November 22, 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

"In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." ~1Thessalonians 5.18

Dear Friends~

Question: "Why is giving thanks and giving to God important?"
The Bible is filled with commands to give thanks to God (Psalm 106.1; 107.1, 118.1 1Thessalonians 5.18). Most verses go on to list reasons why we should thank God, such as "God's love endures forever"(Psalm 136.3) , "He is good"(Psalm 118.29), and "His mercy is everlasting"(Psalm 100.5). Thanksgiving and praise always go together. We cannot adequately praise and  worship God without also being thankful.
Feeling and expressing appreciation is good for us. Like any wise father, God wants us to learn to be thankful for all the gifts that have been given us (James 1.17).  It is in our best interest to be reminded that everything we have is a gift from God. Without gratefulness, we become arrogant and self-centered. Our EGO (Edging God Out) takes over.  We begin to believe that we have achieved everything on our own. Thankfulness keeps our hearts in right relationship to the Giver of all good gifts.
Giving thanks also reminds us of how much we do have. Human beings are prone to covetousness- keeping up with the Joneses- always wanting MORE!  We tend to focus on what we
don't have. By giving thanks continually we are reminded of how much we
do have. When we focus on blessings rather than wants, we are happier. When we start thanking God for the things we usually take for granted, our perspective changes. We realize that we could not even exist without the merciful blessings of God.
We THANK GOD by GIVING BACK-and so today as we prepare to enter a Day of Thanksgiving I want to be sure to say THANK YOU -  for the many ways that you GIVE of your TIME and TALENT and TREASURE as together we THANK GOD by LIVING and LOVING and SERVING.
Happy Thanksgiving... as we prepare to enter the Season of ADVENT where we will be reminded that  IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE !!           

~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
                                          Bah Humbug! The Redemption of Scrooge
                                                 Nov. 30 - The Ghost of Christmas Past
                                                 Dec. 7 - The Ghost of Christmas Present
                                                 Dec. 14 - The Ghost of Christmas Future

    6:30-7:30 pm   Education for all ages
                               -Faith Formation - PreK-Grade 6
                               -Confirmation - Grades 7-9
                               -Higher Ground - High School
                               -Adult Ed 

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.

Register HERE for connect360
children, youth & adult learning
AND volunteers!
Wednesday Night Menus 
All meals include dessert & beverage
(menus subject to change)  

Nov. 30 - BURGER BASH - beef, cheese & vengetarian burgers w/fixings (regular & gluten-free buns available), creamy potato salad, coleslaw, potato chips, veggie platter, corn on the cob, watermelon

Dec. 7 - Baked turkey lasagna, roasted vegetables, garlic bread sticks, garden salad, fresh fruit salad

Dec.14 - Beef tacos w/fixings, Spanish rice, baked beans

Dec.21 - NO connect360, but there will be a Youth Event, which includes a meal. 

Free-will offerings will be received 
in place of set meal prices during Advent

There will be NO Connect360 on November 23 in lieu of the Thanksgiving Worship Service. For information on that service, see below.

Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving 
Ross Ohman's hip surgery went well and he is able to walk without pain again!

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey
Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Elaine Schumacher's friend Becky; Jamesen Rasmussen, granddaughter of Dave & Mona Mitten; Tim Tkach, friend of Ross & Julie Ohman;Tommy LaMere, 12-yr-old friend of Doug & Sharon Sill; Hannah Bergan; Rick Bahnemann; Jan Hill; Laney Hays and family, granddaughter of Brad & Barb Turgeon; Stephanie, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Johnita, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum; Dick Westcott and wife Nancy; Friend of Ruth and Marlin Lackas 

Grief Compassion 

Comfort & Peace / Nearing End of Life  
Betty Svendsen, mother of Diane Cibulka
Keep Safe From Harm (Military & other circumstances) 
Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas away at college; Hayden Oliver, serving in the Coast Guard 
Thanksgiving Eve Worship

This year's Thanksgiving Worship will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 23 at Forest Hills United Methodist Church located at:
1790 11th St. SE
Forest Lake, MN 55025 

For more information call: 651-462-5249

Parents Night Out

Drop your kids off and enjoy a date night, holiday shopping or any other activities you don't have time for! 
Date: Friday, December 2
Time: 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Hosanna Lutheran Church
Cost: $15 per child or $45 for family of 3 or more kids
Ages: 3 and up (must be potty-trained)
Must Pre-Register by November 30
Register here online or at the church office
All proceeds to benefit Hosanna Youth Mission Trip

Christmas Caroling
Christmas Caroling this year will be hosted at Birchwood & Parmly Senior Living on December 4 from 11:45am to 3pm and will include lunch. This event is for youth or adults. We are also looking for anyone that can play an instrument for this event! If that is something you are interested in, please contact Pastor Jen!

