Hosanna E-Update

August 30, 2016
We are called, gathered and sent to be a people living, loving
and serving as Jesus did so that all may know Him.
From Pastor Linda


"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations... And remember, I am with you always until the end of the age." ~From Matthew 28

You're Welcome ... and INVITED! 
Dear Friends, 

OK - maybe that is a bit BOLD, even CRAZY-TALK! I've been thinking a lot lately about what a GREAT place Hosanna is because of the spirit-filled people who call Hosanna home. Our worship is Christ-centered, our music is an amazing mix of old and new, our education/faith formation is growing and we are thinking outside the box in how to reach our kids (and adults!) with the GOOD NEWS of Jesus, we serve each other both in our community and around the world spreading the love of Jesus.
My question has been: Why don't more people come? I think I have figured it out. Consider this: We are VERY good at WELCOMING people as they enter our building...but how well do we INVITE people to come?
From a blog-post I read this week from Living Lutheran:
Inviting is different from welcoming. Inviting is active. Being an inviting church means that we leave the comfort of Sunday morning worship and seek out our neighbor. Being an inviting church starts with who God has called us into being as church and then mandates joining God at work in the world.
Each congregation has a purpose within God's mission. Each has particular gifts. No congregation is everything to everyone. But every congregation is something to someone... Only when we are centered in this purpose can we become an inviting church.
Here are a few things happening this Fall:
  • Wednesday programming (connect360) begins September 14 with a shared meal at 5pm, worship at 6pm and a ministry fair and open house for education from 6:45-7:30pm.   See more about connect360 below.
  • connect360 Adult Education at 6:30pm on Wednesdays begins September 21 with: My Neighbor is Muslim- Exploring the Muslim Faith. Would you like to know more about the Muslim faith? Would your neighbor? Invite them. We will be exploring: The 5 Pillars of Islam, Islam and Jesus, Islam and Violence, Islam and Women, and Living as a Muslim in the USA.
  • Book Study: Healing the Heart of Democracy- The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker Palmer with discussions on Tuesdays at 7pm (Sept 20, Oct 4 &18, Nov 1). See more below.
This Sunday we worship at 9:30am in the Garden Chapel. On September 11 we return to our Fall worship schedule in the Great Hall at 9am and 10:30am. Who's coming with you?
~ so that all may know Jesus.
                                                             ~Pastor Linda  

PS - ALL CONGREGATION SERVICE OPPORTUNITY at the Great Minnesota Get-Together! Invite a friend- PLUS receive a FREE ticket to the Mjinnestoa State Fair for each of you! Click HERE to get the details and sign up:
Sunday Worship Returns Back  
to Hosanna THIS SUNDAY 
September 4th - only ONE service
9:30 am in the Garden Chapel (upper level)

Starting  September 11th 
9:00 am Worship in the Great Hall (lower level)
10:30 am Worship in the Great Hall (lower level) 

Invitation from Hosanna's
New Food Service Coordinator
      My name is Susan Wojciechowski.
Originally, I am from Illinois. I moved to Minnesota three years ago with my husband Larry. We purchased a house in Wyoming, MN, and settled in last year. Larry and I became members of Hosanna about 3 months ago. We collectively have four children, and two beautiful grandchildren. Our family is a blended family and most still live in Illinois, so travel is a must.

I attended Kendall Culinary College for a degree in Hospitality. I worked my way up from a grill cook in Country Clubs, to a Chef Manager, a Food Operations Manager and Retail Catering Manager in Business and Industry accounts for large food service contract companies. I currently hold a position at St Catherine University in St Paul as a Catering Coordinator.

I would like to meet everyone on the team, get to know you a little, and for you to get to know me. I am looking forward to being part of such a dynamic group!

