Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Fifth Sunday of Pentecost
July 14, 2019
8:30 & 10:00am
Nursery available at both services.
Hospitality from 9-10:30am in Fellowship Hall
Traditional Service
Praise & Worship Music Team
Description of Summer Services

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

Second and Fourth Sundays of 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:
resume this fall.
Meet Rev. Doug Cox
Guest Preacher
at both Sunday services
Pastor Doug is the Executive Director of Global Health Ministries and will be preaching his message on their worldwide involvement in providing financial and material support as well as consultation and mentoring to Lutheran healthcare programs in developing countries. Today's message will focus on their work in Liberia and his recent trip there.
In addition to his message at worship, Pastor Doug will host a 9:30am Q&A session in the conference room and a large group Q&A in the sanctuary at 11:00am. That session will be live-streamed and available on-demand. All are welcome to attend.

Doug is an ELCA pastor and former missionary in Madagascar. He deeply cherishes how God has led him into cross cultural relationships throughout his life, from growing up with family in Holland and Germany, to serving in Egypt, Tunisia, France, Haiti, and diverse communities in the USA. Doug and his wife Monica live in Chaska, MN with their two sons.
Exploring Our Past
Part II
As I said in last week's column, I'm going to reveal what we found this past week at Many Point Scout Camp near Ponsford, MN after so many years had passed (over 55) since we had last been there. Curiosity is a funny thing...sometimes you find what you want, but other times it can be rather disappointing. Enjoy what's been changed and improved, but never forget how it used to be either.
After calling ahead to be sure we'd even be welcome, we were pleasantly surprised, as we registered at the main “admin” building, and the staff there was glad we came. We knew that Transfiguration's scouts had been there while we were there in the 1960s, so some of you are familiar with this beautiful spot not too far from the Mississippi head-waters at Itasca.

The GPS we used in addition to a printed map was a Godsend! All those gravel roads leading to the camp, trees that had kept growing all those years, no landmarks that were familiar. Where would we see something we recognized? We drove to where we'd lived---nice cabin, along with several other cabins housing staff people. Couldn't see a cabin anywhere! Found out those cabins had been sold to someone across the lake.

My kids' favorite spot...the Conservation Lodge, looked familiar, but now instead of a main lodge, each scout camping area has its own “C Lodge.” I think the Trading Post that Birdman had run for those three summers didn't look familiar either. Hmmm, had we seen what we'd wanted at all?
Nothing stays the same, does it? I guess that's a good many improvements and innovations. I wonder if the scouties bring cell phones? I'll bet they still are glad to be there, away from parents awhile, no one to tell them to wash up, or put on clean underwear, etc. Such a beautiful part of MN...lush greenery everywhere, animals to be seen, including their babies....We recall having baby skunks lapping up the remains of the kids' cereal bowls under the picnic table...sweet! Squirrels and bunnies, deer on the roads at night if you were driving into camp! A time we'll always remember, and our daughter from Burbank did all the driving this time!

-Bloomington Bird Lady

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Everybody's Birthday
Birthdays In January, February, August, October and more -- all celebrated on one special day in July at TLC.

We've encountered Christmas in July with holiday movies on TV, and in retail, special "Christmas" sales. More recently, commercialism has launched Black Friday sales specials in July.

But Everybody's Birthday in July? Now that's something worth cheering and celebrating. And many did, attending the TLC event hosted by the revitalized Seniors Club this past Wednesday, July 10.

The east section of Fellowship Hall was setup and themed with Independence Day decor -- a good way to remember that July actually had its own holiday a little over a week ago.

There was cake, cupcakes, ice cream and beverages, along with fun things to do and discover about each other. Deacon Renee Jefferson was the emcee at the party, introducing people and directing the table game challenges - where everyone found out some very unique things about their table-mates.

The Minnesota trivia games proved challenging, especially since smart phones were not allowed to be used in seeking answers. For example: Where was Minnesota's first hospital and school? (Ft. Snelling). Or, what cartoon took place in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota? (The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show).

The table that had the most correct answers won "gold" patriotic medallions on ribbons that were just slightly too small, right Al?
"Bright Flowers"
ELC Photographer: Hailey
Hailey is 8 years old and is in her fourth year of Photo Club. This picture was taken at the North Garden of the Conservatory at Como Zoo. 

