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Week of
February 28, 2016
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Living Jesus' love

'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'
Luke 13:8-9











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Pastor's Message
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am so thankful for my family and the relationships we share.  At the end of a day, it is so refreshing to come home and share our mutual love and acceptance.  Repentance is like coming home.  Jesus wants us to know that he is always ready to welcome us home.  In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus teaches us if there is something that is disrupting our relationship and connection to Jesus, then we need to turn away from it, or we will perish.  No sin is worse than another.  Unless we repent, we will perish.
Repentance is turning away from sin and coming to Jesus in faith.  With Jesus it is always possible to be welcomed home into the family of God.  Jesus reaches out His nail-scarred hands to us in friendship and forgiveness.  He sends His Holy Spirit to renew our lives and our relationships within our families and within the congregation.  Every Sunday is like a homecoming.  We come in repentance and receive God's gifts of grace and forgiveness through faith.  Through the gift of Holy Communion our faith is strengthened and our relationships are restored in righteousness.  Come home to Jesus.
Pastor James Kroonblawd

Event Highlights
Tonight's Midweek worship in the Living Lent series, is based on the word PEOPLE. May tonight's service serve to help you to remember that we are people of the resurrection living in Lent for God has called us according to His good purpose and brought us into fellowship with one another through His Holy Spirit.
Each week during Lent prior to the service you are invited to join in a Soup Supper beginning at  5:15 p.m.  Click here for full schedule.

75+ from TLO have subscibed to RightNow Media, the Netflix of Christian videos.  It's not too late to contact Jean Peterson to sign up!

Please Bring in Donations
If you have tickets to a sporting event, play or concert, if you specialize in arts and crafts and would like to donate some of your handiwork, or if you would like to donate time in the form of babysitting or household chores or baking, we'd love to have your items/services for the event!  In the past, people have created themed baskets, donated new toys, tools, home decor items, health & beauty items, gardening equipment, electronics and more. If your employer offers matching donations or would like to contribute an item or service, we would appreciate that, as well. You can even donate a special event like a brunch for 6 or a pool party for 10 -- it's up to you! Donation forms are available in the school hallway and can be dropped off in the school office. Please submit your donation forms by  March 4.

The 2016 Auction Committee is thrilled to announce that we will have electronic bidding for our silent auction this year, which means you can bid with your smart phone or one of the tablets/laptops that will be stationed at the event. Your friends and family from out of town can even bid online if they're unable to attend. Watch for more info on this exciting innovation, coming soon!
Women in Mission/LWML
During 2015, $167.60 in mites were collected and sent to the Minnesota South District LWML.

Women in Mission provides the treats for between services on the second Sunday of the month.  From the money received, $50 was sent to Lutheran Indian Ministries and $50 to Food for the Poor to be applied to the house TLO is building in Haiti.

Easter Flowers for Easter Garden
Order your flowers for the Easter garden with this form.

Work Day April 9
Spring cleaning in GOD'S house needs to happen just like in your house!  Bring hand tools, cleaning supplies, and a happy attitude on April 9!

Women's retreat
Looking for a time away from the busyness of life--time to "stop and smell the roses," as you relax with friends and spend time with God?   Register to join us Saturday, March 19, 8:30-3:30 at the Sakajawea Retreat Center in Apple Valley!  We're expecting you!

First Saturday Mission
March 5, 2016.  Pack food for Second Harvest Heartland.  Make it your personal mission to set aside the first Saturday of the month to respond to the blesssings we have received from God by serving our congregation and the community.  Click here to sign up to help make paracord survival bracelets in the TLO Conference Room.  OR make one at home with the kits hanging in the hallways.

 Click here for the full line-up  of ministry and social events you can be involved in!
Bottles for Life Campaign
Bring bottles back to the church office next time you're at TLO! Thank you for your support!
Monthly Features
TLO Disciple, with a topical study in each issue, is distributed primarily via email on the first of every month.  Print copies are available by contacting the TLO Church office at  651-454-7235 or the  Church Office via email.
TLO Together, primarily lists news and notes that keep us connected as a congregation. The TLO Together is also mailed upon request.   On the last Wednesday of the month, look for calendars, volunteer information, serving groups and more, as below:

In Our Prayers
Please pray for James VanDellen, TLO's Principal Call Candidate, and his wife, Penny, that the Lord will prepare their hearts to be open to God's will and direction for their ministry and that the Lord will bless and protect their family as they serve in the Lord's Church and in the teaching ministry.
This Sunday in Bible Study
The Faces of God.  Join Pastor Kroonblawd this Sunday (in the gym) to view portions of a video series with Richard Wurmbrand, founder of Voice of the Martyrs.  This Sunday we will view The Faces of God.  Boiling water was thrown in a girl's face because of her mother's Christian activities. Can her face shine with Christ's love? In this video, Pastor Wurmbrand discusses the many faces of God and His children.
The Challenge of Islam (Part One): What is Islam?  To the Western mind, the faith and practice of Islam are often a profound mystery. In recent years, this religion has emerged as a prominent -- yet misunderstood -- belief system.  While Islam is a religious force to be reckoned with, it already has been dealt its deathblow through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Armed with love and an attitude that considers Muslims -- like everyone else -- those for whom Christ died, Christians can share the same Good News that gives them salvation.  Study led by Jim Kohn in the Conference Room.

check out the full line-up of studies by clicking here
Sunday School Scoop
Sunday's fun, it's informative, it's all about JESUS!
Preschool through 8th grade Sunday School starts promptly at 9:15am each Sunday. Please join us in our faith journey as we learn about God and experience His grace, mercy and love together each week.
Offering Envelopes for preschool through grade 8 students are available.  The envelopes are an excellent tool for parents to teach their children about tithing.  They are not dated and never expire.  Pick them up in Sunday School classrooms or stop into the church office for yours!
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