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Volume 38, Issue 1 | January 2017


PRESENTS THE PREMIERE WORK OF RENOWNED COMPOSER CARY JOHN FRANKLIN AND ENJOY A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH CANTUS AND COMPOSER CARY JOHN FRANKLIN LED BY STEVE STARUCH OF MPR

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. ALL ARE WELCOME!


NormandaleNews January 2017 3 | Faith in the Arts Winter Series 4 | On Being Found 5 | A Look Back, A Look Ahead 8 | Sharing the Love 9 | It's Great to be Involved 10 | Life @ NLC 13 | News & Announcements 14 | Calendar 15 | Joy! The Light Has Come 16 | NLC Women's Retreat

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

Cantus in Concert | Light Eternal

Sunday, January 29 | 4:00-6:00 pm Come and enjoy Cantus, a premiere men’s vocal ensemble, in concert as they present the world premiere of Light Eternal composed by nationally-recognized Minnesota composer, Cary John Franklin. Following the concert, enjoy a panel discussion with Cantus and Franklin moderated by Steve Staruch of MPR. The Winter Festival is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome!

Introduction to Creating Music Sessions

Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22 | 4:00-5:00 pm Have you ever wanted to try composing your own music or wonder how it is done? Cary John Franklin, composer of Light Eternal, is our composer-in-residence throughout February, providing instruction in the art of music composition, with an eye toward assisting participants in creating their own compositions. Sign-up for these sessions will begin January 29th!

Sundays: 9:00 & 10:30 am

COMMUNITY MEALS Wednesdays, Dinner: 5:00-6:45 pm

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Jesus Christ – The Light of the World A Cycle of Hymns for Transfiguration Sunday

Sunday, February 26 | 4:00 pm You are invited to come, enjoy, and participate in a Hymn Festival with our interim organist, John Ferguson! As a part of this event, the Normandale Choir is extending an invitation to come and sing in the choir. If you have ever wanted to sing in the choir, this is a chance to try it out for a day! There will be a short choir rehearsal from 2:00-3:30 pm before the concert for all who are interested. Childcare will be provided.

Family Concert | A Symphonic Safari

Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, Cary John Franklin conducting Saturday, March 11 | 11:00 am Come join us for this family-friendly concert! There will be demonstrations and a hike through the orchestra. There may even be some surprises! NormandaleNews | January 2017

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READ PSALM 139:1-18 My earliest childhood memory is being four years old and getting on my tricycle, alongside Scott and Dan Becker, neighbor boys of similar age, and we were “running away.” (Side note…their mother, now Mary Ranheim, recently became a member of NLC. God is funny that way!) I have no memory of what precipitated our bravado, but I have a slim memory of the fear I felt, if no one were to come and find us. We boarded our bikes on Russell Avenue in Richfield, no more than four houses from what is now the Crosstown, and if my memory serves me correctly, we made it to 63rd Street, about a block away from our departure, before somebody’s parents, or maybe all of them, caught up with us to bring us back. The psalmist writes, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” As I write, today is the festival day of Epiphany, January 6, the day that begins the season between the twelve days of Christmas and the Lenten journey to the cross. Epiphany, from a Greek word, meaning “appearing” or “revealing,” is a season marked by stories of shimmering revelation; kings and stars, doves and voices, water, wine, and the glittering robes of transfiguration. In Celtic Christianity, Epiphany stories are stories of “thin places,” places where the boundary between the mundane and the eternal becomes permeable, places where ordinary life is seen with extraordinary eyes, where we look deeply into Jesus; his life, his power, his teaching, and see God. It is a season where God finds us in the glo-

