TLC Updates and Response to the Coronavirus - Transfiguration Lutheran Church - Bloomington, Minnesota

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TLC Updates and Response to the Coronavirus

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All worship services, activities and gatherings at the church remain suspended until further notice.

Dear TLC Family,
As we enter these  uncharted waters, it is encouraging to see many in our community  stepping forward with offers of help and ideas for strengthening our  bonds. We may be physically disconnected, but we are still bound  together spiritually and have many means at our disposal to care for one  another.
Here are a few invitations to connection:
  • Pray. Feel free to use the church directory as a prayer list. Extra copies are available in the church office.

  • Online worship. There will be no physical gathering for worship. Worship will continue at tlcGo.LIVE at  10:00am on Sundays and 6:30pm on Wednesday evenings. Please join us and  feel free to share with family and friends. Many churches do not have  online capability. We have a great gift to offer.

  • Check in with one another by phone, email (or social media. Alert the church should you become aware of anyone in need. (952-884-2364)

  • Volunteer.  We have a list of those willing to help with grocery shopping, or other  errands for those who are vulnerable. Contact the church to help or to  be helped.

  • Purchase non-perishable food items, hygiene items or diapers for those in need. Drop off at the church. We will deliver to VEAP.

  • Meet  online. There will be no in-person meetings or gatherings of any kind  at the church until the situation changes. The church has a Zoom account  which is available for use by any TLC small group or ministry team. The  Council and Leadership team retreat took place this past weekend via  Zoom and we found the tool worked very well. Team leads, please contact  Pastor Arthur or Deacon Renee for access. Watch for a future email  listing small group gathering opportunities online.

  • Support  the church and other businesses and organizations financially to the  extent that you are able. We expect the coming months to be challenging  for all of us as we seek to care for one another in new and creative  ways. And we also know that God will provide all our needs.

  • Follow TLC on Facebook. Watch past TLC programming at tlcgo.live
The church office will be  minimally staffed for business operations only and open this week from  9-3pm M-F. The chapel will be open for prayer during these times. For  all pastoral concerns please contact Pastor Arthur, Pastor Ed, Intern  Pastor Grace, or Marilyn Erickson directly by phone or email. Contact  info at tlcmn.com. We are all maintaining regular hours, though in different locations, and will respond promptly.
Marilyn Erickson sent out the  following message to our prayer chain this morning. I think it would be  good for the whole church to “hear”:
“At this time of lots of fear and  unknown, we need to pray for each other and stay strong in our faith.  While we are asked to stay in our homes for our protection and others, I  suggest that we make more phone calls to those who are homebound all or  most of the time and friends. I found the following prayer in an email I  received from the ELCA. It is intended for Caregivers but we are all  caregivers in some way.”
God, our refuge in  strength, our present help in time of trouble, care for those who tend  the needs of the sick. Strengthen them in body and spirit. Refresh them  when weary; console them when anxious; comfort them in grief; and  hearten them in discouragement. Be with us all and give us peace at all  times and in every way; through Christ our peace. Amen (Evangelical  Lutheran Worship, page 85).
May God bless you and keep you. Stay safe. Stay connected.
Pastors Arthur, Ed, Grace and all the TLC Staff
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From Pastor Ed:

I lift my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? --Psalm 121

The  writer of these words was speaking to our ancient ancestors who  worshipped all kinds of different gods. They would pray to a particular  god to solve a particular problem. There was an assortment of gods for  every human need—food, prosperity, fertility, weather, healing, love,  war, (toilet paper?) and on and on.

Those  hilltops the psalmist lifts his eyes to have temples top of them for  each of these gods. People would climb those hills to pray for what they  needed. The Psalm writer is making a claim about these hilltop temples  and their gods. He is saying there is only one God, only one hope, only  one place to look for all we need.

We  will all be going through the next many weeks facing some very real  fears and anxieties about what this crisis will mean for us. There is  the very real threat of losing people we love. There is the very real  threat we will suffer some painful financial losses. There is the very  real threat of chaos and breakdown of society. What will happen? We just  don’t know do we? And is there anything worse than not knowing what  will happen?
We are in a time of uncertainty, anxiety and fear. Who will save us?
We  lift our eyes to the federal government. We look to the hospitals. We  look to the media. We look to local leaders and institutions. From where  will our help come?

There is only one place to look.

In  the days ahead we can hold onto each other (figuratively), support each  other, and together we can look up to the one who saves.


Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills—
  from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
  who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
  he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
  will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
  the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
  nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
  he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
  your going out and your coming in
  from this time on and forevermore.

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The ELC Board of Directors and the ELC Administration met on Saturday morning to discuss the TLC-ELC plan.  Our plan  changed on Sunday, given the Governor of Minnesota’s address to the State.  
 
 
Given the announcement of MN public school closures until March 27, 2020:
 
     TLC-ELC will remain open.
 
If the State extends the school closing timeframe, we’ll address the situation at that time and more information will be provided. Since the situation is continually evolving, the ELC Board of directors will stay on top of what is being said and we will update to the families as changes occur.  We continue to follow the CDC and MDH guidelines.
 
 
We will be assessing the distance learning recommendations from BPS and how that fits into what we can provide at TLC-ELC.  More information to come as we learn more.
 
What we are asking of the families:
 
●        Parents and children are required to wash their hands when they drop off and pick up
 
their children every day.
 
●        Until further notice, children who travel by plane will not be admitted to TLC-ELC for a 14-day period following their return.
 
●        If children are showing signs of illness, such as cold and flu symptoms, or fever, we ask that they be kept home and given enough time to recover fully. This means a minimum of 36 hours from when the symptoms subside.
 
●        The center needs to know immediately if a parent, child or family member has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

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We offer the following source of excellent and dependable information regarding the coronavirus and our daily lives. As with other documents in the TLC Weekly, this is a pdf file that, depending on your browser, can be read online or downloaded for later reading/printing.
What you should know about COVID-19
Reprint and pdf report courtesy of Mayo Clinic
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