Hosanna E-Update              
A Whole New View - O Come!

"I bring you good tidings of great joy,  
which shall be to all people."  
~from Luke 2

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Our hearts turn to the manger as we enter the Season of Advent and prepare to fully engage the story of Christmas. On Sunday we will travel to the manger and hear a story of JOY!
Too many of us endure "the holidays" as a four-week long marathon with way too much to do, way too much to eat, and way too many obligatory social events. All this is bad enough, but when we know it will all climax around January 15 when way too many bills come due ... well, everything combined can make us want to collapse into a tired heap! We forget that "the holidays" are (or at least could be) "holy days," days set aside for the express purpose of basking in the comfort and joy, the "glad tidings of great joy," Baby Jesus brought to earth.
This Advent we are conspiring to do it differently- worship fully, spend less, give more, love all!! There is comfort! There is joy! No matter how lost we feel, no matter how far we have strayed from that manger and the Savior who once lay there, we can come home, we can return to the manger. The darkness will not win. We have a Savior! May comfort and joy be yours-this holy season and always!
See you at the manger!    
Pastor Linda
PS- Look for places of JOY during the first week of Advent and use the hosannafl to share it with us on Instagram or Facebook! Look for an ADVENT PAUSE devotion each day on Facebook with hosannafl
  •   First Sunday of Advent

                    Advent Sunday Worship Series:

                       A View From The Manger

Getting Ready for Christmas 
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 at the Welcome Center or online at Hosanna's website HERE



If you like to bake come join us to create delicious Christmas goodies to sell on Sunday, December 6 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 website  HERE
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    651-464-5502 ext 2023  or jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net

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 at our website 
J oin Us on Wednesday Nights
at connect360
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 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
          Advent Wednesday Night Worship Series:   

6:30-7:30 pm  
* Faith Formation
(PreK-K, Gr.1-3, Gr.4-6)
                              (during Advent children will rehearse for the
                               Christmas Festival on December 20th)
                         * Confirmation (Grades 7-9)
                         * Higher Ground (senior high)
                         * Adult Learning 
                        Come and join us on Wednesday night.
                                  Invite a friend or neighbor.
Countdown to Hosanna's
FMSC MobilePack on
April 1 & 2, 2016 = 126 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.
Angel Tree Ministry
  Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to children living in Minnesota who have a parent(s) in prison and gives you an opportunity to share God's love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners. Pick up an Angel Tree tag from the display in the Welcome Center. Each tag includes gift suggestions for a specific child. You purchase a gift for that child in the suggested amount of $20-25 and return it to Hosanna in a box ready for wrapping no later than Sunday, Dec. 13. If you would like to help wrap and/or deliver gifts to the children on behalf of incarcerated parents, sign up on a Yellow Page or contact Sue Palmer at 651-329-1098 or Anne Myre at 651-303-9321.
Operation Christmas Child - Thank You
  Thank you to all who provided gift items, or shoe boxes, or who help pack complete gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. A total of 43 boxes were assembled to be shipped to children in need around the world this Christmas
Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving

Charlie Wallin-leaving ICU

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, Facing Other Health Issues 
Hannah Bergan; Deb Krinke & family; 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 Chandra & son-in-law Subash 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 
Lee Anne & Tim Brockman & family upon death of Lee Anne's father; 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  
Community Events & Opportunities 

CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CONNECTION invites women to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Monday, Dec.14 at 11:30am  Cost: $10 inclusive of luncheon and program.  First United Methodist Church, 20828 Irene Ave, Lindstrom MN 55045   Speaker: Nancy Reimann  "Timeless Christmas Traditions"  Music: Mary Strom - Christmas Sing-A-Long; Special Feature: Lois Miller "Live and Learn with Lena"   Reservations & cancellations are necessary by Tues. before the luncheon. Contact Carrie at 651-257-4741 or Mary at 715-554-2330.  Questions? Contact Dena at 715-755-246   Christian Women's Connection is a ministry of Stonecroft (www.stonecroft.org)
WORLD VISION presents JASON GRAY Christmas Stories Concert Tour - Saturday, Dec 5 at 7pm at Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School. Also performances by Jonny Diaz and Carrollton. Go to ITICKETS.COM for ticket information.

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We are call, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.

Season of Advent


November 27, 2015  
Contact Us 
Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax

Linda Friesen, Pastor 
651-464-5502 ext.2006 
Jen Collins, Assoc.Pastor 
651-464-5502 ext.2023 
Rob Anderson 
Director, Worship & Music 
651-464-5502 ext.2008 
Rick Bahnemann 
Director, Facilities 
and Food Service 
651-464-5502 ext.2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 
651-464-5502 ext.2000 
Sue Palmer 
651-464-5502 ext.2013 
Charlie Ollmann 
Choir Director 
Mary Gookins 
Handbell Choir Director 
Lisa Sauer 
Children's Choir Director 

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links
Advent Pause
Join us on Instagram and Facebook as each morning during the Advent Season we will post an Advent Pause - a thought to consider as we conspire to prepare differently for the birth of the Savior of the world. Share your ideas and pictures using #viewfromthemanger
Adult Bible Study
Wednesday Night Menus

A ll meals include salad,
  sandwich or bread,  
dessert and beverage.

During Advent Free Will Offerings will be accepted in place of set meal prices.

Dec. 2 
Chicken Wild Rice Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup

Dec. 9 
Cream of Potato & Bacon Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup  
Dec. 16 
Tomato Basil Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup 

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

Register on a Yellow Page and place in the offering basket 
OR contact the church office to sign up.

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 
We are also looking for donations of items & services for our Silent Auction. Let us know if you have something to donate. 

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 Jan. 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

Sunshine Preschool
Annual Pie Gift Cards
ON SALE thru 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). They make wonderful Christmas gifts. Gift cards will be available for sale now until   December 4th.  Please call the preschool office at 651-464-5502 ext. 2014.