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Last Updated 01.15.18

Financing & Possible Restructuring of Transfiguration Lutheran Church

We are facing a significant budget shortfall for the coming year. Please plan to attend one of three scheduled congregational town hall style meetings with the Church Council and Pastors. Please come with your questions.

Meetings are scheduled for:
Wednesday, January 17th @ 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Sunday, January 21st @ noon in the sanctuary.
Wednesday, January 24th @ 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

All meetings will be live-streamed.

Sunday, January 28th  
The annual meeting will be at 11:00 a.m in the Sanctuary.
It will be live-streamed
Click here to view the 2017 Annual Report

Worship services at 8:15 & 9:30 a.m. will take place.  
There will not be a worship service at 11:00 a.m.


Do you believe all people should be free from
the bondage of debt caused  by predatory lenders?
So do we.
We envision a world where all people  are free from the bondage of debt caused by predatory lenders. We seek  to accompany people as they move from shame, isolation and fear, to connectedness, courage and justice!
We do that through our values of  transformation, relationship, transparency and faith-rooted action. We  welcome people of all backgrounds and personal beliefs to participate in  our programs and support our common mission. Through Mission giving, TLC began supporting Exodus Lending in 2017.

Learn about the mission, vision, and  values.

  Tuesday, January 23rd - TLC Fellowship Hall
$10.00 includes   
6:00pm meal and
presentation by Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer

Executive Director of Exodus Lending, Sara Nelson-Pallmeyer, will present the amazing results of Exodus Lending's success in rescuing people from the crippling debt of payday loans.

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.

TLC has completed installation of robotic cameras in the sanctuary and can now provide live-streaming of services with video and audio. Are you or someone you know homebound? Out of town for the weekend or the winter season? Have to miss a service due to other obligations or a loved one (or you) is home or hospitalized with an illness?
Watch live at the time of the service, or visit later to view a replay of the service(s).  Click on the graphic above or here to visit our "Live" page.

The TLC Foundation has recently provided a grant Transfiguration Church for video and sound equipment needed to make our internet streaming of services more up to date and effective.  The TLC Foundation is able to support these mission and outreach projects through your generous gifts to the foundation. They fund a permanent endowment, the income from which is used for long term support of Transfiguration’s goals in the church, the community, and the world.



  Tuesday, January 30th - TLC Sanctuary
$10.00 includes   
6:00pm meal and
presentation by Philip Nushann

The idea and inspiration for the Center for Changing Lives Liberia (CCLL) came from Liberian native Philip Nushann and his Clinical Pastoral Education experience with CCLL in Minnesota, where he saw how people’s lives were transformed by inclusive, interfaith philosophy and process. Having worked in faith-based social services in Liberia for several years, Philip seeks to recreate a similar program to serve the particular needs of at risk children in Bong County, Liberia.

Equipped with this in-country experience and doctoral studies in the USA, Philip has begun to formulate CCLL with the support of partners in the USA, Liberia and other West African countries. CCLL's mission is to change the lives of at risk Liberian children by improving their quality of life and restoring their hope and dignity through the love of God, empowering them to actively participate in the development of their community.

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

Young Adult Women's Cafe Group
Meet at TLC on Tuesdays for six weeks starting January 23, 7-8:30pm. This is a group of young adult women who want to build community and strengthen faith. We will read and discuss articles from the ELCA Cafe online magazine, written for young adult women.

Pick up registration forms at TLC
Join us for this TLC community retreat that includes music, reflection, prayer, food, and faith sharing as we seek to grow in our freedom on the journey. Dress comfortably and bring along a Bible, if you wish.

Retreat leader, Diane Nettifee,  is a spiritual director and retreat director. She holds a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Diane has worked in parishes as a liturgical musician and in the area of spiritual development. She has 20 years of business experience and works as a consultant to organizations. She is also a member of TLC.

What do you need to do?
Fill out the registration form at TLC or contact Renee Jefferson at 952-884-2364 ext. 14 / Email:

Sunday, FEBRUARY 4th

Nate Berkas, Director of Wilderness Canoe Base will be TLC's guest preacher at each service

Coffee and Conversation
Wednesday Evenings -- 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome at any or all of the scheduled evenings. Please Join Us!

Jan 3—Reconnecting by telling some holiday highs and lows.
Jan 10—What do we do with disturbing Bible passages? (Good God Question #11)
Jan 17—Life of the Apostle Peter, part 1— Who was he and what can we learn?
Jan 24—Life of the Apostle Peter, part 2—Stepping out of the boat
Jan 31—Biblical stories around sites to be visited by Pr Ed’s tour group
Feb 7—Who are the Millennials and how can the church become relevant for them.

There will be no Coffee and Conversation during Lent as all are encourage to become part of the
mentoring of confirmation students during this time.

TLC Finances & Stewardship
By Gerard Olson, TLC Treasurer
Click here to view all financial reports and more

Sunday School Programming News

Please click here to view the TLC Sunday School page and to register your child(ren) for Sunday School.

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!
-Michelle Reber, TLC Church Administrator
By Pat McMullen, Parish Nurse

February is Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women
in the USA. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to prevent heart disease!
Let’s look at some facts.

Are you at risk?
Have high cholesterol or blood pressure
Overweight or obese
Don’t get enough physical activity
Don’t eat a healthy diet
You are a woman over 55 years of age
You are a man over 45
Your father or brother had heart disease before age 55
Your mother or sister had heart disease before age 65

Some common signs of a heart attack:
Pain or discomfort in the upper body - like the arms, back, shoulders, neck, jaw or upper
Shortness of breath or trouble breathing while resting or being active

Feeling sick to your stomach or throwing up

Feeling dizzy, light-headed or unusually tired

Breaking out in a cold sweat

To help prevent heart disease, you can:
Get active

Stay at a healthy weight

Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke

If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation

Manage stress

For more in depth information on heart health, please click here to visit the American Heart Association website.

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.


Together, we create new pathways to stronger, more hopeful,
communities through access to healthy food, housing stability
and support services.

Our Organizational Strengths
Expertise in suburban poverty
Healthy food access and distribution; Resourceconnection and coordination; Volunteer management

Program Focus Areas
Access to healthy foods
Safe, dignified and affordable housing; Social connections and support systems

Our Goals
Create pathways to stability
Grow awareness of suburban poverty; Engage community and advocate change
Build organizational capacity
Expand revenue generating opportunities

VEAP relies on the church partner donations to reach the needs for food distribution.
Please help fill the bins!

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.

Lila Yoga
at TLC
January 22nd to February 26th
Ground yourself and explore new avenues to strength and wellness.  Classes held on Mondays, 7-8:30pm in Room 1 [Lower Level of TLC].
Cost is $65.  Drop-in classes are $17 (sliding scale available). Everyone in basic good health is welcome and beginners are encouraged. Please wear comfortable layers, and bring a yoga mat or blanket
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
All are welcome!
1st & 3rd TUESDAYS
10:00 a.m. TLC Conference Room
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.

Text to: 952-777-8909

We appreciate your gifts.  Here's how you can help.
Your financial gift should be an amount with a dollar sign in front.  
Enter Msg: $100
Text to: 952-777-8909

To designate your gift to a specific fund, following the dollar amount add a space and the following initials for the appropriate fund: BF = Building Fund, GM= Gifts and Memorials, FF= Foundation Fund, SO= Special Offering
Example: $500 BF Would be five hundred dollars to the Building Fund
(Dollar amount with no designation will go to the General Fund.)
First time users will be asked to complete a one-time registration.
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