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You have MADE, and continue to MAKE the difference! As ATOP Campaign Committee, Church Council, and Staff invited you to live generously in support of All Together in One Place, you responded by saying,

“YES, we will.” Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you for serving the future congregation of NLC. • We have surpassed our goal of $4.8 million dollars and we have received more than $4.825 million dollars in gifts and pledges. • In 23 months of the five-year campaign, we have already received nearly $3 million dollars in gifts. • God gave us the vision, the strength to meet it, and the faith and courage to step forward. • Our brothers and sisters in Ranchi, India thank you. (Read more on p. 7) • Our partners in housing ministry thank you. • The elders served through Healing and Wholeness thank you. • The Vision for Healthy Living thanks you. • The Center for Arts and Spirituality, the surrounding community of artists thank you. • The people for generations who will have a contemplative, intimate, sacred place to worship and pray, thank you. (Read more on p. 8) We are dancing in the glory of the Lord. We are celebrating your generosity. We are tapping our toes, whistling a tune, and walking with a bounce in our step!

For all that is behind us, thanks be to God. For all that is still to come, YES!

Together May 2017

In This Issue 2 / All Together in One Place: Thank You! 4 / Generosity as a Way of Life 6 / God Gives the Growth 7 / Partners in Ministry: Mission: India Thank You 8 / ATOP: Phase Two -- A Chapel for All 9 / Step Forward & Engage: Serving at Our Saviour's Shelter 10 / Sacred Dance @ NLC 12 / Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Oliphant 14 / Life @ NLC 16 / Celebrate Pentecost!

Worship Together

Sundays // 9:00 & 10:30 am Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 28 8:00 am // Lakewood Cemetery 9:30 am // Worship @ NLC

Gather Around the Table Wednesdays, through May 10 Dinner: 5:00-6:45 pm

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Chapel Construction is Underway!

Constuction of the new NLC chapel began mid-April and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2017. We are thankful for your generosity in helping to make this new intimate and sacred space a reality for all who enter here. With this excitement comes a little dust. While the disruption to our main spaces will be minimal, we appreciate your patience and understanding during this period of constuction.

Entrances and Parking

Sundays All driveways and building entrances will be open on Sunday mornings for worship, with one exception: the driveway entrance on the northeast end of the building will be open for EXIT only. Weekdays Monday through Friday, the driveway entrance to the parking lot on the northeast end of the building will be closed. Parking Additional handicapped parking will be available on the east side of the building near the Healing & Wholeness entrance. What will the chapel look like? What will it be used for? Learn more about the new chapel on page 8. Thank you for your flexibility during this exciting time. Questions? Please contact Wendy Reynolds, Business Administrator at 952.977.9352 or

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NLC Together // May 2017


Recently, I was watching a baseball game on television, and a pop foul was lifted into the stands on the first base side. A father and son were seated there, and when the father caught the ball he immediately handed it over to his son, who appeared to be about seven years old. As the camera caught the exchange, the bright white ball in the boy’s firm grip, he quickly got up from his seat and started walking along the mezzanine between the sections. The camera followed him, on what looked to be a curious journey, his dad left behind in their seats. Turning to go up a couple of rows, he reached across one adult and handed the ball to a little girl, perhaps two or three years his junior. I’m not even sure that he knew her, nor did it appear that she was expecting it, but he seemed to have a clear and determined pathway to the presentation of this gift. I remembered being at ball games as boy, just hoping to get my hands on a foul ball. I don’t remember ever thinking, ‘If I get a ball, I’m going to give it to a little girl.’ The point is this; the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. II Corinthians 9:6-8


