Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Addiction Awareness Sunda y
September 29, 2019
8:30am & 10:00am Worship at TLC
Wireless hearing assist devices for the services are available.
Accommodations throughout the church for those with disabilities.
Nursery available at both services.
Parent/children's Pray-Ground available in the Sanctuary during worship.

Hospitality from 9-11:30am NOW IN THE NARTHEX.



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Luke 16:19-31
Pastor Ed
This Sunday we are confronted with a powerful lesson about our relationship with our worldly wealth and possessions. How do we use or misuse the things God gives us? The message is clear and the warning is dire.
 
Love of God and neighbor are the only riches in this life that count. We get this love for free. It was bought for us by the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have a priceless gift of grace that keeps giving and giving. And here’s the best part; the more we spend these riches, the more we have. They are ours for the asking, they are ours for eternity.  Shame on us if we don’t learn to notice those who suffer and share what we have to help them.

God loves you! And God especially loves when you care about the less fortunate.  
Addiction Awareness Sunday
Special Guest Speaker
Drew Brooks
This Sunday at worship we are joined by Drew Brooks as our Addiction Awareness guest speaker. Drew is the Director of Faith Partners, a ministry that helps congregations minister to people trapped in addiction and those who care about them. Drew helped TLC start our Addiction ministry back in 2001 and has been invited back to do a check up! In November this year, TLC with the help of Drew, will be hosting another Faith Partners training which will be open to other congregations who are looking to start or strengthen their own addiction ministries.
[Click Here] to view TLC's Addiction Awareness webpage, featuring a large resource list of guidance and help with many types of addictions and recovery.
The 2019 Addiction & Faith Conference wrapped up last weekend. [Click Here] to read the recap article by Dennis Sanders with the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA.
-TAKING FAITH HOME-
Week of September 29, 2019
 Use this friendly tool to enrich your family times with conversation, rituals, prayer, blessings, and service ideas. [Click Here] for this week's edition.
Children's Choir Sings this Sunday at 10:00am Service
Three musically gifted leaders inspire K-6th Graders in fun and active songs. Rehearsals are Sundays at 9:30 in Room 1 and the choir normally sings on the fourth Sunday of the month at the 10:00 service.
FALL
A word with way too many possibilities!
So summer is over, and suddenly it's Fall. Ever try explaining that word to a child? They know what “fall” means to them... a skinned knee maybe. I looked up “fall” just
now and it has a huge paragraph; from parts of clothing or hair arrangements to actually dropping to the ground. In a child's story it brings to mind, “The Sky is Falling” as said by Chicken Little. Maybe we could just say Autumn?
Regretting not doing a few more summer tasks is part of fall. The rain that came so easily gave us green lawns instead of dried out, brown grass. We did not use our sprinkler even once, and it seemed like something was missing, but what? I know! Getting all the windows done. When it rains so often one loses interest fast. We did not get our share of hail, which is really a blessing, and did not have any tornado warnings that drove us to hiding in a safe spot just in case. At least insurance and roof replacement people are not calling! But... the lawn needs mowing so often! Weird.
 
I still have some touch-up painting that needs doing, but need several dry days in a row to have good results. A few cool days that reminded us of the winter to come made our lower level way too cold! Before we had A/C we used to go down there during the summer just to cool off. This year we added two pounds of expensive coolant to the air condtioner and then barely needed to use it.
 
So is this global warming? Many places like France suffered with unusually hot days. We didn't, and the State Fair had very good attendance, with only a couple rainy days. Something is different, so maybe the climate is changing. Very hard to tell if these odd summers, green falls, and whatever may come this winter is permanent or just a test of our patience.
 
Our church is now permanently on the summer schedule. I think it was a good idea but even that change makes the fall seem different.
 
