Hosanna E-Update

March 8, 2016
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.
From Pastor Linda
For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven...
~ Ecclesiastes 3.1  
Dear Friends~    

With the temps in the 60's, a warm breeze and rain in the forecast- Spring must be just ahead, right? While the first day of Spring is actually March 20- we SPRING AHEAD this Sunday, March 13. T wice a year we are forced to adjust our sleep habits, synchronizing our biological and digital clocks in order to squeeze more sunlight into our waking hours. The time change officially takes place at 2 a.m., but you don't have to spring out of bed and move the big hand on your clock ahead an hour. The change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices. If you're still using an analog alarm clock, you'll probably want to move it ahead before you go to sleep on Saturday so that you don't miss church!
A gentleman by the name of George Vernon Hudson is who we have to thank for the time change we experience each Spring and Fall. "Spring Ahead and Fall Back" was suggested by this entomologist who realized through his employment as a shift worker gave him leisure time to collect bugs making Hudson aware of the value of after-hours sunlight. The idea caught on and in 1916 people started using daylight savings time to increase the hours of sunlight in each day. Before Hudson, Benjamin Franklin wrote in an essay that the Parisians could economize candle usage by getting out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead.
There are many pros to having "extra hours" in one's day but I must be the first to admit that daylight saving time is not my favorite. Though I love the blessing of longer days of sunshine, the time change messes up my perfectly aligned schedule. It takes my routine (crazy as it might be to begin with!) and turns it into chaos. At the time change my body clock now cannot decide what time it is. The Spring time change is always the most difficult for, in order to gain precious hours of daylight, we endure the loss of an hour of valuable sleep- and on a Saturday night no less!
So here is an idea:
What a perfect time to change the way we run our lives and make room for more time with God; to actually put GODTIME on the calendar. Maybe God knew that it was good for us to change-up our lives on a routine basis and in the disruption find more time to spend with God. Why not give it a try. Your schedule is disrupted, so what do you have to lose? Your routine is wrecked, so make a new one with ample time for GODTIME!

See you in church
~   Pastor Linda

PS- The start of DST is also a good time to change the batteries and make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
This Sunday
  • Daylight Saving Time begins (set your clocks AHEAD 1 hr)
  • GET meeting 10am in Conference Room
Join Us Wednesday Nights
at Hosanna

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

6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship - "And GRACE Will Lead
                        Me Home" - A story of two sons and their father.
                             Feb. 17   The Younger Son Who Leaves
                             Feb. 24   The Foreigners
                             Mar. 2     The Older Son Who Stayed
                             Mar. 9     The Younger Son's Return
                             Mar. 16   The Father  

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  
Come and join us and invite a friend or neighbor! 
Wednesday Menus
(Lunch & Dinner during Lent)
All meals include dessert and beverage.

NOTE: if your child does not care for tonight's entree,

you can request a jelly sandwich.
Free-Will Offerings will be accepted  
in place of set meal prices for Lunch Meals.  

March 9
LUNCH: Tomato Basil & Chicken Noodle Soups
with Chicken Salad & Egg Salad Sandwiches & Coleslaw
DINNER: Enchilada Casserole, Corn

March 17
LUNCH: 2 Soup Varieties (TBD) & Chicken Quesadillas
DINNER: Chicken or Cheese Quesadillas, Nacho Bar

** All menus subject to change **

Mid-week Lent Worship 
Garden Chapel

12:00 noon
  followed by lunch 
6:00 pm 
preceded by dinner (5-5:45pm) 
Education for ALL ages follows worship 
*NO Education Hour on March 9 (Spring Break) 

"And GRACE Will Lead Me Home" 
The Story of Two Sons and Their Father  
                   Feb. 17 - The Younger Son Who Leaves 
                   Feb. 24 - The Foreigners 
                   March 2 - The Older Son Who Stayed 
                   March 9 - The Younger Son's Return 
                   March 16 - The Father
Come see the characters come to life  
and tell their part of the story.
The Last Supper Reenactment
Join us for Hosanna's 28th Annual
Last Supper Reenactment 
March 22-24, 2016  at  7:30pm
Garden Chapel (upper level )

The rituals and blessings of the Passover feast celebrating the Israelites' exodus from Egyptian slavery had been fixed for generations. Tonight would be different. Jesus added new language about love, betrayal, forgiveness and remembrance...
a New Testament. Nothing would ever be the same.
All are welcome to the Lord's Table.
Free-will Offering 

Countdown to Hosanna's FMSC MobilePack
on April 1 & 2, 2016 = 24 Days!!
God has blessed Hosanna richly as evidenced
by the overwhelming response to a challenge
from an anonymous donor who would match
up to $5000 all other donations received for the
Lakes Area MobilePack between Feb. 21 and Feb.29.

Through the generosity of many,  
$23,681.94 in donations
was received in just 8 days!! 
And after the $
5000 match was added,
the total came to $28,681.94 raised to
feed starving children around the world.
THANK YOU to everyone who
contributed to this challenge. 
Hundreds of volunteers will be packing 150,000 meals on
April 1 & 2, plus other volunteers will be behind the scenes helping with registration, organization, welcoming,
clean up and more!

