Lent - A Journey through the Sacraments

When I was living in Wittenberg, Germany, I often worshiped in the central parish church called the City Church of St. Mary.  It is considered to be the "birthplace of Protestant Reformation."  Martin Luther preached from the pulpit of the church over 2000 times.  It was here that he baptized his children and distributed both bread and wine at communion.  When Luther died, the artist Lucas Cranach the Elder was commissioned to create an altar painting that would continue to tell the legacy of Luther's work in Wittenberg.
The altar painting consists of the three images related to the sacraments baptism and communion,  and to the Office of the Keys, all resting atop a fourth portrait of Luther preaching on the theme of "Christ crucified."   They are interesting historical images that tell us even today about the theological debates which were being fought at the time of the Reformation.  The child receiving the sacrament of baptism is upside down, and it is a lay leader performing the rite.  In the middle picture, the communion table is visibly round, therefore, all guests are equal.  In the scene of pastoral absolution, the penitent one who is forgiven, is the man who is kneeling humbly before the servant of God.  The entire practice of the church, and its holy sacraments, are grounded in the preaching of God's Word with Christ as its center. With one hand Luther himself is pointing to Christ, while with the other he is directing his followers to the scripture. In all the images, some are listen attentively to the Word, while others are more interested in the habits and clothes of their neighbors.
Cranach intentionally chose well-known figures to be featured in the altar painting.  It was merely a courtesy or a complement, but it was a reminder to them that the Christian faith is not a private matter.  Faith is visible for all to see.   
Throughout the season of Lent, we are focusing on the sacraments and the gift of our senses to receive them.  The sacraments are personal gifts from God to nurture our faith, and to encourage us to live a public life.  This is the theme for our Sunday morning worship services.  On Wednesday evenings we invite you to explore your faith in our evening Lenten services using Holden Evening Prayer as well as spending fellowship time together at a soup supper beginning at 5:45. Once again, this year we are enjoying sketches by Neil and Ellen Johnson performed by members of church during the worship.
Come and let us enjoy this Lenten journey 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
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.
March 2, 9 & 16
Soup & Bread Supper at 5:45 p.m.
Holden Evening Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.

March 4
Our Saviour's Housing
Shelter Meal

March 7 & 21
Women's Bible Study
7:00 p.m.

March 10 & 31
Growler's & Theology
7:30 p.m.

March 12
Torsk Dinner
5:30 p.m.
March 13
After Coffee Hour
Yoga Seminar
11:15 a.m.

March 17
Church Council Meeting
7:00 p.m.

March 20
Palm Sunday
Pancake Breakfast
10:45 a.m.

March 24
Seder Meal
6:00 p.m.

March 25
Good Friday Service
7:00 p.m.
March 26
Easter Vigil
8:30 p.m.

March 27
Easter Sunday  Services at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Easter Smorgasbord
12:00 Noon
Fellowship Hall
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. 




Sunday, March 20th  at 9:30 a.m.     
Palm Sunday Worship and Pancake Breakfast
Palm Sunday traditionally marks the beginning of Holy Week marking Jesus' entrance into the city of Jerusalem. Today, the Sunday School children will search for the donkey and process into church with palms.  Together with a small ensemble, the church choir will perform Dietrich Buxtehude's Cantata 77, "Naught Shall SeparateUs."  The verses will be woven into the reading of the Passion according to St. Mark.
Immediately following the service, the local Thrivent Action Team and chef Don Holzschuh will be serving a pancake breakfast.  The proceeds of the breakfast will benefit the LOTI Camp Scholarship Fund.  The requested donation is $5 for adults and/ $15 per family.  During the breakfast, the children will be invited to the Parsonage for an egg hunt.
Thursday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday Seder Meal
Maundy or Holy Thursday is the traditional day for celebrating Jesus' Last Supper.  In an intimate gathering in the Library, we will share in a meal highlighting the Christian Paschal feast and the Jewish Passover.   Reservations are requested.
Friday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Good Friday Evening Service
A choral meditation on the Passion According to St. John featuring the LOTI Choir and a Holy communion.
Saturday, March 26 at 8:30 p.m.
Easter Vigil
A candlelit, sensory worship service celebrating the mystery of Christ's resurrection moving from darkness to light.
Sunday,  March 27th at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Easter Sunday and Scandinavian Brunch
A festival service celebrating Christ's resurrection from the dead. 
An Easter Scandinavian Brunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 12:00 pm
Seating is limited so call for a reservation at 612-377-5095.


