News / Announcements / Upcoming Events:
Please note:    – Make sure to check the calendar for weekly activities, meetings and Bible study times.
                        – Youth and Sunday School announcements are located under the “Get Involved” tab.
                        – For descriptions of Bible studies currently being offered, look under the “Get Involved” tab.
Group Captain Needed:
One of our fellowship group captains will be stepping down.  Are you interested in helping out and becoming a captain?  Don’t know what a captain does, we will be more than happy to give you more details.  Please talk to Mary Seiffert or leave your name in the office.  Thanks for stepping up!
People Needed to Fill Church Positions:  (Deadline March 15)
We are looking for candidates for the positions of Elder and Red River Lutheran School Association Representative.  If you are interested or know of someone interested in either of these positions, please let either Muff Brandt, Diane Berggren, Loretta Swanson or Pastor Chris know.  Election of officers will take place during the March 18th Voters’ Meeting.  Thank you for prayerfully considering stepping up to fill a position.
March Newsletter Articles:  (Deadline Feb 26)
If you have anything you’d like included in the March Newsletter, please submit it to the office as soon as possible.  Thanks!
Prayer” Bible Study Books for Sale:
There are extra Bible study books from the “Prayer” Bible study available for sale.  These books can also be used as an individual study.  This would be perfect for someone who was unable to attend the Bible study but is still interested in learning more about “Prayer”.  Books are $7 – contact Loretta Swanson at (218) 236-1891.
Easter Flower Orders:

There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex for people to order flowers in memory or in honor of loved ones.  Flowers and their prices are listed on the sign-up sheets.  Checks for the Easter flowers are to be made out to the LWML.

Potluck Suppers During Lent:  (Feb 14 – Mar 21)
BSLC offers soup and sandwich suppers before our Lenten worship each Wednesday from 6:00-6:45 pm.  You are invited to bring soups, sandwiches or desserts as you are able.  Our groups will do the set-up  and clean-up.  Listed below are the dates for each group.  Thanks for your help. 
Feb 14: E-G    ~   Feb 21: H-K   ~   Feb 28: L-N   ~   Mar 7: Q-R   ~   Mar 14: S   ~   Mar 21: T-Z
2018 Flower Chart:
The 2018 Flower Chart is on the bulletin board outside the church office.  If you would like to sponsor the flowers on the altar during a Sunday in 2018, just write your name on the chart and leave a check in the office designated as “Altar Flowers”.  Cost is $20.  If you have any questions, contact Vicki in the church office.
Enrollment at Grace School for Fall 2018 is now open:
Enrollment has now started at Grace Lutheran School.  Association church members and your friends, and relatives are welcome to come in and register for all classes or to take a tour of the school to get an idea of what Grace Lutheran is like.  We have needs based financial aid with over $100,000 available for your students to attend Grace!  Give us a call and set up a Care Visit with Our Principal NOW!
Auction Items Needed:  (Due by Mar 5)
The Grace Lutheran School auction takes place on March 10, and we are looking for auction items.  Do you or someone you know have items that we could use for our silent or live auction?  Some ideas could include fun experiences, unique crafts/art, autographed items, outdoor games or camping/fishing/beach gear, small appliances, spa certificates, rugs, small furniture, jewelry, cupcakes/cookies or baked goods for a year, hotel stays, theme park tickets, sports tickets…  be creative, have fun, and THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!  All donations can be dropped off at the school, or if needed, someone can pick them up, just contact through email our Auction Chairperson, Dinah Sommerfeld at dsommerfeld912@gmail.com 
Confirmation Picture Display:
Take time to look at the picture boards outside the church office.  The Confirmation pictures from previous years are posted there.  There is still one year missing so if you have a confirmation class picture for the year 2016, please bring it (or send a digital version) to the church office.  Or if you have a good copy of any of the years that are printed as a 5×7 (not 8×10), please bring it to the church office and we can scan it in and get an 8×10 made.  Thank you to everyone who bought in class photos of years that were missing!
Donate via Electronic Giving:
Did you know that Beautiful Savior offers an electronic option for giving your donations?  Just like paying your bills electronically, the Simply Giving program offers convenience for our members by allowing you to not have to write a check or remember your offering envelope on Sunday morning.  Electronic Giving also provides much-needed donation consistency for our church. Simply Giving is a secure direct debit giving program used to automatically transfer funds from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account on a monthly or semi-monthly basis.
 
