January 31, 2017

Hosanna Lutheran Church 
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.

From Pastor Linda

Jesus words from the Sermon on the Mount: 
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.  (from Matthew 5)
Dear Brothers and Sister in Christ~

BE PERFECT!  From the Online-Dictionary:

1. having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it is possible to be: "she strove to be the perfect person."
Synonyms: ideal, model, without fault, faultless, flawless, ...

2. absolute; complete (used for emphasis): "a perfect stranger." 
synonyms: absolute, complete, total, real, out-and-out...
I must admit that I have always found this verse rather intimidating... and impossible!  Be perfect?  No way!  As God is perfect?  Impossible!!  Impossible- if that is what you really think the definition of PERFECT is!  Here, once again, is where my seminary education and GREEK come in handy.  The word translated here as "perfect" comes from the Greek word "telos" which most often signifies something not so much morally perfect as we understand the word, as it does something that has grown up, matured and is reaching its perfect end.  That is, "telos" is the goal or desired outcome of a thing.   Being perfect is a process, a journey!  Or, as Kid President said, "GOOD-er."- and in this sense I do believe that GOOD-er is a word!    Here is the link to the video from Sunday:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1zNHoYmhUI
As I shared on Sunday, I prefer Eugene Peterson's translation of this passage- The Message.  Here it is again:
In a word, what I am saying is, GROW UP.  You are KINGDOM SUBJECTS.  Now live like it.  Live out your God-created identity.  Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives towards you.
Be perfect!  See you in church!!  ~Pastor Linda  

Connect360 Adult Education

An Opportunity for Learning and Conversation-
Who is My Neighbor: Talking about Race and Racial Equity
(a study from Lutheran Social Services)
When:  Wednesday's January 25, February 1, 8, 15
Time: 6:30pm during connect360 education time
Topics:  Setting the Stage- God Made Us Different on Purpose, We are more alike than different: What is Race and Racism- a working definition, Do I have Privilege?, Listening and Telling Stories.
This series will include guest speakers and opportunity for conversation.  We will follow the 5 Habits of the Heart to guide our discussions.

1.  An understanding that we are all in this together.  Biologists, ecologists, economists, ethicists and leaders of the great wisdom traditions have all given voice to this theme. Despite our illusions of individualism and national superiority, we humans are a profoundly interconnected species.
2. An appreciation of the value of "otherness." It is true that we are all in this together. It is equally true that we spend most of our lives in "tribes" or lifestyle clans-and that thinking of the world in terms of "us" and "them" is one of the many limitations of the human mind. The good news is that "us and them" does not have to mean "us versus them."
3. An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways. Our lives are filled with inner and outer contradictions.  We are flawed and finite beings whose understanding is always partial and in need of correction.
4. A sense of personal voice and agency. Insight and energy give rise to new life as we speak out and act out our own version of truth, while checking and correcting it against the truths of others.
5. A capacity to create community. 

Council  Round-Table
On Sunday, February 5, the council will be holding a round-table discussion on the 2017 Budget between services in the Garden Chapel. Come with your questions!
Locate our Council Minutes and Information Here
Prayer Requests
Praise and Thanks
Johnita and Dan Moody, friends of Marlin and Ruth Lackas for their great grandchildren have been adopted by their aunt; Vernon Holland; Paul Huseth

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey
Anne Witalka, friend of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Bob Olson; Anne Witalka, friend of Marlin and Ruth Lackas; Elaine Schumacher's friend Beryl; Ruth Anne Edlund; Ed Abbott, cousin of Denny & Shirley Wachholz; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Dave Livermore; Barb Hansen, family of Linda Hackl; Bette Kuss, cousin of Ross Ohman; Sandra Mericle, friend of Ohman family; Paul Wallenfelk, brother of Sue Girard; Nancy Zak; Geary Lynch following the loss of his leg; Dick Westcott and wife Nancy; Elaine Schumacher's friend Becky; Jamesen Rasmussen, granddaughter of Dave & Mona Mitten; Tim Tkach, friend of Ross & Julie Ohman;Tommy LaMere, 12-yr-old friend of Doug & Sharon Sill; Rick Bahnemann; Jan Hill; Stephanie, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Johnita, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum; Friend of Ruth and Marlin Lackas

