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WORSHIP

Ash Wednesday // March 1 11:30 am & 7:00 pm Sundays // March 5 - April 9 9:00 & 10:30 am

God's Greatest Gift LENT 2017

Wednesdays // March 1 - April 5 11:30 am & 7:00 pm

GATHER Join in Community Meals Wednesdays // March 1 - April 5 12:00 noon & 5:00-6:45 pm

HOLY WEEK Palm Sunday // April 9 9:00 & 10:30 am Maundy Thursday // April 13 11:30 am (luncheon following) & 7:00 pm Good Friday // April 14 5:00 pm (Children's Service) & 7:00 pm Easter Vigil // April 15 7:59 pm

This Lent, NLC is providing the opportunity for a short-term, easy way to connect deeper in faith with others in the NLC community. Sign-up as a household to meet twice during Lent in a host's home to engage in connection, sharing, prayer, and a little faithful learning. The two sessions will center on the practices of prayer and worship. Many small group options are available - including options to bring the kids! If you're looking for a simple, easy way to connect and explore faith together, this is it! $10/household registration fee covers the cost of materials. Sign-up in the Fireside Room today!


A NEW LOOK AT THE LIFE OF OUR CONGREGRATION Welcome to NLC Together! Here you will find snapshots of the story of what God is doing in and through the people of NLC. The Holy Spirit blows where it wills, we hear the sound of it, we see evidence of its work, and all along the way, we mark it by telling of the essence of our relationship with God, as the people of NLC, through picture and narrative. You will see less information and more inspiration. We know that access to schedules, events, and upcoming activities can be found online, on the displays at NLC, and in the weekly worship announcements. We hope this new publication takes you deeper into the spirit of who we are as the people of God. Worship rings out with the praise of God. Young and old gather around word, prayer, fellowship, and the breaking of

Together March/April 2017

In This Issue 3 / Welcome to NLC Together 4 / Awe and Love: Devotions for Lent 8 / A Chapel: A Place for Healing 9 / Step Forward & Engage: Keith Narr 10 / SAYFSM: Reaching Out to African Immigrants and Refugees 12 / Staff Spotlight: Meet "Ferg" 14 / Life @ NLC 16 / Celebrate Easter!

the bread. The sick are cared for. New friends come to be among us. Partners connect to bring the love of Jesus to places near and far. The hopeless are given hope. The powerless are spoken for. The broken receive healing. The grieving receive comfort. We are the body of Christ, and each one of us, members of it. We hope that you see in the pictures, read in the words, and hear in the sounds, that God is at work among us. So read, look, take in, and share. Led by the Holy Spirit, and living in God’s grace, Normandale Lutheran is a community proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through love, learning, worship, and service. It’s all here!

Worship Together

Sundays // 9:00 & 10:30 am Wednesdays, March 1 - April 5 11:30 am & 7:00 pm

Gather Around the Table

Wednesdays, March 1 - April 5 Lunch: 12:00 noon // Dinner: 5:00-6:45 pm Wednesdays, April 19 - May 10 Dinner: 5:00-6:45 pm

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Awe and Love

/ Devotions for Lent

Martin Luther sparked the Reformation of the Church with the posting of the 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Chapel in Germany, on October 31, 1517. As we mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we do well to hearken to the foundational language of faith that he shared with us. A prolific writer, preacher, and teacher, Martin Luther blessed us with a long legacy of teaching, powerfully relevant still today, and a guiding light for the faith of generations to come. This Lenten devotional is dedicated to the language of our Lutheran faith, born from the Holy Scriptures, and cast forth as nourishment to sojourners of the cross. You will find fundamental learning from Luther’s Small Catechism; the Ten Commandments, The Creed, The Lord’s Prayer, Baptism, and Holy Communion. And you will find reflections on the foundational understanding we share in Jesus Christ, that God has made Godself known to us, lives with us, and saves us in the profound and undeserved gift from God, the life of Jesus Christ on the cross. We hope you will take time to read and meditate on the texts provided. We challenge you to learn and relearn the basics of our Lutheran faith. We join you as sojourners of the cross, with hearts of thanks and praise, awe and love, as we remember the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord.


Ash Wednesday and Forward

The Ten Commandments

Week 1 / March 1-7

Week 2 / March 8-14

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Ash Wednesday marks the movement to Holy Week and the cross. It begins in humility, the powerful recognition that our earthly lives are temporary, and our attachment to things temporal is vanity.

