Serve | Congregational Care
Serve with us in Congregational Care here at Normandale!
- Administrative Congregational Care
- Seminarian Support
Scroll down for a brief description of the service opportunities listed below; urgent and ongoing needs are listed at the top. Please contact Jenny Bock, Director of Connections, at firstname.lastname@example.org / 952.977.9349 with questions or to learn more about any of the opportunities below, and thank you for joining us in caring for our NLC community!
Memory Companions Needed (Center for Healing & Wholeness | 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 the Center at 952.977.9374.
Friendly Visitors Needed (Center for Healing & Wholeness) | Many elders in our community need companionship. Visits may include playing cards or games, simple gardening, looking through photos together or just enjoying each other’s company. Interested? Contact the Center at 952.977.9374.
We are here to care for each other and we believe God’s loving presence is experienced through people caring for one another.
Volunteers and our NLC Parish Nurse visit those who have recently moved to a different home or other living facility. These short informal visits include prayers, blessings, and refreshments.
A community of people who pray daily for the needs of anyone who has requested prayers.
Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one caring ministry providing high quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Stephen Ministers receive fifty hours of extensive training in distinctively Christian care for people experiencing a life crisis. They study and practice skills in areas including emotional crisis, crisis intervention, listening, and confidentiality. Click here to learn more>
Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness
The Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness serves over 500 older persons and family members each year, providing supportive services and assistance to seniors and family members or friends helping an older person live with independence and dignity. Consider volunteering at the Center by providing administrative support, or being part of a relationship-based Volunteer Team, visiting one-on-one with a senior in need of companionship, or providing respite for a caregiver attending one of the Center’s many supportive programs. A volunteer orientation training session at the Center and a meeting with Cheryl Nickelson, the Center's Volunteer Coordinator, will help you discern where your interests and gifts intersect with the needs of participating elders and families; the Center provides training, ongoing monitoring and support. For more information about volunteer opportunities drop in, click here or contact Cheryl Nickelson, Volunteer Coordinator, at email@example.com or call 952.977.9374.
Friends Card Project
Love sending cards and notes? We send hand-written birthday cards and holiday cards to members over age 79. If you enjoy sending notes and caring for others in this way, please join us in this card project!
Knitted Hats & Scarves
Hats and scarves are knitted throughout the year and given at Christmas to partner outreach programs. Patterns and donated yarn are available at NLC!
Prayer Shawls are created by NLC knitters who weave their prayers for God’s love and for healing of body, mind, and spirit. Prayer shawls are provided to people experiencing difficult times: illness, surgery, personal crisis, loss, and other challenging circumstances.
Sew Day / Mission Quilts
Do you love to quilt? Would you like to learn? Donated fabric, sheets, and blankets are used to create mission quilts for Lutheran World Relief (LWR) , Community Emergency Service (CES), and Normandale Housing. Quilters meet Mondays twice a month to create these beautiful art blankets.
Are you handy? Do you love working on house projects? NLC has a team of handy and talented individuals, the Holy Hammers, who help others with home projects. This team is led by Jack Kemme and is seeking additional handy individuals. Questions? Contact Jack Kemme at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to learn more>
LifeCare Leadership, Development, and Support
NLC currently hosts and participates in the Edina Coalition for Grief Support and we have previously hosted and led DivorceCare small groups. We are looking to expand LifeCare at NLC. If you have a passion for this ministry, please join us in caring for each other through these opportunities. Click here to learn more>
Administrative Congregational Care
The NLC Archives Committee organizes and helps to document and preserve church records and items pertinent to the preservation of NLC’s church history.
Each Friday afternoon a team of individuals comes into the office to stuff bulletins for the upcoming Sunday morning worship services. The work is light and no prior experience is necessary!
NLC has two teams of "counters" who count the offering weekly in the church office. Teams are made up of 4-5 members who total and account for our Sunday offerings.
Wednesday helpers come in on Wednesday mornings and help with a variety of tasks as needed, including Sunday School prep and other office and adminstrative tasks. The volunteer work is light and includes social time and coffee!
Sending Forth supports future church leaders while in seminary.