-Bloomington Bird Lady
Early Learning Center
Parades Thru Bloomington
On Saturday, September 21, TLC-ELC walked in the Bloomington Heritage Days parade. We were a bit past half way. There were seven staff members and 18 family and friends walking with us. It turned out to be a beautiful day. We had lots of fun with the tradition of throwing candy and waving to everyone.
Click Here to discover more about TLC's Early Learning Center.
"Nature"
ELC Photographer: Evan
This picture was taken by Evan, who is 8 years old. He has titled it "Nature". We were in the Rainforest area of the Como Zoo. Evan liked the way the colors transitioned from dark to light.
Once Upon
a Time
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US?
By Pastor Al Dungan
Shakespeare in his play Romeo and Juliet (Act 2, Scene 2 ) says: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Once upon a time, names meant something—and even today in many indigenous cultures they still do. In a manner of speaking there was/is a kind of magic in the names that were/are given to individuals and their gods. There was a belief that if you knew the “hidden name” of a person or deity, you had control over that being. So the name was kept closely held.

The Hebrew culture was no different in that regard. For instance, the youngest son of Jacob, the son of Isaac and Rebekah, was named Benjamin. This ran counter to all the beliefs of that culture because the name means, son of my right hand—or, favorite son. That must have been a cup of cold water in the faces of the older boys/men in that family. And, if you remember the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis, their son was named Isaac or “laughing boy” after Sarah laughed when she heard that she would become a mother long after her child bearing years had passed.

That name YHWH was the name given to Moses when he met the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the burning bush episode of Exodus 3.

Moses was a “hard sell” when it came to doing what God wanted him to do. He raised one excuse after another in trying to convince this “God” that he wasn’t the one to lead the Hebrews out of the 400 years of slavery that they had experienced in Egypt (Exodus 3).

Finally, in Exodus 3: 13-15 Moses asks God “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” God also said to Moses, “YHWH, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this is my title for all generations.”

And so it was until the coming of the one who arrived centuries later who was given the name Yeshua (Joshua) or as he’s better known: Jesus of Nazareth the son of Joseph the carpenter.

Next time: Angels and names.
Wednesday Evening Oasis for All

5:30pm - Community Meal. This week's meal (Oct 2): Pulled pork, chips, fruit, coffee and water. There is a $5.00 suggested donation.

6:30pm - Worship service with communion (30-minute service).
Coffee and Conversation invites you to a steaming cup of coffee with good friends and conversation. The session this coming Wednesday, October 2, will encourage a discussion on the book of Ruth.



 FOR ADULTS, YOUTH & 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 Rich Man and Lazarus
Luke 16:19-31
1) In Jesus' parable of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus, what was the beggar doing?
  1. He was trying to steal from the rich man.
  2. He was telling the rich man to repent before it was too late.
  3. He was resting on the way to Jerusalem.
  4. He was lying at the rich man's gate, hoping for something to eat.


2) What did the rich man do?
  1. He sent his dogs to attack the beggar.
  2. He gave the beggar 10 silver pieces to pay for the rest of his journey.
  3. He gave the beggar a hot meal and rest for the night.
  4. He ignored the beggar and gave him nothing.


3) Both the rich man and the beggar eventually died. The rich man ended up in Hades, a place of torment, while the beggar ended up in a place of bliss. Why did the rich man end up where he did?
  1. He had obtained his wealth dishonestly.
  2. He lived a self-indulgent life, not caring for the needs of others.
  3. He failed to offer the required sacrifices at the temple.
  4. He had amassed too much wealth.


4) What is one lesson of this story?
  1. It is never too late to repent and turn back to God.
  2. Idolatry is a serious sin.
  3. Wealth is a sign of God's favor.
  4. Wealth is not a sign of God's favor.


Quiz answers can be found near the end/bottom of this newsletter.
TLC Sanctuary
Tuesday, October 29 - 6:30 to 8:30pm
We are thrilled to let you know not only that the promised Co-Pastor Panel Discussion has been scheduled, but especially that everyone we had hoped would take part enthusiastically agreed.
 

Moderator:
Craig Pederson, Assistant to the Bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod
  
Panelists:
Jeff Sartain, Co-Pastor, Edina Community Lutheran Church
Mary Halvorson, Co-Pastor, Grace University Lutheran Church
Mary Pechauer, Co-Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church
 
This event will be promoted by the Minneapolis Area Synod and may well attract interested clergy and lay leaders from beyond TLC.
 
