September 6, 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

Jesus said, "I came that they may have life,
and have it abundantly."     ~John 10.10b
Dear Friends,

My earliest memories of board games comes from my summers spent on Lake Trelipe with my mom and sister, my grandma and my cousins. At the cabin there was no running water unless you went and pumped it (yep, that means an outhouse!). We had a TV but could only get one channel (sometimes), cell phones had not been invented (really?) and no social media or internet (what was that?). Does that make me old? I would like to say wise- as I know of a time of less distractions, a time where I was consistently challenged to use my imagination.
It was at the cabin that we played board games...all kinds of board games- Monopoly, Checkers, Chutes and Ladders, Battleship, Stratego and of course The Game of LIFE. These games, and those that sat around the board playing the games, taught me much about LIFE. It was here that I learned both the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory. It was here that I learned how to be gracious in both the winning and the losing. Some of the games seemed to be ruled by luck alone, others incorporated a bit of strategy. All in all, they were just games and, in the end, the games always returned to their boxes to be brought out on another day.
On Sunday we begin a new series entitled: The Game of LIFE. Together we will explore this game and consider its many twists and turns. Have you played the game? If you have you are aware that in The Game of LIFE you cannot go backwards, you cannot change your past nor live there. The
only place to truly live is NOW, right NOW.
Consider inviting a friend or neighbor to join you on Sunday mornings as we explore The Game of LIFE. This Sunday will also be the Blessing of the Backpacks and Briefcases: kids bring your backpacks and adults bring whatever it is that you carry into the world. You will receive a blessing and a bag tag.   We will also be taking our 3rd Annual All Church Photo at 10:15am between services.
See you on Sunday- at Church!      
                                                   ~Pastor Linda  
Sunday Fall Worship Schedule
Returns THIS Weekend 
Starting  September 11th
  9:00 am in the Great Hall (lower level) 
10:30 am in the Great Hall (lower level) 
State Fair Coliseum Project
A HUGE Thank You
to ALL who helped this year with
Hosanna's Annual 
State Fair Coliseum Project
and most especially Gene Janicke who coordinated this year's project and was there almost every night.  
Your hard work (and FUN) helped us
raise $11,000 to help support
Hosanna ministries. 

We didn't get photos from every night but above are a few
of our hardy volunteers to whom we are so grateful!!

Bell Workshop at Hosanna  
Saturday, September 10   8:30-12noon

In joint collaboration, Hosanna Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran Church and St. Peter's Catholic Church, all of Forest Lake, are holding a Bell Workshop at Hosanna on Saturday, Sept. 10, being led by Twin Cities Bronze, a professional handbell choir.
If you are ages 12-92 and a present or past handbell player in one of these church's handbell choirs or maybe you're thinking you'd like to try playing handbells with one of these choirs, you are encouraged to participate. Participants should be able to read basic music notation. There will be classes for beginners and for experienced players.This is a wonderful opportunity for all levels of players.

We'd love for you to participate even if you won't be available to play this year but are interested in playing in the future.
Cost:  $10 per person

Contact Mary Gookins if you are interested in participating 
651-464-4694   or    mlgookins@gmail.com 

Hosanna Choir Rehearsals begin Wed, Sept 7 
Do you LOVE to sing and want to use your talent for His glory?
The Hosanna Choir (high school and older) begins rehearsals TOMORROW night, Sept 7, at 7:45pm in the Great Hall (lower level). This is NOT an audition choir and we do NOT wear robes. We typically sing during worship about 2 Sundays per month.  If you want to sing with others who enjoy the weekly fellowship and opportunity to sing His praises, simply SHOW UP and we'll have a place for you!

Hosanna's Wednesday night program 
returns on Sept 14th 

The first night will start with a Meal served from
5pm until 6pm, followed by a special worship concert
by singer/songwriter Rachel Kurtz
Rachel Kurtz is a Minneapolis-based songwriter, performer and recording artist. Churches across the country have discovered Rachel's powerhouse voice and joyful presence thanks to her relentless touring schedule, and her featured appearances on the main stage of recent national youth gathering. Her song "Make A Difference," unveiled at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, has become a widespread sensation sung by praise bands, youth groups, and school choirs from coast to coast. Rachel has participated in benefit concert tours across the country with fellow musicians Agapé and Lost And Found, helping to raise $125,000 for ELCA World Hunger. In addition to her music leadership at conventions and congregations, Rachel is also an in-demand retreat facilitator and keynote speaker at youth weekends, women's retreats and many times at Sunday morning worship.

