Worship is central to our lives together as followers of Jesus Christ. Within the Lutheran tradition, our understanding is that God is made known to us primarily through three ways: through the preached Word of God, through the nourishment offered by Jesus’ own Body and Blood at the Table, and through the mutual love and support of the gathered community. All who are come are invited to participate fully. Note: During Covid, those worshiping online are invited to join communion by providing their own bread and wine/juice.
Get Involved: Contact Michelle Reber at email@example.com for all of the following:
Lectoring: Reading during services. Family-friendly volunteering.
Ushering: Assist with services guiding congregants, offerings and attendance.
Greeting: Welcoming all who come for services. Family Friendly volunteering.
Communion Assistant: Serve communion during the services.
Hospitality: Serve coffee and treats on Sundays. Family-friendly volunteering.
Altar Guild: Prepare the altar and set-up for communion.
Pew Crew: Organizing and stocking supplies in the pews. Family- friendly volunteering.
Baptisms can be scheduled on almost any Sunday. One meeting with a pastor will be arranged prior to the baptism. Contact Pastor Elise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TLC provides funeral services and memorial services for members and non-members. Prior services can be viewed on the Memorial Garden page on this site. Contact Patti Johansen at email@example.com or Pastor Elise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funeral Team – Assist with set-up and clean-up for funeral luncheons as-needed. Contact Patti Johansen at email@example.com
Music preaches and proclaims the word of God alongside the spoken Word in every worship service. The musical gifts of the community are invited and welcomed.
TLC Choir: Regularly leads the congregation in worship. Come and join in raising a joyful noise to the Lord! Contact Deacon Susan Wold Rohde at firstname.lastname@example.org
Praise and Worship Team: Leads worship approximately monthly. Rehearses Sundays at 8:30am for service at 9:30am. Contact Mary George at email@example.com or Phetsamone Ekholm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Handbells: Offers special music approximately monthly. Rehearses Mondays at 6:30pm. Contact Mary George at email@example.com.
Brass/Woodwinds/Strings: Adults and senior high students who love to serve God by playing their instruments. Contact Deacon Susan Wold Rohde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Faith Formation
1st and 3rd Tuesday Bible Study: Using “The Greatest Story” Bible study which begins with Genesis and ends with Revelation. 10 am at TLC. Contact Judy Pittelkow at email@example.com
Faith, Fact, and Fiction: Discuss a book, assist with library organization at church, and fellowship. Second Thursdays at 1 pm at church. Contact Lois Nornes at (952) 240-0811 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Men’s Thursday Morning Bible Study (Gib Lee Men’s Bible study): Discusses Bible texts for the coming week. Thursdays 9am in Adult Ed room. Contact Roy Shemanek at (952) 881-7498.
Pastor-Led Bible Study: Every Sunday at 8:30am. Coffee and discussion in the narthex with the preaching pastor.
Women’s Bible study: There are several women’s circles that meet in homes or at TLC. Contact Marilyn Erickson at email@example.com
TLC members actively volunteer with many of the following. Contact Michael Johnson to get involved.
Mission and Outreach Team: Plans service projects in the community, collaborate with various outreach partner, makes recommendations to Council regarding possible mission partners. Contact Michael Johnson at.
Mission Partners: All organizations listed receive financial support from TLC through our Benevolence giving. * indicates that TLC members actively volunteer at that organization. Contact the church office to get connected with an active TLC group.
