Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
Twenty-Second Sunday of Pentecost
November 10, 2019
8:30am & 10:00am Worship at TLC
Altar flowers this Sunday are given
by Sandy Stooke and Paul Kern
in memory of Jim Stooke and Lisa Kern.
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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  • Sunday's Gospel
  • Pancakes with a Purpose
  • Mission Bazaar this week
  • Bloomington Bird Lady and the Juncos
  • Watch an encore presentation of All Saints Sunday
  • Pastor Al defines Nave and more
  • Who's in the TLC Talent Show?
  • Be an usher or greeter
  • Get your yard cleaned
  • Parents - get a night out
  • December Toys for Liberia
  • Ben launches a Go Fund Me page for Liberia
  • How Green Can We Be?
  • Taking Faith Home for November 10
  • Family Night at TLC
  • Addiction Ministry Training
  • Coffee & Conversation
  • ELC Pic of the Week
  • Chicken-Bacon-Ranch Baked Penne
  • VEAP and the Holidays
  • Is it a cold or the flu?
  • Catch up with past issues of the TLC Weekly
  • Electronic Giving
  • Order Altar Flowers
  • Sign up for free subscriptions
  • Look at the Nov/Dec issue of Transcripts
Sunday's Gospel ~ Luke 20:27-38
27  Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28  and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man [ a ] shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29  Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30  then the second 31  and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32  Finally the woman also died. 33  In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”
34  Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35  but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36  Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37  And the fact that the dead are raised, Moses himself showed in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38  Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”
The bazaar will again have a quilt drawing – tickets on sale in the Narthex or contact Renee Jefferson. We are inviting donations of handcrafted items. Sale proceeds will benefit Oasis for youth and the Liberia Trip. Contact Renee Jefferson, or Marilyn Erickson, .
Oh no, they're back already!
Pileated Woodpecker. Adults are 16-19 inches long, with a wingspan of 30 inches.
Just checked the back yard as I could see a lot of activity from the nine or so squirrels, minus the two white ones yet. There was a robin, maybe saying goodbye to us as he/she travels south... Several chickadees doing their “back and forth, eat one seed” ritual over and over, a hairy woodpecker..(the black and white with a red head ones) huge bluejays insisting on scaring away smaller birds. They are beautiful, so let them enjoy being the boss of the feeders. What is drawing all these creatures is partly because of our heated birdbath, and no one minds sharing the water, it seems.

So, just missed the pileated woodpecker a while ago. It's worthwhile waiting carefully so it won't suddenly fly away before you've enjoyed it.
We've seen two at a time, and it's a treat worth waiting for. Careful not to move suddenly at your window, or it will be gone...flapping away. I can remember the very first time I saw one of these large birds. You can't believe that “Woody Woodpecker” is right there, and tend to think someone lost a parrot maybe.
The Junco measures about 6 inches long with a wingspan of 9 inches.
Oh oh...Can't believe it...Remember the juncos from last spring? I thought they would never leave, as they kept enjoying the huge snowdrifts, hopping around... so happy. Does this mean there's snow on the way? The weather gals and guys keep saying we're about to get a little snow very soon. What ever happened to what we called Indian Summer? It was special time...a “winding down” of warm weather with a last taste of some nice days.
It's been so cold that our lawnmower refused to start...looong grass will be left for
next spring, I guess. Leaves still hang on the maple tree and everyone puts out so many bags for yard waste pickup. So, dear juncos, you're back again. Hope you enjoy our winter. Just don't stay too long this season, okay?

-Bloomington Bird Lady
See and hear it again.
All Saints Sunday
John Rutter's Requiem

John Rutter’s Requiem, performed by the Chancel Choir and orchestra, attempts to convey the peace and reassurance we seek in times of loss and to remember God’s Promise that we will see our loved ones again. Pastor Ed named 24 Saints from TLC who passed away this year and are now with our Lord. A candle was lit for each Saint as their name and image were projected on the screens.
Pastor Grace, in her last spoken meditation at the service explained, “There is a lush landscape awaiting us in heaven. … With all the saints, a strong and gentle voice breaks through their song. He says, “Taste and see that I am good. Come and eat for now all is ready.”

