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A Note From Pastor Linda

"Let the little children come... for the kingdom belongs to them!" ~Matthew 19, Mark 10, Luke 18
Dear Children of God~
Did you know that this week is Children's Book Week, May 1-7? I find it interesting how some of life's greatest lessons can be found in children's books- and many of these timeless lessons are based on Scripture. I loved reading to my children- and now my granddaughter, Evie. Her recent favorite is "Elmo at the Farm"- a classic to be sure. She points to the cow and says, "MOOOOOO." She points to her favorite Sesame Street character Elmo and says with a smile, "mElmo."
Consider these quotes from timeless tales:
  • Piglet: How do you spell love? Pooh: You don't spell it. You feel it. ~Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
  • A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who
  • No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse
  • How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard... ~Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
  • It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. ~The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • There's no place like home. ~Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Braum
  • The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever being able to do it. ~Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
  • Listen to the mustn'ts child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen child, anything can be. ~Shel Silverstein
  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
  • "You have plenty of courage, I am sure," answered Oz. "All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have plenty."  ~The Wizard of Oz, Frank Baum
  • It's no use to go back to yesterday because I was a different person then. ~Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
  • Promise me you'll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think... ~Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
Looking forward to sharing some of these timeless tales with Evie! Do you have a favorite children's book? Pull it out and learn the timeless truth.  
Grace and Peace  

 ~Pastor Linda

Last Night of Connect360 and Summer Celebration!
Wednesday, May 3

To celebrate the beginning of summer, we are having a big party with a big guest! A picnic will begin at 5:00pm and worship with special guest, Agape* will begin at 6pm! If you have any questions about this event, contact Pastor Jen.

*Merchandise will be available to purchase to help support the ministries of AGAPE* & Joe Davis. Cost of the evening is free will donation.

Checkout AGAPE* website: http://www.hiphopoutreach.com/  

Prayer Requests

Comfort and Strength in Healing in Cancer Journey
Mike, husband of Joyce Carlson; Ellien Connole, aunt of Ryan Grimes; Shelley, friend of Linda Knyphausen; Beau Anderson, friend of Sill family; Tonya, friend and coworker of Vicki Croce; Anne Witalka, friend of Marlin and Ruth Lackas; Bob Olson; Beryl, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Bob Rupar

Healing, Recovering or Facing Other Health Issues
Noah Reedy in his job search; Nathan Acker, son of Andrea and Nick Acker and grandson of Len and Sally Wojtowicz; Continued guidance for Rebecca and Laura; Mike Chester; Shawn Pearson, brother-in-law of Mark Bergan; Emilie Harley; For those who go above and beyond in the midst of trial; Rex Livermore, Dave Livermore's father; Bette Kuss, Ross Ohman's cousin; Dick Westcott; Ed Abbott, cousin of Denny and Shirley Wachholz; Jim Harley, husband of Emilie Harley; Sharon Kari; Cooper, great-nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty Corum
Keep Safe From Harm
Cole, grandson of Marlin and Ruth Lackas; Hayden Oliver, serving in Coast Guard

Grief Compassion
Family and friends of Jack Ledford, Grandfather of Tina Grimes

Green Earth Team (GET) Plant Sale
Sunday, April 9 - Sunday, May 7

GET will be hosting a fundraiser during the month of April selling plants! Plant order forms can be filled out and picked up on Sundays before and after services, Wednesdays during Connect360 or from Kelsey at the front office during open church hours. Forest Lake Floral is also offering community fundraising for Hosanna when shoppers make a purchase and mention Hosanna from now until June 18. Some exclusions apply; also, the Adopt a Garden program is once again being offered at the plant sale table. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Okeson at tv69oke@aol.com  

Senior Adult Ministry (SAM)
Thursday, May 4

Please join us at Meredee's Bistros in Lindstrom for a delightful lunch overlooking beautiful Lake Lindstrom. We will be meeting at 11:30am on Thursday, May 4. To RSVP please contact Lynda Olson at lyndaolson@msn.com  

Frolic Family Gathering
Saturday, May 6

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 10:30- 12:30 p.m.
Where: Hosanna Garden Chapel
Who: Parents/Guardians of toddlers & their kids
Lunch will be provided.
We will spend time getting to know each other, share in some toddler friendly activities. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen. Register Here. 

2018 Summer Youth Gathering Informational Meeting
Sunday, May 7

There will an informational meeting for those possible interested in going to the 2018 Summer Youth Gathering on Sunday, May 7 between services in the Infinity Room. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.  

Required Mission Trip Meeting
Sunday, May 7

There will be a required meeting for all of those going on the summer Mission Trip on Sunday, May 7 at 11:30am and will include lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.

If you are not attending the Mission Trip, but would like to learn about what the youth will be doing and how to support them, click here.  

Facilities Team Meeting
Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30pm to 8pm

There will be a Facilities Team Meeting on Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30pm to 8pm in the Conference Room. If you have any questions, or are interested in joining the team please contact Kelsey Hane at office@hosannaforestlake.net or Tom Croce at victom1@hotmail.com. 

Mandatory Confirmation Meeting
Wednesday, May 10 from 7pm to 7:30pm

There is a Mandatory Confirmation Meeting for 8th grade students and their parents or guardians on Wednesday, May 10 from 7 to 7:30pm in the Infinity Room. In this meeting we will be going over the Confirmation Project, Retreat and Fall Confirmation Information. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen at jcollins@hosannaforestlake.net 

Sarah Circle
Wednesday, May 10 from 10am to noon

Sarah Circle, Hosanna's Women's Bible Study Small Group, will be meeting in the Lakeside Room on Wednesday, May 10 from 10am to noon. All are welcome! If you have any questions, contact Kelsey Hane.  

