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.
NYG Pizza Ranch Fundraiser:  (Mar 25)
The NYG youth will be having a fundraiser night on Monday, March 25 from 5-8 pm at Pizza Ranch, 4480 23 Ave S, Fargo.  Please come and support our youth.  Mention Beautiful Savior when paying, and 25 percent of the receipt goes to our youth as well as 100 percent of tips.
Newsletter Articles due:  (Mar 20)
If you have something you would like included in the upcoming newsletter, please submit your article(s) by the 20th of the month.
Sermon from the Wednesday of the Blizzard:
Since our Lenten Midweek sermons are part of a 9 part series, we have posted the sermon from Wednesday, March 13 online even though we did not have a worship service that night due to the weather.  “Sweet Surrender” was the 2nd sermon in the series “The Book of Job: Blessed be the Name of the Lord”.  (Ash Wednesday was the 1st part of the series.)  The sermon is located under the “Sermons/Past Sermons” tab of this website and then choose the March 13, 2019 sermon.
A Higher Things Youth Retreat:  (Mar 29-30)
Zion Lutheran Church in Gwinner, ND will be hosting a Higher Things Youth Retreat: The Great cOmmission on March 29-30.  It will feature Pastor Daniel Voth, associate pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Forks.  He loves teaching teenagers about Jesus and just might say something you want to hear!  The cost is $50 per person.  Click here to print a sign-up sheet or you can pick one up in the narthex.  See Vicar Brian for more information.
Loose Change Sundays:  (Mar 31)
Mites Sunday occurs during the months that have 5 Sundays and 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 on 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 “Get Involved / LWML” page of this website.
Sunday School Children to Sing:  (Mar 31)
The Pre-K thru 4th grade Sunday School students will be singing at the beginning of both worship services on Sunday, March 31.  Please have your child(ren) here by 8 am for a quick practice and to line up.  Thank you.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (Mar 28)
Next quilting date is Thursday, Mar 28 from 10 am to 3 pm (you do not have to stay the whole time).    This is open to all women of the church.  Bring a friend or two if you want!  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.
New Date and Time for “Where Moms Connect” Devotional:  (Starting Apr 2)
Calling all mothers of babies to teenagers, a new devotional time just for you!  Take some time out of your busy schedule and join us in fellowship with other moms to dive into God’s word together.  Child care will be provided onsite.  “Where Moms Connect” will move to Tuesdays and be held the first and third Tuesdays of each month beginning Tuesday, April 2 at 9 am at Beautiful Savior.  For more information about “Where Moms Connect”, please contact Leanne Muhl at (701) 850-7703 or Dahlia Shane at (979) 203-1160.
Thrivent Choice Dollars:
If you are a Thrivent member and are eligible for Thrivent Choice dollars, please go online or call your representative to have your Thrivent Choice dollars designated to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.
2019 Flower Chart:
The 2019 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 2019, just write your name on the chart and leave a check in the office designated as “Altar Flowers”.  Cost is $20.  After the 2nd service is done on Sunday, you are welcome to take home the flowers you sponsored.  If you have any questions, contact the church office.
Volunteers Needed for Meals On Wheels:
Valley Senior Services of Cass County is looking for volunteers to help deliver meals to seniors.  You only need to sign up for 1 hour at a time!  Please call (701) 293-1440 if interested in helping this worthwhile organization.
encourageMENt LCMS Men’s Ministry Breakfast:  (Apr 27)
Save the Date: Our LCMS men are invited to a breakfast and presentation to be held Saturday, April 27 from 8:45 to 11:55 am at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo.  Del Ruff will be presenting.
Important Upcoming Dates: Spring 2019 
     Palm Sunday:  April 14
     Maundy Thursday: April 18
     Good Friday: April 19
     Easter Sunday: April 21
     Confirmation: April 28
Easter Flowers:  (Now taking orders)
There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex to order flowers in memory or in honor of a loved one.  Flower types and the prices are listed on the sign-up sheets.  Please make checks payable to the LWML and place the payment in the envelope.
NYG Youth Looking for Sponsorship:
Ten youth from Beautiful Savior will be attending the National Youth Gathering July 11-15 in Minneapolis, MN.  In addition to the fundraising activities these youth have already done, they are looking for sponsors to help them with the costs involved with the gathering.  Their photos, along with sponsorship envelopes, are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.  Members of the congregation can help by taking an envelope off the board and pledging a dollar amount to a youth.  You may return your sponsorship envelope in the drop box located in the church office before April 15.
LWML Spring Rally:  (Apr 6)

Save the date:  The LWML ND Eastern Zone Spring Rally “Hungry for Jesus” based on 1 Peter 2:2-3 will be held Saturday, April 6 from 9 am – 1 pm at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, West Fargo.  An ingathering of emergency food pantry non-perishable food items, baby food, diapers and paper products will be collected.  All are welcome to attend.  Watch for a collection bin in the narthex.  Click here for Spring Rally details and ingathering information.

