TRANSFIGURATION LUTHERAN CHURCH
11000 France Ave. S. - Bloomington, MN 55431
Office: (952) 884-2364 (Also 24-hour Pastoral Emergency Service)
Office Open Monday-Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
OUTDOOR SERVICE
10:00am
Drive-In / Walk-Up
Plus Live-Stream on TLCGo.LIVE
Online-Only Service
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TLC IS OPENING! 
God is here. You can be too, starting June 13.

TLC COVID Response Team update
as of June 3, 2021

Bloomington Cases/10,000 people: 15
Hennepin County Cases/10,000 people: 9.9
We are in Phase 5 of TLC’s COVID Plan (See newly revised Phase Plan here)

We have hit an important milestone in our COVID Response Plan. The drop in case counts in both Hennepin County and Bloomington have pushed our plan into Phase 5 which is as close to “normal” ministry as we’ve been since prior to the pandemic. This is both a time of celebration and continued vigilance to protect those who are still not vaccinated: our precious young people.

Here is the worship and ministry impact of reaching this milestone:
WORSHIP: Starting June 13

  • At 8:30am worship we will continue to follow CDC guidelines for in-person gatherings: masks for those un-vaccinated, masks optional for those who have been vaccinated. We do request that those wishing to sing along with the hymns wear a mask.
  • At 10:00am worship masks and distancing will be required to allow children, youth and other un-vaccinated individuals to feel welcome in worship and help curb the spread of COVID-19.
  • There will be no registration for worship or number cap on attendance.
  • Communion will be provided in pre-packaged containers and people will partake in their pew.
  • People are welcomed but not required to wear masks for outdoor worship.
  • For the month of June, hospitality will continue outdoors, including ice cream treats (depending on weather).

MINISTRY:
  • Per TLC’s COVID Plan, all ministry teams are able to meet in-person and unmasked if all participants have been vaccinated. If some members are not vaccinated, they must still wear a mask in order to meet in person.

The COVID Response Team will continue meeting on a weekly basis, monitoring the local numbers, and using the CDC as a reference for ministry recommendations to the council. Thanks for your continued patience and commitment to the ministry we share during this time.

You can view the daily case count at the following Hennepin County website.
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Bloomington numbers are on page 5.
TLC COVID Response Team
Brown, Jeanine
Erickson, Pete
Jorschumb, Steve
Millford, Janice
Murray, Arthur
Olson, Louise
Reber, Michelle
Reid, Rob
Wenge, Karen
Rob Reid
Director of Music
We Are BACK!
Come Worship at TLC!

With Vaccination numbers High, and Covid numbers Low, we will be gathering for in-person worship from now on - Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! All services will still be Live-Streamed in case you are out of town or prefer to worship at home. 
 
This Sunday, June 6, we will celebrate and bless our High School, College and Seminary Graduates at our Outdoor Service in the West Parking Lot. Bring a lawn chair, or watch and listen from inside your air-conditioned car (87.9 FM). The Praise and Worship Team will lead the joyful, uplifting hymns and songs. During the service we will welcome the Larson Family to TLC, and we'll baptize their three young kids! Pastor Arthur will preach, Pastor Eva will preside over Communion, and some of our graduates and Youth Team Members will lead various parts of the service. 
 
Then, for the next three Sundays in June (6/13, 6/20 and 6/27) we will worship at 8:30 and 10:00am In The Sanctuary! What? Wow! Can't wait! Look for more details about protocols for those services elsewhere in this TLC Weekly. 
 
Looking forward to seeing you again soon! 
 
Peace,
Drive-in / Walk-up Service
This Sunday - June 6
Begins at 10:00am
LIVE-STREAM EVENT
(weather permitting)

We will be celebrating our high school, college and tech school graduates. Plus a baptism and new member's welcome.

Arrive early! Bring lawn chairs! Or, if you wish to remain in your vehicle, tune your radio to 87.9 FM to listen to the service while you watch (note, radio transmission doesn't go too far beyond the TLC property).
Blossoming Beautifully
Mulch helps protect
Thanks to the “mulching crew” of Jo Benson, Rod Daniels, Steve Jorschumb, Sandy Mullen, Bob Hettlinger, and Keith Swanson, the TLC Westside Gardens are now better enabled to handle the heat of summer.

In addition, the mulch will help control weeds, protect the plant roots, and keep the soil moist while adding beauty to the gardens. We hope these gardens will bring a smile to your face as you return for in-person worship this summer.

If worshipping virtually, drive by sometime to enjoy them.