If you could attend a Meet and Greet THIS Wednesday at 5:00pm in the Garden Chapel that would be great.  I plan to have finger foods, so if you have dietary restrictions please let me know. If anyone has a fun meet and greet game we should make it fun. Please let me know if you will attend or not. (Email Susan HERE ) 

Thank you all, I appreciate your assistance! 
State Fair Coliseum Project

for Hosanna's Annual  
State Fair Coliseum Project 
between now and Labor Day?
It's just a few hours of your time in the evening.
And all volunteers get
a FREE admission ticket to the Fair!!

Contact the church office at 651-464-5502 or

For over 20 years Hosanna volunteers
have helped clean the inside of the Coliseum
at the State Fair to raise funding for its ministries.
Be a part of this project
that will raise $11,000 this year!! 
Hosanna's Wednesday night program 
returns on Sept 14th
The first night will start with a Meal served from
5pm until 6pm, followed by a Special Worship Concert
with singer/songwriter Rachel Kurtz
Rachel Kurtz is a Minneapolis-based songwriter, performer and recording artist. Churches across the country have discovered Rachel's powerhouse voice and joyful presence thanks to her relentless touring schedule, and her featured appearances on the main stage of recent national youth gathering. Her song "Make A Difference," unveiled at the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering, has become a widespread sensation sung by praise bands, youth groups, and school choirs from coast to coast. Rachel has participated in benefit concert tours across the country with fellow musicians Agapé and Lost And Found, helping to raise $125,000 for ELCA World Hunger. In addition to her music leadership at conventions and congregations, Rachel is also an in-demand retreat facilitator and keynote speaker at youth weekends, women's retreats and many times at Sunday morning worship at our Ministry Fair.

After the concert, you can learn more about and register for connect360 Wednesday night programs and also find out about about other ministry opportunities for the whole family to get involved in throughout the year.

connect360 Schedule starting  Sept. 21
   5:00-6:00 pm   Dinner served 
   6:00-6:30 pm   The Good News at 6 Worship   
                                Wednesday Nite at the Movie s
Gospel in Cinema)
   6:30-7:30 pm   Education for all ages: 
                               -Faith Formation - preK-Grade 6 
                               -Confirmation - Grades 7-9 
                               -Higher Ground - High School 
                               -Adult Ed  (Sept 21-Oct 26) My Neighbor 
                                    is Muslim/Exploring the Muslim  Faith
Registrations NOW OPEN
for connect360 
  • Faith Formation (preK-6th grade)
  • Confirmation (7th, 8th, and 9th grades)
  • Higher Ground (high school)
Click HERE to Register for the above 

VOLUNTEERS (teachers/guides, Kitchen Krew, etc.)

Wednesday Night Meals 
Individual meals can be purchased at the door each week. 
Click HERE to check out and purchase    
DISCOUNTED Meal Packages (for the first 5-week pkg) 

Bell Workshop at Hosanna  
Saturday, September 10   8:30-12noon

In joint collaboration, Hosanna Lutheran Church, Faith Lutheran Church and St. Peter's Catholic Church, all of Forest Lake, are holding a Bell Workshop at Hosanna on Saturday, Sept. 10, being led by Twin Cities Bronze, a professional handbell choir.
If you are ages 12-92 and a present or past handbell player in one of these church's handbell choirs or maybe you're thinking you'd like to try playing handbells with one of these choirs, you are encouraged to participate. Participants should be able to read basic music notation. There will be classes for beginners and for experienced players.This is a wonderful opportunity for all levels of players.

We'd love for you to participate even if you won't be available to play this year but are interested in playing in the future.
Cost:  $10 per person

Contact Mary Gookins if you are interested in participating 
651-464-4694   or    mlgookins@gmail.com 

Christian Women's Connection Luncheon
River Valley Christian Women's Connection invites women
to their Treasures & Adventures Luncheon on Monday,
Sept 19
, at 11:30 am at Oak Forest Center, 2824 130th St, Frederic, WI 54837.  Featuring Deann Alsaker from Lindstrom-Recycled Clothing / Wear your favorite thrift outfit!
Speaker: Barbara Hoffner  Are You Ready For Adventure? 
Music by Jo Lund 
Reservations/cancellations necessary. Contact Mary at 715-554-2330 or Betty 651-592-7416.
Questions?  Contact Dena at 715-755-2463 
Christian Women's Connection is an affiliation with Stonecroft     www.stonecroft.org 

