Hosanna E-Update

January 5, 2016
We are call, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.
From Pastor Linda

"Who do you say that I am?"  
From Matthew 16, Mark 8, Luke 9

Dear Church:

In all three of the synoptic (or similar) gospel stories Jesus asks his followers: "Who do you say that I am?" It is Peter, not really understanding the question or even his answer, who jumps in and answers, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." In John's gospel story Jesus doesn't ask, instead he makes defining statements about who he is, recording a collection of self-revealing statements known as the "I am" sayings. These statements, rich in imagery and steeped in historical meaning, provide powerful insights into the heart of God and God's desire to know and be known. Jesus says,
I AM: the light of the world, the gate, the good shepherd, the resurrection and the life, the way and the truth and the life, the vine, the bread of life. These texts from John's gospel will be guiding us on Sunday mornings as we enter the Season of Epiphany, taking a step away from the manger to discover who Jesus is and consider their implications for our lives as people who live and love and serve.
This would be an ideal time for you to invite a neighbor or friend to journey in faith with you. I pray that your heart and mind might be open to hearing anew what the living Word of God might be saying to you in these powerful statements.  
Together in ChristPastor Linda

PS- A HUGE THANKS to all those who were able to provide year-end gifts to enable Hosanna to end 2015 well and begin 2016 on strong financial footings. Many gifts- of time and talent and treasure- make Hosanna a vibrant and engaged congregation. Thanks be to God!! The BEST is yet to come....
This Sunday
  • First Sunday of Epiphany
  • Baptism 9am - Nora Brynn Dehn & Brynn Harper Collins
  • Baptism 10:30am - Evelyn Ione Johnson
  • Milestone Ministry - Prayer/The Lord's Prayer (gr.1-3) starts with lunch at 11:45am in the Lakeside Room
  • Soup-er Bowl Action Team meeting at 11:30am in Conference Room
Join Us Wednesday Nights at Hosanna

Enjoy a meal and fellowship together (no need to cook), worship during the Good News at 6, and take advantage of learning opportunities for the all ages. Register online at our website (under connect360) or pick up a registration form in the forms rack in the Welcome Center.

Wednesday Night Schedule
5:00-6:00 pm    Meal & Fellowship
6:00-6:30 pm    Good News at 6 Worship                                                  Starting Jan. 6, we return to The Gospel in Disney

6:30-7:30 pm     * Faith Formation
(PreK-K, Gr.1-3, Gr.4-6)                                                 * Confirmation   (Grades 7-9)
                            Jan. 6 - Parent Night - parents are required to
                            attend to learn about the mentor program
                            that their student will participate in during Lent 
                             * Higher Ground (senior high)
                             * Adult Learning  
Come and join us and invite a friend or neighbor  


Wednesday Night Menus 
All meals include dessert and beverage.

Jan. 6
Sloppy Joes, waffle fries, salad bar

Jan. 13
Pizza (veggie, sausage, cheese, pepperoni), Caesar salad, frui t

Jan. 20
Sub sandwiches (ham, turkey, cheese), salad bar, potato chips
Jan. 27
Spaghetti & meatballs, bread sticks, salad bar

Feb. 3
Grilled chicken & cheese quesadillas with fixings, corn, salad bar

NOTE: if your child does not care for tonight's entree,
you can request a jelly sandwich.

Special Request:   With several members going south for the winter, Rick is in need of more bakers for Wednesday night meals. Recipes and baking schedule are provided. You simply make the scheduled baked goods at home and bring them to Hosanna by 2pm on Wednesdays. Sign up on a Yellow Page and place in offering basket or click HERE to let Rick know you are willing to help.  

Yogadevotion will begin a new session THIS Saturday, Jan.9th, 2016 from 9am to 10am in the Lakeside Room (upper level). The 7-week session runs through Sat, Feb 20. Cost for the 7-weeks is $50.

To register, contact Kathy Okeson, tv69oke@aol.com, or 651-464-5422. Payment due at first class, Jan. 9, and can be by check payable to Hosanna
(memo: Yogadevotion) , cash or online through Hosanna's website under Giving ( enter "Yogadevotion: under Additional Information ).

Please enter through the north doors (Door C).  Make-up sessions will be available at various times and locations.

Yogadevotion promotes strength, flexibility and peace in body, mind and spirit through weekly 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.

Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium
Establishing A  
Dementia Friendly Community

Thursday January 14, 2016
7:00-8:30 pm
Hosanna Lutheran Church
9300 Scandia Trail North, Forest Lake, Minnesota
Jules Benson, Team Leader for Act On Alzheimers
Pastor James Roe, Facilitator for Dementia Support Group

Forest Lake Area Listening Ministries Consortium (BeFrienders)
is providing an evening training session to introduce community members to the Forest Lake ACT ON ALZHEIMER'S initiative, and also to provide specific training and advice when caring for folks with Alzheimer's, Lewy Body, and other forms of dementia.

