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'Tis The Season - For GIVING!

A Note From Pastor Linda

For God so loved the world that God GAVE... ~John 3.16

Advent Greetings,
With the shopping season in full swing one might think this is the season for GETTING; asking those on your list, "   What do you WANT this Christmas?"  
This season I invite you to consider the gift of GIVING yourself rather than STUFF. To spend less this season (on stuff) so that you can give away more (to people and places that are in need). John 3.16 reminds us that this is a season for GIVING- for God so GAVE. There are so many ways to give- here are a few opportunities at Hosanna:
  • The Giving Tree- a partnership with Lutheran Social Services (see more information below)
  • Beer & Hymns Christmas Edition- a fundraiser for The Lakes Area MobilePack; this Sunday, December 10 from 7-9pm at Stella's. An opportunity to sing Christmas carols with Charlie O and the Hosanna Worship Team, to check out the MarketPlace (items from FMSC's partners will be available- a gift with a purpose), a raffle and more! Purchase tickets here- invite a few friends!
  • Donate a few Christmas cookies or dough for the Youth Bake Sale benefitting the Youth Gathering in 2018. (see more information below)
  • Give a year end gift to Hosanna to help us fulfill all our year end obligations and continue the strong impact on our community- both near and far. Give online here.
Try giving more away this yearend- your time, your talent, your treasures. Why? Because I have discovered that everything changes when you get out of your own way and stop worrying about what you may get or save or achieve and instead focus on what you can give others.
Today I stumbled across this wonderful 3-minute video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2MORc0ZCo8) by comedian Michael Jr., where he describes the difference it has made in his life and career to stop trying to  get people to laugh and instead  give  them the opportunity to do so. I heard him this past summer at the Willow Creek Conference that our staff and leadership attended. He is not only a comedian but also a man of deep faith. I love his final invitation to all of us to "be the punchline!"; to give rather than get. It's a great piece filled with possibility; I hope you can watch it. Please- watch it- #bethepunchline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2MORc0ZCo8 !

Waiting and Wondering, and GIVING!     
 ~Pastor Linda
PS- Giving Cards were returned this last Sunday; we received 65 cards. Thank you to everyone who participated, making giving financially to Hosanna, your church home and family, a commitment and priority. If you have not had the opportunity to return your Giving Card- it is not too late!! Giving Cards are available at Hosanna.

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Healing in Cancer Journey
Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Dan Fronic, friend of Mary Thompson; Deb Krinke; Paul Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Carrie Steindorf; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Shelley, friend of Linda Knyphausen; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Tonya, friend and coworker of Vicki Croce; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Laura, mother of James; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Christine, friend of Craig Anderson; Lynn Anderson; Becky, sister of Kathy Okeson; Bernice Okeson, mother of Dave Okeson; Phillip Aurich, nephew of Barbara Schultz; Bernice, mother of Dave Okeson; John Cupryna, brother-in-law of Mark Friesen; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Laurie, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Ron Rebeck; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz, with his Type 1 Diabetes; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty Corum

Healing in a Time of Grief
Joyce Carlson with the loss of her brother; Andy Aune, brother-in-law of Gary Lee, who lost his wife; family and friends of Mike Moeschter, husband of Joyce Carlson

Keep Safe From Harm
Hayden Oliver, serving in Coast Guard

Christmas Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 24

9am Advent Worship- Promise in Our Impossibilities

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
4pm Christmas Praise and Worship in the Great Hall led by Hosanna's Worship Team in the Great Hall.
9pm & 10:30pm An Intimate Christmas Worship in the Garden Chapel with Hosanna's Choir    

Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 17
Rehearsals Every Wednesday 

Every child is invited to join us in our annual Christmas Festival. The kids will be a part of an ensemble in the Children's Choir. We will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, November 8 during Faith Formation.  Faith Formation classes will continue as normal.  
Wednesdays: November 8, November 15, November 29, December 6 and December 13
Preschool and First Grade: 6:30pm - 6:50pm
2-6 Grade: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Final Rehearsals with all choirs are on December 13 and December 16
December 13: 7:30pm - 8:00pm
December 16: 9:00am
Adult volunteers are needed as Festival Guides and in between services. All children are expected to be at both services on the 17th. Preschool families do not have to be at both services, but are welcome to. Parent participation as much as possible help with anxiety. It is hard to be in front of a lot of people.

