This Sunday, September 20, 2020
Live-Stream Only
10:00am Worship with Communion & Healing Prayers.
And Choir!
Oh my!
Rob Reid
Director of Music
There are LOTS of things to look forward to as we worship virtually this Sunday, September 20 at 10:00am. Our joyful Prelude and Postlude are played by Organist Karen Daniels, and the heartfelt hymns are led by Karen and the Socially Distanced Quartet (Scott Knight, Shelley Smith, Rob Reid and Jill Reid, who also plays her flute this week). We hear a Second Installment of the Socially Distanced Handbell Quartet (Gaylen Pirri, Jill Reid, Marilyn Rundberg and Ryan Hanish) who play "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say... Come Unto Me and Rest" during Communion, also accompanied by Karen.

The Chancel Choir and Brass Choir will bring us an uplifting anthem during the Offering: "Voices Raised to You" in a Recording from 9/9/2018 - tune in to see how much younger we all looked 2 years ago!

Pastor Grace will share her Message and a Time for Children reflecting on the Old Testament story from Jonah and the Gospel of Matthew.

Looking forward to worshiping together on Sunday!

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Saturday, September 19, 2020
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Ben Cherland, former TLC Youth & Family Minister
Dear friends, family and loved ones,

I can barely believe it but my ordination is on Saturday! It's been a long time coming but the day is almost here - September 19th at 6:00 PM CDT.

For those of you joining in person, please bring a fully charged smartphone or computer and ear buds. Mom & Dad, we've got you covered.

For all of you joining over Zoom, the Zoom meeting will open around 5:45 or 5:50 p.m. CDT. My friend Sara, will be offering a great little orientation to Zoom that will be useful for the seasoned pros as well as the novice users. She'll also be offering the Invocation which will make the online forum part of the sacred space. This is an important part of the service so I hope you can join in that.

Here is the zoom link!

Webinar ID: 878 0845 5510

And the complete details:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Sep 19, 2020 06:00 PM Central Daylight Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Benjamin Cherland Ordination
“You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust’” (Psalm 91:1-2).


Imagine you’re home and you hear a knock at the door. An official tells you to pack your essentials and evacuate, as a wildfire is speeding toward you. This is the situation many of our neighbors in the western part of the country are facing right now.

Fueled by a heat wave and unfavorable winds, devastating wildfires are raging across California, Oregon, Washington and other western states. At least 20 people have died, hundreds of thousands of people are under evacuation orders and more than 3.5 million acres have burned across the three states. Some evacuees face the difficult decision of whether to stay in a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lutheran Disaster Response is engaging with at least three Lutheran social services agencies and five synods to assess the situation and determine the best ways to respond. We expect immediate needs may include food and other necessities, as well as emotional and spiritual care for those who have been traumatized.

Even as we face multiple crises, together we can reflect Christ’s light and hope to our neighbors in their time of need.
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Do you recall what you were doing nineteen years ago? I had not realized until “9/11” sneaked by last Friday, the attack on New York's two beautiful towers, when suddenly the skyline changed forever, and now the only way to view those towers may be through watching old movies.

I had gone for an early walk, and then walked home to find the TV showing people actually jumping from the towers as they were being demolished. Not something I ever want to see again. People in the streets of NYC were running to escape the area, which was full of smoke and debris... Imagine having two huge towers just “go down” ….Where do you even find a path through all that rubble? I think for a short while we thought only one tower would go down... Hah!

No way to prepare for something like that to suddenly take away part of the landscape forever. If you do see the two towers now, it's always a surprise until the realization hits.....They're not there!!

Things do disappear, sometimes it takes years, though. Think of all the ice now melting while polar bears look for someplace to call home. It's happening while I am writing, as huge chunks drop off. Is “global warming” really happening, or just another annoying thing to spur some political arguments?

We can see the smoke in the air here in Minnesota. Our sunsets are more vivid. We have a daughter in Burbank, not real close to any flames, but her two cats are refusing to eat, act very nervous, and everyone is having trouble breathing...She has some asthma problems so I will always worry about her and her kitties. Part of being a mom is to worry....not always for any good reason. Most of the land now burning is federal property. Sooo, why did no one think to take care of it better?

Stay well...we've got a ways to go before that virus is squelched for good! It's easy to forget what will help: masks, hand washing, social distancing and our prayers for everyone to be alert to what must be done. I know prayer works and there's no mask needed!

