Palm Sunday Dinner

Yesterday I took a break from cooking and stopped in for dinner at the Rutland Hall.  The meal, put on by the Nordland Lutheran Church parishioners, was another success.  Between 250 and 300 individuals stopped in for Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy and a great variety of salads and yummy desserts.  It was great to have the opportunity for a homemade meal without having to cook it myself.  Congratulations to the parishioners and workers at the Hall who contributed to fundraising event!

NLC 125th

Nordland Lutheran Church celebrated its 125th Anniversary on the weekend of July 10 and July 11 beginning with a pie and ice cream social in the church parish hall on Saturday and a hymn sing and outdoor games for all during this time.

Sunday, July 11, began with a celebratory worship service followed by a free will dinner at City Hall.   Check out these photos courtesy of Annette Malheim Kisser!

Afternoon Fellowship

Noon Meal at the Town Hall

Nordland Lutheran Church 125th Celebration

Nordland Lutheran Church is celebrating its 125th Anniversary on the weekend of July 10 and July 11.

On Saturday, July 10, there will be a pie and ice cream social in the church parish hall at 3:00 pm.  There will also be a hymn sing and outdoor games for all during this time.  A light supper will be provided by the Luther League that evening with a free will offering.  This will be a great time to reminisce and visit with members and friends.  It can also be a time of touring the church and seeing all that has stayed the same, but also the many changes.

Sunday, July 11, will begin with a celebratory worship service at 10:30 am.  Following the worship service, a free will dinner will be served at the City Hall.  The menu will include Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy and lefse.  (RSVP required.) Following the meal, there will be a program of memories and music back at the church.  Between the meal and the program, all former pastors, as well as any descendants of the church’s founding families plan to gather at the church for photos. 

Items will be available for purchase during the celebration weekend.  At the current time, items to be offered are a Nordland Lutheran Church history book, Christmas ornaments and various clothing items.

Kids Helping Other Kids

Church School at Nordland Lutheran Church was a little different on Wednesday. I walked in to a room full of shoeboxes, stuffed animals, bags of candy, toys, pencils, notebooks, toothbrushes, toothpaste and lots of other things.  Hilary, one of the teachers, was talking to the children about other children who have no toys or even toothbrushes to brush their teeth.  When asked if they would like to help children like that, there was a resounding enthusiastic “Yes!”.

Everyone in the Sunday School had a special job to do whether it was putting a variety of hard candy in plastic bags, or placing little toys or other things in the shoeboxes.  The children puzzled over what would be appropriate for the different age levels of children they were giving to and there was constant chatter and laughter.  The shoeboxes were gaily wrapped in Christmas paper & labeled with gender and age of child.

The project these children were helping with is called “Operation Christmas Child”.   These shoeboxes, filled with small toys and personal items that we all take for granted, will be delivered to children in third world countries who will cherish these gifts.  The children also placed pictures, of themselves and other people who had made donations, in the boxes so the recipients could see who sent them.

This seemed like a wonderful learning experience for these children.  They are already talking about what the shoeboxes will be filled with next year. [Carolyn Christensen]

Spring Garage Sale

Well, you know Spring is not that far away when garage sale signs spring up. This Saturday, May 3, the Luther League will hold a large garage sale in Rutland at Nordland Lutheran Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a great place to find bargains. After you get your goods at the Garage Sale stop by for a hot dog and a car wash at the Rutland General Store — they are doing a fundraiser for the Relay for Life on Saturday and will also have a garage sale during the day.

More Than 200 Served

It may not be a McDonald’s slogan but it sure is an accomplishment to be proud of! The Nordland Lutheran Church had another successful Palm Sunday dinner with more than 200 individuals attending. The ham, potatoes and veggies were followed by a vast selection of delectable homemade desserts. Several who attended the dinner also stayed to play the Sunday afternoon bingo offered at the Senior Center.

Rec Center Moving Forward

Peder Gulleson, chairperson of the Rec Center/Rec Program Action Planning Committee, approached the council of Nordland Lutheran Church requesting use of the Parish Hall to house a Rec Center. He explained that it would be supervised by adult volunteers at all times and would be basically in use on the weekends. If there was a conflict with a church function, the Rec Center would not be open and the equipment would be removed. After discussion, the council unanimously approved Peder’s request. The Rec Center now has a home and there is already a donation of a foosball table.