Hosanna E-Update

April 12, 2016
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.
From Pastor Linda
Law vs. Gospel - God's WORD for YOU
ll scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching,  
for reproof, for correction, and for training in
righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God
may be proficient, equipped for every good work.
~From 2Timothy 3
Dear Friends~
I write to you today from AZ- yes, sitting at a Starbucks. I am taking some time away to consider our direction for the summer and set out a worship plan for those beautiful Summer Sunday's at Lakeside Park! I look forward to returning to be with you this Sunday as we continue to explore: Saint & Sinner- living like a Lutheran!
On Sunday we will explore the WORD of God and consider the lens that we view scripture through as Christians who are Lutheran. We all have one, don't we? A pair of glasses that we read through, and through those same glasses we view the world.
As Lutherans our theology, our understanding of God, is GRACE-shaped. Pastor Jen spoke about this last Sunday. This GRACE also extends to our reading of Scripture- God's Word. As Lutherans we read Scripture to point to a loving God. We read, both the Old and New Testament, with Gospel glasses: "Because God has done this for us therefore we have the opportunity to..." . This in comparison to the Law which says "If you do this then God will do that." Gospel reading is filled with promise and possibility. Law is filled with should's and must's.
I think this also informs our relationship with God. If we imagine God primarily as an enforcer of rules, then we can get hung up by the legalism of religion. If we visualize God as stern and prone to punishment, then we might come to believe that everything bad in our lives is punishment from God. If, on the other hand, we view God primarily in terms of grace and gospel, we are surprised and uplifted by the numerous gifts and moments of grace we experience all around us. And then, when we imagine God to be a God of love, we find it far easier to experience God's love in our own lives and to share it with others.
The Word of God is transformative. God's Word equips us for every good work. Thanks be to God!
I can hardly wait to see you on Sunday! I have missed you!!  
  ~ Pastor Linda  
This Sunday
  • Baptism at 10:30 - Olivia Marie Matko, parents Chris & Traci Matko
  • Council Roundtable at 10am in Conference Room
  • Tough Questions Milestone at 11:30am in Lakeside Room

Wednesday Nights at Hosanna
Enjoy a meal and fellowship together (no need to cook), worship during the Good News at 6, and take advantage of learning opportunities for the all ages. Register online at our website (under connect360) or pick up a registration form in the forms rack in the Welcome Center.

Wednesday Night Schedule
(through April 27)

5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship

6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship: The Gospel in Disney  
6:30-7:30 pm    Faith Formation (preK-K, gr.1-3, gr.4-6)
                       Confirmation  (grades 7-9)
                       Higher Ground (senior high)
                       Adult Learning  
Come and join us and invite a friend or neighbor! 
Wednesday Menus
All meals include dessert and beverage.
* New 5-week discounted meal plans begin March 30th *

April 13
Pizza - pepperoni, sausage, veggie & cheese, salad bar

April 20
Mexican Night: tacos (chicken & beef), tacos-in-a-bag,
taco salad, corn, refried beans, rice

April 27 - Final Night 
Grilled burgers, hot dogs, riblets, potato crisps, fresh fruit,
misc. chef's surprise, build-your-own sundaes!

NOTE: if your child does not care for tonight's entree,
you can request a jelly sandwich.

** All menus subject to change **
Coming Soon - Save These Dates 

Friday, April 29    6:30pm
Popcorn & other snacks will be provided

A New Twist on the Progressive Dinner
Wednesday, May 11   5:30-7:30pm 

Watch for more information on these upcoming events.
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving
Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Mike Martin, father of Brian Riebe's friend Cindy Martin; Brandi; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Dennis Riebe; Martin Zhangs, great nephew of Teresa & Mike Bredahl; Norman Schaible, family friend of Teresa & Mike Bredahl; Melissa Fannucchi, Maggie Odahl's (Pastor Amie's daughter) best friend; Jane (Pastor Jim) Barsch; Roger Heins, father of Jill Heins-Nesvold (Todd); Johneta, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister-guidance & strength, Sherry Foster, Amber Zeigenbein, friend of Brian Riebe; Doug Sill; Lynda Olson; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Stacia & Stephanie, daughters of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Marlin Lackas; Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life
Grief Compassion 
Pamela Riebe-upon death of her grandmother, Gloria

Keep Safe From Harm and Military
Kelley & babies (protection & healing), Marlin & Ruth Lackas' God child; Hayden Oliver, son of Miranda & Kevin Oliver Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore
Prayer Garden and Columbarium
A task force is in the process of being formed to explore the possibility of constructing a prayer garden and columbarium on Hosanna grounds.  If you are interested on serving on this task force, please contact Ruth Lackas at 612-719-7888 or refl.ection@hotmail.com, or DeeDee Anderson at 651-249-6842 or cdanderson@midco.net, by Earth Day, April 22nd.