Perhaps you will notice, only the front parking lot islands have been cleaned up and mulched at this time. If you are interested in helping with the remaining ones, contact Karen Daniels.
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Sunday, May 30, 2021
128 viewers of the 10:00am service

Percent watching on specified device:
  • Computer 33.8%
  • Mobile 31.1%
  • Smart TV 24.3%
  • Tablet 10.8%
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
Kevin Erickson
Jerry Hanson
Jean Nyberg
Walt Thomsen
Irene Amon
Dunwiddie Family
Don Jacobson
Carol Robbins
Judy Hanson
Ron Schultz
Ron Schroeder
Gail Kleven
Lavern Nornes
TLC Summer Ministry Opportunities –
Get connected to what’s happening this SUMMER!

Are you looking for a faithfully fun way to connect with your TLC friends this summer? Here are the dates for summer ministry opportunities this summer. As always – feel free to bring friends! Here’s what’s happening:
 
  • June 22    MN Twins Game: 11:00am-4:00pm. Cost: $20 plus food money.
(SPACES ARE FILLING)
  • June 29    Pool Party at Sandy Stooke’s. 5:30pm. Cost: $5 for pizza.
  • July 13      Second Harvest Service Event. Time TBA
  • July 27     Pool Party at Sandy Stooke’s. 5:30pm. Cost: $5 for pizza.
  • August 3  Valley Fair 9:00am-5:00pm. Cost: $30 plus food money.
  • August 17 Pool Party at Sandy Stooke’s. 5:30pm. Cost: $5 for pizza.
 
You MUST register to participate – Click here to sign-up for the summer fun! Look forward to seeing you IN-PERSON this summer! PLEASE NOTE: we will be adhering to the current policies of the organizations we will be using for summer ministry when it comes to masks. Stay tuned for more info as we get closer to the dates.

 
TLC/ELC Community Nights –
Wednesdays, June 23 & July 21, 5:30-7:30pm
Sunday, August 8, 10:00am – Blessing of the Animals Service
 
Transfiguration Lutheran Church and the Early Learning Center are partnering together on THREE community events this summer designed to connect in community, celebrate our resiliency over the last year, and imagine a new, exciting day for our community of faith. 
 
We invite the whole ELC/TLC community to come for dinner, games, stories, music, and to meet your neighbors and our community partners at TLC. Here are the details:
 
  • June 23 and July 21 (5:30-7:30pm) – in the TLC Parking Lot
  • August 8 (10:00am) – In the TLC Parking Lot – this will be a worship that includes a blessing of the animals!
 
The planning team is looking for help to make these events happen. Here are some areas we’d love your partnership:

  • Set Up/Clean Up
  • Leading games
  • Food support
  • Engaging/inviting our neighbors to attend
 
Click here to sign up to help or contact Pete Erickson (perickson@tlcmn.com) or Pastor Melanie Heuiser Hill (mheuiserhill@tlcmn.com) if you would like to share your gifts!


TLC Children, Youth and Family Survey
Please share your hopes and dreams!
 
The TLC CYF Transition Team invites your thoughts and feedback on the past, present and future of Children, Youth and Family Ministry in our community of faith. We would love for you to complete a survey that will help inform our work going forward. Click here to participate in the survey. It should only take about 15 minutes to complete! Thanks, in advance, for your partnership with us!
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Reflections on Memorial Day
Thankfully, no one in our family was a victim of any war.  We saw the gold stars in other families' windows and felt sorry for their loss, but at that time we were too young to realize fully what that loss meant. In our elementary school, we'd pledged allegiance to the flag each day, had been part of scrap metal drives, which I wrote about once before... our class sitting on a huge pile of thrown out junk, even winning a prize.  During the middle of the morning, half pints of milk were distributed to the kids, and we had brought chocolate syrup to make them more interesting. Life went on with only a few small bumps in our lives.

At home it was a slightly different story.  My dad was so worried that he'd be drafted and have to leave his grocery store to be run by someone else. When it got to the point that he was actually drafted and had to have a physical, they found he had flat feet, and was not a good candidate for army life. We all kind of laughed at the humor in having flat feet, but he was very relieved.

My brother, who would graduate from high school in 1943, was all revved up to join the Merchant Marines. I guess it did sound more interesting than the army, and being just a kid, I'd never even heard of them. He had my parents sign for him to join, as he was not 18 yet, and pretty soon he was off to basic training and then to far-off parts of the world that we'd never heard of.  Merchant Marines were the ones who carried the ammunition and other necessaries to where they were needed. One rather large glitch would be quite annoying to our family. The army draft board did not seem to understand this. They'd call, wonder why they could not reach him to join the army, mom would explain...etc.

I had gotten to ninth grade and was planning to pick an instrument so I could be in the band.  Finally settled on a baritone, and took a few lessons. I was renting the horn as they are quite expensive. I can remember marching in Memorial Day parades throughout the years, and playing rather somber music to match the day. When we moved to Bloomington, I played in the brass group and also loved taking my baritone to our sing-along's at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. A baritone is held close to your body, kind of like having a big teddy bear to hug.... Ask Rod Daniels!

