11000 France Ave. S. - Bloomington, MN 55431
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Office Open Monday-Thursday, 9:00am to 4:00pm
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Sunday Worship Service ONLINE
May 16, 2021 - 9:55am
Click above to visit TLC's Mental Health webpage.
Altar flowers for Sunday are given by Pamela Moe
in loving memory of her husband, Darrell
and the joy he shared.
Mental Health Awareness Sunday, May 16
Rob Reid,
Director of Music
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and this Sunday, May 16 for our 10:00am On-Line Service we have included several additions to help all of us feel God’s presence at the end of this very challenging year. Dave Dickson will share a God Moment to tell of his recent experiences; we will light candles of Hope and Comfort for those struggling with mental health challenges; and Pastor Arthur will preach on John’s Gospel centered around Jesus’ prayers for his followers, including each of us.

The music for this week hopes to bring some moments of peace, but also to lift our spirits with joy. Members of our TLC Handbells recently recorded a delightful Gospel arrangement of “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” which will be heard during the Call to Worship. The Praise and Worship Team recorded our hymns for this week, which include “Will You Come and Follow Me,” an uplifting African song called “Hallelujah! We Sing Your Praises,” and “I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me.” Jill and Rob Reid, accompanied by Phetsamone Ekholm, will be heard in an encore recording of a beautiful song they sang for last year’s Mental Health Awareness Sunday, “O Love that will not Let Me Go.”. And John Rosenow sings a heart-felt rendition of one of his signature songs, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

Praying this week’s service brings you peace and joy,
In-Person 8:30am Worship
This Sunday, May 16, at TLC

(There will also be a 10:00am Live-Stream Only Service)

At the Council meeting of May 12, after discussion with representatives from the COVID Response Team, the Council voted to adjust the TLC Covid Response Plan to allow for In-Person worship to begin as soon as possible. This decision was made in light of:
  • Recent announcements on the federal and state levels
  • Consideration of feedback from the congregation through surveys and personal contact
  • Recognizing the high levels of vaccination in the TLC community
On May 16 and May 23 we will offer indoor services at 8:30am “In-Person.”
Pre-registration is required for all in-person, indoor services. Masks and social distancing remain mandatory as per ongoing recommendation for faith communities.
Register here online to reserve your place. The TLC sanctuary seats a maximum of 16 households with social distancing. The registration form also provides more details about the worship service.

10:00am services will remain online only in May due to special musical offerings already scheduled.
May 30 will be a Synod offering for Memorial Day weekend. Online only. We remain grateful to the Synod for the offerings which provide necessary rest for our technical and musical personnel.
As of June we plan to be back “In-Person” for all services (with livestream). Outdoor services take place on the first Sunday of the month.
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Sunday, May 9, 2021
278 viewers of the 10:00am service

Percent watching on specified device:
  • Computer 32.8%
  • Smart TV 31.3%
  • Tablet 20.3%
  • Mobile 15.6
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
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
Prayers of Sympathy to:
Daryl Johnson and family on the death of wife, Irene.
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This week was all about flowers at TLC ELC. Our Penguin class (younger toddlers - 1 yr olds turning 2) spent much of this beautiful week outside watering the plants and flowers.
WHEN YOU TRUST us with your family, you become like our family. At TLC Early Learning Center (ELC), we are committed to providing high quality care, specializing in educating children while nurturing their spiritual growth. TLC-ELC is a nationally-accredited, Christian childcare and preschool program in Bloomington, MN, with college-educated and trained teachers in early childhood education, assuring that your children will be left in very capable hands. If you’re ready to experience a safe, supportive, and fun environment for your child and a partner who cares about your family, we’re ready to meet you!

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The Aardvarks (younger preschoolers - 3 yr olds turning 4) like to spend time in the afternoon working on puzzles, building creations with blocks, and pretending to make delicious food in the kitchen.
No April 2021 Meeting Minutes Available
The approval of April's council meeting minutes was continued to next months meeting because a report given at April's meeting was missing from the minutes.
Save the Date - Sunday, May 23
TLC Children, Youth and Family Imagination Event
Sunday, May 23 from 1:00-4:00pm at TLC
The TLC Children, Youth and Family Vision Team is leading a CYF Imagination Event to encourage the congregation to articulate their values, hopes, and expectations about the future of children, youth and family ministry at TLC. Pastor Eva Jensen will facilitate this visioning event. 
Here are the details:
  • If you are vaccinated we encourage you to attend in person. If you are not, please join us by Zoom (see link below)
  • Snacks and beverages will be provided
  • The nursery will be open (must sign up ahead of time)
  • Childcare for elementary-age students will be provided by our Peer Ministers
Here’s a link to the event: 
Topic: TLC CYF Imagination Event
Time: May 23, 2021 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
 Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 9663 8260
Passcode: 556939

