July 29, 2015
Can you hear me now?

Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock,  

and the door will be opened for you.    ~Matthew 7.7

Greetings Friends!

So, how's your prayer life? Kind of a personal question, eh? I think it's easy for people to get intimidated by prayer. We come to prayer thinking that there is a certain way to pray, a right way to pray- and therefore wrong ways to pray as well. But consider this, what if praying isn't about doing something right, but just about doing? What if there is no right or wrong way to pray, but only praying... and not praying. And if this is the case, then maybe the only way to learn to pray is by trying it, by doing it! It's kind of like swimming- you can receive all kinds of instruction about swimming but sooner or later you just have to jump in.



This week at Hosanna 31 kids are learning about prayer at "Jailhouse Rock" Drama Camp! The musical opens as the children embark on a fun week of hiking and swimming at Camp Koinonia. When torrential rainfall leaves them "jailed up" in the mess hall- the Camp Director and Junior Counselors teach them about Paul, Silas and Peter's experience being "locked up," and how prayer and praise made a difference!


Performances at Hosanna in the Garden Chapel- Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm- and it's FREE- but let us know that you are coming so that we can have a place for you to sit- just click HERE  and reserve a spot! Come and support our kids while learning about our freedom in Christ and the POWER of prayer!


See you in Church- or at Jailhouse Rock!
Pastor Linda  
This drama camp is a new partnership between Childrens Performing Arts (CPA) and Hosanna with the intent of providing an avenue for children to have fun while expressing their God-given talents to the glory of our Lord. 
  • Jailhouse Rock performance 2pm -
    Garden Chapel (also a 7pm performance Saturday night, Aug.1)
  • Hosanna softball games at 6pm


to get rid of your Scrap Metal  

If you have any scrap metal (copper, aluminum or steel) lying around and want to get rid of it, now is your chance. Bring it to Hosanna's rear parking lot (near the garage) no later than TODAY, July 29th. Hosanna will bring it to a recycler to raise funds to acquire a much needed hydraulic lift to be used at our facility.

Help yourself & help Hosanna!! 


Saint Paul Area Synod Visioning Process    


Throughout the summer, the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA invites you to join a visioning process to reflect on the question,
Where do you sense God calling us to be  
more deeply present as the ELCA?

All members of the Saint Paul Area Synod, ELCA congregations are invited to join one of these conversations. No registration necessary.

 Dates & Locations

T hur, July 30  6:30-9pm  St. James Lutheran,


Thur, Aug. 13  6:30-9pm  Lutheran Church of the  

                                         Resurrection, Roseville

Thur, Aug. 20  6:30-9pm  Arlington Hills Lutheran,

                                         St. Paul 


SAM Luncheon
Thursday, August 6th at 11:30 am

Please join us. Call Lynda Olson at 651-982-0856  to let her know you're coming. Of course, we know plans change, so please feel free to join us even if you haven't told me you can attend.

Click HERE to preview Lunch menu.


Hosanna Family Day
at Valleyfair
Sunday, August 9th 

$25 discount price
if purchased by THIS SATURDAY - August 1

$38 gate price applies after August 1 


Carpools depart Lakeside Park at 11:30am 
Quick lunch available at the park for those attending immediately following 9:30am worship.

Sign Up following worship on Sunday or by contacting church office at 651-464-5502 or communication@hosannaforestlake.net

Youth going without parent/guardian must provide Youth Release Form.


Hosanna Softball
Bring the whole family and come watch us play on Sunday nights at Fe nway Fields (next to Forest Lak e Ice Arena). First game starts at 6pm. 
Next game is July 26th against Linwood Covenant. Come cheer us to victory!  


(remaining season games)
Aug 2    - Field 4 - against Willowbrook
Aug 9    - Field 1 - against Linwood Covenant-white
Aug 15  - Tournament (Saturday) 


American Cancer Society 
Saturday, August 8 
12noon - midnight
(note NEW times) 
Forest Lake High School Track

Join the fight against cancer! 
FREE, family-friendly event open to everyone. Food, games, music, silent auction & more.

Want to participate on one of Hosanna's Relay For Life teams this year?  
Contact Diane Zak at 651-408-8282 or
Sue Palmer at 651-329-1098 

Thank You to our 3 new team sponsors this year: 
  • AgingSchmaging.com 
  • Thomas S. Turry, DDS 
  • Collins Law Office, PA 
Thank You also to Gator Signs & Brian Bernier
for updating our Relay banner to reflect our new sponsors

  It's that time of year again to check your calendar and sign up to help clean the Coliseum at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair. This project is Hosanna's largest annual fundraiser to support its ministries and programs. Every volunteer gets a free admission ticket to the fair for the day they sign up to help clean. (Enjoy the fair for a few hours; then just return to the Coliseum
by 9pm to start cleaning.)
We need teams of volunteers for every night of the Fair. This is a great service opportunity to get both kids & adults involved. Consider making this a family event.
Sign Ups are available after worship on Sunday mornings or you can contact the church office at 651-464-5502 or the project coordinators below:

Rick Bahnemann 651-464-5502 ext.2010

Gene Janicke  651-464-2488

Volunteer Opportunities




The Berry Patch on Manning Trail (just south of Hwy 97 and across the street from Big Marine Lake Store) would like to DONATE FRESH FRUIT to the Forest Lake Food Shelf and has asked Hosanna for about 5 or 6 volunteers each Monday to come to The Berry Patch to pick fruit for an hour or two in the morning (around 9 or 10 am).
If you can sp ar e a couple hours on a Monday mo rning between now and the 1st or 2nd week of August, please contact the church office at 651-464-5502 to sign up. (And you can enjoy munching on as many berries as you want while you're picking!.......mmmmm)  IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, picking will be canceled.


