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Java and Jesus tomorrow, August 16th!

Join us tomorrow morning at Norman Lutheran  from 6:00-6:30am as we dwell in God’s Word, lift up our prayers, and re-center ourselves.  Coffee and breakfast treats will be ready!

See you this Sunday for Campfire Worship!


Norman Lutheran's Annual Pie and Ice Cream Social!


Campfire Worship on August 13th!


Guitar Lessons coming to Norman Lutheran this Fall!


Monthly Giving Project

MILK Monetary Collection....milk boxes will be available to collect your extra change throughout the months of May, June and July. The monetary donation will be given to Kindred Elementary for students unable to purchase snack milk for the school year.

Registration for Community Vacation Bible School

Registration for 2017 Vacation Bible School is here!
This year Norman Davenport Parish will be partnering again with Kindred Lutheran to sponsor a Kindred Community Vacation Bible School during the month of August.  This year's theme will be Maker Fun Factory, and it will be hosted by Kindred Lutheran Church. Dates:  August 14 - 17 Times:  6:00 PM to 8:15 PM Location:  Kindred Lutheran Church We will be collecting school supplies to donate to Kindred School, and we will be making tie-dyed shirts again too! Registration forms are available at both Norman and Davenport churches.  Please return registration forms to Pastor Laura or Diane Kjelstrup.  We love our volunteers!  Without you our community vacation bible school would never happen.  This year Norman Davenport Parish will be in charge of leading Imagination Station (crafts) for both pre-K and elementary students as well as the KidVid Cinema (movie) for the elementary kids.  Our very own Pastor Laura will be working together with Pa…

Summer Worship Schedule

Wednesday Evenings - Davenport  at 7:30  pm Sunday Mornings - Norman at 9:00 am Campfire Worship - Norman at 7:00 pm July 9 - August 13

Java and Jesus

WOM’s Spiritual Enrichment Committee invites you to join them in gathering and starting your day with God a few times throughout the summer. We will gather at Norman Lutheran from 6:00-6:30am on Wednesday, June 14, July 12, and August 16 for coffee, scripture and prayer as a way to ground ourselves in the middle of each month, and start our day with God and in fellowship with one another. All are welcome! Questions? Ask Pastor Laura, Deb Olson, or Kim Lammers.

ELCA World Hunger Bike Ride

Norman-Davenport has been asked to sponsor, and Davenport Lutheran has been asked to host, for the EaND Synod’s bicyclists on June 23 for the ELCA World Hunger Bike Ride! The bicyclists will arrive at Davenport around 5 pm for supper the evening of the 23rd to share a meal with us along with a powerpoint presentation to talk about the goals for the ELCA World Hunger initiative. A sign-up sheet will be in the narthex at Davenport to provide food and/or help serve the meal on the 23rd. The parish will also be collecting donations to support this event, the bicyclists, and ELCA World Hunger, which can be given to Pastor Laura.

Norman Spring Cleaning

Join us if you can for a Spring Cleaning afternoon and evening at Norman!
Monday, June 5 "Spring Cleaning @ Norman"4-8 p.m. 6 p.m. delicious supper of brats served by Eric Berg
Feel free to come and go as you are able for a afternoon/evening of fellowship and spring cleaning at Norman! -OUTSIDE - we will work outside in the park area to prepare an area for a firepit to be used for the campfire worship this summer -INSIDE - we will tackle, all WOM groups together, cleaning the windows in the fellowship hall, the floors under the pews and dust the chairs in the balcony

Council Meeting

The councils will meet at Davenport after worship on Wednesday, June 7.

Pastor Laura's Office Hours - 6/5-6/11

Monday - Day Off
Tuesday - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday - 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Feedback Requested - Future Parish Worship Times

The subject of the monthly alternating of parish worship times was discussed at the last parish council meeting. The parish council would love the input of both congregations on the idea of, as a trial, not alternating worship times from September-December 2017. The idea is that not alternating every month is more welcoming to visitors, and even for members, in knowing when each church’s service will take place. In order to continue to be fair in terms of early vs. late worship, the council is considering alternating the times every year. However, in order to see how each congregation feels about a set time, the council’s thought is to have set worship times for both congregations for the months of September through December 2017, and then discussing how it went at the Annual Meeting in January to determine if the congregations wish to continue with the change. Please talk with your respective council members or Pastor Laura and share any questions, concerns, or feedback regarding thi…

Norman Spring Cleaning

All are welcome and invited to attend our Spring Cleaning event on Monday, June 5 from 4:00-8:00 at Norman. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm, courtesy of Eric Berg. Feel free to come and go as you are able for a night of fellowship and spring cleaning at Norman!  Projects to be completed: OUTSIDE - we will work outside in the park area to prepare an area for a fire pit to be used for the campfire worship this summer; INSIDE - we will tackle as a group cleaning the windows in the fellowship hall, the floors under the pews and dust the chairs in the balcony.

