January 3, 2017

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
The Bucket List - Do You Have One?

LORD, let me know my end, and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. 
~Psalm 39
Dear Friends~
Welcome 2017!  What are your hopes and dreams for this New Year?  Do you "do" resolutions?  I was looking through my movies recently and re-discovered "The Bucket List"; and will be using this movie to guide the meditation on Wednesday evening during the connect360 worship.  The Bucket List is a movie about two terminally ill men on a wish-list road trip of things to do before they  "kick the bucket"- thus the movie's title.  However, this movie is also about the delicateness and meaning of life.  If you could know your end-date, would you want to know it?  Would it change how you live today?  Psalm 39 (see above) is a meditation of David's on the fragility of humanity before God.  It ends in a prayer for a peaceful life.
As we enter a new year- if offers us a time to consider wiping the slate clean and starting over.  A new year offers us the opportunity to create a Bucket List of sorts- goals that we want to accomplish, not necessarily before we die, but rather this year.  Having a Bucket List reminds you of priorities, of what's important as the day-to-day busy-ness of life takes over.  The object of creating this list need not be a race against time, but rather an opportunity to maximize each day.
So, what might be on your TOP 10 List for 2017?  Consider joining us on Wednesday during connect360 to hear more about The Bucket List... and about discovering JOY!
JOY to the WORLD as we continue in the Season of Christmas!  

~Pastor Linda
Hosanna's Wednesday Night Program 
Weekly Schedule of Events

   5:00-6:00 pm   Dinner hour
                                                 - 1/4/17: Brats served with grilled onions, sauerkraut and                                                                tomatoes; chicken noodle soup; potato AuGratin; milk and                                                              lemonade

   6:00-6:30 pm   The Good News at 6 Worship

    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!
Prayer Requests

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey
Elaine Schumacher's friend Beryl; Ruth Anne Edlund; Ed Abbott, cousin of Denny & Shirley Wachholz; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Nancy Zak; Paul Huseth, cousin of Kathy Okeson; Vern Holland, friend of Okeson Family; Geary Lynch following the loss of his leg; Dick Westcott and wife Nancy; 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; Rick Bahnemann; Jan Hill; Stephanie, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Johnita, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister; 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; Friend of Ruth and Marlin Lackas

Grief Compassion 
Family and Friends of Arliss Banta

Comfort & Peace / Nearing End of Life
Keep Safe From Harm (Military & other circumstances) 
Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas away at college; Hayden Oliver, serving in the Coast Guard 
Free Poinsettias!
Come grab a FREE poinsettia plant on the table next to the Garden Chapel! If you don't come get one by Wednesday, Jan 4, they will be composted.
Forest Lake Area Ministries Befrienders Consortium
Leading Forest Lake to Become a Dementia Friendly Community

Jules Benson, ACT on Alzheimer's Chair
Gary Lee, ACT on Alzheimer's Advocate

Wednesday January 4, 2017
6:30 - 7:30 PM

Garden Chapel

The Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium is providing an evening training session to help the community increase its awareness and understanding of the various dementias that affect millions of older adults. As caring, compassionate caregivers we will learn more about:

-How to support caregivers of people with dementia
-How we can become a dementia friendly community
-Where to get help and information
-How we can help with the daily challenges faced by caregivers and people facing memory loss.

All are welcome to participate in this educational session. 
Questions? Call Lynda Olson at 651-982-0856

Yogaevotion is now in it's 12th year in Forest Lake and will be beginning a new session on Saturday, January 7, 2017 here at Hosanna Lutheran Church. 

Yogaevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace in body, mind and spirit through weekly Saturday morning devotional sessions. Carrin Mahmood, certified and experienced Yogaevotional instructor, leads the hour long sessions. Women and men of all ages are invited to participate and enjoy this meditation time, while enjoying the benefits of yoga. No previous experience is needed and only basic yoga will be taught. 

The 7 week sessions will run through February 18. The cost is $56 and classes will be held in the Lakeside room (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at 9am and ending at 10am. Please enter through the North doors. Make up sessions are available at various times and in various locations. 

To register, contact Kathy Okeson at tv69oke@aol.com or 651-464-5422. Payment is due by Sunday, January 1 and will be accepted in the form of cash, check (made payable to Hosanna with "Yogadevotion" in the memo) or online through Hosanna's website here.
MLK Pray & Play Day

On Monday, January 16, due to school being on break for Martin Luther King Jr. Day we have decided to open up the nursery from 9am to 11am for a Pray and Play Day! There will be NO supervised play, so parents must accompany their child(ren). This is a great opportunity to play indoors where it is warm!
Soup-er Bowl 2017

The Soup-er Bowl will be returning February 3, 2017 this year! If you have any questions or would like to help plan this event, please contact Rob Anderson here. More event details will follow as we get closer to the event. 
Sign Your Child Up For Summer Camp!

Camp is where fun and faith collide! At camp you'll meet Jesus in new and exciting ways through friendships, inspiring worships, fun games, caring counselors, blazing campfires and more! Come to camp and be transformed through this fearless faith adventure. 

Summer Camp Registration Opens On: 1/15/2017
The Priority Deadline is: 3/15/2017
To register, click here

If you have any questions, talk to Pastor Jen
Worship Times
9:00 AM and 10:30 AM in Great Hall (Lower Level)

6:00 PM in Garden Chapel (Upper Level)

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

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
Green Earth Team Meeting

There will be a GET Meeting on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 10am in the Conference Room. All are welcome to attend! Questions? Email Kathy Okeson at   tv69oke@aol.com.

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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.

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
These make great Christmas gifts!
Family Trivia Night

Come to Hosanna for a night filled with family fun for all ages! On Friday, January 13 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Hosanna will be hosting a family trivia night! If you have any questions, contact Pastor Jen here.
Mini-Milestone Workshop: Prayer

Immediately following our 10:30am service on January 29, 2017 there will be a Mini-Milestone Workshop on Prayer in the Lakeside Room for ages Pre-K to 3rd Grade and their family. This event is free and lunch will be provided. Register in person on Sunday at the welcome desk or by clicking here. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net.
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. 
Community Events and Opportunities

Trails to Hope Luncheon
River Valley Christian Women's Connection invites women to Trails of Hope Luncheon at 11:30am on January 16, 2017 at Alliance Church of the Valley in St. Croix Falls, WI. Reservations must be made by Sunday, January 8. There is a $12 fee, which includes lunch. The special feature is Kathy Jo Hanson  from the River Valley Riders therapeutic riding program benefiting those with special needs. The speaker is Dodie Davis "Fairy Tales Can Come True... It Can Happen To You... Or NOT." To make a reservation, please call Diane at 651-808-8579.