June 24, 2015
  A GOOD Goodbye! 

"For I know the plans I have for you," declaires the LORD, "plans to prosper you  

and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  

            ~Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 

Greetings Friends!

I dislike goodbyes. I really do! Goodbyes mark endings, not beginnings. They come with sadness, not joy. They lack hope. I especially dislike goodbyes when the here and now is so good. I think it makes it harder to say, "Goodbye!"


On Sunday we say goodbye to Pastor Amie and to Tracie Peterson; two women who have been called to Hosanna to live and love and serve among us. God has now placed another call on their lives. Pastor Amie and her family will be relocating to California- a new opportunity! Tracie will transition to a new congregation in Granite Falls- helping another congregation in transition through InterServe Ministry. We thank God for their time with us!


Today I am reminded that GOOD goodbyes are important as Hosanna prepares for a new beginning.   I am reminded that GOOD goodbyes can give us HOPE. GOOD goodbyes open doors to new beginnings. GOOD goodbyes can be times of reflection and reminders of God's goodness and faithfulness. There is peace in knowing that GOOD goodbyes are necessary to following the path that God has for us- for new beginnings to begin and for us to grow by walking the path in faith.


Join me on Sunday saying a GOOD GOODBYE- to Pastor Amie, Tracie and their families- as we say THANKS BE TO GOD for their service among us!


See you in Church or at the Lake! 
Pastor Linda


Our GOOD GOODBYE will happen at both worship services on Sunday, June 28th - 8am in Hosanna's Garden Chapel AND 9:30am at Lakeside Park which will be followed by a potluck reception at the park. Hosanna will be providing grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. We ask YOU to bring a favorite Salad or Dessert to share. YUM and FUN and GOOD- REALLY GOOD!!!   


NOTE: In the event of rain, the 9:30 service moves back to Hosanna's Great Hall, as will the picnic & potluck. Watch for any weather-related notices on Hosanna's website www.hosannaforestlake.net  and our Facebook page after 8am on Sunday.
  • Farewell Picnic & Potluck for Pastor Amie Barsch Odahl and Tracie Peterson immediately following 9:30 worship service at Lakeside Park. Burgers and Hot Dogs provided. Bring your favorite salad or dessert to round out the menu. All are welcome.
  • Family Praise Fest 12noon-7pm at United Methodist Church in Lindstrom - Food, Fun & listen to music by local church bands INCLUDING Hosanna's own Worship Team who will take the stage at 4pm, FREE community BBQ following Hosanna's stage performance.
  • Orientation for registrants of Musical Theater Camp - 2-4pm Hosanna's Garden Chapel



Vikings Faith & Family Night
Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7pm
at TCF Bank Stadium
Join us as the Vikes take on the Oakland Raiders in a pre-season game. We have 24 tickets that are $21 each. They are available on a first come - first served basis. For more information contact
Jen Bergan at 651-982-1088 or
Julie Ohman at 651-982-8140

2015 Hosanna Softball Team
Back row: Rick Steindorf, Grant Taylor, Marty Kelley, Nick Kelley, Ryan Peterson, Joe DeVore, Jeff Taylor. Front row: Sean Larson, Angie Taylor (Jeff's sister), Cole Meadows, Dave Taylor, Jonathan Loose, Grant Rajdl. Absent: Ozzie Barron and Dominic Barron.

Bring the family and come watch us play on Sunday nights at Fe
nway Fields (next to Forest Lak e Ice Arena). First game starts at 6pm. Next game is June 28th against
St. Peter's  (field #3). Come cheer us to victory! 


(remaining season games)

June 28 - Field 3 - against St. Peters Catholic
July 12   - NO games
July 26   - Field 2 - against Linwood Covenant-orange
Aug 2     - Field 4 - against Willowbrook
Aug 9     - Field 1 - against Linwood Covenant-white


American Cancer Society 
Saturday, August 8 
12noon - midnight
(note NEW times) 
Forest Lake High School Track

Join the fight against cancer! 
FREE, family-friendly event open to everyone. Food, games, music, silent auction & more.

Want to participate on one of Hosanna's Relay For Life teams this year?  
Contact Diane Zak at 651-408-8282 or
Sue Palmer at 651-329-1098 


S.A.M. Summer Picnic  
at Lakeside Park 
Thursday, July 2, at 11:30 am  
We invite all Senior Adults to join u s as we
gather for good food & fellowship at the park.
Chef Rick Bahnemann will be grilling steaks this time. You bring your favorite salad or dessert to share to round out the menu.