Soup & Sandwich Suppers During Lent:  (Mar 6 – Apr 10)
BSLC offers soup and sandwich suppers before our Lenten worship each Wednesday from 6:00-6:45 pm.  You are invited to bring soup, sandwiches or desserts as you are able.  Our groups will do the set-up and clean-up.  Following are the dates for each group:  Mar 27 S, Apr 3 T-Z, Apr 10 A-Bo  Thank you to everyone for helping in the kitchen.
Coffee Club Moved to Saturday:  (as of Mar 9)
As of March 9, the coffee club will now be meeting Saturday mornings at 9 am at Randy’s University Diner.  Please feel free to join us!
Beautiful Savior in the News:  (Update: The video clip has been added)
In case you missed seeing the news article about Beautiful Savior’s volunteers clearing snow from the church roof.  Click here   You can also scroll down on this page to see some photos taken that day.
Vicar Brian on Main Street Living Program:  (Mar 3)
Vicar Brian led the Main Street Living service on Sunday, March 3.  If you are interested in the watching the service and seeing not only Vicar Brian, but also some of our congregation members singing in the choir, please click here.  
Thank You to the Volunteers who Helped Remove Snow from the Church’s Roof:
Thank you to the volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to shovel and blow snow off the roof of the church!  After climbing up there, we realized there was a lot more up there than estimated.  BSLC is so blessed to have so many individuals willing to give up their Saturday morning to care for our building.
GLS Giving Hearts Day Update:  (Thank You!)
Grace Lutheran School’s faculty, staff and students would to like to thank everyone who gave through “Giving Hearts” to Grace Lutheran School.  GLS was blessed with $49,160.00!  Thank you for opening your hearts and for your amazing generosity.  Together we are creating servant leaders guided by Grace.
Items needed for Our Beautiful Garden:  (March – April)
Our Beautiful Garden could use some supplies.  If you have any of these items and would like to donate them to us, please bring them to the church or contact Tim at tim.deitemeyer@hotmail.com.
The items we need are: plastic baskets, plant/vegetable pallets, strawberry crates, wheelbarrow or wagon, garden tools, especially spade or shovels and hoe, tomato cages, and 5 gallon pails. 
Thank you in advance if you are able to help us out.
Main Street Living North has a New Web Address:
The Main Street Living North website address has changed.  Please note: the new web address for MSLN is:  www.mainstreetliving.com/north.  Once there, you can watch the current week’s broadcast or make a donation with the links at the bottom of the screen.  Or you can access previous broadcasts from prior months by using the drop-down menu at the top of the screen and choosing “Watch Main Street Living” under the “Main Street Living” tab at the top of the screen.   (Depending on your web browser, the drop down menu might show as a set of 3 lines at the top of the page.  If so, just click on the 3 lines to access the drop-down menu.)
Do you buy from Amazon?
Did you know that Amazon will donate every time you shop when you shop thru Smile.Amazon.com ?

About AmazonSmile:  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com.  The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  Make sure to choose: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Fargo, ND the first time you shop on AmazonSmile.   (Note: make sure to choose the correct Beautiful Savior as there are many of them…)   Please note:  To search for our church…  type in “Fargo Beautiful Savior” in the “Search for Charitable Organization” search line.

Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price.  You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.  And, yes, you can still use your Prime Membership on AmazonSmile.  Plus, your shopping cart and shopping history will carry over to AmazonSmile.  For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Read our Newsletters Online:
Do you currently receive the newsletter in the mail and would prefer to read it in a digital format?  If so, just let the office know and we can add you to our newsletter email group.  Instead of receiving the newsletter in the mail, we would send you an email with the newsletter attached.
The newsletters are also available on our website under the “Resources” tab.  Click here to read this month’s newsletter, or any of our past newsletters.
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. e-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, semi-monthly or bi-weekly 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 contact Beth Gustafson or the church office.
Enroll your Child(ren) at Grace Lutheran School:
With over 500 young people in our association churches, many of them can benefit greatly from an education based here at Grace Lutheran School.  Let us take you for 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!   Registration is only $50.00 for new families. 
Give us a call and set up a Care Visit with our Principal or Marketing Director today! 
Food Pantry Needs:  
The food pantry at Beautiful Savior is in need of cereal, pasta, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese.  Please leave the items in the church office.  Thank you for helping to restock our shelves.
Help Victims of the California Wildfires:  (donate now)
Our thoughts are with the victims affected by the wildfires.  When disaster strikes, Christians look for ways to help those who are in need, whether it means lending a helping hand or making a monetary donation.  Thrivent Financial will match up to $250,000 in personal donations made through Thrivent.com to specific disaster relief organizations helping with the recovery efforts. Thrivent will pay the processing fees for these donations, so 100 percent goes to help.
Go online to Thrivent.com to make a donation today.   
(Note: LCMS Disaster Response Wildfire Relief is one of the organizations that you can choose to receive your donation.)
Please Save Your Used Stamps:

The LWML invites you to save your used postage stamps (yes, the stamps that come on your incoming mail every day).  Just tear off the corner of the envelope, keeping the whole stamp in tack with at least a 1/4 inch border around it.  Place these used stamps in the appropriate drawer of the plastic drawer cabinet that is located next to the LWML kiosk.  These stamps are actually sold at auctions to collectors and bring in cash for the LWML Mites program. 

What a simple way to support the LWML !
Restore His House Capital Campaign:  (going on now)
The “Restore His House” 3 year capital campaign is underway and off to a good start, but has a long way to go.  As was reported at the June 2018 voters’ meeting, our building is in need of a number of repairs and updates that are a normal part of taking care of a property as it ages.  Our goal for these projects is $300,000 over the next three years to meet these building needs.  In addition, we will donate 10% to Grace Lutheran School during that same time frame for a total campaign goal of $330,000.  
    A mailing was sent out in October 2018 with details about the Restore His House Capital Campaign, giving you the opportunity to make your commitment to the Campaign.  If you did not make a commitment yet, it if not too late.  You can pick up a commitment card in the church office.  Or you may make donations to the campaign anytime by writing “Capital Campaign” on the memo line of your check.
   We ask that you prayerfully consider how God has blessed you and what you may be able to commit to this campaign over the next 3 years.
   You can see a complete list of projects and also watch the progress of the campaign on the display in the Narthex.
No Food or Drinks in the Sanctuary:
Please help to keep the sanctuary pews and chairs clean by not bringing food or beverages in the sanctuary.  If something should happen to get spilled, please clean up after yourself.  Thank you for helping us keep the Lord’s House clean and looking nice.
Grace Lutheran School looking for Volunteers:   
Do you like to volunteer for a good causes?  At Grace Lutheran school we have LOTS of ways to volunteer your talents to help us!  We always need helpers to assisting students in completing their work, helping teachers with tasks and breaks, supervising morning care and recesses.  When our cook is ill or take a day off we need help in the kitchen.  Year-round there are always projects and repairs to do around the school.  Feel free to contact us for a service project.  Please contact John Hagge, Principal at (701) 232-7747 or email jhagge@gracels.com for further information.
Crossfire Youth Praise Band:  (Sundays)
Our youth praise band is in need of you!  This is for any students in grades 6-12 who love to sing and/or play an instrument.  If you have any questions, talk with Ramsey Dahl or come to a rehearsal any Sunday at 7 pm.  Practices are usually on Sunday evenings from 7-8 pm.
BSLC Youth Working the Dome:
Thinking about going to the National Youth Gathering?  Want to attend a summer service event to Ohio?  Want to join in the junior high youth gathering?  All Beautiful Savior youth age 13 and older can help work various events at the Fargo Dome to earn money for youth activities at BSLC.  For more information, please contact Vicar Brian.
Fellowship Captain Needed: 
We are looking for Group Fellowship Captains…  Don’t let “captain” intimidate you.  Ask a friend to do it with you and make it a co-captain position.  
What does a captain do?  Our “captains” make phone calls or e-mail members to line up treats for Sundays, to help set up or clean up for special services and funerals.  A captain is responsible for one month at a time.  There are 8 captains in all that rotate the schedule. 
If you have additional questions, feel free to visit with Mary Seiffert who would be more than happy to give you more details.  You can also leave your name in the office and Mary can call you.  Thanks for stepping up!
Facebook Group and Instagram Page for Youth and Parents:
For information regarding our Facebook group or Instagram page for the Youth Grades 6-12 and their parents, please check the Youth page of this website located under the “Get Involved” tab above.
Support Grace Lutheran School each time you purchase gas:
Earn an automatic gas rebate for Grace Lutheran School of 3 cents for every gallon of gas purchased at the Exxon/Red Carpet Carwash Stations located on 13th Ave. S. in Fargo (by Perkins and by Family Fare).  Just swipe the card when you are paying, and GLS will automatically receive the donation!  Pick up your free GLS Organizational Rebate Card from the office – and take additional cards for your family and friends to use. (This is NOT a credit card.)  These local Exxon stations also donated to this year’s GLS Auction.
Confirmation Picture Display:
Take time to look at the picture boards outside the church office.  The Confirmation pictures from previous years are posted there.  If you have a good copy of any of the years that are printed as a 5×7 (not 8×10), please email a digital file to the church office or bring in a printed copy to the church office and we can scan it in and get an 8×10 made.
Thank you to everyone who brought in class photos of years that were missing!  (Pictured to the right is the class of 2018.)
Prayer Chain and Announcements:
If you have a concern or joy and would like our prayer warriors to pray for you or others, please e-mail the office, and your prayer will be sent out on the e-mail chain.  Also please e-mail updates to the office or the pastors so it can be shared with our prayer warriors.  Please let the church office know by Wednesday if you have joys or concerns to put in our weekly announcements.  The petitions will run weekly until you ask to have them removed from the list.  Our church members appreciate the chance to pray for our special needs and joys.  Prayer is powerful. 
Main Street Living North: 
Main Street Living North is a Lutheran Television Program that is endorsed by the LCMS.  MSLN broadcasts each Sunday at 9:00 am, followed by “This Is Your Life” program at 9:30 am on TV station KVRR.  MSLN is also broadcast on WDAY Xtra with “This Is Your Life” program at 10 am followed by the “Main Street Living” worship service. 
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 this week’s broadcast, go to: mainstreetliving.com/north.  If you would like to see a schedule of upcoming or previous broadcasts, go to:  mainstreetliving.com/north/blog/category/schedule.
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.mainstreetliving.com/north.  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.”
Sunday School Substitutes Needed:  (sign up now)
We are looking for a few more substitute teachers and volunteers to assist in classrooms.  We are also looking for someone to listen to the kids recite memory work.  Let Bobbi Hestdalen, Vicar Brian or the office know if you would be willing to help our Sunday School program in any way.  Sunday school wouldn’t be a success without our volunteers!  
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.
Ladies – Come check out LWML:  (next meeting is Apr 11)
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!
Gold Club Potluck:  (Apr 17)
Gold Club is a time for our BSLC members to get together and enjoy a potluck meal and enjoy some fellowship.  Our Gold Club was originally formed for our senior members but if you are home during the day and would enjoy getting out of the house for some fellowship, come join us.  Bring a dish or treat to share and join us Wednesday, Apr 17 at noon. 
Buy Concessions from our Youth at the FargoDome:  (May 4)