Interdenominational Women's Retreat  
"God's Stew - Simmering in His Love"
September 23 - 25, 2016
Luther Point Bible Camp, Grantsburg, Wisconsin
The end of summer, leading into the cooler days of fall ...
comfortable rooms in a beautiful retreat center, fun, fellowship and delicious food-the WELCA of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City will offer this and more at the All-Women's Interdenominational Retreat.
Pastor Beverly Robinson will lead us through this intriguing-entitled program.
The two-night retreat will offer a Bible study and program, fellowship, demonstrations, fun and games, 4 meals, nature surround, conversation, laughter, s'mores and singing around the campfire, and more. (Saturday's meals will be a brunch and dinner. Please keep this in mind if you have a diet that requires food at other times.) You may participate in as much or as little of the program as you choose, and you are welcome to bring hobby items or a craft of your own.
Total cost is $90.00. Bring your own bedding (sheets, blankets, sleeping bag, etc.), Bible and personal items. For an additional fee of $7.50 bedding will be provided. Either option...BRING YOUR OWN PILLOW! Each room has two sets of bunks, sleeping up to 4 (one lower bunk is a full-size), and has a bathroom with shower (bring towels, soap, shampoo, etc.). A free-will offering (optional) will be given to a designated ministry.
Registration is complete once payment is received (check payable to First Lutheran).  Mail registration and payment to: Kathy Olson, 38290 Everett Avenue, North Branch, MN 55056
For additional information, call Kathy at 651-248-0243 or email kaolson53@gmail.com or sll.church@gmail.com 
to request a Registration Form.
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 
Jackie Verdick 
Office Coordinator 
651-464-5502 ext.2000 

Susan Wojciechowski
Food Service Coordinator
651-464-5502 ext.2023 
Charlie Ollmann 
Choir Director 
Mary Gookins 
Handbell Choir Director 
Lisa Sauer 
Children's Choir Director 

Phyllis Lindberg 
Quick Links

Employment Opportunities
In line with Hosanna's  
newly approved staffing reorganization, the following positions are now open to applicants. Complete job descriptions are available below and on Hosanna's website.

Executive Assistant  
(full-time, hourly)
We are looking for an Executive Assistant to join our team. The ideal candidate would be energetic and experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks and will be able to work independently with little or no supervision. This person must be exceedingly well organized, a team player, flexible and enjoy the administrative opportunities of supporting a church office. This position will work closely with and report directly to the Lead Pastor. 

Bookkeeper / Accounting  
(24 hours per week)   
We have an immediate opening for a part-time Bookkeeper/
Accountant.  If you enjoy serving behind the scenes, you are extremely detail oriented, and enjoy providing support in a professional and friendly manner, then please take a closer look at this opportunity.
(10-20 hours per week)
This part-time position performs general custodial duties, minor maintenance and other miscellaneous duties in order to ensure Hosanna's facilities are maintained in a healthy, safe and sanitary manner. Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends and holidays. 
For complete job descriptions
or contact the church office at

Send resume and qualifications to: 
Volunteer Counters Needed
Can you spare a couple hours on Monday mornings 1-2 times per month. We meet once a week to count and record offerings received during the previous week  You do not need to be an accountant or bookkeeper. Training is provided. For more information
please contact Mary Peterson at 651-303-3516.

Hosanna Ministry Fair
Hosanna is holding
Ministry Fair
Wednesday Night, Sept 14
and also on
Sunday Morning, Sept 18

to showcase the various ministry opportunities you and your family can participate in here at Hosanna.
We need to hear from the leaders or point persons for these various ministries to help us coordinate this event. Please talk about this opportunity within your ministry group and decide who can represent your group on Sept 14 and 18. Then contact Jackie in the church office and let her know which group(s) will be represented and how you plan to present information and invite others to join your ministry
during the Ministry Fair.

