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You are forgiven. You are loved. You are free. Rally Sunday / September 10 9:30 am Worship


Summer Worship @ NLC SUNDAYS / 9:30 AM / MAY 28 - SEPT 10

Rally Sunday Picnic / September 10 10:30 am following worship Food, fun & fellowship for all!



Together September 2017

In This Issue 2 / Rally Sunday Picnic NEW! Fall Worship Times 4 / It's All Grace 5 / Love, LEARNING, Worship, Service 6 / Adult Community Learning Opportunities: ParentRest & WWBS 8 / Sharing Love: One Stitch at a Time

Worship Together

Sundays // 8:45 & 10:45 am / Worship 10:00-10:40 am Coffee, community, and faith formation

Gather Around the Table

Wednesdays // 5:00-6:45 pm Community Dinner served

Visit Us Online

Give Online

10 / Summer by the Numbers 14 / Life @ NLC

Our Mission

16 / ATOP Phase 2: Chapel Work

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 Normandale Lutheran Church is called to the 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. 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. We invite you to join us in our faithful journey toward greater love, understanding, and reconciliation.

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500 years ago, Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic monk, was studying St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. There he discovered what he called the gateway to heaven, the profound love and grace of God in Jesus Christ, that we cannot save ourselves, but God, by grace alone, restores us through Jesus Christ. This, my friends, is a gift. You cannot earn it. You do not deserve it, and yet God is abundantly gracious in pouring it out on you. And so, in this fall season of worship, we return to a basic tenet of our faith…“It’s All Grace.” We will live near to this powerful word of freedom and salvation. We will practice grace with ourselves and each other. We will celebrate the Reformation of the 16th century, and consider how God is reforming the church today, all of it by grace through faith. You are forgiven. You are loved. You are free.

Peace be with you,


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Another will be a discovery of the meaning of Christian Freedom based on the Letter to Galatians. Led by Pastor Paul and offered during the Advent season, it will be an intense look at how it is different and perhaps more transformational than our normal ideas of freedom.

There’s a reason each of these four activities are noted in the NLC mission statement of who we are as a community. Namely, each of them is an amazingly meaningful place where we meet and encounter each other and our gracious God in Christ. In that light, we’re excited to highlight the adult community learning opportunities in store for this coming fall. In the new worship schedule (8:45 am and 10:45 am) there is once again dedicated time on most Sundays for all ages to engage in connection and learning from 10:00-10:40 am. This year, Lutherans around the world are seeking to be mindful of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. With that, our fall theme at NLC will be “It’s All Grace,” thus renewing and engaging with the Reformation tenet of “Grace alone.” Along that theme, we plan to offer two courses focused on the core of our identity in Christ’s grace. One will be a kind of basics of Lutheran theology course “What Does Lutheran Mean?” led by Pastor Charlie beginning in late September.

Sponsored by the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness and the Vision for Healthy Living initiative, we’ll also be pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Hollie Holt Whoel as she presents expertise and facilitates discussion about mental illness and learning to identify potential signs of mental illness struggles and treatment within families and among children, youth, and adults. Look for dates to come. In addition, ParentRest will gather every Sunday coinciding with Sunday School. It’s a chance for parents of any age children to connect, share, and dig into topics of faith and family life. We also will launch a once-a-month Sunday morning gathering specifically for parents of children 2 year-olds and younger called “ParentRest: Littles” and a similar gathering specifically for parents of teens and young adults called “Parent Rest: Bigs.” See page 6 for more details. Other one-Sunday adult learning forums will sprinkle in, including update and engagement of ministry partnerships such as Normandale Housing Ministry which celebrates 20 years of ministry this fall, and NLC’s partnership with the North Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church in India and community health in the region of Ranchi, India. Bottom line, if you are an adult and plan to be at NLC on mornings this fall, look to enter in to the many ways to deepen your learning, faith, and connection with others! And remember, “It’s All Grace.”

