Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
September 2018

Rally Sunday, September 9

That night the Lord stood near him and said, "Keep up your courage!  For just as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must bear witness also in Rome.

                                      Act 23:11

In early June, I began a sermon series outlining the emergence of the early church based on the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. Through the course of the summer, we have listened to the stories of the apostles as the proclamation of Jesus' death and resurrection gradually moved from the city of Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria to the ends of the earth in the Jewish communities living in the diaspora around the Mediterranean Sea. The Jewish synagogues were the natural places for the apostles to share the good news of Jesus, but there was also growing tension. Gentiles were joining the synagogues in disproportionate numbers.  Traditional Jews were afraid they would lose their historic identity. The apostles and the Jewish leaders were fundamentally fighting for the heart of Judaism.  While some believed that Christianity was the fulfillment of the Jewish faith, others believed it was a radical break off sect.  By the year 100 AD, the two practices would become two separate religions. 
St. Paul was the champion of the emerging Christian movement who taught that in Jesus Christ, there was no distinction between Jews or Greeks, servants or freed, and between male or female. He believed that God truly showed no partiality. Throughout his life as a missionary, Paul felt it was his role to bring this news to the Emperor in Rome.   It was affirmed over and over again. When Paul was first captured by Roman soldiers in Jerusalem who sought to save him from the crowds, he had a vision that the Lord would lead him to Rome.  Eventually, in spite of secret plots to kill him, Paul was transferred Rome in the year 60 AD.
The Book of Acts ends abruptly with Paul preaching in Rome for two years while awaiting trial before the Emperor. Oddly, we never read that he ever addressed him in scripture.  Paul was not a bishop of Rome, nor did he bring Christianity to Rome since there were already Christians in the city.  But Paul did fulfill the words Jesus' spoke at his ascension.  The gospel would be proclaimed through Paul to the ends of the earth.  And who better to represent the ends of the earth, than the emperor? 
According to tradition, Paul addressed the tyrannical emperor Nero, although he was actually relatively sane at this stage of his reign. 
And what happened then?  It is not written in the Book of Acts either, but legend states, and it is hinted at in the Book of Timothy, that St. Paul headed off on yet another missionary journey, this time to Spain.  That's a wonderful reminder for all of us.  We may reach our goals in life, but there is still work to be done in making disciples of all nations. 
My friends, that is what Rally Sunday is all about.  It is an occasion when we are being reset to do the work of God's kingdom and make disciple of all nations. So join us on Sunday, September 9th, as we recommit ourselves to the mission of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church.  Come and celebrate Dixieland music with the  Starry Night Quartet AKA the Madson Family.  Enjoy fresh pie, ice cream and cake.  Register for Sunday School.  Join the choir or prayer group.  There are many ways to help make disciples. 
Peace, Pastor Arden Haug

Paint-A-Thon 2018
As part of our outreach program, LOTI is once again sponsored a team for the annual Paint-A-Thon charity event on August 11.

This year we had a small but mighty team that got the job done!
Special thanks to: Lars Olson (organizer and participant); Peggy & Gary Wagner; Brad Anderson; Larry Moe; and Bruce Brandt.

Join us
Saturday, September 1
for a time of camaraderie
 at the home of Carol Arent.
2866 Kenwood Isles Dr
(715) 209-7841

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)

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  Magnus, Anna-Lena & Alexander Skold for serving on  August 3.

Members scheduled for 2018...   
7 Susan & Eric Melbye
5 Linda Nelson, Mary Flynn, & Family
2 Kristi & Bob Brown
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. 

Fall Confirmation Schedule
Confirmation education for 7th & 8th graders, as well as 9th graders preparing for the 
Rite of Confirmation on 
Sunday, October 28th  will resume on
Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 - 8:00pm in the Christy Room. 
New confirmands can register with Pastor Haug.

LOTI Choir
Weekly rehearsals are
Wednesdays, at 7:15 
Choir will sing on
Rally Sunday, September 9th.

New singers are welcome! Join us!

As our beloved director tells us,
 "You don't have to have a perfect voice, to make beautiful music."
Pie & Ice Cream Social
The annual pie and ice cream social will be held on September 9th at 10:45am.
We need pie donations and volunteers to help set up, serve and clean-up.
Contact  linda.nelson@loti.org 
(612) 377-5095 to sign up. 
Sign up sheets are also available during coffee hour.

Children's Ministry

Sunday School Registration is Open!
We are looking forward to the start of Sunday School on September 9. 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. Register online here. (loti.org/Lifestyle/ChildrensandFamily Ministry/SundaySchool)
Paper copies are also available at both entrances to the Sanctuary. 
If you have questions, please contact diane.lamere@loti.org or  call the church office at ( 612) 377-5095 .

Training for new teachers   will be held on Wednesday,  September 5 at 6:30pm . Teachers and substitutes who taught last year are welcome, but not required to attend.

