Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
Sunday, January 5, 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.
Following the regular offering at the 10am service, this Sunday’s Noisy Offering will be taken. Bring your spare coins and drop them in the buckets with gusto! The collection will go to Feed My Starving Children , our Mission of the Month for January.
This Sunday, Jan 5
Fellowship Hall
9:15 to 11:00am

FREE
No appointment necessary
January 2020 Mission of the Month:
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) was founded in 1987, and is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals, specifically formulated for malnourished children in over 70 countries throughout the world. TLC has supported FMSC efforts over the last several years through benevolence giving and volunteering. Visit their website here.
 
Want to get involved? Come pack with us!  Watch for sign-up dates in the TLC bulletin insert, Life@TLC and the website, www.tlcmn.com. FMSC offers volunteers a one-of-a-kind experience. You’ll hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to our incredible partners, working hard to reach the neediest children around the world.  We pack at the Eagan site (990 Lone Oak Rd #136, Eagan, MN 55121). Watch for the next dates. Meet in TLC’s West Parking lot a half-hour prior to start time if you want to carpool.  Contact Bob Riley for more info patriley50@aol.com. Sign up on the Life@TLC yellow insert.
Taking Inventory - Again
That title can mean a lot: To many of us it means counting our blessings and thinking of how we could improve our lifestyles in the new year; Too many faults, lots of false starts, and back to square one??

In our family years ago it meant actually counting my dad's grocery store's “stuff.” We lived up north in Frazee, MN, and Birdman was teaching school, so we had the two weeks of vacation each year, drove down to Milaca and were at Grandma and Grandpa's for the holidays. That can't have been easy for them, now that I think back. Birdman did work at the store and enjoyed selling huge sides of lutefisk, and making the Swedish potato sausage from scratch, peeling tons of potatoes first.

Our stay was winding down, only one thing remained to be done: Taking Inventory. It sounds simple, but with the store closed for New Year's Eve, we'd get started early, hoping not to count a few things that were very annoying.... shoelaces and babyfood cans were two... lightbulbs ran third.

Next door to the store was a bar, open for New Year's of course, and not much going on when we started our counting. Just wait – We would hear some noisy music first, and then the laughter of people starting their evening would begin. As they settled in and started drinking, the noise would increase by the hour. Pretty soon the music had to get louder...thumping from the bass and one couldn't even hear the melody of whatever was playing.

There we'd be, in the semi-darkness of a closed store, a pad with the name of what we were counting, and a place to write in how many. But think of Grandma, home with the kids... We were out having “fun” without the three of them to get to bed. Enjoy what we have been given, we'd think, and just count... listening to the thumping and laughing next door.

Today that store is no more. The building no longer there, only a grassy plot where the town has flea markets from time to time. The big box store on the corner lasted and grew, but the place that farmers would come for some of the old-country food they loved was not there. It was the first to offer green stamps, have actual carts to pick up items, and would deliver groceries to one's house for nothing. Lots of fond memories of a whole different time.

Have a Happy and blessed New Year, and may we even enjoy 2020 as “better vision for the future.”

-Bloomington Bird Lady
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.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
FOR US?
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
Pastor Al has the week off. His column will resume in the next issue of the TLC Weekly.
January 8, 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.
Please note: Oasis services are not live-streamed.
Oasis Wednesday
Returns

  • Community Meal 5:30-6:00pm. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggies, beverage. $5.00 suggested donation.

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

  • Confirmation at 7:00pm
Monday - January 13
11:00am to 1:00pm

Brown Bag Lunch

Please join Renee and Marilyn as we kick off the new year with the Bible Study, "We Are Called!" The study is on hearing God’s voice. Several Biblical stories will be examined as to how people of the Bible heard God’s call.
SEEKING NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The TLC Foundation is looking for people who would be interested in joining the board. 
 
The foundation's mission is to: 
  • Facilitate spiritual growth within the congregation (children, youth and families)
  • Assist with capital improvements and supporting programs at TLC
  • Support community outreach
  • Support missions at home and overseas 
 
The board's responsibilities include reviewing grant requests, managing the foundation's investments, communication, and tracking and acknowledging donations. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Scott Stevens at smstevens794@gmail.com .

Sunday Jan. 19: Transfiguration’s guest preacher at both services (8:30 and 10:00) will be Pastor Danny Givens. A Soul Food lunch by Raye’s Catering and a conversation with Pastor Givens will follow at 11:15am. Pastor Danny will speak on the 18” Pilgrimage: a message addressing the challenges of justice-work with impacted communities from the perspective of a front line faith-based activist. He will address the movement toward collective liberation and the pitfalls that exist for those who jump into the fight for racial justice ill-equipped. Please RSVP here (or at 952-884-2364) if you plan to eat lunch. $10 suggested donation for lunch.

LUNCH PROVIDED BY
Please Click Here for the online RSVP to the free speaking engagement with Pastor Givens in Fellowship Hall and the optional Soul Food Luncheon ($10 suggested donation). The soul food menu is displayed on the RSVP page.
Tuesday, January 21: Bloomington congregations join together in a discussion of ELCA pastor Lenny Duncan’s new book: “Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S.” Please order and read in advance through Amazon.com . Atonement Lutheran will host this conversation. 6:30-8:30pm.
 
Danny Givens is a heartfelt activist and orator who received a life changing gift of forgiveness from an off-duty police officer he shot during a botched robbery in 1996. Propelled by forgiveness, Danny began his journey toward reconciliation and resiliency prior to his release from incarceration in 2008. He later went on to receive his B.A. in Christian Ministry from Bethel University in 2011, accompanied by a three-year residency as an Interfaith Minister at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2016.  www.Dannygivens.com
 
Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated and homeless, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Part manifesto, part confession, and all love letter, Dear Church offers a bold new vision for the future of his denomination and the broader mainline Christian community of faith. Dear Church rejects the narrative of ‘church decline’ and calls everyone—leaders and laity alike—to the front lines of the church’s renewal through racial equality and justice. Duncan gives a blueprint for the way forward and urges us to follow in the revolutionary path of Jesus. www.Lennyduncan.com
January
New Month
New Year
New Decade
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Back to the Basics
What’s more basic than starting the morning with a good breakfast?
For some families in our community there are other priorities that don’t allow for good and healthy food to start their day. We can help, and it’s so easy. We all grocery shop, and we all can pick up some extra’s and simply bring them to the TLC collection boxes to be taken to our Mission Partner, VEAP. 

Shopping list suggestions:
Hot cereal, cold sugar-free cereal,
pancake or muffin mix, Bisquick,
cocoa, cans or jars of fruit.

Let’s fill the bins in January with food for breakfast!

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ELECTRONIC GIVING HELPS SUPPORT TLC
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
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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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