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ry of the revelation of Jesus Christ, breaking into our wandering places of “lost” and finding us with love and grace. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” Spoiler Alert!!! Recently, I saw a newly released movie (this is a bit of a surprise, as I am usually a bit late to the pop culture table). Lion is the true story of five year old, Saroo, born in North Central India, living in a small village, Ganesh Talai, with his mother, brother, and sister. One day, his older brother, Guddu, reluctantly brings Saroo with him to the train station, in search of work to make small money to help the family. Saroo falls asleep on a bench, while Guddu goes off in search of opportunities, telling his little brother, “Stay right there. I will be right back.” Saroo wakes up some time later, looks around into the empty darkness, and boards the nearest train in search of Guddu. Saroo falls asleep again, and by the time he wakes up this time, the train is in motion, taking him more than a thousand miles away from his home. Saroo is lost. My heart sank to watch this five-year-old boy, exit the train in Calcutta, to a new language among millions of strangers, with no prospect for return to his home and family. I will not ruin the movie for you, as I encourage you to see it. Suffice it to say, Saroo is “found” by God in some most improbable ways, defying incredible obstacles to survival, knitting together providential epiphanies toward the emergence of a truly remarkable life. It is a story of God’s

triumph over the seemingly impossible journey from lost to found. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” As I look back on my life, I can see so many train stations along the way, where I inadvertently, or perhaps with some intention, maybe apart from any clear understanding of why, have left God behind in a self-centered effort to “find myself.” There have been numerous seasons of “lost,” where distraction, self-determination, and a sinful desire to live without God, have left me in places of strange lands of spiritual emptiness. And accompanying each story of lost, is a story of return, where Jesus has found me along the pathway of my own doing, and brought me back through providential grace and profound love. How far is God willing to go to find us? Look again to the cross, Epiphany of power and grace, sacrificial love for all, from life to death and life again, to the end of block, to a thousand miles from home, to the desolate pit of despair; God will go to find you, yes you, precious child, beloved child, sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go to heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, even there you are with me.” Thanks be to God for the joy I have in being found,


This morning, as I was driving in to work, I got stuck behind a truck on Highway 62, as traffic slowed to a halt. I was close enough to read the sign on the back of the truck, but too close to see its rearview mirrors. I was struck by the irony in the moment, as I read, “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.” If I would’ve had enough time, and if it wasn’t ten below zero, and if I wasn’t on a freeway, I might’ve jumped out of my vehicle, knocked on the window and said, “Your sign may be true, but it is also true at my age, that if I wasn’t that close to your truck, I wouldn’t be able to read the sign.”

“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; naught be all else to me, save that thou art: thou my best thought both by day and by night, waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.”

As I write about the year behind us and the year before us, I realize, as the truck sign indicated, how important it is that we are able to see both behind AND before us. Behind us, we can see the markings of God’s providence, guidance, correction, and care. We can see where God pulled us forward, when the odds seemed impossible. We can see where the right people were provided, with the gifts and faith, and generosity needed, to go forward. We can see where the Holy Spirit was blowing, empowering us to fulfill that which God was asking.

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IN 2016, I SEE… I look back and say, thanks be to God for the 2016 year of ministry at, in, and through Normandale Lutheran Church. We have joyfully and faithfully served our mission to proclaim Jesus Christ through love, learning, worship, and service.

In 2016, I see... 30 families receiving supportive love, care, and guidance as they move from the experience of homelessness to an independent life, with a place to call their home. 60 homebound elders who have been integral members of NLC, who now rely on our visitation ministry to remain connected to our community of faith. 70 confirmands populating the Fireside Room on Wednesdays, building community in Christ through fellowship and hot chocolate. 90 new members coming to be among us, gathering for worship, and offering their lives in service to the mission. Astounding generosity, as we completed Phase I of All Together in One Place, realizing significant space renovations to serve the mission, alongside securing and building new mission partnerships both near and far. And hear…100’s of voices singing together in praise of God, every Sunday in worship. Over 300 from our community offering their gifts in music ministry, through voice, instrument, and committed preparation to lead us. Dedicated NLC staff... Pastors preaching and teaching, Youth and Children’s staff nurturing faith in families, Administrative staff preparing print media and spaces for community worship and fellowship, Custodians cleaning and maintaining our facility, other lay staff connecting people into the community, Business staff seeing to the financial stability and management of resources,

