blessing to spread generosity to others at home and around the world. Huch‘uy Runa school in Cusco, Peru is a recipient of ELCA Good Gifts. Read below for memories of NLC members who to traveled to Huch‘uy Runa in Cusco, Peru this August.

I remember seeing the Huch‘uy Runa school children working in the woodshop on the tin can artwork with such skill and confidence in their abilities. It was amazing what the students were able to create at such a young age. They used no protective equipment (even on the bandsaw). I remember every adult in our group with mouths agape and held breaths as the ten year olds carefully moved their wood pieces around the loud, whirring blade. I remember the pride in the teachers eyes as the students followed the protocol and deftly maneuvered his wooden puzzle on the workbench. The students respected the rules, were creative and full of joy... all while doing a task with the focus of someone years older. They were still children, but children with a purpose. They are children with a calling and a future. Visiting Huch‘uy Runa was an amazing experience and I feel so blessed to have witnessed the profound blessing this school has on so many children. - Becky Ruud The kids at Huch‘uy Runa attend school also, spending half their day in classes and half in workshops such as woodworking, metalworking, pottery, and baking to learn a trade. The teachers are so dedicated, and many take a pay cut to work at Huch‘uy Runa. But these kids are homeless. When they leave Huch‘uy Runa at the end of the school day, they go to extended or foster families who have very little themselves, but this keeps the children in their culture; a few sleep on cots at school. Huch'uy Runa means “Important Little People” in their native language of Quechua, and these children most certainly are! - Kim Sannerud

Share the joy this season with two ways to give: Buy a gift from a wishlist or donate to ELCA Good Gifts. Learn more at NLC Together // December 2017


Home for the Holidays

NLC College Students Look Forward to Coming Home

“The holidays are such a special time at Normandale! Not only being able to celebrate some of my favorite holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) but there is also that feeling of coming back home. Not only seeing my family, but also seeing my Normandale family! NLC is so unique in the sense of community. Nowhere else I have been has compared to it! My best friends from high school are the ones I was in youth group with, and getting to see them after so much time apart, and celebrate Christmas together is one of the most wonderful blessings.” – Maggie Walsh, First Year at St. Thomas

“I’ve been coming to Normandale all my life, so the church’s holiday traditions and services have become a part of my family’s holiday celebrations. Being a college student, it can be hard to keep up with my faith because I’m not surrounded by a faith community, so visiting Normandale always helps to reenergize me. It’s always exciting coming back because I get to see some of my best friends, talk to my favorite pastors, get in the holiday spirit, and just find peace with being surrounded with such a welcoming and loving community.” – Marissa Nelson, Sophomore at the University of Minnesota

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Introducing Sunday Evening Chapel Worship

Chapel Worship Begins Sunday, December 3 5:00 pm

We are excited to announce new weekly worship in the Crossover Chapel! Beginning the first Sunday in Advent, December 3, and running through the academic year, Normandale will be offering a 40-minute Evening Prayer service each Sunday afternoon at 5:00 pm in the new chapel. With schedules becoming even busier than thought possible, we hope this service becomes an option for families who are unable to be at worship Sunday mornings. The service will include communion each week and in this first year, use three different liturgies: • For Advent and Epiphany: Holden Evening Prayer • For Lent: Taize Worship • For Easter: A new commissioned liturgy specifically for our Crossover Chapel Beginning last summer, a group of NLC members, including Pastor Paul Petterson, Alley Ohe, Maggie Jones, Sumner Musolf, Dick Anderson, Lowell Stortz and David Clarke, have met regularly to discern worship in this new space. We hope you join us on Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm as we gather in worship.

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Staff Spotlight Welcome Katie Heitzig After an extensive search, the Center for Healing and Wholeness hired a new Volunteer Coordindator, Katie Heitzig! Katie started with the Center on November 2. Katie came highly recommended and was previously Director of Activities at an Assisted Living Center in Crystal. Prior to that, Katie worked for over a decade at Carlson Companies and 7+ years at Cargill as an Events Manager, and Coordinator of Communications and Partnerships Management, respectively.

Welcome Shelly Elizabeth Shelly Elizabeth is the new Administrative Assistant to Reception and Hospitality! She was hired after Janet Devine transitioned to the Adminstrative Assistant to Worship, Mission & Outreach and Congregational Care. Shelly welcomes everyone who calls or visits Normandale during the week. When she is not greeting and directing, she is very busy with the varied and numerous administrative tasks associated with supporting our missions and ministries and communicating to the Normandale community. Shelly maintains the busy NLC calendar, schedules facility use, documents and communicates event needs to the custodial staff (have you ever heard of a “blue sheet”?), manages printing and mailing, orders supplies, and provides assistance to the whole NLC staff team. It is a diverse and challenging role and we are grateful for Shelly’s ever-present smile, sense of humor and positive attitude. If you haven’t met Shelly yet, please call or stop by during office hours and welcome her to NLC. "Hello, I’m Shelly Elizabeth. I live in Edina with my 2 fantastic kids – Zaza is 10 and Rafael is 8. Both are Normandale Preschool graduates, and they are so excited that I’m working here – they have so many wonderful memories from their preschool days. In my free time, I like to read, listen to music, hike in nature, swim with my kids, and have lots of adventures. I am always looking for bits of joy in each day. I am happy to be a part of the NLC community, and I look forward to meeting people and getting to know them better. I love working at this church, where the atmosphere is warm, caring, and welcoming." 12 December 2017 // NLC Together

Katie is highly enthusiastic about coming on board, and we’re thrilled to have her join our team! She will be working three days a week including on Mondays (off-site at the Colony in Eden Prairie), Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please feel free to contact Katie at or stop by the Center and say hello!

