TLC offices will be closed on Monday, February 17
in observance of Presidents' Day
The Early Learning Center (ELC) will be open.

Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
Sixth Sunday of Epiphany
Sunday, February 16, 2020
Worship at 8:30 & 10:00am
10:00am Worship Service

A Celebration of Baptism
Delaney Jane Sjolsvold
Born June 28, 2019

Tyler and Tiffany Sjolsvold
Tracy Schurstein & Shari Cummelin
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.
Sunday's Gospel
Matthew 5:21-24; 27-30
Concerning Anger
21  “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22  But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23  So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24  leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.

Concerning Adultery
27  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28  But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29  If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
February 26
Ash Wednesday
TLC Services at
Noon and 6:30pm

All Wednesday evening services during the season of Lent will be live-streamed.
TLC Live-Stream
From the comforts of home on a blanket
Erin Pommeranz shared this photo of her two boys at home watching last Sunday's live-stream of the worship service (the weather was precarious). The cookies and chocolate milk were "communion" for them at the appropriate time.

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It's in the Cards
Look for the hanging display on the Narthex wall
Each card contains specific information about the TLC team or group it represents. Let God be your guide and take one or more.
Variety is the spice of life, right? There are lots of flavors of groups and teams at TLC and you can pick up an info card from the display to put you in contact with the leader of a group that interests you (or pick a card for a friend).
What a Wonderful Opportunity!
Happy Valentine's Day... not often one gets the opportunity to say that to so many friends at once. You know, it even looks like Valentine's Day should: Clean, white snow, a group of male cardinals at the feeders, and yes, even a pileated woodpecker joined the group. It's the break we need in the middle of winter-- and, a good time to remember how it used to be when we were in elementary school.
The teachers could hardly wait to have their pupils decorate the classroom with those lacy, cut-out snowflakes and red construction paper hearts. I don't recall even thinking about Valentine's Day before maybe third grade. There was no TV to keep reminding us either. With winter half over, a special day was really something to look forward to.
Every teacher found a special, rather large, cardboard box, covered it with white paper and decorated it just for our valentines to our classmates. She made a large slit in the top, ready to receive everyone's cards. Did we give each classmate a card?
Yes, we did, and my mom always insisted on it. Some were not close friends, being from farms in the area, and always having that “country smell” from helping in the barn right before school started. I'd ask “Why?” and mom would tell me that no one wants to ever feel left out when valentines are distributed out of that special box. Lesson learned.

Contrast that with what the TV is telling us today ---The average person spends over $100 on each gift. Where do they get these numbers? We would have never expected a dozen red roses, or anything else for Valentine's Day. As kids, it was those unimaginative, rather cheap cards with our classmate's signature (in cursive, of course) at the bottom.

Anyway, enough reminiscing. I hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day, and maybe instead of thinking it's too cold, go out and see how beautiful everything looks. Who needs cut-out paper snowflakes when you have the real thing?

-Bloomington Bird Lady
January 2020 Council Minutes and Treasurer's Report are now available as pdf's for downloading. Click on the images below.
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
-Continued from last week-
In the festival half of the Church Year that is called “God’s Half Year” the festivals begin with the Advent Season and continue through the Christmas season, the Epiphany season, Lent and, finally the Easter Season, sometimes called Eastertide .

These are called seasons because they consist of more than one day.

In the secular world, for instance, Christmas is limited to one day if you discount the English carol about the 12 days of Christmas. When Christmas Day is over, it’s over for another 365 days.

The same practice is also true of Easter. Again, in the secular world, Easter lasts only for one day and then it, too, is over for another year.

In the Christian Church, however, like Advent, etc., Easter is a season . I.e., it consists of a number of weeks that includes The Ascension of Our Lord, Pentecost, and, in some traditions, Trinity Sunday.

We Christians love to party! That’s why, with the exception of Lent, our approach to life in “God’s Half Year” is one festival season after another (remember that the word festival is related to our word party ), beginning with Advent and concluding with Pentecost/Trinity Sunday. None of this one day nonsense for us.
The Easter season begins with the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday and continues for 50+ days. It is, for all Christians, the most joyous time of the Church Year because we are celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Each Sunday after Easter used to have a Latin name that described what was being celebrated on that particular Sunday. The titles were taken from the first word of the entrance psalm or Introit in the liturgy.

