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Volume 38 Issue 8 August 2017
Outdoor Worship Service August 27, 2017
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” Safety and Security In 2015 the Safety and Security Ministry Team completed our Children and Youth Ministry Safe Church Practices document which is available from our church web site (www.hosannalutheran.org/aboutus/safety-and-security/). The document states that all staff and volunteers involved with children and youth ministries must participate in safety training every two years. Background checks are also required every two years. Most of those who have previously completed the training and background checks will need to repeat the process by this coming September.
Staff and volunteers should fill out a background check authorization form available at the church office. Please return the filled-out form to Jodi in the office who will put it in a secure location for the Safety Team. As for the training, we are going to do something different this time around. Our background checks provider, Protect My Ministry, also provides online safety training. This safety course very closely approximates the same material which was covered in our face to face safety training sessions held over the last two years. Now you won't have to spend an extra evening at church to cover this material. Instead, you'll take a 45 minute online course using your web browser. If you have completed the online training, you do not need to repeat the background check and online training.
When your background check request is submitted, Protect My Ministry will send you an email message with a link to the training. You'll read through the training material and answer a few questions. If you don't receive a training email or have any trouble with the training, please send a note to Mark Ingebretson ([email protected]). Thanks for participating in Hosanna's safety process to make our church safe!
Education Registration Forms The 2017-2018 Education Registration Forms are now available. Please complete one form (per family) if your child, tween or teenager will be involved in any of Hosanna's ministries during the 2017-2018 school year. Forms may be found in the narthex or on our webpage.
Sunday School Leaders Needed As we roll into the 2017-2018 school year we are busy looking for leaders willing to help with Sunday School. We are in need of leaders for the youngest (3 year olds) on up through 5th/6th grade. If you would be willing to assist, please contact Deanna Jestus ([email protected]).
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Memorial Garden With its crown of feathery blossoms that appear almost immediately, statuesque cleome puts a colorful and whimsical spin on your garden in no time. This fast growing annual starts flowering when it is a mere 12 inches tall. It blooms and grows all summer long. By the end of August, cleome is at its peak measuring 4-6 feet in height. Wispy pink, white and purple blooms can measure 6 inches across. It is also called spider flower as it has long, pollen bearing stamens and long seed pods. Cleome withstands heat, lack of moisture and poor soil conditions. It needs no fertilizer, and It will reseed itself. I have had cleome in my garden for at least 10 years. In the fall I pull out the plants knowing that next spring, I will have a bumper crop of seedlings. I select which ones are well located and pull the rest. Cleome is deer and rabbit resistant, attracts butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and songbirds. Perhaps the only drawback is the spines on the stalks, but I have never had
trouble with them. Our Memorial Garden was planted with cleome 2 years ago. Last year we saved a few seedlings, but this spring we decided to pull all the new seedlings. We try to keep weeding at a minimum there. I really encourage you to try one cleome in a planter. It will add some interest to the other plants. If you have plenty of garden space, try it as a tall background. Just prepare to pull seedlings the next spring. Information from Birds and Bloom Article, July 2006 Judy Ruegg
Hello Hosanna Family,
This summer is flying by. It’s been a busy summer here in St. Paul and for our family. We’ve made two trips to Fargo and the area lakes with our kids and grandkids. We’ve had lots of fun with them and enjoyed doing some
relaxing in, on, and around the water. It’s hard to believe that one year ago, I was planning for my internship and now it’s nearly completed. I’ve studied and learned. I’ve learned and grown. I’ve met new people and experienced new things, such as riding the Light Rail, asking area businesses for donations for community outreach, worshipping and dining with our Muslim neighbors, leading opening prayer for the State Senate, and becoming part of a whole new community. It’s been unbelievably awesome, but I am tired. I’ve put thousands of miles on the car and worn deep ruts into Highway 52. I’ve studied countless numbers of hours, written hundreds of papers and reflections, learned to read and understand Greek and Hebrew – sort of. But despite all of this, I have never been alone. All this was accomplished with your support, my Hosanna family and my own family.
I do owe my thanks to you all, but most importantly is the thanks and praise to our holy and gracious God. God is good. God leads us where we cannot go alone. God is our support in all times – of this we can be certain. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NRSV)
I will be finished with my internship on August 20th. Scott and I are going to relax for a few
days and do nothing. Then I will be back at Hosanna to do some ministry work until I receive my first call. Looking forward to seeing you and sharing with you.
Until then peace be with you,
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Sandlot Volleyball! Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Men, women, and youth (ages 12 and up) are invited to join us for sandlot volleyball at Essex Park (5455 West River Road Northwest.) We’ll play every Tuesday, weather permitting, through August 29
Play every week or as your schedule permits. Summer volleyball is a great way to connect with friends, old and new. Invite your family and friends to join us! Please contact Jane Johnson at [email protected] or 507-252-8287 if you have any questions.
