Season of Easter
April 29, 2015
LOVE is all you need!

Jesus said to them, "Do you love me? ~John 21  

Greetings Friends!


Consider this:"We will never change the world by going to church. We will only change the world by being the church." ~Unknown


Wow! What a week of opportunity to LOVE our neighbor!! During this 50 Day Season of Easter we have been on the look-out for signs of the resurrection in our midst. Guided by the word(s) of the week, many of you have shared pictures of SURPRISE and PEACE and I BELIEVE and FEED. Thank you!


Each week we have been listening in as Jesus makes post-resurrection appearances. We have wondered, doubted and been in awe with the disciples wondering what this could mean for us today. This week Jesus asks a direct question to Peter: "Do you love me?" In fact, Jesus asks Peter this question THREE TIMES!  Peter answers, and Jesus responds. Are you ready to answer this question from Jesus:



This week,as I prepare to serve at Feed My Starving Children and as I consider these words of Jesus, the John Lenn on song, "All You Need is Love" keeps rumbling through my head.
Here is a YouTube link: 


Let us not only go to church.  Let us also BE the church!!
~ Pastor Linda   

PS- If you are not on FaceBook or Instagram you can view these pictures on our website http://www.hosannaforestlake.net/instagram-feed/ or send your pictures to me and I will post them on your behalf:  friesen@hosannaforestlake.net
THIS SUNDAY at Hosanna 
- Baptism of Leah Evelyn Tauer, parents Ryan & Jakki Tauer
- Last day of GET Plant Sale 
- GET meeting 10am in the Conference Rm
- Hosanna softball 6pm at Fenway Field #3 against St.Peter's 

   Wednesday Nights
Tonight (4-6pm) is our
last Wednesday night meal
until connect360 begins again in the fall.

but join us tonight for Grilled HOT DOGS, Ravioli with red sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Nachos with Cheesy Meat Sauce, Potato chips....AND BUILD YOUR OWN SUNDAES!

Carpool for grades 4-6 graders going to
Feed My Starving Children MobilePack
 at Incarnation in Shoreview departs at 4:30pm
and returns around 7:30pm.
Bus for Jr. & Sr. High Youth going to the FMSC MobilePack departs at 6:30pm
and returns around 9:30pm


Hosanna has been blessed by the positive responses received from this year's connect360 programming. We look forward to bringing this programming back this coming fall. Thank you for being a part of our mid-week worship and programming. Tell your friends about us and invite them to join you this fall. 




5th Annual Green Earth Team
Plant Sale
Last Day to Order - THIS 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 purchase recycling containers, coffee mugs, rain garden items, mulch, and many other useful items for Hosanna. 
Pick up order forms in the lobby after church!
Forest Lake Floral is also offering the opportunity for a percentage of qualifying IN-STORE purchases to benefit Hosanna when you mention "Hosanna" at time of purchase!

Wed., May 6     2-5pm
Can you spare a couple hours to help clean our beautiful commercial kitchen to keep it in tip-top shape? Now that our mid-week programming and meals are coming to a close for the season, it's a good time to do a good thorough cleaning and preserve the value of our extraordinary facility.

Ways to sign-up:
1) at the Welcome Center 
2) on a Yellow Page 
3) contact the church office at 651-464-5502   or communication@hosannaforestlake.net 


Rick is also planning a pizza party at 5:30pm at his house following the cleaning for those who can help.


SAM Lunch at Hosanna 
Thursday, May 7   11:30 am
Chef Rick Bahnemann will be cooking up something delicious for us. Please contact Lynda Olson at 651-982-0856  or
lyndaolson@msn.com to let her know how many are coming (this helps Rick plan for the right amount of food). We'd love to have you join us even if you cannot let us know in advance.  
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Hosanna Softball 
Play Ball !!!! 
Bring the family and come watch us play on Sunday nights at Fe
nway Fields (next to Forest Lak e Ice Arena).  First game starts at 6pm.  
UPDATE:  First games are"warm-ups".....right?
We could use your support. Come and watch us take on St.Peter's Catholic this coming Sunday starting at 6pm. Having bleachers full of fans
can be really INSPIRING!!

We'll have new team photo here soon!

April 26 - Field 1 - against Linwood Covenant-white 
May 3   - Field 3 - against St. Peters Catholic 
May 17 - Field 2 - against Linwood Covenant-orange 
May 24 - Field 1 - against Access Church
May 31 - Field 2 - against Willowbrook Church
June 7 - Field 2 - against Linwood Covenant-white
June 14 - Field 1 - against St. Peters Catholic
June 28 - Field 3 - against Linwood Covenant-orange
July 12 - Field 2 - against Access Church
July 19 - Field 3 - against Willowbrook Church

Please contact Jeff  Taylor at   taylors@midco.net 
if you are interested in playing.
Sunday, May 17
Hosanna's BIG SING and 
Join us at either the 9am or 10:30am Worship and hear the Hosanna Choir performing Spirituals To Lift Hearts, Soothe Souls, Tell The Story, and Praise His Holy Name!
Then come upstairs to the Fellowship Hall for our
To LIVE and LOVE and SERVE is at the very heart of Hosanna. You serve - now come and be served at the SERVANT CELEBRATION as we affirm the many ways that you LIVE and LOVE and SERVE at Hosanna and out in the world.

Special Refreshments being served until 12noon
and enter our Servant Celebration Raffle for a chance to win a neat prize.
Prayer Requests

The people of Nepal following devastating earthquake; Marge Ackerson, mother of Connie (George) Wanner, hospitalized with pneumonia; Sharon, Betty (Glen) Corum's sister-stroke; John, friend of Marlin & Ruth Lackas-peace & comfort in death of wife, Elaine, and recent death of son-in-law & mother-in-law; Rudy, Nancy & Mindy, friends of Sue Girard-all 3 facing serious health issues; 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 Lee nears 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; Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill-prayers for safety while deployed to Pakistan for 12 mos.; Michelle, friend of Deb (Chuck) DeVore's niece-healing & recovery from stroke; Linda Curry, friend of Brian Riebe-end stage cancer/comfort & peace
Volunteer Opportunities

Registration time slots are STILL 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


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. 

Register online at  www.campwapo.org 
Indicate you are with Hosanna Lutheran Church. 
July 13-16, 2015

Ages 3-6:   9am - noon Day Camp
Experience God through prayer, play & fun.  Cost $30

Grades K-6 (completed in 2015)  9am - 5pm  Day Camp
Experience a tast of summer camp right here with college students from Luther Crest leading us in worship, study, games & more!  Cost $65

Registration forms available at Welcome Center. 

Hosanna is partnering with
Children's Performing Arts
 to offer a NEW
Musical Theater Camp 
for children who have completed grades 2-6
by the end of this school year. 
J uly 27-Aug. 1, 2015
Jailhouse Rock 
Live performances at 7pm on Sat, Aug. 1 
and  2pm matinee on Sunday, Aug. 2
More information and registration forms available
at the Welcome Center.
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


Adult Bible Study 

Every TUESDAY 9:30-11:00 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.




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Start the week off right!

 Monday Morning BREW

with Pastor Linda
Take time to reflect on Sunday's message and look to the next week. Join Pastor Linda at Key's Cafe & Bakery in Forest Lake at 7:00 am and jumpstart your week.
Begins June 1 st

Together we will take time to:

  B- Be still and Be together

  R- Receive God's love

  E- Embrace the Word & the World

W- Welcome the day and the Week... and each other





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.