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Volume 37, Issue 9 | December 2016


Come together this Advent as God finds us, wherever we are, and we anticipate the light that is to come.

Read scripture and reflections and prepare for each week of Advent. See page 5 for reflections by Pastor Paul and watch your email inbox weekly.

Sundays, November 27-December 18 9:00 & 10:30 am Wednesdays, November 30-December 21 11:30 am Matins 7:00 pm Vespers

Community Meals served each Wednesday Lunch | Noon following Matins Dinner | 5:00-6:45 pm

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A Light Shines in the Darkness

3 | Pastor’s Page

As I write this, it’s the week after we set the clocks back, and thus the sun is now setting before 5pm… Ugh.

5 | Advent Weekly Devotions 6 | Advent Opportunities

It will set earlier and earlier until December 21. Double ugh.

8 | Life @ NLC: Community | Children & Family | Youth

11 | Mission: India & Peru

…And it calls to mind a report I heard from the University of Minnesota Agriculture Department last January in which it found December 2015 to measure the least amount of sunlight for a single month in the history of their recordings. Is a triple ugh appropriate here?

12 | Normandale Preschool

The light shines in the darkness.

9 | Life @ NLC: Adults 10 | Life @ NLC: Seniors

Christmas Chancel Form 13 | News & Announcements 14 | Calendar 15 | NLC Youth Fall Reflections 16 | Celebrate Christmas!

NLC 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.

WORSHIP TIMES Sundays: 9:00 & 10:30 am Wednesdays, November 30-December 21: 11:30 am & 7:00 pm


Following the elections, upon taking stock of the division and hardships and struggle present in our communities, nation, and world, a friend of mine shared she was repeating this verse in her brief prayers in the midst of her day. Perhaps there is no better reminder and assurance of what our faith proclaims. The verse is so true. Darkness does, indeed, exist. It’s present and real. But it does not, nor cannot, take full charge. The light shines. Throughout the fall at Normandale we’ve centered on the theme, “God’s Greatest Joy…Finding One.” In that theme, light has burst out all over the place! If you didn’t get the chance, or even if you did, I encourage you to go back and read the five stories of people who shared how the light of Christ has shone into their life through Normandale. You can find them on the stories page on the website: You’ll read about... Swede Muelhausen, a new member describing the love of Christ shared at Normandale like coming “home.” The Finn family, for whom deep care and connection received through our Blessing Place toddler ministry has been an “answer to prayer.” Salima, our supported community health care worker educating and healing those in need in the rural villages surrounding Ranchi, India.

Wednesdays, November 30-December 21: Lunch: 12:00 Noon following Matins worship Dinner: 5:00-6:45 pm

Jeffrey Bissoy, for whom Normandale Housing Ministry assisted his family in overcoming homelessness and who has recently graduated from Carleton College.

Annika Henry, a Normandale youth for whom this faithful community has been a place of refuge and strength amid the struggles of growing up.



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A Light Shines in the Darkness (continued...) As we enter into darkness in the season of Advent, our theme gets more specific. “God’s Greatest Joy…Finding Us.” Which is to say, not from a distance. Near. How near? Spoiler alert – as near as the birth of God in human flesh and blood and in all this life includes – joy, pain, love, suffering, boredom, excitement, life, and death. God’s greatest joy is finding us. Throughout the month, in addition to regular Sunday worship at 9:00 and 10:30 am, there are multiple ways you can gather to hear and experience this light.

Men’s Advent Breakfast

Women’s Advent Pause Gatherings

Friday, December 2, 6:30-8:00 am

Throughout the week of December 5

By David Linné

Sunday School Children’s Worship

Wednesday Advent Worship

Sunday, December 11, 9:00 & 10:30 am services

Matins, 11:30 am Vespers, 7:00 pm (w/ Confirmation Small Groups) November 30, December 7, 14, 21

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Saturday, December 24, 3:00, 4:30, 9:00, 11:00 pm Sunday, December 25, 11:00 am

Plan to show up. Then ponder this, “How is God shining light right into your life?” I’m confident if you show up and your ears and heart are open, you will experience God’s joy in finding us, even in the darkness. The light shines, and the darkness has not overcome it. Peace, hope, love, and joy, dear ones.


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There is joy in the harvest. A beautiful November sunset is settling; it seems to be September, but the sun is far to the southwest. A black-capped chickadee comes to the feeder, but a downy woodpecker takes its place and eats its fill. A brief interval, and the chickadee is back. As it finishes, and flies away, darkness has descended. The wind is gone, the coolness sets in, and peace descends. We are reminded of the joy implicit in this period of darkness. The darkness provides the contrast for the coming of our light. It provides the site, the venue for reviewing our lives, our living in today’s world. It gives us perhaps an intensified view in our relationship with ourselves, others, and our beliefs. It is a powerful time to examine what we can improve, what we can do for others, and contribute—each in our own way—to our immediate surroundings. The saying “bloom where you are planted” becomes more poignant. It starts with each of us. This time of contemplation lets us quietly examine our creative rainbows to make sure the world doesn’t become “too much with us” and we prepare for the coming wonder of creation. Like the chickadee, we feed, and are strengthened for the coming of the night.

