Worship Time

9:30am at Lakeside Park in Downtown Forest Lake

Stay Connected 

Like us on Facebook

View on Instagram

Join our email list here

HOPE!! The Only Future Worth Building...

A Note From Pastor Linda

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. ~Jeremiah 29.11
Dear Church,
As we approach the 4 th of July weekend, we remember our past and we anticipate the future. Pope Francis has something to say about this and so today I share his words:

To Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope. Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically na├»ve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that doesn't lock itself into darkness, that doesn't dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow. Hope is the door that opens onto the future. Hope is a humble, hidden seed of life that, with time, will develop into a large tree. It is like some invisible yeast that allows the whole dough to grow, that brings flavor to all aspects of life. And it can do so much, because a tiny flicker of light that feeds on hope is enough to shatter the shield of darkness. A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you. And then there will be another "you," and another "you," and it turns into an "us." And so, does hope begin when we have an "us"? No. Hope began with one "you." When there is an "us," there begins a revolution.

As we continue to explore Paul's Letter to the Romans I think we will begin to see it as a letter of HOPE for a hungry world. Let's begin a NEW revolution of HOPE!
Together In Christ,   

 ~Pastor Linda

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Healing in Cancer Journey
Carrie Steindorf; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Mike Moeschter, husband of Joyce Carlson; Ellien Connole, aunt of Ryan Grimes; Shelley, friend of Linda Knyphausen; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Tonya, friend and coworker of Vicki Croce; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Laurie, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Sister of Jen Bergan and family during transition; Cindy Lofton, mother of Char Houle; Ron Rebeck; Noah Reedy in his job search; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz, with his Type 1 Diabetes; Continued guidance for Rebecca and Laura; Mike Chester; Shawn Pearson, brother-in-law of Mark Bergan; For those who go above and beyond in the midst of trial; Rex Livermore, Dave Livermore's father; Dick Westcott; Ed Abbott, cousin of Denny and Shirley Wachholz; Jim Harley, husband of Emilie Harley; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty Corum
Compassion in Grief
For Melissa Timm-Carlson, friend of Kelly Andrews, as she lost her husband unexpectedly

Keep Safe From Harm
Hosanna Youth on Mission Trip to New Mexico; Hayden Oliver, serving in Coast Guard

Mission Trip
June 24 - July 2, 2017

Hosanna Youth are on a mission trip to New Mexico! They are partnering in Crownpoint to build relationships with the local churches, and families within the reservation. This mission trip is a partnership between Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, MN & Hosanna Lutheran in Forest Lake, MN. Please keep the Elim and Hosanna Youth in your prayers during this trip! They will be leading worship at Hosanna on July 16. 

Bibles and Bagels
Every Sunday at 8am June 4 - August 27

Join us for Bibles & Bagels every Sunday morning from 8am to 9am at Big Apple Bagels in Forest Lake before Worship in the Park. The address is: 508 Lake St S, Forest Lake, MN 55025. In case of inclement weather, we will be meeting at Hosanna in the Conference Room for Bibles and Bagels. We will post the change of location on our website and our Facebook by 7:30am that day. If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Hane. 

Worship at the Park
Every Sunday at 9:30am Now - August 27

We will be having our Annual Worship at the Park at 9:30am each Sunday. Worship will be held at Lakeside Park in downtown Forest Lake. In case of inclement weather we will worship at Hosanna in the Great Hall. We will post the change of location on our website and Facebook by 7:30am that day. If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Hane.  

Flat Luther

Flat Luther is at Hosanna! Have you heard of Flat Stanley? Join the #FlatLuther Summer & Fall Challenge! This is for EVERYONE!! It's easy... pick up your Flat Luther THIS Sunday and then start taking him with you. In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, bring Flat Luther with you on your Summer adventures, to work, in your garden, Back-to-School in the Fall, every where you go!  Be social- share where you've been using the #FlatLuther and #hosannafl .  Or send your pictures to the church office (office@hosannaforestlake.net) and we will post them on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Mission Jamaica Alert!
First Payment Due Now

We have begun planning our 2018 trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Our dates next year will be February 3-10. We will work with kids, build a house and possibly have a medical team. There will be lots to do for everyone! No skills are needed, except a desire to serve the children and people of Jamaica. We will be making the first deposit in mid June. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Kathleen Damon at 651-235-7296 

Office Closed
July 3 - July 4, 2017

Hosanna will be observing Independence Day and the office will be closed Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Hane 

Summer Stretch 2017
July 12, 19 and 26
August 3 (optional)

The day will start with a local mission (i.e. FMSC, Second Harvest, Birchwood Senior Living Center, Local Farming), then a sack lunch with devotion; followed up with a recreational activity (i.e. Waterpark, Movie Theater, Outdoor Game Day, Bowling, Trampoline & Climbing Wall parks.) Bring your own sack lunch!

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sign up for Session 2 (July)  
COSTS (includes t-shirt, all activities and transportation):

One Session: $125
+$25 for Celebration day at Valley Fair, to Attend Valley Fair Celebration youth must attend at least 3 events.

To sign up, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.  

Senior Adult Ministries (SAM)
July 6, 2017

Mark your calendars for Thursday July 6.   Hosanna's SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) group  will be gathering at The Blue Heron restaurant in Hugo for our monthly get-together.  We hope you can join us for great conversations, delicious food and lots of fun. Weather permitting , we will dine on the Blue Heron's beautiful outdoor deck (there is plenty of room indoors if the weather doesn't cooperate).  We hope you will be able to join us!
(Please note:We had hoped that we would be able to venture over to Osceola, Wi. and eat at The Watershed Restaurant,but unfortunately they do not take advance reservations and cannot guarantee that there would be room for our group.)
Please let me know if you will be able to join us so we can get a rough idea of how many to expect. As always, if your plans change you you realize at the last minute that you can join us, please  feel free to come!  There is always room for more!!

