Season of Easter
April 22, 2015
Turn HUNGER into HOPE with your own two hands!

Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." ~John 21  

Greetings Friends!

Consider this: "Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ."   ~Bridget Willard


This week we ready our hearts and hands for Hosanna's involvement with Feed My Starving Children and the Million Meal MobilePack at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview. The packing dates are April 27- May 1.


Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and FMSC ships these meals to distribution partners. FMSC meals have reached nearly 70 countries around the world.

Did you know:

  • Each MannaPack Meal costs 22 cents to produce.
  • Volunteers hand-pack all the meals.
  • More than half of all volunteers are under the age of 18 years old.
  • In 2014, nearly 900,000 volunteers joined FMSC to package more than 229,000,000 meals for children around the world.
  • FMSC is 100% donor funded. For over 10 years, FMSC has devoted more than 92% of total donations to feed hungry children.

YES! You can still get involved. Volunteers and donations are still needed.

  • To volunteer click: HERE. Bring your friends and family- all are welcome!!!
  • To donate click:  HERE. Make sure to put FMSC as a description in the Additional Information field!
Bring your CHANGE4CHANGE jars to worship on Wednesday or Sunday.  
Let us not only go to church. Let us also BE the church!! ~ Pastor Linda   


THIS SUNDAY at Hosanna 
- Baptism of Audrey Marie Hackl at 10:30 am service,
       parents Russell & Gabrielle Hackl
- Hosanna Choir sings at both services
- GET Plant Sale NOW through May 3rd 

   Wednesday Nights
   April 29th will be our last night of connect360 this program year.
We will start again in the fall.

5:00 - 6:00 pm  Meal 

 (desserts & beverages included with all meals) 


April 22 - Enchilada casserole, chicken quesadillas, green beans, tossed salad, nachos


April 29 - Grilled hotdogs, chips, misc. other foods, salad bar 

6:00-6:30 pm   Good News at 6 Worship
During this Season of Easter we will focus on
our mission of Living, Loving and Serving.

6:30-7:30 pm   Education Hour  

Faith Formation (Pre K-K, Gr.1-3, Gr. 4-6), Confirmation,  

Higher Ground and Adult Education




5th Annual Green Earth Team
Plant Sale Now through May 3.
Plants will be available for pickup on Sat. and Sun., May 9 & 10.  This is the perfect opportunity to purchase something for your favorite females on Mother's Day, and also to get your flowers and plants for the warmer months! The GET thanks you for your continued support, as proceeds from plant sales have helped us purchase recycling containers, coffee mugs, rain garden items, mulch, and many other useful items for Hosanna. 
Pick up order forms in the lobby after church!
Forest Lake Floral is also offering the opportunity for a percentage of qualifying IN-STORE purchases to benefit Hosanna when you mention "Hosanna" at time of purchase!

Hosanna Spring 
Gardens & Grounds  
Clean-Up Day 
THIS SATURDAY, April 25   8am-noon
Can you spare a couple hours to help beautify and care for Hosanna's grounds? Bring your gloves, rakes, pruning tools, etc. and help us clean up Hosanna's gardens & grounds in preparation for spring & summer. A couple wheelbarrows would come in handy, too.



Adopt A Garden 
Consider pitching in this summer to help keep Hosanna's gardens looking good Last year many wonderful individuals and families signed up to keep one small part of Hosanna's gardens beautiful. You can do it on their own time throughout the growing season. Tasks include weeding, and deadheading flowers. Sign-up sheet available at Plant Sale table on Sundays through May 3rd or at the Welcome Desk.
Hosanna Softball 
Spring is here and it is time to play ball!!  After a fun and competitive season last year the Hosanna softball team will be taking the field again this year.  Bring the family and come watch us play on Sunday nights at Fe nway Fields in the Headwaters Development.(5530 206th St. N,
Forest Lake, MN 55025)  First game starts at 6pm.

