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Mental Health Awareness Sunday
Worship Times
8:15, 9:30 & 11:00am
Pastor Ed
The following is a devotion from the God Pause Devotional at Luther Seminary. Good words for us to consider and pray about.
He is Risen!
-Pastor Ed
The hard truth is that many of our churches here in the United States are closing and dying because people don't want anything to do with organized religion. Given this reality, many of us may feel it is safer to stay within our walls than to venture forth into a community that is not as friendly to the church as it used to be. We may feel scared, just like the disciples who locked themselves away.
Into the midst of this fear, Jesus comes and tells them, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." We need to listen to the message of Easter and not be tempted to ignore it because of our fear. Jesus has told us to go into the world and spread the news. How will you or your congregation answer this call during Easter season as you live outside the walls of your building?
Lord of Peace, help me and my siblings in Christ overcome our fear of going into the world. Help all of your churches to leave their walls behind and spread your Easter message to friends and neighbors. Amen.
  Paul Backstrom, '15
Pastor, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Baldwin, Wisc.

[Click Here] to visit TLC's webpage concerning mental health and a list of mental health resources.
Pastoral staff and lay members of TLC’s Mental Health Ministry team are available for one-on-one information and support in a safe, private atmosphere. To set up a personal conversation or for more information call the TLC office at 952.884.2364.

God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. 
-1 John 1:5
This Sunday, April 28, during the three worship services, we will be lighting special candles and saying prayers in recognition of Mental Health Awareness.

Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. It’s important to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, also called behavioral health, which can help you achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery.

A healthy lifestyle can help to prevent the onset or deteriorating mental health conditions, as well as chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help people recover from these conditions. For those dealing with a chronic health condition and the people who care for them, it can be especially important to focus on mental health. When dealing with dueling maladies, focusing on both physical and mental health concerns can be daunting — but critically important in achieving overall wellness.

The weather gals said it might rain, and then the sun came out! That's the way it should be on Easter Sunday, right? It was a very special day with so many people filling the pews, and then getting an invitation to “Come back next Sunday---it'll be easier to find a seat!” Pastors always say that, don't they?
Being in the choir we'd been up since 5:35 a.m. Gotta be there by 7:40 to get organized and warm up. The bells and brass were there already, so I wonder what time they had to get up. It is nice to feel ready, sit back and watch people you know (or not) come in and listen to the prelude music.
In my last column I talked about walking up the center aisle on Good Friday to hang our sins on the wooden cross. I had my friend who is Jewish, was married to a Catholic, and made her first confession years ago, ask me exactly how we did this. As a newly converted Catholic, she actually had to invent a few sins to tell the priest. Well, this year I decided to write “Procrastination” on my list for the first time. How many times do we say, “I should” or “We should?” Think how often nothing happens. The task may seem too time-consuming, or even boring. What immediately comes to mind is all the photos from many years. They are in boxes, albums, yellow drug-store envelopes; and I bet you have some too. They need sorting, tossing, or whatever, but at least to start. And now, it's time to do yard work and wash windows. Oh well.
-Bloomington Bird Lady
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Replace High-Use Indoor Lights with Compact Fluorescents or LEDs. With high-quality light, sizes for almost any fixture and even versions that are dimmable, compact fluorescents have it all. They're more expensive than normal light bulbs, but between the energy savings and their much longer life spans, they pay for themselves in less than two years.

Increase While You Reduce
Left, Nadine Grabanski, Diane Lehman and Donna Hedlund are among the group of TLC Walkers who meet and walk every Wednesday morning at 9:00am.
TLC Walkers are a group that love to walk and enjoy the healthful benefits. People have different speeds of walking; anyone can join and fit right in with those of a matching pace. The walks themselves take place every Wednesday morning at 9:00am throughout the year. Walks in local parks are on a planned schedule – if the weather is inclement, walking activity is relocated to Mall of America. Everyone in this group has an enjoyable time, gets great exercise and creates new friendships.
Call the TLC office at 952-884-2364 for information on joining the walkers
The 7 Health Benefits of Walking
Just 30-minutes of exercise walking a day has been proven to help

1. Reach and maintain a healthy weight – Walking exercise reduces your body fat, increases lean muscle tissue, improves metabolism and burns calories. Combined with a healthy lifestyle and nutritious eating, walking can help you achieve long-lasting weight control.