After the concert, you can learn more about and register for connect360 Wednesday night programs and also find out about about other ministry opportunities for the whole family to get involved in throughout the year.

connect360 Schedule starting Sept. 21st
   5:00-6:00 pm   Dinner served 
   6:00-6:30 pm   The Good News at 6 Worship
                                Wednesday Nite at the Movies -
                                The Gospel in Cinema   
   6:30-7:30 pm   Education for all ages
                               -Faith Formation - PreK-Grade 6
                               -Confirmation - Grades 7-9
                               -Higher Ground - High School
                               -Adult Ed  (Sept 21-Oct 26) 
                                    My Neighbor is Muslim /
                                    the Muslim Faith

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.

Registration OPEN NOW  
for connect360
children, youth & adult learning
AND volunteers!
DISCOUNTED Meal Packages also available online.


Wednesday Night Menus 
All meals include dessert & beverage 

Sept 14:  BURGER BASH - beef, cheese & vegetarian burgers w/fixings (regular & gluten-free buns available), creamy potato salad, coleslaw, potato chips, veggie platter, corn on the cob, watermelon

Sept 21 Baked turkey lasagna, roasted vegetables, garlic bread sticks, garden salad, fresh fruit salad

Sept 28 Beef tacos w/fixings, Spanish rice, baked beans

Oct 5:  Grilled brats, sauer kraut w/fixings, German potato pancakes, potato chips

Oct 12:  Handmade pizza (sausage & roasted vegetable), antipasto salad 
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving 

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey
Santa Ferraro, friend of Susy Richie; Tracy, friend of Anne & Rob Myre; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Rich Hehn, brother of Charlie (Barb) Ollmann; Caleb Anderson, son of Lynn & Paul Anderson; Hannah Bergan, her family & medical team; Rick Bahnemann; Jan Hill; Mel (Ekko) Blumer, grandson-in-law of Dale & Barbara Johansen; Laney Hays and family, granddaughter of Brad & Barb Turgeon; Stephanie, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Norman Schaible, family friend of Teresa & Mike Bredahl; Johnita, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Grief Compassion

Comfort & Peace / Nearing End of Life 
Kelly (Curt) Monson's mother and their family
Keep Safe From Harm (Military & other circumstances) 
Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Kelley & babies (protection & healing), Marlin & Ruth Lackas' God child; Hayden Oliver, serving in the Coast Guard 
Interdenominational Women's Retreat  
"God's Stew - Simmering in His Love"
September 23 - 25, 2016
Luther Point Bible Camp, Grantsburg, Wisconsin
The end of summer, leading into the cooler days of fall ... 
comfortable rooms in a beautiful retreat center, fun, fellowship and delicious food-the WELCA of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City will offer this and more at the All-Women's Interdenominational Retreat. Pastor Beverly Robinson will lead us through this intriguing-entitled program.
The two-night retreat will offer a Bible study and program, fellowship, demonstrations, fun and games, 4 meals, nature surround, conversation, laughter, s'mores and singing around the campfire, and more. (Saturday's meals will be a brunch and dinner. Please keep this in mind if you have a diet that requires food at other times.) You may participate in as much or as little of the program as you choose, and you are welcome to bring hobby items or a craft of your own.
Total cost is $90.00. Bring your own bedding (sheets, blankets, sleeping bag, etc.), Bible and personal items. For an additional fee of $7.50 bedding will be provided. Either option...BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW! Each room has two sets of bunks, sleeping up to 4 (one lower bunk is a full-size), and has a bathroom with shower (bring towels, soap, shampoo, etc.). A free-will offering (optional) will be given to a designated ministry.
Registration is complete once payment is received (check payable to First Lutheran).  Mail registration and payment to: Kathy Olson, 38290 Everett Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
For additional information, call Kathy at 651-248-0243 or email kaolson53@gmail.com or sll.church@gmail.com 
to request a Registration Form .
About our NEW logo
Last winter we asked Julie Peterson's help in designing a new logo to better reflect Hosanna's mission statement. She came up with the logo in the upper left corner of today's E-Update and another similar version that is laid out more horizontal. Watch for these new logos in future communications from Hosanna and help us
spread the word as we LIVE, LOVE and SERVE so that all may know Him. 
Contact Us 
Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-464-9020 fax


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

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

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

Employment Opportunities
In line with Hosanna's  
newly approved staffing reorganization, the following positions are now open to applicants. Complete job descriptions will be available later this week on Hosanna's website.

