Normandale Housing Ministry Introduces New Case Manager

All Together in One Place, a Comprehensive Campaign for NLC, also includes sustenance and expansion of outreach ministries, including Normandale Housing Ministry.  Normandale Housing Ministry serves families in the Phillips neighborhood of South Minneapolis and over the years, Normandale House has been home to more than 40 families transitioning from homelessness to independent living.

Normandale Housing Ministry.  From left to right:  Pastor Dale Howard, Rashida Jackson, Val Pruitt, Phil Larson

Normandale Housing Ministry representatives at the All Together in One Place Groundbreaking Celebration. From left to right: Pastor Dale Howard, Rashida Jackson, Val Pruitt, Phil Larson

Through NLC’s on-going support, Normandale Housing Ministry (NHM) is able to continue and expand its mission and ministry.  Recently, NHM hired a new case manager, Rashida Jackson, to work with families at Normandale House.  Her position as case manager will enable NHM to serve more individuals and families as a result of program expansion.

Rashida has worked in areas of social service, community corrections, and mental health for over 20 years. Most recently, she has worked in the supportive affordable housing arena as a Property Manager, providing housing opportunities to families, youth, and single adults, who were homeless and facing multiple barriers, either with chemical dependency, mental health, or criminality.

Rashida holds a BA degree in Africana History from the University of Minnesota.  She is also a part of the Hennepin County Penn Implementation Committee, whose focus is looking at the Penn Corridor from Cedar Lake Road all the way to 49th and Penn Avenue North and providing input on implementing design and infrastructural changes to strengthen social and economic opportunities for the citizens who live, work, and play on Penn Avenue.

Rashida is a mother of three daughters and a grandmother of four.  We are excited to have Rashida working alongside us in this ministry.  Thanks be to God!

Surpassing $4 Million in Pledges and Gifts

Thank you to all who have responded so generously to our Campaign – we have surpassed $4 million and gifts and pledges continue to be provided. Thank you for your generous support!

Work on the north end of the building, both levels, continues. Preparation for new flooring is almost complete. Framing will soon be underway for the administrative area and the downstairs restrooms near the entrance to Valley View Room (the gym). Renovated spaces throughout the building will enhance both programmatic ministry activities and informal opportunities to gather and share hospitality throughout the week. In August, we will enjoy access to the new spaces, and work will begin on the south end of the building, continuing into November. The south end building construction will include the Center for Healing and Wholeness and the newly created Family Life Center in the former library area. Library resources will be available throughout many areas so that they will be used more often by all ages. Thanks be to God!

Flooring Removed, Fireside Room Lower Level Narthex/The Landing New restroom entrance

What is Happening Behind the “Restricted Area” Door?

On the first floor, the canopy entrance on the west parking lot is now closed.  Please use the Preschool entrance and Healing & Wholeness entrance on the east side of the building to access the south end of the building.  Blessing Place, the Youth Room and Valley View gym can be accessed through the door on the north end of the building, close to Valley View Road.

On the second level, demolition continues in the Administrative offices, Fireside Room and the rear narthex.  It is amazing how much can change in a short period of time!

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ATOP Update

Thank you to all who have responded so generously to our Campaign – on the verge of $4 million in gifts and pledges to date!  This is a tremendous response – thank you!  We continue to receive pledges, and every gift and commitment is important in our shared response.  If you have the ability to give fulfill your 2015 pledge now, please consider doing so, as this will reduce the amount needed to borrow during construction and will save interest payments.

Construction and Facility Update

This week, work began on the north end of the building and will continue throughout the summer.   For your safety, please avoid entering restricted areas.  The entrance to the Blessing Place and Valley View Room is on the north end of the building.  The offices have been temporarily moved to the south end of the building, including the reception desk just outside of the sanctuary.  Thank you to all who helped with the relocation process – no easy task for a home for thousands!

Sunday, April 26

This Sunday the outside Fireside entrance on the east side of the building will be closed.  It will remain closed throughout construction.  All other entrances will be open.

Please note the following programming locations:

  • The nursery has been relocated to the Lower Level Conference Room
  • Crossways will meet in Rooms 209-211
  • ParentRest will meet in the Balcony
  • Most Sunday School classes will meet in their regular classrooms with 3rd-5th graders meeting in the Valley View gym
    • Class 2B will meet in Room 306
    • The 6th grade faith marker will meet in Multi-purpose Room North, 3rd floor
  • FnL (7th-12th grade), please join in the recognition of Steve Hanson in Fellowship Hall

Week of April 27

The canopy entrance will be closed beginning Monday, April 27 – there are plenty of other entrances where you are welcome to enter!  Please use the Preschool entrance door on the west side of the building or the entrance near Healing & Wholeness on the east side of the building.
In the meantime, road construction by the City of Edina continues around the perimeter of the building.  This is not related to our church construction project.  Let your friends and neighbors know it is okay to drive around the “road closed to through traffic signs” and use the road to come to Normandale Lutheran Church.

Thanks for your patience and good humor as we reschedule meeting spaces and learn new ways of finding our way.  Be sure to smile and introduce yourself if you bump into someone!

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down…

This week, construction and demo have been in full swing at NLC.  While temporary walls were put up around restricted construction areas, NLC staff and volunteers worked hard to create welcoming and inviting areas for all to gather and created new spaces in different places.  New! Starting this Sunday, April 26, little ones can play in the Nursery which has been relocated to the Lower Level Conference Room during Sunday morning worship and during Wednesday Night programming.

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And beyond those temporary walls, some exciting things were happening…

In the Administrative offices, first this happened:


And then this happened:


And by mid-afternoon on Wednesday, it was more than a little dusty in there.


Stay tuned for more updates!

The Administrative Office has a Temporary New Home

Many things have been in motion this week.  The administrative offices moved to the south end of the building in the previous library location, the Welcome Center was relocated near the elevator on the second floor, and the city road construction outside our doors is in full swing.  Through it all, we continue to love, learn, worship, serve, and laugh together.  Please stop by the new reception desk across from the elevator throughout the week to let us know how we can assist you.


Join the Groundbreaking Celebration!

On Sunday, April 12, we will dedicate our pledges in worship and gather at 9:45 am as we “break ground” together under the canopy entrance on the west parking lot. Then join the celebration from 10:00 am – 12:15 pm for refreshments and coffee, to tour Normandale and imagine new and improved spaces, and to learn about mission outreach expansion.


Construction Planning Underway

This week, the Church Council will be reviewing planning documents, costs, and agreements from OPUS, in addition to reviewing financing recommendations from the Finance Committee.

Construction (April – August)

Construction during this phase will affect the north end of the building. The Fireside Room, current administrative offices, Fellowship Hall, kitchen, and lower narthex (The Landing) will be closed.

The administrative offices will be moved to the south end of the building the week of April 13. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this transition time.

Construction (September – December)

Construction during this time will affect the south end of the building, including the elevator area and the Center for Healing & Wholeness offices, which will be temporarily relocated to the north end of the building.