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emptied. lenten worship ash wednesday. february 14. 11:30 am & 7:00 pm sundays. february 18 - march 18. 8:45 & 10:45 am. 5:00 pm chapel worship. wednesdays. february 21 - march 21. 11:30 am & 7:00 pm

gather join in community meals around the table. wednesdays. february 14 - march 21. 12:00 noon & 5:00-6:45 pm

holy week palm sunday. march 25. 8:45 & 10:45 am. 5:00 pm chapel worship. maundy thursday. march 29. 11:30 am (luncheon following) & 7:00 pm good friday. march 30. 5:00 pm (children's service) & 7:00 pm easter vigil. march 31. 7:39 pm


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4 / emptied. Lenten Devotionals

Sundays // 8:45 & 10:45 am / Worship 10:00-10:40 am Coffee, community, and faith formation 5:00 pm / Chapel Worship Wednesdays (February 14 - March 21) 11:30 am / Chapel Matins 7:00 pm / Lent Vespers

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Feb/Mar 2018

In This Issue 2 / Lent at NLC

Mission India Vision Team Reflections 11 / Staff Spotlight 12 / Welcome to Camp Vermilion! 14 / Life @ NLC 16 / Sunday Evening Chapel Worship

Wednesdays (February 14 - March 21) 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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emptied. lenten devotionals by Pastor Paul Pettersen Emptied. “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but EMPTIED himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.� To give up life, so that we may have it, is who God is. The very nature of our God in Jesus Christ is servant love, love poured out, suffering love. EMPTIED. Our 40 day journey in Lent, takes us into the wilderness of our own souls, into the depth of our suffering, to the empty place within us, into the silence, so that God may fill us. EMPTIED.


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emptied. Lent 1 sunday, february 18 prepare: read and reflect the week prior read: Mark 1:9-15 reflect: I don’t look for, nor long for, the emptiness of my soul. I prefer being full, comfortable and satisfied with the abundance of my existence. And yet, it seems that God is committed to driving me into the wilderness, so that I might be tested, tempted, and refined for the mission God sees. 40 days is a long time. I am not that patient. Silence is frightening. God had better be nearby. EMPTIED. Dear Jesus, you lead us into the wilderness of a crossed up life. Break our wills, so that we might live somewhere near to the truth of who you are. Strip from us the baggage of our abundance, the burden of our full lives, the scurry in our schedules, so that we might have even a remote shot at hearing your voice. Amen.

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emptied. Lent 2 sunday, february 25

Lent 3 sunday, march 4

prepare: read and reflect the week prior

prepare: read and reflect the week prior

read: Mark 8:31-38

read: John 2:13-22



Life is suffering. To experience the pathos of our existence, is to learn the truth of who God is. Jesus invites us to take up our cross and follow, to live where God is, to accept suffering as the truth, and yet, we continue to seek glory, fame, wealth, status, success, and every other non-cross way of life.

Jesus is radically against storing things up, be it possessions, bitterness, wealth, even food. When we bargain for wealth at the expense of the poor, when we maximize gains at the losses of others, when we “set our hearts on increased wealth…” (Psalm 62:10), Jesus loves us enough to turn over the tables of our self-deceit, and reveal the truth.

EMPTIED. Dear God, we avoid the very way in which you live, pouring out your life for us, serving us at every turn, and emptying your love, so that we might know you. Teach us again, and again, until we too lose our lives, that we might gain them. Amen.


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EMPTIED. God of burnishing love, take away my greed, and teach me to trust in you, and you alone. Give me an imagination for which all receive their share of your divine providence, teaching me to live lighter in this world. Amen.

emptied. Lent 4 sunday, march 11

Lent 5 sunday, march 18

prepare: read and reflect the week prior

prepare: read and reflect the week prior

read: John 3:14-21

read: John 12:20-33



If God really loves the whole world, then why do we spend so much time on national disputes? If Jesus is truly sent for all people, then why do we trouble ourselves with religious difference? If all of the religious doctrines, and all of the economic systems, and all of the political ideologies, are but shadows of truth, then perhaps we need to think a little larger, or at least we need to acknowledge how little we really understand.

The earth knows this. The farmer counts on it. Every human needs to learn this. “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit.” The only path to life is through death. The journey to the cross is the truth of our relationship with God. And so, we end where we began, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but EMPTIED himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

EMPTIED. God of the universe, you breathe the stars into being, and yet we think that we are the only person, in the only country, on the only planet that matters to you. Make room in my heart for those who think differently than me, and give me eyes to see beyond my small existence to the expansive love you have for all that you have made. Amen.

Dear God, for us, for the forgiveness of sin, you have given your life. We bring our humble thanks and ask you to peel our fingers from all to which we cling, so that when you have emptied us, you will fill us again, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. EMPTIED.