Hilltoppers August 8 at Noon
All those 55+ or who are retired are invited to a catered lunch. This month’s program is to be announced. Please sign up at the Welcome Center to let us know you are coming. You may call the office at 507-285-0092 for a ride.
Stephen Ministry Workshop October 7, 2017
Did you know that Hosanna is one of more than 10,000 Stephen Ministry congregations from more than 100 denominations worldwide? Since 1975 more than half a million Stephen Ministers have been trained, providing care to more than 2 million people. At
Hosanna, over the past 20 years, we’ve trained over 30 Stephen Ministers.
Stephen Ministries of St. Louis will conduct an introductory workshop at Hosanna on Saturday, October 7 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. There is no registration fee for any interested Hosanna members. The topics include, “Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief,” “An Introduction to Stephen Ministry,” and “How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way.” For more information or to register for the workshop, go to www.stephen ministries.org. You may also contact Barb Anderson at [email protected] or Pastor Meiers at [email protected].
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Last week, I was privileged to attend the national Association of Lutheran Church Musicians Conference along with music director, Nancy Wales. This was the 30
anniversary of the founding of this organization so it was a celebration of the past and a look to the future of music in the church. The five days were filled with glorious music, worship, and workshops. It was especially exciting to sing hymns in worship with 300 other Lutheran musicians! Other highlights included a hymn sing with the National Lutheran Choir and a trip to St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville where we participated in an evening prayer service along with members of the Abbey. Numerous workshops were offered and covered a variety of topics. Some were reading sessions where we had the opportunity to read through music of various composers written within the past year. Other workshops challenged us to re-think congregational song and engaged us in considering the theology within our liturgy. Cynthia McLaren
The theme of the ALCM Conference, “Rise, remember well the future”, might seem counterintuitive. As the Conference Chair, Craig Mueller, stated in our handbook, “We recall the past in order to learn, to glean wisdom, and to give thanks. In this Reformation anniversary year, we remember our Lutheran heritage, especially the gift of the gospel that continues to set people free.” He went on to say, “This conference, though, also looks to the future. What will be the role of church music, liturgy and the leader of the congregational song (the cantor) in the next decades? To remember the future is to trust God’s faithfulness and the promise that all things are being made new.” This theme was carried out in various ways throughout the conference. One of the main presentations was “Re-Membering the Role of the Cantor (the leader of the congregational song)”. The cantor’s vocation is to be a: 1. steward of words, 2. teacher, 3. fellow citizen. While being with other church musicians, we looked at the past, discussed the present and imagined the future. Nancy Wales
Make a Joyful Sound – Participate in Music Ministry Groups Be a part of sharing God’s love, mercy and inspiration by participating in Hosanna’s Music Ministry Groups. Starting in September, these groups will have rehearsals: Sundays Preschool Choir 3 year olds-Kindergarten Kids Kwire Grades 1-6 Mondays and Thursdays (week before they lead worship) Grace Worship Team Singers and Instrumentalists Wednesdays Praise! Handchimes King’s Ringers Handbells Exodus Jazz Band Hosanna Choir Mixed Voices
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e” Hosanna Red Cross Shelter Team
Four Team Members Earn Awards!
Three members of the Hosanna Red Cross Shelter Team were awarded years-of-service pins at the annual volunteer recognition event on June 26
th at the local chapter. Lisa
Nordman was awarded her ten-year pin and both Keith Johnson and Kristina Johnson were awarded their five-year pins. Lisa has volunteered with all three of the shelter activations at Hosanna—August 2007, September 2010, and February 2015. She also keeps up-to-date by attending shelter team meetings and trainings. Keith and Kristina both assisted with the February 2015 shelter activation at Hosanna. They also assisted with a smoke alarm installation event in the fall of 2015. Keith also volunteers as a fiscal reviewer for the local chapter. Lisa, Keith and Kristina--thank you for your service to our community!
Further, on June 20th, Jane Johnson, shelter
team manager, received a Red Cross Minnesota Region “Outstanding Volunteer Group” award for her work as part of a Partner Shelter Workshop Team that teaches Shelter Fundamentals to partners of the Red Cross. Earlier this year, Jane taught in Buffalo and Onamia. Congratulations Jane!
Thursday August 17th 9:00 am—1:00 pm For more information please contact : Julianne Jahn at 507-202-9752 or Janet Walsh at 763-568-2319
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Friday August 25th at 1:00 pm For more information contact Carolyn Dahl at 288-0945 or Call the church office at 285-0092
Hosanna’s Pantry is 4 Years Old!
