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LAKE OF THE ISLES

LUTHERAN CHURCH   
 

 

 

 DECEMBER  

   2016   




Hosanna, Lord Hosanna!
Blessed is He who Comes in the Name of the Lord
                                                                              Psalm 118:26
 

Dear Friends and Members of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church,
 
On November 27th, we begin the new church year with the celebration of the First Sunday of Advent. For centuries, the church calendar has unfolded with the retelling of Jesus's entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the cry of "hosanna" which means "God saves."  It's a wonderful image of Christ coming anew to our lives and his holy purpose- to save.  The story also features another of the verses from Martin Luther's favorite psalm 118.
 
The early Christian Church drew many images from this particular psalm.  It contains the call to worship, "This is the day that the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it."  The psalm was often appointed to the Festival of Easter with its victorious refrain, "The right hand of the Lord has triumphed."  We read in this psalm that Jesus is also our cornerstone.  "He is the same stone which the builders rejected. " It also proclaims the gospel word of our resurrection hope in the face of death, "I shall not die, but live."  And, as we heard in the cantata performed by the choir at confirmation, a word of confidence and encouragement, "The Lord is with me, afraid, I shall not be."
 
Interestingly, at the time if Jesus, the psalm had a different liturgical purpose.  It was a song sung by the choir at the gates of the temple on major Jewish holidays, such as Passover, declaring the promises God would bring to all those who entered the gates.  The cry "hosanna" was a word of blessing to ever pilgrim who entered the temple gates.
 
Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, however, offered a new possibility.  It was no longer the work of the pilgrims to travel to Jerusalem and enter the gates to receive these blessing, but rather it was Jesus' work who traveled from his place at God's right hand and entered into the world to bring these gifts.  That is why the early Christian Church felt that Psalm 118 was so important.  It contained a wonderful summary all that Jesus would accomplish. "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."
  
My friends, as we begin this new church year, let us celebrate with loud "hosannas" Jesus- the One who comes in the name of the Lord.  "Hosanna, Lord, Hosanna!"
 
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

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR

   Sunday Worship
 Service and
Sunday School
  9:30 a.m.
   Coffee Hour    10:40 a.m.

Confirmation Class
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.

December 2
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
6:00 p.m.
 
December 3
Priscilla Circle
Meet at Bev Bergford's Home
9:30 a.m.

December 4
St. Nicholas Day Worship
9:30 a.m.

December 11
Lessons and Carols
Christmas Tea and 
Cookie Sale

December 15
Church Council Meeting
7:00 p.m.

December 18
Children's Christmas Pageant
Santa Lucia

Scandinavian Smorgasbord
12:00 Noon &
4:00 Seatings

December 24
Christmas Eve Family Service with Communion
4:30 p.m.
Candlelight Service with
Communion
10:00 p.m.

December 25
Christmas Day Service
with Communion
10:00 a.m.

December 26 & 27
Church Office Closed

January 1
New Year's Day Service
10:00 a.m.

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 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. 

 

VISIT OF ST. NICHOLAS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
 
St. Nicholas, the bishop of Myra in modern day Turkey, was an early priest in the Christian Church, he died around 342 AD.  Legends that surround Nicholas tell of his love for God and neighbor, especially the poor.  He became known as the symbol of anonymous gift giving. 
 
St. Nicholas Day is traditionally celebrated on December 6th, so polish your shoes, or you may only receive coal this year.

