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Step Forward and Engage | Serve With Us

Led by the Holy Spirit 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 your heart, mind, and spirit most passionate about?

Looking for a place to serve? Wondering about finding the right place for you? We’d love to help! Please complete the Volunteer Interest Form or contact Janet Devine at to find out more, or to share a new idea or suggest an area of service.

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Memory Companions Needed

Become a memory companion volunteer and help a senior with mild to moderate memory loss and provide meaningful engagement while giving their caregiver an opportunity to take a break.  A brief training is provided, and volunteers and seniors are matched based on their interests, personality and availability. If you would like to be a memory companion, contact Katie Heitzig at 952.977.9374.

Friendly Visitors Needed

Many elders in our community need companionship. Our friendly visitor volunteer program is set up to help. Visits may include playing cards or games, simple gardening, looking through photos together or just enjoying each other’s company. Many volunteers say they receive just as much pleasure from providing companionship as the elder does. If you would like to “pay it forward” and be a friendly visitor, contact Katie Heitzig at 952.977.9374.

Ushers Needed!

Ushers provide hospitality, welcome, guidance, and support for those who enter the church and the sanctuary. Ushers distribute worship bulletins, collect offering, and aid with emergency or safety procedures. Ushering is fun way to meet people at NLC!

Questions? Contact Kim Sannerud, Usher Coordinator, at 952.649.1714 or

Click here to learn about ushering at NLC>

Reading Buddies | MEALS NEEDED

Mondays, September 25 - May 2018

Every Monday night through the school year, Normandale youth are driven to the Phillip’s neighborhood, assisting with literacy and homework for the young residents of Normandale Housing – READING BUDDIES.  Along with the homework support, NORMANDALE MEMBERS PROVIDE A MEAL for the youth and staff; occasionally parents also join the meal.  We are serving approximately 40 people weekly and we need your help!  Maybe your small group, friends, neighbors, members of your circle, book club, or Bible study can combine efforts to provide a meal or two.  Please contact Janet Devine, 952.929.1697 x 355,

Brief instructions:

  • Prepare 40 servings (helpful to use disposable aluminum pans)
  • Meals are left in Normandale’s kitchen, refrigerator, if necessary, no later than 3pm on the day the meal is served.  Maggie Jones, Director of Youth will deliver the food. 
  • Possible Menu ideas:

Main Course suggestions:  Spaghetti and Meatballs, Pasta with Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Sloppy Joes, Tacos in bag, Tater tot hot dish

Side Dishes: Fruit, vegetables, bread, mashed potatoes

No beverages or paper products / utensils needed.  These will be provided.

Serving at Our Saviour's Shelter

Phillips Neighborhood, Minneapolis
Join us in serving at Our Saviour’s Shelter. The second Thursday of each month Normandale members provide dinner to 45 homeless individuals at Our Saviour’s Shelter in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis. 

This is an opportunity ideal for families or small groups of 4-6 individuals. Plan on an evening from 4:00-8:00 pm. You’ll purchase and prepare a meal for 40-50 people, provide paper plates, napkins, plastic utensils, and 3 gallons of milk. Arrive at the shelter by 6:45 pm to set up, and serve dinner from 7:00-7:45 pm.

Our Saviour’s Shelter is located at 2219 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis and is two doors down from Normandale House.

Instructions and sample menus with quantities are available. Meals can be simple! Normandale owns roasters, crock pots, bowls, serving utensils, etc. that can be borrowed for serving and the church kitchen available for use as needed. Monetary reimbursement is available. Questions? Contact Janet Devine,, 952.929.1697 x355.


Sunday School

Have a special connection with kids in a particular grade? Skip the back-to-school craziness in August and step forward for Sunday School now. It’s never too early! Contact Kari Warnke, Director of Children and Family Ministry, at / 952.929.1697 x350 to fill a spot to teach Sunday School during the 2017-2018 school year. 


Sunday Morning 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! Contact Wendy Reynolds at 952.929.1697 or to join the team.  


Kitchen Help

Do you love to cook and spend time in the kitchen? Spend a few hours mid-week during the school year to help prep for Wednesday community meals or other special events. Typical shifts include:

- Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm & 3:00-5:00 pm

Please contact Janet Devine at or 952.929.1697 for more information or to sign-up! 


Support our Missionaries

Our pledged mission support is $120 each week for Jim & Carol Sack in Japan and Neeraj & Nijhar Ekka in India. To meet our commitment, we are looking for pledges of $30 from 4 persons/couples/families each week. Sign-up today on the community board outside of Fellowship Hall, or by contacting Janet Devine at 952.929.1697. 


Where Do We Serve?

NormandaleServesIn our Local Community

In addition to serving at Normandale, we also serve in our near community through NormandaleServes. Every fall we come together for a fall clean-up event, helping those in our local community that could use a hand cleaning up their yards. Look for more details each fall on the Events page.



Normandale Housing MinistrySouth Minneapolis and St. Paul

Through Normandale Housing Ministry in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, we support families moving from homelessness to independent living. Regular service includes a weekly Reading Buddies tutoring program, providing meals for the tutoring program, family support teams, and more. Yearly programs of providing Thanksgiving meals and sponsoring a family with holiday gifts also offer a opportunity to help those in need.

Normandale also has a close connection with CES (Community Emergency Services) located in South Minneapolis. Periodically throughout the year we hold collection drives to support families in need. During March FoodShare month, Normandale serves with a food and/or diaper collection drive. In late summer, we collect and provide backpacks and school supplies to be distributed to children in need. Watch for more details on how you can participate on the Events page.


Read more about others we support in the Twins Cities >

Around the World

Normandale works in connection with others around the world to help those in need. These include our Sunday School mission helping those in Ethiopia, supporting holisitic care to street children in Peru, and working to aid health care in India. Click below to learn more.

Sunday School Mission >
Mission Peru >
Mission India >


Background Check

Safety comes first at Normandale. When you volunteer to serve at Normandale Lutheran Church with youth, children, or vulnerable adults, you will be asked to complete a background check. 

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Normandale’s provider for background and driver’s checks is Protect My Ministry, All background and driver’s checks are done online directly with Protect My Ministry and are needed only once every three years. Protect My Ministry is a partner with longevity and upholds industry standards. Protect My Ministry will guard and safe-keep your information. Confidentiality and safety of information is protected. For questions or more information contact Janet Devine at