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8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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A Note From Pastor Linda    
But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.  
~1 Chronicles 15
Dear Friends in Christ~
What began in 1854 as a territorial fair to highlight agriculture and encourage farming in the region became the Minnesota State Fair in 1859, a year after Minnesota was grated statehood. Today, often referred to as the "Great Minnesota Get-Together," the annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.
A few Fair Facts:
  • The fair attracts nearly 2 million guests annually.
  • The fair employs nearly 80 year-round full-time staff members.
  • During the summer, about 400 seasonal staff are added.
  • More than 3000 people are hired as fair-time staff members.
  • Then there are the MANY volunteers- that's Hosanna!
The Minnesota State Fair "hires" Hosanna to clean the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum. Hosanna receives $11,750 in support of our General Ministries- plus a State Fair ticket for every volunteer. (You will need this to enter the fair). About the Coliseum:
  • The Minnesota State Fair boasts one of the largest livestock exhibitions in the Upper Midwest, which means the action never stops at the 5,000-seat Warner Coliseum.
  • From majestic to agile to graceful to heart-pounding, there are judged and timed events featuring draft horses, shepherding dogs, beef and dairy cattle, bull riding, horse jumping, barrel racing, English horse riding and much more.
  • Dozens of vendors selling a wide variety of merchandise - including the best in western wear - fill the concourse.
When the Coliseum closes at 9pm the doors are locked and Hosanna-people enter and ready to clean the grandstands and outer concourse. All ages are welcome- this is a great family-serve opportunity! What do you need to bring?
  • A good attitude- sometimes we need to wait for the horses to complete their competition.
  • A pair of gloves (disposable gloves are provided).
  • Close-toed shoes and comfy cool clothes. You will get dirty!
  • Water- and maybe a snack!
  • Ride Share is available! Meet at Forest Lake 5 Theatre at 8pm!
We need between 10-15 people every night from August 22 through Labor Day, September 3. Join Mark and me, we typically sign up for 3 nights of service.  
See you at Church... and at the Great MN Get-Together!      
 ~Pastor Linda        

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Steve Kari; Nan, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Bev, aunt of Laura Livermore; 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
Lynda Olson; Alex, niece of Dave and Laura Livermore; Dee Eckert; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Richard Lee, brother of Gary Lee; Becky Steindorf, daughter of Rick Steindorf; Charlie Ollmann; Richard Lee, brother of Gary Lee; Andrew Huseth, cousin of Kathy Okeson; 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

Compassion in Grief
Family and Friends of Sanford Jacobson, family friend of Okeson family

Keep Safe From Harm
Cole Anderson, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Adam, grandson of James Henriott

Join Us For The State Fair WHILE Making a Difference for Hosanna!
August 23 - September 3

Are you interested in helping raise funds with your family for Hosanna WHILE getting free tickets to the State Fair? Please join us some night for Coliseum Clean-up! It's fun for the entire family! Sign up for any date between August 23 and September 3. To sign up, click here or look for the sign up sheets at the Hospitality Table.

Summer Worship
Outside- Hosanna Front Lawn
9:30 am through September 2

Worship will be at 9:30 AM on the lawn outside of the Great Hall, so bring your folding chairs and blankets! 

In the case of inclement weather, we will worship indoors. We are very excited to be at home for the summer! Contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.

Summer Bible Study Conversations
At Hosanna in Upstairs Commons
8:30 am every Sunday through September 2 

Join us for bible conversations! Our worship is paired with an opportunity to come dig deeper into our weekly text. This will take place  prior to worship, 8:30am. Join in conversations about what God's Word means for our lives. 

Coffee and treats provided.  Contact Pastor Linda with questions. 

Community Potluck
Sunday, September 2

Let's celebrate Labor Day Weekend! Come for worship, stay for Friendship, Food & Fun! The grill will be on and the hotdogs will be provided! Bring a dish to share and let's have some fun!

Join Hosanna's Choir!
Sunday, September 2

Interested in joining the Hosanna choir? There are no auditions! Just show up at Hosanna in the Great Hall on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:45pm. Questions? Contact the church office.

