Hosanna's E-Update

October 7, 2015
Ho Ho Ho...or BAH! HUMBUG! 

"Therefore the LORD himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel."  ~From the Prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 7.14)

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
OK- this is getting ridiculous! We are just barely into the month of October and I am receiving Christmas catalogues in the mail.   This past weekend I was in one of my favorite retailers and they are ALREADY decked out for Christmas. Are we ready for this? I don't mean to be a scrooge- but what happened to Halloween and Harvest and Thanksgiving?? What do you think? Should retailers ho-ho-hold-off for a bit?
With Christmas screaming at us- how do we as people of God prepare for the Season of Advent, let alone the birth of the Savior? How might our preparations be different this year- so that the birth of Jesus can truly be a life-changing event? Let's talk about it.
See you in Church!
                                ~  Pastor Linda 
  • Milestone Ministry for PreK-3rd graders: God's Story in My Life-Spark Story Bible. Students receive their very own Spark Story Bible during the 10:30am worship service. Lunch & learning follows the service for students and their families. TODAY is the deadline to register for this session. Contact church office now to register your child (651-464-5502).

Thank you to Erik Hokeness who, with the help of his 4-yr-old daughter Britta, designed and installed new shrubs at the entrance to Door B (lower level). Also thanks to other GET members who helped removed the old overgrown shrubs and prepared the area for the new plantings. This improvement creates a beautiful, welcoming approach to all who pass through these doors. 

  Wednesday Nights      

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 on the wall in the Welcome Center.
Register now!

Wednesday Night Schedule 
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship - nutritious & kid-friendly
                          meals, discount meal packages are available
                          when payment is made in advance
                          See menu on side bar  >>>>>    
6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship
Fall Wednesday Night Worship Series:  
The Gospel in Disney
(it's not just for children)  
We will look at Gospel themes in Disney movies - themes that come from the teachings of Jesus. Whether you are 2 or 102, join us for a look at the Gospel message in a new way, through the images and music of Disney 
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: Sept 16-Nov 18 Series:
                           Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University    
          (more information at hosannaforestlake.net/connect360)

Come and join us TONIGHT ! 
       7th-9th Grade
Haunted Hayride

Wednesday, Oct 14th
6:30 - 9:00 pm
$10 (includes Admission & Pizza after the hayride)

No connect360 that night but we'll have a howlin' good time! 
Invite your friends. Meet at Hosanna at 6:30pm. Each youth attending needs to provide a completed Parent Release Form (this includes your friends).

Sign up TONIGHT at confirmation (on bulletin board in Upper Commons) or contact Rick Calkins at rcalkins24@gmail.com
Parent Release Forms available on the bulletin board.

Parents: We need drivers for this event. If you can help contact Rick Calkins at rcalkins24@gmail.com or 651-497-5181 

Come for Supper 

One-time dinner gatherings are over. But if you missed out on attending one of those now you cab sign up to be part of a group that will gather 4 times during the coming year to share a meal and fellowship. Pastor Linda and Mark will attend one of each group's gatherings. Sign-ups  are available at the Welcome Center or you may contact the church office at 651-464-5502  or  communication@hosannaforestlake.net 

Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving 
Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas-health improvement , guidance for road ahead ; Barbara (Dale) Johansen's sister Sharyn-stroke recovery 
Comfort, Strength & Healing In Cancer Journey
Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Tim (Renee) Svoboda; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie 
Healing, Recovery or Facing Other Serious Health Issues  
Nancy Westcott; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Shirley, bother of Linda & Paul Hackl's daughter-in-law; Doug & Sharon Sill's daughter & son-in-law and his family in Nepal; Kristi, aunt of Rachel (Aaron) Kaup; Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Mark Okeson, brother of Dave (Kathy) Okeson; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Lynda (Gary) Olson;  Dan, great nephew of Diane & Gary Zak; Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlon Lackas; Shirley, friend of Dee (Ron) Rebeck; Laney, daughter of Nicole & Andrew Hays; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum; Nancy, co-worker of Sue (Paul) Girard 
Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life 
Donna Lee, sister-in-law of Gary & Evalene Lee 
Grief Compassion 
Cindy & Roger Kunze and family upon death of Cindy's mom, Donna Hunt
Keep Safe From Harm , Military
Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore; Nepal & its people 

Are you interested in being on an ACTION TEAM to keep our partnership with FMSC alive?  Indicate your interest by filling out a Yellow Page on Sunday morning and dropping if offering basket or contact Pastor Linda at 651-464-5502 ext.2006 or  

Facilities & Grounds Action Team

As we enter the 13th year of being in our church building, we need to be mindful of our role of being good stewards of what is given to us.
Just as with your own home, over time equipment breaks down and needs repair, systems fail and need to be replaced.

Do you have skills in plumbing or electrical?
Do you know how to read blueprints or pound a nail?
Do you have experience scheduling jobs or projects?
Do you enjoy getting your hands dirty?

We are looking for people possessing such skills and are willing to be part of this Action Team to help Hosanna keep our facility and grounds looking good and in good operating condition. This is not a committee requiring attendance at meetings but rather a team of individuals with expertise or experience in particular fields who are willing to advise or otherwise help in resolving an issue relating to their area of expertise when then need arises.

Please consider being a part of this Action team. Sign up on a Yellow Page and drop in the offering basket or look for the sign-up table in the lobby (lower level) after worship on Sunday. 

  TRANSITIONS - A FREE workshop for
Parents of Youth Living with Mental Illnesses    
Wednesday, November 18th
6:30pm - 8:30 pm
Canvas Health
7066 Stillwater Blvd N
Registration is required.  Visit https://TransitionsOakdale11-18.eventbrite.com to register    
Join us for a workshop to help parents prepare their teen or young adult for independence by teaching them about resources in education, the workplace, and independent living.