The youth will be selling concessions at the FargoDome as a fundraiser to go to the National Youth Convention next summer.  Upcoming dates include Saturday, May 4.  If you are at an event at the FargoDome on that day, please look for our booth and purchase your concessions from the BSLC Youth.

Join Our Gardening Group:
The 3rd annual Beautiful Garden in Beautiful Savior’s backyard is looking for you!  Would you like to join an informal, flexible gardening fellowship group when all this snow is gone?  This is a fun, rewarding, flexible activity.  If you do not have a garden of your own, love to garden but are terrible at growing plants, we are what you are looking for.  We meet at the garden on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm beginning in May.  Be a part of our gardening group, enjoy some delicious vegetables and improve your growing skills!
If you are interested in helping and benefiting with our garden and harvest, please email tim.deitemeyer@hotmail.com with your name, phone, and email; and you will be added to the communication list.  Thanks.
About the National Youth Gathering 2019:  (Jul 11-15, 2019)
Save the Date:  The LCMS Youth Gathering is scheduled for July 11-15, 2019, in Minneapolis, and events will be held at the Minneapolis Convention Center and U.S. Bank Stadium.  Held every three years since 1980, the LCMS Youth Gathering provides thousands of youth and adults the opportunity to come together as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity.  During the five days of the Gathering, youth will spend time together in God’s word, worship, service, and fellowship with others from across the Synod.  Visit lcmsgathering.com for the latest information or follow the “LCMS Youth Gathering” facebook page.
LWML Fall Rally:   (Oct 19)
Save the Date:  The LWML 2019 Fall Rally will be held at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 19.  More information will be available at a later date.