"I thought that since my dad is a master gardener that I should take a ton of flower pictures to show him because he is a master gardener," explained Hailey, "Then I saw this and I thought that since he likes orange it would be cool."
During the month of July , we will be celebrating and drawing attention to Global Health Ministries. Our involvement with GHM began during the Ebola crisis in 2014 and has continued to date. Currently, we have volunteers that share their time and talents by packing, sorting and inventorying donated medical supplies that are shipped to hospitals and clinics all over the world. Individually we can support GHM financially as one of our mission projects.  
At this time, we will focus on Liberia and our mission team members who are traveling there in December. Our travelers will participate in the suitcase ministry that allows travelers to literally carry supplies in suitcases to the hospital in Liberia. A representative from GHM will be present on one of the Sundays in July to share more on their program and answer any questions you may have.
Making a difference … shipping sea containers with a total of 2.8 million dollars in medical supplies and equipment in 2018; consulting programs for healthcare governance, leadership and management, educating leaders in nursing, medicine, administration and village health work; starting community health programs for maternal health, malaria prevention, clean water and sanitation.
Almost a century ago, in an empty field in Cameroon, a Norwegian missionary nurse prayed for God to bring a hospital. Today, in that very field stands the largest Lutheran hospital in Cameroon. Plus 3 more hospitals, 23 clinics and a dental and eye clinic that help 40,000 people a year.
Structure Upgrades
Begin at ELC
-By Barb Wigstadt, ELC Director

The Early Learning Center is excited to have the first stage of the playground upgrade finished at the end of June. New fencing and landscaping rails were put in. It took a lot of planning and many fundraisers to get this far. The next step rests in the hands of a grant request from the Schulz Family Foundation, which may be confirmed this September.
Pool Party!!! All high schooler's entering 9th through 12th grade: You’re invited to a pool party and grill-out at Sandy and Paul’s house at 2815 Overlook Dr., Monday evening, August 19, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. We’ll have food and drinks, time to reconnect after the summer and make some plans for the fall.

RSVP to Ben at by Friday August 16.
NEW!!! - TLC Saturday Work Group
All are welcome to help with big and small upkeep and repairs in the church on Saturday July 13th starting at 8:00am. Childcare will be provided from 9:00am to Noon. Contact Erin at to RSVP for childcare or Keith Olson at for information on what projects this group will be doing and how you can get involved.
Make Note of Our New
"Live-Stream" Web Address
Easy to remember. Easy to access.
It also includes our "On-Demand" link to the TLC playlist.
The "live" link on the TLC website will remain.
Capital Campaign
A letter from the Campaign Committee
Celery and Water Chestnuts
By Mrs. James Anderson
(Pastor Anderson's wife)
4 cups celery, cut in 1" slices
1 5-oz. can water chestnuts
1 can cream of chicken condensed soup
¼ cup pimento, diced
¼ cup soft bread crumbs
¼ cup toasted slivered almonds
2 Tbsp. butter

Cook celery in small amount of water about 8 minutes until crisp-tender ; drain.
Mix celery with sliced water chestnuts, soup and pimento.
Pour into buttered casserole dish.
Toss bread crumbs, almonds and butter together and sprinkle over casserole.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, or until lightly hot.

Serves 6
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.
Sunday's Gospel
Luke 10:25-37
The Good Samaritan

1) Jesus had been preaching, "Love your neighbor," which was a part of the Old Testament Law (Leviticus 19:18). One day a lawyer stood up and asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" What was the lawyer thinking when he asked the question?
  1. He would find out how to gain eternal life.
  2. He would test Jesus' understanding and interpretation of the Law.
  3. He would find out the right way to interpret the Law.
  4. He would show off what he knew about the Law.

2) Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan in reply. How did the poor Jewish man in the parable get injured?
  1. He fell off his donkey.
  2. He tripped and broke his leg.
  3. He was partly buried by an avalanche.
  4. He was robbed and beaten.