Easter 2 Quasi Modo Geniti: As newborn babes: desire the sincere milk of the word

Easter 3 Misericordias Domini: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord

Easter 4 Jubilate: Make a joyful noise unto God, all you lands

Easter 5 Cantate: Oh, sing to the Lord a new song

Easter 6 Rogate: Pray, ye (from the Gospel according to John 16:23-30)

Easter 7 (after the Ascension) Exaudi: Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice
And, finally Pentecost (sometimes called Whit Sunday). The word whit is from the Old English word wise because on that day we are made wise unto salvation by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Next week: Pentecost
Meets Wednesday night in the chapel 7:00-8:00pm. February 19.
Child care provided.
Contact Dan Larkin at for more info or just show up.
Note: There will not be group meetings during Lent-Easter (Feb 26 to Apr 12)
"The Grey Tree"
ELC Photographer: Jason
Jason says, "The tree bark is grey, the pine needles are green and the snow behind it is white. What is really cool is the bark, how it is peeling and has so many shapes."
Thank You!
From the College Ministry Team
The College Ministry Team sends a huge thank you to TLC members for supporting our college students.

We sent Care Packages to our students in October with funding and member purchased items.  The remaining funds along with funding from Thrivent were used to send greetings of encouragement along with a fast food gift card to each student recently.

We want them to know that TLC keeps them in prayer as they pursue their studies.

Thank you for your continued support to this ministry!

Beth Rahn, Anita Pao, Diane Mielke, Sandy Stooke, and Margaret Mattson.
Advisors, Pastor Arthur & Ben Cherland
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 or on the TLC website here , or write your request on the yellow Life@TLC insert included in the bulletin each Sunday. These 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.
February 19, 2020 - 7:00pm - TLC Conference Room
Coffee and Conversation invites you to a steaming cup of coffee with good friends and conversation. All are welcome. Please come and join us in a discussion on "Rules for the road" - Matthew 7:1-29
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Note: Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 26, Coffee & Conversation will be on hiatus and resuming after Easter.
Please note: Oasis services are not live-streamed.
Oasis Wednesday at TLC
February 19

  • Community Meal 5:30-6:00pm. Baked potato bar. $5.00 suggested donation.

  • 6:30-7:00pm Worship Service with Communion.

  • Confirmation at 7:00pm
  • Coffee & Conversation
  • Chancel Choir Practice
  • Praise & Worship Group Practice
February Mission of the Month

Come to Wilderness Canoe Base and let the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness rejuvenate your soul. Our goal is for every person who visits Wilderness Canoe Base to realize that they are strong, loved, and welcome. We know that a retreat to wild places can help open our hearts to this reality. From the lakes to the trees, streams, and community, your time at Wilderness Canoe Base will leave you amazed at God’s marvelous creation and inspired after a Christ-centered wilderness experience.

What type of experiences are available at Wilderness Canoe Base? 
Because of our unique program and location, there are  many different opportunities  to consider. The standard program options are: Canoe Trips, Island Camp, Work-Service, Inter-generational & Family Camp Experiences, and Retreats, but customized program options are also available based on the goals of your group. Transfiguration’s annual canoe trip is July 16-22.
Maple Salmon
What you'll need:
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound salmon
  • In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt, and pepper.
  • Place salmon in a shallow glass baking dish, and coat with the maple syrup mixture. Cover the dish, and marinate salmon in the refrigerator 30 minutes, turning once.
  • Place the baking dish in the preheated oven, and bake salmon uncovered 20 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork.
Team Building
Short Course
Sunday, Mar. 15 Adult Ed Room - Choose 8:30am or 10:00am class. This helps teams make use of the methods and philosophy of TLC’s Leadership model. Sign up in Life at TLC. Experience in one hour the basics of team/group operations. All teams and small group members who have not attended a previous meeting are encouraged to attend. Contact Renee Jefferson for more information.
Christian/Muslim Event
Saturday, Feb. 29, 8:30am-2:30pm - A day of conversation, learning and relationship-building at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Ave. S., Bloomington. Cost $17 for adults, $10 for students. Register online here: Minneapolis Area Synod events page .

For more information see the flyer at the kiosk in the Narthex, or [Click Here].
Come and enjoy delicious Liberian food, see pictures, hear stories and ask questions of the team that visited Liberia this past December/January.
The 2 nd Annual Youth LOCK-In! The youth will be taking over the church for 12 hours starting Saturday night,March 7 .
Games, movies, food, door prizes, scavenger hunts, and even sardines! What?!
Bring your friends and RSVP to   
Back Issues of the TLC Weekly
including this issue (Today!)
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Jan-Mar 2020 Transcripts
Now available online. [Click Here]

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