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O Come All Ye Faithful....
and invite a friend!

"When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known
to us'"
   (Luke 2:15)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
"Let's go straight to Bethlehem!"
This is what the shepherds said to each other. They wanted to see for themselves what the angels were talking about. My advice to you, if you really want to see what this Christmas Story is really all about, is: "Let's go straight to Hosanna- and invite a few friends to travel with us!" When should we go?
  • THIS Sunday, December 20, at both 9am and 10:30am you will hear the story through the voice of our story teller- and the many talents of our musicians, both young and young at heart! The Worship Band will be joined by the Hosanna Choir, the Children's Choir and the Handbell Choir- each will bring their unique voice to the story. A bonus this year- following each service we will be supporting our Mission Jamaica Team with a Sweet Roll Sale- yum!!
  • Christmas Eve, December 24, another opportunity to gather and hear the story; a new view from the manger! The Passing of the Christmas Light- will be part of all Christmas Eve services.
    • At 4pm in the Great Hall the Worship Band plus brass will lead us. There will be a special message just for children as they will gather at the manger.
    • At 9pm and 10:30pm in the Garden Chapel (upper level) we will gather in a more intimate setting to hear the old story. Charlie Ollmann and the Hosanna Choir will lead us in song.
  • On Sunday, December 27, at both 9am and 10:30am, our very talented Higher Ground Youth and Higher Ground Alumni, under the direction of Pastor Jen and Andy & Ann Wachholz, will lead us in worship. You won't want to miss this!
O Come, Let Us Adore Him!
     Pastor Linda
PS- Look for places of JOY and HOPE and PEACE and LOVE during this final week of Advent and use the hash tags #viewfromthemanger and #hosannafl to share it with us on Instagram or Facebook! Look for an ADVENT PAUSE devotion each day on Facebook with #viewfromthemanger and #hosannafl
  • Fourth Sunday of Advent
  • CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL - 9am & 10:30am services
  • Sweet Roll Sunday - proceeds to benefit Mission Jamaica
J oin Us on Wednesday Nights
at connect360
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  
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship - During Advent, menus consist of
                        two soup choices, sandwich or bread, salad, dessert &
                        beverage.   See menus on side bar  >>>>>   

6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship
          Advent Wednesday Night Worship Series:   

6:30-7:30 pm   * Faith Formation
(PreK-K, Gr.1-3, Gr.4-6)
                               During Advent children will rehearse for the
                               Christmas Festival on December 20th
                           * Confirmation (Grades 7-9)
                           * Higher Ground (senior high)
                           * Adult Learning: "The REAL Christmas!" led by Pastor Linda 
Come and join us and invite a friend or neighbor. 

NO connect360 on December 23 & 30
but it resumes again on January 6th.
Countdown to Hosanna's
FMSC MobilePack on
April 1 & 2, 2016 = 108 Days!!
God has blessed Hosanna richly. You can   help reflect that love by supporting this
mission to enrich the lives of so many   children by providing needed nutrition in order for them to thrive. We need to raise $30,000   to cover cost of the food and another $5,000  for building maintenance following the MobilePack. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on April 1 & 2 to help pack the food.
Ways YOU Can Help
  1. Take home a Change-4-Change glass jar and continue to fill it with loose change and/or currency and bring it to worship on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights  at connect360.
  2. Write a check to "Hosanna" (write "FMSC" on memo line).
  3. Tell your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. about this MobilePack and ask them to sign up for one or more of the time slots or even organize a team to sign up.  We will soon publish a link for volunteers to sign up online for a time that best works for them.
Angel Tree Ministry
THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all who purchased Christmas gifts for children living in Minnesota on behalf of their incarcerated parents. Your generosity helps to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners during this Christmas season. Come to our gift wrapping party THIS Thursday night, Dec. 17, in the Garden Chapel at anytime between 5:30 and 8pm.  If you would like to help deliver gifts to the children, contact Sue Palmer at 651-329-1098 or Anne Myre at 651-303-9321.
This fun-loving group (coordinated by the DeRaads) helped wrap some of the gifts this past Sunday.  Consider coming this Thursday night to help wrap the remaining gifts.

Yogadevotion will begin a new session on Saturday, Jan. 9th, 2016 9-10am in the Lakeside Room (upper level). The 7-week session runs through Sat, Feb 20. Cost for the 7-weeks is $50. Please enter through the north doors (Door C).  Make-up sessions will be available at various times and locations.

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.