More information? Contact Pastor Eva at:
Dear TLC Congregation,
Many thanks are due to all of you for your generous contributions, prayers and support for the One+One Benevolence Campaign, which concluded in April. The Mission and Outreach Team (at the May 4 meeting) and the TLC Council (at the May 11 meeting) both voted unanimously to approve the allocation of funds below. These allocations reflect very closely the priorities identified through the congregational survey included in the appeal. A very special thanks is due to Mission and Outreach Team member, John Thomson, who provided the matching grant and inspiration behind this effort to follow Christ’s commandment to love and care for our neighbors during this time of particular crisis.
The approved grants are below. Funds are to be distributed as soon as possible. Each recipient organization may use the funds as they see fit. To date, over $65,000 of the total pledged dollars have already been received at the church office. Thank you! And thanks be to God!

A brief description of each partner listed below can be seen on page two of the original appeal of February 5, 2021.
NLC Virtual Spring Celebration and Benefit – May 23

The past choral season has been like no other, yet the National Lutheran Choir continued to evolve, sharing music with both local audiences and congregations across the nation through virtual programming.

Just as the world continues to navigate this new reality, so will the NLC as we return to live programming coupled with unique and meaningful virtual content. This innovation is made possible through the generous support of many individuals who, like the NLC, see the choral art as essential in our ever-changing time.

Join us, then, on May 23 for a virtual celebration and benefit to help the NLC come back strong. Learn about exciting plans for the 2021-2022 season, immerse yourself in the music you love, and support NLC’s 35-year legacy as a beacon of sacred choral music for all.

“Light Dawns” - Sunday, May 23 @ 4pm @
TLC is a church that supports its young people spiritually, emotionally, and relationally. An ongoing tradition at TLC is awarding a scholarship to a student who has engaged at church, in the community and the classroom.
This is a benevolent annual gift from the Kevin & Diane Erickson family. If you are TLC high school senior and would like to be considered for this scholarship, please download, complete and submit the form by May 28th.
COVID Response Team Update
May 14, 2021
Due to a significant change in masking and social distancing guidelines announced by the CDC Thursday, May 13, there will be a more defined process from the TLC COVID Response Team in next week's issue of the TLC Weekly.
My Mom
I hope you all had a lovely Mother's Day last Sunday.  With our three kids in different places, we gave thanks for the phone and then for being vaccinated! Our daughter-in-law had not been here at all during the length of the quarantines and the tail end of the virus (we hope). She brought me a carrot cake she'd made and it was so nice to see her and finally hug once more.  

It is interesting what happens when your mom is the church organist.  Ever since I was a little kid, I can remember her either planning what to play or re-naming some piece to fit well in a Sunday bulletin. On choir nights she'd be running the two blocks to the church for rehearsal, and I'd be left with my dad to get me ready for bed. There was a sweater that had to be pulled off over my head and my dad wasn't quite as good as my mom at getting it over my nose.

Also, she gave piano lessons in our living room... mostly after school and Saturdays.  I had to stay in the rest of the house, trying to be quiet.  It was a good chance to sneak a piece of cake by "evening out" the cut part on the chocolate cake in the 9X13 pan.  I'll bet you've done that too?

As she neared the 37 years of playing, she had gotten multiple myeloma, and since we were living up in Frazee, MN, where Birdman taught, I'd worry that the phone would ring with bad news.  At one point I had to alter her clothes as her height had shrunk with the disease.  She continued to play the organ and would keep on as long as she could, even directing the choir too. When there was a special anniversary of Zion Lutheran in Milaca, I came to sing in the choir.  As I walked up the aisle, I thought, "Well, Mom, I'm back." One pastor's son said a few words of greeting during that service and confessed that as a kid he'd thought my mom was God, because every time she came in, black robe and all, the service started.

My mom was born in Red Wing, MN, and just this past week we've had huge flocks of red-winged blackbirds taking off from our feeders. Kind of a nice little coincidence. I had to look back at her obituary from 1964, the year we moved here. I was so lonesome, not knowing anyone at TLC and then having just lost my mom. It was interesting to look through my box of many thank-you's for funeral cards, just looking to be sure of where she was born. I found way too many old friends' obituaries... In this rather odd time when people are acting out because of frustration or whatever, let's be thinking of how much we have to be thankful for. Each friend was given to us for a reason... maybe we won't ever realize why, but as we plant our summer flowers, let's remember all the good things that are ours. 

-Bloomington Bird Lady
TLC is currently seeking a person with event planning skills and a naturally compassionate spirit to fill the part-time position of Funeral and Wedding Coordinator.

Contact Pastor Arthur at to inquire or to submit a recommendation. Please pray for this search process.

Who Wrote the Bible?
The Battling Twins
~ ~ ~
Thoughts by Pastor Al Dungan

One of the things that I appreciate about the Bible is that it never tries to sugar-coat its message (with the exception of the 2 books of Chronicles that try to “tone down” the message about the increasing corruption of the royalty in Israel).