God’s covenant relationship with Israel was formed by the giving of the law at Sinai. It was to be the basis for their relationship, but the people did not live into the covenant, but broke the covenant God had made with them. However, our God is indeed gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. God gives us the law, so that we might live together in loving community, and that all of our relationships might be abundant in goodness. But we know we cannot fulfill the law, and find ourselves in need of God’s daily grace and forgiveness.

Matthew 6:1-6,16-21 / Genesis 3:19

God calls us to higher things, into the deep mystery of our Creator God, who designs us for abundant life, and then sees us through death into life eternal. We mark our foreheads in ashes, remembering that we are dust and to dust we shall return, a reminder that we are creature and not Creator, that without God, we can do nothing, but with God, we can do all things. The First Commandment I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other Gods before me. What does this mean? We are to fear, love, and trust God above all things. Holy God, you are God. You are gracious love and trustworthy guidance. Thank you for carrying the weight of all creation’s groaning, drawing me into the wide embrace of your Son, Jesus Christ, whose suffering and death bring hope to us all. Amen.

Exodus 34:1-9, 27-28

Jesus reminds us that all of the law and the prophets are fulfilled in this…“Love the Lord your God, with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no higher law than the law of God’s divine love for us, that we might in turn love our neighbor. In all of the commandments, Luther’s meanings remind us that “we are to fear and love God,” a fear and love born out of deep reverence and respect for God’s divine care. We are the recipients of all that God provides, intends, and crafts in our lives. Our love for God and neighbor is our response of thanks. God of grace, I give thanks for your grace in a world where harm is real, and where sometimes I am the one who harms others. Fill me with your love, so that my relationships with others and with you might be healthy and strong. Amen. continued on next page >

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Devotions for Lent

Credo... I Believe

The Lord's Prayer

Week 3 / March 15-21

Week 4 / March 22-28

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“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him. But the Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with God’s gifts, and sanctified and kept me in true faith.” --Martin Luther’s explanation to the 3rd article of the Apostle’s Creed.

“Our Father, who art in heaven…”

Even our faith is given. We believe and accept that God’s salvation is granted to us through the suffering death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is not our doing, but even our faith, the relationship we have with God, is given. By my own effort I can only go astray, but by the calling of the Holy Spirit, I am kept in faith, like a puppy in the mouth of its mother, by the scruff of the neck, I am kept and carried by God.

Our most common prayer begins in the intimacy of the parent child relationship, indicating our belief that God will meet our daily needs, forgive us our sins, and keep us safe in the day, and calls us to forgive others, as we have been forgiven.

Ezekiel 36:22-28

When we say ‘I believe,’ we are offering our assent to the salvation history of God, and most of all, God’s divine intervention in history in Jesus. When we say ‘I believe,’ we are joining with others in the common faith we share. When we say ‘I believe,’ we recognize our inclination to unbelief. God of patience, I believe, please help my unbelief. You have called me to follow you. Now grant me the faith and courage to do so. I give you thanks for the faithful companions who accompany me along life’s way. Hear their names, as I offer them before you…in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.

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Matthew 6:7-14

What does this mean? “With these words, Jesus encourages us to approach God boldly and confidently in our prayer, just as loving children ask from their loving parents.”

When memory fades, and death nears, these words rise up from a place deep within…“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…” God of great love, you have made me your own. Bring me into your loving embrace, that I might know the joy of living peacefully in you. I long to be with you, and cherish your presence, in Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.


Holy Baptism

Holy Communion

Week 5 / March 29-April 4

Week 6 / April 5-11

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What is Baptism?

“In the sacraments of baptism and holy communion, God gives us clear, tangible, physical means to experience the presence of God. This is mystery, that in the bread and wine, Jesus is truly present, his body, his blood, given and shed for us.”

Romans 6:1-11

“Baptism is not merely water, but it is water used according to God’s command and connected with God’s Word.” Water is essential to life. Our bodies are 90% fluid. Our vessels are the river of life for our bodies. Each time we dip our hand, pour a cup, drink a sip, we are participating in God’s sacramental gift of the divine water of life. When joined with God’s Word of forgiveness and grace, water has power to effect new life in us. We are reminded that God has named, claimed, forgiven, and called us to live out our daily lives in baptismal grace. Live each day in the fountain of God’s redeeming grace; splashed, poured, and sprayed within and all over you, and rise up to the new life of another day. God of repentance, turn me again to you. Let die that which keeps me from you, and bring me to new life again. Raise me up! Heal me and make me whole, through your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.

