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A Note From Pastor Linda

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. ~John Maxwell   
Jesus said: Come and follow me! (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)
Dear People of the Way! 
How do we make a difference where we are along the way?
Most people want to make a difference through their lives. In whatever role you find yourself, you will have influence. God cares more about how we work than where we work. Whether a banker or a baker, a lawyer or marketing executive, army officer or nursery nurse, a stay at home parent or retired... we need to be faithful to God; living, loving and serving as Jesus did in the workplace and at home. In whatever you do in your life, you are a LEADER; people are watching and following you. Do they know that you are a follower of Jesus Christ, a person of the Way?

Here are a few ideas about GREAT leaders:  
Great leaders are constantly learning. They read. They reflect. They network. They study culture, trends, organizations and even other leaders.

An opportunity:
The Global Leadership Summit- August 10-11, 2017- two days of fresh, actionable and inspiring leadership training from 13 world-class speakers. Speakers like Sheryl Sandberg, Marcus Lemonis, Angela Duckworth and Marcus Buckingham. (Find out more here: willowcreek.com/summit)

A group from Hosanna is planning on attending. JOIN US- contact me TODAY so that we can register as a team to reduce our cost. I will be registering our TEAM on June 25. (Group cost is $169 per person for this two-day event).

Grace and Peace, 

 ~Pastor Linda
GIVING NOTE: The Summer Giving Slump continues at Hosanna; we continue to fall further behind to budget. If you are able, please consider giving extra during these lean months to support the many ministry needs of your church. Thank you for your faithful giving. Questions about giving? Contact Roxanne Anderson at finance@hosannaforestlake.net  

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Healing in Cancer Journey
For Comfort, Strength and Healing in Cancer Journey
Carrie Steindorf; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Mike Carlson, husband of Joyce Carlson; Ellien Connole, aunt of Ryan Grimes; 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
Sister of Jen Bergan and family during transition; Cindy Lofton, mother of Char Houle; Ron Rebeck; Noah Reedy in his job search; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz, with his Type 1 Diabetes; Continued guidance for Rebecca and Laura; Mike Chester; Shawn Pearson, brother-in-law of Mark Bergan; For those who go above and beyond in the midst of trial; Rex Livermore, Dave Livermore's father; Dick Westcott; Ed Abbott, cousin of Denny and Shirley Wachholz; Jim Harley, husband of Emilie Harley; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty Corum
Compassion in Grief
Family and friends of Anne Witalka, friend of Ruth and Marlin Lackas

Keep Safe From Harm
Cole, grandson of Marlin and Ruth Lackas; Hayden Oliver, serving in Coast Guard

Giving Update

As of April 2017- General Ministry Giving is behind to budget by $37,800. Bills are current and paid as the staff is doing an amazing job holding down expenses. This becomes even more urgent considering that we are going into summer and summer is historically a time in the life of the church where giving goes down. Action is needed now. The work of ministry at Hosanna continues throughout the summer months. It is also the time of readying for ministry to take place in the Fall and Winter months ahead.
Your Hosanna family needs you. There are many ways to give- even if you cannot be at worship:
  • Mail your gift to Hosanna or drop it off at the church office- 9300 Scandia Trail North.
  • Text to give: text Hosanna to 50155
  • Go online through QGIV here
  • Use BILLPAY from your financial institution.
  • Set up direct giving though Hosanna.
  • Contact Roxanne Anderson at finance@hosannaforestlake.net with questions about charitable giving.
Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.

Office Hours

8:30am to 4:30pm Monday-Thursday

Bibles and Bagels
Every Sunday at 8am June 4 - August 27

Join us for Bibles & Bagels every Sunday morning from 8am to 9am at Big Apple Bagels in Forest Lake before Worship in the Park. The address is: 508 Lake St S, Forest Lake, MN 55025. In case of inclement weather, we will be meeting at Hosanna in the Conference Room for Bibles and Bagels. We will post the change of location on our website and our Facebook by 7:30am that day. If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Hane. 

Worship at the Park
Every Sunday at 9:30am Now - August 27

We will be having our Annual Worship at the Park at 9:30am each Sunday. Worship will be held at Lakeside Park in downtown Forest Lake. In case of inclement weather we will worship at Hosanna in the Great Hall. We will post the change of location on our website and Facebook by 7:30am that day. If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Hane.  

Flat Luther

Flat Luther is at Hosanna! Have you heard of Flat Stanley? Join the #FlatLuther Summer & Fall Challenge! This is for EVERYONE!! It's easy... pick up your Flat Luther THIS Sunday and then start taking him with you. In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, bring Flat Luther with you on your Summer adventures, to work, in your garden, Back-to-School in the Fall, every where you go!  Be social- share where you've been using the #FlatLuther and #hosannafl .  Or send your pictures to the church office (office@hosannaforestlake.net) and we will post them on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

Summer Youth Fellowship Night
June 14, 2017

This is a fun evening for anyone in grades 5-12 that starts next Wednesday, June 14, from 5pm to 7pm! We will have dinner, conversation and partake in a variety of activities! Tentative activities include: tie-dying, Forest Lake 5 Theater, DQ, Drive-In Movie, campfire, etc. Please contact Pastor Jen with any questions 

Mission Jamaica Alert!
First Payment Due in Mid June

We have begun planning our 2018 trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica. Our dates next year will be February 3-10. We will work with kids, build a house and possibly have a medical team. There will be lots to do for everyone! No skills are needed, except a desire to serve the children and people of Jamaica. We will be making the first deposit in mid June. If you are interested or have any questions, contact Kathleen Damon at 651-235-7296 

Mission Trip
June 24 - July 2, 2017

Hosanna Youth will be going on a mission trip to New Mexico in just a few weeks! They will be partnering in Crownpoint to build relationships with the local churches, and families within the reservation. This mission trip is a partnership between Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, MN & Hosanna Lutheran in Forest Lake, MN. If you would like to make a donation to help those from Hosanna going, click here. If you would like to learn more about what the Hosanna Youth will be doing there, click here. Please keep the Elim and Hosanna Youth in your prayers during this trip! 

