Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
October 27, 2019
8:30am & 10:00am Worship at TLC
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

Click on the live-stream logo below or visit at
the time of the service to watch it on your media device.
Rob Reid, Director of Music
Wear Red !
This Sunday, October 27, as we honor and celebrate the founding of the Lutheran Church and its inspirational founder Martin Luther, do wear the Liturgical Color Red to help lift up the power of the Holy Spirit at work in all of us!
TLC Music Groups at rehearsal this past Wednesday in preparation for Reformation Sunday
Be sure to come early at the 8:30 or 10:00am services for the amazing Prelude – our TLC Music Groups will lift your spirits with their joyful pieces! The TLC Handbells will ring “Carillon of Praise” for the Prelude and “Beautiful Savior” during Communion. The TLC Brass Choir and Timpani, led by Karen Daniels, will play Gabrieli’s “Canzona No. 2” in the Prelude, and will inspire us on all three of the hymns: “A Mighty Fortress,” “Sing Joyfully to God” and “The Church’s One Foundation.” The Chancel Choir will sing their exciting anthem during the Offering, “God Is Our Refuge,” and verses and descants on two of the hymns. The Sunday School children will sing "The B-I-B-L-E" at the 10:00am service. Organist Carmen Englert will play “We All Believe in One True God” for Prelude, and “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” arranged by David Cherwien, for the Postlude. You may want to plan to get to BOTH services this Sunday to enjoy all of this music TWICE!
Friday, Oct 25
This Coming Tuesday
October 29
Please plan to attend or watch the live stream
TLC Sanctuary - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

[Editor's note: To re-familiarize yourself with the recent changes at TLC regarding Pastoral Leadership, please click here to see the pdf on Pastoral Leadership Proposal - Listening Session Q&A , as prepared by the Pastoral Leadership Team and Council]

Craig Pederson, Assistant to the Bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod
Jeff Sartain, Co-Pastor, Edina Community Lutheran Church
Mary Halvorson, Co-Pastor, Grace University Lutheran Church
Mary Pechauer, Co-Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church
This event will be promoted by the Minneapolis Area Synod and may well attract interested clergy and lay leaders from beyond TLC.
We hope you will be able to be present for what promises to be a stimulating and informative evening.
Pastors Arthur and Ed
TLC Care
in a Box
TLC came through for the second year in a row, donating food staples and treats for our young people in college or serving in the military. 

This past week found the TLC College Ministry Team in Fellowship Hall organizing and packing boxes of care for 18 young adults currently
away from home either in college or the military. Some received them last year as well, but Freshman this year have no idea there will be surprise coming soon to their doorstep. Shipping costs were graciously covered by Thrivent Financial.
Did you ever get to help with communion as a child? I didn't either. In fact, no one
would ever have thought to ask the Sunday School-- aged youngsters to do anything except possibly sing in the children's choir. Most of them would disappear right after Sunday School, and just go home. It is so nice to see a little one holding the basket for the used communion cups...a good way to start to feel a part of our church family. When a child feels a part of something rather adult, I think they will keep coming back even after they are confirmed.

I remember the first time I ever tasted wine. It was on my confirmation day, and there we were in our white robes, finally lined up around the altar rail, ready to partake of communion for the first time. You could say we were a bit disappointed, as the wine tasted awful! Turns out that it had spoiled, and so the whole congregation was quite disappointed too. Such a weird way to remember a life-time event in one's life!

Also, a couple of us from that class could scarcely wait to join the adult choir. Probably the rest of the choir were wondering if we'd be an asset or not. I'll never know that, but have never stopped caring enough to stay with choirs my whole life.

Every Sunday when the little ones gather and sit on the carpeted altar steps, I hope their parents appreciate that those cuties will someday grow up to be members, maybe not of TLC, but wherever they may go...Let's pray that is so. We need everyone to always feel wanted and loved.
OCT 31
October 31 - 5:30 to 8:30pm
1717 2nd St NE - Minneapolis, MN 55413 - 612-234-1298
Studio 2 Ceramics in Northeast Minneapolis is hosting a Trick or Treat Studio Halloween Craft Party on Halloween from 5:30-8:30 pm.

