Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Second Sunday of Pentecost
June 23, 2019
8:30 & 10:00am
Altar flowers are given this Sunday
by Roy & Nancy Shemanek
in celebration of their 67th Wedding Anniversary

Description of Summer Services

First and Third Sundays of June, July, August
8:30 am & 10:00am
Traditional worship using the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymnal.

Second and Fourth Sundays of June, July, August
8:30 am
Traditional worship using the Evangelical Lutheran Worship Hymnal.
"The Gathering" using a musical variety led by the Praise & Worship music team.

Please note:
There is no Wednesday evening Oasis worship service during the summer schedule. It will resume this fall.
Battling the Demons
Pastor Ed Treat
The Gospel for this Sunday talks about a “demoniac,” a man possessed by a multitude of demons. How many demons did he have? We don’t know for sure, but the demon told Jesus its name was “Legion.” A Roman legion was 6000 soldiers. Could this man really have 6,000 demons?

Regardless of how many demons he had, he was pretty sick. He no longer had control of his own life. Day and night he cried out and cut himself with stones. He ran around naked and lived in the tombs. He had a horrible and tragic life…until Jesus shows up.

What can we take from this story? For those who battle the demons of social injustice, the message is there is hope in Jesus. To those who struggle daily with depression, the message is there is hope in Jesus. To those who battle fear, the message is there is hope in Jesus. Those who fight the demon of addiction, the message is there is hope in Jesus. No matter what your struggle, no matter how sick you might be, the message is there is hope in Jesus.

Because of Jesus there is always hope. No situation is so far gone that he can’t heal it—even death, Jesus can even fix death. If Jesus can fix this man, he can fix you too and anyone else you care about.

Jesus, we need your power. Bring hope and healing! Amen
Looking Back on Special Days
Last Sunday was Father's Day, Bible School is ending on the same day as the summer solstice, and it's just a few days from the Fourth of July!

Do you feel time flying by like I do?

There's always someone who says, even when the days are at their longest, “Fourth of July...pretty soon it'll be State Fair time.” AARGH! It seems we don't take time to look back and savor special days any more... Why is that?

Let's take a look at Father's Day and the happy tradition of getting the Men's Chorus together again. Everyone loves to hear men singing those beloved old hymns, and we can tell that the guys are equally as happy just being there. Applause much deserved!

Some of these same men were in the Men's Chorus years ago when we had a regular rehearsal time, trading weeks with the Women's Chorus for a half-hour before choir practice. At the time I was interim Director of Music, and it was fun for all of us, even trying some barbershop music! Birdman worked in Human Resources at Walker Methodist Care Center and asked if the men would like to be the special music at their Sunday worship service. The little old ladies at Walker loved having those nice guys singing for them and even enjoyed hearing their masculine voices on the responsive reading of the Psalms.

We were asked to come back a second time, and again the “singers” felt glad to be part of the group. I'm sure you've found that when you go out of your way to do these happy things for people you get more out of it than the listeners every time.

Long ago when I was newly confirmed, I could hardly wait to join the senior choir. If I could have a wish fulfilled, it would be that our young people would discover how singing and using their God-given voices back as as a gift of service to others, is truly a blessing.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
The Incredible Race brought five countries and their cultures to TLC
Rob Reid, Director of Music and Ben Cherland, Youth and Family Minister, were character actors in five unique skits during the week.
-By Renee Jefferson
VBS – a wonderful week where 140 kids, 57 teen and adult leaders explored 5 continents and learned to live out the week’s Bible verse, “If God so loved us, we ought to love one another.” We know we are all loved by God – and we are all part of an incredible race – the human race – all created in the image of God.
Thank you to all the people who prayed, donated, and volunteered.
Today, Friday, June 21, at the conclusion of VBS, the kids met challenges and answered to win the opportunity to see where mission money is designated:
  • $200 to pay for 20 children to attend a health clinic.
  • $120 to pay for two water filters and two pigs.
  • $100 to buy 10 fruit tree seedlings.
  • $90 to buy vaccinations for three children.
  • $120 to buy 120 chicks.

