Hosanna E-Update

February 23, 2016
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 asked, "Who do you say that I am?"  
~ from Matthew 16, Mark, Luke 9  
Dear Friends~   
You've got some HOMEWORK to do! Yep, HOMEWORK! On Sunday we make the move from Jesus saying, "I AM... the light of the world, the gate, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the way, the truth and the life, and the bread of life"- to Jesus asking, first the crowd gathered, and then Peter specifically,
"Who do YOU say that I am?"
The crowds will answer: Jesus is like John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.
Peter will answer: You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God.
I don't know about you, but I think that more often than not, I'm with the crowds. Of course that is not what I say out-loud; in public, I am quick to join in Peter's response- and most of the time I think I believe it. But if actions speak louder than words, and they do(!), then I must admit that many of my actions on a day to day basis do not confess that Jesus is Messiah, the Son of the Living God. I believe that this is a growing edge for most of us- connecting our Sunday morning worship lives to Monday morning.
So here's the homework: What do we mean when we say with Peter, that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God? Or that Jesus is, from the Apostles' Creed, God's only Son, our Lord. Or in the words of the Nicene Creed, God from God, Light from Light... begotten, not made. Jesus asks, "Who do YOU say that I am?" How would you describe Jesus to someone who never heard of him before? To a child...or adult...or friend...or stranger who happened to ask you about Jesus.
Think about it... then come and worship THIS Sunday as we begin to explore this question as asked by none other than JESUS!

See you in church
~   Pastor Linda  

P.S.  This is also CAMP Sunday - so come ready with your calendar to sign up for all the AMAZING opportunities this summer! 
This Sunday
  • CAMP Sunday - Learn about all summer camp opportunities
  • Milestone Ministry - FIRST COMMUNION instruction 11:45am (begins with light lunch)
  • Rehearsal for Last Supper Reenactment at 6:30 pm in Garden Chapel
Join Us Wednesday Nights
at Hosanna

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 - "And GRACE Will Lead
                        Me Home" - A story of two sons and their father.
                             Feb. 17   The Younger Son Who Leaves
                             Feb. 24   The Foreigners
                             Mar. 2     The Older Son Who Stayed
                             Mar. 9     The Younger Son's Return
                             Mar. 16   The Father  

6:30-7:30 pm    * Faith Formation (preK-K, gr.1-3, gr.4-6)                              * Confirmation  (grades 7-9)
                        * Higher Ground (senior high)
                        * Adult Learning  
Come and join us and invite a friend or neighbor! 
Wednesday Menus
(Lunch & Dinner during Lent)

All meals include dessert and beverage.
NOTE: if your child does not care for tonight's entree,
you can request a jelly sandwich.
Free-Will Offerings will be accepted  
in place of set meal prices for Lunch meals.  

Feb. 24 
LUNCH: Bean & Ham and Chicken Noodle Soups
with Meat Sandwich
DINNER: Hamburgers & French Fries

March 2 
LUNCH: Tomato Basil & Chicken Noodle Soups,
Broccoli Salad, Fruit, Bread 
 DINNER: Pancakes (plain, choc. chip & blueberry),
Bacon & Sausage

March 9
LUNCH: Seafood Chowder & Chicken Noodle Soups
with Chicken Salad Sandwich & Coleslaw
DINNER: Enchilada Casserole, Corn

March 17
LUNCH: 2 Soup Varieties (TBD) & Chicken Quesadillas
DINNER: Chicken or Cheese Quesadillas, Nacho Bar

** All menus subject to change **

Mid-week Lent Worship 
Garden Chapel

12:00 noon
  followed by lunch 
6:00 pm 
preceded by dinner (5-5:45pm) 
Education for ALL ages follows worship 
*NO Education Hour on March 9 (Spring Break) 

"And GRACE Will Lead Me Home" 
The Story of Two Sons and Their Father  
                   Feb. 17 - The Younger Son Who Leaves 
                   Feb. 24 - The Foreigners 
                   March 2 - The Older Son Who Stayed 
                   March 9 - The Younger Son's Return 
                   March 16 - The Father
Come see the characters come to life  
and tell their part of the story.
FMSC MobilePack $5000 Challenge!!
An anonymous donor has issued
a challenge to Hosanna: 
They will match funds
up to $5,000 
for donations received between
February 21 and February 29
for the Lakes Area MobilePack.
What a way to make
your donation go farther! 

Countdown to Hosanna's FMSC MobilePack
on April 1 & 2, 2016 = 38 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. Hosanna, together with our already partnered churches and businesses, need to raise $38,000  to cover costs of the MobilePack.

Do you know a local BUSINESS that might be interested in donating? Each donating business will be featured on our
WALL OF FAME as a corporate sponsor.
  • Gold level sponsor: $2501 and above
  • Silver level sponsor: $1001-$2500
  • Bronze level sponsor: $501-1000
  • Partnered business: up to $500
Contact Pastor Linda with potential sponsors.