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Partners in Ministry NLC Mission India Vision Team Visits Our Partners in Ranchi


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Vision Team Reflections by Julie Nelson Stephen Ministry Leader Who would guess that the “silent force” and loving work of Stephen Ministers at Normandale would perk such interest and become so relevant across the globe in India? As we shared our own experiences and learned about their Community Health Care Plan from our new friends in Ranchi, it became clear that this ministry would be a welcome extension to the work of the program directors and founders. Training members of their community and congregation to be high-quality lay caregivers will add another layer of care for family members to the concentrated effort of battling the growing issue of alcoholism. Stephen Ministers can provide a listening ear, a prayer partner, and a confidential companion to those going through a difficult time, related to or unrelated to the issue of alcohol. We are fortunate that the training materials we use at Normandale for Stephen Ministers, while written in English, have no bounds in translating the message of how important this caring ministry can be. Our mission starts now with our return home: how can we share these materials and support training from a distance? what will they need to get started? how can our many years of experience guide them through a process that will best support the directors and their never-ending work at hand and ahead? In a land that was expert at disguising just how things work and making it all look like graceful chaos, there was no concealing the trust in God and love of Christ at the North Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church (NWGELC) and Seminary. Our robust welcome and loving stay with the Ekka family and seminary students turned us all into Stephen Ministry “care receivers” for not just a week, but more like a lifetime. Yeshu Sahai!

by Keith Narr Chemical Dependency Counselor Fairview Southdale Hospital On the fourth day, our Vision Team divided into groups of two or three to visit villages surrounding the Navin Doman Theological College, where we were staying. The opportunity to converse with men struggling with an alcohol substance-use disorder became the most powerful memory of my experience. That these gentlemen, who realize on some level that their use of alcohol is having a negative effect on their lives and their families’ well-being, tells me that significant work can be done. And I believe that the community-health mission that we and our partners undertake can be a major force for healing and recovery from addiction in that part of the world. Opportunities exist at all levels, from “grass roots” community education on substance abuse, to further training our health workers and seminary students in the science of addiction, to actually implementing a culturally effective model of chemical-dependency treatment (including family healing). It is a challenge worth taking on. If you or someone you know has been involved in fighting their way back from the abyss of addiction – you know what I mean. The community-health workers, seminary students, seminary leadership, and a community of other concerned persons (medical doctors, psychiatric providers, NWGELC leadership) are committed to bringing the skills and energy necessary to support and nurture “recovery communities” in the villages being afflicted by addiction. What exactly will that look like? How exactly will that work? How long will it take to reach a critical mass of people in recovery and begin generating a “sober momentum” in these communities? Only God knows the answers and what the future holds. I for one am excited about the chance to be a small part of God’s plan for Mission India.

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Vision Team Reflections (continued) by Jennifer Monroe Executive Director, Center for Healing & Wholeness Public-Health Professional I was very grateful to have the opportunity to read the proposal for a community-based health initiative in Ranchi prior to arriving in India. I was impressed by the amount of detail and collaboration reflected in it, the efforts taken to collect community input into both its design and direction, and the acknowledgement that developing a system for primary health-care promotion and disease prevention would enable the community to effectively provide education and primary clinical care to address a variety of health issues among the rural poor in the years ahead. The fifth day of our visit, our entire Vision Team participated in a key planning meeting with the Expert Committee of the North Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church (NWGELC), our partners. The committee included health professionals, educators, synod representatives, our missionaries Neeraj and Nijhar Ekka, faculty of the seminary, and the Principal Investigator, Dr. Shantidani Minz (a physician and Johns Hopkins–trained Public-Health Professional who teaches at Vellore Christian Medical College). The meeting was highly productive, focusing on key ways to increase villager accessibility to needed treatment and health-care services as well as new avenues for establishing training programs at Vellore for community health workers, 10 Feb/Mar 2018 // NLC Together

but also for pastors, seminarians, and key lay leaders as they do their parish work throughout the region. Concrete recommendations came out of the meeting. The committee identified a number of key areas of support necessary to continue the momentum of the good foundational work already accomplished. Among those recommendations were to develop and deliver specific trainings on addiction and behavioral health to the broad multi-disciplinary team mentioned above; to identify appropriate substance-abuse prevention and education curricula for elementary-aged youth in the school system; and to create informative educational materials for the community at large around the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, along with counseling and treatment options. As a member of NLC, I saw evidence of the many, many ways our congregation has supported the NWGELC these past five years, and I felt proud. The seminary, the faculty residence, the enthusiasm of the seminary students has established an oasis of spiritual growth, learning, and love in Ranchi, India. As a public-health professional, I also felt gratified that the foundational work to establish a community-health system and primary-care clinic will perfectly complement the good work that has already begun, and has the potential to holistically support, heal, and sustain the community for many, many years to come.

