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Last Updated 10.22.17
October 2017

There will be a purple candle on the altar throughout October as a prayerful reminder of the 1-in-4 women and 1-in-10 men who experience domestic violence in America today. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please click here for Cornerstone Minnesota or call them at 866-223-1111 for help, or Isaiah Domestic Violence Task Force member Marcia Dragt at 612-810-6717 to help others.
October 31, November 8 & 21.
Feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit.

PLEASE HELP us pack food to alleviate starvation in young children around the world. We will pack at the Eagan site (990 Lone Oak Road; Suite 136; Eagan, MN) on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from Noon – 2pm; Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 9:30-11:30am; and again on a Tuesday, Nov.21 from 6:00-7:30pm.

We will meet in TLC’s west parking lot a half hour prior to start time if you want to carpool.

Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.  Our process is simple. Donations given by people just like you fund the meal ingredients. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!

A 10 Day Tour of the Holy Land with Pastor Ed
January 30 - February 8, 2018

Click here to view and download a detailed brochure and registration form.

This fall we will be re-igniting Small Group Ministries at TLC by forming new groups around discipleship, learning, support, service, and fun as well as re-introducing some groups that have been around for a while.
Explore what it is like to be in a small group and get a taste for leadership though the upcoming 4-session training times (see times to the left) led by the team of Erin Pommeranz, Sandy Stooke, Renee Jefferson and Pastor Arthur Murray.

Training times listed below.  
Sign-up on LIFE AT TLC in the Sunday Bulletin or call the church office 952-884-2364

Mon. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Nov. 6 & 13

Wed. 10-11:30 a.m.
Nov 8 & 15

Thu. 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Oct. 26. Nov. 9 & 16.
October 2017

The Center for Changing Lives (CCLL) in Minneapolis and Duluth, an LSS program, was the inspiration for this new program being developed by our own Philip Nushann in Liberia.  CCLL is bringing health services, education, housing, counseling, empowerment, resource building, hope and love to the children of West Africa.

Transfiguration Lutheran Church is the primary community of support for CCLL, leading a partnership of Minnesota Churches in supporting Nushann's vision.

Click here to view photos and a summary about the CCLL Fundraiser held this past October 12th, 2017 in Minneapolis.

TLC Finances & Stewardship
Council Meetings Resume in September
By Gerard Olson, TLC Treasurer
Click here to view all financial reports and more

Thursday Mornings, 8 - 9 a.m.
TLC Lower Level - Adult Ed. room
All men are invited to attend. Get set for an enjoyable discussion
of the upcoming Sunday Service Bible verses & passages.


Race: The Power of Illusion - The Racial Justice team is sponsoring a viewing and discussion of the PBS video, "Race - The Power of an Illusion.". Three sessions will be held on Mondays, September 25, October 23, and November 27 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. All are welcome. The one-hour video will be followed by optional small group discussion. Click here to contact Jerry Olson for more information or sign up in the TLC Narthex: Life at TLC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 @ TLC - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Episode 1- The Difference Between Us examines the contemporary science - including genetics - that challenges our common sense assumptions that human beings can be bundled into three or four fundamentally different groups according to their physical traits.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 @ TLC - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Episode 2- The Story We Tell uncovers the roots of the race concept in North America, the 19th century science that legitimated it, and how it came to be held so fiercely in the western imagination. The episode is an eye-opening tale of how race served to rationalize, even justify, American social inequalities as "natural."

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 27 @ TLC - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Episode 3- The House We Live In asks, If race is not biology, what is it? This episode uncovers how race resides not in nature but in politics, economics and culture. It reveals how our social institutions "make" race by disproportionately channeling resources, power, status and wealth to white people.

