Hosanna's E-Update

September 16, 2015

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice!  ~Phil. 4.4
"Nothing you do for children is ever wasted"  ~Garrison Keillor
Greetings Family of Faith, Body of Christ! 
What a JOY UNSPEAKABLE Sunday we had, and this Sunday FAITH UNSINKABLE.
A new experiment- The Children's Pray Ground - opened with excitement and JOY. One parent commented: "We are here today because there is a place for me and my 2 year old. We can worship together."  Together we are the BODY of Christ. Having said that, we do need to learn to be a bit quieter in the back, and that will be a work in progress. This pastor learned that to put a plastic Noah's ark with all the animals 2 by 2 on a hard wooden surface is NOISE waiting to happen- and it did! Soft toys, Pastor Linda! Again, we are learning. This week this area designated for our youngest worshipers (infant to grade 3) will be better.
Why are we doing this? A few reasons:

Children are a part of the Body of Christ. There is nowhere in the Bible where it says children are a separate body. They are an important part of the church and should not be excluded when the church meets.

Children need Godly examples of how to worship. If children never see adults in the main service worshiping, they won't know how to worship or what is expected of them.

Children need to feel like they are a part of the church community. If children are always separated from the body of Christ, they will never feel like they are a part of the church community. And the members of the church will never get to know the children and be an example to them.

Children who don't feel like a part of the church community will leave church when they are older. Imagine the culture shock of a child who has been in church all of his life but has never been in the main service. He has played games every Sunday, sang active songs, and had every message or Bible story illustrated with a skit, object lesson, or interactive device. Suddenly the child turns 10, or 12, or in some cases, 18 years old. He has graduated to big church. The music is strange. There are no games, skits, or illustrations, only some person he's never met standing up front and talking. He doesn't know any of the people. Get the picture? That's what happens to a child who is never in the main service. Within a few months, maybe even a few weeks, he decides he doesn't want to be there. If his parents make him stay, he'll leave as soon as he turns 18. If not, he will leave sooner. He may look for a church that entertains him and if he doesn't find one, he'll drop out of church. This may be why so many young people are no longer attending church. They never were a part of the church.  
Why are we doing this? Perhaps it is as simple or complicated as this:
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." ~Matthew 19: 14 
Brothers and Sisters, this is about growing disciples. This is about passing on an UNSINKABLE FAITH to the next generation. This is the WORK of the church... and it is a WORK in progress. Thank you for your understanding and your patience as we continue to learn to be the body of Christ together.
~  Pastor Linda
  • Baptism at 9am service: Miles James Baeten, parents Joe & Annie Baeten

  connect360 on Wednesday Nights
        Everything Starts TONIGHT!!  
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. Online registration is available on our website (under connect360) or pick up a registration form in the forms rack on the wall in the Welcome Center. Register now!

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 According to 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: Sept 16-Nov 18 Series:
                           Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University    
          (more information at hosannaforestlake.net/connect360)

Come and join us TONIGHT !
NEW This Fall
Come for Supper 

There's probably no better way to get to know someone than by sitting down and sharing a meal. Join a one-time group or make a commitment to gather 4 times during the coming year for food and fellowship.
Sign ups for one-time groups are available at the Welcome Center or you may contact the church office at 651-464-5502  or  communication@hosannaforestlake.net
One-time dinner dates are: 
Sept 18, 22, 27  and October 1, 4, & 5 
  A new "twist" for these one-time meal groups.. - they will be BLIND sign-ups, meaning you will sign up for a specific date but will not know who the hosts are or where the meal will be held. The hosts will contact you prior to the meal to let you know where it will be and how to get there. Supper Sevens are intended provide a way for us to get to know others we may not know very well...or at all.  

  Save This Date!!
  Hosanna presents
  Friday Night
  at the Movies

Sept. 25th 7:00 pm 
  Garden Chapel  
FREE Admission
for this family-friendly movie. Sign up on the bulletin board at the Welcome Center
contact the church office
so that we will have enough POPCORN for everyone! 
651-464-5502 or  communication@hosannaforestlake.net  

You are invited to celebrate the
Ordination of  
Jenifer Collins to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

Sunday, Sept 27  at  5:30pm
St. Andrews Lutheran Church
(main sanctuary)
900 Stillwater Rd, Mahtomedi, MN 55115  
An offering will be taken-directed by Pastor Jen to be split between ELCA World Hunger and the Dorothy Day Center

Pastor Jen Collins' INSTALLATION
as Associate Pastor at Hosanna Lutheran Church  
will be on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015
at BOTH worship services
Join us in welcoming Pastor Jen as our newly called Associate Pastor for Faith Formation 

Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving 
Deb DeVore's niece's friend, Michelle has had her eyesight restored and has found a job!