There are still a limited number of time slots
available for volunteers to sign up to pack food
(Saturday 4-6pm only) 
Click HERE to get signed up for remaining times.

Check back to the link on Hosanna's website
if you are unable to reserve a spot to pack food
as time slots may open up due to cancellations.

Easter Bunny Breakfast
at Hosanna
Saturday, March 19    9:00-11:30 am 

This event is a fundraiser for  
Sunshine Preschool's Scholarship Fund
and will include: 
Silent Auction - Raffle - Carnival Games
Egg Hunt - Face Painting  
 Visit from the Easter Bunny
and, of course,  
Rick's Amazing PANCAKES! 
Tickets are $6.00 for all-you-can-eat pancakes.

Raffle and Silent Auction prizes include:
American Girl doll - Battery-Operated 4-Wheeler 
Gift Cards to many Local Restaurants & Businesses 
and many Other Prizes.

Tickets will be available at the door the day of the event or contact Sunshine Preschool for more information.

All are welcome!
Coming Soon - Save These Dates 
Family Game Night
Friday, April 8   5-8pm
Bring your favorite board games

(movie to be announced later)
Friday, April 29  
A New Twist on the Progressive Dinner
Wednesday, May 11   5:30-7:30pm 

Watch for more information on these upcoming events.
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving
Thanks to our special Hosanna Family (from Marlin & Ruth Lackas) for your prayers and support.

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Mike Martin, father of Brian Riebe's friend Cindy Martin; Brandi; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Tom (Vicki) Croce's mother; Melissa Fannucchi, Maggie Odahl's (Pastor Amie's daughter) best friend; Jane (Pastor Jim) Barsch; Roger Heins, father of Jill Heins-Nesvold (Todd); Johneta, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister-guidance & strength, Sherry Foster, Amber Zeigenbein, friend of Brian Riebe; Doug Sill; Lynda Olson; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Stacia & Stephanie, daughters of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Marlin Lackas; Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life
Grief Compassion 
Jill & Chad Christenson & family upon death of Jill's father; Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister and family upon the death of her sister's father-in-law
Keep Safe From Harm and Military
Kelley & babies (protection & healing), Marlin & Ruth Lackas' God child; 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
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

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.
Tough Questions
(5 & 6th grades) 
Learning Opportunity
Sunday April 17 - 11:45am
Worship Celebration
Sunday April 24

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High School Senior
Graduation Milestone

 (12th grade) 
Sunday , May 22
Do you have a student who will be graduating from high school this year?  We have a gift from your Hosanna family to be presented on Sunday, May 22
at either worship service.  
Let us know by April 3rd
that you have a graduating senior so that we can get
some information from you  
and ready their gift.

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  Information pamphlets available o n the forms rack
in the Welcome Center.

Register online
by clicking
You can also fill out a
Yellow Page and place it
in the offering basket 

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Hebrews

Facilitator: Deb DeVore 
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Birth - Age 5 with Parents
at Hosanna (nursery)
Every 2nd Monday 9-11am
May-August 2016
 $ FREE $

Hosanna partners with
to again offer   
Drama Camp
August 1-7, 2016
(ages 5-12)  
Production yet
to be determined.
A new way to learn the story through music and drama.
Dress Rehearsal on  
Saturday morning, Aug 6.

Saturday night and
Sunday afternoon
Cost: $50 
More information to come.
All-day FUN with local mission projects AND recreational activities!
June 15, 22, 29, July 20, 27
8am - 5pm

(completed grades 5-12)
1/2-day of service and
1/2-day of recreation.
Locations to be announced in registration packet.
Optional date: Thurs, Aug. 4th
Summer Stretch Celebration Twin Cities wide at Valleyfair  (8am-7pm + add'l cost of $25) 

Cost (by May 1).... $125
(after May - $175)
Registration includes Tshirt


V acation Bible School (VBS) at Hosanna 
July 18-21, 2016 
Ages 3-5......... 9am-noon 
( must be potty trained)    
Grades K-6.....9am-5pm

Register by June 19 to
receive early bird rates.    
Ages 3-5...................$40
          (after June 19 - $45) 
Grades K-6...............$70
(after June 19 - $75)

S eeds Weekend
at Camp Wapo
July 8-10, 2016
completed grades 2-3
Cost: $150
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16
Youth Camp at Wapo
July 10-15, 2016
completed grades 4-7
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Higher Ground 
Youth Camp
at Luther Dell
August 7-12, 2016
completed grades 8-12
Cost: $410
$100 deposit due by 3/15/16

Family Camp Weekend
at Wapo
August 5-7, 2016
ALL ages
Cost: varies per family
($250 max.)
$75 deposit due by 3/15/16

Register online directly
through Camp Wapo
at the registration page
 set up specifically for
Hosanna campers
by clicking

Contact Pastor Jen Collins with questions or concerns.

Camp scholarships
available upon request.

2016 Soup-er Bowl
Photo Booth Photos
Did you have your photo taken at the Photo Booth at this year's Soup-er Bowl?  View and download your photos for FREE. 
Click HERE

Thanks to Andrew Levesque for offering this fun opportunity.