INSIDE:
  • Sunday Worship Service
  • Bulletin Download
  • Rob Reid previews the service and its music
  • Zoom Coffee Hour
  • YouTube Analytical Data: July 12
  • ELC Photo Club Pic of the Week
  • Blessing of the Animals Coming Soon
  • Notes from Pastor Arthur: Covid News, Covid Response Team, Letter to City of Bloomington; City of Hopkins Race, Equity Initiative
  • Church Council June Meeting Minutes
  • Church Council Treasurer's June Report
  • Bird Lady writes a song parody
  • Renee's Celebration is next Sunday
  • Pastor Al Reflects on the 3rd Article of the Creed
  • August 2020 BWCA youth trip
  • Pete reminds us of the TLC youth opportunities
  • VEAP Back to School
  • First TLC Cookbook Recipes (Circa 1960s): Swedish Baked Rice
  • August 9 Drive-In Worship Service
  • TLC COVID-19 Update
  • TLCgo.LIVE
  • Thrivent provides guidance
  • July 19: Conversations on Systemic Racism via Zoom
  • Domo Arigatou (Can anybody say Styx?)
  • Visit TLC's Memorial Garden
  • Promote Yourself!
  • TLC Prayer Team for you
  • Mission of the Month: Exodus Lending
  • Bible Study with Pastor Grace
  • Pastor Ed on Twitter
  • Read back issues of the TLC Weekly
  • Electronic Giving

“God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars.”
-Martin Luther
Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
This Sunday, July 19, 2020
Live-Stream Only
10:00am Worship with Communion and Healing Prayers
Psalms, Praise
and Parables!
By Rob Reid - Director of Music
Join us for TLC’s Live Stream Worship this coming Sunday, July 19, and be filled with the Spirit of God’s goodness, love and joy! We begin with a delightful handbell solo by virtuoso ringer Mary Anne Lofstrom, accompanied by Karen Daniels , so don’t miss the Prelude this week!
O ur hymns will be led by the Socially Distanced Quartet: Kevin Erickson, Angela Burla, Jill Reid, and Rob Reid. Jill and Rob will also lead our Psalmody, and sing a beautiful song for the Offering “Beloved, God’s Chosen,” composed by the newly-elected President of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Robert Hobby (a good friend of National Lutheran Choir Director David Cherwien). And Karen Daniels will share music for communion: Gift of Finest Wheat (Hymn 484, arr. Charles Callahan), and the Postlude, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Hymn 858, arr. John A. Behnke).

Pastor Grace will bring a Time for Children and will preach the Word, using Matthew’s Gospel (13:24-43) which is filled with several parables for us to consider. We will also have Prayers for Healing, and Communion will be led by Pastor Ed. May you be blessed, and may you be filled with peace, hope and joy as we worship together this Sunday!
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 July 19.
Relax with a cup of coffee, maybe a snack, and join the squares (Zoom frames, not the people, much) 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, July 12, 2020
Estimated viewers: 304+
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152 Media Devices Linked
to TLC Live-Stream on Sunday
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Media Devices Used
52.8% Computer Desktop/Laptop (Apple & PC)
26.0% Mobile Phone (iPhone & Android)
12.5% Smart TV/YouTube app
8.7% Tablet (Apple & PC)
"Resting Stick"
by Cora

Cora is 7 years old and this is her second year with the ELC Photo Club. She was taking a picture of the lake and didn't even notice the stick in the picture, she thought it looked like it was resting.
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.

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.
Notes from
Pastor Arthur
Dear Church Family,
 
Thank you for the prayers and concern that have been coming my way over the last week. Last Sunday, Pastor Ed mentioned that our family had gone back into quarantine. This was because my mother-in-law, Iva, had come down with some pretty severe Covid-like symptoms. She lives a mile from us and my wife has been her first line of support throughout the pandemic. This past week Iva had two Covid tests (partly because we didn’t believe the first one!) and both came back negative. So the update is: thank you for the prayers and for the good results. And, please, do continue praying for her as she gradually regains her strength from whatever it was that she had. She has never been that sick in her life and it was quite scary.
 
A few other updates from church life in the last couple of weeks:
 
The Covid Response Team, led by Jeanine Brown (lay) and Pete Erickson (staff) is up and running. We expect the majority of our research to be complete by early August along with a recommendation regarding a phased re-opening strategy delivered to Council by the August 11 meeting. Team members are Pete, Jeanine, me, Rob Reid, Michelle Reber, Janice Millford, Karen Wenge, Steve Jorschumb. [ A pdf of the TLC Pandemic Plan: Return to Church. 07.11.2020 revision is here ]
Feel free to reach out to any one of us with questions.
 
