• VBS Sunday
  • Bulletin Download
  • Altar Flowers from Sue Hansen
  • Rob Reid previews Sunday Worship
  • Post-Worship Parking Lot Coffee
  • Live-Stream Viewer Data
  • Church Open/Closed Status
  • July 5 Mpls Synod Worship Service
  • July 12 TLC Drive-In Service
  • TLC Youth Announcements
  • Bloomington Bird Lady
  • Conversations on Systemic Racism
  • Holy Trinity Volunteers Needed
  • Online Giving
  • Visit TLC's Memorial Garden
  • TLC Committees and Small Groups
  • TLC Phone Extension Changes
  • Thrivent Financial Workshop Canceled
  • VEAP COVID-19 Relief Fund Deadline
  • TLC Prayer Team
  • Grilled Chili-Cheese Sandwich
  • June Mission of the Month
  • Pastor Grace Bible Study
  • Pastor Ed's Tweet
  • Back issues of the TLC Weekly
  • Online Giving
  • Free Subscriptions

Gathering in Grace • Growing in Faith • Going Forth to Serve
Altar flowers this Sunday are given by Sue Hansen
in memory of her sister, Karen Setevig.
VBS Flavored Worship –
and a Sermon for Adults, too!
Rob Reid
Director of Music
Since we weren’t able to do our normal VBS Week: over 150 kids jumping, singing, learning, crafting, snacking, worshiping and growing from 9am-noon Monday through Friday – this Sunday we will give you a generous “taste” of what we would have liked to offer the children.

You will see and hear three of the kids’ all-time favorite VBS song videos, including some of our TLC/ELC faces blended in with pre-produced video images and singing. The four young ladies who lead our Wednesday Oasis Worship during the school year ( Kayla Boehne, Annabel Lindman, Mallory Herron, and Makien Wenge ) will be our songleaders for this week’s hymns and songs, accompanied by Karen Daniels on the organ and piano.

Pastor Arthur will bring a Time for Children and a sermon on the Gospel of Matthew, 10:40-42. He will share our Prayers of the People, and will preside over communion. And Deacon Renee Jefferson will share a Summer Blessing for our TLC Children and Youth. Don’t miss all of the fun and youthful energy - see you at 9:55am on Sunday!
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Last Sunday, June 21, 2020
Estimated viewers: 288+
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144 Media Devices Linked
to TLC Live-Stream on Sunday
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Media Devices Used
58.1% Computer Desktop/Laptop (Apple & PC)
21.5% Mobile Phone (iPhone & Android)
12.9% Smart TV/YouTube app
7.5% Tablet (Apple & PC)

Church Office Remains Closed
Please remember that the church office remains closed to the public until further notice. Even if there is an event or matter within the church requiring your attendance, for health and safety reasons, we ask that you refrain from "visiting" the church office without prior approval or appointment. In addition, FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED to be worn for any activity within the church. Thank you for understanding.
Church Re-Opening

TLC is currently following the recommendation of Bishop Ann Svennungsen and is forming a Pandemic Preparedness Team. The team will study the many guidelines issued by MN Department of Health along with those of the ELCA and develop a plan and a timeline to ensure that we are creating a safe worship environment for all. The team will include representatives from TLC Staff, ELC Staff, Council and the Congregation. If you believe that you are being called to serve on this team, please contact Pastor Arthur at .
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Sunday, July 5
Online Worship Service
Next weekend, TLC and the 150 or so other congregations of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA are the recipients of a very special and timely gift. The bishop’s office has produced a worship service for our use on Sunday, July 5. The Staff and Council of TLC unanimously decided to accept this gift and invite you to worship with us next Sunday alongside thousands of other Twin Cities ELCA Lutherans.
The service will be streamed as usual at at our usual start time of 9:55am.
Sunday, July 12
Online & In-Person Worship Service
By Pete Erickson
Interim TLC Youth Minister
TLC High School (Socially-Distant) Dinner and Pool Party
When : Tuesday June 30th
Drop off: 5:30pm
Pick up: 9:00pm
Where :   Sandy Stooke’s House, 2815 Overlook Drive. Thanks Sandy!
Please bring $5 for dinner and drink. We will have Papa Murphy's pizza.
Please RSVP to let us know if your student can make it ( ).
SAFETY, let's take care of each other!
This event will be outside and dinner will also be served outside. 
If you are sick,  even just mildly sick , please do not come to the party.
If you have a known exposure to someone with Covid or Covid symptoms, please do not come to the party. 
TLC Youth Hang Out (Wednesdays at 7:00pm) Calling all TLC youth! H ope you can show up for a Hang Out at 7:00pm on Wednesday. We will play some games, have a devotion and just keep connected to each other. This is a time for 7-12 graders! Here is a link. Hope to see you there!
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 927 3741 8476
Password: 110154
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Adults & Youth