Grief Compassion 
Shelly Rensink and family with the passing of her father; Scott Johnson and family with the passing of his mother; Judy Berke and family with the passing of her twin sister; Family and friends of Hunter Houle
Keep Safe From Harm (Military & other circumstances) 
The Mission Jamaica Team; Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas away at college; Hayden Oliver, serving in the Coast Guard 
Soup-er Bowl 2017


6:00 PM - 9:00 PM






- Texas Style Chili with Fixin's Bar


- Silent Auction 


- MEGA Raffle - 1st Prize Hoverboard - 2nd Prize Drone with HD Camera  - 3rd Prize Fitbit - Tickets are $10 each or 12 for $100
- Giant Inflatable Bounce Houses!
- Snack Bar Bingo
- Photo Booth
- Face Painting
- Activities for the Entire Family



- Pre-sale discounted tickets available tomorrow at Connect360 before and during the dinner time.
Cost includes admission, food, and activities
Proceeds will be used to upgrade Hosanna's audio & video equipment with a portion being donated to fill the empty bowls of those in need.

Metro Dining Cards

Hosanna's Youth are now selling
Metro Dining Cards as a fundraiser.
Each box contains cards to restaurants and entertainment venues in our area; 
and each card can be used once every month (through October 2017)!!!
$24 per box
Worship Times
9:00 AM and 10:30 AM in Great Hall (Lower Level)

6:00 PM in Garden Chapel (Upper Level)

Contact Us 
Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-4:30pm

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 

Kelsey Hane 
Executive Assistant

Susan Wojciechowski 
Food Service Director  
651-464-5502 ext.2023

Alisha Bauer
651-464-5502 ext.2013

Charlie Ollmann
Choir Director 
Mary Gookins 
Handbell Choir Director 
Lisa Sauer 
Children's Choir Director 

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

Hosanna's Wednesday Night Program 
Weekly Schedule of Events

   5:00-6:00 pm   Dinner hour

   6:00-6:30 pm   The Good News at 6 Worship

    6:30-7:30 pm   Education for all ages
                                                 -Faith Formation - PreK-Grade 6
                                                 -Confirmation - Grades 7-9
                                                 -Higher Ground - High School
                                                 -Adult Ed 

VOLUNTEERS are also needed to help prepare the meals and guide our children & youth in Faith Formation, Confirmation & Higher Ground. Talk with Pastor Jen Collins or Susan Wojciechowski, Food Service Coordinator, about ways you might help.

Register HERE for connect360
children, youth & adult learning
AND volunteers!
Annual Meeting
On Sunday February 12, we will be holding our Annual Congregational Meeting. We will be beginning with a potluck. The meeting will be starting at 12pm in the Garden Chapel, or whenever everyone has gone through the food line. 

The Potluck will be as follows:
Those with last names A-F needs to bring Salads
Those with last names G-L need to bring Side Dishes
Those with last names M-S need to bring Main Dishes
Those with last names T-Z need to bring a dessert

 If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Hane at office@hosannaforestlake.net.
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SAM February Lunch at The Old Log Cabin in Forest Lake

On Thursday, February 2, SAM will be hosting a lunch at 11:30am at The Old Log Cabin in Forest Lake, MN. "When you dine at The Old Log Cabin Restaurant, you can be sure you'll find something for everyone. Their delicious, hearty appetizers include all your favorites, and they also offer a favorite selection of salads for those looking for a lighter bite."
Photography Exhibit Coming Soon!
A close look at God's Creations

LOOK DOWN. What do you see?
animal tracks, wildflowers, mushrooms, sea shells

LOOK AROUND. What do you see?
prairie grasses, wildlife, people, playful pets

LOOK UP. What do you see?
cloud formations, treetops, dramatic skies, flying geese


This exhibit will be coming soon to the South Hallway near the Garden Chapel on the main floor. If you have any questions about this exhibit, contact Rob Anderson at randerson@hosannaforestlake.net.

GET Meeting

On Sunday February 12 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM there will be a GET meeting in the conference room. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Okeson or Kelsey Hane.
Sign Your Child Up For Summer Camp!

Camp is where fun and faith collide! At camp you'll meet Jesus in new and exciting ways through friendships, inspiring worships, fun games, caring counselors, blazing campfires and more! Come to camp and be transformed through this fearless faith adventure. 

Summer Camp Registration Opens On: 1/15/2017
The Priority Deadline is: 3/15/2017
To register, click here

If you have any questions, talk to Pastor Jen