-Bloomington Bird Lady

"S Tree"
by Hailey A.
Hailey A. is 9 years old and this is her third year in the ELC Photo Club. Hailey found this S-shaped protrusion on the side of a tree that had been downed by bad weather. She thought it was a very clear 'S', but she had to squat down to take the picture. It would have been missed by someone standing tall and not looking around.
By Pete Erickson
Interim TLC Youth Minister
Confirmation and Youth Ministry in 2020-2021

Sunday School Sign-Up

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The Stewardship Team at TLC is organizing its fall dinner and needs help with set up, cleaning and disinfecting tables after use, and clean up/putting tables away. 
Details:  October 2 from 4:30-7:30PM at the TLC parking lot
We are in need of help:
  • setting up tables prior to the event 
  • taking them down after the event,
  • having some people sanitize table seating as people come and go. 
The need is for 10-12 people. We will provide masks, gloves and dinner for you that night. 
This can be a fun service opportunity for your confirmation small group or the Peer Minister Crew to get together and serve your church. Please reply to this email if you can help!
TLC Children, Youth and Family Listening/Learning Events: September 22, 23, 24 at 6:30 (Please attend ONE)
You are invited to share your hopes, dreams and ideas with the TLC CYF Vision Team as they discern the next phase of life in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry!
One product out of the Holy Cow Survey Process was the dream of greater engagement of children, youth and families. The TLC Vision Team will facilitate three listening/learning events to encourage the congregation to articulate those hopes and dreams more specifically. There will be one event for families with children (Pre-K – 6th grade), one event for families of youth (7th-12th), and one event for the whole congregation.
Here are the dates of the Listening/Learning Events:
September 22 at 6:30PM (Families with Pre-K through 6th graders)
September 23 at 6:30PM (Families with Youth 7th-12th graders)
September 24 at 6:30PM (All Congregation Members)
Here’s a link to the meetings:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 816 0973 1431
Passcode: 740686
TLC Confirmation Registration is Open! Here are dates and details as we kick of the year
  • Wednesday, September 27 ~ Confirmation Small Group Leader and Peer Ministry Zoom Training (7PM)
  • Wednesday, September 30 ~ 7-9th Grade Orientation Meeting (7PM) on Zoom
  • Wednesday, October 7 ~ Confirmation kick-off (7PM), and Peer Ministry/High School Kick-off (8PM)
  • Saturday – Sunday, February 1-2, 2020 ~ All Youth Lock In! You’ll be hearing more about this early in the new year.
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

-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
Half Year
Many, if not most of us, are familiar with the hymn “ I’ve Got Peace like a River”. It is an African American Spiritual that was used by slaves in the fields to both pass the time of day and to pass messages along and share the gospel.

It was a hymn of hope not only for slaves in their dark times of slavery but can also be a hymn of hope for us in our own dark times that seem to surround us on all sides today.

Some of those times might be when we lose a loved one to death, especially now to COVID-19. As I write this, almost 200,000 Americans have died from this pandemic and millions more have contracted some form of the disease, four of whom are within our own extended family. Truly we need the words of this song to comfort us and give us strength to face each new day.

Another time might be when we have worked really hard to build a small business and with the off and on shut downs, we have lost customers and, perhaps, even the business itself.

Yet another time might be having to be furloughed or laid off completely from a job that has provided us with the ability to house, clothe and feed our families, even to the extent that we are evicted from our homes because we can’t pay the rent or the mortgage.

And now, with the terrible wild fires in the western part of our country, these words are surely needed for people who have lost everything as the fires have consumed homes, schools, churches and businesses.

In times like these we really need a hymn like “I’ve Got Peace Like A River”.
So, hear an abbreviated version of this hymn which originally was shrouded with tragedy and dark times, but contains the ever present reminder that we can remember that God will take care of us.

I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul…
I’ve got love like an ocean…
I’ve got joy like a fountain…
I’ve got faith like a mountain…
I’ve got hope like a rainbow…

This is only one of the many ways that we can engage with The Church’s Half Year. It’s a simple song. Easy to learn. Easy to sing. But a song filled with promise and encouragement. And we can sing it with gusto as God gives us peace, love, joy, faith and hope.
Annual Fundraiser Invitation
You're invited to the 5th annual fundraiser for
Center for Changing Lives - Liberia (CCLL)

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

This will be a Zoom Live Event.
Please visit for information, to RSVP and to contribute donations through PayPal.
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 and Welcome Diversity Team 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.
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
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