Hosanna's E-Update

November 11, 2015
Living, loving and serving as Jesus did so that all may know him.

All Church Photo taken September 13, 2015
PRESENCE - The Other Letter

  For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son....
                                                                       ~John 3.16

Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

In just under 3 minutes you will know what to GIVE this Christmas... and it will cost you less than you think.
The video (below), although subtitled, is powerful!  Let me know your thoughts!     
On Sunday we took the next step in the Advent Challenge: Spend Less on Presents and Give More in Presence. I challenged each of you to give one less present this Christmas and then to take that money saved and give it away; to practice GENEROSITY and see what happens. This week we will consider: What if... and dive deeper into the idea of GENEROSITY!
Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow!     ~ Pastor Linda
P.S. - Many of you asked how to give to Hosanna's Feed My Starving Children MobilePack.
  • We will have FMSC Envelopes available beginning this week- at the Welcome Desk.
  • Checks can be made out to Hosanna with FMSC MobilePack in the memo
  • Soon we will have a FMSC page on our website with a giving link but for now you can give online through QGIV- noting FMSC under the "Additional Information".
Thanks for asking! 
  • Advent Conspiracy - What If?
  • Youth Sleepout participants address congregation about their experience in Homelessness Awareness
  • Bring your Union Gospel Mission Thanksgiving grocery bags. If you forget to bring it this Sunday you have until Noon on Monday to return it.There are still a number of bags to be filled. Stop in at Hosanna and pick one up to fill.

  Wednesday Nights      
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 on the wall in the Welcome Center.  

Wednesday Night Schedule 
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship - nutritious & kid-friendly
                          meals, discount meal packages are available
                          when payment is made in advance
                          See menu on side bar  >>>>>    
6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship
       Fall Wednesday Night Worship Series:  
The Gospel in Disney
(it's not just for children)  
We will look at Gospel themes in Disney movies, themes that come from the teachings of Jesus. Whether you are 2 or 102, join us for a look at the Gospel message in a new way, through the images and music of Disney
                                              December Wednesday Night Worship Series:  
         A Charlie Brown Christmas          

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 - Financial Peace University
                               (thru Nov.18)

Invite a friend or neighbor.
Come and join us tonight. 

Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving 
Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas-health improvement , guidance for road ahead
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 or Facing Other Serious Health Issues  
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 & son-in-law 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; Laney, daughter of Nicole & Andrew Hays; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum
Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life 
Miles Gladitsch, brother of Warren (Marilyn) Gladitsch 
Grief Compassion 
Linda Wallenfelt, friend of Sue (Paul) Girard-death of her father; Renee Svoboda & family upon the death of Tim Svoboda; Tom Holland & children, Chrys & Al Holland, Judi & Roger Finnes upon the death of Tom's wife, Kate
Keep Safe From Harm , Military
Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore; Nepal & its people 


Countdown to Hosanna's FMSC MobilePack
on April 1 & 2, 2016   =    142 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.

Hosanna Partners With
For Thanksgiving Food Drive

Filled grocery bags need to be returned to Hosanna by THIS SUNDAY, November 15th. There are still a number of bags left to fill. Stop in to pick up a bag and bring it back filled by This Sunday.
      (Bags will be accepted up until Noon on Monday, Nov. 16) 
Union Gospel Mission is a Christian ministry dedicated to serving homeless, poor, and addicted in our community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs, our mission is changing lives!

 Thanksgiving Eve Worship 
Wed, Nov 25th at 7pm 
at Hosanna

Each year Hosanna and Forest Hills United Methodist Church
take turns hosting this service to worship and give thanks
with neighbors in our community. Please come join us.

And pumpkin and other delicious pies
are served following the service!!

Here's How YOU Can Help
We need people to bring pies for that evening. 
  Sign up at the Welcome Desk or on a
Yellow Page and place in the offering basket.
                                      (pies can be of any variety) 

Operation Christmas Child (OCC)

It is that time of year again, this is a powerful opportunity for you and your family to participate in. You are transforming the lives of children and their families around the world. We will be collecting: 
Shoeboxes (adult tennis shoe size), school supplies, small toys, hygiene items, accessories (hat, flip flops, etc.), stickers, coloring books, sewing kits or you can donate $7.00 for shipping.   Faith Formation and confirmation students will pack gift boxes using the donated items during connect360
on Nov. 11 & 18. 
Drop off empty shoe boxes and separate gift items
in the OCC box by Bulletin Board.

If your family would like to purchase items suggested above and pack a complete gift box as a family project, those complete gift boxes must be returned to Hosanna
by Sunday, Nov. 22.
Contact Pastor Jen Collins or Sue Palmer with any questions.  