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Preschool staff creating a safe and loving environment so that the youngest among us can begin to learn, Communications staff enhancing our ability to inspire, inform, and call forth our congregation, all staff joining their gifts together in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, building up the body of Christ at NLC. Volunteers and leaders giving freely of their time and talents. Sacristans and Altar Guild, Communion Assistants and Acolytes, Greeters and Ushers, Crucifers, Lectors, Cantors, Task Force leaders and participants, Committee chairs and avid participants, Library friends, Sunday School Teachers and Confirmation Small Group leaders and mentors, High School Ministry chaperones and leaders, Small groups nurturing faith and friendship. Retreats, events, and gatherings that foster strength in our community, as we learn to know one another well and enjoy the company of one another. Partners, Pastors Neeraj and Nijhar Ekka, and their family, joining with us to bring congregationally-based community healthcare to the villages surrounding Ranchi, India. The Center for Arts and Spirituality, CAS, engaging Dr. Mac Gimse, retired St. Olaf art professor, in a glorious fall of presentation and conversation around creative arts and faith. Jesus, most of all, I see Jesus, marking our days with grace and love, speaking faith into us, saying, “Follow me,” and providing all that we need to go forward in faith.


IN 2017, I LOOK AHEAD TO... And now, as I look out the front window, empowered by what I have seen in the rearview, I turn to the word trust, a word that defines what it means to go forward without knowing, not because I have no idea, but that whatever ideas I have are based solely on those who have guided the past, and also knowing, that my plans/our plans, will be reshaped along the way by our God in Jesus Christ who is sovereign, meaning, the final word in this world and life belong to God. In 2017, I look ahead to... An emerging growth in our membership, as the people of NLC become intentional about inviting others into worship and fellowship. Generations of NLC people together in joy and collaborative ministry, trusting that God has given us each other for grand purpose. An initiative by which our elders teach, train, shape, and hand on the joy of faithful generosity and giving, bringing about new stewards of strength in the next generation. Our welcome growing, as diverse people make a home among us, including our brothers and sisters from the LGBT community. I see us practicing purposeful welcome to those we deem different from us, recognizing our common humanity and childlike nature in God’s eyes. Burgeoning faith in our youngest members, whereby we foster leadership for the church of the future. Through music, learning, and loving community, our young walk the narrow pathway of faith in Jesus Christ, with their eyes on the cross and the suffering of the world. A chapel… oh yes, a chapel. A place of contemplative quiet, sacred silence, where God’s people can rest from the noisy world. A place where young and old can rub shoulders in the mystical presence of God. A place where end of life rituals of both healing and sending can lift us into the arms of our Almighty God. A place that will serve the next generation’s need to shut off the volume of life. More from India, as facilities move from construction to use. As healthcare workers continue to be trained and empowered to bring Jesus to those who are addicted, sick, and afraid. As NLC partner circles grow to meet our calling to bring Jesus to the whole world. And hear…new sounds and shaping of liturgical worship in the chapel setting. Winds and strings, voices and prayers, all blowing from the Holy Spirit within us.

Small groups emerging in homes, where faith is nurtured through prayer, learning, fellowship, and the breaking of bread. People who eat, pray, and learn together, inevitably grow in faith and love. Creative avenues for meeting young adults in ministry, ignoring locations to go and be where they are. Allowing for doubt, and even encouraging questioning, so that relevant, meaningful faith in Jesus comes forth. A sincere movement toward justice, as we not only serve and resource toward walking with the poor, but we also find our voice for advocacy, challenging systems that discourage our living justly with one another. Developing and furthering our ability to apply the gifts of our people to ministry, integrating what God has given through experience, life, training, and even suffering, toward the expansion of our Gospel reach. And finally, and again most of all, I see Jesus out ahead of us. He is carrying the cross, calling us to go forth into suffering, bearing the fortitude of the promised resurrection, knowing that God is shouting to the world about transformative love that changes everything, that makes all things new, that is an undying hope in the face of what seems impossible. Jesus is out ahead of us, and through the front window, I trust that God, as God has always done, and will always do, God will find a way where there is no way. And with that, I am honored, delighted, and empowered by you, to serve with you in the mission we 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.” For all that is behind us, thanks be to God. For all that is before us…yes, yes, yes!!! In the profound love and grace of Jesus Christ,

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JUST ANOTHER

Christmas Party?