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St. Paul’s words resound with this truth, community is built on people who make up their mind to give. They are not asking, ‘what is in it for me?’ but find joy, peace, and strength, in what they can offer. Generosity is a gift of the Spirit, knit into us by our Creator God who does not miss the opportunity to provide for all that we need, so that, when our windfall arrives, when surprising blessing befalls us, when the ball lands in our hands, our first thought might be, ‘with whom and how might I share this.’ I’m not sure if that boy got another ball that day. I don’t know that his generosity was rewarded with another bright white baseball. What I do know is this, his spirit was more buoyant in the giving than in the clinging. And the mutual smiles were testament to the presence of God in the gift. Every day we have the opportunity to live generously. It begins with gratitude to our God who pours out life for us. It follows that we, in turn, will reflect something of the same. It is grounded in the belief that all that I am, and all that I have, has been entrusted to me for the good of others and the world. I am 100% steward and 0% owner. “We give thee but thine own, What’er the gift may be. All that we have is thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from thee.” From one steward to another,

On Stewardship & Generosity

Generosity by the Numbers by Pastor Paul Pettersen

When I speak to others of NLC, I speak of the faithful generosity of our people. There is such a heart for Jesus here, reflected in beautiful ways. We serve with compassion. We love without judgment. We share with joy. We offer up our lives with trust. We worship with passion. We risk with zeal. We proclaim with power—all from the spiritual gift of generosity, given to us by our God who deems us worthy.

All Together in One Place As we complete the first quarter of 2017, we are strengthened with confidence in our financial position. After two years of giving to All Together in One Place, our vision for facility renovation, bolstering our outreach and mission ministry, and expanding our next generation ministries, we have received nearly $3,000,000 in gifts, more than 60% of our goal of $4,800,000. With three years remaining in the campaign, we are well ahead of plan. Thank you for your generosity!

NLC 2017 Ministry Plan Our 2017 Ministry Plan is also bolstered by your generosity. To date, giving is 20% ahead of last year, and overall income exceeds 2016 by 8%. Giving is $80,000 ahead of expenses, thanks to a number of people who prepaid their entire pledge in January of 2017. We will be heading into the summer months in a position of strength. Thank you for your generosity! I give thanks to God in my prayers for all of you, and together as staff, we vow to be faithful stewards of what you entrust to us, seeing to the efficient, effective, and promised uses of your gifts. Because of your gifts, the ministry of NLC reaches near and far, wrapped in the profound love of Jesus Christ for all people. Thanks be to God!

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As disciples of Jesus Christ and committed to the Normandale family, we often face a very real dilemma. We understand that all we hold dear, whether it be family, talent, or resources, are gifts from God. Because of that understanding we must come to terms with the quality and quantity of our stewardship within our church. This is not an easy task. The demands of secular life are constantly before us. Our families, careers, and other aspects of life provide pressing needs to all Christians and must be addressed as we look to the priorities in our lives. But after all is said and done, we know that our faith in God is the foundation of our lives and our church stands as the human institution with a divine purpose. Stewardship in our church involves sharing our time and our resources, and should not be regarded as an obligation but as an opportunity. To paraphrase scripture, we are told, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Most of us, perhaps We plant with our all of us, have been truly blessed and our participation, we greatest blessing is knowing Jesus Christ water with our who, through the Holy Spirit, walks financial giving, with us everyday, up and down, so that we are never alone. The opportunity to and God gives the join with Christ in doing the work of his growth. church provides “meaning” not found in other aspects of life. The Apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians that he plants, Apollos waters, but God gives the growth. In a similar manner, we plant with our participation, we water with our financial giving, and God gives the growth.

by Bud Meadley


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Many years ago I was serving as a “caller” in the capital campaign of the church where we were members. My wife and I made our financial commitment and we were satisfied that we were doing our part. One of the calls to which I was assigned was to a young couple of obvious modest means. I explained that all gifts were appreciated regardless of amount and that was entirely up to them. They told me they had prayed about it and were committed to the church’s mission. They signed a pledge card for an amount much greater than I anticipated. During the many years since that day, I have been involved in a great many church financial programs, but I will never forget the lesson that young couple gave to me in thoughtful, prayerful stewardship.

