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Pentecost Sunday - Wear Red!
Rob Reid,
Director of Music
As we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit this Sunday, you are invited to wear the Liturgical Color of the Day, Red, to help you and yours feel that Spirit! This week (May 23), you can either come to TLC and worship together at 8:30am (masked and socially-distanced, please, to help curb the spread of Covid-19, and to allow kids to safely worship), or go to TLCGO.LIVE at 10:00am to watch and worship there - or do both! The two services are very similar, but at 8:30am you can hear Mary George sing an inspiring song called "Who Am I?" during Communion.

At the 10:00am On-line Service, Organist Carmen Englert and our Socially Distanced Singers (Jill and Rob Reid, Mary George and Scott Knight) lead our Pentecost Hymns, including favorites such as "Spirit of the Living God," "Spirit of Gentleness" and "O Day Full of Grace." Pastor Melanie will lead the Time for Children, Pastor Arthur preaches, and Pastor Eva will Preside over Communion and lead our Prayers of the People. 
Praying that God's Holy Spirit will descend upon you like a Dove, or fill you with a sense of Holy Fire, as we worship on Pentecost Sunday.
Peace and Joy,
In-Person 8:30am Worship
This Sunday, May 23, at TLC
This Sunday, May 23 at Transfiguration Lutheran Church, we will offer in-person, indoor services at 8:30am.
Pre-registration is required for all in-person, indoor services. Masks and social distancing remain in place. Singing is allowed. Communion will be provided in prepackaged containers.
Register now to reserve your place. The TLC sanctuary seats a maximum of 16 households with social distancing.
10:00am services will remain online-only in May due to special musical offerings already scheduled.
May 30 will be a pre-produced Mpls Area ELCA Synod Worship Service 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 13 we plan to be back “In-Person” for all services (with live-stream). Outdoor drive-in / walk-up services take place on the first Sunday of the month.
All 10:00am services will continue to be available for live-streaming at
Your Presence is Requested
This Sunday, May 23
1:00-4:00pm at TLC
TLC Children, Youth and Family Imagination Event
Dear TLC Community Members,
As you are aware, ministry with families and children occupies a place of high priority at TLC. As we discern what kind of ministry God may have for us in 2022 and beyond, we begin by considering the role that Children, Youth and Family Ministry will play in the future of TLC. Your presence is requested this Sunday from 1:00-4:00pm! In-person or on Zoom.
Wonderings to bring with you:
What are our values and priorities as a congregation in relation to CYF ministry?
How does this relate to God’s call for us as a congregation as a whole?
Eventual outcomes:
What model for Children Youth and Family (CYF) Ministry will work best for TLC in the 2020’s? How will CYF Ministry be integrated into the other vital ministries of this congregation?
Here are the details:
  • If you are vaccinated we encourage you to attend in person. If you are not or if you cannot attend in person for any other reason, 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) contact:
  • Playtime and snacks (including ice cream!) for elementary-age students will be provided by ELC staff.
Here’s a link to the event: 
Topic: TLC CYF Imagination Event
Time: May 23, 1:00pm Central Time (US and Canada)
 Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 9663 8260
Passcode: 556939
Watch for coming, similar Imagination Events this summer with the following themes:

  • Property and Finance
  • Pastoral and Elder Care
  • Mission and Outreach
  • Diversity and Inclusion
Is there something missing from the list? Let us know! Contact Pastor Eva Jensen at
Overview of Interim/Transition process will be presented during Sunday worship on June 13 at 8:30am and 10:00am.
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Sunday, May 16, 2021
287 viewers of the 10:00am service

Percent watching on specified device:
  • Computer 42.1%
  • Smart TV 29.0%
  • Tablet 19.7%
  • Mobile 9.2%
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 for:
Husband, Daryl Johnson; adult-children, Michael, Jeff and Michelle along with grandchildren and great-grandchildren on the death of wife, mother and grandmother, Irene Johnson.
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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!
The Aardvarks (younger preschoolers - 3 yr olds turning 4) above right and below, have been studying bugs and insects for the past couple weeks. For one art project, they painted a paper plate to look like their favorite bug or insect.
– NLC Virtual Spring Celebration and Benefit –
This Sunday 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.
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.
Playing Accompaniment
to Silent Films
Trying to imagine what my mom had to get together to be able to play piano in the theaters that projected silent films so long ago now (1910 – late 1920s).  I hope to come up with how she did that, but wish she were still here to tell me in person. I think she must have been only a young teenager at the time....Maybe it was her first job...I will never know.
After using Google to approach the subject of "silent films," I found that nowhere was it even mentioned that there were actual people who would sit in the dark theater, right below the screen, and play either a piano or an organ accompaniment to describe the film's action.  The only reason I even know about this is that my mom, as a young girl, was hired to do this as her very first job.

I tried to imagine what that would be like, and what kind of music would be used, etc. First of all, if you have not previously seen the movie, how would you know what was going to happen, and in a manageable order? Would you be able to invent music yourself, or where would you find printed sheet music to fit your needs?