Since August 2013, Hosanna has served over 300 families each year who are in need of help with food. Over 100 people have volunteered a few hours at least one time during the last 4 years. Join this wonderful family ministry and bring friends along to help with Hosanna’s Pan-try during the summer months when the needs are greatest. There are jobs for all ages (5 and older) to do. The pantry set up, unloading the Channel One food delivery and setting the food out on tables, is Friday morning, August 25, at 10:00 am. Or you can help greet families, shop with them, carry out groceries or clean up on Saturday, August 26, from 9:00—11:30 am. There’s a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center or you may contact Barb Anderson at [email protected].
Hosanna’s Pantry Team Celebration Lunch August 26 – 11:45 am – Gathering Area
(immediately after the pantry closes)
Pantry Team before opening on 7-22-17
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Annual “God’s work. Our hands.” is around the Corner!
Sunday, September 10th
– Mark Your Calendars!
This year we observe the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The ELCA’s anniversary theme, “Freed and Renewed in Christ,” reminds us of the gospel’s promise that we are freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbors. This is work that you do every day – serving your community in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people. On “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday our congregation, children to adults, will be Rallying together to put our Faith into Action! Invite your friends! Here’s what’s going to be happening: There will be one worship service at 9:00 am There will be 6 different service projects to choose from right after the worship Make Fleece Caps for Mittens and More Ministry Tie and Pin Quilts for the Quilters Ministry Assemble 6 can soup for the Channel One and Sharing and Caring Pantries Garden Harvesting Deliver vegetables to Gage East Apartments/Empowerment Center Assemble Cookies for delivery to: Dorothy Day House Hope Lodge Gift of Life Transplant House Assemble Camp Noah Kids Kits Lunch will be served to all volunteers After Lunch service Projects: Adopt-A-Highway (Clean up Hwy 52 south of Apache Mall) Installation of battery operated smoke alarms Keith and Jane Johnson will be leading this service project which is partnered with the Red Cross Look for more details to come!
“God's work. Our hands” continues into the week. We will be hosting a dinner at the Ronald McDonald House on Wednesday September 13th. The service opportunity provides dinner to the families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House. There will be limited space for this service project so look for sign up sheets in the fellowship area. Focal for this service project is Barb Schepp.
Look for the “God’s work. Our hands.” bulletin board in the gathering area for donation lists and sign-up sheets
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August 2017 Sunday Services 9:00 am
August 6, 2017 Liturgy: WOV Setting 5/Communion
Theme: Faithfulness of the people of Israel Text: Romans 9: 1-5
August 13, 2017 Liturgy: Service of Word and Song
Grace Team Theme: Works of the Law and of Faith
Text: Romans 10: 5-15
August 20, 2017 Liturgy: WOV Setting 5/Communion
Theme: God Will Never Forsake Israel Text: Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32
August 27, 2017 Liturgy: Outdoor Worship Service
Theme: Present Yourself as a Living Sacrifice
Text: Romans 12:1-8
Tenth Triennial Gathering July 13-16, 2017
The gathering of the Women of the ELCA took place at the Minneapolis Convention Center with 3,300 attendees, including six women from Hosanna. 1,200 of those attending were first-time participants. The women discovered personal and communal transformation through Bible study, worship, learning opportunities, a hymn festival, service projects, film and art. Because this gathering fell during the observance of the 500
th anniversary of the Protestant
Reformation, the theme offered another way to celebrate reformation and transformation which happened in the past and which continues to happen within the faith-filled community of women in the ELCA. The message from the speakers was for each of us to be called to action and carry our transformation out into a world that seeks renewal and which so desperately needs us to convey the love of God. Featured speakers were ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton; Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, of Liberia; Rev. Alexia Salvatierra from Los Angeles, a leader in areas of poverty and immigration; and Kelly Fryer, author of books on mission and Bible studies in Gather magazine. In-kind gifts collected included more than $19,000 in gift cards, more than 27,000 items of hygiene products, clothing, quilt kits, and Days for Girls kits. The Thankoffering totaled $49,064. More information will be shared sometime during an Adult Forum.
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Council Minutes—July 11, 2017
Pastor’s Report: Lisa moved (Terri seconded) that we accept his June report. It passed unanimously. Attendance has been surprisingly high so far this summer. Bulletins ran out twice in June and twice so far in July. Altar Guild recently had to make up another tray for communion. Some visitors have also attended which may lead to new members.
Business & Finance: Lisa moved (Ron seconded) that we accept this report. It passed unanimously. Things are progressing as expected, nothing surprising. Behind budget as usual this time of year. But with more people attending more regularly in the Fall the budget will improve.
