Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
Second Sunday of Easter, April 19, 2020
Worship at 10:00am ~ Live-Stream Only
"No doubt" the kids should watch for Pastor Ed's children's message in this service.
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ELC Staff Gains Protection with Love
TLC member, Linda Meyer makes and donates masks
Linda Meyer
Linda's story:
In late March, I started gathering fabric and other supplies around my house because I was going to make and donate masks for medical use. I saw on Facebook, messages about the incredible and immediate need. I love to sew and had lots of fabric. Then I found out that the really narrow elastic that nurse/doctors need for around their ears was out of stock everywhere so I abandoned that idea. 

On April 4, my cousin in California, who owns a small business, asked me on Facebook to sew some masks for her because the California governor requested all citizens wear masks when out of the house. The mask specs didn't require the narrow elastic because they wouldn't be wearing them all day, so I made them that night and had them in the morning mail.

Things kind of mushroomed from there. Many of my friends at TLC read that FB message and asked me to make masks for them. Since I was originally intending to donate the masks, I just continued providing for personal use instead. I mailed or delivered most masks, but some people came to my house to pick them up from my front door. In early April, I made 151 masks. I gave 20 to the ELC when I heard they needed them, especially for the time when they leave for home. 

 I have used 50 yards of elastic and more than two -500 yard spools of thread. 

This project is not solely mine any more; it turned into a sort of community project. My neighbor got me some elastic from a connection she had and she mails my packages as needed so I don't have to go to the post office. Some people have brought me fabric pieces when they pick up up their masks.
In Case You Missed This
The Easter Garden flowers are gone, but the memories and honors for which they were donated and displayed remain. Please take a moment to read the heart-felt dedications below.
  2020 Easter Garden Flowers supplied by Bachman’s Floral
and donated by the following:
  • Ron and Sue Anderson in honor of all first responders and those on the front lines during COVID-19
  • Jim and Jo Benson in memory of parents
  • Rose Bodhaine in memory of Arnie, Todd, Robin, Gloria, and William Bodhaine
  • Rod and Karen Daniels in honor of our families, including our TLC family
  • Al and Hildred Dungan in memory of the Hansen and Dungan families
  • Marilyn Erickson in memory of my parents, Austin and Naomi Johnson
  • Jennifer Gauwitz in memory of grandfather, Curtis Benson
  • Nadine Grabanski in loving memory of husband, Bob Grabanski, and sister, Bev Deitz
  • Roger and Kathy Hamp in memory of Vivian and Bill Duppert
  • Jerry and Judy Hanson in honor of our children and grandchildren
  • Joanne and Dick Haugen in memory of Dick Mahre and Roger Mahre
  • Donna Hedlund in memory of Keith and Jonathan and in honor of family
  • Bob and Phyllis Hettlinger in memory of our parents, Gertrude and Roy Ekberg, and Eleanor and Carl Hettlinger
  • Leroy and Alice Mae Hjelmstad in memory of Kathy Hjelmstad
  • Jay and Deanna Juergens in honor of loved ones
  • Don and Gail Kleven in memory of our parents
  • Terry and Joan Langness in memory of Jim and Nina Gilbertson
  • Diane Lehman in memory of Gary Lehman
  • Margarete Lucht in memory of Leo and Steffi Bruckner
  • Robert and Marlene Lundeen in memory of our son Dirk and our parents
  • Jerry and Lori Luoma in honor of our grandchildren, Cooper, Whitley and Thea
  • Helen Lyons in honor of my family
  • Lois Manning in memory of all loved ones
  • Margaret Mattson in memory of Don Mattson, Helen and Albert Gust, and Alfred and Clara Mattson
  • Pamela Moe in memory of my beloved husband, Darrell
  • Sandy Mullen in loving memory of Jim Mullen and in honor of Cary Mullen
  • Arthur Murray and Laura Thelander in memory of our fathers, Wesley Thelander and Bruce Murray, and in honor of our children Pierre Richard and Richenard
  • LaVern and Lois Nornes in memory of Orville Ruud
  • Jerry and Louise Olson in honor of pastors Ed, Arthur & Grace, TLC staff, musicians, volunteers & faith community
  • Roger and Shari Olson in honor of loved ones
  • Bob and Judy Pittelkow in memory of George and Anne Erickson, and Henry and Virginia Pittelkow
  • Bob Riley in memory of Pat Riley
  • Marilyn Rundberg in honor of my grandson, Adam Born graduating with honors from Mound Westonka
  • Brenda Salem in memory of Salem and Klein families
  • Matt, Allison, Lilly, and Aidan Sneller
  • Sandy Stooke and Paul Kern in memory of Lisa Kern and Jim Stooke
  • Judy and Elroy Verplank in honor of our 3 children and 8 grandchildren
  • Don and Grace Voss in memory of our parents
  • Jane Voss in memory of Randy Voss, and Merlin and Hazel Voss
All TLC in-person worship services, programming and activities remain suspended until further notice.

