This Sunday, August 30, 2020
Live-Stream Only
10:00am Worship with Communion.
Come Worship with your
TLC Family
this Sunday,
August 30
Rob Reid
Director of Music
Sing beloved and joyful hymns of the church this coming Sunday, and hear Pastor Grace's message based on Matthew's Gospel 16:21-28, plus her Children's Message from the back yard of her home where she'll talk about Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-14).

Our Socially Distanced Singers this week are Kevin Erickson, Mary George, Jill Reid and Rob Reid, and they will sing the hymns with you ("Blessed Assurance," "Take My Life that I May Be" and "Here I Am, Lord") and will share a beautiful anthem during communion, "Come Share the Lord," by Bryan Jeffery Leech.

Organist/Pianist Carmen Englert will lead the hymns, and will play three pieces to help set the tone for our service.
Prelude: “Listen, God is Calling” by Anne Krentz Organ.
Offering: “Take My Life and Let it Be" by Lorie Line.
Postlude: “Hymn to Joy,” Beethoven's famous hymn, arranged by Wayne L. Wold.

I'm looking forward to singing with you all (virtually) on Sunday and letting the Spirit of the Lord speak to us through the music, scripture, prayers, and communion led by Pastor Ed.
Coffee Hour
Immediately follows the Sunday Service
Have fun and socialize with other TLC'ers via Zoom on your media device after the Sunday service this August 30.
Relax with a cup of coffee, maybe a snack, and join us at this link if you don't have the software:

Or, if you already have Zoom installed, here's the meeting ID: 992 1615 891
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Last Sunday, August 23, 2020
Estimated viewers: 170+
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85 Media Devices Linked
to TLC Live-Stream on Sunday

7 Views Sunday Live
The Bloomington Bird Lady is off until further notice.
"Angel Glory"
by Marco
Marco is 5 years old and this is his first summer taking pictures with the ELC Photo Club. He thought the lens flare off of the gold metal on the rock looked like angel wings.
The display Marco photographed is part of "Polished Boulders" by Jim Hodges at the Walker Art Center.
By Pete Erickson
Interim TLC Youth Minister
TLC MS/HS YOUTH POOL PARTY – SEPTEMBER 3 (2:00-5:00pm)
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL POOL PARTY
What: Pool Party (and Snacks)
When: Thursday, September 3
Who: Middle School and High School Students
Drop off: 2:00pm
Pick up: 5:00pm
Where:  Sandy Stooke’s House 2815 Overlook Drive. Thanks Sandy!
Snacks and beverages will be provided! Please RSVP (perickson@tlcmn.com) to let us know if your student can make it.
 
REMINDER: WE ARE COMMITTED TO YOUR SAFETY!
  • This event will be outside and snacks 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
 
 
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
FOR US?
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
The
Church's
Half Year
The whole of Scripture is the basis for today’s article because the whole of Scripture speaks to the God who frees us to not only be God’s people through countless gracious acts, but to reach out to all others and claim them also as members of God’s family. It may seem that I’m coming at this backwards, but I ask your indulgence as I present this. Much of the following is taken directly from the book by Ibram X. Kendi How to Become Antiracist.

Carl Linneaus, the world-renowned Swedish taxonomist (look it up), in the early 1700s categorized all of creation: plants, animals, fish, fowl, humans in such a way as to separate and identify them. If he had stopped there it would have been not only good, but great. He did an amazing, world changing piece of work.

However, he took a further step in 1735 and locked in the racial hierarchy of humankind in Systema Naturae. He color-coded the races as White, Yellow, Red and Black. He attached each race to one of the four regions of the world and described their characteristics. The Linnaeus taxonomy became the blue-print that nearly every enlightened race maker followed and that race makers (systemic racists) follow today.

Linnaeus positioned Homo sapiens europaeus at the top of the racial hierarchy, making up the most superior character traits. “Vigorous, muscular. Flowing blond hair. Blue eyes. Very smart, inventive. Covered by tight clothing. Ruled by law.” He made up the middling racial character of Homo sapiens asiaticus: “Melancholy, stern. Black hair; dark eyes. Strict, haughty, greedy. Covered by loose garments. Ruled by opinion.” He granted the racial character of Homo sapiens anericanus a mixed set of attributes: “Ill-tempered, impassive. Thick straight black hair; wide nostrils; harsh face; beardless. Stubborn, contented, free. Paints himself with red lines. Ruled by custom.” At the bottom of the racial hierarchy, Linneaus positioned Homo sapiens afer: “Sluggish, lazy. Black kinky hair. Silky skin. Flat nose. Thick lips. Females with genital flap and elongated breasts. Crafty, slow, careless. Covered by grease. Ruled by caprice.”

Ever wondered where that often bandied about “white privilege” concept came from? Look no further.

Linnaeus sold the world, especially the world of white-skinned people, a bill of goods that has destroyed the possibility of good relations between people in this world that God created.

