December 29, 2015       Season of Christmas
We are call, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.
From Pastor Linda
We make a living by what we get. We make a life  
by what we give. ~Winston Churchill

Dear Hosanna Family and Friends: 
What a powerful year it has been at Hosanna! Think back with me to discover what has happened in 2015 at Hosanna:
  • We turned hunger into hope by providing 100,000 meals to children in need around the world- by partnering with Incarnation Lutheran Church and Feed My Starving Children, raising $22,000 and engaging more than 500 volunteers! WOW!!
  • Summer Camps- for kids of all ages: Everlasting Love VBS! Drama Camp! Luther Dell and Wapo.
  • In August, 14 youth went on-retreat to ready themselves for the Rite of Confirmation. We welcomed them on Reformation Sunday- as they said YES to affirming their baptism as followers of Jesus.
  • We welcomed Pastor Jen Collins to live and love and serve among us with a special focus on Children, Youth and Family Ministry.
  • We welcomed over 700 people to our building on Christmas Eve!
Even though we have accomplished much together this past year, there is still much to be done as we continue pressing on in our call to 'live, love and serve as Jesus did so that all may know Him.' To that end I want to invite you to help us finish the year strong and prepare ourselves for an exciting 2016 by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift to Hosanna.  Mark and I are making this a priority, and I'm asking you and your family to do the same.
While we have had a good year of giving, especially to special projects and missions, we presently have a year-to-date operating expense shortfall. There are many ways to make an end-of-year donation:
  • In person, by stopping by the church office: tomorrow between 8am and 4:30pm or Thursday 8am-3pm.
  • Mailing a check to the church office (postmarked by December 31, 2015).
  • Through our website: http://www.hosannaforestlake.net/giving/ 
  • Text to give- text "Hosanna" to 50155.
Any amount will help. Together we can do this. If you have already made a year-end gift- thank you!
I want you to remember that your gift funds a ministry that changes lives. Consider our worship series THRIVE- teaching us about JOY unspeakable, FAITH unsinkable, LOVE unstoppable- anything is possible! Or the Advent Conspiracy- helping us fully prepare to receive the newborn King of Kings!
Thank you for being a part of the Hosanna family and helping us accomplish the vision God has given us.
Together in ChristPastor Linda 
This Sunday
  • First Sunday of Christmas
  • GET meeting at 10 am in Conference Room
  • Special Music by Children's Performing Arts
Join us on Wednesday Nights at

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 in the Welcome Center.

Wednesday Night Schedule
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship
6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship                                                  Starting Jan. 6, we return to The Gospel in Disney

6:30-7:30 pm      * Faith Formation
(PreK-K, Gr.1-3, Gr.4-6)                                               * Confirmation   (Grades 7-9)
                            Jan. 6 - Parent Night - learn about                                                    mentor program during Lent                           
                              * Higher Ground (senior high)
                              * Adult Learning  
Come and join us and invite a friend or neighbor  


Wednesday Night Menus 

All meals include dessert
and beverage.

Jan. 6
Sloppy Joes, waffle fries, salad bar

Jan. 13
Pizza (veggie, sausage, cheese, pepperoni), Caesar salad, frui t

Jan. 20
Sub sandwiches (ham, turkey, cheese), salad bar, potato chips
Jan. 27
Spaghetti & meatballs, bread sticks, salad bar

Feb. 3
Grilled chicken & cheese quesadillas with fixings, corn, salad bar

NOTE: if your child does not care for tonight's entree,
you can request a jelly sandwich.

Special Request:   With several members going south for the winter, Rick is in need of more bakers for Wednesday night meals. Recipes and baking schedule are provided. You simply make the scheduled baked goods at home and bring them to Hosanna by 2pm on Wednesdays. Sign up on a Yellow Page and place in offering basket or click HERE to let Rick know you are willing to help.  

Yogadevotion will begin a new session on Saturday, Jan. 9th, 2016 9-10am in the Lakeside Room (upper level). The 7-week session runs through Sat, Feb 20. Cost for the 7-weeks is $50. Please enter through the north doors (Door C).  Make-up sessions will be available at various times and locations.

Yogadevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace in body, mind and spirit through weekly Saturday morning devotional sessions.  Carrin Mahmood, certified and experienced Yogadevotional instructor, leads the hour long sessions. Women and men of all ages are invited to participate and enjoy this meditation time, while enjoying the benefits of yoga. No previous experience needed, basic yoga will be taught.

To register, contact Kathy Okeson, tv69oke@aol.com, or 651-464-5422 . Payment is due by Sunday, Jan. 3rd, and can be a check payable to Hosanna
(memo: Yogadevotion) , cash or online through Hosanna's website under Giving ( enter "Yogadevotion: under Additional Information ).

