Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Sixth Sunday of Pentecost
July 21, 2019
8:30 & 10:00am
Nursery available at both services.
Hospitality from 9-10:30am in Fellowship Hall
Luke 10:38-42
Co-Pastor Ed Treat
Martha is rushing around, serving, and taking care of everyone—all good. Very good. Where was Mary? Sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening.

It’s easy to imagine Martha’s frustration. It isn’t fair. Why should she be doing all the work?

Imagine her surprise when Jesus, instead of supporting her feelings, rebukes her: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better thing, which will not be taken away from her.”

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the busy-ness of life and lose sight of what the most important thing is. We can easily fall into the same trap that Martha did, allowing busy-ness to take over our lives so that we have no time for the better thing—stopping, resting, listening to Jesus.

This is why we worship. It’s the better thing. In fact, according to Jesus, it is the ONLY thing needed.

Are you taking time to stop, rest and listen?
Results Are In;
Decision Made
The TLC Council voted to approve having two Sunday Worship services year round. The results from a series of recent congregational surveys, both online and paper ballot, overwhelmingly favored the current 8:30 and 10:00am worship times. In past years, TLC would switch to three Sunday services after the Labor Day holiday. Survey comments and additional information regarding TLC's education and music programs will be made available in the coming weeks.

The Wednesday evening Oasis worship service in conjunction with confirmation classes will return this fall.
The nursery is also available
at both services.

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.
ELC Photographer: Kerrigan
Kerrigan is 7 years old and this is her second year in the Photo Club. She took this photo at the Como Zoo. 

Regarding the title of her work, Kerrigan explains, "Giraffes are my favorite animal, this one has skinny legs that look like twigs."
Those Charming
Little Libraries
There's a "Little Library" on the
north lawn of TLC, easily accessible by those traveling the 110th St. sidewalk.
And inside TLC is a larger library, maintained by TLC's Small Group,
The Library Team.
Edna Sanfilippo
December 18, 1927 ~ June 26, 2019
Maybe you have discovered some extra time lately as we go through some hot, sticky weather, and outside tasks have to wait a bit. If you love to read and are looking for a good book without buying another one, I found a couple of those “little libraries” in our neighborhood. All you have to do is bring a book of your own that's perhaps been read even more than once, and walk to the cute little “house” on a front lawn; a glass front and a hook to secure the door. The one I visited even had a bowl of doggie treats for a book lover and dog walker combination. It's a nice idea and I hope people treat these books and their “house” with respect. So far it's been a win-win situation. You can get rid of excess books, and then just pick one to take home.

Another possibility for books of almost every variety: TLC's library! No card needed... all you have to do is stop by when the church is open, browse through the many lovely books, and sign the card inside of the chosen book, leaving the card right there on the counter... even a pencil to use if you don't have one along.

One advantage to using the TLC library: If you don't care for the one you chose, just bring it back the next time you come for worship... very handy. I used to walk the mile over to church, pick a book, and walk home. Two miles of exercise and a book besides!

I have one more bit of information about our visit to Many Point Scout Camp. The very Sunday we were getting ready to drive up there, I was reading the Strib's obituaries as usual... so many on Sundays. There was one for Edna Sanfilippo.

If you recognize that last name it's because Sy Sanfilippo was a wonderful pediatrician in Minneapolis and was very well-known. We became friends, as Sy would be the doctor at Camp Many Point for a two-week period each summer. Our children and Sanfilippo's were about the same age. After they'd left to return to Minneapolis and Sy's practice there, they invited us to stay overnight so the kids could get together again. I'd just been thinking of them from Many Point days and saw Edna's name...funeral services pending. Quite a coincidence for sure.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
Capital Campaign
A letter from the Campaign Committee
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.
Inaugural of the TLC
Saturday Work Group
Steve Jorschumb and Garrett Pommeranz dig out a hole to free up a parking lot light pole that has tilted over the years. Nathan (foreground) takes on a supervisory role, while Keith Olson, at his pickup truck, prepares to secure the pole once it's loosened.
This past Saturday, July 13, saw the kickoff of the new Saturday Work Group at TLC. The concept was to have a group of able-bodied volunteers perform upkeep and repairs on a day when their availability was easier to accommodate.

Saturday's tasks went from 8:00am to noon and included weeding of the grounds and garden on the south side of the building; picking up pine cones and branches in the parking lot, changing lightbulbs in the building, and a major project: Straightening the east parking lot light pole.