Fellowship: Interest in the Stephen Ministry Conference for Saturday, October 7 is building. Stephen Ministry is paying for the catering. 150 people may attend and the worldwide publicity is anticipated to create a diverse attendance. Support: Window seals fixed. Mailbox welded in place. Light for sign on back order. Faucets still need to be installed. The roof is leaking for an unknown reason and the old metal roof has rusted screws that will need to be replaced. Exterior bricks can let moisture in and may need to be sealed to prevent mold. Passed fire alarm test. Long “to do” list including parking lot.
Scouting will remain at Holy Spirit through end of year 2017. They are looking into other possible “charters” besides Hosanna. They may have representative visit to check us out and discuss logistics. Whether the change from a Catholic to Lutheran charter affects membership is not important. The variety of meetings would not be a problem.
Respectfully submitted, Joe Desannoy - Council Secretary
Treasurer and Financial Secretary Report
Account Balances - June
2017 Jun YTD
Budget 33,846 203,076
Contributions 30,121 185,311
Difference (3,725) (17,765)
2016 28,818 193,481
Difference 16/17 1,303 (8,170)
Capital Appeal 420 4,466
Receipts 185,286 117,552
Expenditures 189,161 102,873
Difference (3,875) 14,679
Account Name Balance
General Reserve 65,282
Special Gifts 57,405
ELCA Scholarship 50,000
Thank you all for your financial support for my dad’s medical expenses. Please also pray for safe journeys for me as I travel to India to visit him. Thank you again. Pastor Nirmala
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Greetings Hosanna friends: It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. As you are reading this, there will already be a lot of discussion about going back to school. Soon enough the temperature will be cooling off and children of all ages will be going back to school. The next big long weekend will be Thanksgiving! Hopefully you have all had some time to relax and enjoy the summer with your family and friends.
Dan and I are spending the week at our lake home. As I write this, we are out enjoying a pontoon ride on a sunny afternoon. Days like this remind us that we should all take time to enjoy the beauty and wonder that God has created for us, whether it is during days at the cabin, trips to see the grandchildren or enjoying gardens and flowers at home or on your travels. It usually takes us a few days to slow down our pace when we start our vacation and it is always hard for us to head home, but the time away recharges not only our body but our spirit. We’ve learned that it is important for us to put things into perspective by being away from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives – to sort out what is really important. You can get a lot of thinking done on a pontoon in the middle of the lake, just cruising around, and the view is priceless. Today we saw a family of loons, an eagle nesting on top of a tree, children playing in the water and dogs cooling off nearby. These are all signs of God’s glory in the world. Psalm 24:1 says “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it”. Life is full of opportunities to sit back and take in the beauty of the earth that the Lord has given us. It is important for us to spend time enjoying this world. In closing, I have included a few photos from our summer vacation. We hope you enjoy them and have the opportunity to add to your photo album as well.
Thank you Charlie Charlie Bohlke will be retiring from his position as Hosanna’s Custodian as of August 4, 2017. Charlie has faithfully served our congregation since joining the staff in August of 2008. He, his wife Dixie, and their dog Mariah will be moving to Apple Valley following his retirement. We thank Charlie for his thorough care of our building and grounds over the past nine years. May God bless him and his family as he enters retirement.
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Dear Members and Friends of Hosanna Jesus tells us to pray that the kingdom of God might come. “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done”, we pray in the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus tells us that it is God’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. Even if we cannot easily sense it, Jesus assures us, “behold, the Kingdom of God is in the midst of You.”
This Kingdom has no boundaries as a nation does. It will not be found in the atlases of the world. But it has a King, a way of life, a book, and a language. To the world of Pontius Pilate it is nonreality; to those of us who live by faith it is the most real of all. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth may pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) The kingdom comes in to view when, in the halls of justice, right replaces wrong. It finds its way into our homes when promises are kept, love is treasured and forgiveness prevails. The Kingdom comes to earth in tangible ways when the gospel is proclaimed, the hungry fed, the homeless provided shelter, etc. It was there when Dietrich Bonheoffer resisted the tyranny of the Nazis, and when Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to our troubled nation from his Birmingham cell. The Kingdom comes when love drives out fear, when mercy replaces indifference, and when hope overcomes cynicism and despair. When we gather as a congregation to sing our hymns, listen to the Word, and join together in confession and prayer, the Kingdom is very near. Worship is not a commonplace event. The King takes up residence in our hearts, and we claim our citizenship in the Kingdom that has no ending. Live each day as citizens of the Kingdom of God. Yours in Christ Pastor Bill Meiers July Pastoral Acts 7/11/2017 Transferred to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson, Minnesota Brian and Darcy Moehnke, Grace and Faye 7/13/2017 Transferred to Hosanna Lutheran Church from Central Lutheran Church Winona, MN - Doug and Melba Johnson
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