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Volume 37, Issue 7 | September 2016



Exciting things are happening at NLC this fall. Read more inside!

New Sunday Worship Times Coming this Fall to NLC!

Sunday Mornings @ NLC Beginning Sunday, September 18 9:00 am - Worship 9:15-10:15 am - Faith Formation and Fellowship 10:30 am - Worship We look forward to worshiping together in community!

With Welcome & Invitation...

Fall Start Dates At-a-Glance NLC RY MINIST G AMMIN R G O R P 2017 2016-




Sunday School Sunday, September 18, 9:15 am

Cherub Choir Registration Thursday, September 8, 4:30 pm

Wednesday Night Explorers September 14, 5:30-8:00 pm

Boys Choir Wednesday, September 7, 4:45 pm


Girls Choir Wednesday, September 7, 6:00 pm

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study September 7, 9:30 am

Confirmation Orientation Wednesday, September 7, 6:45 pm

Youth Choir Wednesday, September 7, 5:30 pm

Crossways Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 pm Thursday, September 15, 10:00 am Friday, Septermber 16, 7:00 am Sunday, September 18, 9:15 am

High School Hangout Wednesday, September 7, 8:00 pm

Normandale Choir Wednesday, September 7, 6:30 pm

ParentRest Sunday, September 18, 9:15 am

Donuts & Devotions Sunday, September 18, 10:00 am

SENIORS Second Wednesday Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 am

COMMUNITY Wednesday Night Dinners September 7, 5:00-6:45 pm


NormandaleNews September 2016 3 | Pastor’s Page 4 | “There Are Many Ways to Serve” 5 | Community 6 | Adult Opportunities 7 | Youth Opportunities 8 | Children & Family Opportunities 10 | Step Forward & Engage 11 | Center For Healing & Wholeness 12 | Senior Opportunities 12 | Life Care Opportunities 13 | Mission: India // Mission: Peru 14 | Mission: Normandale Housing 14 | The Center for the Arts & Spirituality 15 | Baptisms // Funerals // Weddings 16 | News & Announcements 17 | “The Old Barn” 18 | Calendar 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 Sundays: 9:00 & 10:30 am (begins Sept. 18)

COMMUNITY MEALS Wednesdays: 5:00-6:45 pm (begins Sept. 7)



Live Longer: Go To Church (And Bring Someone With You) Summer is a good time to catch up on a few things, clean out a few things, and uncover a few things. As I was doing some of this at my desk, I uncovered an article from a June issue of the Star Tribune, that I have been saving for just the right moment, and I believe this is it. The title of the article, is the title named above, “Live Longer: Go To Church.” Such a title is like music to a pastor’s ears, a clear inspiration to share with the masses, especially in a time when methods for living longer come like seeds from a golden maple tree, scattered in abundance. The article begins, “Religious services aren’t just good for your soul, they might be good for your health,” as if your health is a matter only for the body. Might I challenge the author with the thought that your soul does more to serve your body, than the other way around? Nonetheless, the idea has merit. Coming to church is good for your soul, and in turn, good for your mind and good for our body. “A study released by the American Medical Association says that those who attend church services more often have a better chance of staying alive in the long run.” Maybe we should be charging more for our services, perhaps even billing health insurance companies! :-) In a controlled group of 76,000 female nurses, most of whom were Catholic or Protestant, at the end of a 20-year study, they learned that those who attended services once a week saw their odds of dying go down by 26 percent. For those who attended less often, the odds of dying decreased by 13 percent. “We were a bit surprised, initially, by the magnitude of the findings,” said Tyler VanderWeele, a researcher at Harvard’s school of public health, who co-wrote the study. They found that attending worship brought on a number of key factors to health, including increased social support, decrease in self-destructive behaviors, decreasing symptoms of depression, and increased self-discipline, all of it founded on a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Here at Normandale Lutheran Church, we say this: “Led by the Coming to church Holy Spirit, and living in God’s grace, Normandale Lutheran is good for your Church is a community proclaimsoul, and in turn, ing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through love, learning, worship, good for your mind and service.” We believe that these and good for your four pillars not only make for a healthier life, but a better world. body. To love, to learn, to worship, and to serve, all ground us in purposeful, meaningful life as we follow Jesus. continued on next page > NormandaleNews | September 2016


Please don’t read this article, as a “Where have you been for the summer?” Being out in creation, in the glory of all that God has entrusted to us, can be another source for healthy living, renewing us in mind, body, and spirit. This is, however, an encouragement to see and to know the value in being among the people of God, in giving thanks and praise to God in worship, in sharing a cup of coffee with a fellow sojourner in Christ. Church community is a regular reminder that we do not walk this life alone, but grow in strength with those who walk with us.

As Lori and I began to chat, I asked her if she had any other interests, and she indicated that she likes to play poker too. I talked to our small men’s group from Normandale, and recruited them to be part of a monthly poker club at Lori’s. Now I play cribbage with Lori three Wednesdays of the month, and our men’s group plays poker with Lori on the last Wednesday of the month. Let it be known that Lori is also a very good poker player. Our small group always looks forward to a good game with her! (Below is a picture of our poker playing group!)

As summer turns to fall, and a more regular schedule begins again, know this, we are here to remind you of God’s abundant grace. We are here to welcome the stranger in our midst, to serve the poor, to comfort the grieving, and to nurture the young. We are here to promote purposeful, meaningful living, where gifts become actions, and people come together to make a difference.

In addition to playing cribbage and poker, I asked Lori and Kitty, another woman where Lori lives, whether they were interested in art. They both indicated they were. I arranged a trip for them to go with me to the Russian Art Museum in Minneapolis. They thoroughly enjoyed the art, and following the trip, I made a booklet of our trip for them. Our next trip will be a morning out at my art studio at the Edina Senior Center so they can enjoy many of the paintings I have created so far this year. After the visit to my studio, we will go to the Hill Top restaurant for lunch. Both Lori and Kitty enjoy the opportunities to get out and about!

It is God’s joy to bring you healing. It is God’s pleasure to lift you up. It is God’s promise to be near to you. I’m not sure where else you hear these words with such regularity. If nothing else, trust the research, “Live Longer: Go to Church.” 6100 Normandale Road, Edina, Minnesota. If lost, tell Siri. She knows where to find us. :-) See you at church,

There Are Many Ways To Serve,

by Dick Wright

About nine months ago, Marta, a member of the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness, asked my wife Nancy if she knew anyone who might be interested in playing cribbage once a week with a lady who lived in a healthcare facility. Nancy said that I enjoyed playing cribbage and that she would ask me if I had any interest. I had been in Stephen Ministry in Arizona and had attended leadership training in St. Lous, and I was looking for an activity where I could be of service to someone in need. I had not thought playing cribbage with a lady who had had a stroke and had MS would be a very meaningful means of being a Good Samaritan for the Lord - but was I wrong! It has not only been meaningful to Lori, but very rewarding to me and to others, too. I played cribbage with Lori for more than four months before she even spoke a word to me. However, I learned early on that she was a very good cribbage player and often won our matches. During one cribbage match, Lori asked me where I went to church, and I told her Normandale Lutheran. She then said she would like to come to Normandale. I got her the information on Normandale, and her sister made arrangements for Lori to attend one of our church services!


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During one visit, Lori asked me to visit her room; as we entered she commented that she had no art on her walls. Hint, hint! Since then I have given Lori three of my paintings for her wall. Kitty has hinted that her walls are also bare. I told Kitty that when we visit my studio, she can pick out a painting for her wall, too. Lori and Kitty were both given a copy of one of my paintings - and the poem I wrote that inspired it - called “The Old Barn”; they keep it in their bedrooms and have told me that they read it each day. (See page 17 to read the poem and see the painting.) In closing, I want to say, what started off as a once a week cribbage game has turned out to be a wonderful experience and blessing, not only for me, but also for the other guys, Lori, and Kitty. The Lord and the Holy Spirit knows what they are orchestrating. Praise the Lord!

With Welcome & Invitation...


Remember the last time you received a personal invitation to an event, a dinner party, a coffee date with a friend? We all need community, a place to feel welcome, a place of grace, a place to bring a friend and to meet and gather with others. This fall, we welcome and encourage you to join in community at Normandale. And invite a friend to join you. Bring them along to worship. Invite them to an event. Bring them to Wednesday Night Dinner. Meet in Fireside Room for a cup of coffee. (It’s open all week!) Through our fall theme, “God’s Greatest Joy… Finding One,” not only do we joyfully celebrate that we have been found, but also we believe in searching and welcoming others into our midst. On the following pages you will find many opportunities to connect, engage, and share at NLC. Can you find someone to join you?

COMMUNITY NLC: A Reconciling in Christ Community

Earlier this year, our Church Council approved the adoption of an Affirmation of Welcome statement, which was presented in worship on Pentecost Sunday. Since then, ReconcilingWorks has welcomed Normandale as a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) congregation, stating “ReconcilingWorks is proud to have the Normandale community as a partner in this Holy ministry where all people are welcomed, included and celebrated.” Normandale Lutheran Church is included on the ReconcilingWorks website, and in the RIC roster - which now includes over 670 communities! To learn more about Reconciling In Christ and ReconcilingWorks, check out

Wednesday Community Meals

Dinner served from 5:00-6:45 pm $5/adult, $3/child under 12 Come for home-style meals and community. (Plus... no need to cook or do the dishes!) We have a place set for you! September 7 Build-Your-Own-Sub September 14 Pizza & Salad September 21 Tacos September 28 BBQ Chicken | Mac & Cheese

Rally Sunday

Sunday, September 11 | 9:30 am Worship, with Picnic After Join us on September 11 for Rally Sunday! Following worship, we’ll have a picnic full of food, fun, lawn games, a dunk tank, and more! The picnic menu includes fresh roasted corn, grilled and fried chicken, watermelon, and dessert. Dunk tank proceeds will support “Confirmation Goes Down the Toilet” - a youth service project for VEAP! Come dunk a pastor or two for a good cause!

New Member Community

New to Normandale? Have you been a regular attendee for some time? You’re invited! We’d love to get to know you, introduce you to our community, and help in any way we can as you find your way at Normandale. Join us this fall in our new member community to meet staff and others, share your story, and affirm your membership. We hope you’ll join us and look forward to connecting with you! Prospective New Member Coffee Sundays, September 25 & October 2 | 9:15-10:15 am Lower Level Conference Room Join us for a gathering of welcome, introductions, and question and answer time. Refreshments provided. New Member Lunch with NLC Staff Sunday, October 16 | 11:30 am, following 10:30 am Worship Fellowship Hall Loving, Learning, Worshiping, Serving at NLC: Get to know our staff and the missions and ministries we are called to serve! Lunch provided. New Member Recognition Sunday Reformation Sunday, October 30 | 9:00 am Worship We joyfully recognize and welcome new members in worship! Ready to RSVP? Have questions about these New Member events and other opportunities? Please contact Jenny Bock, Director of Connections, at / 952.929.1697 x349.

NormandaleNews | September 2016


With Welcome & Invitation... ADULT OPPORTUNITIES

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

Wednesdays, beginning September 7 | 9:30-11:30 am Room 209 The meaning of Christianity rests upon the meaning of the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, and the meaning of His life, His deeds, His teachings, His death, and His resurrection. Wednesday Women’s Bible Study invites you to join us as we begin studying the life of Jesus in the Book of Matthew. Word by word, verse by verse, we will study in depth Matthew’s narrative of the ongoing story of Jesus’ life and death, intertwined with His teachings on certain subjects. Matthew shows how Jesus’ life and ministry fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures, and His purpose and work in the world. This Gospel is the “how to” manual for the individual disciple and the early church. Pastor Meta Herrick Carlson begins our time together with a dynamic presentation of specific Matthew chapters we have studied, and ends our time together with a small group discussion reflecting on those same passages. You will be amazed to discover how wide and high and deep Christ’s love is, which leads us all into deeper love for, and loyalty to, Jesus Christ. Come, hear, learn, and have fun, with amazing women! Bring your Bible! Study Guides and Commentaries will be available. Questions? Please contact Maggie Valenta, at 952.484.9830 /


Four times weekly, beginning Wednesday, September 14 There’s always time to join the journey, as we continue to walk together through the whole of the Bible, and unfold the story in new and exciting ways! We hope to meet you wherever you are new to the Bible, a seasoned reader, or anywhere in between. Each week we travel the same journey through the Scriptures together. Crossways is offered four times per week to fit multiple schedules and learning styles. Have to miss a session? No problem. We post the Wednesday night presentations online to watch later, or feel free to drop-in on a different day. Books for this series are available for pickup in the church office.


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Wednesdays, 5:30 pm Thursdays, 10:00 am Fridays, 7:00 am Sundays, 9:45 am

Normandale Women’s Circles

You’re invited! Circles are small groups that come together for times of Bible study, friendship, sharing, and service. Circles are a place to deepen our connections with each other and share our lives more fully. We’d love to find a place for you! Current Circles have a study, social, and optional service component and meet approximately once a month about 10 times a year. We love how Circles bring women together, create friendships, and strengthen our community. Please contact Heide Moss at or complete the online interest form at so that we may be in touch with you!

Book, Bagel & Brew

Saturday, September 19 9:00-11:00 am This month, we will be discussing The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstøl. Interested in joining this book club? Please contact Dee Henriksen at 952.927.9980 /


Sunday mornings, beginning September 18 9:15–10:15 am | Rooms 212-213 ParentRest is a community with opportunity for parents with kids of all ages to share challenges, victories, and wisdom with one another. We meet September - May for a unique topic and vibrant conversation. Good coffee and treats provided.

Adaptive Yoga

Wednesdays, beginning September 7 10:00-11:00 am | Rooms 212-213 | Cost: $8/class Would you like to improve your strength, balance, and flexibility? Yoga means “to unite” and has been practiced for over 5,000 years as a way to unite the body and mind in order to improve our physical and mental health. Jennifer modifies her classes and the poses to make the joy and benefits of yoga accessible for everyone, regardless of age or ability level. No registration required!

ADULT OPPORTUNITIES, continued Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers Need To Know

Thursday, September 8 | 5:00 pm OR 7:00 pm Join 2 local Thrivent representatives for a free workshop for those in or nearing retirement, including information on the new law. They will cover Social Security and strategies for maximizing your personal benefits, the ideal time to apply for Social Security, and ways to minimize taxes on Social Security benefits. Refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot, please contact Lisa Smith at lisa. / 952.400.0559.

Sew Day Quilting Kick-Off

Tuesday, September 13 | 8:30-11:30 am Join us in the Fellowship Hall for Sew Day Quilting! Come when you can!

YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES Donuts & Devotions (Grades 7-12)

Sunday mornings, beginning September 18 | 10:00–10:25 am New to NLC! Join with friends in the Fishbowl youth room for donuts and a weekly devotion. We’ll dig more deeply into the message of the week through discussion, activities, and prayer! *The Fishbowl will also be open from 9:30-10:00 am for games, puzzles, coloring, and other optional activities for all middle school and high school youth on Sunday mornings.

Confirmation (Grades 7-9)

Quilting: Come see how easy it is to “tie” a quilt. Learn the special “Cleo” knot. At 10:00 am we break for coffee, goodies and conversation.

Wednesday, September 7 6:45-8:00 pm Orientation for all 7-9th graders & parents/caring adults

Demonstration: Do you have a stash of small pieces of fabric? We have a quick and easy way to make quilt blocks with foundation piecing.

Wednesday, September 14 6:45-8:00 pm First night of classes

Want to sew charity quilt tops at home? We have cotton fabric-cut and arranged in rows for you to take home to make a colorful quilt top. Information is included in the Quilt Kits and we’d be happy to show you. Our quilts are donated to Lutheran World Relief and are driven to a warehouse in South St. Paul and then shipped all over the world where needed. And we are always looking for blankets and fabric!

High School Hangout (Grades 10-12)

Any questions, please call Judy Henderson at 952.920.3948.

NLC Ladies & Men: ... Watch for additional

men’s and women’s events throughout the year.

Wednesday evenings, beginning September 7 | 8:00–9:00 pm Same night, new time! Come as you are to High School Hangout. It is a place where all senior high youth can grow in relationship to God and others. This is a community where you can bring friends and make new ones. This is a place that values the unique gifts, talents, vitality and passion that kids bring. ALL are welcome to join in the learning, loving, serving and worshiping! Each month we will dig into Normandale’s four core pillars (love, learning, worship, and service) through fellowship activities (Glow-in-the-dark Nuke ‘Em! Gaga Ball! Ice Skating! Bonfires! Bike rides!), Small and large group bible, faith and life discussions on important topics, experiencing different styles of worship and prayer (and even attend a concert or interfaith worship service somewhere new!), and participate in on or off-site service projects.

You’ll want to invite a friend! NormandaleNews | September 2016


With Welcome & Invitation... YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES, continued

7th Grade Retreat

Faith Markers

High School MEA Getaway at Camp Castaway

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Friday, September 23 - Saturday, September 24 Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN We hope that all 7th graders are able to make it to this fall kick-off retreat full of fun group bonding and get-to-know you games, small group discussions, swimming, worship, eating excellent food, and hanging out on an awesome college campus together! Thursday, October 20 - Sunday, October 23 | Grades 10-12 Sign-up today! Few things are better than taking a break from normal life and heading up for a weekend of camp in October! MEA Getaway is an awesome youth retreat situated over the long weekend of MEA fall break. Visit for a better idea of what this weekend has in store for us along with campfires, new friends from other area churches, giant hot tubs, cabin time, speakers, music/singing, worship, and fun camp games.

CHILDREN & FAMILY OPPORTUNITIES New: Sunday School in Worship Sundays!

With the new Sunday morning worship schedule, we are excited to incorporate more opportunities with children in worship! This year, approximately one Sunday a month, traditional children’s faith formation classes will be replaced by Sunday School in Worship Sundays. On these Sundays, parents and children are invited to worship together at either 9:00 or 10:30 am, and services will include a variety of engaging worship components including children’s sermons, youth participation as worship leaders, children’s and youth choirs, sacred dance, and more! Mark your calendars and share in these special times with your children and youth: October 16 December 11 (Sunday School Christmas program) January 8 (Baptismal Festival) February 5 April 9 (Easter Sunday) May 14

Sunday School

Sundays, beginning September 18 | 9:15-10:15 am Room assignments will be available on the first floor near the Sunday School/Preschool office. On the first day, meet the teachers at sign-in or sign-out in their classrooms. Children can also depart from the 9:00 am worship, and be escorted to their classroom by their teachers - of course, you are welcome to accompany them! 8 September 2016 | NormandaleNews

Faith Markers for different ages are held throughout the year, and designed for parents and their children as we fulfill promises made at baptism and walk in our faith journey together. One Sunday per year, a Faith Marker replaces your child’s regular Sunday School class time at 9:15 am and includes worship participation at the 9:00 am service. Preschool 2: Story Bible 3rd Grade: Bible Kindergarten: Worship 5th Grade: 10 Commandments 2 Years Old: God’s Family/Baptism 4th Grade: Service 2nd Grade: Gifts and Talents Preschool 1: Prayer 1st Grade: Lord’s Prayer 1 Year Old: Baptismal Blessings 6th Grade: Sacraments

Wednesday Night Explorers (Grades K-6)

Wednesdays, beginning September 14 | 5:30-8:00 pm This Wednesday night community features interactive time for children, complete with guided stations of self-exploration through crafts, games, stories, science experiments, and other activities designed to bring the Bible and its applications to life. No advance registration required. Come when you can and leave when you need to.

Kids Night Out

Second Saturday of each month, beginning October 8 | 4:00-7:00 pm 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, is professionally staffed, and 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. Parents can secure an October 2016-May 2017 spot with a deposit of $40.00 for the whole year.

CHILDREN & FAMILY, continued Dear Members of Normandale, Please see Liz Paul’s heartfelt and faithful letter to the congregation, parents, and children below upon the end of her time as Director of Children and Family Ministry. We certainly give thanks to God for her service and presence. Be encouraged in ways you see fit to extend and express your individual and collective gratitude for her work and service among many at Normandale and the relationships with her and the Paul family. Prayers of Godspeed and God’s good guidance for all.

the Bible, to always ask questions, to help others, and to work to make the world a better place. Jesus loves you, and so do I. I will miss this community I love. If anyone wants to get a hold of me or the family, we can be reached at 651.216.4735 or Until then, dear Normandale friends, go in peace, to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Blessings in Christ, Liz Paul

Dear Normandale, I am sorry that I am not with you as you prepare for exciting changes, a new program year, and another fall of coming back together. Though the church’s resources and talents are great, they are not limitless, and I understand tough budget choices were required. Though I am no longer on staff at Normandale, I wanted to take a few words to express my gratitude for my time with you as a community of faith. To the general congregation: Thank you for your care of the families and children of the church. Thank you for welcoming my own family and me into your hearts. Thank you for volunteering for Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, for Christmas Programs and Family Events. All good congregations know that real Children’s ministry is not ministry for children, but ministry to, with, and even by, children. Please continue to support the children and families in this time of transition. To the parents of Normandale: You are what motivated me each day. You do amazing things with and for your children, and I see your hunger for a deeper faith for them and for yourselves. Thank you for all the work you have done partnering with me in our ministry together to bring conversations of faith into both the church and your homes. I hope it is a start of greater conversations to come. You will be missed. (And always remember, teaching Sunday School is not as scary as it sounds). To the children: You are unique, chosen, named and claimed children of God, treasured by God and your parents alike. No matter what your worries, your struggles, your fears, or your doubts may be, I hope that you will always know God’s presence is with you to help you on your way. And those things about yourself that feel the most awkward or weird, know that they become some of your greatest gifts as you grow up. Remember to worship, to read

Sunday School Mission: Ethiopia to India!

Goodbye to our friends Rode Molla and Endrias Assen from Kombolcha, Ethiopia. They are leaving Minnesota, where Rode has been studying for her PhD at Luther Seminary, and are moving to Denver, Colorado. Endrias, a pastor, will start a congregation of the Mekane Yesus church-Ethiopia’s Lutheran Church - and Rode will continue her studies. (Mekane Yesus means “dwelling place of Jesus” in Amharic.) Rode and Endrias have enriched our Sunday School Mission program to send offerings to Faith Bible International School in Kombolcha, which is run by her father, Pastor Shewaye Molla, and also helped with Wednesday Night Explorers. Our Sunday School children’s offerings sent almost $8,000 over 2 years to Faith Bible International School, which educates girls, children orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and disabled children. Please keep Rode, Endrias, and the students and staff of Faith Bible International School in your prayers! The Sunday School Mission focus turns to India for 2016-2018!

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With Welcome & Invitation... STEP FORWARD & ENGAGE

We are called to use our time, talent, and spiritual gifts to walk in deeper relationship. By God’s design, each of us can make their unique, personal contributions. The multiplied effect of an entire community serving together moved by the Holy Spirit is a radical, life-altering movement. We invite you to step forward! Whether you have lots of time to volunteer and serve or only a few hours every once in a while, uncover the ways you are called to participate. Our Normandale community serves in a variety of places in a variety of ways. We serve the person next to us. We serve our church. We serve our city and community. We serve our world. What areas are you most passionate about? Please see the immediate opportunities listed below, and complete the Interest Form online at to share your interests in serving with us, or contact Jenny Bock, Director of Connections, at / 952.929.1697 x349.

Large-Print Book Drive: Coming This Fall!

Readers come in a variety of ages. For the residents of The Colony Senior Living in Eden Prairie, reading is an important pastime. However, their library is sorely in need of large print books. Please consider donating a new or gently used large-print fiction or non-fiction books (large print Bibles and devotional books are not needed at this time) to the Normandale Women’s Fall Book Drive. You’re never too old to stop learning or reading! Please help us give the gift of a good book to our friends living at The Colony. Watch for donation baskets at church this fall.

Reading Buddies

Mondays, beginning September 19 | 5:30-8:00 pm A service opportunity for NLC youth (grades 7-12) to spend time each week eating, reading, and playing with Normandale House children. Transportation to Normandale House and dinner is provided. If you are interested in participating, we ask that you commit to participating at least once a month. Be a Reading Buddy - make a kid smile!

Sunday A/V Team

Do you love technology? Join the Audio/Visual Tech Team. Each Sunday, teams made up of adults and youth run the A/V needed for Sunday worship. Training and support provided!

Teaching Sunday School

Have a special connection with kids in a particular grade? New this year, we are creating teams of four teachers per classroom! This will enable a more flexible schedule, so two teachers are present each week, but there will be more Sundays off! 10 September 2016 | NormandaleNews

Tuesday & Wednesday Kitchen Team Helpers Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, September 20 11:00 am-1:00 pm & 1:00-3:00 pm

Wednesdays, beginning Wednesday, September 21 10:00 am-1:00 pm, 1:00-3:00 pm & 3:00-5:00 pm Join other helpers under the direction of NLC Chef & Culinary Manager Kimlinh Bui, while learning some new cooking techniques, recipes, tips, and tricks from our resident expert! Those who help can stay and eat for free!

Wednesday Community Meals

Wednesdays, beginning September 7 5:00-6:00 pm | 6:00-7:00 pm It has been a blessing to provide meals for people across all ages in our NLC community. In dining together we have found a new experience in sharing around the table. We are asking people to serve in this important part of our Wednesday ministry! Each week, we need 4 helpers for each shift: 3 helpers for set up / serving, and 1 helper to sit at the welcome table. Your hospitality and helping hands are needed! (And helpers eat free!)

Serving at Our Saviour’s Shelter

Thursdays | September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8 NLC supports Our Saviour’s Shelter in Minneapolis by planning and serving a nutritious dinner (either purchased or prepared) on the second Thursday of the month to 45 emergency shelter residents. Join us as we serve our neighbors!

Blood Drive: Save The Date! Wednesday, October 12


Saturday, October 29 | 9:00 am–1:00 pm Join the 5th annual fall clean-up event! Bring the family, bring your neighbor, bring your kids and their sport team, bring a friend. You can make a difference! Opportunities are available to: • Assist a near neighbor who needs help with leaf pick-up • Help with fall yard pick-up at Normandale House alongside Normandale House families • Adopt-a-Highway pick-up along NLC’s stretch of Highway 62 • Pick-up and tidying of NLC’s own garden and lawn areas Arrive at NLC 9:00 am for continental breakfast, instruction, and sending. Serve from 9:30 am-12:30 pm with a team. Return to NLC at 1:00 pm for lunch and gathering after serving. Do you have a yard that needs a helping hand, or have a neighbor who does? Contact Janet Devine at / 952.929.1697 x347.


Leading Healthier Lives - What’s Next?

The Center for Healing and Wholeness and Normandale Lutheran Church dedicated many hours to working through a strategic planning process centered around identifying key health issues. We gathered input from the congregation and the community about how to assist people interested in living healthier lives. As a result of the input received and the hard work of the strategic planning committee, the Church and Center will be co-hosting a Healthy Living Fair next spring. A task force is being formed to meet on a monthly basis - if you are interested in participating, please contact the Center.

Community Workshops & Classes

For more information and to register for these workshops and classes, contact the Center at 952.929.1698.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Are you feeling stretched caring for a loved one? This 6-week small-group education program is designed to provide family caregivers with self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. You will learn to reduce stress, improve your self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, increase your ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources. Choose from two locations! When: Wednesdays, October 5 - November 9 | 10:00 am-12:00 noon Where: Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie When: Thursdays, September 15 - October 20 | 12:45-2:45 pm Where: The Colony, Eden Prairie

Matter of Balance

Falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Matter of Balance is an 8-week program which has been shown to help reduce falls, improve quality of life, increase independence, and support healthy aging! In the class you will learn many skills, including: • Exercises that increase your strength and balance • Recognizing fall hazards in your home and in the community • Learning how to be assertive about fall prevention, and more! To learn more about the program or to register, contact the Center at 952.929.1698. When: Thursdays, September 8 - October 27 | 10:00 am-12:00 noon Where: Creekside Community Center, Bloomington

Volunteer Spotlight: Dick Wright

Dick started volunteering for the Center about nine months ago. He started as a friendly visitor, playing cribbage one day a week with Lori who has multiple sclerosis and deals with the affects of a stroke. Having been a Stephen Minister, Dick was looking for a way that he could be of service to someone in need. Initially, he didn’t think that playing cribbage with Lori would be very meaningful - but he quickly found out how wrong he was! See his full story on page 4, and works of art on page 17!

Help Support Our Programs!

Did you know that Thrivent members can support the Center through Thrivent Action Teams? As a Thrivent member, you can apply for $250 in funding to help the Center with an educational event or service activity. Please consider supporting our spring Healthy Living Fair or another activity with a Thrivent Action Team grant! For help, stop by the Center, or apply directly with Thrivent online at or by calling 800.847.4836.

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With Welcome & Invitation... SENIOR OPPORTUNITIES

Second Wednesday

ships with those living with Alzheimer’s and Dementia are invited to join this support group. The support needs of family members caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s is important to our community. Caring for loved ones as their lives meet new challenges of disease is a holy journey. Sharing this experience with others and finding encouragement along the way is life-giving for our care givers. The group is facilitated by Keith Narr and Sue Cell.

This Month’s Book Club Selection: The Fractured Republic by Yuval Levin, a political and social critique of the U.S. since 1900.

Questions? Contact Keith Narr, Alzheimer’s Group Facilitator, at / 952.922.5626.

About This Month’s Program: India, Christianity, and Our Ranchi Partnership: A Presentation by Rev. Drs. Neeraj & Nijhar Ekka Since October 2012, Normandale and the North Western Gossner Lutheran Church have partnered to develop congregation-based community health care. Come hear our missionaries, Neeraj and Nijhar Ekka, describe the progress we’ve made in developing and implementing this vision of healthy living, within the context of tribal Christians living out their faith in an increasingly militant Hindu India.

Thursdays, September 8 - November 17 | 7:00-9:00 pm Rooms 205-206 If you or someone you know is going through a separation or divorce, you don’t need to go through it alone - support is available.

Wednesday, September 14 | Fireside Room 10:00 am Lynn and Frank’s Kaffebord 10:30 am Book Club, led by Bud Meadley 11:30 am Worship 12:00 noon Lunch: Cathay Chow Mein 1:00 pm Program

55+ Driver Improvement Classes: 8 Hour Refresher Course Thursdays, September 15 & 22 | 5:30-9:30 pm Rooms 209-211 Cost: $26. Call 1.888.234.1294 to register.

55+ Driver Improvement Classes: 4 Hour Refresher Course Tuesday, October 4 | 12:30-4:30 pm Rooms 209-211 Cost: $22. Call 1.888.234.1294 to register.

LIFE CARE OPPORTUNITIES We are here to care for each other, and we believe God’s loving presence is experienced through people caring for one another. Please read below and see the website for additional NLC Life Care services.

Alzheimer’s Support

Second Saturdary of each month | Rooms 212-213 9:00-10:30 am Education Services 10:30 am-12:00 noon Support Group Spouses, children, and other family members in caregiver relation12 September 2016 | NormandaleNews


DivorceCare is a small group experience designed to help you face the challenges of divorce or separation, and learn strategies to move toward rebuilding a new life. This is not a therapy group, rather a support system for hurting individuals. The program is open to anyone going through the challenging times brought on by divorce or separation. Learn more about this program at, or contact Janet Devine at

Holy Hammers

The Holy Hammers is a group of full-service handy and talented volunteers led by Normandale’s own lead custodian, Ron Nelsen. From plumbing to landscaping to anything in between, the Holy Hammers are on the job. No job is too small - they fix them all! Project work will be scheduled by Ron Nelsen. Typically small projects are completed one Wednesday per month and larger projects completed one Saturday per month. After submitting a request, Ron will contact you to schedule project work. The Holy Hammers is an outreach service of NLC. Clients served are asked to pay for materials and in lieu of paying for labor, clients are asked to make a non-deductible contribution to support the ministry and mission of NLC. Please contact Ron Nelsen at / 763.269.1523.

MISSION: INDIA Mission Partnership Vision Trip Ranchi, India: Thanksgiving 2016

Informational Meetings Tuesday, September 6 & Thursday, September 8 | 6:30 pm Fellowship Hall We’re assembling a team to help further our partnership with the North Western Gossner Evangelical Lutheran Church, with whom we’re developing congregation-based community health care. We’ll fly from MSP the week before Thanksgiving week and have several days in New Delhi to acclimatize. While staying at the YMCA Tourist Hostel, we’ll meet with Indian Christians to learn about their context, and then visit sites in New Delhi (India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Gandhi’s Memorial) and Old Delhi (Chandi Chowk, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar). We’ll spend a day in Agra (Red Fort, Taj Mahal), then fly to Ranchi. In Ranchi, we’ll stay at the Navin Doman Theological Training Centre, on whose campus our Community Health Centre will be built; we’ll worship, sing, dance, and eat with students and staff. Each day we’ll visit congregations and communities where our Community Health Workers, Shalima Kujur and Arvind Khalko, build relationships to combat alcoholism and malaria. Sunday we’ll split into groups to worship with different congregations. We will likely also spend time with partner ministries at Holy Family (chemical dependency center and herbal garden) and St. Barnabas Hospitals, visit Bishop Dular Lakra and ministerial leaders at church headquarters, and have some time to get to know Ranchi (and shop!). Each evening we’ll share our experiences.

MISSION: PERU Mission Exposure / Vision Trip: Summer 2017 Huch’uy Runa, Peru - and Machu Picchu, too!

Informational Meeting Saturday, September 17 | 10:00 am Rooms 209-211 Join Pastor Dale and Pastora Fran Schmidt on a Mission Exposure and Vision Trip to Peru next summer! We’ll fly to Lima and spend several days visiting Lutheran churches and learn about their witness and challenges. We’ll strengthen our already deep relationships with Pastora Ofelia, Pastora Adita, Pastor Pedro, and others, while supporting their ministries. We’ll then fly to Cusco in the Andes to visit Huch’uy Runa, our partner school for Quechua children. We’ll spend several days learning from Señora Clara Santander about the context of the school while getting to know staff and students. (Hang on to your heart!) We’ll also spend a day traveling by train down the Sacred Valley to visit Machu Picchu, before returning to Lima. Your faith will be challenged and strengthened throughout this experience! Cost: About $3,000 each (Ask Pastor Dale about scholarships.) Dates: To be determined - your input is critical in this decision! Team: At least 10, 12-15 desirable Decision: This fall!

NormandaleNews | September 2016


With Welcome & Invitation... MISSION: NORMANDALE HOUSING

National Night Out with Normandale House

Squeals of delight filled the Phillips Neighborhood as children celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2 at blockedoff 22nd Avenue South. Faces painted, mouths stained with cotton candy, and stomachs full of “tacos-in-a-bag,” they played tag, danced, and showed off, while their teenage siblings painted faces, served, chatted, or played soccer. Older folks got to know each other even better on this relaxed, warm summer evening. Everyone pitched in to set up and take down tents and tables. Once again, Normandale Housing shared in this wonderful community get-together along with our partners at Normandale Lutheran Church, Our Saviour’s Housing, Urban Homeworks, and the Residents of Normandale House, Elliot Avenue apartments, and neighborhood families.

Check out for photos from this year’s event - and “like” the page for future stories and updates!


Faith in the Arts Fall Festival

Sunday, September 18 | 4:00-6:00 pm Normandale Lutheran Church Do you love art? Have you always wanted to touch the sculptures in a museum? Have you wanted to see and hear how a piece actually comes together? You will not want to miss this event! Sculptor and poet Mac Gimse, St. Olaf College Emeritus Professor of Art and Art History, comes together with composer Dan Kallman for a sensory expression of peace and global harmony. All are invited to touch, see, and hear Mac Gimse’s sculpture and poetry to honor Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. In addition, The Center for the Arts & Spirituality has commissioned composer, Daniel Kallman, to create a musical composition based on Mac’s Never Again… Evermore. The work will be scored for solo child voice, solo clarinet, and string quartet and will premiere at this Fall Festival. The festival will include a musical performance, activities for children, and a panel discussion including Mac Gimse and Dan Kallman, moderated by Steve Staruch of MPR. Unlike most art exhibits, this one encourages tactile as well as visual and auditory appreciation! Come visit with friends and the artists, eat appetizers, and enjoy an evening celebrating and experiencing Peace Through the Visual Arts. All ages welcome! This event is free and open to the public! Interested in learning more about the Fall Festival artists? Read their biographies online at

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For freedom Christ has set us free.

Normandale wants to celebrate the arts and artists as a direct gift from God; we believe the gift of creativity and wonder are given to us to embrace and understand the mystery of life. Here are three Center for the Arts & Spirituality committee member’s reasons for attending: For me, the arts express thanksgiving and joy, soothe sorrow and anxiety, heighten awareness, deepen understanding, inspire action, open up space and time for contemplations, and provide new ways of seeing and hearing. Most of all, they connect me to a world beyond myself. On September 18, I will be here to celebrate the creation of our new Center for the Arts and Spirituality, through the work of Mac Gimse, sculptor and poet, and more. I am excited to join in the journey and see where it leads! Dorothy Scott, Normandale member The joy of seeing figures in the clouds or imagining conversations in the flames of a campfire are some of the experiences that stimulate the Adam urge: to create and name. The excitement and contentment of creation starts with rainbows and continues unless the “world is too much with us.” Normandale’s Center for the Arts and Spirituality will bring all ages together to experience the wonder of creation. Dave Linné, Normandale member As a mom of 3 active kids, September is a busy month. Why add one more event to the schedule? The very nature of the event answers that question, Peace Through the Visual Arts. I’m looking forward to bringing my family and friends; to take a break and nurture our souls. It will give us an opportunity to pause, to look, touch, listen, be. Suzanne Klein, Normandale member

Free & Open To The Public! Help us spread the word!

June 2: Daniel Patrick Haug, son of Michael & Sandra Haug June 12: Theodore Warren Lucas, son of Alex & Christa Lucas June 12: Elsie Kay Moen, daughter of Barrett & Margaret Moen June 26: Charles John Doonan, son of Andrew & Nicole Doonan July 10: Luke Anders Kleven, son of Mark & Samantha Kleven July 24: Henry Michael Schenk, son of Todd & Amanda Schenk July 24: Jocelyn Claire Jaurequi, daughter of Javier & Megan Jaurequi August 7: Kjerstin Jennifer Peacock, daughter of Mel & Nicole Peacock August 14: Declan Alexander Devine, son of Ryan & Laura Devine August 14: Dennis Becchetti Bryan, son of John Bryan & Jodi Becchetti


I am the resurrection and the life.

June 4: Gary M. Braun June 17: Myron M. Carpenter July 21: Elizabeth Olson Tully July 22: Phillip A. Christenson August 8: Marisue Nibe August 12: Meredith “Matt” Ulstad


I have found the one whom my soul loves.

May 28: Peter Spink, Jr. & Lori Peterson June 10: Sean Steiner & Amanda Allen July 30: David Myhre & Sandra Ryan

NormandaleNews | September 2016


With Welcome & Invitation... NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Interim Church Organist Appointed

Most of you are aware that Jack Swanson suffered a stroke in June, and is unable to continue as church organist. Jack’s playing and passion for church hymnody has been a monumental gift to Normandale. We hope to celebrate Jack and his 32 years of service as Normandale Organist in the near future. Please continue to pray for Jack and Joanna as they continue with Jack’s rehab. We are pleased to announce that John Ferguson has agreed to serve as Interim Organist at Normandale. John will begin on Sunday, September 11. John retired in 2012 after serving 29 years as Professor of Organ and Church Music and Cantor to the Student Congregation of St. Olaf College. His responsibilities included directing the church music-organ program, teaching organ and conducting the St. Olaf Cantorei. During his tenure the organ department at the college defied national trends by growing in enrollment and in quality. In his retirement, John continues his travels to design and lead hymn festivals for which he is internationally known, as well as continues composing and arranging, adding to his many publications already in print. Drawing upon his 59 years experience as a church musician - especially his work at the United Church of Christ in Kent, Ohio (while on the faculty of Kent State University for 15 years) and Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis (5 years), he is at work on his fourth book exploring his philosophy of the vocation of the church musician. John’s son, Christopher, teaches British History at Auburn University, where his daughter in law, Sarah, serves as business manager for the Auburn band program; they raise one of the delights of John’s life: his granddaughter, Lucy. In his spare time, he enjoys caring for and driving his collection of classic vehicles, including five historic military vehicles and three classic muscle cars. A search committee has been formed to begin the process of securing a new church organist.

Wilryan Properties Update

A task force has been convened to assess the properties at 6109 and 6125 Wilryan. Preliminary discussions on potential future uses are being discussed and a forum will be held in the fall for congregational input. Stay tuned!

Have You Liked NLC On Facebook?

There are some great photos from the summer events, along with a ton. Check out our Facebook page and our website for upcoming events, sermon and special music videos, and service opportunities!

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Thank You Normandale, From Jack & Joanna

Over the past two months, our church community has supported Jack and me with your prayers, good wishes, and cards. We are very grateful to all of you for this tremendous outpouring of affection and concern and for your confidence in God’s goodness. We sense God’s presence in this new journey. Leading Normandale in worship from the pipe organ brought Jack years of immeasurable joy matched only by his affection for this congregation. You sang your way into his heart. Jack receives therapy and care at Friendship Village in Bloomington. Your continued prayers for his healing and support are important to us. Our love and gratitude. Jack and Joanna Swanson

Missionary Support & Chancel Flowers

Sign-up and support our missionaries in Japan and India, or provide flowers and plants in the chancel! Please stop by the church office or bulletin board by the Fellowship Hall, or contact Janet Devine at 952.929.9347 to sign-up! Thank you for your gift and support!

Need a New Nametag?

Cost for a new nametag is $3; pay now or later. To order, stop at the desk in the Fireside Room, or contact Janet Devine at / 952.929.1697 x347.

NormandaleNews is Going Green

As we continue our intentional pursuit of being good stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us, we look forward to a greener version of NormandaleNews! Beginning with this issue, all NLC community members will continue receiving each new issue in their email (and in full color!). Members over age 55 will continue also receiving a hard copy by USPS. Members under age 55 will only receive the newest issue by email, unless they choose to opt-in to receiving a hard copy, by completing the survey at or contacting the church office at 952.929.1697. Of course, members over age 55 who are receiving both emailed and hard copies can choose to just receive the newest issue by email, by completing the survey at Additionally, hard copies will always be available for pick-up at NLC. Thank you to those who have already subscribed online, as we continue to find ways to be more thoughtful about our environmental impact!

The Old Barn, by Dick Wright A stranger came by the other day with an offer to buy the Old Barn. He said he was driving by and saw the old beautiful barn from the side of the road. I told him he had a funny idea of beauty. Sure it was a handsome building in it’s day! But then, there’s been a lot of winter’s weather passing through with snow, ice, and haunting wind. The summer’s sun beat down on that Old Barn ‘til all the paint’s gone and the wood has turned to silver grey. Now the building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired, yet the fellow called it beautiful. That set me to thinking, I walked out to the field and just stood there gazing at the Old Barn. The stranger said he would use the wood to line the walls of his den in his new country home down the road. He said you couldn’t get paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful wood. It came to me then, we are all like that, you and I. Only it’s on the inside that beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver grey too, and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the Good Lord knows what He is doing. And as the years pass, He is busy using the hard weather of our lives - the dry spells and stormy seasons to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce. And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy. They took the Old Barn down today and hauled it away to beautify the man’s home. And I reckon someday you and I will be headed off to heaven to take on whatever chores the Good Lord has for us on the great sky ranch. And I suspect we will be more beautiful there for the seasons we have been through here. And maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father’s house! May there be peace within each of us today. May we trust God to know we are exactly where we are meant to be today. And thank God for the families and gifts He has blessed us with. NormandaleNews | September 2016