Partners in Ministry

Brothers and Sisters at Normandale, Thank you so much for your love, support, and prayers for us as a family and for mission in India, especially the Community Health Care Program. Your sacrificial giving has helped the church stand for the gospel in hard places. Your support and financial gifts encourage Salima and Arvind everyday. Thank you.

Mission: India Reaching others through Congregation-based Community Health Care because of your gifts

Thank you for walking with us to witness and share the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our prayers are with you as you share His love and peace here in this place. God bless you all. In His mission, Nijhar & Neeraj & kids

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Gathering in Small Groups. Of All Ages.

Worshiping Together.

Sharing Flexible Meeting Spaces.

Celebrating Life Events.

A Chapel for All

People have gathered in sacred spaces, both large and small, throughout human history. From ancient burial grounds to majestic cathedrals, human beings mark spaces for the purpose of giving some material definition to the presence of God. Though we know God exists everywhere, we set aside spaces as reminders of that truth.

What will be the look and feel?

Imagine even more light streaming into our Fireside Room! With a new skylight and the existing closets removed, light will stream in. A glass railing with a thin wood cap will create a new bridge walkway into the chapel. Inside the chapel, find beautiful walnut wood veneer, with limestone glacier buff-colored honed and rock face stone. Art glass allows light to stream in... and out. This multi-purpose chapel will provide a space for reflection and prayer, a small support group gathered in a circle, joyous music, a small wedding or funeral, and 100+ energetic children sitting on the floor. Below the chapel, meeting and studio rooms will provide welcoming spaces for conversation or movement. The renovated half-gym will be used for large motor activities. Chapel construction began mid-April and is expected to be completed by the end of November 2017.

Thanks be to God! 8

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Step Forward & Engage Cooks in the Kitchen: Serving at Our Saviour's Shelter

NLC Team at Our Saviour’s Housing, Mpls

On March 9, 2017, a fellowship group from NLC became cooks-in-the-kitchen for a night of service at Our Saviour’s Housing Center in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. While the duties of serving at Our Saviour’s included food prep and meal service, the most memorable part for the volunteers was conversing with residents as they arrived with delight and anticipation of the meal. “I often think about the Joan Osborne song,” said Kris Rocky, one of the team members from NLC. “You know, the lyrics that say ‘What if God was one of us.’ And, if He was one of us—especially one of the least of us—I’d want to serve Him friendly conversation and a plate of pasta alfredo.”

can be the hands and feet of Christ for some very grateful souls. If you take an extra hour or two to come for prep and cooking as well, you’ll find even more fellowship, laughs and memories in your night. “I told my kids I wouldn’t be home for dinner because I was serving at a homeless shelter. That’s when they asked what they could do to help,” said Chris Lay, another team member from NLC. “So, we baked homemade cookies together as a family for me to take to the dinner at Our Saviour’s.”

The team highly recommends the night of service to any group, family unit, friends, or fellowship team. They encourage others to embrace God’s simple request to show up for the less fortunate—be there somehow, some way. It doesn’t have to be big.

Our Saviour’s Housing Center is dependent on volunteers from churches and community organizations for preparation of all their meals. A group of four to six volunteers is recommended and groups from NLC serve one night a month. If you’d like to know more about serving as a NLC team, please contact Dana Arnold at dana@ or 952.929.1697 or sign-up online to serve one evening at

For as little as two evening hours (factoring that you purchase, and not prepare, the hot meal and sides), you

Learn more about Our Saviour’s at oursaviourshousing/.

