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Updated March 2017
Jim Stooke

What brought you here?
My wife, Sandy, and I were looking for a church with a strong children's program and a 9:30 service. After our first visit to TLC we knew our new church home had been found.
What do you like most about this church?
The environment is exceptionally welcoming and friendly.  Should one choose to become involved in the life of the church, there is plenty of opportunity to do so.  All of our pastoral and support staff are clearly dedicated, capable and supportive to us all.
What is your hope for the church?
That TLC will continue on a path of self-discovery as it evolves into a spirtual-led congregation which meets the growing and diverse needs of its members and community (local and worldwide) while operating in this blink-of-the-eye changing world.
Jerry Olson

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.

Kim Smits

What brought you here?
We have lived across the street from TLC for 24 years, so this church is not only a part of our neighborhood, but also our family.        

What do you like most about this church?
I love seeing the multiple generations of families that call TLC their church home.  As a part of Milestone Ministry it's fun to watch our children as they grow through Sunday School and Confirmation.  I also love the music - - we have amazing musicians!

What is your hope for the church?
My hope is that TLC will continue to grow, not only in the number of people worshipping and serving together, but in awareness and knowledge of the needs in our congregation, community and world so we can better support and serve our neighbors.   
Dick Haugen
Joanne and I joined Transfiguration Lutheran Church in June of 2001.  My involvement with the church is its support of VEAP where I served in their Transportation Program in 2003 and have continued since that time.  My volunteering at church has included greeter, pew crew, communion, ushering and hospitality.  Three years ago I began to serve on the personnel committee.
My retirement in 2015 followed 52 years of hotel, resort and country club management in Minnesota, Ohio, and Arizona.  I have served and led a variety of community and industry boards.  In Alexandria, MN, I served on the board of First Lutheran Church.
Carol Hill

What brought you here?
My husband and I returned to this area two years ago to be closer to family.  For months I visited several Lutheran and Episcopal churches close to where we live -- most of them only once or twice.  I kept returning to TLC and realized this was where I belonged.  I officially joined in May 2015.
What do you like most about this church?
I can't limit to what I like most.  I felt welcome here from the first time I came.  I worship best at the 9:30 service with its ritual and music and I was looking for that when visiting churches.  I love singing in the choir.  I value the statement of inclusiveness.
What is your hope for the church?
With God's help and the participation of all in this faith community, we will continue to "gather in grace, grow in faith, and go forth to serve."
Gary Lewis
I have been a member for three years at the church; on the Stewardship Committee, Men's Bible Study and now presently the new chair of the Foundation Board.
I was the Vice President of both Ebenezer and Fairview Hospital Foundations (both Lutheran organizations) for 14 years and before that was a YMCA Director for 31 years.  I have been on many other chruch councils in the past 50 years and know it is an honor to serve on the TLC Council.
Beth Mercer
My family and I have been members of Transfiguration since early 2011.  As a lifelong Lutheran who married a Catholic, I (along with my husband James and our children Mackenzie, Jack, and Ryan) spent years of Sundays visiting churches all over the south metro in an effort to find the right fit for us.  When we happened upon TLC, we knew right away that our long search was over.  I had an immediate sense of "home" here and knew this was where I wanted to raise our family.  Thankfully, James felt the same way.
After years in outside sales and marketing -- almost three years ago I stepped away from my job in order to spend more time at home.  James' work has him traveling most of the time, and the business of handling three energetic children by myself (during the week) is a full time job.
I have a passion for our church and the direction it's moving; for the children of our congregation and their future, and the strong fellowship this church community enjoys.  I am an abundantly proud member of TLC.
Sandy Mullen

What brought you here?
I moved to Bloomington when my late husband, Jim and I were married and were looking for a church close to home.
What do you like most about this church ?
I am amazed how people reach out to me. Jim died four years  ago and the love and support I have received is very comforting. It is a  safe place to be. I also love the music!
What is your hope for the church?
That we continue to grow and be a welcoming place for all.
Laurel Rippa

What brought you here?
I was married here in 1979. We moved our family to Bloomington in 1993 and became members at that time.
What do you like most about this church?
The Praise and Worship team and the music we make. It  touches my soul. I have developed many friends in the congregation, and  they have helped me through some difficult times.
What is your hope for the church?
My hope is that: We can continue to grow and prosper; we  will celebrate our successes and directly face challenges as they occur;  and we will unite as a group to be part of the ongoing solution for  serving TLC and God’s work.
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.

As disciples of Jesus we GATHER in grace, GROW in faith, and GO forth to serve.
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