Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
October 2019

Music is an important part of our life together at Lake of the Isles. Melodies from the organ, piano and choir set the tone for our Sunday morning worship and prepare us for how we should anticipate hearing God's Word. The music often reflects the liturgical seasons of the year. Sometimes the music is in a minor or dissonant key which helps us to experience the penitential nature of Christ's passion in the season of Lent, and at other times, it is buoyant and cheerful, celebrating Jesus' resurrection. In difficult times of life, music in the church has the power to comfort and console. And in joyful times, it has the energy to delight and enchant and inspire us to give our thanks to God.
As many of you know from the announcements in worship, we are experiencing a challenging time in the music program. On Sunday, September 29th, we will celebrate the music ministry of our organist Kenny Vigne as he moves on to Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis. Kenny has enlivened our life together with his original improvisation on familiar hymns. We anticipated that this young musician's career would lead him to other places, and we are grateful for the five years he and his family dedicated to this congregation.  We didn't however, anticipate the accidental fall of our choir direct Dawn Allan and the severe head injury that it caused. She continues to be hospitalized and will have a long recovery in front of her. The absence of both Kenny and Dawn will be felt in our worship life.   
For the next three months we will be utilizing a variety of guest musicians to accompany the worship services. They are all capable organists and pianists, but every congregation sings the Sunday morning liturgy differently- sometimes it is slower and sometimes faster. The pause in between verse may be shorter and longer as well. So my best advice, is simply smile and be patient.  We will eventually find a common style together.
As for the choir, we are very thankful for the gifts that LOTI member Deb Gilroy brings to our congregation. She will assume responsibilities for the choir as our guest choir director until it is clear what will be best for Dawn and her recovery.  
Music is an important part of our life together, so if you hear of an accompanist, please encourage them to look at our job description on the website of AGO, American Guild of Organists or the ALCM, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. They can also submit a letter of interest and a resume to the church office. 
Peace, Pastor Arden Haug
September Baptisms
Two infants received the 
Rite of Holy Baptism in September...
Sabrina Ruth Lawonn Brost
Daughter of 
David Brost & Brittany Lawonn (new members)
September 1
Evelyn Katherine Grafft
Daughter of 
Ryan and Natalie Grafft
Granddaughter of 
Patrick & Kathy Bracken of LOTI
September 29

New Members Received on September 22
James and Pamela Aagaard
Claire Bokelman
David Brost, Brittany Lawonn & Sabrina
Lizbeth Brown
John, Alyson, Adeline, Guthrie & Arlo Frahm
Andrew and Monica Schwarm
Lorraine Spies
Hendrik Weichett

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 Mary Flynn & Friends for serving on September 6.

Volunteers for Autumn 2019
4 Cathy Carlson & Peter Van Bergen: Dave & Mary Goplen
1 Women's Bible Study
6 Cheri Moe & Family

Contact  Cheri Moe or phone (952) 431-5226 for more information.
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. 
If you have not served the meal, feel the cost is more than you can comfortably contribute, or would like to work with others, contact Cheri Moe or Linda Nelson. You will be connected with  others for a shared, enjoyable experience. oscs-mn.org

Join us 
Saturday, October 5
for a time of camaraderie
in the Christy Room

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)

Children's Ministry
Blessing of the Animals
October 6
Our annual blessing of the animals will be held after worship. Kids are welcome to bring their most favorite stuffed animals for a special blessing by Pastor Haug. Real, live animals are welcome to be blessed after worship as well.

Grade 5-6 Parent/Tween Faith Talk
October 13
This is a new offering this year for families with 5th and 6th graders and is all about faith conversations (and fun) for parents and tweens! Families will meet after worship with Pastor Haug and will end by Noon.

