Gather in Grace • Grow in Faith • Go Forth to Serve
Sunday Worship Times
8:15, 9:30 & 11:00am
CRUCIFY HIM, CRUCIFY HIM!
Pastor Ed
Jesus enters Jerusalem on the last week of his life. Sunday we begin to our journey to the cross with Palm Sunday and walk with Jesus through the most important week of his life and of ours--Holy Week.
It begins triumphantly on Palm Sunday with people spreading their garments on the road and waving cut palm branches. A multitude of his disciples shout joyfully, “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!”
 
By Thursday, however, those same crowds will begin to cry out against Jesus. His loyal followers gather with him on Thursday evening for his Last Supper. With them is the one who will betray him with a kiss. Another of those most loyal followers will later deny even knowing him. The rest will run away.
 
By Friday of that week, the crowds have completely turned against him. He hears their bitter shouts of "Crucify him, crucify him." And they do!
 
Saturday he lay in the grave and Sunday he rises from the dead! A difficult week with an incredible conclusion!
 
In this Holy Week, God’s love for a cruel and sinful world is shown to the fullest. Jesus knew the greatest use of his life was to spend it for this noble purpose that would endure forever—and save all our lives! He turned the other cheek. He blessed those who reviled him. He forgave those who persecuted him and who uttered all kinds of evil against him. He gave his life for a sinful and hate-filled world. He did not merely preach about it--he lived it. He personally embodied the message he had come to share. Jesus was the love of God incarnate, a human love letter from God.
 
May this story continue to transform our lives, bring healing, hope and salvation as we continue to follow him.  
JOYFUL PALM SUNDAY MUSIC!
Rob Reid
Director of Music
Hosanna! Blessed are you who come in the Name of the Lord! Come hear the celebratory and moving music of Palm Sunday which leads us into our Journey to Holy Week. 

At the 8:15am and 9:30am services, Carmen Englert will play two piano solos with recorded orchestral accomplishment. The Chancel Choir will sing two uplifting anthems, and Arthur Murray will play his trumpet.

Also at the 9:30am service, the Palm Procession will precede a happy song from our Children's Choir!

At the 11:00am service, the Praise and Worship Team's upbeat, powerful songs help us experience the depth of this day, highlighted by Lynn DeShazo's "Be Unto Your Name." John Rosenow will add special touches to several of the songs with his accordion music. 
Global Family by Ray Padre Johnson
The Golden Rule by Norman Rockwell
REMEMBERING AND HONORING PASTOR STEPHANIE’S COMMITMENT TO RACIAL JUSTICE
Sunday, April 14
Dedication of Artwork
There will be a dedication of two pieces of artwork for TLC, –underwritten by TLC’s Racial Justice Team– at 10:30am in Fellowship Hall. Ray Padre Johnson, artist of one of the pieces, titled Global Family, will be present and discussing his motivations in capturing expressions in the various faces portrayed on the canvas. The other piece of artwork, “The Golden Rule” is a print of a painting done by Norman Rockwell.
 
Pastor Stephanie Joy Coltvet Erdmann was an associate pastor at TLC from 2006-2014 and was loved by all. Stephanie was a gifted preacher and leader with a heart for justice issues. She also was blessed with musical gifts, playing violin with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, and she loved raising her voice in song. Stephanie was a devoted wife and mother who loved spending time with her family. She passed away September 2018 due to unexpected health issues.
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You may visit Pastor Stephanie's TLC tribute page and video by [Clicking Here] .
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CHURCH COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD
ON CO-PASTOR PROPOSAL

At the April 9 Council meeting, the Church Council approved moving forward with the 9-month Pilot for the Co-Pastor Proposal presented in the Town Hall Meeting, March 31 st by a vote of 7-2. Please see below for the results from the Straw Poll (online and paper ballots included) provided April 5-9.

Strongly Agree: 138 (92 online, 46 paper)
Mostly Agree: 57 (47 online, 10 paper)
Unsure or Need to Know More: 12 (10 online, 2 paper)
Mostly Disagree: 19 (15 online, 4 paper)
Strongly Disagree: 46 (36 online, 10 paper)
Total Votes: 272 (200 online, 72 paper) 
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The Straw Poll was presented as follows:

This survey is asking you to respond accordingly to the TLC Council and Pastoral Leadership Team Co-Pastor Proposal as presented and discussed Sunday, March 31, 2019 at TLC.
[Option to view a pdf document of the proposal was hyperlinked here]

Choose one answer to the following:   

 I support the recommended trial of the co-pastor leadership model proposal until it can be evaluated and voted on at the 2020 Annual Meeting.
IT'S PALM SUNDAY ALREADY??
Just when you settle in with the “Holden Evening Prayer” service, enjoying the familiar music, it's over! Lent scurried by again, and here we are getting ready to wave our palm branches in 2019! Why do the years seem to hurry by faster each year? When I was a kid, nothing seemed to move forward, especially the spring break that we used to call Easter Vacation, and of course, Christmas Vacation, which is now Winter Break.