No! The annual Normandale Housing Christmas Brunch brings together caring people who share the experiences of moving from homelessness to sustainable living within a supportive community. Celebrating our community were twenty-three families, along with current and former Support Teams, board members, friends, and staff. Of course, the food was delicious, conversations were lively, children’s activities engaged in with zest, and connections joyfully reestablished. But look around the Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church hall: In the top left photo above, Kathy Peterson, our first social worker, sits with Jeffrey Bissoy’s brother, newly arrived from Cameroon, trying to figure out his new cellphone. (Jeffrey, you may remember, recently graduated from Carleton College. Kathy worked with his mother, Henriette, and Jeffrey 16 years ago, as they moved from a shelter through Normandale House toward citizenship, permanent employment, and home ownership.) In the top right photo, they’re listening to Lori Johnson, a Normandale House alumna, who sang beautifully to great applause, while others moved through the brunch line, sharing greetings and memories along with the egg bake. And what else is happening at this gathering and in the Normandale Housing community? Eric and Alicia are the newest residents of Normandale House. A month ago, they were facing the end of their housing program, enduring sleepless nights wondering where they and their three daughters would find shelter. God already had a place prepared for them, along with a wonderful Support Team from Normandale: Tom Hansen and Mandy Blizzard, who meet regularly to help them move toward independence.

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Toniesha has been increasingly involved in community decision-making through the local neighborhood organization. Naturally, after she organized several of our Neighborhood Night Out events, I’m not surprised. The entire Phillips Neighborhood will benefit from her skills and wisdom. Rico (who calls him Ricardo?) provides so many services to the community, from grounds care to apartment upkeep to moving supplies. He’ll share his story with you willingly: a journey from addiction through homelessness to faith. Though never a resident of Normandale Housing per se, he’s an integral part of the community, a true friend to all. Cindy Olson (a member of our Housing Board) enthusiastically greets all the children from Reading Buddies. She and husband Ray drive Normandale youth down to Hope Academy every Monday during the academic year, where our youth eat, read, study, and play games with community children. Rachel Leadholm, one of our Reading Buddies, and others help with craft activities. And everyone greets Phil Larson, former Ministry Coordinator! Was this just another Christmas party? No, it was a community celebration with people who care about each other and who continue to support each other through the challenges of life. Thanks be to God! Normandale Housing Ministry supports families making the transition from homelessness to sustainable living within supportive communities, and we’re very proud of the community our ministry has been creating among people of many backgrounds.


It was another wonderful year for the Sponsor-a-Family program at Normandale! Thank you for your generosity as we helped to share the joy with others around us during the holiday season.

IT'S GREAT TO BE

Involved

Sixty-seven residents of Normandale House and Elliot Avenue Apartments received Christmas gifts lovingly purchased by our members and enthusiastically wrapped by our High School Youth.

Thirty-three families served by Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services of Minnesota (SAYFSM) received a $75 Walmart gift card for the holidays. Join us as we celebrate together with a holiday meal, Saturday, January 21, 12:00-2:00 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, 2504 Columbus Ave South, Minneapolis. Thank you to Thrivent for providing funding for this meal. In addition, donated Target gift cards were used to purchase much-needed hygiene items for clients of Community Emergency Services (CES) in Minneapolis and were shared at their annual holiday basket distribution. Thank you for sharing these gifts from the NLC family in celebration of God’s gift of Jesus Christ to all of us! See page 15 for a few Sponsor-a-Family gift wrapping & delivery photos!

