September 20, 2016

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.
From Pastor Linda

Seasons of LIFE and the Gift of Autumn 
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven..."   ~Ecclesiastes 3
Dear Friends~

I know people who say, "Life is like a game of chance - some win, some lose." But that metaphor can create a fatalism about losing or an obsession with beating the odds. I know other people who say, "Life is like a battlefield - you get the enemy, or the enemy gets you." But that metaphor can result in enemies around every corner and a constant sense of siege. We do well to choose our metaphors wisely.
On the cusp of the Autumnal Equinox, I invite you to consider "Seasons" is a metaphor for the movement of life. It suggests that life is neither a battlefield nor a game of chance but something infinitely richer, more promising, more real. The notion that our lives are like the eternal cycle of the seasons does not deny the struggle or the joy, the loss or the gain, the darkness or the light, but encourages us to embrace it all - and to find in all of it opportunities for growth.
For me, Autumn brings an array of sentiments:
  • I love the crispness in the air.
    • But as the crispness turns to frost I am reminded of the below-zero temperatures and wind chills soon to follow.
  • The brilliant colors of the landscape create an awareness of beauty beyond that of any human artist. Only the hand of God could create such changing beauty day by day!
    • But as the trees release their grip on the colorful leaves a bareness is left.
  • It's fun to bring out the heavy sweaters and wrap up in a blanket at night as a cool breeze enters the house through a cracked window.
    • But soon we will be closing our windows and turning on our furnaces.
  Yes, Autumn is a season of great beauty, but it is also a season of decline: the days grow shorter and summer's abundance decays toward winter's death. Faced with this inevitable winter, what does nature do in autumn? Here is something to remember: In Autumn, nature scatters the seeds that will bring new growth in the spring - and she scatters them with amazing and wild abandon. This is hard for us to see, this new life being planted, but it is a reminder of the nature of seasons and the importance of each season of life.

Let us rejoice in God's promise of abundant LIFE during each season of life!
See you at Church!   
~Pastor Linda   

Hosanna's Wednesday Night Program 
Weekly Schedule of Events

   5:00-6:00 pm   Dinner hour

   6:00-6:30 pm   The Good News at 6 Worship
                                Wednesday Nite at the Movies -
                                The Gospel in Cinema  

   6:30-7:30 pm   Education for all ages
                               -Faith Formation - PreK-Grade 6
                               -Confirmation - Grades 7-9
                               -Higher Ground - High School
                               -Adult Ed  (Sept 21-Oct 26) 
                                    My Neighbor is Muslim /
                                    the Muslim Faith

VOLUNTEERS are also needed to help prepare the meals and guide our children & youth in Faith Formation, Confirmation & Higher Ground. Talk with Pastor Jen Collins or Susan Wojciechowski, Food Service Coordinator about ways you might help.

Registration OPEN NOW  
for connect360
children, youth & adult learning
AND volunteers!

DISCOUNTED Meal Packages also available online.


Wednesday Night Menus 
All meals include dessert & beverage
(menus subject to change)  

Sept 21:
Italian sausage lasagna, roasted vegetables, garlic bread sticks, garden salad, fresh fruit salad
Sept 28
Beef tacos w/fixings, Spanish rice, baked beans

Oct 5: 
Grilled brats, sauer kraut w/fixings, German potato pancakes, potato chips

Oct 12: 
Handmade pizza (sausage & roasted vegetable), antipasto salad 
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving 

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey
Santa Ferraro, friend of Susy Richie; Tracy, friend of Anne & Rob Myre; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Tommy LaMere, 12-yr-old friend of Doug & Sharon Sill; Max Peterson, grandson of Jeff & Mary Peterson; Rich Hehn, brother of Charlie (Barb) Ollmann; Caleb Anderson, son of Lynn & Paul Anderson; Hannah Bergan, her family & medical team; Rick Bahnemann; Jan Hill; Mel (Ekko) Blumer, grandson-in-law of Dale & Barbara Johansen; Laney Hays and family, granddaughter of Brad & Barb Turgeon; Stephanie, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Norman Schaible, family friend of Teresa & Mike Bredahl; Johnita, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Grief Compassion 
Dick & Nancy Westcott upon death of their friend Leonard.