Will our services be overflowing on Easter Sunday again? It's a lovely pleasure to see the pews full, and if you want to be sure of a place to sit on Easter morning, join a choir and you'll always have your own chair!
Another plus for being in any music group is getting to watch our Easter Garden being put together artistically. All those donated plants----the aroma is wonderful, and since the Bachman's taught a group how to place each plant to look its best, you just know it will turn out to be spectacular. The only thing to watch out for is the tympani and the cymbals. (surprisingly loud when you are least expecting them.)

Will Palm Sunday and Easter bring good weather? We can hope, but with a flock of 13 dark-eyed juncos sticking around here on their annual migration, I am wondering if we will indeed get those six inches of snow. Birds seem to be aware of coming weather, and juncos are also called “snow birds.” Don't stash your shovels yet!!

-Bloomington Bird Lady

[Editor's Note: Bird Lady wrote her article on Monday, April 8, when we were close to 70-degrees warm and the grass was starting to turn green. It would seem that her dark-eyed juncos are accurately nick named “snow birds” based upon what happened yesterday, April 11, and today.]
TLC MEN'S GOLF LEAGUE
Our league always welcomes new golfers of all abilities to join the fun and fellowship presently enjoyed by 48 men.

Play begins on May 7 (Tuesdays through August) at Hyland Greens golf course, with tee times starting after
5:15 pm.

For information contact Keith Swanson at 612-741-7182 or at ingridandkeith@q.com
Last year's team captains will be checking in with existing members.
News Reporter - Columnist - Occasional Observer
TLC Weekly is seeking adult and youth columnists or reporters, from Club 56’ers to adults. Write one story, several, or create a weekly column like the Bird Lady did a few months ago.

Can you express your feelings in written words? Can you “talk” to a group of readers through your writing? How about reporting on an event or service at TLC, school, home or any situation that relates to you or your friends. Is there something in the community or world you’d like to change or grow? Have an idea? Put it in words.
Submit your *story (*photos also welcome) to: TLCMedia@tlcmn.com

*Subject to editor approval
25 Years with the Early Learning Center
Kathy Scotting with her "Penguins"
This past week, TLC-ELC recognized and celebrated the nationwide Week of the Young Child (WOYC), a week when we also acknowledged the staff at the Early Learning Center, especially those who have met landmark anniversaries.

This year Kathy Scotting celebrates her 25 th year with TLC Early Learning center. 
Before joining the ELC staff, Kathy worked in a sewing factory, an
electronics factory, and also attended technical college for mechanical drafting which led her to a job drafting new designs for a fire suppression system.
 
The highlight of Kathy’s days at TLC-ELC are reading stories to the children and playing outside with them. At home, Kathy enjoys trying new recipes with granddaughter Hannah, reading, playing computer games, watching movies and being a homebody.
 
If she could do anything she wanted, anywhere she wanted, Kathy said she’d be living on a ranch with horses, dogs and cats. For now, she is content to spend her days as a teacher in the Penguin room (children ages 12 to 16 months), serving as the afternoon supervisor and doing a variety of administrative work for TLC-ELC.
SWEDISH BAKED RICE
By Nancy Shemanek
1 cup raw rice - cook as directed on pkg.

Mix well the following:
4 or 5 eggs, beaten
3/4 to 1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 quart milk

Stir in rice and pour into 9x13 cake pan, ungreased.
Bake one hour at 350.
Serve warm or cool with lingonberries or other fruit on top.
TLC Council Meeting
Minutes of March 2019
[Click Here] to view pdf document
TLC Council Treasurer Report of March 2019
[Click Here] to view pdf document
INTRODUCING
The TLC Environmental Group, coordinated by members Scott and Sharon Knuth, is newly formed and ready to help people grow in awareness and action in environmental steps. Everywhere you go people are talking about going green and how it impacts our planet. From shopping green to the language of recycling, people are trying to come up with new and impactful ways that they can go green. TLC's Environmental Group would love to have input and people interested in joining the discussion and in choosing the next steps. Interested in helping out? Contact Renee at rjefferson@tlcmn.com

