December 2016 Newsletter
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Living From the Heart
News from Joanne Sorenson, Trip Coordinator

‏Some of you may have looked at my November newsletter and wondered “What in the world is “IN OUR HANDS”?”

It is something that grew in my heart.

‏Since 2000 I have deeply enjoyed leading mission/service trips to Jamaica, Tanzania, Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Chicago, Malawi, and even several service experiences right here in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Participants return with excitement about serving, about faith, about growing spiritually and culturally…there are so many positive results from these trips. Over the years I have developed ideas about adding to these travels - teaching, discussion around themes of culture and understanding, forming “community” in a group as we do the service work.
Hands Heart Earth Image
One day I opened a catalog and saw a picture of two hands holding a heart.  “That’s IT!”  I said. As I looked at this visual image of what was inside me, I knew that this dream was within me - two hands to serve, with my heart’s dream in the center.   Later I discovered another picture of what I yearned to create:  a globe surrounded by hands of differing colors. That was the future.  It is central to what I believe, that it is IN OUR HANDS to make the world a better place for all humanity.  
What will “IN OUR HANDS” become? It is not mine to say, but I am holding MY hands open to the beauty and wonder of the Creator and holding my ears open to the Spirit. I have shared my idea and my dream with many. I have started and created. I am filled with anticipation and wonder as I truly do NOT know what the future will bring, only that I am following what is deep in my heart!
“IN OUR HANDS” offers a new “twist” in serving.
An opportunity to make a difference in the world AT THE SAME TIME as friendship making, recreating, gaining a new perspective....this might just be for YOU! This may be the jump start for your new idea - bringing energy for the next turn in the road.


April 30 - May 4, 2017

The Lakota/Oglala People of Pine Ridge Reservation have lived under the cloud of hopelessness for many years. However, viewed with the proper lenses there are many signs of hope!

Travel to Pine Ridge, South Dakota to see the signs, understand the challenges, and consider the place of faith within native traditions. During our days we will participate in a service project, hear from Community Developer “Thunder Valley”, and visit the Oglala Lakota College and art center. Pastor Kay Ressell at the Retreat Center will help us understand how serving changes US in the process. Our discussion time each day will help us to see with new eyes, and leave with renewed hope to face the paths we walk.
Pine Ridge Retreat Center Logo.  Used with permission.
When: Leave April 30, return May 5 (driving)
Cost: $400 includes retreat center, meals, gas.
Trip size: 5-7
For more details on the location, please visit and
Learn more about this trip!
The Pine Ridge Adventure is filling quickly, and we are down to our last few spots!  If you are interested, call 651-398-3989 as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

To learn more about Thunder Valley please watch the following video:

“Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope...
The place from which you glimpse not only struggle,
But the joy of the struggle.
And we stand there, beckoning and calling,
Telling people what we are seeing
Asking people what they see."
-Victoria Safford, “On Hope”


"Creating Your Vision" Workshop


January 28, 2017 - Hudson, WI
February 18, 2017 - Eau Claire, WI

Do you have...
  • A dream that wants to live?
  • A business you’ve always wanted to start?
  • Artwork that awaits completion?
  • Projects that long for your attention?  
Most of us never make the time to do this...we let our busy, distracted lives keep us unfocused.  

I’d like to help you change that.  

Come and join your friends in the very first “Creating Your Vision” workshop - a full-day immersion to focus on your dream, your ideal outcomes, and your heart’s desires! This will be an AMAZING DAY of discovery, community-building, and listening to our deepest hearts. Together, we will listen to our deepest hearts, create a VISION BOARD, and take the NEXT STEPS to making the dream a reality!

So, what is a Vision Board? You select images and words from magazines and paste them on a big poster board. It’s pretty simple...yet it’s also a powerful tool that helps align your brain with the outcomes you most want to attract. It worked for me, and I'd like to help you discover how it will work for you!

Dates and Locations:
  • January 28
    Bethel Highlands of Hudson
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • February 18
    Deb’s Cafe on Hwy 53 north of Eau Claire
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Registration fees: 
  • $50.00 per person
  • $40.00 per person if two or more are registering together

There is a 20 person limit per workshop so make sure you sign up today!
Call or text 651-398-3989 or email:
Part of what makes "IN OUR HANDS" unique is meditations that help us to look at what motivates us. This meditation "Honoring Life" encourages us to stop and consider our life as a gift for humanity.

The Future is IN OUR HANDS to create a better world for all humanity. We are people of many life philosophies, serving the world together, and learning from one another.
Joanne Sorenson
Leading the adventure:

“I want to help individuals and groups find places and projects that they are passionate about, so that they can serve our local or global community in a variety of ways. During my work as a minister, I have lead many serving teams, both overseas and stateside. I love helping people find the joy of building and creating together.”

Do you have an idea for a trip you would like to do? Know of a pastor or community leader that would love to put a trip together? Maybe a group of friends would like a unique experience just for them?

Call Joanne at 651-398-3989!
She would enjoy helping you create a trip for you or your group!
IN OUR HANDS is in the process of creating a website with many more wonderful serving, learning, and traveling adventures. Stay tuned for more details!

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