October 24, 2017
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.
In the Great Hall (Lower Level)
In the Garden Chapel (Upper Level)
A Note From Pastor Linda
Confirmation Blessing and the Laying on of Hands:
Stir up in this beloved child of God the gift of your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever. Amen.
On Sunday, October 29, we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation of the Church; that day (October 31, 1517) when Martin Luther defiantly nailed his 95 Thesis on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany.
The 95 Theses, which would later become the foundation of the Protestant Reformation, were written in a remarkably humble and academic tone, questioning rather than accusing. The overall thrust of the document was nonetheless quite provocative. The first two of the theses contained Luther's central idea, that God intended believers to seek repentance and that faith alone, and not deeds, would lead to salvation. The other 93 theses, a number of them directly criticizing the practice of indulgences, supported these first two.
On Sunday at 10:30am we celebrate the Rite of Confirmation or Affirmation of Baptism for our 9th grade students and their families. These students have been instructed in the faith, have completed service projects and participated in fellowship activities. They have designed a Faith Project that will be displayed in the Upper Commons area. They have demonstrated a working knowledge of faith AND life.
This week we pray for these young adults as they ready to say: "Yes, Lord, here I stand!" They are:
On Sunday be sure to congratulate each of these young adults-and then take a look at their Faith Projects, each one unique, speaking their own journey of faith.
Luther's Rose - What Does This Mean?
A Note From Martin Luther - Describing Luther's Rose
Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology.
- The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. "For one who believes from the heart will be justified" (Romans 10:10). Although it is indeed a black cross, which mortifies and which should also cause pain, it leaves the heart in its natural color. It does not corrupt nature, that is, it does not kill but keeps alive. "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17) but by faith in the crucified.
- Such a heart should stand in the middle of a white rose, to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace. In other words, it places the believer into a white, joyous rose, for this faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). That is why the rose should be white and not red, for white is the color of the spirits and the angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12).
- Such a rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that such joy in spirit and faith is a beginning of the heavenly future joy, which begins already, but is grasped in hope, not yet revealed.
- And around this field is a golden ring, symbolizing that such blessedness in Heaven lasts forever and has no end. Such blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and goods, just as gold is the most valuable, most precious and best metal.
This is my compendium theologiae [summary of theology]. I have wanted to show it to you in good friendship, hoping for your appreciation. May Christ, our beloved Lord, be with your spirit until the life hereafter. Amen.
Comfort and Strength in Healing in Cancer Journey
Doris Stiehr, grandmother of Tina Grimes; Deb Krinke; Paul Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; 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
Bria Leisgang; niece of Doug and Sharon Sill; Doug Sill; Phillip Aurich, nephew of Barbara Schultz; Bernice, mother of Dave Okeson; John Cupryna, brother-in-law of Mark Friesen; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Laurie, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Ron Rebeck; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz, with his Type 1 Diabetes; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty Corum
Comfort in the End of Life
Marcus Trudeau, brother of Michelle Trudeau-Spanjers
Keep Safe From Harm
Hayden Oliver, serving in Coast Guard
Wednesday, October 25
All Confirmands must rehearse this Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30pm in the Conference Room. Please contact Pastor Jen with questions.
If you haven't joined us for Connect360 on Wednesday nights- give it a try!
5:00 pm - Dinner: Pizza, Salad Bar & Dessert
6:00 pm - Good News & Preschool Faith Formation
6:30 pm - Faith Formation & Education for all
To receive more information, please contact Pastor Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith Formation Volunteers Needed
Are you able to help out with the kids in Faith Formation on Wednesday nights? Contact Pastor Jen with comments or to sign-up! You can also sign up for specific dates online
via signup genius.
The Reformation Festival
Friday, October 27 - Saturday, October 28
Join in presentations and workshops. Attend a performance on Friday evening (10/27) by the National Lutheran Choir of "
Holy Spirit Mass
," a new choral work commissioned for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Basilica of Saint Mary. Worship on Saturday afternoon (10/28) at Central Lutheran Church with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preaching and massed choirs from area churches.
Snow Volunteers Needed
It's almost that time of the year again! The Facilities Team is looking for a few volunteers to help us on Sunday mornings shovel and salt the sidewalks to ensure safety for our church members coming in for services! You will be paid in coffee or hot cocoa! Please contact Kelsey Hane or Tom Croce to sign up or learn more.
State Fair Update
THANK YOU!! Your hard work, sweat and tears have not been swept away! This week we received the State Fair Check for $11,500! Thank you EVERYONE who picked up and swept and scooped and carried out garbage... and more! These funds arrived at the perfect time to carry us through the Fall in a good financial health. Special shout out to Gene Janicke who leads the crews- along with his co-leads: Craig Anderson and Rick Calkins.
Senior Adult Ministries (SAM)
November 2, 2017 - 11:30 AM
Our next SAM lunch will be at Cornerstone Pub and Prime in Wyoming. We hope you will be able to join us at our November lunch! Please let Lynda know (email@example.com, or call 651-982-0856) if you will able to join us, so I can let the restaurant know. If your plans change and you realize at the last minute that you can make it after all, please feel to come!
