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Won't You Be My Neighbor?


A Note From Pastor Linda    
Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.  
(Matthew 22)
Dear Friends,

Won't You Be My Neighbor? - a documentary/movie based on the life of Fred Rogers, not yet released in the Twin Cities area, is sure to be a feel-good tear-jerker. Early reviews on Flickster give it a 99% Tomatometer and a 97% Audience approval- with one reviewer stating:
This film does more than warms your heart, it reminds you of the kind and loving being that you are born to be. But life happens. And it shows a lot of the struggles Fred himself had. It's just beautiful. Go see it.
Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister- a foundational piece to Mr. Roger's Neighborhood legacy which now extends to Daniel Tiger. Rogers was a man filled with the Holy Spirit to be sure- a prophetic voice, saying in America's Favorite Neighbor - 2004 documentary:
I think everybody longs to know that he or she is lovable.
You could sense the generosity and love when Mr. Rogers asked:
Won't you be my neighbor?
That legacy, of loving your neighbor, is exactly why Fred Rogers's impact is so huge even to this day. It may seem so simple and yet it is so radical that it left an indelible mark upon those who watched his show. Rogers said in a 2001 commencement address:
When we look for what's best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we are doing what God does; so in appreciating our neighbor, we are participating in something truly sacred.
Radical in 1962, still radical today. Holy Spirit inspired to be sure! I will be seeing the film when it makes its way to the Twin Cities- end of June, early July. Wanna go with me? Won't YOU be my neighbor?
  Be the CHURCH - invite a neighbor to join you!       
 ~Pastor Linda        

Prayer Requests

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

Summer Worship
Outside- Hosanna Front Lawn
9:30 am 

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
8:30 am  

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. 

Befrienders Meeting
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.

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!

Hosanna Softball Team

Cheer on the Hosanna softball team this Sunday as they play Linwood at 4pm!

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 . C elebrate the accomplishment of this community,  join in a blessing and tour the shelter
St. Genevieve's Catholic Church (Hwy 61 & Frenchman Rd)

Youth Gathering
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. 

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!

Sundae Sunday!
Sunday, July 8

On Sunday, July 8, 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.

Summer Stretch

Registration Closes July 1 for:
Session 2: July 11, 18, 25
Valley Fair Option: +$30, August 2

Half day of local missions + Half day of recreational activities. Schedule of activities can be found at

Contact Pastor Jen with questions. 

Summer Festival Camp at Gustavus Adolphus College
Sunday, July 15 - Wednesday, July 18
Cost: $250

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.

Sarah Circle Summer Women's Retreat
Wednesday, July 18
9am - 2pm

Sarah Circle is planning a Women's Retreat at Hosanna on Wednesday, July 18 from 9am to 2pm in the Garden Chapel. This will include bible study, fellowship and lunch. We welcome women of all ages! Please let us know if you plan on attending. Contact Barbara Johansen at 651-433-5592 or bjjohansen@frontier.net for more information and to sign-up.

    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
Grades: K-4
Time: 9:00 to 4:00 pm* 
Cost: $70 until June 1st
*can pick up earlier if needed 

T-shirts guaranteed until JUNE 1st! 

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. 

Summer Book Club on the Lake!
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Monday, July 25

We will be discussing the book " Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng, which was named Best Book of the Year by NPR, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and is a New York Times Best Seller!

Little Fires Everywhere begins with a house fire and a question: Who set it, and why? The house belongs to Elena and Bill Richardson, a wealthy white couple who epitomize success in picture-perfect, late-90's Shaker Heights, and their four teenage children, including girl-next-door, Lexie and the troubled prankster, Izzy, who is suspected of arson. "The firemen said there were little fires everywhere," Lexie says. "Multiple points of origin. Possible use of accelerant. Not an accident." Author Ng returns to the past for answers.

We will gather at Curt and Kelly Monson's home on Forest Lake at 8336 North Shore Trail and head out on the pontoon for an evening of conversation and connection. Contact Pastor Linda with questions.

Hosanna Staff

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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