TLC's Sanctuary "Theater Center" was the gathering place for the beginning and close of each VBS day. Themed music videos with lyrics guided kids in singing and dancing.
The VBS Drama Team presented a "Puppet Pal" skit at the close of each VBS morning.
VBS Song Leaders practiced the hand motions from each music video ahead of time, then led fellow VBS kids in following along as shown above.
Throughout the VBS morning, stories, lessons, crafts and more kept kids going.
Story & Lesson time with Pastor Ed
Care Ministry staff, Marilyn Erickson, had story time with children.
Bigger-than-life geography projects in the Narthex of TLC.
By the end of the week, everyone knew the hand-motion moves to all the VBS music videos played in the sanctuary "theater center." The VBS Travel Agent Team led everyone in the popular hand and dance moves. Here are YouTube links to the two most favorite VBS music videos of the week.
TLC’s Activities Group for Seniors and Friends

July 10 @ 2pm

August 14

Contact Renee Jefferson for further information:
952-884-2364 or
Missing Your Wednesday Evening Worship?
Come join your friends and neighbors at Atonement Lutheran Church for

Gather at the outdoor campfire at 6:00pm to roast hotdogs and marshmallows; free-will offering to benefit VEAP. Worship at 6:30pm with guitar-led hymns and songs. It's a multi-church worship service with guest preachers. Come as you are!

Every Wednesday through August 28 at Atonement Lutheran Church, located at the intersection of 98th St. & Portland Ave. in Bloomington.
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TLC Environmental Group
A mixture of vinegar and water makes a miracle cleaner when it comes to getting rid of mildew buildup in the tub. Simply spray the solution on the problem area, let sit, then wipe away. Soap scum can be removed with a baking soda paste composed of baking soda and dish soap. Scrub with a toothbrush to remove stubborn patches.
[Click Here] to view a pdf of the May 2019 Meeting Minutes.
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Our next New Member Welcome will be this Sunday, June 23. New members will be blessed at both services. If you are interested in becoming a new member or volunteering as a new member mentor, please sign-up on the Life@ TLC yellow insert in the Sunday bulletin.
For over a decade we have had a photo club for the school age group (they are called the TAC). These are children who are interested in learning how to take pictures using a camera. The children have a chance to go out on some regular field trips with their class and some special ones for just the photo club. They can edit their pictures and then their favorite picture is blown up to an 8X10 and displayed for everyone to see at the end of the summer.
This was taken by Kaleb. It is his first time in photo club and one of his first pictures. He is 5 years old. He said it was a building we went to that had lots of flowers (it is the conservatory at the Como Zoo). He said the building is beautiful. He likes taking pictures, "...because it is cool."

TLC welcomes children and parents to worship together in the newly created pray-ground space in the sanctuary. It features a soft throw rug area with floor pillows, foam building blocks and more. There are two "pint size" tables and chairs - perfect for coloring activities and puzzles, all provided in the area. Families are encouraged to play and pray together during the service.
JUNE 2019
-By Jeanine Brown

Here a few of the things that our teams are currently working on:

  • Welcoming Diversity – is planning the summer block party along with the Early Learning Center.
  • Membership – is creating a new team of “Welcomers” to help extend our Sunday morning hospitality.
  • Leadership – has created an amazing new leadership training manual to strengthen vitality in all TLC small groups.
  • Mission and Outreach – has recommended to the Council that we fund Wednesday night dinners as an outreach to the surrounding community.

For a full review of all activities of our Strategic Planning Teams, please visit the church website.
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Stephen Ministry. Is this for you? Maybe not at this time, but there could be a time when the difficulties of life will impact you, as they do most of us. When that time occurs, you might wish to have someone who you can talk to as a confidential friend. 

That is what a Stephen Minister is:

Stephen Ministers do not provide answers. They provide a listening ear to someone who wants to be heard. Their vocal input is to inquire as to how you are doing and what you feel needs to happen to improve the difficulties you are experiencing, which may be death of someone close, health issues, family or job problems, uncertainty about the future, etc. The Minister will try to be available weekly to share your burden. This can be a wonderful gift from God!

