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Transfiguration Lutheran Church has the privilege to partner alongside many people in both our local and global ministries. The following lists those partners whom we learn from and support both in prayer and financial benevolence. Learn more about how God is moving and calling us toward ministry through each of these partners – we are so thankful that we’ve been invited to participate alongside these women and men in God’s compassion and justice!

ELCA Global Missions  


The  church does not have a mission—the mission of God has a  church! God is  in charge of God’s mission to the world. The ELCA’s  tagline, “God’s  work, our hands” unfolds this understanding. God drives  the mission,  and invites us into relationship to love and serve one  another. With  hundreds of other church bodies that collaborate in  mission, the ELCA  joyfully accepts God’s invitation. Through our hands,  heart, and feet,  God creates and nurtures the relationships that are  instruments for  reconciliation in God’s creation.

ELCA  Global Mission’s overall goal is to increase the  capacity of both the  ELCA and its companions in other countries to  participate in God’s  reconciling mission through proclamation and  service.
The  ELCA is part of the global “family” of 141 Lutheran  churches that  belong to the Lutheran World Federation. Within our global  family, the  ELCA has deeper, more intentional, bilaterial “companion  church”  relationships with many of these national Lutheran church  bodies.  The  ELCA Global Mission unit is responsible for the ELCA’s  mission outside  the United States, and serves as the channel through  which churches in  other countries engage in mission to our church.

The  ELCA’s global relationships are deepened by the ELCA  Companion Synods  Program, which pairs ELCA Synods with companion church  bodies and  dioceses around the world. This means that thousands of ELCA  members  are also engaged in global relationships through their  congregations  and synods, visiting one another, providing the roofs of  new church  buildings, inviting choirs to visit, making quilts, and more.

Our TLC ELCA Missionary Sponsorship: Steve & Bethany Friberg

Steven and Bethany and their family have been serving as ELCA missionaries for over 20 years in Ketumbeine, a rural community in Tanzania.  Steve is a doctor who works in medical clinics  that serve nomadic Maasai people in remote  areas. Bethany works with  the "Bead Ladies"--Maasai women who have a small business of creating  beadwork to provide a means of supporting  themselves and their  families.


 Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)  


FMSC’s Mission: Feeding God’s Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit
FMSC’s  Vision: With God’s help Feed My Starving Children  (FMSC) will strive  to eliminate starvation in children throughout the  world by helping to  instill compassion in people to hear and respond to  the cries of those  in need.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) was  founded as a Christian  nonprofit in 1987 through the efforts of a  Minnesota businessman who  felt called by God to help feed the starving  children of the world  during a humanitarian visit to Honduras. He  returned to the Twin Cities  (Minnesota) to develop a method of  large-scale relief.  In 1989, FMSC  connected with food scientists from  Cargill and General Mills to develop  a nutritional product especially  for FMSC to feed starving children.  This food product included rice,  soy, vegetables, a vegetarian-based  chicken flavoring, and a vitamin  and mineral mix. Food scientists  continue to update the formula.

 Global Health Ministries - Helping the Hands That Heal  

Global  Health Ministries is an independent Lutheran ministry that provides  medical training, builds capacity and ships supplies and equipment to  some of the world’s poorest people in hospitals and clinics around the  world.  Donated medical supplies are sorted, inventoried, packed and  shipped all over the world.  Financial gifts provide money to train  medical personal, support clean water projects, send consultant teams to  build a partner’s capacity to manage effectively, pay for the cost of  shipping supplies via ocean freighter, and provide hospice and newborn  kits to developing countries.   

Lutheran Social Services  

651.642.5990 or 1.800.582.5260

LSS  helps Minnesotans by providing a wide range of human support services  related to the basic necessities of life: Food and shelter, physical  health and safety, and emotional and spiritual well being.

Mission:  Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota expresses the love of Christ for  all people through service that inspires hope, changes lives, and builds  community.

Vision: All people have the opportunity to live and work in community with dignity, safety, and hope.
Since  1865, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota has  responded to  Minnesota’s changing needs by being wholly committed to  making life  better for our most vulnerable citizens. Our work is grounded in two  principles — God loves everyone without condition and  God yearns for us  to love the neighbor.

 Bloomington Meals On Wheels  



The  Meals On Wheels America is the oldest and  largest national  organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior  Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well  as the U.S.  Territories. These local programs are our MOWA Members.

Bloomington Meals on Wheels  is a non-profit service that delivers hot, nutritious, mid-day meals to  people who are elderly or disabled, home-bound and unable to manage  their own meal preparation.  TLC supports Meals on Wheels by providing  drivers who deliver the meals once every six weeks. TLC also supports  Meals on Wheels with a financial contribution which helps cover the cost  of meals for residents who cannot afford to do so themselves. The meals  are picked up at St. Stephen Lutheran Church at 84th and France at  11:00 am.  It is a very flexible volunteer opportunity as drivers are  contacted by a coordinator to determine their availability.

Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP)  


VEAP’s Mission: Neighbors serving neighbors in need.
VEAP’s Vision: Improving the lives of people in the community.

VEAP  founders believed that helping a neighbor in need ultimately  strengthens the community. VEAP has been operating under this principle  for 35 years, providing a range of services such as Minnesota's largest food shelf, transportation needs, back to school  supplies, holiday toy store, summer youth food program, nutrition education  and an on-site teaching kitchen  to help low-income people meet immediate needs and reach their  long-term goal of stability. Today, VEAP serves the residents of  Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and South Minneapolis utilizing a unique  mix of professional and volunteer services.

VEAP  and Hennepin County Social Service offices share the same location for  the  ease of those needing assistance from both entities at: 9600  Aldrich Avenue South, Bloomington MN 55431.

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