2017 Overcoming of Racism Conference
November 3-4, 2017
The 2017 Overcoming Racism Conference will be held this year at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. Each day will include a full slate of workshops, with opportunities to reflect, connect and commit. To register click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.
Starts Saturday, November 4
Yogadevotion, now in its 13
th year in Forest Lake, will begin a new session on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake.
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.
The seven (7) week session will run through Saturday, December 16th. Cost is $56 and classes will be held in the Lakeside Room (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10 am. Please enter through the north doors. Make up sessions are available at various times and locations.
To register, contact Kathy Okeson,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 651-206-1676. Payment is due by Sunday, October 29 and accepted options are: checks (made out to Hosanna, memo - Yogadevotion); cash or online through Hosanna's website.
All Saints' Sunday
Sunday, November 5
We are starting to collect items for All Saints' Sunday starting this week in the office! If you have photos or personal items of loved ones who have passed and you would like them displayed, bring them to the alter in the Great Hall by November 2nd.
Lakes Area SleepOut!
Save The Date
Saturday, November 11-12
Time: Saturday 5:00 p.m. - Sunday 12 noon (Grades 4-6 til Midnight)
*Arrive no later than 6:30 otherwise dark and hard to construct sleeping unit.
On the night of the event, participants must check in by 6:30 pm at Hosanna (front lawn).
This is an experiential educational event, participants will be experiencing one night without a home. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of homelessness and learn about hunger issues, and think about what is being done and can be done to end hunger and homelessness in our communities. Giving even one night will make a difference.
Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra Concert Coming to HLC!
Sunday, November 12
Woodbury Chorus and Orchestra will be performing at Hosanna Lutheran Church on November 12, 2017 at 4pm in the Great Hall. WCO is an arts organization that is unique in the Twin Cities. Each member
is a volunteer, including the directors, and each is dedicated to helping those in need. Their primary
mission is to contribute to food shelves in the areas where they perform, through proceeds of freewill
offerings taken at their concerts. Members also enjoy sharing great music with their audiences, and most
of them have had extensive experience in school, community and church musical groups. Proceeds of the freewill offerings taken at concerts are donated to charity, primarily food shelf programs.
Since 1985, WCO has received more than $495,500 in offerings at their concerts, which is enough money to buy over 2,495,500 meals. The group has raised funds for flood relief and several hospices, in addition to food shelves.
Rangers Supporting Rangers
Wednesday, November 15
During the months of October and November we will be collecting food for Rangers Supporting Rangers. Rangers Supporting Rangers (RSR) provides food support to district students and families with a financial need - bringing together a diverse group of individuals and organizations partnering to meet this need. RSR fills backpacks with food so that kids can have food security over the weekends and during school breaks. Here is how YOU can bring HOPE. Pick up quick and easy cook/eat items such as:cereal bars, individual cereals, pop tarts, individual oatmeal, cans of fruit and veggies, cans of soups, individual meal cups-then bring them to Hosanna! Items are being collected outside the Great Hall doors. Let see this GROW!!
Chapter 3 Retreat
November 18, 2017
Perhaps you've finished building your career... Maybe you've recently retired or just beginning to think about it... Or the children you've raised have left or are beginning to leave the nest. Each of these scenarios, and many more, represents a transitional and potentially transformational period in life, the turning of a page, the beginning of a NEW chapter in life- the 3
rd Chapter. It is a time that you might find yourself asking, "What's next?". This period offers both opportunity and challenges. It is a time to renew and refocus.
Join others as we explore what this time means in God's time.
DATE: November 18, 2017
LOCATION: Hosanna Lutheran Church
(Includes session, lunch and snacks)
Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Wednesday, November 22
On Wednesday, November 22 we will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Eve service here in the Great Hall at 7pm. We will also be needing volunteers to make pie for the service! Sign up on your Help Wanted Page or contact Kelsey Hane to sign up or for more information.
Book Club Discussion of:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Monday, November 27
Our next book club meeting will be on Monday, November 27 at 7pm in the Conference Room. The book is
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie The
tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Family Christmas Caroling
Sunday, December 3
On December 3 after the second service, we will have lunch, warm up our voices and head over as a group to carol at Birchwood (forest lake) and Parmly (lindstrom) Senior Living Centers to help kick off the Christmas season!
It goes until 3pm and lunch is included!
Needed Adult volunteers to drive.
All ages are welcome! Contact Pastor Jen with any questions.
The 2017-2018 Hosanna Choir has begun rehearsing! They rehearse every Wednesday night at 7:45pm in the Great Hall. This is a no-audition choir and all are welcome to join! If you have any questions, please contact Choir Director Charlie Ollmann.
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
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
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
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
651-464-5502 ext. 2013
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
651-464-5502 ext. 2013
Tiffany KinCannon, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist
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