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
MUSIC FROM THE BRITISH ISLES
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11TH
9:30 A.M.
Celtic artists Laura MacKenzie and harpist Andrea Stern, along with trumpeter Ben Alle and the the LOTI Church Choir will lead the congregation in a Service of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 11th.  This year's worship service will feature carols and melodies for the British Isles.  The traditional service dates back to Christmas Eve 1918, when the newly appointed Dean of King's College Cambridge, Eric Milner-White, a former army chaplain was convinced that the Church of England needed more imaginative worship and decided to create a unique service for King's College.  The format of the service with its blending of music and readings grew immediately in popularity. 
CHILDREN'S PROGRAM AND
SANTA LUCIA
DECEMBER 18TH AT 9:30 AM.
St. Lucia was a young Christian of Sicily who was martyred in 304 AD during the persecution under Emperor Diocletian.  According to tradition, she had decided to devote her life to God and to give her possessions to the poor.  In Sweden in the late 1700's, there were legends of a woman appearing in times of great famine distributing food to the starving.  Perhaps because the name "Lucia" means "light," and since her feast day fall on December, the week that marks the darkest days of the year, these stories were in turn attributed to the goodness and generosity of St. Lucia.
 
St. Lucia will make her lighted appearance as a part of the Sunday School Children's program at Lake during worship on Sunday, December 13th.  The Sunday School will present a retelling of the story of Jesus's birth from the book of Luke through the eyes of Mary telling Jesus of the night he was born.  The program will includes reading, singing and bell ringing- and of course, they will wear costumes for grandparents' photo opportunities.
CHRISTMAS EVE AT LAKE OF THE ISLES
DECEMBER 24TH
FAMILY SERVICE AT 4:30 P.M.
CANDLELIGHT SERVICE AT 10:00 P.M.
We will offer two worship services at Lake of the Isles on Christmas Eve, December 24th, both with Holy Communion  The Family Service at 4:30 will be designed for families with younger children.  The service will feature a "living nativity scene" at the manger.
 
The 10:00 Candle Light Service of Holy Communion will celebrate the mystery of the "Word made Flesh."  The LOTI Church Choir and will lead the congregation in a retelling of the Christmas story, holy communion and the candle lit singing of "Silent Night."

CHRISTMAS DAY AT LAKE OF THE ISLES
DECEMBER 25TH AT 10:00 A.M.
The Sunday morning, Christmas Day worship service on December 25th will be highlighted by the Christmas Day cantata, "For Us a Child is Born."  The cantata BWV 142 has long been associated with J.S. Bach, but increasingly, musicologists have suggested that it was the work of Bach's predecessor in Leipzig, Johann Kuhnau.  Regardless, it is colorful piece with a stirring "Alleluia."  The cantata will be performed by strings, oboes, vocal soloists and choir. 
THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TEA
AND COOKIE SALE
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
The tea and cookie sale will be held on Sunday, December 11Th.  Please call or e-mail Margaret Coleman (mmbcoleman01@gmail.com) 612 802-3186 or Wendy Westerberg (teegan101@yahoo.com) 612 388-3717 if you can help with one or both of these events.  Donations  of cookies (3 dozen would be great) are needed and can be dropped off at the church on Friday, December 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We will also need food donations for the tea and help setting up, serving and clean-up would be greatly appreciated.  There will be a planning/organizational meeting on Sunday, December 4th in the library.  Please feel free to come.

Set-up for the tea and cookie sale will be on Saturday morning, December 10th at 10:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.
STEWARDSHIP 
Pledge cards are available in the narthex or ask one of the ushers to get one for you on Sunday if you did not receive one in the mail or have not turned your card in yet.  
WINTER COAT DRIVE RESULTS

The coat drive for PPL (Project for Pride in Living) was a great success.  We collected 10 children's coats, 37 adult coats, 11 scarves, 26 hats and 19 pairs of mittens and gloves.  In addition, Pastor Haug went shopping with the proceeds from the St. Martin's dinner and bought an additional 13 hats/headbands and 27 pairs of mittens and gloves.  Thank you all for your generosity.  Julie from PPL picked up everything last week and was thrilled with the amount of items we had collected.  They have several homeless people they are assisting right now and are in great need of outerwear now that winter is finally here. 



Thank you again.

ST. MARTIN'S DINNER FUN
A big thank you to Don, Connie, Jay and Clayton for preparing and serving the delicious St. Martin's dinner on November 12th.  We had a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the meal.  We would also like to thank Eric and Renate Amann and Ross Formell and Susanne Haas for providing beverages for the evening.  Below are a few pictures of this fun evening.

