Hosanna's E-Update

November 18, 2015
Living, loving and serving as Jesus did so that all may know him.

All Church Photo taken September 13, 2015

  For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son....
                                                                       ~John 3.16

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Once there was a tree and she loved a boy.... So begins the book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.   As its name suggests, the story is a tale about giving. The tree gives the boy her branches to hang from when he longs to play, apples to sell when he needs money, her branches to build with when he asks for a home, her trunk to carve a boat out of when he wants to get away, and a stump to sit on when he must rest his weary bones. This book can be seen from a variety of angles- but today I offer this as a book about generosity. At each intersection of giving the tree responds: the tree was happy.
Generosity is the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. True generosity brings joy and happiness to the giver- it just happens. Practicing GENEROSITY is important. How do we teach our kids to say please and thank you? We have them practice. In the same way- we learn to be generous by being generous. I have learned that the more I give of my time and talent and treasures, the easier it is to give. In the practicing, I learn to trust that there is enough.
Generosity happens in many ways at Hosanna. So many of you give freely of your time and talent and treasure. You say YES when we call looking for people to HELP in the kitchen or preparing mailings or building maintenance or mentoring a confirmation student or baking a pie or.... The list goes on and you say YES. Thank you- for the many ways you GIVE without expecting anything in return.
Early in November a Thank You letter and Giving Plan card were mailed out to all members and friends. This week you have an opportunity to be generous with your money. I am inviting you to join me in making a FINANCIAL GIVING PLAN to support the mission and ministry of your church; to be consistent and disciplined in your financial giving to Hosanna by making a plan. I am inviting you to practice with me, to trust with me, to give with me, to be generous with me. On Sunday, November 22 your 2016 Giving Plan will be received during worship as we dedicate and bless these gifts for God's work in the world.

P raise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!
    ~ Pastor Linda
NOTE: If you did not receive the November mailing, let us know and we can email the letter and form to you, or they will also be available at church on Sunday.  
  • Christ the King Sunday
  • Giving Plan cards being received during worship
  • Final day to bring completed Christmas shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child

  Wednesday Nights      
Enjoy a meal and fellowship together (no need to cook), worship during the Good News at 6, and take advantage of learning opportunities for the all ages. Register online at our website (under connect360) or pick up a registration form in the forms rack on the wall in the Welcome Center.  

Wednesday Night Schedule 
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship - nutritious & kid-friendly
                          meals, discount meal packages are available
                          when payment is made in advance
                          See menu on side bar  >>>>>    
6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship
       Fall Wednesday Night Worship Series:  
The Gospel in Disney
(it's not just for children)  
We will look at Gospel themes in Disney movies, themes that come from the teachings of Jesus. Whether you are 2 or 102, join us for a look at the Gospel message in a new way, through the images and music of Disney
                                    December Wednesday Night Worship Series
                                        A Charlie Brown Christmas          

6:30-7:30 pm  * Faith Formation  - (PreK-K, Gr.1-3, Gr.4-6)
                           * Confirmation
- (Grades 7-9)
                           * Higher Ground - (senior high)
                           * Adult Learning - Financial Peace Universit y
(thru Nov.18)                         
Invite a friend or neighbor.
Come and join us tonight. 

Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving 
Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas-health improvement , guidance for road ahead
Comfort, Strength & Healing In Cancer Journey
Steve; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie 
Healing, Recovery or Facing Other Serious Health Issues  
Anne Sill-daughter-in-law of Doug & Sharon Sill; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Doug & Sharon Sill's daughter & son-in-law and his family in Nepal; Kristi, aunt of Rachel (Aaron) Kaup; Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Mark Okeson, brother of Dave (Kathy) Okeson; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Dan, great nephew of Diane & Gary Zak; Laney, daughter of Nicole & Andrew Hays; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum
Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life 
Miles Gladitsch, brother of Warren (Marilyn) Gladitsch 
Grief Compassion 
Linda Wallenfelt, friend of Sue (Paul) Girard-death of her father
Keep Safe From Harm , Military
Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore; Nepal & its people 


Countdown to Hosanna's FMSC MobilePack
on April 1 & 2, 2016   =    135 Days!!!

