The American poet Robert Frost wrote a lovely poem called "Mending Wall."  The poem is about two neighbors, meeting one day in the springtime and walking together on either side of the wall made of fieldstones that separates their two farms.  Walking together they repair the wall as they go, replacing the stones that had fallen out during the winter. One neighbor loves the wall; he appreciates the wall and says, "Good fences make good neighbors."  It is the most familiar line that everyone remembers.  Oddly, it's not the point of the poem.  The other neighbor has another vision. He sees that the wall may be useful for defining who we are, and even help us establish who we are and who we aspire to be.  He agrees that fences may offer protection and security, but they can also block any meaningful relationship with neighbors.  He asks, "Before I built a wall I'd ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offense."  Frost's poem is often misused, "Good fences may make good neighbors" may be true, but fences he would add make for miserable communities. Good neighbors know that walls cannot separate them from a neighbor's need.  As a church we are always called to be good neighbors
When I was serving in Hopkins at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, the receptionist left me a message to visit a woman who had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  She was not a member of our congregation and had only recently moved to the community.  Her days, however, were numbered and she was angry.  She had two affairs; she had abandoned her children.  Her life and legacy was a mess.  The only person who had remained loyal to her was her third husband. At the end of her visit, I promised that I would continue to visit her, and that I would ask the callers of our Telephone Ministry to contact her husband. And they did. After a very sensitive and meaningful conversation the husband said to the caller, "Why is your Church doing this for us?  We're complete strangers." The telephone ministry caller simply responded, "There are no strangers at our church- only friends we haven't met yet."  Fences and walls are convenient obstacles.  But my friends, as members of Christ's church we must always be aware that good neighbors reach out and show pity and mercy -even on the man who has brought pain upon himself. 
Neighbors and strangers visit our church every day.  They enter into worship services, they attend meetings of the various support groups, they walk in to use the bathroom facilities, and they attend wedding and funerals.  For whatever reason they join us, we must act as good neighbors and offer generous hospitality.  It is the neighborly, Christ-like thing to do.
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
  9:30 a.m.
   Coffee Hour    10:40 a.m.

Prayer Ministry Group
Tuesday Mornings
9:15 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

July 1
Priscilla Circle
Carol Arent's Home 
9:30 a.m.

Elizabeth York
Violin/Viola Concert
and Reception
7:00 p.m.

July 4
Church Office Closed for
Independence Day

July 7
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
6:00 p.m.

July 9
Speaker Series on "Working"
10:45 a.m.
Christy Room

July 20
Church Council Meeting
7:00 p.m.

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 Worship Schedule


 Worship with

Holy Communion

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. 


7:00 P.M.
Please join us for an evening of chamber music featuring String Quartets by Haydn and Debussy.  The musicians performing this concert are Elizabeth York, violin; EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, violin; Jonas Benson, viola; and David Sands, cello.  The concert is at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  Free will donation.  A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall.
Children are invited to use the worship materials throughout the service.  Materials are located in the narthex and are organized by age group.
10:00 A.M.
Join us this summer for Wednesday morning Bible Study at 10:00.  The informal study will explore the Old Testament characters found in the Hall of Faith, as well as readings from the Book of Psalms.  And yes, coffee and treats are a part of every Wednesday morning.

"Working" is the theme of a new speaker series that will start this summer and run through the course of the next year. It's inspired by the Studs Terkel book of that name in which "people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do." There are many people within our congregation engaged in fascinating work. This series will give us an opportunity to learn more about what they do.

The sessions will take place after a brief coffee break following the Sunday morning service once a month. Those who are interested in the speaker series will be invited to take their coffee/tea into the Christy Room for about 45 minutes. The first 15-20 minutes will be an informal talk by the speaker about the work they do...leaving the remaining time for questions from those in attendance.

Our first speaker will be Dr. Brenda Weigel on Sunday, July 9th. Dr. Weigel is a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and is affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center. ¬ Dr. Weigel is currently the Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. She is also a professor at the University of Minnesota's Cancer Center and the Department of Pediatrics, and the recipient of the Lehman/Children's Cancer Research Fund Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cancer.

9:15 A.M.

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


The July 1st  Priscilla Circle meeting will be at the home of Carol Arent.  Carol's address is: 2866 Kenwood Isles Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55408  (It's right where the old West High Field was, for those of you who remember those days.  
Directions:   From Hennepin, go west toward the lake on 28th St, turn left on Humboldt.  Go one block.  There is a sign at the driveway that says Kenwood Isles Citihomes.  C arol's is the last driveway on left before the bike path, go left and go straight back to guest parking.  I f you have any questions call Carol at  715-209-7841.




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).  

Thank you to Pat Nortwen, Laura Nortwen and Kathy Greenbank for serving the June meal.

The only dates available for 2017 is August 4.  Please contact Cheri if you are willing to serve the meal on August 4th.



Happy Birthday!


Susan Einess

Matthew Messerli

Nicolas Amann

Lucia Nortwen

Carol Arent

Leah Berkland

Samson Wolke

Bruce Carlson

Bruce Kuehn

Susan Kinder

Stephanie Kappel

Ross Formell

Abby Melbye

Scott Gallop

Winnifred Ulland

Vicki Hovda

Isabell Einess

Murphy Kappel

Rebecca Morell

Andrea Nyhusmoen

Marlene Wilson


July 2 - Anita Duder and Sean Coleman
July 9 - Carol Kuehn and Rebecca Morell
July 16 - Ellie Holmquist and Jenny Cook
July 23 - David Ackerman and John Bergford
July 30 - Allyson and Jon Sprain


July 2 - Janna Haug, Pauline Haug and Eivor Lund
July 9 - Don Holzschuh
July 16 - Linda Nelson and Anita Duder
July 23 - Carolyn and Dave Hagford
July 30 - Carol and Henry Arent


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.