Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Ninth Sunday of Pentecost
August 11, 2019
8:30am Regular Worship & 10:00am Blessing of the Animals
Nursery available at both services.
Hospitality from 9-10:30am in Fellowship Hall
Click on the above to view or download the service bulletin for Sunday, August 11, 2019. Click on the Live Stream Event logo below to access our YouTube "Live" channel. It won't be showing a live stream until the day and time of the service.
Altar flowers this Sunday are given by Gail and Don Kleven
in honor of their anniversary.
Sunday's Gospel
Luke 12:32-40
32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the middle of the night or toward daybreak. 39 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
Week of August 11, 2019
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There will not be live-stream coverage of the outdoor service.
A special poem from TLC resident poet, Larry Granger,
for the
Blessing of the Animals.


...created me, created you, and those
of our kind who've gone before and
created the space that shaped us.

We're different from other critters
no matter what the DNA says;
for they can only react to what we do,
unless they're big enough to eat us.

We shape much of the day to day
world in good and bad ways,
for better or worse.

Too bad our designer didn't leave
out the self-destructive, greedy
and stupid buttons on our master
control panels in the brain;
Or at least some safety switches
should have been put in.

We can be better, and maybe we'll
get a new operating manual from
you know who; and sooner rather
than later.

The critters agree.

-Larry Granger
Bloomington, MN

TLC welcomes children and parents to worship together in the newly created pray-ground space on the south side of 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.
The nursery is also available at both services.
"Hidden Church"
ELC Photographer: Lyla
Lyla is 7 years old, and this is her first year with the Photo Club and her first ever photo shoot.
Lyla titled this photo "Hidden Church". She picked this picture as one of her favorites, saying, "I like the color grey in the bricks with the white flowers in front." Looking through the windows of the sculpture you can see the church hiding in the background.
We Really Need that Inspiration

Terror and sadness these past days ---first in El Paso, then in Dayton. It was good to be at TLC worship last Sunday, just being thankful we have not seen any mass shootings in our area. Our “adopted” TLC daughter, Irene Amon, and her father from Ghana were there in full African regalia...singing their hearts out. What a beautiful pair...Isn't he young-looking to have that many [47] pastoral years already? Anyone who needed a very strong hug was blessed by Irene's
ability. She can give the best hugs of anyone, anywhere!

Pastor Ed wondered where his children's sermon audience had gone. Are they camera shy? I don't think so. There were goodies that related to the sermon theme, but no takers this week. Summer is winding down soon, and even Pierre Richard and Richenard were not there. Missed seeing them with all their energy....Keep trying to think of a way to bottle some of that for us old any ideas?

Last, but certainly not least, was the handbell solo. That's the first time I'd seen it projected up on the wall, live-streamed and easy to see. MaryAnne Lofstrom had us all mesmerized as she perfectly rang all the bells necessary for three hymns, and Karen Daniels accompanying on piano. If you want to see it again, Pastor Ed says to just bring it up on computer or tablet and you can be mesmerized over and over!  

This Sunday, August 11, will be “The Blessing of the Animals” service at 10:00am. It will be held outside on the north lawn (110th Street), with special entertainment by our dear pets as they behave so well and receive heartfelt blessings... Not just dogs, either. Last year we had some exotic birds join in the singing. Rob and Jill's dog was a bit lonesome as the couple were up singing the service.... Listen for their dog singing right along, but out with the congregation. You might know Rob and Jill's dog would have a good voice!

