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									                                                      VOLUME 15, ISSUE 10

           OCTOBER 2009

           As participants in Woodbury Lutheran’s Career Transition Connection (CTC) learn, there
           are three things that can give people an advantage over the competition in a job search.
           Those three are strategy, perseverance and prayer.
           CTC is a faith-based outreach support group that focuses on job search, career change and
           networking. The group, formed in 1999 by Nancy Branton and several other Woodbury
           Lutheran Church members, has served at least 2000 people since its inception. Now
           coordinated by Tom Colosimo, CTC is a member of the MNJOBCLUBS, an affiliation with
           over 60 similar networking groups around the Twin Cities area.
           The mission of the CTC is to support and encourage people who are in between jobs or
           thinking about changing careers. Each meeting starts with a prayer of strength for job
           searching and healing. The message is that faith and trust in God will bring strength to those
           in need of jobs or thinking about making career changes.
           On any given night, the approximately 40 people in attendance will come not just from our
           immediate area but from Wisconsin and far suburbs of the metro area because of the strong
           network of communications with each member networking group around the
           area. Attendance has also increased greatly this past year as layoffs have grown.
           Each meeting has a keynote speaker who touches on aspects of job searching such as
           networking, resumes, interview skills, social media, family stress during unemployment and
           more. After the speaker is finished, there is time for Q&A from the attendees. Each
           meeting closes in prayer and then more casual networking/conversations continue.
           A recent additional feature is having resume specialists available an hour before each
           meeting to review and advise individuals on their resumes. Another feature of the CTC
           is the Job Lead Network (JLN), an automated emailing of job leads received thru the
           MNJOBCLUBS from a wide variety of sources. Employers are also welcome to post
           positions thru the CTC website link.
           CTC is a much-needed ministry in the community during these difficult economic times. It
           is not uncommon to see the same people come back to meetings after several years due to
           the cycle of job loss that occurs all too often. When individuals do find job placement, we do
           ask that they come back and give a five minute "Success Talk" to the group, a very
           rewarding experience both for the person giving their success story and the attendees as it
           gives hope and strength for their situations.
           CTC meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month (except November and
           December due to the holidays) at 7 p.m. in the Isaiah Room. The meetings are open to
           everyone, but especially those in job transition or considering a career change. No
           registration is required.
           The CTC ministry is always open to new Steering Committee team members to assist in
           meeting and greeting attendees, assisting with speaker introductions and meeting facilitation
           and serve as an encouragement to participants. A team member only is required to assist
           in hosting a meeting about once a quarter, but most members find that they want to attend
           more often and help people more. Any interested individuals may contact Tom Colosimo,
           the church office or inquire thru the WLC/CTC website link.

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              Baptisms:                THROUGH MY WINDOW
          Luke Edward Moris
        Michele Onallee Atkinson       “Lord, Reform Your Church”
                                       The recent national church assembly of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in
             Marriages:                America) drew many headlines as the press reported that denomination’s support of both
          Angela McColley &            gay clergy and monogamous gay relationships. One headline said, “Lutherans Support Gay
            Andy Hassebroek            Clergy.” Understandably, more than one person came up to me to say how disappointed they
         PFC Kristen Eineke &          were that “we” had made these decisions.
            PFC Jonathon Raymond
         Stephanie Erickson &          For the record, “we” did not make that decision. The headlines lumped all of us Lutherans
             Francisco Penalozo        together, ignoring the fact that our denomination, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is
                                       diametrically opposed to those decisions on the basis of the Bible.
     John & Tami Caldwell ~            The ELCA is the largest Lutheran denomination in the USA with about 4.7 million members
          infant dauther               and 10,400 congregations. The LCMS is the second largest Lutheran denomination in
  Bob Albrecht & Sue Wildman ~         America, numbering 2.4 million members with 6,100 congregations. Woodbury Lutheran,
              Mother                   by the way, is the 13th largest congregation in the LCMS.
  Family & friends of Mary Jane
               Jones                   Those of you who know me know that being Christian is much more important to me than
Chuck Jones, Lisa, Lori & families ~   being Lutheran. I value Biblical teaching and theology enough, though, that I want to be part
 Donna, wife, mother, grandmother      of a church tradition that is driven by Scriptural truth. I’m not in the LCMS because my
     Martha Thoele ~ brother           parents were (and they were) but because we consistently seek to honor the Scriptures in our
                                       decisions and stances. Sure, there have been times, and still are, when I disagree with a
                                       decision the LCMS has made in convention, but there has always been room for dissent in
                                       our denomination. Consistently, though, we recognize the authority of the Word in our life
                                       as a church body, even when it bumps up against conventional wisdom or popular morality.

