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B-Flat This Summer!

A Note From Pastor Linda

To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. ~Romans 1
To All God's Beloved at Hosanna,
Summer is here and at Hosanna that means we worship at Lakeside Park in Downtown Forest Lake; a time to sing and pray, to hear God's Word and to gather at the Lord's Table.   This Summer we will open the Book of Romans and discover the LIFE of FAITH and the POWER of GRACE. Romans is the first in a series of books in the New Testament called an epistle-a formal letter intended to give instruction. This letter was written by the apostle Paul to a vibrant, growing church in Rome. In this letter, Paul deals with problems as contemporary as tomorrow's headlines and as intimate as those discussed in "Dear Abby".  
A few NEW things to consider this Summer:
  • Bibles & Bagels- an 8am Sunday morning gathering at Big Apple Bagel (508 Lake Street in Forest Lake); time to dive deeper into the Word and have a bite to eat.
  • Summer Sundaes- Ice Cream Sundaes will follow worship on the Second Sundays (June 11, July 9, August 13)- YUM!!
  • Flat Luther is coming to Hosanna! Have you heard of Flat Stanley? Join the #FlatLuther Summer & Fall Challenge! This is for EVERYONE!! It's easy... pick up your Flat Luther THIS Sunday and then start taking him with you. In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, bring Flat Luther with you on your Summer adventures, to work, in your garden, Back-to-School in the Fall, every where you go!  Be social- share where you've been using the #FlatLuther and #hosannafl .  Or send your pictures to the church office (office@hosannaforestlake.net) and we will post them on our FaceBook and Instagram pages!  Here is the back story:
    • On October 31, 1517, a man named Martin Luther stood by a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, with a large sheet of paper, a pocketful of nails and a hammer.  Martin wanted to share the Good News that God's love and forgiveness are not thing we need to pay for in order to receive.  He knew this was true because he read it in the Bible:
...since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus... (Romans 3)
"Here I Stand!", he proclaimed.  Martin wrote a list of sentences about God's grace and forgiveness.  This list is called the 95 Theses- and he posted this list on that church door. Thus began the RE-FORMATION of the church and a new denomination:  Lutheranism! This year 2017- we celebrate the REFORMATION.  Let's STAND together!
Summer worship at Lakeside Park is a great opportunity to invite a neighbor to join you and try us out!
See You At The Lake, 

 ~Pastor Linda

PS- In case of rain- we return to Hosanna in the Garden Chapel for worship and in the Conference Room for the Bibles & Bagels Study. Uncertain? See our website after 7:30am for a weather related announcement- or check out our FaceBook page.

Prayer Requests

Joy and Thanksgiving
Cole Anderson; The birth of Jordan David Okeson, grandson of Kathy and Dave Okeson

Comfort and Strength in Healing in Cancer Journey
Joe, brother of Teresa Bradahl; Mike Moeschter, husband of Joyce Carlson; Ellien Connole, aunt of Ryan Grimes; Shelley, friend of Linda Knyphausen; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Tonya, friend and coworker of Vicki Croce; Anne Witalka, friend of Marlin and Ruth Lackas; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Cindy Lofton, mother of Char Houle; Ron Rebeck; Noah Reedy in his job search; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz; Continued guidance for Rebecca and Laura; Mike Chester; Shawn Pearson, brother-in-law of Mark Bergan; For those who go above and beyond in the midst of trial; Rex Livermore, Dave Livermore's father; Dick Westcott; Ed Abbott, cousin of Denny and Shirley Wachholz; Jim Harley, husband of Emilie Harley; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty Corum
Keep Safe From Harm
Cole, grandson of Marlin and Ruth Lackas; Hayden Oliver, serving in Coast Guard

Giving Update

As of April 2017- General Ministry Giving is behind to budget by $37,800. Bills are current and paid as the staff is doing an amazing job holding down expenses. This becomes even more urgent considering that we are going into summer and summer is historically a time in the life of the church where giving goes down. Action is needed now. The work of ministry at Hosanna continues throughout the summer months. It is also the time of readying for ministry to take place in the Fall and Winter months ahead.
Your Hosanna family needs you. There are many ways to give- even if you cannot be at worship:
  • Mail your gift to Hosanna or drop it off at the church office- 9300 Scandia Trail North.
  • Text to give: text Hosanna to 50155
  • Go online through QGIV here
  • Use BILLPAY from your financial institution.
  • Set up direct giving though Hosanna.
  • Contact Roxanne Anderson at finance@hosannaforestlake.net with questions about charitable giving.
Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.

Columbarium Information Presentation

The Green Earth Team (GET) has been presenting information about a possible future Memory Prayer Garden (Columbarium). If you would like more information on what a Columbarium is click here. If you would like to take the interest survey click here. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Okeson at tv69oke@aol.com, Judy Berke at windyslopesstables@msn.com, Ruth Lackas at refl.ection@hotmail.com or Dee Dee Anderson at cdanderson@midco.net.  