Prayer of Examen - Thursdays at 5:30PM on Zoom
The Prayer of Examen is a regular practice that has 5 steps: prayers for God to open us up to examine the grace in our day, prayers of thanks as we examine the day, looking back on the day and naming where we saw God, looking back on the day and naming where we fell short in our relationships with the world, our vocation and family, examining the day to coming - what are our hopes for tomorrow. This will be a 20 minute exercise each week and all you need is a journal or note pad. THE WHOLE CONGREGATION IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PRAYER OF EXAMEN. 
Here is a link to join the weekly event (this is recurring, so this link can be used every week). Questions? Connect with Pete Erickson ( )
Thankful for Efforts Made
Not easy to get the family together these days.  Our daughter from Burbank took the "red eye" and arrived very early Sunday morning....we did not even hear her, so greeted her in the middle of the morning, finally. The plane from Burbank was full, and I suppose had been sanitized, but with all those people sitting too close together, no one knew if the "virus" was squelched for the flight or not.  She had called to tell me to have a bathrobe ready in the garage, and a bag to put her clothes in for the laundry...I could picture her undressing after opening the garage door, completely disrobing and then finding her way to the bedroom wearing her dad's winter bathrobe!

Our son's wife has had to be super-careful. Her parents are quite old and she does not want them to get sick from anyone who has passed on the virus to her.  It turned out that they did not think it wise to leave their place and come to our house.  We missed them, but what can you do?

The younger daughter and her husband came, and even brought some of the food for our cookout. She had not been in our house for a long time...We had a fun time catching up on each other a bit.   She had even gotten a nice haircut, which is more than I can say for Birdman and me. 

Let's pray this virus decides to leave and not "spike" new illnesses with hospital stays, and perhaps a sad outcome. When families have to struggle a bit to just get together for hamburgers on the grill, it seems like it's been around a long time.  The daughter from Burbank leaves on Friday ...the time will fly by as always, and she usually helps with projects we may have while she's here. Plus....we always play Scrabble, and have figured out an easy way to clear the board and get the tiles back into the bag for another game.  I can tell you how--my hint for today.  Find a large plastic bag that will fit the Scrabble board, slide it on when the game is done, and with a hole cut in one corner, let the tiles fall back into the smaller bag, all ready for the next game.  Works every time unless you aren't careful when you put the two bags together!

Sometimes it's not easy to adjust to what's going on in our world.  We hear again about shootings in Minneapolis and I think everyone needs to be calm, settle down, forget you even own a gun.  We do not need any more excitement of that kind, thank you!  Bless you all, and I hope your Father's Day celebrations were very nice.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
Conversations on Systemic Racism
June 21 & 28, July 12 & 19, 2020
2:00-3:30pm on Zoom
Join the ASDIC  and FREC (Facilitating Racial Equity Collective) communities as we respond to this historical moment.
In light of the murder of George Floyd and countless police killings of Black and Brown people, the world is reassessing the role of both police and society at large in addressing system-wide and structural racism. We wish to look at what this moment is about, how it connects to America’s history of systemic racism, and the forces that continue to sustain racism in Minnesota and the nation.
With the support of Professor Joe R. Feagin of Texas A&M University, along with Minnesota anti-racist activists and scholars, we will host four 90-minute conversations with guest panelists over the summer, starting next Sunday.
Join us for one or all of these conversations. They're free and open to the public. Learn more and register here.
Volunteers Needed
Please Help with Distribution
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Over the past month, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Minneapolis has been a hub for distributing food and basic supplies, serving 7,000-8,000 people each week. Hundreds of individuals, churches, and organizations have offered support in this inspiring community effort.

