July 8, 2015

Letter to the Church

"To the Saints who are ... faithful in Christ Jesus ..."   ~Ephesians 1.1b   

Greetings Friends!

On Sunday we begin a NEW sermon series: Chosen! We will be opening Paul's Letter to the Ephesians and discovering that it is more than just a letter to a church long ago. It is a letter written for all God's people today. We will be opening up the first half of this letter where Paul paints an incredible picture and lays an incredible foundation of what God, in Christ, has done for us and for all of creation. Together we will ask the question: What does this mean for us and our life together?


So, knowing that you are CHOSEN, because you are:

  • What are you going to do about it?
  • How are you going to live your daily life knowing this to be true?
  • Consider making one change to more fully live into your identity as a Child of God.
Pastor Linda  

Fun fact: There is some scholarly debate as to whom the letter was originally intended (it seems to have been composed as a circular letter intended to be passed around to a group of churches) and who actually penned the note (Paul or a close follower and companion of Paul's). No matter to whom or who- the letter holds a powerful message for us today.


PS: Join me Monday mornings at 7am for BREW as we gather at Key's Cafe & Bakery in Forest Lake to more fully engage in the message and the text. All are invited- come any time!!

  • Installation of New Befrienders Becky Peterson & Doug Sill
  • KidTalk by VBS Counselors from Luther Crest

Saint Paul Area Synod Visioning Process    


Throughout the summer, the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA invites you to join a visioning process to reflect on the question,
Where do you sense God calling us to be  
more deeply present as the ELCA?

All members of the Saint Paul Area Synod, ELCA congregations are invited to join one of these conversations. No registration necessary.

 Dates & Locations

Tues, July 7 6:30-9pm  Trinity Lutheran, Lindstrom 

Thur, July 9  6:30-9pm  Redeemer Lutheran, 

                                      White Bear Lake  

Thur, July 23  6:30-9pm  Augustana Lutheran,

                                        West St. Paul

Thur, July 30  6:30-9pm  St. James Lutheran,


Thur, Aug. 13  6:30-9pm  Lutheran Church of the  

                                         Resurrection, Roseville

Thur, Aug. 20  6:30-9pm  Arlington Hills Lutheran,

                                         St. Paul 





Women's Retreat at Hosanna - July 22

Sarah Circle invites women of all ages to this one-day Retreat that begins at 9am and runs until 3pm. It will include gathering time, a three-session Bible study titled "No Catchy Slogans" about giving, lunch, prayer and fellowship. If you would like to help provide and/or serve lunch, please contact Ann Hanson at annjh@centurytel.net. Sign-up sheets and schedules will be available following worship services or by contacting the church office at 651-464-5502 or communication@hosannaforestlake.net  



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 July 26th against
Linwood Covenant (field #s). Come cheer us to victory! Only 3 game nights left. 


(remaining season 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 


Volunteer Opportunities




The Berry Patch on Manning Trail (just south of Hwy 97 and across the street from Big Marine Lake Store) would like to DONATE FRESH FRUIT to the Forest Lake Food Shelf and has asked Hosanna for about 5 or 6 volunteers each Monday to come to The Berry Patch to pick fruit for an hour or two in the morning (around 9 or 10 am).
If you can sp ar e a couple hours on a Monday mo rning between now and the 1st or 2nd week of August, please contact the church office at 651-464-5502 to sign up. (And you can enjoy munching on as many berries as you want while you're picking!.......mmmmm)  IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, picking will be canceled.



Prayer Requests

Donna Hunt, mother of Cindy (Roger) Kunze-prayers for comfort for Donna & family as they come to terms with cancer care decisions; Shirley, friend of Dee (Ron) Rebeck-prayers for peace as she & medical team discern best treatment options; 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; 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; 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

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. 
"Everlasting Love" 
July 13-16, 2015*
Note earlier dates this summer.


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 for download
from Hosanna's website HERE
We need YOU to help make  
this year's VBS successful.    
ITEMS still needed:

Grapes (3 lb. pkgs)

Chocolate Pudding Cups (8 pks) 
String Cheese Sticks (individually wrapped)
Apples (3 lb. bags)

Caramel Dip

Gummy Worms
Marshmallow Creme (jars)
Hershey Candy Bars (fun size)
Cheez-it Crackers (12 pk, 1.25 oz bags)
Vanilla Ice Cream (gal.)
Yoplait Go-gurt (16 count boxes)
Country Time Lemonade Mix


We also are looking for 1-2 more high school age youth to be junior camp counselors from 8:45 am - 5pm next Monday-Thursday.  

If you can some of the above snacks
or help in any of these ways contact Kelly Wenzel at 651-464-9033 or kellylynnchris@hotmail.com or the church office at 651-464-5502 or communication@hosannaforestlake.net 


A partnership with Hosanna and  
Children's Performing Arts (CPA)
An upbeat musical from Celeste Clydesdale
that teaches children about
our freedom in Christ as believers.    
Join us for  
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


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 




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

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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 


3rd Annual Music & Recovery
Community Festival

Saturday, August 1 

Hazelden Campus 
Center City, MN

Caroline Smith 
Haley Bonar * Astronautalis
Davina & the Vagabonds
GB Leighton * DJ Last Word

Special Guest Speaker
Actress Mackenzie Phillips

Hosted by David Campbell, 89.3 THE CURRENT

12-Step Recovery Speakers and Activities
Exhibitors * Petting Zoo
Food Trucks

Family Fun Zone
featuring PBS Kids' WHY!
Courtesy of TPT

Tickets: $15 in advance
$25 at the door
Children 12 & under FREE

Tickets & Event Info at
Proceeds from ticket sales provide help, hope & healing to those affected by the disease of addition.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation 
89.3 The CURRENT 

Can you contribute a PIE for this fundraiser ?

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.