Family Movie Night
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6pm

Hosanna Lutheran Church will be hosting a Family Movie Night on Wednesday, May 31 at 6pm in the Great Hall. This is a free event and we will be screening Disney's Moana on our big screen! If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.  

Senior Adult Ministries (SAM)
Thursday, June 1 at 11:30am

We will meeting for lunch  at The Northern Bar and Grill on Thursday June first at 11:30am for our monthly SAM get together.  We hope you will be able to join us!  We met at   The Northern last year and enjoyed our time there so much that we decided to go back there again this spring !  Please let me know if you will be able to attend so that we can get a rough idea of how many will be joining us. 

Love Somalia Mobilepack
June 2-5, 2017

As the famine crisis emerges, time is running out for thousands of children in Somalia. And you can do something about it. Join the Twin Cities Community as we unite together to pack millions of life-saving FMSC meals! The event will be held on June 2-5, 2017 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. Sign up and wear your Lakes Area MobilePack to the Sunday pack at 3:15pm, or any of the packing slots at the RiverCentre. Pack meals with your family, friends, coworkers, church and neighbors. Children age five and up are welcome. Sign up to volunteer here. Want to help provide a meal for the Red Shirts? Contact Jen Bergan vikingsjen@gmail.com 651.982.1088 

Bibles and Bagels
Every Sunday at 8am June 4 - August 27

Join us for Bibles & Bagels every Sunday morning from 8am to 9am at Big Apple Bagels in Forest Lake before Worship in the Park. The address is: 508 Lake St S, Forest Lake, MN 55025. In case of inclement weather, we will be meeting at Hosanna in the Conference Room for Bibles and Bagels. We will post the change of location on our website and our Facebook by 7:30am that day. If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Hane. 

Worship at the Park
Every Sunday at 9:30am June 4 - August 27

We will begin having our Annual Worship at the Park on June 4, 2017 at 9:30am each Sunday. Worship will be held at Lakeside Park in downtown Forest Lake. In case of inclement weather we will worship at Hosanna in the Great Hall. We will post the change of location on our website and Facebook by 7:30am that day. If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Hane.  

Green Earth Team (GET) Meeting
Sunday, June 4, 2017

The GET will be meeting on Sunday, June 4th, by the gazebo, immediately following the 9:30 Lakeside service.  Updates will be given on the columbarium, plant sale, electronic recycling, solar energy options, Elim Gardening, as well as other important info.  Refill your coffee, tea or lemonade, grab a cookie and meet us for a quick meeting. Please feel free to invite others! Thanks and see you on Sunday! If you have any questions, contact Kathy Okeson at tvoke69@aol.com 

Embodied Freedom
June 4-6, 2017

Five hundred years ago this October, Martin Luther began a public conversation about God's grace that hasn't stopped. In honor of the 500th Anniversary of Reformation, continue the theological conversation at Embodied Freedom. Embodied Freedom is an interactive conference focusing on the relationship between Luther's dynamic understanding of Christian freedom and our bodies - individual, social and global.  It is on June 4-6 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and costs $75 per person and $50 for students. This includes two breakfasts, one lunch and one banquet dinner. Scholarships are available on a rolling application basis. Click here to register.  

Befrienders Meeting
June 8, 2017

There will be a Befrienders meeting on Thursday, June 8 at 7pm at Hosanna in the Conference Room. If you are interested in joining this group or have any questions, please contact Lynda Olson at 651-982-0856 or at lyndaolson@msn.com. 

Sundae Sundaes
June 11, 2017

I scream! You scream! We all scream for ICE CREAM! Join us on the second Sunday of each month in the summer for Ice Cream Sundaes! Following worship stay for fun, conversation and ice cream sundaes! Contact Kelsey at office@hosannaforestlake.net with questions. 

Young Adult Gatherings
June 11, 2017

Are you a young adult? Are you seeking to find a group that fits you? We are hoping you will join us as we begin to plan a group aimed at having fun and growing in relationships with God and others. Wherever you are in your faith journey, we invite you to join us at one of these upcoming gatherings. The next gathering is on June 11 after morning worship we are walking over to Pi Pizzeria in Forest Lake! If you have any questions, contact Pastor Jen.   

