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"Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's,
and to God the things that are God's."
Matthew 22:21


Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 10:00am
Sunday morning worship service
with communion and healing prayers.

Tune In to Hear Our TLC Youth!
Rob Reid
Director of Music
It may be MEA Weekend, but you can still hear from many of our TLC Youth in Sunday’s (October 18) Live-Stream Worship! Normally, our Oasis Music Team would have been leading our Wednesday worship services this fall, but since Confirmation has gone to a mostly virtual format, our Wednesday services are on hiatus for now. So, we are glad these worship leaders were free to record the songs and hymns for this week: Kayla Boehne, Mallory Herron, Makien Wenge, singers; Jake Pernsteiner, guitar and vocals; Phetsamone Ekholm, piano; and Noah Ekholm, drums. In addition to some familiar hymns like “Lord, Be Glorified,” “Here is Bread” and Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ,” the group also sings an upbeat opening song from the contemporary music group “Rend Collective” called “My Lighthouse” and Michael W. Smith’s “Here I Am to Worship.” TLC high school student Megan Muff will share her “God Moment” this week, and Pastor Ed will preach and lead us in the liturgy, prayers and communion. Tune in at 10:00am to tlcgo.live or later in the day and select On-Demand to be uplifted as we worship God together this Sunday!

Peace,
Virtual Coffee After Church
After watching the live-stream of TLC's Sunday Worship, join your friends online via Zoom for virtual coffee and conversation, hosted by Marilyn Erickson.

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As previously published, October 25 was the date being considered for possible public, in-person worship services to resume at TLC. At this current time, the Minnesota Department of Health is reporting a trend of increasing cases of coronavirus in our area. Also, in reviewing our survey data from August of 2020 [available at this link], the majority of our respondents from TLC would prefer to wait to worship in-person until they feel safe. Therefore, our COVID Response Team, TLC church staff, along with its council members, recommend postponing in-person worship for the time being. Their current recommendation is to continue to dedicate efforts to maintain high quality online worship offerings. These groups will continue to revisit and discuss this information regularly as we move through the fall. The implementation of safe, in-person worship will be pushed out to a future date to be determined.
Your 2021 Stewardship pledge card will be arriving soon in your USPS mailbox. Please complete the card and mail back to the church using the enclosed return envelope. Or, if you wish, you can click here to access our online pledge card and complete it right away.
Order your Christmas Wreaths & Popcorn Now
Deadline is October 26
Boy Scout Troop 446, that meets at TLC, is having their yearly fundraiser to support camping for the troop. We can’t come see you at the church, so this will be virtual in 2020. Please consider purchasing some popcorn or wreaths by looking at the following order sheets:
 
 
Submit your order, or any questions to: troop446.fundraising@gmail.com
 
With your name, address and phone number, we will be taking orders until October 26th, and delivering the week before Thanksgiving
Music, Lightshow, Lasers & Fog
Help Kids of All Ages Go Footloose 
Photos by ELC Director, Barb Wigstadt
TLC's Fellowship Hall was converted into a rockin' dance palace this past Wednesday, October 14th morning and afternoon for all the children and teens attending the Early Learning Center (ELC). Children and youth from pre-K to school age (and even a baby or two) first noticed an array of colored light patterns dancing across the ceiling in the church Narthex. Then they entered Fellowshop Hall seeing light towers and a foggy mist filling the place. Serene and somewhat spooky music filled the room as the kids assembled. Many were in costumes. Then the music thundered with the opening theme song from Disney's High School Musical. The lighting jumped, the fog machines fogged and the laser lights beamed across the smokey dance area. It didn't take an invitation for the kids to start dancing with friends or by themselves, or sing along to the "Banana Song," realizing this was going to be a fun and "Cool" (as they later said) time.

ELC Director, Barb Wigstadt, said the primary purpose for the dance party was for school age youth, "...who have been working really hard at the ELC location with distance learning the past six weeks." Adding, "And we wanted to just give them some stress relief and offer a good time." Reports from the youth and youngsters indicate it was a blast. The photos seem to demonstrate a lot of smiles and fun. But it doesn't end there. Barb and staff are now in the planning stages for a Christmas break Dance Party. Ho! Ho! Ho!