Pictured left to right: Kris Rocky, Lee Newcomer, Chris Lay, Emily Ostern (missing Karen Newcomer) NLC Together // May 2017


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The Art & Celebration of Sacred Dance By Colleen Lindstrom

Sacred Dance has long been an essential part of worship. We read about dance as a means of glorifying God in the Old Testament. But I would guess that few of us have actually actively thought about worshipping through dance. Dance, like music, helps us express our deepest feelings when words are insufficient. The Sacred Dancers at Normandale are a group of young and talented worship leaders, who offer their gift of worship through movement. Liturgical dance has long been a part of worship at Normandale, but my personal intersection with it is recent. After hearing through the grapevine that I have a degree in Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College, one of the dancer’s moms approached me and asked me to help the girls out. I was happy to lend a hand, and quickly realized that working with these girls reminded me of one of my God given gifts, the gift of movement, the gift of art, the gift of working with people, and specifically the gift of working with this age group of young adults. My hope for the Sacred Dancers is to grow the program, and for you to see more of us in worship. If you or someone in your family is interested in dance, takes dance class, and wants to lend your gifts to dance in worship, come have fun with us! We rehearse weekly on Wednesdays at about 4:45 pm. We are very flexible (both literally and figuratively!) and will start our program up again in the fall.

"What I love most about dancing at Normandale is being able to do my part to create worship. It is important to my faith because I can connect with God, not just emotionally, but physically as well." - Lucy Bock

Photos include Sacred Dancers Past & Present: Lily Askegaard, Linnea Askegaard, Lucy Askegaard, Lucy Bock, Mabel Dow, Tessa Kilberg, Sophie Klein; choreographer, Colleen Lindstrom; and special guest, Pastor Paul.

NLC Together // May 2017


Staff Spotlight

Celebrating Children's Choirs with Mrs. Oliphant, Director of Children's Choirs

Boys', Girls' & Cherubs Choirs, 1995-1996

"One of the most exciting parts of directing the children’s choirs for 36 years has been learning to know the children when they join Cherub Choir as five-year olds in kindergarten and then watching them grow into young ladies and gentlemen as they serve as 6th grade leaders in Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs. Once they leave our children’s choirs, it’s such a joy keeping in touch with them as they are confirmed and later as graduates from high school. It warms my heart to see my former singers remain faithful as young adults and later as parents of young children who also find their way into our children’s choirs." - Ruth Oliphant

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"One of my fondest memories of growing up at Normandale is of participating in the very first year of the Normandale Boys’ Choir. Mrs. Oliphant regaled us with stories of her famed Wilmar Boys’ Choir, handed out big mouth awards and started the tradition of giving away piles of candy. I was proud to wear the navy pants and blue shirt. The highlight for me was playing my tuba with the choir, which I continue to do as an adult. Years later I saw all three of my children participate in the Boys’ or Girls’ choirs, including newer (for me) traditions such as choir camp at Luther Park. Each kid was thrilled to get the personal notes that would always come over the summer, and they felt a great sense of achievement to become 6th grade leaders. We barely held back tears when each boy or girl sang the last note of Beautiful Savior on Mother's Day as a 6th grader, signaling the end of their time with Mrs. Oliphant. All three of my kids count music and singing as a big part of their lives, and I trace no small part of that back to Mrs. Oliphant and that very first Boys’ Choir." - Steve Clay "There I am, sitting in the pew listening to the one of the children’s choirs work their magic on the faithful of Normandale and suddenly I find myself singing along. It’s happened more than once, and I love that I can share that experience with my children who have both sung in the children’s choirs. But how can I possibly remember these songs from so long ago when most days I can’t remember where I put my keys? The answer…Mrs. Oliphant. Singing under Mrs. Oliphant’s direction is more than just learning songs for Sunday, it’s about discovering your faith and what it means to follow Christ. I remember Mrs. Oliphant teaching us about the seasons of the church, the importance of prayer, and what it means to be a worship leader when I was in Girls' Choir. She doesn’t just talk about these things though, she shows the children and she practices this with them. Because of Mrs. Oliphant’s faithful mission to Normandale’s youngest members, my children are better singers, more thoughtful in prayers and, most importantly, faithful followers of Christ." - Michelle Arreola

Boys' Choir, 1984-1985

Girls' Choir, 1993

Cherub Choir, 2016

Choir Camp, 2015

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Life @ NLC

For the full calendar of NLC Happenings, visit



Community Meals

Gather around the table for meals and community on Wednesday nights through May 10. $5/adult, $3/child. Menus available at

Memorial Day Worship

Sunday, May 28 8:00 am | Lakewood Cemetery, Mpls 9:30 am | Worship at NLC

Summer Stretch!