Chef Don and Assistant Chef Jay.

Connie and Clayton

PRAYER MINISTRY
FRIDAY MORNINGS
9:15 A.M.


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

Saturday, December 17:
Rehearsal for the Sunday School pageant at 10:00 in the church sanctuary
 
Sunday, December 18:    Sunday School pageant and Santa Lucia during the worship service.  Last Sunday of Sunday School until 2017

Sunday, January 8:  First day of Sunday School in 2017

SCANDINAVIAN SMORGASBORD
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18
12:00 NOON AND 4:00 SEATINGS
Menu
Glögg (warm spiced wine) or Hot Apple Cider and Ginger Cookies.
Tomtens Favorit Sill - Santa's Favorite Herring
Lingonberry & Black Pepper Herring
Tomato and Leek Marinated Matjes Herring
Eggs topped with Creamed Caviar
Three kinds of Swedish Cheese
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Sillsallad - Herring and Beet Salad
Herb & Rosé Pepper Marinated Salmon served with Dill Mustard Sauce
Julkryddad Lax - Baked Salmon flavored with mustard, ginger & cloves
Julskinka - Swedish Christmas Ham
Apple Sauce and Mustard
Cold Roast Beef
Creamy Potato Salad flavored with Capers and Red Onion
Gherkins
Homemade Beet and Apple Salad
Pickled Cucumbers
Blue Cheese & Brie and a Variety of Olives and Crackers
Jansson's Temptations - a creamy potato dish
Dopp i Grytan - "Dip in the Pot" - and Home Baked Vört Limpa
Meatballs and Lingonberries
Prinskorv - Swedish Wieners
Red Cabbage
Swedish Potato Sausages & Mustard

Dessert Table
Creamy Swedish Rice Pudding flavored with Vanilla served with Sweet Fruit Sauce
Saffron Cake served with Whipped Cream
Fresh Fruit Platter
A variety of Swedish Cookies
Ginger Cookies and Ischoklad (Swedish Christmas candy)
Flourless Chocolate Squares topped with Whipped Cream
Lingonberry and Ginger Spiced Cake with Sweet Cream Topping
 
$ 32.00/person, all inclusive.
(children between the age of 5 and 12 years, $15.00, under 5 free)
 
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
 
GOD JUL och HJÄRTLIGT VÄLKOMNA!
 
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 


Priscilla Circle will meet on Saturday, December 3 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.

 

OUR SAVIOUR'S SHELTER MEALS

 

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.  Any questions or sign up with Cheri Moe (952-431-5226 or moeclana@aol.com).  

Thank you to Cathy Fuller and friends who served the Shelter Meal on November 4th.

 NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 

Happy Birthday!

 

Katherine Mechels

Anne Long

Steve Hoyt

Carol Kuehn

Emily Melbye

Gregory Sarles

Martin Carlson

Lars Olson

Guthrie Frahm

Daniel Myers

Jorgen Olson

Jon Zachman

Pauline Haug

Chris Hovda

Allyson Mawn

Shirley Carlson

  DECEMBER USHER SCHEDULE

 
December 4 - Ellie Holmquist and Anita Duder
December 11 - Carol Kuehn and Rebecca Morell
December 18 - Sean Coleman and Bruce Sabatke
December 24 - Christmas Eve Family Service at 4:30 p.m.
                          2 ushers needed
December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 10:00 p.m.
                          2 ushers needed
December 25 - Christmas Day Service at 10:00 a.m.
                         Ellie Holmquist and Anita Duder

DECEMBER COFFEE HOUR SCHEDULE

 
December 4 - Ross Bartels and Brenda Weigel
December 11 - Christmas Tea
December 18 - Lars and Chanda Olson (Smorgasbord Sunday)
December 25 - Christmas Day - No Coffee Hour

NEWSLETTER INFO

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.