Staff Spotlight Welcome Kati Salmon The Normandale community loves to gather and enjoy each other’s company over a cup of coffee and a donut or one of chef Kimlinh Bui’s delicious meals. Hospitality at NLC is growing; supported by our newly renovated fellowship spaces which are warm, inviting and conducive to vibrant gatherings. During a typical week, Normandale eats 30 dozen donuts, feeds an average of 140 people on Wednesday night, and often provides a meal for Reading Buddies. Each month also includes meals for Kid’s Night Out, Center for Arts and Spirituality receptions, Children Youth and Family Events, and Second Wednesday lunches for the seniors. This is the short list of food fellowship at NLC! These wonderful ministry opportunities require a lot of organization, planning, purchasing and preparation. We have worn a path between Normandale and Costco! To support NLC’s busy hospitality and events calendar, we are happy to announce that Kati Salmon has joined the staff as Event and Hospitality Assistant. Kati, in this new position, provides an efficient consolidation of purchasing across ministry areas. Each week, she connects with the staff, combines shopping lists and runs the errands. Kati is also creative and very organized! She adds special touches to each event and the storeroom has never looked better. You will find Kati near the coffee bar on Sundays, at dinner on Wednesday nights, and at many of NLC’s other events. Please introduce yourself and welcome Kati and her boys, Henry and Max. When their hockey schedule allows, Henry and Max are really great helpers! "Hello, I’m Kati Salmon. I live in Edina with my two sweet boys – Henry who is 10 and Max who is 9. They are so excited I’m working at Normandale and love to help out when they can. In my free time, I like to read, organize, spend time outdoors, listen to music and hangout with my boys. I love working at Normandale and feel so blessed to be part of this community!"

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Welcome to Camp Vermilion!

NLC Kids & Youth Look Forward to a New Camp Experience

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We are so excited to announce that NLC kids and youth graduating from grades 3-12 have the opportunity to attend our new Normandale camp experience at Camp Vermilion in Cook, Minnesota. We’ve reserved this one-of-a-kind, specially tailored week at Camp Vermilion just for Normandale kids, youth, and friends August 5-10! Camp Vermilion is a beautiful camp on Lake Vermilion four hours north of the Twin Cities. It will be a week of a lifetime at camp filled with NLC kids, youth and friends: canoeing, learning camping skills, cooking over a fire, teamwork, deepening friendships and making new NLC friends, being silly, laughing, and learning what it means to live and love as God’s people in the world. Camp Vermilion (of Voyageurs Lutheran Ministry/VLM) carefully selects their staff in order to provide the best experience possible for each camper, including yummy meals for hungry campers. Everything VLM does is to help kids see it truly is great to be alive in God's Great Northwoods!

Explorers: Completed grades 7 & 8 Explore all that camp has to offer! Build community and grow in your faith while learning more advanced camping, canoeing, cooking and outdoor skills. Sing, play, laugh and worship with friends! Explorers will get to choose three “Journey” sessions where they’ll spend 2 hours learning new lifelong skills such as canoeing, drama, campfire cooking, music, theater, sports, or arts. Junior Counselors*: Completed grades 9-12 Experience camp as a leader and role model as you have all the fun of camp, and also get to serve as a “junior counselor!” Junior counselors are paired with a Camp Vermilion counselor and a cabin of Seekers, Trekkers, or Explorers. Junior Counselors will meet for 1-2 hours every day with Maggie for a special “JC Crew Time” where Junior Counselors will do check-ins, work on leadership skills, team-building, and have fun together! *Applications and a counselor training session are prerequisites for being a Junior Counselor. Cost: $390/camper. Learn more and register by March 1 at

We’ll offer camp programs for: Seekers: Completed grades 3 & 4 A week-long program where kids will make life-long memories and friendships while growing in faith, learning teamwork, and having fun. Learn to canoe, cook over the fire, and other fun skills! Seekers will also get to choose one “Journey” session where they’ll spend 2 hours learning a new lifelong skill such as canoeing, drama, campfire cooking, music, theater, sports, or arts. Trekkers: Completed grades 5 & 6 Camp is the best place to try new things, like dutch-oven cooking and team building challenges, while also doing traditional camp activities each day. You’ll also get a day away from the regular routine as you adventure to new areas of camp. Trekkers will also get to choose two “Journey” sessions where they’ll spend 2 hours learning new lifelong skills such as canoeing, drama, campfire cooking, music, theater, sports, or arts.