By Marcia Lowell

I have been a member of Normandale Lutheran Church for almost 40 years. My children grew up attending the church and while they were young I volunteered for many youth activities. When my children got older I started to work full time. I am an R.N. and still work part-time, teaching in a certified nursing assistant program. I have 6 grandchildren now in the Edina and Eden Prairie School Systems. They are all active in sports and my husband and I attend as many games as we can and love it! Because of my work schedule, I was unable to be involved in many volunteer church activities, but when the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness started I could not resist! I first started by helping to coordinate groups learning about chronic disease self-management. This program continues today and over the years I have learned a lot that has helped me to age healthy and happy. Now I am so privileged to visit an elderly woman in the community on a monthly basis, her name is Judy. Judy is an absolute delight. Her visits include coffee hours, sharing books, sharing recipes, playing bridge, and great conversation. Those hours spent with Judy give me much joy and I hope she feels the same. We have developed a wonderful relationship and I feel as though I am a member of her family. In this crazy busy world we live in today, being involved with this program gives me a sense of peace and satisfaction. It is great to be involved!

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LIFE @ NLC: LOVING, LEARNING, WORSHIPING, SERVING COMMUNITY NLC Annual Meeting

Sunday January 29 | 12:00 noon Mark your calendars! Join the community for our Annual Meeting in Fellowship Hall. Annual Reports available Sunday, January 22.

AMEN: Sledding & Skating Party Sunday, Jan 22 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.

Memorial Blood Drive Wednesday Night Community Meals 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 janet@normluth.org.

January 18: Chicken Satay January 25: Lasagna February 1: Sloppy Joes February 8: Meatloaf February 15: BBQ Chicken/Mac&Cheese

New Member Community

New to Normandale? Have you been a regular attendee for some time? You're invited! New Member Coffees Sundays, January 22 & February 5 9:15-10:15 am | Lower Level Conf Room New Member Lunch with NLC Staff Sunday, February 12 | 11:30 am Fellowship Hall. Lunch provided. New Member Recognition Sunday Sunday, February 26 | 10:30 am Worship We joyfully recognize and welcome new members in worship! Ready to RSVP? Questions? Contact Jenny Bock, Director of Connections, at 952.929.1697 or jbock@normluth.org.

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Wednesday, January 25 | 1:30-6:00 pm 1 out of 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. All blood types are needed especially O- and O+. Donors receive a delicious meal of soup and bread, and save multiple lives with their donation! Let’s see if we can get all the spots filled! Sign-up: Alta Fossum at 952.941.7022, altafossum@hotmail.com, OR Janet Devine at 952.929.1697, janet@normluth.org, OR www.mbc.org/searchdrives - Sponsor Code is 0546

CHILDREN & FAMILY Kids Night Out

Second Saturday of each month 4:00-7:00 pm Next date: Feb 11 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 normluth.org/Kids-Night-Out.

Faith Marker

Sunday, Feb 5 | 4th Grade: Sacraments 4th grade families, mark your calendar.

COMING SOON! Kids Faith Connect (KFC)

Wednesdays | 4:45-6:45 pm Beginning February 8 Stay tuned for more information on this Wednesday night opportunity for kids ages 5 through 6th grade.

YOUTH Donuts & Devotions (Grades 7-12)

Sunday mornings | 10:00–10:25 am Join with friends in the Fishbowl for donuts and a weekly devotion. *The Fishbowl is also open from 9:30-10:00 am for all middle school and high school youth on Sunday mornings.

Reading Buddies

Mondays | 5:15-7:45 pm A service opportunity for NLC youth to spend time each week eating, reading, and playing with Normandale House children. Transportation and dinner provided. Learn more: Maggie at mjones@normluth.org.

ADULTS Men's Retreat @ NLC

Friday, Jan 27 | 6:00-9:00 pm Saturday, Jan 28 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Still time to sign-up! Great gathering, connection, and laughter are bound to happen! We welcome Prof. Mark Throntveit, Luther Seminary Professor of Old Testatment, as our guest speaker, presenting "Sad Songs, Mad Songs, and Glad Songs", the Psalms for daily life. You won't want to miss! $40/person includes Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast and lunch. Sign-up: normluth.org/for-men.


