INSIDE:
  • Sunday Worship Service
  • Live-stream links, now including Facebook Live
  • Bulletin download
  • Online Giving
  • Renee's Rescheduled Celebration
  • Special Family Friendly Getaway at Wilderness Canoe Base
  • VEAP extends school supply deadline
  • YouTube Analytical Data for July 26 live-stream
  • ELC Pic of the Week
  • TLC Online On Your Vacation
  • Thrivent answers
  • Dziekuje (might be Polish, mighten it?)
  • Pastor Al and the Church's Half Year
  • Next Sunday: Blessing of the Animals
  • Pastor Grace's Bible Study
  • Pete's TLC Youth Updates
  • Recipe by Donna Hedlund
  • Visit TLC's Memorial Garden
  • Promote Yourself
  • TLC Prayer Team for You
  • August Mission of the Month - The Sheridan Story
  • Pastor Ed's Twitter
  • Back Issues of the Weekly
  • Online Giving
  • Free Subscriptions

“God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.”
-Martin Luther
This Sunday, August 2, 2020
Live-Stream Only
10:00am Worship with Communion.
Visit tlcgo.live or on your Smart TV: YouTube Broadcast30 , or Facebook @tlcbloomington or Click here at 9:55am Sunday to watch the live-stream
Deacon Renee's Celebration was postponed last Sunday due to inclement weather. It will take place this Sunday, August 2.
Dear TLC Family Campers,

Are you looking for a family-friendly get-away before summer is over?
Please, consider joining with my family and others from TLC in visiting Wilderness Canoe Base from August 27-30. More information can be found below. This will take the place of our usual Family Mission Camp. This year, the mission is to keep ourselves sane, take a little break before the school year, and do our bit to support WCB during a very difficult season for them.

Please let me know by Thursday, August 6, if you would like to join. Available cabins are very limited. You can also contact WCB directly and make arrangements with them if you intend to go a different weekend.

May God bless you as we enjoy this last month of summer.

Pastor Arthur
646-479-6788 cell
VEAP-EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

The pandemic may have put a pause on many plans, but students from low-income households are still in great need of school supplies--regardless of where and how they will be learning.

VEAP has extended the annual School Supply Drive to August 7 and are asking for TLC's support.

All donations go to local kids. Scientific calculators and backpacks are difficult for families to purchase and they are the biggest need.

Please bring school supplies, food items or checks on Sunday, August 2 to the reception for retiring Deacon Renee per her request, and they will be delivered to VEAP.
Neighbors helping Neighbors
 
9600 Aldrich Avenue South
Bloomington MN 55420
952.888.9616
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Last Sunday, July 26, 2020
Estimated viewers: 380+
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190 Media Devices Linked
to TLC Live-Stream on Sunday
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Media Devices Used
57.1% Computer Desktop/Laptop (Apple & PC)
22.5% Smart TV/YouTube app
18.1% Mobile Phone (iPhone & Android)
2.3% Tablet (Apple & PC)
"Tea Time"
by Lyla

Lyla is 8 years old and has been in the ELC Photo Club for two years. She is very enthusiastic about her work and will try many different positions to get different perspectives.
The ELC Photo Club visited Centennial Lakes in Edina recently. Lyla saw the table and chairs when she was on the bridge. She liked the table and chairs, explaining, "They look like you should go over and sit down and talk with a friend," and even though Lyla doesn't drink tea, she thought Tea Time was a good name for this picture.
Summer always presents TLC with its biggest challenge each year to stay connected with everyone. Now, through our new media website, TLCGo.Live , you can watch "live" (or pre-produced) services each Sunday at 10:00am; browse through the OnDemand section and its playlist of over 600 TLC worship services and events; plus a 24/7 stream page with special appeal to visitors. And there's a click 'n easy "Online Giving" tab providing a secure webpage for your offering or donations.

Blessings,
 
TLC Stewardship Committee
 
( 2 Corinthians 9:7 -   Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. )
The Bloomington Bird Lady is off this week.
Financial Questions in Uncertain Times?
If you would like have a conversation at no charge about your financial situation, please contact our Thrivent Financial Professional, Durk Peterson.

He can be reached at 612-702-5509 or Durk.Peterson@Thrivent.com .
THANK YOU! 

Since TLC's worship services have gone exclusively online, many of you have signed-up for online giving.
Besides being a great convenience for you, it supports and regulates the church budget.
If you have moved to online giving and normally receive envelopes, please let the church know so we can stop forwarding envelopes.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
FOR US?
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
The
Church's
Half Year
You may recall that when I started writing about the Church Year, I began by calling the first half “God’s Half Year”. That was to make us aware of all the blessings God has given us, beginning with St. Andrew’s Day (late November) and ending with Pentecost. It is our way of recognizing God’s gracious acts for God’s people. God ALWAYS acts first. God NEVER expects us to try to win God’s favor by acts of our own merit. That is what the word grace is about.

But, once we have become aware of God’s gracious acts, then it is on us to respond in a grateful way. And that’s what the continuation of this series is about. Now, it’s our turn to respond to God in ways that show our gratitude for all that God has done for us.

So…where to begin?

Let’s start with something easy.

Many of us who are older, are finding it is safer to stay “sheltering in place” as the plague (and it is just as real a plague as the “Black death” of the Middle Ages) swirls around us.

We are regularly reminded when we must go out, “Wear a mask. Keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others if you do go out. And…wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.”

Now none of these things are hard to do and yet there are people who resist all three because they seem to believe that the warnings don’t apply to them. And in being unwilling to do these things, they put us all at risk—very ungracious actions.

Because we are grateful to God for the many gracious gifts we receive every day, it is a little thing to do. And it shows that by doing these things, we genuinely care for others. That is what Christians and any who have regard for others will do.

