January 8, 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.
9:00 AM &
Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
WORDS that come out of my mouth and the musings of my heart meet with Your gracious approval... ~From Psalm 19 (the voice)
Happy NEW YEAR 2019!! WORDS matter... WORDS have the power to create or tear down. WORDS have the potential to produce positive or negative consequences. WORDS have the possibility to give life through encouragement and honesty or to crush and kill through lies and gossip.
The childhood chant, "Sticks and stones many break my bones- but words will never hurt me."- is a lie. WORDS hurt and can cause pain that cannot easily be easily healed with a Band-Aid and a parent's kiss.
Proverbs 21 says: The tongue has the power of life and death.
Nelson Mandela, who opposed the South African apartheid regime and was imprisoned for almost 3 decades, knew the power of WORDS. A decade after his release he said:
"It is never my custom to use words lightly. If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are, and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die."
WORDS- on Sunday we will listen to the WORDS said to Jesus at his baptism. These words shaped the rest of his life.
See you in Church... until then: BE the CHURCH!!
Comfort and Strength in Cancer Journey
Gail McCullough, friend of Grimes Family; Bill Grimes, father of Ryan Grimes; Megan Olrich Sullivan, family friends of Christenson family; Cindy, mother of Char Houle; Jackie, friend of Elaine Schumacher; 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 Health Issues
Cindy Vedder; Rex Livermore, father of Dave Livermore; Don Moody, brother of Ruth and Marlin Lackas; Laurie Kunze, Niece of Roger and Cindy Kunze; Mike, father-in-law of Nick Bredahl; Leah Anderson, granddaughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Hannah Bergan; Doug Sill; Ella Wenzel; Larry, brother of Michelle Spanjers; Marlys & Jerry Berg, sister and brother-in-law of Dave Oster; Leona Lucker, great aunt of James Henriott; Harry Eckert; Jeff Johnson, brother of Julie Ohman; Margot LeBoeuf, neighbor of Mary Thompson; Larry, friend of Elaine Schumacher; Alex, niece of Dave and Laura Livermore; Dee Eckert; Dale, friend of Tammy Cortes; Stephanie Lackas, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Ashlyn; Juniper, granddaughter of Buck & Laura Carlson; 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 Grieving
The Grimes family with the passing of Ryan's Aunt
Enrollment for Hosanna's Sunshine Discovery Center
For Hosanna & Sunshine Families: Now
For the Public: January 21
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 new expanded programming will include flexible schedule options for TODDLERS starting at 16 months old and 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 for current Sunshine and Hosanna families begins tomorrow!
Learn more and register here:
Hosanna's Women's Bible Study:
Wednesday, January 9
10am in the Garden Chapel
will be having their monthly women's bible study on Wednesday, January 9 at 10am in the Garden Chapel. If you have questions or are interested in learning more about
, contact Kelsey Grachek.
Starting this Wednesday, January 9
LECTIO DIVINA- Dwelling in the WORD: ADULT EDUCATION on Wednesdays
Latin for "sacred reading," "divine reading," or "holy reading," is a spiritual practice that has been in use for over a thousand years. It was originally practiced by monks who spent a large portion of their days praying and reading Scripture. While reading they noticed that at times individual words, phrases, or verses seemed to leap off of the page with a special personal importance.
It is an intentional practice that involves refection, deep listening to Scripture and to each other, patience and faith that God will reveal something new to us.
See Through The Scriptures with Pastor Jan Melhoff
Starting this Thursday, January 10
1 PM & 6:30 PM in the Gathering Space
See thru the Scriptures is 6 week course that takes you through the Biblical story. It is a great way to understand the context of scripture. If you have been studying the Bible for years or never opened it, you will still enjoy this series!! (I guarantee you will learn something you didn't know and be surprised at how the story unfolds!) Join me Thursdays at 1:00 PM OR 6:30 PM beginning January 10th.
The Year of Adventure for Hosanna's Youth
Register by January 15
Year of Adventure - This year Hosanna's youth (Grades 9-12) will prepare to journey with Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp this summer. Again we will join our neighbors from Elim Lutheran in Scandia and plan for a great group trip. Our trip is planned to Lakeside, Montana for a Pack 'n Raft experience, June 22-29, 2019. Space is limited, spots available for 2 Adult Leaders (26+) and 8 Youth (Current 2018-2019 school year, Grade 8-12). Learn more about
If you would like to pre-register for this trip sign up with Pastor Jen Collins.
Cost: $850 per person, fundraising and scholarships available.
Deposit due January 15 to pre-register: $150
Training Consortium on Opioid Addiction
Wednesday, January 16
6:45pm in the Garden Chapel
The Hosanna Befrienders has partnered with Hazelden to provide a one hour training session on opioid addiction and other mind-altering drugs on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:45pm in the Garden Chapel. Please contact Kelsey Grachek for more information.
January Book Club
The Gifts of Imperfection
by Brene Brown
Discussion Date: January 29 at 7pm
at Pastor Linda Friesen's Home
What is it like to live a wholehearted life? Courage, compassion and connection are needed in order for people to live wholehearted lives. They need courage to be vulnerable. They need compassion for themselves and for others. They need to make connections with others in order to both give and receive with an open heart.
Habits of the Heart Retreat for Adults
HABITS of the Heart- a plan for connecting deeper with God.
Need a boost? A time away for connecting with God and others? Looking for a new spiritual practice to draw you closer to God in your daily life? Join us for a time of retreat, reflection relaxation and recreation (R4!). Come alone, bring a friend. You will walk away with a plan to help you more fully discover God's presence in every day life!
DATES: March 15-17
Location: Heartwood Conference and Retreat Center in Trego, WI
One night or two night option- begins Friday evening at 6pm with dinner and complete by Saturday at 7pm- stay until Sunday to practice! Contact Pastor Linda or Kathy Okeson with questions.
Registration is now OPEN!
We want YOU to join us for Connect360! Registration is now open on our website! If you haven't joined us for Connect360 Wednesday nights- give it a try!
5:00 pm - Dinner
6:00 pm - Lighthouse Worship
6:45 pm - Life Long Learning (L ³)
Life Long Learning is made up of Faith Formation, Confirmation, Higher Ground and Adult Education.
To receive more information, please contact the Church Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
or register on our website
Linda Friesen, Pastor
Jen Collins, 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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