Contact Lynda Olson (651-982-0856) to let her know you are coming so we can better plan how many steaks to throw on the grill.
Come join us even if you aren't able to give advance notice. We always welcome new folks to this group.  
Prayer Requests

Laney & Logan, children of Nicole & Andrew Hays-prayers for medical team to facilitate successful bone marrow transplant from Logan to Laney & prayers for entire family as they face next step toward healing; Cooper, 2 1/2-yr-old great nephew of Mary Gookins-God's blessings & comfort for Cooper & parents as he faces worsening seizures caused by degenerative genetic disorder; Bob Rupar & family-God's gentle & comforting touch in Bob's cancer journey; Connie & George Wanner & family-comfort & peace upon the death of Connie's brother Larry; Jack, son of Ann & Rob True-prayers for comfort & healing from brain surgery (Jack's Caring Bridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacktrue); Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas-prayers for resolution/peace in family situation & prayers that she can get into Mayo for testing & treatment of serious cardiac condition; Kathryn (Jon) Nordstrom-new lung cancer diagnosis; former member Tim (Renee) Svoboda-diagnosed with esophageal cancer; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend-recovery from cancer surgery; Angie, daughter of former members Donna & Terry Beck-wisdom for medical team as they discern treatment options for her recent cancer diagnosis; Connie Wanner-comfort & healing following shoulder surgery; Silas, infant son of friends of Tom & Cindy Turry-prayers for healing & protection of Silas and peace & strength for his parents as they seek best medical treatments for Silas' seizures; Sharyn, sister of Barbara (Dale) Johansen-prayers for healing following a stroke; Sharon, Betty (Glen) Corum's sister-stroke; Rudy & Nancy, co-workers of Sue Girard-both facing serious health issues; Lee & Bev Johnson, Dee (Ron) Rebeck's brother & sister-in-law-prayers for comfort & peace as Lee nears end-of-life; Toni, friend of Mike & Teresa Bredahl-end-stage cancer
; Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill-prayers for safety while deployed to Pakistan for 12 mos.; Michelle, friend of Deb (Chuck) DeVore's niece-healing & recovery from stroke; Linda Curry, friend of Brian Riebe-in hospice, comfort & peace; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend-recovery from cancer surgery
  Youth Events & Opportunities
Hosanna Youth Pool Party
scheduled for THIS Saturday
(June 27)  has been CANCELED.
Check back here for other activities for later in the summer. 
Luther Dell Camp - July 19-24 
  Cost $390 
* Youth Camp (have completed grades 4-8)  It's more than a just a drive down a 5-mile dirt road...so much more than a lake, a campfire, and a carpetball table. It's a place to be a kid and be with friends. It's a place to open your eyes and look for Jesus all around you. It's a place to be washed over with wonder when you take a break from sprinting around the game fields and slow down long enough to catch a glimpse of God with your heart. Join us for a week where you and your friends can grow together as friends and in faith. We are a relational program that spends time getting to know each camper. We have a week-long competition called Luther Dell Olympics and play an all-camp game during the evening. By the end of the week, you won't want to leave!

* Roots Camp (have completed grades 9-12) As senior high students, you are facing the challenges of high school and preparing for what is next in your lives. This is your chance to explore where your heart is rooted. The Roots program is designed to give you opportunity to grow in faith through leading worship, service to camp and service to the local community and is full of games, food, and beautiful sunsets. Camp is a great place to grow in your faith. 

Register online at   www.campwapo.org 
Indicate you are with Hosanna Lutheran Church. 
July 13-16, 2015
Note earlier dates this summer than in previous years
Ages 3-6: 9am-noon Day Camp 
Experience God through prayer, play & fun.  Cost $30

Grades K-6 (completed in 2015)  9am-5pm  Day Camp
Experience a taste of summer camp right here with college students from Luther Crest leading us in worship, study, games & more!  Cost $65

Registration forms available at Welcome Center. 
or download them from Hosanna's website HERE
VBS Registration Deadline:  July 1, 2015 
(only 2 1/2 weeks left to register)
We need YOU to help make  
this year's VBS successful.    
ITEMS and TASKS needed:
  • Provide lunch for 6-8 college students (counselors) on Tuesday and/or Thursday
  • Volunteers to come to Feed My starving Children on Wednesday (1:45 - 5pm)
  • Snacks needed: 

3 lbs Grapes

Chocolate Pudding Cups 
String Cheese Sticks (individually wrapped)

Caramel Dip

Oreo Cookies
Gummy Worms
Marshmallow Creme
Graham Crackers
Hershey Candy Bars (fun size)
Cheez-it Crackers
Vanilla Ice Cream
Root Beer, 2 liter bottles
Yoplait Go-gurt ,16 count boxes
Bottled Water, 8 oz (cases)
Apple Juice
White Grape Juice
Country Time Lemonade
If you can help in any of these ways contact Tracie Peterson at tpeterson@hosannaforestlake.net or contact the church office at 651-464-5502 or communication@hosannaforestlake.net  


Hosanna is partnering with  
Children's Performing Arts (CPA)
 to offer a NEW
Musical Theater Camp 
for children who have completed grades 2-6
by the end of this school year. 
July 27-Aug. 1, 2015
An upbeat musical from Celeste Clydesdale that
teaches children about our freedom in Christ as believers.  