Prayers this week for those whose lives have been changed by senseless violence. May they find comfort in knowing people care, and God is there always.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
The Global Poverty Experience
TLC staff pretend-traveled to a rural African village, experiencing the daily challenges of poverty
This past Tuesday, while visiting the Fridley headquarters of Global Health Ministries, TLC staff along with representatives of other local churches became immersed in the live-action board game called the Global Poverty Experience. Staff suddenly became a "family" trying to survive life in an African village, participating in such tasks as traveling to the river to get water, working in a rock quarry to earn money to buy food and purchase charcoal for cooking; going to school in order to read, and experiencing malaria, which was treated with medicine that had to be purchased with money from a tight household budget. Together they learned valuable insights on poverty, working together, and how this relates to their faith.
Rev. Doug Cox, Executive Director of Global Health Ministries spoke about the organization.
Currency was called KudiKudi; was earned by working at the rock quarry and used to purchase coal, food and medicine.
Families received cards explaining tasks or news of disease in your family.
Visiting the clinic to buy medicine to treat malaria and buy mosquito nets to ward off mosquitoes that carry the disease.
Above: Renee Jefferson carrying water back from the river. Every day the water may have changed from clean to dirty, or there were alligators present.

Left: The TLC family, consisting of Ben, Michelle, Renee, Rob and Brad (not pictured). Pastor Arthur joined another family (adopted?).

The Global Poverty Experience was eye-opening and educational beyond what one learns in the daily news. Each TLC staff came away with a new perspective:

Pastor Arthur: My big takeaway was a phrase I have heard before: “being poor is a full-time job.” This hands on experience gave us a small glimpse of what millions experience on a daily basis. It was good preparation for our upcoming trip to Liberia this winter.

Rob Reid: I had thought that Global Health Ministries was just a warehouse for packing medical supplies, but the interactive group-game we played really showed me the MANY challenges that the village poor in Africa face every day! I am going to work harder at conserving my water usage (and waste) – so many people don’t even have clean water around the world.

Michelle Reber: Participating in the Global Health Ministries Poverty Experience was sobering and brought about many emotions for me. Once I got beyond the stress of remembering what I was supposed to do as a part of our family (team) when we started, it seemed like a game that with cleverness, you could win. Our family had a great first day, leaving me happy and a bit smug. The next day didn’t go so well, with challenges being out of the family’s control. Our family was able to make some decisions together for some relief, but I had concerns for the next day. Progressing through our pretend week brought some good moments, but many overwhelming situations. Hopes of “winning” started to diminish. It seemed like we were expected to climb a rock pile that most often would crumble beneath us, putting forth so much effort for little to no gain. I was saddened and disheartened, not only thinking about those struggling with poverty, but what that poverty does to their hopes and dreams.  Poverty is not a game but a reality for many, which the Global Health Poverty Experience demonstrated. It stirs emotions, that hopefully generates clever ideas, to do what we can to end poverty in our global world.

Renee Jefferson: A reminder that even if you do everything right, if you live on the edge of poverty, one small change, completely out of your control, can lead to long-range effects for individuals or whole families.

Ben Cherland: The impact on me personally was big. The first “day” seemed to go off without a hitch for our family/village. But the second day, really small changes began to have big implications for our being able to stay healthy and fed, buy medicine and earn enough to “live” on. The snowballing impact of simple everyday things like weather grew until we were totally overwhelmed and unable to continue. My eyes were opened to the vulnerability of the reality millions of people face every day.
Not only do you buy food with your KudiKudi money, you also roll dice to find out if you get a full serving that day or if the crops suffered an agriculture tragedy. Here, Pastor Arthur is told that insects devastated the crops. His family will not have enough to eat that day.
Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know if they will receive their next meal. The Sheridan Story’s purpose is to respond to this need by closing the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school.
TLC’s partnership with The Sheridan Story and Westwood Elementary School is to provide hungry kids with food at our local elementary school. The cost to sponsor a child for the school year is $230. Checks can be made out to TLC or online at Memo: Westwood food

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the food.
Contact Jo Benson at 952-884-9881.
A Ringing Performance

TLC Handbell musician, Mary Lofstrom, soloed with an amazing Hymn Medley last Sunday at both services. Accompanied by Karen Daniels on piano, Mary delighted the congregation with her talents that evoked tender and expressive sounds from over a dozen handbells. [Click Here] to watch her performance.
A celebration of the life of Hans Johnson was held at TLC last Saturday, August 3.

