What’s in the name? When a concert or performance ends and we stand to cheer and applaud, we are asking for an encore. The audience is saying, “please come out and give us more.” Similarly, adults 50+, entering a new stage in life, and those in their pre-retirement or retirement years, have the opportunity to come on stage and give more of their time and talents to further God’s work at Easter Church.
What’s the vision? The vision for Encore! is: “to provide opportunities for adults to serve, learn and gather throughout all seasons of life.” See more about the background of Encore!
The Encore! Task Force is a group of 12-15 men and women who meet quarterly to guide and direct the Encore! ministry. Each member also participates on a team (Serve, Learn or Gather). Events are planned by each team and reviewed by the Task Force. Members of the Task Force serve rotating 2-year terms. Completing a two-year term this spring are Gaylon Bratland, Dorie Erickson, Roger Fredlund, Phil Friest, Sylvia Hammer and Eldon Olson. A big thank you for your service and for helping make Encore! a successful and important ministry at Easter. Joining the 2013-2014 Task Force are Kathy Bahrke, Sandy Erickson, Kathy Malloy and Richard Tester. They join continuing members Carolyn Bratland, Karen Capel, Judy Englund, Cindy & Dave Woodward and Kathie Poppen.
Upcoming Encore! Happenings:
Feed My Starving Children
Wednesdays, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12
990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136, Eagan *Note suite change!)
Hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children that are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world. To sign up for one or more of the above dates, call Rita Tester at 651-452-3680, or email email@example.com. This is a great summer family activity. Children as young as 5 are welcome to attend with an adult.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Fridays, December 13, January 10, February 14
12:30-5:30 p.m., Easter by the Lake
Please consider donating blood or offering to work at a blood drive by contacting Kathie Poppen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-688-7386.
Holiday Gift Shop (Eagan Resource Center)
Dec. 10-11, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Easter by the Lake
Come (w)rap with us! Encore will host a gift wrapping station giving shoppers a chance to wrap the presents they have selected at the Holiday Gift Shop. Work a three-hour shift on either Dec. 10 & 11 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Gift wrapping supplies (paper, gift bags, ribbon, tape, etc.) will be collected at both sites beginning November 2. Online sign-ups will be available soon. In the meanwhile, contact Kathy Johnson at 651-322-8385 or Judy Pascoe at 651-454-8540 with questions.
Deeper & Wider Conversations Book Club – a 3-month winter book club
Tuesday, January 7, 6:30-8 p.m., Easter by the Lake
For January, read the book “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry,” by Rachel Joyce. This is a fictional book filled with truth about life, love, shame, forgiveness, and beginning again. The speaker for the evening is Rev. Dr. Jules Erickson who will expand upon the assertion of Ed Bacon (author of 8 Habits of Love) that a healthy way to find one’s way through a painful or traumatic situation is not to react as a victim or hero, but as a learner. Call Janet Borgschatz, 651-454-8848, with questions. Information about future books and dates can be found at easter.org (Connect/Encore!)
Tuesday, February 18, 6:30-8 p.m., Easter by the Lake
“What We Talk About When We Talk About God,” by Rob Bell.
Bell opens by acknowledging a problem many in the Church are afraid to face: for many outside the Church (and a growing number inside, too) the way we talk about God feels at best stale and outdated and at worst dangerous and primitive . . . and then confesses that the God he finds in the Old and New Testament Scriptures, the God revealed in Jesus, isn’t behind us somewhere, trying to keep up. Rather, God is ahead of us, calling us into a better future. Pastor Sarah will unpack the science in Chapter 2 for the purpose of expanding and enriching our understanding of Bell’s message.
Monday, March 31, 6:30-8 p.m., Easter by the Lake
“Change Your Mind, and Your Life Will Follow,” by Karen Casey
The author explains how our lives will change as we change our thinking, and offers some 12-step wisdom that has helped so many people. Dr. Thomas Johnson will discuss practical ways to change old, unhelpful thinking patterns of which we may be unaware.
Tuesday, April 29, 6:30-8 p.m., Easter by the Lake
“Selling Water by the River,” by Shane Hipps. A book about the life Jesus promised and the religion that gets in the way.
We’ll talk about living the abundant life that Jesus offers
The Church Basement Ladies in the Last Potluck Supper
Sunday, January 12, 2 p.m. performance, Plymouth Playhouse
$30 per person, Sign up by December 23
Meet at Easter on the Hill at 12:45 p.m. to carpool
This is the latest (and last) of the musicals inspired by the books of Janet Letnes. This production takes place in 1979, the day of the church’s Centennial Celebration and past parishioners have gathered to share hotdish, bars and stories from the last 100 years. Sign up online at easter.org (Connect/Encore!) or call the church office at 651-452-3680. Contact Kathie Malloy at 651-452-8673 or email@example.com with questions.
Friday Night at the Movies
Friday, January 31, 6:30 p.m., Easter by the Lake
Watch a movie (to be announced) on the big screen and munch on popcorn and theater candy. Bring a lawn chair if you choose. Contact Judy Englund at 651-687-0910 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
OWLs (Older Wiser Lutherans) Gatherings as follows:
Thursday, December 12, 11:30 a.m., Gramercy Park
1669 Yankee Doodle Road
OWLs Christmas Party, potluck style.
Bring a dish and 1/2 dozen cookies to share. The hosts will provide ice cream! Also bring a gift (no more than $5) for an exchange game. Put on your festive smile and come for fun! Hosts are Betty Bailey, Jane Quist and Karen Hokenson. Please RSVP to Betty Bailey at email@example.com
Game Day! Pizza, salad and beverages.
Hosted by Carol Kerns
Thursday, February 13, 11:30 a.m. – 1 :30 p.m., Cherokee
Valentine’s Day Dinner!
Hosted by Betty Holt
Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carpool from Easter on the Hill
Science Museum, History Museum and the Cathedral
Lunch on location or nearby
Hosted by Gary & Sue Kable
Thursday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carpool from Easter on the Hill
Como Conservatory, lunch at Cafe’ Terrace
Hosted by Phil Friest
Thursday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Minnesota Zoo, lunch at the Zoo Cafe
Hosted by Sid & Dorothy Schmiesing