Remembering the Saints in Ordinary Time
Many Protestants are surprised to discover that Lutherans have so many ways of naming their churches.  Some Lutherans choose to use the old, Biblical references to Jesus, such as "Our Redeemer, Our Savior, Emmanuel and Christ Lutheran Church." Others refer to their house of worship by a doctrine of faith- such as Trinity, Grace and Hope.   In some regions, Lutherans name their churches after Biblical sites, Bethel, Bethlehem, Calvary, Elim and even Zoar.  And still, there are those who name their churches after the familiar apostles, St. Mark, St. Paul's, St. Luke and St. John.  And then, there are those distinctive European characters, St. Olaf, St. Ansgar and Gustavus Adolphus.

My own life story reflects that history.  I was born at St. Olaf Hospital, was baptized and confirmed at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, fished with my grandparents on St. Olaf Lake, and after high school, I went off to St. Olaf College- and like the majority of those who attended my alma mater, I knew nothing about the real St. Olaf, King of Norway and martyr. 
The reformer Martin Luther wasn't opposed to the "communion of saints."  He was, however, opposed to intercessory prayers and the adoration of the saints. Indeed, Luther believed in honoring the saints in three ways: first, by thanking God for examples of God's mercy; second, by using the saints as example for strengthening our faith, and third, by imitating their faith and other virtues.  Even in the artwork of the time, Martin Luther wanted Christians to be aware of the public nature and witness of the faith contemporary "saints."  Some of his closest friends and neighbors were featured in the paintings of Lucas Cranach on the altar which stood in front of the local parish church, not because they acted like saints, but because they were called to live like saints.
Unfortunately, like the majority of my colleagues at St. Olaf College, most Protestant Christians today know little about the real life of the saints of old.  So throughout the ordinary season of summer, the green Sundays after Pentecost, I will use the sermon as an opportunity to preach on the lives of the lesser known saints, from St. Boniface, to St. Bartholomew.  We will learn about apostles and martyrs, men and women were named saints and whose is worth celebrating.  All so that we can grow to be more a bit more, 'saint-like."
Let us remember the Saints in Ordinary Time.
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.
June 3
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
6:00 p.m.

June 4
Priscilla Circle
9:30 am.
Bev Bergford's Home

June 5
Swedish National Day
5:00 p.m.

June 16
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. 


Although midsummer sounds like July or August in the US, it is celebrated in June in Scandinavia.  It is the time when the days are long and the colors of sea and forest are vibrant.  Traditional fiddlers in costume from the American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag will play at LOTI for our 9:30 worship service on Father's Day, June 19th.   (In Sweden, this begins on the Friday afternoon closest to June 23rd.)  They will perform traditional fiddle tunes and accompany the congregation in singing favorite Swedish hymns, including "Children of the Heavenly Father" and "How Great Thou Art."

We are looking for musicians who would like to participate in the service during the summer months.  If you are interested, please call Kenneth Vigne at 612 356-3501 or Dawn Allan at 612 874-0208.


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.  


There is still time to register and volunteers are still needed!

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!
What:   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.

When:   June 27-July 1, 9am-4pm, M-F
Where:  Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S.
Who:     4 year-olds to 8th graders...and volunteers.  
Cost:     $25 per camper, $60 max for families. 
Scholarships available. Make checks payable to Our Saviour's.

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.

5:00 P.M.

Sunday, 5th at 5:00 p.m.

We will start with Social Hour at 5:00 p.m. on the Patio (weather permitting).
Appetizers, Matjes herring salad with rye bread, smoked salmon and avocado in crustades and Präst cheese with olives. 

Martin Bertilsson will entertain us with Swedish summer songs
and some history about our national day.
Followed by the Smörgåsbord served in the Fellowship Hall.
A variety of Breads and Hard Tack & Butter
Creamy Basil and Dill Herring
Whisky and Honey Herring
Traditional Pickled Herring
Matjes Herring served with Sour Cream, Chopped Red Onion & Chives
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Eggs topped with Seafood Salad
Two kinds of Swedish Cheese
Citrus Marinated Salmon served with Sweet-Dill Mustard Sauce
Asparagus & Smoked Salmon Salad topped with Lemon Vinaigrette
Cold Sliced Roast Beef
Potato Salad with Sweet Peas, Red Onion & Dill Dressing
Pickled Cucumbers
Fresh Fruit Platter
Brie and Blue Cheese & Olives and Crackers
Janssons Temptation (a creamy potato dish)
Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries
Prinskorv (Swedish Wieners) and Mustard
Swedish Summer Pastry - a slice of Swiss roll filled with Rhubarb compote topped with Whipped Cream and Fresh Strawberries.
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.


Priscilla Circle will meet on Saturday, June 4th 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.



For their May gathering, the Priscilla Circle celebrated Maxine Peitso's 93rd birthday with her at Hillcrest in Wayzata where she is living.  They set up a "church picnic" table with a tablecloth and lots of treats to celebrate her special day.  They also presented Maxine with a beautiful aqua lap robe they had knit for her.  Pictured above starting in the back row:  John Bergford, Karen Holmes, Jean Snare, Janna Haug, Ellie Holmquist, Bev Bergford and the guest of honor, Maxine.  Also present, was Maxine's daughter, Lori. 



Jill Gruys organized a morning at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen on Saturday, May 21st.  The following people participated in packaging food to be sent to Honduras:  Pastor Haug, Brad Anderson, Mary Sabatke, Jeff and Maggie Seybold, Amy Gustafson, Elyssa and Emelia, Karen Paola Gonzalez Galvan, and Charlie and Jill Gruys. Thank you to Jill for organizing this event and to everyone who participated.




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 confirmation students and their parents for serving the meal on May 6th.  



Happy Birthday!


Alex Duval-Arnould

Mark Duff

Alexei Haug

Leslie Schneider

Peter Tengdin

Mike Berkland

Jon Sprain

Mary Ann Lisk

Stephanie Amann

Alexander Skold

Janet Stewart

Kristin Vaillancourt

Tess Leona Wolke

Andrea Reno

Ryan Hoel

Susan Melbye

Emily Vigne

Regan Riddle



June 5 - Linda Nelson and Nancy Bratton
June 12 - Carol Kuehn and Vicki Kuehn-Larson
June 19 - Susan and Eric Melbye
June 26 - Sean Coleman and Eric Amann


June 5 - Eric and Renate Amann
June 12 - Carol and Henry Arent
June 19 - Ross Bartels and Brenda Weigel
June 26 - Allyson Mawn and Jon Sprain


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.