Upcoming Events & Registrations

For all Normandale events, see our full calendar.

 

Wednesday Night Community Dinner

Wednesday, November 20 | 5:00-6:45 pm

Come join in delicious family-style dinners with NLC friends. No need to cook on busy Wednesday nights! $6-adult, $4-kids 12 and under.
 
Upcoming meals:
Nov 20 | BBQ Chicken & Mac & Cheese
Nov 27 | No Community Meal - Thanksgiving Break

Yoga for Me

Yoga for Me: Self-Care Yoga for Parents

Thursdays through Nov 21 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Studio B

Join us for this FREE 5-week self-care yoga series for parents! Drop-ins welcome! Yoga has been practiced for over 5,000 years as a way to unite the body and mind and improve both our physical and mental health. Classes taught by staff from the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, and sponsored by the Department of Community Partnerships and Engaged Learning at the Center for Community-Engaged Learning, University of Minnesota. Why not take a break from all you do for others and care for yourself? For more information call the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness at 952.929.1698.

Bazaar Craft Night

Christmas Bazaar Wine & Craft Night*

Thursday, November 21 | 6:00-9:00 pm | Fellowship Hall
 
Come have fun while creating crafts for the Youth Christmas Craft & Cookies Bazaar! Bring a craft to make! Some supplies, like hot glue guns and scissors, will be provided. Invite friends and family and bring a snack to share! Wine & non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

*Adults only, please.

Community Life & Learning

Community Life & Learning | Housing in Our Hands / Building Community Partnerships

Sunday, Nov 24 | 9:40-10:30 am

We've been learning about homelessness, but where does that leave us? What is YOUR place in it all, and what do WE have the power to do, together? You won't want to miss the inspiring stories of our volunteers, or the opportunities we have to share. Come dream with us!

Advent Pause 2019

Advent Pause Gatherings

Week of December 2-7
Advent Pause gatherings are scattered over the week of December 2-7 and are hosted in women's homes. Each gathering is about two hours and includes beverages, dessert, or small bites. Times and locations vary, but content is the same at each gathering with a hostess and leader to welcome, greet you, and facilitate discussion and connection with others in faith. Invite a friend, neighbor, or co-worker to join you in the spirit of the season. No cost to attend.
 
Sign up at the Welcome Center now through December 1!
 
Questions? Please contact Jenny Bock at jbock@normluth.org or 952.977.9349.

The Joy of Giving | Annual Holiday Gift Campaign

Through December 8 | Sign up at the Welcome Center

Normandale Mission Outreach invites you to spread God’s love to families living at Normandale & Elliot Avenue Housing and others in need around theworld at the Christmas season. There are two ways to participate:

~Give tangible gifts:  This program helps individuals living in our Normandale House and Elliott Avenue transitional housing enjoy the holiday season by anonymously matching them with donors like you, who provide hope and compassion through fulfilling a holiday gift wish.

~Give a monetary gift:  Participate in the ELCA Good Gifts program to fight against hunger and poverty. From our tree of ornaments, your donation can include things such as a goat, vaccinations; or donate to the Huch ’uy Runa school in Peru, all in a loved one’s name.

We will gratefully sign you up for gifts for an individual(s) or receive your monetary donations at the Welcome Center on November 17, 24, December 1 and 8!

 Joan Levin, Cindy Nelson, and Kim Sannerud,
Mission Outreach 

Caregiver Support Groups

Wednesday, November 20 |  6:00 – 7:30 pm | Rooms 205-206
Tuesday, November 26 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm | Rooms 205-206

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. Call the Center 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: https://www.normandalecenter.org/

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Eve Worship

Wednesday, November 27 | 7:00 pm

Come worship, sing, and give thanks with us this Thanksgiving Eve!

4th Annual Thanksgiving Youth Alumni Reunion

Wednesday, November 27 | After Worship

All NLC recent High School grads from the last 5 years are invited to join us for a fun night of reconnecting!

Christmas Youth Bazaar 2019

3rd Annual Christmas Craft & Cookies Bazaar

Sunday December 8 & 15 | 9:00 am - 1:00 pm | Lower Narthex

Donations are needed for this annual event held to help raise money for Summer 2020 Youth Trips!