LIFE @ NLC: LOVING, LEARNING, WORSHIPING, SERVING Vision for Healthy Living: The Practical/Possible Exercise Series

Wednesdays, Jan 18, 25 & Feb 1 12:30-1:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Rm How would you like to learn some simple, effective exercises to add to your daily routine in 2017? Join the Vision for Healthy Living series of exercise events that don’t require a full gym or the flexibility of a gymnast. Each week’s class will be on a different topic but they will all focus on teaching easy access exercises that make a real difference every day. Classes are open to all ages and all exercises will be offered with modifications to accommodate the needs of participants. $5/class. Jan 18: Practical/Possible Strength and Balance Jan 25: Practical/Possible Yoga Feb 1: Practical/Possible Self Massage Read more at normluth.org/events. Questions? Contact Zach Greimann at zach@normandalecenter.org or 952.977.9374.

NEW! ParentRest Book Study: Blessing of a Skinned Knee

Sundays | 9:15-10:15 am | Room 213 Calling all parents! We are excited to announce a new book study at ParentRest! Beginning in mid-January, we will be reading and discussing The Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel. This study is designed to be easy to participate in. Each week we'll discuss one chapter. Can't come every week, no problem. Come when you can and join in the conversation. And in addition to great discussion and friendly people, there's good coffee too. January 22: Chapter 1 Discussion See normluth.org/parentrest for full schedule.

Wednesday Women's Bible Study: Book of Mark

Wednesdays, Jan 25 - May 10 9:30-11:30 am | Room 209 Wednesday Women’s Bible Study (“WWBS”) invites you to join us as we begin studying the humanity and servanthood of Jesus in the Book of Mark. Our forum begins with Pastor Meta Herrick Carlson’s knowledgeable, thought provoking, large group presentation of the specific chapters we have studied. We end our time together in small group discussion. You will be amazed to discover how wide and long and high and deep Christ’s love is, which leads all of us into a deeper faith. Come, hear, learn, and have fun, with amazing women! Bring your Bible! Study Guides and Commentaries available. Questions? Contact Maggie Valenta at 952-484-9830, maggiemoen@aol.com Learn more at normluth.org/for-women.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Session: Research and Resource

Saturday, February 11 | 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 provide an update from the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference as well as information on resources new and old that are available for caregivers and those living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Saturday, Feb 11 | 10:30 am - 12:00 noon Wednesday, Feb 15 | 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. 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 support group. Contact Mary Cordell at mary@normandalecenter.org or 952.977.9363 for more information.

Vision for Healthy Living: Hope for Recovery Saturday, February 11 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 zach@normandalecenter.org for more information.

Women's Retreat @ NLC: Remember Your Name

Friday, Feb 24 | 6:00-9:00 pm Saturday, Feb 25 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Mark your calendars to share time with NLC ladies and friends as Pastor Meta Herrick Carlson leads us in exploring and remembering our name. $40/person includes Friday evening meal, Saturday breakfast and lunch. See page 16 for more details.

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EXPERIENCE NLC MISSION

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 patti@normandalecenter.org or 952.929.1698.

T'ai Chi

January Thursdays | 2:00-3:00 pm Beginning in February: Thursdays | 1:30-2:30 pm 3rd floor, Multi-Purpose Room North 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. $8/class. *Please note the time change beginning in February. Class we be held from 1:30-2:30 pm on Thursdays beginning February 2. For more information, contact Patti Hankes at 952.929.1698 or patti@nor-

Mission: India Trip 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, worshiping with partner congregations, and accompanying Arvind and Salima to villages in which they work. We’ll 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 dale@ normluth.org or 952-929-1697.

Peru Vision Trip

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

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LIFE @ NLC: LOVING, LEARNING, WORSHIPING, SERVING WELCOME Kari Warnke, Director of Children & Family Ministry Upon prayerful discernment and search, it is our pleasure and privilege to announce that as of January 5, Kari Warnke begins in the newly structured part-time role of Director of Children and Family Ministry. We are excited to have Kari enter into this important role and are already benefiting from the wisdom, skill, and goodness she brings to the congregation. Please welcome and greet Kari to this new endeavor on staff and be sure to include Kari in your prayers as she makes transition into the new endeavor. See below for a note of intro and greeting from Kari!

