August 7, 2018
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.
Outside on the lower level of the building
Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
A Note From Pastor Linda
Acts 13: Being sent out by the Holy Spirit... (nrsv)
John 1: So the WORD became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. (nlt)
Dear Friends in Christ~
Thank you for your unfailing love and faithfulness:
- Because of you over 75 kids will be carrying backpacks to school.
- Because of you kids will have crayons and pens and gluesticks and papers and notebooks and more!
- Because of you, Hosanna is a place where ALL ARE WELCOME HERE!
- Because of you, Hosanna is a safe place to ask questions. ("got questions" sermon series begins September 9th!)
- Because of you, lawns get mowed and weeds get pulled and gardens get tended to.
- Because of you, Jesus is present- living and breathing.
This Summer we have been exploring the Book of Acts- the Acts of Jesus through the POWER of the Holy Spirit. Over and over again in this book we have seen the Holy Spirit working through regular, ordinary, every day people... just like YOU and ME!
- God was not content just to proclaim his message to us - his "Word"!
- God wasn't satisfied that prophets could reveal his message to us - his "Word"!
- God wasn't willing that his message, his "Word," be confined to a book.
- No, God's ultimate message, his "Word," is Jesus.
- God's message, God's "Word," is Jesus coming in human flesh to live as one of us to reveal God to us. This incarnation made grace accessible, touchable, and available to human eyes.
- By the POWER of the Holy Spirit, Jesus began and fulfilled his mission.
- By the POWER of the Holy Spirit, we are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving and serving as Jesus did so that all will know him... To the ends of the earth (Acts 1.8).
As we move into this last month of Summer and prepare to enter Fall your consistent giving- in time talent and treasures- continues to be important. Because of you, to date we have stayed current in all bills, lacking mission support to the St. Paul Area Synod. However, we are entering the month of August with no extra reserves in the General Fund which means that some August bills may need to be put on hold. In fact, General Fund giving is down approximately $15,000 compared to last year at this time.
Will you do me this favor? Check your planned giving to Hosanna- are you on track? As we prepare to enter Fall programming- we cannot do this without YOU. August would be a great month to send a special gift.
Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Nan, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Bev, aunt of Laura Livermore; Bob Murphy, friend of Mary Gookins; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Deb Krinke; Paul Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Shelley, friend of Linda Knyphausen; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Tonya, friend and coworker of Vicki Croce; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar
Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Lynda Olson; Alex, niece of Dave and Laura Livermore; Dee Eckert; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Richard Lee, brother of Gary Lee; Becky Steindorf, daughter of Rick Steindorf; Cole Anderson, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Charlie Ollmann; Richard Lee, brother of Gary Lee; Andrew Huseth, cousin of Kathy Okeson; Ruth Lackas; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; The Oster Family;Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; John Cupryna, brother-in-law of Mark Friesen; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins
Peace and Comfort at End of Life
Sanford Jacobson, family friend of Okeson family
Praise and Rejoicing
The birth of Juniper, granddaughter of Buck and Laura Carlson and child of Chelsea and Collin
Keep Safe From Harm
Adam, grandson of James Henriott
Summer Stretch: Special Addition
Thursday, August 9
Who: Adults over 18+
When: Thursday, August 9th
Time: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm*
*Note: Meet at Hosanna by 10:30 if want to carpool, also- you may choose to show up just to SERVE from 1:30-4:00 pm. Do let Pr. Jen know your option.
What is this Summer Stretch: Special Edition about?
This whole summer for the past 3 years our Jr. High and Sr. High youth have been participating in this amazing opportunity. We think its time to share in the fun and have a SPECIAL EDITION for all of you adults to get a taste.
Summer Stretch is designed to be service oriented and fellowship centered. We spend time with God, one another and our community. Hence, the lunch planned for Midtown Global market- an opportunity to fellowship and be in a different part of your community, experience an array of foods (suggest trying something new!). We then will shift over about 10 min away to Open Arm MN to join in their meal prep. There is a role for everyone of any age (18+ or with an adult if under 18) or ability need.
Open Arms MN is
a nonprofit that cooks and delivers free, nutritious meals to people living with life-threatening illnesses in the Twin Cities.