Comfort, Strength & Healing In Cancer Journey
Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Tim (Renee) Svoboda; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie; Donna Hunt, mother of Cindy (Roger) Kunze
Healing, Recovery or Facing Other Serious Health Issues  
Hannah Bergan; Mark Okeson, brother of Dave (Kathy) Okeson; Arliss Banta; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Lynda (Gary) Olson;  Brandon Weigel; Dan, great nephew of Diane & Gary Zak; Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlon Lackas; Shirley, friend of Dee (Ron) Rebeck; Laney, daughter of Nicole & Andrew Hays; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum; Rudy & Nancy, co-workers of Sue (Paul) Girard 
Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life 
Lynn Acker, sister-in-law of Nick & Andrea Acker; Donna Lee, sister-in-law of Gary & Evalene Lee; Linda Curry, friend of Brian Riebe 
Grief Compassion
Joe & Jolene Lefto and family upon the death of Joe's mother Judy 
Keep Safe From Harm , Military
Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill

Are you interested in being on an ACTION TEAM to keep our partnership with FMSC alive?  Contact Pastor Linda at 651-464-5502 ext.2006 or  

Contact Us

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

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

Jen Collins 
Associate Pastor  
(beginning mid-October)
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 

connect360 Menu

All Wednesday night meals
include dessert & beverage

Sept 16
Grilled hamburgers & hot dogs, French fries, salad bar

Sept 23
French toast, bacon, salad bar

Sept 30
Homemade pizza (pepperoni, sausage, cheese & vegetarian), salad bar

Oct 7
Spaghetti with Italian meatballs, garlic cheese bread, Caesar salad

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

Support the mission of Hosanna Lutheran Church
as you Shop ONLINE! 
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  WANTED:  Manlift

Hosanna is looking for a used PERSONAL MANLIFT with a
20' platform height and
7' collapsed height

If you know of one that is available, please contact Tom Croce at 651-395-0918 or victom1@hotmail.com

  Bell Choir Starting
Hosanna's Bell Choir rehearses on Monday nights in the Great Hall (lower level).
Anyone new to the choir this year is invited to come at 6:30pm. Returning players will join the rehearsal at 7:15pm
Questions? Contact Mary Gookins, director, at 651-464-4694 or mlgookins@gmail.com  
Hosanna Choir Starting

The Hosanna Choir rehearsals are on Wednesday nights at 7:45pm in the Great Hall (lower level). 
Rehearsals will continue every Wednesday night at this time unless notified otherwise.
The choir usually sings about
2 times each month at both worship services through May. 

We are a NON-audition choir.
You just have to LIKE to SING!
If you've been considering joining the choir, just show up tonight or one of the next Wednesday nights....
right after connect360 as we
Live, Love, Serve....and SING! 
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 Hosanna's upcoming Milestone schedule for your family.

The Bible / Connect Bible
(grades 4-6)
Sept 27

God's Story in My Life/Spark Story Bible (PreK-3rd grade)
Oct 11

Confirmation Celebration
(9th graders)
Oct 25

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 forms rack on the wall 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. 
Community Events
Speaker: Linda Berg "Becoming an Author Was Not MY Plan"
Music: Delane Jorgenson     Laurie Parker, accompaniest    Special Feature: Marie Berhow
Monday, Sept. 21 at 11:30am      Oak Forest Center, 2824 130th St, Frederic, Wisconsin

Reservations/cancellations are necessary by Tuesday prior to lunch.
Call Carrie at  651-247-4741   or Mary at  715-554-2330   Questions? Call Dena  715-755-2463
Kids' Outerwear Fair - Coats, hats, mittens, scarves, boots & blankets (clean & in good condition) are being COLLECTED October 1-21 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom. Cash donations also accepted to purchase new items. DISTRIBUTION will be Thurs & Fri, Oct 22-23 2-7pm and Sat, Oct 24 9am-12noon at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lindstrom. Questions? Contact Bonnie at  bonnie@trinitylindstrom.org 
THE SHARING SHOP - Seasonal Clothing Event - Oct 16-17 -  Lakes Free Church
29620 Olinda Tr, Lindstrom  (1 mi south of Hwy 8, just north of Chisago Lakes HS) 651-257-2677
Used Fall & Winter clothing for men, women & children.
10¢ charge for each clothing item - 25¢ for shoes, boots, coats & snow pants
All are invited to come shop & recycle their clothing.
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.