January 29, 2018
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.
9:00 AM &
Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
I AM... GRATEFUL!! (and COLD!)
Thank you for the many ways that you have surrounded me in prayer...
The spinal fusion and decompression were a GREAT success. I immediately found relief in my hips and legs- yeah! I occasionally get some "shadow" pain but have learned that is to be expected. The actual fusion seems to be healing well, however I find that I tire easily and need to remember to sit and rest. (I am CONTENT- oneword) I typically take a nap- every day! Yes, healing takes energy and I must listen to my body. Basic rule is NO BLT- bending, lifting, twisting. I take daily walks around the house- too cold and slippery to be outside. When I get the opportunity for a field trip, I walk up and down every aisle at the store or every corridor at the mall. Who knew you could buy so much stuff that you don't need- but that's for another update.
I am grateful for my church- and the staff that serves and steps in and steps up when one is missing. I am grateful for Pastor Jan and her availability to step back into the life of Hosanna. I look forward to continued partnership with her as she offers "faith and learning" trips to places around the world- including Hosanna in her invitations.
While I am doing some planning and working from home- it is always interrupted by the need to step away. I find it difficult to be in one position for too long a period. And then there is that nap... ;-)! I hope to return as a worshipper this weekend. I look forward to returning to "real work"- but I am planning on easing into the hours I spend at Hosanna, being mindful of my continued healing while balancing that with the need for physical therapy. I need to get back behind the wheel too- once I am able to balance pain meds and feel confident at turning without twisting.
Mostly, I AM CONTENT- really, I am!! I am because of you- and the many ways that you have reached out and up on my behalf. Once again- I am grateful- for YOU!
One last shout out: THANK YOU MARK FRIESEN- for just being there along the way. Even when I said- oh no, I don't need you to be there... you were and are there. THANK YOU!
Reminder- that all regular programming from Tuesday, January 29 through Thursday, January 31 is CANCELLED due to EXTREME COLD.
Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Gail McCullough, friend of Grimes Family; Bill Grimes, father of Ryan Grimes; Megan Olrich Sullivan, family friends of Christenson family; Cindy, mother of Char Houle; Jackie, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Deb Krinke; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family;; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill
Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Marilynn Wallin, friend of Jon & Kathryn Nordstrom; LaVonne Reedy; Pastor Linda Friesen; Cindy Vedder; Rex Livermore, father of Dave Livermore; Don Moody, brother of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Laurie Kunze, Niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Mike, father-in-law of Nick Bredahl; Leah Anderson, granddaughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Hannah Bergan; Doug Sill; Ella Wenzel; Larry, brother of Michelle Spanjers; Marlys & Jerry Berg, sister and brother-in-law of Dave Oster; Leona Lucker, great aunt of James Henriott; Harry Eckert; Jeff Johnson, brother of Julie Ohman; Margot LeBoeuf, neighbor of Mary Thompson; Larry, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Alex, niece of Dave and Laura Livermore; Dee Eckert; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Nathan Acker; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins
Keep Safe From Harm
Cole Anderson, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Adam, grandson of James Henriott
Enrollment for Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center
Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center is opening Fall of 2019 and will be the second Forest Lake location to partner with Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC). The new expanded programming will include flexible schedule options for TODDLERS starting at 16 months old and will build on the strong 30+ year history of Sunshine Preschool by adding extended/wrap-around care, full-time schedule options and accreditation/ quality ratings. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year for current Sunshine and Hosanna families begins tomorrow!
Learn more and register here:
Your 2018 Year End Giving Statement has been emailed or mailed to your home. Look for it- and if you have not received it by the end of January- call Roxanne Anderson, Finance Director at 651-464-0776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 100 Envelope Challenge for the Lakes Area MobilePack!
Due February 3
A Couple of rules:
- Each envelope contains a note with a monetary amount between $1 and $100. If your number seems unobtainable, reach out to a friend or two or three to join you!
- You must place at minimum, the amount in your envelope and have it back to Hosanna by February 3, 2019. Checks can be made out to Hosanna with "2019 FMSC" in the memo line.
- This dollar amount does NOT interrupt or replace your regular giving to Hosanna. We NEED your regular gifts to fulfill our mission to LIVE, LOVE & SERVE - offering up our mission post to be a MobilePack site at no cost to the community for example.
If all 100 envelopes are returned to Hosanna, this has the potential to raise $5050 (or MORE!) - which means 23,000 MEALS!!!
If you are interested in this challenge, please pick up an envelope on Wednesdays or Sundays or by contacting Kelsey Grachek.
January Book Club
The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brene Brown
Discussion Date: February 5 at 7pm
at Pastor Linda Friesen's Home
What is it like to live a wholehearted life? Courage, compassion and connection are needed in order for people to live wholehearted lives. They need courage to be vulnerable. They need compassion for themselves and for others. They need to make connections with others in order to both give and receive with an open heart.
Adult Meet 'n Mingle Night
Date: February 6
Time: 6:45-7:45 pm
Where: Gathering Space
We are hosting our first Meet 'n Mingle Night for any adult who wants to connect, especially parents/guardians of kids in our Faith Formation program. We want to give you an opportunity to get to know folks and know that you are not alone in this journey of faith and life. Desserts, Appetizers and light drink refreshments. All are welcome, we want to be intentional about relationship and connection. This is our kick off to start our #LifeGroups at Hosanna!
