Lake of the Isles Lutheran  Church  

April 2018

Churches in the Holy Land vary in architecture and style, as well as denomination. During the course of our pilgrimage to the Holy Land, we visited a variety of ornate and polished Roman Catholic churches, dark and smoke scarred Orthodox churches, and even a Lutheran church with German and Arabic writing. The Orthodox churches were often painted with Byzantine style icons similar to the one on the left depicting Jesus' resurrection from the dead. The painters or iconographers are not supposed to be creative in their painting. In fact, they are to replicate a copy of previously painted icon as closely as possible. They believe their work is copying a manuscript, and worshippers are invited to read them.
In the western church tradition, the good news of Easter is often portrayed with a single, victorious image of Jesus holding a flag upright with his foot upon the conquered foe. In the Orthodox tradition, the iconographer tries to reveal and explore the meaning of this event. Christ's robe is seen flowing upward and outward, this symbolizes his radical descent into Hell to save those who have died in the flesh. The golden bars by his feet are the gates of Death, which he has broken and torn apart. There are keys floating in the abyss below, which symbolize that he has entered and conquered both death and Hell and releasing those who had been in prison. Jesus is barefoot which emphasizes an ancient Orthodox hymn, Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death The two figures whom Christ has grasped with his hands and is pulling from tombs are Adam and Eve, symbolizing that his victory redeems all mankind, even back to the beginning of time. Finally, we see the holy prophets and king on either side who predicted Jesus' coming into world.
This Easter morning, I will be meditating on the work of the musicians artists who throughout the ages have helped preachers proclaim the good news of Christ's resurrection. Words alone simply can't tell the powerful story of the new life, you and I are have been given in Jesus. Christ's resurrection from the dead is a mystery, but it is the event which makes life worth living.

Christ is risen!  He is risen, indeed!

Happy Easter!  Pastor Arden D. Haug

Good Friday
Good Friday marks the day of Jesus' death on the cross. A meditation on the Stations of the Cross featuring the LOTI Choir,
Holy Communion, will tell the story of Christ's selfless sacrifice. Join us for this special worship Friday, March 30, 7:00pm

Easter Vigil
The Easter Vigil 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.
Easter Eve traditionally marks Christ's victory over death. A sensory, candlelit worship service moves from darkness into light, celebrating the sacraments of baptism and holy communion and concluding  with a reception in the Christy Room. Join us on Saturday, March 31 at 8:30pm.


Sunday April 1
9:30am & 11:00am
Join us as we celebrate Christ's resurrection! 
The choir will sing accompanied by guest musicians.


Please join us
Sunday, April 1
12:00 noon

A variety of Breads and Hard Tack & Butter
Creamy Herb and Lemon Herring
Aquavit Herring
Matjes Herring  served in 
Sour Cream, Chives and Red Onion
Eggs topped with Shrimp Salad
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Three kinds of Swedish Cheeses
Rosé and Herb Marinated Salmon served 
with Sweet Dill Mustard Sauce
Smoked Sliced Ham
Legym Salad - asparagus, cauliflower, carrots 
in a light dill dressing
Pickled Cucumbers
Pickled Beets
Fresh Fruit Platter
Jansson's Temptation - a creamy potato dish
Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries
Stuffed Eggs Mornay
Prinskorv - Swedish Wieners and Mustard
Rosemary & Red Wine Marinated Boneless Leg of Lamb served with
Cream Sauce and Green Beans
Swedish Easter Pastry 
a slice of Swiss roll filled with Raspberry Jam 
topped with an Apricot and Whipped Cream

Adults $27.00, all inclusive 
Children 5-12, $12.50 
under 5, free of charge


RSVP here  linda.nelson@loti.org
or respond to previous 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.

The Women's Auxillary Priscilla Circle
will meet in the Christy Room, April 7
at 9:30 am in the large Sunday School room on 2nd floor.

Isles Ensemble Concert & Reception

Please join us!
Sunday, April 8


Alfred Schnittke - Suite in The Old Style
Helen Chang-Haertzen, violin
Ivan Konev, piano
Mendelssohn - Piano Trio #2, in C Minor, Opus 66
David Leung, violin
Laura Sewell, cello
Ivan Konev, piano
Dvorak - String Quartet No. 13 in G Major, Opus 106
Stephanie Arado & Helen Chang-Haertzen, violins
Tom Turner, viola
Tom Rosenberg, cello

Suggested Donation:
$20 General Admission
$15 Seniors
$10 Students

Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall

Children's Ministry

Sunday School News
April 1 - Easter Sunday - No Sunday School. Children will remain in worship with their families
April 8 - Sunday School resumes

Attention Grade 1-9 youth! You are invited......
LOTI youth Grades 1-9 are invited to come to Luther Park in Danbury, WI with Pastor Haug the week of July 22. We will provide transportation to/from camp for half week campers (Sun-Wed). Go to Lutherpark.com to complete the registration form (type web address carefully so that you get the Luther Park in Danbury, WI). Please contact Diane LaMere or Pastor Haug before registering for other important details to include on the registration form.  