Sunday Sundaes
July 9, 2017

I scream! You scream! We all scream for ICE CREAM! Join us on the second Sunday of each month in the summer for Ice Cream Sundaes! Following worship stay for fun, conversation and ice cream sundaes! Contact Kelsey at office@hosannaforestlake.net with questions.  

Sarah Circle Women's Retreat
July 12, 2017

Sarah Circle would like to invite women of all ages to our summer session on July 12, 2017 from 9am to 2pm. It is a one-day retreat at Hosanna. The day will include fellowship, Bible study and a special activity. A morning snack, lunch and beverages will be provided. For the study we will be sharing words and stories of women in the Bible. Bring a friend, your daughter, your mother, your sister or a neighbor. All are welcome. If you can attend, please contact Ann at 715-294-3161 or Barbara at 651-433-5592 and we will send you a time schedule and outline for the day's events.

All Anew: Women of the ELCA
July 13-16, 2017

Because the Tenth Triennial Gathering falls during the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, the theme resonates with reformation and transformation images. At the gathering, participants will explore ways in which the Holy Spirit changes us, acknowledging that reformation and transformation have happened and continue to happen within the community of women known as Women of the ELCA. For more information and to register click here

We want YOU to Help with VBS!
July 17-20, 2017

If you are interested in helping with VBS, please take a Grab 'n Give Donation Card at the hospitality table. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen or Pastor Linda.  

Vacation Bible School in Partnership with Luther Crest Bible Camp
July 17 - 20, 2017

Ages 3-5 (must be potty trained)   9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon 
Grades K-6   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Cost: $75*

PRESCHOOL VBS- A perfect introduction to VBS. This program is perfect for preschoolers who aren't quite ready of for the full-day experience yet. Chocked full of songs, games, arts & crafts and so much more, VBS is a chance for our younger students to explore the Bible in a safe, fun environment.

ALL DAY VBS- is a Christ-centered experience for those who have finished Kindergarten through Sixth Grade bringing a taste of camping ministry to campers in a familiar setting. VBS is designed to introduce a Bible Camp experience to students without being away from home at night. It is a unique blend of Outdoor Ministry and Congregational Ministry. The Luther Crest Day Camp Staff bring their own enthusiasm, leadership, and teaching styles to Hosanna each day. *Scholarships available upon request.

To register online, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen. 

Blue Grass Festival
July 29, 2017

Join Hosanna at the Annual Bluegrass Festival this July 29th at Lakeside Park. We need YOU to help represent Hosanna, to share with others the joys and highlights of our community. We are seeking people to join in the planning, set-up and volunteer day of the event. If you have a gift, talent, silent auction item or resource you'd like to contribute, let us know. Many other churches and organizations will be represented, lets show others what it means to Live, Love and Serve in Jesus' name! Contact Pastor Jen or Ann Hanson if you are interested in helping. 

Fine Arts Camp
August 7 - 10

NEW this summer to the camp line-up is our Fine Arts Camp, open to those finishing 3 rd - 6 th  grade. This camp is a great blend of fun activities to include rotating stations for  Fine art (painting, drawing, sculpting) and recreational crafting. Our Fine Arts instructor, Barbara Johansen will join us as our skilled and trained Artisan. First rotation will be the Fine Arts portion; second rotation will be various recreational crafting activities. Each day will be something new to explore in the world of art! You can register here! If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.

State Fair Colosseum Project
August 23 - September 4, 2017

Save the Date to help out at the State Fair; Wed. August 24 - Mon. September 3! To sign up, contact Kelsey Hane or Gene Janicke.

Kitchen Coordinator

Susan Wojciechowski has resigned from her Kitchen Coordinator position as she has accepted a full-time opportunity.  We wish her well!!  She will continue to volunteer in the kitchen.
NOTE:  A job description is available in the office or by emailing Kelsey.

Hospitality Team

We are currently looking for people that would be willing and excited to join a Hospitality Team! This would be a fabulous opportunity to get involved monthly with your church and to have something to look forward to with your entire family! If you are interested, please contact Kelsey here.   

Event Planning Team

We are in need of people to help us with events! Kelsey Hane is currently creating a team that can help coordinate weddings, parties and other events that use our church facilities, in hopes of making this a more event-friendly space. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kelsey here. 

Giving Update

Your Hosanna family needs you. There are many ways to give- even if you cannot be at worship:
  • Mail your gift to Hosanna or drop it off at the church office- 9300 Scandia Trail North.
  • Text to give: text Hosanna to 50155
  • Go online through QGIV here
  • Use BILLPAY from your financial institution.
  • Set up direct giving though Hosanna.
  • Contact Roxanne Anderson at finance@hosannaforestlake.net with questions about charitable giving.
Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2006

Jen Collins, Associate Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2023

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
651-464-5502 ext. 2008

Kelsey Hane, Executive Assistant
651-464-5502 ext. 2000

Susan Wojciechowski, Food Service Director

Roxanne Anderson, Finance
651-464-5502 ext. 2013

Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
651-464-5502 ext. 2013

Charlie Ollman, Choir Director

Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director

Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director

Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

Locate Our Council Minutes and Information Here