ELC & COVID Practices: There is a series of preparedness, precautions and safety standards administered at the ELC as recommended by the city of Bloomington, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including but not limited to: daily temperature checks of staff and children; enhanced supervised hygiene and sanitizing practices; limited access to the building by outsiders, including parents; and facial masking of staff.
Next Sunday, October 25
Sunday @ 11:30am • Farewell Pastor Grace
Sunday @ 1:00pm • Rite of Confirmation
The end of October is quickly arriving, bringing us to the end of Pastor Grace’s internship at TLC. Please save the date, October 25, 11:30am after the online service for an outdoor celebration of Pastor Grace's time as intern pastor at TLC. The farewell gathering will take place at TLC's west parking lot. BYO chairs and refreshments. Masks and social distancing required. To honor her, a “Pastor Grace’s Book Fund” is being set up to assist her in purchasing books for her pastoral library. Cards and checks may be sent to the church office at: TLC, 11000 France Ave. S., Bloomington, 55431. Please make checks payable to TLC, noting Pastor Grace in the memo line.
Confirmation students, through faith talks and worship leadership, will be present in worship on October 25.
There will be a Rite of Confirmation at 1:00pm at TLC's west parking lot and north lawn. All are invited to attend. BYO chairs and refreshments. Masks and social distancing required. There will be Zoom converage of this event. The link will be posted in next week's TLC Weekly.
Uh-Oh...
They're Back!
It must have been last year when Bird Lady wrote about dark-eyed juncos several times. They had appeared with the first snow, and since they love to hop about in the snow, stayed until the last drift had melted. Well, yesterday, Birdman saw some juncos under our feeders! I have yet to see even one, but watch for some cold temps and don't be surprised if a few flakes fall even in October.

The mourning dove family that has been here all summer-- a mom and dad, plus three little ones, is still around. Doves always seem so peaceful and don't annoy anyone. Too bad humans can't take a few lessons in “Peaceful” with so much ugliness on the streets of Minneapolis these days.

Wearing their winter garb, the goldfinches have come back too. Seems like they were just here in bright yellow summer feathers. Not all birds switch their feathers like that. So Birdman has been busy filling the suet feeders nearly all summer. We could not do that when the suet would melt easily, but the newer kind is not so messy.

I mentioned “pecking order” last week, and now every bird seems to know where they fit. If a crow or two lands, almost everything flies away... Then the blue jays, and finally the pileated woodpecker!

I was surprised to see a completely black squirrel under the feeders last week! We have never had one; two white ones come during the winter. The black ones are very pretty, and I thought at first I'd seen a cat instead. The white ones look dingy on white snow, so I wish they'd come when the grass is green.

On a completely different subject: Next week I'd like to write a little about my dear friend, Caryl Minnetti. I have known her a long time and realizing that I'll never see her again has been sad. I hope many of you could join in her live-streamed memorial service. I was so proud of John Thomson and his tribute to Caryl.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
Ben Cherland Ordained

Saturday, September 19, friends and family of Ben Cherland were excited to celebrate his ordination to the ministry of word and sacrament, called to serve as pastor at Messiah Lutheran in Red Lodge, Montana. Bishop Ann Svennungsen of the Minneapolis Area Synod presided and Pastor Paul Palumbo preached.

Before the service began, Ben's friend, Rev. Sara Smalley, offered the Invocation making the online forum part of a sacred space.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
FOR US?
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
The
Church's
Half Year
The Gospel lesson for last Sunday was the well-known Parable of the Wedding Banquet. In the parable we are told about a king who had planned a wedding feast, sent out invitations and then alerted the guests that “now was the time to come because all things are now ready”. Much to his chagrin, all of the guests “began to make excuses”.

In the mid-1960s there was a singing group known as “The Medical Mission Sisters who wrote and sang a song about the wedding banquet and I’d like to share it with you now:

1)“A certain man held a feast on his fine estate in town. He laid a wedding table and wore a wedding gown. He sent invitations to his neighbors far and wide; but when the meal was ready, each of them replied:

Refrain: I cannot come to the banquet. Don’t trouble me now. I have married a wife. I have bought me a cow. I have fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum. Pray hold me excused. I cannot come.

2) The master rose up in anger, called his servants by name. Now go into the town, fetch the blind and the lame. Fetch the peasant and the pauper for this I have willed. My tables must be crowded and my banquet must be filled.

Refrain:

3) Now God has written a lesson for the rest of mankind. If we’re slow in responding, He may leave us behind. He’s preparing a banquet for that great and glorious day. When the Lord and Master calls us, be certain not to say:

I cannot come. I cannot come to the banquet. Don’t trouble me now. I have married a wife. I have bought me a cow. I have fields and commitments that cost a pretty sum. Please hold me excused. I cannot come.”

Both the parable and the song are great reminders for each of us, and collectively, all of us, to not get so busy with the cares and commitments of this life that we are unable to hear God’s call to “come to the banquet”.

God calls to us each day to “come to the banquet”.

