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Summer Worship for All

Sundays 9:30 am / May 19 - Sept 8 Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, May 26 8:00 am @ Lakewood Cemetery 9:30 am @ NLC

Wednesday Outdoor Worship 6:30 pm / June 12 - Aug 21 This casual service and gathering time is for ALL AGES! Each week come share in a special worship theme and stay for fellowship and fun for everyone ages 0 - 100+. Come as you are!

Ben is Back!

Ben Richter and his sidekick Aaron will be returning for Wednesday Worship this summer. His excellent guitar skills and energy bring so much joy and happiness to worship. We are excited to have him back! Ben Richter grew up singing at Normandale, where he learned about song leading and worship leading. In college, he learned guitar and started leading camp songs and contemporary Christian music, and started reimagining and arranging hymns. He served as Director of Senior High Youth Ministries at Mount Calvary Lutheran in Excelsior for nine years and now serves as dad to two boys: Aaron, turning five this summer, and Gabriel, turning two at the end of the summer. He and his wife Andrea live in Bloomington and love to sing and worship together. He plays on the worship team at Westwood Community Church’s Bush Lake campus.

Together Summer 2019

In This Issue 2 / Summer Worship at NLC 4 / Stewards of the Summer 6 / Where in Minnesota is Maggie? 8 / Meet our 2019 Summer CYF Interns 9 / Staff Spotlight: Welcome Pastor Rebecca Gamble 10 / NLC Organ Restoration in Progress

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Sundays // 9:30 am / Worship 10:30 am / Coffee & Community Wednesdays (June 12 - August 21) 6:30 pm / Outdoor Worship with community fellowship following

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

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

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God entrusts us with all of life, and in that we are stewards, faithfully living our lives according to the decisions we make, the relationships we nurture, the time we spend, and the generosity we share. And in the summer, we set aside time for sabbath recreation, the renewal of our bodies, minds, and spirits, living more closely into the creation. The trees bloom, the grass greens, the wind blows, the water waits, and we go out into it with zeal, passion and joy. And it is good, very good! We want you to know that your generosity continues to bless the summer months in congregational life. Especially our young have a full slate of faith formation and friendship-building, in ways and places that impact their souls and shape their lives.

Here is just a taste of what we want you to know. Because of your generosity… New NLC Summer Clubs will gather NLC youth weekly for swimming, hiking, games, and community together around the Twin Cities. “Summer Stretch” and “Summer Stretch After Dark” will engage elementary and middle school youth in fun, faithful, friend-building activities from service projects in the community like Feed My Starving Children or giving the parents from Normandale House a night out by running a kids program, to splashing around at a waterpark with church friends, to visiting an amusement park after dark! Vacation Bible School will welcome our youngest disciples into a safe environment of song, learning, play, and great joy. High School Youth and recent Youth Alumnae will travel to the Boundary Waters to experience the profound relationship we have to the creation and the Creator. Camp Vermillion will give host to 45 of your children and youth (and five NLC staff), who gather to grow our community of faith, living in the wilderness, exploring the outdoors, worshiping together, eating together, and living together for a faithful fun-filled week. NLC Preschool and Blessing Place will provide summer early childhood programming for the month of June, whereby toddlers develop their first steps of independence with peers in a safe, loving environment. Midweek outdoor worship on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm, beginning June 12 and running through August 21, with the only exception being no service on July 3. We have a wonderful slate of beautiful worship prepared for you. And please, bring the children! You are stewards of the summer. The season has been entrusted to us for good purpose. God is in it all, surrounding us with the beauty of creative growth. On behalf of all the young who benefit, thank you for your generosity!

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WHERE IN M NNESOTA IS MAGGIE? One of my favorite parts about being a youth director during the summer months is the opportunity to step out of Normandale together and into our wider community. Doing this pushes us out of our comfort zones and allows for us to grow in faith, build deeper, loving relationships with one another, and learn more about who God is and who God calls us to be in the world. I am so excited to spend another summer traveling all over Minnesota, exploring and adventuring with NLC youth and kids! - Maggie Jones, Director of Youth and Family Ministry


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THE BOUNDARY WATERS JULY 22-29 Pray for safe travel and time in service and adventure in God's wilderness.

