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Vision for Healthy Living

Vision for Healthy Living is a partnership between Normandale Lutheran Church and the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness working to promote an integrative vision of health by caring for the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. For more information, read "About Vision for Healthy Living" below.

Questions? Please contact Pastor Dale Howard at or 952.929.1697. 

Yoga Basics Exercise Series

Thursdays, September 14 - October 19 | 10:30-11:30am | Room TBD

Improved balance, increased strength, greater sense of peace and calm…these are just a few things you can expect to gain from this six-week yoga sampler series. Be sure to catch every class because each one has a different focus and offers new tools and strategies for improved overall well-being. Participants of all ages and abilities are welcome and modifications will be offered for every level.
September 14 | Week 1: Introduction + breathing and relaxation
September 21 | Week 2: Flexibility, stretching and lengthening
September 28 | Week 3: Chair/desk yoga
October 5 | Week 4: Balance
October 12 | Week 5: Restorative and meditation
October 19 | Week 6: Strength and toning

Classes are taught by Melissa Lombard, a Registered Yoga Teacher who has been teaching a wide variety of fitness classes to all levels and abilities since 2001. Melissa loves watching her students gain strength and confidence from stretching themselves - both physically and mentally. After 15 years in Texas, native Minnesotan Melissa is happy to be back "home" and spends her free time exploring all the lakes and trails this beautiful state has to offer. She also loves baking and has plans this winter to perfect her lefse recipe!
$6 for drop-in or a single session
$35 for the entire series
To register, contact the Center at 952-929-1698 or

Renewing Waters

Wednesdays, October 4 - November 8 | 1:00-3:00 pm | 3rd Floor
“Renewing Waters” is a six-week program designed and led by Jenita Pace, MA Ed, LPC of Three Rivers Counseling, to help people who are struggling with depression and anxiety. The study provides practical tools, built on a strong theological foundation, to help participants grow and find comfort and healing through their struggles. The Bible study is built on a study of the various ways water is used in the Bible to offer comfort and hope. Jenita graduated with a Bible & Humanities degree from Columbia International University cum laude in 2004, and then went on to earn a Masters in School Counseling from Western Carolina University in 2013. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Minnesota Counseling Association. To learn more click here>
Cost: $30 for the series
To register, please call The Center for Healing and Wholeness at 952-929-1698.

About Vision for Healthy Living

In 2016, NLC in conjunction with the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness agreed to partner on the process of discerning how to promote a holistic view of health. That is, how to support individuals of all ages within the church and the broader community to lead healthier lives, not only from a physical perspective, but also socially, emotionally, and spiritually. In January 2016, a comprehensive strategic planning task force was formed, led by an independent facilitator and comprised of 12 key stakeholders.

For six months, the Healthy Living Task Force met to review community health data, interview community organizations, health care delivery, and public health service providers. In addition, over 120 individuals within the congregation and the broader community were surveyed and asked to identify health concerns which were obstacles to living healthier lives of healing and wholeness.

As a result of these efforts three key health education areas were identified as the most pressing health concerns identified for those surveyed include:

  • Mental health
  • Expanded services and supports for seniors
  • Nutrition and exercise (i.e. obesity prevention)

Findings recommended that programs focus on prevention of health concerns rather than intervention, utilize approaches that strengthen relationships and build deeper connection between individuals and with the community.

With these findings, NLC and the Center are actively tasked with developing a joint implementation plan for the delivery of multi-generational public health programming through the Vision for Healthy Living.

Vision for Healthy Living is a partnership between Normandale Lutheran Church and the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness working to promote an integrative vision of health by caring for the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. Questions? Please contact Pastor Dale Howard at or 952.929.1697.

In fall 2016, we were excited to hold our first events in the Vision for Healthy Living: Talking About Mental Health: A Series with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. These fall events were open to the public and free of charge. Additional events are currently being planned for 2017. We look forward expanding our offerings as we work to promote an integrative vision of health by caring for the needs of the body, mind, and spirit.