October 25, 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

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  ~Jeremiah 29.11
Dear Friends~
From my daughter's Instagram feed- the picture is from 1 year ago- of their dog Martin cuddled up next to a very pregnant Dani on the couch: 
"so much changes in a year-tonight i'm snuggling with a baby (who's too quickly becoming not-a-baby!) on my belly and a puppy (who is still such a puppy- i guess some things stay the same ;)!) by our side. #evieione #ourdogmartin #tryingtofreezetime #idsettleforaslowdown "
On Sunday during our 10:30am worship service eight of our youth* will step forward in faith and be confirmed.  Might their parents remember the day when they brought this child to the baptismal font promising to help them grow in the Christian faith and life?  Where has the time gone? 
Were you there, part of the gathered community, making promises to nurture and support this child and their family, helping them live into the baptismal promise?  Where has the time gone?
On Sunday these words will be spoken as hands are laid upon their child's head and heart:
Stir up in your child
the gift of your Holy Spirit:
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord,
the spirit of joy in your presence, both now and forever.  Amen.
The GAME of LIFE?  Where has the time gone?  I remember bringing Danielle Patricia to the baptismal font and now there is Evie Ione and Dani is a Mother and I am a Grandmother. (#idsettleforaslowdowntoo)  My friends, each day is a gift to be treasured.  How is your game going?  On Sunday we consider what it takes to win the GAME of LIFE.
See you at church!  ~Pastor Linda
*Please hold these Confirmands and their families
 in prayer as they prepare for Sunday:
Shelby Ann Hantho
Luke Fredrik Jordan
William Michael Pelto
Maria Cecile Schield
Ryan Dean Hommes
Maxwell Kohlhepp
Eric Peterson
Ariana Grace Valentin

Contentment Prayer:  Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don't need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity.

All Saints' Memory Table
We are preparing a Saints' Table in the Great Hall for ALL SAINTS' Sunday, Nov 6, to remember all those in our lives who have died in the faith- people who have helped shape our own lives of faith. Who is that for you?  Might you have a piece of memorabilia (a picture, a poem, something else)- that you might be willing to share- to bring to the table- as together we remember?   We will begin collecting these items Bring your ALL SAINTS memorabilia as we prepare our worship space for ALL SAINTS' Sunday on November 6.
Questions? Contact Pastor Linda or Pastor Jen.
Hosanna's Wednesday Night Program 
Weekly Schedule of Events

   5:00-6:00 pm   Dinner hour

   6:00-6:30 pm   The Good News at 6 Worship
                                Wednesday Nite at the Movies -
                                Gratitude and Thanksgiving

   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.

Register HERE for connect360
children, youth & adult learning
AND volunteers!

    DISCOUNTED Meal Packages also available online.
Wednesday Night Menus 
All meals include dessert & beverage
(menus subject to change)  

Oct 26
Spaghetti & Meatballs with Marinara Sauce, Salad, Roasted Italian Seasoned Vegetables, Garlic Bread (gluten-free pasta available)

Nov 2 
Tossed Salad, Baked Potato Bar (toppings: chili, bacon bits, cheese sauce, broccoli, onions, sour cream, Jalapeno peppers, cilantro)

Nov 9 
Garden Salad, Sloppy Joes (reg & gluten-free buns), Potato Chips, Fresh Fruit

Nov 16 
Baked Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy (gluten-free), Steamed Broccoli, Corn Muffin

Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving 

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey
Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Elaine Schumacher; Elaine Schumacher's friend Becky; Bernice, mother of Dave (Kathy) Okeson; Jamesen Rasmussen, granddaughter of Dave & Mona Mitten; Tim Tkach, friend of Ross & Julie Ohman; Ross Ohman; Tommy LaMere, 12-yr-old friend of Doug & Sharon Sill; Hannah Bergan; 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; Johnita, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Grief Compassion 
Charlie & Barb Ollmann & family upon death of Charlie's brother Rich Hehn; Kelly & Curt Monson & family upon death of Kelly's mother; Duane Brown and Chris Brown & family upon the death of wife & mother, Lorayne Brown

Comfort & Peace / Nearing End of Life  
Keep Safe From Harm (Military & other circumstances) 
Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Hayden Oliver, serving in the Coast Guard 
Fall Gardens & Grounds Clean-Up
Saturday, October 29   9am-12noon 
Bring your rakes, trimmers, work gloves, wheelbarrows, etc.
and come help us get our grounds cleaned up and
"put the gardens to bed" for the winter.
Sign up on a Yellow Page on Sunday or simply show up on Saturday, October 29, ready to pitch in! 
Saturday, Nov 5     6:30 pm 
Mueller Memorial & Event Center
4738 Bald Eagle Ave
 White Bear Lake, MN 55110   

Local artist Barbara Johansen will lead participants in hand-paintinga 16"x20" landscape that ANYONE can do. There will be appetizers & beverages.  And the best part is 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes toward the
Lakes Area FMSC MobilePack.