Our estimated order for Easter flowers is due on Tuesday, March 1st and our final order is due on March 15th.  Please turn in your order blank and check by Monday, February 29th or call the church office at 612 377-5095.  Estimated orders are reserved for us but after that, it's only what is available so you may not get the flowers you would like.   

Easter Lilies - $7.75
Tulips - $7.25 (red, purple or yellow)
Mums - $8.75 (white, purple or yellow)
Hydrangeas - $14 (pink)



5:30 P.M.

The annual Torsk Dinner will be held at LOTI on March 12th at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.  Special music will be performed by the Norwegian Glee Club and speaker, Janet Martin, author of "Growing Up Lutheran" and "Church Basement Ladies."   Please call the church office at 612 377-5095 to make your reservation now.  The price is $20 per adult and $5 for children under the age of 12. 

Proceeds from the Torsk Dinner will go to Community Emergency Services.



Many Roman Catholic and Protestant churches celebrate the life of St. Patrick as
a missionary to Ireland.  At sixteen, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland.  He himself admitted that up to this point he cared little for God.  He escaped after six years, returned to his family in southwest Britain, and began to prepare for ordained ministry.  He later returned to Ireland, this time to serve as bishop and missionary.   He made his base in the north of Ireland and from there made many missionary journeys with much success.

We will celebrate the missionary life of St. Patrick in our morning worship service on Sunday, March 13th.  Irish music will be performed by Tom Klein, a master uilleann piper.  The uilleann pipes are a unique Irish bagpipe.  Instead of standing and playing, performers sit and pump a bellow with their elbow.   He will perform for the Sunday School as well.



MARCH 2, 9 & 16 AT 5:45 P.M. 



AT 7:00 P.M.

During the Lenten season, we will be serving a soup and bread supper at 5:45 p.m. in Fellowship Hall before the Holden Evening Prayer Service which begins at 7:00. The first supper will be on February 17th. We are looking for volunteers to (1) serve and clean-up afterwards (bread and soup provided) and (2) bring a simple dessert like cookies or bars each of those evenings. We still need volunteers to serve the meal on March 9th and the 16th and volunteers to bring a dessert.  A sign-up sheet will be in Fellowship Hall. There will be a free-will offering (a suggested price of $3 per person) for the soup supper.

MARCH 20TH AT 9:30 A.M.
Palm Sunday traditionally marks the beginning of Holy Week.  According to scripture "green branches were cut from the trees and placed on the road" as Jesus entered into the city.   In Jewish tradition, palms had often been associated with victory.  The crowds shouted, "hozanna" which means God save us. It was a festive day as pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean Sea to celebrate the week of Passover.
Our Palm Sunday Service at Lake of the Isles will be a festive day as well.  The Sunday School children will process with their palms.  The service will include a choral reading of the Passion Story According to St. Luke woven together with the music of Dietrich Buxtehude's sacred cantata, BuxWV 77, "Naught Shall Separate Us."  A chamber ensemble will accompany the choir and soloist in performing this premier English language work translated by Pastor Haug. 
Immediately following the worship service, Don Holzschuh will be serving a family style pancake breakfast.  Guests will be ushered to tables, and pancakes will be delivered fresh off the griddle to the tables.  Proceeds will benefit the Lake of the Isles Camp Scholarship Fund.
During the pancake breakfast, the children will be invited to the Parsonage for an Easter egg hunt.  They will be divided into two groups of pre-school aged and Sunday School aged children.

