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Advent Pause: 200 Years of Silent Night #CALMnBRIGHT

A Note From Pastor Linda    
"While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby.   She gave birth to her firstborn child, a son, wrapped him snugly, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." - Luke 2: 6

Greetings Friends~
The church has long counseled keeping Advent as a season of active waiting, rather than constant celebration of Christmas. There have been many worship arguments about whether or not to sing Christmas carols BEFORE Christmas- even putting a tree up before THE DAY. This year at Hosanna we are going to BOLDLY sing Christmas even in the midst of our waiting- practicing seeing where God is entering our lives in ways that align with God's coming in the vulnerability of the manger.
This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of "Silent Night, Holy Night." This hymn has become the best-loved worship moment of many Christians-even those who only come to church once a year. Something mystical occurs as we light our candles and sing the hope of "all is calm, all is bright"-peace and light for the world.
Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.
And yet, no baby is born on a silent night, especially not in a stable. Anyone who has experienced the miracle of childbirth knows that there can be a lot of noise and commotion in welcoming a newborn into the world. Yes, it is beautiful, even sacred... but it is not quiet. Add to that the audience of animals offering their commentary and it may well have been a rather unruly and raucous scene.
Join us on Wednesdays and Sundays for worship as we explore the story. On Wednesdays we will be building a Family Nativity set- 1 piece each week. Make sure to pick up an Advent devotion to use at home.  
This week is all about PEACE... so Peace Out! 
 ~Pastor Linda    

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Bill Grimes, father of Ryan Grimes; Megan Olrich Sullivan, family friends of Christenson family; Cindy, mother of Char Houle; Jackie, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Bob Murphy, friend of Mary Gookins; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Deb Krinke; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; 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
Doug Sill; Ella Wenzel; Jim Matheson, father of Jake Matheson; Larry, brother of Michelle Spanjers; Marlys & Jerry Berg, sister and brother-in-law of Dave Oster; Leona Lucker, great aunt of James Henriott; Harry Eckert; Jeff Johnson, brother of Julie Ohman; Margot LeBoeuf, neighbor of Mary Thompson; Larry, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Joan Davis, grandmother of Mike Collins; Cole Behnken; Lynda Olson; Alex, niece of Dave and Laura Livermore; Dee Eckert; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; The Oster Family;Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins

Keep Safe From Harm
Cole Anderson, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Adam, grandson of James Henriott

Comfort In Hospice
Steve Kari

Council Roundtable
Sunday, December 2

We are pleased to announce that Hosanna Lutheran Church and Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC) will be offering an expanded early childhood program at Hosanna Lutheran Church beginning in the fall of 2019.   
On Sunday, December 2, between worship services at 10am, Hosanna's Church Council will host a RoundTable conversation in the Gathering Space for Hosanna members to learn more.

Advent: 200 Years of Silent Night
Starts Sunday, December 2

200 Years of Silent Night- all is calm, all is bright!
A year after writing the carol, Father Mohr was transferred to the village of Oberndorf in Austria, and it was in St. Nicholas Church in Oberndorf that Silent Night was first sung on Christmas Eve, 1818.  This season we celebrate 200 years of Silent Night.  Lord knows that we can use more PEACE and CALM and BRIGHT in our world.  Join us for worship
Wednesday Advent Family Faith Formation:   
November 28 - December 12
We will be making a wooden nativity scene, each week making a new piece.  

Senior Adult Ministry's Monthly Lunch Out
Thursday, December 6
11:30 AM

On December 6 at 11:30 AM SAM will be having their monthly lunch out at Mama Maria's in North Hudson, Wisconsin

Beer & Hymns Sing
Christmas Edition!
Sunday, December 9

Beer & Hymns! a fundraiser benefiting the 2019 Lakes Area Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. Featuring hymns led by Charlie O and friends.
Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets include 1 drink ticket (beer, wine, soda)
Purchase your tickets here!

Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 16
9 AM & 10:30 AM Worships

Join us for this classic tale set to music.  With the same rhythm and rhyme as "The Night Before Christmas", this charming twist on the classic poem brings the REAL Christmas story to our hearts and into our home.  Join us- and invite a friend!

Youth Christmas Cookie Sale
Sunday, December 16
Before and After the Christmas Festival

Before and after the Christmas Festival on December 16 the Hosanna Youth will be hosting a cookie sale. All proceeds benefit the Youth. You're invited to whip up your own dough, which yields 2-3 dozen cookies, to be rolled out, cut, baked and decorated by our Youth. We also accept pre-baked cookies as well! If you have questions, talk to Pastor Jen.

Christmas Poinsettia Sale
Now through
Sunday, December 16

We will be taking orders for poinsettias starting today to be received on Christmas Eve! They are $20 per plant with a variety of color choices. Orders are due Sunday, December 16. Please see the insert in the bulletin for details and to order.

Toys For Tots Collection at Hosanna
Now through December 16

An acceptable donation is a NEW unwrapped toy. See the sign by the Giving Tree outside the Great Hall for some examples. All items must be new. Return all unwrapped donations to Hosanna by December 16. Contact Pastor Jen with questions.

Lutheran Social Services Homeless Youth Basket Collection at Hosanna
Now through December 19

Select a basket or an item off the Giving Tree outside the Great Hall (or two, or three) you would like to get for a homeless youth. You can work independently or get a group of people to contribute to your basket! All items must be new! Drop individual items off at Hosanna. Assemble baskets in a large storage container or laundry basket, as they can be reused, if you are making an entire basket and return it to Hosanna. All items must be returned by December 19. Contact Pastor Jen with questions.

Christmas Eve at Hosanna
Now through December 19


Registration is now OPEN!

We want YOU to join us for Connect360! Registration is now open on our website! If you haven't joined us for Connect360 Wednesday nights- give it a try!
5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Lighthouse Worship
6:45 pm - Life Long Learning (L ³)
Life Long Learning is made up of Faith Formation, Confirmation, Higher Ground and Adult Education.
To receive more information, please contact the Church Office at office@hosannaforestlake.net
or register on our website here.

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor

Jen Collins, Pastor

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
Kathy Kuehn, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

Locate Our Council Minutes and Information Here