February 12, 2018
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
HELP: Polar Vortex, Winter Weather and MORE!
Dear Friends in Christ,
This is a difficult note to write... and yet, this is what we do in families, when stuff gets tough. We don't ignore the tough stuff, shoving it under the rug hoping that it will go away until it finally trips us up. No, we address it. We talk about it. We ask for help.
Due to many circumstances, including winter weather (both extreme cold, ice and snow) our family is experiencing a significant shortfall in income- so much so that we are holding off on paying some bills and dipping into our reserves so that we can make payroll this week.
Your Hosanna family needs your help. You can click here to make a one-time donation, you can TEXT to GIVE by texting Hosanna to 50155 or bring your General Fund Gift to worship on Wednesday or Sunday. General Fund Giving Envelopes will be available both on Wednesday and Sunday.
The Bible, both Old and New Testament, speaks often about giving:
Decide what amount you want to contribute
out of what God has blessed you with, and bring that as a gift. ~Deut 16
Giving grows out of the heart-otherwise, you've reluctantly grumbled "yes" because you felt you had to or because you couldn't say "no,"
but this isn't the way God wants it
we know that
"God loves a cheerful giver." ~2 Cor 9
Thank you for the many ways that you give as you LIVE, LOVE and SERVE so that all will know Jesus.
Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
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 Christenson family; Cindy, mother of Char Houle; 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 Health Issues
Marilynn Wallin, friend of Jon & Kathryn Nordstrom; LaVonne Reedy; Pastor Linda Friesen; Cindy Vedder; Rex Livermore, father of Dave Livermore; Don Moody, brother of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Laurie Kunze, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Mike, father-in-law of Nick Bredahl; Leah Anderson, granddaughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Hannah Bergan; Doug Sill; Ella Wenzel; Larry, brother of Michelle Spanjers; Marlys & Jerry Berg, sister and brother-in-law of Dave Oster; Leona Lucker, great aunt of James Henriott; Harry Eckert; Jeff Johnson, brother of Julie Ohman; Margot LeBoeuf, neighbor of Mary Thompson; Larry, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Dee Eckert; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; 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
Enrollment for Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center
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 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 for current Sunshine and Hosanna families begins tomorrow!
Learn more and register here:
Habits of the Heart Retreat for Adults
Register NOW- by calling the church office or contacting Kathy Okeson or Pastor Linda.
We have booked our first set of rooms- but there is still space for YOU! Availability based on Retreat Center room availability- so register ASAP.
HABITS of the Heart- a plan for connecting deeper with God.
Need a boost? A time away for connecting with God and others? Looking for a new spiritual practice to draw you closer to God in your daily life? Join us for a time of retreat, reflection, relaxation and recreation (R4!). Come alone, bring a friend. You will walk away with a plan to help you more fully discover God's presence in every day life!
DATES: March 15-17
Location: Heartwood Conference and Retreat Center in Trego, WI
One night or two night option- begins Friday evening at 6pm with dinner and completed by Saturday at 7pm- stay until Sunday to practice!
Variable costs- depending upon occupancy- packages include room, all meals, taxes:
- One night package from $112- $251
- Two night package from $149- $289
- $50 deposit with registration
Contact Pastor Linda or Kathy Okeson (
) with questions.
Winter Fest 2019!
Saturday, February 23
4 PM - 7 PM
Bingo, Inflatables, Face Painting, Photo booth, Games, Food + LIVE ANIMALS
show 5:00-6:00 pm by Cock-A-Doodle Zoo
Tickets on sale
We are looking for Winter Fest Volunteer Team Members. If you are interested in planning in any way let us know.
We will also be needing donations of giftcards!
Wednesday, February 13
10 AM in the Garden Chapel
will be having their monthly women's Bible Study on Wednesday, February 13 at 10am in the Garden Chapel. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about
, contact Kelsey Grachek.
Waking Up White with Debby Irving
Sunday, February 17
3 PM - 6 PM
Gustavus Adolphus in St. Paul
Come join the Saint Paul Area Synod in welcoming Debby Irving, author of
Waking Up White. Irving will being speaking and leading us in an interactive workshop. This time will be most effective if congregations plan on bringing a group ready to collaborate further with church conferences and neighboring communities. This event is open to rostered and lay leaders as well as community members.
We will focus our time on,
Leveling the Playing Field: Interrupting Patterns of Power and Privilege; this is an interactive workshop involving mapping power, patterns, and interventions.
