TLC Church Council 2020 - Transfiguration Lutheran Church - Bloomington, Minnesota

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TLC Church Council 2020

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My wife Karen and I joined TLC in 1997 when we moved to Bloomington. We felt welcomed from day one and the music talent was and still is amazing. Both of our kids, Emily and Colby, were baptized and confirmed here. Over the years I have been a Sunday school teacher, a Lenten mentor, a member of the personnel committee, and chaperoned two mission trips. I was to be the token male on a third mission trip but came down with pneumonia just before the trip. This church has great people and does great things and I would like to serve on the church council to help us continue to do these things and help find ways to draw more families into our church community.

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What brought you here?
My wife and I joined TLC in 1977 after our second son was born and we wanted to have him baptized.  [Then Senior] Pastor Anderson visited us in our home and we did not look beyond TLC for a church home.
What do you like most about this church?
Two things stand out for me; the many amazing people at TLC, both staff and congregation. The second thing is that I have never attended a service at TLC without something positive to take away from it.
What is your hope for the church?
My hope is that TLC will grow, that more people will experience the experiences of church membership and that the church will serve more people in the community.

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I became a member in 2005 after my daughter Laura attended the Early Learning Center; and we missed the friends we had made here. After my husband Paul and I were married in 2011, we attended some other churches, but ended up back at TLC after Elaina was born. Over the years, I have been invoked in teaching Sunday School, attending family camp, and being part of the Women’s Cafe Group. I am honored to serve on the Church council. I feel that having both a 16-year old and a 6-year old, as well as witnessing the changes over those years, has given me a unique perspective to serve TLC in moving forward and maintaining the wonderful community our family has found here.

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I have been a member of TLC for over 30 years. My husband, Jamie, has also been a life-long member. We have three kids - Bennett, Annabel, and Juliette - who are actively involved in TLC through music, Sunday School, and Confirmation. We are strong supporters of the Early Learning Center where our children have attended daycare and the Kinder Plus program. I am a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Oak Grove Middle School and am involved in my kid's activities and sports within the community. My goal for TLC would be to grow our youth programs for all ages.

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My husband Quyen and I, along with our boys Nate and Nolan, have been members of TLC for about 10 years. We transferred to TLC from another community when our boys were younger because we wanted them to go to church with friends they also went to school with. We felt a warm welcome and the comfort of “home” from that first visit, and the boys have definitely been blessed by the nurturing, supportive youth and Confirmation programs. I am a 3rd grade teacher at Ridgeview Elementary in Bloomington, and I have been very involved with our sons’ sports and activities within the community. I also love nature, reading, running with our Labrador, and nurturing my faith with our small group. I feel honored to serve TLC’s inclusive community and look forward to participating in it and supporting God’s work.

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I'm Dan Ekholm.  My wife Phetsamone and I have raised our three children at TLC and have been involved with the congregation over 20 years! Kayla and Noah were both confirmed here and Micah will start next year. We live in Lakeville and are kept busy with running a real estate business and running kids to and from from lacrosse, football and basketball. When spare time can be found, I enjoy fishing and hunting and road trips to Florida and Texas in search of warmth and sun! I look forward helping guide TLC into the future.

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I have been a member of TLC for over 40 years, so in my case, that would be a life-time member.  My parents, Don and Margaret Mattson, became members of TLC in 1962.  I was baptized, confirmed, and married at Transfiguration.  My wife and her family became members about 14 years ago.  Our teenage children, Taylor and Drew, went to daycare at the Early Learning Center for most of their school-age years.  I have been a part of the Brass Choir, the Renovation Work Group, the Strategic Planning Team, and head chef of the Sunday morning donut crew (does anyone even remember that?). I am excited to join this leadership team and be able to add my voice for the future, while remembering the past.

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My late husband Jim, son Paul and I joined TLC 12 years ago.  We were looking for a church in our community that was welcoming with a meaningful Sunday morning worship service and Sunday School. We found much more and have grown into the church and it’s many areas of service. Through our involvement we have met and served with many wonderful members. What I like most about our church is the people, staff and members who continue to grow in faith sharing their talents and resources. My hope for our church is that we continue to reach out to build a spirit filled diverse faith family and community.

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Transfiguration Lutheran Church has been a part of my family’s and my own faith history since 1957, when the church was organized under Pastor Franklin Swanson.  I was privileged to be part of the very first Confirmation Class.  While my life’s journey has taken me to various other Lutheran churches, when I moved back to Bloomington in 2017, I knew my church home would be TLC.  My career has been in Secondary Education and Hospice management. Both those career paths offered opportunity for service and growth in my faith. I currently serve as a Stephen Ministry Leader, lector and communion minister. I would be honored to serve on the church council to not only acknowledge my gratitude for my past association, but also to be part of the present and future growth of the community of believers that is Transfiguration Lutheran Church.

February 2020
From the Council President,
Steve Jorschumb

I am still having a hard time believing that not only am I on the church council, I am the president. But, here I am writing a letter to the congregation as the new council president. I am new to the council, but I am not new to this church. I have been a member since 1997. I accepted this position knowing that it will be challenging for me but that it will also bring growth.  I expect growth in my faith and in my knowledge of how this church operates. I look forward to working with my fellow council members and staff to help guide this congregation through the changes that are before us, while holding to our mission statement: Gathering in Grace, Growing in Faith, Going Forth to Serve.

In the annual meeting we heard a lot about how this church is entering a period of discernment. I ‘Googled’ the meaning of discernment. I found two. The first was “the ability to judge well.” The second was (in Christian contexts) “…perception in the absence of judgement with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding.” I found it interesting that the world discerns by judging, but Christian discernment is in the absence of judgement. This next year we will be looking to call a new co-pastor. The calling of a new pastor is a big step in the life of a church. It can bring fear of losing what we have or fear of an unknown future, but it also brings hope of new ideas and new relationships. While pastors and leaders are important, we must remember that we, the congregation, are the church. We must work together to make this a welcoming community of faith. My hope for this congregation is that together we seek spiritual guidance and understanding to determine the best path moving forward.

What is a church council?
The church council is made up of adult members of the church who have been elected by the congregation to guide the parish for the year, and make plans for the future.

What does the council do?
The council is guided by our constitution and is responsible for specific areas of church life, such as Worship, Education, Evangelism, Fellowship, Property, Public Relations, Social Concerns, Stewardship and Youth. The members deliberate, make decisions about the policies, practices and plans for the future of our church.

What qualifications do council members have?
Council members are male or female baptized Christians instructed in the Christian faith and committed to being disciples of Jesus Christ. They are men and women of prayer, students of the Bible and active members of their church in good standing, regular in worship, supporting their congregation, willing to give of their time and talent for the mission of the church. They are elected by their fellow church members to serve for two years,

What are council members expected to do?
Each council member is the director of his or her area of responsibility as described in the bylaws of the constitution.  

Council members are encouraged to seek other church members to serve on committees and task forces assisting in on going or special projects. Some are directly involved in the work for which they are responsible, such as boards of Fellowship, Properties and Youth. Others are indirectly involved in their charge, such as Education, Stewardship or Worship.

The council is responsible for the annual meeting of the congregation. It is here that church members elect the council members, hear the state of their church, the council's plans for the future and vote on the proposed programs and budget for the coming year.

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