This Sunday, September 6, 2020
Live-Stream Only
10:00am Worship with Communion.
Fiddle, Pennywhistle, Guitar and Melodious Vocals!
Rob Reid
Director of Music
Come worship together this Sunday, September 6 at 10:00am on the TLC Live Stream, and feel the joy! Our friends from Wilderness Canoe Base, Jake Pernsteiner and Solveig Orngard (who also share their music at our Wednesday Oasis Services), will lead our hymns this week, so sing along with them as you worship! They will also sing a few other solo songs, including Paul McCartney's "Blackbird." Enjoy!

During Communion, Jill and Rob Reid will sing "Shelter Me, Lord," the beautiful song written for the COVID-19 Pandemic by Michael Joncas, the composer of the beloved "On Eagle's Wings."

Pastor Ed will share a Time for Children, the Sermon, and will lead us in Communion and Prayers. Let's all join together this Sunday as we worship the Risen Lord Jesus!

Peace,
Coffee Hour
Immediately follows the Sunday Service
Have fun and socialize with other TLC'ers via Zoom on your media device after the Sunday service this August 30.
Relax with a cup of coffee, maybe a snack, and join us at this link if you don't have the software:

Or, if you already have Zoom installed, here's the meeting ID: 992 1615 891
Let's celebrate Rally Day Sunday with Masks and Ice Cream! Come early to Drive-In Worship at 10:00am and bring a lawn chair if you want to sit outside of your car. Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

Following the service, Ice Cream will be served and we'll be collecting homemade face masks for VEAP. Also, if you need a mask yourself, you're welcome to take one home.

Can you spare some time and material to make masks? Mask makers, please deliver mask donations to the box located outside the west entrance of the church during daytime hours, Monday thru Thursday.
Live-Stream Viewer Data
Last Sunday, August 30, 2020
Estimated viewers: 110+
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55 Media Devices Linked
to TLC Live-Stream on Sunday

7 Views Sunday Live
Stephen Ministry Continues!
Composited photograph
L-R: Pat McMullen, Becky Woll, Cynthia Williamson, Dick Haugen, Bob Riley, Nadine Grabanski, Marilyn Erickson. Foreground with camera, Sandy Mullen
-By Becky Woll

The TLC Stephen Ministry Group of leaders and ministers has continued to routinely meet during the Covid outbreak. Typically we have met via Zoom, but this past Monday, August 31, we actually met in person. What a joy to get together at TLC!
 
While always maintaining strict confidentiality, the group meets to: gather and pray, check in with how the relationship between the care receiver and Stephen Minister is proceeding, support one another and gain new perspectives. Peer supervision is critical to help the Stephen Ministers strengthen their skills and provide the best possible care for their care receivers.
 
Additionally, during our meetings, we may explore through articles and discussion ways to individually grow and become more effective. Since May of 2019, when the current group of Stephen Ministers was commissioned, TLC members experiencing grief, loss, family issues, medical problems and other life altering events have had a Stephen Minister walking with them to provide a caring, comforting, Christian presence.
 
The current pandemic has altered many of the face-to-face opportunities to meet with one another, but the enthusiasm for caring has not stopped. While getting creative with deck and driveway visits, other forms of communications technology are used to further this tradition of Christian care. When we are finally able to actively begin recruiting for a second group of Stephen Ministers, it is our hope that other members of TLC will want to join the over half million lay people world wide who carry this ministry forward.
The Bloomington Bird Lady is off until further notice.
"The Music Tree"
by Annabel
Annabel is seven years old and this is her first summer in the ELC Photo Club. She was captivated by all the things in her photo, saying, "The music from the tree was really cool, and then in the picture you can see the cherry on the spoon and everyone taking pictures of the tree and two other sculptures." Annabel concluded, "There is a lot in the picture!"
This display can be found at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
By Pete Erickson
Interim TLC Youth Minister
TLC Children, Youth and Family Listening/Learning Events
September 22, 23, 24 at 6:30 (Please attend ONE)
 
You are invited to share your hopes, dreams and ideas with the TLC CYF Vision Team as they discern the next phase of life in Children, Youth, and Family Ministry!
 
One product out of the "Holy Cow Survey Process" was the dream of greater engagement of children, youth and families. The TLC Vision Team will facilitate three listening/learning events to encourage the congregation to articulate those hopes and dreams more specifically. There will be one event for families with children (Pre-K – 6th grade), one event for families of youth (7th-12th), and one event for the whole congregation.
 
Here are the dates of the Listening/Learning Events:
 
September 22 at 6:30PM (Families with Pre-K through 6th graders)
September 23 at 6:30PM (Families with Youth 7th-12th graders)
September 24 at 6:30PM (All Congregation Members)
 
If you cannot make a specific date that best fits your family needs, no worries, feel free to jump into any of the dates. ALL LISTENING/LEARNING EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE ON ZOOM. A ZOOM LINK WILL BE POSTED ON FACEBOOK AND THE CHURCH WEBSITE CLOSER TO THE EVENTS.