The Giving Tree
Homeless Youth Gift Baskets
Starting now until December 17th

Every Advent season we typically partner with Angel Tree Prison Ministries. Unfortunately, there were no available kids for us this year. 

We will be helping Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSS) with their Homeless Youth Program by supplying Gift Baskets. 

LSS offers Street Outreach, Transitional Housing, Teen Health Services, LINK Program and REACH Drop-in programs. To read more, click here.

Youth experiencing homelessness in Minnesota

Wilder Research found that 46% of homeless people in the state were age 21 and younger. Among them, 3,546 were children with their parents and 1,151 were youth on their own.

Donation Items on our Giving Tree provide the homeless youth with daily essentials.

What to do? 

1. Grab a tag (or 2 or 3) off the giving tree

2. Return NEW item, unwrapped to Hosanna by December 17th; Downstairs in front of the Tree will be Baskets and containers to place items in. 

3. December 20th - we will organize and package the Gift Baskets (6:30-7:30 pm)

4. Delivery- If you wish to join us in delivering the gift baskets, we will meet at Hosanna, Thursday Dec. 21 at 9:30 am - Drop off location: 501 Asbury St. Saint Paul
, MN, 55104. 

Talk to Pastor Jen if you have questions.  

Green Earth Team (GET) Meeting
Sunday, December 10

There will be a GET meeting on Sunday, December 10 between services in the Conference Room. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Okeson at tv69oke@aol.com 

Thrivent Financial Hosts our Fellowship Time
Sunday, December 10

Come learn about Thrivent: "We're more than financial services. "Whether you are a member or not- come learn what Thrivent has to offer both you and those organizations that you love!  When?  Sunday, December 10- during coffee.  Come with your questions- or just listen in!

Beer & Hymns - Christmas!
Sunday, December 10

Come join us Sunday, December 10 from 7pm - 9pm with fellow lovers of church tradition, Christmas Carols...and well brewed beer! A fundraiser benefiting the 2018 Lakes Area Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. Featuring hymns led by Charlie O and friends. Doors Open at 6:30PM. Tickets are on sale here for $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. Tickets are on sale now online or here at church! If you have any questions, contact Pastor Linda Friesen.  

Facilities Meeting
Tuesday, December 12

There will be a Facilities Team meeting on Tuesday, December 12 at 6pm in the Conference Room. If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Grachek.    

Snow Shoveling Volunteers Needed

It's almost that time of the year again! The Facilities Team is looking for a few volunteers to help us on Sunday mornings shovel and salt the sidewalks to ensure safety for our church members coming in for services! You will be paid in coffee or hot cocoa! Please contact Kelsey Grachek or Tom Croce to sign up or learn more.

Poinsettia Orders
Due December 14, 2017

We will be opening up our Poinsettia Orders again starting today! They come in red, pink, white, marble, burgundy and variegated. They are $20 each and will be available to pick up at any of the Christmas Eve services. Order through the Help Wanted page in your Sunday bulletin, or order through our website here. Contact Kelsey Grachek with any questions.   

Sarah Circle
Wednesday, December 13

On Wednesday, December 13, Sarah Circle will be meeting in the Garden Chapel from 10am to noon for their monthly devotionals. If you are interested in learning more about Sarah Circle, or have questions, please contact Barbara Johansen at bjjohansen@frontiernet.net. This session will include an Advent devotional titled "Joy To The World" 

Befrienders Meeting
Wednesday, December 13

On Wednesday, December 13, the Befrienders group will be meeting in the Conference Room at 6:30pm after the Wednesday night worship service in the Garden Chapel. If you are interested in Befrienders, or have any questions, please contact Lynda Olson at lyndaolson@msn.com. 

Cookie Baking Fundraiser
Sunday, December 17

Sunday, December 17 before and after the Christmas Festival the Hosanna Youth will be hosting a cookie sale. 

All proceeds benefit the Youth Gathering Trip taking place this summer.

How can you help? 
You're invited to whip up your own dough, which yields 2-3 dozen cookies. DROP OFF IN KITCHEN between December 13-16th  to be rolled out, cut, baked and decorated by our Youth. Join us to bake, decorate and eat lunch on Saturday, December 16th, 9:30-12 noon.   

We also accept pre-baked, plated cookies as well! If you have questions, talk to Pastor Jen.  