Space is Limited so register soon.
Minimum Donation: $50 per person

Questions?  Contact:
Jen Bergan 612-578-6182  or Mary Thompson 651-621-9478 
Yogadevotion, now in its 12 th year in Forest Lake, will begin a new 7-week session on Saturday, Nov 5, 2016,at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake.

Saturday Mornings  9-10am
Nov 5 - Dec 17, 2016
Hosanna Lutheran Church
Lakeside Room / upper level
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
Enter at north doors (Door C)
Cost: $56
Make-up sessions available at various times & locations 

Yogadevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace in body, mind and spirit through weekly Saturday morning devotional sessions.  Carrin Mahmood, certified and experienced Yogadevotion 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, Oct. 30,  and will be accepted in the form of checks (payable to Hosanna, memo -  Yogadevotion), cash, or online through Hosanna's website.

Metro Dining Cards

Hosanna's Youth are now selling
Metro Dining Cards as a fundraiser.
Each box contains cards to restaurants and entertainment venues in our area; and each card can be used once every month (through October 2017)!!!
$24 per box
Boxes will be availalbe
Celebration of Ministry for Pastor Jan Mehlhoff
Shhh....it's a SURPRISE! 
Pastor Jan Mehlhoff, a former pastor at Hosanna, is retiring.
A SURPRISE celebration is planned in her honor and
an invitation has been extended to anyone from Hosanna
who knows Pastor Jan and would like to join in the celebration. 
Friday, November 11, 2016
DoubleTree By Hilton 
 7800 Normandale Bvd

Bloomington, MN 55439  

For more information and to RSVP CLICK HERE.
FREE Class
Living Well With Chronic Health Conditions
Worship Times
9:00 am   &  10:30 am
Great Hall (lower level)

6:00 pm
Garden Chapel (upper level) 

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 

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

Alisha Bauer
651-464-5502 ext.2013

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

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

Meet Hosanna's new
Executive Assistant

My name is Kelsey Hane.
I grew up in Buffalo, Minnesota and graduated from Winona State University. I am so excited to be a part of this incredible church family and feel so blessed to be given an opportunity to serve such a wonderful place. Please don't hesitate to stop in and introduce yourself!

Kelsey is pictured above with her fiance Ryan. She will be in training with Jackie Verdick until the end of the year when Jackie will be retiring.
Join us in welcoming Kelsey as she starts her new position on Monday, Oct 24. Please introduce yourself to her (this is when wearing a name tag on Sunday mornings really helps!).  
Bookkeeper UPDATE
For personal reasons, Robbyn Graves, recently hired as Bookkeeper, decided to decline this position.  Hosanna has contracted with Ahola, Mack & Associates, Ltd ( http://www.aholamackcpa.com ) for our bookkeeping needs.  They have placed Alicia Bauer at Hosanna.  Alicia works with other churches and so comes with a deep knowledge of both bookkeeping and church finance.  Currently her onsite hours will be Monday afternoons.  Her email is    bookkeeper@hosannaforestlake.net 
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:

Even if you missed the previous discussions, please join us for the final discussion below.
  • November 1:  chpt 7-8
Pastor Linda is the facilitator   
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Kids Outerwear Fair
Trinity Lutheran Church
13025 Newell Ave
Lindstrom, MN 55045

Thursday, Oct 27  2-7pm
Friday, Oct 28  2-7pm
Saturday, Oct 29  9am-12noon

For ANYONE experiencing financial difficulty purchasing winter items 
Yes, it's coming!!!!
Can pitch in and put your name on our list to call when Hosanna is expecting a big snowfall before worship or other events? We want to make sure our sidewalks are cleared before  worshipers arrive.

Needed early on Sunday mornings and Wednesday afternoons before connect360.

Sign up on a Yellow Page or contact the church office HERE to sign up.

Mark Your Holiday Calendar
Wednesday, Dec. 21 

Senior Adult Ministry (S.A.M)
Our November SAM lunch will be
Thursday, Nov. 3, at 11:30 am at
Eichten's Market & Grill
16440 Lake Blvd, Center City  
This restaurant is casual with a good variety of menu items. In addition to a daily special, soup, sandwiches (bison burgers are their specialty) and salad options, they also serve their awesome breakfast until 3pm!!

Eichten's is especially famous for their cheeses and you will have an opportunity to browse their store and select some of Eichten's natural cheeses if you like.  All of the cheese is GLUTEN-FREE and is made on their farm from fresh cow's milk which contains no growth hormones, antibiotics, or BGH. By the way, the bison are also grown on their farm right there in Center City.

We hope you can join us! 
Please let Lynda Olson know
if you will be able to join us by either emailing Lynda by clicking HERE
or calling her at 651-982-0856


Mark your calendars for annual 
SAM Christmas Lunch on 
Thursday, December 1, at 
in North Hudson, WI    
 Since this is such a special celebration, please let Lynda know if you will be able to attend so that the restaurant can provide the appropriate amount of space to accommodate us. 
Service of Remembrance