           Service Times               I write this today because 492 years ago, on October 31, 1517, a young professor named
                                       Martin Luther (he was 33!) strode up to the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany and
            Sundays:                   posted 95 statements for debate. Those “95 theses” protested (that is, testified for) the grace
   Sanctuary 8:00 & 10:45 a.m.         of God and forgiveness in Jesus Christ over selling satisfaction for sins via indulgences. His
    Genesis 9:30 & 10:50 a.m.          authority? The Bible alone.

        Saturday Service:              Strange, but these days non-Lutherans are more apt to honor Luther’s wisdom and courage
Journey ~ Genesis Room - 5:00 p.m.     than Lutherans. People like John Piper, Chuck Swindoll, Max Lucado, and Billy Graham
                                       have publicly told Luther’s story while in Lutheran churches we hardly talk about it.
                                       Luther’s story is one of the Word of God taking hold of a man, a church, and a culture.

    Office & Mailing Address:          Our friends in the ELCA are still our brothers and sisters in Christ. Members of King of
         7380 Afton Road               Kings and Resurrection Lutheran Churches in Woodbury haven’t suddenly changed. They
      Woodbury, MN 55125               share our faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and will share a place in heaven with us.
                                       Pray for them and all the ELCA as they celebrate or struggle with their assembly’s recent
          Office Hours:                decisions.
 Mon. – Thurs.: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
      Friday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.          And pray for us at Woodbury Lutheran and in the LCMS, that in humility and always
                                       repentant hearts, we continue to allow the eternal truth of God’s Word, the Bible, to lead us.
         Phone: (651) 739-5144         Our goal must always be to let the Scriptures speak to and change our culture, not the other
          Fax: (651) 739-3536          way around; and, all along, praying, “Lord, reform your church, beginning with us.”

              Website:                                                                 Dean Nadasdy, Senior Pastor
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      VOLUME 15, ISSUE 10

“How does it feel to be back?”
Never has such a simple question been so loaded with thoughts and emotions for my husband
Brett and me. Of course it is a joy to be near our loved ones that we have spent the last three
years living an ocean apart from, but somehow, a part of our hearts has also been left with
those we have come to love dearly in Norway. We are truly brought to our knees in gratitude
for how God has met us each and every day, whether we always felt Him or not.
Pioneering a ministry to university students on a continent that many are referring to as “post-
Christian” had its unique challenges. But we can honestly say that God is greater than labels
and pre-conceived notions of where He is moving and able to move, and where He is not. I
have never known a greater love for people than that which God has grown in me these past
few years living in Europe. We truly all do have an Isaiah 61 calling that leads us to follow in
the footsteps of Jesus.
This past year especially, by the grace of God, we have seen many things happen that we
dreamed of and prayed for since the beginning of our adventure. A registered student
community we created called Quest now exists on both campuses of the main university in
Trondheim. Today there are students passionate and excited to see God move at their
university and in their own lives. There are those who are not Christians yet who have
experienced God through the love and acceptance they have received in genuine community
and relationships with Christians. Others are wanting to talk about and ask questions about
this man named Jesus and this thing called Christianity….the list could go on.
Is God moving in Europe? Yes! Is it a challenging place to minister? Absolutely! Doing
mission work in Norway has taught me even more the importance of sharing the gospel with
people where they are at and through relationship and trust. Norwegians may be wealthy by          “Reaching the world with the
worldly standards, but they are as in need of the life-changing love of God and a move of His      love of Christ is the calling we all
Spirit as anyone else in the world. We have been able to demonstrate that through our own          have no matter where we are in
lives, through our own need of Him. And we have been given so much. We will never be the           life or what we are doing.”
THANK YOU to the Woodbury Lutheran Church community for the tremendous role you
have had in what has been happening in and through our lives in Norway these past 3 years.
Those we have come to know and love there say “thank you” as well. Your support and
prayers have impacted greatly what has been the most challenging and also most rewarding
experience of our lives. Reaching the world with the love of Christ is the calling we all have
no matter where we are in life or what we are doing. We are all missionaries in this way.
Thank you for partnering with us to help raise up a generation of young people who are going
to go out and change the world. We could not have done it without you.
We invite you to join us at WLC during mission month in November so we can thank you
face-to-face and share more about our experiences in Norway. Watch The Weekly for the
dates and time.
We are also excited about what God has in store for the future, both for Norway where our
friend Kelly who was a part of our pioneering team is continuing to work with Quest, and for
Brett and me as we both pursue graduate degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary in California
in January.
So, “how does it feel to be back?” is not a question to be answered simply and without an
honest answer of both sorrow and joy. What I can say simply is that we have peace knowing
we are once again exactly where God wants us to be and anticipation for what is to come.
May you be reminded today that, as you continue to be open to God’s leading in your life, He
will show you things that will make you fall more in love with Jesus and more aware that we
are carriers of the Kingdom of God wherever we go. What a blessing it is to follow Him!
                                                       — Cortney (Kenow) Heerwald
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                                     SUPPORT FOR THE GRIEVING
                                     Anyone who has lost a loved one knows grief is difficult. It can be hard work. But you do
                                     not have to go it alone. The Grief Support Group at Woodbury Lutheran Church is one place
                                     you can go and belong. While your grief may be new or not so new, healing can begin in
                                     We offer two support groups for people at different stages of grieving - Early Grief and
                                     Later Grief. See the topics below.

