TLC Transmissions - Sunday, January 20 thru Saturday, January 26, 2019
NOTICE: In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, TLC Offices will be closed Monday, January 21. The Early Learning Center will be open and the Congregation Survey Review meeting will be held Monday evening at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary.
Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Sunday Worship
8:15, 9:30 & 11:00am
Altar Flowers this Sunday are given by Sandy Mullen
in loving memory of Jim Mullen
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Senior Pastor Ed Treat
Jesus said to the servants, Fill the jars with water; so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet. They did so. --John 2:7-8
I wonder how Jesus knew he could turn water into wine? It was his very first miracle. At the wedding at Cana, Mary tells the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Jesus resists at first, then simply says, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them to the brim. Then Jesus says, “Now take some to the steward of the feast.” 

Just like that. No prayer, no word of command, no dramatics at all. He didn’t even touch the water or even taste it to see if it worked. How was he so sure of himself about what he could do?

C. S. Lewis said that every miracle of Jesus is simply a kind of short-circuiting of a natural process; a doing instantly something which in general takes a longer period of time to happen naturally.

John writes that this was the first of his signs and that because of it, his disciples believed in him (John 2:11). Who wouldn’t? They believed that here was someone truly sent by God, who could do the things only God could do.

Jesus had dominion and authority over the natural world and yet he only ever used this amazing power to bless others. Our Lord is able to take the humdrum, commonplace, ordinary events of any life and with his touch make them full of flavor, fragrance, strength and beauty. He does this with our lives. He fills us with the new wine of joy and hope and strength and beauty.

What a great savior we follow.
Courtney Chase
Her Journey with Blood Cancer
This Sunday at all three TLC services
February 2007. Four-year-old Courtney Chase was enjoying her dad's pampering and brushing of her hair when suddenly he noticed a large bump behind her ear. The next day Courtney was brought to the doctor and had her blood drawn for tests. The findings were not good - not good at all. After many more tests to clarify the abnormal results, her doctor reported the unfortunate news: Little Courtney Chase had Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia - Blood Cancer.

Throughout her journey, Courtney endured spinal taps, two-plus years of chemotherapy, transfusions, and so many IV's in her hands and arms that over time the open sores and bruising made it impossible for her parents to hold her hand. And then another diagnosis: a rare liver disease caused by one of the medications she was taking. Courtney had to be put into a medically induced coma. 

The end of the journey?

Courtney Chase will be speaking at all three Sunday services this January 20. It's both emotional and encouraging along with a purpose and lofty goal. 
Season's Over?
Not Quite
We kept our Christmas tree up until just this past Saturday, and I've never seen one that dry. It had sprouted and seemed to be enjoying life in our house, but I'm glad no one lit a match anywhere nearby. Just breathing on a branch would cause needles to cascade downward....a real Charlie Brown tree!

I keep trying to downsize the ornaments, but it's not easy. The ones I received from my piano pupils during the 30 years I taught in our home are still precious. They are the cute kind, not the color-coordinated beautiful and breakable variety. When I remember these kids, struggling to learn a couple of carols, and suffering through getting the notes, fingering and rhythm right so someone could perhaps even sing along....Whew! I still think Silent Night sounds like “1-2 &3 4-5-6,” which is what must be taught, jumping into 6/8 time when they scarcely know basic 4/4 time.

Just before retiring from teaching, I never thought I'd miss this annual struggling. Wouldn't it be a relief not to bring out the various beginner carol books and foresee the problems they'd bring? No, sadly I miss those days, and I will never throw away any of those sweet ornaments either!

- Bloomington Bird Lady
To prepare for the upcoming annual meeting, please plan on attending TLC's Congregation Survey Review this coming Monday, January 21 starting at 6:00pm in the Sanctuary. We will be reviewing the results of the CAT (Church Assessment Tool) congregational survey taken this past Fall.
The meeting will be live-streamed on
Ham Wheels
By Betty Grandprey
2 English muffins, split and toasted
4 slices cooked ham [optional: Spam, fried]
1 small can pineapple slices
4 one oz. slices Swiss, cheddar or Mozzarella cheese
-Butter or margarine
-Currant jelly

Spread muffin halves with butter or margarine and currant jelly. Cover with slices of ham. Stack pineapple slice and cheese on top of ham. Place on baking sheet. Broil in oven or toaster oven 4" from heat for 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Makes 4 open-faced sandwiches.
Happy Birthday, Ben!
Ben Cherland and TLC staff celebrated his 36th birthday this week at the Tuesday staff meeting. Church Administrator, Michelle Reber, brought gourmet cupcakes for the festivity. 

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on January 12, 1983, Ben grew up as a dual citizen because his parents are Americans born abroad and he is a Canadian citizen; being born in Canada. He moved to the United States in 2001 to attend Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. 

Ben claims that it was a great 36th birthday because of all the friends he has made over the past three years at TLC. 

