Lake of the Isles Lutheran  Church  

March 2018

Holy Week 
at Lake of the Isles
March 25th - April 1

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, "Hosanna" which means God save us. It was a festive day as pilgrims from all around the Mediterranean Sea gathered to celebrate the week of Passover.
Our Palm Sunday Service at Lake of the Isles on Sunday, March 25th at 9:30 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. Mark woven together with the music of Dietrich Buxtehude's sacred cantata "Christ, the Life of All the Living." The choir will also perform one of the most beloved anthems for Palm Sunday, Jean-Baptiste Faure's The Palms.
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.
On Thursday, 29th at 6:00 pm, our First Communion class will be holding a Seder Meal to mark Maundy Thursday. The congregation and friends are invited to participate in this meal as well. Please help us prepare for this meal by contacting the church office. 
Good Friday, 30th commemorates Jesus' death on the cross. The 7:00 pm evening worship service lead by the choir will mark in readings and music Jesus' journey to the cross and his burial in the tomb.
The Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 31st at 8:30 pm celebrates the mystery of the resurrection and the promises given to those baptized into Christ's death. The worship service begins outside and moves into darkened church where the stories of salvation are read.  The service concludes by "breaking the fast" with champagne and hot cross buns.
Two worship services will be held on Easter Sunday, April 1st  at 9:30 am and 11:00 am to celebrate Christ's resurrection from the dead. The choir and guest musicians will perform at both services.  A Scandinavian Easter Brunch will be served at 12:00 noon.  Reservations are available through the church office.
Join us in worship for our Holy Week journey of renewal and new life to Easter!

Peace, Pastor Arden Haug

The Women's Auxillary Priscilla Circle
will meet in the Christy Room,  March 3, 
at 9:30 am. 

Soup and Bread Suppers
On Wednesday during the Lenten season, we will be serving a soup and bread supper beginning at 5:45 p.m. in Fellowship Hall before the Holden Evening Prayer Service which begins at 7:00. We are looking for volunteers for each supper to...
  1. Set-up, serve and clean-up afterwards. Bread and soup  are provided.
  2. Bring a simple dessert like cookies or bars. 
If you can help out with either of these two things, please contact Linda at linda.nelson@loti.org or 612-377-5095. 
A sign-up sheet will be in Fellowship Hall.  

There will be a free-will offering for the soup supper. Suggested donation is $3 per person.

Please join Caritas for a benefit concert to support Our Saviour's Housing  

Caritas Vocal Ensemble is a non-profit group that performs a capella choral music from all genres to raise money and awareness for people in need.

"Caritas" means loving kindness or what they call "love-in-action"; their concerts have raised over $180,000 for local charitable organizations.

March 11
3:00 pm
LOTI Sanctuary
with Reception
LOTI Fellowship Hall

Free will donation 
No ticket required 

Growlers & Theology
Following the model of Luther in his home in Wittenberg, Germany, Pastor Haug leads a twice monthly gathering at the Parsonage. The group will meet Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 pm. 

LOTI Beer Glasses 
are for sale. 
One for $10 and two for $15.

Children's Ministry
Sunday School Service Day Results     
Our annual Sunday School service day was held on February 25. The kids assembled 100 healthy snack packs for Community Emergency Services and 50 personal care kits for People Serving People. Thank you for supporting our kids doing important work with your financial support.  
We couldn't have done this without you!

Summer Camp Sunday
Time to start thinking about summer camp!  Joel Legred, Executive Director of Luther Park in Danbury, WI will be coming to LOTI on Sunday, March 4 to share the fun summer plans for our youth Grades 1-12.

Tom Klein
We look forward to our annual visit from Tom Klein on March 18. Tom will give a demonstration of his uilleann bagpipe to the Sunday School children during Sunday School on this day!

1st  Communion preparation with Pastor Haug will be held on Sunday, March 18 after worship and then on Thursday, March 29. The class is offered to families with children who are in 2nd  grade (and older). Both parent(s) and child attend the class. Celebration of First Communion will be on Easter Sunday, April 1.  If you would like to sign your child up for the class, please contact churchoffice@loti.org or 612-377-5095.