Holy Trinity is collecting supplies and distributing them on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to anyone who comes. They're in need of volunteers to help with distribution on Monday, June 29th and Wednesday, June 1st.  
2730 E 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 729-8358
The work is physical, so bring comfy shoes and wear a mask. Both inside and outside work are available. There are crews receiving donations (unloading cars, trucks, etc) and then repackaging them into paper grocery bags and then moving those bags outside to the East Lake Library parking lot, where they are distributed.

Donations they’re accepting include paper towels, toilet paper, Gatorade, cooking oil, laundry detergent, body soap, shampoo (especially for coily hair), hand soap, maxi pads, masks, baby wipes, dish soap (please no dishwasher soap), diapers (all sizes, especially large sizes and pull-ups).

Sign up to volunteer here , and learn more at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church facebook page
Thanks for all you do to support community. 
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
You Changed the World
~Part 3~
The well-known song “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me” is how we continue this series.

Two things come to mind as I write this: 1) First things first and 2) peace (shalom) really does begin with me because if I’m not totally invested in the change that’s all around me, then my engagement will ring totally hollow and meaningless.

A week ago on the 2 nd Sunday after Pentecost the sermon text was Mt. 9:35-10:15. And that’s where we get around to “First things first”.

Surprisingly, when Jesus commissioned the 12 disciples, in verses 5-6, he didn’t send them either to the Gentiles or the Samaritans—either of which would have been ripe missions fields to be harvested. Instead, he sends them to “those lost sheep, the people of Israel”.

It wasn’t that the Gentiles and Samaritans didn’t need to hear the message of Good News to the poor; but it was that the lost sheep of the House of Israel needed to hear it first if it was to establish a firm footing and foundation for the Gospel message to go forward.

Which brings us again to: What Does This Mean For Us?

Just this: We are the lost sheep; and if each of us as members of TLC doesn’t “get” the message of our White Privilege and really come to terms with this, then all of our good intentions of making changes will go no farther than it has over the past 400 years of the oppression of our Indigenous neighbors, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans—anyone who doesn’t look like us or who haven’t had the privileges we’ve had as white Americans.

In the Sunday, June 14 Strib Business section on page 3 there was an article entitled: CDC (Control Data Corporation) built plant at site of ’67 riots. One comment really struck me: there was an article by the Czech writer and politician Vaclav Havel who wrote these words, “people do not have to wholeheartedly buy into the lie to become a part of the problem. They just have to be willing to take their own place in it.”

Often, much too often, most of us don’t even realize a problem exists until the lid blows off of a boiling pot and causes the chaos that our community has experienced recently, again!

Once more, people of good will, will make serious attempts at making changes that will get to the root of the problems that our society has faced for far too many years.

My question to each of you, dear friends and members of TLC, is will we be willing to search deep within ourselves, recognize how each of us, knowingly or unknowingly has been a part of the problem and discover ways that we can become truly ANTI-RACIST?

If we don’t, then the message of the Gospel will get no farther than the place we worship.

Since TLC's worship services have gone exclusively online, many of you have signed-up for online giving. . Besides being a great convenience for you, it supports and regulates the church budget.
If you have moved to online giving and normally receive envelopes, please let the church know so we can stop forwarding envelopes.
Please Visit TLC's Memorial Garden
Since 2012, loved ones who had their funeral or memorial service at TLC now have a place and a webpage on our TLC Memorial Garden website. Please visit these saints, honor and remember them; read their obituary, the bulletin and homily, watch the live-stream archive of their service, browse their personal photo album, and, if so inclined, leave a personal message on their page.
Visit soon:
Screen capture of the TLC Memorial Garden home page.
Small Groups
During this time of social distancing ministry is still happening and we want to hear from you! Let's share your stories with the community of TLC. Are y'all meeting? How have you adapted your meetings to keep everyone safe? What projects are you working on? Send a brief description and some photos to and we will share your committee's news on The Weekly.
TLC Phone Extensions Change
Due to staff and office location changes, phone extensions have also been updated.

When calling the church main line, (952-884-2364) and having the auto-attendant answer, simply key-in the extension number at any time during the announcement and you'll be transferred to that phone extension.
 Building Your Retirement Foundation
Sunday, June 28, 2 pm


Deadline June 30
There’s an opportunity to match your donation, dollar for dollar through this comingTuesday.

