April 23, 2019
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.
9:00 AM &
Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
A Note From Pastor Linda
Words from the Angel: "He isn't here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying... and then go and tell!" ~Matthew 28
I just gotta say WOW!! On Sunday I was blown away by your receptivity to the gospel- the GOOD NEWS of Jesus. If you were not here, the backstory:
At one point during the message, I encouraged the congregation (you all!) to say AMEN as a response... I expected that half the congregation might respond... but guess what: I received the unexpected with a resounding (and I mean resounding!) AMEN- followed by a WOW!
Of course, WOW was also the first word that many of you uttered as you entered the Great Hall that morning and witnessed the transformation of the CROSS... from an instrument of brutality, torture and death... to a garden of abundant LIFE. So many of you stopped after worship to take pictures. If you did- share them with us on Instagram or Facebook tagging Hosanna and using the #hosannafl #riseup #wow - or simply send them to me at
But I wonder... do we really understand what we just celebrated? Do we really understand what our AMEN-WOW really means? Sure, we're happy that Jesus isn't dead anymore, but is that it? Is that the meaning of the resurrection? Take a moment to answer this questions:
- What difference does the resurrection of Jesus make for my life today? Not after I die, but today?
Really... I want you to STOP and ponder that question.
On Sunday I shared this quote from NT Wright:
"Jesus' resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from the earth to heaven but to colonize the earth with the life of heaven."
Jesus' resurrection promises that death is not the final chapter but a prelude to an even greater story. Are you ready to enter the story? Come and see- and then go and tell! Invite a friend to join you as together we explore the resurrected words of Jesus!!
Can I get an AMEN?!
Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Art Oster, Father of Dave Oster; Deb, daughter-in-law of Gary & Evalene Lee; Diana Lindquist, friend of Judy Merrell; nephew of Mary Gookins; Holly, friend of Livermore Family; Gail McCullough, friend of Grimes Family; Bill Grimes, father of Ryan Grimes; Megan Olrich Sullivan, family friend of Christensen family; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Deb Krinke; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill
Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Issues
Juniper, granddaughter of Laura and Buck Carlson; Zuniga Family; Marilyn Wallin; Hank Reedy; Art Amann, friend of the Bergan family; Don Moody, brother of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Laurie Kunze, niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Mike, father-in-law of Nick Bredahl; Doug Sill; Marlys & Jerry Berg, sister and brother-in-law of Dave Oster; Leona Lucker, great aunt of James Henriott; Harry Eckert; Margot LeBoeuf, neighbor of Mary Thompson; Larry, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Nathan Acker; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins
Keep Safe From Harm
Cole Anderson, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Adam, grandson of James Henriott
Comfort in Hospice
Larry Trudeau, brother of Michelle Spanjers; Leo, uncle of Kathy Okeson
Comfort in Grief
For the friends and family of Ruth Ann Baumgarter, aunt of Dave Oster
This is how we LIVE, LOVE and SERVE:
Thanks to the Worship Design Team- Rob and Laura Anderson, Phoebe and LuLu Pekron, Jim Lundborg, Tammy Cortes, Barbara Johansen, Mark and Linda Friesen. (Pictured- those that worked on the Easter Cross: Lulu, Laura, Pastor Linda, Phoebe and Tammy)
Enrollment for Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center
SCHEDULE A TOUR TODAY!
Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center is opening Fall of 2019 and will be the second Forest Lake location to partner with Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC). The newly expanded programming will include flexible schedule options for INFANTS starting at 6 weeks and TODDLERS, starting at 16 months old. It will build on the strong, 30+ year history of Sunshine Preschool, by adding extended/wrap-around care, full-time schedule options and accreditation/ quality ratings. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year has begun!
Learn more and register here:
Final Night of Connect360 and Celebration
Wednesday, April 24
Join us as we transition from our Program Year to summer fun.
Celebration Dinner at 5 PM
Celebration Worship at 6 PM
Room Parties at 6:30 PM
The Escape Room Experience for everyone else will be from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM! Get a team together, because the winning team will be getting a free Dairy Queen ice cream treat!
Lakes Area MobilePack
Thursday, April 25
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Friday, April 26
12 PM - 2 PM
5 PM - 7 PM
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Saturday, April 27
9 AM - 11 AM
12 PM - 2 PM
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Lakes Area MobilePack will be happening April 25-27 at Hosanna Lutheran!
