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 email@example.com to find out more, or to share a new idea or suggest an area of service.
Step Forward Today!
Sponsor-a-Student | Back to School Drive
Sundays & Wednesdays, July 8 - August 5, 2018 | Welcome Center
Help a student in need have a successful school year! You can purchase school supplies for an individual student or students served by SAYFSM (Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services), CES (Community Emergency Services.) and VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People), and for children living at Normandale House and Elliot Avenue Housing. Sign up to for a student or students to support from July 8 - August 5 at the Welcome Center on Sundays, or at Wednesday evening worship. Cash donations may also be made, and we will shop for you! Contact Kim Sannerud with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org | 952.649.1714.
VEAP & CES Food Shelves
Please continue to remember the VEAP & CES Food shelves that Normandale Lutheran Church supports by bringing food/toiletry items and drop off in the containers by the Fishbowl, Canopy entrance, or Preschool entrance. You may also contribute monetarily if you are not able to grocery shop. The individual(s) and families are so appreciative of the support we give them! Questions? Contact Janet Devine @ 952.977.9355 or email@example.com.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Immediate need to fill August! Click the sign-up button below to sign up for August or any other available months!
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. 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, email@example.com, 952.977.9355.
Our Saviour’s Shelter is located at 2219 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis and is two doors down from Normandale House.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 952.977.9350 to fill a spot to teach Sunday School during the 2018-2019 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 Ian McConnell at 952.977.9380 or email@example.com to join the team.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 952.977.9355 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 952.977.9355.
Where Do We Serve?
In 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.
South 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.
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.