Facilities Meeting
June 13, 2017

There will be a Facilities Team Meeting on Tuesday, June 13 from 6pm to 8pm in the Conference Room. If you would like to join or have any questions, please contact Kelsey at office@hosannaforestlake.net 

Mission Jamaica Alert!
First Payment Due in Mid June

We have begun planning our 2018 trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Our dates next year will be February 3-10. We will work with kids, build a house and possibly have a medical team. There will be lots to do for everyone! No skills are needed, except a desire to serve the children and people of Jamaica. We will be making the first deposit in mid June. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Kathleen Damon at 651-235-7296 

All Anew: Women of the ELCA
July 13-16, 2017

Because the Tenth Triennial Gathering falls during the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, the theme resonates with reformation and transformation images. At the gathering, participants will explore ways in which the Holy Spirit changes us, acknowledging that reformation and transformation have happened and continue to happen within the community of women known as Women of the ELCA. For more information and to register click here

Strategic Planning Team

Strategic Planning Teams- there is a place for YOU!  Are you passionate about your church?  Do you enjoy considering what the future might look like and then putting a plan in place to get there?  Want to learn more? These teams will do most of their work over the Summer and into the Fall. Contact Pastor Linda, Mike Sosnoski or Tom Croce.  

Summer Stretch 2017
June 14, 21 and 28
July 12, 19 and 26
August 3 (optional)

The day will start with a local mission (i.e. FMSC, Second Harvest, Birchwood Senior Living Center, Local Farming), then a sack lunch with devotion; followed up with a recreational activity (i.e. Waterpark, Movie Theater, Outdoor Game Day, Bowling, Trampoline & Climbing Wall parks.) Bring your own sack lunch!

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sign up for either: Session 1 (June),  Session 2 (July) OR All Sessions : 6 events, June & July
COSTS (includes t-shirt, all activities and transportation):

One Session (June or July): $100 early bird, after May 1st $125
All Summer: $150 early bird, after May 1st $200
+$25 for Celebration day at Valley Fair, to Attend Valley Fair Celebration youth must attend at least 3 events.

To sign up, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.  

Vacation Bible School in Partnership with Luther Crest Bible Camp
July 17 - 20, 2017

Ages 3-5 (must be potty trained)   9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon   EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $40, After June 1st Cost: $45*
Grades K-6   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m   EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $70, After June 1st Cost: $75*  

PRESCHOOL VBS- A perfect introduction to VBS. This program is perfect for preschoolers who aren't quite ready of for the full-day experience yet. Chocked full of songs, games, arts & crafts and so much more, VBS is a chance for our younger students to explore the Bible in a safe, fun environment.

ALL DAY VBS- is a Christ-centered experience for those who have finished Kindergarten through Sixth Grade bringing a taste of camping ministry to campers in a familiar setting. VBS is designed to introduce a Bible Camp experience to students without being away from home at night. It is a unique blend of Outdoor Ministry and Congregational Ministry. The Luther Crest Day Camp Staff bring their own enthusiasm, leadership, and teaching styles to Hosanna each day. *Scholarships available upon request.

To register online, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen. 

Blue Grass Festival
July 29, 2017

Join Hosanna at the Annual Bluegrass Festival this July 29th at Lakeside Park. We need YOU to help represent Hosanna, to share with others the joys and highlights of our community. We are seeking people to join in the planning, set-up and volunteer day of the event. If you have a gift, talent, silent auction item or resource you'd like to contribute, let us know. Many other churches and organizations will be represented, lets show others what it means to Live, Love and Serve in Jesus' name! Contact Pastor Jen or Ann Hanson if you are interested in helping. 

Fine Arts Camp
August 7 - 10

NEW this summer to the camp line-up is our Fine Arts Camp, open to those finishing 3 rd - 6 th  grade. This camp is a great blend of fun activities to include rotating stations for  Fine art (painting, drawing, sculpting) and recreational crafting. Our Fine Arts instructor, Barbara Johansen will join us as our skilled and trained Artisan. First rotation will be the Fine Arts portion; second rotation will be various recreational crafting activities. Each day will be something new to explore in the world of art! You can register here! If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.

Garden & Green Grocery Shares Program

Garden & Green Grocery Shares program at Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia.  We, Hosanna members, not just GET,  could share some common goals while growing fresh produce and flowers, handling food distribution, environmental concerns, as well as the community outreach.  There was a garden 'kickoff' on May 13th, which involved congregation members, Youth, 4H members.  We're currently joining with Elim on projects such as youth mission trips and the Feed My Starving Children program. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact:  Chris Beckman  at imladris123@live.com or 651-414-1652.

Hospitality Team

We are currently looking for people that would be willing and excited to join a Hospitality Team! This would be a fabulous opportunity to get involved monthly with your church and to have something to look forward to with your entire family! If you are interested, please contact Kelsey here.   

Event Planning Team

We are in need of people to help us with events! Kelsey Hane is currently creating a team that can help coordinate weddings, parties and other events that use our church facilities, in hopes of making this a more event-friendly space. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kelsey here. 

Hosanna Staff

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

Jen Collins, Associate Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2023

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
651-464-5502 ext. 2008

Kelsey Hane, Executive Assistant
651-464-5502 ext. 2000

Susan Wojciechowski, Food Service Director

Roxanne Anderson, Finance
651-464-5502 ext. 2013

Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
651-464-5502 ext. 2013

Charlie Ollman, Choir Director

Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director

Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director

Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

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