Week of November 27-December 3 | Luke 1:5-20 Zechariah is struck dumb by the revelation of God’s intervention in his life. He cannot believe that his wife, Elizabeth, will give birth to a son, and that his name will be John. He will be great in the sight of the Lord. As God intervenes in our lives, fear is an appropriate response. God’s presence, power, and calling bring uncertainty, confusion, and no small amount of responsibility. But God does not leave us alone in our fear, but promises a presence that overcomes fear and leads us through the darkness. God finds us in our fear, and as the darkness descends, trust that the light is coming soon. Holy God, come to us and calm our fears. May the assurance of your presence, be the balm on our worry and the light in our darkness, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Week of December 4-10 | Matthew 1:18-25 When the way forward is unclear and public scrutiny distracts, God finds a way where there is no way. Joseph, an upright and good man, was only seeking to follow the rules, and do the right thing, as he prepared to dismiss pregnant Mary quietly, but God intervened, and finding Joseph in his confusion, God empowered Joseph to do God’s will. Holy God, your divine plans interrupt our own, casting confusion upon our well-planned lives. And yet, we trust you above all else, knowing that it is our greatest joy to fulfill your will, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Week of December 11-17 | Luke 1:26-38 Like Mary, we so often underestimate what God can do through us. We see ourselves as unworthy, ill-prepared, and lacking power, but God sees us with hope and promise. Selfdoubt is the soil for God’s intervention, instilling power to believe that God has purpose for us all. Thus, with Mary, we might say, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” God of great surprises, come to us with power and love. Instill in us such faithfulness, that our lives may be used this day, according to your will, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Week of December 18-24 | Luke 2:8-20 Sometimes you just have to go and see. Perhaps it is a gut feeling, an intuitive pull, a nagging suspicion of great truth. The shepherds received an angelic vision in the night sky, a chorus of angels singing the arrival of the Christ child. And they went to Bethlehem to see this thing that had taken place and to share the vision of what they had seen. And the world has never been the same! God, light and joy, lift our heads, open our eyes, crack open our hearts, that we might see your way in the world. Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You, O God, are the author of all goodness, and we praise you, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Celebrate the Light. Celebrate Christmas. See page 16.

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SHARE THE JOY THIS SEASON This season, not only is God's Greatest Joy... Finding Us, but much of our joy as we anticipate the coming of the light is found in the opportunity to be a light to others. Be a light. Share the joy.

Gifts for Seniors


The Mission Outreach committee invites you to spread God’s love to families served by CES (Community Emergency Services), Normandale & Elliot Avenue Housing, and SAYFSM (Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services of Minnesota) through the annual Sponsor-a-Family holiday giving program. There are two ways to participate: Give tangible gifts: This program helps families in need enjoy the holiday season by anonymously matching them with donors like you, who provide hope and compassion through these gifts. You may sign-up for a family or an individual. Give a monetary gift: Sign-up to donate a $75 Walmart gift card for SAYFSM families, or make a cash donation and we will purchase for you. We will gratefully sign you up for family or individual gifts or receive your donations at the Welcome Center on November 27 and December 4. Gift return will be on December 4 and 11! Thank you for sharing the joy! Joan Levin and Kim Sannerud, Mission Outreach Committee


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Remembering Seniors & Friends In 2015, NLC and 87 additional community partners collected gifts totaling $89,000. Together, with 69 human service agencies we were able to remember nearly 3,500 isolated and lonely seniors during the holidays. Through the giving of a gift and life affirming personal contact, they were reassured that the community had not forgotten them. 2016 Holiday Season Normandale will be receiving gifts for seniors again this year. In our changing social structure, loneliness among elders has become more prevalent. Losing connection to family, friends, and community leads to greater risk for depression, falls, and critical illnesses. Please help share the joy and drop off your “Gifts for Seniors” in the barrel located near the Preschool entrance. Thank you!

Normandale House Christmas Party

Saturday, December 10, 10:00-11:30 am Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church 2315 Chicago Ave. South, Minneapolis Share the cheer with our Normandale House families this season! Join us for the party, volunteer to help out, or donate household items (toothpaste, dish soap, etc.) to help fill holiday gift baskets. Please contact Dana Arnold at 952.929.1697 or to volunteer.

2016 Christmas Chancel

The Altar Guild invites the NLC community to share the Good News this holiday season by way of decorating the church at Christmas with glorious poinsettia plants or by making a contribution to community partners such as VEAP and CES. After Christmas, plants will be delivered to homebound by a community of friends as we continue to share the joy of the season. Please make contributions in the amount of $16.00 for each gift, complete form (see page 12), and return it to the church office, along with your payment. The deadline for plant orders and contributions to community partners is Sunday, December 18, 2016. Payment by check should be to Normandale Lutheran Church and must be accompanied by an order form. All gifts will be recognized by way of a special insert in the bulletin during the Advent season. Share the joy through these gifts during this season when we received the greatest gift of all.