                                     Early Grief
                                     For those who’ve lost a loved one recently
                                     Contact Mary Lehman at 651-739-5144, extension 201
                                     The Topics:
                                     Recognizing Your Loss
                                     Reacting To Your Loss
The Life of Mary                     Recollecting and Re-experiencing
Bible study for women                Relinquishing the Old Attachments
                                     Readjusting to a New World
This four—part, video-driven Bible
                                     Reaching Out to A New Future
study unfolds Mary’s life and
transforms it for a 21st century
audience with teaching by
                                     Later Grief
Margaret Feinberg. Author of         For the later chapter of grief
more than 20 books, including
Organic God, Margaret’s insightful
                                     Contact Michele Swanson at 651-731-2032
discoveries on Mary’s unique         The Topics:
situation bring to life her fears
and      struggles.       Video      Permission to Grieve--Again
presentations are approximately      The First Anniversary
five minutes. Study and
discussion follows.
                                     The Second Year
                                     Rebuilding Your Life
Monday evenings                      Continuing Bonds
November 2 thru November 23          The Challenges of Change
6:30 - 8:00 Fireside Room            Healing through Helping
                                     Rebuilding Is Not Abandoning
No cost. Register with Mary
Lehman at 739-5144, extension        Healing Memories
2 0 1 ,  o r    le hm a nm @         God's Aloha

                                      ARISE! CRY OUT!
                                      Join women around the world on November 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
                                      for Arise! Cry Out!, a worldwide day of extraordinary prayer for
                                      children and schools.
                                      Woodbury Lutheran is serving as a host site for this important event. Make plans now to
                                      attend, and register at All women, from teens on up, are invited
                                      to attend. (Praying out loud is voluntary.)
                                      To register and for more information, visit the Moms In Touch International website at
                             To help with our local Arise! Cry Out! event on November 14
                                      from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., please contact Kim Dolan at 763-670-9886.
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        VOLUME 15, ISSUE 10

