TLC's annual Blessing of the Animals is this Sunday, August 19th, at a special OUTDOOR 10:00 a.m. service (weather permitting), and Wednesday, August 29th at the 6:15 p.m. service.
A Blessing of Animals, in many congregations, witnesses to God's and the Church's love, care, and concern for creation. As we recognize our mutual interdependence with God's creatures, the Church's witness of stewardship of creation is strengthened. It is also a service with special appeal to children.The annual
Over 200,000 children in the state of Minnesota live in food insecurity and do not always know if they will receive their next meal. The Sheridan Story’s purpose is to respond to this need by closing the weekend food gap between Friday and Monday, when children are not able to participate in the free or reduced meal programs at school.
TLC’s partnership with The Sheridan Story and Westwood Elementary School is to provide hungry kids with food at our local elementary school. The cost to sponsor a child for the school year is $230.
Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the food. Contact Jo Benson 952-884-9881 or Pastor Arthur
Checks can be made out to TLC (Memo: Westwood Food) or online by clicking the button below.
Health and Wellness
By Pat McMullen, Parish Nurse
In our busy world and lives it is often difficult to even think about our health much less do something positive about it. Here are two easy suggestions for you to try outside as you enjoy the summer weather.
1. Take a walk. One forty minute walk can dramatically lower levels of tension and anxiety. If you’re interested in losing weight or keeping weight off, try brisk walking. In one Colorado study a group of 800 people lost 30 pounds or more and have kept it off for a year through regular walking. Walking is also easy on the joints and whether you do it alone or with a friend, it’s a great way to take a long appreciative look at God’s world around you. It doesn’t matter if you walk slow with a walker or brisk, just get out in nature and walk.
2. Stretch. Not only does it feel good, stretching also keeps your body flexible so it will do what you want when you want. Stretching is also a stress reliever and can help relieve pain due to tight muscles. Yoga is also a practice that teaches various ways to stretch and is availa-ble for all ages and all medical conditions.
Whatever you choose to do this summer, enjoy God’s world!
● I am a pastor and I always wonder if anybody understands what my days are like. Finally! This books describes my life! Ed Treat writes about the myriad of activities, people, and interruptions that a local parish pastor goes through day in and day out. Pastors who feel lonely should read this book to learn that they’re not alone and lay leaders should read this book to learn what their pastors go through in their ministries. Besides that, the plot is griping and the style is comfortable. Great book. I couldn’t put it down! -Liliana Da Valle
● Highly entertaining and well written mystery. The characters are delightful, interesting and authentic. Enjoyed it immensely! -Sheila Swancutt
● It's been a while since I enjoyed a book so much! Great "who done it" story line, wrapped in a "Lake Wobegon" setting in Minnesota. Great insights in Pastor Brian's view of God and beyond. A belief system I totally relate to. Cheers to the author for bringing in so many amazing facets of life together in this story. I'm sure if you're like me, you won't want to put it down once you start reading it. Hopefully there will be other books in this series sharing the life and times of "The Pastor". -Norma R. Macdonald-Ockwig
WHY DID SHE DO IT?
...OR DID SHE?
Everyone loved Candy Vinter. Everyone, that is, except her husband and two children who knew her too well. Imagine the surprise of the whole community, her faith community especially, when they learn she is found hung by the neck in her own bedroom closet, victim of an apparent suicide. No one is more surprised than Pastor Brian Matterson of All Saints Lutheran Church in Martin Valley, Minnesota. Shocked by the news, Pastor Brian rushes to help the members of his flock, but is baffled by their unusual reactions to this tragedy. What is going on in the Vinter home, and what really happened to Candy Vinter? Following her death, layers of interesting information about Candy's life and the Vinter family begin to emerge, making Pastor Brian believe there is much more to this story than meets the eye. Pastor Brian must navigate the swirling demands of daily parish ministry, of being a good husband and father, and of dealing with his own challenging emotions as a recovering alcoholic as he tries to minister to this family and make sense of what really happened to Candy Vinter.
A fellowship of men and women, whose common purpose is to
develop healthy relationships, is now meeting at TLC on Thursdays,
4:30-5:30pm. Meetings are in the Chapel and open to all.
NEW! Starts June 13th
Meets second Wednesday of the month, 7:00pm at TLC starting June 13.
Session 1 –
Paradoxes of Prayer
Led by Marilyn Erickson and Deacon Renee Jefferson.
NEWS UPDATE FROM:
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.
Click here to discover more about TLC's global & local mission partners.
Whether you come to Worship on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings, it
is a time for families to come together to focus on faith and what God
calls us to do. It is also a perfect time to volunteer. Take a moment to think about your talents and interests, or even something new you would like to pursue. With those thoughts in mind, pick up our Offerings and Opportunities
brochure in the narthex and find the perfect fit! If you would like some suggestions,I would be more than happy to talk with
you. Your contribution doesn’t have to be a huge commitment to have a huge impact at TLC. In fact, you might find that it impacts your New Year in ways you never expected!
Deepen your spirituality. Join with others as we seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out.
Open to all. Drumming participation is optional and no drumming experience is required.
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