SAYFSM Holiday Party

Saturday, December 17 | 12:30-2:30 pm Messiah Lutheran Church 2504 Columbus, Minneapolis Join us for lunch and fellowship with families served by SAYFSM (Sub-Saharan Youth and Family Services of Minnesota.) Together we’ll share the joy of the season and give each family a gift card for a holiday meal. Questions: Please contact Kim Sannerud at 952.649.1714,

ANTICIPATE THE COMING OF THE LIGHT: ADVENT OPPORTUNITIES Sunday School Christmas Worship: Come to Bethlehem and See

Men's Advent Breakfast

Friday, December 2 | 6:30-8:00 am Gentlemen, you're invited! Come gather for the 6th Annual Men's Advent Breakfast. Invite a friend. Cost: $10/person. Sign-up now in Fireside Room or contact Janet Devine, 952.929.1697 x347 or

Sunday, December 11, 9:00 and 10:30 am Join Sunday School Christmas Worship at both services, 9:00 and 10:30 am, on Sunday, December 11 as children lead worship and tell the story of Jesus' birth through reading and song. Cookies and cocoa will follow both services in Fellowship Hall. Come to Bethlehem and See! Parents, please note: There will be a dress rehearsal for the program on Saturday, December 10, from 9:30-11:30 am for all reader/actor/solo parts. All Sunday School children will rehearse from 10:00-11:30 am.

Lutfisk Dinner

Sunday, December 4 | 12:00 noon The Senior Committee will sponsor what has become an annual event, a lutfisk dinner, with all the traditional dishes on Sunday, December 4 at 12:00 noon. Now, if you are one of those that only remember it as the lye soaked smelly fish, there will be meatballs. Reservations can be made through November 27 at the Welcome Center or by calling the church office at 952.929.1697 x347. Payment of $22 per person is required by November 27.

VEAP Benefit Concert

Sunday, December 11 | 4:00 pm Normandale Choir and Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis David Clarke and Cary John Franklin, conducting Come and enjoy wonderful orchestral choral music provided by the Normandale Choir and the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. Suggested donations are unwrapped toys for kids through age 18. The choir and orchestra will begin the concert with J.S. Bach’s famous cantata “Wachet auf ” (Sleepers Wake!) Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser Overture and another Bach piece, the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, will also be on the program. The afternoon concert will conclude with Christmas music by 20th century American composer, Leroy Anderson. Come support our choir and bring a friend… you will leave with smiles!

God's Greatest Joy... Finding Us: Worship & Gather Small Gifts, Great Joy Women's Advent Pause Gatherings

Week of December 5-9 | Various times Hosted in Women's Homes Come join other Normandale women and friends for a small, relaxing Advent gathering. We will enjoy time together to Pause and reflect on the spirit of the season with good conversation and delicious refreshments. No cost to attend. Sign-up now through December 4 in Fireside Room or contact Janet Devine, 952.929.1697 x347 or

Advent Worship Sundays, November 27-December 18 Worship at 9:00 & 10:30 am

Advent Wednesday Matins & Vespers Wednesdays, November 30-December 21 Worship at 11:30 am & 7:00 pm Wednesday Community Meals November 30-December 21 Lunch: 12:00 noon, following Matins worship Dinner: 5:00-6:45 pm

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Served 5:00-6:45 pm | $5/adult, $3/child No need to cook! Bring the family! Would you like to help prep or serve dinner? Please contact Janet Devine at 952.929.1697 or November 30: Shepherd's Pie December 7: Pasta with Italian Sausages December 14: Swedish Meatballs December 21: Chicken Pot Pie Please note there is no Wednesday Night Dinner December 28 or January 4. Dinners resume January 11.

SAVE-THE-DATE! AMEN: Sledding & Skating Party Sunday, January 22, 2017 | 2:00-4:00 pm Browndale Park, St. Louis Park Don't miss this family fun event for ALL ages! Bring your sled or skates. We'll provide the cocoa.


Second Saturday of each month | 4:00-7:00 pm Next date: December 10 Kids Night Out is the place to be for kids ages 3 months (as of September 1, 2016) through 2nd grade. On the second Saturday of each month, bring the kids to NLC from 4:00-7:00 pm for a fun night of games, music, art projects, and dinner. And while the kids are having a great night out, so can their parents! This program runs October-May and is open to all. Check-in/check-out is located in lower narthex; reservations are necessary. Cost: $15/night per child, or maximum $40/family per event. Sign-up today at


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Sunday School in Worship (SSiW)

Mark your calendars for the next season of Sunday School in Worship! Kids will not meet as usual from 9:15-10:15 am; instead, all Sunday School children and households are asked and encouraged to attend worship with their families. It will still be a regular worship of the church, but each worship will intentionally include children and youth worship leaders, a children's message, children's choirs, and perhaps other pieces to specifically activate, engage, and celebrate the presence and partnership of our younger members of the faith community. It's Sunday School in Worship! Share in these worship services with our NLC children and youth: December 11 (Sunday School Christmas Worship, see page 7) January 8 (Baptismal Festival at 9:30 am Worship)

Sunday School Friends...