Remember that this is years ago right before the '29 Depression started.  She did not play "by ear," which would have made it really hard to invent music for "chases" or love scenes, or whatever might come up on the screen. She would have had to find the music ahead of time, and just have it ready to go. Playing by ear is indeed a special talent, and I would have had to use quite a lot of actual music to be able to skip quickly from one scene to the next.  So glad I didn't have to worry about movie music.
Lately I have watched some actual old silent movies on TV and noticed that the actors, because they would not have their voices recorded as a "talkie" movie, would really tend to "overact" to the point of looking almost ridiculous!  Look at one someday and notice the way "overdone" facial expressions.
The Casino Movie Theater in Milaca, MN, closed in the mid-1950's under the name Cozy Theater.
I don't know how long this first job lasted, but I'll bet she enjoyed being at the old movie theater in Milaca, Minnesota, getting her music in order and practicing the various pieces to be used that day. She was used to accompanying live people, as her two sisters were vocal soloists and she was their accompanist.  Also, playing for church services was good practice, and she played in both the Methodist and Lutheran services before branching out to the movies!
Listen up, those of you who are learning to play the piano. Think of what you might have done if you lived back in the 1920s! I know it would be much more relaxing to just watch the film without scrambling for a piece of music for some cowboy scene, or whatever might show up on that screen. Now they have whole orchestras that are so carefully coordinated with the movie.  Are we just lazy, or what? 
-Bloomington Bird Lady
The number one spring task of cleaning out the the TLC West side gardens has been completed! Marigolds have been planted in the area by the garage. (Thanks to those who helped with this!) The two large pots by the West side main doors have been planted with annuals. Plans are now proceeding to plant a few more perennials here and there, add colorful annuals where needed, and THEN … top off all the gardens with mulch.

Could you help us plant? Might you be able to help spread the mulch?

We could really use help with this as some of us are not as strong as we used to be. Will you consider helping? All willing and able people would be most appreciated moving forward with the above mentioned, upkeep, and occasional extra watering during hot dry days.

Please contact Karen Daniels at: 612-462-2397.

The Plot Thickens
Jacob runs for his life
~ ~ ~
Thoughts by Pastor Al Dungan

Not content with snookering his brother Esau out of his birthright for a bowl of lentil soup, Jacob (the usurper—another meaning for his name) and his mother, Rebekah, began to plot how he might also steal the blessing from Isaac that belonged to his brother.

This blessing was always given to the oldest son and was the basis for his taking over major family responsibilities after the father was gathered to his ancestors.

As Isaac grew older, his eyesight began to fail until he could no longer determine who was in his presence. Only by touch and hearing could he distinguish who was before him.

One day, feeling that his death was drawing near, he called his son Esau to him and asked him to go hunting and then prepare his favorite meal of wild game. It would be, at that time, that Isaac would give the father’s blessing to his first born son Esau.

So, off Esau went.

Wily Rebekah heard the conversation between her husband and her oldest son. Quickly she hatched a plan to allow Jacob to supplant his brother so that he would have, not only the birthright, but the father’s blessing, thus depriving Esau of everything that should have been rightly his.

“Quick,” she said, “go out and kill a goat and we’ll season it to taste like the wild game your father likes. Then take the skin of the goat and lay it over your arms so that the goat’s hair will appear to be your brother’s hairy arms.”

Jacob did as his mother commanded and brought the meal to Isaac.

Isaac was surprised that “Esau” had been successful so quickly when Jacob (the usurper) brought him the meal. When he questioned this, Jacob/Esau told him that the Lord had made it possible to find game so quickly.

But, not being sure that it was really Esau because Jacob wasn’t able to disguise his voice well enough, Isaac asked him to come so that he could feel his arms. Of course, the arms covered with goat’s hair felt like Esau’s hairy arms so he gave Jacob the blessing meant for Esau.

When Esau returned, prepared his father’s favorite meal and came to receive his blessing, nothing was left except to give a much less favorable blessing. (You can read this in Genesis 27:30-40)

Esau was infuriated and vowed to kill his brother after their father’s death.
Once again, wily Rebekah, made a plan to help Jacob escape his brother’s fury and got him sent off to her brother Laban.

So, off Jacob ran to save his life never to see his parents again and, only much later, be reunited with his brother.

Next time: The cheater is cheated or everything that goes around comes around.
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
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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.
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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
What & where is this?
If you've scrolled along and are reading this, thank you for browsing through the entire TLC Weekly.

This is the second week of our 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, if you attend this Sunday's 8:30am in-person service, you just might spot the object.

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.

The sculpture is a memorial to the son of the late Brunskill family.
Last week this was the partial photo shown of the sculpture.
The Brunskill family. From the left, Richard, Ralph and "Ginny."
Last week we introduced a new contest: Partial Identity

The goal was for you to look at the photo extracted from a larger, complete photo of something inside or outside the church building, then email us with your answer. The answer to last week's Partial Identity is the metal sculpture mounted on the south wall of the Sanctuary over the exit doors to the Narthex. 

Many may not know the story behind that sculpture. It's related to a very tragic event in the lives of late members, Ralph and Virginia "Ginny" Brunskill. They had a son, Richard, who, at the young age of 28 in 1991, accidentally drowned in the Cannon Falls, MN, Cannon River. His funeral service was held at TLC and he is buried at Dawn Valley. His parents had the sculpture made in memory of their son and donated it to TLC as a memorial of his life. Sadly, both Ralph and Ginny are no longer with us and are also buried at Dawn Valley.

There were nine who correctly identified the photo and where the object could be found. In order of email timestamp:

  1. Barb Wigstadt
  2. Louise Olson
  3. Marcia Ehorn
  4. Linda Meyer
  5. Sandy Mullen
  6. Diane Lehman
  7. Pamela Moe
  8. Gail Kleven
  9. Norma Macdonald-Ockwig
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