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The Cross - A SIGN!
A Note From Pastor Linda    
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Dear People of the Cross, Followers of Jesus,
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6, with worship at Hosanna at 12 noon and 6 PM. Join us- and invite a friend! During the Season of Lent, we will pause at the cross and listen to Jesus' seven words before his death. You will be invited to make the SIGN of the CROSS- and take a cross home every Sunday.
Making the SIGN of the CROSS. "Hey, Pastor Linda, I thought this was a "Catholic-thing"!"
Actually, it is a Christian thing. Consider these words from Martin Luther, the reformer of our tradition:
In the morning, when you rise, you shall make the sign of the holy cross...
In the evening, when you go to bed, you shall make the sign of the holy cross...
The SIGN of the CROSS is an ancient Christian practice of making the shape of the cross upon one's self, or another person, or object. Here are some of the reasons why we make the SIGN of the CROSS:
  • Tangible way to mark ourselves or others as belonging to Jesus.
  • An act of sanctification, that is, setting apart as holy.
  • The act is a prayer in itself.
  • A marker of belief in the Triune God.
There is nothing superstitious or rote about making the SIGN of the CROSS, unless we choose to make it that way. How do you make the SIGN of the CROSS?
  • Touch your thumb to your pointer and middle finger, fold down ring and pinkie finger toward your palm. The three fingers together symbolize the three Persons of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) while the two fingers together symbolize the divine and human natures of Jesus Christ.
  • With your hand in position, trace Christ's cross beginning at your forehead, to heart/center of chest, to left shoulder to right shoulder.
In the East (as in Eastern Orthodox), it is right then left shoulder. Are you doing it WRONG if you do it that way- no. In some traditions, people kiss their hand after making the sign. Some people return their hand to their heart after the second shoulder.
Making the sign of the cross in no manner makes one a superior Christian, more Lutheran, or somehow more confessional than those who choose not to. Such an action is entirely left up to Christian freedom with no coercion. Yet, the SIGN of the CROSS is a powerful and tangible reminder that we are Christ's, as we LIVE, LOVE and SERVE so that all will know Jesus. During the Season of Lent you will be invited to make the SIGN of the CROSS part of your life.
See you in CHURCH- on Ash Wednesday and Sunday! 
 ~Pastor Linda     

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Deb, daughter-in-law of Gary & Evalene Lee; Diana Lindquist, friend of Judy Merrell; nephew of Mary Gookins; Holly, friend of Livermore Family; Gail McCullough, friend of Grimes Family; Bill Grimes, father of Ryan Grimes; Megan Olrich Sullivan, family friend of Christensen family; Cindy, mother of Char Houle; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Deb Krinke; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill

Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Art Amann, friend of the Bergan family; Novalie Bergan, granddaughter of Mark & Jen Bergan; Marilynn Wallin, friend of Jon & Kathryn Nordstrom; LaVonne Reedy; Cindy Vedder; Rex Livermore, father of Dave Livermore; Don Moody, brother of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Laurie Kunze, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Mike, father-in-law of Nick Bredahl; Doug Sill; Ella Wenzel; Larry, brother of Michelle Trudeau Spanjers; Marlys & Jerry Berg, sister and brother-in-law of Dave Oster; Leona Lucker, great aunt of James Henriott; Harry Eckert; Margot LeBoeuf, neighbor of Mary Thompson; Larry, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Nathan Acker; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins 

Keep Safe From Harm
Cole Anderson, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Adam, grandson of James Henriott

Comfort In Grief
 Rebeck Family, at the loss of Ron.

Enrollment for Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center


Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center is opening Fall of 2019 and will be the second Forest Lake location to partner with Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC). The newly expanded programming will include flexible schedule options for TODDLERS, starting at 16 months old. It will build on the strong, 30+ year history of Sunshine Preschool, by adding extended/wrap-around care, full-time schedule options and accreditation/ quality ratings. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun! Learn more and register here:

Ash Wednesday
March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday services this year will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 12 PM in the Garden Chapel and at 6 PM in the Great Hall. If you are interested in helping with hospitality for either of these services, please contact Kelsey Grachek. 

See Through The Scriptures with Pastor Jan Mehlhoff
Thursdays starting March 7 through April 11
All are welcome!
1 PM & 6:30 PM in the Infinity Room

See Through the Scriptures is a 6 week course that takes you through the Biblical story. It is a great way to understand the context of scripture. If you have been studying the Bible for years, or have never opened it, you will still enjoy this series!! (I guarantee you will learn something you didn't know and will be surprised at how the story unfolds!) Join me Thursdays at 1:00 PM OR 6:30 PM beginning
March 7.

FMSC Art & Craft Sale
Saturday, March 9
from 9 AM - 3 PM
Sunday, March 10
from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Please join us for a weekend full of arts, crafts, fundraising and good eats! We will be having our second annual Art & Craft Sale which benefits the Feed My Starving Children Lakes Area MobilePack on March 9-10 in the Garden Chapel. There will be the sale, a silent auction, lunch and snack items! Contact Pastor Jen for more information.  

Daylight Savings
Sunday, March 10

Remember to spring forward an hour Saturday night for Daylight Savings!

Sarah Circle
Wednesday, March 13

Sarah Circle will be having its monthly women's bible study on Wednesday, March 13 at 10 am in the Garden Chapel. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about Sarah Circle, contact Kelsey Grachek.

