Hosanna E-Update

February 9, 2016
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.
From Pastor Linda
And Grace Will Lead Me Home 
The Story of Two Sons and Their Father
Then Jesus said, "There was a man who had two sons..."
~from Luke 15   
Dear Friends~   
I have come to appreciate the Season of Lent as a gift . The journey begins on Ash Wednesday (yep, that's tomorrow!).
I have come to expect surprises and insights during this time- being open to God's Word and work in my life and the world. For me, there seems to be a sense of heightened awareness during this season of the church year. I have come to appreciate that we do this as a community, remembering that we are not alone. Lent is a time to hold each other accountable and to encourage one another in faith. It is a time to commit to a shared struggle and a shared path.
On Wednesdays during Lent, we will be focused on the story of two sons and their father- often referred to as the Prodigal Son- from Luke 15.  This week- on Ash Wednesday- we will take a high level look at this story and introduce the main characters. Then these characters will come alive each week and join us as we lean in and hear their story with new ears!  You will not want to miss a week!
On Ash Wednesday, we will take some time of deep confession, asking for God's mercy and grace as we consider the many ways that we fall short. We will come forward and receive the Imposition of Ashes upon our foreheads in the shape of a cross as we hear the words of mortality that, "Remember, from dust you were made and to dust you shall return."  At the end of the service we will receive the Sacrament of Forgiveness as we are invited to the Table- the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ given for us- grace, amazing grace! 
Invite a friend to take this journey with you. There are two opportunities for worship on Wednesdays during Lent; one at 12noon followed by lunch or a meal served from 5-5:45pm with worship following at 6pm. 

See you in church ~   Pastor Linda   
This Sunday
  • Baptism of Faora Jo Collins, parents Michael & Pastor Jen Collins
  • Sweet Roll Fundraiser to benefit FMSC ($3 suggested minimum donation)
  • Art Sale to benefit FMSC  8:30am-12:30pm
  • Rehearsal for Last Supper Reenactment at 6:30pm in Garden Chapel
Join Us Wednesday Nights
at Hosanna

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
      6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship
                             "And GRACE Will Lead Me Home"
                             A story of two sons and their father     

**  Ash Wednesday, Feb.10  ** 
t here will NO Faith Formation, Confirmation,  
Higher Ground or Adult Learning 

     These learning opportunities resume on Feb.17 
      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  
Come and join us and invite a friend or neighbor! 
Wednesday Menus
(Lunch & Dinner during Lent)

*** LENT Begins on Feb. 10 (Ash Wednesday) *** 
NEW 6-Week Discounted Dinner Meal Pkgs 
available starting Feb. 10.
Free-Will Offerings will be accepted
in place of set meal prices for Lunch meals. 
All meals include dessert and beverage.
NOTE: if your child does not care for tonight's entree,
you can request a jelly sandwich.

Feb. 10 - Ash Wednesday
LUNCH: Beef Barley & Chicken Noodle Soups,
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
DINNER: Beef Barley & Chicken Noodle Soups, Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Feb. 17
LUNCH: Chicken Wild Rice & Chicken Noodle Soups
with Bread Sticks
DINNER: Swedish Meatballs & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Feb. 24 
LUNCH: Bean & Ham and Chicken Noodle Soups
with Meat Sandwich
DINNER: Hamburgers & French Fries

March 2 
LUNCH: Tomato Basil & Chicken Noodle Soups,
Broccoli Salad, Fruit, Bread 
 DINNER: Pancakes (plain, choc. chip & blueberry),
Bacon & Sausage

March 9
LUNCH: Seafood Chowder & Chicken Noodle Soups
with Chicken Salad Sandwich & Coleslaw
DINNER: Enchilada Casserole, Corn

March 17
LUNCH: 2 Soup Varieties (TBD) & Chicken Quesadillas
DINNER: Chicken or Cheese Quesadillas, Nacho Bar

** All menus subject to change **

Mid-week Lent Worship begins  
on Ash Wednesday, February 10. 
"And GRACE Will Lead Me Home"
The Story of Two Sons and Their Father  
                     WEDNESDAY WORSHIP SERVICES   
         12:00 noon
   Worship followed by lunch 
           6:00 pm       Worship preceded by dinner (5-5:45pm) 
                                Education for ALL ages follows worship
                                except NO Education on Ash Wednesday   

Countdown to Hosanna's FMSC MobilePack
on April 1 & 2, 2016 = 51 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. Hosanna, together with our already partnered churches and businesses, need to raise $38,000  to cover costs of the MobilePack.

Do you know a local BUSINESS that might be interested in donating? Each donating business will be featured on our
WALL OF FAME as a corporate sponsor.
  • Gold level sponsor: $2501 and above
  • Silver level sponsor: $1001-$2500
  • Bronze level sponsor: $501-1000
  • Partnered business: up to $500
Contact Pastor Linda with potential sponsors.

