TLC Transmissions - Sunday, January 6 thru Saturday, January 12, 2019
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Epiphany Sunday
8:15, 9:30 & 11:00am
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It's Epiphany!
Senior Pastor Ed Treat
The magi were astrologers from the region of Babylon. They were highly educated and wealthy gentiles trying to discern the will of God through the stars. They saw in the stars a sign of the birth of royalty. That these gentiles give honor and gifts to one they identified as a Jewish king is really astonishing. Their gifts would have been highly unusual to Joseph and Mary and anyone who understood the racial and national boundaries of the day.

For people in other countries, like parts of Latin America, Epiphany takes on an even larger significance than Christmas Day. Some say the practice of giving gifts originated with Epiphany, as children will leave out food for the magi and hay to feed the animals on Epiphany Eve. The children wake the next morning to find the hay gone and replaced with gifts or candy.

In whatever way Epiphany is celebrated or not, it is a reminder that the magi kneeling, worshiping, and offering gifts to Jesus is really about the amazing revelation that God came to earth, and that God came for all--that Jesus truly is the savior of the world.

A blessed Epiphany to you.
Christmas Eve at TLC
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Easy and ready in an hour
By Mrs. Curt Lindberg
1 can Chunk Chicken Breast, Turkey or Tuna
1 can Chicken Rice soup
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 can (small) Evaporated Milk
1 pkg Chow Mein Noodles
Salt & Pepper

Mix in casserole dish and bake at 350 for 1 hour. Sprinkle chow mein noodles on top.
Transmissions is pleased to introduce our new guest columnist, the Bloomington Bird Lady, whose first piece appears today. She is best known for her observational-style writings in the St. Paul Pioneer Press Bulletin Board, often involving people, nature and the many wonders that frequently go unnoticed by the "busy" world. 
Bloomington Bird Lady, along with her partner, Birdman, are long time residents of the city and maybe, just maybe, TLC members of a different surname.  

November 2018 Today I counted 10 dark-eyed juncos under the feeders! They had seen our early snow and were a lot more ready than we were! They must have been waiting for that happy surprise, but where — and what goes through the bird-brains when the snow disappears so fast?

On my 40-minute walk when temps were so nice, a small garter snake suddenly appeared at my feet! I have not seen a snake of any size in years, and for me that was a happy surprise, too! The previous day, my shorter walk was interrupted by a flash of white coming toward me on the sidewalk. A cat? No, the neighborhood’s white squirrel, who, being curious, came right up to me. Those white ones, looking really pretty with a green grass background, seem to be enjoying our neighborhood. Guess their gray relatives are letting them eat undisturbed finally.

We used to see way too many deer, and they are so tame. Sometimes the deer population gets a bit too large, and Bloomington will suggest not feeding them at all. They get enough bird feed to stay around, though. It was about 10 years ago that our neighbors close to Nine Mile Creek were getting so many deer in their yards that one family moved away. Their kids couldn’t play outside without stepping in the ‘gifts’ that were left by small herds.

Last fall, there was a coyote ahead of me on the road by Dwan Golf Course. It looked like a small dog, just loping along — no collar, of course. On that same day, I saw some really ugly birds. They must have been turkey vultures. Actual turkeys are not that pretty, either, and I’ve seen them preening their feathers, looking at themselves in someone’s chrome rear bumper.

My hope is we ‘live and let live’ with these critters in our midst. Monarch butterflies are finally starting to be seen more often.

Wouldn’t our days feel rather empty if God’s varied creatures disappeared?

-Bloomington Bird Lady

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Providing free support and education for adults who are grieving the death of a loved one.
Thursdays, Jan 3 to Feb 21, 4:30-5:00pm & 5:00-6:00pm
Coping with a death can result in stressful changes. Gaining an understanding of the grief process in a caring and supportive atmosphere increases coping skills and leads to personal growth.