Matthew 26:26-29

When we share this meal, we receive God’s greatest gift; God’s self, God’s life, God’s very being sacrificed… broken for us, for the forgiveness of sins. This is the new covenant, the new relationship God has made with us, not by our own effort, nor by adherence to ordinance or statute, but by God’s willful giving up of life for us. This is grace! This is the divine outpouring; daily, providentially, and ultimately for us all. Therefore, we are to fear and love, thank and praise our good and gracious God. Dear child of God…you are loved, you are forgiven, you are saved! God of the elements, of water and word, bread and wine, dirt and rocks, skies and seas, hands and hearts, you are holy and you are mighty, and yet you meet me right where I am, and give to me all that I need. Most of all, you give me your divine heart of love. I am humbled to receive you, and take you into my body, mind, and soul, that I might share you with the world, through Jesus Christ, my savior and Lord. Amen.

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A Chapel A Place of Healing By Pastor Dale Howard

Mid-week. Mid-afternoon. Sunshine beaming through our sanctuary skylights. Usual office activity. She sat alone, about six pews from the back of the church, on the pulpit side, her head bowed. She seemed so very small, overwhelmed by the rows upon rows of empty pews, the high ceiling, the very length and breadth of the room, even the sunlight. I saw her as I walked from one end of the church to the other, on some errand or another. I don't remember. She was still there when I walked back. I thought I recognized her, seeing only her back and the side of her face. I thought she was crying. Perhaps I should quietly approach her and ask. "Yes, I was in your confirmation class some years ago. I'm in some trouble. I thought I would just come here for a moment. But I'm really okay." "Yes, I recognized you. Would you like to talk?" "No. No, thank you. I'll be okay. Really." "Anything I can do?" "No, not really. I just wanted to sit here a moment."

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And pray, I hoped. But she did not care to share or pray with me. I sensed that she was more than a little embarrassed. I left quietly. Sometime later I made a point of checking. She was gone. We have articulated many reasons why we need a chapel here at Normandale Lutheran Church: a place for small weddings and funerals and prayer meetings; a place for Confirmation, Sunday School, Preschool, and similar groups to meet for worship ("chapel"); a sacred space for Services of Healing and prayer vigils; a place for spiritual direction, perhaps a labyrinth during Lent; and maybe a place for Matins or Compline (morning and evening prayer) or an every-Sunday Communion service ‌ we will have many opportunities for various uses. But I look forward to a quiet place of prayer where a young woman could be alone in the presence of Her Lord without being overwhelmed by the size of the space or the passing of on-lookers. At the time of this printing, we have surpassed the $4.8 million goal for ATOP pledges and contributions. Thank you all for your inspiring generosity and faithfulness to the vision. The council is deliberating on the decision to begin construction soon, so please watch for more information, and if you are able, please vote yes by adding your own contribution. This work will bless the ministry of NLC for generations to come.


Step Forward & Engage “I know I’ve gotten more out of the experience than I’ve ever given."

Keith Narr: Leading Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Groups On the second Saturday of each month, whether the summer sun is shining or the ground is covered in snow, a group of people enter Normandale Lutheran Church for a different kind of morning fellowship. They are all caregivers for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, coming together for support, and while they might come for a month or a year or many years in a row, there are two in particular who have been there from the beginning: Keith Narr and Sue Cell. Keith Narr, a Normandale Lutheran Church member for around 25 years, was in school to become an addiction counselor in 2012, when NLC and the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness started the Alzheimer’s caregiver support group. It was up to Pastor Nancy Windels to find people to be trained as facilitators. Knowing of Keith’s interest in counseling and his experience caring for his mother who had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she approached Keith. “Nancy had been a friend,” Keith recalls. “She

knew me well enough to think that I would do well.” So Nancy asked if he and Sue Cell would attend training with the Alzheimer’s Association to become facilitators. “Nancy was a hard person to say no to,” Keith laughed, so he and Sue agreed. The group started small in April of 2012, but has grown steadily. “If we had six people show up [in the beginning] that was a big group, now we regularly have around 20,” Keith said. Over the years, the facilitators have grown too. “The first year was the most awkward,” Keith remembers. “I had a little experience so I wasn’t anxious. But the secret is to say as little as possible, and it took me a little while to learn that. I was trying a little too hard. I was afraid of silence, but I learned that it’s important to embrace that silence.” The success of the group comes from how the members fill that silence, Keith says that “the participants learn the most from each other,” and while they will continue to learn from each other, soon they will do so with a different facilitator guiding