And his favorite source of joy? Staff meetings. [Ben needs to get out more often].
Youth & Family Minister, Ben Cherland, was happy to see (and eat) the gourmet cupcakes provided by Church Administrator, Michelle Reber, in honor of his 36th birthday.
TLC 2018 Contribution Statements
TLC's 2018 Contribution Statements are in the mail and will be arriving soon. Please review and contact the church office with any questions.
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7:00pm at TLC
“What Guys Really Want” features true, heartfelt stories of masculinity told from the male perspective and portrayed through a series of gripping vignettes. The narrow definition of masculinity in our society creates a tremendous challenge for boys and men to be their true, authentic selves. Boys and men are inundated with negative messages from the media, movies, music, peers and family, as to how they should act and behave. Often these expectations contradict their true feelings. This production raises awareness and creates a conversation about how masculinity is shaped and formed amongst boys and men — too often in an unhealthy way — and how we as a community can change that. As with all productions, Chain Reaction Theatre Project is partnering with local social services organizations to spark discussion and inspire community action around the issues central to the play.

--Friday, February 15, 7:00pm at TLC--

Other Performance Dates and Locations:
Saturday, 2/9, 7 pm, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 13000 St. David’s Road, Minnetonka
Sunday, 2/10, 3 pm, Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 31st Ave. S., Minneapolis
Friday, 2/15, 7 pm, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, 11000 France Ave. S., Bloomington
Sunday, 2/17, 6:30 pm, ARTS-Us, 1221 Marshall Ave., St. Paul (in partnership with Breaking
Thursday, 2/21, 6:30 pm, Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Rd., Eden Prairie (in
partnership with the Eden Prairie Human Rights and Diversity Commission)
Sunday, 2/24, 3pm, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, 3611 North Berens Road, NW,
Prior Lake
Thursday, 2/28, 7 pm, Cornerstone Advocacy, 1000 E. 80th St., Bloomington
Friday, 3/1, 7pm, Saints Martha and Mary Episcopal Church, 4180 Lexington Ave. S., Eagan
Sunday, 3/3, 3 pm, Faith Lutheran Church, 886 North Shore Drive, Forest Lake

Pay-What-You-Can; $15 suggested. Tickets can be purchased at or at the door by cash, check or credit card. All seating is general admission.
Age Recommendation
Recommended for ages 13 and above, due to strong subject matter and some mild profanity. Reservations or pre-purchase strongly recommended.
All venues are wheelchair accessible. Contact 612-405-2598 or email with requests or questions.
Providing free support and education for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one.
Thursdays, Jan 3 to 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
Walter Boenigk
Celebration of Life
Services for long-time TLC member, Walter Boenigk, were held this past Saturday, January 12.

From Pastor Authur's Homily:
Wally had a restless heart. He was described by his children as a Type A Alpha male, always struggling, always obsessing, always fighting to make things right, and to make things beautiful. He was devoted to his family and he worked hard to provide for them.
Over the last few years the struggle was physical. He worked hard to stay positive and to keep his sense of humor in the midst of multiple surgeries and health challenges.

He fought hard. He finished the race.

[Click Here] to visit Walter Boenigk's webpage on the TLC Memorial Garden website where you can watch a photo montage Video Memorial; the entire live-stream of the service, and more.

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 later and look for the "Purchase Altar Flowers" button at the bottom of any page.
Please join us for an all-church potluck luncheon in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, February 10 at Noon.
There will be food, fun and fellowship for all to enjoy. Childcare and crafts/activities for children of all ages will be provided. Please bring a favorite main dish, salad, side dish or dessert to share – drinks will be provided. You may sign-up in the Narthex or on the Life at TLC insert. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for this fun gathering!
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.
Open to All: 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.
TLC's Annual Meeting takes place in the Sanctuary on Sunday, January 27 at 11:00am -- this takes the place of the regular 11am worship service.
[Click Here] to visit the TLC webpage where you can view a pdf of the 2018 Annual Report and Strategic Plan Addendum.
Every Wednesday evening. Oasis worship service at 6:15pm.
Community meal at 5:30pm (suggested donation of $5 per).
January 23: Chicken noodle soup, Caesar salad, rolls.
January 30: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables.
7th - 12th Grades
SATURDAY night, February 2, Transfiguration
ALL YOUTH – LOCK-IN (grade 7 and up)
Come for movies, games (Sardines anyone?) , snacks, tournaments (Ping Pong AND Dodgeball) , sleeping bag races and more. Includes midnight service project – baking communion bread and making egg bakes for the TLC Sunday morning crowd.
Ends the next morning with the 8:15am Sunday morning service – YOUTH LED! (that's "led" as in leading, not L-E-D, as in the light emitting diode)
Youth who can’t do the sleepover are welcome to come for the evening and/or help serve the egg bake at 8:30am on Sunday morning. And (as always) your non-Transfig friends are invited too! Bring anybody you like!
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.
Payday loans are small-dollar loans with interest rates as high as 450%. Unlike typical loans, lenders require payment on the next payday and borrowers often pay only the interest, and re-borrow, leading to “the payday loan debt trap”.
Exodus Lending will pay off these predatory payday loans. Program participants pay Exodus Lending back through manageable monthly payments over twelve months, with no interest or fees. In November 2017, they exceeded $103,000 in loans with a 95% repayment rate. As loans are paid off, they are able to make new loans to additional clients.
Through our Mission giving, TLC began supporting Exodus Lending in 2017. With your help we will be able to continue and possibly increase our involvement.
Contact Exodus Lending at 612-615-0067 or visit their website at:
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 to be added to the video call list.
With Deacon Renee Jefferson


TOPIC: The Early Church - Transition
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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.

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January/February 2019
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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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