Hosanna E-Update

May 17, 2016
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.
From Pastor Linda
GODSPELL & Spaghetti Dinner
A virgin will have a baby boy, and he will be called
 Immanuel, which means "God with us."      
                                                       ~from Matthew 1

Greetings Friends!
T his Sunday is the BIG SING & RING! This has been a tradition at Hosanna- that one Sunday in May the Hosanna Choir (and now also the Bell Choir) lead worship. This year the featured "SING" is a GODSPELL Medley- and so I thought it fitting to write about GODSPELL in preparation for Sunday.
GODSPELL was created in 1969 at Carnegie-Mellon University as a directing project for John-Michael Tebelak, who was in the theater department there but also had thoughts of becoming an Episcopal minister. The story goes that he had recently attended an Easter service in Pittsburgh and was struck by the lack of joy and celebration in the service as well as by the personal hostility he felt from some of his fellow churchgoers because of his youth and long hair. The original production was a collection of improvised scenes based loosely on the gospel according to St. Matthew and music based on traditional hymns created and directed by John-Michael Tebelak. In 1971 Stephen Schwartz (music and lyric writer) had his first encounter with GODSPELL being asked by 2 producers who were interested in giving the show a commercial production at an off-Broadway theater. GODSPELL finds humor in the Gospels and in the responses of human beings to them. When Stephen Schwartz was asked if this project changed his perception of Jesus he replied: "Basically, as I learned from GODSPELL, Jesus said two major things: 'Always treat others as you would have them treat you' and 'Anything you do for one of your fellow men, however humble, you do for me.'"
So that's the message for Sunday. Come and hear it in song!! Invite a friend to share in the GOOD NEWS- GOSPEL- GODSPELL!! The bells will be playing two new pieces that were purchased with funds donated in memory of Richard (Dick) Brandt. This is sure to be a day of CELEBRATION and JOY!!
Following worship the celebration will continue with a Lakes Area FMSC MobilePack Celebration and Spaghetti Dinner as we remember 2016 and learn where our packed food was shipped-and then turn our heads and hearts and hands to 2017 and a new MobilePack adventure!
Special THANKS to Rob Anderson, Charlie Ollmann and Mary Gookins for the worship arrangements- and Phyllis Lindberg- accompanist and all the singers and ringers!!
Special THANKS to Jen Bergan and Gene Janicke- the FMSC Spaghetti Dinner leads!
See you in Church! 
~  Pastor Linda   

PS- Ever wonder about your natural talents; those recurring patterns of thought, feeling or behavior that can be productively applied? Ever wonder how to turn them into strengths; the ability to consistently provide near-perfect performance in a specific activity? Join me in a 3-week Living your Strengths- StrengthsFinder Class- June 1, 8, 15 at 7pm. Register HERE 
This Sunday
  • Big Sing & Ring - Hosanna Choir & Handbell Choir present the Word in Music at 9am & 10:30am services
  • High School Senior Milestone Recognition at 9am and 10:30am services
  • Spaghetti Dinner Celebration & Kick-off for    Lakes Area FMSC 2017 MobilePack


Spotlight on the
Personnel Committee
Who we are:
As directed by our Constitution,  the Personnel Committee (PC)  is comprised of the current council president, the senior pastor, and six members appointed jointly by the president and the pastor. Term of office is two years, with three members to be appointed each successive year.

Current Members:
Under appointment by Pastor Linda and Tom Croce, Council President: Buck Carlson, Gene Janicke, Rachel Kaup, Kelly Monson, Max DeRaad and Karen Christensen. 

Why we exist:
The Personnel Committee supports the pastor, council and staff regarding HR related issues, benefits, staffing, policies and procedures

What are we working on:
Past committee members recently finished developing a current employee handbook for Hosanna staff. PC members may meet with staff surrounding any performance issues or employee concerns and may be present during Annual Performance reviews each October.  Currently, the PC is meeting to evaluate our current staffing and potential future needs as our church grows. As directed by council and the congregation during the annual meeting in January, the council is also in discussion about how to use the additional funds that were budgeted to staffing, to ensure that we are appropriately and equitably staffed and fairly compensating our employees. 

How you can meet with us:
Currently, PC has been meeting a t 6:30 am, due to availability of the committee members.  PC meetings are closed, but we would like to invite you to hear updates and ask any questions you have. Please join us along with council o n July 1 for a Personnel Committee roundtable, immediately following the Lakeside service.

