Mission: Tuesday Open House is the pastor’s initiative outreach ministry to expand knowledge of persons with Norwegian interests and/or background about Mindekirken and Norwegian culture via five areas of interest. Areas are:  Norwegian literature, historic/contemporary Norwegian life, music, theology/faith/life, and art. The program provides an opportunity for fellowship, a time for devotions, a time to eat a lunch and always interesting presentations.

Velkommen til Tuesday Open House  

Tuesdays, September-May, in Fellowship Hall

10:30 a.m.         Doors open
11-11:30 a.m.    Lunch is available
11:45 a.m.         Welcome and Announcements
12-1:00 p.m.      Program presentation

$10 donation per person upon entry includes lunch and program 

Please register in advance by clicking here
No advance payment required. Our goal is to know how many are coming so that we can be prepared.

Upcoming Tuesday Open House Programs  -- See the Communicator monthly newsletter for more details about the programs.


April 23
Cookbooks and Quilts Can Be Family History Too
Presenter: Mary Rosendahl

Families gather, food is served, and memories are created. Creating a family keepsake cookbook can capture the people, places, and emotions surrounding family gatherings. Quilts are another way to capture family history by transferring photos and documents to fabric, or through applique of significant family pictures.
Mary Rosendahl is a food scientist, quilter, and a certified autobiography instructor who enjoys marrying her interests in food, and quilting with family history to help others create family keepsakes.



April 30
Antarctica Peninsula
Presenter: Karen Weiberg

A casual conversation led to a trip of a lifetime to Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, Argentina and onto the MS Fridtjof Nansen ship to sail to the Antarctic peninsula. TV has brought wildlife from all over the world into our living rooms, but there are no words to describe seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. My goal was to see penguins and whales. However, if we happened to see bird species and seals, that would be terrific, too. In my presentation, I will share about the hearty explorers of Antarctica, those who skied to get to the South Pole: Roald Amundsen, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen. I will also touch on how countries work together to preserve the continent of Antarctica.



May 7
Journey of Visible Strength and Hidden Scars
Presenter: Shegitu Kebede

Come to hear of Norways connection to Ethiopia. Years ago, Shegitu Kebede, knew first hand of Norwegians sharing their Christian faith and love. Shegitu and her brothers were adopted by a Norwegian Nurse serving as missionary in Ethiopia. She puzzled when her adopted Mother would leave her in the care of Icelandic missionaries for a time. She would learn that her Mom was returning to Norway to share the stories of the mission and gain further support. Hear her tell of the horror of war tearing her family apart; resulting in the loss of her brothers and her placement in a refugee camp. Her escape and rescue by Lutherans in MN would bring her to a new beginning. Those early roots of faith and love live on now as she returns to Ethiopia and provide care today. Two of her brothers were killed during the revolution. Another brother is operating “Etiopiapisc” a very popular Ethiopian restaurant in Stavanger Norway.



May 14
Albert Quie - A Hero of Our Time
Presenter: Joel Quie

*rescheduled from March - Albert Quie modeled a life as a servant leader. Raised in a rural family and grounded in faith he left a legacy of love and purpose. His son Joel will share insights that made his father a role model and inspiration for countless people in his nearly 100 years of life.
Joel Quie is a former ELCA pastor, happily retired and living in Eden Prairie, MN.  He grew up in the Washington DC metro area as the fourth of five children of Albert and Gretchen Quie. He graduated from St. Olaf College with a major in Classical Languages. He and his wife, Sarah have three sons and four grandchildren. Since stepping away from ministry, Joel has claimed the Spanish word for retirement, ‘Jubilation’. He has discovered weekends and the freedom to develop his many interests and talents.

May 21
Syttende Mai and Eidsvoll
Presenter: Lori Ann Reinhall

Lori Ann Reinhall, editor-in-chief of The Norwegian American, was inspired when she visited Eidsvoll, Norway, in 2022.
At Eidsvoll, both adults and children can learn about the history of the Norwegian Constitution signed there on May 17, 1814. Lori Ann learned so much there and was so impressed by all that she experienced that she wanted to create a "democracy center" to share with her readers, their children and grandchildren, and families and children anywhere.
An exhibit and a children's activity corner took shape at Norway House, running May 2 – July 28, with sponsor partnership from the Ventura Village Neighborhood Association.

TOH will take a break from weekly programs during the summer months, with the exception of the June Summer Seminar, and will start again in September.

The TOH Summer Seminar will be June 25, 2024. The topic will be “Norwegian Immigration to North America”. There were many Norwegians who came during the Colonial era to the Eastern part of our country and made significant contributions to our country. Then, the major immigration began in 1825 and throughout the 19th and early 20th century. Look for more information on the web page and also registration information. It will be an all-day session with at least four speakers and a Norwegian style lunch served.


  Archived Tuesday Open House program videos (Click button below)

Mindekirken is called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all people, empowering service to others.
Mindekirken practices its ministry through Norwegian traditions, culture, and language.