July 15, 2015

Rise Up O Saints of God
To my Brothers and Sisters in Christ!

Imagine a world where people's hope was built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. Imagine people on their knees in gratitude to Jesus who has removed the chains of slavery to sin and released them from their sentence of death. Imagine how joyful, thankful, and respectful those people would be, and how they would live that freedom out in their communities. Imagine God's Kingdom come here today- on earth as it is in heaven. Imagine...


The opening words of Ephesians, a letter to the church, lays this firm foundation. When it comes to our relationship with God, it is all a matter of GRACE- God's Redeeming Action at Christ's Expense. So, is it a decision or a response? Neither. Salvation is an event; a God event- the CROSS. We LIVE because Christ died, was resurrected, and now CHOOSES us!


Understand it? Forget understanding it- simply live into this new reality!!


See you in Church- or stop by Hosanna this week to see the gospel in action at Vacation Bible School- Everlasting LOVE!
Pastor Linda  
Come and join in the fun, share in the music, food, and activities at this year's Forest Lake Bluegrass Festival being held Saturday, July 25th, 3-8pm at Lakeside Park in Downtown Forest Lake.  It's a great way to make a difference. Bring your family and friends. All that's needed is you! (see more information at the bottom of this E-Update)
  • One of Forest Lake's own, bluegrass band North Shore Trail, will be joining us for worship on Sunday, July 19th at the 9:30 service. This group includes the musical talents of Randy and Sandy Gildersleeve, Kathy and Erin Schwister and Paul and Jacob Ashworth. Come early and stay late for this foot stompin' good music!
  • Campers going to Luther Dell today: meet at Hosanna at 11:30am for car pools (Eat BEFORE you arrive.)

Saint Paul Area Synod Visioning Process    


Throughout the summer, the Saint Paul Area Synod of the ELCA invites you to join a visioning process to reflect on the question,
Where do you sense God calling us to be  
more deeply present as the ELCA?

All members of the Saint Paul Area Synod, ELCA congregations are invited to join one of these conversations. No registration necessary.

 Dates & Locations

Thur, July 23  6:30-9pm  Augustana Lutheran,

                                        West St. Paul

Thur, July 30  6:30-9pm  St. James Lutheran,


Thur, Aug. 13  6:30-9pm  Lutheran Church of the  

                                         Resurrection, Roseville

Thur, Aug. 20  6:30-9pm  Arlington Hills Lutheran,

                                         St. Paul 





Women's Retreat at Hosanna


Sign Up TODAY 

Sarah Circle invites women of all ages to this one-day Retreat that begins at 9am and runs until 3pm. It will include gathering time, a three-session Bible study titled "No Catchy Slogans" about giving, lunch, prayer and fellowship. If you would like to help provide and/or serve lunch, please contact Ann Hanson at annjh@centurytel.net. Sign-up sheets and schedules will be available following worship services or by contacting the church office at 651-464-5502 or communication@hosannaforestlake.net



Vikings Faith & Family Night
Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7pm
at TCF Bank Stadium
Join us as the Vikes take on the Oakland Raiders in a pre-season game. We have 24 tickets that are $21 each. They are available on a first come - first served basis. For more information contact
Jen Bergan at 651-982-1088 or
Julie Ohman at 651-982-8140

baseball-bat-grip.jpg Hosanna Softball
Bring the whole family and come watch us play on Sunday nights at Fe nway Fields (next to Forest Lak e Ice Arena). First game starts at 6pm. 
Next game is July 26th against Linwood Covenant. Come cheer us to victory!  


(remaining season games)
July 26   - Field 2 - against Linwood Covenant-orange
Aug 2     - Field 4 - against Willowbrook
Aug 9     - Field 1 - against Linwood Covenant-white


American Cancer Society 
Saturday, August 8 
12noon - midnight
(note NEW times) 
Forest Lake High School Track

Join the fight against cancer! 
FREE, family-friendly event open to everyone. Food, games, music, silent auction & more.

Want to participate on one of Hosanna's Relay For Life teams this year?  
Contact Diane Zak at 651-408-8282 or
Sue Palmer at 651-329-1098 


Volunteer Opportunities




The Berry Patch on Manning Trail (just south of Hwy 97 and across the street from Big Marine Lake Store) would like to DONATE FRESH FRUIT to the Forest Lake Food Shelf and has asked Hosanna for about 5 or 6 volunteers each Monday to come to The Berry Patch to pick fruit for an hour or two in the morning (around 9 or 10 am).
If you can sp ar e a couple hours on a Monday mo rning between now and the 1st or 2nd week of August, please contact the church office at 651-464-5502 to sign up. (And you can enjoy munching on as many berries as you want while you're picking!.......mmmmm)  IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, picking will be canceled.