Advent Opportunities

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Sunday School Christmas Program Sunday, December 10 | 8:45 & 10:45 am Cookie reception following both services

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Life @ NLC Community Advent Community Meals

Wednesdays, December 6-20 Lunch following 11:30 worship Dinner served 5:00-6:45 pm Come gather at the table. All are welcome!

The Joy of Giving: Annual Holiday Gift Campaign

Through December 10 Support children and families at Normandale Housing Ministry by purchasing a gift from a wishlist or donate funds to purchase ELCA Good Gifts which help fight poverty around the globe. Sign-up at the Welcome Center and share the joy!

Normandale Housing Ministry (NHM) Christmas Party

Saturday, December 9 | 10:00-11:30 am Luth. Social Service, 2400 Park Ave S, Mpls Celebrate the season with NHM families and friends. Volunteer to help or donate household items (laundry items, toiletries, etc.) Donations may be dropped off at NLC or contact Val at 612.237.0995 to volunteer.

Christmas Craft & Cookies Bazaar

For the full calendar of NLC Happenings, visit

Christmas Bingo & Sing-Along

Sunday, December 17 | 10:00-10:40 am Fellowship Hall Join in festive holiday fun for all ages!

Lutfisk Dinner: Save the Date!

Sunday, January 7, 2018 Anytime is a great time for Lutfisk. Mark your calendars for this winter celebration.

Children & Family Lift Up Your Eyes and See the Light Sunday School Christmas Program Sunday, December 10 | 8:45 & 10:45 am Come hear the story of the newborn king as told by NLC Sunday School children! Children & Family questions? Contact Kari Warnke at

Youth Christmas in Christ Chapel

Sunday, December 3 | Gustavus Youth, don't miss this Christmas experience. See Maggie or David Clarke for details.

Sundays, December 10 & 17 9:00 am - 1:00 pm | Lower Narthex Support NLC Youth Summer Trips! Donate handmade items or baked goods for sale or come shop the bazaar! Donation forms available at and the Welcome Center.

Sign-up for Summer 2018!

Holiday Benefit Concert

Youth questions? Contact Maggie Jones at

Sunday, December 10 | 3:00 pm Enjoy sounds of the season and support others with this benefit concert. The Civic Orchestra and Normandale Choir perform Vom Himmel Hoch by Felix Mendelssohn.

Special Congregational Meeting

Sun, Dec 17 | 10:00 am | Fellowship Hall The purpose of the meeting will be to consider and approve the sale of rights to the cell tower on the roof of the church. Since this was originally approved earlier this year, the transaction now involves an easement (encumbrance) on the property and the transaction must be considered and approved at a meeting of the Congregation.

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Adventure Trip to The Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA)

July 23-30 | Wilderness Canoe Base NLC is going back to the BWCA! Youth completing 9-12th grade, sign-up by Dec 6. Only 21 spots!

Adults & Seniors Adult Community Learning: Vision for Healthy Living, Mental Health

Sunday, Dec 3 | 10:00-10:40 am Fellowship Hall Learn more at

Men's Advent Breakfast

Friday, December 1 | 6:30-8:00 am Gentlemen, don't miss this annual breakfast. Questions? Contact Jenny Bock at jbock@ or 952.929.1697.

Advent Pause Gatherings

Week of December 4-9 Ladies, gather with others and take time to enjoy peace with the lingering this Advent season. Sign-up in Fireside Room. Questions? Contact Jenny Bock at or 952.929.1697.

Yoga Basics: Resilience for the Holiday Season

Tuesdays, through Dec 19 | 10:30- 11:30 am Increase strenth and balance! All ages and ability levels welcome. Conact The Center for Healing & Wholeness to register at 952.929.1698.

Second Wednesday

Wednesday, December 13 | 10:00 am Seniors, come for coffee, fellowship, chapel worship, lunch, a program, and more!

Alzheimers Caregiver Education

Saturdays, December 9 & January 13, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 noon | Rooms 209-211 December topic: Legal and Financial January topic: When to Think about Residential Placement Support groups meet immediately after the education session. Respite care available. Contact Mary Cordell at 952.977.9363.

Alzheimers Caregiver Group

Wednesdays, Dec 20 & Jan 17, 2018 6:00-7:30 pm | Rooms 205-206 Come at 5:30 for dinner in Fellowship Hall before support groups, if you can!

Vision for Healthy Living: Renewing Waters - Save the Date

Thursdays, Jan 25 - Mar 1 | 6:00-8:00 pm “Renewing Waters� is a six-week program providing tools for those facing challenging life circumstances, or for anyone wishing to gain tools for managing day-to-day living. Cost: $30. To register: call The Center for Healing and Wholeness at 952.929.1698.

2017 Year-End Giving

Year-end gifts are welcomed and encouraged! Gifts may be given online at give, via text to 952.260.5601, with the ShelbyNext | Giving mobile app, at a kiosk at NLC, or by cash or checks. Checks must be received in the NLC office by December 29 or postmarked by Saturday, December 30, 2017. Thank you!

NLC Life in Pictures

November 2017: Crossover Chapel Reveal! ATOP Phase Two brings us new spaces for worship and more. Thank you for your generosity!

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