Season of Pentecost
June 17, 2015

Jesus said: "Let the little children come to me and do not stop them..."   

            ~From Matthew 19, Mark 10, Luke 18 


Greetings Friends!


All three synoptic gospel writers talk about Jesus and kids- and the importance of bringing kids to Jesus- DO NOT STOP THEM!! Enter VBS- VACATION Bible School- an opportunity for kids to connect with each other and with Jesus! It is time to sign up your kids (and grandkids and neighbor kids!) for Hosanna's Vacation Bible School, July 13-16 for kids age 3 through 6 th grade. Jesus loves kids and so do we!  VBS is a time of fun and games along with learning Bible stories- and then connecting these stories to life today!


This year Luther Crest Bible Counselors will be leading our camp entitled: Everlasting Love! The theme will is structured around the Great Shema: You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. (Deuteronomy 6.5) These are words that young people would have known by heart- and by the end of VBS our kids will know them too!


Think you're too old for VBS? Nope- we still need volunteers of all shapes and sizes to help shepherd our kids and share the VBS experience. Got questions? Connect with me or Tracie Peterson to learn more


See you in Church or at the Lake! 
Pastor Linda

PS: See more information at http://www.hosannaforestlake.net/summer/ . Registration deadline is July 1st. Scholarships are available- contact Pastor Linda or Tracie Peterson, Director of Faith Formation (see Contact Us below).  

  • Happy Father's Day
  • Hosanna's Photo Directories are available to pick up after worship or at the church office Monday-Thursday 8am-4:30pm.   A limited number of extra directories are available for purchase at $5.00 each. A Member Roster (contact information only/ no photos) is also available for $1.00 each.



Vikings Faith & Family Night
Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7pm
at TCF Bank Stadium
Join us as the Vikes take on the Oakland Raiders in a pre-season game. We have 24 tickets that are $21 each. They are available on a first come - first served basis. For more information contact
Jen Bergan at 651-982-1088 or
Julie Ohman at 651-982-8140

2015 Hosanna Softball Team
Back row: Rick Steindorf, Grant Taylor, Marty Kelley, Nick Kelley, Ryan Peterson, Joe DeVore, Jeff Taylor. Front row: Sean Larson, Angie Taylor (Jeff's sister), Cole Meadows, Dave Taylor, Jonathan Loose, Grant Rajdl. Absent: Ozzie Barron and Dominic Barron.

Last Sunday night we had a horrible first game, but in the second game we were loose and hitting well and were tied in the bottom of the 7th and last inning, but made an error and they scored to win.  Nonetheless, we had fun and we even had our first over-the-fence homer!!  
Bring the family and come watch us play on Sunday nights at Fe
nway Fields (next to Forest Lak e Ice Arena).  First game starts at 6pm.  Next game is June 14th against St. Paul Lutheran. Come cheer us to victory! 


SCHEDULE - Revised 6/8/15
(remaining season games)

June 21 - Field 3 - against Cornerstone
June 28 - Field 3 - against St. Peters Catholic
July 12   - NO games
July 26   - Field 2 - against Linwood Covenant-orange
Aug 2     - Field 4 - against Willowbrook
Aug 9     - Field 1 - against Linwood Covenant-white


American Cancer Society 
Saturday, August 8 
12noon - midnight
(note NEW times) 
Forest Lake High School Track

Join the fight against cancer! 
FREE, family-friendly event open to everyone. Food, games, music, silent auction & more.

Want to participate on one of Hosanna's Relay For Life teams this year?  
Contact Diane Zak at 651-408-8282 or
Sue Palmer at 651-329-1098 


S.A.M. Summer Picnic  
at Lakeside Park 
Thursday, July 2, at 11:30 am
We invite all Senior Adults to join u s as we
gather for good food & fellowship at the park.
Chef Rick Bahnemann will be grilling steaks this time. You bring your favorite salad or dessert to share to round out the menu.

