Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
October 2018

Reformation - The 501thAnniversary

A year ago, the Luther Rose and images of Martin Luther could be seen every across the Twin Cities. Musical ensembles and churches were all celebrating the 500 th anniversary of the Reformation. Ecumenical commemorations and lectures were being held on college campuses and in church basements. This year, however, is a bit more subdued. While a 500 th anniversary was worth celebrating, as we approach the 501 st anniversary, the question is asked, so now what?

There are of course surprises in Lutheran identity. Although the Lutheran Church began in Germany, there are now Lutherans in 148 countries around the world. Only half of the world's 80 million Lutherans still live in Europe. Today, there are significant churches in Indonesia, Ethiopia, Tanzania Brazil, and North America. Surprisingly, the only country with a Lutheran majority population outside of Europe is Namibia.

In spite of the global nature of Lutheranism, theologians and churches still find a home based on the historical understanding of Protestant Reformations guiding principles of the five solae, Sola scriptura, by Words alone, Sola fide, by faith alone, Sola gratia, by grace alone, Solus Christus, through grace alone, and Soli Deo Gloria, to God's Glory alone. Yes, Lutherans still believe that they are justified by God's grace alone, and there is nothing they can do to merit God's grace. 

How the church will find a voice to speak this message for another 500 years is the question for a new generation of theologians. Until then, we will continue to teach our confirmands the familiar words and cadences of Luther's Small Catechism. This is most certainly true. This we will experience again on Reformation Sunday, October 28th at Lake of the Isles.

Peace, Pastor Arden Haug

Cut a Rug Gala Success!
On behalf of the LOTI Church Council, I would like to thank you for all your gifts that supported the Cut a Rug Gala on Sunday evening, September 30th. It was a great success.  We raised over $10,000 which will cover the cost of new carpeting for the sanctuary, as well as its installation. In addition, the extra funds generated will be used for the updates to the HVAC system which could not completed earlier this year due to the cost overruns on the bathroom project.  

Special thanks to Michelle McCreery for her wonderful meal, and to Susanne Haas for organizing the silent auction. Finally, what a delight it was to listen to the dance music of John Madson and the  Starry Night Quartet.

Thank you again, Marty Carlson
LOTI Church Council President

Women's Bible Study

Our Autumn 2018 Session begins soon. We'll read and discuss bible lessons from  Sip, Savor, and Drink Deeply: Receive God's Overflowing Gifts , from best-selling author Deb Burma, (author of  Living a Chocolate Life is a celebration of the camaraderie, companionship, and comfort found in getting coffee with a friend. It's about more than just the warm beverage-it's about spending quality time together.

7 Sessions begin Thursday, October 4th at 7:00pm in LOTI Library. Meetings will be twice a month. 

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  Susan & Eric Melbye for serving on  September 7.

Members scheduled for 2018...   
5 Linda Nelson, Mary Flynn, & Family
2 Kristi & Bob Brownson
7 The Moe Family
 Contact Cheri Moe at (952) 431-5226 or moeclana@aol.com to sign up for 2019 events...


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. For those who are Thrivent members, but are not able to make the meal, please consider applying for this grant in advance (4-6 weeks lead time) for other volunteers' use to serve. 

Join us
Saturday, October 6
for a time of camaraderie
 at the home of John Bergford
2218 Mount View Drive
(612) 377-1319

If you or a friend are interested, please join LOTI Women's Fellowship ~ Priscilla Circle. There is no membership requirement or time commitment. Just come to enjoy the fellowship, for a few minutes, or a couple of hours!  (No knitting skills required)
Blessing of the 
"Stuffed"  & Real Animals
Sunday School children are reminded to bring their favorite stuffed animals to church on Sunday, October 7
th.  In the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, who blessed the animal and all creation, the favorite furry friends will be blessed by Pastor Haug at the end of the worship service. (Live ones are welcome too.)

Growlers & Theology

Following the model of Luther in his home in Wittenberg, Germany, Pastor Haug leads the informal study of  theology and "adult beverages," twice monthly at the Parsonage. This month's gatherings are  Thursdays, October 11 & October 25, at 7:30pm 

New Members

New  members will be received during the worship service on 
October 14th Please contact the Church Office if you would like to be received that day.

