Hosanna's E-Update

November 4, 2015
Living, loving and serving as Jesus did so that all may know him.

All Church Photo taken September 13, 2015
Double Nickels!

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.    ~Ephesians 2.10 

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Double Nickels - I guess that is what they call it when you reach the wise age of 55.   This was my milestone this week- a birthday that I also share with my son Parker. (Wouldn't it be neat if my granddaughter was born today?   But alas, it is too early for her birth!)   If you look closely at the "double-nickels" you will also see the year of 1960- yep, it was a very good year.   ;-)!


We commonly think of gifts when it comes to birthdays and special occasions. If we were to make a list, it might include the car in the driveway with the giant red bow on it, a dozen red roses or even a greeting card full of cash. Who doesn't like a tangible display of affection, especially if it was a little expensive?  As I am aging I am learning a new-found wisdom:  It is not about the presents, it is about presence.  This past weekend Mark and I gathered with our kids to celebrate birthdays and, although the presents that were exchanged were lovely, being together, our presence with each other, did more to fill my heart! 


On Sunday we will re-enter the ADVENT CONSPIRACY and consider how this year we might spend less on Christmas presents to each other while at the same time increasing our presence with each other; all this so that we might give more in the name of Christ.  Does that even make sense?  Read it again:

We will

consider how this year we might spend less on presents to each other while at the same time increasing our presence with each other; all this so that we might give more in the name of Christ.


Indeed, Paul's words ring true as I turn 55 years young:  We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works... working together for the good of God's kingdom, right here, right now.  Let's conspire!!


See you in Church!       
Pastor Linda
  • We return to the Advent Conspiracy sermon series

  Wednesday Nights      
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 on the wall in the Welcome Center.  

Wednesday Night Schedule 
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship - nutritious & kid-friendly
                          meals, discount meal packages are available
                          when payment is made in advance
                          See menu on side bar  >>>>>    
6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship
       Fall Wednesday Night Worship Series:  
The Gospel in Disney
(it's not just for children)  
We will look at Gospel themes in Disney movies, themes that come from the teachings of Jesus. Whether you are 2 or 102, join us for a look at the Gospel message in a new way, through the images and music of Disney 
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 - Financial Peace University
                               (thru Nov.18)

Come and join us tonight ! 

Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving 
Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas-health improvement , guidance for road ahead
Comfort, Strength & Healing In Cancer Journey
Steve; Shirley Mortimer; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Tim (Renee) Svoboda; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie 
Healing, Recovery or Facing Other Serious Health Issues  
Anne Sill-daughter-in-law of Doug & Sharon Sill; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Nancy Westcott; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Doug & Sharon Sill's daughter & son-in-law and his family in Nepal; Kristi, aunt of Rachel (Aaron) Kaup; Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Mark Okeson, brother of Dave (Kathy) Okeson; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Dan, great nephew of Diane & Gary Zak; Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlon Lackas; Laney, daughter of Nicole & Andrew Hays; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum; Nancy, co-worker of Sue (Paul) Girard 
Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life 
Grief Compassion 
Renee Svoboda & family upon the death of Tim Svoboda; Tom Holland & children, Chrys & Al Holland, Judi & Roger Finnes upon the death of Tom's wife, Kate; Bob & Patti Cole upon death of Bob's father in Florida
Keep Safe From Harm , Military
Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore; Nepal & its people 


Countdown to Hosanna's FMSC MobilePack
on April 1 & 2, 2016   =    148 Days!!!

All Hands On Deck!   
Hosanna's ACTION TEAM needs lots of hands and feet and minds to help coordinate this MobilePack
in April. God has blessed Hosanna richly. Can you 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? 
Indicate your willingness by filling out a Yellow Page on Sunday morning and placing it in offering basket or contact Pastor Linda at 651-464-5502 ext.2006 or  

Come and see how you can put your faith into action!

