Hosanna E-Update              
The WAIT is (almost) OVER!

~ from Luke 2  

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Waiting in line can be one of two experiences. See if you identify with the examples below:

First Example: Waiting in Dread
You're standing in line at the post office or the grocery store, waiting for your turn. You're tapping your foot and keep looking at your watch. You don't want to be in this line. You don't have time to be in this line. Before long, you begin to think, "Oh, I can't wait for this to be over!" Often times, the other people in line with you feel the same way! No one speaks to anyone else. Clearly few are enjoying the experience; the impatience or irritability you feel might even be visible on your face. Such an experience of waiting in line can seem isolating, almost lonely.
Second Example: Waiting in Excitement
Now think about the times when you waited in line at an amusement park, or to see the new Star Wars movie. In these instances, the waiting is much different. People are excited and you might even be talking to some of them about the ride you're getting ready to experience, movie you are about to see.
This second example is the kind of waiting we are called to in Advent. As the Church, we wait during Advent and look forward to celebrating the fact that God loves us so much that he sent his Son into the world to save us. This waiting is far from empty; rather, it is full of the hope that God promises us as we prepare for Christ at Christmas. This waiting is important because it is during Advent that we wait in joy, in hope, and in anticipation for the wonderful event we are about to experience-the feast of Christmas, the coming of Christ into our lives in new ways, the return of Christ in glory at the end of time.  This certainly is GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY for ALL PEOPLE.
  • On Christmas Eve, December 24
    , we gather and hear the story; a new view from the manger! The Passing of the Christmas Light- will be part of all Christmas Eve services.
    • At 4pm in the Great Hall the Worship Band plus brass will lead us. There will be a special message just for children as they will gather at the manger.
    • At 9pm and 10:30pm in the Garden Chapel we will gather in a more intimate setting to hear the old story. Charlie Ollmann and the Hosanna Choir will lead us in song.
  • On Sunday, December 27, at both 9am and 10:30am, our very talented Higher Ground Youth and Higher Ground Alumni, under the direction of Pastor Jen and Andy & Ann Wachholz, will lead us in worship. You won't want to miss this!
O Come, Let Us Adore Him!   With JOY and HOPE and PEACE and LOVE!  See you in church!! 
     Pastor Linda
PS- Look for places of JOY and HOPE and PEACE and LOVE during this final week of Advent and use the hash tags #viewfromthemanger and #hosannafl to share it with us on Instagram or Facebook! Look for an ADVENT PAUSE devotion each day on Facebook with #viewfromthemanger and #hosannafl
Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
December 24, 2015 
  • 4:00 PM - Great Hall (lower level) with children's message
  • 9:00 PM - Garden Chapel (upper level)
  • 10:30 PM - Garden Chapel (upper level)    
THIS SUNDAY - January 27
  • First Sunday of Christmas
  • Higher Ground Youth & Alumni providing worship
J oin Us on Wednesday Nights
at connect360
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. Register online at our website (under connect360) or pick up a registration form in the forms rack in the Welcome Center.

Wednesday Night Schedule  
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship

6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship
6:30-7:30 pm      * Faith Formation (PreK-K, Gr.1-3, Gr.4-6)
                              * Confirmation (Grades 7-9)
                              * Higher Ground (senior high)
                              * Adult Learning  
Come and join us and invite a friend or neighbor. 

NO connect360 on December 23 & 30
but it resumes again on January 6th.
Countdown to Hosanna's
FMSC MobilePack on
April 1 & 2, 2016 = 100 Days!!
God has blessed Hosanna richly. You can   help reflect that love by supporting this
mission to enrich the lives of so many   children by providing needed nutrition in order for them to thrive. We need to raise $30,000   to cover cost of the food and another $5,000  for building maintenance following the MobilePack. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on April 1 & 2 to help pack the food.
Ways YOU Can Help
  1. Take home a Change-4-Change glass jar and continue to fill it with loose change and/or currency and bring it to worship on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights  at connect360.
  2. Write a check to "Hosanna" (write "FMSC" on memo line).
  3. Tell your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. about this MobilePack and ask them to sign up for one or more of the time slots or even organize a team to sign up.  We will soon publish a link for volunteers to sign up online for a time that best works for them.

Yogadevotion will begin a new session on Saturday, Jan. 9th, 2016 9-10am in the Lakeside Room (upper level). The 7-week session runs through Sat, Feb 20. Cost for the 7-weeks is $50. Please enter through the north doors (Door C).  Make-up sessions will be available at various times and locations.

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.

To register, contact Kathy Okeson, tv69oke@aol.com, or 651-464-5422 . Payment is due by Sunday, Jan. 3rd, and can be a check payable to Hosanna
(memo: Yogadevotion) , cash or online through Hosanna's website under Giving ( enter "Yogadevotion: under Additional Information ).

