Transfiguration Lutheran Church
11000 France Ave. S. - Bloomington, MN 55431
Office: (952) 884-2364 (Also 24 hr Pastoral Emergency Service)
Office Open Monday-Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
Appointments Appreciated
Third Sunday in Easter
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
Rob Reid,
Director of Music
Come and see Jesus return to appear before his followers! This Sunday at 10:00am, our on-line service will give us glimpses of his presence – historically and here in our present world. Pastor Arthur will preach, preside, and provide a Time for Children. Our Hymns and Songs will be led by the Socially Distanced Singers Shelley Smith, Jill Reid, Rob Reid, Scott Knight and Organist Carmen Englert. These joyful and affirming hymns include “We Know That Christ Is Raised” “Now the Green Blade Rises” and “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.” Sing along and internalize these uplifting messages. Carmen also brings the Spirit’s presence with her Prelude, Offering song, and Postlude.

I hope to “see” you and worship with you – virtually – this coming Sunday!

Peace,
NOTE: YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN THIS SURVEY
THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT, APRIL 18.
PLEASE DISREGARD THE FRIDAY DEADLINE IN THE SURVEY.
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Sunday, April 11, 2021
310+ viewers of the 10:00am special worship service by the Mpls Synod of the ELCA and Church Anew.

Percent watching on specified device:
  • Computer 37.7%
  • Smart TV 26.2%
  • Mobile phone 24.6%
  • Tablet 11.5%
If you are in need of prayer or have the name of someone you would like to add, please ask permission from that person first. Then, contact Marilyn Erickson, Care Ministry at 952-884-2364 ext. 10, or merickson@tlcmn.com.
Dave Merrill
Jane Kinyon
Joel Wigstadt
Larry Granger
Barb Halverson
Irene Johnson
Kevin Erickson
Jerry Hanson
Jean Nyberg
Ron Schroeder
Walt Thomsen
Irene Amon
Dunwiddie Family
Don Jacobson
Carol Robbins
Judy Hanson
Laurel Riippa
Ron Schultz
Mary Kelly
Barb Johnson
Thank you everyone for your kindness in thoughts and contributions. You have clearly spoken your desires in giving to those in need, responding to Christ's invitation to love our neighbors as ourselves.
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Watch here for information on how and
when the funds will be distributed.
COVID Response Team Update
April 15, 2021
We remain in Phase 2 due to another increase in cases per 10,000
Hennepin County Current Case Count is 43.9/10,000 people (was 35.5)

LOCALLY IN BLOOMINGTON
4/5/21 City of Bloomington Case Count is 47.5/10,000
4/11/21 City of Bloomington COVID Cases: 8,257
4/11/21 City of Bloomington COVID Deaths: 140
The cases/10,000 people in Hennepin County have spiked from 35.5 to 43.9 which means:

  • We are in Phase 2 of our COVID Re-entry Plan (See TLC webpage here)
  • In-person, indoor worship on April 18 is pushed out to May 16
  • All in-person Confirmation programming will happen outdoors starting April 14 – not in the building
  • All building use for internal and external groups is on hold for now until the numbers are consistently lower. 

Note: Phase 5 is the best case scenario, with Phase 1 being very restrictive in daily operations at TLC.
 

View the daily case count at the following:
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This week the Early Learning Center celebrated the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Week of the Young Child. Each day had a theme and at least one special activity to go along with it.

Children learn so much as they enjoy music, explore food and cooking, build together, create art, and celebrate their families! We hope you continue to be inspired by their activities in the photos.

