Lake of the Isles Lutheran ChurchOctober 2020
Blessing of the Animals
October 4th   

Celebrating the life of Francis of Assisi is a novel practice for Lutheran pastors. Martin Luther, himself a former Augustinian friar, had a general disdain for the Franciscans, and frankly, for any religious order. The father of the Reformation movement and the Protestant work ethic often criticized the Franciscans monks because they considered begging to be a sacred calling. In Luther's mind, an honest day's work was the highest human calling. And yet, in spite of their theological disputes, a healthy respect for Francis has emerged - even in congregations in the Lutheran ghettos of Minnesota. For some, it is Francis's deep respect for creation, for others it is his passionate service on behalf of the poor, and for others still, it is his piety that longs to be an instrument of God's peace. In Marine on St. Croix, the last parish I served in Minnesota, it was this deep respect for all God's creatures great and small that was celebrated each year at the village's annual blessing of the animals. 

Francis is also known as the author of a prayer...
Make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred let me bring your love,
Where there is injury your pardon Lord,
And where there's doubt true faith in you.
October 4th is the traditional date commemorated as the Feast of St. Francis. Since this is a Sunday, Francis will be celebrated both in music in the 9:30 Sunday morning worship service and outside at 10:45 after the service in our own rite of the Blessing of the Animals. For those who have been socially distancing, this will be an opportunity to see families and friends at a safe distance outdoors. Refreshments will be available as well.
Throughout the fall, we will be experimenting with more outdoor activities to gather safely and to reconnect with the traditions of Lake of the Isles.  
Peace, Pastor Arden Haug
Please note; you do not need to register for the outdoor Blessing of the Animals.
September 2020 In-Person Worship Protocol

Download September 2020 Worship Protocol
Travis John Haverty
 September 12, 2020
Child of Gina Baker Haug and James Haverty

Soren Martin Hoel & Jackson Joseph Hoel
September 27, 2020
Children of Ryan & Kayla Hoel
Our Saviour's Housing Meal

Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church has provided a meal for forty the first Friday of every month for many years. This has been a wonderful opportunity for families or groups of friends to work together! 

Thanks to Denise Wilkens for providing on September 4th.
Peter Van Bergen & Cathy Carlson
Monica & Andy Schwarm; Andrea & Casey Christy
Cheri Moe & Family

If you would like to support Our Saviour's Housing during the COVID-19 pandemic, consider the best option possible at this time...convert your meal into a financial donation. The suggested amount is $250.

We have scheduled volunteers until the end of the year. Consider signing up for a month in 2021. 
To do so, contact Cheri Moe(952) 431-5226 or Linda Nelson (612) 377- 5095.

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 Housing continuing needs. Donation of the grant by Thrivent members, who are unable to make and/or serve the meal is much appreciated! Grant processing is 4-6 weeks.

Our Saviour's Housing is in need of additional funding for COVID-related costs, such as hazard and overtime pay, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, personal protective equipment, and increased facilities usage. oscs-mn.org/donate/
Saturday, October 3 
9:30 am
Church Patio

Bring your own beverage. We'll follow social distancing guidelines. Restrooms will be available. In case of inclement weather, we'll have access to the Fellowship Hall. 

Join us for a time of camaraderie!
Growlers & Theology

The informal study of  theology and adult beverages will continue in October on the Church Patio or in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm, as determined by the weather and light. We will experiment with both an in-person and Zoom options. Growlers & Theology is scheduled for October 8th and 22th.
Children's & Family Ministry
Our annual event in honor of St Francis will be held this Sunday, October 4, outdoors near the Church Patio after worship (approx. 10:45 am) This event is for all ages! You can bring your live animals and/or your most favorite stuffed/plush animals for a special blessing by Pastor Haug. If the weather is rainy, we will take turns under the Cloister.   