Lila Yoga
at TLC
All are welcome!
This autumn there will be two sessions of Lila Yoga at TLC to ground yourself and explore new avenues to strength and wellness.  Classes will be held on Mondays, 7-8:30pm in Room 1 [Lower Level of TLC].  The first 4-week fall session will be Oct. 9-30 and the full session will cost $55 (sliding scale available).  The second session will run Nov. 20-Dec. 18, and this 5-week session will cost $65..  Drop-in classes are $17.  A minimum of 6 students are needed to run the class.  Everyone in basic good health is welcome and beginners are encouraged. Please wear comfortable layers, and bring a yoga mat and a blanket (mats are also available to borrow).  
When: MONDAY'S, 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: TLC Room 1
Please contact instructor, Kathryn Sharpe at

Body Conditioning Pilates
at TLC
-First Class Free-
Pull out your gym mat and get ready to do a series of movements that will stabilize and strengthen your core.
The exercises are usually done in a specific order, one right after another. The movements have names, like "The 100," Criss-Cross," the "Elephant," and the "Swan."
The moves may look simple, but they take a lot of precision and control. It's not like doing a bunch of crunches; there's a strong emphasis on technique.
You’ll get stronger, more sculpted muscles and gain flexibility. You may also have better posture and a better sense of well-being.
When: TUESDAYS, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: TLC
Please contact instructor, DeAnna Eckerdt

Wednesday Evenings -- 7:00 p.m.
Please Join Us!

We will focus on the devotional booklet, 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther.

All are welcome!
1st & 3rd TUESDAYS
10:00 a.m. TLC Conference Room

10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500
(Washington, D.C.)

Please plan to join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on Tuesday, Oct. 31, as she co-hosts a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The event, which will include speakers and a service, will be at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Bishop Eaton will be joined by co-hosts Indiana-Kentucky Synod Bishop Bill Gafkjen, ELCA Vice President Bill Horne and Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod Bishop Richard Graham.

The event, which will meet under the theme “Looking Back and Called Forward,” will be available online via livestream for all to watch. The livestream link is:
Please note this date on your calendar. More details will be available in the near future.
 This special Sunday school experience is designed for children K thru Grade 4
 With Club 56 (Grades 5-6) assisting in leadership

Began Sunday, September 10th and continues each Sunday through October 30th.
Start at 9:30 a.m in Fellowship Hall
At Reformation Walk, during the 7 weeks that lead up to the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, Sunday school kids will:
●  Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of life during the time of Martin Luther.
●  Visit with special people and places from the life of Martin Luther.
●  Work on a mission project
●  Experience the basics of Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, and Grace Alone through song, games, stories, creative stations.
●  Prepare for a Reformation Celebration for Oct 29 at 10:30 for parents
●  Be dismissed at 10:15 each week to join parents in worship for communion.

Children will receive a “passport” to use throughout the weeks. Filled passports will get a special commemorative coin on Oct 29th.
(Ages 3 and 4 will meet in their classrooms.)

We live in a divided countrywhere issues easily become contentious. We don’t know how to engage in true conversation about things that deeply matter. What if learning to have respectful conversations could change our country, one dinner at a time? What if there were a way to learn to talk about the biggest concerns we face?
All are welcome to this ecumenical event.

November 6: “Church and Politics”
- Minnesota Valley Unitarian
10715 Zenith Ave, Bloomington
TLC -- Mondays @ 12:30 pm
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.

The Mission Bazaar will be held again in the fall at TLC. This popular event will take place on Sunday, November 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.. There will be a book sale, plus we have added a craft sale to this year’s Fair happenings. We are encouraging crafters to start planning and crafting now to donate beautiful items! Think about things that will make good stocking stuffers, hostess gifts, or just fun things for yourself. Knitters, quilters, artists of all kinds! We are asking you to price your own items. This is a good way to help defray the costs of our youth Mission trips, camperships, confirmation costs, and the Early Learning Center. If you have questions, please check with Renee Jefferson.

By Pat McMullen, TLC Parish Nurse

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer over a lifetime. The five year survival rate of breast cancer is over 90% when caught early.
No matter your age, take action to protect your breast health now. Practice routine breast health screening. Maintain a healthy weight. Engage in moderate exercise daily. Reduce alcohol intake. If considering the use of hormone therapy, discuss the risks and benefits with your health care provider.

TLC Volunteers are a dedicated group that joyfully serve in so many ways.

The 2017-2018 Worship Volunteer Schedule is being compiled. If you are currently volun-teering, check the bulletin or watch for emails to sign-up. If you were not on the current schedule, but would like to volunteer, please sign-up on the Life at TLC page in the bulletin or contact Michelle at or 952-884-2364, ext. 15.

Altar Guild
Audio/Video Techs
Communion Assistant
Sunday Hospitality
Pew Crew
All are welcome to serve, whether it is weekly, monthly, quarterly or even seasonally. Substitutes are also appreciated.

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