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!
Wednesday, March 14 | 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Second Wednesday is a monthly social and spiritual program of connection for those over age 65 and features mid-morning fellowship, games, blood pressure checks, book-club discussions, lunch, and a program following lunch. 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. There is a suggested donation of $5.00 per person to cover cost of lunch.
10:00 am | Treats & Conversation | Fireside Room 10:00 am | Seeing Clearly with Gerry Fuzzey 10:30 am | Book Club hosted by Barb Erlandson: Life Along the Hudson by Carl Carmer 11:30 am | Lenten Matins Worship | Chapel 12:00 noon | Lunch: Corned Beef & Cabbage | Fellowship Hall 1:00 pm | Program: Heaven & Stars by Roger Appledorn
Transportation Service available to Second Wednesday and 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 Janet Devine at 952.929.1697.
Heaven & Stars Presentation
Wednesday, March 14 | 1:00-2:00 pm | Fellowship Hall
Roger Appledorn, a life-long astronomer, inventor of the overhead projector, and retired chemist at 3M will present "Heaven & Stars" at Second Wednesday. All ages are welcome to attend!
Book, Bagel & Brew
Saturday, March 17 | 9:00-11:00 am | Rooms 212-213 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!
This month's book: Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner.
Adult Community Learning | The Story: NLC Stories of Faith
Sundays, March 18 | 10:00-10:40am | Fellowship Hall
"God in Joy, Tragedy, and Pop Culture" - Join us as, NLC member and co-host of the Colleen and Bradley show on MyTalk 107.1, Colleen Lindstrom, shares stories of faith and how it has been shaped and carried in relation her unique profession, the experience of the death of a child, and the radical presence, grace, and sustenance of God amid all the mess.
CAS Concert Series: Sara Aimee Smiseth - Tracing Edvard Grieg
Sunday, March 18 | 3:30 pm | Chapel
Sara Aimee Smiseth, pianist/lecturer/musicologist, will present a piano concert in the chapel. Tracing Edvard Grieg is an attempt to approach the person behind the music that has charmed and engaged audiences for more than a hundred years. Come enjoy this free, educational concert!
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)!
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.
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 209-211
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 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. 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/.