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A Note From Pastor Linda

From Philippians 4: Rejoice in the LORD always- again I say REJOICE!

Advent Greetings,
Last Sunday the focus of the gospel lesson was on preparation, and on making ready for the King of Kings: Expecting Jesus- the Miracle in Our Messiness. The emphasis was on making a "clean sweep" of everything in our lives that the separate us from God in order to BE READY! As we prepare for the Third Sunday of Advent marking the half-way point in this Advent Waiting Season it's time to
This is the JOY Sunday- and at Hosanna we will be experiencing the JOY of The Nativity- told in story form accompanied by songs of the season! The Hosanna Choir, the Bells, the Children and the entire congregation will lend their voices- along with a StoryTeller- bringing the old, old story ALIVE.
INVITE friends and family to join you on Sunday; to pause, to breathe, to lighten up and experience the JOY of the season. The Nativity Story (by Julie Vivas) will be told at both the 9am and 10:30am worship times. The Upper Room Coffee Shop will be opened and the Youth will be selling Christmas cookies as a fundraiser for their Youth Gathering trip this summer. There will also be a few items left from the FMSC MarketPalce to finish off your Christmas gift giving- these proceeds benefit the 2018 Lakes Area MobilePack.

Waiting and Wondering in JOY!     
 ~Pastor Linda
PS- Thank you! 2018 Giving Cards continue to come in. If you have not had the opportunity to return your Giving Card- it is not too late!! Giving Cards are available at Hosanna. 

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Healing in Cancer Journey
James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Dan Fronic, friend of Mary Thompson; Deb Krinke; Paul Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Carrie Steindorf; 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
Ruth Lackas; Cole, grandson of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Stephanie, daughter of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Judy Merrell's daughter; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Christine, friend of Craig Anderson; Lynn Anderson; Becky, sister of Kathy Okeson; Phillip Aurich, nephew of Barbara Schultz; John Cupryna, brother-in-law of Mark Friesen; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Laurie, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Ron Rebeck; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz, with his Type 1 Diabetes; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty Corum

Healing in a Time of Grief
Family and friends of Mary Halfen, sister-in-law of Chuck and Diane Halfen; Bill Raffield, with the passing of his mother; friends and family of Bernice Okeson, mother of Dave Okeson; Joyce Carlson with the loss of her brother; Andy Aune, brother-in-law of Gary Lee, who lost his wife;

Keep Safe From Harm
Hayden Oliver, serving in Coast Guard

Christmas Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 24

9am Advent Worship- Promise in Our Impossibilities

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
4pm Christmas Praise and Worship in the Great Hall led by Hosanna's Worship Team in the Great Hall.
9pm & 10:30pm An Intimate Christmas Worship in the Garden Chapel with Hosanna's Choir    

Christmas Festival
THIS Sunday
9:00 & 10:30 am  

Every child is invited to join us in our annual Christmas Festival. The kids will be a part of an ensemble in the Children's Choir.

Rehearsal Schedule:
December 13-Wednesday, 7:30- 8:00 pm
Final Rehearsal with all choirs and bells on Saturday, December 16: 9:00am
FAMILY Need to knows for Sunday:
  • Arrive 10 min. early and meet in the Library upstairs. There will be kid activities and treats available in this area before and after services.
  • Kids will line up and head to their spots just before service starts. Adults and older siblings are encouraged to help get kids into their spots.
  • Families of preschoolers- know if kids need to come find you during the festival that is ok, it is tough for our little ones to be in front.

Cookie Baking Fundraiser

Before and after the Christmas Festival the Hosanna Youth will be hosting a cookie sale. 
All proceeds benefit the Youth Gathering Trip taking place this summer.
How can you help? 
You're invited to whip up your own dough, which yields 2-3 dozen cookies. DROP OFF IN KITCHEN between December 13-16th  to be rolled out, cut, baked and decorated by our Youth. Join us to bake, decorate and eat lunch on Saturday, December 16th, 9:30-12 noon.   
We also accept pre-baked, plated cookies as well! If you have questions, talk to Pastor Jen.  

