Farewell Reception for Pastor Jim Barsch - Sunday, May 4, after both services. Join us as we thank Pastor Barsch for his ministry among us here at Hosanna and wish him well in his retirement.

GET Spring Plant Sale going on through Sunday, May 4 (payment due at time of placing order). Plants will be ready to pick up at Hosanna on Saturday, May 10 (9am-1pm) and Sunday, May 11 (9am-12noon).

NEW Prayer Requests this week:  Dick Westcott-recent cancer diagnosis-prayers for God's healing touch; Joel Ohman, Julie & Ross Ohman's son in Seattle-tonsil/adenoid surgery April 30-prayers to successful surgery and recovery.

SAM (Senior Adult Ministry) Monthly Lunch - Thursday, May 1 at 11:30 am at Sal's Angus Grill in Withrow (across RR tracks from Withrow Ballroom). See Lynda Olson or Kathy Kuehn for more info.

CHIME IN for Hosanna Chimes Campaign - Fundraiser sales to be held May 4 and May 18  to raise funds ($800 goal) to purchase a 3rd octave of chimes. Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy Bars and Cards (specially designed note/greeting cards) will be available with a free-will offering.

NEW Peace Stone Ministry - Beginning May 4, small glass stones will be placed around the baptismal font. When you pass the font during communion, you may take a stone and carry it with you to remind you that God is with you at all times. When you encounter anyone having a difficult struggle in their life, you may give the stone to them, explaining that they should carry it with them as a reminder that God is always with them and that they have someone here on earth who cares about them and will keep them in their prayers. After you have given your stone away, you may take another stone  from the baptismal font and continue the practice. PARENTS: Due to a possible choking hazard, please allow only children 10 yrs and older to take a stone.

Forest Lake Community Blood Drive - April 28, 8am-7pm at St. Peter's Catholic Church. For questions or to make an appt. call Donna 651-433-2955. Walk-ins are welcome. Please remember to bring some form of ID.

Appeal for Meals for the Schlemmer Family - Are you able to help provide a meal(s) for this family as their son Christopher goes through extensive medical treatments? More info and to sign up go to   http://www.TakeThemAMeal.com/meals.php?t=MRNK1673 

Mark your calendars for Vacation Bible School (VBS) - Aug. 4-8, 2014  Volunteers Needed. Watch for more details and Sign Up to come on the bulletin board in Upper Commons.

Spring Grounds Clean-Up - Saturday, May 17,  7:30 am-11:30 am followed by a soup & bread lunch. Bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, trimmers, cutters, gloves, etc. Sign up at Welcome Center or email Rick at  rbahnemann@hosannaforestlake.net    

Journey of Forgiveness...A Story Not Yet Told  May 8 at 6 pm Garden Chapel - Please join us for a documentary of Native Elders sharing their boarding school experiences and the journey they are now taking towards forgiveness. Following the documentary, Basil Brave Heart, A Lakota Elder, will share his personal boarding school experience and journey of forgiveness.

Hosanna Choir's BIG SING - Sunday, May 18 - Bring your friends and neighbors to enjoy the choir's Word in Music at both 9am and 10:30am services. 

Deadline for submitting ministry news or articles for our next quarterly newsletter issue of The BRANCH is May 19. Send to Jackie in the office at communication@hosannaforestlake.net

2nd Hosanna 40th Anniversary celebration - Sunday, June 1 - Join us for our first 2014 summer worship service at Lakeside Park in downtown Forest Lake followed by a potluck celebration. Hosanna Choir will also be singing at this special celebration. Bring your friends & neighbors.

Relay For Life Forest Lake - Aug 1-2  Hosanna is sponsoring 2 teams this year and we are looking for walkers to join our teams and share in this fun community event. For more information, contact team captains Sue Palmer 651-329-1098 or Diane Zak 651-408-8282.