Sunday, May 1st, Ascension Sunday 
"Clap your hands, all you people; shout to God with a cry of joy.   God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the ram's horn."                          Psalm 47: 1 & 5

Dear Friends of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church,
Ascension Day is known in the Christian church as a moveable feast.  Although there is no set date or even month for the holy day, the 40th day of Easter which marks Jesus' heavenward journey, always falls on a Thursday.  In some traditions the day is known as Holy Thursday, while in other churches, it is known simply as Ascension Day. Unfortunately, it is often one of the most poorly attended midweek worship service.  In the last century, churches began setting aside either the Sunday before or after Holy Thursday to celebrate Christ's ascension to give it its proper respect.
In the Middle Ages, Ascension plays representing Christ's miraculous disappearance into the clouds, often accompanied the Holy Thursday church services. The special services began simply as processions reminding the faithful of Jesus' walking with his outside the Jerusalem's city walls to the the village of Bethany. As the tradition of processions spread, people began to add dramatic details.  Many congregations concluded their processions by reenacting Christ's ascension. Worshipers sometimes accomplished this feat by tying ropes around a statue of Jesus and hoisting it through a hole in the church roof. A historic document described one such ceremony that took place in a monastery in Bavaria. The writer marveled that as the statue of Jesus ascended towards the roof of the church angels descended to escort the rising Christ into heaven. These angels, played by costumed choir boys suspended from the ceiling by means of ropes, who met Christ as he neared the clouds, which were represented by draperies of silk around the opening in the roof. After the statue of Jesus disappeared into the clouds a sudden shower of lilies, roses, other flowers, and communion wafers dropped from the roof to the disciples waiting below.
On Sunday May 1st, we will celebrate a festive Ascension Day worship service with music by Dietrich Buxtehude.    Mischa Santora, the Artistic Director of the Minneapolis Music Company and the former associate conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra will conduct the English language premier of Buxtehude's cantata "Man singet mit Freuden" based on Psalm 118, "There is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the righteous." An ensemble of strings, brass and timpani will accompany the choir.
There will be no statues carried up through the ceiling, but eco-friendly dove shaped balloons will be sent skyward by the Sunday School children.
Please join us for this special Ascension Sunday worship service.  (And remember your M&M containers.)
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.

Prayer Ministry Group
Friday Mornings
9:15 a.m - 10:00 a.m.
May 1
Ascension Sunday Service
9:30 a.m.

May 1 & 15
MMTF Music Recital
1:00 p.m.

May 2 & 16
Women's Bible Study
7:00 p.m.

May 6
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
Confirmation Class

May 8
Mother's Day Scandinavian
12:00 Noon

May 19
Leisure Time Party
1:00 p.m.

Church Council Meeting
7:00 p.m.
May 21
Feed My Starving Children
9:00-11:00 a.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. 



While walking the pilgrim trail of El Camino de Santiago in Spain, David Cook marveled at the 500 miles of sunflowers. They faced the sun and they were like humans.  Their almost human faces inspired to create his own unique art form- "flower bombing."  They came to life in his head , as he stayed up all night for four days in a row, painting flowers manically.  That is the genesis of his work that will be installed for our Mother's Day worship service on May 8th at Lake of the Isles.  Join us and experience the color of Minnesota artist David Cook, the Flower Bomber.
(Wear Red)
According to the Book of the Apostles, on the 50th day of Easter known in the  ancient Greek world as Pentecost, God sent his Spirit upon the disciples.  They had gathered in prayer and thanksgiving after Christ's ascension into heaven wondering when God would send them a clear vision for the church.  On that Pentecost Day, the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples, and the spirit appeared upon their heads like tongues of fire.  This is the day we celebrate as the birth of the Christian Church and its mission to proclaim the good news of Jesus the Savior to the whole world.

Festive Norwegian Dessert Table
Immediately after the service, you are invited to a Norwegian Dessert Table for our coffee hour. May 17th is the Norwegian Constitution Day. If you have something you would like to provide please call the church office.  

Springtime is the time of beginning and endings.  This is especially true for high school.  On Sunday, May 22nd , we will honor our high school graduates  Cade Duff and Abby Melbye.

This Sunday will also be our last day of Sunday School until the fall.  

We welcomed the following new members to the LOTI congregation on April 24th:

Casey Christy & Andrea Reno Thomas, Cody & Jameson Rustad
Nancy McCutcheon
Sarah Rustad
Ryne & Jennifer Nelson Jeffrey & Maggi Seybold

Jon Zachman

We are pleased they have decided to make LOTI their church home and we hope you will introduce yourselves and help get them acquainted.

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.


