Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
Camp Sunday
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Worship at 8:30 & 10:00am
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 www.tlcgo.live at
the time of the service to watch it on your media device.
Please extend a warm TLC welcome to our new members being introduced and blessed at both the 8:30 and 10:00am services this Sunday.
Sunday's Gospel
Matthew 5:13-16
(NRSV)
Salt and Light
13   “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14   “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15   No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16   In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
This Sunday, February 9
Feel the Camp Spirit this Sunday, February 9, and join the TLC youth in wearing whatever you might wear to Camp!

Summer is Coming! Let’s get CAMPING! We’re offering summer adventures with Wilderness Canoe Base and more! TLC camping experiences promise to be life changing and we look forward to sharing them with you. Sign-ups will be available, including this year's VBS! Also, it's PANCAKES WITH A PURPOSE SUNDAY, so bring your appetite and "pretend" you're eating flapjacks cooked over the campfire.
Steve Jorschumb
A Note from your
Church Council President
Dear Congregation,

I am still having a hard time believing that not only am I on the church council, but I am the president. And here I am writing a letter to the congregation as the new council president. I am new to the council, but I am not new to this church. I have been a member since 1997. I accepted this position knowing that it will be challenging for me but that it will also bring growth. I expect growth in my faith and in my knowledge of how this church operates. I look forward to working with my fellow council members and staff to help guide this congregation through the changes that are before us, while holding to our mission statement: Gathering in Grace, Growing in Faith, Going Forth to Serve.

At the annual meeting, we heard a lot about how this church is entering a period of discernment. I ‘Googled’ the meaning of discernment and found two. The first was “the ability to judge well.” The second, in Christian context. was “…perception in the absence of judgement with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding.” I found it interesting that the world discerns by judging, but Christian discernment is in the absence of judgement.

This next year we will be looking to call a new co-pastor. The calling of a new pastor is a big step in the life of a church. It can bring fear of losing what we have, or fear of an unknown future, but it also brings hope of new ideas and new relationships. While pastors and leaders are important, we must remember that we, the congregation, are the church. We must work together to make this a welcoming community of faith. My hope for this congregation is that together we seek spiritual guidance and understanding to determine the best path moving forward.

~Steve Jorschumb

NEW AT TLC!
Meets Wednesday nights in the chapel 7:00-8:00pm. February 12 & 19.
Child care provided.
Contact Dan Larkin at danlarkin1@aol.com for more info or just show up.
PATIENCE & IMPATIENCE
It didn't take much to make everyone's day better... After what seemed like forever, the clouds gave up, and we recently awoke to bright sunshine. Now it's been several days in a row, so I suppose we'll all think, ”Spring is coming!” People are so impatient with our winter and every little ray of sun is appreciated, but we all know the clouds will come back before long.

It's said that “Patience is a Virtue.” What is its exact opposite? “Impatience.” Sorry to say that most of us are impatient more often than we should be, Bird Lady included. A glaring example of impatience can be found while driving---right in one's own neighborhood. There you are, approaching a four-way stop, and what do you see? Some idiot speeding toward the octagonal sign, not slowing, surely not stopping, and....Hey! What's that guy going to do, not even slow down? That's not what the drivers' training manual says to do! I can remember learning to drive, and the instructor telling us to always do your very best each time you get in the car to go anywhere. It's a good plan to follow, and isn't that difficult. How many seconds are saved when a driver speeds through the yellow light, or neglects stopping at all? Not many---maybe two?

There are so many instances of bad driving, and impatience causes a lot of them. Think of what happens when there's a red light and a waiting line forms quickly. The light turns green....The lead driver seems to have “dropped off” for a bit, as the line does not move forward, and blowing one's horn seems like the thing to wake him up. In New York City the tooting was so loud, they outlawed blowing one's horn at all.

Bad driving is a subject one can go on and on about... we all know way too many instances and we see them everywhere. Impatience with winter? Well, what are you going to do about that? Our son loves to go ice fishing, and with global warming it seems like the ice doesn't get thick enough to support a vehicle safely. I worry that one day he'll say “What the heck” and drive out on Lake Minnetonka. I do not want to see his van----its nose down into the ice and water! Moms always think of these things, I guess... just the price we pay for having kids.

Let's try to be patient in the new year. Not just driving, but all the everyday screwy things that happen. I'm trying to get past “pneumonia” and am finding myself to be very impatient, as it is a slow-moving convalescence for sure. Ask anyone who's had it, and they all say the same thing. “Take your time.”

Enjoy the sun, everyone. I know, it also means colder temperatures, but when the cloud cover disappears, that's what happens! Today the squirrels are out playing under the bird feeders, and if you feel so moved, let's all get out and enjoy what we've been given.

-Bloomington Bird Lady

"The Map of Sidewalk Land"
ELC Photographer: Justin, 11 years old.