* Remember to bring your offering for Mission: India weekly! * No Sunday School December 25 and January 1 * Sunday School in Worship at 9:30 am on January 8

Faith Markers

Faith Markers for different ages are held throughout the year, and designed for parents and their children as we fulfill promises made at baptism and walk in our faith journey together. Mark your calendars for January... January 15 2 Years Old: God’s Family/Baptism January 29 4th Grade: Service

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES Donuts & Devotions (Grades 7-12)

Sunday mornings | 10:00–10:25 am Join with friends in the Fishbowl for donuts and a weekly devotion. We’ll dig more deeply into the message of the week through discussion, activities, and prayer! *The Fishbowl is also open from 9:30-10:00 am for games, puzzles, coloring, and other optional activities for all middle school and high school youth on Sunday mornings.

Reading Buddies

Mondays | 5:30-8:00 pm A service opportunity for NLC youth (grades 7-12) to spend time each week eating, reading, and playing with Normandale House children. Transportation to Normandale House and dinner is provided. If you are interested in participating, we ask that you commit to participating at least once a month. Be a Reading Buddy - make a kid smile!

ADULT OPPORTUNITIES Faithful Paths to Caregiving

Wednesday, December 7 | 9:30-11:30 am | LL Conf Room If you are helping to care for a parent, spouse, older neighbor, child, or anyone else and your spirituality is important to you, then we invite you to join us in exploring how those two parts of our lives intersect. The discussion, led by Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness facilitators, will include common challenges in caregiving, how faith has helped us in the past, and strategies for using our faith to support us in our future caregiving. This event is free and open to the public. To register or receive more information, contact Zach Greimann at 952.977.9374 or

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Session: When is it Time to Consider Residential Care Placement?

Saturday, December 10 | 9:00-10:30 am | Room 209 This talk, given by the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter through the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness, will discuss some of the common triggers to begin considering moving someone with dementia into a residential care setting. In addition, we will discuss what you should be looking for in your search, questions to ask and where to find information about placement options. Normandale Center staff and trained Memory Companion volunteers will be available to spend time with care receivers with Alzheimer’s disease while caregivers attend the education session.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Saturday, December 10 | 10:30 am - 12 noon Wednesday, December 21 | 6:00-7:30 pm Room 205-206 The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness, along with the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter, are proud to sponsor monthly support groups for people who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. These groups are an opportunity for family members and caregivers to meet and develop a mutual support system that will help maintain the health and well-being of its members. Normandale Center staff and trained Memory Companion volunteers will be available to spend time with care receivers with Alzheimer’s disease while caregivers attend the December 10 support group. Contact Mary Cordell at or 952.977.9363 for more information regarding Alzheimer's Care Sessions.

Crossways: Meet and Greet Dr. Harry and Chloris Wendt!

Thursday, December 15 | 10:00 am | Room 209 In 1979, Rev. Dr. Harry Wendt established Crossways International (CI), an organization which has become a leading transdenominational, non-profit ministry promoting Bible study worldwide. CI’s materials incorporate visually-based study methods developed and field tested by Dr. Wendt during 24 years while serving as pastor in New Zealand, Australia, and the US. More than 35,000 clergy, teachers, and lay leaders from all major denominations in over 60 countries, with translations into 35 languages, have been trained by CI to use these materials to teach others in their congregations and communities. Each year over 100,000 people undertake a study using materials from CI. The Crossways classes at Normandale are just completing the three year study.

Men's & Women's Retreats: Mark Your Calendars! Men's Retreat

Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28, 2017 @ NLC Gentlemen, mark your calendars for the annual NLC Men's Retreat. Great gathering, connection, and laughter are bound to happen! Back by popular demand, we once again welcome Prof. Michael Chan, Luther Seminary Professor of Old Testament, as our guest speaker and presenter. You won't want to miss!

Women's Retreat

February 24 & 25, 2017 @ NLC Please save the date to share time with NLC ladies and friends. More retreat details to follow in the next month. Mark your calendars today!

Vision for Healthy Living: Hope for Recovery Saturday, February 11, 2017 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm The final piece in the series of “Talking About Mental Health” events, Hope for Recovery is a one-day educational workshop that provides families and individuals with information, hope and practical strategies for dealing with the complexities of mental illness. Participants will learn about mental illnesses, treatments, coping strategies, the mental health system and local resources. Contact Zach Greimann at 952.977.9374 or at for more information.