We had a fantastic week!
March 2021 Meeting Minutes & Financial Report

Actually Go Somewhere!
If you see sudden flashes of black and bright orange go by your window, it's not Halloween today... It's the red-winged blackbirds in groups of eight or ten, helping themselves to our feeders. One hit the window, and that is always startling, but the bird was stunned and had to come back to life enough to fly away again.  Then
one of them perched right on the window, looking in.
Well, it has been snowing very lightly, the usual, odd weather for April, and I always feel sorry for the birds that come back to MN too soon and see snowflakes. Can't blame them for being confused.
It would be fun, now that we are fully vaccinated (!), to actually go somewhere!  It was a little surprising to feel kind of weird for a couple of days after the second shot. I was glad to see so many get vaccinated this past week. It should help knock the virus and its variants down a bit. MN shows up in 'red', meaning we are not out of the woods yet!  
My friend, Louise Dillery, always on the ball, completed the second of her shots a few weeks ago already.  Never had any symptoms or odd feelings from the vaccine, either. She's going on 96 years old this year.  She is one of our best Minnesotans, coming here on a scholarship to study at St. Catherine's University, so long ago now, she loves Minnesota more than anyone I know; bragging about it ever since she came here from Paris.  Some day, I'll ask her how she feels when there is so much unnecessary shooting, with Black men being killed and then the riots that often follow. Sad situation, and some soul-searching on everyone's part would be good.  
 
We had taken a tour of our state capitol building after it had been rejuvenated not too many years ago. I'd not been inside for many years, and it's worthwhile to just go and see how beautiful it is. So, I thought, I'd just tell Louise to take the tour.  Well... she'd taken every one of her visitors to see it already and is way  ahead of me on that score. When she says she's feeling "old,” I'm not going to believe her any more.
 
I'm not surprised at anything she does----and then says she's "feeling old."
 
-Bloomington Bird Lady
Serving a Community in Need
A lot has changed at VEAP in the last year. The pandemic left thousands in our community out of work, creating a staggering need for food and rental assistance. See how we have ramped up to meet the growing demand for help and what we believe will happen once the pandemic has passed. In this City of Bloomington video feature on VEAP, you'll hear from Jan, a long-time VEAP participant, a volunteer couple, Cindy and Brian, plus leadership staff on how we're collectively rising to meet the challenge.
A Word from
the Profit
Amos

Thoughts by Pastor Al Dungan
Thus says the Lord, “I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps.

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

And… another young Black man has died at the hands of those who are sworn to “protect and serve”. Right here. Just a few miles away from where we gather for worship on a weekly basis.

My question is this, and it strikes to the very core of my own being my brothers and sisters: What have we as members of Transfiguration Lutheran Church done, what are we doing to let the justice roll for all the communities of color—Black, Latinx, Indigenous, AAPI, and the LGBTQ communities? What concrete action are we willing to do to let righteousness flow like an ever flowing stream into the homes of those who can’t keep the smell of tear gas out, the cries of demonstrators and bull horns of law enforcement officials who declare the demonstrations unlawful that frighten them and their children?

As the prophet Amos reminds us, God will not look kindly on those who go through the actions of worship without those actions bringing about results that will make the lives of members of our metropolitan community better and safer and more hopeful.

The people of 38th and Chicago and the people of Brooklyn Center are also our brothers and sisters—members of our family.

How can we reach out to them in a loving and caring manner to let them know that they are not alone—that they have not been forgotten—that because they have a different skin color or sexual preference they don’t matter?

I realize that I am only one person, but I also realize that one person joined together with other persons can make a difference in the lives of those who seem to have no hope, and in the lives of those who suffer loss after loss after loss.

Whatever it is that we are willing to do, small or large, God will bless. God will bless both us and all those who need our efforts on their behalf.

So then, let’s set about discovering what those things are. We are called to a time such as this. Let us stand up and act!
Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Addiction Awareness
Team

-Our Mission-
This ministry exists to provide a safe environment for those seeking hope and restoration from addiction and codependency.
Step Three

Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand him.

It is not uncommon for this step to be broken down into a decision (a belief), an understanding that it refers to our thoughts and actions, and the freedom to choose a God that works for us given the space we are in.

