Rally Sunday, September 10th
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us."                            Hebrew 12: 1
In early June, I began a sermon series based on the Old Testament characters mentioned in the Book of Hebrews.  Some of the characters were well known characters such as Noah and Abraham, and were simply mentioned in a line or two of scripture, such as Enoch, the man who walked with God and Jochebed, the mother of Moses, Aaron and Miriam.  Each character offered an example and witness of a trusting follower, who in spite of what they could not see, acted by faith.  They are the great cloud of witness mentioned in Hebrews 12.
It is in this first verse that Hebrew world of the Old Testament and the Greek world of the New Testament meet. The biblical characters who once wandered in the wilderness of Canaan are now seated in the heavenly tribunal cheering on the new believers.  Christ himself is seen at the right hand of God presenting the crown of laurel to those who finish the race.  But like all races, it by taking the first step. 
The Book of Hebrews was written to a church that was growing disheartened. The first generation of witnesses had believed earnestly that world would welcome the Christian faith and the promises of Jesus Christ.  Instead, they were challenged by increased resistance and persecution.  Young believers were falling away, and even once faithful worshipers were discovering less demanding alternatives.  The author of Hebrews chose to use the language of the sports world to help the Christian community reflect on the challenges of faith.  The race of faith, in particular, is not a sprint, but it is a marathon.  Along the way, we are supported by men and women who inspire us by their example, and encourage us to keep up the perseverance. 
Rally Sunday is wonderful way of reminding people that the programs and activities of the congregation are organized to help them run the race of faith. Congregational celebrations, Bible studies, choir rehearsals and service activities, all have a way of bringing people together to share their thoughts and experiences and to encourage them to keep up the race.  Joining is important, not simply for you, but for what you can offer to others on their spiritual journey. 
So join us on Sunday, September 10th as we begin our renewed journey at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church.  Come and celebrate Dixieland music with 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 explore your faith and to experience the excitement of lives running together in faith.  And in all these ways, you will prepare yourself to for distance that is ahead. .
Peace, Pastor Arden Haug

Staff Listing

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 - Custodian
Kerri Booher - Wedding Coordinator


   Sunday Worship
  9:30 a.m.
   Coffee Hour    10:40 a.m.

Prayer Ministry Group
Tuesday Mornings
9:15 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

September 1
Our Saviour's Shelter Meal
6:00 p.m.

September 2
Priscilla Circle
Carol Arent's Home 
9:30 a.m.

September 10
Rally Sunday and
Pie and Ice Cream Social

4:00 p.m.
Informational Meeting on Holy Land Trip

September 21
Church Council Meeting
7:00 p.m.

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 Worship Schedule


 Worship with

Holy Communion

9:30 a.m. 

10:40 a.m. Coffee Hour


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 you. 


"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."                                                                                             Romans 8:38-39       
Dear friends,

Hurricane Harvey, one of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in years, made landfall last night, threatening millions of our neighbors in Texas and Louisiana with heavy rain, wind and rising tides.
The National Hurricane Center called the storm's effects "life-threatening, devastating and catastrophic" and predicted long periods of rain and flooding, along with massive power outages. While many have evacuated, significant damage is still expected, and thousands of people may be housed in shelters for extended periods of time.
We have an opportunity to accompany our neighbors during and after this disaster, in Jesus Christ's name.  
Your gifts are needed now to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Your support through Lutheran Disaster Response will bring hope and healing to those who have been or will be affected by this hurricane. Lutheran Disaster Response is already collaborating with our affiliates to initiate recovery efforts.
While the storm is not over, you can help now.  Gifts designated for "Hurricane Response - United States" will be used in full until the response is complete to help disaster survivors recover and rebuild.
Stay connected to the latest events and our response to this and other disasters through our  Facebook page. Join me in prayer and partnership.  There will be a a bulletin insert in Sunday's bulletin to help spread the word. 

With gratitude,

The Rev. Daniel Rift
Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Checks or money orders should be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Write "Hurricane Response - United States" on your check memo line.
Give by phone at 800-638-3522 or  online.

Confirmation education for 7th and  8th graders, as well as 9th graders preparing for the Rite of Confirmation on Sunday, October 29th will begin again on Wednesday, September 6th from 7:00 -8:00 in the Christy Room.  New confirmands can register with Pastor Haug.

The choir has begun its weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals at 7:30 in Fellowship Hall.  In addition to preparing anthems for Sunday morning, the choir is rehearsing Johann Sebastian Bach's BWV 79, "God the Lord is My Sun and Shield. "   The work will be performed on Reformation Sunday, October 29th  as a part of our congregation 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

New singers are always welcome!


The informal study of  theology and "adult beverages" will be begin again this fall.  Following the model of Luther in his home in Wittenberg, Germany, Pastor Haug will lead a twice monthly gathering at the Parsonage.  The first gathering will be at 7:30 on Thursday, September 14th.