The TLC office is closed until further notice. Staff are working from home and monitoring emails & voice-mails. If you call the church office the auto-attendant will provide instructions on how to reach staff.

For pastoral care concerns, the pastors are readily available by phone, email and social media. We love hearing from you! Please don't hesitate to be in touch!

TLC office phone:

Main Emails:

Pastor Arthur:
Pastor Ed:
Pastor Grace:
Deacon Renee Jefferson:
Rob Reid:
Marilyn Erickson:
Michelle Reber:

Other Connection Opportunities

Contact Marilyn to help call or to receive a call as part of our phone chain ministry:

Contact Erin to find out about the mom’s online support group:

Contact Dan to find out about the dad’s online support group:

Catch it Online
Karen Daniels
By Karen Daniels-
If we were living in normal times, many of us would have the National Lutheran Choir Gala, “How Can We Keep from Singing” written on our calendars for this Sunday, April 19. That day, we were going to:

  • Gather at a Bloomington Hotel,
  • Dress in our finest,
  • Arrange to meet friends at a certain time,
  • Look forward to being seated close to NLC Singers Rob Reid (TLC’s Director of music) and his wife, Jill, etc, etc.

However, these aren’t normal times, but … we can all still gather with the NLC this Sunday, in another way. (I’m thinking some of you may have never heard the National Lutheran Choir. Here’s your opportunity to see and hear this inspiring group of singers!)
Read on …
We  Can Keep on Singing and … we can do it with the National Lutheran Choir this Sunday, April 19, beginning at 4:00pm (CDT). The Choir has prepared a short program of music, prayer, stories, and healing to share with all of us.

Please join me, and our many NLC friends, at or on Facebook (National Lutheran Choir) on your phone, tablet, or computer. Word from Rob and NLC Staff is that the “Pre-game Show”, a chat time with singers & others (you can choose to just listen, too), begins at 3:45pm. Then, it’s on to the Main Event, "How Can We Keep from Singing!”
I sincerely hope you will participate in this special on-line virtual event. Please forward this invite on to your friends and family. Everyone is welcome … no pre-registration, no expectation to make a gift … just join together for hope, healing, and an inspiring musical time with the National Lutheran Choir.
Keep on Singing!
The Early Learning Center remains open throughout the Covid-19 Crisis.
We have taken this crisis very seriously and are following the proper protocol that has been passed along to us by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health.

For example: parents and children are greeted at the doorway entrance area. Parents are not allowed to pass beyond that point. An ELC staff member will takes the child's temperature and escorts them to wash hands, put away their coat and bags, and brought into the classroom. 

