So Great a Cloud of Witnesses

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us...                                                 Hebrews 12:1-2

It has been a delight this summer to reflect on the familiar characters mentioned in the Letter to the Hebrews and its frequent references to the Old Testament.  We don't often look to the Old Testament for inspiration.  Far too often the stories  arouse a bit of mirth instead. A Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back on the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned into a pillar of salt, when a little girl interrupted.  "My Mommy leaned back once while she was driving," she proudly announced, "and she turned into a telephone pole."  In another Sunday School room, a teacher asked her class whether Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the ark. "No" a young knowledgeable boy, sighed, shaking his head boldly.  "How could he?  He had just two worms." 
Biblical scholars are not sure who wrote the Letter to the Hebrews.  Traditionally, St. Paul the Apostle was thought to be the author.  It was a counterweight to his Letter to the Romans. However, since the third century this has been questioned, and the consensus today among most modern scholars is that the author is unknown.  
What is clear is that the Book of Hebrews seems to have been written to a group of early Christians who had begun to doubt whether Jesus truly could be the Messiah for whom they were waiting.  Many believed that the Messiah prophesied in the Hebrew Scriptures was to come as a militant king and destroy the enemies of his people. Jesus, however, came as a mere man who was arrested by the Jewish leaders and who suffered and even died under Roman crucifixion. Although he was resurrected, and this was witnessed by thousands, he still left the earth.  And now his followers faced persecution rather than victory.  The author turned, therefore, to the familiar characters of the Old Testament as witnesses of the faith- who believed in what they could not see.
The Book of Hebrews has a message for the Christian community even today.  In spite of the foibles and failures of the world, we can trust and persevere that there will be a place waiting for us at the throne of God.   We have the example of the men and women of old who lived by faith, who trusting in God's promises, and of things they could not see, ran the race that was set before them.  We can learn from the example of the cloud of witnesses.

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
  9:30 a.m.
   Coffee Hour    10:40 a.m.

Prayer Ministry Group
Tuesday Mornings
9:15 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

August 4
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
6:00 p.m.

August 5
Twin Cities Paint-A-Thon
8:00 a.m.

Priscilla Circle
Eivor Lund's Home 
9:30 a.m.

August 13
Speaker Series on "Working"
10:45 a.m.

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

August 23
Choir Rehearsal Begins
7:30 p.m.

September 10
Rally Sunday and
Pie & Ice Cream Social

Informational Meeting on 2018 Holy Land Trip
4:00 p.m.

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 Worship Schedule


 Worship with

Holy Communion

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. 


It's time to register for Sunday School!  We are looking forward to starting Sunday School on Rally Sunday, September 10. Sunday School is offered for children who are age 3 by September 1 through those entering 6th grade.  
We ask all families to register their children for Sunday School.  Paper copies are available at both entrances to the Sanctuary.  If you have any questions, please contact Diane LaMere at diane.lamere@loti.org or call the church office at 612-377-5095
As part of our outreach program, LOTI is once again sponsoring a house for the annual Paint-A-Thon charity event.   This is a great tradition where we paint the house of a deserving senior citizen and help keep them in their house.  We need volunteers willing to help with prepping and/or painting a house located in NE Minneapolis.  The main painting day is scheduled for August 5th (with August 6th as the backup day in case of rain).  The prior week we will be doing prep work if that works better for your schedule.  

Contact Lars Olson at  612-212-0346 or  larsols1@gmail.com to volunteer.  


Join us this summer for Wednesday morning Bible Study at 10:00.  The informal study will explore the Old Testament character found in the Hall of Faith, as well as readings from the Book of Psalms.  And yes, coffee and treats are a part of every Wednesday morning.

Wedding coordinator position available for wedding ceremonies at LOTI as needed. Wedding or event planning experiences preferred. Please contact Kerri Clawson, Lead Wedding Coordinator to learn more about this position.  Call Kerri at 612-701-5573 or e-mail her at  clawsonkerri@gmail.com.


Pastor Haug has worked together with Group Travel Directors for a 12 day trip to the Holy Land from February 27th to March 10, 2018. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, September 10th.  Brochures for the trip are available at the church.  You can also view the tour on line at http://www.gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/180208.pdf.  
"Working" is the theme of a new speaker series that will start this summer and run once a month through the course of the next year. It's inspired by the Studs Terkel book of that name in which "people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do." There are many people within our congregation engaged in fascinating work. This series will give us an opportunity to learn more about what they do.
The next segment of the series will be on Sunday, August 13th featuring Steve Hoyt with Hoyt Properties.   Steve has been a commercial real estate developer and investor in the Midwest for the past 40 years. His career has spanned several economic cycles and various industry trends.
His 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 Steve about his work...leaving the remaining time for questions from those in attendance.

Children are invited to use the worship materials throughout the service.  Materials are located in the narthex and are organized by age group.
We now have volunteers for all of the 2017 shelter meals at Our Saviour's Housing.  Thank you to everyone who has already served a meal and thanks to Cheri and Larry Moe and their family for serving the meal in July.  

2018 will be here before we know it so please consider serving a meal in the new year sometime.  If you are a Thrivent member, you can apply for one of their Action Team gift cards to help offset the cost of the meal.  Please contact Cheri Moe if you have any questions at 952 431-5226 or moeclana@aol.com

Thank you again to everyone who has served or will be serving a meal this year.
9:15 A.M.

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.


The Priscilla Circle will be meeting at the home of Eivor Lund at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 5th.  Eivor's address is: 12201 Minnetonka Blvd., #116, Minnetonka, MN.  Applewood Pointe is located on Minnetonka Blvd between Hopkins Crossroad (Cty Rd 73) and Shady Oak Road. 

I f you have any questions, please call Eivor at  763-550-1638.



Happy Birthday!


Eric Amann

Alexis Jacoby

Suzanne Pepin

Finn Miller Bruzek

Jenny Cook

Stella Walters-Beck

Sean Coleman

Denise Wilkens

Ross Bartels

Ben Formell

Mary Abbe Hintz

Maggi Seybold

Beth Morrison

Henrik Olson


August 6 - Ellie Holmquist and Andrea Nyhusmoen
August 13 - Carol Kuehn and Rebecca Morell
August 20 - Mark Duff and Don Holzschuh
August 27 - David and Carolyn Hagford


August 6 - Carolyn and Dave Hagford
August 13 - Michelle McCreery and Mark Duff
August 20 - Casey and Andrea Christy
August 27 - Bruce and Mary Sabatke


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.