From An Idle Tale to An Easter People
"But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them."  Luke 24:11

Dear Friends of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church,
In my Easter Sunday sermon, I wrote that "Faith in the resurrection comes slowly, but when it comes it changes everything."  Nowhere is this more evident than in the lives of Jesus' own disciples.  On that first
Easter Sunday, they refused to believe the good news told to them by the women.  In fact, they chided the women who went to the tomb for their "idle tale."
In glancing back on the patriarchal society of the Bible, it would be easy to characterize the doubtful men as merely being skeptical and dismissive of the women's integrity and truthfulness.  Certainly a woman's testimony didn't carry the same weight as a man in the ancient world- even among Jesus' followers.  But I think that the talk of an "idle tale" is greater than that.  For Jesus' own disciples, the possibility of Jesus' resurrection itself was too incredible, and as much as Jesus had predicted his death and resurrection, the disciples couldn't believe it.  Of course, that isn't the whole story.  Within a few weeks, they were prepared to take the good news of the Jesus' resurrection to the ends of the earth-just not yet. 
Perhaps, that is why the Church's celebration of Easter is more than a single day.  Easter is a season that lasts 50 days, and along the way, the disciples come to meet Jesus again and again-  until he is taken up to heaven on Ascension Day.  Faith in the resurrection comes slowly, but when it comes it changes everything.
On that first Easter morning, the disciples remained steadfast in their doubts.  But step by step, the Holy Spirit challenged them to question their questions and to doubt their doubts.  The same will be true for you.  If Christ had destroyed death- what other marvelous things will he do for you?
A new beginning, a renewed strength, a hope for the future, the promise to see that someone you love and lost in death.  

We all come to the tomb with broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships.  We all come to the tomb with the hope that life can be different.  We have all tripped along life's pathway and our hearts have fallen to the ground, shattering into pieces.  But even now Jesus is doing another marvelous thing.  He is there on the path waiting to greet you, to pick you up, to wipe away your tears and to begin to mend your heart.
Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!     
Pastor Arden Haug

Staff Listing

Rev. Dr. Arden D. Haug Pastor
Kenneth Q. Vigne- Organist
Dawn Allan - Choir Director

Diane LaMere Children's Ministry

Linda Nelson  - Office Manager
Dane Peterson - Custodian
Kerri Booher - Wedding Coordinator



   Sunday Worship Service
and Sunday School
  9:30 a.m.
   Coffee Hour    10:40 a.m.
Wednesday Evenings
7:00 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday Evenings
7:30 p.m.

Prayer Ministry Group
Friday Mornings
9:15 a.m - 10:00 a.m.
April 1
Our Saviour's Housing
Shelter Meal

April 4 & 18
Women's Bible Study
7:00 p.m.

April 14 & 28
Growler's & Theology
7:30 p.m.

April 10
Caritas Concert Fundraiser
3:00 p.m.

April 16
Church Council Retreat
9:00-11:00 a.m.
April 17
Scandinavian Smorgasbord
12:00 Noon

April 24
New Members Received
9:30 Worship Service

April 30
Upper Midwest Music Recital
10:00 - 12:00 Noon

 Worship Schedule


 Worship with

Holy Communion

and Sunday School

9:30 a.m. 

10:40 a.m. Coffee Hour


Children are always welcome in worship.  However, if the need arises, the Christy Room is staffed with a Nursery Attendant for your child.  If you need assistance, please ask one of the ushers to help you. 


On Sunday May 1st, we will celebrate a festive Ascension Sunday worship service with music by Dietrich Buxtehude.  According to the gospel of St. Luke, 40 days after Jesus' resurrection from the dead, he ascended into heaven.  In the church we often celebrate this festival on the Sunday closest to this date.  This event is recorded in both the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds. 
The special music for this Ascension Day, including strings and brass, is being sponsored by the memorial gifts designated to LOTI in memory of Brenda Haug, Pastor Haug's sister. The service will conclude with the sending heavenward of dove shaped balloons.
Singers are invited to participate in a Buxtehude Festival Chorus.  They will rehearse with the church choir on Wednesday, April 20th  and 27th  Please speak to choir director Dawn Allan about joining the choir for these two rehearsals.

3:00 P.M.

Caritas Vocal Ensemble is a non-profit choral group with a special mission:  to share their music with the community for the purpose of raising money and awareness for people in need.  "Caritas" means loving kindness or what they call "love in action."  Caritas benefi concerts have raised over $150,000 for loal charitable organizations.

Free will donation.  No ticket required.  Reception following the concert.

Our Saviour's Community Services is a social services agency located in the heart of the Phillips neighborhood in South Minneapolis, dedicated to addressing needs in community.  From homelessness to concentrated poverty to the marginalization of immigrants and refugees -- these needs present challenges. The English Learning Center program and Our Saviour's Housing program have been created to address these challenges.  Our programs provide essential services.

OCS offers free classes to learn English, math skills and more.  They provide shelter, short-term and long-term housing.  What sets OCS apart is their focus on creating opportunities to increase skills.  From identifying the letters of the alphabet to participating in a book club.  From learning to count coins, to balancing a checkbook.  From learning to read and understand a lease to having the ability to responsibly sign one -- each of our programs focus on increasing these skills.  And, in all of OCS' work, they are intentional about involving volunteers.  As they create opportunities for people from different backgrounds to come and grow, we empower people to positively impact their communities.
If you are interested in joining the congregation at LOTI, please contact the church office at 612 377-5095 or by e-mail at churchoffice@loti.org.  New members will be received during the worship service on April 24th.