FUN Events To Get You In The Christmas Spirit and Ready 
For The Christmas Holiday 

Saturday, Dec 5th, 9am-noon
DIY (Do It Yourself) Christmas
Spend less. Give more. Come join us on Saturday as we make our own Christmas gifts for family and friends. Bring your own crafts to work on and visit with friends and family or participate in the DIY demonstrations. We will have demonstrations for 3 different gifts, with complete step-by-step help. Supplies will be provided for those who Pre-register by December 2. There will be small fees for each project to cover cost of supplies. Christmas movies will be playing during the event, lots of fun for the whole family. Open to all ages, young kids do need an adult to be present. Contact Pastor Jen with questions or to volunteer. Sign Up on the bulletin board at the Welcome Center or online at our website 

If you like to bake come join us to create delicious Christmas goodies to sell on Sunday, December 6 th at both services. All proceeds will go to benefit Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).
Sign up on the Bulletin Board or sign up online via our

NOTE: If you like to bake and are NOT able to
attend the Baking Party but would still like to donate cookies for this Bake Sale contact Pastor Jen at  jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net 
or 651-464-5502 ext 2023.
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Sunday, Dec 13th, 2pm
Play and Pause
An afternoon play and then a time for conversation
about what we experienced. Cost:  $28 per person.

The PLAY: Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol at the Park Square Theatre in downtown St. Paul. This new twist on the traditional Christmas play brings Jacob Marley out of the shadows, away from the doorknocker and into the spotlight to get his version of   the Charles Dickens classic.

The PAUSE: Great Waters Brewing Company (a short walk from the theatre) following the play - an optional time to have dinner and conversation.

Limited number of tickets available. To reserve yours, sign up on the Welcome Center bulletin board or on a Yellow Page or call the church office.  
Sunshine Preschool 
Annual Pie Gift Cards 
On Sale NOW through Dec. 4th
Pie gift cards are $12.50 each and are valid at any Village Inn or Baker's Square nationwide. The card buys one whole pie of 10 popular varieties (other varieties may require an additional $2). These gift cards can be used for your own holiday celebrations or for Hosanna's Thanksgiving Eve event. They also make wonderful Christmas gifts. Gift cards will be available for sale now until December 4th. Sunshine Preschool staff will be available after services on November 22nd to buy pies. If you would like to purchase gift cards before that, please call the preschool office at 651-464-5502 ext. 2014. 

connect360 Menu

All Wednesday night meals
include dessert & beverage

Nov 11 
Ground Beef & Chicken Tacos (soft & hard tortillas), corn, salad bar

Nov 18  
Hot Turkey Open-Face Sandwich, mashed potatoes & gravy, salad bar

Contact Us

Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax
Visit us on the web:

LIKE us on 

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

Jen Collins 
Associate Pastor  
651-464-5502 ext. 2023
Rob Anderson
Worship & Music Director
651-464-5502 ext. 2008 
Rick Bahnemann 
Facilities & Food Service Director 
651-464-5502 ext. 2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 

Sue Palmer
651-464-5502 ext. 2013 
Custodial Staff 
Reid Eckert 
Nick Kelley 
Nick Girard 

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Hebrews
Facilitators: Deb DeVore
and Dee Rebeck

Milestone Ministry

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
- - -
Tough Questions
(grades 5-6)
April 17
- - -
Graduation Recognition
(12 graders)
May 22

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

Register your child at the Welcome Desk OR submit your registration request on a Yellow Page in the offering basket 
OR contact the church office
to sign up. 
Metro Dining Club Cards

$24 / box

Pick up your Metro Dining Club cards now and enjoy dining out
at a discount.
And they make great holiday gifts!

Support the mission of Hosanna Lutheran Church
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Exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as the regular Amazon.com but with the added bonus of Hosanna receiving a donation from Amazon. All funds will be used to support missions outside the walls of Hosanna.

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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 

  Service of Remembrance

Sunday, Nov 22 at 5:00pm 
Mattson Funeral Home
and Cremation Service
343 North Shore Drive
Forest Lake, MN

Mattson Funeral Home is hosting a Service of Remembrance dedicated to honoring the memory of our loved ones who have died over the past year. During the service, a member of your family will be invited to come forward to receive a memorial ornament bearing the name of your loved one. We hope that you will choose to take this with you and display it in your home as a lasting remembrance of the love and joy that you shared. Please extend the invitation to all your family and friends.

Please call 651-464-3556 by Thursday, Nov 12th, to let us know you will be coming so that we may prepare an ornament before the service. Please also advise how many others will be joining you.

If you are unable to attend but
would like to receive a complimentary ornament, we will
be glad to deliver it to you. Please call us. Additional ornaments may be ordered for $15 each.

We hope to have you, your family and friends with us for this special time of worship and music. Refreshments will be served following the service.

The staff of Mattson Funeral Home wishes you the very best for the upcoming holiday season. 
Community Events & Opportunities

Mission Statement
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving,
and serving
as Jesus did so that all may know him.