Altar Flowers

Altar flowers this Sunday
are given by Irene Bjerke
in loving memory of her
late husband, Dal Bjerke.
Rob Reid
Director of Music
Camp Sunday!
The altar area takes on a camping theme as the Oasis Youth Singers perform this Sunday.
L-R: Kayla Boehne, Annabel Lindman, Mallory Herron and Makien Wenge.
Musicians L-R: Phetsamone Ekholm, piano; Noah Ekholm, drums; and Jake Pernsteiner, guitar & vocals.
This coming Sunday, February 7, is the day that we start registering for Summer Camps, and for TLC, a majority of those camping opportunities include canoe trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Our Oasis Music Team, including one of our Camp Leaders at the Wilderness Canoe Base, Jake Pernsteiner, will be leading us in Hymns and Camp Songs this week. Thanks to Jake, and Kayla Boehne, Annabel Lindman, Mallory Herron, Makien Wenge, Noah Ekholm and Phetsamone Ekholm for your joyful, uplifting music!

Pete Erickson will share some other information about camps, and will lead our Time for Children.

Pastor Eva will preach about Mark's Gospel stories of Jesus' healing, and will lead our Prayers and Communion. 

Don't miss this delightful Sunday of worship at TLC!

Live-Stream Viewer Data
Last Sunday, January 31, 2021
368+ viewers of the 10:00am worship service.

Percent watching on specified device:
  • Computer 55.8%
  • Smart TV 29.9%
  • Mobile phone 3.9%
  • Tablet 10.4%
Eagle Scout Project
Helps VEAP

Taylor English, a member of TLC and soon to become an Eagle Scout, coordinated his Eagle Scout project to create and construct donation bins that local churches, including TLC, can use to collect food, clothing and other necessities for various charity organizations. Besides the larger size of the bins, he also designed them with heavy-duty wheels, making for easy transport of the donations to transport vehicles.

Currently at TLC, the bins are being used for a VEAP food drive from February 8 thru February 25. If you have donations that help support VEAP's needs, please drop them off at TLC just inside the west entrance doors (where the bins will be located), Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 3:00pm. 
From the Clothing of a Loved One
Each bear has a tag (above) sewn in a seam. A small card is tucked in a pocket, reading: I once was worn by someone so dear, who in loving memory will always be here.
—By Linda Meyer
During the Covid19 shutdown, the TLC Memory Bear group has not been able to actively work together (the sewist's sew and the stuffers stuff), but Memory Bears are still being made. These bears pictured have been delivered to their loved ones since March 2020.

The mission of this group is to create Memory Bears that warm the heart, provide comfort to the bereaved and are a reminder of the special times shared with a loved one. Memory Bears are handmade from articles of clothing worn by a loved one who has passed away.

Members of Memory Bear group are Linda Meyer (612-730-9696), Sharon Jacobson, Ginger Anderson, Pam Moe, Diane Lehman, Donna Hedland, Diane Mielke, Sandy Stooke, Janet Larson, Kathy Hamp, Judy Lindman and Irene Bjerke.
Continued to Tuesday
February 9 @ 6:30pm
TLC’s first virtual Annual Meeting was held via ZOOM last Sunday, January 31. Attendance was good (over 90) and everyone seemed to adjust to ZOOM fairly well. Nominees for Church Council and other groups were elected by paper ballot – which was done by mail-in (USPS) and drop-off at TLC after Sunday’s meeting was temporarily adjourned for continuation and tallying of the votes. As such, the meeting will be continued this coming Tuesday, February 9th at 6:30pm to announce the winners of the elections. The ballots will be counted on Monday and on Tuesday, following the announcement of winners, the Annual Meeting will be adjourned and the new Church Council will meet.

Click here on Tuesday to attend the ZOOM meeting. (Also available at

Meeting ID: 835 3655 6719
Passcode: 518953
Join by phone: 1-312-626-6799
February 3, 2021 Update
Here’s the latest from the team on how Covid-19 is impacting TLC ministries (Current Case Count/10,000 people: 39)

The TLC Covid Response Team will be doing a regular update of both the case counts in Hennepin County as well as the impacts on ministry and programming at TLC. Here is the latest from the team:

  • Case count/10,000 people is currently 30.9 in Hennepin County
  • We are in Phase 2 of our response plan(See the full response plan at
  • Youth Ministry is opening for hybrid activities on February 10th
  • In-person worship will be scheduled when case count drops below 30 for two consecutive weeks. Next possible date for in-person worship is March 14.