EaND Synod Assembly 2017

Pastor Laura will be attending the Synod Assembly in Fargo on June 3 and 4. Norman will worship as per usual at 9:00am.

June 4 Worship

Pastor Laura will be attending the 2017 EaND Synod Assembly on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. Norman will worship at 9:00 am as per the usual summer schedule.

Joint Worship Service 5/28

This coming Sunday, May 28, we will have a joint worship service at Norman at 8:30 am.

Newsletter Items Due

Any items for the June newsletter should be submitted by May 23. Items should be sent to

Animating Faith

Our last session will be this Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm at Norman. All are welcome!

Baccalaureate Service

The Kindred area baccalaureate service will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 7:00 pm at St. Maurice's.

Graduate Recognition at Norman

Graduate Recognition Service and Brunch will be May 21, at 8:30 am at Norman. Service Group 2 will be making egg bakes, ham and pancakes. Congregation please bring fruit & muffins to share. Norman's graduates are Molly Thompson, Emily Duval, Brooke Hiatt, Emily Christmann, and Kyra Braaten.

May Worship and Sunday School Schedule

8:30 Worship - Norman 11:00 Worship - Davenport

5/28 - 8:30 Worship @ Norman
No service at Davenport

Sunday School at 9:45 5/7 - Family Sunday at Davenport 5/14 - No Sunday School 5/21 - Last Day of Sunday School

Pastor Laura on Vacation

Pastor Laura will be out of town after worship on Sunday, May 14 through Thursday, May 18. Pastor Sonja Kjar will be on call for any emergencies (701-371-3399).

Welcome to New Members!

On Sunday, April 23, we welcomed into our congregations our new members! Davenport - Dave and Becky Christianson Norman - The Kjar family, the Opgrand family, and the Wilson family Welcome to our Parish! God's blessings to all!

Davenport Graduates Celebration

On Sunday, May 7, we will be celebrating the 2017 graduates at Davenport Lutheran: Melissa Pratt, Andrew Kolling, and Danny Pfeifer. There will be a potluck dinner following the 11:00 service.

2017 National Day of Prayer Service


Confirmation Class and End of the Year Party

All Confirmation students and parents are invited to the parsonage (161 Walnut St., Kindred) starting at 6:30 pm THIS Wednesday, May 3, for pizza, games, and fellowship to celebrate a great year of faith formation!

New Member Sunday

Next Sunday, April 23, both churches will be welcoming new members! There will be goodies served after Davenport’s service and a lunch served after Norman’s service in honor of these families.

Memorial Day Weekend Service

We will have one joint service on Sunday, May 28, at Norman Lutheran, 8:30am.

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule: Maundy Thursday Worship: 7:30pm @ Davenport Good Friday Worship: 7:00pm @ KLC Easter Worship: 6:30am Sunrise Worship @ Davenport 8:30 Breakfast @ Davenport 9:30 Worship @ Norman

April Youth Group Event

The youth group will be attending the Kindred Concert Series featuring The Redhead Express. Opening the show will be local artist and The Voice Contestant, Blind Joe. Please let us know by Sunday, April 2 if you are able to attend. Concert is Friday, April 7 beginning at 7:00 pm. The youth group will purchase your ticket. This should be a great evening!

First Communion Lesson

Attention all 5th graders and parents! Watch for an informational email this coming week from Pastor Laura on what to expect on Maundy Thursday for the First Communion activities, time to be there, etc!
Here is the schedule (@ Davenport):  Pizza @ 5:30pm Baking Communion Bread + First Communion Lesson @ 6:00pm Maundy Thursday Worship @ 7:30pm

Council Meetings

The parish council will meet on Wednesday, April 5 after Lent worship at Norman Lutheran. The parish council will meet first followed by the individual church councils.

Illustrated Lent

Join us this Wednesday for a meal and coloring of our next Stations of the Cross poster at 6:00 pm, followed by worship at 7:00 pm, at Norman Lutheran. Bring your friends, all are welcome!

Lenten/Easter Worship Schedule

All services will be start at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted:

March 1 - Ash Wednesday - Davenport
March 8 - Norman
March 15 - Davenport
March 22 - Norman
March 29 - Davenport
April 5 - Norman
April 13 - Maundy Thursday - Davenport - 7:30 pm with First Communion
            - 5:30 pm pizza; 6:00 pm communion lesson
April 14 - Community Good Friday Service - Kindred Lutheran 
            - Pastor Beth/Canaan will be speaking
April 16 - Easter Sunrise Service - 6:30 am - Davenport
            - 9:30 am worship - Norman

KAMA Easter Baskets

Norman has been signed up to provide 25 boxes of pancake mix and Davenport has been signed up to provide 25 boxes of macaroni and cheese. Please leave your donations in the designated boxes in the respective church's narthex! Donations will be taken to KLC on April 4.