Women's Playshops 
Back by popular demand! 
Mother / Daughter Silk Scarf Playshop
Saturday, April 23, 10:30am-1pm 
Gail Gates will give a short presentation about
"Mom wisdom" followed by a creative time
where you will each dye/paint an 8"x72" Habotai silk scarf to keep. It's a chance to connect with your creativity, share your thoughts on growing older
and wiser, and have precious mom/daughter time.
Fee: $35 per person includes 2 1/2 hour playshop, materials, pizza and beverages. If you prefer you may choose a larger 14"x72" scarf option for $10 more.

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Dear Women of a Certain Age... 
Feeling restless? Got a creative itch?
Gail Gates is offering a playshop on
Thursday, May 5, 6-8:30 pm 
that consists of a short talk on women in midlife
(and beyond) followed by a creative time
where you can dye/paint an 8"x72" Habotai silk scarf
to keep. It's a chance to connect with your creativity, share your thoughts on growing older and wiser,
and reflect on where you want to be
as you write your second chapter of life.

Fee: $35 per person includes 2 1/2 hour playshop, materials, munchies and beverages. If you prefer
you may choose a larger 14"x72" scarf option
for $10 more.

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  Please register for either of these Playshops
by contacting Gail Gates at 
gatega1958@msn.com and let her know
which Playshop you want to attend and
which scarf size you prefer. 

Playshop attendence is limited to twelve (12) women. 
Annual Plant Sale
ed by Hosanna's Green Earth Team (GET)  

Order your annuals, perennials and baskets
NOW  through Sunday, May 1
Plants will be available for pick up in Hosanna's
Lakeside Room on Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8
 (enter Door C near kitchen)

Proceeds from this GET sale help Hosanna be
a good steward of God's creation...the Earth!

Start saving your stuff you no longer use or just want
to get rid of for Hosanna's Rummage Sale to be held mid- to late-June.

Spring is a good time to begin sorting through items
you no longer use or want. Why not donate them
to this cause to raise funds for Hosanna ministries?

This year's Rummage Sale is being coordinated by
Anne Myre and Hosanna's Green Earth Team (GET).
If would like to help or get more information, please contact Anne at rgmyre@frontiernet.net or 651-303-4913 
Women of Character Celebration Tea

Saturday, May 7, 2016  
1:00-3:00 pm in the Garden Chapel

No peanuts will be served but some items may contain
traces of nuts. Gluten-free options available upon request.

$10 for Adults
$5 Children ages 10 and under
Children age 2 and under FREE

Click HERE to sign up.
May 1st registration deadline

Gardens & Grounds Clean-Up

Saturday, May 7   9am-Noon
Mark your calendars, grab your work gloves, rakes, shovels, and garden tools and come to Hosanna to help clean up our grounds for the summer season. Many hands make quick work. With the mild winter season this year, it shouldn't take much time to get the work done.  RAIN OR SHINE..so dress accordingly. Sign up at the Annual Plant Sale table in the lower lobby on Sunday.
S ummer Worship at Lakeside Memorial Park
Begins June 5th at 9:30am

This year's first summer Sunday worship begins on
Sunday, June 5th  at  9:30am at 
Lakeside Memorial Park  
in Downtown Forest Lake
Bring your lawn chair or blanket to sit on as we  
gather to worship in this beautiful setting.
In the event of inclement weather, worship moves
indoors to the Garden Chapel (upper level) at Hosanna.
Weather notice will be posted on Hosanna's website and Facebook page by 7:30am 