God has blessed Hosanna richly. You can help reflect that love by supporting this mission to enrich the lives
of so many children by providing needed nutrition   

in order for them to thrive.
We need to raise $30,000 to cover cost of the food
and another $5,000 for building maintenance
following the MobilePack.
Hundreds of volunteers will be needed
on April 1 & 2 to help pack the food

Ways YOU Can Help
  1. Take home a Change-4-Change glass jar and continue to fill it with loose change and/or currency and bring it to worship on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights  at connect360.
  2. Write a check to "Hosanna" (write "FMSC" on memo line).
  3. Tell your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. about this MobilePack and ask them to sign up for one or more of the time slots or even organize a team to sign up.  We will soon publish a link for volunteers to sign up online for a time that best works for them.

THANK YOU to all who chose to fill a grocery bag for the
Thanksgiving Food Drive

Through your generosity, a total of 140 bags
were collected and will help feed 140 families
in need this Thanksgiving.

 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 
Wed, Nov 25, at 7pm 
at Hosanna

Each year Hosanna and Forest Hills United Methodist Church
take turns hosting this service to worship and give thanks
with neighbors in our community. Please come join us.

Pumpkin and other delicious pies
are served following the service!!

Here's How YOU Can Help
We need people to bring pies for that evening. 
  Sign up at the Welcome Desk or on a
Yellow Page and place in the offering basket.
                                      (pies can be of any variety) 

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)
Families who have chosen to fill a complete shoe box with gifts are asked to drop off their FILLED shoe boxes
in the OCC box by Bulletin Board.

Monetary donations to help cover costc of shipping the shoe boxes around the world are also being accepted. Simply write out your check to Samaritan's Purse and indicate "OCC" in the memo line.  

FUN Events To Get You In The Christmas Spirit and Ready 
For The Christmas Holiday 

Saturday, Dec 5, 9am-noon
DIY (Do It Yourself) Christmas
Spend less. Give more. Come join us on Saturday as we make our own Christmas gifts for family and friends. Bring your own crafts to work on and visit with friends and family or participate in the DIY demonstrations. We will have demonstrations for 3 different gifts, with complete step-by-step help. Supplies will be provided for those who PRE-REGISTER by December 2. There will be small fees for each project to cover cost of supplies. Christmas movies will be playing during the event, lots of fun for the whole family. Open to all ages, young kids do need an adult to be present. Contact Pastor Jen with questions or to volunteer. Sign Up on the bulletin board at the Welcome Center or online at Hosanna's website   

If you like to bake come join us to create delicious Christmas goodies to sell on Sunday, December 6 th at both services. All proceeds will go to benefit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).
Sign up on the Bulletin Board or sign up online via our

NOTE: If you like to bake and are NOT able to
attend the Baking Party but would still like to donate cookies for this Bake Sale contact Pastor Jen at  jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net 
or 651-464-5502 ext 2023.
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Sunday, Dec 13, 2pm
Play and Pause
An afternoon play and then a time for conversation
about what we experienced. Cost:  $28 per person.

The PLAY: Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at the Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul. This new twist on the traditional Christmas play brings Jacob Marley out of the shadows, away from the doorknocker and into the spotlight to get his version of   the Charles Dickens classic.

The PAUSE: Great Waters Brewing Company (a short walk from the theatre) following the play - an optional time to have dinner and conversation.

