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GRACE - did you know?!

A Note From Pastor Linda    

From Ephesians 2: For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God...
Dear Friends in Christ~
GRACE. It is a word thrown around a lot in the Lutheran Church, but what is it? Consider this definition:
Grace is love that seeks you out when you have nothing to give in return. Grace is love coming at you that has nothing to do with you. Grace is being loved when you are unloveable. Grace is a love that has nothing to do with you, the beloved- and has everything and only to do with the lover, God. Grace reflects a decision on the part of the giver, the one who loves, in relation to the receiver, the one who is loved, that negates all qualifications the receiver may personally hold... Grace is one-way love! (From Paul Zahl)
Here is the "DID YOU KNOW": Did you know that Hosanna has a GRACE FUND for people (or organizations that help people) in need of assistance, to get back on track, or to get over a bump in life? This fund is used at the discretion of the pastors and Church Council. The fund has been used for many things such as:
  • To help fund medical co-pays so that necessary treatment can continue.
  • In collaboration with other churches to help get a family into secure housing.
  • In collaboration with the Forest Lake School District to help a family make a necessary move.
  • In support of Rangers Supporting Rangers- providing kids with weekend backpacks of quick and convenient food.
  • In support of Coats for Kids*- providing winter-wear for kids in the Forest Lake School District. Kids who are identified by their teachers as kids in need.
  • In support of the Hosanna Room at St. Andrew's Family Shelter in Hugo- a collaboration of area partners.
We give these funds away as agents of Jesus' love in the world- that's GRACE! We expect nothing in return but experience the joy in giving on Hosanna's behalf. During the months of September, October and November- the offering collected during LightHouse worship will be directed to the Grace Fund. Thank you for your giving, above and beyond your General Fund gifts.
See you in Church- on Wednesday AND Sunday!  
 ~Pastor Linda   
*Join Coats for Kids Pancake Breakfast and Fundraiser THIS SUNDAY, September 30- before or after church from 8am-12:30pm- both dine in and drive thru! See more information below.

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Cindy, mother of Char Houle; Jackie, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Bev, aunt of Laura Livermore; Bob Murphy, friend of Mary Gookins; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Deb Krinke; Paul Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Shelley, friend of Linda Knyphausen; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Tonya, friend and coworker of Vicki Croce; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Julie Ohman; Cole Behnken; Pastor Jen Collins; Lynda Olson; Alex, niece of Dave and Laura Livermore; Dee Eckert; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; The Oster Family;Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; John Cupryna, brother-in-law of Mark Friesen; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins

Keep Safe From Harm
Cole Anderson, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Adam, grandson of James Henriott

Comfort In Hospice
Steve Kari

Comfort In Grief
Family and friends of Jan Hill; The Grams family with the passing of Jody's mother.

Got Questions? Get Answers.
Fall Sunday Series
Everyone has questions.  Young children ask "why?"  Teenagers ask "why not?"  Adults question "what if?"  Do you have questions about God, Jesus, the Bible?  Do you have questions about life?  Do you have questions for God about life?  Every day, more and more people are going to Siri or Alexa or Google to find answers to their questions about and for God.  I have a better idea:  Come to Hosanna to "get answers."

Registration is now OPEN!

We want YOU to join us for Connect360! Registration is now open on our website! If you haven't joined us for Connect360 Wednesday nights- give it a try!
5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Lighthouse Worship
6:30 pm - Life Long Learning (L ³)
Life Long Learning is made up of Faith Formation, Confirmation, Higher Ground and Adult Education.
To receive more information, please contact the Church Office at office@hosannaforestlake.net
or register on our website here.

Adult Education
New Fall Series:
StrengthsFinder - empowering people to succeed!
6:45pm - 7:45pm
September 26, October 3 & October 10

Come and learn more about how God has uniquely gifted you! Understand your unique design and make a difference in the world! Cost is $20 for the StrengthsFinder code that will enable you to take the online inventory. Questions? Contact Pastor Linda at lfriesen@hosannaforestlake.net

Connect Bible Blessing (Grades 4+)
Celebration: September 26 at 6PM
Workshop: September 26 at 6:45PM

As children become independent readers, it is a natural time to fulfill the baptismal promise to place the scriptures into their hands. Students and their families will learn some basics about the NRSV Connect Bible, as well as ways to incorporate the bible in daily readings and family devotions through this special workshop. Parents will present the Bible to their youth in worship. Questions? Contact Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net

Save The Date!
Bowling Palooza! (Grades 4-6)
Sunday, September 30
1:00pm - 3:00pm

Pastor Jen and the 4-6 grade youth will be having a bowling day! Interested? Contact Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net.
More information to come.