April 26 - Field 1 - against Linwood Covenant-white 
May 3   - Field 3 - against St. Peters Catholic 
May 17 - Field 2 - against Linwood Covenant-orange 
May 24 - Field 1 - against Access Church
May 31 - Field 2 - against Willowbrook Church
June 7 - Field 2 - against Linwood Covenant-white
June 14 - Field 1 - against St. Peters Catholic
June 28 - Field 3 - against Linwood Covenant-orange
July 12 - Field 2 - against Access Church
July 19 - Field 3 - against Willowbrook Church

Please contact Jeff  Taylor at taylors@midco.net 
if you are interested in playing.
Sunday, May 17
Hosanna's BIG SING and 
Join us at either the 9am or 10:30am Worship and hear the Hosanna Choir performing Spirituals To Lift Hearts, Soothe Souls, Tell The Story, and Praise His Holy Name!
Then come upstairs to the Fellowship Hall for our
To LIVE and LOVE and SERVE is at the very heart of Hosanna. You serve - now come and be served at the SERVANT CELEBRATION as we affirm the many ways that you LIVE and LOVE and SERVE at Hosanna and out in the world.

Special Refreshments being served until 12noon.
Prayer Requests

Brian Riebe offers praise and thanks to God for good results on son Joseph's recent EEG tests; Sharon, Betty (Glen) Corum's sister-stroke; Marlin & Ruth Lackas' grandson, Cole-strength, courage & healing from recent injuries; John, friend of Marlin & Ruth Lackas-peace & comfort in death of wife, Elaine, and recent death of son-in-law & mother-in-law; Rudy, Nancy & Mindy, friends of Sue Girard-all 3 facing serious health issues; Mike Hanngraf, friend of Dick & Nancy Westcott-in hospice; Laney, 2-yr-old daughter of Andrew & Nicole Hays and friend of Kelly & Mike Wenzel-diagnosed with Leukemia; Lee & Bev Johnson, Dee (Ron) Rebeck's brother & sister-in-law-prayers for comfort & peace as Lee nears end-of-life; Toni, friend of Mike & Teresa Bredahl-end-stage cancer
; Marge, friend of Deb (Chuck) DeVore-prayers for pain relief & healing from surgery; Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill-prayers for safety while deployed to Pakistan for 12 mos.; Michelle, friend of Deb (Chuck) DeVore's niece-healing & recovery from stroke; Linda Curry, friend of Brian Riebe-end stage cancer/comfort & peace
Volunteer Opportunities

Registration time slots are available for your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers (ages 5-100) - to sign up for a 2-hour shift to volunteer to pack food at a MobilePack at Incarnation Lutheran Church in Shoreview April 27-May 1.
Go to Hosanna's website  www.hosannaforestlake.net  and click on the FMSC logo to sign up online.  Hosanna's goal is to bring 500 volunteers to this MobilePack.

Donations to Feed My Starving Children can be given at Wednesday night worship offerings ("Change 4 Change"), or Sunday worship offerings, or bringing in special donations to the church office. If you know of businesses or organizations that might be interested in contributing - please contact Pastor Amie at aodahl@hosannaforestlake.net 
  Youth Events & Opportunities


Luther Dell Camp - July 19-24 - Cost $390 
* Youth Camp (have completed grades 4-8)  It's more than a just a drive down a 5-mile dirt road...so much more than a lake, a campfire, and a carpetball table. It's a place to be a kid and be with friends. It's a place to open your eyes and look for Jesus all around you. It's a place to be washed over with wonder when you take a break from sprinting around the game fields and slow down long enough to catch a glimpse of God with your heart. Join us for a week where you and your friends can grow together as friends and in faith. We are a relational program that spends time getting to know each camper. We have a week-long competition called Luther Dell Olympics and play an all-camp game during the evening. By the end of the week, you won't want to leave!

* Roots Camp (have completed grades 9-12) As senior high students, you are facing the challenges of high school and preparing for what is next in your lives. This is your chance to explore where your heart is rooted. The Roots program is designed to give you opportunity to grow in faith through leading worship, service to camp and service to the local community and is full of games, food, and beautiful sunsets. Camp is a great place to grow in your faith. 