Please visit his tribute page on our TLC Memorial Garden website by [clicking here] . There you will find his obituary, photo montage video memorial, the complete live-stream video archive of his service, the bulletin, pastor's homily, collection of family photos, and a place to leave a personalized message.
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.
Donations of School Supplies
In anticipation of TLC travelers heading to Liberia on a mission trip in December, we are asking for donations of school supplies in August and Christmas toys in October to be delivered to our mission partner, Philip Nushann and the youth of Center for Changing Lives-Liberia. Please watch for suggestions of supplies and gifts in upcoming issues of the e-newsletter, TLC Weekly.
Host an AFS high school exchange student!
AFS is looking for host families for students who are coming to our area this fall. Host families provide a bed, food, & loving support. Students come with their own health insurance and spending money. Families of all types; married, single, single parents, young children, no children, can host. Families have the option to host for the school year, semester or just 6-12 weeks. Will you be that person, that family who makes a world of difference in the life of a young person? Please contact Craig Putz at: or 612-965-0998 to learn more or
AFS-USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.
Confirmation and More for 2019-2020
From Ben Cherland, Youth & Family Minister

[Click Here] to see the latest on the 2019-2020 year for confirmation and more. Also, once there, you will find a link to a pdf of the registration and permission form which needs to be completed by September 11.
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.
Serves 8
Submitted by TLC Member Norma R. Macdonald-Ockwig

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.

Preheat Oven to 350

You'll Need:

  • 8 skinless/boneless chicken breasts (I do 4 chicken breasts and cut recipe in half)
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup of bread crumbs (I use Italian bread crumbs)
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 tsp of oregano
  • 1/4 tsp of black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of dried parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt


Melt butter in skillet over low heat

Add garlic to melted butter in skillet and cook until tender, about 5 minutes

In a bowl add bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, oregano, parsley, black pepper and salt and mix thoroughly (I also add Mrs Dash)

Remove skillet from heat

With tongs, carefully place skinless chicken breast one at a time into skillet and coat both sides with butter/garlic mixture

Remove chicken from skillet and place in bowl containing breadcrumb/cheese mixture and coat thoroughly on both sides

Repeat last two steps until all chicken breasts are coated on both sides

Place all coated chicken breasts in 9x12 oven baking dish sprayed with cooking spray (makes clean up easier) ??

Sprinkle remaining breadcrumb/cheese mixture on top of chicken breasts

Cook uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until chicken is no longer pink inside and juices run clear 

I serve it with rice!


(Please submit your quick , tried and true recipes to Norma Macdonald-Ockwig at to be included in an upcoming Quick Fixin's.)
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.
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.
The Teachings of the Biblical Book of Luke
1) Luke's Gospel is one of the most complete historical and chronological accounts of the life of Christ we have.
A) True
B) False

2) The primary theme of Luke's Gospel is the Kingship of Jesus.
A) True
B) False

3) Which of the following is not a major characteristic and emphasis of the Gospel of Luke?
  1. The outcast
  2. Women
  3. Children
  4. Rich young rulers
  5. Sinners

4) Luke's Gospel emphasizes teaching primarily on:
  1. The cost of discipleship
  2. Prayer
  3. The Kingdom of God
  4. The Second Coming of Christ
  5. All of the above

Quiz answers can be found near the end/bottom of this newsletter.

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1) Luke's Gospel is one of the most complete historical and chronological accounts of the life of Christ we have.
Answer: TRUE

2) The primary theme of Luke's Gospel is the Kingship of Jesus.
Answer: FALSE

3) Which of the following is not a major characteristic and emphasis of the Gospel of Luke?
Answer #4: Rich Young Rulers

4) Luke's Gospel emphasizes teaching primarily on:
Answer #5: All of the above
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