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Last Updated 02.12.18
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.
Three-Week Lenten Series EFH
with Renee Jefferson
11:00 a.m. Wednesday Mornings at TLC

Come to the class, attend noon worship, and then out to lunch together if you like. The free classes cover a historical and theological look at some main Lenten themes and practices.
● March 7   WHY ASHES?


Congratulations to Transfiguration Lutheran Church on being awarded the 2018 Reader's Choice Award for Best Vacation Bible School by our Sun Current readers in Richfield!
Sun Newspapers Readers’ Choice Awards is an annual contest published online and in print. This past June and July our readers chose their favorite service providers, medical professionals, church, schools, daycare providers, restaurants, fitness centers, etc.... Readers voted online, or by mailing in the newspaper ballots.

June 18 - 22, 2018, 9am to Noon @ TLC
Click here to view the VBS 2018 page & registration

Children ages 4 thru 6th Grade can join the new Children’s choir. Rehearsals on Sunday from 10:30 - 11 a.m. in the conference room. If you are a Parent with voice, piano, or guitar skills please know that you are also welcome and encouraged to assist.
Directors: Jennifer Gauwitz, Allison Lindman, and Caroline McGuire
For more information and to signup your child or yourself, contact Renee Jefferson.

A Word From Our 2018 Council President
My name is Beth Mercer, and I am honored to be the newly elected president of our church council. In case you missed the Annual Meeting on January 28th, I won’t bury the lead: the biggest news to come out of the meeting is that we have closed the gap on the budget shortfall we faced this year.

As most of you know, we were looking at a projected deficit of $100,000 in 2018. After three congregational meetings to discuss the unfavorable options under consideration to balance the budget, generous gifts were made to relieve our church of this burden. Over $140,000 in new (or increased) pledges came in during the weeks leading up to the annual meeting.  

This is an amazing testament not only to the strength of our church, but also to God’s work that’s being done here.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that our work is done. Through those meetings and subsequent conversations, we have come up with many new ideas to try and ensure that we won’t be facing this problem again. I am anxious to get this work started and to keep up the momentum we’ve been graced with.

We also held elections and are welcoming three new members to the council this year – Evan Collins, Zac Schnedler, and Patty Weichselbaum. We heard inspiring messages from our pastors and learned about exciting new plans for our church, including an aggressive strategic plan and our intention to bring Stephen Ministry to TLC. [Click Here to watch a video replay of the TLC Annual Meeting]

I am so enthusiastic about what we’re doing as a church, and am looking forward to an exciting year!

Beth Mercer
Council President

Young Adult Women's Cafe Group
Mugshots Coffee Company - 10518 France Ave S
Meet at Mugshots on Tuesdays for six weeks starting January 23, from 7-8:30 p.m. 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.
More information, contact Erin Pommeranz

Wilderness Canoe Base provides opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the beautiful Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) while nurturing a Christ-Centered identity through a Wilderness experience. This year the camp is celebrating its 62nd year of camp and hopes to have over 1,000 people up at camp in 2018!

Wilderness Canoe Base stems out of the Plymouth Christian Youth Center in Minneapolis and had a major focus on at-risk youth from the inner-city and from various youth centers in the greater Twin Cities area. The ministry has since transitioned to be a part of Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, but continues to serve people from across the Twin Cities and the greater Midwest with a specific focus on diversity and social and eco-justice.

Whether children have been camping many times before or it is their first time ever swimming in a lake (or ever leaving their home town), Wilderness Canoe Base’s mission is to help people realize their inner strength and the strength that comes from being in relationship with

The transformation that happens in just a few days is always inspiring and is often life-changing!


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.

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

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

After Easter:
Apr 4—Who are the Millennials and how can the church become relevant for them
Apr 11The Millennial Mystery—who are they and where are they?
Apr 18Earthkeeping
Apr 25—Keeping in Touch

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.


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.

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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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