Dear Children and Families of Normandale,

EXTRA, EXTRA! Read All About It: Stay Up-to-Date on NLC News As we continue our intentional pursuit of being good stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us and "going green" with communications we are continuing to take advantage of our digital communications, including eblasts, our website, and facebook. Keep Your Eyes on Your Email Please watch your email inbox, junk/spam folder, and if you are a gmail user, please watch your promotions folder to stay up-to-date with current NLC happenings and opportunities. If you have not been receiving NLC eblasts, please contact Janet Devine at janet@normluth.org or 952.929.1697 to make sure our records are accurate.

I am very pleased to be starting my new role as the Director of Children and Family Ministry. I have been a teacher at Normandale Preschool for the past 8 years and have had the pleasure of getting to know some of the families of Normandale.

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I am a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with degree in Elementary Education and have worked with children and families for most of my career. I am passionate about kids and Christian education and am excited to learn and grow in this new position.

Visit our Website Regularly We strive to keep our website updated and informational for all interested in engaging in our community of faith. Check normluth.org often to stay up-to-date on our ministries and mission. www.normluth.org

My husband and I live in Eden Prairie with our 14-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. Spending time with my family and working keeps me busy, but when I do get an extra minute I love to read, cook and travel. I look forward to meeting you and to engaging with you to nurture and share the faith, hope, and love of Christ!

Like Us on Facebook And don't forget to check us out on facebook! www.facebook.com/normluth

Sincerely, Kari Warnke

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CALENDAR Blessing Place 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Mon-Fri | Normandale Preschool 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Mon-Fri Sunday, January 15 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 10:00 am Normandale Women Board Meeting 10:30 am Worship | Holy Communion Monday, January 16 Chuch Office & Building Closed | Martin LutherKing, Jr. Holiday Tuesday, January 17 8:30 am Sew Day Quilting 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday, January 18 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 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 6:00 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group 6:30 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 6:45 pm 7-9th Gr. Confirmation 8:00 pm High School Hangout 8:00 pm Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal Thursday, January 19 9:30 am Preschool Registration 10:00 am Thursday Morning 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 Friday, January 20 7:00 am Friday Morning Bible Study 5:00 pm 8th Gr. Conf. Retreat (leave) @ Camp Wapo Saturday, January 21 9:00 am Book, Bagel & Brew 12:30-2:00 pm Rescheduled SAYFSM Christmas Party @ Messiah Lutheran Church, 2504 Columbus Ave., Mpls. 4:00 pm 8th Gr. Conf. Retreat (return) Sunday, January 22 9:00 am Worship 9:15 am Winter New Member Coffee 9:15 am ParentRest | Sunday School 10:00 am 7-12th Gr. Donuts & Devotions 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:30 am Worship 2-4 pm AMEN Event: Sledding & Skating Monday, January 23 7:00 am Men’s Monday Bible Study 5:15 pm Reading Buddies @ Holy Academy 6:00 pm Stephen Ministry Leadership 7:00 pm Stephen Ministry Peer Supervision 7:00 pm Priscilla Circle @ Sue Elenkewich’s home Tuesday, January 24 1:00 pm Ruth Circle @ Pat Appel’s home 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday, January 25 9:30 am Rachel Circle 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 12:00 pm Miriam Circle 1:30-6 pm Memorial Blood Drive 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 6:00 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 6:45 pm 7-9th Gr. Confirmation 8:00 pm High School Hangout 8:00 pm Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal

