Sunday, October 4, 2020
Special Guest, Pastor Janice Gonoe, joins Pastor Arthur in Sunday's worship service with Communion.
Live-Stream Only
Broadcast begins at 9:55am

West Africa Sunday:
Uplifting Music for You!
Rob Reid
Director of Music
Are you ready to smile? To be filled with the Joy of the Lord? To be inspired by our TLC Mission Partners from around the world? Then be sure to watch our TLC Live Stream this Sunday, October 4 as we celebrate West Africa Sunday.

The music on Sunday will include several delightful songs that were recorded in October 2019, led by Agnes Nushann (wife of TLC Missionary Philip, who leads the Center for Changing Lives in Liberia) and several of her friends in native costumes, combined with TLC’s Praise and Worship Team. TLC’s children join in on two of the songs, creating a wonderful, joyful feeling!

We will also hear several African hymns that were recorded this week by the Socially-Distanced Music Team:
Singers: Kevin Erickson, Mary George, Jill Reid, Rob Reid; Phetsamone Ekholm, piano; Noah Ekholm, percussion.
Pastor Arthur Murray and Pastor Janice Gonoe will share the leadership of the service.

See you on Sunday for this special worship experience!

Domestic Violence
The purple candle lit on the TLC altar throughout October is a prayerful reminder there are people experiencing domestic violence in America today.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, contact Cornerstone, a Twin Cities non-profit organization providing innovative and comprehensive services for adults and youth who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking or crime.
24 hr hotline: 952-884-0330
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Last Sunday, September 20, 2020
441 total YouTube & Facebook viewers

177 Media Devices Linked
to TLC Live-Stream on Sunday


You're invited to the 5th Annual Fundraiser for
Center for Changing Lives - Liberia (CCLL)

This Thursday, October 8, 2020
6:45PM (CDT) Virtual "Doors" Open
7:00 - 8:00PM (CDT) Virtual Program

This will be a Zoom Live Event.
Please visit for information, to RSVP and to contribute donations through PayPal.
The Nutty Knotters
TLC Quilters
Pictured from L-R : Jan Rodning, Alice Mae Hjelmstad, Bonnie Foley, Marilyn Erickson, Judy Lindman, Holly Porter, Florence Head, Bev Thompson, Donna Hedlund, Margaret Mattson, and Irene Bjerke. Empty seat for and photo by Linda Meyer. Absent were Sharon McComb, Dorothy Johnson, and Ruby Holsapple.
—By Linda Meyer
These are the Nutty Knotters, aka TLC Quilters, meeting and socializing at Moir Park in Bloomington this past July 10 (face masks removed for photo). Prior to the church closure due to the pandemic, this group met every Friday morning from 9am to noon piecing, tying and finishing quilts. About 180-200 quilts are donated twice a year to various local and international charities. The May-November quilts are delivered to their charities before Christmas. It is TLC’s tradition on Mother’s Day to fill the sanctuary with colorful quilts draped over pews, choir loft chairs, and the altar railings.

If you can tie a knot, you are welcome to join the group. Irene, Judy and Florence are the leaders.
Above: TLC Quilters arranged a display of their quilts in the sanctuary for Mother's Day, 2019.
Right: TLC Quilters at Moir Park this past August to present a quilt as a gift to retiring TLC Director of Education, Renee Jefferson.
Falling Fall
Remember to look up at the beauty we have this year in our fall leaves! When even my neighbor's often “buggy” woodbine is bright red and creeping along the fence between our yards, it must be a special year!

The best looking trees usually have a lot of green left on the lower parts, and it sets off the red, orange and yellow even better. Hope they last a while now and don't just fall off, only to get raked up.

Now if it would warm up just a bit and stop being so windy.... and even trying to rain right now? Sorry for never being quite satisfied!
The Twins [were] doing well again, and without any fans in the stands, [were] winning game after game. Am I the only one who thinks the huge stadiums with nothing but fake “people” in the seats is a weird situation? They play recorded “fan yelling” from time to time... Is that for the players to make believe there are really fans in the stands?

It's almost worse for the Stanley Cup tournament. The camera pans around the rink, and there's no one there! Doesn't seem to bother the skaters as they rough up the other team, trying to get the puck in the net.

I am really ready for the virus to give up, and everyone can actually take part in cheering on their favorite team....even not “socially distanced.”

We watched our TLC's live-streamed service yesterday, and it was so well-done. Even the opening picture on our computer was so beautifully thought out; curtains which were partly opened to show lovely flowers.  It was nice to see Pastor Treat and it may be not too long until we don't see him leading worship any more. His thoughts on addiction and how to cope with it were well-thought out and he knows first hand that his ideas work.