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SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES Martin Luther Exhibition: Guided Tour at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | 1:00-4:30 pm Five hundred years ago, one man took a stand that shook Europe and changed the world. Now you can see the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation brought to life through astonishing artworks and historical objects, traveling outside Germany for the first time ever. Luther used art and the newly invented printing press to challenge Europe’s leaders and spread a revolution of religious, cultural, and societal change. This exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, gold, textiles, and works on paper—as well as Luther’s personal possessions and recent archaeological finds—that shed new light on an explosive era and the man who ignited it. Bus departs from Normandale at 1:00 pm; returning at 4:30 pm. Guided tour and bus transportation $24.00 per person. To make reservations, contact Dana Arnold at 952.977.9355 or (limited tickets available.) If you are a Thrivent Member, MIA offers free passes on Fridays during the exhibit. Please contact the MIA ticket office to reserve your free pass.

Podiatry Clinic

Take advantage of the monthly foot care services provided by On-Site Podiatry and coordinated through the Center for Healing & Wholeness. Most insurance is accepted and clients who arrive 15 minutes early for an appointment can take advantage of a free foot soak. Schedule your appointment today by contacting Patti Hankes at or 952.929.1698.

T'ai Chi

T’ai Chi continues to grow in popularity and offers significant benefits to people of all ages. Sponsored by the Center for Healing & Wholeness, T’ai Chi cultivates relaxation, balance, strength, and flexibility… both in body and mind. Classes meet in the third floor Multi-Purpose Room on Thursdays from 2:00-3:00 pm. Cost is $8 per class. For more information, contact Patti Hankes at 952.929.1698 or

NLC Women’s Circle Volunteers at The Colony Kay Melby and the Normandale Women’s Circle recently decided to apply for a minigrant from Thrivent to fund a volunteer visiting and manicure-giving program at The Colony, a senior living community in Eden Prairie. Thrivent provided $250 through their Live Generously campaign to help pay for the manicure supplies and the volunteers, along with Marta Volbrecht who coordinates volunteers at the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness and The Colony, took care of the rest… Now residents and volunteers alike enjoy getting together on the first and third Monday of each month in the Atrium to visit and be pampered!

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NLC MISSION Ben Kilberg Returns to Peru

Ben Kilberg, a member of our 2010 Peru Music Mission Choral Group and 2014 Peru Music Education Team, will spend part of his winter vacation from Loyola University, Chicago, serving an NGO (Non-Government Organization), SEPEC, in Peru.

Mission: India Festival

Sunday, January 8, 9:30 am Worship We welcome Rev. Drs. Neeraj & Nijhar Ekka, our missionaries in India, as we celebrate our partnership with the NW Gossner Lutheran Church in Ranchi with a special worship service, 9:30 am, Sunday, January 8. Together we have been developing congregation-based community health care. Our two Community Health Care Workers, Arvind Khalkho and Salima Kujur, now serve 5 villages with about 121 families, concentrating on alcoholism recovery. Our partner church’s Congregational Health Subcommittee has approved a second program-development plan (we have almost completed every item in our initial plan!). God has richly blessed this ministry. It may well serve as a prototype for churches all over India.

From Ben: "SEPEC's work focuses on helping children with disabilities/ special needs that are excluded from the education system and shunned from their families in Lima. The school uses Montessori-style teaching to enhance the lives and learning of these children. I will also be working with Pastora Adita's congregation of Filadelfia. I will be in Lurin (district of Lima) from December 28th to January 14th. I will be staying at el Hotel de Julio C. Tello near the congregation, where Pastora Adita has housed visitors from other US congregations many times. I appreciate your prayers and work that have helped me make this a reality." You can support his mission monetarily through a designated fund at Normandale Lutheran Church. Learn more about SEPEC at

April Mission Trip to India

April 16 - May 1, 2017 A Mission India Team will leave Easter evening for a two-week immersion with our NW Gossner Lutheran partners. Included (along with visits to tourist sites in New Delhi and Agra) will be the dedication of our six-unit staff apartment building, half of which will house our program director and Community Health Workers and their families. (The other half will provide housing for Navin Doman seminary faculty.) We’ll worship with partner congregations and accompany Arvind and Salima to villages in which they work, having time to meet with pastors, congregation members, and villagers and their leaders. We’ll visit another partner, Holy Family Hospital, which has a Chemical Dependency Unit where Arvind and Salima trained and an extensive herbal garden. We’ll visit St. Barnabas Hospital to gain some understanding of the challenges a Christian medical ministry confronts on a daily basis—and schools, shops, homes, and restaurants to immerse ourselves in Ranchi itself. AND sing, dance, worship, converse, and eat together. To be a part of this Mission Team, contact Pastor Dale at or 952-929-1697.

Peru Vision Trip

Share your life, your faith, and grow August 3-15, 2017 Learn more at Questions? Please contact Pastor Dale at Deposit and registration due Feb. 15, 2017. Scholarships available.