Prayer Requests

Hannah Bergan-continued healing and comfort from most recent health issues; Karen (Lyle) Alm-prayers for successful knee replacement surgery & recovery; Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlon Lackas-faith in God's wisdom for his condition, comfort & peace; Donna Hunt, mother of Cindy (Roger) Kunze-prayers for comfort for Donna & family as they come to terms with cancer care decisions; Shirley, friend of Dee (Ron) Rebeck-prayers for peace as she & medical team discern best treatment options; Laney, daughter of Nicole & Andrew Hays-prayers for healing after bone marrow transplant & for entire family as they face next step toward recovery; Cooper, 2 1/2-yr-old great nephew of Mary Gookins-God's blessings & comfort for Cooper & parents as he faces worsening seizures caused by degenerative genetic disorder; Bob Rupar & family-God's gentle & comforting touch in Bob's cancer journey; Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas-prayers for wisdom for Mayo medical team to discern cause of her heart issue and find best remedy; Kathryn (Jon) Nordstrom-comfort & healing from her recent surgery; former member Tim (Renee) Svoboda-diagnosed with esophageal cancer; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend-recovery from cancer surgery; Angie, daughter of former members Donna & Terry Beck-wisdom for medical team as they discern treatment options for her recent cancer diagnosis; Silas, infant son of friends of Tom & Cindy Turry-prayers for healing & protection of Silas and peace & strength for his parents as they seek best medical treatments for Silas' seizures; Sharon, Betty (Glen) Corum's sister-stroke; Rudy & Nancy, co-workers of Sue Girard-both facing serious health issues; Lee & Bev Johnson, Dee (Ron) Rebeck's brother & sister-in-law-prayers for comfort & peace as Lee nears end-of-life; Toni, friend of Mike & Teresa Bredahl-end-stage cancer
; Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill-prayers for safety while deployed to Pakistan for 12 mos.; Michelle, friend of Deb (Chuck) DeVore's niece-healing & continued recovery from stroke, God's guidance for Michelle's medical team; Linda Curry, friend of Brian Riebe-in hospice, comfort & peace;
  Youth Events & Opportunities

Luther Dell Camp - July 19-24
  Cost $390
* Youth Camp (have completed grades 4-8)  It's more than a just a drive down a 5-mile dirt road...so much more than a lake, a campfire, and a carpetball table. It's a place to be a kid and be with friends. It's a place to open your eyes and look for Jesus all around you. It's a place to be washed over with wonder when you take a break from sprinting around the game fields and slow down long enough to catch a glimpse of God with your heart. Join us for a week where you and your friends can grow together as friends and in faith. We are a relational program that spends time getting to know each camper. We have a week-long competition called Luther Dell Olympics and play an all-camp game during the evening. By the end of the week, you won't want to leave!

* Roots Camp (have completed grades 9-12) As senior high students, you are facing the challenges of high school and preparing for what is next in your lives. This is your chance to explore where your heart is rooted. The Roots program is designed to give you opportunity to grow in faith through leading worship, service to camp and service to the local community and is full of games, food, and beautiful sunsets. Camp is a great place to grow in your faith. 

Register online at   www.campwapo.org 
Indicate you are with Hosanna Lutheran Church.


A partnership with Hosanna and
Children's Performing Arts (CPA)  
An upbeat musical from Celeste Clydesdale
that teaches children about
our freedom in Christ as believers.    
Join us for  
Live Performances in 
Hosanna's Garden Chapel
Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7pm 
Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2pm 

2015 Forest Lake  
Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, July 25  3-8pm 
Lakeside Park 
(downtown Forest Lake) 

On Stage
Sawtooth Brothers
Blue Hazard
North Shore Trail

Listen to great Bluegrass
Meet & Mingle and

Make a Difference in our World.

Cold Beverages, Locally-Made Food and Homemade Pies to soothe your appetites.

Free Kids Activity Area
Booths with Free Activities
for the Whole Family
Silent Auction

Hosted by local area churches, including Hosanna, to benefit:
  • Local Mission: Haven Home-FLAMF temporary housing for displaced families in ISD 831 (Forest Lake Area School District)
  • National Mission: Our Lady of the Mountains Parochial School in Paintsville, Kentucky
  • International Mission: Feed My Starving Children, the Philippine Feeding Project
Contact Us 


Hosanna Lutheran Church 

9300 Scandia Trail North

Forest Lake, MN 55025


651.464.9020 fax


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Pastor Linda Friesen

651.464.5502 ext.2006


Rob Anderson

Worship & Music Director

651.464.5502 ext.2008


Rick Bahnemann

Director of Facilities & Food Service

651.464.5502 ext.2010


Jackie Verdick

Office Coordinator




Sue Palmer


651.464.5502 ext.2013


Custodial Staff

Reid Eckert

Nick Kelley

Nick Girard 




Start the week off right!

 Monday Morning BREW

with Pastor Linda
Take time to reflect on Sunday's message and look to the next week. Join Pastor Linda at Key's Cafe & Bakery in Forest Lake at 7:00 am and jumpstart your week.

 Join us this coming Monday 
   Together we will take time to:

  B- Be still and Be together

  R- Receive God's love

  E- Embrace the Word & the World

W- Welcome the day and the Week... and each other


Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) 



Hosanna's Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is a monthly gathering of mature folks who enjoy socializing with fun, interesting people and sharing a meal together.  We typically meet on the first Thursday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday, then we meet a week later) for lunch.  We alternate the location - one month at an area restaurant and the following month at church.  Our primary goal is to enjoy each other's company, laugh and establish enduring friendships

Adult Bible Study 

Every TUESDAY 9:30-11:00 am 
in the Library Commons 
Currently studying the book of Luke


Facilitators: Deb DeVore

and Dee Rebeck

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3rd Annual Music & Recovery
Community Festival

Saturday, August 1 

Hazelden Campus 
Center City, MN

Caroline Smith 
Haley Bonar * Astronautalis
Davina & the Vagabonds
GB Leighton * DJ Last Word

Special Guest Speaker
Actress Mackenzie Phillips

Hosted by David Campbell, 89.3 THE CURRENT

12-Step Recovery Speakers and Activities
Exhibitors * Petting Zoo
Food Trucks

Family Fun Zone
featuring PBS Kids' WHY!
Courtesy of TPT

Tickets: $15 in advance
$25 at the door
Children 12 & under FREE

Tickets & Event Info at
Proceeds from ticket sales provide help, hope & healing to those affected by the disease of addition.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation 
89.3 The CURRENT 

Hosanna Lutheran Church                                             Forest Lake, Minnesota

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