When it was time to graduate in 1950, our class was affected by the Korean War that began the same year. Many of the boys in our class were suddenly sent off to boot camp and could not graduate with the rest of the class. "Pomp and Circumstance" was being played and they were gone. Sad time. Let's hope there are no more so-called "opportunities" to serve in any more wars.  It many sound glamorous to be in the service, and a good chance to get an education paid for later by the government, but still, peace and no more war is much better!  May all your Memorial Days be peaceful.

-Bloomington Bird Lady
With some nice summer weather and more freedom to go places and do things that we haven't been able to for so long, it's easy to get too busy and forget that we have neighbors who are still struggling to feed their families.

The need is always great and helping is so easy, by donating food and essentials to VEAP and dropping them off at TLC. The bins are inside and you're welcome to come into the church with your donations. Please wear a mask if you're unvaccinated.

Thoughts by Pastor Al Dungan
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Who Wrote the Bible?
(continued)

The honesty of those who drew together the heritage stories of Israel, at times, boggles the mind. The Hebrews could have whitewashed their history, as so many other cultures and civilizations have done, including our own, but they didn’t.

It’s said that history is written by the “winners” and if we look just at the history of our own nation that is most certainly true. All we have to do is look at how the story of the Tulsa massacre of Black families and the destruction of Black Wall Street was suppressed for almost 100 years along with other similar stories too numerous to count too see the truth of that. I had never heard of this in the history classes I took in school. Had you?

The Hebrews, however, as they related the story of their own history were brutally honest. They recognized that the family of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were definitely flawed and they acknowledged that.

Now, to pick up the story where I left of last time, we have Jacob on the run from his murderously angry brother Esau. When night overtook him, he was on a rocky hill with only a stone for a pillow.

But something awe-inspiring happened that night. As he slept he saw a vision of a ladder that stretched from heaven to earth with angels moving up and down on it. Then he saw the Lord standing there beside him who renewed the promise first made to Abraham that the land where he was sleeping would be given to him and that his descendants would be “like the dust of the earth”
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“Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you. (Genesis 28.15)

When Jacob awoke he was amazed at the vision and set up a stone pillar to memorialize what had happened. He called the place Beth-el which means House of God because he believed he had seen the gate of heaven. Then he made a solemn promise to God that if God would do all these things, he would give a tenth of all he had back to God.

(Did you know that this is where the concept of tithing began?)

That was the good news. The bad news, Jacob’s comeuppance, was on the horizon in the person of his uncle Laban who would cheat him more than once.

And that’s where we’ll leave the story this time.


-Next time, Jacob learns how it feels to be cheated.
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.
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

  • The August High School trip is now confirmed for the dates August 2-7. There are still 2 spots left. Please RSVP to Pete Erickson ASAP as it may fill up quickly. See info session below. Loop trip guided through Wilderness Canoe Base. Suggested contribution $300 per paddler. Open to: Youth finished 8th grade and up. Adults welcome.

  • The final Family Trip August 28-31 is still taking reservations. We have a few families signed up and room for more. Contact Pete Erickson or Pastor Arthur. See Zoom info session below. Family Mission Camp at Wilderness Canoe Base. Approx. cost $100 per person. Open to: All ages and abilities. Cabin accommodations. Meals prepared by camp staff. Opportunities to volunteer and to relax.

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.
There will be a ZOOM information session this Monday, June 7 from 6:00pm-7:00pm. The first 30 minutes will be info and Q&A for the trips. Please try to join if you are interested in any of the trips.
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Meals on Wheels is a non-profit service organization with a simple mission: to provide hot, nutritious mid-day meals to people in Bloomington and Eden Prairie who are elderly or disabled, homebound and unable to manage their own meal preparation. TLC has supported Meals on Wheels since 1971 with volunteers and funding.
             
During the pandemic it has been a priority to make sure that all of our neighbors receiving meals did not see a disruption in service. MOW was able to handle an increase in meals delivered with safety protocols in place.
 
Volunteer drivers from churches, corporations and the community continued to give their time week in and week out. Delivery routes increased from 11-12 routes and in April of this year over 2,800 meals were delivered, the most since August of 2005. Funding sources have grown more vulnerable with the changing financial landscape so we know the money raised at TLC through the One+One Benevolence Campaign will be greatly appreciated. $9,000 will be given to MOW following the wishes of the congregation.
 
The success of MOW is reliant on the volunteers who deliver meals and we thank all the drivers from TLC who volunteer to drive as needed once every six weeks.
 
For more information about becoming a driver for MOW, please call one of the following: Ingrid Swanson (952-944-5696) or Jo Benson (952-884-9881) or email blepmn@gmail.com.
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