I am pleased to report a number of significant new, anti-racist collaborative efforts are taking shape within the City of Bloomington, some of which are being led by faith communities. TLC clergy joined with 20 other Bloomington faith leaders in a request sent to the City for more accountability in policing. That letter can be read [ at the conclusion of this article ].

In addition to grateful and supportive comments, I have received a few questions of curiosity regarding the letter that we signed. So far they are:

  1. What about separation of church and state? Why are clergy members getting mixed up in government?
  2. Why all this talk about whiteness? I didn’t choose to be white. I am tired of being made to feel guilty and ashamed of being white.

In my opinion, these are both very good questions, and ones that I have also wrestled with. I do not have “answers” but I will be sharing some of my thoughts on these questions and wonderings over the next two weeks. (July 24 and July 31) Feel free to send more questions of curiosity my way. I believe they are well worth attending to.
 
In a separate, but related effort, TLC’s Racial Justice Team is taking a leading role in a collaboration with the police department and city to create opportunities for education and relationship building modeled after the Hopkins Race, Equity Initiative.
You can read about The Hopkins initiative here:
 
Last, but certainly not least, we are preparing for a grand send-off and celebration of our beloved Deacon Renee Jefferson next week, Sunday July 26. Please see the details elsewhere in this newsletter for how you can share how much Renee has meant to you over the years. Plan to tune in to 10am online worship for a tribute and blessing for Renee and then join us in the parking lot following worship for an “in-person” good-bye.
 
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you, beloved TLC family. I miss you. We miss each other. I pray that these summer weeks may be blessed and that every day there may some joy in the midst of the challenge.
 
Pastor Arthur

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The following is a copy of the text of a letter sent from Bloomington Faith Leaders (names and affiliations at the end of the letter) to the Bloomington Mayor, City Council, and Police Chief. This copy is presented as displayed on the TLC Facebook page this past Tuesday, July 14.
An Open Letter from the Bloomington Faith Leaders to Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse, the City Council, and Police Chief Jeff Potts,

As leaders of faith communities in Bloomington, we are entrusted to care for all people, including Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). The killing of George Floyd on May 25th tragically echoed and amplified stories of BIPOC in our communities. Their stories reveal separate and unequal experiences of life in Bloomington.

We value truth and trust that “the truth shall set you free.” The act of truth-telling is holy. We applaud the BIPOC who shared their truth with us, at times in pastoral confidence. To end racial inequality, we must tell the truths we’ve been hearing and witnessing about racism and white supremacy in Bloomington. White lives, white experiences, and white voices have carried and continue to carry inequitable power in our city in ongoing and systemic ways.

We need the city of Bloomington to tell the truth and to hear the hard truths being told about racial inequity in our city.

Here are some difficult truths we have uncovered just in the span of a few days:

Out of one individual's conversations with 13 separate Black individuals, 11 of them have had at least one, and in many cases many, negative experiences with Bloomington Police.

One young Black man described an instance of 5 Bloomington police officers pulling guns on him in his own backyard.

Another young Black man described his fear of filming Bloomington police, stating, “I’m afraid they would think my phone is a gun and shoot me.”
A Black grandmother talked about her teenage grandson being followed, stopped, and questioned by the police for being “suspicious” when he was riding his bike home from church.

A Black woman reported to a pastor an instance of egregious behavior by Bloomington PD, but she was too scared to report it to the police out of fear of retaliation.

Atonement Lutheran Church hosted a “Bloomington Unites” racial justice rally and proclaimed “Black Lives Matter” on their church sign only to find two days later a rock thrown through the church windows, an act of vandalism that had never happened to them before.

We commend the stated focus of Chief Jeff Potts and the Bloomington Police Department on making reforms to address racial inequalities and police misconduct, and support the step to implement mandatory annual psychological assessments; however, there is more to be done. To aid in our collective effort to know and tell the truth about racial inequity in our city, we request that it immediately become the policy of the Bloomington Police Department to track and publicize demographic data regarding policing activity in our city. This means documenting and making public and freely available the officer’s perceived race of individuals involved in an encounter, probable cause or basis for the encounter, actions taken (including searches) and outcome. Racial profiling is established by a pattern of encounters and this pattern cannot be discerned if data is not collected and analyzed for all encounters. We ambitiously dream of reforms that will bring about an end to police brutality and harassment, making Bloomington a safer city for all people to live, visit, and work.

As faith leaders, we realize that white supremacy has touched all institutions. We applaud and support the council’s efforts towards racial equity, and join you in our own faith communities, realizing that we too have work to do. We are preaching, teaching, and organizing small groups to uncover the truths about systems of white supremacy at work in our society and in ourselves. We are in this together.

