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I Hear You!

A Note From Pastor Linda    

From Proverbs 18: Answering before listening is both stupid and rude. (the message)
Dear Friends in Christ~
Here is a trick question: What do you hear right now?
It's a trick question because by asking the question, I prompted your brain to take control of the sensory experience- and invited you to LISTEN rather than just HEAR. What's the difference between hearing and listening? Attention!
Hearing is easy, but listening is hard. Listening is a skill that we are in danger of losing in a world of digital distraction and information overload. Listening is hard when we really don't want to hear what the other has to say... Of listening/hearing Dietrich Bonhoeffer offers these words:
"There is a kind of listening with half an ear that presumes already to know what the other person has to say. It is an impatient, inattentive listening, that despises the brother and is only waiting for a chance to speak, and thus get rid of the other person."
Sometimes to truly LISTEN we need to be SILENT first- to really hear what the other has to say.
Mark and I recently saw The Agitators, on stage at the Park Square Theater in St. Paul through October 28. It is live theater telling the story of the relationship between Susan B Anthony and Frederick Douglass. It was a lesson on hearing and listening and understanding. Douglass inspires Anthony by saying: "Nothing changes if people are not talking about it." But in talking, we also need to STOP and listen.
There is GOOD NEWS! Like any skill- we can train to listen better! Try these listening tips:
  • If you regularly listen to music- listen to NEW music rather than familiar tunes.
  • If you walk around with headphones on- take them OFF and listen to the world around you.
  • If you have a dog or cat- listen to their barks or meows- they are trying to tell you something.
  • Listen to the voices around you- not just their voices but also their tone and emotions surrounding their familiar voice.
Trick question: What do you hear right now?
See you in Church- on Wednesday AND Sunday!  
 ~Pastor Linda    

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Cindy, mother of Char Houle; Jackie, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Bob Murphy, friend of Mary Gookins; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Deb Krinke; Paul Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; 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
Larry, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Joan Davis, grandmother of Mike Collins; Cole Behnken; Julie Ohman; Lynda Olson; Alex, niece of Dave and Laura Livermore; Dee Eckert; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; The Oster Family;Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; John Cupryna, brother-in-law of Mark Friesen; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz; 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

Comfort In Hospice
Steve Kari

Comfort In Grief
Family and friends of Paul "Wally" Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Family and friends of Ramona Hall.

Got Questions? Get Answers.
Fall Sunday Series
Everyone has questions.  Young children ask "why?"  Teenagers ask "why not?"  Adults question "what if?"  Do you have questions about God, Jesus, the Bible?  Do you have questions about life?  Do you have questions for God about life?  Every day, more and more people are going to Siri or Alexa or Google to find answers to their questions about and for God.  I have a better idea:  Come to Hosanna to "get answers."

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
6:30 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 office@hosannaforestlake.net
or register on our website here.

Adult Education
New Fall Series:
StrengthsFinder - empowering people to succeed!
6:45pm - 7:45pm
September 26, October 3 & October 10

Come and learn more about how God has uniquely gifted you! Understand your unique design and make a difference in the world! Cost is $20 for the StrengthsFinder code that will enable you to take the online inventory. Questions? Contact Pastor Linda at lfriesen@hosannaforestlake.net

Senior Adult Ministry's Monthly Lunch Out
Thursday, October 4

SAM will be heading to Stillwater for our monthly lunch on October 4th. Now that fall is here, we decided to enjoy the beauty of the season by traveling a short distance to the St. Croix river. We hope you will be able to join us!  Our SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) group is a fun loving bunch of folks who love to get together with their friends for lunch.  Please join us, we know you will have a great time.  Let Lynda Olson know if you can be part of the fun at 651-982-0856.  Please feel free to join us, even if you haven't responded earlier.  We know plans change sometime!  There is always room at the tables for more chairs!

Facilities Team Meeting
Tuesday, October 9
6pm in the Conference Room

The monthly Facilities Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at 6pm in the Conference Room at Hosanna. Please contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.

Sarah Circle
Wednesday, October 10

Sarah Circle will be having their monthly women's bible study on Wednesday, October 10 at 10am in the Garden Chapel. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about Sarah Circle, contact Kelsey Grachek.

Befrienders Meeting
Wednesday, October 10

The Befrienders will be having their monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 6pm in the Conference Room. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about Befrienders, contact Kelsey Grachek.

