TLC Transmissions - Sunday, February 17 thru Saturday, February 23, 2019
Please note: the church office will be closed on
Presidents' Day, Monday, February 18

Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Sunday Worship
8:15, 9:30 & 11:00am
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TROUBLES TURNED INTO BLESSINGS
Pastor Ed
Blessed are the poor?

Blessed are the hungry?

Blessed are those who weep?

Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you?

How is it possible that being poor, hungry, crying, and hated is a blessing?

It’s hard to really know what Jesus means here, but looking at it through the lens of our Lutheran Theology of the Cross, I have to believe what Jesus means is that difficulties and hardships are the entryway into new and deeper relationship with God and the Holy Spirit. Troubles lead to God.
Looking back on the troubles I’ve had in life, they’ve always led me to something new and better—and most importantly a deeper dependence on God as well as renewed appreciation for grace. All of my struggles in this life have indeed been turned into blessings.

The hungry are blessed because they are to be filled, the weeping because they will laugh. These are promises of reversal. God will reverse all out troubles into Joys! This is the message of the cross, in its fullness, the greatest reversal of all time--our sins led to the dark murder of the very Son of God, and yet God takes that terrible thing we did and makes it our salvation.

Blessed are you. Whatever trouble you may go through, it will be reversed and you will be filled with goodness. Trust it. This is God’s promise, and because of Jesus, it’s a sure thing. 
For us "older" folks not in the know, Club 56 is the TLC 5 th & 6 th grader Youth Group
Yes, We Really Are Hardy!
When the snow had already started quite early last Sunday, and showed no signs of tapering off, I began to wonder if the pot luck idea was going to work. Well....Yes! It did! Thanks so much to all those who thought of having food and fellowship and carried off the plan so well. For anyone who was unable to be there, you should have seen the looooong table with so many casseroles, salads, pickles, chips and desserts! Could this happen again? Of course. Not too often, though, we would not want to tire of something either. It was so great to see young families, kiddies in tow, carrying a dish to share, and bringing back the “Good Old Days” feeling of being a part of a church family.

The kiddies' energy level was running high, and wouldn't it be fun to bottle just a bit of their pep for perking up older generations? We always say that, especially since we don't get a chance to see little ones daily any more.

Thanks to all who took part....bringing food, meeting new people, eating too much, reminiscing about Lutherans and food... an inseparable com-bination! I hope you met someone new, welcomed them, and will recognize them again after a worship service. The “belonging” to a church family is precious.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
From Ann and Dennis Gettis:
"Jeremiah’s Hope for Kindness" was created in honor of our precious son, Jeremiah, who took his life on October 22, 2006 at the age of 21. In a letter to us he wrote that he no longer wanted to live in a “world where people are so cruel.” In another letter he wrote about being bullied. He wrote that the bullying he endured left him “with no self esteem and feeling like a loser.” We are dedicated to changing the world Jeremiah described as so cruel by creating kind and caring schools and communities so that every child feels valued and cared about. It is our mission to support efforts and be a resource for fostering kind and respectful homes, schools and communities.

Wednesday evening, February 27 at 7pm in Fellowship Hall, Jeremiah's mother, Ann Gettis, shares her story and what she has learned about bullying and its impact. She will offer stategies for addressing and preventing bullying, and fostering kindness and well-being. This is a message for all age groups; TLC members, friends and neighbors.
[Click Here] to visit Jeremiah's Hope website.

This huge photo collage of summer camp activities along with signup sheets will be placed in various areas of the Narthex. You'll find information about the BWCA, Camp Wapo, Wilderness Canoe Base, and the Family Mission Camp. In addition to the signup sheets on the display, [Click Here] to see the TLC website's Youth page for specific camp website links.
Pistachio Salad
By Beth Kriegl
1 20 oz. can crushed pineapple
1 box pistachio instant pudding mix, use dry
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1/2 pint whipping cream (can use Cool Whip if used right away)
1/4 cup chopped pistachios, chopped for garnish (optional)

In a large mixing bowl combine the crushed pineapple and pistachio pudding mix. Fold in the whipped topping and marshmallows. Garnish with crushed pistachios.
For adults, youth and children. Test your knowledge of the Bible each week in Transmissions.
Answers can be found on the last section of this issue.
WOMEN OF THE BIBLE

1) WHO SAW THE RESURRECTED JESUS BEFORE HE ASCENDED TO THE FATHER?
  1. ABIGAIL
  2. HANNAH
  3. RACHEL
  4. MARY MAGDALENE

2) WHO WAS THE MOTHER OF JOHN THE BAPTIST?
  1. ELIZABETH
  2. AZUBAH
  3. BASEMETH
  4. DORCAS

3) WHICH WOMAN HAD HER NAME CHANGED BY GOD TO SARAH?
  1. RUTH
  2. REBEKAH
  3. ZIPPORAH
  4. SARAI

4) WHO BECAME THE QUEEN OF KING AHASUERUS AND DEFENDED HER JEWISH PEOPLE FROM BEING DESTROYED?
  1. ESTHER
  2. REBEKAH
  3. MARY MAGDALENE
  4. GOMER

Answers in the last/bottom section of this issue.
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ALTAR FLOWERS
ONLINE ORDERING

The TLC website has a new and easier online form to order Chancel/Altar Flowers for any Sunday in 2019. [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.
Meet with the Pastoral Leadership Team & the Church Council

After receiving feedback, the Pastoral Leadership Team and the Church Council is revising the schedule for our Listening Sessions regarding the Co-Pastor Proposal to allow for a greater range of participation. The sessions will be:

  • Sunday, Feb. 17: 12pm – 1:30pm - Fellowship Hall
Facilitator: Evan Collins

  • Wednesday, Feb. 20: 7pm – 8:30pm - Conference Room
Facilitator: John Lindell/Jeanine Brown