See you there and bring a friend!
Senior Adult Ministry's Monthly Lunch Out
Thursday, February 7
Senior Adult Ministries (SAM) will be holding their monthly lunch out on February 7, 2019 at Mallard's in Forest Lake at 11:30am. Please contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.
See Through The Scriptures with Pastor Jan Mehlhoff
Thursdays through February 14 - All are welcome!
1 PM & 6:30 PM in the Gathering Space
See thru the Scriptures is 6 week course that takes you through the Biblical story. It is a great way to understand the context of scripture. If you have been studying the Bible for years or never opened it, you will still enjoy this series!! (I guarantee you will learn something you didn't know and be surprised at how the story unfolds!) Join me Thursdays at 1:00 PM OR 6:30 PM beginning January 10th.
Sunshine Discovery Center FREE Family Fun Night
Thursday, January 24
5:30PM - 7PM
Sunshine Discovery Center Open House!
This is a FREE Family Fun Night on Thursday, January 24 from 5:30pm - 7pm at Hosanna!
Join us for dinner, art, science activities and games and with a concert by David Landau! Come learn more about Sunshine Discovery Center opening Fall 2019
Bring your teddy bears and stuffed animals to join in on the fun!
Hosanna will be having our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 10 at noon along with our annual potluck. Please contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.
Waking Up White with Debby Irving
Sunday, February 17
3 PM - 6 PM
Gustavus Adolphus in St. Paul
Come join the Saint Paul Area Synod in welcoming Debby Irving, author of
Waking Up White. Irving will being speaking and leading us in an interactive workshop. This time will be most effective if congregations plan on bringing a group ready to collaborate further with church conferences and neighboring communities. This event is open to rostered and lay leaders as well as community members.
We will focus our time on,
Leveling the Playing Field: Interrupting Patterns of Power and Privilege; this is an interactive workshop involving mapping power, patterns, and interventions.
Suggested cost of the event is $10 per person, to be collected at the door. We do not want cost to prohibit anybody from attending this learning opportunity - all are welcome. Debby Irving will have books available and there will be an opportunity to meet her after the workshop time.
If your congregation or organization has yet to read
Waking Up White, it is recommended to read before attending. A study guide for the book is available by emailing Office@HosannaForestLake.net
Save The Date:
Saturday, February 23
Fun Family Event - All Ages. Food - Games - Bouncy House - Silent Auction - Mega Raffle and MORE!
Discounted Admission Tickets on sale now!
We are looking for Winter Fest Volunteer Team Members. If you are interested in planning in any way let us know.
We will also be needing donations of giftcards!
Crafters & Artisans Needed!
March 9-10, 2019
March 3, 2019
Are you an Artisan or Crafter? We have a spot for you at our upcoming Art & Craft Sale benefitting the Feed My Starving Children Lakes Area MobilePack! To register, please
March 6, 2019
Ash Wednesday services this year will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at noon in the Garden Chapel and 6pm in the Great Hall. If you are interested in helping with hospitality for any of these services, please contact Kelsey Grachek.
FMSC Art & Craft Sale
Saturday, March 9
Sunday, March 10
Please join us for a weekend full of arts, crafts, fundraising and good eats! We will be having our second annual Art & Craft Sale benefiting the Feed My Starving Children Lakes Area MobilePack on March 9-10 in the Garden Chapel. We will be having the sale, a silent auction and lunch and snack items! Contact Pastor Jen for more information.
Registration is now OPEN!
We want YOU to join us for Connect360! Registration is now open on our website! If you haven't joined us for Connect360 Wednesday nights- give it a try!
5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Lighthouse Worship
6:45 pm - Life Long Learning (L ³)
Life Long Learning is made up of Faith Formation, Confirmation, Higher Ground and Adult Education.
To receive more information, please contact the Church Office at email@example.com
or register on our website
Registration is now OPEN!
General Summer Sessions: One day a week in June + July
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (7:00 am drop off time available)
One Session: June $125, July $125
All Summer: $200
Summer Stretch Celebration Twin Cities wide at VALLEY FAIR- (OPTIONAL: August 2, Additional +$30)
Xtreme Summer Stretch
Registration is now OPEN!
Xtreme Summer Stretch: A week long intensive, Monday to Thursday filled with a mission focus on Food and Hunger + Youth can still join in at end of summer for Valley Fair Day!
Dates: June 10-13, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (7:00 am drop off time available)
Youth Service Immersion Weekend
July 26-28, 2019
NEW! Service Immersion -
Weekend Camp in the Twin Cities: If you loved serving our local communities during our general session, this is an opportunity to spend a longer amount of time connecting, serving over a weekend.
Service Immersions of various lengths are a way for groups to experience the many issues contributing to poverty, to serve organizations that serve those affected and to take what they learned and address the issues in their own communities.
MUST HAVE COMPLETED 6th Grade to participate.
To learn more about the housing, meals and experience visit
Urban Immersions Webpage: https://uisr-mn.squarespace.com/retreats-2/
Service Immersion Weekend: Friday 07/26 - Sunday 07/28, Cost: $250
Linda Friesen, Pastor
Jen Collins, Pastor
Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
Kathy Kuehn, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist
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