Family Praise Fest
June 25, 2017

Join us at First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom on Sunday, June 25 from 12noon-7:30pm.  Hear praise bands from local churches, enjoy a free barbecue meal at 4:30pm and have fun with family and friends.  Hosanna's worship team will be performing at 2:45pm!  Want to know more:   lindstrommethodist.org/family-praise-fest 

All Anew: Women of the ELCA
July 13-16, 2017

Because the Tenth Triennial Gathering falls during the observance of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, the theme resonates with reformation and transformation images. At the gathering, participants will explore ways in which the Holy Spirit changes us, acknowledging that reformation and transformation have happened and continue to happen within the community of women known as Women of the ELCA. For more information and to register click here

Summer Stretch 2017
June 14, 21 and 28
July 12, 19 and 26
August 3 (optional)

The day will start with a local mission (i.e. FMSC, Second Harvest, Birchwood Senior Living Center, Local Farming), then a sack lunch with devotion; followed up with a recreational activity (i.e. Waterpark, Movie Theater, Outdoor Game Day, Bowling, Trampoline & Climbing Wall parks.) Bring your own sack lunch!

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sign up for either: Session 1 (June),  Session 2 (July) OR All Sessions : 6 events, June & July
COSTS (includes t-shirt, all activities and transportation):

One Session (June or July): $100 early bird, after May 1st $125
All Summer: $150 early bird, after May 1st $200
+$25 for Celebration day at Valley Fair, to Attend Valley Fair Celebration youth must attend at least 3 events.

To sign up, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.  

Vacation Bible School in Partnership with Luther Crest Bible Camp
July 17 - 20, 2017

Ages 3-5 (must be potty trained)   9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon 
Grades K-6   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
Cost: $75*

PRESCHOOL VBS- A perfect introduction to VBS. This program is perfect for preschoolers who aren't quite ready of for the full-day experience yet. Chocked full of songs, games, arts & crafts and so much more, VBS is a chance for our younger students to explore the Bible in a safe, fun environment.

ALL DAY VBS- is a Christ-centered experience for those who have finished Kindergarten through Sixth Grade bringing a taste of camping ministry to campers in a familiar setting. VBS is designed to introduce a Bible Camp experience to students without being away from home at night. It is a unique blend of Outdoor Ministry and Congregational Ministry. The Luther Crest Day Camp Staff bring their own enthusiasm, leadership, and teaching styles to Hosanna each day. *Scholarships available upon request.

To register online, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen. 

Blue Grass Festival
July 29, 2017

Join Hosanna at the Annual Bluegrass Festival this July 29th at Lakeside Park. We need YOU to help represent Hosanna, to share with others the joys and highlights of our community. We are seeking people to join in the planning, set-up and volunteer day of the event. If you have a gift, talent, silent auction item or resource you'd like to contribute, let us know. Many other churches and organizations will be represented, lets show others what it means to Live, Love and Serve in Jesus' name! Contact Pastor Jen or Ann Hanson if you are interested in helping. 

Fine Arts Camp
August 7 - 10

NEW this summer to the camp line-up is our Fine Arts Camp, open to those finishing 3 rd - 6 th  grade. This camp is a great blend of fun activities to include rotating stations for  Fine art (painting, drawing, sculpting) and recreational crafting. Our Fine Arts instructor, Barbara Johansen will join us as our skilled and trained Artisan. First rotation will be the Fine Arts portion; second rotation will be various recreational crafting activities. Each day will be something new to explore in the world of art! You can register here! If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.

Kitchen Coordinator

Susan Wojciechowski has resigned from her Kitchen Coordinator position as she has accepted a full-time opportunity.  We wish her well!!  She will continue to volunteer in the kitchen.
NOTE:  The Personnel Committee will be reviewing the Kitchen Coordinator job description and determine future needs of Hosanna. 

Garden & Green Grocery Shares Program

Garden & Green Grocery Shares program at Elim Lutheran Church, Scandia.  We, Hosanna members, not just GET,  could share some common goals while growing fresh produce and flowers, handling food distribution, environmental concerns, as well as the community outreach.  There was a garden 'kickoff' on May 13th, which involved congregation members, Youth, 4H members.  We're currently joining with Elim on projects such as youth mission trips and the Feed My Starving Children program. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact:  Chris Beckman  at imladris123@live.com or 651-414-1652.

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 Hane, Executive Assistant
651-464-5502 ext. 2000

Susan Wojciechowski, Food Service Director

Roxanne Anderson, Finance
651-464-5502 ext. 2013

Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
651-464-5502 ext. 2013

Charlie Ollman, Choir Director

Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director

Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director

Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

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