the group. In 2017, Keith and Sue will step down from their role with the Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group. They leave behind a strong legacy of service, but Keith doesn’t see it as an act of simply giving. “I know I’ve gotten more out of the experience than I’ve ever given,” he says. “It’s my blessing to be able to do this. No matter what I’ve done, I’ve gotten the benefits. I asked Pastor Nancy: ‘how can you minister to people at the worst time in their lives?’ and she used to say ‘I’m energized by that.’ I never understood that, until I became a facilitator and a counselor. Now I understand just a little bit of that.” The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness and Normandale Lutheran Church are thankful to have been blessed with such excellent facilitators over the past five years. Thank you, Keith Narr and Sue Cell for your time and energy, we have all benefited from your efforts.

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Partners in Ministry

SAYFSM: Reaching Out to African Immigrants and Refugees Normandale Lutheran Church support makes it possible for SAYFSM (Sub-Saharan African Youth & Family Services in Minnesota) to continue providing culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV and chronic-disease health-education and social services to African immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. Together we positively impact the health of the African community and provide African immigrants and refugees with the education, support, and resources they need to live productive lives as fellow citizens. We are extremely grateful for the continued, generous support we receive from the wonderful people at Normandale. You are a true blessing!

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In 2002, responding out of their love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Ephraim Olani and his wife, Elizabeth Namarra (pictured opposite page), founded SAYFSM, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, in response to immigrant/refugee requests for spiritual/ emotional support in living with HIV. Normandale became an early supporter and continues to support SAYFSM through the NLC annual budget. NLC member, Hans Quitmeyer, served on the SAYFSM board for several years and Bob Sannerud now chairs the board.

How does SAYFSM provide support to immigrants and refugees? HIV/AIDS Education SAYFSM works to educate the African-born communities about HIV prevention and risk reduction, presenting at community events, in small-group settings, churches, mosques, coffee shops, and youth gatherings. The SAYFSM Emotional Support Group is active and well-attended, providing culturally appropriate and spiritually rich support for African immigrants and refugees living with HIV. NLC faithfully supports this group, including hosting an annual holiday party which our clients look forward to every year! SAYFSM also provides Medical Case Management to meet the needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS who require longer-term, intensive support. The case managers conduct risk assessments and create care plans that help clients access health services, promote quality health outcomes, and empower them with education about HIV/AIDS, treatment, and medication options.

Counseling Mental Health Counseling is being provided in the SAYFSM office by a licensed psychologist. This program is overwhelmingly popular and is in high demand. This is a breakthrough because of the incredible stigma associated with needing such services in the African-born community. Until now, health workers have faced a huge challenge getting their African-born clients into any form of mental health clinic for counseling.

Basic Services SAYFSM provides assistance with basic needs, such as housing, furniture, household items, food, clothing, employment, referrals to clinics, mental health providers, legal services, ESL classes, and translation and interpreting. NLC helps meet many of these needs and also provides the children with fully packed backpacks at the beginning of each school year. This winter, SAYFSM also received a large donation of knitted and crocheted hats, mittens, booties, and scarves made by Normandale members for our clients. Thank you! (See photos on the opposite page.) SAYFSM also provides transportation services to its clients for the purpose of getting to and from medical appointments and mental health services, picking up prescriptions, and attending Agency events. The transportation is provided through monthly bus cards, rides in Agency vans, and taxi service.

Women's Programs The Women’s Self-Sufficiency Program, "Under One Roof," expanded this past year and women are learning to sew, quilt, spin fiber, knit, and weave. We offer the program at various locations, all designed to make the classes more accessible for the women. Women are empowered to take control of their lives through

attending fiber arts classes and receiving health education about HIV/AIDS and other health topics. Dadoo coffee groups are social gatherings in women's homes with trusted community members and leaders designed to empower African immigrant women to find and implement solutions to their individual, family, and community needs. The women discuss issues such as traditional smoking, childcare, diabetes, nutrition, and diet.

