INSIDE:
  • Sunday Worship Service
  • Bulletin download
  • Rob Reid previews service and its music
  • Invitation to Deacon Renee Jefferson's Celebration
  • VEAP and your support
  • YouTube Analytical Data for w/o July 19
  • ELC Photo Club Pic of the Week
  • Take TLC on Vacation with you
  • Bloomington Bird Lady
  • Thrivent Financial Consultant, Durk Peterson
  • tack så mycket (hint: Swedish)
  • Pastor Al continues his reflections on the Apostles' Creed
  • August 9 Blessing of the Animals
  • Bible Study with Pastor Grace
  • Pete's Post
  • BWCA August Trip - Sign up now!
  • Miracle Whip Cake. Yes, cake made from salad dressing!
  • COVID-19 Response Update
  • Visit TLC's Memorial Garden
  • Write a story about your group
  • Power in Prayer
  • Exodus Lending
  • Pastor Ed's Twitter
  • OnLine Giving
  • Free signup's
  • Links

“Beer is made by men, wine by God.”
-Martin Luther
Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
This Sunday, July 26, 2020
Live-Stream Only
10:00am Worship with Communion.
Honoring Deacon Renee Jefferson and her 22 years
as Director of Education at TLC
Deacon Renee:
Tributes for her
22 Years at TLC
By Rob Reid - Director of Music
How does one honor and thank someone for 22 years of dedicated, spiritual and inspiring leadership? It's impossible, of course, but we give it our best shot this week during our live stream worship service. ELC Director Barb Wigstadt and TLC Member Mary Kelly share a tribute to the myriad ways that Deacon Renee has blessed our lives, along with a few humorous anecdotes. All are invited to sing a song to honor Renee, with words crafted by TLC Member Nancy Shemanek , set to a melody you are sure to know. The other hymns and songs in the service were selected by Renee, and will be led by Karen Daniels and the Socially Distanced Quartet: Scott Knight, Shelley Smith, and Jill and Rob Reid . Jill and Karen play a beautiful flute and piano arrangement based on the familiar "Dona Nobis Pacem" melody. Renee herself will preach the Word, will receive the Lutheran "Thanksgiving for Ministry" Blessing, and has even written a hymn for us, a thankful reflection of what TLC has meant to her. 
So, don't miss this most important day in the life of Transfiguration Lutheran Church, and then don't forget to drive or walk over to the church at 11:30 for a Socially-Distanced Reception for Renee on the North Lawn.
TLC VEAP Supporters
Food Pantry, but 10 TIMES more households are requesting rental assistance.

School supplies are also needed for distribution by July 31st. Especially: flash drives, calculators and headphones.

Three opportunities to help our neighbors and community.
FOOD, SCHOOL SUPPLIES and $$ DONATIONS

Please bring contributions on Sunday after worship to celebrate Renee’s retirement on the north lawn of the church (or) Deliver/send to:
 
VEAP
9600 Aldrich Avenue South
Bloomington MN 55420
952.888.9616
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Last Sunday, July 19, 2020
Estimated viewers: 286+
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143 Media Devices Linked
to TLC Live-Stream on Sunday
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Media Devices Used
56.6% Computer Desktop/Laptop (Apple & PC)
30.2% Mobile Phone (iPhone & Android)
11.3% Smart TV/YouTube app
1.9% Tablet (Apple & PC)
"Best Friends Forever"
by Haven

Haven is 5 years old and this is her first time with a camera. She was sharing her camera with her friend, Kemani. They had fun and she took a pictures of her best friend, Kemani.
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. )
Finding Enough to Do?

Ever since the “stay home if possible” suggestion became the norm because of the Corona Virus, it's been easy to see what I should be doing, but keep putting off. Never did get to the windows---keep looking through them, not at them! What do I see out our back yard windows? A lot of bird feeders, and so many birds that I can't identify. When I did count birds for Cornell years ago, the varieties to look for were given, so it was at least a hint. Bird books never looked quite like the real thing.

We finally got hummingbirds showing up. Elusive little guys, but they seem to like people, fortunately, so we sit on the deck waiting. Guess what shows up? Enormous crows, gobbling down the suet we provide in two birch logs with drilled holes for the suet to fit into. Crows appear maybe two or three at a time, and all the other birds kind of give up. I've always liked to watch chickadees whose metabolism tells them to “keep eating”.....one seed at a time. If I were a tiny bird and three giant crows showed up...I'd take off fast!

When I was a little girl, my mom would feed birds. The only thing she ever fed them was stale bread crumbs. The Great Depression gave my mom a sense of “never throwing food out” so even the crumbs were appreciated. Now we buy several kinds of seeds, the suet, etc. and the birds have a buffet, for heaven's sake. Times change.

This coming Sunday, don't forget Renee Jefferson's celebrated departure from our church staff. She will be missed for sure, and when church and Sunday School can finally return to our beautiful sanctuary and the lovely accommodations it provides, a new director of education will be named. Deacon Renee has done so well throughout her 22 year tenure. Let's give her a wonderful send-off!

-Bloomington Bird Lady
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
Reflections
on the
3rd Article
of the Creed
And I believe…in the life everlasting. Amen.

A fitting end to our statement of faith that we call The Apostles’ Creed.