When you see “Go TLC Green” in the TLC Weekly and other areas of promotion, you can expect to find weekly “Green” tips and websites that guide and help in going green.  
Scott & Sharon Knuth of the TLC Environmental Group
Sunday, April 14
Noon to 4:00pm
Get help with your broken stuff and learn valuable repair skills at the free Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic. [Click Here] for their Facebook page.
For adults, youth and children. Test your knowledge of the Bible in each issue of TLC Weekly.
Answers can be found on the last section of this issue.
PALM SUNDAY

1) What is Palm Sunday?
  1. The day Jesus died on the cross
  2. The day Jesus was resurrected
  3. The day Jesus was condemned to death
  4. The day Jesus entered Jerusalem

2) Why is Palm Sunday called Palm Sunday?
  1. Jesus wore palms on his garments
  2. There were palm trees surrounding Jesus' path into Jerusalem
  3. People welcoming Jesus spread palm fronds in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem
  4. Those welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem wore palm fronds in their hair

3) What happens to the Palms after Palm Sunday?
  1. They are thrown away
  2. Parishioners take them home
  3. They are kept safe and returned to the church the next Lenten season to be burned and used for ashes during Ash Wednesday
  4. 2 and 3

4) Today, where do the Palms come from?
  1. Jerusalem
  2. Harvesters all around the world
  3. The Church garden
  4. California

Answers in the last/bottom section of this issue.
EAGLE SCOUT SUPPLY DRIVE FOR LIGHTSHINE CANINE
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MAY 1 THRU MAY 31
Guillermo Gonzalez Shelton, a Life Scout with Troop 446 at TLC, is organizing and leading a supply drive for Lightshine Canine, a non-profit organization that rescues stray, abandoned and/or injured puppies, dogs, kittens and cats from the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations in South Dakota.

During the month of May, a donation box will be placed at TLC to collect much needed, life-saving supplies for the rescue animals, such as:

Dog food, cat food, puppy pads, flea & tick medicine, used/new small crates, puppy pens, puppy milk, kitty milk, cat playpen tower, clean used or new towels, and gas cards to help cover the cost of transporting and relocating the rescues.

On Sunday May 12 and May 19, Shelton and Troop 446 will be conducting Donation Supply Days at TLC from 8:00am to 12:30pm. Please bring a donation and help save the lives of the animals and reduce the number of pets in need.
COMING SOON!
Vacation Bible School
JUNE 17 - JUNE 21
Online Registration
Now Available
Daily Themes
Ready, Set, Go—Beginnings
Hitting a roadblock—Babel
  Only one race—People
Jesus is God’s sign of love
Green light to kindness
[Click Here] to visit the webpage
[Click Here] to register online
[ Click Here] for a brochure pdf
Information brochures with registration forms
now available in the church Narthex.
Ushers Still Needed
for Easter
Please sign up on the yellow Life @ TLC insert in the Sunday Bulletin or contact Michelle Reber at mreber@tlcmn.com
Ushers needed at the 11:00am service.
Sunday, April 14 - Palm Sunday
8:15 & 9:30am - Chancel Choir
11:00am - Praise and Worship Team

Maundy Thursday, April 18
Noon - Worship and Communion
7:00pm - Chancel Choir and TLC Handbells

Good Friday, April 19
10:00am - Children's Worship and Activities
7:00pm - Tenebrae Service led by the Chancel Choir and Low Brass Choir

EASTER
Easter Sunday, April 21
Celebration and Worship Services at
8:15, 9:30 and 11:00am
Featuring the
Chancel Choir, TLC Brass Choir and TLC Handbells
ALTAR FLOWERS
ONLINE ORDERING

The TLC website has a new and easier online form to order Chancel/Altar Flowers for any Sunday in 2019 (Easter ordering is completed) [Click Here] to access the form now, or visit www.tlcmn.com later and look for the "Purchase Altar Flowers" button at the bottom of any page.
Will resume after Easter
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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.

For more information, pick up a brochure at the welcome desk or [Click Here] to visit the special page on TLC's website.
ANSWERS FROM QUIZ EARLIER IN THIS ISSUE

1) What is Palm Sunday?
Answer #4: The day Jesus entered Jerusalem

2) Why is Palm Sunday called Palm Sunday?
Answer #3: People welcoming Jesus spread palm fronds in front of Jesus as he entered Jerusalem

3) What happens to the Palms after Palm Sunday?
Answer #4: 2 and 3

4) Today, where do the Palms come from?
Answer #2: Harvesters all around the world

MAY-JUNE
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