So—how does this fit with actions of the Church’s Half Year?

I believe that it means to totally reject Linneaus’ categories and also reject the concept of “different” races. There is only one race in God’s eyes and that is the human race. Different skin colors? Yes. But different races? No. No. A thousand times no.

God accepts all people as His children. It’s only right that we do the same if, if we consider ourselves to be God’s people.
Looking to support VEAP?
Here are our biggest needs.
Since the pandemic hit in March, operations at VEAP have dramatically shifted. We quickly transitioned to a drive-up food model system in order to limit the number of people in our building and moved all of our social services support to over-the-phone/email communication. To date, VEAP has experienced a 25% increase in demand for food and a 10-fold increase in those needing help paying their rent. With the end of the federal unemployment benefit boost, we expect these numbers to steadily rise.

As Minnesota moves into the cooler months of the year and with COVID-19 still an ever-present reality, VEAP is seeking your support. Outside of food and financial donations, there are many other ways to advance our mission. Below is a round-up of our greatest needs at this time:

• Household paper products (especially paper towels and toilet paper) and household/personal care items (laundry soap, shampoo, disinfectant wipes, hand/body soaps, face masks, sanitizer & vinyl gloves). Many of our visitors receive SNAP benefits to purchase food when they’re not using VEAP’s Pantry and unfortunately, SNAP cannot be used to purchase these basic need items. They always fly off our shelves and are consistently in high demand. ​To donate these products, please visit Door 4 behind our building anytime Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. No need to make an appointment.

• Cloth masks. VEAP counts on the support of 3,500 volunteers a year and we require all individuals within our facility to wear a mask. Many of our drive-up food visitors also request these face coverings. We are welcoming homemade, cloth masks at Door 2 of our building (Staff and Volunteer entrance) any time during regular business hours. TLC'ers, we're collecting your homemade masks for VEAP on Rally Sunday, September 13, at our Drive-In service and Ice Cream Social.

• Cold weather outdoor items. Come fall, we will be needing hand warmers and gloves for our volunteers, outdoor heaters for use in our tent, road pylons, comfortable chairs for exit/intake area volunteers and light throw blankets. We expect to utilize our drive-up model through at least the end of September and will need to keep our volunteers warm during their shifts. Please donate these items at Door 2 of our building.

If you have further questions about how to best support us at this time, please reach out! Email Caley, caleyl@veap.org, Marketing and Digital Manager, to start a conversation. Thanks for your support!
9600 Aldrich Avenue South
Bloomington MN 55420
952.888.9616
Let's celebrate Rally Day Sunday with Masks and Ice Cream! Come to Drive-In Worship at 10:00am and bring a lawn chair if you want to sit outside of your car. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

Following the service, Ice cream will be served and we'll be collecting homemade face masks for VEAP. Also, if you need a mask yourself, you're welcome to take one home.

Can you spare some time and material to make masks? Mask makers, please deliver mask donations to the box located outside the west entrance of the church during daytime hours, Monday thru Thursday.
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.
TLC is closed to all visitors unless by appointment. It's important that we maintain this rule during the pandemic crisis. Spontaneous visitors, regardless of well-meaning intentions, may cause complications in the church environment or compromise the health of church staff or ELC staff and children, and, vice-versa. Any questions or concerns, please contact the TLC office at 952-884-2364 or:
office@tlcmn.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.
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
9/2/20 Romans 8:18-39 ... God's Grip
Baked Denver Sandwiches
Serves 6
By Mrs.Royce Remund
1½ cups ham cubes
1 medium onion, quartered
6 eggs
¾ cup green pepper pieces
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
French Bread

In a blender, chop ham and onion. Empty into bowl. Put remainder of ingredients in blender and process at grate until green pepper is chopped. Add to ham mixture. Pour into 7"x11" greased pan. Bake 10 minutes at 375. Cut into 6 pieces. Serve on butter-toasted slices of French bread.
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
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.
September 2020
In 1865, Swedish Lutheran Pastor Eric Norelius of Vasa Lutheran Church, near Red Wing, heard about four orphaned immigrant children in need of care with no one to provide it. Pastor Norelius drove a wagon to St. Paul, brought them to his home in Red Wing and thus began something that has spread throughout every corner of Minnesota, known today as Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.
 
LSS has an annual budget of more than $98 million, received from individuals’ and congregations across the state and funding by the State of Minnesota.
 
A total of 25 different programs reach out in the name of Christ, to provide loving care and concern for people in all kinds of situations. With the outbreak of Covid 19 there are many people who have fallen into need.
 
There will be a Virtual Celebration Saturday September 19, 2020, with a Virtual Reception at 6:45PM and Livestream at 7:30PM. You can RSVP at LSSMN.ORG/Celebration or please contact TCL’s Ambassador for LSS Terry Bonertz to join the Virtual Celebration or to Donate:
 
Terry Bonertz - TCL’s Ambassador for LSS
612-491-4311
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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!
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