Wilderness Canoe Base*: ELCA Canoeing outfitter and Family Mission Camp host at lakewapo.org
Every Meal*: weekend feeding program at Westwood Elementary at everymeal.org
Tapestry Lutheran: Hispanic ELCA congregation in Richfield at tapestrymn.org
Meals on Wheels*: providing home cooked meals to home-bound Bloomington residents at Bloomingtonmealsonwheels.com
VEAP*: providing food and housing support for low income Bloomington residents at veap.org
TLC Early Learning Center*: TLC’s in-house Christian child care and pre-school at tlcelc.com
Beacon Inter-Faith Housing: combating homelessness in Minnesota through construction of low-income housing at beaconinterfaith.org
Lutheran Campus Ministries: supporting ELCA outreach and community at the University of Minnesota at umnlutheran.org
Oasis for Youth: outreach for youth experiencing homelessness in Bloomington at oasisforyouth.org
Exodus Lending Minneapolis: freeing low income people from pay-day loan traps
Lutheran Social Service: the largest social service agency in MN, refugee services, pregnant teen shelters, elder care, adults with disabilities and much more at lssmn.org
Feed My Starving Children*: global emergency feeding program at fmsc.org
Center for Changing Lives*: Liberia - school tuition and after school programs for Ebola and AIDS orphans in West Africa at pactmn.com
Global Health Ministries*: collects, recycles, and ships medical supplies to clinics all over the world at ghm.org
Addiction Awareness Team: A 12-Step based group that meets to provide support and recovery resources to TLC’s members and community. Contact Beth Rahn at 952-393-9817 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Care Mail Crafters: Design, create, and mail cards to TLC members who are homebound or in need of a reminder that someone is thinking of them during a difficult time. Contact: Jamie Wannigman at email@example.com
Homebound Communion Ministry: Share communion with shut-ins who cannot get to worship or those in long-term rehab. Contact Pastor Paul Rohde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memory Bears: The mission is to create Memory Bears that warm your heart, provide you with some comfort, and remind you of the special times shared with your loved one. Contact Linda Meyer at (612) 730-9696 or email@example.com
Prayer Team: An e-mail-based group that prays confidentially for requests as they are sent in to the church. Emails are sent out with prayer requests by the pastoral staff on a weekly basis. Contact Marilyn Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer shawl ministry: K3P3– Knit or crochet prayer shawls and baby shawls. Contact Marilyn Erickson at email@example.com
Stephen Ministry: Ministry to people experiencing grief, illness, crisis, or difficult changes in life. Stephen Ministers are members of TLC, trained in compassionate Christian care. Contacts: Bob Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Becky Woll at email@example.com
TLC Garden Team: In the spring, we source flowers and plant them, mulch, and make fill two pots for the parking lot entrance of TLC. Reach out to Karen Daniels to be a part of the "grounds crew." (952) 948-1679.
Fall Registration 2023: Click the buttons below for more information and to fill out each form. Please return the forms and payment (Cash or Check) to the Church Office.
Sunday School: Faith Formation for ages 3 - grade 4. Hosted by Deacon Erica during worship on Sundays. Children re-join their families in worship during the Sharing of the Peace.
Club 5/6: Wed nights at 6:30pm at TLC for 5th-6th graders.
Confirmation: Wed nights at 6:30pm at TLC 7th-9th graders.
Peer Ministry: 10-12th graders providing leadership for their younger peers on Wed nights at 6:30pm at TLC.
College Ministry: Keeping in touch with, praying for and providing support to college students and those serving in the military. Contact Sandy Stooke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Ministry: TLC partners with Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp and Wilderness Canoe Base to provide summer camp opportunities for TLC youth and their friends. More at lakewapo.org
ELCA Youth Gathering: TLC sends a group of youth every three years to this global event. Next up: Summer of 2024 in New Orleans. More at elca.org/youthgathering
For details about Children, Youth and Family Ministry, contact Deacon Erica Larson at email@example.com
Global Health Ministry: Sort, pack, and inventory medical supplies to be shipped to clinics and hospitals throughout the world.
Men’s Golf League: All skill levels welcome. Tuesdays, May-August, 5:30 pm at Hyland Green Golf Course. Contacts: Bob Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org, Don Kleven at email@example.com, Keith Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign-ups begin in April.
Quilting Group: TLC “Nutty Knotters”—Piece, tie, finish quilts that will be donated to those in need locally and worldwide. Meets 9 am on Fridays. Contacts: Irene Bjerke at (952) 888-7303, Florence Head at email@example.com, or Judy Lindman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Walkers (TLC Walkers): Walkers meet at outside parks or indoor areas during winter for fellowship and exercise. 9 am Wednesdays. Contact Donna Hedlund at 952-881-2219 or email@example.com
Women's Cafe Group: Tuesdays. 7-8:30 pm at Mugshots. Currently in contact by email and text. This is a group of young adult women who want to build community and strengthen faith. Contacts Melissa Klement at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cindy Nelson at email@example.com
Financial Team: This team is directed to develop and implement clear strategies for financial stability of TLC. Contact Pastor Elise at firstname.lastname@example.org, the Council treasurer, and Finance Administrator (Nancy Waldack) at email@example.com.
Library Team: Maintains the church library. Contact Marilyn Erickson firstname.lastname@example.org or Karen Wenge at email@example.com.
Personnel Team: Assists the pastor(s) in addressing HR and personnel related issues. Contact Diane Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Elise at email@example.com.
Stewardship Team: Creates the annual Stewardship campaign along with the pastor(s) and encourages the contributions of time, talent and treasure of TLC membership. Contact Norma Macdonald-Ockwig at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission and Outreach Team: Plans service projects in the community, collaborates with various outreach partners, makes recommendations to Council regarding possible mission partners. Contact Marilyn Erickson at email@example.com
TLC Church Council: is the elected governing body of the congregation. See Council page here.