Adult Community Learning Opportunities begin Sunday, September 17 at 10:00 am. All are welcome. Join in! ATOP Chapel Update in Fellowship Hall ParentRest for all ages gathers in Rooms 212-213 Beginning Sunday, September 24: What Does Lutheran Mean?

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Adult Community Learning Opportunities

NEW! ParentRest with ParentRest Littles and ParentRest Bigs! Beginning Sunday, September 17 Calling ALL Parents... join us each week for a time to get together and connect as parents of kids of all ages. Join other parents at this time for good coffee and vibrant conversation about life, family, parenthood, and faith. Each week we will be discussing different topics related to parenting, faith or family life. All are welcome. Come and check it out! We gather Sundays from 10:00-10:40 am in Rooms 212-213. Can't come every week, no problem. Come when you can and join in the conversation. New this year! Monthly breakout sessions specifically for parents of “Littles” and “Bigs”...

Sundays, 10:00-10:40 am

ParentRest Littles Every 3rd Sunday starting October 15 10:00-10:40 am | Lower Level Conference Room This ParentRest breakout group will focus on parents with kids ages 2 years and under. Meet parents who share the same struggles and joys of parenting small children. ParentRest Littles will meet every 3rd Sunday of the month in the Lower Level Conference room. Nursery will be available or feel free to bring your little ones. We will have a few toys and activities to keep your kids busy. ParentRest Bigs Every 2nd Sunday starting October 8 10:00-10:40 am | Lower Level Conference Room So your kids are high school age and beyond; you still encounter the struggles and joys of parenting! Join us to connect, catch up, and share discussions related to parenting, faith and family life. This breakout group will focus on parents with high school age kids and beyond. Questions? Contact Kari Warnke at or 952.929.1697.


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Adult Community Learning Opportunities

You're Invited!

Wednesday Women's Bible Study

Dr. Luke wrote a Book of the Good News for every- We welcome Pastor Anna Helgen as our new large one! His key message is Luke 19:10. He presents Jesus group leader starting this fall! She is a 2009 graduas the compassionate Son of Man, who came to live ate of St. Olaf College and 2016 graduate of Luther among sinners, to love them, to help them, and to die Seminary who is currently awaiting her first call in the for them. Luke’s Gospel was written so that his readers Minneapolis Area Synod. She lives in St. Paul with her might have an accurate and orderly historical narra- husband, Kurt, and their son, Berney. Anna loves the tive of the life, ministry, and message BWCA, coffee, knitting, playing tromof Jesus. bone in the Blue Waters Brass, and creating opportunities for community. For the Son of Man Wednesday Women’s Bible Study Welcome, Pastor Anna! came to seek out and (WWBS) invites you to join us as we to save the lost. begin studying Jesus as the divine Son Come, hear, learn, and have fun with Luke 19:10 of God in the Book of Luke. We will amazing women! Bring your Bible! study Luke’s narrative that Jesus was Study guides and commentaries will be the perfect, divine Man and Savior of available. the World. Jesus was God manifest in the flesh. He bore the feeling of our infirmities; he walked before us WHAT: WWBS on the Book of Luke and he still walks beside and in front of us. WHEN: Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 am September 6, 2017 through January 17, 2018 Our forum begins with an in-depth, thought provok- WHERE: NLC, 2nd Floor, Room 209 ing large group presentation of the specific chapters we have studied. We end our time together in small group Questions? Contact Maggie Valenta, 952-484-9830 or discussion reflecting on those same passages. You will be amazed to discover how wide and long and high and deep Christ’s love is, which leads all of us into deeper faith. One that is personal, sacrificing, and lasting.