(24 hours per week)
We have an immediate opening for a part-time Bookkeeper/Accountant.  If you enjoy serving behind the scenes, you are extremely detail oriented, and enjoy providing support in a professional and friendly manner, then please take a closer look at this opportunity. 
Executive Assistant  
(full-time, hourly)
We are looking for an Executive Assistant to join our team. The ideal candidate would be energetic and experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks and will be able to work independently with little or no supervision. This person must be exceedingly well organized, a team player, flexible and enjoy the administrative opportunities of supporting a church office. This position will work closely with and report directly to the Lead Pastor. 

(10-20 hours per week)
This part-time position performs general custodial duties, minor maintenance and other miscellaneous duties in order to ensure Hosanna's facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe and sanitary manner. Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays. 
For complete job descriptions
or contact the church office at

Send resume and qualifications to:  communication@hosannaforestlake.net
Volunteer Counters Needed
Can you spare a couple hours on Monday mornings 1-2 times per month. We meet once a week to count and record offerings received during the previous week  You do not need to be an accountant or bookkeeper. Training is provided. For more information
please contact Mary Peterson at 651-303-3516.

Hosanna Ministry Fair
Hosanna is holding
Ministry Fair
Wednesday night, Sept 14
and also on
Sunday morning, Sept 18

to showcase the various ministry opportunities you and your family can participate in here at Hosanna.
We need to hear from the leaders or point persons for these various ministries to help us coordinate this event. Please talk about this opportunity within your ministry group and decide who can represent your group on Sept 14 and 18. Then contact Jackie in the church office and let her know which group(s) will be represented and how you plan to present information and invite others to join your ministry
during the Ministry Fair.

Contact Jackie at
651-464-5502 or
Milestone Ministries celebrate the partnership between parents, church and God in raising our children in the faith!  These free sessions provide a wonderful way for families to connect with each other and with the church while exploring important aspects of faith. 
Sunday, Sept 18  
SPARK Story Bible - PreK-grade 3
11:30am-1:30pm   Lunch & Learn
This milestone recognizes the exciting step children take as they enter Faith Formation (Hosanna's version of Sunday school on Wednesday nights). Preschoolers who are beginning their first full year of Faith Formation
 will experience a special blessing and will receive their own SPARK Story Bible. Those elementary aged kids who have not received a SPARK Story B ible are invited to participate.
Sunday, Oct 2  
CONNECT Bible - grades 4-8
11:30am-1:30pm   Lunch & Learn
As children become independent readers, it is a natural time to fulfill the baptismal promise to place the scriptures into their hands. Children and their families will learn some basics about the Bible, as well as ways to incorporate the Bible in daily readings and family devotions through this special workshop. Parents will present the Bible to their child(ren) in worship.
Register HERE

NEW Book Study
for All People!
Healing the Heart of Democracy-
The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit
by Parker Palmer

The author looks with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good.

Palmer writes:
For those of use who want to see democracy survive and thrive - and we are legion-the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation.

Read the book, then come for the discussions at 7pm on Tuesdays:
  • September 20
  • October 4
  • October 18
  • November 1
Pastor Linda is the facilitator   
Yogadevotion, now in its 12 th year in Forest Lake, will begin a new session on Saturday, Sept.17, 2016, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail N, Forest Lake.
Yogadevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace in body, mind and spirit through weekly Saturday morning devotional sessions. Carrin Mahmood, certified and experienced Yogadevotional 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 needed, basic yoga will be taught.
The seven (7) week session will run through Saturday, October 31st in the Lakeside Room (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10 am. Please enter through Door C (north doors). Make-up sessions are available at various times and locations.

Cost is $56    To register simply CLICK HERE or contact Kathy Okeson, tv69oke@aol.com, or 651-464-5422. Payment is due by Sunday, September 11th, via checks made payable to Hosanna, (Yogadevotion on memo line), cash or online through Hosanna's website, are accepted.

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