CAMP VERMILLION AUGUST 4-9 Pray for great experiences and growth in God's Great Northwoods!


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MEET OUR 2019 SUMMER CYF INTERNS! We are excited to welcome Anna, Maggie, and Grant to our CYF (Children, Youth, and Family) ministry at NLC this summer. These three will be working with our kids and youth, sharing the love of Jesus, lots of laughter, and fun!


Hi! My name is Anna Bock. I just finished my first year at St. Olaf College where I am studying Economics. I play on St. Olaf ’s ultimate frisbee team, skate with the figure skating club and am involved in Delight, a woman’s bible study. In my free time I love to be outside - on a lake if possible! You can find me water skiing in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter. I have been a member of Normandale Lutheran Church since I was born and have loved growing up in this community. As a high schooler at Normandale, I had the opportunity to go to two National Youth Gatherings, the Boundary Waters, and on a mission trip in Montana. These were great experiences for me and they had a very meaningful impact on my faith. I am so excited for more fun, faith-filled adventures with current NLC youth this summer!



Hi, I’m Grant! I’m very excited to be able to return for my second summer as a CYF summer intern! I grew up in the NLC youth programming and am passionate about helping it thrive this summer! I attend Loyola University Chicago and am studying Psychology and French and will be studying in Nantes, France in the fall through an international study abroad program. When on campus, I enjoy playing intramural or pick-up sports and love to play active games and keep moving. I also am involved in an all-male a cappella group on campus and love to get involved in musical groups and endeavors. I’m excited to see you all this summer and serve the community as a CYF summer intern!


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Hi!! My name is Maggie Jay and I will be one of the new interns this summer. I am SO excited for this job and getting to know all of you, so let me tell you a little bit about me. I just finished my freshman year at UW-Madison. I am a (finally declared) English and history major with a minor in teaching English to speakers of other languages. My goal for after University is to teach English overseas for a few years and then become a high school history teacher. On campus I am involved in Greek life and also attend a weekly student Christian organization called Chi Alpha. I have lived in Eden Prairie my whole life with my mom, dad, and older brother; I graduated from Eden Prairie high school in 2018. In high school I was in marching band and I also was a barista at caribou for about three years (I still work there in the mornings so come say "Hi!"). Some fun facts about me: • I used to figure skate. • I have been friends with Anna Bock since Kindergarten. • I drink iced coffee all year round. • My favorite movies are Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Dead Poet’s Society.

Staff Spotlight

Welcome Pastor Rebecca Gamble! We are excited to announce we have extended a call to Pastor Rebecca Gamble! She will be beginning her ministry at Normandale as our new Pastor of Mission and Outreach beginning July 8. Rebecca’s experiences line up with our NLC priorities – Christian education, grounded in the Good News of the Gospel, strategic thinker, and she has extensive experience with Mission and Outreach. Rebecca is collaborative, has the passion and desire to take on a wide range of responsibilities within our congregation and has valuable experience to prepare her to lead our efforts in serving people beyond the walls of NLC. Rebecca grew up in the church and first started her career in social work, helping domestic abuse victims and people who have been marginalized by society. During that time, she felt God’s voice whispering to her to take the next step and decided to go to Luther Seminary. She also found time to meet her husband Chris, who is a teacher in the Lakeville School District and studying to complete his degree in Administration. They discovered they have a similar spirit for nature and for adventure and enjoy rock climbing, biking, yoga, and more. Rebecca also plays the flute and piccolo. Rebecca has spent time in mission abroad. Shortly after they were married, she asked Chris to join her for a one year mission to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also spent a year in India working with young adults after college. Rebecca comes to us from Shepherd of the Lake, a large Lutheran church in Prior Lake where she was one of four pastors, leading their Outreach and Care Ministries that include programs and educational forums addressing issues surrounding homelessness, human trafficking, racism, environmental issues resulting from Global warming, and a small group ministry called Theology on Tap. We are thrilled to have Rebecca join our staff and ministry. Please help us welcome Rebecca and Chris to NLC!