Justin, a member of the ELC Photo Club for over four years, tends to think outside the box. His picture above is an example. To many, it appears to be just a sidewalk, but Justin saw a map. He calls it "The Map of Sidewalk Land." He says that the ice is like lakes and the snow is mountains. Now use your imagination, what are the rocks and the leaves?
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
FOR US?
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
It was about 80 or so years ago that a small boy walked down the aisle of Zion Lutheran Church, a mission congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, in Grand Coulee, Washington to be baptized. He climbed up on a step stool, placed his head over the font and heard the pastor say as water was poured over his head, “Frank Alvin, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen”.

With those words I became a member of the Family of God, forever.

I had always been a child of God from my birth; but with these words, I was claimed forever as one of those for whom Christ died and rose again.

An Easter hymn we sang at Zion still echoes through my head all these years later and when I thought about writing this article for Easter, it came rushing back like an old and cherished friend. It was the hymn: Up from the Grave He Arose and these are the words that I’d like to share with you as we think about the greatest of all Christian festivals and days of celebration:

1) Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose; with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

2) Vainly they watch his bed, Jesus my Savior, vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose; with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

3) Death cannot keep its prey, Jesus my Savior; he tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!

Up from the grave he arose; with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; he arose a victor from the dark domain, and he lives forever with his saints to reign.

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!
 
As long as I live, those words will echo in my head as I think of Easter because, they say it all.
This is why we celebrate Easter—CHRIST AROSE—and because of that we will live forever—HALLELUJAH, CHRIST AROSE!
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 , 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 12, 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 "Don't worry and other easy things to say and hard to do." Matthew 6:19-34
Please note: Oasis services are not live-streamed.
-FAMILY NIGHT-
Oasis Wednesday at TLC
February 12

  • Community Meal 5:30-6:00pm. Spaghetti Pie. $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.
Barbecue Pork Chops Medley
What you'll need:
  • 4 sheets of 12x18 inches of tin foil
  • 4 bone in pork chops (1/2 thick)
  • 2 cups of frozen or canned corn
  • Garlic salt, Mrs. Dash seasoning, etc.. as desired
  • 2 green onions finely chopped 
  • 2 stalks of finely sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup of BBQ sauce
 
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Center one pork chop on each sheet of foil (X4) 
  • Arrange equal amounts of corn beside each pork chop
  • Sprinkle port chops and corn with garlic salt 
  • Combine BBQ sauce, celery and green onions and spoon over pork chops
  • Bring up foil sides. (Double fold top and ends to seal packet - leaving room for heat circulation inside.) Repeat to make 4 packets
  • Bake 18 to 22 minutes on a cookie sheet in oven (or grill 14 to 16 minutes in covered grill)
 
Serve with rice, if desired
Blessings!
Team Building
Short Course
March 15 Adult Ed room. Choose 8:30 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].
February
Let's
'DO'
Lunch
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TLC has a ‘mission field’ right here in Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis.

We don’t need to ‘fly over a mission field to get to a mission field’ as Pastors’ Danny Givens
and Arthur Murray recently reminded us. We are ‘missionaries’ here in our neighborhood by
collecting healthy food for VEAP to distribute. Add some items for lunch to your next grocery
shopping list such as:

Peanut butter and jelly
Canned tuna, chicken or ham
Soups and crackers
Mayo, mustard, sandwich spread
Mac and cheese

When we all give a little, it adds up to a lot!
Let’s fill the bins!

SATURDAY NIGHT TO SUNDAY MORNING
MARCH 7-8
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 bcherland@tlcmn.com   
Back Issues of the TLC Weekly
including this issue (Today!)
[CLICK HERE] to visit the TLC web page where you can choose to read from the past 16 months of weekly E-newsletters from Transfiguration Lutheran Church. This is also a great way to share TLC Weekly with those that don't receive it in email. Tell them to visit tlcmn.com/tlcweekly
Also, there are a limited number of TLC Weekly's in hard copy at the TLC Welcome desk next to the Chapel.
Jan-Mar 2020 Transcripts
Now available online. [Click Here]

Is this a vision test compliments of TLC?




Hint: Look carefully and try to read it top to bottom in one continuous sentence.
ELECTRONIC GIVING HELPS SUPPORT TLC
It’s important to know that we can depend on financial support from TLC members. Electronic giving is fast, secure, and reduces administrative costs, allowing more of every dollar to support the important work we are called to do. You can give anytime, anywhere to specific funds with our GivePlus Mobile app (free from the app store). You can also schedule and manage recurring donations by visiting our website and clicking on TLC ONLINE GIVING icon at the bottom of any page, or [Click Here] to start the process, or contact the church office.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Stop by TLC Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to find out more!
Picture for illustration purpose only.
ALTAR FLOWERS
ORDER ONLINE
FOR 2020
See the chart online or stop in
at the church office to order.

The TLC website has an online form to order Chancel/Altar Flowers for any Sunday in 2020. Click Here to access the form now , or visit www.tlcmn.com later and look for the "Purchase Altar Flowers" button at the bottom of any page.
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