Hosanna Partners With
For Thanksgiving Food Drive

Pick up a grocery shopping bag with attached shopping list to be filled with non-perishable food (for approx. $10) to be donated to Union Gospel Mission (UGM). UGM will add a bag of potatoes and a turkey to each bag to provide a family with all the ingredients for a complete Thanksgiving dinner. Filled bags need to be returned to Hosanna by November 15th.

Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving homeless, poor, and addicted in our community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs, our mission is changing lives!

 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 
Wed, Nov 25th at 7pm 
at Hosanna

Each year Hosanna and Forest Hills United Methodist Church
take turns hosting this service to worship and give thanks
with neighbors in our community. Please come and join us.

And pumpkin and other delicious pies
are served following the service!!

Here's How YOU Can Help
We need people to bring pies for that evening. 
  Sign up at the Welcome Desk or on a
Yellow Page and place in the offering basket.

(pies can be of any variety) 

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

It is that time of year again, this is a powerful opportunity for you and your family to participate in. You are transforming the lives of children and their families around the world. We will be collecting: 
Shoeboxes (adult tennis shoe size), school supplies, small toys, hygiene items, accessories (hat, flip flops, etc.), stickers, coloring books, sewing kits or you can donate $7.00 for shipping.
Collections end on NOVEMBER 15th. Drop off items in the OCC box by Bulletin Board. PACKING will occur during Faith Formation time on Wednesday Nov. 11 & 18th. Confirmation students will pack their boxes on Nov. 11th and K-gr.6 will pack on NOV. 18th. Contact Pastor Jen Collins or Sue Palmer with any questions. 

FUN Events To Get You In The Christmas Spirit and Ready 
For The Christmas Holiday
Saturday, Dec 5th, 9am-noon
DIY (Do It Yourself) Christmas
Spend less. Give more. Come join us on Saturday as we make our own Christmas gifts for family and friends. Bring your own crafts to work on and visit with friends and family or participate in the DIY demonstrations. We will have demonstrations for 3 different gifts, with complete step-by-step help. Supplies will be provided for those who Pre-register by December 2 nd
. Christmas movies will be playing during the event, lots of fun for the whole family. Open to all ages, young kids do need an adult to be present. Contact Pastor Jen with questions or to volunteer. Sign Up on the bulletin board at the Welcome Center. 
If you like to bake come join us to create delicious Christmas goodies to sell on Sunday, December 6 th at both services. All proceeds will go to benefit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).
Sign up on the Bulletin Board.

NOTE: If you like to bake and are NOT able to
attend the Baking Party but would still like to donate cookies for this Bake Sale contact Pastor Jen at  jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net 
or 651-464-5502 ext 2023.  

Return of Soup-er Bowl 
An Action Team is being formed to bring back another Soup-er Bowl family event to be held the end of January or first weekend in February.  Join the team to help make this
an even MORE fun and successful event this year!  
Sign up on a Yellow Page or contact: Rachel Kaup at 
651-433-2857  or  hakrkaup@gmail.com 

Sunshine Preschool 
Annual Pie Gift Cards 
On Sale NOW through Dec. 4th
Pie gift cards are $12.50 each and are valid at any Village Inn or Baker's Square nationwide. The card buys one whole pie of 10 popular varieties (other varieties may require an additional $2). These gift cards can be used for your own holiday celebrations or for Hosanna's Thanksgiving Eve event. They also make wonderful Christmas gifts. Gift cards will be available for sale now until December 4th. Sunshine Preschool staff will be available after services on November 22nd to buy pies. If you would like to purchase gift cards before that, please call the preschool office at 651-464-5502 ext. 2014. 

connect360 Menu

All Wednesday night meals
include dessert & beverage

Nov 4 
Grilled Chicken Quesadillas,
tater tots, salad bar

Nov 11 
Ground Beef & Chicken Tacos (soft & hard tortillas), corn, salad bar

Nov 18  
Hot Turkey Open-Face Sandwich, mashed potatoes & gravy, salad bar

Contact Us

Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax
Visit us on the web:

LIKE us on 

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

Jen Collins 
Associate Pastor  
651-464-5502 ext. 2023
Rob Anderson
Worship & Music Director
651-464-5502 ext. 2008 
Rick Bahnemann 
Facilities & Food Service Director 
651-464-5502 ext. 2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 

Sue Palmer
651-464-5502 ext. 2013 
Custodial Staff 
Reid Eckert 
Nick Kelley 
Nick Girard 

Coats 'n Boots Drive

Hosanna's 2nd Annual 
  C o a t s 'n B o o ts Drive 
for Kids & Families

Now through Saturday Nov. 7 th
you can bring new or gently used winter coats and boots to Hosanna
or Big Marine Lake Store and place in the large collection bins.