[Editor’s note: You may view the daily case count at the following website. It takes several seconds to display all the data]

TLC COVID Response Team
Brown, Jeanine
Erickson, Pete
Jorschumb, Steve
Millford, Janice
Murray, Arthur
Olson, Louise
Reber, Michelle
Reid, Rob
Wenge, Karen
A number of TLC members have recently received bogus requests for money or gift cards in their email from a TLC pastor or another member. Please, never respond or reply to these requests (be aware of the email address). Forward the fake email to TLC at: and we will take action.
TLC will never send you personal requests for assistance of this kind.
NOTE: TLC database and emails were not compromised.
Deepening our Relationships with God and One Another
Look for a Detailed Mailing coming to your homes the weekend of February 12-14
with materials and ways to experience prayer in the coming season
Ash Wednesday, February 17
6:30pm On-Line Worship

Sundays in Lent (February 21– March 21)
9:30am – Songs and Stories with Pastor Melanie
10:00am – On-Line Worship
Wednesdays in Lent (February 24 – March 24)
  • Story Time with Pastor Melanie on Facebook Live
  • Club 56 with Karen Wenge on Zoom. Any 5th or 6th Grader can join.
Holden Evening Prayer On-Line Worship
  • Recorded Messages led by TLC Staff will amplify some of the many “Pathways to Prayer”
  • Confirmation
  • Adult Bible Study led by Pastor Eva on Zoom
Walk in the Light!
The daylight hours are getting longer, and just those few minutes that we notice about 5 p.m. can make a big difference right away. The song about walking in the light of Jesus is fun to sing, and perhaps moving to the rhythm when you feel the desire to really "get into it" too.
Walk in the light, beautiful light,
Come where the dewdrops of mercy shine bright.
Shine all around us by day and by night,
Jesus the Light of the World.
One tiny drawback from the lengthening daylight is that the temperatures usually drop into the below zero range. The cloud-cover helped to give us a pretty easy winter so far.  Another plus for clear skies is that the full moon was so pretty! Did you see it rising in the east? Wonder why the weather gals hardly ever mentioned
that? TV weather predictors tend to go on and on, showing the whole state's temperatures for highs and lows, but forget the moon?   Maybe it is more spectacular if we do discover such a beautiful sight ourselves.
We used to have so many deer in our area; about a mile from TLC. Looking out at night, there would be maybe three deer eating what the birds had left for them  So pretty in the moonlight...When neighborhoods close to ours complained that there was too much that the deer were "leaving" on their yards, there was a plan
to kill off a few of those creatures....Now we rarely see even one, and they used to go home to wherever they lived walking right down the middle of the street.   
When a lot of candy gets put on display, can Valentine's Day be far behind? Also, I don't think the groundhog saw his shadow on Feb. 2nd, so do you think we will have only six more weeks of winter?...Ha! It's a nice idea, but we never "just have six more weeks of winter" and it tends to drag on and on into the end of April. The
whole East Coast has begun shoveling out their latest storm... Don't get complacent about our measly little bit of snow. We're bound to get our share soon. As long as it's not the heavy, wet snow that is so tiring to shovel, it is pretty. Birdman loves to shovel about two inches at a time, getting a head start before too much falls. I can tell he likes to shovel, as our asphalt driveway is clean and those who have theirs plowed never get them really clean, so ice forms. 
My New Year's resolution was to enjoy what we have, do the best we can, and try to follow the rules when it comes to large group gatherings. Remembering even to enjoy the beautiful snow, the neighbor kids sliding down their hilly front lawn... Too much "screen time" can waste a whole day if you want it to, and TV is very
addicting. The Mpls. paper issued a challenge that we each try to have 30 minutes daily of outside fresh air. I think I will try that today.... it's not too bad out there!  The start time is actually Feb. 7th!
Stay safe everyone. 

-Bloomington Bird Lady
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Pastor Al Dungan
Why was the Bible Written?
You may know this already, but there are 2 separate stories of creation in the Hebrew Scriptures (our Old Testament).

About 150 years ago (give or take), German biblical scholars who were studying Genesis began to realize that there were probably several oral tradition sources (at least 2) that had been woven together by the editors of the Hebrew Scriptures during the 600's BC, which became their book of Genesis.

In Genesis 1:1-2.3, the Hebrew name for God is Elohim and throughout Genesis we find that name cropping up again and again. They called it the E source.

However, in Genesis 2:4-3, and also other places, the name for God is Jahweh Elohim or, The Lord God, which indicates that there were at least two oral traditions that the editors believed were worth including. This became the J source and it’s where we have, in English, contrived the word Jehovah because we mistranslated the consonants and vowels. There is no such name in the Bible. IT IS A MISTRANSLATION!