Maybe it is a bit difficult to do the three simple things but it shows our regard for others. It’s a part of that saying from the New Testament: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Because God has loved me/us it should be a simple thing to show love for our neighbor by doing these simple things.

Now that’s not so hard is it? Just being mindful of others?

A “baby step”. But that’s how we learn to “walk in the light of the Lord."

Next time: Captain, may I.
A very special outdoor drive-in service takes place on Sunday, August 9. Besides the parking lot drive-in service being a popular, new way to worship in-person this summer, the annual blessing of the animals needed to be crafted in a way that made it work within the safe distancing, no-contact guidelines. 

Pastors will be reading out loud your pet's name, breed/type, the human family name, and a special nuance associated with your pet. Days prior to the service, the TLC Weekly will post the pet's photo along with the same description as noted at the service. That same information will also be included in a bulletin insert provided at the drive-in service. Plus, you're welcome to bring your pet(s) along in your car to attend this service. Please remember to have your pet leashed if they (and you) are outside of your vehicle.

If you'd like to have your pet blessed at the August 9 worship service, please provide the following as soon as you can:

  1. Digital photograph(s) of your pet
  2. Pet Name
  3. Pet Breed/Type (ex: Golden Retriever/Dog; Rhode Island Red/American Domestic Chicken)
  4. Your "human" family name or the human name of the pet owner.
  5. Special nuance associated with the pet (ex: she sleeps upside down on a lawn chair)

Please send the above to TLCMedia@tlcmn.com no later than August 4, 2020.
Bible Study
with Pastor Grace
Wednesday at 7:00pm on Zoom
Join Intern Pastor Grace and other fun folks for an in-depth Bible Study. Bring your bible and your favorite beverage. Feel free to jump in at any point during the series. Email Pastor Grace if you have any questions or want the PowerPoint from Wednesday night. GPardunAlworth@tlcmn.com
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 960 1654 7916
Password: 891335

BIBLE SCHEDULE
By Pete Erickson
Interim TLC Youth Minister
TLC YOUTH POOL PARTIES - AUGUST 11

HIGH SCHOOL POOL PARTY
What: Dinner and Pool Party
When: Tuesday, August 11th
Who: High School Students
Drop off: 5:30
Pick up: 9:00
Where:   Sandy Stooke’s House  2815 Overlook Drive. Thanks Sandy!
Please bring $5 for dinner and drink. We will have Papa Murphy's pizza
Please RSVP ( pete@ismteam.org ) to let us know if your student can make it.


REMINDER: WE ARE COMMITTED TO YOUR SAFETY!
  • This event will be outside and dinner will also be served outside. 
  • If you are sick, even just mildly sick, please do not come to the party.
  • If you have a known exposure to someone with Covid or Covid symptoms, please do not come to the party. 
  • Bring a mask as a precaution if you have to go indoors

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TLC Youth Hang Out (Wednesdays at 7PM) On Hiatus
TLC Youth Hang Out is on hiatus for the rest of the summer. Plans are being developed for more event-based gatherings for the rest of the summer, but not necessarily on Wednesday nights. Stay tuned!

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Prayer of Examen - Thursdays at 5:30PM on Zoom
The Prayer of Examen is a regular practice that has 5 steps: prayers for God to open us up to examine the grace in our day, prayers of thanks as we examine the day, looking back on the day and naming where we saw God, looking back on the day and naming where we fell short in our relationships with the world, our vocation and family, examining the day that is coming - what are our hopes for tomorrow. This will be a 20 minute exercise each week and all you need is a journal or note pad. THE WHOLE CONGREGATION IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRAYER OF EXAMEN.
Here is a link to join the weekly event (this is recurring, so this link can be used every week). Questions? Connect with Pete Erickson ( pete@ismteam.org)
Tuna Cheese Biscuit Bake
By Donna Hedlund
  • 1 can refrigerator biscuits
  • 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 or 2 cans drained tuna
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons instant minced onion (or 1/2 cup chopped onion)
  • Parsley

Arrange biscuits in an ungreased 9" square pan. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl and pour over biscuits. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes.
Please Visit TLC's Memorial Garden
Since 2012, loved ones who had their funeral or memorial service at TLC now have a place and a webpage on our TLC Memorial Garden website. Please visit these saints, honor and remember them; read their obituary, the bulletin and homily, watch the live-stream archive of their service, browse their personal photo album, and, if so inclined, leave a personal message on their page.
Visit soon: www.tlcmemorial.com
Committees - Ministries - Small Groups
We want to hear from you! Share your stories with the TLC community.

Are you meeting?
How have you adapted your meetings to keep everyone safe?
What projects are you working on?

Send a brief description and some photos to tlcmedia@tlcmn.com and we will share your news in the TLC Weekly.

FYI, to date nobody has sent a thing. People, you really should promote your groups. Surely somebody has the chutzpah to get 'er done.
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. Your 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.
August 2020
On March 13, we transitioned our weekend food program to adapt to school closures and disruptions caused by COVID-19. Instead of delivering food to 250 Minnesota schools for direct distribution into children’s backpacks, we worked  together with 31 districts in Minnesota and western Wisconsin and other community partners to provide food at designated food distribution points for children and families. In order to meet the skyrocketing needs, we increased food output by 400%, delivering 100,000 meals a week to over 37% of all K-12 children in Minnesota.

Thanks to community support, we are able to continue to provide 100,000 a week to 140+ school and community locations throughout the summer. We have since provided over 1,460,000 meals and are preparing hundreds of thousands of more meals to continue meeting the rising needs.

We will be there for children through the ongoing disruptions caused by COVID-19, and we will be there long after to help stabilize families.

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