Irish Music for St. Patrick's Day Worship

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 18th. 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.

Working Speaker Series

Working is the theme of an ongoing speaker series in which people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do. Many people within our congregation are engaged in fascinating work, and this series gives us an opportunity to learn more about what they do.
The next segment of the series will be  Sunday, March 18th featuring Jennifer Lundblad. Jennifer is President and CEO of Stratis Health, a non-profit health care quality improvement organization. Her entire career has been in non-profit management, in both education and health care.  She also has extensive experience as a non-profit leader and volunteer, serving on nonprofit boards of directors (including as LOTI's representative to the Neighborhood Involvement Program board) and as a volunteer adult literacy tutor and a volunteer Big Sister. Last summer, Jennifer traveled to Uganda as part of a humanitarian team with American Refugee Committee, a Minneapolis-based non-profit which provides services in refugee settlements around the world.  She has an MBA in public and non-profit management, and a PhD in organization development.  
Jennifer's talk will take place after a brief coffee break following the Sunday morning service. Those who are interested 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 Jennifer, leaving the remaining time for questions from those in attendance.

Please join us

Sunday, March 18
12:00 noon


A variety of Breads and Hard Tack & Butter
Creamy Apple and Celery Herring
Herring flavored with Herbs and Lemon
Mild Red Wine Herring
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Three kinds of Swedish Cheese
Eggs filled with Smoked Salmon and Dill
Citrus Marinated Salmon served with Sweet Dill Mustard Sauce
Cold Smoked Turkey Breast
Salad with Brussels sprouts, Nuts and Blue Cheese
Pickled Cucumbers
Pickled Beets
Fresh Fruit Platter
Jansson's Temptation - a creamy potato dish
Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries
Swedish Sausages and Mustard
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Thyme and Rosemary Marinated Pork Tenderloin
served with Cream Sauce
Lingonberry Parfait topped with Whipped Cream and
served with Ginger Cookies

$27.00 per person, all inclusive 
children 5-12, $12.50 
under 5, free


RSVP here  linda.nelson@loti.org
or respond to forthcoming email invitation

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.

Women's Bible Study
The Women's Bible Study meets every other week att 7:00 pm in the LOTI Library. 
This season the text is Living the Chocolate Life by Deb Burman. 

"As life brings sweet morsels of joy and bitter nuggets of pain, God sustains us through it all. Go ahead indulge in His love and forgiveness! A Chocolate Life brings lighthearted, yet compelling Scriptural connections to provide comfort and strength for everyday living. Savor the abundance of sweet, satisfying grace of God in Christ Jesus."

February 15
1: Savor
Deb Deb/Susanne
March 1
2: Share
March 15
3: Satisfaction
April 5
4: Promises
April 19
5: From Scratch
May 3
6: Bittersweet
May 17
7: Gifts
May 31
8: Sweet Surrender

Each chapter has a dessert recipe. Contact debragilroy@gmail.com or alternate leader if you would like to prepare one!
Women's Book Club

The next meeting of our group will be on Friday, April 20, at 5:00 pm at Deb Gilroy's home, which is near LOTI. Beverages and snacks will be served. Feel free to bring something to share. We will discuss 
The Blue Bottle Club,  by Penelope Stokes.

Our Saviour's Housing Shelter Meals
Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church has provided a meal for 40 the first Friday of every month for many years. This is a wonderful opportunity for families or a group of friends to work together! 

Thanks to the  Janna, Pauline and Arden Haug,  Rick Gripentrog  for serving in February!

Members currently assigned for 2018...       
March             Cathy Carlson and Peter Van Bergen
April               Julie and Scott Gallop
May                Confirmation Class
June              Linda Nelson, Anita Duder, 
Ellie Holmquist,  Eivor Lund, 
Lorri Cullen and Mary Flynn
December     The Moe Family

Check your calendars and select a remaining date...
July 6
August 3
September  7
October  5
November  2

Reserve by contacting Cheri Moe at (952)431-5226 or moeclana@aol.com
Recipes are provided.  Thrivent members are eligible to apply for a Thrivent Action Grant to cover the cost of the meal and purchase supplies for Our Saviour's Shelter continuing needs.

