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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. On hold during Covid.
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.
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.
Chancel Choir: Regularly leads the congregation in worship. Hoping to resume in early 2022. Contact Mary George at email@example.com
Praise and Worship Team: Leads worship approximately monthly. Rehearses Sundays at 8:30am for service at 9:30am. Contact Phetsamone Ekholm at firstname.lastname@example.org
Handbells: Offers special music approximately monthly. Rehearses Mondays at 6:30pm. Contact Karen Daniels at 952-948-1679
Brass/Woodwinds/Strings: Adults and senior high students who love to serve God by playing their instruments. Contact Karen Daniels at 952-948-1679
Youth Band: Young people lead worship on Wednesday nights. Singers and instrumentalists welcome. Contact Pete Erickson at email@example.com
Bronze Bells: Handbells for ages 6-18. Currently on hold. Contact Karen Daniels (952) 948-1679
Baptisms can be scheduled on almost any Sunday. One meeting with a pastor will be arranged prior to the baptism. Contact a pastor directly.
TLC provides funeral services (Celebration of Life) for members and non-members. Prior services can be viewed on the Memorial Garden page on this site. Contact Patti Johansen at firstname.lastname@example.org or a pastor.
Funeral Team – Assist with set-up and clean-up for funeral luncheons as-needed. Contact Patti Johansen at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 Fellowship Hall with the preaching pastor.
TLC Book Club: On hold during Covid. Meets at the homes of members. Wine and dessert served. Past discussions have centered on race, politics and theology. All are welcome. Contact Renee Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Marilyn Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Marilyn Erickson email@example.com
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: combatting 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
The Center of Addiction & Faith*: Equipping faith communities to combat addiction and codependency in all their forms at Addictionandfaith.com
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
Communion Ministry: Share communion with shut-ins who cannot get to worship or those in long-term rehab. Contact Marilyn Erickson 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 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
Children Youth & Family
Songs and Stories: Faith Formation for ages 3-10. During worship on Sundays and by Zoom for online families. Contact Pastor Melanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Club 5/6: Wed nights at 7pm at TLC for 5th and 6th graders. Contact Pete Erickson at email@example.com
Confirmation: Wed nights at 7pm at TLC 7th-9th graders. Contact Pete Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer Ministry: Wed nights at 7pm and 8pm at TLC 10th-12th graders. Contact Pete Erickson at email@example.com
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 Camp Wapo and Wilderness Canoe Base to provide summer camp opportunities for TLC youth and their friends. Contact Pete Erickson at email@example.com More at lakewapo.org
National Youth Gathering: TLC sends a group of youth every three years to this event. Next up: Summer of 2022 in Minneapolis. Contact Pete Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Health Ministry: Sort, pack, and inventory medical supplies to be shipped to clinics and hospitals throughout the world. Contact Mary Mahre, 612-345-4235 or email@example.com
Men’s Golf League: All skill levels welcome. Tuesdays, May to 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
Widows Group, Moving On: Ongoing group of widows who meet for conversation, outings and social gatherings. Contact Mary Mahre, at 612-345-4235 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's Cafe Group: Pre-Covid 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 email@example.com or Cindy Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Team: This team is directed to develop and implement clear strategies for financial stability of TLC. Contact a Pastor or the Council treasurer.
Library Team: Maintains the church library. Contact Marilyn Erickson email@example.com or Karen Wenge at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personnel Team: Assists the pastor(s) in addressing HR and personnel related issues. Contact Diane Erickson at email@example.com or a pastor.
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
Covid Response Team: Researches pandemic response and makes recommendations to Staff and Church Council on TLC Covid policy. Contact Pete Erickson at email@example.com
Mission and Outreach Team: Plans service projects in the community, collaborate with various outreach partner, makes recommendations to Council regarding possible mission partners. Contact Marilyn Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Transition Team: leads the Transition during time of pastoral transition. Contact Pastor Eva Jensen at email@example.com
TLC Church Council: is the elected governing body of the congregation. See Council page here.
Environmental Team: Exploring ways to educate and implement earth friendly habits at TLC and at home. Contact Jeff Latzke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Racial Justice Team: Explores racial justice and ways to create awareness and encourage racial equity. Contact Jerry Olson at email@example.com
RIC (Reconciling in Christ) Ally Team: This is a support and advocacy group for our LGBTQ members and allies. Contacts: Jane Voss at firstname.lastname@example.org, Sandy Mullen at email@example.com