NLC Youth & Mission: India

Meanwhile, our Sunday School children continue to learn about Mission India as they raise funds to help support Arvind and Salima. Confirmation students took a Mission India Elective… and wrote letters to Arvind, Salima, the Ekkas, and others. NormandaleNews | December 2016


NORMANDALE PRESCHOOL GOES TO ORCHESTRA HALL Normandale Preschool went on a fabulous field trip this month with our older students. We traveled on a school bus, an adventure in itself, to downtown Minneapolis, and Orchestra Hall. Once there, we participated in a Kinder Konzert. A Kinder Konzert is an educational program designed for 4-5 year-old children. These fun concerts provide a wonderful introduction to classical music. The students were invited onstage with Minnesota Orchestra musicians where they learned about the various orchestral instruments as the musicians demonstrated them on stage. Next we heard the musical retelling of a story. This year the story introduced was The Tin 2016 Christmas Chancel Forrest by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. The musical accompaniment was composed by Steven Heitzeg and commissioned by FRIENDS of the Minnesota Orchestra. Students had a wonderful day in Minneapolis, and were wide-eyed as they looked up at the towering buildings, tall cranes, and crossed the busy streets of the The Altar Guild is inviting all members to share theofGood News this holiday bustling city.of It Normandale was an adventure for all the senses! season by way of decorating the church at Christmas with glorious poinsettia plants or by making a contribution to community concerns such as VEAP and CES. JoAnne Gustafson, Director, Normandale Preschool Please make contributions in the amount of $16.00 for each gift, complete this insert, and return it to the church office, along with your payment. The deadline for plant orders and contributions to community concerns is Sunday, December 18, 2016. Payment by check should be to Normandale Lutheran Church and must be accompanied by an order form. All gifts will be recognized wayreturn of a special in the bulletin the Advent Please complete this formbyand it to theinsert church office, alongduring with your paymentseason. or contributions of $16.00 for each gift. The deadline for plant orders and contributions to comPlease turn your orders in to December the church 18, office. WePayment ask you by to consider thesebe gifts during this munity partners is Sunday, 2016. check should to Normandale season when we received the greatest Gift of all. Lutheran Church and must be accompanied by an order form.


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NLC NEWS Kaye Wothe, Parish Nurse, Resigns Dear Fellow Members, As some of you may already know, after a great deal of thought over a long period, I have resigned as parish nurse at Normandale. My last official day was November 13. I will continue to consult on the Vision for Healthy Living mental health project as a volunteer, as I feel very passionate about it and have been awarded small monetary grants for this purpose. I am resigning for several reasons. Before, during, and after completing my MA in Congregational and Community Care at Luther Seminary, my parish nurse practice at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church has grown continuously with new programs and educational offerings, support groups, pastoral care, involvement in each church season, and more. As my hours at Shepherd increased, I have been less able to be at NLC, even on Sunday mornings, and to be as effective as I would want to be. Keeping two very different ministries going has become increasingly complicated; it’s simply easier to work in one place than putting in the same amount of hours in two very different places. This will also help me find the self-care and boundaries I need personally to care for my mind, body, and spirit.

________ CES (Community Emergency Services)

As an NLC member, I look forward to having a new parish nurse and pray her/his ministry will flourish, rounding out an already very talented team of pastors and staff! Thank you for your partnerships in days gone by!

________ SAYFSM (Sub-Saharan African Youth/Family Services in MN)

Kaye Wothe, BSN, MA

________ Christmas Chancel ________ ELCA World Hunger ________ VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People)

*Plants will be delivered to shut-ins by a community of friends after Christmas.

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Early January Worship

Mark your calendars! On Sunday, January 1 and Sunday, January 8, we will gather for one Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 am. We will bring in the new year together on Sunday, January 1 and will experience and celebrate the joy of our baptism with a Baptismal Festival on Sunday, January 8. We will return to the regular two service schedule at 9:00 and 10:30 am on Sunday, January 15.

NormandaleNews is Going Green

As we continue our intentional pursuit of being good stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us, NormandaleNews is going green! All NLC community members will continue receiving each new issue in their email - and in full color! Members over age 55 will continue also receiving a hard copy by USPS. Members under age 55 will only receive the newest issue by email, unless they choose to opt-in to receiving a hard copy, by completing the survey at or contacting the church office at 952.929.1697. Of course, members over age 55 who are receiving both emailed and hard copies can choose to only receive the newest issue by email, by completing the survey at Additionally, hard copies will always be available for pick-up at NLC.

Thrivent Members

Help Serve the Community If you are a Thrivent member and have Thrivent Choice dollars, remember to donate them to an organization of your choice. When donating to NLC, you can specify the church itself, Normandale Preschool, The Center for Healing & Wholeness, Normandale House, or Normandale Foundation. Last year many members did not designate their funds to an organization. Questions? Call Thrivent at 1.800.847.4836. In addition, members may apply for a $250 grant to help support service projects that benefit those in need. If you are participating in an upcoming service project, contact Thrivent for more information.

One Life at a Time: Changing One Life at a Time Through Generosity • Did you know we have gathered for worship over 120 times in the past year? • Did you know we are currently providing housing for 43 parents and children experiencing homelessness through Normandale Housing? • Did you know that over 3,000 meals have been served and enjoyed on Wednesday nights as we gather in community? • Did you know that approximately 60 7th-9th graders gather weekly to learn of God's abounding love through Confirmation? All of these gatherings lead to a strong community where we reach out, share the love of Jesus, and help to change one life at a time. We do this together... through your generosity. Thank you to all who have pledged to support our 2017 ministry. As we look to the exciting year ahead, we are still in need of additional gifts and pledges. It is never too late to pledge! Pledge online at or using pledge cards in the sanctuary pew racks.