Prayer Ministry
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. 

Wednesday Morning 
Bible Study
Join us on Wednesday morning for Bible Study at 10:00. The informal study will explore the Gospel of St. Mark. And yes, coffee and treats are a part of every Wednesday morning.

LOTI Choir
Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays 7:30-9:00 pm. 
Please consider raising your voice with us!

For more information contact dawn.allen@loti.org
Kenneth Vigne Music 
Kenny has created a page with some recordings of pieces we have heard at LOTI. 
Kenneth Vigne Music
Spark Family Magazine

The latest edition of the Spark Family magazine has arrived. Please feel free to take home an issue. They are available at both entrances to the Sanctuary. This is a great resource for families with toddlers up to 6th grade! The first page of the story is geared for younger children and the second page of the story is geared for 3rd - 6th grade.

March Birthdays
Robert Long
Kristi Brownson
Beryl Waldeland
Patricia Nortwen
Debra Gilroy
Lee Wilson
Jill Gruys
Henry Arent
John Fitch
Charles Jacoby
Sarah Rand
Eivor Lund
Jennifer Lundblad
Joseph Fjelstad
March    4 - Ross Bartels and Brenda Weigel 
March  11 - David and Carolyn Hagford
March  18 - Linda Nelson and Ellie Holmquist
March  25 - Bruce Sabatke and Don Holzschuh

Altar Servers
March  4 - Ruth Lee and Ellie Holmquist
March 11 -  Phyllis Dahl and Carolyn Hagford 
March 18  - Pauline Haug and Linda Nelson
March 25 - Kathy Hering, Mary and David Goplen

Worship Assistants
March   4 &  7  - Mark Waldeland 
March 11 & 14 - Michelle McCreery
March 18 & 21  - Mary Sabatke
March 25   - Marty Carlson
March 30  - TBA
March  31 - TBA

Coffee Hour Hosts  
March   4 - Andrea and Casey Christy
March 11 -  Mark Waldeland
March 18 -  Justin and Stephanie Kappel (Smörgåsbord)
March 25 - Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast

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Upcoming Events
March 3  9:30 am
Priscilla Circle
Christy Room

March 4  9:30 am
Summer Camp Sunday
Sunday School

March 7 5:45 pm
Bread & Soup Supper
Fellowship Hall

March 7  7:00 pm
Holden Evening Prayer

March 11 3:00 pm
Caritas Benefit Concert

March 14  5:45 pm
Bread & Soup Supper
Fellowship Hall

March 14  7:00 pm
Holden Evening Prayer

March 18 9:30 am
St. Patrick's Day Worship

March 18 11:00 am
Working Speaker Series
Christy Room

March 18  12;00noon
Swedish Smörgåsbord
Fellowship Hall

March 21  5:45pm
Bread & Soup Supper
Fellowship Hall

March 21  7:00pm
Holden Evening Prayer

March 21  9:30am
Palm Sunday Worship Service

March 21 10:45am
Pancake Breakfast
Fellowship Hall

March 21 11:30am
Easter Egg Hunt

March 29  6:00pm
Maundy Thursday Seder Meal

March 30 7:00pm
Good Friday Service

March 31 8:30pm
Easter Vigil

April 1 9:30am
Easter Worship Service

April 1 11:00am
Easter Worship Service

Inspired by Christ, living and growing in faith, Lake of the Isles is a loving and open community of worship, witness, and service in God's world

Worship Service: 9:30 am
Coffee Hour: 10:40 am

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 yo u.

Staff Members

Rev. Dr. Arden D. Haug - Pastor
Kenneth Q. Vigne Organist
Dawn Allen - Choir Director
Diane LaMere - 
Children's Ministry
Linda Nelson Office Manager
Dane Peterson - Facilities
Kerri Booher
Wedding Coordinator
Sheridan Swee
Nursery Attendant

(612) 377-5095

Council Members

Martin Carlson - President
Ross Formell - Vice President
Ross Bartels - Tresurer
Kathy Hering
Maddie Rondesvedt - Youth

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