A huge thanks to Brad Nolte for doing such an excellent job on our live-streamed events! Hope that one day soon we can all be in our church, sit next to each other, and not even wear a mask! What a blessing that would be!

-Bloomington Bird Lady
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
Half Year
Read Genesis 25:19-28
Even before they were born, the twins struggled in their mother’s womb and it caused her no little difficulty during her pregnancy. And when they were born, the first was all red, and so was named Esau (which is a play on the word “red”). The second child entered life hanging on to his brother’s heel, and so was named Jacob (which means “heel grabber,” or the one takes another’s place).
They were very different in personality. The older was a “man of the fields and forests”, a hunter. The younger lived quietly in his mother’s tent and became her favorite, which caused no little dissension in the family.

Later in early adulthood the second son found himself on the run from his brother’s fury—fury strong enough to kill. The second son had first taken the first son’s birthright over a bowl of lentil soup. And later, deceived his blind father into believing he was the older son and so stole the blessing reserved for the oldest son.

What a mess!

And now, here was Jacob, running from his brother’s fury. In the middle of a desert filled with rocks. Tired and frightened he lay down to sleep using a rock for a pillow. And he had a dream. And what a dream it was!

Like Jacob, we have not always been honest with ourselves and with others, and so we start to run from that dishonesty. Finding ourselves, figuratively, in a rocky desert, tired and afraid, we sink exhausted to our knees and then lie prone “with only a rock for a pillow”.

If we are willing to admit it, each of us, at some time or other has run from a reality that we have had difficulty accepting. It may have been an addiction of some kind. It may have been how poorly we have treated others or ourselves. It may have been….

And it’s at that point, in our total defenselessness, that God comes to us as God did with Jacob and gives us a gracious promise. No strings. No conditions. Just, “Here I am and I will be with you wherever you go”.

Jacob still had much to face in his life at that point. Cheated by his father-in-law. Exiled from his family and homeland for 20 years. Wrestling with an angel. But he had the hope and the promise.

Our experience may not be as significant as Jacob’s dream of a ladder stretching from earth to heaven; but in our own brokenness we have heard God’s gracious promise and, as it did with Jacob, has given us hope. And that hope, connected with God’s promise, has carried us through all the challenges that life has thrown at us just as it carried him.

Thanks be to God for that gracious promise.
A Service of Celebration and Thanksgiving in Memory of
Caryl Annis Witters Minnetti
~ ~ ~
Tuesday, October 6
Watch the pre-produced live-stream of Caryl Minnetti's Celebration of Life service at TLC. The live-stream will begin at 10:55am on Tuesday, October 6.
It will broadcast on TLCGo.LIVE
There will also be a ZOOM gathering for socializing afterwards. A separate e-mail will contain the link information.
You're Invited!

Sharing is Caring
Kick off Stewardship Season at TLC with your TLC family at the annual StewardshipFest!

There will be brats and hotdogs, beverages, live polka music from John Rosenow, and treats for the kids.

Where: TLC Parking Lot
When: Friday October 2, 2020
Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm

Register for this event by emailing
A Thank You from
Jo Benson, Linda Meyer and Carolyn Clark for donating handmade masks and to Marilyn Erickson for donating masks made by Bloomington’s own 'Rocket Man'.

Since the onset of COVID, VEAP has had more than 12,000 households access food support through drive-up pantry visits and home food deliveries.

They have also issued an astounding $1.1 million in rental assistance grants to keep community members safe in their homes in the midst of job loss and reduced hours-a ten-fold increase from pre-pandemic times.