3rd Annual Coats 'n Boots Drive

From this Sunday, through Sunday, December 10, Hosanna will once again be collecting new and gently used coats and boots. There will be a collection box right outside the Great Hall downstairs and another one inside the entrance off of Highway 97. New items will be donated to FL Area Children's Clothing Fund, INC, a local nonprofit. Any gently used items will be donated to the Salvation Army. This collection event began in 2014 as a Kingdom Assignment. Let's make the 3rd Annual collection the best one yet! If you have any questions contact Tom Croce or Julie Ohman. 
Metro Dining Cards

Hosanna's Youth are now selling
Metro Dining Cards as a fundraiser.
Each box contains cards to restaurants and entertainment venues in our area; and each card can be used once every month (through October 2017)!!!
$24 per box
Boxes will be availalbe
Community Events and Opportunities
Advent Tea
On Monday, November 28 Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch will be hosting an Advent celebration filled with music, tea, coffee, punch, a light meal, Christmas cookies, singing, a special speaker and the telling of the Christmas Story. It is $8 per person and will be going from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Gammelgarden Swedish Prayer Service
Gammelgarden Scandia (owned by Elim Lutheran Church) would like to invite you to a candlelight Swedish Prayer Service in the Gammel Krykan at 6:00am and 8:30am on Sunday, December 11. It will be followed by a Jul Fest Breakfast and Svenskarnas Dag Choir Lucia Program. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

A Walk Through Bethlehem
St. Joseph Catholic Church of Amery, Wisconsin has invited us to walk through Bethlehem with them and their live village of Bethlehem and the nativity scene on December 9 from 6pm-9pm, Dec. 10 from 6pm-9pm, Dec. 11 from 2pm-5pm, Dec. 16 from 6pm-9pm, Dec. 17 from 6pm-9pm and Dec. 18 from 2pm-5pm. The only cost is a non-perishable food item for their local food shelf. 

Into The Way Of Peace Christmas Concert
Concordia University of St. Paul invites you to join them for their annual Christmas Concert Friday, December 9 at 7:30pm, Saturday Dec. 10 at 4:30pm and Sunday Dec. 11 at 3:00pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

Worship Times
9:00 am   &  10:30 am
Great Hall (lower level)

NO CONNECT360. This Wednesday's service will be held at Forest Hills United Methodist Church. See below for more information.
Contact Us 
Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax

Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-4:30pm

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 

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

Alisha Bauer
651-464-5502 ext.2013

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

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

Locate our Council Minutes and Information Here
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Help Us Clear the Snow!
Can you pitch in and put your name on our list to call when Hosanna is expecting a big snowfall before worship or other events? We want to make sure our sidewalks are cleared before  worshipers arrive.

Needed early on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons before connect360.

Sign up on a Yellow Page or contact the church office HERE to sign up.

Walk to End Hunger
Come join Pastor Jen and her family on Thanksgiving morning. Join her team: Hosanna FL Youth. The $25 registration fee for adults 18+ will feed and entire family for one week! Our team goal is $500, but the team with the most funds raised has an opportunity to also celebrate with a Bowling/Arcade Party! Check out our team here.
Book Conversations Return in January of 2017! 

Interested in joining a book club? It's simple! Read the book and come to discuss! 
Our January book is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Jodi tackles the profoundly challenging, yet essential concerns of our time: prejudice, race and justice. Discussion date is Tuesday, January 31 at 7pm in the conference room. Start reading now! Pastor Linda is the discussion facilitator. 
Mark Your Holiday Calendar
Wednesday, Dec. 21 

Lakes Area Youth Christmas Party
This year on December 9 from 7pm to 11pm there will be a Lakes Area Christmas Party with other local church youth groups in the area! Anyone in 7-12 grade is welcome to come! Hosanna will be hosting this celebration. If you have any questions about the party, contact Pastor Jen Collins.

Angel Tree Gift Wrapping Party
Immediately after the 10:30 am service on December 11 in the Luther B room, we will be hosting a party to wrap all of the Angel Tree gifts going out. Jen Bergen will be making chili. Gift wrap will be provided.
Senior Adult Ministry (S.A.M)
Our December SAM lunch will be
Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11:30 am at
Mama Maria's
800 6th St. N, Hudson, WI 54106  


Since 1989 Mama Maria's has been known for extraordinary authentic Italian cuisine. Mama Maria's features delicious homemade recipes made with only the very finest and freshest ingredients. 

Located in North Hudson, only 3 miles north of I-94. Mama Maria's takes the time and care to always prepare every meal perfectly! The restaurant is decorated with hand painted artwork throughout. 

When you dine at Mama Maria's you will not only enjoy the taste of authentic Italian cuisine, you will also enjoy the ambiance and attention to every detail that will make your dining experience one that you long remember!

We hope you can join us! 
Please let Lynda Olson know
if you will be able to join us by either emailing Lynda by clicking HERE
or calling her at 651-982-0856
Community Events and Opportunities
"The Gathering" Respite Program -
Caregiver Support Group & Respite Program meets at Linwood Covenant Church on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month 10am-3pm. for more information, contact Family Caregiver Connection Coordinator: Jill Agyekum 763-422-6960

Are You Okay? Program 
Forest Lake Senior Center is sponsoring this program that offers comfort, security, and autonomy for senior citizens, disabled, or anyone who may lack an ongoing support system. The FL Senior Center realizes that many senior citizens live alone and may not have a family member living locally. This program is not intended to replace any contacts with family or friend but rather offer an added source of knowing you are being checked on daily. This is a FREE service and all that participants need is a home telephone to receive daily calls. As a member, you select the time of day they wish to be called. You will be called the same time each and every day. In the event that numerous attempts to reach you have failed, an welfare check will be arranged to check on you. This may be a Forest Lake Police Officer

Christmas Bazaar
Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City invites you to their annual Christmas Bazaar where they will be serving fresh cinnamon rolls in the morning and coffee, sloppy joes, chips and cookies during lunchtime. The event is Saturday, December 3 from 9am to 3pm and costs approximately $5 per person.  

Centerpiece for Christmas Women's Luncheon
The River Valley Christian Women's Connection invites all women to their annual luncheon on December 12. The cost is $10. The speaker is Bonnie Lutz on the Strongest Power on Earth. This event will be held at First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom. RSVP by December 6 to Mary at 715-554-2330.