Key October Sunday School Dates
dates to remember
October 6


October 13

October 20
Blessing of the "stuffed" animals after worship!  
5th and 6th graders remain in worship this day.   
Grade 5-6 Parent/Tween Faith Talk after worship with Pastor Haug
No Sunday School
(MEA break)

Join us!
Sunday, October 13th, at 12 noon 
Smörgåsbord - Scandinavian Brunch

A variety of Breads & Hard Tack and Butter
Creamy Apple and Celery Herring
Traditional Pickled Herring
Whiskey and Dill Herring
Eggs topped with Basil Crème and Greenland Shrimp
Boiled Fingerling Potatoes
Three kinds of Scandinavian Cheese
Gravlax - Marinated Salmon served with Sweet Dill Mustard Sauce
Smoked Sliced Ham
Potato Salad with Artichokes and Herbs topped with Vinaigrette 
Pickled Cucumbers
Fresh Fruit Platter
Jansson's Temptation - a creamy potato dish
Swedish Meatballs and Lingonberries
Swedish Sausages and Mustard
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage
Kalops - Swedish Beef Stew - served with Pickled Beets
and Honey Glazed Carrots
Baked Apple Crisp topped with Almond flavored with 
Cardamom & Cinnamon served with Homemade Vanilla Sauce

$27.00/person, all inclusive
$12.50/ children  5 -12  
free of charge/children under 5
Please make reservations...
612-377-5095 or  churchoffice@loti.org
Hjärtligt Välkomna!
Growlers & Theology
The informal study of  theology and "adult beverages" will continues this fall. Following the model of Luther in his home in Wittenberg, Germany, Pastor Haug leads a twice monthly gathering at the Parsonage. The next two meetings are  Thursdays, October 10th & 24th at 7:00pm .
Women's Bible Study

Our group meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays 
October 3, & 17
at 7:00pm  in the Library. 
This session's text is Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More by Melissa Spoelstra

Service of Prayer and Healing
Sunday, October 20th   
The Sunday nearest to October 21st , 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 of 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.  
LOTI Book Club
You're Invited
to Read with Us! 
Gatherings are held at the
 Home of Debra Gilroy 

Our selections for 2019-2020 meetings are:
October 25
Lauren F Winter,
Girl Meets God
November 22
Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver,
 & Priscilla Warner
The Faith Club: 
A Muslim, A Christian,  A Jew: 
Three Women Search for Understanding
January 24
Geraldine Brooks,
People of the Book
February 28
Mary C. Neal,
To Heaven and Back
March 27
Anne Lamott,
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

October's Selection...

The child of a Jewish father and a lapsed Southern Baptist mother, Lauren F. Winner chose to become an Orthodox Jew. But even as she was observing Sabbath rituals and studying Jewish law, Lauren was increasingly drawn to Christianity. Courageously leaving what she loved, she eventually converted. In  Girl Meets God, this appealing woman takes us through a year in her Christian life as she attempts to reconcile both sides of her religious identity.
Here readers will find a new literary voice: a spiritual seeker who is both an unconventional thinker and a devoted Christian. The twists and turns of Winner's journey make her the perfect guide to exploring true faith in today's complicated world.

Snacks and beverages are shared.
Contributions are welcome, but not required.
Confirmation 2019
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 27t h we will celebrate confirmation with Dominik Amann and Raymond Kappel. 

Light Globe for Prayer and Meditation
Bruce Sabatke Memorial
In 1968, the World Council of Church, 
an ecumenical organization of
340  churches from more the 120 countries gathered in Uppsala, Sweden for a general assembly. For the gathering the Swedish artist Olof Hellström created a sculpture he called the Tree of Atonement. It was a large metal tree with candles for branches which were lit during the time of prayer. The response to this new piece of religious art in the church was immense. In a short time, the tree of lights had evolved into a globe of lights, with Christ the light of the world, symbolically presented as the central light of the sculpture. 

The purpose of the light globe is two-fold. First, it is part of a long ecumenical tradition which links lighting candles to offering prayers. Second, the globe itself represents a visual and symbolic expression of God's kingdom bearing light in and around the world. In an increasingly secular world, churchgoers and curious visitors appreciated the opportunity of lighting a candle in the quiet of an empty church sanctuary during the weekdays. Within years, the use of the light globe in churches quickly spread across Scandinavia. People stop by churches all the time to offer prayers, to reflect and to light candles.

That same sort of secularization has caused many people in America today to search for new forms of meditation as well. Our location along the lake, as well as our beautiful building attract many curious visitors. The question has always been how to offer a welcoming, spiritual open door and sanctuary for those who stop by throughout the week. The new light globe given as a gift by Mary Sabatke and family in memory of Bruce Sabatke is timely. It was shipped from Denmark. It was a centerpiece for the UN International Day of Peace observance. We will find ways to use it as a part of our regular Sunday worship service, as well as a place where visitors are welcome to meditate throughout the working hours of the week.  