Healing Service 
for Peyton Berkland

Peyton Berkland, the 7 year-old daughter Mike and Leah Berkland is preparing for another major surgery. You are invited to join in a prayer service at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church on Monday, October 15th at 5:30pm.

Service of Prayer and Healing
The Sunday nearest to October 21 st , the Festival Day for St. Luke is often marked as a day for special services for healing. St. Luke is referred to in scripture as the "Great Physician" and in medieval times he was the patron saint doctors and surgeons. Numerous hospitals across the United States are named after St. Luke. 

The service for Prayer and Healing will be a part of the Prayers of the Church and anointing of oil will occur during Holy Communion.

Children's Ministry

Faith 'n Play  
On Tuesday, October 23,  9:30-10:30 am,
we are starting year two of Faith 'n Play and are excited to offer this ministry again for families with toddlers and preschoolers. It's called Faith 'n Play because we will do just that - practice faith together and play. It will be a very hands-on and interactive experience and is designed for parent and child together. Come join us whenever you are able. Questions? Contact  diane.lamere@loti.org

October Key Dates

October 7
Blessing of the Stuffed Animals
5th and 6th grader remain in Worship
October 21
No Sunday School MEA Break

Winter Gear and Coat Drive    

Cold winter weather will be here soon and so will the start of our annual winter gear and coat drive! We will begin our drive on October 28 and will collect items through November 11.  
We are collecting new or gently used coats, gloves, mittens, scarves, boots and snow pants. Donation collection areas will be located at both entrances to the Sanctuary.

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 session will be Sunday, October 14th, 11:00am and the guest speaker will be Melinda Hoke, Vice President of Philanthropy for Twin Cities Public Television.  Although not a member of LOTI, Melinda and her husband often sing with the LOTI choir and perform duets during the summer.   Melinda has over 30 year of experience in philanthropy, working with such groups as the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio, and most recently for Twin Cities PBS. She is a presenter at local and national conferences and webinars and is a consultant locally and in the PBS system
Melinda's talk on the world of philanthropy 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 Melinda, leaving the time remaining for questions from those in attendance.

If you are interested in sharing your Working story, please contact jannahaug@yahoo.com
Join us
Sunday, October 14th
 at 12 noon for 
Smörgåsbord - Scandinavian Brunch
A variety of Breads & Hard Tack and Butter
Glasmästaresill - Traditional Pickled Herring
Creamy Garlic and Lemon Herring
Whiskey and Honey Herring
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Three kinds of Swedish Cheeses
Eggs topped with Seafood Salad
Saffron and Fennel Marinated Salmon served with Dill Sauce
Cold Smoked Ham
Creamy Potato Salad flavored with Capers, Apples & Leeks
Pickled Cucumbers
Pickled Beets
Fresh Fruit Platter
Jansson's Temptation - a creamy potato  dish
Swedish Meatballs & Lingonberries
Swedish Potato Sausages & Mustards
Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage
Chicken Breasts served in a Creamy Sauce flavored
with Apples and Tarragon
Swedish Apple Trifle
Apple compote layered with cinnamon crisps & vanilla cream
$ 27.00/person, all inclusive.
$12.50, children ages 5-12 years 
Free of charge, children under 5

Hjärtligt Välkomna

The monthly smörgåsbord  offers  an opportunity 
for LOTI friends and neighbors to gather for fellowship, 
enjoy genuine Scandinavian hospitality, 
and 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, & Community Emergency Services.

Confirmation Sunday null
In many Lutheran churches the Confirmation worship service is known as the Affirmation of Baptism. The name recalls the promises that were made by the parents and godparents at the time of a child's baptism. They vowed that the Christian faith would be child's one day, and that they would speak on behalf of the child until that day comes. The Rite of Affirmation is that coming of age for the young adult.  It is also a day for a renewal of the faith through the laying on of hands and the giving of the Holy Spirit.
On Reformation Sunday, October 28 th we will celebrate confirmation with Sam and Victoria Riesberg, Joseph Mechels, Wesley Bartels, Jacob Hovda and Henrik Olson.

