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Encore is a ministry for adults 55+.  Encore plans events throughout the year focusing on learning, serving and gathering.  There is no one Encore group.  The same people do not attend all events, but come as they are interested and able.  We make a point of planning events on weekends and evenings as well as daytime, knowing many people in the Encore age demographic are still employed.  If you are interested in serving on an Encore team (serve, learn or gather), please let one of the members of the Leadership Team know.  If you have an idea for an event, we’d love to hear from you.

Thank you to Carolyn Bratland and Karen Capel for serving on the Encore Task Force the past three years.  Both have contributed so much to the ministry and we are grateful for their service.  They will continue to support Encore and attend events but chose to step down from a leadership positon.

Upcoming Encore! Happenings:

Encore Cruise and Dinner

Sunday, July 27, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Sunday evening cruise on the St. Croix River.  The Avalon Riverboat departs Stillwater at 4:30 p.m.  A buffet dinner of pot roast, chicken, mashed potatoes, fruit, bread and dessert will be served.  Entertainment features the Emperors of Jazz.  Cost is $21.25 per person; this includes the cruise and dinner.  Call 651-430-1234 to make your reservation under Easter Lutheran Church.  The website is www.stillwaterriverboats.com.  Meet us at the boat or be at Easter on the Hill at 3:15 p.m. to carpool.   Call Judy Englund, 651-687-0910 if you have questions.

Cambodian Buddhist Temple Tour

Thursday, August 29, 10 a.m., Hampton MN
Visit this Buddhist temple, one of the largest in America. Watt Munisotaram sits on a hill in the middle of farmland. The complex has an outdoor shrine, a monks’ house, and the 60 foot-tall main temple, which has a first floor social space and an upper main level space that features a six-foot tall statue and panels that tell the story of Buddha’s life. There is no fee, but donations are appreciated. After the tour we will have lunch at a near-by restaurant. Car pools leave Easter on the Hill, at 9:15 a.m. and return early afternoon. Sign up online (button above) or on the Response Sheet at worship.

Feed My Starving Children

Wednesday, August 13
9:30-11:30 a.m.
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 ritatest@aol.com. This is a great summer family activity. Children as young as 5 are welcome to attend with an adult.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Friday, August 8
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 klpoppen@comcast.net or 651-688-7386.

Summer Music Series

Wednesdays, through August, 7 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 W. County Rd. 42, Apple Valley
Each Wednesday brings a sumer evening of inspirational music and first-class concerts.  The theme this summer is “Colors … Reflections of God’s Love.”  Encore is building a relationship with the older adult ministry at Grace and this music series comes highly recommended.  Call Karen Capel, 651-344-2162, if you would like more information.

Meals on Wheels

Wednesdays, 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A wonderful way to help get meals to those unable to cook or shop for themselves.  Your commitment could be once a month, once every other month, or just on a sub list.  For more information please contact Helen Bolstorff at 651-454-4280 or dandhbolstorff@comcast.net.

Conversation with Lutheran Social Services

Postponed – new date will be announced
Join the Encore Task Force and staff from LSS and Easter for a conversation on “Abundant Aging,” a program at LSS. We’ll explore the possibility of implementing some of the ideas from “Abundant Aging” to enrich community connections as we age.

OWLs (Older Wiser Lutherans) Gatherings as follows:

no OWLs gatherings for July and August

Summer Golf 

Thursdays, August 14 and September 11
tee times beginning at 11 a.m.
Rich Valley Golf Club, 3855 145th St. E., Rosemount
9 holes of golf (walk or ride)
women and men
low and high handicaps
Sign up by contacting Bill Korte at billkorte@q.com or 651-366-1409

Save the Date:  Encore Fall Retreat, Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Mt. Olivet Retreat Center in Farmington.