Contact Us 
Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax

Linda Friesen, Pastor 
651-464-5502 ext.2006 
Jen Collins, Assoc.Pastor 
651-464-5502 ext.2023 
Rob Anderson 
Director, Worship & Music 
651-464-5502 ext.2008 
Rick Bahnemann 
Director, Facilities 
and Food Service 
651-464-5502 ext.2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 
651-464-5502 ext.2000 
Sue Palmer 
651-464-5502 ext.2013 
Charlie Ollmann 
Choir Director 
Mary Gookins 
Handbell Choir Director 
Lisa Sauer 
Children's Choir Director 

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

Milestone Ministries
celebrate the partnership between parents, church and God in raising our children in the faith. They provide a wonderful way for families to connect with each other and with the church while exploring important aspects of faith.

Consider these upcoming Milestones sessions
for your family.

High School Senior
Graduation Milestone

 (12th grade) 
Sunday , May 22
Do you have a student who will be graduating from high school this year?  We have a gift from your Hosanna family to be presented on Sunday, May 22
at either worship service.  
Let us know by April 3rd
that you have a graduating senior so that we can get
some information from you  
and ready their gift.
Click HERE to contact the church office. 
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Information pamphlets available o n the forms rack
at the Welcome Center.

Register online
by clicking
You can also fill out a
Yellow Page and place it
in the offering basket 

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Hebrews

Facilitator: Deb DeVore 
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Birth - Age 5 with Parents
at Hosanna (nursery)
Every 2nd Monday 9-11am
May-August 2016
 $ FREE $

Hosanna partners with
to again offer   
Drama Camp
August 1-7, 2016
(ages 5-12)  
Production yet
to be determined.
A new way to learn the story through music and drama.
Dress Rehearsal on  
Saturday morning, Aug 6.

Saturday night and
Sunday afternoon
Cost: $50 
More information to come.
All-day FUN with local mission projects AND recreational activities!
June 15, 22, 29, July 20, 27
8am - 5pm

(completed grades 5-12)
1/2-day of service and
1/2-day of recreation.
Locations to be announced in registration packet.
Optional date: Thurs, Aug. 4th
Summer Stretch Celebration Twin Cities wide at Valleyfair  (8am-7pm + add'l cost of $25) 

Cost (by May 1).... $125
(after May 1 - $175)
Registration includes Tshirt

Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Hosanna

"Living Out Love" 
July 18-21, 2016 

Ages 3-5
......... 9am-noon 
( must be potty trained)    
Grades K-6....9am-5pm

Register by June 19 to
receive early bird rates.    
Ages 3-5...................$40
          (after June 19 - $45) 
Grades K-6...............$70
(after June 19 - $75)

S eeds Weekend
at Camp Wapo
July 8-10, 2016
completed grades 2-3
Cost: $150
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16
Youth Camp at Wapo
July 10-15, 2016
completed grades 4-7
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Higher Ground 
Youth Camp
at Luther Dell
August 7-12, 2016
completed grades 8-12
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Family Camp Weekend
at Wapo
August 5-7, 2016
ALL ages
Cost: varies per family
($250 max.)
$75 deposit due by 3/15/16

Register online directly
through Camp Wapo
at the registration page
 set up specifically for
Hosanna campers
by clicking

Contact Pastor Jen Collins
with questions or concerns.

Camp scholarships
available upon request.

Hospitality Appreciation Luncheon & Training
Do you have a gift of hospitality? Is interacting with and welcoming newcomers right up your alley?
We invite you to join us for an informative time on
Sunday, April 24th at 11:45am 
in the Garden Chapel. 
Our current Hospitality Teams
will be gathering and they invite you to come and learn more about possibly joining one of our teams.
RSVP by April 17th 
Fill out a Yellow Page and place in the offering basket or simply
to contact the church office
for more information.

Medical Responders
Are you a medical professional
or do you have medical
or emergency responder training?

Hosanna wants to establish  
a list of people who could be called upon in the event
of a medical emergency
when such responders
are present.
If you are willing to help in this way when you are present, please provide your information on a Yellow Page and place in offering basket
or contact the church office with your information.

Green Earth Team
Tip of the Month
The Green Earth Team encourages all to consider our pollinator friends when planting flowers this spring. Bees depend on diverse flowers for food from spring through fall. For a list of bee friendly plants  visit: