Have a heart for the hungry! Grocery bags with suggested food shelf items will be distributed after services on March 4 and 11. Food and hygiene donations can be returned to church and put in the bin by any door by April 1. Cash or check donations also gratefully accepted; give ONLINE by clicking the link below or bring in a check payable to Normandale Lutheran Church with Foodshare month on the memo line and place in the offering plate. Our donations will go to VEAP, serving our local area of Bloomington, Richfield and Edina. -Sponsored by Mission Outreach.
An anonymous donor through VEAP is currently offering a $25,000 matching challenge through March 9 that will fund VEAP food programs, including the mobile food pantry. To take advantage of this matching challenge, give today by clicking below and choosing "VEAP" as your giving fund.
*Did you know that despite a better economy, the total number of people living in poverty in these communities is 52% higher than in 2008? VEAP can feed a person for a week for $1.50!
Hatha Yoga | Vision for Healthy Living
Tuesdays, March 20 – April 17 | 2:45 – 3:45 pm OR 4:00 - 5:00 pm | Studio B
Hatha Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years as a way to unite the body and mind to improve both our physical and mental health. Yoga is for anyone, regardless of age or ability level. Join us for this FREE spring series and experience the benefits! No pre-registration is required, just drop in. Feel free to join either time slot. Please dress comfortably and bring a mat and towel or blanket. We encourage you to bring a friend along too!
This series is taught by students from the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. If you would like more information, call the Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952.929.1698.
CAS Concert Series: Iowa State Singers
Saturday, March 24 | 7:00pm | Sanctuary
The Iowa State Singers is a 72-member mixed choral ensemble comprised of students who come from numerous areas of study at Iowa State. This select ensemble performs the finest literature from Renaissance to contemporary, including newly commissioned works. Come enjoy great vocal music!
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 31 | 10:00 - 11:00am | NLC
Come enjoy some Easter fun at NLC's annual Easter Egg Hunt! Bring a friend! Everyone is welcome!
...And don't forget to BYOB (Bring Your own Basket)!
Invest in Our Youth | NLC Youth April Fundraiser
Throughout the month of April
Stop by the display in Fireside Room, pick your amount, purchase "stock", and help support youth summer trips. Stockholders will be invited to a special stockholder meal and presentation in August!
Matter of Balance
Wednesdays, April 4 – May 23 | 1:00 – 3:00pm | Rooms 205 – 206
Don’t let the fear of falling keep you from living an active, happy life! During this weekly small-group workshop you will learn to increase your activity level, improve strength and balance, recognize fall hazards, learn to be assertive about fall prevention, and more! This workshop can help you increase your independence and quality of life. Register by contacting the Center at 952.929.1698. Cost: sliding fee available $0-$45.
Adult Community Learning | The Revelation of John
Sundays, April 8 & 15 | 10:00 - 10:40am | Chapel
Join the two-week study of the last book of the Bible led by Pastor Paul.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Thursdays, April 12 – May 17 | 6:00 – 8:00pm | Rooms 212-213
If you are taking care of a loved one you should consider this program. This 6-week small-group education program will provide you with self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. Learn to reduce stress, make tough decisions, and balance your life. For more information or to register, contact the Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952.929.1698. Cost: sliding fee available $0-$45.
Alzheimer’s Caregiver Education Session
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 9:00–10:30 am | Rooms 205-206
Education sessions are presented by the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter. Respite is available during the education session and the support group immediately afterwards. For more details, see below. A respite group is available during the support group on Saturday. If you would like to utilize the respite, the deadline for reservations for the March session is April 6. Call Katie Heitzig at 952.977.9374 to reserve your spot.
Topic for April 14: Music Therapy | Alexandra Thiem, MT-BC (Music Therapist Board Certified) Alexandra will explain what music therapy is, how it can be used in supporting caregivers and receivers, and why it can be so effective. She will share music therapy success stories and lead the group in a sample music therapy session.
Saturday, April 14 | 10:30 am – 12 Noon | Room 212-213
These no cost Caregiver Support Groups, supported by the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness and the Alzheimer’s Association MN/ND chapter, provide a time for caregivers of all ages to meet others in the same situation, learn from each other and develop a mutual support system. Choose the support group that best fits your schedule. A respite group is available during the support group on Saturday. If you would like to utilize the respite, the deadline for reservations for the April session is April 6. Call Katie Heitzig at 952.977.9374 to reserve your spot. For more details, click here. For more information, contact Mary Cordell at 952.977.9363 or visit the Center for Healing & Wholeness website: http://www.normandalecenter.org/seniors-family-services/health_wellness/32-2/.
Normandale Women's Spring Service Project
Monday, April 15 | 1:00-3:00 pm
Come spend a fun afternoon together while helping others! We'll pack Hospice Kits for Global Health Ministries. It's an easy way to give back. Want to learn more? Visit our preview event on Sunday, April 14 or contact Lynn Laaksonen at 952.941.3345 or email@example.com.
Memorial Blood Drive
Wednesday, April 18 | 1:30-5:30pm
Gift the gift of life! Donors receive a delicious meal of soup & bread, AND save multiple lives with their donation! All blood types needed - especially O- and O+.
Honoring and Highlighting the LifeWork of John Ferguson
Friday, April 27 | 7:30 pm | Boe Memorial Chapel, St. Olaf College
Normandale Choir and other area choirs join in this festival honoring Ferg! Come share in the celebration! Gala Reception following the Hymn Festival. To learn more, and to reserve your free Hymn Festival tickets and purchase Gala Reception tickets, click here.
Bettye Anne's Spring Tea Fundraiser
Saturday, April 28 | 10:00am - 2:00pm
Ladies, it’s time for tea! Join us for a gathering of high tea, a fashion show, and a fantastic boutique that will fill your shopping bags -- all for a good cause.
Proceeds from the tea, co-hosted by Dr. Peggy Elliott and Normandale Lutheran Church, will support Twin Cities urban women who have experienced trauma and are in need of healing.
Bring your mom, your sister, your grandma, your girlfriends! And if you have a favorite tea cup, bring that too!