As you consider future contributions, please also consider signing up for electronic giving.  The authorization form can be printed from the “Resources / Forms” tab of this website or can be picked up in the church office.  If you have any questions, please feel free to visit with Vicki in the church office.
Call Committee Update:  (excerpt from 4th quarter finance mailing:  updated 2/12/18)
The Call Committee has continued to deliberate regarding the next steps in the call process.  We have evaluated the feedback from you, the members of BSLC; we have considered the mission of BSLC in carrying out the Lord’s work and how we can best do so; and we have considered how we can best and most wisely utilize the resources with which God has blessed our congregation.  To that end, there will be a Special Voters’ Meeting between services on Sunday, Feb 11 (approx 9:30 am), at which the Call Committee will present its recommendations, and the voters will have the opportunity to consider the recommendations and ultimately make the very important decision regarding the next steps in the call process. 
I hope you will be able to attend, as your feedback in this process is very important!
At the Special Voters’ Meeting on Feb 11, the voters voted to make a call to the Seminary for an Associate Pastor. 
Thank you to all who attended the meeting.
Sunday School Teachers Still Needed:  (as of Dec 10)
We are still looking for help on Sunday mornings for Sunday School.  We are looking for teachers or team teachers for the High School class, 2nd and 5th grades, substitutes and memory work helpers.  If interested, please contact Bobbi Hestdalen at 701-540-2218 or the church office.
Hurricane Relief:  (How can I help?)
Your prayers and support for victims and for the rescue efforts of the recent  hurricanes are needed.   Prayer: “Holy Father, as the images of devastation continue to flood in, Your children turn to You in prayer. Remember all whose lives have been shaken, and hold them in Your everlasting arms. Remember all whose property has been lost, and remind them of the unfading inheritance Your Son has prepared for Your children in heaven. Remember all who work to bring rescue and support to those imperiled, and fill them with courage. Use all Your people as agents of Your divine love and witnesses to our everlasting hope. We ask it in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.”
If you would like more information or feel moved to donate financially to any of the hurricanes, please visit:   www.lcms.org/harvey  or  www.lcms.org/irma  or  www.lcms.org/puerto-rico-relief
Main Street Living North: 
Main Street Living North is a Lutheran Television Program that is endorsed by the LCMS.  MSLN broadcasts each Sunday at 10:00 am, followed by a children’s program at 10:30 am on TV station KVRR.  The program is financially supported through donations given by the viewers and congregations of the viewing area.  The sermons and songs are video’d in advance and are then used in a future broadcast of the program.  The choir is composed of members of the local churches – you do not have to be part of our choir in order to participate.  If you would like more information about MSLN or want to watch a previous broadcast, go to: mainstreetlivingnorth.com.
To donate:  Financial Support checks may be sent to “Main Street Living North”, 821  5th Ave. S., Fargo, ND  58103.  You can also donate by credit card or a Paypal account at: www.mainstreetlivingnorth.com.  Thank you and God’s blessing in Christ!
Opportunities to Get Involved at BSLC:
Have you ever wondered if you could be an usher or greeter on Sunday mornings? Have you thought you might enjoy singing with the choir or playing in the praise band? Do you have a gift for prayer, sewing, gardening, working with children or teens, or planning activities? These are just some of the ways you can contribute your gifts and talents at Beautiful Savior. For a more complete list of opportunities, take a look under the “Get Involved” tab of this website.  Or if you would like to learn more about any of these or want to know how you can serve our congregation, please visit with Jennifer Krause or any member of the Church Council. 
1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
New Pictorial Directory:  (Sign up now to schedule your photography appointment)
Beautiful Savior is in the process of creating a new Pictorial Directory.  We would love to have all members of our congregation be included in this photo directory.  Every family that is photographed will receive a free 8×10 portrait and a free printed directory.  Go to the “Directory” page of this website for more information and to schedule your family photography appointment.
Volunteer Greeters Needed for the Family Photo Sessions:
Volunteers are needed to work at the sign-in table during the family Photo Sessions.  This is a very simple job.  Just log in the families, make certain we have the correct information for each family, fill in the missing information legibly, and show them where to go for their picture at their assigned time.  It’s also a great way to meet some of your fellow church members! 
        To sign up to work at the table, please click here:  Photo Session Greeters
Do you have Pictures from Church Events?
If you have pictures from church events and are willing to share them, please let the office know.
You just never know where we might use them…  Thanks!
Address and Phone Number(s) Changes:
If you have moved, dropped your landline or have a new phone number, please let the church office know.  You can inform us of the changes by calling, emailing or leaving a note in the office with the new information.  Thank you.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (Mar 8)
Next Quilting date is Thursday, Mar 8 from 10 am to 3 pm.  We meet twice a month.  Please come join us if you can (you do not have to stay the whole time).  Being a quilter is NOT a requirement as much conversation and fellowship is involved.  We donate quilts to local organizations and sell them to members.  If there is a silent auction we can donate a quilt for, we are happy to do so.  If you have any questions, please contact Donna at 232-2464.
Grace Lutheran School Auction:  (Mar 10)
Save the Date:  “God’s Grace” annual auction celebration will be March 10 at the Delta Hotel by Marriot in Fargo.  Registration is at 5 pm for pre-swipe and silent auction; from 5:30-7:30 pm there will be gourmet
hors d’oeuvres; and at 7:45 pm the live auction begins.  The cost is $40 per ticket.  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the school office 701-232-7747 or email: jhagge@gracels.com .
Grace Lutheran School Kindergarten Open House:  (Mar 12)
Grace will be holding another Open House for Pre-K and Kindergarten prospective families on Monday, March 12 from 4-6 pm.  Join us for snacks, Q&A with Principal and teachers, Financial Aid discussions and small craft projects.  “We partner with parents to instruct and train children in spiritual, academic, physical, social and emotional areas of development while strengthening relationships with God and each other.” 
Join us on March 12th to find out more!  Any questions, please call 701-232-7747 or email jhagge@gracels.com
Ladies – Come check out LWML:  (next meeting is Mar 15)
LWML meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 pm.  All women regardless of age are invited to join.  Even if you can’t attend every meeting, you are still welcome to come as it fits your schedule.  There are lots of activities coming up – so even if you can’t attend the monthly meetings, consider teaming up on a committee to help make things happen.  Your participation in LWML is a great way to make new friends within the church.  And, at the same time, you will be Serving the Lord!
Voters’ Meeting:  (March 18)
There will be a Voters’ Meeting between services on Sunday, March 18 (approx 9:30 am).  Please plan to attend and hear updates from each of our Boards.  We will also be voting on a few Church Positions.
Gold Club Potluck:  (Mar 21)
Next Gold Club potluck and fellowship is at noon on Wednesday, March 21.  Bring a special dish to share and enjoy a potluck meal at noon Wednesday, Mar 21,