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NLC Organ Restoration in Progress A lot has happened with our organ since April 22! Each week, anywhere from 3-8 workers from the Dobson Organ Company make the 4 ½ hour trek from Lake City, IA (southwest of Des Moines) to complete their meticulous work on our organ, returning to Iowa each Friday. As we welcomed this professional team among us, they in turn welcomed and trained our group of 6-8 NLC volunteers to help them.

WEEK 1 > In the first week, NLC volunteers helped carefully remove all the pipes from the “attic” above the choir robe room (think “pipe brigade”). Most pipes were taken to holding areas on the 3rd floor, though some were taken back to IA for repairs, and a few were replaced.

WEEKS 2-3 > In the second and third weeks, while our volunteers cleaned and blew dust out of pipes, the Dobson team hoisted the old organ console out of the choir loft via a large crane and hoisted the new one up. They also worked on the wiring and electrical work 10 Summer 2019 // NLC Together

and repaired the woodwork that supports the pipes. A nightingale and a new Zimbelstern (the star pictured between the pipes above), both crafted by owner Lynn Dobson, were transported up from Iowa and put into place during this time.

WEEKS 4-5 > During the fourth week, our NLC volunteers returned to their pipe brigade, this time with surgical gloves on to protect the clean pipes, to help the Dobson team replace the pipes in the specified order. This work will continue through June 3, at which point Dobson will begin the work of tuning each pipe. Though the organ will be operational on June 7, Dobson will stay on to complete tonal work (making sure every pipe in each “rank” of pipes has a similar sound) through mid-July. We look forward to hearing our organ on Pentecost Sunday, June 9! Donations are still being accepted! We are close, but still are in need of $40,000, or 7.5% of the total cost. Contact David Clarke at dclarke@normluth.org or 952.977.9366.

From our Restoration Volunteers > As a child, I vividly remember entering my home church, Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston, Minnesota, with some friends to catch a glimpse of the newly arrived pipe organ. We couldn’t wait to see the new pipe organ installed in its new home. I felt a similar “child-like” anticipation as I climbed the ladder into the chambers behind the Normandale pipe organ. I was awed by the precise engineering, finely crafted materials, and intricate designs of the pipe organ. I was simultaneously amazed knowing these beautiful organs have been leading churches in song for centuries. - Jean Wikoff

Upon arriving at the choir rehearsal room to help with cleaning the organ pipes, I was given a dust cloth and instructed to handle the pipes carefully, as they are somewhat soft, due to the tin being one of the major components used by pipe builders. I was also advised to make certain that each pipe was placed in the exact same place in the crate after it had been dusted. Usually two people worked together, one on either side of the crate, and we soon devised our own method of keeping them all aligned in their correct order. Cleaning some of the larger pipes required two people, each holding one end of the pipe. We then passed a long wire, with a dust cloth attached in the middle, through the pipe from one end to the other, collecting the dust on the inside of the pipe. The final step in the pipe cleaning process was blowing air, with the help of an air compressor, through the pipes to remove any remaining dust. This was done with all of the pipes, from the tiniest to the largest. Quite often, there seemed to be little dust in the pipes, but with a few of the medium sized pipes, there was a very visible cloud of dust that came out. This made me think of the Holy Spirit, and though not in a puff of dust, the Spirit of God most assuredly was in us and around us, working as pipe cleaners that day! - Carol Larson

Since helping with the "pipe brigade", I can put a name to people I didn't know before. I've learned the names of people in the choir that I didn't know before and I've seen "pipe brigade" people at Wednesday night dinners along with their families. I like how each meeting and exchange connects us across generations. For me, that's important. - David Linné

Photos (top to bottom): Waiting for dusting and cleaning, pipes cleaned and ready to be put back in place, the "pipe brigade", new (smaller!) Dobson organ console. NLC Together // Summer 2019


Felicity Britton lost her husband, Tom Braun, in October, four years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. -----------------------------------When he was diagnosed, he decided to talk about the disease in hopes of reducing the stigma of it. When he walked the dog, he would stop and chat with people and somehow end up telling them he had Alzheimer’s. It started lots of conversations in the neighborhood.