There is an education time from 4:30-5:00pm and small group sessions from 5:00-6:00pm. If you are interested in attending and need more information, please pick up a brochure at one of the kiosks in the TLC Narthex.
Also, we need two hosts each evening from 4:00 to 5:00pm and refreshments (home baked or purchased cookies, bars, popcorn, trail mix, etc.). Please sign up in the Life@TLC yellow insert.
for details and schedule of topics
Your Health is in YOUR Hands
Did you know…
  • A stroke is a “Brain Attack” that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Every year, about 700,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. On average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds.
  • An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is an enlargement or weak area in the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Males are at least 4 times more likely to have an AAA than females
  • Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB) is an irregular heartbeat that affects the upper chambers of the heart. A recent study reveals that AFIB is much more than a stroke risk factor. It is also tied to higher risk of heart attack, heart failure and kidney disease.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) affects about 8 million Americans. Smokers and diabetics are at high risk for PAD. Persons with PAD have 4 to 5 times the risk of a cardiovascular event
  • That a woman’s risk of breaking a hip is equal to her risk of developing breast cancer, uterine and ovarian cancer combined, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation website. An estimated 10 million Americans have Osteoporosis; 8 million women and 2 million men. 


Transfiguration Lutheran Church is hosting Life Line Screening on Friday, January 18th.  
Ultrasound tests to IDENTIFY YOUR RISK FACTORS for cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis as well as an EKG to detect atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) are offered for only $149 (averages out to only $30/test). 
These tests go beyond regular checkups. We look inside your arteries for plaque buildup – a risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The tests are painless, non-invasive and disrobing is NOT required!
Pre-registration is required. Appointments begin at 9am.
Register today and receive a $10 discount off the package price.
Tell Family & Friends -CALL 1-888-653-6450 or TEXT the word CIRCLE to 797979
[ Click Here ] to visit the Life Line website
Exodus Lending began in 2014 with a $50,000 grant at Holy Trinity Church on east Lake Street in Minneapolis. Their non-profit mission is to provide payday loan borrowers a pathway to financial stability.
Payday loans are small-dollar loans with interest rates as high as 450%. Unlike typical loans, lenders require payment on the next payday and borrowers often pay only the interest, and re-borrow, leading to “the payday loan debt trap”.
Exodus Lending will pay off these predatory payday loans. Program participants pay Exodus Lending back through manageable monthly payments over twelve months, with no interest or fees. In November 2017, they exceeded $103,000 in loans with a 95% repayment rate. As loans are paid off, they are able to make new loans to additional clients.
Through our Mission giving, TLC began supporting Exodus Lending in 2017. With your help we will be able to continue and possibly increase our involvement.
Contact Exodus Lending at 612-615-0067 or visit their website at:
Men's Bible, Beer and Burgers Group
Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 6:15-8:00pm at Shantytown Grill, 8512 Pillsbury Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420. We eat together and then discuss the reading and message from the previous Sunday's worship services.
To be added to the list just [ Click Here ] to email Pastor Arthur or just show up.
Open to All: Bible, Beer and Burgers Group
Meets the third Tuesday of the month from 6:15-8:00pm at Shantytown Grill, 8512 Pillsbury Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55420. We eat together and then discuss the reading and message from the previous Sunday's worship services.
To be added to the list just [ Click Here ] to email Pastor Ed or just show up.
Mobile Food Pantry at Normandale Community College
January 9 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
All are welcome! Stop by VEAP’s mobile food pantry for some healthy foods to bring home.
The Mobile Food Pantry is coming to Normandale Community College this Wednesday, January 9 and will be parked at the front of the Kopp/Partnership Center Parking Lot.
Normandale Community College is at 9700 France Ave. S.
For more information, please contact:
Paige Wheeler, 952.358.9074

VEAP, 952.888.9616
Meets Tuesday mornings from 6:15-7:00am via group video call. Includes developmental time and discussion of the joys and challenges of parenting.
Contact Pastor Arthur at to be added to the video call list.
With Deacon Renee Jefferson


TOPIC: The Early Church - Persecution

TLC's Racial Justice Team movie presentation of "Selma" originally scheduled this past December, has now been rescheduled for this Monday evening , January 7, 2019 at 6:30pm in Room 2 (TLC lower level).
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Treasures of Italy
Pastor Ed is leading an 11-day tour of Italy and Germany the summer of 2020. Sites include Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice, Salzburg, and Munich. The trip concludes in Oberammergau, Germany, to see the longest running theatrical production in the world--the Passion Play at Oberammergau. This is a rare opportunity to see an amazing and powerful spectacle.

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January/February 2019
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TLC Foundation Memorial Garden—
Featuring memorial tributes and services from 2012-2018.
Remember and honor loved ones no longer with us.
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