Palm Sunday:  (Mar 25)

The Triumphal Entry

The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.  So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel! And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,

“Fear not, daughter of Zion;
behold, your king is coming,
sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him.   (John 12:12-16)

Maundy Thursday:  (Mar 29)

Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper.  Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday.

First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion (Luke 22:19-20).  Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility (John 13:3-17). 

The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word for “command.” The “Maundy” in “Maundy Thursday” refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.

We will have worship at 7:00 pm with a celebration of holy communion in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples.

Good Friday:  (Mar 30)
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16)
 
Please join us for service at 7:00 pm to commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus.
Easter Sunday:  (Apr 1)
 
He has risen!  He has risen indeed!   Alleluia!
Please join us for service at 8:15 am, 9:30 am or 10:45 am.
Bus Tour to The Ark Encounter:  (Apr 15-21)
Immanuel Lutheran Church will be sponsoring a bus tour to see the Creation Museum, the Ark Encounter, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, IN.  The tour will originate in Bismarck with stops in Jamestown and Fargo.  This seven-day, six-night trip is only $765 per person/double occupancy.  We will be gone April 15-21.  Please contact Ed Bean at
701-261-9687 for a copy of the brochure or further details.  This was an extremely successful trip last year so we are going to do it again!  We need a minimum of 40 people to make this work!  Sign up now!
Loose Change Sundays:  (next Mites Day is Sunday, Apr 29)
Mites Sunday occur during the months that have 5 Sundays and therefore is called “Loose Change Sunday”!  Please bring your loose change or dollars on those Sundays and place it in the Mites Box.  On a weekly basis, the Mites Box is located across the hall from the church office and you are welcome to drop off loose change into the box at any time – it does not have to be a Loose Change Sunday.  Thank you to all who have dropped their loose change into the Mites Box.  Combined Mite Box donations amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants.  To see a list of the current recipients of the Mite Box donations, go to the LWML page located under the “Get Involved” tab of this website.