Faith 'n Play
PreK-K families - Come join us on Tuesday, April 10, 9:30-10:30am for our final Faith'n Play this year. Whether you've come to all, some or none - we hope you can come to this one! We will explore and play in the story of when Jesus Blesses the Children. Please RSVP to Diane LaMere at  diane.lamere@loti.org  so she knows how many to plan for at this event. We'll meet in the large Sunday School Room.

Faith Together
This is a new offering for families with Sunday School age children. We are calling it Faith Together because it's intention is just that - a time for families to practice and talk about faith together. Our first gathering in January was for families with PreK-K age children focusing on prayer. 
On April 19, we invite families with children Grades 1-4 to gather together and talk about The Ten Commandments and rules. This will be an interactive time of faith for parent and child.  Details will be coming in the coming weeks to Grades 1-4 families.

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 Thursdays, April 12 & April 26 at 7:00 pm. 

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

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, April 22nd featuring Mary Abbe Hintz. As art critic and art news reporter at the Star Tribune, Mary had the privilege and pleasure of writing for 32 years about artists, gallery shows, museum exhibitions, and cultural finances, buildings, personnel and politics. Before that she worked at Walker Art Center, the University of Chicago Press, and elsewhere. She retired from deadlines in 2016.  
Mary'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 Mary, leaving the remaining time for questions from those in attendance.

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
Carol, Deb TBD
April 5
4: Promises
Deb Janna
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.

New Members to be Received
New members will be received into the congregation on Sunday, April 22nd during the worship service. 
A one hour meeting of preparation will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 9:30am in the Christy Room.
Contact Linda at 612 377-5095 or  linda.nelson@loti.org to join.

Annual Torsk Dinner
The annual torsk dinner on April 28 will feature both the music of the Norwegian Glee Club and Minnesota Opera soloists Christopher Colmenero and Natalia Salemmo. Gather in the Fellowship Hall at 5:30 pm.

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 Cathy Carlson and Peter Van Bergen & friends   for serving March 2!

Members currently assigned for 2018...       
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.

April Birthdays
Renate Amann 
Alexandra Holzschuh
Rick Pepin
Jon Einess
Thomas Rustad
Michelle McCreery
Joshua Wilcox
Dane Peterson
Janna Haug
Kayla Hoel
Eric Mechels
Brittany Fleck
April   1 -  9:30am Ellie Holmquist and Linda Nelson
11:00am Linda Nelson and Joy Claypoole
April   8 - Anita Duder and Andrea Nyhusmoen
April 15 - David and Carolyn Hagford
April 22 - Lars Olson and Mark Duff
April 29 - Don Holzschuh and Bruce Sabatke

Altar Servers
April   1 -  9:30 a.m. - Pauline Haug and Linda Nelson
11:00 a.m. - Kathy Hering
April   8 - Kathy Hering
April 15 - Phyllis Dahl and Carolyn Hagford
April 22 - Kathy Hering, David and Mary Goplen
April 29 - Ellie Holmquist, Ruth Lee, Eivor Lund

Worship Assistants
March 30  - Mary Sabatke
March  31 - Michelle McCreery
April   1 -  Kathy Hering
 Mark Waldeland
April   8 -  Michelle McCreery
April 15 -  Mary Sabatke
April 22 -  Marty Carlson
April 29 -  Kathy Hering

Coffee Hour Hosts  
April   1 -  None
April   8 -  Ross Bartels and Brenda Weigel
April 15 -  Eric and Renata Amann
April 22 -  Ellie Holmquist and Ruth Lee
April 29 -  Eric and Naomi Mechels

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Upcoming Events
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

April 7  9:30 am
Priscilla Circle
Christy Room

April 10  9:30 - 10:30am
Faith 'n Play
Sunday School Room

April 12  7:00 pm
Growlers & Theology

April 19 
Faith Together

April 19  7:00 pm
Women's Bible Study

April 20  5:00 pm
Women's Book Club
Home of Deb Gilroy

April 22 11:00 am
Working Speaker Series
Christy Room

April 26  7:00 pm
Growlers & Theology

April 28  5:30 pm
Annual Torsk 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
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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