June 5, 2018
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.
Outside on the lower level of the building
Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Waiting... Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
A Note From Pastor Linda
"Jesus commanded: WAIT for the gift my Father promised..."
- ACTS 1:4
There's waiting...and then there's waiting. Do you know what I mean? Some waiting is, well, just waiting, the pointless exercise we all have to endure from time to time. Like sitting in the doctor's office, just waiting for your name to be called so you can get your flu shot. But other waiting seems to matter. Like waiting in the doctor's office for the results of the biopsy to come back or waiting to see the ultrasound of your coming baby. I suspect you know what I mean. Some waiting feels empty and pointless, while other waiting is weighty, significant, and really matters.
Waiting- what do you do while you are waiting? I remember when my family was moving from SD back to MN. My children, Dani and Parker, in second grade and kindergarten, could not quite grasp waiting for 3 weeks before the BIG move so rather than continuing to say NOT YET (every morning!), we created a calendar and every morning their task was to mark off another day of waiting. Waiting is hard work and can test our faith. Doing something helped!
This week's worship challenge was to pray "Come, Holy Spirit, Come"- and to WAIT and see what happens. But waiting doesn't mean doing nothing- waiting can be active. There are opportunities THIS week at Hosanna for you to participate and see where the Holy Spirit shows up!
- Wednesday, June 6- St. Andrew's Family Shelter- SAFeS (formally know as Haven Home) Meetings at 10am or 7pm in the Conference Room at Hosanna. Come and learn more about this NEW and EXCITING opportunity to make a difference in the lives of homeless families in the Hugo/Forest Lake Area. This is a NEW partnership- Hosanna is sponsoring one of the family rooms and will be staffing the week of July 29th!!
- Thursday, June 7 at 9am- Come and Mulch! Bring a shovel or pitchfork, some garden gloves- or just you! Six yards of mulch will be delivered to be spread around Hosanna's grounds. Many hands make the task easy.
- Sunday, June 10 at 8:30am Coffee and Conversation- a no experience necessary Bible Study on the Book of Acts followed by worship at 9:30am in the GREAT OUTDOORS!
Pray "Come Holy Spirit, come..." and then see what happens!!
What an amazing start to Summer Worship at Hosanna in the GREAT OUTDOORS! This Sunday we continue in the Book of Acts- plus it is Second Summer Sunday- so that means FREE ICE CREAM SUNDAES for all!!
Be the CHURCH - invite someone to join you!
Did you know: Hosanna has adopted a room at the soon to open St. Andrew's Family Shelter (SAFeS)/ Haven Home
- now we need to furnish a few essentials. Can you help? Shop at Target Charity Registry. You can shop online (
or go to Target-
Hosanna Room at St. Andrew's Family Shelter. Purchase the items and bring them to Hosanna by Sunday, June 10th - with receipt.
Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Darrell, friend of the Ohman family; Rafa, friend of the Ohman family; Bev, aunt of Laura Livermore; Nan, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Darrell, friend of the Ohman Family; Kafa, friend of the Ohman Family; Jeremy; James Henriott; Bria Leisgang, niece of Sharon and Doug Sill; Dan Fronic, friend of Mary Thompson; Deb Krinke; Paul Wallenfelt, brother of Sue Girard; Ryder Clark, family friend of Rochelle Busch; Joe, brother of Teresa Bredahl; Shelley, friend of Linda Knyphausen; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Tonya, friend and coworker of Vicki Croce; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar
Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Ann Hanson; Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; Rex Livermore, father of Dave Livermore; Laura, mother of James Henriott; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie Ohman; Christine, friend of Craig Anderson; Lynn Anderson; John Cupryna, brother-in-law of Mark Friesen; Sharyn, sister of Barbara Johansen; Matt Anagnostou; Ron Rebeck; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz; Dick Westcott; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins
Keep Safe From Harm
Family and friends of Jhayden Solis, family friend of Cortes Family
Keep Safe From Harm
Adam, grandson of James Henriott
Help Us Furnish Our Adopted Room & Come and Learn More!
Meeting: Wednesday, June 6 - 10am or 7pm
Registry Items Due: Sunday, June 10
Informational Meeting Wednesday, June 6 at 10am and 7pm at Hosanna in the Conference Room.
Hosanna has adopted a room at the
St. Andrew's Family Shelter! Now we need to furnish a few essentials. Can you help? Shop at Target Charity Registry. You can shop online by searching "St. Andrew's" on Target's registry page and selecting "Hosanna" or go to Target in person and find the St. Andrew's registry for Hosanna. Purchase the items and bring them to Hosanna by Wednesday June 6th- with receipt.
The shelter will be opening soon- July! Hosanna's week of service will be July 29-August 4.
Senior Adult Ministries (SAM) Lunch
Thursday, June 7, 2018
On Thursday, June 7, SAM will be meeting at Mama Maria's, 800 6th St. N. (6th street is also known as Wisc. #35) at 11:30am for their monthly lunch! Contact Lynda Olson at 651-982-0856 if you're interested in attending.
Outside- Hosanna Front Lawn
Worship will be at
9:30 AM on the lawn outside of the Great Hall, so bring your folding chairs and blankets!