In Sympathy

Our prayers are with the family and friends of Iva Jean Tegtmeier as they mourn her death this past Thursday, March 16. Funeral details TBD.

March Monthly Giving Project

The WOM Monthly Giving Project for March is for the YWCA. Pajamas for women and children, any size OR a monetary donation can be given to Nic R. She will then make a wholesale bulk purchase with donations. YWCA is also in need of personal hygiene products: body soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, conditioner, chapstick, diapers, feminine care, deodorant, makeup, toothbrushes, combs.

In addition, we are also doing a Hotel toiletries collection to be given to those in shelters and other ministries in the area. In your travels, please take the toiletries provided in hotel rooms (they are discarded by the hotel staff even if you don’t use them!) and bring them to church. There is a collection basket located near the Information Center. Any questions? Ask Diane Kjelstrup or Pastor Laura.

Parish Weekly Lent Activities

This Wednesday, March 22, we will gather at 6:00 pm at Norman for a meal and coloring of our first Stations of the Cross posters, followed by worship at 7:00 pm. Invite your friends, all are welcome!

March Worship and Sunday School Schedule

8:30 Worship - Norman 11:00 Worship - Davenport
Sunday School at 9:45 3/5 - Family Sunday at Davenport
sing at Davenport worship 3/12 - Norman
sing at Norman worship 3/19 - Norman 3/26 - Norman

Norman Spring Fling 2017

Sunday, March 26
5:30 pm - Social - appetizers, desserts and beverage
6:00 pm - Tami Rust, YWCA Relationship Manager - Healthy Relationships and Safe Dating
free event with donation to YWCA Shelter
                     free will offering or gift cards, personal items (e.g., body soap,
                     hair care, feminine care, deodorant, chapstick, beauty products,
                     diapers, toothpaste/brushes, lotion, etc.)
6:45 pm - Junkyard Chicks - Family Name sign making
$40 cash only, payable on event night
                    Must register by March 19, text Nic at 701-316-0282

March Confirmation Schedule

There will be no confirmation classes held during March. Confirmation students are asked to attend the Wednesday evening Lenten services instead.

Kindred Concert Series Fundraiser

Kindred Concert Series Fundraiser 50/50 Raffle
Your ticket gives you a chance to win half the cash from now until August 12
$10 / ticket
Tickets available at City Hall, Kindred Spirits, True Value and Express Lane

Time Change

On Saturday, March 11, don't forget to turn your clock ahead one hour before you go to bed! Otherwise, you might show up at the wrong time for services on Sunday morning!

Parish Service of Psalms and Prayers

Norman's WOM Spiritual Enrichment Committee invites you to a candle-lit service on Sunday, March 5, at 7:00pm, at Norman Lutheran. Come for a chance to pause, re-center yourself, and breathe in the Spirit's peace. All are welcome! Any questions, feel free to ask Pastor Laura.

February Worship and Sunday School Schedule

8:30 Worship - Davenport 11:00 Worship - Norman
Sunday School at 9:45 2/5 - Family Sunday at Davenport 2/12 - Norman 2/19 - Norman 2/26 - Norman

Animating Faith

Our first session will be on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00pmat Norman. If you haven’t already, please confirm with Pastor Laura ASAP that you would like to participate so she can get enough materials for everyone!  

Craft Project

We are having a Junkyard chicks crafting project at Norman on Sunday, March 26...early eveningish. Please check out their Facebook page to see some of their craft ideas....and get back to Nic R on 1) if you are able to attend and 2) which craft project you would like to do. They offer 2 crafts per event so that they can accommodate more people.
This event is open to if you have a friend that is interested, please invite them as well!

Pastor Laura's Office Hours - 2/20-2/26

Monday: Day Off
Tuesday - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday - 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday - 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

February Confirmation Schedule

6:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Davenport Lutheran Church
February 1 - No Class
February 8 - Psalms
February 15 - Wisdom
February 22 - Job

WOM Monthly Giving Project

February Monthly Giving Project - The WOM Monthly Giving Project for February is Healthy Snacks - dried fruit, nuts, individual cups or pouches of fruit/sauce, granola bars. Please leave in the donation basket in the narthex. These will be given to Kindred Elementary.

