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A Note From Pastor Jen

Dear Friends,
Thanksgiving this week just like every year is celebrated with families of all walks of life coming together around a meal. Joining around a table to give thanks and honor each other.
Thanksgiving is also probably the most misunderstood and shared stories in our US history. From a very young age we are taught about this nation's first thanksgiving being about "Pilgrims and Indians" working together and helping one another to survive the winter, which they were blessed with the immense amounts of chow, sharing farming tips and working together. The Pilgrims plowed the fields and harvested the crops, it ended up being a great first year. After all of that work, the Pilgrims invited the Indians to join them; this was the start as we know of a new tradition. We now celebrate having a beautiful feast filled with corn and turkey a plenty to go around. This is the narrative we have taught or maybe fooled ourselves into believing this is the only "totally historically accurate" account as one resource claimed
God challenges us to grow in our capacity to better understand one another's truth and guides us to change for the better. So, this year we take a step to educate ourselves, to be open to hearing another story, that of our Native siblings - the Original inhabitants of this land.

Did you know? Indigenous people have been completely restoried or cut out entirely of our shared US history. You see, it was actually
Abraham Lincoln who used the theme of "Pilgrims and Indians" eating happily together. He was trying to calm things down during the Civil War when people were divided. It was like a nice unity story. It's kind of genius, in a way, to get people to sit down and eat dinner together. We know this that food is an excellent way to bring down tensions and barriers.   
This thanksgiving, we invite you to join us at 6:00pm in the Upper Commons for a conversation, an opportunity for us to consider and learn about one another.
Did you know?
In August of 2016 at the Churchwide Assembly, members of the ELCA passed a resolution to recognize and celebrate contributions of Native American/Alaska Natives into the life of the church and community and to reject explicitly and clearly the European-derived doctrine of discovery. The ELCA offers a statement of repentance and reconciliation to Native Nations in this country for damage done in the name of Christianity. The ELCA also affirms that this Church will eliminate the Doctrine of Discovery from its contemporary rhetoric and programs, to practice accompaniment with Native peoples instead of a missionary endeavor to them, allowing partnerships to mutually enrich Indigenous communities and ministries of the ELCA.  
Come be in conversation.   
Let us work together to understand why it is so important for us NOT to keep following the Doctrine of Discovery- the "Pilgrim and Indian" story of our first thanksgiving as mainstream media and schools teach. Let it also be a goal to not just meet the task at hand in word but also in deed.

Grace & Peace,    
 ~Pastor Jen  

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Healing in Cancer Journey
Dan Fronic, friend of Mary Thompson; Deb Krinke; Paul Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Carrie Steindorf; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Mike Moeschter, husband of Joyce Carlson; 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
Christine, friend of Craig Anderson; Lynn Anderson; Becky, sister of Kathy Okeson; Bernice Okeson, mother of Dave Okeson; Bria Leisgang; niece of Doug and Sharon Sill; Doug Sill; Phillip Aurich, nephew of Barbara Schultz; Bernice, mother of Dave Okeson; John Cupryna, brother-in-law of Mark Friesen; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Laurie, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Ron Rebeck; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz, with his Type 1 Diabetes; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty Corum

Healing in a Time of Grief
Family and friends of Ellien Connole, aunt of Ryan Grimes; family and friends of Elaine Jordan, mother of Ted Jordan

Keep Safe From Harm
Hayden Oliver, serving in Coast Guard

Doctrine of Discovery Conversation
Wednesday, November 22

Pastor Jen will be hosting a discussion about the doctrine of discovery and where we stand with the ELCA at 6pm on Wednesday, November 22. Contact Pastor Jen with questions.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship & Pie!
Wednesday, November 22

On Wednesday, November 22 we will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Eve service here in the Great Hall at 7pm, followed by fellowship and pie in the Garden Chapel. Please contact Kelsey Grachek with any questions.    