2016 Year-End Giving

Year-end gifts are welcomed and encouraged! Because of your gifts, we are able to support our mission and ministries here and around the globe. Gifts received in December often help us meet our budget. • Gifts may be given online at using your Visa or MasterCard, debit card, or automatical withdrawal. • Year-end gifts given by check must be received in the church office or postmarked by December 31, 2016. Back-dated checks received after the postmark date will be applied to 2017 giving, due to IRS regulations. • If you would like to give a stock gift, please contact Donna Klingenberg at 952.929.1697 or Thank you for your generosity!

NormandaleNews | December 2016


CALENDAR Blessing Place 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Mon-Fri | Normandale Preschool 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Mon-Fri | Christmas Break: Dec. 24-Jan. 8 Wednesday, November 23 9:00 am Environment 2:30 pm Thanksgiving Afternoon Worship 3:30 pm Pumpkin Pie Fellowship 5:30 pm Boys & Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 6:15 pm All Choirs Combined Rehearsal 7:00 pm Thanksgiving Eve Worship 8:00 pm Pumpkin Pie Fellowship Thursday, Nov. 24 | Friday, Nov. 25 Happy Thanksgiving Church Office & Building Closed Saturday, November 26 9:00 am Environment Sunday, November 27 | Advent 1 9:00 am Worship 9:15 am ParentRest | Sunday School 10:00 am 7-12th Gr. Donuts & Devotions 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:30 am Worship Monday, November 28 7:00 am Men’s Monday Bible Study 5:15 pm Reading Buddies @ Hope Academy 7:00 pm Priscilla Circle @ Laura Rubin’s home Tuesday, November 29 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday, November 30 9:30 am Rachel Circle @ Friendship Village 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 11:30 am Matins Advent Worship 12:00 pm Wednesday Advent Luncheon 4:45 pm Boys Choir Rehearsal 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal 5:50 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:15 pm Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Advent Vesper Worship 7:45 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm Confirmation Small Groups 7:45 pm High School Hangout Thursday, December 1 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal Friday, December 2 6:30-8 am Men’s Advent Breakfast

Wednesday, December 7 9am-12 pm H & W Podiatry Clinic 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 11:30 am Matins Advent Worship 12:00 pm Wednesday Advent Luncheon 4:45 pm Boys Choir Rehearsal 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Preschool Advisory Council Meeting 5:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal 5:50 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:15 pm Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Advent Vesper Worship 7:45 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm Confirmation Small Groups 7:45 pm High School Hangout Thursday, December 8 9am-12pm H & W Podiatry Clinic 1:00 pm Mary Circle 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Serving @ Our Saviour’s Shelter 7:00 pm Lydia Circle Saturday, December 10 8:00 am Environment 9:00 am Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Series 9:30 am Sunday School Costume Characters 10:00 am Sunday School Program Practice 10-11:30am Normandale House Christmas Party 10:30 am Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group 4:00 pm Kids Night Out Sunday, December 11 | Advent 2 9:00 am Worship|Sunday School Christmas Prog 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:00 am Sunday School Christmas Reception 10:30 am Worship|Sunday School Christmas Prog 11:30 am Sunday School Christmas Reception 4:00 pm VEAP Benefit Concert (Normandale Choir & Minneapolis Civic Orchestra) 5:00 pm Reception for VEAP Concert Monday, December 12 7:00 am Men’s Monday Bible Study 1:00 pm Archives Committee 5:30 pm Reading Buddies @ Hope Academy Tuesday, December 13 4:00 pm Normandale Housing Corp Board Mtg 6:00 pm Executive Committee 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7:00 pm Church Council

Monday, December 5 7:00 am Men’s Monday Bible Study 9:00 am Preschool & Blessing Place Christmas Coffee 5:30 pm Reading Buddies @ Holy Academy

Wednesday, December 14 7:45 am Preschool Staff Meeting 10:00 am-2:00 pm Second Wednesday 11:30 am Matins Advent Worship 12:00 pm Wednesday Luncheon 4:45 pm Boys Choir Rehearsal 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal 5:50 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Dorcas Circle 6:15 pm Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Advent Vesper Worship 7:45 pm Confirmation Small Groups 7:45 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm High School Hangout

Tuesday, December 6 8:30 am Sew Day Quilting 9:00 am Preschool & Blessing Place Christmas Coffee 6:00 pm Finance Committee 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous 6:30 pm Normandale Choir/Civic Orchestra Reh

Thursday, December 15 10:00 am Meet & Greet Harry & Chloris Wendt (author of “Crossways” Bible Study) 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Abigail Circle