The light globe will be blessed as a part of our All Saints Sunday worship service on Sunday, November 3rd, a day before Bruce's birthday.  The church choir will perform Haydn's Missa Brevisfor the worship service.

Save the date! St. Martinsfest Dinner November 9
LOTI Choir
Weekly rehearsals are 
Wednesdays at 7:15.
We are preparing for weekly anthems as well as Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo
for All Saints Sunday.
New singers are welcome!
Join us!
praying hands

Prayer Ministry Group
We welcome all who would like to join us on 
Tuesdays  from  9:15-10:00 am in  the Christy Room. 
Questions?  Contact  Janna Haug Debra Gilroy   or  LInda Nelson
Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Join us on Wednesdays at 
10:00am for Bible Study. The informal study explores the Letters of St Paul. And yes, coffee and treats are a part of every Wednesday morning. 
Fellowship Hall Exhibition


Louise Gillis is a classically trained painter of all mediums. For over twenty-five years, she has achieved notoriety as both a painter and instructor. Her knowledge of impressionist color theory sets the stage for portraiture, still life, interiors, landscape and murals in oil, watercolor, pencil and charcoal. This versatility allows Louise to focus on the needs of her subject matter and create the vibrancy and depth of each individual painting.
She is pleased to exhibit her paintings at beautiful Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church. 

( 612)865-2728
Pastor Arden's 2020 Tour has 7 places remaining...

Featuring the Oberammergau Passion Play as well as
Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany 
& the Czech Republic
June 21- July 3, 2020

October Birthdays
David Goplen
Anna-Lena Skold
Cindy Huttner
Brenda Weigel
Ella Sarles
Mark Waldeland
Linda Nelson
Donald Waldeland
Maddy Rondestvedt
Chris Fleck
Wendy Westerberg
Claire Jacoby
October  6 Casey Christy & Eric Mechels
October 13 Kuehn Family
20 Ben Geungerich & Lauren Huffman
27 Casey Christy & Linda Nelson
Altar Servers
October   6 Linda Nelson & Pauline Haug
The Kuehn Family
Carolyn & Dave Hagford
Dave & Mary Goplen, Kathy Hering
Worship Assistants
October   6 Debby Pizarro
13 Mary Sabatke
20 Marty Carlson
27 Kathy Hering
Coffee Hour Hosts
October    6 Justin & Stephanie Kappel
October 13 Ellie Holmquist, Ruth Lee, Eivor Lund
20 Allyson & Jon Sprain
27 Michelle McCreery & Mark Duff
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September 29 - 10:40
Kenny Vigne Reception
Fellowship Hall

October 3 - 7:00pm
Women's Bible Study

October 4
Shelter Meal
LOTI & Our Saviour's

October 5 - 9:30am
Priscilla  Circle
Christy Room

October 6 - 5:00pm
Raise the Roof GALA!
Home of 
Michelle  & Bernie Reisberg

October 10 - 7:00pm
Growlers & Theology

October 13 - 12:00 noon
Fellowship Hall

October 13 - 11:00am
Parent/Tween Faith Talk
Christy Room or Library

October 17 - 7:00pm
Women's Bible Study

October 20 - 9:30am
Service of Prayer & Healing

October 24 - 7:00pm
Growlers & Theology

October 25 - 5:00pm
LOTI Book Club
Home of Deb Gilroy

October 27 9:30am
Rite of Confirmation

November 9
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 A.M.
Coffee Hour: 10:40 A.M.

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
Tori ReisbergNursery Attendant
Sandy Swan - Wedding Manager

(612) 377-5095

Council Members
Ross Bartels - Treasurer
Martin Carlson - President
Casey Christy 
Jenny Cook
Ross Formell - Vice President
Debra Gilroy
Reagan Gusman
David Hagford
Kathy Hering
Chanda Olson
Jorgen Olson, Youth
Jon Sprain - Secretary
Joshua Wilcox

Michelle McCreery - LOTILink, Website, & Social Media

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