2. Improve blood pressure and cholesterol – Daily exercise walking has been shown to be just as effective for lowering high blood pressure, decreasing (bad) LDL cholesterol and increasing (good) HDL cholesterol as taking risky medications with unpleasant side effects.

3. Reduce and manage type 2 diabetes – Walking improves your body’s natural ability to process sugar (glucose tolerance) and to maintain a healthy weight. This helps prevent or even reverse type 2 diabetes.

4. Lower your risk of heart attack and stroke – Based on large studies of both women and men, just 30 minutes of walking a day greatly improves your circulation and helps keep your heart and blood vessels healthy.

5. Decrease stress and prevent depression – Regular exercise walking is a great way to improve your mood, breathing, peaceful sleeping and overall energy and to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

6. Stay strong, active and healthy – As you age, exercise walking can improve your stamina and keep you fit. Walking exercise strengthens bones, muscles and joints, helps prevent falls and hip fractures, improves your immune system and extends your life expectancy.

7. Prevent numerous other conditions – And the list goes on and on. Studies show that daily exercise walking can also relieve arthritis and back pain and help to prevent osteoporosis, colon and breast cancer, impotence, constipation and many other health problems.
Join Deacon Renee Jefferson and others for an hour of Coffee & Conversation
in the Narthex, Wednesdays at 7:00pm.
By Mrs. Charles DeCorsey
3 pkgs lemon Jell-O
1&1/2 cups hot water
3 cans condensed chicken noodle soup
3 four-ounce cans of water-packed tuna, drained
1 four-ounce can water chestnuts, cut up
1&1/2 cups celery, chopped
6 Tbsp green pepper, chopped
6 Tbsp onion, chopped
1&1/2 cups salad dressing
1&1/2 cups whipping cream (not whipped)

Mix Jell-O with hot water. Let stand at room temperature in a 9"x13" pan. Add remaining ingredients and chill in refrigerator. This is an excellent main dish served with cranberry salad.
[Click Here] for online ticket reservations to the Women's Retreat "Faith Reflections."
We also ask you to bring a purse you no longer need and/or personal items to fill them with. We'll fill the purses during the retreat and donate them to women in need.
Personal items include shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, tampons, maxi pads, pantyliners, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, hairbrush, comb, small tissue packs, lotion, body soap, and chapstick.
[Click Here] 8:15 Easter Service
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[Click Here] 11:00 Easter Service

The sun beamed through the Sanctuary windows at just the right moment during the Hallelujah chorus. The significance and celebration of Easter was evident in all three Easter service experiences. From faithful church members to first-time visitors, Easter at TLC was memorable and meaningful, pointing them to the victory of our Risen King.
Watch it for the first time or watch it again. Just click on the text on the left to play the particular video.
Ben Cherland
TLC Youth & Family Minister
Attention all BWCA Campers! We will be gathering to plan our respective trips Wednesday, May 1, at 5:00 PM in the Narthex. If you are unable to attend, let me know and I’ll make sure to keep you in the know.
This meeting is important in order to get on the same page, meet each other, divide up preparation responsibilities, and start energizing for the adventure that awaits. Participants for all four BWCA Excursions are invited
TLC-Led Trip #1 | June 9 - June 15
TLC-Led Trip #2 | July 7- July 13
Wilderness Canoe Base Trip | July 14 – July 20
Wilderness Canoe Base Family Mission Camp August 22 – August 25
Help Support Crime Prevention Activities
TLC is a “Book ‘Em” drop-off location for your used books, cds, dvds, records, games and puzzles for the Bloomington Crime Prevention Association annual Book ‘Em used book (etc.) sale. This year the sale will be held June 1 through June 15 at the former Toys ‘R Us store on the NE corner of Southtown Center in Bloomington (494 & Penn Ave S.).