Connect360 Will Resume November 29

On Wednesday, November 22 we will be hosting the annual Thanksgiving Eve service here in the Great Hall at 7pm, therefore there will be no regular Connect360 activities. Contact Kelsey Grachek with any questions.  

Office Closed
Thursday, November 23 & Friday, November 24

Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 to allow our staff to celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones. The office will be open during the regular hours on Monday, November 27. Contact Kelsey Grachek with any questions.   

Last Chance to see the Youth Art Projects on Display at Hosanna!
November 26, 2017

If you haven't had a chance to see Hosanna youth's art exhibit, it will continue through November.
The art gallery is located on the upper floor in the south hallway.
Featured artist for December/January will be Andrea Okeson.

Christmas Eve Worship Services
Sunday, December 24

9am Advent Worship- Promise in Our Impossibilities

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship
4pm Christmas Praise and Worship in the Great Hall led by Hosanna's Worship Team in the Great Hall.
9pm & 10:30pm An Intimate Christmas Worship in the Garden Chapel with Hosanna's Choir    

Service of Remembrance
Saturday, December 2
Must RSVP by Monday, November 27

On Saturday, December 2, Mattson Funeral Home & Creamation Service will be hosting a Service of Remembrance.This service is dedicated to honoring the memories of the loved ones who have died over this past year. During the service, your family will be invited to stand as your loved one's name is remembered. Each family will receive a memorial ornament bearing the name of your loved one. Please call 651-464-3556 to RSVP by Monday, November 27. If you are unable to attend, but would still like an ornament, they will be glad to deliver it to you. Please call them.   

Book Club Discussion of:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie
Monday, November 27

Our next book club meeting will be on Monday, November 27 at 7pm in the Conference Room. The book is
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  
by Sherman Alexie The book tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Christmas Festival
Sunday, December 17
Rehearsals Every Wednesday 

Every child is invited to join us in our annual Christmas Festival. The kids will be a part of an ensemble in the Children's Choir. We will begin rehearsals on Wednesday, November 8 during Faith Formation.  Faith Formation classes will continue as normal.  
Wednesdays: November 8, November 15, November 29, December 6 and December 13
Preschool and First Grade: 6:30pm - 6:50pm
2-6 Grade: 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Final Rehearsals with all choirs are on December 13 and December 16
December 13: 7:30pm - 8:00pm
December 16: 9:00am
Adult volunteers are needed as Festival Guides and in between services. All children are expected to be at both services on the 17th. Preschool families do not have to be at both services, but are welcome to. Parent participation as much as possible help with anxiety. It is hard to be in front of a lot of people.

Road Trip to Atlanta!
Applications being accepted through November 30, 2017

Our congregations are engaging more and more in the difficult and necessary conversations about race, privilege and justice. 

At the outset of 2018, a cohort of young adults from the synod are invited into deep learning together around these important topics. The cohort will invite participants to read & view media about racial justice and privilege in  America, including foundational writings of black theology, contemporary films and essays from a variety of perspectives. The cohort culminates in a trip to Atlanta where we will meet with local faith and nonprofit leaders, visit landmarks of the civil rights movement, share communal meals, and wrestle with what it means to live in this time, and reflect on how God is calling us to work for racial justice.
  • When: January 13-17, 2018 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend)
  • Who: Young adults ages 19-29 who are affiliated with the Saint Paul Area Synod or one of its partner organizations
  • Cost: $300 covers airfare, lodging, admission to sites, and most meals
  • More information is available here
  • Applications are being accepted here, through November 30
  • With questions, contact the Rev. Justin Grimm at justin.grimm@elca.org 

Concordia University
St. Paul's Annual Christmas Concert
Friday, December 1
Saturday, December 2
Sunday, December 3

Concordia University in St. Paul is hosting their annual Christmas Concert "Glad Tidings of Great Joy" on Friday, December 1 - Sunday, December 3. Learn more information here.  