"Normandale is taking over Camp Vermilion! I can't wait to experience this one of kind, tailor made experience just for Normandale kids and youth. I am looking forward to watching our kids build stronger, deeper, more meaningful relationships with each other and God. It's going to be the BEST week of summer in God's great northwoods!" - Kari Warnke Director of Children & Family Ministry

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Life @ NLC

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Children & Family

Lenten & Holy Week Worship

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Lenten Community Meals

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

Worship with us. See worship times on page 2. All are welcome here.

Wednesdays, Feb 14 - Mar 21 Lunch following 11:30 worship Dinner served 5:00-6:45 pm Come gather at the table. All are welcome!

Center for Arts & Spirituality (CAS): Swing Low, Sweet Chariot An Evening with Theodicy Jazz Collective

Saturday, Feb 17, 8:00 pm Join us as we welcome Theodicy Jazz Collective to NLC for an evening of music and conversation guided by Steve Staruch of MPR. The concert and discussion will focus on the historical roots of jazz, blues, and freedom songs, and their strong connection to spirituality. Free and open to the public.

CAS Concert Series: Family Concert with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis Saturday, March 10 | 11:00 am Join this free concert perfect for all ages. Kids can tour the orchestra and more!

CAS Concert Series: Sara Aimee Smiseth Tracing Edvard Grieg Sunday, March 18 | 3:30 pm Free and open to the public.

Sunday Chapel Worship

Sundays, 5:00 pm Can't make it Sunday morning? Looking for an alternative worship time? Join in this 40-minute contemplative chapel worship service. Sunday Evening Chapel worship is open and welcome to all.

Celebrate Easter!

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

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Vacation Bible School

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! Camp Vermilion

August 5-10 | Cook, MN NLC is taking over Camp Vermilion! All kids and youth grades 3-12, register today!

Second Wednesday

Wednesday, February 14 | 10:00 am Seniors, come for coffee, fellowship, Ash Wednesday worship, followed by lunch, a program, and more.

NLC Women's Retreat Welcome the Stranger: We Are All Strangers

Friday, Mar 2 | 6:00-9:00 pm Saturday, Mar 3 | 9:00 am - 12:00 noon Join with Pastor Jodi Houge and NLC women for this time of connection! Cost: $45/person. Register today at events or sign-up at the Welcome Center. Questions? Contact Jenny Bock at jbock@ or 952.929.1697.

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Easter Egg Hunt

Podiatry Clinic

Saturday, Mar 31 | 10:00-11:00 am BYOB! Bring your own basket and join the egg hunt! Fun for all!

Wednesday, Mar 7 & Thursday, Mar 8 9:00 am - 12:00 noon | Rooms 212-213 Seniors, take advantage of monthly foot care.

Children & Family questions? Contact Kari Warnke at

Alzheimer's Caregiver Group

Youth Sign-up for Summer 2018!

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 Mar 1! Camp Vermilion

August 5-10 | Cook, MN NLC is taking over Camp Vermilion. Don't miss it... including junior counselor opportunities! Register today! Youth questions? Contact Maggie Jones at

Adults & Seniors Adult Community Learning: Loving Your Neighbor

Sundays, Feb 4-18 | 10:00-10:40 am Join us in Fellowship Hall for conversations on social and racial stratification, biblical justice and reconciliation in love.

Wednesdays, Feb 21 & Mar 21 6:00-7:30 pm | Rooms 205-206 Come at 5:30 for dinner in Fellowship Hall before support groups, if you can! (No respite care provided.)

Alzheimer's Caregiver Education

Saturday, March 10 9:00 am - 12:00 noon | Rooms 209-211 Topic: Healthy Living for your Brain and Body Support groups meet immediately after the education session. Respite care available; reservation needed. Contact Katie at katie@ or 952.977.9374.

Hatha Yoga

Tuesdays, Mar 20 - Apr 17 | 2:45-3:45 pm NLC Studio B The Center for Healing and Wholeness has partnered with the U of M and is offering a free five-week yoga series. Hatha yoga blends a sequence of yoga postures and breathing techniques in a mindful way that will help you develop a balance of strength and flexibility. All ability levels are welcome!

Life @ NLC

Bring the whole family for this kid-friendly concert with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis! It even includes a tour through the orchestra! All are welcome. Free and open to the public.

Respite Care Could your elderly loved one benefit from time with others? Do you help care for a loved one and could use some time to yourself? The Center for Healing & Wholeness offers home respite for all aging members of the congregation as well as members of the community. We will meet with you and work to match a volunteer to your loved one, taking into consideration their needs and hobbies. To start home respite, or for more information, contact volunteer coordinator Katie Heitzig at 952-977-9374.

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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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Sunday Chapel Worship Sunday Evenings, 5:00 pm @ NLC

Can't make it Sunday morning? Looking for an alternative worship time? Join in this 40-minute contemplative service with others at NLC. Come as you are. All are welcome. We'll see you there.

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