Contact Jackie at
651-464-5502 or
NEW Book Study
for All People!
Healing the Heart of Democracy-
The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit
by Parker Palmer

The author looks with realism and hope at how to deal with our political tensions for the sake of the common good.

Palmer writes:
For those of use who want to see democracy survive and thrive - and we are legion-the heart is where everything begins: that grounded place in each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another, and embrace the conflicts that threaten democracy as openings to new life for us and for our nation.

Read the book, then come for the discussions at 7pm on Tuesdays:
  • Sep 20 - prelude + ch 1,2
  • Oct 4 - ch 3,4
  • Oct 18 - ch 5,6
  • Nov 1 - ch 7,8
Pastor Linda is the facilitator   
Prayer Requests
Praise & Thanksgiving 

Comfort, Strength & Healing in Cancer Journey
Santa Ferraro, friend of Susy Richie; Tracy, friend of Anne & Rob Myre; Terry Longville, friend of Sharon Sill; Charlie Wallin; Bob Rupar; Laura-daughter of Elaine Schumacher's friend; Terry & Donna Beck's daughter Angie

Healing, Recovery, Facing Other Health Issues 
Hannah Bergan, her family & medical team; Cole, grandson of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Jan Hill; Rick Bahnemann; Mel (Ekko) Blumer, grandson-in-law of Dale & Barbara Johansen; Laney Hays and family, granddaughter of Brad & Barb Turgeon; Stephanie, daughter of Ruth & Marlin Lackas; Norman Schaible, family friend of Teresa & Mike Bredahl; Johnita, Ruth (Marlin) Lackas' sister; Craig-Dick & Nancy Westcott's nephew; Joanne Johnson, mother of Julie (Ross) Ohman; Deb Krinke & family; Alex-Jen Bergan's friend's in-law; Mary (Jeff) Peterson's sister Betty & husband Steve; Cooper, great nephew of Mary Gookins; Sharon, sister of Betty (Glen) Corum

Grief Compassion

Comfort & Peace / Nearing End of Life
   Kelly (Curt) Monson's mother and their family
Keep Safe From Harm and Military   Kelley & babies (protection & healing), Marlin & Ruth Lackas' God child; Hayden Oliver, serving in the Coast Guard 

Yogadevotion, now in its 12 th year in Forest Lake, will begin a new session on Saturday, Sept.17 th, 2016, at Hosanna Lutheran Church, 9300 Scandia Trail N, Forest Lake.
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.
The seven (7) week session will run through Saturday, October 31st in the Lakeside Room (upper level) at Hosanna, beginning at 9 am and ending at 10 am. Please enter through Door C (north doors). Make-up sessions are available at various times and locations.

Cost is $56    To register simply CLICK HERE or contact Kathy Okeson, tv69oke@aol.com, or 651-464-5422. Payment is due by Sunday, September 11th, via checks made payable to Hosanna, (Yogadevotion on memo line), cash or online through Hosanna's website, are accepted.
Milestone Ministries celebrate the partnership between parents, church and God in raising our children in the faith!   These free sessions provide a wonderful way for families to connect with each other and with the church while exploring important aspects of faith. 

Sunday, Sept 18
SPARK Story Bible - preK-grade 3
11:30am-1:30pm   Lunch & Learn
This milestone recognizes the exciting step children take as they enter Faith Formation (Hosanna's version of Sunday school on Wednesday nights). Preschoolers who are beginning their first full year of Faith Formation
 will experience a special blessing and will receive their own SPARK Story Bible. Those elementary aged kids who have not received a SPARK Story Bible are invited to participate.

Sunday, Oct 2 
CONNECT Bible - grades 4-8
11:30am-1:30pm   Lunch & Learn
As children become independent readers, it is a natural time to fulfill the baptismal promise to place the scriptures into their hands. Children and their families will learn some basics about the Bible, as well as ways to incorporate the Bible in daily readings and family devotions through this special workshop. Parents will present the Bible to their child(ren) in worship.

Register HERE

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