To register, contact Kathy Okeson, tv69oke@aol.com, or 651-464-5422 . Payment is due by Sunday, Jan. 3rd, and can be a check payable to Hosanna
(memo: Yogadevotion) , cash or online through Hosanna's website under Giving ( enter "Yogadevotion: under Additional Information ).
Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving

Rachel Kaup's aunt Kristi for prayers & remarkable improvement.

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Steve; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Lynda Olson; Carrin Mahmood; Deb Krinke & family; Anne Sill-daughter-in-law of Doug & Sharon Sill;Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Doug & Sharon Sill's daughter Chandra & son-in-law Subash and his family in Nepal; Kristi, aunt of Rachel (Aaron) Kaup; Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Mark Okeson, brother of Dave (Kathy) Okeson; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Dan, great nephew of Diane & Gary Zak; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life 
Harriet Sells, Carol (Niels) Sorensen's mother
Grief Compassion 
Keep Safe From Harm, Military
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
Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium
Establishing A  
Dementia Friendly Community

Thursday January 14, 2016
7:00-8:30 pm
Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake, Minnesota
Jules Benson, Team Leader for Act On Alzheimer's
Pastor James Roe, Facilitator for Dementia Support Group

Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium (BeFrienders)
is providing an evening training session to introduce community members to the Forest Lake ACT ON ALZHEIMER'S initiative, and also to provide specific training and advice when caring for folks with Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, and other forms of dementia.
At this gathering you can: 
  • Obtain a better understanding of the dimensions of dementia.
  • Learn how to use validation to communicate.
  • Where caregivers can get help and information
All are welcome to participate in this educational session
Questions? Call Lynda Olson, 651-982-0856 
Community Events & Opportunities 

3rd Annual LIVING NATIVITY at First United Methodist Church, 30828 Irene Ave in Lindstrom  -  Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 Show times: 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm. Shows run about 15 minutes. Join us for a FREE outdoor LIVING NATIVITY. Bundle up, gather your family & friends to experience the CHRISTmas Story like never before. Enjoy live animals, music, outdoor fire, yummy treats. 651-257-4306   www.lindstrommethodist.org
DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP - for Caregivers of those with dementia
WHERE: Cherrywood Pointe of Forest Lake, 231 W Broadway
              (Club Room), Forest Lake, MN 55025
WHEN:  3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00am starting Jan. 16, 2016
WHAT:  This group will provide an opportunity to receive information about dementia, to share your concerns and questions, and to give and receive support with others who are facing the same issues. The group operates with confidentiality and trust. Caregivers are welcome to attend at any time. The leader of the group is Jim Roe, caregiver for 10 years, support group leader for 6 years, and dementia; awareness trainer.
CONTACT:  for more information or let us know you are interested
    Michelle J. Bernu, Activities Director
    Cherrywood Pointe of Forest Lake 

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We are call, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.

Season of Advent


December 15, 2015  
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
Advent Pause
Join us on Instagram and Facebook as each morning during the Advent Season we will post an Advent Pause - a thought to consider as we conspire to prepare differently for the birth of the Savior of the world. Share your ideas and pictures using #viewfromthemanger
Wednesday Night Menus

During Advent, a ll meals will include two choices of soup, salad, sandwich or bread,  
dessert and beverage
 Free-Will Offerings will be accepted in place of set meal prices.

Dec. 16 
Tomato Basil Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup 

Adult Bible Study
  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.
  Prayer/The Lord's Prayer
(grades 1-3)
Jan 10
- - -
First Communion
(all ages)
Feb 28

  Information pamphlets available on the forms rack in the Welcome Center.

Register on a Yellow Page and place in the offering basket  OR contact the church office to sign up.

Return of
Soup-er Bowl

An Action Team is being formed to bring back another Soup-er Bowl family event to be held the end of January or first weekend in February. 
Join the team to help make this an even
MORE fun and successful event this year!
Sign up on a Yellow Page or contact: Rachel Kaup at 
651-433-2857  or  hakrkaup@gmail.com 
Next Action Team Meeting
Sunday, Dec. 27 at 11:30 
at Hosanna   
We are also looking for donations of items & services for our Silent Auction. Let us know if you have something to donate. 

Hosanna's Green Earth Team encourages all to consider weatherstripping their homes to conserve energy. For more information go to: http://energy.gov/energysaver/weatherstripping 

Interested in joining a book club? 
It's simple! Read the book. Then come and discuss. Sign up on the Welcome Center bulletin board
or call the church office
We will meet monthly  
on the 4th Tuesday to discuss starting Jan. 26. 
January's book 
The Time Keeper
  by Mitch Albom
What is the value and meaning of time?  Discussion Guide to be available online by