Taking Down the Christmas Trees 

need a 
few volunteers on
January 4th & 5th at 1:00 pm 
to help take down the Christmas trees in the  
Great Hall and Garden Chapel. If you can lend a hand ,  
please email Rick at rbahnemann@hosannaforestlake.net or simply  
show up!

We promise to have a better method
to take down the trees
than the one pictured here!!!!

Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving
or miraculous healing of Carol Soren sen's mother, Harriet Sells
Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Steve; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Beulah Smestad, mother of Sharon (Doug) Sill; Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Lynda Olson; Carrin Mahmood; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Doug & Sharon Sill's daughter Chandra & son-in-law Subash 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; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life  
Grief Compassion 
Keep Safe From Harm and Military
Mission Jamaica team; 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

Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium
Establishing A  
Dementia Friendly Community

Thursday January 14, 2016
7:00-8:30 pm
Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake, Minnesota
Jules Benson, Team Leader for Act On Alzheimers
Pastor James Roe, Facilitator for Dementia Support Group

Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium (BeFrienders)
is providing an evening training session to introduce community members to the Forest Lake ACT ON ALZHEIMER'S initiative, and also to provide specific training and advice when caring for folks with Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, and other forms of dementia.

At this gathering you can: 
  • Obtain a better understanding of the dimensions of dementia.
  • Learn how to use validation to communicate.
  • Where caregivers can get help and information
All are welcome to attend this educational session
Questions? Call Lynda Olson, 651-982-0856

Soup-er Bowl 2016 
Fun Family Event 
Friday, Feb.5th 
 We are looking for donations of items & services
for the Silent Auction. If you have something to donate or would like to help in another way at this event, sign up on a Yellow Page o r contact Rachel Kaup at
651-433-2857  or  hakrkaup@gmail.com  

Countdown to Hosanna's FMSC MobilePack
on April 1 & 2, 2016 = 93 Days!!
God has blessed Hosanna richly. You can   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. We need to raise $30,000   to cover cost of the food and another $5,000  for building maintenance following the MobilePack. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on
April 1 & 2 to help pack the food.
Ways YOU Can Help
  1. Take home a Change-4-Change glass jar and continue to fill it with loose change and/or currency and bring it to worship on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights  at connect360.
  2. Write a check to "Hosanna" (write "FMSC" on memo line).
  3. Tell your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. about this MobilePack and ask them to sign up for one or more of the time slots or even organize a team to sign up.  We will soon publish a link for volunteers to sign up online for a time that best works for them.
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.

Consider these upcoming Milestones sessions
for your family.
  Prayer/The Lord's Prayer
(grades 1-3)
Jan 10
Deadline to register Jan.3  
- - -
First Communion
(all ages)
Feb 28

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

Register on a Yellow Page and place in the offering basket  OR online by clicking HERE

Sunshine Preschool 
is holding an
Open House 
Monday, January 11 
5:30-7:30 pm

If you or someone you know if looking for a quality Christian-based preschool for next fall, come visit Sunshine Preschool, meet the teachers and learn about our program. Registrations materials for 2016 will be available. Children are welcome to attend and experience the fun!

Sunshine Preschool 
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Interested in joining a book club?

It's simple! Read the book.
Then come and discuss.
Sign up on the Welcome Center bulletin board or call the church office.
We will meet monthly on
the 4th Tuesday to discuss starting Jan. 26. 
January's book 
The Time Keeper
 by Mitch Albom
What is the value and meaning of time?  Discussion Guide to be available online by Jan.

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Hebrews
Facilitators: Deb DeVore
and Dee Rebeck
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Hosanna Lutheran Church
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Senior Adult Ministry
SAM Luncheon
Thursday, January 7
11:30 am at

9726 Scandia Trail N (Hwy 97)

Please join us for a fun and entertaining get-together.  Let Lynda Olson know if you will be able to join us via email by clicking
or calling 651-982-0856.  The restaurant would like to have a rough idea of how many folks to expect so they can staff accordingly.

Click HERE to check out
their menu. 
Couples Retreat
Seasons of Marriage 
February 19-20, 2016
Cost per couple: $180 
(includes overnight stay at Hilton Garden Inn, and breakfast & lunch) 
Spring, summer, winter, fall. Marriages are perpetually in a state of transition, continually moving from one season to another - perhaps not annually, as in nature, but just as certainly and consistently. Each season holds the potential for emotional health and happiness, and each one has its challenges.
This retreat will focus on helping  you and your partner identify which season your marriage is in, and show you how to enhance your marriage in all four seasons.

Register on a Yellow Page and place in offering basket or contact church office.
We hope to have online registration available soon.