Indigenous Peoples Celebration
Friday, October 12

Green Earth Team (GET) Meeting
Sunday, October 14

The Green Earth Team (GET) will be having their monthly meeting on Sunday, October 14 between worship services.

Packers Vs. Vikings Tickets
Game: Sunday, November 25
Drawing: Tuesday, October 16

Once again, thanks to Julie Ohman, we will be having an open drawing for all of those who wish to enter in for a chance to win 2 Vikings vs. Packers Game tickets! Only one entry per family is allowed and all entries must be submitted by 11:59pm on Monday, October 15. You may enter in person at Hosanna or by emailing Kelsey Grachek at office@hosannaforestlake.net

Family Fall Festival
Wednesday, October 17
5pm - 8:30pm

Come join in all the fun! Our 3rd Annual Fall Fest! This is an evening spent together in community. For families of all ages, come join in for dinner and games!

Youth Haunted Hayride
& Lock-In
Wednesday, October 17

All youth grades 7-12 are invited to join us for a spooktacular night! We will be departing for a Haunted Hayride around 7:30pm, Wednesday, October 17 and coming back for a (non-spooky) lock-in afterward! If haunts and frights are not really your thing, we would still love to have you for the lock-in portion! Cost is $15 per youth. Sign up on our website here or contacting Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net

Beer & Hymn Sing:
Oktoberfest Edition!
Sunday, October 21

Beer & Hymns! a fundraiser benefiting the 2019 Lakes Area Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. Featuring hymns led by Charlie O and friends.

Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets include 1 drink ticket (beer, wine, soda)

Fall Clean-Up
Saturday, October 27

Join us for our annual Fall Clean-Up on Saturday, October 27 at 8am! There will be coffee, cider, treats and duties for people of all ages!

Save The Date!
Confirmation Sunday
Sunday, October 28

Come celebrate our 2018 Comfirmands on Sunday, October 28 at both worship services. More details to come.

Lifetouch Photo Directory
October 29-30 & November 1-3

Get ready for your closeup! We will be taking photos for our church directory on October 29-30 and November 1-3. There is no fee! Just for participating, you will receive an 8"x10" portrait and a directory! You will have the portrait back in time for Christmas Cards as well! It won't be the same without you and your family (pets included)! To register, click the below link. Questions? Contact Kelsey Grachek in the front office.

October Book Club
Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm

The Sun Does Shine:  How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin

An unforgettable, haunting story of a terrible injustice that was done to a black man from Alabama, Ray Hinton. In 1985 Anthony Ray Hinton was convicted of a crime he didn't commit and sentenced to die by execution. Ray spent nearly thirty years on death row before the state of Alabama admitted that they had made a mistake, and set him free.

Trunk-Or-Treating at Hosanna!
Wednesday, October 31
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Start your night of Trick-Or-Treating at Hosanna for our Trunk-Or-Treat Spooktacular! We will have decorated trunks, candy, and hot dogs served by LIVE wiener dogs!

We will also be holding a Trunk Decorating contest with awards and prizes! Interested in decorating your trunk? Contact Kelsey Grachek at office@hosannaforestlake.net or at 651-464-5502.

Sleep Out 2018
November 3-4
Time: Saturday 5:00 p.m. - Sunday 12 noon *Arrive no later than 6:30 pm to set up otherwise dark and hard to construct sleeping unit.

Who: Students Grades 7- Adult (Others welcome, kids Grade 6 and under can stay with an adult until 10:30 pm.)

There is NO COST to participate, but pre-registration is required. 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. Although it doesn't begin to touch the realities many face however, it does allow us to acknowledge the problem (homelessness, food insecurity, lack of affordable housing, livable wages, etc.), think about how we might be a part of a solution and develop a deeper sense of Gratitude. Giving even one night will make a difference.

Keep The Shelter Cruising Along!
Sunday, October 21
2:30pm - 5:30pm

Join us for a scenic and fun afternoon to celebrate and support the amazing work that we are doing as a community. Funds raised will help with the annual operating cost for the St. Andrew's Family Shelter in Hugo.
We will be boarding the Majestic Star boat in Stillwater for a 2 1/2 hour cruise along the St. Croix River. Ticket price will cover an Italian buffet and the boat ride. A cash bar will be available. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets and to make a donation. This is an ADULT ONLY event. Thanks for your understanding.

Hosanna Staff

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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