Contact Pastor Jen to sign up at 651-272-5693
THANK YOU from Sarah
I want to thank Hosanna Lutheran one more time for volunteering at the shelter during our opening week. I especially appreciate your flexibility and feedback - I loved all the suggestions you made!
14 volunteers from Hosanna gave the gift of
77 hours serving their community.
This verse really says it all:
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead (James 2:14-17).
Thank you for embodying Christ during your time volunteering. We couldn't do what we do without you! I hope to see you all again soon as we continue this ministry in Hugo.
Outside- Hosanna Front Lawn
9:30 am through September 2
Worship will be at
9:30 AM on the lawn outside of the Great Hall, so bring your folding chairs and blankets!
In the case of inclement weather, we will worship indoors. We are very excited to be at home for the summer! Contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.
Summer Bible Study Conversations
At Hosanna in Upstairs Commons
8:30 am every Sunday through September 2
Join us for bible conversations! Our worship is paired with an opportunity to come dig deeper into our weekly text. This will take place
prior to worship, 8:30am.
Join in conversations about what God's Word means for our lives.
Coffee and treats provided.
Contact Pastor Linda with questions.
Green Earth Team Meeting
Sunday, August 12
The Green Earth Team (GET) will be having their monthly meeting on Sunday, August 12. Please contact the church office for more information.
Sunday, August 12
I scream. You scream. We ALL scream for ICE CREAM! Join us on the second Sunday of each month in the summer for Sundae Sundays! Following worship, stay for fun, conversation, and ICE CREAM!
Sunday, August 19 - After Worship
Have you ever wondered how everything gets done on Sunday mornings? The Hospitality Teams are what help make Sundays work! We will be having an appreciation lunch and brief training for all current and potential members! Being on a Hospitality Team is an opportunity to serve with your entire family, while meeting new people here at Hosanna! Contact Kelsey Grachek at email@example.com for more information.
Join Us For The State Fair WHILE Making a Difference for Hosanna!
August 23 - September 3
Are you interested in helping raise funds with your family for Hosanna WHILE getting free tickets to the State Fair? Please join us some night for Coliseum Clean-up! It's fun for the entire family! Sign up for any date between August 23 and September 3. To sign up,
or look for the sign up sheets at the Hospitality Table.
Sunday, September 2
Let's celebrate Labor Day Weekend! Come for worship, stay for Friendship, Food & Fun! The grill will be on and the hotdogs will be provided! Bring a dish to share and let's have some fun!
Got Questions? Get Answers.
New Fall Sunday Series Starting September 9
Everyone has questions. Young children ask "why?" Teenagers ask "why not?" Adults question "what if?" Do you have questions about God, Jesus, the Bible? Do you have questions about life? Do you have questions for God about life? Every day, more and more people are going to Siri or Alexa or Google to find answers to their questions about and for God. I have a better idea: Come to Hosanna to "get answers."
God's story in my life: Receive 1st Bible-Spark story bible
Sunday, September 9
Celebrated in the fall, this milestone recognizes the exciting step children take as they enter Life Long Learning (Hosanna's version of Sunday school on Wednesday Nights). Preschoolers who are beginning their first full year of Life Long Learning will experience a special blessing and will receive their own SPARK Story Bible. Those elementary aged kids who have not received a SPARK Story Bible are invited to participate. This Milestone Celebration takes place at all worship services. Contact Pastor Jen for more information.
We Need A Sound & Technology Volunteer!
We are currently in need of a sound and technology volunteer for Sundays in the sound booth! If this seems like something you might enjoy or would like to learn more about, contact Rob Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 651-466-0359.
7th & 8th Grade
Wednesday, September 12
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 a dinner and orientation on Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30pm. This is a mandatory event to be a part of Confirmation this year. To register your child for Confirmation or to learn more about Confirmation at Hosanna,
Questions? Contact Pastor Jen at email@example.com or at 651-272-5693.
Confirmation Guide Needed!
Starting Wednesday, September 12
It's almost fall! It's time to start thinking about Confirmation again! We are looking for guides to help lead our young people in Confirmation! If this interests you, contact Pastor Jen Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 651-272-5693.
Linda Friesen, Pastor
Jen Collins, Associate Pastor
Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
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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