Hosanna E-Update              
Patience... is a virtue...
and a Fruit of the Spirit

By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. ~from Galatians 5 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
A mom said to me this week, "What a great KIDTALK this week! All the kids in my row were VERY quiet as they were counting the licks on their tootsie pop sticks!"

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?       Check out his video for answers >>>        
The world may never know! But according to our kids it ranges from 106 to 800+ to 1608  and anywhere in between I am sure!! It was a fun experiment in patience,to be sure.
How is your journey of patience going this Advent? Patience is one of those attributes that you cannot learn by reading about it. It's a quality that can only be acquired by persistent and practice. For me it is a drill that I go over, and over, and over again!
The original Webster's dictionary offers this definition of patience: "endurance without murmuring or fretfulness, from a kind of heroic pride, or from a Christian submission to the divine will."
Reading this definition two things really struck me -
  • First, "endurance without murmuring".  I, for instance, get so frustrated sitting in a traffic jam counting the wasted minutes (and yes, murmuring!) when I could have been doing something useful! Yet, what an opportunity for me to choose to use the delay to work on my patience!
  • The second thing that really hit me was, "a Christian submission to the divine will." How many times are we placed in a difficult position, or forced to deal with an "impossible" situation? Or perhaps, an "impossible" person? These circumstances are always opportunities to grow in patience by practicing listening for God's will in all things.
Is your patience being tested today? Seize it as an opportunity!!
With JOY and HOPE and PEACE and LOVE... and PATIENCE! See you in church!!    
     Pastor Linda
PS- Look for places of JOY and HOPE during the first two weeks of Advent and use the #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
  • Third Sunday of Advent
  • Final day to order poinsettias for Christmas Eve services
  • Baptism (9am): Rory Mae Hokeness
  • Nominating Committee meeting 11:30am-Conf.Rm
  • Play & Pause - Downtown St. Paul  2pm
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 on Wednesday night.
                                  Invite a friend or neighbor.
Countdown to Hosanna's
FMSC MobilePack on
April 1 & 2, 2016 = 114 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.


to all who purchased Christmas Cookies at the  

Bake Sale on Sunday.  We raised  $624 !!!


Angel Tree Ministry
** There are still a few Angel Tree tags left and can be picked up TONIGHT during connect360 **
  Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to children living in Minnesota who have a parent(s) in prison and gives you an opportunity to share God's love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners. Pick up an Angel Tree tag from the display in the Welcome Center. Each tag includes gift suggestions for a specific child. You purchase a gift for that child in the suggested amount of $20-25 and return it to Hosanna in a box ready for wrapping no later than Sunday, Dec. 13. If you would like to help wrap and/or deliver gifts to the children on behalf of incarcerated parents, sign up on a Yellow Page or contact Sue Palmer at 651-329-1098 or Anne Myre at 651-303-9321.

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. Wayne Mathison for good test results & no lasting damage following a stroke.

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 
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; 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
Grief Compassion 
Warren & Marilyn Gladitsch upon death of Warren's brother Miles; Lee Anne & Tim Brockman & family upon the death of Lee Anne's father

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; Nepal & its people  
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 
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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 9, 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. 9 
Cream of Potato & Bacon Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup  
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 
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