Camp Wapo (All Ages)
Registration Ends March 15

Camps for all ages - Families, Couples, Elementary Kids and Tweens. Hosanna has reserved spots for 3 different camp experiences but only until March 15, and then open enrollment begins. We hope you will SAVE THE DATES + REGISTER! See details below for options...

* Fishing Camp - Ages: Completed grades 4-12; Cost: $475 - $100 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is due at registration. Date: August 11-16, 2019 

* One Day Camp Experience- Ages: Completed grades 1-4; Cost: $35. Date: Wednesday, July 24th 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Parents encouraged to attend too!)  

* Family Camp weekend- July 19-21, 2019; ALL AGES!! Join us for a weekend filled with faith formation and fun for the whole family!

We Need Help Painting!
Saturday, March 16

The Hosanna Facilities Team is seeking volunteers who would be able to help paint the Gathering Space on Saturday, March 16. If this is something you can help with, contact Kelsey Grachek by responding to this email.

Sunshine Discovery Center's Family Fun Night
Tuesday, March 19

This is a FREE Family Fun Night on March 19 from 5:30 pm - 7 pm at Hosanna!
Join us for dinner, art, science activities, and games and a concert by David Landau! Come learn more about Sunshine Discovery Center opening Fall 2019.
Bring your teddy bears and stuffed animals to join in on the fun!

Adult Meet 'n Mingle
Wednesday, March 27 at 6:45 pm

We are hosting our monthly Meet 'n Mingle Night on March 27 for any adult who wants to connect, especially parents and guardians of kids in our Faith Formation program. We want to give you an opportunity to get to know folks and know that you are not alone in this journey of faith and life. Desserts, Appetizers and light drink refreshments will be served. All are welcome. We want to be intentional about relationship and connection.  

See you there and bring a friend!  

St. Andrews Family Shelter Volunteers Needed
March 31 - April 6
Registration is now OPEN!

Hosanna will be providing volunteers for the St. Andrew's Family Shelter the week of March 31 - April 6 and we need people to sign up for a few shifts. You can sign-up here. Contact Joslyn Mathison, Kristin Salzman or Pastor Linda with questions.

Beer & Hymns Sing
Sunday, April 7

Beer & Hymns! A fundraiser benefiting the 2019 Lakes Area Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. Featuring hymns led by Charlie O and friends.
Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets include 1 drink ticket ( beer, wine, soda)
Purchase your ticket at: www.hosannaforestlake.net/beer-hymns

Book Club
Conversation Date:  Monday, April 8
Location:  Kathy Damon's Home

Becoming by Michelle Obama

An autobiographical memoir of former United State's First Lady Michelle Obama, described by the author as a deeply personal experience. The book talks about her roots, how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.

Registration is now OPEN!

We want YOU to join us for Connect360! Registration is now open on our website! If you haven't joined us for Connect360 Wednesday nights- give it a try! 

5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Lighthouse Worship
6:45 pm - Life Long Learning (L ³)
Life Long Learning is made up of Faith Formation, Confirmation, Higher Ground and Adult Education.

To receive more information, please contact the Church Office at office@hosannaforestlake.net
or register on our website here.

Summer Opportunities!

Summer Stretch
Registration is now OPEN!

General Summer Sessions: One day a week in June + July
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (7:00 am drop off time available)
One Session: June $125, July $125
All Summer: $200
Summer Stretch Celebration Twin Cities wide at VALLEY FAIR- (OPTIONAL: August 2, Additional +$30)

Xtreme Summer Stretch
Registration is now OPEN!

Xtreme Summer Stretch: An intensive, week long, Monday to Thursday time, filled with a mission focus on Food and Hunger. In addition Youth can still join in at the end of the summer for Valley Fair Day!
Dates: June 10-13, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (7:00 am drop off time available)

Vacation Bible School
Registration Opens Soon

Elementary VBS for Completed Grades K-4 9:00-11:30 am

Date: July 22-25

Cost: $45, includes t-shirt- Snacks- Activities

Extended Day option available, 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM. Additional Cost: $45 per child - Save $5 per additional children (Family Max. $150)

We are excited to bring you a fun-filled week with God, through music, games, snack, Bible story telling and more! We will also be looking for volunteers to help guide our kids through each station. Stay tuned for ways in which you can help. 

Preschool Half Day VBS   

Ages 4 & 5, must be potty trained

Date: July 22-25

Time: 9:00 to 11:30 am

Cost: $45, includes t-shirt- Snacks- Activities*

Join us for a half day, led by Hosanna Lutheran Church Volunteers and our God Squad (Jr. Leadership kids). Your child will get to experience a taste of day camp through music, games, snack, Bible story telling and more! Space is limited. Enrollment is limited to 40 children, so register early. Children must be potty trained.

Youth Service Immersion Weekend
July 26-28, 2019

NEW! Service Immersion - Weekend Camp in the Twin Cities. If you loved serving our local communities during our general session, this is an opportunity to spend a longer amount of time connecting and serving over a weekend.Service Immersions of various lengths are a way for groups to experience the many issues contributing to poverty. Also to serve organizations that serve those affected, and to take what they learn and address the issues in their own communities. MUST HAVE COMPLETED 6th Grade to participate. To learn more about the housing, meals and experience, visit Urban Immersions Webpage: https://uisr-mn.squarespace.com/retreats-2/
Service Immersion Weekend: Friday July 26 - Sunday July 28. Cost: $250

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor

Jen Collins, Pastor

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
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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