The ELC is operating with a significantly reduced attendance due to the government directives of "Stay at Home" and social distancing. However, the classrooms are still busy and full of laughter. We are very thankful for the decent blend of April weather and the much needed time for the children to enjoy the outdoors at ELC. Teachers working with school-age children remain busy assisting them in distant learning sessions with their own schools.
TLC Little Library
New Addition
TLC's Little Library has been an active free book exchange for quite some time. Located on the north side of the church property, it has high visibility to foot traffic on the nearby sidewalk, as well as vehicle traffic along 110th street. And now, there's an accompanying "Community Pantry" tub for people to pick up or drop off non-perishable food items, toiletries and school supplies. TLC has re-directed funds that would have been used for Pancakes with a Purpose (temporarily suspended) to act as "seed money" in buying supplies for the pantry.
Have anything to donate? Stop by and fill 'er up!

Due to COVID-19, the Blood Mobile will not be at TLC this coming Monday, April 20 as scheduled. However, there is a critical need for blood donations.
If you can give, please go to:

The Memorial Blood Center
Premier Bank Building
500 W. 98th Street, 2nd Floor
Open 7:00am-7:00pm
Peeps, Anyone?
Thanks to live-streaming we can at least feel like we didn't just “Stay Home” from Holy Week and Easter. My computer speakers are pretty lame---rather scratchy sound from them, but when the screen is full-size, it's fun to watch what we should have been enjoying in person.
Being home so much, we get to see all the birds coming back from wherever they wintered, Last week we even had a wild turkey who seemed lost in our back yard. The poor thing would move back and forth along the neighbor's chainlink fence looking for a way out. One turkey is fine, but never wish for a flock, as they can get nervous and fly right into your window, breaking it! I finally saw a robin, a pair of mourning doves, the chickadees, some house finches, the large group of red-winged blackbirds, and the ever present blue jays telling all the others what to do. The pileated woodpecker was gobbling down suet as fast as possible. Gold finches in their summer outfits looked a bit out of place yesterday. The snow was falling so fast, and of course the juncos have been waiting for their prediction to come true. Why must they always be right?
Our family is used to having snow on Easter. When we lived up in Frazee, MN,
the kids' Easter outfits would always have to have snowpants underneath their new dresses. We all remember one church member who every Sunday would park her car, and walk across to the church with no coat on. It's colder there than here too, by about 10 degrees. What was she thinking?

Don't give up on all the safety rules we should be following. It's easy to get
careless after a while. I almost always forget to wipe down the groceries we bring home...When you think of who may have sneezed on, coughed on, or just picked up the cans or whatever you put in your cart, it's much better to grab the sanitary wipes right away before storing things . We have always washed the fruit in soapy water before putting it in the fridge. Not everyone does that either.

Do you wear a mask to go grocery shopping? Last Saturday maybe half the
shoppers had masks. I felt a bit claustrophobic with my face half-covered. Reminded me of playing “cops and robbers.” One gal said the mask made her glasses steam up. Feels good to take them off!

Blessings to all of you, and go walking! Can't beat that for exercise, plus giving
you a positive feeling at least for a while.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
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The Day of the
Open Tomb
What Does This Mean For Us?
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
It began at sunrise with three frightened women walking together to finish the burial preparations of their friend. They had only begun the process three days earlier when Sabbath rules forced them to stop. And, so, with great sorrow in their hearts, they walked to his tomb to complete the process.

Now they approached the place where their friend lay behind a huge boulder, in a tomb provided by another friend.

And their only question was, “Who’s going to help us roll the stone back so we can finish our task?”
Imagine their amazement when they saw not only the huge stone rolled back but when they entered a man in a white robe sitting there with an astounding, no, absolutely mind-boggling message:

1) Don’t be afraid. (I can imagine that they were terrified.)
2) He’s not here (then where?).
3) He’s been raised from death (WHAT??).
4) Go and tell his disciples and Peter that he will meet you in Galilee.

And they ran for their lives “for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” So ends the original part of the Gospel according to Mark.

