Hosanna's E-Update

September 9, 2015
"Let the little children come to me..."
               ~Matthew 19.14, Mark 10.14, Luke 18.16

Greetings Family of Faith, Body of Christ!

This week we return to the Great Hall at Hosanna for worship. You will immediately notice some changes- but today I want to share with you about the Children's Pray Ground and its importance for our life together.

About 40 years ago a profound shift took place in many congregations... for all the right reasons... with one troubling and unintended consequence:
  • The shift: Kids worshiping with the big people for one hour followed by all ages attending a second hour of Sunday School, to churches creating Sunday School experiences for kids that ran concurrently with their parents' worship service.
  • The consequence: While many adults enjoyed a worship experience "uninterrupted" by children's voices and wiggles, and children's ministries grew... one HUGE unintended consequence was that we raised a large unchurched generation.
As we shifted kids out of the main worship experience, en-culturated them in their own program, and robbed them of any touch points with the rest of the body of Christ we also segregated our kids out of worship and we never assimilated them into the life of the congregation.  They had no touch points.  They had no experience. They had no connection with the main worship service-its liturgy, its music, its space, its environment, and its adults.  It was a foreign place to them.  And so...once they finished with the kids/or youth program, they left the church- for good!
With good intentions we attempted to raise kids to be Christians, but we didn't raise them to be Churched Christians.  And perhaps that, in part, is why so few of them attend a church today.  We've essentially "Sunday-Schooled" them out of church-because we never assimilated them into church.  We never "church-broke" them.
I remember worshiping alongside my parents- sitting in the pews, passing Lifesavers (my dad always had Lifesavers in his pockets to share!). But I also remember passing the plate and watching my parents give, I remember sharing communion, I remember being part of the body.
Jesus said, "Let the children come to me.  For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." What does it look like in the 21st Century to be a church that belongs to such as these kids?  What does it look like to be a church that makes children the priority of the Kingdom?  That raises them to be "Churched Christians?"  What does it mean that all of us are the Body of Christ together?
It may be an upstream challenge.  Many of our churches are used to separating the kids from the adults and having squirming, squealing kids may dramatically change the worship dynamic.  Many parents want their kids in Sunday School during worship and may even demand it...or will leave to attend a church that does so.
But what is our ultimate call?  To create programs?  Or to raise disciples (i.e., followers of Jesus committed to his church and his world)?  And what might that calling to raise "churched" disciples look like? I think it looks like the Children's Pray Ground - a welcoming space for our families to worship together. Let's give this a try!!
Being the Body of Christ Together!
~  Pastor Linda
  • Worship Times:  9am & 10:30am in the Great Hall (lower level)
  • Blessing of Backpacks & Briefcases - both services
  • All Church Group Photo at 10:15am in Great Hall

Sunday Worship Series  Sept 13-27   THRIVE
We weren't made to survive, we were meant to thrive!

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being taken THIS SUNDAY, Sept. 13th 
at 10:15am in the Great Hall. 
Be a part of this church family  group photo!

  connect360 on Wednesday Nights  
           Begins September 16

Enjoy a meal and fellowship together (no need to cook), worship during the Good News at 6, and take advantage of learning opportunities for the all ages. Online registration is available on our website (under connect360) or pick up a registration form in the forms rack on the wall in the Welcome Center. It's coming up soon. Don't wait until the last minute - Get registered now!

Wednesday Night Schedule 
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship - nutritious & kid-friendly
                          meals, discount meal packages are available
                          when payment is made in advance
                          See menu on side bar  >>>>>    
6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship
Fall Wednesday Night Worship Series:  
     The Gospel According to Disney

           (it's not just for children)   
We will look at Gospel themes in Disney movies - themes that come from the teachings of Jesus. Whether you are 2 or 102, join us for a look at the Gospel message in a new way, through the images and music of Disney
6:30-7:30 pm  * Faith Formation (PreK-K, Gr.1-3, Gr.4-6)
                        * Confirmation - junior high
                        * Higher Ground - senior high
                        * Adult Learning: Sept 16-Nov - Series:
                           Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University


NEW This Fall
Come for Supper 

There's probably no better way to get to know someone than by sitting down and sharing a meal. Join a one-time group or make a commitment to gather 4 times during the coming year for food and fellowship.
Sign ups for one-time groups are available at the Welcome Center or you may contact the church office at 651-464-5502  or  communication@hosannaforestlake.net
One-time dinner dates are: 
Sept 18, 22, 27  and October 1, 4, & 5 
  A new "twist" for these one-time meal groups.. - they will be BLIND sign-ups, meaning you will sign up for a specific date but will not know who the hosts are or where the meal will be held. The hosts will contact you prior to the meal to let you know where it will be and how to get there. Supper Sevens are intended provide a way for us to get to know others we may not know very well...or at all.  

State Fair Coliseum Project 
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped clean the Coliseum during this year's State Fair.   It's a big endeavor taken on by so many but particularly by 
Rick Bahnemann and Gene Janicke 
who have faithfully organized, coordinated and worked EVERY NIGHT of the Fair, including the night before the Fair starts. This was Hosanna's 24th year doing this project and is Hosanna's single largest fundraiser that provides major support for  
Hosanna's ongoing programs and ministries. 

