Do you want to be helpful and have fun? Normandale Women are now in their 6th year of putting together HIV/AIDS Hospice Kits for Global Health Ministries. Come and join us! This is an easy service project and there will be coffee, treats, and time to socialize while we work to serve those in need!
Global Health Ministries has received a request from Dr. Paul Mmbando in Tanzania for 4,000 Hospice Kits for the palliative care program of the Tanzanian Lutheran Church. The kits we will make are only a small dent in a large global need, but a few hygiene supplies and the love that’s included in the bag mean a lot to the person who is sick and often alone. A free will offering will be taken to help provide medicine and to defer shipping costs. The expense for the project is $20 per kit which includes money for shipping and medicine to accompany each kit.
Thank you to Thrivent for their $250 Action Team contribution to our project.
Contributions to this service project from the congregation are greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to Normandale Women with "HIV Kits" in the memo line and can be left at the front desk.
Tuesdays, April 25 & May 16 | 8:30 – 11:30 am | Fellowship Hall
Join us in the Fellowship Hall for Sew Day Quilting! Come when you can!
Tucked away in the the northwest corner of the narthex is a display of quilts and yarn - a mission corner. The display of quilts are destined for Lutheran World Relief and a basket of Quilt Kits which include pieces of cut fabric in a pattern to make a quilt top. Questions? Contact Judy Henderson at 952.920.3948.
Also in the mission corner are baskets of yarn & patterns to knit into hats/scarves to be given to either VEAP, CES, Cornerstone, SAYFSM, or Normandale House. Questions? Contact Dorothy Malin, 952-929-0109.
Senior Hatha Yoga
Tuesday, April 25 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Multi-Purpose Room North
The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness, in partnership with the University of Minnesota, is excited to offer this FREE 5-week Hatha Yoga class to anyone over the age of 55 starting March 28. Led by a U of M student, this class will be a gentle introduction to the basic yoga postures and breathing techniques. All ability and experience levels are welcome, participants need only bring a mat, towel, or small blanket!
Memorial Blood Drive at NLC: DONORS NEEDED to Give the Gift of Life!
Wednesday, April 26 | 3:00 - 7:30 pm (New time!)
Donors receive a delicious meal of soup and bread, and save multiple lives with their donation! 1 out of 3 people will need blood in their lifetime. All blood types are needed - especially O- and O+. Let’s see if we can get all the spots filled! To sign up, contact Alta Fossum at 952.941.7022 or firstname.lastname@example.org; OR Janet Devine at 952-929-1697 x347 or email@example.com; OR sign up online at www.mbc.org/searchdrives - Sponsor Code is 0546.
Edina Coalition Grief Support offers a shortterm, nondenominational program that focuses on education and group support in a safe and confidential environment. Our Spring Series starts April 6th and runs through June 22nd. (There will be no meetings on April 13 & May 25.) You may join any time during the series; no preregistration is required. More information can be found at Edina Coalition for Grief Support: www.edinagriefsupport.org.
Cantus: High School Residency Concert
Friday, April 28 | 7:30 pm
Normandale is host to this concert celebrating Cantus' year-long residency with Johnson, St. Michael-Albertville, and Washburn High Schools. Come and enjoy great choral music from Cantus and all of these terrific young singers!
Tickets: $10 Adults and Seniors / $5 Students and Children
Stephen Ministry Introductory Coffee
Sunday, April 30 | 9:30 & 10:30 am | Lower Level Conference Room (First Floor)
Is Christ calling you to walk with people who are hurting? To listen carefully to their deepest concerns? To discover and develop your gifts for helping others? To practice a ministry of presence?
Your gift of listening is needed in Normandale's Stephen Ministry program to provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges. You are invited to the Stephen Leader Team for coffee and an introduction to the Stephen Ministry program on Sunday, April 30 at 9:30 or 10:30 am in the Lower Level Conference Room.
In this class, we will cover the following topics:
Overview of Stephen Ministry at Normandale
Qualifications for Stephen Ministers
Why become a Stephen Minister?
What does a Stephen Minister do?
Training: Timeframe & Topics
Questions? Contact Pastor Dale at 952.929.1697 firstname.lastname@example.org or Dana Arnold at 952.929.1697 email@example.com for more information or to become a Stephen Minister in this class.
Tuesdays, May 2 - August 1 | 10:30-11:30 am | Rooms 212-213
Gentle Yoga: May 2, 16, 30, June 20, July 11, 25 Strength & Balance: May 9, 23, June 6, 27, July 18, August 1
Join us every Tuesday for an alternating series of Gentle Yoga and Strength & Balance classes to improve your strength, balance, flexibility, and mental well-being. Participants of all ages and ability levels are welcome and yoga poses will be offered in chairs as well as on the mat. All classes will be led by Cathy O’Donnell, a local fitness instructor with years of experience. In addition to being certified as a group exercise instructor, laughter yoga teacher and personal trainer, Cathy is also a national presenter for the National Exercise Trainer Association.
Cost: $5 for drop-in or a single session, $25 for all six Gentle Yoga OR all six Strength & Balance classes if you sign up before May 2. $45 for all twelve classes, Gentle Yoga and Strength & Balance, if you sign up before May 2.
Sunday, May 7 | 9:15-10:15 am | Lower Level Conference Room
Welcome! We’d love to get to know you, introduce you to our community, and help in any way we can as you find your way at Normandale. We hope you’ll join us for this time of fellowship and look forward to connecting with you! Refreshments will be provided.
Questions? Please contact Jenny Bock, Director of Connections, at 952.929.1697 x349 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paths to Faithful Caregiving
Saturday, May 13th | 9:00 - 10:30 am | Rooms 209-211
The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness has recently added a faith-based caregiver workshop to our offerings! Paths to Faithful Caregiving teaches a variety of skills necessary to navigate caregiving situations and also supports participants in considering how their spirituality affects, and is affected by, their caregiving. We will be offering two of the five sessions on the second Saturdays of April and May. While participants attend the workshop, their care receivers are welcome to join our free respite group which will be available during the workshop. Note: The Center's Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group will take place immediately afterwards for those who wish to stay and participate. Caregivers must register ahead, so click here to send your registration in today. >
Vision for Healthy Living | Elder Nutrition Education Lunch & Learn
Mondays, May 15 & June 12 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Rooms 209, 210, 211
It’s no secret that we have different nutritional needs at different points in our lives, but what does that mean for those of us who are 60 years old or better? Bring a lunch and enjoy an enlightening conversation with others who want to know more about what it looks like to eat well as you age. The group will be led by Mary Lavelle, licensed dietitian, with years of experience helping people improve their health through better eating.