Hosanna E-Update
Season of Lent
March 25, 2015

Holy * Holy * Holy

Lean in...  

From Mark 11: Hosanna! Hosanna!! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven! Hosanna! Hosanna!!

Dear Fellow Travelers ~


Holy, set apart (by God), sacred... we are entering a week that we call HOLY.

If you have traveled with us on Sundays in Lent you have taken the journey step by step to the cross with Jesus. Each week we have taken one step closer and we have leaned into the story discovering that in the Garden, during his betrayal and denial, as he was judged and crowned, in each of these steps God's love has been shown to us.  


On Sunday, March 29 at both 9am and 10:30am, we put the story back together again. You will be invited to participate in the story, to fully engage in God's love as we prepare for Easter morning. You will be invited to lean into the story through words and song; the Children's Choir, the Hosanna Choir, the Handbells and the Worship Team will lead us through the Hosannas and the darkest times.


Why do we do this? So that we will be ready for Easter morning!


During Holy Week there are more opportunities to explore and engage in the story:

  • Step into the Last Supper: Love, Betrayal, Forgiveness and Remembrance at Hosanna's 27th Annual Re-enactment on March 31, April 1 and 2 at 7:30pm in the Garden Chapel.
  • Good Friday: We pause at the CROSS- through Jesus' life and death God acted in a unique way to save the world. April 3 at 7pm in the Garden Chapel.
  • Easter Sunday, April 5, at 9am and 10:30am- Come and experience the SURPRISE!! Easter Breakfast is served from 8-11am as a Youth Fundraiser for Summer Camps and Trips.

See you in Church! ~Pastor Linda  


P.S.  Invite a friend to experience the story with you!
THIS SUNDAY at Hosanna 
 - Palm Sunday 
 - From Palms to Passion -
           From Triumph to Tragedy
 - Last Supper Rehearsal at 11:30 am in
                               Garden Chapel  
Mid-week Lenten Worship  
with Holden Evening Prayer


Join us this Wednesday during the Season of LENT
with two worship opportunities in the Garden Chapel.
  • 12noon Worship followed by soup lunch and adult education.
  • 6pm Worship preceded by dinner from 5-6pm; education time follows worship,

Wednesdays we will focus our attention on The Marks of Discipleship and offer opportunities to practice these "marks" during the season of Lent. These marks are: 

  • DAILY PRAYER              
  • GIVING  (Tonight's topic)


Mid-week Lenten Soup Lunch Menu
following 12 noon worship 
(dessert & beverage included with all lunches) 
March 25: Soup Bar & chicken salad sandwiches 
Holy Week & Easter

Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015
9:00 am & 10:30 am Worship
From Palms to Passion
From Triumph to Tragedy
Participate in the story, to fully engage in God's love as we prepare for Easter morning.

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Love, Betrayal, Forgiveness and Remembrance
Come experience Hosanna's 27th Annual Re-enactment
March 31-April 2, 2015  at   7:30 pm
  in the Garden Chapel (upper level)
Invite your neighbors and friends.

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Good Friday Worship 
April 3, 2015  at  7:00 pm
in the Garden Chapel
(upper level) 
THE CROSS - through Jesus' life and death  
God acted in a unique way to save the world.  
For that reason we call this awful day Good.

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Start your Easter Sunday at Hosanna with
Easter Breakfast 
8-11 am in the Fellowship Hall 
The youth of Hosanna will be dishing up some scrumptious food as part of their annual fundraiser. Support our youth and enjoy some egg bake, muffins, fruit and yes.....BACON!!!

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Then worship and celebrate with us 
Easter Sunday Worship  
with Horns & Choirs

9:00 am  and  10:30 am
in the Great Hall
(upper level)
  Wednesday Nights
   5:00 - 6:00 pm  Meal 

                               (dessert & bev. included with all meals) 


Mar. 25: Soup bar, tossed salad, potato chips (changed from previously scheduled menu) 

6:00-6:30 pm   Good News at 6 Worship

During the season of Lent, we will worship using the Holden Evening Prayer and will focus our attention on "Marks of Discipleship." 