Racial inequity and white supremacy is not a small problem, but neither is it an insurmountable one. We are shepherds of stories and stewards of vision. That vision is one of a world where those of all nations, tribes, peoples, and languages fully exist together in victorious harmony. That victory will be won over the forces of evil that seek to divide us against one another along the tired lines of racism, misvalue us according to the dishonest scales of materialism, and mollify us with the false peace won through the use of violent force.

In our collective goal of creating an equitable, just, and righteous society in Bloomington, we must not be satisfied with half-steps. We will only truly find our satisfaction in fully striding towards justice. Our call for information and study of the racial data of our city’s policing is but a half-step. It is important and necessary, but will be “justice denied” if we long delay full strides towards concrete action and further reform. We will continue to monitor, engage, and organize to make deep and meaningful reforms in our city and police department to root out all forms of systemic racial inequality.

Sincerely,

Rev. Siri Strommen
Pastor, Atonement Lutheran Church
 
Rev. Rory Philstrom
Lead Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church
 
Rev. Maria Anderson-Lippert
Associate Pastor, Christ the King Lutheran Church
 
Rev. Erik P. Sevig
Pastor, Community of the Cross Lutheran Church
 
Mohamed Omar
Executive Director, Dar Al-Farooq Center
 
Deacon Tammy Devine
ELCA Coaching Coordinator, Stewardship and Discipleship
 
Rev. Durk D. Thompson
Grace Lutheran Church
 
Rev. Carolyn Philstrom
Hospice Chaplain
 
Karen Wills
Executive Director, MUUSJA-Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance
 
Rev. Laura Thompson
Lead Minister, Minnesota Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
 
Rev. Dr. Anne E. Fisher
Transitional Pastor, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church
 
Rev. Mary Koon
Associate Pastor​, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church
 
Rev. Mark Nelson
Senior Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church
 
Rev. Joe Orner
Associate Pastor, Peace Lutheran Church
 
Rev. Carol Zaagsma
Pastor, Portland Avenue United Methodist Church
 
Deacon Stephanie Luedtke
Rev. Jennifer Jaimez
St. Mark's United Church of Christ
 
Rev. Thomas P. Olson
Senior Pastor, St. Stephen Lutheran Church
 
Rev. Katherine Nycklemoe
Associate Pastor, St. Stephen Lutheran Church
 
Mr. Trevon Teller
Theology and Sociology student at Augsburg University, Bloomington Anti-Racist Coalition member
 
Rev. Ed Treat
Transfiguration Lutheran Church
 
Rev. Arthur Murray
Transfiguration Lutheran Church
 
Grace Pardun Alworth
Intern Pastor, Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Sing-Along for Renee
Next Sunday

Did you ever try to put new words to a familiar melody? I have done this so often, sometimes having an easy time, sometimes not. Depends on what you need to say and the person you have to use as the subject. Friends have asked me through the years to invent a nice "song" for their wedding shower, baby shower, retirement, a birthday... and it's fun to try putting my head to work with something funny, or sentimental....whatever is needed.  The most basic thing is to always have a very familiar melody, or no matter how cute the verses are, it won't work.
 
Today I just finished a song for Renee Jefferson's retirement at the end of this month.  It wasn't an easy task, but several people helped me a lot by telling me facts they knew about her many talents, etc. When one doesn't have kiddies in Sunday School any more or VBS, Renee's expertise in those areas are not experienced any more. Don't want to lie, that's for sure.  
 
You will get a chance to sing this parody, perhaps with some extra musicians added to help... It's coming up soon on July 26th.  
 
If you should want to try a parody of your own someday, pick an easy tune, and then let your thoughts go wild. It's fun when things rhyme easily..... not always the case either. I'd suggest not having the TV on, or anyone else in the room to take your mind off your project.  You are bound to "hit a wall" sometimes, and find it hard to finish well...Some words just don't want to fit in, etc.  When I was pressed to finish promptly and needed a boost of brainpower, I used to go for a walk... give the brain a little extra something to help me over the hard spot, and then would be walking somewhere... think of something really funny and have to run home to write it down.
 
I wonder what the neighbors thought when I would come running home laughing, all by myself. Well, I admit to being a little odd at times, so maybe they didn't notice.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
Next Sunday , July 26, 11:30am
You're Invited
~TLC Parking Lot Reception~
A Gathering to Celebrate
Renee Jefferson's Retirement
  • Come to the north lawn of TLC
  • Decorate your car - parade in the parking lot!
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches will be available.
  • Music and fun!
  • An original song parody will be performed.
  • Cards are welcome (in person or mailed to the church).
  • Food donations welcome for VEAP.
  • In the spirit of VBS we bring back the NOISY OFFERING with proceeds benefiting the ELC Playground Fund.
If you have any photos of Renee over the years,
please submit to TLCMedia@tlcmn.com before July 21.

Restrooms will not be available during this time at TLC.

Face masks are required.