Kitchen Clean-Up
Sunday, September 30
1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Hosanna kitchen is an integral part of the Hosanna experience and keeping it clean and inviting is important.  We hope to have some fun with cleaning on September 30th at 1:00 or whenever you can make it that day. We'll have coffee and treats, and you'll come away with the knowledge that you have made a huge impact on the care of Hosanna and its members.
No need to sign up, just show up at 1:00 or so on September 30th at the Hosanna kitchen.

Senior Adult Ministry's Monthly Lunch Out
Thursday, October 4

SAM will be heading to Stillwater for our monthly lunch on October 4th. Now that fall is here, we decided to enjoy the beauty of the season by traveling a short distance to the St. Croix river. We hope you will be able to join us!  Our SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) group is a fun loving bunch of folks who love to get together with their friends for lunch.  Please join us, we know you will have a great time.  Let Lynda Olson know if you can be part of the fun at 651-982-0856.  Please feel free to join us, even if you haven't responded earlier.  We know plans change sometime!  There is always room at the tables for more chairs!

Facilities Team Meeting
Tuesday, October 9
6pm in the Conference Room

The monthly Facilities Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at 6pm in the Conference Room at Hosanna. Please contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.

Packers Vs. Vikings Tickets
Game: Sunday, November 25
Drawing: Tuesday, October 16

Once again, thanks to Julie Ohman, we will be having an open drawing for all of those who wish to enter in for a chance to win 2 Vikings vs. Packers Game tickets! Only one entry per family is allowed and all entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, October 15. You may enter in person at Hosanna or by emailing Kelsey Grachek at office@hosannaforestlake.net

Save The Date!
Family Fall Festival
Wednesday, October 17
5pm - 8:30pm

Come join in all the fun! Our 3rd Annual Fall Fest! This is an evening spent together in community. For families of all ages, come join in for dinner and games!

Save The Date!
Youth Haunted Hayride
& Lock-In
Wednesday, October 17

All youth grades 7-12 are invited to join us for a spooktacular night! We will be departing for a Haunted Hayride around 7:30pm, Wednesday, October 17 and coming back for a (non-spooky) lock-in afterward! If haunts and frights are not really your thing, we would still love to have you for the lock-in portion! Cost is $15 per youth. Sign up by messaging us on here or contacting Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net

Beer & Hymn Sing:
Oktoberfest Edition!
Sunday, October 21

Beer & Hymns! a fundraiser benefiting the 2019 Lakes Area Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. Featuring hymns led by Charlie O and friends.

Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets include 1 drink ticket (beer, wine, soda)

Save The Date!
Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, October 28

Come celebrate our 2018 Comfirmands on Sunday, October 28 at both worship services. More details to come.

Lifetouch Photo Directory
October 29-30 & November 1-3

Get ready for your closeup! We will be taking photos for our church directory on October 29-30 and November 1-3. There is no fee! Just for participating, you will receive an 8"x10" portrait and a directory! You will have the portrait back in time for Christmas Cards as well! It won't be the same without you and your family (pets included)! To register, click the below link. Questions? Contact Kelsey Grachek in the front office.

October Book Club
Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm

The Sun Does Shine:  How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin

An unforgettable, haunting story of a terrible injustice that was done to a black man from Alabama, Ray Hinton. In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sentenced to die by execution. Ray spent nearly thirty years on death row before the state of Alabama admitted that they had made a mistake, and set him free.

Trunk-Or-Treating at Hosanna!
Wednesday, October 31
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Start your night of Trick-Or-Treating at Hosanna for our Trunk-Or-Treat Spooktacular! We will have decorated trunks, candy, and hot dogs served by LIVE wiener dogs!

We will also be holding a Trunk Decorating contest with awards and prizes! Interested in decorating your trunk? Contact Kelsey Grachek at office@hosannaforestlake.net or at 651-464-5502.

Sleep Out 2018
November 3-4
Time: Saturday 5:00 p.m. - Sunday 12 noon *Arrive no later than 6:30 pm to set up otherwise dark and hard to construct sleeping unit.

Who: Students Grades 7- Adult (Others welcome, kids Grade 6 and under can stay with an adult until 10:30 pm.)

There is NO COST to participate, but pre-registration is required. On the night of the event, participants must check in by 6:30 pm at Hosanna (front lawn).

This is an experiential educational event, participants will be experiencing one night without a home. Although it doesn't begin to touch the realities many face however, it does allow us to acknowledge the problem (homelessness, food insecurity, lack of affordable housing, livable wages, etc.), think about how we might be a part of a solution and develop a deeper sense of Gratitude. Giving even one night will make a difference.

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor

Jen Collins, Pastor

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
Kathy Kuehn, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

Locate Our Council Minutes and Information Here