Live Performances in 
Hosanna's Garden Chapel
Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7pm 
Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2pm 

2015 Forest Lake  
Bluegrass Festival

Saturday, July 25     3-8pm 
Lakeside Park 
(downtown Forest Lake) 

On Stage
Sawtooth Brothers
Blue Hazard
North Shore Trail

Listen to great Bluegrass
Meet & Mingle and

Make a Difference in our World.

Cold Beverages, Locally-Made Food and Homemade Pies to soothe your appetites.

Free Kids Activity Area & Booths
with Free Activities for the Whole Family
Silent Auction

Hosted by local area churches, including Hosanna, to benefit:
  • Local Mission: Haven Home-FLAMF temporary housing for displaced families in ISD 831 (Forest Lake Area School District)
  • National Mission: Our Lady of the Mountains Parochial School in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • International Mission: Feed My Starving Children, the Philippine Feeding Project

Contact Us 


Hosanna Lutheran Church 

9300 Scandia Trail North

Forest Lake, MN 55025


651.464.9020 fax


Like us on Facebook

Pastor Linda Friesen

651.464.5502 ext.2006


Pastor Amie Barsch Odahl

651.464.5502 ext.2011


Tracie Peterson

Children, Youth & Family

Ministry Director

651.464.5502 ext.2023


Rob Anderson

Worship & Music Director

651.464.5502 ext.2008


Rick Bahnemann

Director of Facilities & Food Service

651.464.5502 ext.2010


Jackie Verdick

Office Coordinator




Sue Palmer


651.464.5502 ext.2013


Custodial Staff

Reid Eckert

Nick Kelley

Nick Girard 



Fa M i l y PrAiSe F e S T 
Praise & Worship Event 
for the Entire Family

THIS Sunday 
June 28, Noon-7pm

First United Methodist Church  
Outdoor Pavilion 
2 blocks north of Chisago Lakes Middle School - Follow Irene Ave

FREE BBQ - Face Painting 
Hot Dogs/Brats - FUN  
Beverages - Ice Cream 
Inflatables - Music

FREE Admission
Food/beverages for purchase
Bring a lawn chair & join the fun

Listen to music by local church worship bands INCLUDING 
Hosanna's own Worship Team scheduled to take the stage at 4:00 pm (right before the


Start the week off right!

 Monday Morning BREW

with Pastor Linda
Take time to reflect on Sunday's message and look to the next week. Join Pastor Linda at Key's Cafe & Bakery in Forest Lake at 7:00 am and jumpstart your week.

 Join us this coming Monday 
   Together we will take time to:

  B- Be still and Be together

  R- Receive God's love

  E- Embrace the Word & the World

W- Welcome the day and the Week... and each other


Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) 



Hosanna's Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is a monthly gathering of mature folks who enjoy socializing with fun, interesting people and sharing a meal together.  We typically meet on the first Thursday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday, then we meet a week later) for lunch.  We alternate the location - one month at an area restaurant and the following month at church.  Our primary goal is to enjoy each other's company, laugh and establish enduring friendships.

Adult Bible Study 

Every TUESDAY 9:30-11:00 am 
in the Library Commons 
Currently studying the book of Luke


Facilitators: Deb DeVore

and Dee Rebeck

 BYB Project 



Remember this ongoing Kingdom Assignment and drop off unused Bibles to be given to anyone wanting to learn about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Drop boxes available at entrances at Hosanna.



Copies of this booklet about the project completed in 2013 are available at the Welcome Desk. They include Nate Crary's introduction of how the project evolved and pictures of Barbara Johansen's original artwork and her descriptions of each painting. Your free-will donation will help fund the purchase of a permanent wall hanging system for displays and artwork at Hosanna.


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 How Your Garden Purchases Can Benefit Hosanna  

Forest Lake Floral is offering a percentage of qualifying IN-STORE purchases to benefit Hosanna when you mention "Hosanna" at time of purchase! This offer will be available through June.   



Sunshine Preschool


Congratulations to
Sunshine Preschool
for the second year in a row
being voted
Best of the Best Preschool
in the  
Forest Lake Times
2015 Readers' Choice Awards

If you or someone you know is looking for a quality Christian-based preschool this fall, go to Sunshine's website for more information


Christian Women's



When Life is Too Much 
to "BEAR"

11:30 am Luncheon 
Monday, July 20, 2015 
Cost: $10
includes lunch & program

Oak Forest Center 
2824 130th Street 
Frederic, WI 54837

Karla Kolle, Speaker 
 "Life's Journeys"
Karla will also share her Teddy Bear Collection
Sandy Sias, Music

Reservations required. Contact Carrie at 651-257-4741 or Mary at 715-554-2330 


Can you contribute a PIE for this fundraiser or.......
Do you have a Product, Service or Gift Basket you could donate for the Silent Auction?

If you can help in either of these ways, please contact Lauralee Johnson at 612-845-5253 or Paulette Johnson
at 651-208-0250.   

Keep in mind your donations help support the missions listed to the left.

Hosanna Lutheran Church                                                                   Forest Lake, Minnesota
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving,
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know him.