Saturday, December 3 9:00 am Environment Sunday, December 4 9:00 am Worship | Holy Communion 9:15 am ParentRest | Sunday School 10:00 am 7-12th Gr. Donuts & Devotions 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:30 am Worship | Holy Communion 12:00 pm Lutfisk Dinner

Friday, December 16 9:00 am Environment

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Saturday, December 17 9:00 am Environment 9:00 am Book, Bagel & Brew 9:00 am Boys & Girls Combined Extra Reh 11:00 am Cherub Choir Extra Christmas 12:30 pm SAYFSM Christmas Party Sunday, December 18 8:15 am Boys & Girls Choir Pre-service Reh 9:00 am Worship | Holy Communion 9:15 am ParentRest | Sunday School 10:00 am 7-12th Gr. Donuts & Devotions 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:30 am Worship | Holy Communion Monday, December 19 7:00 am Men’s Monday Bible Study 5:30 pm Reading Buddies @ Hope Academy 6:00 pm Stephen Ministry Leadership 7:00 pm Stephen MInistry Christmas Party Tuesday, December 20 10:30 am Blessing Place Christmas Party 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday, December 21 11:30 am Matins Advent Worship 12:00 pm Wednesday Advent Luncheon 4:45 pm Boys Choir Rehearsal 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal 5:50 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group 6:15 pm Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Advent Vesper Worship 7:45 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm Confirmation Small Groups 7:45 pm High School Hangout Thursday, December 22 10:30 am Preschool Christmas Chapel & Concert 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal Friday, December 23 8:00 am Environment Saturday, December 24 | CHRISTMAS EVE 2:00 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 3:00 pm Children’s Christmas Eve Worship 3:30 pm Boys & Girls Rehearsal 4:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship 8:15 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal 9:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship 10:15 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 11:00 pm Christmas Eve Candelight Worship with Holy Communion Sunday, December 25 | CHRISTMAS DAY 10:15 am Normandale Choir Rehearsal 11:00 am Lessons & Carols with Holy Communion Monday, December 26 Church Office & Building Closed Tuesday, December 27 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Thursday, December 29 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi Saturday, Dec. 31 | Monday, Jan. 2 Church Office & Building Closed Sundays, January 1 & 8 9:30 am One WORSHIP SERVICE Only


“It was so cool to learn more about poverty and racial divides in Minneapolis and talk about what we can do to confront these things. I really enjoyed seeing a different side of the Twin Cities, finding God’s presence there, and exploring together. I don’t want to forget the feeling of how impactful it is to listen to and get to know people who are different than me and to spend time getting to know them, under the surface.” –9th Grade NLC Youth

Rite of Confirmation

“For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” –Galatians 3:27-28

Thirty-three awesome 10th graders kneeled around the altar on Sunday, October 30, and were surrounded and wrapped in prayer, love, and support by the congregation as they publically affirmed their baptism in Christ Jesus. In lead-up to this exciting and momentous claim of faith, each confirmand dug deeply into their personal faith, reflected on their time growing in faith and learning about God in Sunday School and Confirmation classes, and put their hearts into answering questions such as; Who is God and how have I come to understand this? Who is Jesus? Who are the most meaningful people who have taught, modeled, preached, or enacted this understanding or encounter of God? What events or experiences have you had when you’ve most powerfully felt or recognized the presence of God in your life? And more! Reflections on these questions were shared in the form of “faith statement projects” where each confirmand wrote their personal faith statement and represented it in a creative way. These projects were shared both in small groups and outside of the sanctuary in the form of photo collages, paintings, poetry, songs, interviews, reflections, drawings, research... the list goes on. The sharing of faith that took place as our confirmands prepared for Confirmation showed courage, intelligence, wisdom, and tremendous insight. It is an absolute gift to learn from these young people about how they bear witness to God in their lives, and it is without a doubt that our 33 NLC confirmands will have a profound and positive impact on the world and on others through their understanding of and aspiration to continue to learn what it means to live a life of faith and love as followers of Jesus. Congratulations, Lars, Iain, Jacob, Ava, Lars, Joey, Carlos, Oliver, Liam, Anders, Owen, Stefan, Payton, Charlie, Hadley, Emily, Jessica, Julia, Samantha, Kate, Jackson, Ben, Macy, Jake, Owen, Mari, PJ, Kayla, Zach, Sydney, Kennedy, Carmen, and Andrea! We rejoice in your affirmed baptism and give thanks for each of you. Praise be to God!

MEA Getaway

“My favorite part of MEA Getaway was being surrounded by amazing kids and praising God together. I enjoyed it because every person I met loved God and loved being at camp. I felt God when we sang and danced in club worship, because I was singing all of the songs I loved and hearing touching messages from our speaker.” –Carmen W., 10th grade

MEA Getaway

“I had so much fun at MEA Getaway meeting people from all over the twin cities! One of the most memorable parts was when we had time to silently reflect on an awe-inspiring speaker outside under the stars. It was refreshing to have time to ourselves in the midst of our busy lives.” –Andrea Z., 10th grade

NormandaleNews | December 2016


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