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Step Forward & Engage

Sharing Love:

One Stitch at a Time Sew Day Mission Quilts by Judy Henderson


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Step Forward & Engage

The mission quilts made at NLC are delivered to the Lutheran World Relief (LWR) warehouse in South St. Paul and then sent around the world. The LWR warehouse is an amazing space filled with bales of quilts, baby kits, fabric kits, and school kits. This year, the small group of NLC quilters made 55 quilts. In 2016, the Minnesota LWR warehouse sent 148,400 quilts to partner agencies in Honduras, Pakistan, Serbia, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. Why am I so passionate about mission quilts? As I child, I slept under a heavy homemade quilt made by my mother. That gold and brown wool topped quilt kept me warm. My quilting journey began here at Normandale in 2006 when I walked into Fellowship Hall for a Sew-Day Quilting morning. I tied a quilt with Cleo Edwins and listened to her stories of being a pastor’s wife in China and during coffee chuckled at Betty Peterson’s stories. Along the way, a box of fabric needed washing and ironing. Then I cut and sewed those pieces together. I caught the bug. Our 1950’s laundry room is now also a sewing room. Sewing machines have been purchased. A television added. You will find me most days at 3:00 pm watching a PBS English mystery show washing, ironing, cutting squares, or sewing a quilt binding or making a quilt top.

I started with what I had: time to volunteer, an old sewing machine, a room, and then the desire for better equipment, tools, and knowledge – learning as I sewed down this path. Quilting is mostly sewing in a straight line, but as I sit at the machine, it is so much more. I live here in Edina, but the recipient of any one shipped quilt lives across the ocean. I may have sewn on a quilt months ago, but when someone is given a quilt, we have made a connection. It is our hands – God’s work. Sewing for me has become a healing, creative, and mind-quieting work. It is not so much passion, as it is more of a blessing. Thank you Lila Ryan, Judy Darwin, and Ellen Kortz for your time. Also gratitude for Marlys Anderson, LaVonne Garoutte, Ardis Lillehaug, Jeanette Miller, and others who have sewn quilt kits, donated fabric, blankets, or sheets. All time and donations help to make this ministry possible. Thanks be to God!

Do you love to quilt? Would you like to learn? Sew Day Quilters meet on Tuesdays twice a month at NLC. All are welcome!

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This summer NLC kids, youth, and community experienced and shared the love of Jesus at home and across the nation. The support of the NLC family made this possible. New friendships. Countless smiles. Endless love. Thanks be to God!

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JUNE: NLC Youth Choir Tour to Washington D.C.


days touring


youth & chaperones traveled to D.C. and back


churches visitied and sung in


miles walked per day in D.C. (on average)


Spanish wedding attended and sung at


nights spent with wonderful host families

JUNE: VBS Fun Maker Factory


11 participated 111 kids in VBS

65 2

volunteers worked to make it happen

glorius days at Camp WAPO with Seeds, Youth, and Family Camps

art projects

444 completed

root beer floats

125 served

skinned knees

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Summer by the Numbers (continued)

AUGUST: Summer Stretch

JULY: Blackfeet Nation in Montana


youth and adults traveled to MT to GO-LEARN-SERVE

Watch the video!


days of fun and service

5thth- graders made an impact 8 and dared to care

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JUNE - AUGUST: Outdoor Wednesday Night Worship

AUGUST: Choir Camp


campers made the annual trek to Luther Park Camp for another fun year of choir camp


chaperones of all ages joined in the camp experience


summer evenings of worship, fellowship & fun

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Life @ NLC Community Wednesday Nights Are Back!

Wednesday, Beginning Sept 6 Join the community for Wednesday night dinners, choirs, confirmation and more! It's a great way to meet others in the NLC community. Dinner served 5:00-6:45 pm in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome!

For the full calendar of NLC Happenings, visit

NEW! ParentRest for All Ages Plus ParentRest Littles and ParentRest Bigs

Sundays | 10:00-10:40 am Calling ALL Parents... join in good coversation and good coffee and develop friendships and community with other parents at NLC! All are welcome! See more details on page 6.