The Book'Em used book sale has been held annually since 1992. The purpose of the sale is to generate funds that are awarded as grants to Bloomington organizations for crime prevention activities.  The sale has increased in size each year and is now one of the largest of its kind in the Upper Midwest. 
Oasis for Youth is a vital community asset empowering all youth at risk of homelessness to believe in bright futures, filled with hope, stability and self-fulfillment.
During the month please consider donating hygiene items or non-perishable food items and/or making a monetary donations.

OASIS FOR YOUTH: 952-512-2061
For adults, youth and children. Test your knowledge of the Bible in each issue of TLC Weekly.
Answers can be found on the last section of this issue.

1) Who cut Samson's hair?
  1. Delilah
  2. A servant
  3. Samson

2) Which woman is mentioned most in Scripture?
  1. Mary
  2. Sarah
  3. Rachel

3) Which book of the Bible does not mention God?
  1. Esther
  2. Ruth
  3. Song of Solomon

4) God gave Manna to the Israelites while they were in the desert. What does the word "Manna" mean?
  1. Angel Bread
  2. God Provides
  3. What is it?

Answers in the last/bottom section of this issue.
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Guillermo Gonzalez Shelton, a Life Scout with Troop 446 at TLC, is organizing and leading a supply drive for Lightshine Canine, a non-profit organization that rescues stray, abandoned and/or injured puppies, dogs, kittens and cats from the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota.

During the month of May, a donation box will be placed at TLC to collect much needed, life-saving supplies for the rescue animals, such as:

Dog food, cat food, puppy pads, flea & tick medicine, used/new small crates, puppy pens, puppy milk, kitty milk, cat playpen tower, clean used or new towels, and gas cards to help cover the cost of transporting and relocating the rescues.

On Sunday May 12 and May 19, Shelton and Troop 446 will be conducting Donation Supply Days at TLC from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Please bring a donation and help save the lives of the animals and reduce the number of pets in need.
Vacation Bible School
JUNE 17 - JUNE 21
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Now Available
Daily Themes
Ready, Set, Go—Beginnings
Hitting a roadblock—Babel
  Only one race—People
Jesus is God’s sign of love
Green light to kindness
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Information brochures with registration forms
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Treasures of Italy
Pastor Ed is leading an 11-day tour of Italy and Germany the summer of 2020. Sites include Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice, Salzburg, and Munich. The trip concludes in Oberammergau, Germany, to see the longest running theatrical production in the world--the Passion Play at Oberammergau. This is a rare opportunity to see an amazing and powerful spectacle.

For more information, pick up a brochure at the welcome desk or [Click Here] to visit the special page on TLC's website.

1) Who cut Samson's hair? (Judges 16)
Answer#2: A servant. The story of Samson and Delilah is found in Judges 16. Even though it was Delilah's idea to cut Samson's hair, she had a male servant shave Samson's head.

2) Which woman is mentioned most in Scripture?
Answer #2: Sarah. Sarah is mentioned 59 times, while Rachel is second at 47 times.

3) Which book of the Bible does not mention God?
Answer #1: Esther. Esther is the seventeenth book in the Old Testament of the Hebrew Bible. In fact, Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not mention God. With this in mind, anti-Semitism could play a major role in Esther’s era. Achashveirosh ruled as king of Persia with wealth and power.

4) God gave Manna to the Israelites while they were in the desert. What does the word "Manna" mean?
Answer #3: What is it? The greek word mánna literally means "What is it?" This is what the Israelites asked about the bread in Exodus 16:9-15.

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