May 7, 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.
9:00 AM &
Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
A Note From Pastor Linda
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations... and remember I am with you!
~Jesus, Matthew 28
When was the LAST time you invited someone to church?
I think we should QUIT being a welcoming church. No kidding. I'm serious!! DEAD serious. Like so many congregations, we spend an amazing amount of time and energy in brewing coffee, wearing name tags and putting our friendliest people (woo's!) out front on Sunday mornings. While this isn't bad- it is not enough!
- Welcoming is passive. It symbolizes waiting for visitors and guests to find us and drop by. It places the responsibility on the visitor.
- Inviting is different. Inviting is active. It means we leave the comfort of Sunday morning worship and seek out our neighbors. Being inviting starts with a God who is at work in the world!
What might this look like? Being an inviting church means sharing God's specific gifts, made real at Hosanna, with people outside the walls of the church building. Examples?
- Want to feed kids around the world? Join me at the FMSC MobilePack. (I saw many of you do this!)
- You're looking for quality faith-based childcare? Check out Sunshine Discovery Center, Hosanna's new partnership, serving infants through pre-k, both part-time and full-time schedules! I can arrange a visit for you.
- Looking for a place to connect with people? Consider joining me at worship. We have Community Potlucks in the Summer- great food! Free ice cream Sundaes too!
It can be terrifying to step outside comfort zones and establish a pattern of inviting friends to attend worship. What if they laugh at me? Or think less of me? What if they label me as one of THOSE people? Or... what if they actually come? Then what?
Be The Church!
Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Gary, friend of Kuehn family; Sophie, grandmother of Kuehn family; Barb Lund, friend of Dreyer family; John Jensen, friend of Dreyer family; Rich Hanson; Art Oster, Father of Dave Oster; Deb, daughter-in-law of Gary & Evalene Lee; Diana Lindquist, friend of Judy Merrell; nephew of Mary Gookins; Holly, friend of Livermore Family; Gail McCullough, friend of Grimes Family; Bill Grimes, father of Ryan Grimes; Megan Olrich Sullivan, family friend of Christensen family; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Deb Krinke; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill
Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Issues
Joan, sister of Jon Nordstrom; Jason, nephew of Jon Nordstrom; Gayle Hanson; Jim Raddatz, friend of Thompson Family; Juniper, granddaughter of Laura and Buck Carlson; Zuniga Family; Marilyn Wallin; Hank Reedy; Art Amann, friend of the Bergan family; Don Moody, brother of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Laurie Kunze, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Mike, father-in-law of Nick Bredahl; Doug Sill; Marlys & Jerry Berg, sister and brother-in-law of Dave Oster; Leona Lucker, great aunt of James Henriott; Harry Eckert; Margot LeBoeuf, neighbor of Mary Thompson; Larry, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Nathan Acker; 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
Larry Trudeau, brother of Michelle Spanjers; Leo, uncle of Kathy Okeson
Comfort in Grief
The Cutler family, cousin of Sue Girard, at the loss of Adam
What a crew! Over 25 generous individuals gave up their Saturday morning to take part in Hosanna's Spring Cleanup of the grounds! Because of the hard work of many people, the outside grounds are in terrific shape for everyone to enjoy worshiping outside at our own church home, and for Hosanna to look beautiful for the summer/fall months. The Green Earth Team and the Facilities Team truly appreciates everyone for helping!
A HUGE THANKS to Todd & Lisa Moorhouse for their generous donation of mulch given to Hosanna for the grounds. It is a wonderful gift that help makes our grounds a beautiful place to worship this summer. Thank you!
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 has begun!
Learn more and register here:
Bishop Lull Visits Hosanna
Sunday, May 12
Preaching at both 9 & 10:30 AM Worship
Rev. Patricia J. Lull
, was elected bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in May 2014. At the time of her election, Lull was serving as the executive director of the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches. Prior to that, she worked in campus ministry at Augsburg University, as dean of students at Luther Seminary, and as director of Lutheran Campus Ministry for the ELCA. Lull earned a bachelor's degree in religion from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and completed her theological education at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. Following her ordination in 1979, Lull served as a pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Athens, Ohio, and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Alpena, Michigan. Lull lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota since 2001 and is a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. She recently chaired the work group for drafting an inter-religious relations policy for the ELCA, tapping her long-standing involvement in ecumenical and inter-religious work.
Jesus at the Movies
for Junior & Senior High
Every Tuesday in May
Meet Pastor Jen at the White Bear Theater! Watch a film, stay after for a conversation about its impact on your life and life of faith. Weekly films and times TBD. Ticket price is included, food and snacks are not.
Sarah Circle Women's Bible Study
Wednesday, May 8
Sarah Circle will be having their monthly women's Bible study on Wednesday, May 8 at 10 AM in the Garden Chapel.
Registration is now OPEN!