                                                                    Matt Jorgensen comes from a
                                                                    family of musicians, many of
                                                                    wh o m a r e f a m i l i a r t o
                                                                    Woodbury Lutheran Church
                                                                     His mother Claudia Wolfgram
                                                                     and his aunt Corinne
                                                                     Kroonblawd sing with the WLC
                                                                     Chorale.    His cousin Tim
                                                                     Wolfgram is a Genesis
                                                                     musician.    Matt, too is a
Matt Jorgensen, 2nd row, far right, with Special Delivery Singers   musician, but you usually don’t    START COLLECTING
                                                                    see Matt with his choir at
Woodbury Lutheran.
                                                                                                       CHAPSTICKS AND
That’s because Matt is a proud singer in a very special group, Special Delivery Singers.
Special Delivery Singers is a choir of adults with disabilities who share their love of music
with audiences all around the Twin Cities. Special Delivery Singers, currently celebrating             In keeping with tradition the youth
10 years of song, helps remind us that people of all abilities have gifts to share.                    will be serving breakfast at the
                                                                                                                   Salvation Army on
Matt would like to invite members of our congregation to see him and his fellow choir
                                                                                                                   Wednesday, November
members in concert on October 25, 2009, 3:00 p.m., at St. Michaels Lutheran Church,
                                                                                                                   25th and we'd like to
9021 Normandale Boulevard, Bloomington, MN.
                                                                                                                   bring 500 chapsticks
For more information on Special Delivery Singers, call 952-431-2485.                                               and 500 travel sized
                                                                                                       lotion bottles with us to hand out to
                                                                                                       our guests. Please help us by
                                                                                                       picking up chapstick as you
                                                                                                       see it on sale and snagging
                                                                                                       those travel sized lotions
                     OPERATION CHRISTMAS                                                               when you travel! Contact
                                                                                                       Lind sey B ur ken with
                     CHILD                                                                             questions, 651-739-5144 ext. 219
                  Have you began gathering gifts and praying for the children who will
                  receive shoeboxes this year? Operation Christmas Child National
                  Collection week is coming up November 16 - 23. Did you know that
                  Operation Christmas Child’s ministry goes beyond your shoebox? All
children who receive a shoebox are given the opportunity to participate in The Operation
Christmas Child Discipleship Program. Those children completing the program receive
their own copy of the New Testament in their own language.
New this year is EZ GIVE. Instead of placing your check or cash donation inside your
shoebox, you can make your donation on-line. After completing your donation, you will be
able to print out EZ Give shoebox labels included in your e-mail receipt that indicates you
have made your shipping donation on-line. Attach that to your shoebox when you drop it
off. And EZ Give allows you the opportunity to track the destination of your
shoebox! Again, all of this information can be found at
                                                                     — Laurel Mills & Bev Manship
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                                      Young Adult’s Oktoberfest
                                                               Saturday, October 17, 2009
                                      3:00 PM Pumpkin Carving Competition
                                      6:15 PM German Oktoberfest Dinner
                                      8:15 PM Bonfire and Evening Service

                                      There will be brats and assorted beverages for a fun-filled time of fellowship. We will
                                      close out the evening with a bonfire and a worship ser-
                                      vice. All young adults and young married couples are
                                      invited to attend this year’s kick-off event!

                                      We ask that everyone please bring a side dish, chips, or
                                      dessert. There may be a small cost for some of our more
                                      premier beverages.

                                      Please look in the weekly announcements for more infor-
 “We are therefore Christ’s
  We                                  mation or contact Vicar Mark at or
 ambassadors, as though God were      651-739-5144 x205.
 making His appeal through us.”
              — 2 Corinthians 5:20

                                                                       SOARING EAGLES
A TASTE OF                                                                FALL Fest Dinner
                                                                      Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m.
                                                 Celebrate fall with an evening of fun and fellowship. Dinner will feature a
You are invited to attend a
                                                   German buffet of brats, sauerkraut, German potato salad and apple pie,
Minnesota South District Mission
Event. The evening includes                      followed by a great evening of entertainment. RSVP at the Welcome Desk
guided “mission trips” to several                       beginning Sunday, October 4. Guests are always welcome!
ethnic stations, mission                                For more information, contact Jane Dibbern, 651-739-5144.
conversation, a silent auction of
authentic ethnic items and a taste
of ethnic foods.
   Chinese, Ethiopian, Hispanic,      Retired? Unemployed?
 Hmong, Liberian, Sudanese and
                                      Have a midweek day off?
Come hungry to support Ethnic
Missions in our district.
                                      Are you looking for something to do on a weekday afternoon that is rewarding, inter-
                                      esting, and appreciated? Bridge 121 ministries is in need of after school volunteers
    Saturday, November 7              on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
          5:00 p.m.
                                      We help students with homework from 3-5 each day and offer tutoring on Tuesday
  Woodbury Lutheran Church
   $25/advance; $30/door              nights from 5-7pm.
                                      If helping with homework isn't your thing, we would love to have folks who are will-
RSVP to Linda Bradford,
952-223-2157. Checks should be        ing to sit an chat with young people.
mailed to the District Office,14301
Grand Avenue South, Burnsville,       The Bridge is open Tuesday through Thursday from
MN, 55306.                            3:00 -7:00 pm and we believe that having caring,
                                      Jesus-following adults around is what makes this
                                      ministry to our neighborhood special.