Family Faith Time Videos
These videos are designed to be short and sweet and give you some tools and ideas on how to install new faith practices at home while we are doing Sunday School and worship remotely.
There will be a theme for each video and supporting materials, as needed, will be provided (you will let us know on the registration form how you would like to receive materials)

Faith Friends
This new offering to connect LOTI Sunday School families was launched in September. Participants will write to their newly assigned pen pals 
Women's Bible Study
Our text is be First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree by Melissa Spoelstra.

Relationships are messy. Sometimes we struggle to get along, especially when there is disagreement. Often we find ourselves 
divided--even as Christians. How can we work out our differences 
and disagreements with humility and grace
always showing the love of Christ, while still remaining true to what we believe?
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Christians living in Corinth about this very thing. The cultural backdrop of Corinth was even more over
tly sinful than our culture today, yet Paul boldly encouraged the Corinthian Christians not to ridicule one another or outsiders but to work together to show the love of Christ.
In this study we will explore Paul's first letter to the Corinthians to learn how we as Christians are to deal with differences and divisions--whether in the workplace, neighborhood, school, home, social media community, or church. 
We'll discover that the answer is living and sharing the radical love 
of Jesus Christ, and we'll unpack what this means and how we can
live it out day by day.

Until we can meet in person, our Bible Study will be online via Zoom. This month we will meet on 
Thursdays, October 1 & 15, at 7:00pm.

Contact Deb Gilroy if you would like to be added to our participants list. She will email Zoom invitations for our sessions. 

We look forward to seeing you again soon. Please feel free to invite others. All are welcome!

Women's Book Group
You're Invited to Read with Us!

Meetings are on the 4th Friday of the month beginning at 5:00pm. We'll meet on the Church Patio, weather permitting, otherwise we'll use Zoom. Contact Deb Gilroy to be added to the participants list, if you have not yet joined us. She will schedule meetings & send invitations. 

2020-2021 Schedule 
OCT 23
When Things Fall Apart:
Heart Advice for Difficult Times,

Pema Chödrön
NOV 20
Thread of Grace,
Mary Doria Russell
JAN 29
Mere Christianity,
C.S. Lewis
FEB 26
What's So Amazing About Grace,
Philip Yancey
MAR 26
The Book of Longings,
Sue Monk Kidd
APR 30
The Seven Story Mountain,
Thomas Merton
October's Selection...
How can we live our lives when everything seems to fall apart-when we are continually overcome by fear, anxiety, and pain? The answer, Pema Chödrön suggests, might be just the opposite of what you expect. Here, in her most beloved and acclaimed work, Pema shows that moving toward painful situations and becoming intimate with them can open up our hearts in ways we never before imagined. Drawing from traditional Buddhist wisdom, she offers life-changing tools for transforming suffering and negative patterns into habitual ease and boundless joy.

Confirmation Sunday
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 25th we will celebrate confirmation with Claire Jacoby. 
LOTI Livestream Worship Services

On SundaySeptember 13, we began live streaming our Worship Services. To view, go to our YouTube channel OR to find the live-stream link & worship service bulletin go to loti.org

Special thanks to Joseph LaMere for running the video production and livestream. We couldn't do it without you!
In-Person/Virtual Coffee Hour

Join Coffee Hour in Person or on zoom 
During September we began to meet on the Church Patio after Worship along with the zoom connection.
If you would like to take part online, contact Michelle McCreery.

Member Directory
The 2020 Directory will be distributed this month. It will be available to download, as an interactive PDF, from an email sent to members. A print version which can be picked up from the church (or sent via USPS) will be provided for those without internet access.  
For questions or photo/info submissions, contact
Michelle McCreery  

Support LOTI Partner CES
Due to the Coronavirus, pre-packed bags of groceries are being distributed. 
Fill a bag or two of groceries and hygiene items, and bring them to CES, or, call to set a delivery time... 

If you have time, we would be glad to give you a tour and introduce you to CES in action! 

