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Encore!

Encore! is the name of an exciting new ministry at Easter Church with and through adults age 50+.

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

Wednesday, May 14
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

Fridays, 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 klpoppen@comcast.net or 651-688-7386.

Deeper & Wider Conversations Book Club 

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

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.

Clean up Easter’s Adopt-a-Street

Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.
Help pick up trash and litter from Easter’s designated street, Northview Pond Rd. from Lexington to Elrene. Wear gloves; vests and bags will be provided. Meet at Easter on the Hill at 10 a.m. to carpool. Please sign up on the Announcements Response Sheet or call Tony Foster at 612-259-7178 if you can help.

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.

Beauty and the Beast

Sunday, May 4, performance at 2 p.m., Rosemount High School
Attend this delightful performance with a group from Easter. Tickets are $9 adults – $7 seniors and $5 students. Pay on line at Easter’s website or by check made out to Easter Church with Beauty & the Beast on the memo line, by April 28th. This is a great family outing – invite your kids and grandkids to come along! Contact Kathy Bahrke at 651-454-6722 or the church office at 651-452-3680 with questions.

Conversation with Lutheran Social Services

Tuesday, May 6, 1-2 p.m., Easter on the Hill
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.

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, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Meet at Easter on the Hill at 9:30 a.m. to carpool via Barnabus
Group rate: $10 per person if we get 15 people; otherwise, $11 per person
We’ll collect the fee as we leave church
Pot luck lunch follows back at Easter on the Hill
Hosted by Sid & Dorothy Schmiesing
Come and join us!