Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church 
November 2020

Behold the host arrayed in white
Like thousand snow clad mountains bright,
that stand with palms and sings its psalms 
before the throne of light.
These are the saints who kept God's word;
they are the honored of the Lord.
He is their prince who drowned their sins,
So they were cleansed, restored.
Behold the Host Arrayed in White
Hans Brorson  ELW 425

All Saints Sunday is the occasion each year when the church remembers those who have died and become a part of the
great white host or as Norwegians would say Den Store Hvite Flokk. Thirty some years ago, when I was the pastor of Mindekirken, the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, no funeral would have been complete without the obligatory singing of the Norwegian folksong arranged by Edvard Grieg. Even when the King of Norway, Olaf V died, Behold the Host, had to be sung.  
I have often wondered why this hymn became so woven into the Lutheran imagination. The Danish poet Hans Brorson hadn't seen mountains in his native land, though he was aware of their existence in neighboring countries. He was certainly aware of Scandinavia's darkness and light. Most country churches at that time had no musical instruments for worship. Occasionally, a musician played a psalmodikan, a sort of autoharp with a bow for hymns, but most often they simply sang the hymn robustly.  
Perhaps it was the hymns haunting imagery. For the immigrants who left everyone they loved behind on another shore, it was the ongoing witness of their beloved family who had died. Yes, they remembered their loved ones as a formidable mountain wall across the horizon. 
On All Saints Sunday, we will sing this beloved hymn as a part of our worship service. But there are other parts of the service that are equally important. Lighting candles, and reading the names of those who have died, is a powerful and poignant reminder of those who have now become saints in light of the great white host.
As a part of this annual celebration of All Saints, the Endowment Fund is inviting the friends and members of Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church to honor and memorialize the living saints and the saints in light with a gift to the Endowment Fund. 
Peace, Pastor Arden Haug
Confirmation 2020

Congratulations to our 2020 Confirmation Class! 
Claire Elizabeth Jacoby
Daylight Saving Time

Get ready for an extra hour of sleep! .
Daylight Saving Time 2020 ends at 2:00 am, tomorrow,
Sunday November 1, 2020.
That's when we'll move our clocks backward by one hour to 
1:00 AM CDT.
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 Peter Van Bergen & Cathy Carlson for providing on October 2.
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/

will be on hiatus until the first of the year because we are no longer be able to meet on the patio due to cold weather & the uncertainty of COVID-19. We will send an announcement when we begin meeting again.
Saint Martinsfest

Please mark your calendars for this special Oktoberfest style, family friendly German festival on Saturday, November 7th on the Patio. Children will be invited to pose with St. Martin and sit upon his horse. This year the adults, as well as the children, will be invited to participate in the St. Martin's parade of lanterns and follow St. Martin. Music will be provided by accordionist Mark Stillman.
Remembrance Sunday is November 8

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent on the Western Front, to bring to an end the First World War. Our nation has recalled that moment on this day through the decades. And now over 100 years later, we  remember lives sacrificed in the service of our country, and those traumatized and injured in battle.  
Remembrance Sunday is one of the liturgical services for honoring veterans.  It allows for a brief time of music, silence, wreath laying and a call to remember the fallen. Our service will feature the music of trumpeter Ben Alle. 
Growlers & Theology

The informal study of  theology & adult beverages will continue on November 12 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. Contact Pastor Haug, if you'd like to receive the link to the meeting.
Children's & Family Ministry
Winter Gear Drive Wraps Up on November 7
If you haven't already done so, please consider donating your gently used winter gear to help those less fortunate stay warm this winter.  We need winter coats, boots, snow pants, hats, gloves, scarves and socks for ALL AGES.  There are collection bins at both entrances to the Sanctuary. Our drive will end on November 7. Donations will go to...


College Care Packages

This year college Care Packages will be going out early November to accommodate the early finals schedule for most colleges. The Care Packages will contain a letter of encouragement from Pastor Haug, healthy (and not so healthy) snacks and other fun items.

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)
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 overtly
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, November 5 & 19, 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!

Stewardship Sunday is November 15
For more information, contact Eric Mechels  (612) 386-8269
Blended Stewardship Event

We will host a 
Stewardship Dinner
for members and friends on Sunday, November 15.  
Your meal will be prepared and packaged for curbside pickup from the church, between 
2:30 & 4:30 PM. 

Mixed Green Salad & Sherry Viniagrette
Green Beans & Lemon Olive Oil
Farro with Capers, Olives & Tomatoes
Poached Salmon, Cucumbers, Crème Fraîche & Pink Peppercorns
Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Fennel Crust & Arugula
Filone Italian Baguette 
Cambazola, Pecorino, & Parmesan Cheeses
LOTI Chocolate Salami & Cherries

Enjoy your dinner,  join us on LOTI YouTube Channel
at 5:00 PM for our Livestream Presentation & Entertainment, & look for your Virtual Pledge Card in your inbox delivered via email in that afternoon.
Look for your email invitation on November 2. 
Please register by Monday, November 9. Thank you!
Donations to cover food cost are welcome, but not required.
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 
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
November's Selection...
It is September 8, 1943, and fourteen-year-old Claudette Blum and her father are among the thousands of Jewish refugees scrambling over the Alps toward Italy, where they hope to find safety now that the Italians have broken from Germany and made a separate peace with the Allies. The Blums will soon discover that Italy is anything but peaceful, as it quickly becomes an open battleground for the Nazis, the Allies, Resistance fighters, Jews in hiding, and ordinary Italian civilians trying to survive. 
Tracing the lives of a handful of fascinating characters-a charismatic Italian Resistance leader, a priest, an Italian rabbi's family, a disillusioned German doctor-Mary Doria Russell tells the little-known story of the vast underground effort by Italian citizens who saved the lives of 43,000 Jews during the final phase of World War II. A Thread of Grace puts a human face on history.

Thanksgiving Sunday
On Sunday, November 22nd, we will celebrate Thanksgiving at Lake of the Isles. Members of the congregation will offer their reflections on what they are thankful for this year. 
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
  Coffee Hour
In-Person & Virtual Coffee Hour are currently on hold.
If you would like to be added to the online contact list for future notifications, contact

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 Ackerman
Justin Kappel
Amy Gustafson
Jennifer Nelson
Sophie Wilcox
Rich Labas
Lauren Rondestvedt
Benjamin Mechels
Arden Haug
Henry Wilcox
Nancy McCutcheon
Vitali Haug
September 2020 In-Person Worship Protocol

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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Upcoming Events
November 1 -- 9:30 AM
All Saints Day Worship
Sanctuary & YouTube

November 5 -- 7:00-8:30pm
Women's Bible Study

November 6
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal

November 7 -- 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saint Martinsfest

November 8 -- 9:30 AM
Remembrance Sunday Worship
Sanctuary & YouTube

November 12 -- 7:00 PM
Growlers & Theology

November 15 -- 2:30 - 6:00 PM
Blended Stewardship Event
LOTI & You Tube

November 19 -- 7:00-8:30 PM
Women's Bible Study

November 19 -- 7:00 PM
Church Council Meeting

November 20 -- 5:00 PM
Women's Book Group
Church Patio or Zoom

November 22 -- 9:30 AM
Thanksgiving Sunday Worship
Sanctuary & YouTube
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 
         - Design & Communication
Fernando Fierros - Custodian
Sarah & Trevor Skorburg  
- Caretakers
Tori Reisberg- Nursery Attendant
Sandy Swan - Wedding Manager

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