The Center for Healing & Wholeness Serving Seniors in Transition and their Family Caregivers

Finding out a loved one has dementia is devastating. You receive the diagnosis and then what? The options and future seem overwhelming. Finding the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness in the community was a lifeline for us. We started our connection with them with the free consultation with a social worker to identify immediate next steps such as financial and legal planning. I then participated in a class on caregiving called Powerful Tools for Caregivers, and I still have lunch a few times a year with the other participants I met through that class. Over the years of caregiving for Tom both myself, and at times my children, attended the monthly Saturday education or Wednesday night support groups. The Center was there for us every step of the journey. Even later on, they provided us with free equipment (a wheelchair and walkers). It was reassuring not to feel so alone! I'm grateful that the Center for Healing and Wholeness at Normandale Lutheran Church exists, and for the support to myself and the other caregivers I met through them. I know I could not have managed being a primary caregiver without them. - Felicity Britton Tom was co-founder of Linden Hills Power and Light, and founder of the nationally acclaimed children's bookshop, Wild Rumpus located in Linden Hills. Wild Rumpus was known for being a magical place with whimsical art where imagination, cats, and chicks roamed freely. Felicity has served as the Executive Director of People for Parks and Linden Hills Power & Light, and was instrumental in developing the city-wide organics recycling program.

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All Together in One Place Continues to Make a Difference Visible

Rising from the basement to our current space on the second floor raised the profile and professional capacity of the Center for Healing and Wholeness, this led to greater awareness of our mission and allowed us to help more people. As we faithfully move into our 21st year, the Center for Healing and Wholeness ministry has seen the number of individuals served grow exponentially. Between 1998 and 2014, the number of people served annually rose steadily from 100 to 500. In the past five years, those numbers have increased from 530 in 2015, to a projected 750 individuals in 2019! Funding for space and operations allocated from All Together in One Place (ATOP) succeeded in lifting the Center for Healing and Wholeness to a more visible, viable and accessible ministry. ATOP helped us to better comfort and serve seniors and families in the congregation and the community and provided critical dollars to ensure stable and reliable staffing and leadership.


Sustenance funding was crucial in attracting additional resources. The ATOP funding of $300,000 over five years provided a critical foundation of support enabling us to leverage an additional $870,000 in operational funds from outside sources. In short, for every $24 of ATOP contributions, the Center was able to raise an additional $76. Stability and predictability in funding ensures that administrative and supportive service activities remained stable and nimble to grow with the changing needs of those we serve. This improved the consistency, quality and efficacy of what we have been able to offer to the congregation, and the community.

The 2015 ATOP report stated that the Center for Healing and Wholeness had, “struggled most with lack of visibility”. The November 2018 congregational “Mission and Outreach” survey now reflects awareness of the Center at 92%.


Individuals served by the Center included older adults (aged 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s) and their family members (often caregiving adult children or grandchildren in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s). Efforts aimed at engaging younger caregiving family members such as adding respite services to enable participation in educational programming, offering caregiver support off-site with new community partners in creative venues, and implementing Vision for Healthy Living initiatives have created and increased engagement between intergenerational communities.


In the next five years, the fundamental need for core support and for creative approaches to support healthy aging—and aging in place—is sure to increase. We embrace this juncture with faithful engagement and look forward to the year of discernment ahead as it unfolds with grace towards a vision for 2020-2025.

When respondents in a recent survey were asked to prioritize Normandale's involvement in mission and outreach activities, the category, "Senior Support and Wellbeing", was ranked first at 91%.

- Jennifer Monroe Executive Director of the Center for Healing and Wholeness

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Life @ NLC Community Wednesday Night Outdoor Worship is Back!