Children & Family questions? Contact Kari Warnke at

Adults & Seniors Vision for Healthy Living: Yoga Basics Exercise Series

Thursdays, Sept 14 - Oct 19 10:30-11:30 am Join us Tuesdays for Yoga Basics. These classes to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and overall well-being. Learn more on page 15 and at

Rally Sunday: It's All Grace

Sunday, September 10 | 9:30 am Worship Come for worship and stay for a picnic. Fun, food, fellowship for all!

Welcome Coffees

Sundays, Oct 1 & Nov 19 | 10:00 am New to NLC? Or have you been around, but would like to learn more? Join in a Welcome Coffee. Questions? Contact Jenny Bock at or 952.9291697.

Center for Arts & Spirituality: Finding Spirituality in Prose and Poetry

Sunday, October 8 | 1:00 pm Save the date and don't miss this remarkable event! See page 15 and watch for more details coming soon.

Normandale Housing Ministry: 20th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, November 12 | 5:00 pm Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info coming your way soon!

Children & Family Sunday School Begins Sept 17! Register Today!

Sunday School will meet Sundays, 10:0010:40 am starting September 17. All children ages 3 - 6th grade welcome. Register today at

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Youth 2017-2018 Confirmation: Begins September 6!

Parents of students entering grades 7, 8 & 9, if you haven't already registered for Confirmation, please do so today! Register at

7th Grade Fellowship Retreat

Friday, Sept 29 - Saturday, Sept 30 Gustavus Adolphus College | St. Peter, MN All 7th graders are welcome and encouraged to join in this fun retreat at Gustavus. Register by September 17 at confirmation.

Donuts & Devos is Back!

Sundays, Beginning Sept 17 10:00-10:40 am | The Fishbowl All 7th-12th graders, join us Sunday mornings in the Fishbowl (Youth Room) for donuts and devotions.

2017-2018 High School Hangout: Begins September 20!

High School Hangout offers fun and fellowship on Wednesday nights for students entering grades 10, 11, & 12. Come as you are and join us as we love, learn, worship and serve, growing in faith and community. Signup for High School Hangout for 2017-18 at today!

Youth questions? Contact Maggie Jones at

Second Wednesday

Wednesday, Sept 13 | 10:00 am Seniors, come for coffee, fellowship, worship, lunch, a program, and more!

What Does Lutheran Mean?

Sundays, Sept 24 - Oct 15 10:00-10:40 am | Fellowship Hall Join Pastor Charlie for this 4-week adult community faith formation series on the basics of Lutheran theology.

NLC Ladies: Vineyard Event

Sunday, September 24 3:30 pm leave NLC, 7:30 pm return to NLC Sovereign Estates Vineyard | Waconia, MN Join other women and friends for a fall afternoon of wine, food, and music at the vineyard. Bus transportation will be provided from NLC. Invite friends to join us! Register today at

Matter of Balance

Tuesdays, Sept 12 - Oct 31 | 1:00-3:00 pm Creekside Community Center, Bloomington This class uses physical exercise, discussion, and activities to help participants build balance, strength, develop fall prevention skills, and overcome the fear of falling. For more info, contact 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.

Life @ NLC



Seeking the Spiritual in Prose and Poetry Authors with different approaches to writing about spirituality and spiritual subjects will share their experiences and their work, and engage in a discussion about how we can develop a spiritual writing practice. Join in a conversation with Lynn Domina, Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew, and Susan Cherwien, moderated by Steve Staruch of MPR.

October 8 . 1:00 pm Free and open to the public

Normandale Lutheran Church 6100 Normandale Road Edina, MN 55436

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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We look forward to opening these spaces later this fall. Thank you for your generosity. Thanks be to God! NLC Together (#673-490) is published January, March/April, May, June/July/August, September, Oct/Nov, and December by Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55436. Periodical postage paid at St. Paul, MN. Postmaster: Please send address changes to: NLC Together, Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55436.

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