Family Christmas Caroling - All Ages
Sunday, December 3

Join us on December 3 from 11:45am to 3pm, lunch included. We will grab some lunch, warm up our voices and carpool over to Birchwood in Forest Lake and Ecumen Parmly in Lindstrom. We will carol around the facilities, offering joy, peace and love.  All are welcome, parents must accompany children under the age of 10. Adults will be needed to help with carpooling.  If you have questions, contact Pastor Jen.

Beer & Hymns - Christmas!
Sunday, December 10

Come join us Sunday, December 10 from 7pm - 9pm with fellow lovers of church tradition, Christmas Carols...and well brewed beer! A fundraiser benefiting the 2018 Lakes Area Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. Featuring hymns led by Charlie O and friends. Doors Open at 6:30PM. Tickets are on sale here for $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. Tickets are on sale now online or here at church! If you have any questions, contact Pastor Linda Friesen.  

Poinsettia Orders
Due December 14, 2017

We will be opening up our Poinsettia Orders again starting today! They come in red, pink, white, marble, burgundy and variegated. They are $20 each and will be available to pick up at any of the Christmas Eve services. Order through the Help Wanted page in your Sunday bulletin, or order through our website. Contact Kelsey Grachek with any questions.   

Cookie Baking Fundraiser
Sunday, December 17

Sunday, December 17 before and after the Christmas Festival the Hosanna Youth will be hosting a cookie sale. All proceeds benefit the Youth Gathering Trip taking place this summer. You're invited to whip up your own dough, which yields 2-3 dozen cookies, to be rolled out, cut, baked and decorated by our Youth. We also accept pre-baked cookies as well! If you have questions, talk to Pastor Jen.  

Snow Shoveling Volunteers Needed

It's almost that time of the year again! The Facilities Team is looking for a few volunteers to help us on Sunday mornings shovel and salt the sidewalks to ensure safety for our church members coming in for services! You will be paid in coffee or hot cocoa! Please contact Kelsey Grachek or Tom Croce to sign up or learn more.

Connect360 Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 20

On Wednesday, December 20, we will be hosting our annual Connect360 Christmas Party! We will be having live music, caroling, cookie decorating and more! Please contact Pastor Jen for more information.  

Sawdust Savvy Youth Fundraiser
Wednesday, December 20

Connect360 Registration

If you haven't joined us for Connect360 Wednesday nights- give it a try! 

5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Good News & Preschool Faith Formation 
6:30 pm - Faith Formation & Education for all
To receive more information, please contact Pastor Jen at   jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net 

Faith Formation Volunteers Needed

Are you able to help out with the kids in Faith Formation on Wednesday nights? Contact Pastor Jen with comments or to sign-up! You can also sign up for specific dates online here via signup genius.

Hosanna Choir

The 2017-2018 Hosanna Choir has begun rehearsing! They rehearse every Wednesday night at 7:45pm in the Great Hall. This is a no-audition choir and all are welcome to join! If you have any questions, please contact Choir Director Charlie Ollmann.

Hospitality Team

We are currently looking for people that would be willing and excited to join a Hospitality Team! This would be a fabulous opportunity to get involved monthly with your church and to have something to look forward to with your entire family! If you are interested, please contact Kelsey here.   

Event Planning Team

We are in need of people to help us with events! Kelsey Hane is currently creating a team that can help coordinate weddings, parties and other events that use our church facilities, in hopes of making this a more event-friendly space. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kelsey here. 

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2006

Jen Collins, Associate Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2023

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
651-464-5502 ext. 2008
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
651-464-5502 ext. 2000
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
651-464-5502 ext. 2013
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
651-464-5502 ext. 2013
Tiffany KinCannon, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

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Although school is out for the year, studies show that the summer months can be a critical time to build on the foundation of the previous school year-and prepare for the year ahead. From summer reading to trips to the museum, there are tons of ways to inspire your child. View summer activities list here.