Food Items:
Please help us improve the quality of nutrition in our neighborhood by donating the following healthy foods.
  • Olive oil and vegetable oil
  • Flour, sugar - 4# bags or smaller
  • Meat soups
  • Chili with meat
  • Canned chicken, tuna or salmon
  • Canned fruit, in light syrup or own juice
  • Rice
  • Assorted canned vegetables
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Coffee in small bags
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Old fashioned oats, instant oatmeal packets
  • Jelly and jam
  • Peanut butter
  • 100% fruit juice
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo, conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Razors and shaving cream
  • Feminine products
  • Toilet paper, facial tissues
  • Dish soap - small bottles
  • Laundry soap
Pet Needs: 
  • Pet food for dogs or cats
  • Kitty litter
Paper Grocery Bags with Handles

Drop off:
1900 11th Ave S, Minneapolis
Food is, of course, the main ongoing aspect of CES. Food donations and/or funds to buy food are always welcome. As a result of our food purchase "connections," any dollar donated to CES to purchase food goes 10-20 times farther than a dollar spent at the store. For example, for the price of one can of corn at your grocery store, CES can purchase 10 cans of corn through the food banks.
For more information and/or monetary donations visit 
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Pastor Haug leads a virtual Bible study by Zoom for the regular 10:00 am Wednesday morning Bible study group. If you would like to participate, please contact pastor@loti.org. You will receive a link and invitation to the group meeting. 
Virtual Prayer Ministry Group
All are welcome to join us on Tuesdays from 9:15 - 10:00 am 
for a Zoom meeting
Questions? Contact Janna HaugDebra Gilroy, or Linda Nelson

Happy Birthday!

David Goplen
Anna-Lena Skold
Cindy Huttner
Brenda Weigel
Peyton Berkland
Matthew Nesheim
Ella Sarles
Madeleine Rondestvedt
Donald Waldeland
Linda Nelson
Dawn Allan
Chris Fleck
Tori Reisberg
Wendy Westerberg
Isaac Carlson
Claire Jacoby
Magnolia Miller Bruzek
Fellowship Hall Exhibition

Kay Christianson served for over 30 years in executive management at Minnesota corporations and nonprofits, including NCS/Pearson, LearningByte International, and Children's Cancer Research Fund. Throughout her years of employment, her love of photography was always a vital part of her life. From the early days of having her own darkroom and working with black and white images to her current work with digital photography, Kay's work has always been inspired by nature. Now retired, she developed her Enlightened by Nature Photographic Portfolio. This collection has been created from the many kayaking, backpacking, hiking, cross country skiing, and running adventures that she has had and continues to experience. As she says: It is always such a delightful surprise to take a turn in the forest or paddle around a bay and discover the next unforgettable view of nature. Her work has been exhibited and sold at art institutes, galleries and cafes in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her work has received numerous awards including first place in the 2019 Minnesota Parks and Trails Photo Contest.

She is honored to be invited to exhibit at LOTI.

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October 1 -- 7:00-8:30pm
Women's Bible Study

October 2
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal

October 3 -- 9:30am
Priscilla Circle
Church Patio

October 4 -- 10:45am
Blessing of the Animals
Church Patio

October 8 -- 6:30pm
Growlers & Theology
Church Patio

October 15 -- 7:00-8:30pm
Women's Bible Study

October 17 -- 7:00pm
Church Council Meeting

October 22 -- 6:30 pm 
Growlers & Theology
Church Patio

October 23 -- 5:00pm
Women's Book Group
Church Patio or Zoom

October 25 -- 9:30am
Reformation & Confirmation
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

Virtual & Limited In-Person Worship Service
9:30 am

September 2020
Worship Protocol

Staff Members
Rev. Dr. Arden D. Haug - Pastor
Dr Kris Rizzotto 
- Director of Music
Dawn Allan - Choir Director
Diane LaMere - Children's Ministry
Al Aakre - Seminarian
Linda Nelson - Office Manager
Michelle McCreery
- Director
of Design & Communication
Fernando Fierros - Custodian
Sarah & Trevor Skorburg  
- Caretakers
Tori Reisberg- Nursery Attendant
Sandy Swan - Wedding Manager

(612) 377-5095

Council Members
Ross Bartels - Treasurer
Jenny Cook - Vice President
Chanda Olson - President
Jorgen Olson, Youth
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