Please join us to make your voice heard in this formative process.
TLC's Welcome Diversity Team
Meets in Nature's Conference Room
L-R: Renee Burton, Pastor Arthur, Janice Millford, Sandy Mullen, Jerry Olson
-By Sandy Mullen
Our Welcome Diversity team encompasses Racial Justice, RIC, Addiction Awareness and Mental Health. 
We are focusing on Racial Justice right now, and will be offering some education opportunities for the congregation to take part in.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN
FOR US?
-a continuing series-
By Pastor Al Dungan
The
Church's
Half Year
I suspect that there may be some who read the articles I wrote about God’s Half Year did so with a certain amount of interest because much of that was exploring what God has done for us as Creator, Redeemer and Power-giver, and it was a nice history lesson, if nothing else.

I also suspect that since I have begun writing about the Church’s Half Year I have lost some readers because that’s where “the rubber meets the road”.

We can all be grateful for all that God has done for us to bring us salvation. But that gift is not just a gift that we can receive, unwrap and then just sit and glory in its beauty. A gift, any gift, is meant to be used no matter what shape it takes. If I receive a nice sweater for a birthday or Christmas gift, I don’t just say, “Thank you” and hang it in a closet never to be worn. That would be an insult to the giver.

It’s like that with the gifts we receive from God. We can’t just receive them, admire them and then put them away into a drawer or closet never to see the light of day again.

Writing about The Church’s Half Year is not as comfortable because it’s a wakeup call for all of us to make good use of that gift. And…the using of the gift may not be as comfortable as unwrapping and admiring it.

As our Intern Pastor Grace reminded us last Sunday, to be a follower of Jesus is not just reveling in the feeding of 5000+ people or the healing of a blind man or the 10 lepers who pleaded with him to be healed. It’s also doing the hard work, cross carrying work, even when we’re tired to the marrow of our bones. That’s when we truly understand what becoming followers of Jesus really means.

Showing up and sitting in a pew (which we are currently unable to do) or watching services on line (to which we seem to be having to do for the foreseeable future) is not doing cross work. Cross work is getting out and finding ways to share the Good News of Jesus Christ…the crucified, dead and buried and then resurrected Jesus Christ with our world.

I will not presume to tell you how that will be done in your life.

One way that I am able to do this is writing these articles and so that’s how I use my gift.

You can accept or reject that gift. That’s your call. All I can do is give you my gift and hope that it will encourage you to find your way to share your gift.
Committees - Ministries - Small Groups
Thanks to our K3P3 group, Stephen Ministry and Welcome Diversity Team 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.

Are you meeting?
How have you adapted your meetings to keep everyone safe?
What projects are you working on?
Send a story and some photos to tlcmedia@tlcmn.com and we will share your news in the TLC Weekly. Be sure to provide names of people in your photos.
TLC is closed to all visitors unless by appointment. It's important that we maintain this rule during the pandemic crisis. Spontaneous visitors, regardless of well-meaning intentions, may cause complications in the church environment or compromise the health of church staff or ELC staff and children, and, vice-versa. Any questions or concerns, please contact the TLC office at 952-884-2364 or:
office@tlcmn.com
THANK YOU! 

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.
Bible Study
with Pastor Grace
Begins Again on Wednesday, September 16
7:00pm on Zoom
Join Intern Pastor Grace and other fun folks for an in-depth Bible Study. Bring your bible and your favorite beverage. Feel free to jump in at any point during the series. Email Pastor Grace if you have any questions or want the PowerPoint from Wednesday night. GPardunAlworth@tlcmn.com

We'll post the Zoom link in next week's TLC Weekly, or write to Pastor Grace for information.
Heavenly Hamburger
By Pam Telleen
  • 1 or 2 pounds hamburger, browned
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 16-ounce can tomato juice
Cover and cook 20 minutes

  • 1 pkg 8-ounce pasta noodles

Mix together:
  • 6 chopped scallions
  • 1 8-ounce pkg cream cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream

Layer in thirds (noodles, meat mix, cream cheese mix) in large casserole. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese or grated Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for one hour. Can be made ahead and frozen.

[Editor's note: There's always room for some chopped Jalapeño's]
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: www.tlcmemorial.com
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 merickson@tlcmn.com 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.
September 2020
In 1865, Swedish Lutheran Pastor Eric Norelius of Vasa Lutheran Church, near Red Wing, heard about four orphaned immigrant children in need of care with no one to provide it. Pastor Norelius drove a wagon to St. Paul, brought them to his home in Red Wing and thus began something that has spread throughout every corner of Minnesota, known today as Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.
 
LSS has an annual budget of more than $98 million, received from individuals’ and congregations across the state and funding by the State of Minnesota.
 
A total of 25 different programs reach out in the name of Christ, to provide loving care and concern for people in all kinds of situations. With the outbreak of Covid 19 there are many people who have fallen into need.
 
There will be a Virtual Celebration Saturday September 19, 2020, with a Virtual Reception at 6:45PM and Livestream at 7:30PM. You can RSVP at LSSMN.ORG/Celebration or please contact TCL’s Ambassador for LSS Terry Bonertz to join the Virtual Celebration or to Donate:
 
Terry Bonertz - TCL’s Ambassador for LSS
612-491-4311
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ELECTRONIC GIVING HELPS SUPPORT TLC
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
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