The KIND WORLD FOUNDATION will match up to $30,000 to VEAP’s COVID 19 Relief Fund in order to meet the overwhelming demand for help. With our financial support, VEAP can connect struggling families with access to both healthy food and funds to pay their rent. Let’s strive to help everyone in our community have a place to live this summer. Credit Card donations either by phone or online.

9600 Aldrich Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55420
Do you ever need an extra prayer for yourself, a loved one, or a dear friend? TLC has a prayer team that prays often for members, their families and friends of the congregation. Send your prayer requests to or on the TLC website here. Your prayer needs are sent on to the Prayer Team and kept confidential – just between you, the pray-ers, and God. If you would like to be a member of the prayer team, please sign up on the yellow Life@TLC bulletin insert.
Grilled Chili-Cheese Sandwich
By Mrs. Donald Johnson
Yield 4 sandwiches
What You'll Need:

  • 8 Slices bread (suggest thick Texas toast bread)
  • Butter
  • 1 can chili, without beans
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese

Butter 4 slices bread. Place butter-side-down in hot skillet.
Spread on a spoonful of chili and cover with a slice of cheese.
Grill until golden brown.
Butter 4 more slices of bread and place butter-side-up on cheese; flatten with spatula.
Turn over to grill this (above) side until golden brown.

[Editor's note: Replace butter with a thin coat of mayonnaise. Makes for a golden, crusty slice with texture and flavor.]
June 2020
Congratulations to Bloomington Meals on Wheels for 50 years of service to the community!

1968-1969: The Seed of Volunteerism is Planted

Volunteer home delivery of hot meals began on a small scale in Hennepin County when two Bloomington churches, Oak Grove Presbyterian and St. Luke’s Lutheran, provided meals prepared in a local restaurant. Soon, St. Stephen’s Lutheran and St. Edward’s Catholic churches joined in a task force which laid the groundwork for a structured home-delivered meals program. Their work led directly to the creation of the Bloomington Meals on Wheels program and the seed was planted for community-based, non-profit, volunteer MOW programs throughout the metro area.

1970-1971: The Seedling Takes Root and Meals on Wheels Emerges

The first formal Meals on Wheels program structured as the all-volunteer, community based effort we know today began March 19, 1970 when the Bloomington Meals on Wheels program started delivering meals two days a week to seven clients. Transfiguration started supporting MOW with volunteers and funding in 1971. We can be proud of TLC’s contributions of drivers and funding over the years. What a great legacy!

If interested in becoming a volunteer driver, contact:
   Ingrid Swanson 952-944-5696
   Nancy Dahlof 952-831-1961
   Jo Benson 952-884–9881

Monetary gifts are much appreciated as TLC had to remove Meals on Wheels from the 2020 budget. Make checks payable to TLC, write Meals on Wheels memo line and mail to TLC, 11000 France Ave. S. 55431 or ( click here for online giving and select Gifts/Memorials once there). Thank You!

Learn more: Phone: 952-835-1665
Bloomington—Eden Prairie Website:
Resumes Wednesday nights with Pastor Grace.
Continues each week at 7:00pm
Join Intern Pastor Grace as she re-Zooms Wednesday night Bible Study. Bring your own bibles and let's learn about the interesting and often overlooked characters in our book of faith. 
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The Coronavirus has clearly upset life in Minnesota and around the world. As you know, even TLC is feeling the impact. Our church services and meetings are all on hold for now and only staff is left in the building, but our mission continues. Without the ability to gather for worship, we have no offering baskets being circulated to collect weekly offerings. In the mean time, bills still have to be paid and we need the continued financial support of our members. 
If you normally submit your offering in the offering baskets during service, we ask you to mail your offering to TLC at your normal interval while services are suspended. 
If you haven’t done so already, please consider signing up for automated giving through the Online Giving link at the top of every page on our website . Or click here to begin your donation. This easy to set up program allows you to schedule your offering payments at an interval convenient for you so your support is given whether you can make it to service or not - and whether we are able to hold services or not! 
We realize that some of you may have suffered loss of your job or income during this crisis and are unable to fulfill your offering pledge at this time. If this is the case with you, please let us know and we will keep you in our prayers. 
Like other crisis’ before it, the Corona virus will eventually pass and our lives will return to near normal. It’s times like these that can really test our faith. Take care of each other and yourself. We will get through this together. And, please don’t forget to support TLC in the mean time.
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