July 10, 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
Now those who were scattered went from place to place, proclaiming the word.
The GOSPEL- the GOOD NEWS of JESUS- is a truth so demanding and so strange that it can be difficult to understand, to fully believe, to share! Flannery O'Connor wrote, "Our beliefs are not what we see; they are the light by which we see." For the new Christians in the Book of Acts their belief in the resurrection of Jesus gave them a completely new light by which to look at all of life. Because this new light shines on every aspect of life, the early church took some brave steps. Today, as followers of Jesus, People of the Way- we too are called to see differently and take brave steps- to share the love, grace, hope of Jesus... because THIS changes EVERTHING!
From June 26-July 2 Hosanna's Youth Gathering Team (11 youth plus 3 adult leaders)
spent time together in worship, service, fun and more at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas. They were NOT alone- some 30,000+ others were with them. The themes were:
- God's CALL changes everything
- God's LOVE changes everything
- God's GRACE changes everything
- God's HOPE changes everything
- JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING
The guiding scripture was Ephesians 2.8:
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God."
Grace is a foundational and distinctive piece of the Lutheran faith. This gift, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize they are enough because of what Christ has done and are called into the world to serve their neighbor and share the good news. (This sounds like the BOOK of ACTS- that we have been diving into all summer.)
The gathering logo is a visual representation of the theme- THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING- and the 2018 Gathering experience. It incorporates the coming together of a mosaic to reflect the diverse host city of Houston, as well as the idea that we are a church where
are imperfect and incomplete, yet we each belong in - and have an important place in - God's masterpiece. The cross at the center of the logo is the focus - it is God's grace, through Christ's life, death and resurrection, that changes everything for all people. This is the radical GOOD NEWS of the Book of Acts!
This Sunday, July 15- we will hear from the Youth Gathering Team as they lead us in worship- giving us a glimpse into what they EXPERIENCED in Houston. You won't want to miss it!!
Be the CHURCH - invite a neighbor to join you!
Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Nan, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Bev, aunt of Laura Livermore; Bob Murphy, friend of Mary Gookins; Darrell, friend of the Ohman Family; Kafa, friend of the Ohman Family; 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
Charlie Ollmann, Andrew Huseth, cousin of Kathy Okeson; Ruth Lackas; Cole Anderson, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Laura Carlson; The Oster Family; Ann Hanson; Tomi Sinclair, mother of Laura Carlson; Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; Rex Livermore, father of Dave Livermore; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Christine, friend of Craig Anderson; Lynn Anderson; 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
Compassion in Grieving
Family and friends of Ronald Berg; family and friends of Clyde Reedy, brother of Hank Reedy
Keep Safe From Harm
Adam, grandson of James Henriott
Outside- Hosanna Front Lawn
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
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.
Wednesday, July 11
The BeFrienders Team will be having their monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30pm in the Conference Room. Contact Lynda Olson with questions.
Senior Adult Ministries (SAM) Lunch
Thursday, July 12
The next SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) lunch is going to be on the
SECOND Thursday of the month
because Independence Day (Fourth of July) is in the middle of the first week of July. Several folks will be out of town the week of the fourth, so, we decided to shake things up a little and meet for lunch on July 12th. We hope you will be able to join us! We have reservations at The
Northern Lake Tavern and Grill just west of Chisago City.
We hope you will be able to join us! I have requested at least four chairs for those of you who prefer to not sit on a bench. Please let me know if you will able to join us so I can let the restaurant know roughly how many to expect. That being said, please feel free to join us if you realize at the last minute that you can join us after-all. There is always room for more chairs at the table!
Contact Lynda Olson with questions or to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Gathering Team Sunday
Sunday, July 15
This changes EVERYTHING! Our Youth are back from Texas and will be sharing stories from their trip and leading worship!
Vacation Bible School- July 23-26
REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 15
Be a part of....
- Itty Bitty Nursery VBS (Ages 3)
- Preschool VBS (Ages 4&5)
- VBS day camp w/ Luther Crest Bible Camp
- "GOD SQUAD"- Grades 5-6*
- Kitchen Crew - Snacks & Thursday Celebration Picnic
What is God Squad?
For those in the Student Leadership Track, aka "God Squad" you will spend the
morning session with the Preschool VBS as "God Squad" leaders, in the afternoon we will have some special games, leader prep. and focused God Time with the Camp
Look for the Giving Tags- can't give of your time, support us by providing some of the supplies needed during the week!
Sunday, July 1
On Sunday, July 15 the Hosanna Softball team will be taking on Grace Wyoming at 4pm! Go HLC!
Thanks to everyone who voted for Hosanna for Best Worship Music in the Forest Lake Times! It is such an honor to be voted Number One in doing what we love! A special thanks to Rob Anderson, Charlie Ollmann, Mary Gookins, Phylis Lindberg and Lisa Sauer for making our various music programs possible!
Thanks for Voting Us #1!
Sarah Circle Summer Women's Retreat
The Summer Women's Retreat sponsored by Sarah Circle scheduled for
Wednesday, July 18 has been cancelled. We may possibly reschedule sometime in the fall if there is enough interest. Questions? Contact Barbara Johansen at 651-433-5592.
Potluck & Play Day
Sunday, July 22
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!
Summer Book Club on the Lake!
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Monday, July 25
We will be discussing the book "
Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng, which was named Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and is a New York Times Best Seller!
Little Fires Everywhere begins with a house fire and a question: Who set it, and why? The house belongs to Elena and Bill Richardson, a wealthy white couple who epitomize success in picture-perfect, late-90's Shaker Heights, and their four teenage children, including girl-next-door, Lexie and the troubled prankster, Izzy, who is suspected of arson. "The firemen said there were little fires everywhere," Lexie says. "Multiple points of origin. Possible use of accelerant. Not an accident." Author Ng returns to the past for answers.
We will gather at Curt and Kelly Monson's home on Forest Lake at 8336 North Shore Trail and head out on the pontoon for an evening of conversation and connection. Contact Pastor Linda with questions.
Hosanna's Week at St.Andrew's Family Shelter
Sunday, July 29 - Saturday August 4
Hosanna will be providing volunteers for the St. Andrew's Family Shelter the week of July 29 - August 4 and we need people to sign up for a few shifts. You can sign-up online here:
(If you have no access to internet, you can contact Kelsey Grachek in the front office)
Contact Joslyn Mathison, Kristin Salzman or Pastor Linda with questions.
Save The Date
Friday, August 3 - Saturday, August 4
All Youth getting confirmed this fall will be having a Confirmation Retreat at Camp Wapo in Amery, Wisconsin Friday, August 3 through Saturday, August 4. More details to come. Contact Pastor Jen for details.
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, August 5 in worship
In celebration of the sacredness of all creation , we honor the animals that share our lives and touch our hearts. Bring your (well-behaved) pet to receive a blessing during worship.
Rangers Supporting Rangers Backpack Collection
All Items Due by Sunday, August 5
We have started the annual collection of backpack and school items for the Rangers Supporting Rangers Backpack Collection. Items can be donated on Sundays in a box near the alter or in the box outside of the church office.
The items we currently need are:
All items are due by Sunday, August 5. Contact Pastor Linda with questions
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, look for the sign up sheets at the Hospitality Table or call Kelsey Grachek.
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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