Sunday School Service Day - May 1

Sunday School children will make sandwiches for the homeless during Sunday School.  After worship, the  congregation is invited to join Sunday School families assembling birthday gift bags after the balloon release outside. This service project supports the Cheerful Givers organization which is a nonprofit organization committed to helping low/no income parents recognize and celebrate their children.  The birthday gift bags will go to shelters and food shelves to economically challenged parents so that they can give their child a birthday gift.
How can you help?
If you brought home an M&M container, please bring it back to church filled with money.   If you haven't had the chance to bring home a container, we don't want you to miss out - just simply bring your offering of money and designate it for the Sunday School service day.  Offerings will be used to purchase supplies for both service projects.
Birthday Gifts
Go shopping and select birthday gift items to put in the gift bags.  Bring the  unwrapped  gifts to church this Sunday, May 1.  Collection boxes are in Fellowship Hall, sorted by age group (0-2 yr olds, preschool, elementary, tweens/teens).  Please remove all price tags and any extra tags to have the donations "gift ready" (but do not wrap the gift - they are going in gift bags)
It will be a busy morning and extra helping and guiding hands are needed.   Please click on the signup genius link form to find out how you can support this event:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e44a9a78-sunday
Thank you so very much for supporting our Sunday School kids at LOTI and for your generous donations for this special day!
Special Sunday School calendar dates in May:
May 1 - Service day
May 22 - Last day - Children will meet their Guardian Angel after worship at a special reception in Fellowship Hall (complete with angel food cake!!)

12:00 NOON
Celebrate Mother's Day
Sunday, May 8th at 12 Noon,
A variety of Breads and Hard Tack & Butter
Creamy Herb and Lemon Herring
Mild Apple and Curry Herring
Caraway and Fennel Herring
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Three kinds of Swedish Cheeses
Eggs topped with Creamed Caviar
Cold Smoked Salmon served with Horseradish Cream
Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast
Potato Salad with Asparagus, Sweet Peas and Basil
Pickled Cucumbers
Pickled Beets
Fresh Fruit Platter
Jansson's Temptation
Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries
Swedish Sausages and Mustard
Red Cabbage
Herb and Wine Marinated Pork Loin served with Cream Sauce
Homemade Chocolate Mousse topped with Whipped Cream and Raspberries

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.


Luther Park Bible Camp - Danbury, WI

We are called to follow Jesus and live like him - which is not always easy!  We need to be active disciples, watching Jesus, listening, learning, and of course, doing.  Jesus tells us we are to take up our cross and be followers of him through love and service.  Campers will learn to trust in God's promise as we feed, forgive, love, serve and pray.....the Jesus way! 
Daily themes are:  Monday- Feeding; Tuesday - Forgiving; Wednesday - Loving thy Neighbor; Thursday - Serving humbly; Friday - Prayer.  See you this summer!!
Luther Park registration info here:    www.lutherpark.com
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!
  • 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.
  • June 27-July 1, 9am-4pm, M-F
  • Bethel Lutheran Church, 4120 17th Ave. S, Minneapolis 55407
  • 4 year-olds to 8th graders...and volunteers
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.


Priscilla Circle will not meet on Saturday, May 7th. 

They will meet at Bev Bergford's home on their regular schedule of the first Saturday of the month on June 4th. 



9:00 TO 11:00 A.M. 

Jill Gruys has organized a morning at Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen on Saturday, May 21 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jill at Jill.Gruys@target.com.  Currently, there are only 7 people signed up so please consider signing up so we have a good turnout.




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.  We especially need someone to serve the July meal because Cheri will be unable to assist with it.

Thank you to the Ellie Holmquist, Anita Duder and Lorri Cullen for serving the meal on April 1st.  



Happy Birthday!


Carolyn Hagford

Tygget Vaillancourt

Joseph Mechels

Phyllis Dahl

Allison Sundeen

Kiera Sundeen

Katie Willer

Anita duder

Kamie Moen

Janelle Sorenson

Julie Gallop

Mary Knoblauch

John Bergford

Maxine Peitso

Deborah Pizarro

Cade Duff

Raymond Kappel

Angie Smedlund




May 1 - Ross Bartels and Brenda Weigel
May 8 - Carol Kuehn and Vicki Kuehn Larson
May 15 - Eric Mechels & Eric Amann
May 22 - Andrea Nyhusmoen and ___________
May 29 - Joel Koepp and Jon Sprain


May 1 - Ellie Holmquist and Ruth Lee
May 8 - Linda Nelson and Anita Duder
May 15 - Carolyn and David Hagford
May 22 - Eric and Naomi Mechels
May 29 - Don Holzschuh and Mark Waldeland


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.