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Annual Meetings

Norman's annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 19 following the worship service at 10:45. Note that service times this day will switch to account for their annual meeting.

Davenport's annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26 following the worship service at 10:45.

All annual reports for both Norman and Davenport should be sent to Kristina Leslie at or mailed to PO Box 265, Davenport, ND.

Norman's deadline is January 12.
Davenport's deadline is January 19.

Any items received after these deadlines will likely not be included in the annual reports.

January Worship Schedule

Service at 9:00 am
Sunday School at 10:15 am

Sunday School at 9:30 am
Service at 10:45 am

All Sunday's except on Sunday, January 19 times will switch.

Alfred Vangsness Funeral

Gathering - 5:00-7:00 pm, Friday, December 27, at Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred. 10:00-11:00 am, Saturday, December 28, at Davenport Lutheran Church, Davenport.

Prayer Service - 7:00 pm, Friday, December 27, at Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred.

Funeral Service - 11:00 am, Saturday, December 28, at Davenport Lutheran Church, Davenport.

Burial:Kindred Cemetery, Kindred

Sleigh Rides

You can hear the sleigh bells in the snow this white Christmas season. Sleigh rides are offered at Norman Lutheran December 22-23 - 1-4 pm December 24 - noon to 2pm December 26-29 - 1-4 pm The price is a free-will donation. Call for reservations (701) 428-3225.

December 29 Service Schedule

Norman - 9:00 am Davenport - 10:45 am No Sunday School at either church.

Christmas Eve Service Schedule

Norman Service at 3:30 pm
Davenport Service at 5:30 pm

Newsletter Items Due

Just a reminder that the deadline for newsletter items is Monday, December 23. If you have items now, please send right away instead of waiting as we'll be working around Christmas and New Years. Thank you in advance.

Call Committee Meeting

The next Call Committee meeting will be Tuesday, December 10 at 7:00 pm at Norman.

NOTE - Service Time Change - December 15

Worship service times will be switched on December 15. Davenport will be at 9:00 am and Norman at 10:45 am to accommodate the Norman Sunday School Christmas program and potluck dinner.

Parish Council Meeting

Please note time/location change!Parish Council Meeting Wednesday, December 11 7:30 at Norman Individual church councils will meet immediately following the parish council meeting. The meeting time/location is being changed to allow people to participate in the Holiday Workshop at Norman before attending the meeting.

Seeking Seasonal Singers!

Join the Norman Christmas Eve Choir No big commitment. We will have just one rehearsal after church on December 22 and will sing at the Christmas Eve Service December 24 at 3:30 pm Everyone is welcome! Including family and friends home for the holidays.

Norman Christmas Program

The Norman Sunday School Christmas program will be held during services at Norman on Sunday, December 15 at 10:45 am. A modified potluck dinner will follow: Norman Workgroup 1  - casserole/hot dishes Board of Education - desserts The rest of us - side dishes and salads

WANTED: Elves!

Norman and Davenport Elves of ALL ages Norman's 2nd AnnualChristmas Workshop  Can you Mix & Tie? Then you are hired! Join us Wednesday, December 11 6:00-6:30 - Food & Fellowship 6:30 - Assembly line begins
Please join us to help these worthy causes:
Churches United for the Homeless - making after school snack packs, "Healthy Snack Attack." Please consider a $5 donation for these snack packs.Project Linus - tying fleece blankets - blankets are sent to children in crisis situations. Please consider monetary donations to help cover shipping costs.

Davenport Christmas Program

Davenport Sunday School Christmas Program Sunday, December 8 10:45 am Potluck lunch will follow
The kids are asked to be at Sunday School at 9:00 am for practice and dress rehearsal.

Paula Jacobson Funeral

Funeral Service will be held at Norman Lutheran Church rural Kindred, ND Monday, November 25, 2013 - 2 pm

Norman Christmas Decorating

Norman Church Christmas decorating by Group 2 will take place on Monday November 25 at 7:00 pm.  Please let your chairperson know if you will help.

Community Thanksgiving Service

This year's Community Thanksgiving service will be held at 7:00 pm at Calvary Methodist.

Norman Giving Tree and Food Drive

Just a reminder that if you have items you are donating for either the Giving Tree or the Food Pantry, have them to the church by Sunday, December 1.

Parish Budget Meeting

The Parish Executive Committee will meet regarding the 2014 parish budget on Sunday, November 24, at 6:00 pm at Norman.