The group's coordinator, Erin Pommeranz, wishes to thank all who helped out Saturday and wants our readers to know they are welcome to help out in the next Saturday Work Group day coming this Fall.
Looking down into the hole shows that the guys had to dig deep to allow movement of the concrete base of the light pole.
Keith Olson attaches a tow strap to the pole.
"Supervisor" Nathan moves on to his next project: parking lot clean up.
The strap is secured on Keith's truck
A gentle move forward by the truck and the pole is once again, perpendicular.
Ben, Nathan and their mom, Erin Pommeranz, likely had a different opinion of pine cones by the end of the work day.
At left, Grethe Petersen spent a lot of time and effort Saturday, weeding and grooming the garden areas on the south side of the church -- outside Fellowship Hall.
NEW!!! - TLC Saturday Work Group
All are welcome to help with big and small church repairs and upkeep on designated Saturdays at TLC. Watch this space for updated information on what projects this group will be doing and how you can get involved.
Thought it would be fun to include some TLC Member recipes that can be cooked in an hour or less. 
If you have a favorite tried and true recipe that you're willing to share, please forward it to Norma Macdonald-Ockwig at to be included in a future weekly "Quick Fixin's" article.
This week's recipe is:
(4 to 6 servings)
Submitted by TLC Member, Jan Weber

Preheat Oven to 350

You'll Need:

2 1/2 cups of wide noodles (boiled, drained and rinsed).
1 1/2 lbs of hamburger.
1/2 tsp of pepper.
1/2 tsp of garlic salt.
1 cup (8oz) of tomato sauce.
1 cup (8oz) of cottage cheese.
1 cup (8oz) of sour cream with chives.
1/4 cup of green onions slices (if plain sour cream is used).


Brown hamburger and pepper in a skillet.
Add garlic salt and tomato sauce to skillet meat mixture, and simmer for 5 minutes.

To boiled, drained and rinsed noodles, add cottage cheese, sour cream and green onions (if sour cream with chives is not used).

In a casserole dish layer noodle mixture, then cover with a layer of the meat mixture. Continue to alternate layering until all prepared ingrediencies are used. 

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

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.
Banana Freeze
By Mrs. Abel Larsen
2 cups sugar
3 cups water
1 can frozen orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 bananas, mashed
1 can 46 oz. pineapple juice

Cook sugar and water to syrup stage and mix-in rest of ingredients.
Let cool and then freeze in large ice cube trays.
Serve in tall glass with ginger ale or 7-Up or. . .
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 10:38-42
Martha and Mary

1) As Jesus and His disciples were traveling, they came to a village where Jesus met a woman named Martha. What did Martha do for Jesus?
  1. She anointed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume.
  2. She washed Jesus' feet with her hair.
  3. She welcomed Jesus into her home.
  4. She prepared a feast for Jesus and His disciples.

2) Martha had a sister named Mary. What did Mary do at this time?
  1. She baked bread for the meal.
  2. She anointed Jesus' feet with expensive perfume.
  3. She went into the village to hear Jesus preach.
  4. She sat at Jesus' feet listening to what He had to say.

3) What was Martha's complaint to Jesus?
  1. The disciples had not removed their sandals when they entered her home.
  2. Mary was not helping her with all the work that had to be done.
  3. She could not afford to feed Jesus and all His disciples.
  4. Her brother would not help with the chores.

4) What was Jesus' reply?
  1. "Woman, what does your concern have to do with me."
  2. "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things."
  3. "Martha, Martha, why do you entertain evil thoughts in your heart?"
  4. "Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?"

Quiz answers can be found near the end/bottom of this newsletter.
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Hennepin County
Fix-it Clinics

Hennepin County hosts fix-it clinics where you can get items fixed for free and learn valuable repair skills. 
Visit to get more information, including the upcoming schedule and locations. Examples of fixed items are: hair dryers, blenders, DVD players, lamps, and toys. By fixing items like these, less waste ends up in our landfills.
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.
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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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.
Check the table in front of the TLC office. There are a number of items and clothing that have been recently "found". If they are still here after worship services on Sunday, July 21, they will be donated 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) As Jesus and His disciples were traveling, they came to a village where Jesus met a woman named Martha. What did Martha do for Jesus?
Answer #3: She welcomed Jesus into her home.
Luke 10:38

2) Martha had a sister named Mary. What did Mary do at this time?
Answer #4: She sat at Jesus' feet listening to what He had to say.
Luke 10:39

3) What was Martha's complaint to Jesus?
Answer #2: Mary was not helping her with all the work that had to be done.
Luke 10:40, Martha was working very hard to be the perfect host to Jesus and was frustrated that her sister was not giving her any help.

4) What was Jesus' reply?
Answer #2: "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things."
Luke 10:41-42, Martha was laboring to serve Jesus, and Jesus did not criticize her for that. But Jesus did challenge her priorities. By working so intently at the chores, she was missing the opportunity to spend time with Jesus. The story of the Good Samaritan, which comes right before this story, emphasized the need to be of service to other people, as Martha was doing. But, like Mary, we must also take time to just be with God in prayer and to reflect on God's Word.
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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