Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
First Sunday after Christmas
December 29, 2019
There is only ONE service Sunday.
Altar Flowers are given this Sunday by Patti Johansen,
in memory of her mom, Marjorie Johansen.
TLC Offices Closed
ELC Closed

Accommodations throughout the church for those with disabilities.
Wireless hearing assist devices available for worship services.
Closed Captioning available with on-demand playback (not live) of worship services.
Nursery available at both services.
Parent/children's Pray-Ground available in the Sanctuary during worship.

Hospitality & Social Activities from 9-11:30am in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall

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A video offering a glimpse of Transfiguration Lutheran Church throughout its years. From the beginnings at Westwood Elementary School to the structure and people present today.

Look back, remember, smile and know that yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
-Mother Teresa
A Treasure Beyond Words:
God in the Manger
As we celebrated Christmas this week, I was thinking of my three children as tiny tots and what they might have actually understood about Jesus' incarnation. We may think they know instinctively that something wonderful is happening, but what do they really think? As we teach children to pray, especially at bedtime, what do the words mean to them? I recall starting with “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep” as their first prayer, but was brought to reality as I heard one little girl name her doll, “Fie sha die.” What??
She explained that it sounded like a good name and her doll would really like it.

Think of that common prayer that so many children learn...What is a soul? Does anyone actually know what a soul is? And how scary to think that “If I should die before I wake” might happen to them? They already hated going to bed, and if they didn't wake up in the morning? Plan B was already brewing in my mind.

Does this sound better, especially at Christmas time?

Ah, Dearest Jesus, Holy Child;
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled
within my heart, that it may be
a quiet chamber kept for Thee.

For quite a few years, we'd say this prayer together, and it was not scary. The only explaining was “what is a chamber?” and that was easy to do. The lovely picture of the baby Jesus, now within their hearts and keeping them safe, gave them a nice cozy feeling.

Before New Year's I am going to ask those kids, now in their 60s, if they remember our always saying that sweet prayer. I hope they didn't forget. Maybe if they did, it's time to bring it back for a few more years; Jesus within their hearts, helping them fall asleep.

May you have a blessed New Year... And bless our travelers as they take the long trip to Liberia, may their lives be ever changed from the experience.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
What Does This
Mean for Us?
A Brief Review
This series of articles has had as its purpose to call us to an awareness of what our faith as Lutheran Christians means for us.

It’s about our roots, because if we are not aware of our roots, who and what we are can become increasingly meaningless. Instead of having meaning and purpose, we become rootless and just shift from one ideology to the next.

That is the purpose of this group of articles that looked at the Church Year.

Christians are different in how we look at life. At least, we are supposed to and the Church Year helps us to do that.

For us, as I mentioned in an earlier article, our New Year’s Day is November 30 or St. Andrew’s Day (the first disciple Jesus called) which is followed by the Season of Advent in which we look backwards and forwards at the promises that God made to Israel of 1) One Who would bring about a New Age and 2) then looking forward with eagerness to His return in glory at the End of that Age.

December 24 th , our Christmas Eve, completes the Advent Season and December 25 th begins the Christmas Season.

Christmas is not one day (as our culture has come to dictate) but a whole series of days (12) in which we celebrate the giving of God’s gift of a child who will be that One. During that time we not only celebrate the birth of Jesus, we also commemorate St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr (the first martyr of the Church—see Acts 6:8-7:60) on Dec. 26. St. John, Apostle and Evangelist on Dec. 27 (see John 21:20-25). The Holy Innocents, Martyrs on Dec. 28 (see Matthew 2:13-19). And the Name Day of Jesus on Jan. 1 (see Luke 2:15-21). The Christmas season concludes with Epiphany that ushers us into another season which will be discussed next time.

What does this mean for us? It means that we have a rich heritage and that we need to acknowledge and celebrate that heritage or we will face the danger of forgetting who we are and why we have been called to be a holy people, i.e., a people set apart from our world to make the changes that God has in mind for this world—changes that focus on justice for all, peace for all and love for all.

Next time: The 12 Days of Christmas and the festival of The Epiphany.
On Holiday - Will Resume January 8, 2020
Coffee and Conversation invites you to a steaming cup of coffee with good friends and conversation. The session this coming Wednesday, January 8 will encourage a discussion on (tba).

Sunday Jan. 19: Transfiguration’s guest preacher at both services (8:30 and 10:00) will be Pastor Danny Givens. A Soul Food lunch by Raye’s Catering and a conversation with Pastor Givens will follow at 11:15am. Pastor Danny will speak on the 18” Pilgrimage: a message addressing the challenges of justice-work with impacted communities from the perspective of a front line faith-based activist. He will address the movement toward collective liberation and the pitfalls that exist for those who jump into the fight for racial justice ill-equipped. Please RSVP here (or at 952-884-2364) if you plan to eat lunch. $10 suggested donation for lunch.

Please Click Here for the online RSVP to the free speaking engagement with Pastor Givens in Fellowship Hall and the optional Soul Food Luncheon ($10 suggested donation). The soul food menu is displayed on the RSVP page.
Tuesday, January 21: Bloomington congregations join together in a discussion of ELCA pastor Lenny Duncan’s new book: “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.” Please order and read in advance through . Atonement Lutheran will host this conversation. 6:30-8:30pm.
Danny Givens is a heartfelt activist and orator who received a life changing gift of forgiveness from an off-duty police officer he shot during a botched robbery in 1996. Propelled by forgiveness, Danny began his journey toward reconciliation and resiliency prior to his release from incarceration in 2008. He later went on to receive his B.A. in Christian Ministry from Bethel University in 2011, accompanied by a three-year residency as an Interfaith Minister at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2016.
Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated and homeless, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of his denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of ‘church decline’ and calls everyone—leaders and laity alike—to the front lines of the church’s renewal through racial equality and justice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus.
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