In the case of inclement weather, we will worship indoors. We are very excited to be at home for the summer! Contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.
Summer Bible Study Conversations
At Hosanna in Upstairs Commons
We will be starting our outdoor summer worship on
June 3, 2018. Our worship is paired with an opportunity to come dig deeper into our weekly text. This will take place
prior to worship, 8:30am.
Join in conversations about what God's Word means for our lives.
Coffee and treats provided.
Contact Pastor Linda with questions.
Sunday, June 10
On Sunday, June 10, we will be having our Sundae Sunday! Come to worship and stay after for some fellowship and free ice cream sundaes! If you are interested in helping with Sundae Sunday, contact Kelsey Grachek.
June 17th- Sunday Commissioning
Our team of 11 Youth and 3 Adults leave in less than a month!
We are almost to our goal, we would love your support always by PRAYER. We would also love your support in help providing a meal or with additional supplies for our trip.
We have raised $11,550
Our Goal: $12,200
Which means we are $610 shy of our goal. If you are able to help by making a donation in the form of a Visa Gift card this will help us as we travel to Houston, Texas.
We will be gone June 26- July 2
Save the Date: Sunday, July 15th - Youth Gathering Worship
Please join us as we share about our transformative journey!
Hosanna Softball Team
Cheer on the Hosanna softball team this Sunday as they play St. Peter's Catholic Church at 4pm!
ELCA Day At Valleyfair!
Monday, June 11, 2018
$28.75 (group price) at gate 10-11:30 am after this time- full price sales start
Discounted Parking pass ($11.18)- See Pastor Jen by MAY 20th to get one
Enjoy a day at Valleyfair with your friends and family. Any age- Rain or Shine! Join your Lutheran family from the Saint Paul Area for some fun!
Contact Pastor Jen with questions.
Facilities Team Meeting
Tuesday, June 12
On Tuesday, June 12, the Facilities Team will be holding their monthly meeting at 6pm in the Conference Room. Contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.
REGISTRATION CLOSES SOON!
Registration Closes July 1 for:
Session 2: July 11, 18, 25
Valley Fair Option: +$30, August 2
JOIN IN FOR ALL DAY FUN!
Half day of local missions + Half day of recreational activities. Schedule of activities can be found at
Contact Pastor Jen with questions.
Wednesday, June 13
On Wednesday, June 13, the BeFrienders Group will be holding their monthly meeting at 6:30pm in the Conference Room. Contact Lynda Olson with questions.
Church Office Closed
Thursday, June 14
The church office will be closed on Thursday, June 14 for a staff event. Please contact Kelsey Grachek with questions.
Summer Festival Camp at Gustavus Adolphus College
Sunday, July 15 - Wednesday, July 18
Teens have the chance to get away from real life, hang out with people from across the Midwest, deepen friendships, and talk about God. Every day speakers come to share inspiring and challenging stories about real life, God and where the two intertwine. The days are packed with fun suprises of all kinds.
Music, Movies, Games, Speakers and club- Summer Festival has something for everyone!
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY- If you are in Grade 10+, you can join
the Student leadership track. This is where you will take step further and dig deeper as a leader among your peers. Student Leadership Track is twofold: it is designed to help your student leaders grow in 1) their personal faith journey and 2) their practical ministry skills. Student leaders will grow by focusing on training and practicing new skills together. They will also be equipped to continue ministry back home.
Commissioning of the Youth Gathering Team
Sunday, June 17
Join us as we bless our Youth Gathering Team as they depart to attend the 2018 ELCA event in Houston, Texas from June 26 - July 2. Remember to keep them in your prayers!
Blessing of the Life Jackets & Paddles
Sunday, June 24
The first (official) Sunday of summer! Bring your life jackets, paddles and all things LAKE for us to bless for safe, summer fun!
Opening Celebration of
St. Andrew's Family Shelter!
Sunday, June 24
Join us for the Opening Celebration of the St. Andrew's Family Shelter! Sunday, June 24th at 2pm
elebrate the accomplishment of this community, join in a blessing and tour the shelter
St. Genevieve's Catholic Church (Hwy 61 & Frenchman Rd)
Vacation Bible School- July 23-26
Itty Bitty (Ages 3) & Preschool VBS (Ages 4&5)*
Time: 9:00 to 11:30 am
Cost: $40 until June 1st
*MUST be potty trained
VBS Daycamp w/
Luther Crest Bible Camp
Time: 9:00 to 4:00 pm*
Cost: $70 until June 1st
*can pick up earlier if needed
T-shirts guaranteed until JUNE 1st!
STUDENT LEADERSHIP TRACK "GOD SQUAD"- COMPLETED GRADES 5-6
Time: 8:30 to 4:30 pm
Cost: $70 until June 1st
For those in the Student Leadership Track, aka "God Squad" you will spend the
morning session with the Preschool VBS as "God Squad" leaders, in the afternoon we will have some special games, leader prep. and focused God Time. You will be invited in occasionally to join the Camp Counselors is certain activities.
Linda Friesen, Pastor
Jen Collins, Associate Pastor
Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
Kelsey Grachek, Executive Assistant
Roxanne Anderson, Finance
Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
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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