Women's Bible Study will begin in a few weeks. Please consider joining us for our next study. We will read "Fierce: Women of the Bible and their stories of violence, mercy, bravery, wisdom, sex, and salvation" by Alice Connor. These women's stories are messy, challenging, and beautiful. When we read their stories, we can see not only their particular, fearsome lives but also our own.You can purchase your book through Amazon as a paperback or eBook.

Please contact Debra Gilroy or Linda Nelson to indicate your interest. We are tentatively looking at a start date on Thursday, September 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Women of LOTI, d o you love to read? Are you interested in exploring your faith in fiction and non-fiction writings sure to stir the soul? If your answer is a resounding "YES", please consider joining LOTI's new book club!

Please contact Debra Gilroy or Linda Nelson if you are interested. We will then schedule a brief informational session to set a meeting date and book selection. Our goal is to meet every one to two months. 

Children's Ministry Sept 2017
Sunday School Registration open now!

It's time to register for Sunday School!  We are looking forward to starting Sunday School on Rally Sunday, September 10.  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.  P aper copies are also available at both entrances to the Sanctuary.  If you have any questions, please contact Diane LaMere at diane.lamere@loti.org or call the church office at 612-377-5095.
Key September Sunday School dates:

September 10:  1st day of Sunday School
September 17:  Bible Presentation in worship (3 year olds, 3rd graders and new families)


Conversation and Cuisine is 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 2017-2018 groups, please let Janna Haug know by September 30 th .  You can talk to her during church coffee or email her at jannahaug@yahoo.com


Join us this summer for Wednesday morning Bible Study at 10:00.  The informal study will explore the Old Testament character found in the Hall of Faith, as well as readings from the Book of Psalms.  And yes, coffee and treats are a part of every Wednesday morning.

Wedding coordinator position available for wedding ceremonies at LOTI as needed. Wedding or event planning experiences preferred. Please contact Kerri Clawson, Lead Wedding Coordinator to learn more about this position.  Call Kerri at 612-701-5573 or e-mail her at  clawsonkerri@gmail.com.


Pastor Haug has worked together with Group Travel Directors for a 12 day trip to the Holy Land from February 27th to March 10, 2018. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, September 10th at 4:00 p.m. in the Christy Room.  Brochures for the trip are available at the church.  You can also view the tour on line at http://www.gtd.org/post/pdfbrochure/180208.pdf.  
"Working" is the theme of a speaker series that began this summer and will continue running once a month through the course of the next year. It's inspired by the Studs Terkel book of that name in which "people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do." There are many people within our congregation engaged in fascinating work. This series gives us an opportunity to learn more about our members and the work they are involved in.
The next segment of the series will be on Sunday, September 17th and will feature Lake of the Isles Lutheran member, Mark Duff.  C aptain Mark Duff is a Delta Airlines pilot and is currently "Special Project Manager for the Airbus A350XWB. That job entails all aspects of taking delivery and putting into service a new aircraft type for Delta Air Lines. After this project is completed, he'll return to line flying and line instruction as a Senior Line Instructor Pilot. 
Mark'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 20 minutes will be an informal talk by Mark about his work...leaving the remaining time for questions from those in attendance.
Children are invited to use the worship materials throughout the service.  Materials are located in the narthex and are organized by age group.
We now have volunteers for all of the 2017 shelter meals at Our Saviour's Housing.  Thank you to everyone who has already served a meal.  

2018 will be here before we know it so please consider serving a meal in the new year sometime.  If you are a Thrivent member, you can apply for one of their Action Team gift cards to help offset the cost of the meal.  Please contact Cheri Moe if you have any questions at 952 431-5226 or moeclana@aol.com

Thank you to Ross and Wesley Bartels and Brenda Weigel for serving the shelter meal in August.
9:15 A.M.

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.


The Priscilla Circle will be meeting at the home of Carol Arent at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 2nd.  Carol's address is 2866 Kenwood Isles Drive, Minneapolis and her phone number is 715-209-7841 if you have any questions.



Happy Birthday!


Elizabeth Robertson

Magnus Skold

Erin Wilcox

Melany Beck

Jacob Hovda

Taylor Rondestevdt

James Vigne

Heather Jacoby

Katherine Bracken

Charlie Gruys

David Hagford

Lucas Seybold

Sheridan Swee

Emily Sidholm


September 3 - Linda Nelson and Anita Duder
September 10 - Carol Kuehn and Rebecca Morell
September 17 - Sean Coleman and Bruce Sabatke
September 24 - Eric and Nicolas Amann


September 3 - Bruce and Mary Sabatke
September 10 - Pie and Ice Cream Social
September 17 - Ross Bartels and Brenda Weigel
September 24 - Marty Carlson and Mary Knoblauch


We welcome your input to the newsletter.  Please contact the church office at churchoffice@loti.org if you would like us to include a birth announcement, ministry team meeting information/schedules or other information you would like to share with the congregation at LOTI.