THIS Sunday, May 22nd
with the Hosanna Choir & Handbell Choir 
presenting the Word in Music 
at both 9am and 10:30am services
 Then join us at the
Lakes Area FMSC MobilePack
Spaghetti Dinner Celebration

and Kick-off for the 2017 MobilePack
immediately following 10:30 worship service
in the Garden Chapel 
Adopt A Garden

All Garden Adoptions have been secured. Thanks to all who have accepted responsibility for caring for one or more of Hosanna garden plots this summer. Should any of you have questions or concerns about the care of your chosen garden, please contact Michelle Trudeau-Spanjers via email
by clicking HERE.
Hosanna's Green Earth Team (GET) 
REMINDER: Qualifying  purchases made at Forest Lake Floral through the summer continue to benefit
the Green Earth Team and Hosanna when your mention
"Hosanna" at the time of your purchase. 
Coming Soon - Save These Dates 

Board Game Night 
Wednesday, June 8   5:00-8:00pm 
Bring your favorite games and have fun! 
Light snacks to be provided


Faith Night at the  
Minnesota Twins! 
Saturday, August 13 
Game starts at 6:10pm
Ticket Options Field View - $23 each  or
        Family Section - $40 each (includes
hot dog & soda)  


Wednesday, August 17
(*note date correction)
5:00-8:00 pm   
Sign up as a team
or just show up.
Bring a treat to share
with your table or everyone!

S ummer Outdoor Worship at
Lakeside Memorial Park

2016 Summer Sunday Worship Begins 
Sunday, June 5th  at  9:30am at 
Lakeside Memorial Park  
in Downtown Forest Lake    
Bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on as we  
gather to worship in this beautiful setting.
In the event of inclement weather, worship moves
indoors to the Garden Chapel (upper level) at Hosanna.
Weather notice will be posted on Hosanna's website
and Facebook page by 7:30am

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Bible Study 8-8:45 am on Summer Sundays  
in Hosanna's Conference Room.  
Together we will looker deeper into the stories that  
Jesus told to both conceal and reveal the gospel. 
Come and join in on some engaging conversations  
and bring your Bible if you have one.
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving  
Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Tracy, friend of Anne & Rob Myre; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Mike Martin, father of Brian Riebe's friend Cindy Martin; Brandi; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Jan Hill; Hannah Bergan; Mel (Ekko) Blumer, grandson-in-law of Dale & Barbara Johansen; Marcus, brother of Michelle (John) Trudeau-Spanjers: Laney Hays and family; Stephanie, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Dick Westcott; Blake Brandt, son of Mike & Heather Brandt; Joseph Riebe, son of Brian Riebe; Norman Schaible, family friend of Teresa & Mike Bredahl; Johneta, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister; Lynda Olson; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Marlin Lackas; Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life
Grief Compassion 
Renee Svoboda upon death of her husband Tim & son Tom; family of Tom Svoboda (Tanya, Charlie, Jack & Amelia) and Tom's sister & brother-in-law Kelly & Eric Carlson

Keep Safe From Harm and Military
Kelley & babies (protection & healing), Marlin & Ruth Lackas' God child; Hayden Oliver, son of Miranda & Kevin Oliver Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore

Hosanna's book club will continue to meet on the
4th Tuesday of the month in Hosanna's conference room.
Book for discussion on May 24 at 7pm is Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt.
  New readers are always welcome. Join us!  
Pastor Linda Friesen, facilitator

Start saving your stuff you no longer use or just want
to get rid of for Hosanna's Rummage Sale
to be held June 16-18, 2016
Spring is a good time to begin sorting through items
you no longer use or want. Why not donate them
to this cause to raise funds for Hosanna ministries?

This year's Rummage Sale is being coordinated by
Anne Myre and Hosanna's Green Earth Team (GET).
If would like to help or get more information, please contact Anne at rgmyre@frontiernet.net or 651-303-9321 

You may drop off items to be sold at the  
Rummage Sale starting Sunday, May 22.