6:30-7:30 pm   Education Hour  

Faith Formation (Pre K-K, Gr.1-3, Gr. 4-6), Confirmation,  

Higher Ground and Adult Education


~~ NO  CONNECT360 ON April 1 ~~

 (but come experience The Last Supper Re-enactment)





Milestone Ministries

April 12 for Grade 3 - The Bible

  Register on a Yellow Page at the Welcome Desk or contact the church office communication@hosannaforestlake.net  or

SAM LUNCHEON - Thurs., April 2 at 11:30 am
Cornerstone Pub & Prime in Wyoming
1 block east of I-35 at Hwy 61 & Viking Blvd.


Inviting NEW Disciples (members) 

Are you or someone you know interested in learning more about becoming a disciple (member) at Hosanna. Please sign up on today's Yellow Page or contact the church office for more information. Pastor Linda will be offering opportunities for families to meet individually with her and we plan to welcome and celebrate new disciples after Easter.

Prayer Requests

Jane (Pastor Jim) Barsch-hospitalized; Mike Hanngraf, friend of Dick & Nancy Westcott-in hospice; Marissa Fortuna, friend of Ann & Andy Wachholz- pregnancy complicatons; Laney, 2-yr-old daughter of Andrew & Nicole Hays and friend of Kelly & Mike Wenzel-diagnosed with Leukemia; Lee & Bev Johnson, Dee (Ron) Rebeck's brother & sister-in-law-prayers for comfort & peace as they near end-of-life; Toni, friend of Mike & Teresa Bredahl-end-stage cancer
; Marge, friend of Deb (Chuck) DeVore-prayers for pain relief & healing from surgery; Carolyn, friend of Lindsay O'Brien-Bergan-prayers for strength as she starts intensive cancer treatment; Joseph, son of Brian Riebe-prayers for good results from medicals tests; Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill-prayers for safety while deployed to Pakistan for 12 mos.; Mary Ann Wachholz, mother of Ann (Andy) Wachholz-prayers for comfort & healing from surgery; Michelle, friend of Deb (Chuck) DeVore's neice-stroke/prayers for healing & God's wisdome for medical team; Linda Curry, friend of Brian Riebe-end stage cancer/comfort & peace
Volunteer Opportunities

Registration time slots are available for your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers (ages 5-100) - to sign up for a 2-hour shift to volunteer to pack food at a MobilePack at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview April 27-May 1.
Go to Hosanna's website  www.hosannaforestlake.net  and click on the FMSC logo to sign up online.  Hosanna's goal is to bring 500 volunteers to this MobilePack.

Donations to Feed My Starving Children can be given at Wednesday night worship offerings ("Change 4 Change"), or Sunday worship offerings, or bringing in special donations to the church office. If you know of businesses or organizations that might be interested in contributing - please contact Pastor Amie at aodahl@hosannaforestlake.net 
  Youth Events & Opportunities

Easter Breakfast - Sign up NOW to help us put on the BEST Easter Breakfast ever!!  Time slots available for Saturday morning food prep and Sunday for prep, set-up & clean-up. Parents are also needed to help in the kitchen.
Watch for registration forms available soon
on the bulletin board in the Upper Commons.

Youth Mission Trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin - June 12-19
For those having completed grades 7-12.  Cost $600 includes registration, food, transportation and a day at Six Flags!!
Sign up by April 1.  Informational meeting 6:45 pm TONIGHT, Wed., March 25, in the Conference Room.
Luther Dell Camp - July 19-24 - Cost $390
* Youth Camp (have completed grades 4-8)  It's more than a just a drive down a 5-mile dirt road...so much more than a lake, a campfire, and a carpetball table. It's a place to be a kid and be with friends. It's a place to open your eyes and look for Jesus all around you. It's a place to be washed over with wonder when you take a break from sprinting around the game fields and slow down long enough to catch a glimpse of God with your heart. Join us for a week where you and your friends can grow together as friends and in faith. We are a relational program that spends time getting to know each camper. We have a week-long competition called Luther Dell Olympics and play an all-camp game during the evening. By the end of the week, you won't want to leave!