Befrienders Meeting
Thursday, May 11 from 7pm to 8:15pm

The Befrienders Group will be having a meeting from 7pm to 8:15pm in the Conference Room on Thursday, May 11. If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Hane. 

Green Earth Team (GET) Meeting
Sunday, May 14 from 10am to 11am

The Green Earth Team (GET) will be meeting between services on Sunday, May 14 in the Conference Room. If you have any questions, or are interested in learning more about GET, please contact Kathy Okeson at tv69oke@aol.com.  

Senior Recognition Sunday
Sunday, May 14 at 10:30am Service

When our children were young we brought them to the font to begin a new adventure. Now as they are leaving on yet another journey, we bring them back to the font to be blessed and sent forth. As we bless each graduate they will receive a special blanket created by our quilters, tied by peers in confirmation to remind them that wherever they lay their head, God and the prayers of their home church go with them. Then all family and friends of graduates will be invited to lay hands upon these young adults. All photos and registration are due on May 14. To register, click here. If you have any questions, contact Pastor Jen.

Columbarium Information Presentation
Sunday, May 14 from 10am to 10:30am
Also offered online

The Green Earth Team (GET) will be presenting information about a possible future Memory Prayer Garden (Columbarium) on Sunday, May 14 from 10am to 10:30am in the Garden Chapel. If you cannot attend and would like more information on what a Columbarium is click here. If you would like to take the interest survey click here. If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Okeson at tv69oke@aol.com, Judy Berke at windyslopesstables@msn.com, Ruth Lackas at refl.ection@hotmail.com or Dee Dee Anderson at cdanderson@midco.net.  

Save The Date! The Big Sing & Ring
May 21, 2017

Save the date for our annual Sing & Ring on May 21, 2017! The handbell choir and Hosanna Choir create a day full of worshiping with music! More information to come. If you have any questions, please contact Rob Anderson.  

Summer Stretch 2017
June 14, 21 and 28
July 12, 19 and 26
August 3 (optional)

The day will start with a local mission (i.e. FMSC, Second Harvest, Birchwood Senior Living Center, Local Farming), then a sack lunch with devotion; followed up with a recreational activity (i.e. Waterpark, Movie Theater, Outdoor Game Day, Bowling, Trampoline & Climbing Wall parks.) Bring your own sack lunch!

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sign up for either: Session 1 (June),  Session 2 (July) OR All Sessions : 6 events, June & July
COSTS (includes t-shirt, all activities and transportation):

One Session (June or July): $100 early bird, after May 1st $125
All Summer: $150 early bird, after May 1st $200
+$25 for Celebration day at Valley Fair, to Attend Valley Fair Celebration youth must attend at least 3 events.

To sign up, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen.  

Vacation Bible School in Partnership with Luther Crest Bible Camp
July 17 - 20, 2017

Ages 3-5 (must be potty trained)   9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon   EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $40, After June 1st Cost: $45*
Grades K-6   9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m   EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $70, After June 1st Cost: $75*  

PRESCHOOL VBS- A perfect introduction to VBS. This program is perfect for preschoolers who aren't quite ready of for the full-day experience yet. Chocked full of songs, games, arts & crafts and so much more, VBS is a chance for our younger students to explore the Bible in a safe, fun environment.

ALL DAY VBS- is a Christ-centered experience for those who have finished Kindergarten through Sixth Grade bringing a taste of camping ministry to campers in a familiar setting. VBS is designed to introduce a Bible Camp experience to students without being away from home at night. It is a unique blend of Outdoor Ministry and Congregational Ministry. The Luther Crest Day Camp Staff bring their own enthusiasm, leadership, and teaching styles to Hosanna each day. *Scholarships available upon request.

To register online, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Jen. 

Blue Grass Festival
July 29, 2017

Join Hosanna at the Annual Bluegrass Festival this July 29th at Lakeside Park. We need YOU to help represent Hosanna, to share with others the joys and highlights of our community. We are seeking people to join in the planning, set-up and volunteer day of the event. If you have a gift, talent, silent auction item or resource you'd like to contribute, let us know. Many other churches and organizations will be represented, lets show others what it means to Live, Love and Serve in Jesus' name! Contact Pastor Jen or Ann Hanson if you are interested in helping. 

Hospitality Team

We are currently looking for people that would be willing and excited to join a Hospitality Team! This would be a fabulous opportunity to get involved monthly with your church and to have something to look forward to with your entire family! If you are interested, please contact Kelsey here.   

Event Planning Team

We are in need of people to help us with events! Kelsey Hane is currently creating a team that can help coordinate weddings, parties and other events that use our church facilities, in hopes of making this a more event-friendly space. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kelsey here. 

Kitchen Compost Volunteer

The Green Earth Team (GET) is looking for a volunteer that is interested in taking on the composting task in the kitchen at Hosanna. This would involve supervising the intake of raw fruit and vegetable scraps/coffee/tea grounds etc. and following recommended procedure for composting. The compost could be used on church grounds or used personally by volunteer. If you are interested in this worthy task, please contact Kelsey at the front office at office@hosannaforestlake.net. 

Hosanna Staff

Linda Friesen, Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2006

Jen Collins, Associate Pastor
651-464-5502 ext. 2023

Rob Anderson, Director of Worship and Music
651-464-5502 ext. 2008

Kelsey Hane, Executive Assistant
651-464-5502 ext. 2000

Susan Wojciechowski, Food Service Director

Roxanne Anderson, Finance
651-464-5502 ext. 2013

Alicia Bauer, Bookkeeper
651-464-5502 ext. 2013

Charlie Ollman, Choir Director

Mary Gookins, Handbell Choir Director

Lisa Sauer, Children's Choir Director

Phyllis Lindberg, Accompanist

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