Prayer Requests

Carol, sister of Dick (Nancy) Westcott-comfort & healing for broken collar bone & God's wisdom in discerning care options for disabled husband while she recovers; Dan, great-nephew of Diane & Gary Zak-comfort & healing of head trauma from car accident; Charlie Wallin-good health & wisdom in making decisions; Kathryn Nordstrom-thanks & praise for successful treatment of leukemia & lung cancer surgery, prayers for continued healing; Hannah Bergan-continued healing and comfort from most recent health issues; Karen (Lyle) Alm-comfort & healing following surgery; Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlon Lackas-faith in God's wisdom for his condition, comfort & peace; Donna Hunt, mother of Cindy (Roger) Kunze-comfort for Donna & family with cancer care decisions; Shirley, friend of Dee (Ron) Rebeck-peace as she & medical team discern best treatment options; Laney, daughter of Nicole & Andrew Hays-comfort & healing after bone marrow transplant & for entire family as they face next step toward recovery; Cooper, 2 1/2-yr-old great nephew of Mary Gookins-God's blessings & comfort for Cooper & parents as he faces worsening seizures caused by degenerative genetic disorder; Bob Rupar & family-God's gentle & comforting touch in Bob's cancer journey; Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas-wisdom for Mayo medical team to discern best remedy of her heart issues; former member Tim (Renee) Svoboda-esophageal cancer; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend-recovery from cancer surgery; Angie, daughter of former members Donna & Terry Beck-God's guidance & healing touch in cancer journey; Sharon, Betty (Glen) Corum's sister-stroke; Rudy & Nancy, co-workers of Sue Girard-both facing serious health issues; Lee & Bev Johnson, Dee (Ron) Rebeck's brother & sister-in-law-comfort & peace as Lee nears end-of-life;
Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill-safety while deployed to Pakistan for 12 mos.; Michelle, friend of Deb (Chuck) DeVore's niece-healing & continued recovery from stroke, God's guidance for Michelle's medical team; Linda Curry, friend of Brian Riebe-in hospice, comfort & peace
Contact Us 


Hosanna Lutheran Church 

9300 Scandia Trail North

Forest Lake, MN 55025


651.464.9020 fax


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Pastor Linda Friesen

651.464.5502 ext.2006


Rob Anderson

Worship & Music Director

651.464.5502 ext.2008


Rick Bahnemann

Director of Facilities & Food Service

651.464.5502 ext.2010


Jackie Verdick

Office Coordinator




Sue Palmer


651.464.5502 ext.2013


Custodial Staff

Reid Eckert

Nick Kelley

Nick Girard 


Pastor Amie Barsch Odahl has now relocated

to Los Angeles, California. Her NEW address is: 3360 Ley Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027  




Start the week off right!

 Monday Morning BREW

with Pastor Linda
Take time to reflect on Sunday's message and look to the next week. Join Pastor Linda at Key's Cafe & Bakery in Forest Lake at 7:00 am and jumpstart your week.

 Join us this coming Monday 
   Together we will take time to:

  B- Be still and Be together

  R- Receive God's love

  E- Embrace the Word & the World

W- Welcome the day and the Week... and each other


Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) 



Hosanna's Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is a monthly gathering of mature folks who enjoy socializing with fun, interesting people and sharing a meal together.  We typically meet on the first Thursday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday, then we meet a week later) for lunch.  We alternate the location - one month at an area restaurant and the following month at church.  Our primary goal is to enjoy each other's company, laugh and establish enduring friendships

Adult Bible Study 

Every TUESDAY 9:30-11:00 am 
in the Library Commons 
Currently studying the book of Luke


Facilitators: Deb DeVore

and Dee Rebeck

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3rd Annual Music & Recovery
Community Festival

Saturday, August 1 

Hazelden Campus 
Center City, MN

Caroline Smith 
Haley Bonar * Astronautalis
Davina & the Vagabonds
GB Leighton * DJ Last Word

Special Guest Speaker
Actress Mackenzie Phillips

Hosted by David Campbell, 89.3 THE CURRENT

12-Step Recovery Speakers and Activities
Exhibitors * Petting Zoo
Food Trucks

Family Fun Zone
featuring PBS Kids' WHY!
Courtesy of TPT

Tickets: $15 in advance
$25 at the door
Children 12 & under FREE

Tickets & Event Info at
Proceeds from ticket sales provide help, hope & healing to those affected by the disease of addition.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation 
89.3 The CURRENT 
~ Lend Your Voice ~ 
Washington Co. Libraries 

The county is conducting extensive strategic planning to enhance current & future library service for its citizens. Attend our final community forum to share your ideas & opinions. Your voice is important to our planning process.

Forest Lake Service Center
19955 Forest Road N
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Thursday, July 30   7-9pm
Christian Women's Connection Luncheon  

The Challenge of New Beginnings

Monday, August 17  11:30am
Chisago Lake Lutheran Church
1 Summit Avenue
Center City, MN 55012
Cost: $10

Speaker: Nancy Brydges 
Music: Diane Merchant &  Mary Matz

Special Guest: Kathy White,
Field Director, Stonecroft Ministries 

Reservations/cancellations are necessary by Tues. prior to luncheon. Call: Carrie at 651-257-4741
or Mary at 715-554-2330
Questions? Call Dena 715-755-2463 
Christmas in August
Garden Tour

Saturday, August 1st 

Carlson's on the Lake 
6985 North Shore Trail N
Forest Lake, MN 

Rain or Shine
Private One-Acre Garden
Follow Signs for Parking
Garden Club Members Assisting

Fundraiser for
Operation Christmas Child
Samaritan's Purse

Questions? Call Sally Beaudet at

Hosanna Lutheran Church                                             Forest Lake, Minnesota

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