Now what that says to me is that they wanted to include the most important parts of their oral tradition as they wove together the Genesis story.

As we all know, in the first Genesis story, when God created humans, God created them in his/her image as man and woman, giving them the responsibility of caring for the earth and all that was in it. In this chapter, the world and all that was in it, was made first and the creation of humans came last.

In the second creation story, things become a bit more specific and I believe that’s why it was included. But it’s also backwards from the first story of how the world came to be.

In this story, The Lord God creates man out of the dust of the earth and creates a beautiful, well-watered garden for him to live in filled with beautiful and bountiful fruit trees. But in this story there was initially no woman on the scene.

For the Hebrews, who lived on the edge of several deserts and who had to struggle to find sufficient water for drinking and watering their crops, a well-watered place, where there was a large source river, which became four rivers, would be a paradise for them. They even had a name for that paradise. They called it---what?

Next time we’ll suggest answers to this and the many other questions that the Hebrews had about creation looking at Genesis 1:1-4.25, including their view of the world which was much, much different from ours.
Hope Lives!
Addiction Awareness Team
Mission: “This ministry exists to provide a safe environment for those seeking hope and restoration from addiction and codependency.”
Step 1 “We admitted we were powerlessness over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.”

Most people break the step down into the power of ‘We,’ admitting powerlessness over alcohol and an acceptance that their life is unmanageable. I consider these things when I think about step one, but lately my focus is directed towards the power of what I believe in, and the thought process I call ‘That 10%.’

The truth is, one’s acceptance that they are an alcoholic, is more of a decision to adopt a belief than a fact. What about all of those people that used to drink like an alcoholic but now they drink normally?! Or so they say… It was vital, especially in early recovery, for me to be surrounded by like-minded people who secured my belief in what Bill Wilson calls the bedrock step recovery is built on. Hence the recovery jargon ‘90 meetings in 90 days’ and ‘Meeting Makers Make it!’

The 10% is reminder of how important it is that I choose to believe I am a real alcoholic. What about the thought process that considers how young I was when I quit drinking, and how many changes you go through at that age, maybe it was unresolved issues or so and so. The consideration that there is even a 10% chance I am not an alcoholic is what the Big Book calls alcoholic thinking. I’m grateful to the Addiction Awareness Group and Alcoholics Anonymous who help secure my acceptance of being a real alcoholic.

Whether your worldly clamor is alcohol, drugs, food, sex, having it your way, or whatever destructive action that is attributing to the unmanageability in your life. An acceptance that the control of the substance is entirely beyond your control is vital.
Griffin Myslivecek 

To learn more about this ministry, or if you or someone you care about is in need of support, please reach out to one of us.

  • Chris Campo
  • Dave Dickson
  • Al Dungan
  • Mary George
  • Griffin Myslivecek
  • Louise Olson
  • Beth Rahn
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Camp Wapo Summer Registration is now open!
Camp Wapo is a longstanding tradition at TLC. The 2020 Summer was a difficult one for those who have been campers at Camp Wapo, but in 2021 Camp Wapo is open again with a 50% camper capacity. Here’s what that means for camp this summer:
Our youth camp (4th-8th grade and Senior High) week is June 27-July 2 and our SEEDS camp (1st-3rd Grade) week is July 5-7. Because of the limited capacity, TLC’s allotted numbers have been reduced to one for Wapo Youth and two for Sr. High. Our TLC spots are guaranteed until February 28. On March 1, all spots will be released to the public. Sign up soon! If spots fill up (which likely they will), there will be a waiting list.
You can create an account and sign up for a spot by clicking here. If you’d like more information about packing, sample schedules, themes, etc., while on the website, please click here.

Camp Wapo Summer Staff NEEDED!
Do you know any young adults that are looking for a meaningful summer job? Working on summer staff builds incredible skills in leadership, problem solving, conflict resolution, and relationship building. Being on staff gives young adults a unique opportunity to grow in faith, inspire others, and learn valuable skills they will use for a lifetime.

