CARE, hands resting on each other

LifeCare | Caring for You

Whether you are looking for a pastor to talk with, are in need of a hospital visit, or simply need someone to pray for you, we are here to care for you and love and support you on your journey.

Pastoral Care

Normandale’s pastoral and care staff are ready to serve you in your life situation. We will hear your story, pray with you, and help you choose practical next steps. We can help you with:

  • Spiritual questions
  • Prayer needs
  • Marital care and counseling
  • Relational guidance
  • Counselor referral 
  • Planning a funeral
  • Grief and loss
  • Job loss or life change

In need of care and support, please contact Pastor Paul Pettersen, 952.929.1697 x356, Pastor Dale Howard, 952.929.1697 x353, or Pastor Charlie Ruud, 952.929.1697 x354.

Emergency Pastoral Care

Normandale strives to respond to any emergency of which we are made aware. Please call the church day or night at 952.929.1697. If you get our recording, listen carefully and follow the easy instructions to contact someone.

Hospital Visitation

Staff members of Normandale make visits to members of our community who are in the hospital, recovering from illness or medical treatment. Visits include prayer and encouragement. If you are interested in a hospital visit, please call the church office at 952.929.1697.

Funeral Ministry

Our community understands the need to surround the grieving with the hope and comfort of God’s eternal love. We do this through gathering with the family to create meaningful funerals and memorials for grieving friends and family.

For service planning, contact Dana Arnold, Administrative Assistant, at dana@normluth.org / 952.929.1697 x355.

Prayer Chain Ministry & Prayer Requests

People in the prayer chain pray individually for requests received. To be a part of this confidential ministry, contact Dana Arnold, Administrative Assistant, at dana@normluth.org / 952.929.1697 x355.

Prayer Chain Requests
Prayer is a very real way to offer care and support of one another. Prayer group members keep requests confidential. To make a prayer request, contact Dana Arnold, Administrative Assistant, at dana@normluth.org / 952.929.1697 x355.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry, Normandale Lutheran ChurchWe are here to care for each other. If you are experiencing a difficult transition or a specific struggle (perhaps related to grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness) or some other crisis in your life, care is available through a one-to-one caring ministry called Stephen Ministry.

Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who provide high-quality, confidential, and Christ-centered care to individuals who are hurting, in transition, or in crisis. The relationship between someone receiving care and a Stephen Minister is confidential and finding a Stephen Minister who is an appropriate fit for you is a priority. Those who choose to receive care from a Stephen Minister can expect to meet once a week with their appointed Stephen Minister for about an hour for an ongoing period of time. If someone receiving care has needs beyond what a Stephen Minister can provide, appropriate referrals will be made to other professional or community resources. Stephen Ministers receive over 50 hours of training as well as ongoing continuing education and pastoral supervision. 

If you would like to inquire about having a Stephen Minister to walk with you or someone you know, please contact Pastor Dale Howard at dale@normluth.org / 952.929.1697 x353. For more information on Stephen Ministry, visit www.stephenministries.org.

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2)

DivorceCare

Thursdays for eleven weeks, September 8 - November 17 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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 at NLC.

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. Each 2-hour session includes a video featuring top experts on divorce, followed by a non-judgmental, supportive small group discussion with trained facilitators who “get” what you’re going through. 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. Read more about the process at divorcecare.org. For questions or more information, please contact Janet Devine at 952.929.1697 x347 / janet@normluth.org.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a community of men and women who share experience, strength, and hope that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

A chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meets at Normandale Lutheran Church every Tuesday at 6:30 pm in Room 207.

Contact David Rode at roded@stifel.com or 612.414.5594.

Home Blessing

If you have moved and making a new start in a different home, apartment, or other living facility we offer a Home Blessing Ministry through a group of volunteers. Volunteers are trained to visit you in your new home and host an informal blessing of your home with you. A home blessing is one way to bless and move through a new or difficult life transition or living situation with others surrounding you and supporting you in the journey.