Living Your Strengths Workshops 
Wed. June 1, 8 and 15  at 7:00 pm 
at Hosanna 
Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Do you bring your best to your relationships, your community, your work and your church? Chances are, you don't. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

Living Your Strengths is a process that helps you to identify, affirm and serve from your strengths. It includes the Clifton StrengthsFinder® assessment and 3 workshops designed to bring us together to explore our strengths and learn about the incredible power of our community when we serve God from our strengths. Pastor Linda is the facilitator.
      DATES: June 1, 8, and 15.
      Time: 7:00 p.m.
      Cost $20- (includes the StrengthsFinder Assessment)
      Or come for FREE if you already know your Top 5- for
      a refresher and conversation!
      Click HERE to register. 

Hosanna Softball      

Hosanna is again sponsoring an adult softball team in the FLAAA Sunday night Church League. All games (double-headers) are played on Sundays starting at 6:00pm at Fenway Fields. Come out and support our team and enjoy some fun softball!!
April 24   Against St. Peters - Field 1 RAINED OUT 
May 1     Against Grace - Field 3   2 WINS 
May 8     Against Cornerstone - Field 2  2 LOSSES 
May 15   Against Access - Field 1 
May 22   Against Eagle Brook - Field 2 
May 29   Against St. Peters - Field 2 
June 12  Against Grace - Field 1 
June 19  Against Cornerstone - Field 3 
June 26  Against Access - Field 2 
July 17    Against Eagle Brook - Field 3 
Contact Us 
Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax

Linda Friesen, Pastor 
651-464-5502 ext.2006 
Jen Collins, Assoc.Pastor 
651-464-5502 ext.2023 
Rob Anderson 
Director, Worship & Music 
651-464-5502 ext.2008 
Rick Bahnemann 
Director, Facilities 
and Food Service 
651-464-5502 ext.2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 
651-464-5502 ext.2000 
Sue Palmer 
651-464-5502 ext.2013 
Charlie Ollmann 
Choir Director 
Mary Gookins 
Handbell Choir Director 
Lisa Sauer 
Children's Choir Director 

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

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. 

High School Senior
Graduation Milestone

 (12th grade) 
THIS Sunday , May 22

If you have a graduating senior and would like them to be recognized this Sunday   CLICK HERE
to communicate with Pastor Jen

to get her the information needed 

Support the mission of
Hosanna Lutheran Church
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Birth - Age 5 with Parents
at Hosanna (nursery)
Every 2nd Monday 9-11am
May-August 2016
 $ FREE $


Hosanna partners with
to again offer   
Drama Camp
August 1-7, 2016
(completed grades 2-8)  
The story of David and Goliath comes alive in a fresh new way in this exciting, humorous and powerful new musical.  

Auditions for Solos/Duets
Larger Acting Roles

(Every child gets a part regardless of whether or not they audition
for a larger part
Monday, June 13
11am-1pm  &  6-7:30pm

Mandatory Parent Meeting,
Part Assignments and
Sunday, June 26  4-6pm
(will receive script & CD)

Mon-Sat, Aug 1-6
9am - 12noon

Saturday night, Aug. 6, and
Sunday afternoon, Aug. 7. 
Cost: $50 
Click HERE to register

Registration deadline: May 30
All-day FUN with local mission projects AND recreational activities!
(completed grades 5-12)

June 15, 22, 29 (session 1) and
July 13, 20, 27 (session 2)

8am - 5pm

1/2-day of service and
1/2-day of recreation.
Locations to be announced
in registration packet.

Cost ..$100 per session
or $175 for BOTH

Registration includes Tshirt 

Optional date: Thurs, Aug. 4
Summer Stretch
Twin Cities-wide Celebration
at Valleyfair  8am-7pm
Additional cost for
Valleyfair option:  $25  

Register HERE

Drivers are needed for our June & July dates. If you are able to transport some of our group on any of the dates
listed above, please contact  
Pastor Jen  HERE 
Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Hosanna
L O L 
(Living Out Love)
July 18-21, 2016 
Register by June 19 to
receive Early Bird rates.
Ages 3-5
.............. $40
* must be potty trained
(after June 19 - $45)  
Grades K-6......... $70
  (after June 19 - $75)

S eeds Weekend
at Camp Wapo
July 8-10, 2016
completed grades 2-3
Cost: $150
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Youth Camp at Wapo
July 10-15, 2016
completed grades 4-7

Higher Ground 
Youth Camp
at Luther Dell
August 7-12, 2016
completed grades 8-12
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Register online directly
through Camp Wapo.
A registration page
 has been set up
specifically for campers
from Hosanna-Forest Lake
Click below to register.
Contact Pastor Jen Collins
with questions or concerns.

Camp scholarships
available upon request.