Happy 4th of July!

When I was young, growing up in southern Minnesota, we learned a lot about corn.  No doubt, the first advice was the old saying, "knee high by the Fourth of July." It was an important marker for the corn fields that blanketed the countryside. Later we learned the signs of tasseling and the differences between field corn and sweet corn.  Believe me, you only have to make that mistake once.
James Bender, in his book "How to Talk Well," relates the story of a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year the farmer entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors. Surprised, the reporter asked, "How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" The farmer answered, "Why sir, didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn." The farmer understood the connectedness of life. His prize-winning corn could not have improved unless his neighbor's corn also improved. Those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all. If we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn. 
On this Fourth of July, I would like to share with you my hope that as a community of faith, and as citizens of this great nation, we will continue to work for the good of our neighbors and for their prosperity.  It's a bit like raising prize-winning, blue-ribbon corn.  We can only enjoy the gifts of a fruitful nation and society when we grow tall and productive together.
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
  9:30 a.m.
   Coffee Hour    10:40 a.m.

Prayer Ministry Group
Friday Mornings
9:15 a.m - 10:00 a.m.
July 1
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
6:00 p.m.

July 2
Priscilla Circle
9:30 am.
Bev Bergford's Home

July 4
Independence Day

July 21
Church Council Meeting
7:00 p.m.

 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. 


Our congregation will again be participating in the annual Twin Cities Paint-a-Thon this year.  Lars Olson will be heading up this effort for LOTI and he is currently waiting to get an address for the house we will be painting.  He will also then determine the exact date--either August 6th or August 13th.  We will need a lot of volunteers so please contact Lars (larsols1@gmail.com) or the church office if you would like to be part of the group.  More information to follow. 


Yes, those nasty weeds are raising their heads again in the garden beds. Volunteers are needed to periodically help with weeding.  Please contact Pastor  Haug when you are available to help.  


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




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:  August 5 and September 2.  

Thank you to the Pat Nortwen, Laura Nortwen and Kathryn Greenbank for serving the meal on June 3rd.  



Happy Birthday!


Matthew Messerli

Nicolas Amann

Leanna Koepp

Lucia Nortwen

Carol Arent

Leah Berkland

Samson Wolke

Bruce Carlson

Kelly Carlson

Bruce Kuehn

Susan Kinder

Stephanie Kappel

Ross Formell

Abby Melbye

Bev Bergford

Scott Gallop

Vicki Hovda

Murphy Kappel

Rebecca Morell

Andrea Nyhusmoen

Marlene Wilson



July 3 - Linda Nelson and Anita Duder
July 10 - Carol Kuehn and Rebecca Morell
July 17 - Allyson Mawn and Jon Sprain
July 24 - Jenny Cook and Maddy Rondestevdt
July 31 - Linda Nelson and Andrea Nyhusmoen


July 3 - Ross and Wesley Bartels
July 10 - Janna Haug and Pauline Haug
July 17 - Chris and Vicki Hovda
July 24 - Sean and Margaret Coleman
July 31 - Linda Nelson


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.