Suggested cost of the event is $10 per person, to be collected at the door. We do not want cost to prohibit anybody from attending this learning opportunity - all are welcome. Debby Irving will have books available and there will be an opportunity to meet her after the workshop time.
If your congregation or organization has yet to read
Waking Up White, it is recommended to read before attending. A study guide for the book is available by emailing Office@HosannaForestLake.net
Registration opens January 15. Questions? Contact Pastor Jen Collins, Anti-Racism work group
Vaping Among Youth Community Event
Tuesday, February 26
Please join us for a community event gathering, focusing on electronic cigarettes and other vaping products. Raise your level of awareness about youth vaping, discuss what we can do as parents and caregivers and help us determine what we can do to address this rising epidemic problem in the Forest Lake area. This event is free and will be providing free pizza!
Crafters & Artisans Needed!
March 9-10, 2019
March 3, 2019
Are you an Artisan or Crafter? We have a spot for you at our upcoming Art & Craft Sale benefitting the Feed My Starving Children Lakes Area MobilePack! To register, please
March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday services this year will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 12pm in the Garden Chapel and at 6pm in the Great Hall. If you are interested in helping with hospitality for either of these services, please contact Kelsey Grachek.
See Through The Scriptures with Pastor Jan Mehlhoff
Thursdays starting March 7 through April 11
All are welcome!
1 PM & 6:30 PM in the Infinity Room
See Through the Scriptures is 6 week course that takes you through the Biblical story. It is a great way to understand the context of scripture. If you have been studying the Bible for years, or never opened it, you will still enjoy this series!! (I guarantee you will learn something you didn't know and will be surprised at how the story unfolds!) Join me Thursdays at 1:00 PM OR 6:30 PM beginning March 7.
FMSC Art & Craft Sale
Saturday, March 9
Sunday, March 10
Please join us for a weekend full of arts, crafts, fundraising and good eats! We will be having our second annual Art & Craft Sale benefiting the Feed My Starving Children Lakes Area MobilePack on March 9-10 in the Garden Chapel. We will be having the sale, a silent auction and lunch and snack items! Contact Pastor Jen for more information.
Hosanna's Art Exhibit
Barbara Johansen's paintings will be on display through February.
REMINDER: 25% of any sales will be
donated to the 2019 Lakes Area FMSC Mobile Pack.
Coming in March: Mary Jo Milbrandt's
COUNTRYSIDE ARTS STUDIO will exhibit artwork by
DeeDee Anderson and other watercolor artists who meet weekly to paint together.
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
6:45 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or register on our website
Camp Wapo (All Ages)
Registration Begins March 15
Camps for all ages - Families, Couples, Elementary Kids and Tweens. Hosanna has reserved spots for 3 different
camp experiences but, only until
March 15 then open enrollment begins. We hope you will SAVE THE DATES + REGISTER! See details below for options...
Fishing Camp - Ages: Completed grades 4-12; Cost: $475 - $100 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is due at registration.
Date: August 11-16, 2019
One Day Camp Experience- Ages: Completed grades 1-4; Cost: $35. Date: Wednesday, July 24th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Parents encouraged to attend too!)
Family Camp weekend- July 19-21, 2019; ALL AGES!! Join us for a weekend filled with faith formation and fun for the whole family!
Registration is now OPEN!
General Summer Sessions: One day a week in June + July
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (7:00 am drop off time available)
One Session: June $125, July $125
All Summer: $200
Summer Stretch Celebration Twin Cities wide at VALLEY FAIR- (OPTIONAL: August 2, Additional +$30)
Xtreme Summer Stretch
Registration is now OPEN!
Xtreme Summer Stretch: A week long intensive, week-long Monday to Thursday time, filled with a mission focus on Food and Hunger + Youth can still join in at the end of the summer for Valley Fair Day!
Dates: June 10-13, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (7:00 am drop off time available)
Vacation Bible School
Registration Opens Soon
Elementary VBS for Completed Grades K-4 9:00-11:30 am
Date: July 22-25
Cost: $45, includes t-shirt- Snacks- Activities
Extended Day option available, 11:30- 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.
Youth Service Immersion Weekend
July 26-28, 2019
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, to serve organizations that serve those affected and to take what they learned 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 07/26 - Sunday 07/28, Cost: $250
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
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