Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Easter Sunday
Worship Times
8:15, 9:30 & 11:00am
Pastor Ed
In the face of a world where we are surrounded by messages of retaliation and vengeance, of name calling and disrespect, here is a different message. Jesus had done nothing wrong. He’d lived a life of non-violence, he healed the sick, raised the dead, and freed the captives. He’d brought hope and life to those who needed it the most.

And after all of that, he was not about to be thanked, but rather, tortured and killed. Even so, he didn’t run away. He didn’t prepare for a battle. He didn’t plot revenge. Instead, he continued to give himself in service, even to those who will hurt him.

This is the true wonder of Easter, that God would give his own son to people who did not deserve it. God forgives us, loves us, and has given us the keys to the kingdom. What a gift! Thank you God!!

May this good news shape our lives. May we learn to love and give ourselves in service to others out of gratitude for this amazing gift of grace.

Christ is Risen!

Rob Reid
Director of Music
8:15, 9:30, and 11:00am are the Easter Sunday service times, and the music will be the same at all three services. Do consider attending the 8:15 or 11:00am for better seating opportunities, and do plan to come early to hear the 12-minute Prelude from our TLC Handbells, TLC Brass Choir, Organists Karen Daniels and Carmen Englert playing a piano/organ duet, and the Chancel Choir. Pastor Arthur Murray will preach, Pastor Ed Treat will lead us in Holy Communion. The services will conclude with the playing and singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah, and anyone in the congregation is welcome to join the choir up on the risers and sing!

At the 9:30 and 11:00am services there will be a Children’s Message, and we will hear from our Children’s Choir at the 11:00am service as well.

Experience the Joy of Jesus at TLC!
You are welcome to adopt a plant and bring it home or to someone who may be home bound. Please wait to do so until after the 11:00am service on Sunday, or on Monday April 22.
Note: The church offices are closed Monday, so enter through the Early Learning Center doors on the northeast side of the building, letting ELC staff know you are here.
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Have to have showers to bring May flowers, right?

It's thundering as I write, and so unexpected, I thought it was the garbage hauler's truck at first. Pretty dark out there and of course the eave trough above the garage door is now clogged and running over. At least our tiny weather forecasters, the juncos, are now on their way north. (I think.)

This has been a week with a few too many unexpected happenings. So sad to
watch Notre Dame Cathedral burning furiously, and many Parisians kneeling in
prayer, or singing hymns while watching their beloved, very old, and unique
church's steeple fall to the ground. We were there in 1995, two of the many
tourists who got to go inside, even as the funeral for a cardinal of the church
was winding down. Assuring all that the building will be restored, most of the
artwork, organ pipes, statues, etc. were saved. So much money, already donated
the next day by people all over the world, will make rebuilding happen....but will
take five years to complete. Holy Week---people brought together with a common
cause now.

Our Mall of America became famous suddenly when a five year old child was tossed over a third story railing and landed about 40 feet below. What a terrible way to get publicity by a mentally ill young man. All are hopeful that the boy will finally be healed, but it will be a long, painful time. Prayers are needed for the perpetrator as well as the victim. Such a senseless act!

Good Friday....the end of Lent and Holy week, and now we can think of our own
senseless acts! Not horrible, but just those we continue to deal with year after year. A sheet of paper provided for us to actually write down those stumbling blocks in our lives, and walk up the center aisle to hang the sins on the wooden cross---thank God we get second chances.

May you have a blessed Easter!

-Bloomington Bird Lady
Use old clothes and bath towels cut into rags to wipe down countertops and other cleaning jobs. Throw them in the laundry to clean and reuse them. It's a good way to repurpose old clothes, it's cheaper than paper towels and doesn't produce waste.
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Can you express your feelings in written words? Can you “talk” to a group of readers through your writing? How about reporting on an event or service at TLC, school, home or any situation that relates to you or your friends. Is there something in the community or world you’d like to change or grow? Have an idea? Put it in words.
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TLC's Racial Justice Team Selects Artwork to Honor Pastor Stephanie
Pastor Arthur spoke about the art, leading the congregation in its blessing and dedication
Pastor Ed, renowned artist, Ray Padre Johnson, and Jerry Olson of the TLC Racial Justice Team.
"Global Family" by Ray Padre Johnson, along with the dedication plaque is displayed next to the entrance to Fellowship Hall.
"The Golden Rule" by Norman Rockwell is displayed to the left of the Sanctuary entrance.
On April 14, during all three Palm Sunday services, there was a display at the altar of two pieces of art recently purchased for TLC by the Racial Justice Team in memory of Pastor Stephanie Coltvet Erdmann and her commitment to racial justice. At each service there was a blessing and dedication of the portraits, and Pastor Arthur spoke about their purpose. [Click Here] to view that portion of the live-stream. Between the 9:30 and 11:00am services there was a reception in Fellowship Hall. Reverend Ray Padre Johnson, International award-winning artist, author and painter of one of the portraits, Global Family, was there to speak about that work and address questions and comments by those attending.