Register online at  www.campwapo.org 
Indicate you are with Hosanna Lutheran Church. 
July 13-16, 2015

Ages 3-6:   9am - noon Day Camp
Experience God through prayer, play & fun.  Cost $30

Grades K-6 (completed in 2015)  9am - 5pm  Day Camp
Experience a tast of summer camp right here with college students from Luther Crest leading us in worship, study, games & more!  Cost $65

Registration forms available at Welcome Center. 

Hosanna is partnering with
Children's Performing Arts
 to offer a NEW
Musical Theater Camp 
for children who have completed grades 2-6
by the end of this school year. 
J uly 27-Aug. 1, 2015
Jailhouse Rock 
Live performances at 7pm on Sat, Aug. 1 
and  2pm matinee on Sunday, Aug. 2
More information and registration forms available
at the Welcome Center.
Contact Us 


Hosanna Lutheran Church 

9300 Scandia Trail North

Forest Lake, MN 55025


651.464.9020 fax


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Pastor Linda Friesen

651.464.5502 ext.2006


Pastor Amie Barsch Odahl

651.464.5502 ext.2011


Tracie Peterson

Children, Youth & Family

Ministry Director

651.464.5502 ext.2023


Rob Anderson

Worship & Music Director

651.464.5502 ext.2008


Rick Bahnemann

Director of Facilities & Food Service

651.464.5502 ext.2010


Jackie Verdick

Office Coordinator




Sue Palmer


651.464.5502 ext.2013


Custodial Staff

Reid Eckert

Nick Kelley


Adult Bible Study 

Every TUESDAY 9:30-11:00 am 
in the Library Commons 
Currently studying the book of Luke


Facilitators: Deb DeVore

and Dee Rebeck

 BYB Project 



Remember this ongoing Kingdom Assignment and drop off unused Bibles to be given to anyone wanting to learn about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Drop boxes available at entrances at Hosanna.


Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) 



Hosanna's Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is a monthly gathering of mature folks who enjoy socializing with fun, interesting people and sharing a meal together.  We typically meet on the first Thursday of the month (unless it falls on a holiday, then we meet a week later) for lunch.  We alternate the location - one month at an area restaurant and the following month at church.  Our primary goal is to enjoy each other's company, laugh and establish enduring friendships.


Copies of this booklet about the project completed in 2013 are available at the Welcome Desk. They include Nate Crary's introduction of how the project evolved and pictures of Barbara Johansen's original artwork and her descriptions of each painting. Your free-will donation will help fund the purchase of a permanent wall hanging system for displays and artwork at Hosanna.




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Start the week off right!

 Monday Morning BREW

with Pastor Linda
Take time to reflect on Sunday's message and look to the next week. Join Pastor Linda at Key's Cafe & Bakery in Forest Lake at 7:00 am and jumpstart your week.
Begins June 1 st

Together we will take time to:

  B- Be still and Be together

  R- Receive God's love

  E- Embrace the Word & the World

W- Welcome the day and the Week... and each other


 Community Blood Drive  


Forest Lake Community
Blood Drive
Monday, April 27th
8am - 7pm

St. Peter's Catholic Church Gym
To schedule an appt.
call Nancy at 651-233-0854 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
and search Zip Code 55025

Walk-ins Welcome
Invite your friends and neighbors
to join you.




Yogadevotion, now in its 10 th year in Forest Lake, will begin a new session on Saturday,
April 25 th, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake.


Yogadevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace in body, mind and spirit through we ekly 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 6-week session will run through Saturday, May 30 th and classes will be held in the Garden Chapel (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10 am. Cost: $45 To register, contact Kathy Okeson at tv69oke@aol.com , or 651-464-5422.
Payment due by Sat., April 25th.
 Choral Concert Opportunity THIS Sunday
Te Deum
We Praise Thee O God

Choral & Orchestral concert featuring Hymns of Praise to God
(Hosanna's own Mary Gookins is a member of Woodbury Chorus)

Sunday, April 26  4:00 pm

King of Kings Lutheran Church
1583 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN

FREE admission

100% of proceeds from
free-will offering to benefit Christian Cupboard Food Shelf
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.