Tobacco Use Education African immigrant communities are aggressively targeted by the commercial tobacco industry. This impacts youth, through advertising, enticing packaging, and lack of harms of tobacco-use education. Additionally, traditional/cultural smoking habits are not seen as harmful within the community. SAYFSM works with ClearWay MN and Association for Nonsmokers‒Minnesota (ANSR) to educate about the harmful effects of smoking and to assist individuals in accessing smoking cessation services. In the past year, youth from two high schools and a neighborhood community center were given education on the harms of tobacco use, its many forms, and access to “quitplan” services. Additionally, SAYFSM is collaborating with local Imams to educate their community about tobacco use. Learn more about SAYFSM at www. sayfsm.org. We are grateful for your continued support and our partnership in this ministry!

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Staff Spotlight

Meet "Ferg": John Ferguson, Interim Organist You may have already seen glimpses of John Ferguson, better known as “Ferg,” on Sunday mornings up at the organ bench and even directing the choir on a couple of occasions. NLC is pleased to welcome Ferg as our interim organist. Ferg is an organist, composer, conductor, and author and is probably best known (around these parts) for his role serving as a professor at St. Olaf College. Now “retired,” he continues to design and lead hymn festivals, compose music, serve as organ consultant (he's written a book on organ building), and has plans for his fourth book. Ferg’s passion for the organ began as a boy on a trip to Sweden with his family in the early 1950's. He ran into his first organ there – a pump organ – located on his uncle’s summer estate, which was home to a bible camp. He spent every day exploring that organ. At age thirteen, he was elected organist of his Bethel Baptist home church outside of Cleveland, playing morning and evening services. He went on to Oberlin Conservatory of Music to earn his Bachelor’s in Music, during which he got his first job as organist and director of a children’s choir at a nearby church. Roots for a passion for church music were firmly planted at a young age.

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After earning a Master's in Music at Kent State University Another thing that makes a hymn a favorite? Strong congreand working there as a professor for 15 years, Ferg took some gational singing! time off to earn his doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. An invitation to be a clinician for Augsburg Fortress Press In addition to a love of music, Ferg also has a special place at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, along with a in his heart for cars. His collection includes some military longing to get back to church work, led Ferg to accept a povehicles, trucks, and muscle cars! He enjoys restoring them sition as organist and choir director at Central Lutheran in and taking them out for a spin. Interested in a ride with Ferg? 1978. (At that time, Hoover Grimsby, who later became an Attend the NLC Youth Auction Fundraiser on March 19 and attender at Normandale, was pastor of Central Lutheran.) bid on this fantastic auction item! After serving at Central Lutheran for five years, Ferg was offered the position of Professor of Organ and Church Music Ferg brings many gifts to NLC, but he feels the most imand Cantor to the Student Congregation at St. Olaf. Thus he portant gift a church organist can share is the gift of trust could still be a church musician and resume teaching organ – trust that he will lead the congregation in strong music and – something he came to miss while at Cencongregational singing, while adding “color” tral. He says that for 29 years he enjoyed his to worship through variations in music. The "perfect job.” hymn may not be the same every time or “I'm really enjoying on every verse, but consistency in notes and the fruits of Jack Ferg has a passion for hymns and congretempi throughout will provide the stability Swanson's long gational singing that began with his earliest needed for excellent congregational singing. tenure at Normanexperiences playing as a church organist. He dale and his skill in draws on his vast experiences from churches Ferg is enjoying his time at Normandale. encouraging all over the world and his improvisational abilHe commented that he feels like he’s come congregational song." ities when leading a congregation in worship. “full circle” from his time at Central LutherHe loves how music adds “color” to worship. During his practice time, he carefully examines the text of each hymn and how it intersects with the tune to determine tempo. If the text is complicated (either theologically or syllabically) or the melody is complicated, he might choose a slightly slower tempo. Or if the melody is melismatic (many notes per syllable of text – think the “gloria” of the refrain in “Angels We Have Heard on High”), he might move along faster. Each time he plays a hymn, there is something new to be considered – acoustics in the church (often dictated by the size of the congregation that day), familiarity with the hymn tune, and even the weather! He also sings along while playing to accommodate the need for breathing. Does he have a favorite hymn? Ferg says his favorite is always the one he is playing as he lives into each hymn as he plays.

an, through his years at St. Olaf, and now at Normandale. He’s enjoyed our welcoming congregation and says working with David Clarke is a delight. As you might have guessed, the biggest joy for him “comes from leading singing from the organ bench. The people of Normandale know how to sing and do it well. I'm really enjoying the fruits of Jack Swanson's long tenure at Normandale and his skill in encouraging congregational song.”