All women are warmly invited to join a new Bible study written by Priscilla Shirer called

Gideon: Your Weakness. God's Strength.
2016 Women's Bible Study, 7 sessions
Every other Monday
(this will be the 4th session)
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
2nd floor Sunday School Room

Bible Study book: $12.99 which can be purchased from the link below or your favorite book source.

For more information, please contact by phone or text:
Debra Gilroy, 612-374-3863
Church Office, 612 377-5095
Janna Haug, 651-497-0099
Reagan Riddle, 209-988-2198

We're praying a lot in Sunday School!  Our 1st and 2nd Graders spent three weeks focusing on the Lord's Prayer last month.  All ages learned about praying in color during Lent.  Our 6th graders will dig deeper into the Apostles Creed in April.
Congratulations to our 2nd graders, Nick and Phinn, who celebrated their First Communion on Palm Sunday!
We're excited for a visit from Joel Legred on April 10 to tell us more about summer plans at Luther Park in Danbury, WI.  (See article about summer camp information)
Sunday School highlights for April:

April 3 - Sunday School resumes
April 10 - Camp Sunday
May 1 - Sunday School Service Project Day and Ascension Sunday

We will be preparing sandwiches for the 363 Days organization during Sunday School.  After worship, the entire congregation will assemble birthday gift bags for the Cheerful Givers organization.  Birthday gift bags will go to a local food shelf.  We will also release balloons for Ascension day after worship.  More details will be coming as we get closer to this Sunday!

12:00 NOON
Please make reservations at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church,
2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Minneapolis,
612-377-5095 or  churchoffice@loti.org
$ 27.00/person, all inclusive.
(children between the age of 5 and 12 years; $ 12.50, under 5 free)

The monthly smorgasbord not only offers an opportunity for LOTI friends and neighbors to gather for fellowship and enjoy genuine Scandinavian hospitality, but the meals also support the benevolence work of our congregation.  Proceeds are directed towards those less fortunate in our immediate community.  Through the proceeds of the monthly smorgasbord, LOTI supports Joyce Community Food Shelf, Our Saviour's Housing and Community Emergency Services.


Luther Park Bible Camp - Danbury, WI

We are called to follow Jesus and live like him - which is not always easy!  We need to be active disciples, watching Jesus, listening, learning, and of course, doing.  Jesus tells us we are to take up our cross and be followers of him through love and service.  Campers will learn to trust in God's promise as we feed, forgive, love, serve and pray.....the Jesus way! 
Daily themes are:  Monday- Feeding; Tuesday - Forgiving; Wednesday - Loving thy Neighbor; Thursday - Serving humbly; Friday - Prayer.  See you this summer!!
Luther Park registration info here:    www.lutherpark.com
South Minneapolis Day Camp: 
Peace ~ Salaam ~ Shalom June 27-July 1

We'll be learning about our call to be peacemakers in a world of many faiths through music, story, art, play, field trips, and more!
  • A progressive ecumenical summer day camp experience in South Minneapolis offering faith formation in a fun, safe, Christ-centered and relational setting. Includes worship, crafts, games, lunch and field trips.
  • June 27-July 1, 9am-4pm, M-F
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis 55407
  • 4 year-olds to 8th graders...and volunteers
Day camp registration form:  http://oursavioursmpls.org/day-camp.html
Volunteers needed:
Volunteers needed for South Minneapolis Day Camp (June 27-July 1)
Help with logistics, lead an activity, share a special skill or talent, or just provide a supportive presence. Sign up for a few hours or every day. Training will be provided. Please contact Martha (612-871-2967 option 4) with questions and suggestions about how you can be involved.


Priscilla Circle will meet at Bev Bergford's on Saturday, April 2nd at 9:30.  Her address is 2218 Mount View Avenue, Minneapolis.  Join us for a time of casual fellowship and camaraderie.  John will keep the coffee flowing!  Please call Bev at 612 377-1319 if you need directions to her home.



9:00 TO 11:00 A.M. 

Jill Gruys has organized a morning at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jill at Jill.Gruys@target.com so we can have a really good turnout from LOTI.




Reserve a month in 2016 to provide a meal for Our Saviour's Housing.  Our congregation provides the meal the first Friday of every month.  If you are a Thrivent member, you can get a grant from them to help you cover costs.  Any questions or sign up with Cheri Moe (952-431-5226 or moeclana@aol.com).  

Dates still available are:  July 1, August 5, September 2, and October 7.  We especially need someone to serve the July meal because Cheri will be unable to assist with it.

Thank you to the Melbye family and Pat Nortwen for serving the meal on March 4th.  



Happy Birthday!


Renate Amann

Jack Messerli

Rick Pepin

Michelle McCreery

Michelle Millar

Zachary Robertson

Madeline Wilcox

Rolf Tengdin

Joshua Wolke

Josh Wilcox

Kylan Duff

Dane Peterson

Janna Haug

Kayla Hoel

Matt Rand

Caroline Moen

Eric Mechels

Brittany Oslund Fleck

Alice Gunter

Jillian Sundeen




April 3 - Ellie Holmquist and Jennifer Cook
April 10 - Carol Kuehn and Vicki Kuehn-Larson
April 17 - David Ackerman and David Hagford
April 24 - Ross Bartels & Brenda Weigel


April 3 - Marty Carlson and Mary Knoblauch
April 10 - Lars and Chanda Olson
April 17 - Margaret & Sean Coleman (Smorgasbord Sunday)
April 24 - Chris and Vicki Hovda


We welcome your input to the newsletter.  Please contact the church office at churchoffice@loti.org if you would like us to include a birth announcement, ministry team meeting information/schedules or other information you would like to share with the congregation at LOTI.