At this gathering you can: 
  • Obtain a better understanding of the dimensions of dementia.
  • Learn how to use validation to communicate.
  • Where caregivers can get help and information
All are welcome to attend this educational session
Questions? Call Lynda Olson, 651-982-0856

Soup-er Bowl 2016 
Fun Family Event 
Friday, Feb.5th 
 We are looking for donations of items & services
for the Silent Auction. If you have something to donate or would like to help in another way at this event, sign up on a Yellow Page o r contact Rachel Kaup at
651-433-2857  or  hakrkaup@gmail.com  

Countdown to Hosanna's FMSC MobilePack
on April 1 & 2, 2016 = 86 Days!!
God has blessed Hosanna richly. You can   help reflect that love by supporting this mission to enrich the lives of so many   children by providing needed nutrition in order for them to thrive. We need to raise $30,000   to cover cost of the food and another $5,000  for building maintenance following the MobilePack. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed on
April 1 & 2 to help pack the food. Online registration for packing the food will be available around mid-February. 
Ways YOU Can Help
  1. Take home a Change-4-Change glass jar and continue to fill it with loose change and/or currency and bring it to worship on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights  at connect360.
  2. Write a check to "Hosanna" (write "FMSC" on memo line).
  3. Tell your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. about this MobilePack and ask them to sign up for one or more of the time slots or even organize a team to sign up.  In mid-February we should have a link for volunteers to sign up online for a packing time that best works for them.
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving 
Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey 
Steve; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Beulah Smestad, mother of Sharon (Doug) Sill; Fran, Deb (Chuck) DeVore's sister-in-law; Lynda Olson; Carrin Mahmood; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Doug & Sharon Sill's daughter Chandra & son-in-law Subash and his family in Nepal; Mark Okeson, brother of Dave (Kathy) Okeson; Jeff (Ann) St. Martin, son-in-law of Jack & Sue Severson; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Comfort & Peace as They Near End of Life  
Grief Compassion 
Darlene Brandt, Mike & Corie Brandt, Rick, Heather & Blake Brandt, and Cassandra & Andy Levesque upon the death of Dick Brandt

Keep Safe From Harm and Military
Mission Jamaica team; Hayden Oliver, son of Miranda & Kevin Oliver Christopher House, nephew of Bob & Jan Hill; Tiphany & Alex Dvorak, sister-in-law & niece of Dave & Laura Livermore

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 
Rick Bahnemann 
Director, Facilities 
and Food Service 
651-464-5502 ext.2010 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 
651-464-5502 ext.2000 
Sue Palmer 
651-464-5502 ext.2013 
Charlie Ollmann 
Choir Director 
Mary Gookins 
Handbell Choir Director 
Lisa Sauer 
Children's Choir Director 

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

Milestone Ministries
celebrate the partnership between parents, church and God in raising our children in the faith. They provide a wonderful way for families to connect with each other and with the church while exploring important aspects of faith.

Consider these upcoming Milestones sessions
for your family.
First Communion
(all ages)
Feb 28

  Information pamphlets available
on the forms rack in the Welcome Center.

Register on a Yellow Page and place in the offering basket  OR online by clicking HERE

Sunshine Preschool 
Open House 
Monday, January 11 
5:30-7:30 pm

If you or someone you know if looking for a quality Christian-based preschool for next fall, come visit Sunshine Preschool, meet the teachers and learn about our program. Registrations materials for 2016 will be available. Children are welcome to attend and experience the fun!

Sunshine Preschool 
9300 Scandia Trail North
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Interested in joining a book club?

It's simple! Read the book.
Then come and discuss.
Sign up on the Welcome Center bulletin board or call the church office.
We will meet monthly on
the 4th Tuesday to discuss starting Jan. 26. 
January's book 
The Time Keeper
 by Mitch Albom
What is the value and meaning of time?  Discussion Guides available on the bulletin board in upper commons and at Welcome Desk.

Adult Bible Study

Tuesday Mornings
9:30-11:00 am
in Hosanna's Library Commons
Currently studying the book of Hebrews

Facilitator: Deb DeVore 
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Senior Adult Ministry
SAM Luncheon
Due to the death of SAM member Dick Brandt, the SAM Luncheon planned for this Thursday (Jan. 7) has been canceled. A Celebration of Dick's Life will take place in Hosanna's Garden Chapel on this Thursday.
Visitation:  10:00-11:00am
Celebration:  11:00am
Lunch following Celebration 

Couples Retreat
Seasons of Marriage 
February 19-20, 2016
Cost per couple: $180 
(includes overnight stay at Hilton Garden Inn, and breakfast & lunch) 
Spring, summer, winter, fall. Marriages are perpetually in a state of transition, continually moving from one season to another - perhaps not annually, as in nature, but just as certainly and consistently. Each season holds the potential for emotional health and happiness, and each one has its challenges.
This retreat will focus on helping  you and your partner identify which season your marriage is in, and show you how to enhance your marriage in all four seasons.

Register on a Yellow Page and place in offering basket or click HERE to register online.  
Green Tip from Hosanna's
Green Earth Team
It takes longer  in cold weather for your car to reach its most fuel-efficient operating temperature. Combine trips to help keep the engine warm and save on gas.  For more fuel efficient winter driving tips see http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNPCA/bulletins/129af28