We hope you will be able to be present for what promises to be a stimulating and informative evening.
 
Blessings,
Pastors Arthur and Ed
Philip Nushann founded Center for Changing Lives - Liberia (CCLL) when he returned to Liberia in November 2016. Transfiguration is the primary community support for CCLL, leading a partnership of Minnesota Churches supporting Philip’s vision. CCLL was inspired by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota to bring Health Services, Education, Housing, Counseling, Empowerment , Resource Building, Hope and Love to the children and families of West Africa.

Please join us at our 4th annual fundraising event on Thursday, Oct.15, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm. We will join together with members from other churches in our community to support the children and families in Liberia. You will enjoy a wonderful meal and many heartfelt stories from an update at Center For Changing Lives - Liberia.

For more information on CCLL, to RSVP for the October 15 fundraiser, or to make a
contribution online through PayPal, please visit, www.pactmn.com

Watch for fundraiser opportunities for the Liberian Trip, which departs in late December. Fundraisers include a Mission Bazaar and a Talent Show.
WE DON’T ALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON THE TRIP TO LIBERIA...
...but we can participate in TLC’s mission there by contributing some of the specifically requested large items that they are in need of, to be used in vocational training programs.
During the month of October we will collect-GOOD WORKING SEWING MACHINES, MUSIC KEYBOARDS, LAPTOPS and DOLLAR DONATIONS TO BUY DRUMS.
We can only imagine the difference these items will make in the lives
of the children our mission team will meet at Philip Nushan’s school.
RSVP to Erin at epommeranz@hotmail.com
Sharing Our Bounty
2019 Stewardship Campaign
As we kick off our 2019 Stewardship Campaign "Sharing our Bounty", we are happy to announce TLC's first "StewardshipFest".
 
This grand event will take place on Friday, October 25, in Fellowship Hall from 5:30 to 7:30pm. A short stewardship presentation will be made, and TLC's small groups will have tables you can visit to learn more about fellowship opportunities welcoming your participation. There will also be a craft activity for the kids!
TLC's own maestro, John Rosenow, will be "tickling the ivories" of his accordion with an uplifting, festive music program during this event. Brats and sauerkraut, hotdogs with all the fixings, chips and cookies will be served. Root beer, water, and non-alcoholic punch will be available for refreshments. And the best part...it's all FREE!!! 
Mark your calendars for the October 25 TLC "StewardshipFest", as we Gather in Grace, Grow in Faith, and Go Forth to Serve. All are welcome!
 
Blessings,  
TLC Stewardship Committee
 
Hildren Dungan, Bob Riley, Chip Smith, Pastor Arthur Murray, and Norma Macdonald-Ockwig
"StewardshipFest" Volunteers Needed!
 
The 2019 Stewardship Committee is in need of volunteers to help set up, serve food, etc...at our "StewardshipFest" being held on Friday, October 25, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at TLC. If you are available to assist us with this event, please contact Norma Macdonald-Ockwig at weeyin57@aol.com or 952-237-2919. We thank you in advance for your consideration.
Starts October 7
Happy fall! The leaves are turning and it is time to return to our yoga practice to keep us balanced as we move through autumn.

A 4-week session of Lila Yoga will run on Mondays 7:00-8:30pm from October 7 thru October 28. The full series will cost $56 and we need a minimum of 6 students to sign up for the full session. Drop-ins are $18 (sliding scale is available). 

Wear comfortable exercise clothes in layers, and bring a blanket and a yoga mat if you have one, or you may also borrow one. 