12:00 P.M.
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.



7:00 P.M. 

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, beginning February 22 at 7:00pm
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.

Even though the group has already started, you can still join them on the following Monday evenings:  March 7th & 21st, April 4th & 18th, May 2 & 16.
For more information, please contact:
Debra Gilroy, 612-374-3863
Church Office, 612 377-5095
Janna Haug, 651-497-0099
Reagan Riddle, 209-988-2198



We're having lots of conversations about prayer in Sunday School during this season of Lent.  This past month the children learned how to pray in color and Lenten Devotions were made available to families which reinforced this new way of praying.  Our 1st and 2nd graders are spending the remaining weeks before Holy Week learning The Lord's Prayer.
Lots to look forward to in March!
March 6:     2nd grade 1st Communion class after worship
March 13:   Return visit from Tom Klein
                    2nd grade 1st Communion class after worship
March 20:   Palm Sunday - No Sunday School
                    Egg hunt at parsonage after worship/pancake breakfast
March 27:   Easter Sunday - No Sunday School
Looking ahead....
Camp Sunday is April 10!  Joel Legred, Executive Director of Luther Park, is coming to visit and share the exciting things planned for this summer




Priscilla Circle will meet at Bev Bergford's on Saturday, March 5th 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.



MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016


Medical Graf
Do you have high cholesterol or high blood pressure? Have members of your family suffered from these ailments? Do you have a poor diet? If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you may want to consider being screened for your risk of stroke through the services of Life Line Screening. Life Line Screening uses ultrasound technology to view the plaque build up in your carotid arteries, the main arteries that carry blood to the brain. Blockages in these arteries are a leading cause of stroke. We are pleased to host this Life Line Screening event on Monday, March 14 at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church.  Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners.





Be sure to "spring" ahead 1 hour on Sunday, March 13th.




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.

Thank you to Pastor Haug, Janna Haug, Pauline Haug and Lois Nordling for serving the Shelter Meal on January 1st and Deb and Jim Gilroy, Reagan Riddle and Brad Anderson for serving the meal on February 5th.  




Pastor Arden Haug and his wife Janna are organizing a trip to Germany's Lutherland for the Advent season 2016. The 11 day trip will depart Minneapolis for Berlin on Monday, November 28 and return on Thursday, December 8th. The tour will visit many of the important sites of Luther's Protestant Reformation including Wittenberg, Erfurt, Eisleben, and the Wartburg Castle, as well as the musical cities of J.S. Bach's Leipzig and Dieterich Buxtehude's Lubeck.   The tour will visit the Christmas markets through the region and tour the village of Seiffen in the Ore Mountains near Dresden where the wooden toys and decorations are made. The tour will begin and end in the capital city of Berlin, so travelers can set their own arrival and departure arrangements. The land cost for the tour is $1,800 including hotels, most meals, entrance fees and guiding throughout. (Airfare not included.) For more information or a brochure, please contact Pastor Haug at pastor@loti.orgThe preliminary deadline for the trip is March 15, 2016.



Happy Birthday!


Robert Long

Emilia Gustafson

Patricia Nortwen

Debra Gilroy

Lee Wilson

Wesley Bartels

Jill Gruys

Henry Arent

Anna Wilkens

Charles Jacoby

Sarah Rand

Jennifer Lundblad


March 6 - Linda Nelson and Nancy Bratton
March 13 - Carol Kuehn and Vicki Kuehn-Larson
March 20 - Susan and Eric Melbye
March 27 - Easter Sunday

9:30 a.m. Service:  Linda Nelson and TBD
11:00 a.m. Service:  TBD


March 6 - Mark Duff and Michelle McCreery
March 13 - Eric and Renate Amann
March 20 - Marty Carlson and Mary Knoblauch
March 27 - Easter Sunday - No coffee hour - Easter Smorgasbord


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.