The Bible exposes the warts, pimples and boils of the people of God without trying to explain away their behavior.

If ever there was a Dysfunctional (with a capital D) family it was the family of Abraham and his descendants.

Today’s foray into that family is no exception.

Isaac and Rebekah had been childless for many years after their marriage. In desperation, Isaac prayed to God to give them children and God answered that prayer. The caveat here is that you need to be careful what you pray for because you might get it.

And that’s what happened.

Rebekah became pregnant with twins, who, from almost the first sign of life in her womb, struggled with each other and made her pregnancy very difficult, even painful. In fact she even began to wonder if it would be better to die than to have to experience the pain she was experiencing.

Finally the twins were born. The first to appear was a very hairy boy who was named Esau which means “hairy”. The second son to be born was called Jacob because he was hanging on to the heel of his brother. The name Jacob means supplanter, that is one who seizes, circumvents or usurps. And that’s just exactly who he became.

As the boys grew, Esau became a very successful hunter who brought home game for eating and so became a favorite of his father Isaac. Jacob on the other hand was a smooth skinned, quite boy who lived in the tents of his parents and became the favorite of his mother Rebecca.

Once, as the story goes, Esau had been out hunting and came home famished. His brother was cooking up a batch of lentil soup so Esau begged for a bowl. Jacob, the wily one, saw his chance and said to his brother that he would give him some soup if his brother would sell him his birthright. “What good is a birthright to me if I starve to death right in front of you” Esau replied, so he agreed and gave it up.

The birthright was the two-thirds portion of the property that was supposed to go to the first born son. And just like that, Esau traded away that right for a bowl of soup. Not exactly the world’s best bargain.

Next time: the plot thickens and Jacob runs for his life.
Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Addiction Awareness

-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:
  • Chris Campo
  • Dave Dickson
  • Al Dungan
  • Mary George
  • Griffin Myslivecek
  • Louise Olson
  • Beth Rahn
  • Rick Zeidler
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.
  • August (Date tba) Partnering with Wilderness Canoe Base. Suggested contribution $300 per paddler. Open to: Youth finished 9th grade and up.
  • 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 ( or Pastor Arthur ( for more information or to hold your spot for any of the trips.
June 6
Drive-In / Walk-Up
Worship Service
High School
College Graduates
On Sunday, June 6th, at the 10:00am outdoor service, Transfiguration Lutheran Church will celebrate a milestone in the life of this congregation and the lives of all graduates. This is a moment in time when we close one door and open another while we honor our graduates and families – blessing their next chapter of life. We are excited to celebrate this important moment together, in-person (with masks and social distancing)

ALL Seniors – see your email from Pete Erickson with more details including info about the TLC Scholarship. Download the TLC Scholarship Form here. The deadline for applications is May 28th
7045 Lyndale Ave So
​Richfield, MN 55423
1st & 3rd Sundays/domingos
5:00 p.m. worship/servicio de alabanza
Tapestry is a bilingual (Español/Inglés) and multicultural community that works to not only build bridges, but to cross them, too. We are working together to reach out and weave together the diversity of people living in our communities into what it means to be una comunidad de fe. We engage in deep listening to build compassion and trust. We intentionally enter into conversations with people different from ourselves. We are transformed through our relationships and through the work of the Holy Spirit.
TLC Memorial Garden
A place of peace and reflection, honoring and remembering those close to our hearts. Please click here to visit our website dedicated to those who have passed on -- from 2012 to the present. Each person -Saint- has a page with their obituary, video photo collage, the funeral service bulletin, homily, photo album, and in more recent years, a video of the entire funeral service that was held at TLC.
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A Culture of Diversity and Inclusion
Partial Identity
If you've scrolled along and are reading this, thank you for browsing through the entire TLC Weekly.

Today we're starting a new contest: PARTIAL IDENTITY.

The image above IS NOT hidden anywhere in this newsletter. Rather, it's part of a photograph of something located inside or outside the TLC church building.

Your task is to identify what it is a part of and where it is located. And yes, it's been awhile since most have been inside the church. But, we're fairly certain everybody that has visited the church will have seen this some place, somewhere.

When you think you know what it is a part of and where it's located, email us with your answer. In next week's TLC Weekly we'll post the top names of those who contacted us first.

Last week we finally had representation from the male gender. Matter of fact, he was the first one to email with the correct answer. Several other folks incorrectly thought they spotted the golf ball in photos from the ELC article. As pointed out on the left, the golf ball was "trapped" inside the red ribbon of the Addiction Awareness logo.

The four who found the golf ball in order of email timestamp:

  1. Dick Haugen
  2. Pamela Moe
  3. Karen Daniels
  4. Joanne Haugen
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