In addition, we are also doing a Hotel toiletries collection: Norman’s WOM is collecting hotel toiletries for creating care packages to be given to those in shelters and other ministries in the area. In your travels, please take the toiletries provided in hotel rooms (they are discarded by the hotel staff even if you don’t use them!) and bring them to church. Any questions? Ask Diane Kjelstrup or Pastor Laura.

Norman Council Wants Your Ideas!

At the February Church Council meeting, the council held a brainstorm session to come up with priorities for the year for our congregation and church. Out of this session came two key priorities we would love the entire congregation to play a part in! If you have any ideas or input to share in either or both of these areas, please reach out to any of the named group members below!

1. Fellowship and Activities: With our construction now complete and a beautiful facility to use, we thought a great priority to focus on this year would be to increase fellowship opportunities in our church and really put it to use. Some ideas included planning more special events,  finding fun and spiritual activities that can bring our members and their families closer together, and creating/cultivating a sense of community and hospitality. Have specific ideas or examples to increase our fellowship and fun?! Share them with Stacy Swenson, Diane Kjelstrup, or Andy Westby! 2. WOW Worship: How can we make our …

Pastor Laura at Conference

Pastor Laura will be out of town after worship on Sunday, February 5 through Tuesday, February 7 for a conference. Pastor Sonja Kjar will be on-call in case of emergencies (, 701.371.3399).

Giving Hearts Day

Giving Hearts Day takes place on Thursday, February 9 and the Eastern North Dakota Synod is excited to participate again!  he synod has set a bold goal of raising $50,000 in one day! The dollars raised will be used to creatively respond to timely, important ministry beyond the synod's mission plan, and all donations of $10 or more will be matched, up to $12,000. In order to meet this BOLD goal, the EaND Synod is asking for your help! Please see your bulletin insert for more information.

Text Prayer Chain

The Norman WOM Spiritual Enrichment Committee is looking for volunteers to be on a text prayer chain! If you are interested, come to the WOM meeting at Norman on February 12th at 9:30am or talk to Paula Duval.

Prayer Box

Arlys Torgerson, in honor of Virgil, has donated a prayer box for Norman's narthex. This box is intended to be a place for all to submit comments, questions, and prayer requests to Pastor Laura. Thank you, Arlys, for this beautiful gift and congregational resource!

WOM Spiritual Enrichment Committee Meeting

The WOM Spiritual Enrichment Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, January 31, 7:00pm, at Norman Lutheran.

No Confirmation This Week

We will NOT be meeting this week! Our next class will be Wednesday, February 8 at Davenport, 6:15-7:15pm.

Weekly e-Announcements

Are you signed up for eannouncements? Kristina Leslie, our Website Manager, sends out an email update every Monday with dates to remember, upcoming events, and weekly announcements. If you would like to be on the list, simply go to the parish website ( and scroll down on the main page. Enter your information in the section “Subscribe to our Mailing List” and you will begin to receive the announcements! Feel free to contact Kristina or Pastor Laura with any questions you have.

WOM Executive Meeting

There will be a WOM Executive meeting on Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30 pm at Norman.

January Worship Schedule

8:30 Worship - Norman 11:00 Worship - Davenport Changes to the Regular Schedule: January 1 - 10:00 am Joint Worship @ Davenport January 15 - Switch Service times for Norman annual meeting Davenport at 8:30 and Norman 11:00 Sunday School at 9:45 January 1 - No Sunday School
January 8 - SS resumes

Request from Kindred Lutheran

Dear Norman-Davenport Lutheran Church, Emily and Brian Teberg gave birth to a 28 week premature baby, Taeryn, via emergency C-section on January 13. We are arranging for meals for them along with their two children. Please go to this link to sign up for a day:

Thanks for any help you can provide!

Please lift Taeryn and her family up in your prayers. Grace and peace, Pastor Andrew Schlecht

Beer, Ballads and Bishop

A free family event sponsored by EaND synod’s Fargo Conference that is open to all members of ELCA congregations! Join us for (Root)Beer and Ballads (Hymns) with Bishop Terry Brandt on Sunday, January 22, at 7:00pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Fargo. We will drink (root)beer, eat pretzels, sing hymns, and learn about the strategic plan for the EaND Synod. Contact Pastor Laura for more information!

Notice of Annual Meetings

The 2016 annual meetings will be held as follows:

Norman - January 15
Davenport - January 22

The constitution that was approved at last year's annual meetings for submission to the Synod office has been approved for a final vote. This vote will take place at this year's annual meetings.

Acolyte Training

There will be acolyte training on Sunday, January 15 at 9:45 am at Norman.

Annual Reports Due

Annual report information is due to Joan. Please send to

Norman - due by January 8
Davenport - due by January 15