                                      No experience necessary, we will train! If you'd like
                                      more information please contact Lindsey Burken at 651-592-1818 or Burk-
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Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 6:45 p.m. -- Celebrate Recovery, Paul Room.
For information, contact Kaye or Tom, 651-436-5002, or Larry or Vicky at 651-735-7725.

Friday, Oct. 2; Chick Flick — “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. Come for fun, friendship
and some “bundt” cake besides!

Saturday, Oct. 3 — Family Flick Night in Bridge 121— following Journey worship and
cook out supper. Come to enjoy the movie: “Cars”                                                  Senior High
Thursdays, October 8 and 22, 7:00 p.m. — Career Transition networking and support in
Isaiah. No registration required.                                                                   Fall Bash!
Thursday, October 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. — Loaves and Fishes monthly service project.
Meet at Woodbury Lutheran to carpool. Contact Lindsey Burken to volunteer,                        October 30th Families welcome!
                                                                                                  9th - 12th graders
Saturday, October 10, 9:00 a.m.—Noon — Abundance, A morning for women. Join us
for continental breakfast, worship, a devotion, and breakouts that will remind us how rich              7—10pm
we are when we live with Christ! Registration forms are available at the Welcome Center.

Saturday, October 10, 1:00—3:00 p.m. — Hearts and Hands retreat for adults with
                                                                                             Calling all superheros, princesses,
developmental disabilities. Contact Jeanne Dicke to register or volunteer.                   cartoon characters and party
                                                                                             animals. The Bridge will be
Sunday, October 11, 12:15 p.m. — Healing Service in the Fireside Room.                       decked out for fun on Friday,
                                                                                             October 30th. Be sure to dress up
Saturday, October 17, 5:00 p.m. — Parents Night Out and Time Away child care.
                                                                                             because your costume may win
Contact Kim Dolan or sign up on the board at Connection Corner for Parents Night Out
                                                                                             you sweet prizes. (Yay Chipotle).

Saturday, October 17, 3:00 p.m. — Young Adults Octoberfest                                    We will be bobbing for apples,
Friday, October 23, 6:00 p.m. — Alpha Holy Spirit Retreat for 9th graders
                                                                                              playing carnival games, dancing
                                                                                              to some sweet mixes, and
Saturday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. — Leaders’ Summit                                             partying it up. Cost is $5 (you'll
                                                                                              get a $3 voucher for the cafe)
Sunday, October 25, 4:00 p.m. — Soaring Eagles Fall Fest Dinner

Friday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. — Senior High Fall Bash. 9th—12th graders fall event.
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Phone: 651-739-5144
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S h ar i n g th e l o v e a n d G o od N e w s o f
J e s u s C h r i s t i n o ur h o m e s, c h u r ch ,
        c o m m u n i t y an d t h e w o r l d .

                                          Flu Shot Clinic
                          Administered by the MN Visiting Nurse Association

                     Where: Woodbury Lutheran Church - Rhoda Room
                     When: Monday, October 26, 2009
                     Time: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

                         •     Ages 4 and older may receive the flu vaccination
                         •     Accepted health insurance plans are listed on the consent form
                         •     Health insurance card(s) or photo copy (front only) is required
                         •     Flu shot $24.99 and Pneumonia shot $57.00
                         •     MVNA will bill accepted insurances

                     There are only 100 openings, so register at the WLC Welcome Desk or outside the Family Center
                     in the lower level.
                                               (Sponsored by the Soaring Eagles of WLC)

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