So, if somewhere down the road, you feel the need to have someone to share your burden with, you may contact one of the pastors, other TLC staff members, or one of the Stephen Leaders (Erin Pommeranz, Becky Woll, or Bob Riley) to see if a Stephen Minister might make sense in your life.
It’s important to know that we can depend on financial support from TLC members during the Summer months. Electronic giving is fast, secure, and reduces administrative costs, allowing more of every dollar to support the important work we are called to do. You can give anytime, anywhere to specific funds with our GivePlus Mobile app (free from the app store). You can also schedule and manage recurring donations by visiting our website and clicking on TLC ONLINE GIVING icon at the bottom of any page, or contact the church office.
Date Cake and Caramel Sauce
Mrs. Roy Shemanek
Date Cake
2 cups cut-up dates
2 cups hot water
2 tsp soda
1 cup chopped nuts
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 eggs
2 ½ cups flour

Dissolve soda in hot water; pour over dates.
Cream butter and sugar.
Mix-in beaten eggs, flour, water and nuts.
Bake at 325-degrees for 30-35 minutes in a 9x13" pan.

Caramel Sauce
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup white syrup
¼ cup butter
½ cup cream

Cook slowly 5 minutes. Serve slightly warm with whipped cream garnish.

Discussion has started regarding Sunday morning worship times for September through May. Your opinions and suggestions are needed. Please [CLICK HERE] to participate in an online survey regarding the change in worship times.
Seeking Female Personal Care Assistant (PCA) – Will Train
Seeking a female personal care assistant (PCA) to assist us in caring for our daughter Amelia. Amelia (and her sister Madeleine) suffer from a rare genetic condition whose symptoms mimic those of Parkinsons. Experience, while helpful, is not required. We will train you. And until you are up to speed, we will not leave you alone with Amelia. If you are considering a healthcare career or if you enjoy helping those less fortunate, PCA work can be a good start.
This is schedule that we would like:
Monday: noon to 4:00pm; Tuesday: 10:00am to 4:00pm; Wednesday: 10:00am to 4:00pm; Thursday: 4:00pm to 8:00pm; Friday: 10:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm; Sunday: off
We live in an area of Bloomington that is not well-served by public transportation. It’s not required, but if you don’t have a car, you may find that just getting to and from our house is more trouble than it’s worth. Finally, we have two small dogs, so if you are uncomfortable with dogs, this probably isn’t for you. Think about it and give us a call. Will & Rebecca Dunwiddie, 952-835-1725
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The Birth of John the Baptist

John the Baptist was a forerunner of Jesus; a reformer who called for repentance and proclaimed the coming kingdom of God. John lived in the wilderness and began his ministry around 29 or 28 AD. He got his title "the Baptist" from his ministry of baptizing people; a sign of repentance and symbolic washing away of sins. John's baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan marked the beginning of Jesus' own ministry.

1) Who was John's mother?
  1. Elizabeth
  2. Mary Magdalene
  3. Naomi
  4. Sarah

2) Who was John's father?
  1. John
  2. Joseph
  3. Theophilus
  4. Zechariah

3) What unusual thing happened to John's father?
  1. He became unable to hear.
  2. He became unable to see.
  3. He became unable to speak.
  4. He became unable to walk.

4) Who was John's famous relative?
  1. The Apostle Paul
  2. The Apostle Peter
  3. Barabbas
  4. Jesus

Answers in the last/bottom section of this issue.

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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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The Birth of John the Baptist

1) Who was John's mother?
Answer #1: Elizabeth Luke 1:57-63

2) Who was John's father?
Answer #4: Zechariah Luke 1:5-13

3) What unusual thing happened to John's father?
Answer #3: He became unable to speak.
Luke 1:11-23, 57-64 An angel of the Lord told Zechariah that he and Elizabeth would have a son. However, Zechariah expressed his doubts because Elizabeth was past the age of childbearing. As punishment for his disbelief, Zechariah was made mute until John had been born.

4) Who was John's famous relative?
Answer #4: Jesus.
Luke 1:30-36 Mary (Jesus' mother), and Elizabeth, were kinswomen. The original Greek word suggenes means any blood relative, and the King James version refers to Elizabeth as a "cousin" of Mary in the sense of any kinship. The Bible does not say what the relationship was, but, because of Elizabeth's advanced age, she may have been Mary's aunt.

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