Saturday, May 4
8 AM - 12 PM
Bring your gardening tools, brooms and rakes- or just bring YOU! This is a great opportunity for families to serve together while caring for our church Home and property! Also, if you have tarps that you don't mind getting torn, we'd appreciate you bringing them. Coffee and treats will be available.Sponsored by the GET and the Facilities group. Takes place rain or shine!
Women's Day Scones
Order by May 5
Pick-Up on May 12 or 13
Hosanna's Youth are baking up some delicious treats for all the women in your lives, to honor and recognize their importance in the many roles they play.
Flavors: Blueberry, Mixed Berry, Chocolate Chip
Cost: Half Dozen (6) - $15
Baker's Dozen (13) $25
Jesus at the Movies
for Junior & Senior High
Every Tuesday in May
Meet Pastor Jen at the White Bear Theater! Watch a film, stay after for a conversation about its impact on your life and life of faith. Weekly films and times TBD. Ticket price is included, food and snacks are not.
Registration is now OPEN!
Service & Fun
for 6th Grade - 12th Grade
Early bird rates until May 1st
See our website under "Connect" and "Summer Camps & Programs" for more information
Sunday, May 19
9 & 10:30 AM Worship
All family and friends of graduates will be invited to lay hands upon these young adults. To conclude and commemorate this event a class picture will be taken after service. Must fill out Graduate Recognition form on our website. Contact Pastor Jen with questions
The Annual Big Sing & Ring
Sunday, May 19
9 & 10:30 AM Worship
Thy Word - In Music!
Come and enjoy a worship full of music featuring the Hosanna Choir and the Hosanna Bell Choir.
The Summer Worship Series:
The FINAL Word
Beginning June 2
The book of Revelation can be incredibly confusing and even frightening to read, but it wasn't meant to be either. In fact, behind the alarming imagery of Revelation lies a world of beauty as we see the love of Christ forever triumph over the darkness we encounter all too often in our world.
Join us this Summer in the Great Outdoors worship space at Hosanna! June-July -August at
The Blessing of the Bikes!
Sunday, June 2
Bring your bikes, trikes, skateboards, longboards and anything recreational on wheels to church on Sunday, June 2. We will bless the bikes during worship and rope off a section of the parking lot for some riding time after worship, rain or shine! Bring a potluck item to share and Hosanna will be providing hotdogs on the grill for a family picnic!
Xtreme Summer Stretch
Registration is now OPEN!
Xtreme Summer Stretch: An intensive, week long, Monday to Thursday time, filled with a mission focus on Food and Hunger. In addition Youth can still join in at the end of the summer for Valley Fair Day!
Dates: June 10-13, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (7:00 am drop off time available)
Vacation Bible School
Registration Opens Soon
Elementary VBS for Completed Grades K-4 9:00-11:30 am
Date: July 22-25
Cost: $45, includes t-shirt- Snacks- Activities
Extended Day option available, 11:30 AM- 5:00 PM. Additional Cost: $45 per child - Save $5 per additional children (Family Max. $150)
We are excited to bring you a fun-filled week with God - through music, games, snack, Bible story telling and more! We will also be looking for volunteers to help guide our kids through each station. Stay tuned for ways in which you can help.
Preschool Half Day VBS
Ages 4 & 5, must be potty trained
Date: July 22-25
Time: 9:00 to 11:30 am
Cost: $45, includes t-shirt- Snacks- Activities*
Join us for a half day, led by Hosanna Lutheran Church Volunteers and our God Squad (Jr. Leadership kids). Your child will get to experience a taste of day
through music, games, snack, Bible story telling and more! Space is limited. Enrollment is limited to 40 children, so register early. Children must be potty trained.
Youth Service Immersion Weekend
July 26-28, 2019
NEW! Service Immersion -
Weekend Camp in the Twin Cities. If you loved serving our local communities during our general session, this is an opportunity to spend a longer amount of time connecting and serving over a weekend.
Service Immersions of various lengths are a way for groups to experience the many issues contributing to poverty. Also to serve organizations that serve those affected, and to take what they learn and address the issues in their own communities.
MUST HAVE COMPLETED 6th Grade to participate.
To learn more about the housing, meals and experience, visit
Urban Immersions Webpage: https://uisr-mn.squarespace.com/retreats-2/
Service Immersion Weekend: Friday July 26 - Sunday July 28. Cost: $250
Linda Friesen, Pastor
Jen Collins, Pastor
Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
Kathy Kuehn, Kitchen Manager
Charlie Ollman, Choir Director
Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director
Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director
Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist
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