3) Why did it take an extra measure of compassion for the Samaritan man to come to the assistance of the injured man beside the road.
  1. He was afraid the injured man would attack him.
  2. The Jews and Samaritans were enemies.
  3. He recognized the injured man as the one who had cursed him just days before.
  4. He was in a hurry to reach his destination.

4) What is the primary lesson of this parable?
  1. Be prepared for the second coming of Jesus.
  2. Temple leaders had become legalistic and forgotten the spirit of the Law.
  3. Money is the root of all evil.
  4. Extend your love to everyone in the world

Quiz answers can be found near the end/bottom of this newsletter.
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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
Here I am at Camp Grenada

The thought of going somewhere to camp during the summer months a little too daunting? Set up camp in the backyard. Especially if you have kids, this is a great idea for a smart, eco-friendly activity the entire family will enjoy.
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.

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.
Global Health Ministries procures and ships donated medical supplies and equipment to “help the hands that heal” in mission hospitals and clinics in low-resource countries. Most of these hospitals lack important medical equipment and even the most basic supplies, from bandages to exam gloves. Medical personnel are always in need of examination gloves to treat patients safely. You can help!
How can I help?
You can support the examination glove drive by purchasing and donating exam gloves and bringing them to TLC. Examination gloves can be purchased at any drug store or retail store like Target or Walmart for a cost of $6.00-$10.00 a box. Gloves should be nitrile, in sizes medium, large or universal fit.
Where will these gloves go?
Global Health Ministries sends a 40-foot container overseas every month. Shipments planned for the second half of 2019 include containers bound for Tanzania, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon and the Central African Republic. All of the gloves donated by TLC will go directly to Phebe Hospital in Liberia, West Africa – also the location of TLC sponsored CCLL (Center for Changing Lives-Liberia) and home to Liberian native Philip Nushann.
[Click Here] to visit the Global Health Ministries website.

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WEEK OF JULY 14, 2019
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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 [Click Here] to start the process, or contact the church office.
There a number of items hanging on the coat racks in the west side Narthex and on the top of shelves. Plus, there are items such as earrings, glasses, etc., at the office desk. If you are missing something, please check these items to see if they might belong to you or yours. If they are still here on July 15, they will be taken to ARC Value Village.
There are still available spots
in July through December.
See the chart online.

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.
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1) Jesus had been preaching, "Love your neighbor," which was a part of the Old Testament Law (Leviticus 19:18). One day a lawyer stood up and asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" What was the lawyer thinking when he asked the question?

Answer #2: He would test Jesus' understanding and interpretation of the Law
The conventional understanding of the Law was that a "neighbor" was a person of one's own religion and nationality; there was no obligation to extend love to others. Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan to show that when He said, "Love your neighbor," He meant everyone in the world, even enemies (Matthew 5:43-45).

2) Jesus told the Parable of the Good Samaritan in reply. How did the poor Jewish man in the parable get injured?

Answer #4: He was robbed and beaten.
Luke 10:30

3) Why did it take an extra measure of compassion for the Samaritan man to come to the assistance of the injured man beside the road.

Answer #2: The Jews and Samaritans were enemies.
The Jews and Samaritans had been enemies for hundreds of years. The Jews of Jesus' society were contemptuous of the Samaritans, considering them to be ceremonially unclean, socially outcast, religious heretics.

4) What is the primary lesson of this parable?

Answer #4: Extend your love to everyone in the world.
The Samaritan took pity on the poor man who had been robbed and beaten. He gave freely of both his time and his money to help this Jewish man who was not only a stranger, but also an enemy from a foreign country. In His parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus challenges us to "Go and do the same."
Changes in TLC's Transcripts publication.
There have been several discussions in recent months regarding changes to the format and production of TLC's printed publication, "Transcripts." Because our e-newsletter, "TLC Weekly" is now providing more timely and accurate information, along with links to videos and several interactive polls and surveys, we are repurposing Transcripts into a quarterly magazine publication. It will still feature articles by TLC staff, along with information pertinent to the church liturgical year, and continue to be mailed (USPS) to subscriber's home or business address.

The remainder of this year will have an August/September/October issue, and a special November/December issue focusing on the holiday season. There will be no July issue, normally in your mailboxes next week.

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