Early Bird Pricing Ending Soon!
Service & Fun
for 6th Grade - 12th Grade
Summer Stretch Sessions -
$100 (June OR July) $175 All Sessions....
After June 2nd: $125; All Sessions $250.
REGISTRATION CLOSES June 2 for Session 1, CLOSES June 23 for Session 2!
See our website under "Connect" and "Summer Camps & Programs" for more information
Green Earth Team Plant Sale Pick-Up
Saturday, May 11 - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sunday, May 12 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The GET Plant Sale thanks those who supported the recent sale, and will be helping support the outside worship area with the funds generated by the fundraiser. Plants can be picked up on Saturday, May 11th, 8-11am in Luther B, and on Sunday, May 12th, 10-12. You can still support the GET and the outside worship area by shopping at Leben's Garden Center, Hugo, through June 15th and mention "HOSANNA" at checkout. Thank you.
Sunday, May 19
9 & 10:30 AM Worship
All family and friends of graduates will be invited to lay hands upon these young adults. Please fill out a Graduate Recognition form on our website. Contact Pastor Jen with questions
The Annual Big Sing & Ring
Sunday, May 19
9 & 10:30 AM Worship
Thy Word - In Music!
Come and enjoy a worship full of music featuring the Hosanna Choir and the Hosanna Bell Choir.
Vacation Bible School
Early Bird Pricing Ending Soon!
1. Register by June 1st to receive a t-shirt.
2. Registration CLOSES July 8 - after this date contact Pr. Jen for availability
Extended Day Registration Closes July 1 - after this date contact Pr. Jen for availability
Elementary VBS for Completed Grades K-4 9:00-11:30 am
Cost: $45, includes t-shirt- Snacks- Activities
Extended Day option available, 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM. Additional Cost: $45 per child - Save $5 per additional children (Family Max. $150)
We are excited to bring you a fun-filled week with God - through music, games, snack, Bible story telling and more! We will also be looking for volunteers to help guide our kids through each station. Stay tuned for ways in which you can help.
Preschool Half Day VBS
Ages 4 & 5, must be potty trained
Date: July 22-25
Time: 9:00 to 11:30 am
Cost: $45, includes t-shirt- Snacks- Activities*
Join us for a half day, led by Hosanna Lutheran Church Volunteers and our God Squad (Jr. Leadership kids). Your child will get to experience a taste of day
through music, games, snack, Bible story telling and more! Space is limited. Enrollment is limited to 40 children, so register early. Children must be potty trained.
Adopt A Garden At Hosanna
Adopt a Garden has again kicked off, and if you would like to care for one of the areas over the summer, both the map of available spots and the signup are at the Welcome Center area. The GET would like to thank you in advance for your support of the gardens and outside grounds of Hosanna.
Youth Service Immersion Weekend
July 26-28, 2019
Registration Closes June 2!
NEW! Service Immersion -
Weekend Camp in the Twin Cities. If you loved serving our local communities during our general session, this is an opportunity to spend a longer amount of time connecting and serving over a weekend.
Service Immersions of various lengths are a way for groups to experience the many issues contributing to poverty. Also to serve organizations that serve those affected, and to take what they learn and address the issues in their own communities.
MUST HAVE COMPLETED 6th Grade to participate.
To learn more about the housing, meals and experience, visit
Urban Immersions Webpage: https://uisr-mn.squarespace.com/retreats-2/
Service Immersion Weekend: Friday July 26 - Sunday July 28. Cost: $250
The Summer Worship Series:
The FINAL Word
Beginning June 2
The book of Revelation can be incredibly confusing and even frightening to read, but it wasn't meant to be either. In fact, behind the alarming imagery of Revelation lies a world of beauty, as we see the love of Christ forever triumph over the darkness we encounter all too often in our world.
Join us this Summer in the Great Outdoors worship space at Hosanna! June-July -August at
The Blessing of the Bikes and Community Potluck
Sunday, June 2 at Worship at 9:30 AM
Bring your bikes, trikes, skateboards, long boards and anything recreational on wheels to church on Sunday, June 2. We will bless the bikes during worship and rope off a section of the parking lot for some riding time after worship, rain or shine! Bring a potluck item to share and Hosanna will be providing hot dogs on the grill for a family picnic!
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!
Summer Bible Study on Revelation
Wednesdays starting June 12 at 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.
On the second Sunday of each month during the summer months, come for worship and stay for free ice cream sundaes!
Hosanna's Week at St. Andrew's Family Shelter
June 9 - 15
Hosanna will be providing volunteers for the
Andrew's Family Shelter the week of June 9-15 and we need people to sign up for a few shifts.
Rootbeer For Dads (and everyone else too!)
Sunday, June 16
In celebration of all of the great men in our lives, we will be serving Rootbeer Floats on Sunday, June 16 after worship at 9:30 AM.
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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