We don't have to look far to help many in crisis.
Some are our neighbors and in our community.
We can't go wrong supporting VEAP
Your Virtual Subscriptions are Welcome
The National Lutheran Choir welcomes you to participate in a unique and meaningful season of programming with a VirtualSubscription offering twice-monthly content and open-to-all streamed concert programs. At $10/month ($90 for the full season) a virtual subscription is your ticket to music and messages of faith, hope and love. Subscribe at 
"Falling Cherry"
by Landon
Here's the photography of 8-year-old Landon, in his first year of the ELC Photo Club and his first year attending TLC-ELC. Landon had decided to take several pictures of the famous Cherry and Spoon sculpture at the Minneapolis Walker Art Center. He said he, "likes how it looks different depending on what side you are looking at." Seems that Landon already has a grasp on camera perspective. He also thought this photo was funny because Megan, one of the TLC-ELC teachers, photobombed it. Can you see her?
By Pete Erickson
Interim TLC Youth Minister
TLC Sunday School Registration is Open! Here are dates and detail – Please register SOON
Here is the registration link to sign up for Sunday School 2020. We will have a short kick-off parent/student meeting before the Drive-In Service on October 11 from 9:30-10:00 AM (Note: Time Change) to preview the year, play a couple of games, and give you some things to take home. I will also send a calendar for the next three months to you via email in the next week. 
This year will take some creativity and grace from all of us. If you would like to consider providing leadership for Faith 5 this year, please reach out to me ( I would love to have more partners with this!
If you have questions ahead of October 11, please connect with me. I look forward to meeting you in person soon. Be safe, well and hopeful as we walk this faith journey together.
Here are dates and details as we kick of the year – Please register SOON
  • Wednesday, October 7 - Confirmation kick-off (FAITH & DOUBT) (7PM), and Peer Ministry/High School Kick-off (8PM)
  • Wednesday, October 14 - Confirmation (GRACE & WORKS) (7PM), and Peer Ministry/High School (8PM)
  • Wednesday, October 21 - Confirmation (JUSTICE & CHARITY) (7PM), and Peer Ministry/High School (8PM)
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Bonfire (7PM) at Church
You can register through this Confirmation Link. The program fee for the year will drop to $75 for this year. Please mail cash or checks payable to “Transfiguration Lutheran Church” soon. 
TLC Sunday School
Dear TLC Sunday School Families –

The staff at TLC has been praying for you as you have kicked off a fall that continues to be uncertain and somewhat experimental. We feel your anxiety, longing for hope, and desire for community. This fall at TLC, Sunday School will look different than it did last fall. The hope, however, is to provide you with meaning, fun, and connecting through both online and in person (safe, outdoor) gatherings.


As we kick-off fall 2020, Sunday School will be focusing on practices of the Faith 5: Share, Read, Talk, Pray, and Bless. The goal is to connect you to each other, your faith community and God. The overall theme at church this fall is “A time for…”. Each month in Sunday School will have a different sub-theme that will be grounded in the Faith 5 practices with the scripture verse aligning with the Gospel lesson from worship each week.

There will be some experiential lessons on Zoom, time for students/families to gather safely outdoors as weather permits to do some spiritual practices you can take home, and some community connecting time for fun and fellowship.


Included here is a registration link to sign up for Sunday School. We will have a short kick-off parent/student meeting before the Drive-In Service on October 11 from 10:00-10:30AM to preview the year, play a couple of games, and give you some things to take home. I will also send a calendar for the next three months to you via email in the next week.

This year will take some creativity and grace from all of us. If you would like to consider providing leadership for Faith 5 this year, please reach out to me ( I would love to have more partners with this!

If you have questions ahead of October 11, please connect with me. I look forward to meeting you in person soon. Be safe, well and hopeful as we walk this faith journey together.
Peace and Promise,
Pete Erickson
Interim CYF Director
Since the Coronavirus closed the doors of TLC, it did not close the church! There has been a calling chain for these past months. Each volunteer has regularly called a few people off and on during this time. Thank you to the 30 members who have been a part of the calling team.
Now, we are reaching out again to invite you to be a part of this team of phone callers. If you were on the team and want to continue, or if you were not on the current chain but are interested in extending God’s love and care by connecting with other TLC members, please send an email, a text, or a phone call to Marilyn Erickson (, 952-884-2364, ext. 10, or 612-360-7066) and you will be assigned as many names as you request (1-5 is the suggested amount). A sample script will be provided.
If you are new at being a part of the Calling Chain here is a sample script.
Hello, this is ____________________. I am calling from Transfiguration Lutheran.
I am part of the phone ministry team and am calling to say hello and to see how you are doing. Do you have a moment to chat with me?
A few questions that you might use:

  • How are you doing with these days?
  • How is your support? Do you have people that are checking in on you?
  • We have volunteers at the church who are willing to help. Is there anything that the church could assist you with?

Thank you for being willing to talk with me. Would it be OK for me to call again? How often would you like a call (weekly/monthly)? Here is my phone number in case you need to reach me_____________.

Following the call, make a few notes to yourself and be sure to let the church know if there are any needs. Callers do not need to fulfill any requests they receive. Their only role is to report back to the church what the needs are. We have others who are willing and able to run errands, etc. Pastors are also available to make follow-up phone calls for those who need to speak at greater length about their challenges.

Thank you for being a part of this vital ministry!
Committees - Ministries - Small Groups
Thanks to the Faith, Fact and Fiction Book Club, the K3P3 group, Stephen Ministry, Welcome Diversity Team, Global Health Ministry and the Nutty Knotters (TLC Quilters) for submitting photos and stories to the TLC Weekly.
Other committees, groups and ministries, 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 story and some photos to and we will share your news in the TLC Weekly. Be sure to provide names of people in your photos.
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:
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:
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 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.
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