  • Sunday, Feb. 24: 9am – 11am - Conference Room
Facilitator: John Lindell/Jeanine Brown

  • Church Council Follow-up Session
Sunday, March 17: 12pm - 1:30pm

Purpose
The purpose of the listening sessions is for representatives from the Council and the Pastoral Leadership Team to gather questions and input from the congregation. Our intent is to be open to the hearts and minds of our church family. Your feedback will be reviewed when making further determination about the proposal. The Pastoral Leadership Team has sent out this proposal at the same time as the Congregational Assessment Tool (C.A.T.) results have been released. While the timing of these two presentations lined up, they are two separate issues, but they do relate to one another in how this congregation can move forward. At these sessions, we will focus more on the Pastoral Leadership Team (PLT) Proposal, but welcome any questions regarding the CAT survey on the note-cards provided.
The sessions are intended to be a drop-in format around worship services, not to compete with worship. Members of the Council and the Pastoral Leadership Team will be present during these times. Please stop by at your preference within these hours if you wish to provide feedback. ( Location may vary by day and will be announced each day .) If you prefer, we welcome your concerns by email. Please send emails to Carol Hill at carol2002jean@gmail.com

Covenants
  • The language used in this session will remain respectful towards all parties concerned
  • The discussions during these sessions are not confidential. The information discussed is public record as are any comments made during this time. 
  • Avoid using language such as "I have heard many people say," "I can't say who said it, but...," 
  • All comments made in these sessions should be focused towards the PLT Proposal.
  • If you have concerns outside of the Pastoral Leadership proposal, please write them down on the notecards provided at the tables.
  • All listen, one speaks.
  • We all have permission to keep each other on track.

Lenten Mentors! We are steadily approaching Lent, and each of our confirmands needs a Mentor! Sign up in the Narthex or [Click Here] for the Registration and Background Check form.
If you’ve never done Lenten Mentoring before, you’re in for a rich and rewarding experience!
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The TLC Summer Camping Schedule is all set and ready to go. For more information [Click Here] to visit the TLC Youth web page, SIGN UP in the narthex or talk to Youth & Family minister, Ben Cherland. Scholarships are available and space is limited! Your options:

2 five-night, single camp site, TLC led trips into the BWCA (“Relax and play”
experience)

1 six night, multi-camp site trip through the BWCA (Dig deep and paddle!
(“Skills and Spirit” experience)

Sign up, experience or explore the BWCA!

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MISSION TRIP 2019
Liberia, West Africa
LIBERIA: Details are slowly coming together and it’s time to begin gauging congregational interest in traveling to Liberia shortly after Christmas next December. Information meetings will be the 4th Tuesday of each month, with the first on Tuesday, February 26th at 5:30 P.M. Join us in the Narthex and see if God is calling you to travel.
MEET AND GREET PEOPLE AS THEY ENTER TLC FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP. FLEXIBLE HOURS. CONTACT CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR, MICHELLE REBER: Mreber@tlcmn.com OR CALL THE TLC OFFICE AT: 952-884-2364
FRIDAY, MARCH 1 -- 6:00 TO 8:00pm
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Providing free support and education for
adults who are grieving the death of a loved one.

TLC IS THE “WINTER 2019” HOST
Thursdays thru Feb 21, 4:30-5:00pm & 5:00-6:00pm
Coping with a death can result in stressful changes. Gaining an understanding of the grief process in a caring and supportive atmosphere increases coping skills and leads to personal growth.

There is an education time from 4:30-5:00pm and small group sessions from 5:00-6:00pm. If you are interested in attending and need more information, please pick up a brochure at one of the kiosks in the TLC Narthex.

for details and schedule of topics
Men's Bible, Beer and Burgers Group
Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 6:15-8:00pm at Shantytown Grill, 8512 Pillsbury Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420. We eat together and then discuss the reading and message from the previous Sunday's worship services.
To be added to the list [ Click Here ] to email Pastor Arthur or just show up.
Everyone's Bible, Beer and Burgers Group
Meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:15-8:00pm at Shantytown Grill, 8512 Pillsbury Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420. We eat together and then discuss the reading and message from the previous Sunday's worship services.
To be added to the list [ Click Here ] to email Pastor Ed or just show up.
Every Wednesday evening. Oasis worship service at 6:15pm.
Community meal at 5:30pm (suggested donation of $5 per).
February 20: Chicken alfredo, garlic bread, and Caesar salad
February 27: Baked Potato Soup, rolls, grapes
THE JOYS AND CHALLENGES OF PARENTING
TLC ONLINE PARENTS' SUPPORT GROUP
Meets Tuesday mornings from 6:15-7:00am via group video call. Includes developmental time and discussion of the joys and challenges of parenting.
Contact Pastor Arthur at amurray@tlcmn.com to be added to the video call list.
With Deacon Renee Jefferson

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

TOPIC: Gems from Romans
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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.
ANSWERS FROM QUIZ EARLIER IN THIS ISSUE

1) WHO SAW THE RESURRECTED JESUS BEFORE HE ASCENDED TO THE FATHER
Answer: MARY MAGDALENE

2) WHO WAS THE MOTHER OF JOHN THE BAPTIST?
Answer: ELIZABETH

3) WHICH WOMAN HAD HER NAME CHANGED BY GOD TO SARAH?
Answer: SARAI

4) WHO BECAME THE QUEEN OF KING AHASUERUS AND DEFENDED HER JEWISH PEOPLE FROM BEING DESTROYED?
Answer: ESTHER

TLC Foundation Memorial Garden—
Featuring memorial tributes and services from 2012-2018.
Remember and honor loved ones no longer with us.
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