This a safe and fun option for kids and adults alike. Entry ticket to the Studio gets you access to any and all the crafts! We will have craft stations set up throughout the studio and you can choose which crafts you're interested in doing.
Tickets are $15 for individuals or $25 for a group of 2-3 people (family or friends or dates). Crafts available: Paint Yer Monst-o-Gnome, Candlemaking, Pumpkin Throwing, plus more!
*Dogs and cats in costumes are strongly encouraged but need to bring their humans.
[Click Here] for more information and to register - or contact TLC Intern Pastor Grace.
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. Available dates: October 26 & November 2, 9, 16, 23, weather permitting. Contact Greg Barringer at to help with the work, or to have your yard cleaned.

Parent’s Night Out: Drop your kid(s) off at TLC from 5:00 thru 8:00pm on November 8, 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!
River Banks
and Catacombs
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
In the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus says not once but twice, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it”. (Luke 9.23-4 and 14.26-27) In other words, there is a cost for becoming a disciple.

To see the truth of this statement, we only need to read the story of the early disciples/apostles in The Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. They learned early on that to take the message of Jesus seriously was, in truth, both a life changing and a life threatening experience. The world has never been comfortable with the message of Jesus and his followers because it confronts the world with its failure to “love what is good; do what is right; and walk humbly with God” . (Micah 6.6-8)

Christianity, then and now, was perceived to be a “counter-cultural” movement. And, when that is/was taken seriously, persecution and martyrdom is a given—then and now.

Beginning with the martyrdom of Stephen in Acts 7 and down to the present day, thousands upon thousands of the followers of the Nazarene carpenter have given up their lives in order to remain faithful to his call to change the world.

The Jewish Pharisee Saul, who became Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles (that’s us folks), had a truly “mind blowing” experience on his way to persecute the followers of Jesus in Damascus; and, because of his vision of Jesus, learned over time, the truth of Luke’s words. In fact, again and again Paul learned how dangerous this message was.

For example, in Acts 17 when Paul and Silas came to Thessalonika and began to make some inroads with their message, they were accused of “turning the world upside down” and had to leave the area before they might be arrested and charged with sedition. “(Acts 17.7b)

Often, in the beginning, the followers of Jesus gathered in open places, like river banks, or in the homes of those followers. But, as the movement grew, it became increasingly dangerous because it was perceived to be a threat to the established order of the Roman Empire. And Rome would not, could not, allow such a movement to exist.
To be a follower of the Christ was to be a part of a seditious movement and so, especially in the areas around Rome, they worshipped in secret in the catacombs (the underground burial places) in or near the city of Rome because it was not safe to worship openly.

  Next time: The Council of Nicea or How the Church lost its way
Week of October 27, 2019
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Wednesday Evening Oasis for All

5:30pm - No community meal this Wednesday, Oct 30 due to confirmation holding "in-home" sessions.

6:30pm - This Wednesday's (Oct 30) worship service with communion will be held in Fellowship Hall due to other obligations in the sanctuary.
Addiction Ministry Training
Saturday, November 16, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington is hosting a leadership training event, the first of a three part series, to a) help congregations determine what kind of addiction awareness ministry is best suited for their setting and b) Provide the training and tools needed to initiate this specialized ministry.

The training involves an initial all day session for 2-4 key leaders (clergy, staff, laity) for each congregation with at least a pastor and layperson represented. Team leaders who attend the first event, then return to their congregations to do an addiction ministry survey and recruit other team members. The full team would then return for the team training event in February. Ongoing follow up support will be available.

Faith Partners ministry who have been training congregations in addiction ministry for nearly 25 years, will lead the training events. There is room for up to 10 congregations to participate. Cost per congregation is $575 which includes the three part series and supporting educational materials.