Limited number of tickets available. To reserve yours, sign up on the Welcome Center bulletin board or on a Yellow Page or call the church office.  
Sunshine Preschool 
Annual Pie Gift Cards 
On Sale NOW through Dec. 4
Pie gift cards are $12.50 each and are valid at any Village Inn or Baker's Square nationwide. The card buys one whole pie of 10 popular varieties (other varieties may require an additional $2). These gift cards can be used for your own holiday celebrations or for Hosanna's Thanksgiving Eve event. They also make wonderful Christmas gifts. Gift cards will be available for sale now until December 4th. Sunshine Preschool staff will be available after services on November 22nd to buy pies. If you would like to purchase gift cards before that, please call the preschool office at 651-464-5502 ext. 2014. 

connect360 Menu

All Wednesday night meals
include dessert & beverage

Nov 18  
Hot Turkey Open-Face Sandwich, mashed potatoes & gravy, salad bar

Contact Us

Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax
Visit us on the web:

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

Jen Collins 
Associate Pastor  
651-464-5502 ext. 2023
Rob Anderson
Worship & Music Director
651-464-5502 ext. 2008 
Rick Bahnemann 
Facilities & Food Service Director 
651-464-5502 ext. 2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 

Sue Palmer
651-464-5502 ext. 2013 
Custodial Staff 
Reid Eckert 
Nick Kelley 
Nick Girard 

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Hebrews
Facilitators: Deb DeVore
and Dee Rebeck

Milestone Ministry

Milestone Ministries celebrate
the partnership between
parents, church and God in raising our children in the faith. They provide a wonderful way
for families to connect with
each other and with the church while exploring important
aspects of faith.

Consider these upcoming Milestones sessions
for your family.

Prayer/The Lord's Prayer
(grades 1-3)
Jan 10
- - -
First Communion
(all ages)
Feb 28
- - -
Tough Questions
(grades 5-6)
April 17
- - -
Graduation Recognition
(12 graders)
May 22

Information pamphlets available
on the forms wall rack in the Welcome Center.

Register your on a Yellow Page and place in the offering basket 
OR contact the church office
to sign up. 
Metro Dining Club Cards

$24 / box

Pick up your Metro Dining Club cards now and enjoy dining out
at a discount.
And they make great holiday gifts!

  Buck A Day Update

In accordance with the church council's decision to continue our Buck A Day project into 2016 and GIVE AWAY 10% of what is collected, we are pleased to announce that the 10% amount collected in Hosanna's third-quarter
totaled $541. This amount will be split between the following  two deserving non-profits:

Family Pathways

(specifically Compassion Drive)
Disabled American Veterans 
(to commemorate Veteran's Day)

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Hosanna Lutheran Church
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Return of
Soup-er Bowl
An Action Team is being formed to bring back another Soup-er Bowl family event to be held the end of January or first weekend in February.  Join the team to help make this
an even MORE fun and successful event this year!  
Sign up on a Yellow Page or contact: Rachel Kaup at 
651-433-2857  or  hakrkaup@gmail.com 

  Service of Remembrance

Sunday, Nov 22 at 5:00pm 
Mattson Funeral Home
and Cremation Service
343 North Shore Drive
Forest Lake, MN

Mattson Funeral Home is hosting a Service of Remembrance dedicated to honoring the memory of our loved ones who have died over the past year. During the service, a member of your family will be invited to come forward to receive a memorial ornament bearing the name of your loved one. We hope that you will choose to take this with you and display it in your home as a lasting remembrance of the love and joy that you shared. Please extend the invitation to all your family and friends.

Please call 651-464-3556 by Thursday, Nov 12th, to let us know you will be coming so that we may prepare an ornament before the service. Please also advise how many others will be joining you.

If you are unable to attend but
would like to receive a complimentary ornament, we will
be glad to deliver it to you. Please call us. Additional ornaments may be ordered for $15 each.

We hope to have you, your family and friends with us for this special time of worship and music. Refreshments will be served following the service.

The staff of Mattson Funeral Home wishes you the very best for the upcoming holiday season. 
  Coming in January
Interested in joining a book club? It's simple! Read the book. Then come and discuss. Sign up on the Welcome Center bulletin board
or call the church office
We will meet monthly
on the 4th Tuesday to discuss starting January 26. 

January's book 
The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom

What is the value and meaning
of time?  Discussion Guide to be
available online by January 1 
Community Events & Opportunities

Mission Statement
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving,
and serving
as Jesus did so that all may know him.