Women's Book Club

Please join us
Friday, November 2
Home of Deb Gilroy 
2201 Oliver Avenue South
(763) 442-0358

We will discuss Abide With Me by Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive Kitterage.  After the tragic death of his young wife, Reverend  Caskey, a New England minister, struggles to hold  together his own life, his family, and his town,  while dealing with his personal anger, grief,  and loss of faith. In prose incandescent and artful, Elizabeth Strout draws readers into the details of ordinary 
life in a way that makes it extraordinary. All is considered-life, love, God, and community-within these pages, and all is made new by this writer's boundless compassion and graceful prose.

  LOTI Choir    
Weekly rehearsals are Wednesdays, at 7:15 
New singers are welcome! Join us!
As our beloved director tells us...

       "You don't have to have a great voice,  to make great music."

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 Epistles of St. Paul. And yes, coffee and treats are a part of every Wednesday morning.

Kenneth Vigne Music 
Kenny has created a page with some recordings of pieces we have heard at LOTI. 
Kenneth Vigne Music

In April 2019, Pastor Haug will lead a European tour to the places where the Haug family served as ELCA missionaries. The 13 day tour entitled Springtime in the Baltics will include visits to Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. For more information contact Pastor Haug

Sunset behind Lutheran Church chimney, frozen Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis, Minnesota, was a popular auction item at the Cut A Rug Gala. To view more of Rob Lingelbach's photos visit altruistics or lingelbach.us
October Birthdays
David Goplen
Anna-Lena Skold
Cindy Huttner
Jake Rand
Sonja Tengdin
Brenda Weigel
Peyton Berkland
Ella Sarles
John Sundeen
Mark Waldeland
Linda Nelson
Madeleine Rondestvedt
Donald Waldeland
Dawn Allan
Chris Fleck
Wendy Westerberg
David Tengdin
Isaac Carlson
Sarah Rustad
Claire Jacoby
Tricia Sundeen
Magnolia Bruzek

Happy Birthday!
October   7 Linda Nelson & Jenny Cook
October 14 Carol Kuehn & Rebecca Morell
October 21
David Ackerman & Ellie Holmquist
October 28
David & Carolyn Hagford

Altar Servers
October   7 Pauline Haug and Linda Nelson
October 14 Carol Kuehn and Vicki Kuehn-Larson
October 21
Phyllis Dahl and Pauline Haug
October 28 Kathy Hering, Mary and David Goplen

Worship Assistants
October   7 Kathy Hering
October 14 Mark Waldeland
October 21 Mary Sabatke
October 28 Steve Hoyt

Coffee Hour Hosts 
October   7
Ross Bartels & Brenda Weigel
October 14 Eric & Naomi Mechels Smörgåsbord Sunday
October 21 Jon & Alison Sprain
October 28 Janna Haug & Pauline Haug

In This Issue
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Upcoming Events
October 4 - 7:00pm
Women's Bible Study

October 5 
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
LOTI & Our Saviour's 

October 6 - 9:30am 
Priscilla Circle
Home of John Bergford

October 7 - 10:40
Blessing of the Stuffed Animals
Front Steps and Lawn

October 11 - 7:30pm
Growlers & Theology

October 14 - 9:30am
New Member Received

October 14 - 11:00am
Working Speaker Series
Christy Room

October 14 - 12:00 - 2:00pm
Scandinavian Smörgåsbord
Fellowship Hall

October 15 -  5:30pm
Healing Service for Peyton Berkland

October 21 - 9:30am
Service of Prayer and Healing

October 23 - 9:30 - 10:30am
Faith 'n Play
Christy Room

October 25 - 7:30pm
Growlers & Theology

October 28 - 9:30am
Rite of Confirmation

October 28
Winter Gear Drive Begins
South Entrance/Fellowship Hall

November 10 - 5:00pm
St. Martinsfest Dinner
Fellowship Hall
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 Allan - Choir Director
Diane LaMere - 
Children's Ministry
Linda Nelson Office Manager
Dane Peterson - Facilities
Sheridan Swee
Nursery Attendant
Sandy Swan - Wedding Manager

(612) 377-5095

Council Members

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

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