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:
Wednesdays, March 12 and April 9
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, March 7, April 11, May 9 and June 13
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.
Deeper & Wider Conversations Book Club – a 3-month winter book club
Monday, March 31, 6:30-8 p.m., Easter by the Lake
“Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others”
by Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. *Note: New Book for March!
This book is filled with intriguing stories and insights. It will enrich and expand your definition of hope and encourage you to move from wishful thinking to pathways thinking. Our speaker for the evening, Dr. Thomas Johnson, will address the topic of “Change Your Mind, and Your Life Will Follow,” (taken from the title of Karen Casey’s book, which offers some 12-step wisdom about the power of our thinking). We recommend the Lopez book, but Casey’s book is a good companion piece.
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
Wednesday, March 19, following noon worship, Easter on the Hill
Prepare and serve lunch after the mid-week noon Lenten worship service. Volunteer to help by calling Kathie Poppen at 651-688-7386.
American Swedish Institute & Nelson Cultural Center
Thursday, April 24, meet at 9:30 a.m. to carpool from Easter on the Hill
The day begins with a guided tour of the Turnblad mansion, the home of Swan Turnblad a Swedish publisher who built the house for his family in the early 1900’s and donated it to what is now the ASI in 1929. Following the tour enjoy lunch at FIKA, the café at ASI. There will be time to explore the latest exhibit in the Osher Gallery. Cost is $12 for admission and tour; lunch is extra. Reservations are due by Sunday, April 13. Call Judy Pascoe with questions, 651-454-8540.
SALT (Senior Adults Learning Together)
Mondays, April 28-May 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m., optional lunch at 11:45 a.m.
Meets at Church of the Risen Savior, 1501 E. Cty Rd 42, Burnsville
Sponsored by a coalition of churches in Dakota County (including Easter), SALT offers sessions on four consecutive Mondays every spring and fall. The goal is to appeal to a broad spectrum of interests with four presentations on various subjects scheduled each day (two speakers each hour). Participants choose one session to attend each hour. SALT brochures describing the spring session will be available at Easter the end of March. Cost is $5 per person per Monday, optional lunch each week $9.
OWLs (Older Wiser Lutherans) Gatherings as follows:
Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carpool from Easter on the Hill at 10 a.m.
St. Paul Cathedral – tour begins at 11 a.m. and lasts about 1 hour
Handicap accessible except one area
Lunch on location or nearby
Hosted by Gary & Sue Kable. RSVP appreciated at 651-454-1886
Thursday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Carpool from Easter on the Hill at 10 a.m.
Como Conservatory, lunch at Zobota Cafe
Sunken Garden, Tropical Encounters, Palm Gardent, etc.
Hosted by Phil Friest. Questions? Contact Phil at 952-893-0313
Thursday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Minnesota Zoo, lunch at the Zoo Cafe
Hosted by Sid & Dorothy Schmiesing