If you have questions, contact Suzi (Wapo & Ox)

or Nate (WCB)
High School Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday Event – Tuesday, February 16 at 5PM at TLC!
All 9th-12th graders are invited to come to church for fatty food, delicious treats, games and a meaningful outdoor project working on our Lenten Prayer Tree. Food will be provided; all you need to do is bundle up and show up! Connect with Pete if you have questions (
TLC High School Leadership Development Opportunity!
STEP UP is a leadership development resource offered by Gustavus Adolphus College for high school youth who are in grades 9, 10, or 11. The STEP UP experience in 2021 is a three-part series taking place on Zoom that will introduce youth to college-level concepts of leadership and offer practical tips for developing a stronger personal plan for continuing to grow as a leader. 
·     Engage in three active seminars. The series includes seminars focused on developing valuable skills and expanding the participants vision for leadership opportunities.
·     Receive a certificate of completion. Participants will receive a certificate from Gustavus Adolphus College acknowledging their completion of the STEP UP leadership curriculum.
·     Become eligible for a renewable scholarship. Students who complete the STEP UP Leadership series and attend Gustavus Adolphus College will be eligible to receive a $500 annually renewable scholarship (up to $2000).
This three-part series is offered via Zoom. 
Each seminar is from 3:00-4:30pm CST on Sunday March 7, 14, and 21. Registration costs $40 per student (includes STEP UP t-shirt and all three seminars). 
Deadline for registration is Monday, March 1.
For more information on facilitators and the schedule for each day, visit
Questions can be directed to or 507-933-7001.
Make a contribution to support the efforts of Lauren Dahlquist and Courtney Chase in raising money for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Your gift makes a difference and could save another child’s life, just as it did for Courtney, a child of this congregation. All the money raised helps with research for new treatments and medications towards a cure for cancer, advocacy with the FDA for patients, and assistance to patients and their families. To make a gift, please visit: or send a check made out to TLC memo: Cancer Research
The Twin CitiesThrivent Member Network invites you and your congregation to join us as we host Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages®. Expect to learn, laugh, and connect as Gary reveals powerful insights that will give you a better understanding of yourself, and your loved one, in the ways that connect you most.
This event is open to everyone, so please feel free to share with those who may be interested in attending. Registration is required. 
Wednesday • February 10 • 6:00pm
ZOOM Seminar
The most common issue in any relationship is the communication barrier. Everyone experiences love differently, and it’s easy to miss the mark when it comes to showing that you care. With a little help from The Five Love Languages®, you can learn to identify the root of your conflicts, give and receive love in more meaningful ways, and grow closer than ever. You will have the opportunity to take the Love Language assessment after the webinar. Your Love Language profile will explain your primary love language, what it means, and how you can use it to connect to others.

We look forward to seeing you online!

No products will be sold. Gary Chapman is not affiliated with or endorsed by Thrivent. The views expressed in this presentation by Gary Chapman are his own and not necessarily those of Thrivent or its affiliates. The material presented has been obtained from sources we believe to be reliable and is current.

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A great gift Pastor Grace shared with TLC was her “Hope for the Day” devotional. I for one found it very enlightening and healing during this Pandemic. I found myself looking forward to receiving and reading it daily. I so enjoyed the different writings penned by different TLC family members!
I have been asked by Pastor Arthur to keep a form of this devotional going. We have agreed to make it a weekly [e-mailed] publication called “Hope for the Week”, which is sent to your email every Tuesday at 6:30am.

If you would be willing to share an inspired devotional(s) going forward with your TLC family, please contact me at I’d love to hear from you!

Norma R. Macdonald-Ockwig
Hello fellow TLC members! Allow me to introduce “Pathways to Justice,” a new weekly short article e-mailed every Thursday morning. Pastor Arthur has asked me to take the lead with members from the Racial Justice and RIC teams assisting with writing. We will tackle and explore -in small chunks- ideas that may be new to some of us. In doing so, we will be allowed opportunities to ask ourselves and each other how we really actively can, as Micah 6:8 states, “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” Please feel free to let me know if there are any topics that you would like addressed and please do consider contributing your own thoughts on what it means to be on a Pathway to Justice. I look forward to hearing from you!

Shelley Smith
The Church office is staffed with Marilyn Erickson and Michelle Reber available Monday through Thursday, 9:00am - 4:00pm. You need to call ahead for an appointment, wear masks, use hand sanitizer (available at the entrance to the office) and practice social distancing during your visit.
Please call: (952) 884-2364
Committees - Ministries - Small Groups
Thanks to the Faith, Fact and Fiction Book Club, the K3P3 group, Stephen Ministry, Welcome Diversity Team, Global Health Ministry, Coffee and Conversation, and the Nutty Knotters (TLC Quilters) for submitting photos and stories to the TLC Weekly.
Other committees, groups and ministries, we want to hear from you! Share your stories with the TLC community.

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Do you ever need an extra prayer for yourself, a loved one, a world situation or a dear friend? TLC has a prayer team that is waiting to pray with and for you. Your prayer needs are sent on to the Prayer Team and kept confidential – just between you, the pray-ers, and God. If you have a prayer request, or if you would like to join the prayer team, please contact Marilyn Erickson at or on the TLC website here.
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