As always, beginners are welcome! Any questions, please contact Kathryn at kathrynsharpe19@yahoo.com .
The bazaar will again have a quilt raffle– tickets on sale in the Narthex or contact Renee Jefferson. We are inviting donations of handcrafted items. Sale proceeds will benefit Oasis for youth and the Liberia Trip. Contact Renee Jefferson, rjefferson@tlcmn.com or Marilyn Erickson, merickson@tlcmn.com Watch the TLC Weekly and bulletins for more information
[Click Here] to watch a short video of talent show examples.
HOW DO YOU ENTER?
Record an audition video about 1 minute in length and send via email to Rob Reid, TLC Director of Music at rreid@tlcmn.com no later than October 25, 2019. Contestants selected to perform will be announced on November 3, 2019.
Acts are limited to 4 minutes (set up, performance & exit). The top 12 acts will be placed in the show. Winners selected by audience ballot vote. Cash and Swag Bag Prizes will be awarded the evening of the contest.
All themes must be appropriate for the church environment and subject to approval by staff.
WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Volunteers are needed for communion, ushers, greeters, pew crew and hospitality. We especially need ushers. This is a family friendly volunteer opportunity. Commitment is flexible and tailored to your requests. 

Please contact Michelle, 952-884-2364, ext. 15 or email at mreber@tlcmn.com   
Communion Ministry
Share communion with shut-in's who are unable to attend TLC worship services, or those in long-term rehab. Watch for more information as the group reorganizes this fall. If interested, please contact Marilyn Erickson at merickson@tlcmn.com .  
 
National Lutheran Choir 
2019-2020 Concert Season
 
Tickets and Season Passes  on sale now  at NLCA.com .
Save over 18% on tickets with a Season Pass. 3- and 4-concert subscriptions available to fit your schedule! Brochures, with sign-up information, are in the TLC Narthex.
 
***Sign up to win two free NLC Season Passes! Look for the black box in the TLC Narthex, fill out an entry blank, & put it in the box. The winner will be drawn on Sunday, October 27. 
 
Look in the NLC Brochure for more info on the first concert of the season, "All Saints Mozart Requiem" on November 2nd & 3rd. What an exciting event this will be!
 
The TLC Weekly will continue to update info on this, too.
Questions: Contact Karen Daniels, TLC Organist
Look for the sign-up easel in the Narthex this Sunday!
TLC's
College Ministry Team Cares!
Seeking Donations: The College Ministry Team is seeking donations to assemble care packages to be sent to students attending college and technical schools, as well as our young people in the military. Please stop by the bulletin board in the Narthex to pick up 1 or 2 donation tags, purchase the items identified on the tag, and return the items to the designated bin no later than October 20th . Please join us in reminding our young adults that we continue to support and care for them while they are away from TLC!

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ANSWERS FROM QUIZ EARLIER IN THIS ISSUE
Reference Luke 16:19-31


1) In Jesus' parable of a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus, what was the beggar doing?
Answer#4: He was lying at the rich man's gate, hoping for something to eat.
Luke 16:19-31. In this story Jesus gives us perhaps the clearest picture of what lies beyond death. A rich man and a beggar both die and their fates are contrasted.


2) What did the rich man do?
Answer #4: He ignored the beggar and gave him nothing.
Luke 16:20-21. Apparently, Lazarus was unable to walk and someone had taken him to the rich man's house and laid him at the gate so he could beg for food.



3) Both the rich man and the beggar eventually died. The rich man ended up in Hades, a place of torment, while the beggar ended up in a place of bliss. Why did the rich man end up where he did?
Answer #2: He lived a self-indulgent life, not caring for the needs of others.
The apostle Paul often spoke of the dead as having fallen asleep until the resurrection of the body when Jesus comes again. But Jesus spoke here of the souls of the rich man and Lazarus going immediately to places of torment and bliss. Jesus usually used the word "Gehenna" (meaning a place or state of everlasting punishment) to describe the final fate of the wicked, but here He used the word "Hades" (meaning place or state of departed souls) to describe the rich man's fate. Both terms are frequently translated "hell," but perhaps Hades is a temporary state until the resurrection.



4) What is one lesson of this story?
Answer #4: Wealth is not a sign of God's favor.
In Jesus' time, wealth was often seen as a sign of God's blessing and favor. But, far from being a blessing, Jesus said wealth is often a curse that can possess our souls and turn us away from God. The rich man's sin was not that he had wealth, but that used it for a self-indulgent lifestyle, not caring about the needs of those less fortunate.


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