Ferg has agreed to serve as Normandale’s interim organist through May of 2018. He will also help consult with the organ repair scheduled for summer of 2018. An organist search committee has been formed and has started the task of finding a permanent organist. Committee members are John Himle, Jenny Jungwirth, Suzanne Klein, Karrin Meffert, Jerry Ouska, Pastor Paul Pettersen, and David Clarke.

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Life @ NLC Community Community Meals

No need to cook on Wednesdays! Gather around the table for meals and community. $5/adult, $3/child. Menus available at normluth.org/Wednesday-Nights.

Lenten Small Groups

March 1 - April 9 Various Times & Locations Connect with a small group in faith this season and meet twice together during Lent. Sign-up in Fireside Room!

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

For the full calendar of NLC Happenings, visit www.normluth.org/events.

Kids Night Out

Second Saturday of each month 4:00-7:00 pm Next dates: March 11 & April 8 Sign-up at normluth.org/Kids-Night-Out

Communion Instruction Retreat

Saturday, March 18 | 9:00-11:30 am Mark your calendar. Contact Kari Warnke at kari@normluth.org with questions.

Youth Think Summer!

Sign-up today for youth camps and summer trips. And NEW this year... Summer Stretch! Full details at normluth.org/youth-summer.

Donuts & Devotions (Grades 7-12) Sunday mornings | 10:00–10:25 am

Reading Buddies

Mondays | 5:15-7:45 pm

Normandale Youth Auction

Sunday, March 19 | 6:00 pm Come support our NLC Youth as they travel "East to West" this summer! Ticket info is available at normluth.org/events.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 15 | 10:00-11:00 am Grab your basket and come to NLC for an Easter Egg Hunt. All are welcome!

Children & Family Think Summer!

Sign-up today for VBS, Camps, Family Camp, and more. Full details at normluth.org/kids-summer.

Kids Faith Connect (KFC)

Wednesdays | 4:45-6:45 pm Kids ages 5 through 6th grade drop-in and have fun together while their parents are engaged at NLC.

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Youth questions? Contact Maggie Jones at mjones@normluth.org.

Adults & Seniors NLC Ladies: Being Together, Being Enough

Ladies, stay tuned for an upcoming spring event. More details coming your way soon.

ParentRest Book Study: Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Sundays | 9:15-10:15 am | Room 213 Join in any time! See normluth.org/parentrest for full schedule.

Vision for Healthy Living: Senior Nutrition Lunch & Learn

Monday, March 13 | 11:30-1:00 pm Lower Level Conference Room Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Zach at zach@normandalecenter.org or 952.977.9374 so we can plan for your meal. Read more at normluth.org/healthy-living.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Session: Caring for the Caregiver Saturday, March 11 | 9:00-10:30 am Room 209

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Saturday, March 11 & April 15 10:30 am - 12:00 noon Wednesday, March 15 & April 19 6:00-7:30 pm Room 205-206 Contact Mary Cordell at mary@normandalecenter.org or 952.977.9363 for more information.

Vision for Healthy Living: Integrative Health Series: Acupuncture

Thursday, March 16 | 7:00-9:00 pm You’ve heard of acupuncture, but how much do you actually know about this healing practice? Come and learn. Contact Zach Greimann at 952.977.9374 or zach@normandalecenter.org for more info.

A Matter of Balance

Tuesdays, Mar 7 - Apr 25, 1:00-3:00 pm Richfield Lutheran Church, 8 West 60th Street, Minneapolis This 8-week workshop works to reduce falls and improve balance. Learn more at normandalecenter.org. Contact Zach Greimann at 952.977.9374 or zach@ normandalecenter.org to register.

Podiatry Clinic

Take advantage of the monthly foot care services. Schedule your appt by contacting Patti Hankes at patti@normandalecenter.org or 952.929.1698.

T'ai Chi

Thursdays | 1:30-2:30 pm 3rd floor, Multi-Purpose Room North For more information, contact Patti Hankes at patti@normandalecenter.org or 952.929.1698.


Family Concert

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 | 11:00 AM A SYMPHONIC SAFARI with the Civic Orchestra of Minneaplis Kids, come tour the orchestra and more! All ages welcome. Free and open to the public.

THURSDAY, MARCH 16 | 7:00-9:00 PM You’ve heard of acupuncture, but how much do you actually know about this healing practice that has been helping people for thousands of years? Come hear Dr. Brian Grosam talk about the theory and practice of acupuncture, as well as give a brief demonstration. Questions? Contact Zach Greimann at 952.977.9374 or zach@normandalecenter.org or for more info. NLC Together // March/April 2017

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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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