TLC E-Transmissions - Sunday, December 2 thru Saturday, December 8
Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
THIS SUNDAY - December 2
Worship Services at
8:15, 9:30 and 11:00am
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First Sunday in Advent
Advent Hymn Festival
Senior Pastor Ed Treat
Advent: Prepare the way of the Lord
What does it mean to prepare the way of the Lord?
As we enter into the season of Advent, it's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of Christmas preparations, whether shopping, baking, party planning, sending cards, or so many other things. We know that Advent is supposed to be a season of conversion for the heart, but how do we experience a conversion of the heart in the midst of such a crazy time? Maybe it’s the seasonal madness that can drive us there.
When you begin to feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath and remember you are loved. Especially when you feel the pressures that bombard, push them back and breathe deeply. Don’t let the world be your driver, but open your heart instead and let go.
As you journey through Advent this year I encourage you to spend some more time intentionally praying and preparing your hearts for Christ’s coming. Breathe deeply, pray, let go, throughout the day, throughout the season. This is one good way to prepare the way of the Lord.

-Pastor Ed
Altar flowers this Sunday are given by Molly Schuh in honor of
Carson Joseph Schuh’s baptism.
THE ADVENT WREATH
Eternal Victory, Faithfulness and the Light of Christ
As Christians, we use symbols to express visually the basic tenets of our faith and as reminders of the pilgrimage of our life in Christ. Symbols can have heightened meaning for us when associated with particular seasons of that journey. One such symbol is the Advent wreath.

The Advent wreath has its roots in the pre-Christian practices of northern Europe. People sought the return of the sun in the dark time of the year (at the winter solstice) by lighting candles and fires. As early as the middle Ages, Christians used fire and light to represent Christ's coming into the world. Using this same symbolism, the Advent wreath developed a few centuries ago in Germany as a sign of the waiting and hopeful expectation of the return in glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. The wreath, a circle, came to represent the eternal victory over death through Jesus Christ. The evergreens were a sign of the faithfulness of God to God’s people, even in death, and the lighted candles were a reminder of the light of Christ brought into the world.

There is no one prescribed color for the candles, although several traditions are current. Four natural colored candles are always appropriate and symbolize the Light for which we wait. Four blue candles matches the blue used for the season, a color representing hope.
Source: ELCA.org [Click here] for more details.
TLC's Advent Wreath adorns the altar with four blue candles representing each week in Advent and the center Christ Candle, which will be lit on Christmas Eve
SNEAK PEEK
Director of Music, Rob Reid, conducts the TLC Woodwinds, Chancel Choir and TLC Handbells in their final rehearsal before this Sunday's Advent Hymn Festival. It was live-streamed this past Wednesday night and is now available on-demand by clicking here or on the thumbnail above.
IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
TLC Volunteers and the Thursday Workmen
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Everywhere you go.
Now there's trees in TLC,
A wreath on the door as well,
Next to Christmas planters flocked with winter snow.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas,
Soon the bells will start.
And the thing that will make them ring,
Is the carol that you sing,
Right within your heart.
R oy Shemanek unboxes the Christmas lights for the altar trees
Ryan Hanish preps the tree branches
Vern Nornes and John Thomson dress the tree lights
Vern Nornes assembles the Advent wreath
OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS DECOR
At the west entrance to TLC you may have noticed the colorful floral arrangements kept healthy and fresh all summer long. But now, take a look at the Christmas themed arrangements designed by the same person that groomed the summer designs. Karen Daniels, TLC's organist, does more than a keyboard with her hands and creative mind. This Christmas season take a moment to stop and look at Karen's arrangement of Spruce Tree Tops, Red Dogwood and Curly Willow Branches plus Norway Pine and Birch Sticks. The flocking of snow was provided by mother nature.
Karen Daniels brings additional greenery to the arrangement.
Close-up look at the fine detailing
DECEMBER SCHEDULE OF TLC SERVICES
ILLUSTRATING ADVENT
Spot the C o l o r i n g Cart
Look in the Narthex for the rolling coloring cart. It features a black and white coloring page with the current week's Advent Meditation theme. Youngsters from 1 to 101 years old are invited to grab the supplied colored pencils and add their artistic talents to the image. The page with scripture, meditation, stories and more is available on the home page of TLC's website [Click Here]
HELP - HOPE - HEALING

  • Could you benefit from the confidential, one-to-one care and support of a Stephen Minister?