5th & 6th Grade Parent Meeting    
Parents of 5th and 6th grade Sunday School youth are invited to attend a parent meeting on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00 pm.  Teacher training plus information on plans for this age group for the upcoming program year will be provided.

September Key Dates
September 5 6:30pm New Teacher Training
September 5
7:00pm 5th & 6th Grade Parent Meeting
September 9 9:30am 1st Day of Sunday School
September 16 9:30am Bible Presentation in Worship
3 year olds
3rd graders 
new families
Growlers & Theology

The informal study of  theology and "adult beverages" will resume this fall Thursday, September 13th at 7:30pm. Following the model of Luther in his home in Wittenberg, Germany, Pastor Haug will lead a twice monthly gathering at the Parsonage. The next meeting will be September 27th,

Women's Book Club

Please join us
Saturday, September 22
Home of Deb Gilroy 
2201 Oliver Avenue South
(763) 442-0358

We will discuss  Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor , by Jana Riess

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, September 23rd and will focus on a program that helps women get back to work after living in traumatic environments.  The speaker is  Jennifer J. Polzin, CEO of Tubman, a nonprofit organization serving people of all ages and backgrounds who have experienced relationship violence, exploitation, homelessness, addiction, or mental health challenges. She will share information about how trauma can impact finding or maintaining meaningful employment, resources for employees, how employers can provide a safe environment where people can do their best work, and answer questions about working in the nonprofit sector.
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.

If you are interested in sharing your Working story, please contact jannahaug@yahoo.com
Call for Auction Items!
LOTI Church Council will host a gala on September 30th to raise funds for new carpeting in our Sanctuary. The event will include food, drinks, silent auction, and live music. 
We are looking for auction items! Examples from the past are artwork, wine and food baskets, use of a cabin or timeshare, as well as voice lessons, special dinners at someone's house, pottery, cookie delivery, tickets to events, and whatever else you can provide that you think someone else might be interesting in procuring!
If you have an item to contribute, please contact 

Our Menu for the evening...
Roasted Beef Tenderloin, Horseradish Crème Fraîche, Arugula
Poached Salmon, Crème Fraîche, Cucumbers
Farro, Olives & Capers
Mixed Greens, Sherry Vinaigrette
Green Beans, Lemon Olive Oil
Chocolate Salami, Cherries

RSVP on or before September 26
$10 suggested donation

New Conversation & Cuisine
Groups Forming

Enjoy a casual evening of getting better acquainted while enjoying a meal in our homes (or choice of a restaurant). Groups made up of 6-8 members and friends of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church gather for three meals during the course of the year. If you would like to participate in the 2018-2019 groups, speak with or email 
Janna Haug by September 30th.

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. 

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 Book of Acts. 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
September Birthdays
Magnus Skold
Erin Wilcox
Jacob Hovda
Taylor Rondestvedt
James Vigne
Heather Jacoby
Katherine Bracken
Charlie Gruys
David Hagford
Sheridan Swee

Happy Birthday!
September   2 Linda Nelson and Jenny Cook
September   9 Carol Kuehn and Rebecca Morell
September 16
Allyson and Jon Sprain
September 23
Lars and Chanda Olson
September 30
Stephanie and Eric Amann

Altar Servers
September   2 Carolyn Hagford and Linda Nelson
September   9 Carol Kuehn and Vicki Kuehn-Larson
September 16
Phyllis Dahl and Pauline Haug
September 23 Kathy Hering, Mary and David Goplen
September 30 Ellie Holmquist and Ruth Lee

Worship Assistants
September   2 Debbie Pizarro
September   9 Mary Sabatke
September 16 Michelle McCreery
September 23 Marty Carlson
September 30 Kathy Hering

Coffee Hour Hosts 
September   2
Don Holzschuh
September   9 Pie & Ice Cream Social
September 16 Eric and Renate Amann
September 23 Janna Haug and Pauline Haug
September 30
Chris and Vicki Hovda

In This Issue
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Upcoming Events
September 6 - 6:00pm
Shelter Meal
LOTI & Our Saviour's Shelter

September 1 - 9:30am
Priscilla Circle
Home of Caron Arendt

September 3
Labor Day
Church Office Closed

September 5 -  6:30pm
SS Teacher Training
Location TBA

September 5 - 7:00pm
5th & 6th Grade Parent Meeting
Location TBA

September 5 - 7:00 - 8:00pm
Confirmation Education
Christy Room

September 5 - 7:00pm
Choir Practice Resumes
Fellowship Hall

September 9 - 9:30am
Rally Sunday Worship

September 9 - 10:45am
Pie & Ice Cream Social

September 16 - 9:30am
Presentation of Bibles

September 16 - 11:00am

Working Speaker Series
Christy Room

September 22 - 4:00pm
Women's Book Club
Home of Deb Gilroy

September 23 - 11:00am
Working Speaker Series
Christy Room

September 30 -  5:00-7:30pm
LOTI Cut the Rug GALA
Fellowship Hall

October 4 - 7:00pm
Women's Bible Study
LOTI Library
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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