Where Do
We Worship?

-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
What do these words mean: narthex, nave, sanctuary, chancel and altar? And how important are they to our understanding of worship?

First, a little historical background.

Luke reminds us at the end of his gospel that the “where” was the Jerusalem temple because that’s where most of Jesus’ followers lived.

On Paul’s missionary journeys the “where” was often a riverside or in the homes of the believers.

Then, during times of persecution the “where” was a secret place known only to the believers such as the Roman catacombs.

And, after Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire the “where” became buildings of greater and greater size, with some becoming quite elaborate.

It was during that time that the architecture of the building developed into a structure whose different “parts” or “sections” told a story to the people who gathered there, many of whom were illiterate.

One style of church building was the “cruciform” style which meant that the building was formed in the shape of a cross.
Looking through a fish-eye camera lens, we see the entire layout of TLC's current area of worship services. From the narthex outside the three double doors on the left, to the nave immediately in front of the lens, to the chancel and sanctuary under the stained glass cross. Note that it is situated on the east end of the nave.
The entrance area was called the narthex. A narthex is an antechamber, porch or distinct area at the western end of some early Christian churches, (churches originally were constructed facing east.) separated off by a railing and used by those preparing to become Christians, penitents and other people interested in what was “going on there”. It was located at the end of the nave.

The next section, and usually the largest, was the nave . This was where the people stood during worship (there were no places to sit in the churches until around the Reformation). The word nave comes from the Latin word navis and our word navy comes from this. More about this next time.
Photo of TLC's original altar, circa 1961. The chancel area then was on the north end of the church. Acolytes were petrified when it came to lighting all the candles. Most of this altar remains as TLC's current altar today.
At the traditionally east end of the church is the chancel which is usually a raised area above the nave. Within the chancel and behind the altar rail is the sanctuary, the altar and, often the choir. This is the area used by the clergy when they preach and prepare Holy Communion.

The sanctuary , which is the area immediately behind the altar rail, (we’ve removed this at TLC) was, in earlier times a “safe place” which is what the word means. If a person was being pursued by the law or a vengeful person looking to harm them, this was the place to which they could go to be protected (be safe).
More next time on the terms nave and sanctuary.
Talent Show & Baked Goods Auction
7:00pm next Friday, November 15 at TLC.
Some talented performers will be going home next Friday night a little bit richer. And it's not too late for you to show off your skills, perhaps taking home one of the above cash-filled envelopes or a value-packed swag bag. Interested? Contact Director of Music, Rob Reid, no later than this Sunday.
How about being an audience member? They are choosing the winners by ballot the night of the competition. Free admission. Come bid on the marvelous, scrumptious baked goods at the auction.
NOTICE! This event will not be live-streamed .

  • Rob Reid – “Ching-A-Ring Chaw” by Aaron Copland (non-competing)

  • Evan Collins – Storyteller

  • The Murray-Thelander Family Singers – “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”

  • Pastor Al Dungan – "The Black Velvet Band" (Irish Ballad with 12-String Guitar)

  • Mary Anne Lofstrom, Handbells; Jill Reid, Flute; Karen Daniels, Pianist: “A Celtic Journey”

  • Stephen Nushann – Spoken Word performer

  • Ben Lyson – “Shine on Us” by Michael W. Smith

  • Vern Johnson – Storyteller

  • Renee Jefferson – A Horse Named “Bill” (non-competing)

  • Anabel Lindman – Dance Solo
You could be a greeter or an usher! TLC needs you. Family-friendly,
flexible schedule.
A short training session will take place this Sunday and next at 9:30 and 11:00am in the Chapel.
Watch this space for fundraiser opportunities for the December Liberian Trip. Fundraisers include a Mission Bazaar, Fall Yard Clean-Up, Parent’s Night Out, Final Liberian Dinner, Lemonade Stand and a Talent Show.