  • Do you know someone else, perhaps a friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative who could benefit from Stephen Ministry?

  • Are you interested in becoming a Stephen Minister?

Please talk with one of our Stephen Ministry Leaders: Bob Riley, Erin Pommeranz or Becky Woll, visit our kiosk (pictured) in the TLC Narthex, or email StephenMinistry@tlcmn.com
SMOTHERED PORK CHOPS
By Mrs. Royce Remund

6 Pork chops
Prepared mustard [Heinz, French's, etc.]
Seasoned flour (salt, pepper, dried or fresh chopped herbs)
2 Tablespoons fat [Crisco, etc.]
1 Can chicken and rice soup

Casserole dish

Spread chops with mustard. Dip in flour, brown in fat. Place in casserole. Pour soup over chops. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
HELP FILL THE VEAP BOX
It's especially important to start off cold winter mornings with a good breakfast. Consider helping fill the VEAP box with hot cereal mix, oatmeal, pancake mix, Bisquick, canned fruit, muffin mix, cocoa mix and juices. The VEAP box is located just outside the church office.

Your donation of $50 to VEAP will purchase $500 worth of food for families in our community! 

Write a check if you are able, to TLC with VEAP on the memo line. Monetary donations and food donations both help to alleviate hunger in our own neighborhoods. WE CAN HELP!
CHAPEL MORNING PRAYERS
Martin Luther calls baptism “a daily dying and rising.” How do you do that? One way is to pray.

At 11:00am Monday through Thursday, you are invited to join Youth and Family Minister Ben Cherland in Morning Prayer.

Meet in the TLC Chapel and discover the opportunity to get acquainted with a new way to pray, sink into an old church tradition, and hear what God has for you each day.
Worship Volunteers for Christmas Eve Services at 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 11:00pm. Ushers, greeters, communion assistants, lectors, and pew crew needed. Please sign up on the Life@TLC yellow insert, on the TLC Website , or contact Michelle Reber, mreber@tlcmn.com .
NEW!
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 just [ Click Here ] to email Pastor Arthur or just show up.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
NEXT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
The sounds of bells, angels, and mystery abound as the National Lutheran Choir captivates with the annual Christmas Festival , December 7 & 8. A family-favorite celebration of the Holidays for more than three decades, the Christmas Festival is the Choir’s signature program of poetry, communal singing, and exquisite music over three performances at the awe-inspiring Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Come see and hear TLC's own Rob and Jill Reid perform with the choir.

Basilica of Saint Mary
88 N. 17th St., Minneapolis, MN 55403

Friday, December 7
4:30pm and 8:00pm

Saturday, December 8
8:00pm

For ticket information, an Adult Discount Coupon and/or Free Admission for students, please contact NLC Ambassador at TLC, Karen Daniels.
To purchase tickets immediately, please visit:
Holiday Gift Giving
The ELC is selling SCRIP gift cards again!  SCRIP is Christmas shopping made easy. SCRIP gift cards make wonderful Christmas gifts for family, friends, co-workers, teachers, coaches, anyone.  SCRIP order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins, in the ELC office or online through mid-December.  Questions contact Renee G or Barb at (952) 884-7955. Thank you for your support!
With Deacon Renee Jefferson

DECEMBER 5
TOPIC: Let Courage Find Me

DECEMBER 12
TOPIC: Let Joy Find Me

DECEMBER 19
TOPIC: Let Love Find Me

POSTPONED
TLC's Racial Justice Team movie presentation of "Selma" originally scheduled for Monday, December 10, has been postponed.
A new date will be announced in future E-Transmissions and worship bulletins when it has been determined.
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Christmas Party December 19
Gift Exchange, Cocoa Bar, Games and More!
9-12th Graders: We need to decide where we are going next summer for our Annual Mission Trip! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 5 Youth Room @ 8:00pm (right after confirmation). Keep an eye out for an email this week detailing possibilities. Mission Trips are life changing experiences! We want your input whether you end up going or not!

CLUB 56
5th and 6th Graders: Advent is coming! What does that mean? Start looking forward to December 2 and expect a different sort of fun during Club 56 time. 9:30am Service – Bring friends!
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.
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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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