Please practice safe social distancing.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
FOR US?
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
Reflections
on the
3rd Article
of the Creed
I believe in….the resurrection of the body.

What I’m about to say may shock you. But sometimes to get another’s attention a shocking statement needs to be made.

I believe that when I die (not “passed away” which really avoids the idea of death), I’m dead, dead, dead! That’s it for me in this world. I, in a manner of speaking, was born to die and from the time I’m old enough to take my first breath, I’m old enough to take my last breath.

Now, do I have your attention? I hope so, because in human terms, we all must face that last day, hour, minute of our lives.

That time can be faced with great fear because my life, as I’ve known it, is coming to an end and there’s nothing more than an endless blackness awaiting me, OR , it can be faced with great anticipation because…

 “I believe in the resurrection of the body.”

The problem is that this statement of belief has been hijacked by Greek philosophy which propagated the idea of “the immortality of the soul”.

How many times have you heard someone say, or maybe even said yourself “when I die my soul goes to heaven”.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong—especially if you consider yourself a Christian.

We believe…in the resurrection of the body.

What that means to me is that we believe that the time will come for us, as it does for all people, that we will die. And then our bodies will be put into a casket and placed in the ground or it will be cremated and the ashes placed in an urn or some other container.

What I further believe is that my remains, whatever form they take after my death will await the last day when Christ will return in glory and “raise me up” from the dead, just as He was raised from the dead.

There is no part of me (i.e. a “soul”) that exists after I die. I am DEAD!! And that doesn’t bother me one bit because I believe in the resurrection of the body.
Now I’m not sure what that body will look like or be like. At my age of 83 I fervently hope that it will not have all the aches, pains and limitations that my earthly body has.

But, I’m willing to trust my Lord that when He returns, He will raise me up and bring me to live with him forever.

But that’s another story for another time.

I hope that this excursion into the 3 rd Article has been both helpful and hopeful. I know it’s been really helpful for me to write it because it has reaffirmed that “I believe…in the resurrection of the body.”
By Pete Erickson
Interim TLC Youth Minister
TLC YOUTH POOL PARTIES - JULY 28 AND AUGUST 11
 
POOL PARTY FOR CONFIRMATION STUDENTS
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

TLC Youth Hang Out - Wednesdays at 7:00pm :
Calling all TLC youth! H ope you can show up for a Hang Out Wednesdays at 7:00pm. We will play some games, have a devotion and just keep connected to each other. This is a time for 7-12 graders! Here is a recurring link for Wednesday nights. Hope to see you there!
 
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 927 3741 8476
Password: 110154
 
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 to 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)
Back to School
Many students in the Bloomington, Richfield and Edina school districts need help filling their backpacks this fall. Although plans for in-person learning are currently under discussion, students will still need school supplies.

Join VEAP in supporting their academic success by making sure they have the supplies they need for the school year. VEAP will be collecting items JULY 15-30 and distributing to the school districts with the support of local faith communities, businesses and partners. TLC has always donated generously to the Back to School drive. Notebooks, pens/pencils, crayons, markers and BACK PACKS will be needed whether the students are in the classroom or learning on line.


There will be a collection of food and/or school supplies at the party honoring Renee Jefferson on her retirement, Sunday, July 26 .



Please consider this need for our own neighbors.
Deliver to VEAP : 9600 Aldrich Avenue South, Bloomington
(Just west of Lyndale Avenue behind White Castle & Wendy's)
Swedish Baked Rice
Dessert or Breakfast Treat
By Nancy Shemanek


  • 1 cup raw rice - cook as directed on pkg

Mix well the following:
  • 4 or 5 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ to 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 quart milk

Stir in rice and pour into 9x13 cake pan, ungreased.
Bake one hour at 350.
Serve warm or cool with lingonberries [editor's note: can be found at IKEA] or other fruit on top.
  • 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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Contact Thrivent Professional, Durk Peterson, to schedule an initial conversation. He can be reached at 612.702.5509, by email at Durk.Peterson@Thrivent.com or through his web site: www.connect.thrivent.com/durk-peterson/
Conversations on Systemic Racism
Sunday, July 19, 2020
2:00-3:30pm on Zoom
 
Join the ASDIC  and FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collective) communities as we respond to this historical moment.
In light of the murder of George Floyd and countless police killings of Black and Brown people, the world is reassessing the role of both police and society at large in addressing system-wide and structural racism. We wish to look at what this moment is about, how it connects to America’s history of systemic racism, and the forces that continue to sustain racism in Minnesota and the nation.
With the support of Professor Joe R. Feagin of Texas A&M University, along with Minnesota anti-racist activists and scholars, we will host four 90-minute conversations with guest panelists over the summer, starting next Sunday.
Join us for one or all of these conversations. They're free and open to the public. Learn more and register here.

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.
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! Let's 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.
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
 
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

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