The Giving Tree
Homeless Youth Gift Baskets
THIS SUNDAY- last chance to donate!

Every Advent season we typically partner with Angel Tree Prison Ministries. Unfortunately, there were no available kids for us this year. 
We will be helping Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (LSS) with their Homeless Youth Program by supplying Gift Baskets. 
LSS offers Street Outreach, Transitional Housing, Teen Health Services, LINK Program and REACH Drop-in programs. To read more, click here. 

Youth experiencing homelessness in Minnesota

Wilder Research found that 46% of homeless people in the state were age 21 and younger. Among them, 3,546 were children with their parents and 1,151 were youth on their own.

Donation Items on our Giving Tree provide the homeless youth with daily essentials.

What to do? 

1. Grab a tag (or 2 or 3) off the giving tree

2. Return NEW item, unwrapped to Hosanna by December 17th; Downstairs in front of the Tree will be Baskets and containers to place items in. 

3. December 20th - we will organize and package the Gift Baskets (6:30-7:30 pm)

4. Delivery- If you wish to join us in delivering the gift baskets, we will meet at Hosanna, Thursday Dec. 21 at 9:30 am - Drop off location: 501 Asbury St. Saint Paul
, MN, 55104. 

Talk to Pastor Jen if you have questions.  

Sarah Circle
Wednesday, December 13

On Wednesday, December 13, Sarah Circle will be meeting in the Garden Chapel from 10am to noon for their monthly devotionals. If you are interested in learning more about Sarah Circle, or have questions, please contact Barbara Johansen at bjjohansen@frontiernet.net. This session will include an Advent devotional titled "Joy To The World" 

Befrienders Meeting
Wednesday, December 13

On Wednesday, December 13, the Befrienders group will be meeting in the Conference Room at 6:30pm after the Wednesday night worship service in the Garden Chapel. If you are interested in Befrienders, or have any questions, please contact Lynda Olson at lyndaolson@msn.com. 

Poinsettia Orders
Due December 14, 2017

Last chance to order your poinsettia!
They come in red, pink, white, marble, burgundy and variegated. They are $20 each and will be available to pick up at any of the Christmas Eve services. Order through our website here. Contact Kelsey Grachek with any questions.   

Sawdust Savvy Youth Fundraiser
Wednesday, December 20 
(Click image to register)

Christmas Hospitality Needed
Sunday, December 24

We will be needing Hospitality help on Sunday, December 24 for the 4pm Christmas Eve service here at Hosanna. If you are willing to help, please reply to this email and let Kelsey Grachek know.  

Snow Shoveling Volunteers Needed

It's almost that time of the year again! The Facilities Team is looking for a few volunteers to help us on Sunday mornings shovel and salt the sidewalks to ensure safety for our church members coming in for services! You will be paid in coffee or hot cocoa! Please contact Kelsey Grachek or Tom Croce to sign up or learn more.

Connect360 Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 20

On Wednesday, December 20, we will be hosting our first all ages Connect360 Christmas Party!   

5:00-6:00 - DINNER

6:00-6:15 - Caroling (with a special musical guest)

6:00-9:00 pm - SAWDUST SAVVY workshop! ( click here to register

6:15-7:30 -   live music, caroling, cookie decorating and more!
7:00 - SPECIAL YOUTH (Grades 7-12) SOCK EXCHANGE. 

 Please contact Pastor Jen for more information.  

Office Closed
Monday, December 25 & Tuesday, December 26

Our Church office will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26 to allow our staff to enjoy their Christmas with their loved ones. If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Grachek. 

Tuesday, January 2
11:30-3:30 pm

Meet at Hosanna- 11:30 am. We will carpool over to Ekobacken. Adults are welcome to join. Kids under 10 need an adult.

Bring a sack lunch.

This is an event with partnering churches in the Lakes Area. Invite your friends.


