"Love Your Enemies"
Matthew 5:44

Dear Friends and Members of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church,
     In worship, throughout the month of February, we will be meditating on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon, which spans three full chapters in St. Matthew's gospel, is the longest continuous section of Jesus speaking found in the  New Testament.  It is actually a collection of Jesus' most famous sayings which emphasize his moral teaching. The sermon takes place early in his ministry, just after he has been baptized by John in the River Jordan, was tested by the Devil in the wilderness, and moved from his hometown in Nazareth and to the village of Capernaum along the Sea of Galilee.  As he began to teach and heal many of their diseases, listeners began to follow him. In Matthew's gospel they followed him to a hillside overlooking the sea.  The words he spoke would be Jesus' "keynote address."  And at the heart of this message is the command, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven."
     Many listeners recognize the first verses of the Sermon on the Mount known as the Beatitudes.  "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for there is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."  Unfortunately, we often lose sight of Jesus' call to action which is found only a third of the way through the sermon.  The world practices an ethos which says, "You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy," but Jesus' followers are called to practice a different pattern for living.  We are to practice an impartial love to all, and so Jesus concludes, "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."  
     We live in the midst of a complex and conflicted time, where it is far easier to love those who agree with us, than to love those with whom we disagree.  Jesus' challenge to the crowds overlooking the Sea of Galilee is just as immediate and pertinent today two millennia later- simply said, if we dare to call ourselves "children of God," we must find a way to demonstrate a perfect, impartial love.
Peace, 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.

Confirmation Class
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.

February 3
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
6:00 p.m.
February 4
Priscilla Circle
Christy Room 
9:30 a.m.

February 5
Annual Congregational Meeting
11:00 a.m.

February 12
Scandinavian Smorgasbord
12:00 Noon

February 21
New Women's Bible Study
7:00 p.m.
Information to follow

February 26
Isles Ensemble Concert
& Reception
2:00 p.m.

March 1
Ash Wednesday Service
7:00 p.m.

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 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. 


February 2nd has many names.  In popular culture, we refer to it as Ground Hog's Day.  In the church, it has been known as Candlemas, the Festival of the Purification of Mary, and as the Presentation of Lord.  According to St. Luke's gospel, the infant Jesus was carried by Mary and Joseph to the Temple in Jerusalem on the 40th day since Jesus' birth, which is February 2nd.   It was during this visit that the old prophet Simeon, who had been assured that he was to see the Messiah before his death, saw the  couple and their infant son Jesus walking across the Temple. Having seen the infant Messiah, Simeon took the child into his arms and announced, "Now, oh God, I can leave this world in peace--for I have seen my salvation."  He then continued his prophecy with the word that Jesus would be the light for all the world. 
This year as we celebrate the Presentation of Our Lord, we will invite the families and children of those baptized in 2016 to be a part of the worship service. They will be presented a medallion imprinted with their child's name and their baptismal date to serve as a reminder of their connection to Lake of the Isles and their more important relationship as a child of God.    
The Lake String Quartet will perform music of Corelli and Vivaldi, as well as accompany the choir on the music of J. S. Bach.

A new Women's Bible study will begin on Tuesday, February 21st for 8 weeks from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  More details to follow but if you are interested please contact the church office at 612 377-5095 or churchoffice@loti.org .  
In the days before Ash Wednesday people traditionally celebrate by enjoying special foods and customs. The word Carnival which means "farewell to meat" and Mardi Gras or "Greasy Tuesday" offer a hint at the foods that were once forbidden by the church during the penitential season of Lent. In the English tradition, people were encouraged to use the fat and eggs to make pancakes before Ash Wednesday. In Central Europe, people eat jelly filled doughnuts, and in Scandinavia families eat Lenten buns. Often these are made with fresh cardamom and filled with whipped cream and marzipan.
In Denmark there is a special children's party tied to the Sunday before Lent known as Fastelavn Sunday. Of course, everyone eats the special Lenten buns,
but the children also try to break open a wooden barrel filled with chocolates and sweets. They arrive at the party dressed in costumes, so nobody knows who is hitting the wooden barrel with a wooden stick. But the one who wins, is presented with a crown. In the middle ages, black cats were associated with the devil, so a cat was placed inside the barrel. After being attacked from all sides, the cat escaped from the barrel and was never seen again taking all the evil with it. (Fortunately, Danes don't have a cat in the barrel anymore, but it is always painted on the side.)

7:00 P.M.
The season of Lent is considered a "moveable period" in the church year.  It is a preparatory season for the festival of Easter, and since Easter is determined the lunar calendar and not a calendar date, the entire Lent and Easter season shifts from one year to another.  This year the first day of Lent known as Ash Wednesday begins on Wednesday, March 1st.   Historically, churches have chosen to mark the 40 days and Sundays of Lent as a penitential period focusing on the agony of Jesus' death on the cross and spiritual growth.  The number 40 was both symbolic of Jesus 40 days in the wilderness, and it was intended to represent a tenth of the year. Men and women, thus, dedicated a tenth of the year to sacrificing, learning and growing in faith.  The English word "Lent" actually comes from the old English phrase to "lengthen."   This implies both the light and days in spring growing greater, but also that Christians grow greater in faith.
At Lake of the Isles, we will explore this growth in faith, with an intentional time of fellowship and worship in Lent.  Each Wednesday evening at 6:15 there will be an opportunity to gather together with friends and to eat a simple meal of soup and bread.  This will be followed by a worship service in the sanctuary.  The Ash Wednesday service on March 1st will follow the traditional liturgy of reflection, confession and the imposition of ashes.  The remaining five Wednesday evening will be celebrated with Marty Haugen's Holden Evening Prayer service and will include original sketches written by Neil and Ellen Johnson.  

The annual meeting of the congregation will be held February 5th, immediately following the worship service in Fellowship Hall.  New council members will be elected and the budget for 2017 will be reviewed and presented for approval.
12:00 NOON
Bring your "Swede" Heart and Celebrate Valentine's Day

We start with a glass of "Mimosa" followed by;
A variety of Breads and Hard Tack & Butter
Citrus and Coriander Herring
Glasmästare Sill - Traditional Pickled Herring
Creamy Herring flavored with Smoked Salmon & Herbs
Eggs topped with Dill Crème and Greenland Shrimps
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Three kinds of Swedish Cheeses
Citrus Marinated Salmon served with Sweet Dill Mustard Sauce
Smoked Ham
Legym Salad - asparagus, cauliflower, carrots in a light dressing
Pickled Cucumbers
Pickled Beets
Fresh Fruit Platter
Jansson's Temptation - a creamy potato dish
Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries
Swedish Sausages and Mustard
Red Cabbage
"Winter Chicken" - Chicken breast served in a
 creamy sauce flavored with bacon, Dijon mustard and pearl onions.
Semlor - Swedish Lenten Buns
Cardamom buns filled with almond paste and whipped cream, and
"Kärleksmums" - soft chocolate cake topped with chocolate glaze and coconut

The $ 27.00/person, all inclusive lunch, includes the following menu;
(cost for children between the age of 5 and 12 years old is $ 12.50, under 5 free)
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
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.

7:30 p.m.
The informal study of theology and "adult beverages" will resume again in January.  Following the model of Luther in his home in Wittenberg, Germany, Jon Laven will lead the group on February 9th in the church library and Pastor Haug will lead the group on February 23rd at the parsonage.
2:00 P.M.
The Isles Ensemble was founded in 2004. The Ensemble is a group of some of the finest musicians from the Twin Cities who present a series of Sunday afternoon concerts at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church.  Chamber music is their passion and their mission is to help build a vibrant chamber music community in the Twin Cities.  For more information, check out the website at  www.islesensemble.org or call 612-669-2836. The third concert of the season is February 26th and the program is:

Haydn String Quarter in C major, Op. 76, No. 3, "Emperor"
Ian Krouse "Music in Four Sharps" for guitar and string quartet
Ravel Piano Trio in A minor

There will be a reception following the concert in Fellowship Hall.

Suggested Donation:  $15/General Admission and $10/Students and Seniors


Sunday School children (3 yr olds through grade 4) will sing in worship February 5th for Candlemas. 
It's time to think summer as we welcome back Joel Legred, Executive Director of Luther Park in Danbury WI.  Joel will share plans for our kids to enjoy at Luther Park this summer.
Fastelavn will be celebrated after worship in Fellowship Hall on February 26.  Kids are welcome to bring their own costumes or use the ones provided after worship for some fun festivities.   Bring your strong arms to try and break open the "kitty".  Candy is sure to follow!

Jane Reeves has been teaching yoga for over 20 years.  She combines mindfulness, poses to relieve tensions in the body and increase flexibility, and proper yogic breathing in all of her classes.  This winter session will be restorative in nature.  Anyone is welcome as modifications can be made.  Bring your own yoga mat and blanket.  The series started January 17th and goes for 8 weeks on Tuesdays at 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  $14 for a drop-in rate.

Radiant Jane Italy Retreats
Happiness Coach, Writer
Generosity is Gorgeous
~ Yoga Jane

9:15 A.M.

The prayer ministry group would welcome anyone who would like to join them on Friday mornings in the Christy Room at 9:15-10:00 a.m.  Please contact Janna Haug or Linda Nelson for more information if you are interested.


Priscilla Circle will meet on Saturday, February 4th at 9:30 a.m. in the Christy Room at the church.  Join us for a time of casual fellowship and camaraderie.  




Reserve a month in 2017 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. After applying for the grant, it takes about 3+ weeks to get the funds so you do need to plan ahead.  Any questions on applying for the grant or to sign up contact Cheri Moe (952-431-5226 or moeclana@aol.com).  

The dates available for 2017 are April 7, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6 and November 3.



Happy Birthday!


Emma Marais

Cameron Myers

Sophia Nortwen

Brad Peterson

Jameson Rustad

Max Wolke

Jeffrey Bruzek

Madeline Robertson

Jean Krinke

Evelyn Long

Barbara Madson

Vicki Kuehn-Larson

Sam Sidhom

Andrea Tonsfeldt

Kenneth Larson

Matthew Moen

Kenneth Vigne

Michael Huttner

Tom Madson

Ellie Holmquist


February 5 - Linda Nelson and Anita Duder
February 12 - Carol Kuehn and Rebecca Morell
February 19 - Joel Koepp and Ellie Holmquist
February 26 - Ross Bartels and Brenda Weigel


February 5 - Allyson Mawn and Jon Sprain
February 12 - Ellie Holmquist and Ruth Lee (Smorgasbord Sunday)
February 19 - Chris and Vicki Hovda
February 26 - Marty Carlson and Mary Knoblauch


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.