Taking Down the Christmas Trees

need a
few volunteers on
January 4th & 5th at 1:00 pm 
to help take down the Christmas trees in the
Great Hall and Garden Chapel. If you can lend a hand,
please email Rick at rbahnemann@hosannaforestlake.net or simply
show up!

We promise to have a better method
to take down the trees
than the one pictured here!!!!

Prayer Requests

Praise & Thanksgiving

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Steve; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Lynda Olson; Carrin Mahmood; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Doug & Sharon Sill's daughter Chandra & son-in-law Subash and his family in Nepal; Kristi, aunt of Rachel (Aaron) Kaup; Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Mark Okeson, brother of Dave (Kathy) Okeson; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life 
Harriet Sells, Carol (Niels) Sorensen's mother
Grief Compassion 
Keep Safe From Harm, Military
Hayden Oliver, son of Miranda & Kevin Oliver Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore
Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium
Establishing A  
Dementia Friendly Community

Thursday January 14, 2016
7:00-8:30 pm
Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake, Minnesota
Jules Benson, Team Leader for Act On Alzheimers
Pastor James Roe, Facilitator for Dementia Support Group

Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium (BeFrienders)
is providing an evening training session to introduce community members to the Forest Lake ACT ON ALZHEIMER'S initiative, and also to provide specific training and advice when caring for folks with Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, and other forms of dementia.
At this gathering you can: 
  • Obtain a better understanding of the dimensions of dementia.
  • Learn how to use validation to communicate.
  • Where caregivers can get help and information
All are welcome to participate in this educational session
Questions? Call Lynda Olson, 651-982-0856 
Community Events & Opportunities 

for Caregivers of those with dementia
WHERE: Cherrywood Pointe of Forest Lake, 231 W Broadway  
                (Club Room), Forest Lake, MN 55025 
WHEN:   3rd Saturday of each month at 10am
                starting Jan. 16, 2016 
WHAT:     This group will provide an opportunity to receive information about dementia, to share your concerns and questions, and to give and receive support with others who are facing the same issues. The group operates with confidentiality and trust. Caregivers are welcome to attend at any time. The leader of the group is Jim Roe, caregiver for 10 years, support group leader for 6 years, and dementia; awareness trainer. 
CONTACT:  for more information or let us know you are interested 
    Michelle J. Bernu, Activities Director 
    Cherrywood Pointe of Forest Lake   

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We are call, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.

Season of Advent


December 22, 2015  
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 
Rick Bahnemann 
Director, Facilities 
and Food Service 
651-464-5502 ext.2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 
651-464-5502 ext.2000 
Sue Palmer 
651-464-5502 ext.2013 
Charlie Ollmann 
Choir Director 
Mary Gookins 
Handbell Choir Director 
Lisa Sauer 
Children's Choir Director 

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links
Advent Pause
Join us on Instagram and Facebook as each morning during the Advent Season we will post an Advent Pause - a thought to consider as we conspire to prepare differently for the birth of the Savior of the world. Share your ideas and pictures using #viewfromthemanger
Wednesday Night Menus

NO connect360
or Meals on
Dec. 23 & 30

Join us again on Jan.6  
Our next discounted prepayment meal plan
will be for 5 weeks.
If you want to take advantage our our pre-payment meal discount, you can do so on our website under connect360 registration (Giving) or pre-pay at the door on Jan. 6.  

Adult Bible Study
  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 these upcoming Milestones sessions
for your family.
  Prayer/The Lord's Prayer
(grades 1-3)
Jan 10
Deadline to register Jan.3 
- - -
First Communion
(all ages)
Feb 28

  Information pamphlets available on the forms rack in the Welcome Center.

Register on a Yellow Page and place in the offering basket  OR contact the church office to sign up.

Return of
Soup-er Bowl

Friday, Feb.5th 

FUN family event 
Sign up on a Yellow Page
or contact: Rachel Kaup
at 651-433-2857  or  hakrkaup@gmail.com 
Next Action Team Meeting
Sunday, Dec. 27 at 11:30 
at Hosanna  

We are also looking for donations of items & services for our Silent Auction. Contact Rachel
if you have something to donate. 


Sunshine Preschool would like to thank everyone from Hosanna who purchased pie cards and donated to our pie fundraiser. This fundraiser was a great success, raising over $2,400 for Sunshine Preschool. Thank you again for your very generous support! 
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Sunshine Preschool 
is holding an
Open House 
Monday, January 11 
5:30-7:30 pm

If you or someone you know if looking for a quality Christian-based preschool for next fall, come visit Sunshine Preschool, meet the teachers and learn about our program. Registrations materials for 2016 will be available.
Children are welcome to attend and experience the fun!

Sunshine Preschool 
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Interested in joining a book club? 
It's simple! Read the book. Then come and discuss. Sign up on the Welcome Center bulletin board
or call the church office
We will meet monthly  
on the 4th Tuesday to discuss starting Jan. 26. 
January's book 
The Time Keeper
  by Mitch Albom
What is the value and meaning of time?  Discussion Guide to be available online by