Yard Work/Fall Clean Up: Offered for a donation to the Liberia Trip Fund. Remaining available dates: November 16, 23, weather permitting. Contact Greg Barringer at to help with the work, or to have your yard cleaned.

We signed up to get some of our yardwork done by people going to Liberia. Just by luck we were assigned to Will Krey, someone I did not know but who seemed eager to help. We were amazed when he arrived with professional equipment in his big truck, and he got to work immediately after my husband showed him what needed doing. Will was the most wonderful worker imaginable! He remained cheery throughout, and did far more than we had even asked him to do. I am so happy someone like him is going to Liberia --he will be enthusiastic and helpful throughout.
-Gail Kleven

Parent’s Night Out: Drop your kid(s) off at TLC from 6:00 thru 9:00pm TONIGHT or November 22 or December 6. Make a donation to the trip fund and enjoy some R&R from parenting! Contact Gretchen Schroeder at to help out with child care, or to make arrangements for your night out! (Suggested donation amount $10 per hour per child)
December Toys for Liberia
We've collected surgical gloves and other needed items for our mission team to present to the Center for Changing Lives - Liberia (CCLL) in December. Now, since the children -many orphaned- are what this is all about, let's send donations of toys to help them celebrate. Just imagine their happy, smiling faces.
Bring your toy (and food) donations during November and early December. Use the VEAP boxes (in 3 locations), and we'll make sure the food goes to VEAP and the toys to Liberia.
Cultural norms are strong in Liberia, and for children who have been orphaned by the AIDS and Ebola epidemics, they can face stigma and be shunned from their community, leaving them with no place to live and no one who cares for them.

Every child deserves a chance at a decent future. [Click here] to visit the Go Fund Me page.
Week of November 10, 2019
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5:30-6:00pm: Community meals served in Fellowship Hall. $5.00 suggested donation. This is a great community gathering for you and your family. Please invite a friend or neighbor to dine with us, or just enjoy a cup of coffee with others.

Oasis Wednesday Evening Worship Service from 6:30 to 7:00pm. It's a 30-minute service with communion.

  • 7:00pm, Inspiring education and fellowship options for all ages
  • Child care and activities are available for infants to 3rd grade.
  • Volunteer adult leaders ensure a great time with new programs for kids, 4th-6th grade.
  • Confirmation and Peer Ministers 7th-12th grade meet for small and large group activities – friends are always welcome!
  • A Bible study for all ages is found with Coffee and Conversation, meeting in the Narthex.
  • Parent support and planning groups meet in the East Fellowship Hall.
  • At 8:00pm, High School students 10th grade and up meet in the Youth Room
Coffee and Conversation invites you to a steaming cup of coffee with good friends and conversation. The session this coming Wednesday, November 13, will encourage a discussion on Esther.
Click Here to discover more about TLC's Early Learning Center.
"Summer River"
ELC Photographer: Joe M.
Joe is 11-years-old and in his fourth year with the ELC Photo Club. This photo, named "Summer RIver," seemed to put Joe at ease and then the mood changes. He explains, "You can feel the calm of the river, then suddenly it turns really fast."
Preheat Oven to 350

What you'll need:

  • 1 lb penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken 
  • 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce 
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 6 slices chopped cooked bacon 
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
  • Chopped parsley, if desired


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease or spray 13x9-inch pan.

In large bowl, place 1 lb cooked and drained penne pasta, 2 cups shredded cooked chicken, 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce and 1/2 cup ranch dressing.

Stir to combine. Pour mixture in pan; spread evenly.

Sprinkle 6 slices chopped cooked bacon evenly over top, then sprinkle with 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz).

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

  • Know the facts. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or into your sleeve if you do not have a tissue available. 
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread that way.
  • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the best protection we have against flu.

Provided by Erin Pommeranz, TLC Community Health Minister
Source: Centers for Disease Control ( )
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through December.
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