August 6, 2019
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.
Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
A Note From Pastor Linda
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
Dear ChURch Family,
I went to bed on Saturday evening with a heavy heart... a mass shooting in the quiet community of El Paso, Texas. I woke up early Sunday morning to see another report, this time out of Dayton, Ohio. More violence, more death. How could this be? Is this a bad dream? Helplessness, defeat, despair... now what!
On Sunday we entered the texts of terror in the Book of Revelation- divine visions of a world without God- a WAKE UP call to DO SOMETHING!! Resist, stand firm... keep following the Lamb.
I have heard it and read it:
We know the emptiness of the phrase "thoughts and prayers". Why bother? It is not enough!
While it might seem fashionable to dismiss the idea that in the face of evil prayer matters, it is Jesus who responds differently:
Afterward, when Jesus was alone in the house with his disciples, they asked him, "Why couldn't we cast out that evil spirit?" To this Jesus replied, "This kind can be cast out only by prayer." (Mark9)
Prayer is the task of the church... as is ACTION. Social involvement and spirituality can come together, in fact they must. It's called the Micah mandate (Micah 6.8):
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you? To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
Rise up church! Do something. Begin with prayer. One act of kindness is a beginning. Do justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly with God.
Be the chURch... Because UR!
At Hosanna, a person remains on the prayer chain for two weeks. However, in cases of long-term illness, hospice, or by request, the members of the prayer chain will pray for a person and/or situation in need, as long as requested.
Keep an eye out for our new "Prayer Page" on our website for online prayer requests!
Healing, Recovering, or Facing Other Issues
Jan Peterson, grandmother of Kelsey Grachek; Marilyn, friend of Kathryn Nordstrom; Curt Monson; Duane Brown
Comfort in Grief
Diana Lindquist, friend of the Merrell family; Mike Coash, father of Sami Bredahl
Celebration and Thanksgiving
Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; Jack Bredahl, son of Nick & Sami Bredahl
Comfort in Hospice
Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman
THANKS to the many who supported Rangers Supporting Rangers Back-to-School Supply Drive. These supplies will be handed out to kids in our community!
Enrollment for Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center
SCHEDULE A TOUR TODAY!
Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center is opening Fall of 2019 and will be the second Forest Lake location to partner with Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC). The newly expanded programming will include flexible schedule options for INFANTS starting at 6 weeks and TODDLERS, starting at 16 months old. It will build on the strong, 30+ year history of Sunshine Preschool, by adding extended/wrap-around care, full-time schedule options and accreditation/ quality ratings. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now in full swing!
Learn more and register here
Summer Bible Study on Revelation
Wednesdays: 1:30 PM or 6:30 PM
What does it all mean? Is the end near? Are we doomed? Will I be "left behind"? Is there any hope? Join Pastor Linda for a conversation about this often misunderstood book of the Bible.
Rangers Supporting Rangers Volunteers Needed!
Wednesday, August 7
Thursday, August 8
Based on our timeline, we have scheduled two dates (see below) to sort supplies and assemble backpacks.
Wednesday, August 7th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon
Sorting and taking inventory of school supplies will start at the Forest Lake City Center, 1408 Lake Street South, Forest Lake, in the Community Room on the Second Floor.
Volunteers will then help move the supplies to the Central Learning Center, 200 SW 4th Street in Forest Lake, where we will begin assembling backpacks.
Thursday, August 8th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Volunteers will continue assembling backpacks at the Central Learning Center in Rooms C-8/C-4.
Backpacks will be delivered to schools in time for families to pick them up prior to the start of the school year.
Sunday, August 11
On the second Sunday of each month during the summer, come for worship and stay for free ice cream sundaes!
Birthday Party at Birchwood Healthcare Center
Tuesday, August 20
Hosanna will be hosting the Birchwood Health Care Center monthly birthday party for residents with birthdays in August on Tuesday, August 20th, at 2:00 P.M. (servers will need to arrive by 1:30 P.M.). If you can help by providing a cake and/or helping serve, please contact Barbara Johansen, at 651-433-5592.
State Fair Coliseum Project
August 21 - September 2
Are you interested in helping raise funds for Hosanna WHILE getting free tickets to the State Fair? Please join us on one or more nights for Coliseum Clean-up! It's fun for the entire family! Sign up for any date between August 21 and September 2 on the board at the coffee stand. All you need to do is show up to the Coliseum by 9 PM ready to do some cleaning!
Faith Day at Target Field
Sunday, August 25
It's that time of year again for Faith Day at Target Field. Interested in attending the game? Send us an email or sign-up on the clip-board on Sunday!
After the game, stay for a live concert with worship and testimonies from Twins Players.
Hosanna will be having monthly Community
again this summer on the first Sunday of each month (June - September)! Bring a
item to share and Hosanna will be providing hot dogs on the grill for a family picnic!
Kids & Teens in Grief
Every Thursday from October 3 - November 7
6 PM at Boutwell's Landing
A grief support group for school-aged kids (5-18 years old) where they can learn about death, grief, and remembering their loved one, while forming a community of support with other kids who have experienced the death of someone they love. While the kids & teens have their session, parents/guardians gather for their own support. Free, but preregistration is required.
For more information call: Chaplain Bob Furniss at 651-430-4578
Orientation: Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30PM
It's almost fall! It's time to start thinking about Confirmation again! We are inviting incoming 7th and 8th grade students interested in Confirmation to come for a dinner and orientation on Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30pm. This is a mandatory event to be a part of Confirmation this year. Registration is open on our website. Questions? Contact Pastor Jen at email@example.com or at 651-272-5693.
-Celebration: Sunday, September 15th
-Family Bible Faith Formation: Wednesday, September 18th during FAMILY Faith Formation from 6:45-7:30 pm, all ages will be together- Preschool to Grades 6.
Frolic 1st Bible (Ages 3-5)
Preschoolers and Kindergarteners who are beginning their first full year of Faith Formation will experience a special blessing and will receive their own Frolic first Bible.
SPARK (Grades K-3)
NRSV Connect Bible (Grades 4-6)
Those elementary aged kids who have not received a Bible will be presented with a SPARK Story Bible or CONNECT Bible and are invited to participate. This Blessing Celebration takes place at all worship services. As children become independent readers, it is a natural time to fulfill the baptismal promise to place the scriptures into their hands. Parents will present the Bible to their child(ren) in worship.
Interested in meeting and serving our Neighbors in Jamaica?
Get involved with Hosanna coming this Winter, 2020. A Mission Jamaica trip combines a service project, with time for reflection and spiritual rest. It allows a person to experience an international mission field that is close to home, yet far enough away to immerse yourself in another culture for a week. Over 30 years of accompanying our Jamaican neighbors, has led to over 35 Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America congregations and several colleges from Minnesota as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois in partnership with St. Andrew's in Mahtomedi, MN to get involved to make a difference for this community.
Come and see...get connected with your global neighbors! Mission Jamaica has provided a way for folk to love and serve our neighbors just as Jesus taught. Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:30-31
This is an unforgettable opportunity for any age. Registration is open now, space is limited so SIGN UP TODAY! Travel as a family, individual, couple, or small group. This LIVE. LOVE. SERVE opportunity is a perfect way to live into Hosanna's mission! More details will be made available on our website.
Talk to Pastor Jen Collins or Kathleen Damon if you have questions or would like to learn more.
Linda Friesen, Pastor
Jen Collins, Pastor
Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
Kathy Kuehn, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist
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