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Simone Biles - WOW, what a story!

A Note From Pastor Linda      
"I can do all this through the power of Christ. He gives me strength." ~Philippians 4
Dear ChURch Family,
"Maybe it's good we don't know what will happen next in our stories, because if we did, we might not turn the page. Or we might skip ahead and never experience the good that comes out of the hard moment that we're living through." ~Simone Biles, from Courage to Soar
Simone Biles inspired viewers across the world to do double and triple takes of her extraordinary floor exercise at the US Gymnastics championships on Sunday after she nailed a historic triple-double.
Simone's journey to the top ranked gymnast has not been easy. Born to a mother addicted to drugs and alcohol, Simone was 3 years old when she and her three siblings were placed in foster care. Once up for adoption, her grandfather, Ron, and his wife, Nellie, stepped in. In her book, Biles speaks about how her faith has influenced her life- both in the gym and in the world.
Here is a fun-fact about Simone: She was home schooled to accommodate intensive training schedules in the gym, but they always went to church on Sunday morning. In addition, Simone would get out early from Wednesday gymnastic practice- to the irritation of her trainer- to go to Bible instruction. Simone learned about keeping first things first.
"Keep turning the page"- has been our instruction in our summer reading plan in Revelation. I hope that you have found our summer series on Revelation both informational as well as inspirational- rescuing Revelation from being puzzling and irrelevant to begin a profound and practical book! We've got two more weeks... KEEP TURNING THE PAGE and FOLLOW THE LAMB.
Be the chURch... Because UR!  
 ~Pastor Linda      

Prayer Requests

At Hosanna, a person remains on the prayer chain for two weeks. However, in cases of long-term illness, hospice, or by request, the members of the prayer chain will pray for a person and/or situation in need, as long as requested.

Healing, Recovering, or Facing Other Issues
Mike Moberg, friend of the Girard family; Marilyn, friend of Kathryn Nordstrom
Comfort in Grief 
 Diana Lindquist, friend of the Merrell family 
Comfort & Strength in Cancer  Journey 
Ron Cameron, cousin of Mary McDonald; Mark Vedder 
Comfort in Hospice
David Musgjerd, cousin of Kathy Okeson 

THANKS to Rob, Caleb, Hannah & Eli Anderson and Pastor Linda! Moving rock is HARD work! We have one more stretch to remove in order for us to be ready for a new Toddler play area. Can you help this Thursday at 9 AM?

Enrollment for Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center


Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center is opening Fall of 2019 and will be the second Forest Lake location to partner with Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC). The newly expanded programming will include flexible schedule options for INFANTS starting at 6 weeks and TODDLERS, starting at 16 months old. It will build on the strong, 30+ year history of Sunshine Preschool, by adding extended/wrap-around care, full-time schedule options and accreditation/ quality ratings. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now in full swing! Learn more and register here

Summer Bible Study on Revelation
Wednesdays: 1:30 PM or 6:30 PM
This is the Final Week!

What does it all mean?  Is the end near?  Are we doomed? Will I be "left behind"? Is there any hope?  Join Pastor Linda for a conversation about this often misunderstood book of the Bible.

Birthday Party at Birchwood Healthcare Center
Tuesday, August 20

Hosanna will be hosting the Birchwood Health Care Center monthly birthday party for residents with birthdays in August on Tuesday, August 20th, at 2:00 P.M. (servers will need to arrive by 1:30 P.M.). If you can help by providing a cake and/or helping serve, please contact Barbara Johansen, at 651-433-5592.

State Fair Coliseum Project
August 21 - September 2

Are you interested in helping raise funds for Hosanna WHILE getting free tickets to the State Fair? Please join us on one or more nights for Coliseum Clean-up! It's fun for the entire family! Sign up for any date between August 21 and September 2 on the board at the coffee stand. All you need to do is show up to the Coliseum by 9 PM ready to do some cleaning!

Faith Day at Target Field
Sunday, August 25

It's that time of year again for Faith Day at Target Field. Interested in attending the game? Send us an email or sign-up on the clip-board on Sunday!

After the game, stay for a live concert with worship and testimonies from Twins Players.

Community Potlucks
September 1

Hosanna will be having its last monthly Community Potluck of the  summer on the first Sunday of September! Bring a potluck item to share and Hosanna will be providing hot dogs on the grill for a family picnic!

Join Hosanna Choir!
First Rehearsal: Wednesday, September 4

Join Hosanna's Choir! No uniforms and no auditions! The first rehearsal is Wednesday, September 4 at 7:45 PM in the Great Hall.

Weathering Life's Losses:
Adult Grief Group
Every Thursday from September 5 - October 6
6 PM at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater

A grief support group where participants learn about grief, have an opportunity to share their story, as well as hear and support others who have experienced a loss. Free, no registration required.Chaplain Bob Furniss at

Orientation: Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30 PM

It's almost fall! It's time to start thinking about Confirmation again! We are inviting incoming 7th and 8th grade students interested in Confirmation to come for orientation on Wednesday, September 11 at 6:30pm. This is a mandatory event to be a part of Confirmation this year. Registration is open on our website. Questions? Contact Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net or at 651-272-5693.

Bible Blessing
Celebration: Sunday, September 15th
Frolic 1st Bible (Ages 3-5)
Preschoolers and Kindergartners who are beginning their first full year of Faith Formation will experience a special blessing and will receive their own Frolic First Bible.

SPARK (Grades K-3)
NRSV Connect Bible (Grades 4-6)
Those elementary aged kids who have not received a Bible will be presented with a SPARK Story Bible or CONNECT Bible and are invited to participate. This Blessing Celebration takes place at all worship services. As children become independent readers, it is a natural time to fulfill the baptismal promise to place the scriptures into their hands. Parents will present the Bible to their child(ren) in worship.
Required RSVP to plan for the event. Register at www.hosannaforestlake.net/register

Wednesday Nights at Hosanna
Starting Wednesday, September 18

We want YOU to join us for Wednesday Nights at Hosanna! Registration is now open on our website!
5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Lighthouse Worship
6:45 pm - Faith Formation

Register on our website here:

Mission Jamaica
Date: February 1-8, 2020

Interested in meeting and serving our Neighbors in Jamaica? 
Get involved with Hosanna coming this Winter, 2020. A Mission Jamaica trip combines a service project, with time for reflection and spiritual rest. It allows a person to experience an international mission field that is close to home, yet far enough away to immerse yourself in another culture for a week. Over 30 years of accompanying our Jamaican neighbors, has led to over 35 Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America congregations and several colleges from Minnesota as well as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina and Illinois in partnership with St. Andrew's in Mahtomedi, MN to get involved to make a difference for this community. 

Come and see...get connected with your global neighbors! Mission Jamaica has provided a way for folk to love and serve our neighbors just as Jesus taught. Jesus said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:30-31

This is an unforgettable opportunity for any age. Registration is open now, space is limited so SIGN UP TODAY! Travel as a family, individual, couple, or small group. This LIVE. LOVE. SERVE opportunity is a perfect way to live into Hosanna's mission! More details will be made available on our website. 

Talk to Pastor Jen Collins or Kathleen Damon if you have questions or would like to learn more.

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor

Jen Collins, Pastor

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
Kathy Kuehn, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

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