There are just so many opportunities laid out before us like a beautiful smorgasbord and all we have to do is just pick one or two items from the table like finding ways to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger and visit those sick and in prison.

In more specific ways here at TLC we can support The Center for Changing Lives in Liberia where they hope to increase their student body from 60 to 75 children who have been orphaned and are now living with foster parents. Or we can support the Center of Addiction and Faith which hopes to be a healing influence for addicts and their families. Or…Or…Or. You find one and by doing so you will be attending God’s banquet.

Just be careful that you don’t tell God: “I cannot come.”
Welcome Nancy Waldack
TLC's New Financial Administrator
My husband Larry and I have lived in our home in West Bloomington for almost 40 years. I am a CPA and have worked in public accounting for most of my career. I have been a member of TLC for more than 50 years. I was confirmed and married at TLC. I have been a Sunday School Teacher, the Sunday School Supervisor and served on the Church Council at TLC. I have two daughters who were baptized and confirmed at the church and two beautiful little granddaughters. I enjoy being outdoors whenever I get the chance and I love a good mystery novel.
Save the date!
VEAP's annual Gala is going virtual on November 13, 2020

Due to the pandemic, VEAP has made the decision to move our biggest yearly fundraising event completely online. Will you join us for a fun virtual evening featuring one-of-a-kind auction items, live entertainment and much more? Everyone is invited to tune into this free streaming event, which will include diverse opportunities to financially support our mission of ending hunger and homelessness in our community.
The evening's events will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 13 with Emmy-award winning emcee and entertainer, Jearlyn Steele, who will lead our audience through an action-packed 30 minutes. You'll experience live music, a special video featuring volunteer and participant voices, and interactive ways to engage with VEAP. Please early bird register today. We'll "see" you then!
How's Your Mental Health?
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Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

On top of all life's stressors, especially during this long pandemic, sometimes we let our mental health suffer. It's incredibly hard when you're already maxed out to add yet another thing to your list, like counseling or therapy! However, your mental health is something to prioritize, especially during stressful times.
 
Mental Health Connect is a resource that helps get you connected to mental health providers. Reach out to them by clicking here and they will accompany you on your mental health journey.
Philip Nushann, who attended Luther Seminary in Minnesota, founded Center for Changing Lives - Liberia (CCLL) when he returned to Liberia in November 2016. Transfiguration is the primary community support for CCLL, leading a partnership of Minnesota Churches supporting Philip’s vision. CCLL was inspired by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota to bring Health Services, Education, Housing, Counseling, Empowerment, Resource Building, Hope and Love to the children and families of West Africa.
On Thursday, October 8, the annual CCLL fundraiser was "virtually" held via Zoom.

You'll need this passcode: CHk5x8g#
Who will you remember during NLC's All Saints virtual program?

Tune in NLC's All Saints Virtual Program offering music of remembrance, perseverance and hope for all who have experienced loss in this difficult year. 
With the very breath of so many being silenced by illness and injustice, NLC commissioned artist in residence Paul Rudoi to compose a new setting of the hymn text “Breathe on me, Breath of God.” This work--and the undying yearning to be comforted and changed by the breath of God--forms a through-line for the program. 
A core component of the program resides in a set of powerful African American spirituals by composer Moses Hogan and arrangers Marques Garrett and William Dawson. These works have much to teach us about God’s love through hardship and loss. Music by John Tavener and Heinrich Schütz round out this newly curated, virtual program that will feature new performances by NLC singers in physically-distanced settings.

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TLC is closed to all visitors unless by appointment. It's important that we maintain this rule during the pandemic crisis. Spontaneous visitors, regardless of well-meaning intentions, may cause complications in the church environment or compromise the health of church staff or ELC staff and children, and, vice-versa. Any questions or concerns, please contact the TLC office at 952-884-2364 or:
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Please Visit TLC's Memorial Garden
Since 2012, loved ones who had their funeral or memorial service at TLC now have a place and a webpage on our TLC Memorial Garden website. Please visit these saints, honor and remember them; read their obituary, the bulletin and homily, watch the live-stream archive of their service, browse their personal photo album, and, if so inclined, leave a personal message on their page.
Visit soon: www.tlcmemorial.com
Do you ever need an extra prayer for yourself, a loved one, or a dear friend? TLC has a prayer team that prays often for members, their families and friends of the congregation. Send your prayer requests to merickson@tlcmn.com or on the TLC website here. Your prayer needs are sent on to the Prayer Team and kept confidential – just between you, the pray-ers, and God. If you would like to be a member of the prayer team, please sign up on the yellow Life@TLC bulletin insert.
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