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Thursday, January 26 10:00 am Thursday Morning Bible Study 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal Friday, January 27 7:00 am Friday Morning Bible Study 6-9 pm Men’s Retreat @ NLC Saturday, January 28 9-1 pm Men’s Retreat @ NLC Sunday, January 29 8:15 am Boys & Girls Choir Pre-service Rehearsal 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 12:00 pm Annual Meeting 4:00 pm Faith in the Arts Winter Festival | Cantus in Concert (Light Eternal) Reception following concert Monday, January 30 7:00 am Men’s Monday Bible Study 5:15 pm Reading Buddies @ Hope Academy Tuesday, January 31 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday, February 1 9-12 pm Podiatry Clinic 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 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 6:00 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 6:45 pm 7-12th Gr. Confirmation 8:00 pm High School Hangout 8:00 pm Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal Thursday, February 2 10:00 am Thursday Morning Bible Study 1:30 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal Friday, February 3 7:00 am Friday Morning Bible Study Saturday, February 4 No Events Scheduled Sunday, February 5 9:00 am Worship | Holy Communion 9:15 am Winter New Member Coffee 9:15 am 4th Gr. Faith Marker 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, February 6 7:00 am Men’s Monday Bible Study 5:15 pm Reading Buddies @ Hope Academy Tuesday, February 7 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday, February 8 7:45 am Preschool Staff Meeting 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 10am-2pm Second Wednesday 11:30 am Matins Worship & Luncheon 4:45 pm Boys Choir Rehearsal 4:45-6:45 pm Kids Faith Connect 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal (Feb. 8 schedule continued on next column)

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Youth Choir Rehearsal Boys Choir Pizza Party Dorcas Circle Girls Choir Rehearsal Normandale Choir Rehearsal 7-12th Gr.Confirmation High School Hangout Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, February 9 10:00 am Thursday Morning Bible Study 1:00 pm Mary Circle 1:30 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 Friday, February 10 7:00 am Friday Morning Bible Study Saturday, February 11 9:00 am Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Series 9:00 am Vision for Healthy Living: Hope for Recovery 10:30 am Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group 4:00 pm Kids Night Out Sunday, February 12 9:00 am Worship 9:15 am ParentRest | Sunday School 10:00 am 7-12th Gr. Donuts & Devotions 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:00 am Cherub Choir Pre-worship Rehearsal 10:00 am Normandale Women Board Meeting 10:30 am Worship 11:45 am New Member Luncheon with Staff Monday, February 13 7:00 am Men’s Monday Bible Study 1:00 am Archive Committee 5:15 pm Reading Buddies @ Hope Academy Tuesday, February 14 6:00 pm Finance Committee 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7:00 pm Executive Committee Wednesday, February 15 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 4:45 pm Boys Choir Rehearsal 4:45-6:45 pm Kids Faith Connect 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group 6:00 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 6:45 pm 7-12th Gr. Confirmation 8:00 pm High School Hangout 8:00 pm Normandale Chamber Choir Rehearsal Thursday, February 16 10:00 am Thursday Morning Bible Study 1:30 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:30 pm Cherub Choir Pizza Party 5:45 pm Handell Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Abigail Circle Friday, February 17 7:00 am Friday Morning Bible Study Saturday, February 18 9:00 am Book, Bagel & Brew Sunday, February 19 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


Advent 2016

Women gathered to share in Advent Pause gatherings, NLC men broke bread together at breakfast, gifts were generously donated, wrapped, and delivered to those in need, we worshiped, and our children told the story of the coming of the light. Joy! The Light Has Come!

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Normandale Lutheran Church 6100 Normandale Road Edina, MN 55436

CONTACT US Phone: 952.929.1697 Fax: 952.929.2767 Email: office@normluth.org Web: www.normluth.org

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Ladies, mark your calendars to share time with NLC friends as Pastor Meta Herrick Carlson leads us in remembering our name. This retreat is that still, small voice urging you to rest from the labels of this world, the roles you play, and the task at hand. We will take time to set these things down for a bit for the sake of our truest name of all, that which we are at the beginning and the end. Through scripture, sharing, prayer, music, and movement, REMEMBER YOUR NAME. Come, gather with other women, and be claimed by the voice that knows you best and calls you BELOVED CHILD OF GOD.

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$40/person includes Friday evening meal, Saturday breakfast and lunch Questions? Contact Jenny Bock at jbock@normluth.org or 952.929.1697.

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