The portraits have now found their home, permanently displayed in the Narthex. Please take a few moments to observe and reflect upon their meaning.
By Mrs. F. J. McMullin
1 pkg cooked spaghetti, broken into 2-inch lengths
1 green pepper, chopped
1&1/2 cups celery, chopped
2 cups ham, diced
2 or 3 carrots, shredded
1/2 onion, chopped
3 hard cooked eggs
6 sweet pickles, chopped, or equivalent pickle relish
1 cup cream

Combine above ingredients up to the salt and moisten with mayonnaise.
Whip 1 cup of cream and mix-in.
Refrigerate for several hours.
Serves 8-10
We also ask you to bring a purse you no longer need and/or personal items to fill them with. We'll fill the purses during the retreat and donate them to women in need.
Personal items include shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, tampons, maxi pads, pantyliners, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, hairbrush, comb, small tissue packs, lotion, body soap, and chapstick.
Our league always welcomes new golfers of all abilities to join the fun and fellowship presently enjoyed by 48 men.

Play begins on May 7 (Tuesdays through August) at Hyland Greens golf course, with tee times starting after 5:15 pm.

For information contact Keith Swanson at 612-741-7182 or at
Last year's team captains will be checking in with existing members.
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Ben Cherland
TLC Youth & Family Minister
Attention all BWCA Campers! We will be gathering to plan our respective trips the next two Wednesdays, both April 24 and May 1 at 5:00 PM in the Narthex. If you are unable to attend, let me know and I’ll make sure to keep you in the know.
These meetings are important in order to get on the same page, meet each other, divide up preparation responsibilities, and start energizing for the adventure that awaits. Participants for all four BWCA Excursions are invited
TLC-Led Trip #1 | June 9 - June 15
TLC-Led Trip #2 | July 7- July 13
Wilderness Canoe Base Trip | July 14 – July 20
Wilderness Canoe Base Family Mission Camp August 22 – August 25
Oasis for Youth is a vital community asset empowering all youth at risk of homelessness to believe in bright futures, filled with hope, stability and self-fulfillment.
During the month please consider donating hygiene items or non-perishable food items and/or making a monetary donations.

OASIS FOR YOUTH: 952-512-2061
For adults, youth and children. Test your knowledge of the Bible in each issue of TLC Weekly.
Answers can be found on the last section of this issue.

1) Whose name was changed to "Israel"? (Genesis 32:28)
  1. Moses
  2. Jacob
  3. Adam
  4. Noah

2) Which apostle betrayed Jesus with a kiss for money? (Luke 22:48)
  1. Luke
  2. Judas
  3. Timothy
  4. Thomas

3) Who was converted on the road to Damascus and later became one of the greatest missionaries in the New Testament? (Acts 8:22)
  1. Saul/Paul
  2. Timothy
  3. Lazarus
  4. John

4) Who said? "All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me." (Matthew 4:9)
  1. Satan
  2. Peter
  3. Saul
  4. Ananias

Answers in the last/bottom section of this issue.
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Guillermo Gonzalez Shelton, a Life Scout with Troop 446 at TLC, is organizing and leading a supply drive for Lightshine Canine, a non-profit organization that rescues stray, abandoned and/or injured puppies, dogs, kittens and cats from the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota.

During the month of May, a donation box will be placed at TLC to collect much needed, life-saving supplies for the rescue animals, such as:

Dog food, cat food, puppy pads, flea & tick medicine, used/new small crates, puppy pens, puppy milk, kitty milk, cat playpen tower, clean used or new towels, and gas cards to help cover the cost of transporting and relocating the rescues.

On Sunday May 12 and May 19, Shelton and Troop 446 will be conducting Donation Supply Days at TLC from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Please bring a donation and help save the lives of the animals and reduce the number of pets in need.
Vacation Bible School
JUNE 17 - JUNE 21
Online Registration
Now Available
Daily Themes
Ready, Set, Go—Beginnings
Hitting a roadblock—Babel
  Only one race—People
Jesus is God’s sign of love
Green light to kindness
[Click Here] to visit the webpage
[Click Here] to register online
[ Click Here] for a brochure pdf
Information brochures with registration forms
now available in the church Narthex.

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.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
3:00pm - TLC Chapel

2nd Thursday
10:00am - Valley West McDonald's

4th Thursday
10:00am - TLC Conference Room

Will resume after Easter
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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.

For more information, pick up a brochure at the welcome desk or [Click Here] to visit the special page on TLC's website.

1) Whose name was changed to "Israel"? (Genesis 32:28)
Answer #2: Jacob

2) Which apostle betrayed Jesus with a kiss for money? (Luke 22:48)
Answer #2: Judas

3) Who was converted on the road to Damascus and later became one of the greatest missionaries in the New Testament? (Acts 8:22)
Answer #1 Saul / Paul

4) Who said? "All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me." (Matthew 4:9)
Answer#1: Satan

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