August 8-10 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Calling all youth graduating 5th through 8th grade. Join the NEW Summer Stretch! We'll do fun service projects in the mornings and head out for mystery adventure trips in the afternoons. Sign-up today at youth-summer.

Last Night of High School Hangout Wednesday, May 10

High School Graduate Recognition Celebrate Pentecost!

Sunday, June 4 9:30 am Worship | 10:30 am Picnic All People. All Creation. Join the celebration! Wear red and bring the family for a morning of festive worship as we recognize our high school graduates and welcome new members. A picnic with food and fun immediately follows worship. All are welcome!

Summer Worship Coming Soon!

Sundays, 9:30 am | Beginning May 28 Wednesdays, 7:00 pm | Beginning June 7 Mark your calendars and worship together this summer. Wednesday evenings we will gather on the west parking lot for midweek, outdoor worship. Come as you are!

Children & Family VBS: Maker Fun Factory June 26-29

Calling all kids ages 3 - 5th grade. Sign-up today at!

School Year Program Wrap-up Last Day of Kids Faith Connect

Wednesday, May 10 Last Day of Sunday School Sunday, May 21 Don't forget to thank your teachers!

Kids Night Out

Saturday, May 13 | 4:00-7:00 pm Sign-up at

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Sunday, June 4 | 9:30 am Worship Come celebrate our high school youth graduates on Pentecost Sunday!

ABLAZE Summer Youth Group

Begins Wednesday, June 21 | 8:00 pm Songs, s'mores and more! All 7th-12th graders welcome to join this summer youth group on Wednesdays following 7:00 pm worship. Bring your friends! Children & Family questions? Contact Kari Warnke at Youth questions? Contact Maggie Jones at

Adults & Seniors Study Hebrews with Pastor Chuck

Thursdays, 10:00 am or Fridays, 7:00 am Runs through May 19 Crossways participants and all interested, come join this exciting, in-depth look at the Letter to the Hebrews. This letter is filled with references to the Old Testament worship system and how Christ fulfills, changes, and supersedes that system. Join us!

Last Day of ParentRest: May 21

Sundays | 9:15-10:15 am | Room 213 Come grab a cup of coffee and join in good conversation, now until May 21. All are welcome!

Vision for Healthy Living: Strength & Serenity Alternating Exercise Series

Tuesdays, May 2 - Aug 1 | 10:30-11:30 am Gentle Yoga: May 2, 16, 30, June 20, July 11, 25 Strength & Balance: May 9, 23, June 6, 27, July 18, August 1 Join us every Tuesday for an alternating series of Gentle Yoga and Strength & Balance classes to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mental well-being. Learn more at

Second Wednesday

Wednesday, May 10 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Seniors, come for fellowship, worship, a luncheon and more!

Paths to Faithful Caregiving

Saturday, May 13 | 9:00-10:30 am Room 205-206 The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness has recently added a faith-based caregiver workshop to our offerings! Paths to Faithful Caregiving teaches a variety of skills necessary to navigate caregiving situations and also supports participants in considering how their spirituality affects, and is affected by, their caregiving. Learn more and register at

Vision for Healthy Living: Elder Nutrition Lunch & Learn

Mondays, May 15 & June 12 11:30 am - 12:30 pm | Rooms 209-211 Bring a lunch and enjoy an enlightening conversation with others who want to know more about what it looks like to eat well as you age. Questions? Contact Zach at zach@ or 952.977.9374. Read more at

Podiatry Clinic

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

T'ai Chi

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

NLC Life in Pictures Spring 2017: Men's Bowling Night, NLC Youth Auction, Lenten Mentors, Palm Sunday, Egg Hunts, and Easter: Alleluia, He is Risen!

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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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