Connect360 Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 20

On Wednesday, December 20, we will be hosting our first all ages Connect360 Christmas Party!   

5:00-6:00 - DINNER

6:00-6:15 - Caroling (with a special musical guest)

6:15-7:30 -   live music, caroling, cookie decorating and more!
7:00 - SPECIAL YOUTH (Grades 7-12) SOCK EXCHANGE. 

 Please contact Pastor Jen for more information.  

Sawdust Savvy Youth Fundraiser
Wednesday, December 20 
(Click image to register)

Yogadevotion New Sessions Starting
Saturday, January 6, 2018

 Yogadevotion, now in its 12th year is beginning a new session on January 6, 2018 at 9am in the Lakeside Room here at Hosanna.  
Yogadevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace, in body, mind and spirit through weekly Saturday morning devotional sessions. Carrin Mahmood, certified and experienced Yogadevotional instructor, leads the hour long sessions. Women and men of all ages are invited to participate and enjoy this meditation time, while enjoying the benefits of yoga. No previous experience needed, basic yoga will be taught.
The seven (7) week session will run through Saturday, December 16th. Cost is $56 and classes will be held in the Lakeside Room (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10 am. Please enter through the North doors. To register, contact Kathy Okeson, tv69oke@aol.com
or 651-206-1676. 
Payment is due by Sunday, December 31st, and will be accepted in the form of checks,  made out to Hosanna (Yogadevotion in memo),  online or at the Hosanna office.
Make up sessions are available at many locations with various days/times listed on the website: www.yogadevotion.com 

Save The Date
Saturday, January 6, 2018

A group from Hosanna will be going to ReCharge again on Saturday January 6, 2018 at New Hope Church in New Hope, Minnesota! RECHARGE is a one-day multi-denominational conference to inspire and equip church staff and their volunteers serving in children's, youth and family ministry. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen. If you would like to learn more, click here

Prayer Workshop
Save The Date
Wednesday, January 10, 2017

 This is one of our Mini-Milestones, an opportunity to explore one way we live out our faith: PRAYER! This workshop is geared to help kids grades 1-3 and their families learn more about The Lord's Prayer as well as discovering How, When and Why we Pray. This is an interactive workshop that kids and their families won't want to miss. This Milestone Workshop takes place during Faith Formation.  

Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions About Hospice Care
Wednesday, January 10, 2017

On Wednesday, January 10 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm the Befrienders Group will be conducting a training on Hospice Care. Hospice Care is designed to provide specialized support and comfort during an advanced illness. The purpose of this training session is to help clarify the patient services that Hospice care offers so that you and your loved ones can benefit from hospice care.
Here are a few facts you may not know about Hospice:
  • The earlier you receive Hospice care, the more opportunity there is to stabilize medical conditions;
  • Hospice care can be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or most insurance ;
  • While in Hospice care you may choose to continue aggressive treatments for the purpose of symptom management
Contact : Lynda Olson, Hosanna Lutheran Church Befriender Coordinator      

Connect360 Registration

If you haven't joined us for Connect360 Wednesday nights- give it a try! 

5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Good News & Preschool Faith Formation 
6:30 pm - Faith Formation & Education for all
To receive more information, please contact Pastor Jen at   jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net 

Faith Formation Volunteers Needed

Are you able to help out with the kids in Faith Formation on Wednesday nights? Contact Pastor Jen with comments or to sign-up! You can also sign up for specific dates online here via signup genius.

Hosanna Choir

The 2017-2018 Hosanna Choir has begun rehearsing! They rehearse every Wednesday night at 7:45pm in the Great Hall. This is a no-audition choir and all are welcome to join! If you have any questions, please contact Choir Director Charlie Ollmann.

Hospitality Team

We are currently looking for people that would be willing and excited to join a Hospitality Team! This would be a fabulous opportunity to get involved monthly with your church and to have something to look forward to with your entire family! If you are interested, please contact Kelsey here.   

Event Planning Team

We are in need of people to help us with events! Kelsey Hane is currently creating a team that can help coordinate weddings, parties and other events that use our church facilities, in hopes of making this a more event-friendly space. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kelsey here. 

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2006

Jen Collins, Associate Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2023

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
651-464-5502 ext. 2008
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
651-464-5502 ext. 2000
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
651-464-5502 ext. 2013
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
651-464-5502 ext. 2013
Tiffany KinCannon, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

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