CALENDAR Blessing Place 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Mon-Fri | Normandale Preschool 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Mon-Fri | NO Preschool or Blessing Place on Sept. 5 Sunday, September 4 9:30 am Worship| Holy Communion 10:30 am Coffee Fellowship Monday, September 5 Building Closed-Labor Day Tuesday, September 6 10:30 am Blessing Place Orientation 10:30am Preschool Student Orientation 1:00 pm Matter of Balance @ Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous 6:30 pm India Vision Trip Meeting Wednesday, September 7 9:00 am-12:00 pm H & W Podiatry Clinic 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 10:00 am Adaptive Yoga 10:30 am Blessing Place Orientation 4:45 pm Boys Choir Registration & Rehearsal 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinners (begin) 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Preschool Advisory Council Meeting 5:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Girls Choir Registratio & Rehearsal 6:30 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 6:45 pm 7-9th Grade Confirmation Orientation 8:00 pm High School Hangout Thursday, September 8 9:00 am-12:00 pm H & W Podiatry Clinic 10:00 am Matter of Balance @ Creekside Com Ctr 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30-6 pm Cherub Choir Registration 5:00 & 7:00 pm Thrivent: Savvy Soc. Sec. Workshop (Open to the Public) 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal 6:30 pm India Vision Trip Meeting 7:00 pm DivorceCare 7:00 pm Serving @ Our Saviour’s Shelter 7:00 pm Lydia Circle @ Mozza Mia in Edina Friday, September 9 10:30 am Blessing Place Orientation 10:30 am Preschool Orientation Saturday, September 10 9:00 am Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Series 10:30 am Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Sunday, September 11 9:30 am Worship | Rally Sunday | Baptisms 10:30 am Rally Sunday Picnic

5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Crossways 5:30-8:00 pm Wednesday Night Explorers 5:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal 6:00 pm Dorcas Circle 6:30 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 6:45 -8:00 pm Confirmation 8:00 pm High School Hangout Thursday, September 15 10:00 am Crossways 10:00 am Matter of Balance @ Creekside Com Ctr 1:00 pm Mary Circle 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:30-9:30 pm 8 Hr Refresher Driver Course 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm Abigail Circle @ Loree Bren’s home 7:00 pm DivorceCare Friday, September 16 7:00 am Crossways Saturday, September 17 9:00 am Book, Bagel & Brew 9:30 am Flute Rehearsal 10:00 am Peru Vision Trip Meeting Sunday, September 18 9:00 am Worship | Holy Communion 9:15 am ParentRest 9:15 am Sunday School 9:30 am 7-12th Grade Optional Fishbowl 10:00 am 7-12th Grade Donuts & Devotions 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:30 am Worship | Holy Communion 4:00-6:00 pm Center for Arts & Spirituality Gala & Reception Monday, September 19 5:30 pm Reading Buddies @ Hope Academy 6:00 pm Stephen Ministry Leadership 7:00 pm Stephen Ministry Peer Supervision Tuesday, September 20 1:00 pm Matter of Balance @ Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7:00 pm Church Council

Tuesday, September 13 8:30 am Sew Day Quilting 1:00 pm Matter of Balance @ Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd 6:00 pm Finance Committee 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous 7:00 pm Executive Committee

Wednesday, September 21 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 10:00 am Adaptive Yoga 4:45 pm Boys Choir Rehearsal 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Crossways 5:30-8:00 pm Wednesday Night Explorers 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 Confirmation 8:00 pm High School Hangout

Wednesday, September 14 7:45 am Preschool Staff Meeting 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 10:00 am Adaptive Yoga 10:00 am Second Wednesday 11:30 am Worship & Luncheon 4:45 pm Boys Choir Rehearsal 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner (Wednesday night continued on next column)

Thursday, September 22 10:00 am Crossways 10:00 am Matter of Balance @ Creekside Com Ctr 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal 5:30-9:30 pm 8 Hr Refresher Driver Course 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm DivorceCare

Monday, September 12 1:00 pm Archive Committee 7:00 pm Foundation Board Meeting

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Friday, September 23 7:00 am Crossways 5:00 pm 7th gr. retreat leaves to Gustavus Adolphus College Saturday, September 24 5:00 pm 7th Gr. Retreat (returns) Sunday, September 25 8:15 am Boys & Girls Pre-worship Rehearsal 9:00 am Worship 9:15 am New Member Community Coffee 9:15 am Sunday School 9:15 am ParentRest 9:30 am 7-12th Gr. Optional Fishbowl 10:00 am 7-12th Gr. Donuts & Devotions 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:30 am Worship Monday, September 26 5:30 pm Reading Buddies @ Hope Academy 6:30 pm Priscilla Circle @ Laura Rubin’s home Tuesday, September 27 8:30 am Sew Day Quilting 1:00 pm Matter of Balance @ Lutheran Church of Good Shepherd 2:00 pm Flu Shot Clinic @ Edina Sr Center 6:30 pm Alcoholics Anonymous Wednesday, September 28 9:30 am Women’s Bible Study 9:30 am Rachel Circle 10:00 am Adaptive Yoga 12:00 pm Miriam Circle 4:45 pm Boy’s Choir Rehearsal (3-6th gr.) 5-6:45 pm Wednesday Night Dinner 5:15 pm Brass Quintet Rehearsal 5:30 pm Crossways 5:30 pm Wednesday Night Explorers 5:30 pm Youth Choir Rehearsal (7-12th gr.) 6:00 pm Girls Choir Rehearsal (3-6th gr.) 6:30 pm Normandale Choir Rehearsal 6:45 pm Confirmation Mentoring 8:00 pm High School Hangout Thursday, September 29 10:00 am Crossways 10:00 am Matter of Balance @ Creekside Com Ctr 2:00 pm H & W Tai Chi 4:30 pm Cherub Choir Rehearsal (K-2nd gr.) 5:45 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal 7:00 pm DivorceCare Friday, September 30 7:00 am Crossways Saturday, October 1 9:30 am Flute Rehearsal Sunday, October 2 9:00 am Worship | Holy Communion 9:15 am New Member Community Coffee 9:15 am Sunday School 9:15 am ParentRest 9:30 am 7-12th Gr. Optional Fishbowl 10:00 am 7-12th Gr. Donuts & Devotions 10:00 am Coffee Fellowship 10:30 am Worship 4:00 pm Westside Trombone Concert

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