Contact Lynda Olson (651-982-0856) to let her know you are coming so we can better plan how many steaks to throw on the grill.
Come join us even if you aren't able to give advance notice. We always welcome new folks to this group.  
Prayer Requests

Jack, son of Ann & Rob True-prayers for God's guidance for medical team as Jack undergoes brain surgery to stop/control life-threatening seizure & for minimal side effects from the surgery (Jack's Caring
Bridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jacktrue); Crystal, niece of Ruth & Marlin Lackas-prayers for resolution/peace in family situation & prayers that she can get into Mayo for testing & treatment of serious cardiac condition; Kathryn (Jon) Nordstrom-recurring cancer; former member Tim (Renee) Svoboda-diagnosed with esophageal cancer; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend-recovery from cancer surgery; Angie, daughter of former members Donna & Terry Beck-wisdom for medical team as they discern treatment options for her recent cancer diagnosis; Larry, brother of Connie (George) Wanner-in hospice, comfort & peace; Connie Wanner-comfort & healing following shoulder surgery; Barb & Jim Lundborg and family-comfort & peace upon the death of Barb's mother; Silas, infant son of friends of Tom & Cindy Turry-prayers for healing & protection of Silas and peace & strength for his parents as they seek best medical treatments for Silas' seizures; Sharyn, sister of Barbara (Dale) Johansen-prayers for healing following a stroke; Sharon, Betty (Glen) Corum's sister-stroke; Rudy & Nancy, co-workers of Sue Girard-both facing serious health issues; Laney, 2-yr-old daughter of Andrew & Nicole Hays and friend of Kelly & Mike Wenzel-Leukemia treatments; 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
; 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-in hospice, comfort & peace; Laura, daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend-recovery from cancer surgery
  Youth Events & Opportunities
Hosanna Youth Pool Party
Saturday, June 27, 3-7pm 
at Gene & Mary Janicke's 
Water-Sun-Volleyball-Burgers-Hot Dogs
Sign up at Hosanna's Welcome Desk or contact the church office at 651-464-5502 or communication@hosannaforestlake.net 
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
Note earlier dates this summer than in previous years
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 taste 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. 
or download them from Hosanna's website HERE
VBS Registration Deadline:  July 1, 2015 
(only 2 1/2 weeks left to register)
We need YOU to help make
this year's VBS successful.
Below are items and tasks we need.
  • Provide lunch for 6-8 college students (counselors) on Tuesday and/or Thursday
  • Volunteers to come to Feed My starving Children on Wednesday (1:45 - 5pm)
  • Snacks needed: 

3 lbs Grapes

Chocolate Pudding Cups 
String Cheese Sticks (individually wrapped)

Caramel Dip

Oreo Cookies
Gummy Worms
Marshmallow Creme
Graham Crackers
Hershey Candy Bars (fun size)
Cheez-it Crackers
Vanilla Ice Cream
Root Beer, 2 liter bottles
Yoplait Go-gurt ,16 count boxes
Bottled Water, 8 oz bottles, cases
Apple Juice
White Grape Juice
Country Time Lemonade

If you can help in any of these ways contact Tracie Peterson at tpeterson@hosannaforestlake.net or contact the church office at 651-464-5502 or communication@hosannaforestlake.net  


Hosanna is partnering with  
Children's Performing Arts (CPA)
 to offer a NEW
Musical Theater Camp 
for children who have completed grades 2-6
by the end of this school year. 
July 27-Aug. 1, 2015
An upbeat musical from Celeste Clydesdale, teaches children about our freedom in Christ as believers.  
An upbeat musical from Celeste Clydesdale that
teaches children about our freedom in Christ as believers.  

Live Performances in  
Hosanna's Garden Chapel
Saturday, Aug. 1 at 7pm 
Sunday, Aug. 2 at 2pm 

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

Nick Girard 




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.

 Join us this coming Monday 
   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


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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 How Your Garden Purchases Can Benefit Hosanna  

Forest Lake Floral is offering a percentage of qualifying IN-STORE purchases to benefit Hosanna when you mention "Hosanna" at time of purchase! This offer will be available through June.   



 Mission Jamaica

Y our Mission Jamaica team is beginning to plan for our next trip which will depart for Montego Bay, Jamaica, on January 9, 2016!  


Project sites this year will be at West Haven Children's Home and  

a JaBode site (building a home for local family).


Our team needs to organize  

by July 1st so that airline spots can be reserved.


Come and experience this life-changing mission.


Contact Kathleen Damon for more information at 651-235-7296 


Congratulations to
Sunshine Preschool
for the second year in a row
being voted
Best of the Best Preschool
in the  
Forest Lake Times
2015 Readers' Choice Awards.

Now that our 40th Anniversary celebration year is past, if anyone would like to have the banner that was specially made for our celebration year, please contact the church office to arrange pick up. 
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.