  Save This Date!!
  Hosanna presents
  Friday Night
  at the Movies

Sept. 25th 7:00 pm 
  Garden Chapel  
FREE Admission
for this family-friendly movie. Sign up on the bulletin board at the Welcome Center or contact the church office so that we will have enough POPCORN for
651-464-5502 or  communication@hosannaforestlake.net  

Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving 
Deb DeVore's niece's friend, Michelle has had her eyesight restored and has found a job!
h Bergan has overcome her recent health issues and is doing well.

Comfort, Strength & Healing In Cancer Journey
Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Tim (Renee) Svoboda; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie; Donna Hunt, mother of Cindy (Roger) Kunze
Healing, Recovery or Facing Other Serious Health Issues  
Lynda (Gary) Olson;  Brandon Weigel; Carol, sister of Dick (Nancy) Westcott; Dan, great nephew of Diane & Gary Zak; Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlon Lackas; Shirley, friend of Dee (Ron) Rebeck; Laney, daughter of Nicole & Andrew Hays; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum; Rudy & Nancy, co-workers of Sue (Paul) Girard 
Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life 
Donna Lee, sister-in-law of Gary & Evalene Lee; Linda Curry, friend of Brian Riebe 
Grief Compassion
Family of Lila Cameron, cousin of Mary McDonald; Dee & Ron Rebeck & sister-in-law Bev Johnson at death of Lee Johnson 
Keep Safe From Harm , Military
Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill

Contact Us

Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax
Visit us on the web:

LIKE us on 

Pastor Linda Friesen 
651-464-5502 ext. 2006 

Rob Anderson
Worship & Music Director
651-464-5502 ext. 2008 
Rick Bahnemann 
Facilities & Food Service Director 
651-464-5502 ext. 2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 

Sue Palmer
651-464-5502 ext. 2013 

Custodial Staff 
Reid Eckert 
Nick Kelley 
Nick Girard 

connect360 Menu

All Wednesday night meals
include dessert & beverage

Sept 16
Grilled hamburgers & hot dogs, French fries, salad bar

Sept 23
French toast, bacon, salad bar

Sept 30
Homemade pizza (pepperoni, sausage, cheese & vegetarian), salad bar

Oct 7
Spaghetti with Italian meatballs, garlic cheese bread, Caesar salad

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Luke
Facilitators: Deb DeVore
and Dee Rebeck

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  WANTED:  Manlift

Hosanna is looking for a used PERSONAL MANLIFT with a
20' platform height and
7' collapsed height

If you know of one that is available, please contact Tom Croce at 651-395-0918 or victom1@hotmail.com

  Bell Choir Starting
Hosanna's Bell Choir begins rehearsing on Monday, Sept 14, in the Great Hall (lower level).
Anyone new to the choir this year is invited to come at 6:30pm. Returning players will join the rehearsal at 7:15pm
Questions? Contact Mary Gookins, director, at 651-464-4694 or mlgookins@gmail.com  
Hosanna Choir Starting

The Hosanna Choir begins its rehearsals TONIGHT at 7:45pm in the Great Hall (lower level).
Rehearsals will continue every Wednesday night at this time unless notified otherwise. The choir usually sings about 2 times each month at both worship services through May. 

This is a NON-audition choir.
You just have to LIKE to SING!
If you've been considering joining the choir, just show up tonight or one of the next Wednesday nights....
right after connect360 as we
Live, Love, Serve....and SING! 
Milestone Ministry

Milestone Ministries celebrate the partnership between
parents, church and God in raising our children in the faith. They provide a wonderful way for families to connect with
each other and with the church while exploring important aspects of faith.

Consider Hosanna's upcoming Milestone schedule for your family.

The Bible / Connect Bible
(grades 4-6)
Sept 27

God's Story in My Life/Spark Story Bible (PreK-3rd grade)
Oct 11

Confirmation Celebration
(9th graders)
Oct 25

Prayer/The Lord's Prayer
(grades 1-3)
Jan 10

First Communion
(all ages)
Feb 28

Tough Questions
(grades 5-6)
April 17

Graduation Recognition
(12 graders)
May 22

Information pamphlets available on the forms rack on the wall in the Welcome Center.
Contact the church office to register your child or submit your registration request on a Yellow Page in the offering basket  
Community Events
Speaker: Linda Berg "Becoming an Author Was Not MY Plan"
Music: Delane Jorgenson     Laurie Parker, accompaniest    Special Feature: Marie Berhow
Monday, Sept. 21 at 11:30am      Oak Forest Center, 2824 130th St, Frederic, Wisconsin

Reservations/cancellations are necessary by Tuesday prior to lunch.
Call Carrie at  651-247-4741   or Mary at  715-554-2330   Questions? Call Dena  715-755-2463
Twin City Power Boat Association presents  Ron Baker Sr. REGATTA 
Sat & Sun, Sept 12 & 13  -  Lakeside Memorial Park,   Downtown Forest Lake
Mission Statement
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving, and serving
as Jesus did so that all may know him.