THIS Saturday, Nov. 7th, donations
will also be accepted at Walmart in Forest Lake (9am-3pm). Volunteers are needed on that day to assist us at Walmart. Sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board at the Welcome Center at Hosanna.

NEW items will be donated to FL Area Children's Clothing Fund, Inc. GENTLE USED items will be donated to the Salvation Army.

THANK-YOU all for your donations and assistance!!!

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Luke
Facilitators: Deb DeVore
and Dee Rebeck

Milestone Ministry

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.

Prayer/The Lord's Prayer
(grades 1-3)
Jan 10
- - -
First Communion
(all ages)
Feb 28
- - -
Tough Questions
(grades 5-6)
April 17
- - -
Graduation Recognition
(12 graders)
May 22

Information pamphlets available on the wall rack in the Welcome Center.

Register your child at the Welcome Desk OR submit your registration request on a Yellow Page in the offering basket 
OR contact the church office
to sign up. 
Metro Dining Club Cards

$24 / box

Pick up your Metro Dining Club cards now and enjoy dining out
at a discount.
And they make great holiday gifts!

Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) 

Please join us for our next SAM luncheon to be held
Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11:30am
in the Garden Chapel/Fellowship Hall at Hosanna

Chef Rick Bahnemann will be preparing for us:
Baked Ham, Baked Potatoes (with
all the fixings), Caesar Salad, Dessert & Beverages.

There is always plenty of room for  
everyone to join us for delicious
food and great conversations.

If possible, please contact Lynda Olson if you will be able to attend so that Rick will have a rough idea of how many to plan for.  As always, if your plans change please feel free to join us (even if you haven't let her know that you can come).
The more the merrier!

Lynda Olson

New Session Begins
Nov. 7th,   9:00-10:00 am

This 7-week session will run
through Saturday, Dec. 19th. 
Cost is $50
Lakeside Room (upper level)
at Hosanna,

Please enter at Door C (north side) 
Make up sessions available
at various times and locations.

 To register contact Kathy Okeson
tv69oke@aol.com  or  651-464-5422
or sign up at Welcome Center.
Payment due by Sunday, Nov.1st.

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Community Events & Opportunities

Christian Women's Connection
invites women to "Time To Celebrate" Stonecroft Fundraiser Luncheon
Monday, November 16 at 11:30am - Lakes Free Church, 29620 Olinda Trail, LIndstrom, MN 55045
Speaker: Peggy Hill "A Different Kind of Party"; Music by Rachel Reibe; Special Feature: Annual Stonecroft Silent Auction & Fundraiser. Cost: $10 inclusive of lunch and program.  Reservations and cancellations are necessary by the Tuesday before the luncheon. Contact Carrie at 651-257-4741 or Mary at 715-554-2330. Specific questions or considerations? Contact Dena prior to luncheon at 715-755-2463. 
Christian Women's Connection: A ministry of Stonecroft.  www.stonecroft.org 
TRANSITIONS - A FREE Workshop for Parents of Youth Living with Mental Illnesses 
Wednesday, November 18th  6:30pm - 8:30 pm. Canvas Health, 7066 Stillwater Blvd N, Oakdale
J oin us for a workshop to help parents prepare their teen or young adult for independence by teaching them about resources in education, the workplace, and independent living. Parents also learn about the new rights young adults gain as they reach adulthood and what to do if their young adult is not yet ready for total independence.
Mission Statement
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving,
and serving
as Jesus did so that all may know him.