Wednesdays, June 12 - Aug 21 | 6:30 pm Join in summer outdoor worship! This casual service is for ALL ages. And stay after worship for fun and fellowship for everyone ages 0-100+! Come as you are! All are welcome! We'll see you there.

It Might Seem Early, But Mark Your Calendars... Sponsor-a-Student 2019

July 7-31 You are invited to purchase school supplies for an individual student or students served by SAYFSM (Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services) and for children living at Normandale House and Elliot Avenue Housing. Sign up to support a student(s) from July 7-31 at the Welcome Center on Sundays, or at Wednesday evening worship. Cash donation may also be made, and we will shop for you! Also, join in worship Wednesday evening, August 14, with our partners at SAYFSM and Normandale Housing for distribution and blessing of the backpacks and a picnic! Contact Kim Sannerud with any questions: kimsannerud@gmail.com | 952.649.1714 Thank you, Mission Outreach Sponsor a Student Task Force

Children & Family NEW! NLC Summer Clubs

Mondays, June 17 - Aug 19* 3:00-5:00 pm | Various Locations Calling all kids and youth completing 4th 12th grade, join us at NLC Summer Clubs on Monday afternoons! Swim, hike, play games, and more. Watch for specific details each week from Kari and Maggie. *No Summer Club Monday, Aug 5.

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

Sign-up for Sunday School and 2019-20 Ministries

Please sign up today and help us plan for you and your children. Register your children for fall ministries (Sunday School, kids choirs, etc.) using our all-in-one children, youth, and family registration form. It's easy. You'll love it! Register today: normluth.org/children

Children & Family questions? Contact Kari Warnke at kari@normluth.org.

Youth NEW! NLC Summer Clubs

Mondays, June 17 - Aug 19* 3:00-5:00 pm | Various Locations Calling all kids and youth completing 4th 12th grade, join us at NLC Summer Clubs on Monday afternoons! Swim, hike, play games, and more. Watch for specific details each week from Kari and Maggie. *No Summer Club Monday, Aug 5.

Sign-up for Confirmation, HSHO 2019-20 and More!

Help us plan for NLC Youth 2019-2020! Register your youth using our all-in-one children, youth, and family registration form. Register today: normluth.org/youth

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

Adults & Seniors Walking Club

Every Tuesday, 11:40 am - 12:10 pm Meet at west canopy entrance Join us for inspirational scripture and a walk!

Alzheimer's Caregiver Education

Saturday, June 8 9:00 - 10:30 am | Rooms 209-211 Topic: Healthy Living for your Brain and Body A representative of the Alzheimer’s Association will present the latest research on healthy living and specific strategies for aging well. Strategies presented will cover cognitive

activity, physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, and social engagement. Change can be difficult, however applying these strategies will lead you to a healthier lifestyle. Support groups meet immediately after the education session. Respite care available; reservation needed no later than one week prior. Call Cheryl Nickelson at 952.977.9374 to reserve your spot.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Group

Second Sat of the month | 10:30 am 12:00 noon Third Wed of the month | 6:00-7:30 pm This support group provides opportunities to share feelings and concerns, develop realistic expectations, and provide social contact with others, all in a confidential and supporting atmosphere. If you would like to utilize the respite available on Saturdays, you must make reservations no later than 1 week before the support group. Call Cheryl Nickelson at 952.977.9374 to reserve your spot. The Center for Healing & Wholeness provides respite during Saturday’s caregiver education session and support group.

Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH)

REACH is an evidence-based intervention used by trained consultants to support those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia through oneon-one support, education, and counseling. Anyone providing ongoing care for a person with dementia can enter the REACH program. Caregivers will complete an assessment to personalize the REACH sessions for what they need most. The caregiver consultants then prepare material specific to those needs in four core sessions with the caregiver, either over the phone or in person, to address those needs. For more information, contact the Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952.929.1698.

NLC Life in Pictures Apr-May 2019: (clockwise, from top left)

Easter at NLC, Pastor Ian's Installation, Children Receive Alleluia Gardens, Preschool Chapel Dance Party, Blessing our 2019 Graduates

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