* Roots Camp (have completed grades 9-12) As senior high students, you are facing the challenges of high school and preparing for what is next in your lives. This is your chance to explore where your heart is rooted. The Roots program is designed to give you opportunity to grow in faith through leading worship, service to camp and service to the local community and is full of games, food, and beautiful sunsets. Camp is a great place to grow in your faith.  
Adult Bible Study 

Every TUESDAY 9:30-11:30 am 
in the Library Commons 
Currently studying the book of Luke


Facilitators: Deb DeVore

and Dee Rebeck

 BYB Project 



Remember this ongoing Kingdom Assignment and drop off unused Bibles to be given to anyone wanting to learn about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Drop boxes available at entrances at Hosanna.


Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) 



Hosanna's Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is a monthly gathering of mature folks who enjoy socializing with fun, interesting people and sharing a meal together.  We typically meet on the first Thursday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday, then we meet a week later) for lunch.  We alternate the location - one month at an area restaurant and the following month at church.  Our primary goal is to enjoy each other's company, laugh and establish enduring friendships.


Copies of this booklet about the project completed in 2013 are available at the Welcome Desk. They include Nate Crary's introduction of how the project evolved and pictures of Barbara Johansen's original artwork and her descriptions of each painting. Your free-will donation will help fund the purchase of a permanent wall hanging system for displays and artwork at Hosanna.


Contact Us 


Hosanna Lutheran Church 

9300 Scandia Trail North

Forest Lake, MN 55025


651.464.9020 fax


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Pastor Linda Friesen

651.464.5502 ext.2006


Pastor Amie Barsch Odahl

651.464.5502 ext.2011


Tracie Peterson

Children, Youth & Family

Ministry Director

651.464.5502 ext.2023


Rob Anderson

Worship & Music Director

651.464.5502 ext.2008


Rick Bahnemann

Director of Facilities & Food Service

651.464.5502 ext.2010


Jackie Verdick

Office Coordinator




Sue Palmer


651.464.5502 ext.2013


Custodial Staff

Reid Eckert

Nick Kelley




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Sunshine Preschool 
Saturday, March 28  9-11:30 am
All-you-can-eat pancakes - Games
Raffle - Easter Egg Hunt - Photos
Face Painting - Prizes
Tickets $5 per person
(children under 2 FREE)
Tickets on sale at Hosanna on Wednesday, March 18th & 25th and Sunday, March 22nd.
Order Raffle tickets in advance & get discounted pricing!!
Proceeds to benefit Sunshine
Scholarship Fund & Sunshine Preschool




Hosanna is partnering with Children's Performing Arts
 to offer a new
Musical Theater Camp
this summer for children who have completed grades 2-6

July 27-Aug. 1, 2015

Live performances on
Sat, Aug. 1 at 7:00 pm & 
Sun, Aug. 2 at 2:00 pm

More information and registration forms available
at the Welcome Center. 



5th Annual
Green Earth Team
Plant Sale
Sunday, April 12
through Sunday, May, 3

Plants will be available for pickup on Sat. and Sun., May 9 & 10. 
This is the perfect opportunity to purchase something for your favorite females on Mother's Day, and also to get your flowers and plants for the warmer months!
The GET thanks you for your continued support, as proceeds from plant sales have helped us
to purchase recycling containers, coffee mugs, rain garden items, mulch, and many other useful items for Hosanna. 

Look for information beginning Sunday, April 12 th
outside the Great Hal




    Christian Women's  

Connection Luncheon 
Threading Through  
the Beads of Life

Monday, April 20th
11:30 am
Wapogasset Lutheran
Bible Camp
738 Hickory Point Lane
Amery, Wisconsin 54001
Speaker: Gayle Gilbertson
"Finding Balance in Your Life"

Judy Mickelson, music

Special Feature:
Taylors Falls Bead Store

 Reservations & cancellations necessary by Tues, April 14.  

Contact Carrie at 651-257-4741 or Mary at 715-554-2330

Cost $10 for luncheon & program. 


                                                             FREE Help With Your Taxes
AARP Tax-Aide Program is again offering FREE tax assistance and preparation services this 2015 tax season at :  Forest Hills United Methodist Church, 1790 11st St. SE, Forest Lake, MN  55025

This FREE service can answer most tax issues faced by low- to middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older.  Tax assistance sessions will be on
Tuesdays & Wednesdays  9 am - 2 pm
Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling 651-675-7126


These services are made available through a grant  provided by the State of Minnesota.
Hosanna Lutheran Church                                                                   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.