But it didn’t stop there did it? The longer ending of Mark tells us that

1) Jesus was seen by Mary Magdalene (at the tomb where she mistakes him for the caretaker).
2) He was seen by two disciples walking into the country (the Road to Emmaus episode). And...
3) by the disciples “as they were sitting at the table” whom he scolded because of their unbelief (not just Thomas, but all of them).

I find it interesting that when God wants to send a message to the world, God sends people who others consider totally unbelievable: Amos, the shepherd and transient fruit worker to the king’s chapel in the Northern Kingdom of Israel; Mary, a young woman who finds herself pregnant without sexual intercourse; shepherds who, after seeing an amazing sight in the night sky, went and then told everyone they saw what had happened; astrologers (the Magi) who saw a star that proclaimed some kind of heavenly event and rode until they found what they sought; and, of course, the women at Jesus’ tomb.

None of them “credible” witnesses; but God used each of them to bring an “incredible” message to our world.

That’s the message of The Day of the Open Tomb. What will be your response? Fear? Acceptance? Excitement? Curiosity? And…how will that effect your sharing of this “incredible” message?
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.
Coronavirus Family Discussion Guide
The Coronavirus Family Discussion Guide from Milestone Ministries offers an opportunity for family and friends to gather together in their homes or online and verbalize worries and concerns. It is a time to pray and bless one another. It is a difficult time for all -- and these conversations can be reassuring and helpful.
It's Back!
TLC Weekly is pleased to bring back the classics from the original recipe books of TLC created in the 1960s & 70s. Yes, today there are a lot of shortcuts and, perhaps, easier ways to be creative in the kitchen (and we're keeping the Quick Fixin's recipes by Norma Macdonald for that reason, alternating weekly), but sometimes nothing can replace an old-fashioned carrot cake by Mrs. Roy Guinn, wife of our third TLC pastor, 1959-1968.
Carrot Cake
By Mrs. Roy Guinn
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1½ tsp soda
2 cups sugar
1½ cups salad oil
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups finely grated carrots
½ cup nuts, chopped
8 oz. crushed pineapple, drained

Sift the first 6 ingredients, then add the oil. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well. Add vanilla, chopped nuts and pineapple. Stir in carrots. Bake in a 9x13 pan at 350-degrees for 40-45 minutes.
1 cube butter
1 8oz. pkg cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb. box powdered sugar
Mix in large bowl

Golf League Slices the Starting Date
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Welcome to the TLC MEN’S GOLF LEAGUE! We hope to add new members of all abilities to our 8 team rosters. Start of play at Hyland Greens Golf Course to be announced, and will continue on Tuesdays until Aug. 18.
The only Tuesday to be excluded will be Aug. 4 (Neighborhood Nite Out). There will be 4 players participating on each night for each of the 8 teams. Most players will be scheduled for 7-10 of the 15-week season.
For more information, please call Keith Swanson at 612-741-7182.
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Please help?

The Coronavirus has clearly upset life in Minnesota and around the world. As you know, even TLC is feeling the impact. Our church services and meetings are all on hold for now and only staff is left in the building, but our mission continues. Without the ability to gather for worship, we have no offering baskets being circulated to collect weekly offerings. In the mean time, bills still have to be paid and we need the continued financial support of our members. 
If you normally submit your offering in the offering baskets during service, we ask you to mail your offering to TLC at your normal interval while services are suspended. 
If you haven’t done so already, please consider signing up for automated giving through the Online Giving link at the top of every page on our website . Or click here to begin your donation. This easy to set up program allows you to schedule your offering payments at an interval convenient for you so your support is given whether you can make it to service or not - and whether we are able to hold services or not! 
We realize that some of you may have suffered loss of your job or income during his crisis and are unable to fulfill our offering pledge at this time. If this is the case with you, please let us know and we will keep your in our prayers. 
Like other crisis’ before it, the Corona virus will eventually pass and our lives will return to near normal. It’s times like these that can really test our faith. Take care of each other and yourself. We will get through this together. And, please don’t forget to support TLC in the mean time.
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