Yogadevotion New Sessions Starting
Saturday, January 6, 2018

 Yogadevotion, now in its 12th year is beginning a new session on January 6, 2018 at 9am in the Lakeside Room here at Hosanna.  
Yogadevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace, in body, mind and spirit through weekly Saturday morning devotional sessions. Carrin Mahmood, certified and experienced Yogadevotional instructor, leads the hour long sessions. Women and men of all ages are invited to participate and enjoy this meditation time, while enjoying the benefits of yoga. No previous experience needed, basic yoga will be taught.
The seven (7) week session will run through Saturday, December 16th. Cost is $56 and classes will be held in the Lakeside Room (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10 am. Please enter through the North doors. To register, contact Kathy Okeson, tv69oke@aol.com
or 651-206-1676. 
Payment is due by Sunday, December 31st, and will be accepted in the form of checks,  made out to Hosanna (Yogadevotion in memo),  online or at the Hosanna office.
Make up sessions are available at many locations with various days/times listed on the website: www.yogadevotion.com 

Book Club
Monday, January 8, 2018

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season and ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.  
Discussion date:  January 8 at 7pm
Contact Pastor Linda for questions. 

Sunday, January 14th
12:30-5:15 pm

Grades 7 & up - Lunch Provided.

You're invited. Lunch and conversation making connections with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to our own lives. A showing of the film Selma (PG-13) to follow discussion.    

Prayer Workshop
Save The Date
Wednesday, January 10, 2017

 This is one of our Mini-Milestones, an opportunity to explore one way we live out our faith: PRAYER! This workshop is geared to help kids grades 1-3 and their families learn more about The Lord's Prayer as well as discovering How, When and Why we Pray. This is an interactive workshop that kids and their families won't want to miss. This Milestone Workshop takes place during Faith Formation.  

Dispelling the Myths and Misconceptions About Hospice Care
Wednesday, January 10, 2017

On Wednesday, January 10 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm the Befrienders Group will be conducting a training on Hospice Care. Hospice Care is designed to provide specialized support and comfort during an advanced illness. The purpose of this training session is to help clarify the patient services that Hospice care offers so that you and your loved ones can benefit from hospice care.
Here are a few facts you may not know about Hospice:
  • The earlier you receive Hospice care, the more opportunity there is to stabilize medical conditions;
  • Hospice care can be paid for by Medicare, Medicaid or most insurance ;
  • While in Hospice care you may choose to continue aggressive treatments for the purpose of symptom management
Contact : Lynda Olson, Hosanna Lutheran Church Befriender Coordinator      

Connect360 Registration

If you haven't joined us for Connect360 Wednesday nights- give it a try! 

5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Good News & Preschool Faith Formation 
6:30 pm - Faith Formation & Education for all
To receive more information, please contact Pastor Jen at   jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net 

Faith Formation Volunteers Needed

Are you able to help out with the kids in Faith Formation on Wednesday nights? Contact Pastor Jen with comments or to sign-up! You can also sign up for specific dates online here via signup genius.

Hosanna Choir

The 2017-2018 Hosanna Choir has begun rehearsing! They rehearse every Wednesday night at 7:45pm in the Great Hall. This is a no-audition choir and all are welcome to join! If you have any questions, please contact Choir Director Charlie Ollmann.

Hospitality Team

We are currently looking for people that would be willing and excited to join a Hospitality Team! This would be a fabulous opportunity to get involved monthly with your church and to have something to look forward to with your entire family! If you are interested, please contact Kelsey here.   

Event Planning Team

We are in need of people to help us with events! Kelsey Hane is currently creating a team that can help coordinate weddings, parties and other events that use our church facilities, in hopes of making this a more event-friendly space. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kelsey here. 

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2006

Jen Collins, Associate Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2023

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
651-464-5502 ext. 2008
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
651-464-5502 ext. 2000
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
651-464-5502 ext. 2013
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
651-464-5502 ext. 2013
Tiffany KinCannon, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

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