Bridal Shower for Hilary Andvik

There will be a community shower for Hilary Andvik at Kindred Spirits in Kindred, ND on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 7 - 8:30 pm. Hilary will marry Casey Odegaard on December 7, 2013, at Pontoppidan Lutheran Church in Fargo, ND.

Special Meeting to Vote on Proposed Education Hall

To: Norman Lutheran Congregation
From: Eric Berg, Norman President

The Norman Church Council called for the formation of a Norman Building Committee to develop a plan for the construction of an education hall to be added to the existing church.The final report of the Norman Building Committee has been presented to the congregation.Three separate discussion meeting have been held.The architects’ drawings have been on display in the narthex for viewing and discussion and are also currently available for access on the Norman website ( architects estimate this project would cost in the mid $300,000 range. As of December 31, 2012, there is $225,577 in cash assets stemming from the sale of an anonymous land donation to Norman Lutheran.It was the intention of the donor that this money be used for constructing an addition to be used for Christian education. A congregational meeting will be held following the worship service on Sunday November 24, 2013 to vote on approval of …

Norman Thanksgiving Food Drive

All donations benefit the Cass County Rural Emergency Food Pantry
Collection ends Sunday, December 1
Sunday School Kids:Please bring your donation to Sunday School instead of regular offering for the month of November.
Congregation:Feel free to bring your donations either up to the baskets in the front of the church or in the basket in the Narthex. We can help by bringing:
Soups: chicken noodle, tomato, cream of chicken, cream of mushroomBoxed potatoesCanned frostingJelloSugarCoffeeSaltine crackersPaper products like toilet paper, paper towels, KleenexLaundry products

2013 Norman Giving Tree

Please consider donating NEW items under the tree in the Norman narthex by December 1.

The Unique Boutique is where new, donated items are set up like a store for people in need through the YWCA to "shop" for their loved ones. Donated items should be new and unwrapped - they provide a gift wrap room on site.

Unique Boutique Needs List:

Infant/ToddlerLearning toysDuplo BlocksInfant/Toddler clothingChildrenToys – no guns, weapons or violent toysGames - Electronic, Board and Card gamesLegos/Lego CitySports equipmentAction figures – nothing violentChildren’s clothingTeensCDs/DVDsClothingJewelrySports equipmentMovie passesGift Cards of all typesTeen clothing

KMA Holiday Baskets

This year, Norman and Davenport are asked to provide 10 pound bags of potatoes for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. We need to have at least 22 bags to Kindred Lutheran Church no later than November 21.

Call Committee Meeting

A Call Committee meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 pm at Norman.

Thank You!

A very special thank you to everyone from Davenport and Norman who attended the Family Heritage Sunday on November 3. We had a great morning making lefse and krumkake and learning about Scandinavian heritage and viewing artifacts. The kids also learned a Norwegian folk song which they sang during the morning service. Thank you to everyone that participated in the service and the meal that followed. The meatballs, mashed potatoes, and fresh lefse and krumkake were all wonderful. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Davenport at a date yet to be determined for another joint parish worship service!

Norman Education Wing Vote

Attention Norman Members!

Just a reminder that the vote regarding the Norman Education Wing is scheduled for Sunday, November 10, following the church service.

Norman Quilters

Meet at Norman church on Monday, November 4 at 9 am.

November 3 - Joint Worship Service

Sunday, November 3, there will only be one morning service at Norman. Norman has invited Davenport to participate in their Scandinavian Heritage Sunday.

This will be fun event for ALL ages!

9:00 am - lefse/krumkake making and a Scandinavian artifact display
10:45 am - joint worship service
Meatball/mashed potato meal with lefse and krumkake for dessert

It will be a busy but fun day!  Hope to see you all there!
If you have any questions, please contact Jen Swenson or Kristina Leslie.

Davenport All Member Meeting

There will be a special meeting held on October 27 following the church service and before the potluck meal. We are asking ALL members to attend this meeting to discuss the future of the church.

Scandinavian Heritage Sunday - Nov. 3

On Sunday, November 3, there will only be one morning service. Norman has invited Davenport to participate in their Scandinavian Heritage Sunday. This will be fun event for ALL ages!

Join us at 9:00 am for lefse/krumkake making; 10:45 am for a joint worship service and a meal to follow the service.

Lefse Making:
3 or so volunteers per church to help oversee this crazy process, mainly the grills
2-3 batches of lefse dough per church, bring already mixed (or at the just add flour stage)
Also in need of the equipment needed to make

still working on this element of the day

Meal: Plan for 75-100

will bring potatoes - can cook at church that morning and mash before church (or we can make ahead; will need to decide)
2 pans of bars
3-5 people in kitchen
If you can help with any of these items, please sign-up at the church or contact Kristina Leslie.

bring meatballs - Bonnie/Carolyn will assign people from Group to bring food
2 pans of bars
pick up corn
3-5 peo…

Call Committee Meeting

Call Committee meeting October 23  7:00–9:00pm at Davenport

Call Committee Members

Parish Members - just a reminder that the Call Committee represents you. Please feel free to provide input or suggestions to any call committee member.

Parish President Mark Kuznia
Norman Council President Eric Berg
Davenport Council President Dean Andvik

Norman Members - Andy Westby, Beulah Rustad, Colton Christmann, Erik Thoen, Paula Duval and Joan Grabanski.

Davenport Members - Jim Jermstad, Tony Johnson, Nancy Ebens, Marty Schmit, Renee Flom and Dennis Sumption.

Welcome to the Newest Member

Last Sunday, September 29, we welcomed Crosby Johnson into the family of Christ through Holy Baptism. Crosby is the son of Amity and Jeremy Johnson. The Johnson's are members at Davenport. Welcome Crosby!

Fields of Faith (youth event)

Fields of Faith Sponsored by Kindred Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00pm KHS football field Special Guest: Jordan Peterson The Richland Huddle has also been invited to join the Kindred Huddle for this event. There will be special music, students sharing their testimony along with scripture being read. Goal is to have at least 100 students on the field for this event! Please join them and bring a friend!

Family Sunday at Norman

Family Sunday at Norman October 6 at 10:15 a.m.

Please join us for coffee and fellowship downstairs after church when the Sunday School kids put together:
Afterschool snack bags for Churches United of the Homeless AND Birthday in a Bag for children at the YWCA shelter!

You can help by donating the following by Sunday:
Little Debbie snack cakes (boxes of individually wrapped treats)
Packages of balloons
Any snack item for the afterschool mix (nuts, cereal, raisins, pretzels, m&m’s)
Pint size Ziploc bags with zipper
Small toys ($5 or less)
Activity books or puzzle books
Snazzy pens or markers
Birthday blowers or hats
Monetary donations are fine, too!

October Worship Schedule

Norman 9:00 am - Worship 10:15 am - Sunday School Davenport 9:30 am - Sunday  School 10:45 am - Worship

Parish Council Meeting

There will be a joint parish council meeting on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm at Norman. Individual church council meetings immediately following.

Davenport Luther League Meeting

Kick-off the new school year! Pizza party on Sunday, October 6 at 5:00 at the church. This will be for parents and kids in grades 7-12 to talk about the upcoming year.

Building Committee Informational Meeting

The second informational meeting regarding the proposed education wing addition to Norman will be held after church on Sunday, October 6. Please plan to attend to discuss the Building Committee proposed plan.

Call Committee Meeting

The first Call Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 2 at 6:00 pm at Norman. If you are not able to make this date/time, please contact Mark Kuznia, Eric Berg or Dean Andvik and let them know.

Norman Members - Andy Westby, Beulah Rustad, Colton Christmann, Erik Thoen, Paula Duval and Joan Grabanski.

Davenport Members - Jim Jermstad, Tony Johnson, Nancy Ebens, Marty Schmit, Renee Flom and Dennis Sumption.

All Parish Members - reminder that the Call Committee represents you. Please feel free to provide input or suggestions to any call committee member.

The Project F-M

The Project F-M Making space for 20/30-somethings to love God and neighbor by cultivating an open-minded, curious faith.

You are welcome to The Project FM.

Update on Pastor Aanen's Recovery

Please keep Pastor Aanen in your prayers. Per his wife Carol, his recovery has been pretty rough. The surgery was more intense than they expected and all the medications have been making him nauseous. His recovery will likely be slower than expected. Please keep him in your prayers so those good thoughts will speed his recovery.

Parish Council Meeting Canceled

The parish council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 has been canceled and will be rescheduled in the near future.

Parish Website and Newsletter Editor

If you have items for the monthly newsletter or the website, please send them to Kristina Leslie at Items for the newsletter must be received by the 23rd of each month. A monthly reminder will be sent to council members and other individuals that routinely contribute. If you would like to be included on that reminder email, please send me your email address.

Davenport Luther League Meeting

The Luther League meeting scheduled for September 8 following the morning service has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Thank you.

This Week's Worship Service Schedule

On Sunday, August 25, there will be a Parish Worship service at Norman at 10:00 am. There will be no service at Davenport on Wednesday, August 28.

Rally Sunday

Rally Sunday will be September 8 for both churches.

Ice Cream Social

Just a reminder the Ice Cream Social is this coming Sunday.

Join us at Norman Lutheran August 25, 2013 4:00 - 7:00

Menu: BBQ, Hot Dogs,
Potato Salad, Beans, Chips
Homemade Pies, Ice Cream
Lemonade, Coffee

Entertainment by La Ditzy and Kidder.
Special music.
Plus many fun games for the kids!

September Newsletter

If you have anything for the September newsletter, please email Joan Pratt at by this Friday, August 23. If you are sending an attachment, make sure to save the file as an older version of Word (use .doc extension; not .docx).

Pastor Nathan's Farewell Letter

Norman and Davenport Parish 161 Walnut St. Kindred, ND 58051    701-428-3765

August 10, 2013

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

As many of you are aware, my time with you is coming to an end.   As I reflect upon the last two years, I am amazed at all the ways in which God has brought us together to share in many of life’s events.  With some of you I have shared great joys and celebrations.  With some I have shared great times of sorrow and grief.  It has been an honor to share in these events along with other moments that we have shared in the Gospel, shared in the love of God and be the very Body of Christ together.

I can not say “thank you” enough for all that you have shared, given to me and what we have done together in sharing the Gospel.  Thank you for your love, your prayers, your encouragement, and above all, your willingness to go where God was calling us while I served as your Pastor.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of that time with you…

Farewell for Pastor Nathan

Pastor Nathan's last service at Davenport will be Wednesday, August 21 at 7:00 pm. Please join us following the service for bars and coffee and wish him well as he begins this next chapter.

Norman's Building Project - Education Wing

The Building submitted the following proposal for the education wing at the last council meeting.  An Informational meeting shall take place on September 8th.

Fall Worship Hours

Beginning on September 1st, we shall begin the Fall Worship times.

Davenport 9am

Norman 10:45

Kindred Days Worship

On Sunday July 28, we shall gather together for the Kindred Days worship service at 10am at the Memorial Building.  Norman will NOT have an 8:30am service.

Enjoy the festivities and events of Kindred Days.

Faith in the summer

Seeing the new life and growth that is around you in the summer.  A person can appreciate the gifts that God has given to them.  Bearing witness to these gifts can often encourage someone to grow in their own faith. 

Sign up for a daily devotional from Luther Seminary, a great way to start each day called:

God Pause

Want to learn more about the books of the Bible, check out the resources on:

Enter the Bible

If you are in need of a Bible, please feel free to take one of the new Bibles that was given to the church as a gift from Luther Seminary and we strive to be a congregation dwelling in God's Word.


If you have not already done so please sign up your child for VBS.  You can sign up too as a volunteer.  We are all Children of God and can share in the lessons and love of God. Sign ups are located at the churches and VBS will be July 22-26 at Kindred Lutheran Church.

Results of the Vote

As many of you are aware, I was called for a two year term call within this parish.  On May 19th, a vote was held to extend an open ended call to Pastor Nathan.  The result of that was that a call would not be extended, so Pastor Nathan will serve out his term until the end of September.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.  
Presidents of Norman and Davenport

A Gift of Bibles

Norman and Davenport Lutheran Church have been given a gift of Bibles for the churches. This gift has been given by Luther Seminary for congregations with a First Call Pastor and are striving to be more Biblically literate.  These Bibles are free for us but are to be used and given away to those who do not have Bibles. We shall pay for the replacement of these Bibles within the pews.  We shall gather together on Wednesday the 29that 2pm at the parsonage. Next Sunday we shall distribute the Bibles into the pews before worship.

Summer Worship hours

Starting next week, we shall begin our summer worship hours with Norman on Sunday at 8:30 am and Davenport on Wednesday at 7 pm.

Bacclearate Service

A reminder to Seniors that Bacclearate is on May 19th, 7pm at St. Maurices. All are welcome to enjoy the service.

Synod Assembly Update 2013

Here is the recap from the 2013 Synod Assembly. Thank you for those who were able to attend, your voice spoke for our parish.

NORMAN Sunday School Survey and Meeting

Dear Grades 9-12 Youth and Parents (this includes students starting 9th grade next fall):

Our council at Norman supports Sunday School for youth 9-12, and we are lucky that we have parents, volunteers and a program in place to make this happen!  We realize that students (and parents) are very busy, so as the Board of Education plans for 2013-14 we would love your feedback to help make the Sunday School youth study experience as exciting and inspiring as possible.

We are conducting the survey for parents and youth to explore topics and curriculum that are most interesting and applicable to students in grades 9-12.  Essentially, what do students want learn about and/or what do parents want them to learn about?  Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will assist us in planning out the schedule for Grades 9-12 next fall.  All answers will be confidential.

Please follow this link to a survey and complete one survey per person (one per student, parents together or one each).  A Facebook and …

Men's Group

Men’s Group to meet at 7AM at Express Lane on April 27th. We shall be discussing the first three questions within the book: “Banned: Questions of the Bible”

Photos for New Directory

Lannette Christmann is still needing photos of your family or fun activities to get into the Directory. Please send photos to email: Please submit by the end of April.

Norman Davenport Parish – Special Meeting

Norman Davenport Parish – Special Meeting

Sunday May 19 immediately after each church service

Pastor Nathan was hired on a two-year Letter of Call. That Call (contract) is set to expire in September 2013. The Parish Council is requesting your attendance at this special meeting to vote to approve an open-ended Call for Pastor Nathan. An open-ended Call is customary for Pastoral contracts. This is a ballot vote and the ballot will read:

I approve retaining Nathan Strong as Pastor for Norman – Davenport Lutheran Parish by extension of his employment contract to an open-ended Call.

A “YES” vote will retain Pastor Nathan as Pastor. A “NO” vote will allow his current 2 year Letter of Call to expire and we will begin the process of forming a Call Committee to identify a new Pastor. The ballot vote requires a 2/3 majority YES vote and must be approved by both churches in order to extend Pastor Nathan’s contract. A second vote to approve Pastor’s compensation package would require a simple maj…

Synod Assembly

Next Sunday leaders from all over the synod shall gather together. Please keep them all in prayer during the time that they gather and travel.

Synod Assembly Information

Confirmand and Graduate Recognition Dinners

Davenport will celebrate with their Confirmands and Graduates on April 28th. 
Confirmation for both churches will be on May 5th.  Worship: 9AM Davenport               10:45AM Norman
Norman will celebrate with their Confirmands and Graduates on May 19th.

Faith Five

I hope you are continuing the FAITH FIVE at home.  It is a great way to strengthen your relationship with God and share your faith as a family.

Easter Worship

"For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Son. That whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16-17

That's right, God loves you and wants to celebrate with you at worship this Sunday at:

Davenport - 9AM
Norman - 10:45AM

Let us celebrate the Joy and Victory together!

GOD Event Rescheduled

The GOD Event featuring discussion around the movie "The Blind Side" has been rescheduled for:

Sunday, April 7th
1:30pm to 4:45pm

We hope that you are able to enjoy the movie, discussion, and games during this time.  Please let us know if you are able to make to the event so that we have an accurate number.

Davenport Annual Dinner

The Davenport Annual Dinner is on Sunday, April 7th.
It is held at the Davenport Elementary.
Serving will be 11am - 1pm
~Beef Sirloin Tips~
~Grilled Chicken Breast~
Baked Potato
Bars – Buns – Beverage

Adults: $8
10 & Under: $4
2 & Under: Free

Dine In or Carry Out  

Holy Week

Holy Week Begins this Sunday:
Palm Sunday
Davenport 9AM
Norman 10:45AM

Maundy Thursday
First Communion Workshop 5:30PM
Davenport 7:30PM

Good Friday
Kindred Lutheran - 7pm

Easter Sunday
Davenport 9AM
Norman 10:45AM
Easter Egg Hunt will happen after the worship service for the Sunday School.

GOD Event Tonight Postponed

Tonight's youth event at Norman has been postponed due to the weather. Have a safe and warm evening as a family.

Faith Five

KAMA Easter Baskets