Got Questions? Get Answers.
New Fall Sunday Series Starting September 9
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."

God's story in my life: Receive 1st Bible-Spark story bible
Celebration Date:
Sunday, September 9

Celebrated in the fall, this milestone recognizes the exciting step children take as they enter Life Long Learning (Hosanna's version of Sunday school on Wednesday Nights). Preschoolers who are beginning their first full year of Life Long Learning will experience a special blessing and will receive their own SPARK Story Bible. Those elementary aged kids who have not received a SPARK Story Bible are invited to participate. This Milestone Celebration takes place at all worship services. Contact Pastor Jen for more information.

We Need A Sound & Technology Volunteer!

We are currently in need of a sound and technology volunteer for Sundays in the sound booth! If this seems like something you might enjoy or would like to learn more about, contact Rob Anderson at randerson@hosannaforestlake.net or at 651-466-0359.

All Church Photo
Sunday, September 9 between 9am and 10:30am services

We will be having our annual All Church Photo on Sunday, September 9 between the 9am and 10:30am services. Please be there so we can keep you as part of our 2018 church memories!

Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases
Sunday, September 9

On Sunday, September 9 we invite you to bring your school backpacks and work briefcases and bags, as we will be having a special blessing to commemorate the start of our program year and the school year. We will also be having special backpack tags to help make your bag unique and to remind you of the blessing! This will be at the 9:30am and 10:30am services. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen or Pastor Linda.

Kitchen Help & Bakers Needed

Connect360 is starting back up, and that means so are the Connect360 Meals! We are in need of volunteers to help us in the kitchen prepping and serving the dinner on Wednesday Nights. We are also in need of people to bake our desserts for our Wednesday night meals, which is done at home and on your own time. If either of these opportunities sound interesting to you, please contact Kathy Kuehn at kitchen@hosannaforestlake.net or call the church office.

7th & 8th Grade
Confirmation Orientation
Wednesday, September 12

It's almost fall! It's time to start thinking about Confirmation again! We are inviting incoming 7th and 8th grade students interested in Confirmation to come for a dinner and orientation on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30pm. This is a mandatory event to be a part of Confirmation this year. To register your child for Confirmation or to learn more about Confirmation at Hosanna, click here.
Questions? Contact Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net or at 651-272-5693.

 Confirmation Guide Needed!
Starting Wednesday, September 12

It's almost fall! It's time to start thinking about Confirmation again! We are looking for guides to help lead our young people in Confirmation! If this interests you, contact Pastor Jen Collins at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net or at 651-272-5693.

Registration is now OPEN!
Opening night is Wednesday, September 19

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.

Ministry Fair
Wednesday, September 19 & Sunday, September 23

Have you been wondering how to get more involved in Hosanna's MANY ministries? Well, now is your chance! We will be having a Ministry Fair on Wednesday, September 19 and Sunday, September 23 that will allow you to visit different ministry tables and ask any questions you may have! 

Faith Formation Guide Needed
Starting Wednesday, September 19

It's almost fall! It's time to start thinking about Faith Formation again! We are looking for guides to help lead our young people in Faith Formation! If this interests you, contact Pastor Jen Collins at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net or at 651-272-5693.

Book Club
Tuesday, September 25 at 7pm

Hosted in homes- read the book and ready for lively discussions.  New readers are always welcome!
September Read:
Educated:  A Memoir by Tara Westover
An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.
The story begins:  Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard.
Discussion Date:  Tuesday, September 25 at 7pm at Kelly Monson's home.

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

Connect Bible Blessing (Grades 4+)
Celebration: September 26 at 6PM
Workshop: September 26 at 6:45PM

As children become independent readers, it is a natural time to fulfill the baptismal promise to place the scriptures into their hands. Students and their families will learn some basics about the NRSV Connect Bible, as well as ways to incorporate the bible in daily readings and family devotions through this special workshop. Parents will present the Bible to their youth in worship. Questions? Contact Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor

Jen Collins, Associate 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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