Comfort & Peace / Nearing End of Life 
Kelly (Curt) Monson's mother and their family
Keep Safe From Harm (Military & other circumstances) 
Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Kelley & babies (protection & healing), Marlin & Ruth Lackas' God child; Hayden Oliver, serving in the Coast Guard 
Interdenominational Women's Retreat  
"God's Stew - Simmering in His Love"
September 23 - 25, 2016
Luther Point Bible Camp, Grantsburg, Wisconsin
The end of summer, leading into the cooler days of fall ... 
comfortable rooms in a beautiful retreat center, fun, fellowship and delicious food-the WELCA of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City will offer this and more at the All-Women's Interdenominational Retreat. Pastor Beverly Robinson will lead us through this intriguing-entitled program.
The two-night retreat will offer a Bible study and program, fellowship, demonstrations, fun and games, 4 meals, nature surround, conversation, laughter, s'mores and singing around the campfire, and more. (Saturday's meals will be a brunch and dinner. Please keep this in mind if you have a diet that requires food at other times.) You may participate in as much or as little of the program as you choose, and you are welcome to bring hobby items or a craft of your own.
Total cost is $90.00. Bring your own bedding (sheets, blankets, sleeping bag, etc.), Bible and personal items. For an additional fee of $7.50 bedding will be provided. Either option...BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW! Each room has two sets of bunks, sleeping up to 4 (one lower bunk is a full-size), and has a bathroom with shower (bring towels, soap, shampoo, etc.). A free-will offering (optional) will be given to a designated ministry.
Registration is complete once payment is received (check payable to First Lutheran).  Mail registration and payment to: Kathy Olson, 38290 Everett Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
For additional information, call Kathy at 651-248-0243 or email kaolson53@gmail.com or sll.church@gmail.com 
to request a Registration Form .
Monthly S.A.M. Luncheon
Thursday, October 6th - 11:30am

Norman Quacks Restaurant in beautiful Downtown Forest Lake.  The address is 843 W. Broadway, Forest Lake, MN   Phone number is 651-982-6777

We would love to have you join us!  This month, while Lynda & Gary Olson will be away, Betty Corum has agreed to be your gracious, fun-loving host.  Please let Lynda or Betty know
if you will be able to attend. 
Lynda  651-982-0856         Betty 651-464-3156 
As always, please feel free to attend even if you do not let us know ahead of time.  We understand that plans change and
life happens and the restaurant can always pull up
another chair and make room for everyone! 

Funeral & Cremation Pre-Planning Seminar
Worship Times
9:00 am   &  10:30 am
Great Hall (lower level)

6:00 pm
Garden Chapel (upper level) 

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 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 
Susan Wojciechowski 
Food Service Director  
651-464-5502 ext.2023

Charlie Ollmann
Choir Director 
Mary Gookins 
Handbell Choir Director 
Lisa Sauer 
Children's Choir Director 

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

Meet Hosanna's
New Bookkeeper 

My name is Robbyn Graves.  I have been married for 33 years to my husband Greg. We have lived in Lino Lakes since 1989. Our son Jeff (31) and his wife Kelley live in Andover and have 3 children: Connor (almost 5), Jordan (3) and Bennett (2 months). Daughter Julie (29) and husband Graig live in Ankeny, Iowa and have 2 children: Camden (3) and Alison (6 months). I am a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Lino Lakes.

I retired from Land O' Lakes, Inc in November 2014 after almost 16 years of service. I took time off to help with our growing family but I have decided to get back into the work force. I am excited about this new venture in my life and look forward to meeting all of you. 
Milestone Ministries celebrate the partnership between parents, church and God in raising our children in the faith!  These free sessions provide a wonderful way for families to connect with each other and with the church while exploring important aspects of faith. 
Sunday, Oct 2  
CONNECT Bible - grades 4-8
Lunch & Learn
As children become independent readers, it is a natural time to fulfill the baptismal promise to place the scriptures into their hands. Children and their families will learn some basics about the Bible, as well as ways to incorporate the Bible in daily readings and family devotions through this special workshop. Parents will present the Bible to their child(ren) in worship.
Register HERE

NEW Book Study
for All People
Healing the Heart of Democracy-
The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit
by Parker Palmer

The author looks with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good.

Palmer writes:
For those of use who want to see democracy survive and thrive - and we are legion-the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation.

Read the book, then come for the discussions at 7pm on Tuesdays:
  • September 20:  chpt 1-2
  • October 4:  chpt 3-4
  • October 18:  chpt 5-6
  • November 1:  chpt 7-8
Pastor Linda is the facilitator   
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