Contact Pastor Ed Treat for more information , or click here to register:
Highlights from the work of the Strategic Planning Teams:

  • All key area teams are reviewing and updating their project charters
  • Financial Team: reviewing 2020 budget and working to find a new Financial Administrator by year-end
  • Leadership Team: led training in October for 14 TLC lay leaders
  • Welcoming Diversity: preparing to host Ellie Krug and confirming speakers for Nov. 24 (Environmental focus) and Jan. 19 (Racial Justice focus)
  • Pastoral Leadership Team: working with Council to review and report on Co-Pastor Pilot and make projections for 2020 pastoral coverage
Coffee and Conversation invites you to a steaming cup of coffee with good friends and conversation. The session this coming Wednesday, October 30, will encourage a discussion on "Who are all these saints?"
Tune-in to TLC's Live Stream this coming Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. Watch behind-the-scenes in the production of John Rutter's Requiem being performed by the TLC Chancel Choir, organ, oboe, flute, cello, harp and more. This is a hard working team of musicians in rehearsal - this is not a performance. Save the date of Sunday, November 3 at TLC for that event (see below).
Comforting those who mourn
On Sunday, November 3, the Chancel Choir and a small guest orchestra, directed by Dr. Rob Reid, will present John Rutter’s “Requiem” at the 8:30 and 10:00am worship services. It is a powerful and moving work filled with beautiful melodies and dramatic moments. As a part of the services we will name and honor those who passed away in the past year, and we will all be able to light a candle in memory of our loved ones during communion. We are so grateful to the family of John Hilleren, who shared gifts given in his memory, to help bring this work to life for this occasion.
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"Jim, the Gorilla"
ELC Photographer: Nolan J
Nolan J, is 10 years old and in his third year with the ELC Photo Club. During a trip to the Como Zoo this past summer, Nolan discovered and took photos of this previously unnamed Gorilla. Nolan quickly decided to call him, "Jim, the Gorilla." Nolan was also inspired to take "Jim's" photo, saying, "He was just sitting outside, watching us watching him. He might have been sleeping, but I thought he looked like he wanted his picture taken."
People of Faith, Standing Together

WHO:       Lutherans and Muslims together
WHAT:     A day for conversation, learning and relationship-building
WHEN:     Saturday, November 2, 8:30am - 2:30pm
WHERE:   Christ the King Lutheran Church
                  8600 Fremont Avenue South, Bloomington

How can people of faith work together to bring about the will of God on earth? How can we help ourselves and others break through misunderstanding and mistrust and find common holy ground?

The Allies and Friends workshop creates a sacred space for Christians and Muslims to come together to hear stories, have conversations, ask God’s blessing and link arms as we walk together toward peace.

You’ll hear speakers experienced in the challenging and rewarding work of building understanding and relationships. They will include Lutheran clergy, Muslim youth, representatives from the Islamic Resource Group and the Minnesota chapter of the Council on Islamic Relations, and others. We'll enjoy a delicious lunch catered by Afro Deli, and engage in the heretofore unknown sport of interfaith bingo. Please join us!

[Click Here] to learn more and to register.
A Perfect Fall Treat!
Preheat over to 350 degrees
You’ll Need:

  • 2-½ cups of flour
  • 2 tsps of baking powder
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 2 tsps of cinnamon
  • 1 cup of softened butter
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • ¾ cup of sour cream
  • 1 package of hershey’s cinnamon chips
  • 3 tbsps of sugar
  • 3 tsp of cinnamon

In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon until creamy and fluffy. 
Mix in the eggs until well combined then stir in the vanilla and sour cream.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder, then add to the cream mixture and mix until well combined. Stir in the cinnamon chips.

Spoon the batter into 4 mini loaf pans ⅔ full (or regular size loaf pan until 2/3 full).

In a bowl, mix together 3 tbsps of sugar and 3 tsps of cinnamon, and sprinkle over the loafs.

In a preheated oven to 350° bake for 35 to 38 minutes.

  • 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 ( )
The bazaar will again have a quilt raffle– 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, Watch the TLC Weekly and bulletins for more information
Take Back Prescription Drug Event
Saturday, October 26
The Bloomington Police Department is partnering with the DEA for a drug take back event on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor's supervision. 
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common from of drug abuse in America. 
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends - and the home medicine cabinet. 
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. 
  • Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. If you can not attend a drug take-back program,
  • Take the medications out of their bottles
  • Mix them with something unappealing such as used kitty litter or coffee grounds
  • Seal them in a bag or disposable container and throw that away

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