You can help support NLC Youth fundraising efforts by:

  • Making a donation of handmade holiday crafts
    Examples: handmade hats/mittens/gloves/scarves, Christmas ornaments, wooden carvings, wreaths/swags, quilts, pottery, jewelry, artwork, holiday cards
    *Please fill out a donation form and specify what you will be donating
  • Making a donation of some type of holiday baked good
    Examples: Cakes, pies, cookies, bars, muffins, cupcakes, buns, etc.
    *Please fill out a donation form and specify if you will be donating on Dec. 8 OR Dec. 15.
  • Coming to the event! The Christmas Craft & Cookie Bazaar will be running in the Lower Narthex outside of the Fellowship Hall Sundays, December 8 and 15.

Donation Form

Lutfisk Dinner

Lutfisk Dinner

Sunday, December 8 | 12:00 noon | Fellowship Hall

The Senior Committee sponsors this annual lutfisk dinner with all the traditional dishes. For those of you that only remember it as the lye-soaked smelly fish, there will be meatballs. Reservations can be made starting Sunday, Nov 10 through Sunday, Decemeber 1 at the Welcome Center. You may also sign up online (by clicking the link below) or call the church office at 952.929.1697. Cost: $25.00; payment due by December 2.

Register

Beer & Carols

Beer & Carols

Sunday, December 8 | 6:00-8:00 pm | Unmapped Brewing in Minnetonka
Join other Normandalers at Unmapped Brewing (14265 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka) for Beer & Carol Singing. Bring friends! All are welcome!

Second Wednesday

Second Wednesday

Wednesday, December 11 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Fireside Room
Second Wednesday is a monthly social and spiritual program of connection for those over age 65. Attendees are invited to take part in any or all events and can check-in at the Fireside Room for information on the various activities. Suggested donation of $5.00 per person to cover cost of lunch.

Events Schedule:

10:00 am | Marketplace Ethics with Parish Nurse, Treats, Conversation | Fireside Room
10:30 am | Games with Fred Arndt | Rms 212-213
11:30 am | Matins Worship with Holy Communion | Chapel
12:00pm  | Lunch: Swedish Meatballs | Fellowship Hall
1:00 pm   | Program: Lorna Wolthoff's Sing-Along | Fellowship Hall

Questions? Contact Kati Salmon at ksalmon@normluth.org or 952.929.1697.

We have established a bus service to Normandale for Second Wednesday each month. This service is provided by Transit Link, a service by Metropolitan Council. Cost is $4.50 for a roundtrip ride; this price applies to anyone within 10 miles of Normandale. If you are interested in receiving a ride or have questions, call Fred Arndt at 612.275.4622 or Kati Salmon at 952.929.1697.

Caregiver Education Session | "Active Engagement for People with Dementia"

Saturday, December 14 | 9:00-10:30 am | Rooms 209-211

Presented by Susan Ryan, OTR/L, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Participation in meaningful activities plays a key role in our health and happiness. Researchers and clinicians support the value of activities as a treatment for dementia. Those with dementia lose the ability to plan, initiate, and complete activities on their own, therefore they need caregivers to plan and carry out these daily activities. Explore health producing activities to enjoy together. For more information about these sessions and the support group that follows Saturday at 10:30 am, contact Mary Cordell at 952.977.9363 or visit the Center’s website https://www.normandalecenter.org/.

Caregiver Support Group

Saturday, December 14 | 9:00-10:30 am | Rooms 209-211
Wednesday, December 18  |  6:00 – 7:30 pm | Rooms 205-206

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. Call the Center 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: https://www.normandalecenter.org/

 

Normandale Housing Ministry Christmas Party

Normandale Housing Ministry Holiday Party

Saturday, December 14 | 12:00-2:00 pm | Lutheran Social Services, 2400 Park Ave S, Mpls (Park in the rear of the building)
Celebrate the season with Normandale Housing families and friends. Volunteer to help or donate household items (laundry items, toiletries, etc.). Donations may be dropped off at NLC or contact Val at 612.237.0995 to volunteer.

Annual Holiday Benefit Concert

Holiday Benefit Concert | Carols from St. Olaf

Sunday, December 15 | 3:00pm
Enjoy this annual holiday benefit concert and support SAYFSM as The Mpls Civic Orchestra and Normandale Choir present Carols from St. Olaf. Please bring monetary donations or Walmart gift cards as entry to this free concert.

Book Club at Normandale Lutheran Church

Book, Bagel & Brew

Saturday, December 21  |  9:00-11:00 am  |  Room 208

Looking for a book club? Join other women for friendship and lively conversation about fiction and non-fiction books covering a wide variety of topics and themes. Books for each month are chosen in advance. Book completion not required to participate. All readers welcome! Questions? Contact Cathy Kohn, at 952.928.9140 / bkohn1@comcast.net.

This month's book is The Lady and the Panda / Vicki Constatine Croke.