The idea of everlasting life really excites me because it means that as a part of the world-wide Christian fellowship, past and present, I believe that my life in Christ will never end.

And what excites me even more is the awareness that I don’t have to wait until I die to begin living “the life everlasting”.

I believe that I was ushered into everlasting life when I was baptized at the age of 4. So I’ve discovered my “everlasting life” began almost 80 years ago. And maybe that’s why we Lutherans baptize infants and young children because we don’t want them to miss out on even one day of this exciting existence.

It really didn’t occur to me how true this was of my life until I began understanding Jesus’ comments that: The Kingdom of God (of Heaven) is in your midst—or, within you. Wow! What an exciting thing it was to come to that awareness. And what an exciting thing it is to learn how to share that “life everlasting” with others.

My step-father was baptized as an adult and it was with real joy that I watched him grasp the meaning of what it meant to live everlasting life. For the rest of his life, little by little, he became a walking, talking witness to his life in Christ. And he lived that out by recognizing all the many ways he could experience and share it.

We don’t know what the future holds for any of us. But we do know that the risen Christ is there to help us squeeze every drop out of the promise of everlasting life.

In this time of plague and demonstrations to which I hope will wake us up to how poorly we have treated Blacks, Indigenous and Latinx people who live among us, holding out the promise of everlasting life is one way that we can let them know that they, too, are beloved of God.

And we can conclude our statement of faith with a loud and enthusiastic AMEN!
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 - JULY 28 AND AUGUST 11
 
CONFIRMATION STUDENTS POOL PARTY
What: Dinner and Pool Party
When: Tuesday July 28th
Who: Confirmation-aged 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.
 
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!
 
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)
 
Miracle Whip Cake
By Mrs. Harvey Westrom
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp cocoa
  • 1 cup Miracle Whip
  • 2 tsp baking soda, dissolved in...
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups sifted flour

Mix sugar and cocoa. Add Miracle Whip.
Mix and add warm water containing the dissolved baking soda. Add flour.
Mix well and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.
Frosting optional.
  • The church building remains closed to gatherings of any size due to the ongoing essential service ministry of the Early Learning Center.

  • Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for funerals, weddings and baptisms. Contact a pastor directly to discuss.

  • Individual access to the building requires prior approval from a staff member, mandatory mask and social distancing protocols.

  • Outdoor gatherings are permitted. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Bathrooms are not available. Masks are recommended.

  • A Covid Leadership Team is being formed to consider the safe expansion of building use.

  • Prayers are highly recommended and sincerely requested as together we seek to adapt and “be the church” in new and vital ways in these ever changing times.
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While in-person gatherings remain on hold, active ministry continues in a wide variety of forms. The church truly is not a building!

Small groups and ministry teams that have met or are meeting during this time include:

  • Church Council – Zoom
  • TLC Walkers - Outdoors
  • Stewardship Team – Outdoors
  • Strategy Team - Zoom
  • Racial Justice Team - Zoom
  • Men’s Golf League – Dwan Golf Course (New location)
  • TLC Staff – Zoom
  • Mission and Outreach Team – Zoom
  • Families with Small Children – in driveways and neighborhoods
  • RIC Ally Team – Zoom
  • Men’s Beer/Bible Group – Zoom
  • Stephen Ministry Team – Zoom
  • Worship Planning Team – Zoom
  • Pastoral Care Team – Zoom
  • New - Intern Pastor Grace’s Bible Study – Zoom
  • Confirmation Small Groups – Zoom
  • Peer Ministers and High Schoolers – Zoom
  • Financial Team – Zoom
  • K3P3 knitters – Parking Lot
  • Library Team – Zoom
  • Property Committee - Zoom
  • TLC Faith, Fact, and Fiction Book Club - Zoom
  • TLC Woodwinds - Google Duo
  • TLC Handbells - Zoom
  • TLC Chancel Choir - Zoom
  • New - TLC Garden Group – Outdoors (Church gardens and landscaping)
  • Addiction Awareness Team – Zoom
  • Welcoming Diversity Team – Parking Lot
  • Dad’s Support Group – Zoom
  • Women’s Café Group – Zoom, Text, Parking Lot
  • Boundary Waters Planning – Zoom
  • Pastoral Visits – Driveways by request


Please let us know if you are interested in connecting with other TLC’ers in any of the ways listed above, or let us know if you have an idea for safely gathering that we can help you put into action.

Also, if you know of an active group that is not listed above, please let us know and we will add to the list!

Email: office@tlcmn.com
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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.
July 2020
Exodus Lending began in 2014 with a $50,000 grant at Holy Trinity Church on east Lake Street in Minneapolis. Their non-profit mission is to provide payday loan borrowers a pathway to financial stability.
What They Do
They get Minnesotans out of payday loan debt and back on track financially by enrolling and supporting them in a 0% interest refinance program, lending up to $1,000 to qualified participants.
Why They Do It
They envision a world where all people are free from the cycle of debt caused by predatory lenders. We seek lasting change for the individuals and families, for financial institutions, and for our society.
 
Exodus Lending Successes

$982,828
Participant dollars saved

$322,731
In loans refinanced

176
Program graduates
 
Contact Exodus Lending at 612-615-0067 or visit their website at: www.exoduslending.org
 
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ELECTRONIC GIVING HELPS SUPPORT TLC
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
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