Are YOU ready to donate?  
Here are some incentives for considering your donation:
  • $200 donation - get a stainless steel travel mug with NEW Hosanna logo
  • $500 donation - get a sweatshirt OR denim shirt with NEW Hosanna logo
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.   Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on April 1 & 2 to help pack 150,000 meals - plus volunteers are also needed behind the scenes helping with registration, organization, welcoming, clean up and more!  Volunteer opportunities will open soon. 
Art Sale 
2 Sundays - February 14 and 21 
8:30 am to 12:30 pm 
Hosanna Lutheran Church 
9300 Scandia Trail North (Hwy 97) 
Forest Lake, MN 55025 

Join us for an outstanding Art Sale featuring local artists
who will be offering framed art, matted art,
greeting cards, photography and more for sale.
Donated art will also be sold by Silent Auction.
Proceeds from all sales to benefit
 Feed My Starving Children

Local artist Barbara Johansen
will host a live art demonstration.

The 2 paintings in this announcement
are the artistic works of Barbara Johansen
Reception for Rev. Lamont Koerner
The Rev. Lamont Koerner (former interim pastor at Hosanna) began service as the Assistant to the Bishop for Vital Congregations, Vital Partnerships in October 2014. He will be leaving the synod staff at the end of February. During his time as Assistant to the Bishop he has guided congregations through nearly two dozen call processes, led the synod's work with interim pastors, helped congregations with tools for stewardship and conflict resolution, and been the liaison to Lutheran Advocacy - Minnesota and to our work with Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala.
An Open House to thank Lamont for his leadership with the synod will be held on Thursday, February 11 at 11:00 am in the Commons at Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill (next door to the synod office). Please join us in the festivities as we say thank you to Lamont for his service with the synod.
Patricia Lull, Bishop
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving 
Ruth Lackas - for successful surgery, prayers for con tinued healing
Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Brandi; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Ruth Lackas, Doug Sill; Lynda Olson; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Stacia & Stephanie, daughters of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Marlin Lackas; Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life
Grief Compassion 
Teresa & Mike Bredahl upon the death of Teresa's mother, Elizabeth Kalisch

Keep Safe From Harm and Military
Hayden Oliver, son of Miranda & Kevin Oliver Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore
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

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.
First Communion
(all ages) 
Sunday, Feb 28 at 11:30am
participants will be invited to partake in their first communion during one of the Last Supper Reenactments during Holy Week
Register by Feb.21 
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Tough Questions
(5 & 6th grades) 
Learning Opportunity
Sunday April 17 - 11:45am
Worship Celebration
Sunday April 24

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High School Senior
Graduation Milestone

 (12th grade) 
Sunday , May 22
Do you have a student who will be graduating from high school this year?  We have a gift from your Hosanna family to be presented on Sunday, May 22
at either worship service.  
Let us know by April 3rd
that you have a graduating senior so that we can get
some information from you  
and ready their gift.

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  Information pamphlets available o n the forms rack
in the Welcome Center.

Register online
by clicking
You can also fill out a
Yellow Page and place it
in the offering basket 

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Hebrews

Facilitator: Deb DeVore 
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Hosanna Lutheran Church
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Get a Sweet Roll
for Your Sweetheart
Sweet Roll Fundraiser
Sunday, February 14th 
(Valentines Day) 
to benefit 
Lakes Area FMSC MobilePack being held at Hosanna
on April 1 & 2, 2016

eeds Weekend
at Camp Wapo
July 8-10, 2016
completed grades 2-3
Cost: $150
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16
Youth Camp at Wapo
July 10-15, 2016
completed grades 4-7
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Higher Ground Youth Camp at Luther Dell
August 7-12, 2016
completed grades 8-12
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

NEW This Year
Family Camp Weekend
at Wapo
August 5-7, 2016
ALL ages
Cost: varies per family
($250 max.)
$75 deposit due by 3/15/16

Register online directly through Camp Wapo at the registration page set up specifically for Hosanna
campers by clicking

Contact Pastor Jen Collins with questions or concerns.

Camp scholarships
available upon request.

Thank You
The GET would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with clean-up and dishes following the Potluck & Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 31st. It was greatly appreciated.
The new seven (7) week session begins at on Saturday, Feb. 27 and will r un through Saturday, April 4th. Cost is $50 and classes will be held in the Lakeside Room (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10 am. Please enter at Door C (north facing).

To register, contact Kathy Okeson,
or 651-464-5422 
Payment due by
Saturday, Feb. 20.
Payments accepted: 1) check payable to Hosanna (Yogadevotion in memo), 2) cash (in person)  or  
3) online at
Make up sessions are available at many locations with various days & times listed on the website:

Mailbox Repair

Hosanna's mailbox (located on the street behind Hosanna) has become detached from its post and is in need of repair.
Are you able to make  
this type of repair? 
Please contact  
Rick Bahnemann at 651-464-5502 ext.2010 or 
to set a time you can help.