Parents also lean about the new rights young adults gain as they reach adulthood and what to do if their young adult is not yet ready for total independence.

Contact Us

Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax
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Linda Friesen
Lead Pastor 
651-464-5502 ext. 2006 

Jen Collins 
Associate Pastor  
(beginning mid-October)
Rob Anderson
Worship & Music Director
651-464-5502 ext. 2008 
Rick Bahnemann 
Facilities & Food Service Director 
651-464-5502 ext. 2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 

Sue Palmer
651-464-5502 ext. 2013 

Custodial Staff 
Reid Eckert 
Nick Kelley 
Nick Girard 

connect360 Menu

All Wednesday night meals
include dessert & beverage

Oct 7
Spaghetti with Italian meatballs, garlic cheese bread, Caesar salad

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Luke
Facilitators: Deb DeVore
and Dee Rebeck

Milestone Ministry

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 Hosanna's upcoming Milestone schedule for your family.

God's Story in My Life/Spark Story Bible (PreK-3rd grade)
Oct 11
Registration deadline: Oct 7 
- - -
Confirmation Celebration
(9th graders)
Oct 25
- - -
Prayer/The Lord's Prayer
(grades 1-3)
Jan 10
- - -
First Communion
(all ages)
Feb 28
- - -
Tough Questions
(grades 5-6)
April 17
- - -
Graduation Recognition
(12 graders)
May 22

Information pamphlets available on the forms rack on the wall in the Welcome Center.

Register your child at the Welcome Desk OR submit your registration request on a Yellow Page in the offering basket 
OR contact the church office
to sign up. 
Metro Dining Club Cards

$24 / box

Pick up your Metro Dining Club cards now and enjoy dining out
at a discount.
And they make great holiday gifts!

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Thank You

Thank you to all those who volunteered to nurture Hosanna's gardens and grounds this summer through our Adopt A Garden program and our lawn mowing volunteers.
2015 Adopt A Garden Volunteers
Ann Redig, Carla, Belisle, Rick & Nancy C, alkins, Chuck & DeeDee Anderson, Bob & Patti Cole,
Roger FinnesErik Hokeness, Dave, Kathy & Carter Okeson and Michelle Trudeau-Spanjers

2015 Lawn Mowers
Greg Brandt, Jim Christensen, Ed Erickson, Jim Gillach, Marty Kelley, Ron Knauss, Roger Kunze, Gary Lee, John & Cody Lund, Bob Masche, Wayne McRoberts, Tim Palm, Brian Peterson, Doug Rensink, Alex Richert, Mark Salzman, Dave Sauer, Mike Sosnoski, Chris Steele, Rick Steindorf, Jeff Taylor, George Wanner, Dale Johansen, Gene Janicke and Rick Bahnemann
Community Events & Opportunities

Kids' Outerwear Fair
- Coats, hats, mittens, scarves, boots & blankets (clean & in good condition) are being COLLECTED October 1-21 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom. Cash donations also accepted to purchase new items. DISTRIBUTION will be Thurs & Fri, Oct 22-23 2-7pm and Sat, Oct 24 9am-12noon at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lindstrom. Questions? Contact Bonnie at  bonnie@trinitylindstrom.org
Forest Lake Community Blood Drive - Monday, Oct. 12th 8am - 7pm
St. Peter's Catholic Church Gym. 
To schedule an appt, call Nancy at 651-233-0854 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and search by zip code 55025. Invite friends & neighbors. Walk-ins Welcome. The need is constant. The gratifications is instant. Give Blood!
THE SHARING SHOP - Seasonal Clothing Event - Oct 16-17 -  Lakes Free Church 
29620 Olinda Tr, Lindstrom  (1 mi south of Hwy 8, just north of Chisago Lakes HS) 651-257-2677 
Used Fall & Winter clothing for men, women & children.  10 ¢ charge for each clothing item -  
25 ¢ All are invited to come shop & recycle their clothing. for shoes, boots, coats & snow pants. ===================================================================
CHRISTIAN WOMEN'S CONNECTION invites women AND MEN to Recognizing God's Handprint (All MEN Invited)  Monday, Oct 19th at 11:30am at Wapogasset Lutheran Bible Camp, 738 Hickory Point Lane, Amery WI 54001 Speaker: Bill Schultz "The Gift of Acceptance"; Special Feature Music: First Choice, Barbershop Quartet, Indianhead Chapter. Reservations/cancellations necessary by Tuesday before luncheon. Contact Carrie at 651-257-4741 or Mary at 715-554-2330. Cost: $10, includes meal & program. Questions: contact Dena at 715-755-2463
Christ Lutheran Church (Lake Elmo) Annual Roast Pork & Sauerkraut Supper Tues, Oct. 20 
Seating times:  11:30am, 12:30pm, 4pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm and 6:15pm.  To-go available 11am-6:30pm while supply lasts.  Tickets $15 (children under 12 eat FREE when accompanied by paying adult)  11194 36th St N, Lake Elmo, MN   651-777-2881 
Spring Lake Luth. Church (No.Branch) Annual Kroppkakor Supper with Bake & Craft Sale   Saturday, Oct 24  3-7pm  Adults $12 - age 6-12 $5, 5 & under FREE.  
8440 Erickson Rd NE, North Branch   651-674-4606
Dinner includes: Kroppkakor (Swedish potato & pork dumplings), hot dishes, rolls, relish, dessert & beverages.  Handicap Accessible, abundant parking. 
Mission Statement
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving, and serving
as Jesus did so that all may know him.