Personally, I have a lot of appreciation for the thoughts and beliefs that guide my life as they have changed drastically since I was in active addiction. The step represents my decision to try and do the right thing today. It is not always easy to discern which route to take, which is where prayer and the use of a sponsor or close friend become valuable. Some actions are easier, like making our bed in the morning. Others are harder, such as when the wants of my spouse and I are in collision. I think this is why my grand sponsor says, “Literature and relationships are the best opportunities for spiritual growth!”

My understanding of God has evolved over time, as I imagine it has for most people whether they relate to recovery principles in their spiritual life or not. I am grateful for the access I have to God today, and the peace he brings me when I am patient enough to listen.
 
Griffin Myslivecek
Team Member
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To learn more about this ministry, or if you or someone you care about is in need of support, please visit our page on TLC's website here or reach out to one of us directly or send a confidential email to: addictionawareness@TLCmn.com
 
  • Chris Campo
  • Dave Dickson
  • Al Dungan
  • Mary George
  • Griffin Myslivecek
  • Louise Olson
  • Beth Rahn
  • Rick Zeidler
TLC Early Learning Center (TLC-ELC) has been a ministry of Transfiguration Lutheran Church since 1985. Their goal 36 years ago was to minister to a need in the community. They are still going strong today. TLC-ELC is the only Christian based non-profit NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) 4-Star child care center in Bloomington.
This past year has been a difficult year for everyone, and that includes TLC-ELC. Due to COVID-19, attendance has dropped about 23%. But, due to the PPP Loan, the ELC has been able to keep their full staff working, and they’ve done a fantastic job in providing a consistent schedule for the children. During the ever-changing months when schools were doing distance learning, ELC staff provided the support and follow through that was needed for the children to be successful in their school work. During this emotionally draining time, staff has been working very hard maintaining CDC guidelines while providing quality care for each child and meeting their individual needs.
 
  • Thank you to all Transfiguration members who continue to support the ELC through prayers and financial support. There are also some very specific ways to support the ELC:
  • Tell your friends, families and neighbors about TLC-ELC; we especially need children who are 3 – 5 years old to fill our classrooms.
  • Like our FaceBook page (@TLCELCBloomingtonMN); make comments and pass it on to others.
  • Visit our newly designed and remodeled website: tlcelc.com
  • Pray for us, that we continue to be a ministry of Transfiguration to our community.
 
Looking forward, we have important goals, such as updating the playground, filling vacancies in our classrooms, and being financially stable.
Calling ALL TLC paddlers! BWCA Trips are Coming Up!
Good news! It’s getting to be that time of year again! We are hoping for three BWCA trips as usual this summer.

  • June 16-20 –Our annual TLC guided trip out of Ely, Minnesota. Suggested contribution is $200 per paddler. Open to youth finished 6th grade and up; Adults; Younger kids with a parent accompanying.
  • Early August – dates TBD. Middle and High School trip through Wilderness Canoe Base. Suggested contribution is $300 per paddler. Open to youth finished 7th grade and up; Adults.
  • August 28-31 – Family Mission Camp at Wilderness Canoe Base. Approx. cost $100 per person. Open to all ages and abilities.

Please contact Pete Erickson (perickson@tlcmn.com) or Pastor Arthur (amurray@tlcmn.com) for more information or to hold your spot for any of the trips.
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Where am I?
If you've scrolled along and are reading this, thank you for browsing through the entire TLC Weekly.
Now, go back and find the Robin. It's hiding somewhere within the articles, pictures and stories in this issue of the TLC Weekly. When you find it, email us, telling us where the Robin was located, and in next week's TLC Weekly we'll post the top names of those who contacted us first.

Maybe not too many read the TLC Weekly down to this part, because there were only three claiming to spot the location of the Robin last week. And they were, in order of email received:

  1. Karen Daniels
  2. Linda Knutson
  3. Norma Macdonald-Ockwig
Left: The robin was in the photo of the Easter Sunday singers.
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