Are you a THRIVENT member?
Thrivent Financial encourages its members to participate more fully in the life of their communities. To that end, Thrivent has created "Action Teams" to help fund projects that their members are passionate about. If you own Life Insurance or some sort of Annuity through Thrivent then you are a Thrivent Member and you can create an Action Team to donate money and time to a cause of your choice. If you're a Thrivent member, our FMSC Planning Team asks that you consider using $250 of your "seed money" from Thrivent to help us feed 411 kids for a year during our MobilePack at Hosanna. Learn how to create a Thrivent Action Team that benefits FMSC at our information table following worship on Sunday or by clicking HERE
Are YOU ready to donate?  
Here are some incentives for considering your donation:
  • $200 donation - get a stainless steel travel mug with NEW Hosanna logo
  • $500 donation - get a sweatshirt OR denim shirt with NEW Hosanna logo
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.   Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on April 1 & 2 to help pack 150,000 meals - plus volunteers are also needed behind the scenes helping with registration, organization, welcoming, clean up and more!
* * * 
Volunteer Registration to pack food
on April 1 & 2 opens soon.

Youth Opportunity 
(grades 7-12 and their families) 
Bowl 4 Life 
(formerly Stars & Strikes)
Saturday, March 26  4-7pm

Cost: $10 /person
(includes bowling, pizza, soda, games) OR purchase a SUPER TICKET for $50 ( includes bowling, pizza, soda, games AND entry in a Mega Drawing)
Purchase tickets at th
e door.  

This is a Forest Lake Community Event sponsored by the Suicide Prevention Collaboration to help raise support and awareness about suicide prevention. It is this group's hope to share how each of us play an important role in being there for one another
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving
Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Brandi; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Sherry Foster, Amber Zeigenbein, friend of Brian Riebe; Doug Sill; Lynda Olson; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Stacia & Stephanie, daughters of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Marlin Lackas; Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; 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 
Jill & Chad Christenson & family upon death of Jill's father; Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister and family upon the death of her sister's father-in-law
Keep Safe From Harm and Military
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

2016 Soup-er Bowl
Photo Booth Photos
Did you have your photo taken at the Photo Booth at this year's Soup-er Bowl?  View and download your photos for FREE. 

Thanks to Andrew Levesque for offering this fun opportunity.
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.
First Communion
(all ages) 
Sunday, Feb 28 at 11:30am
participants will be invited to partake in their first communion during one of the Last Supper Reenactments during Holy Week
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Tough Questions
(5 & 6th grades) 
Learning Opportunity
Sunday April 17 - 11:45am
Worship Celebration
Sunday April 24

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High School Senior
Graduation Milestone

 (12th grade) 
Sunday , May 22
Do you have a student who will be graduating from high school this year?  We have a gift from your Hosanna family to be presented on Sunday, May 22
at either worship service.  
Let us know by April 3rd
that you have a graduating senior so that we can get
some information from you  
and ready their gift.

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  Information pamphlets available o n the forms rack
in the Welcome Center.

Register online
by clicking
You can also fill out a
Yellow Page and place it
in the offering basket 

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Hebrews

Facilitator: Deb DeVore 
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Birth - Age 5 with Parents
at Hosanna (nursery)
Every 2nd Monday 9-11am
May-August 2016
 $ FREE $

All-day FUN with local mission projects AND recreational activities!
June 15, 22, 29, July 20, 27
8am - 5pm

(completed grades 5-12)
1/2-day of service and
1/2-day of recreation.
Locations to be announced in registration packet.
Optional date: Thurs, Aug. 4th
Summer Stretch Celebration Twin Cities wide at Valleyfair  (8am-7pm + add'l cost of $25) 

Cost (by May 1)..... $125
(after May - $175)
Registration includes Tshirt 

V acation Bible School (VBS) at Hosanna 
July 18-21, 2016 
Ages 3-5............. 9am-noon
( must be potty trained)    
Grades K-6.........9am-5pm

Register by June 19  
to receive early bird rates.    
Ages 3-5........................$40
          (after June 19 - $45) 
Grades K-6....................$70
        (after June 19 - $75)

S eeds Weekend  
at Camp Wapo
July 8-10, 2016
completed grades 2-3
Cost: $150
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16
Youth Camp at Wapo
July 10-15, 2016
completed grades 4-7
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Higher Ground Youth Camp at Luther Dell
August 7-12, 2016
completed grades 8-12
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Family Camp Weekend
at Wapo
August 5-7, 2016
ALL ages
Cost: varies per family
($250 max.)
$75 deposit due by 3/15/16

Register online directly through Camp Wapo at the registration page set up specifically for Hosanna
campers by clicking

Contact Pastor Jen Collins with questions or concerns.

Camp scholarships
available upon request.

Green Earth Team
Tip of the Month
The Green Earth Team reminds all that  Hosanna's kitchen has a compost bin where coffee grounds, egg shells, fruit and veggie scraps can be disposed for enhancing gardens. More info on home composting click