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.
Clergy Appreciation Month:  (Sign up now)

We would like to pray for our Pastor and Vicar every day throughout the month.  We encourage a family to sign up for a day in October to uphold our pastor/vicar in prayer.  You may send them a note or greeting card expressing your thanks to them for all they do and let them know that you are praying for them.  An optional idea would be to include a small gift card for a store, coffee shop or restaurant or drop off a baked good or treat.  Please use this link to Sign-Up Genius (click here) to sign-up, or if you are unable to sign-up via the Sign-Up Genius link, contact Kim Scheer in the church office at office@bslcfargo.org to sign-up for your day.  If you have additional questions, contact Mary Seiffert at mseiffert@marykay.com

Donations being accepted for Operation Christmas Child:  (now – Oct 21)

During the month of September and beginning of October, donate empty shoe boxes, school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and more for Operation Christmas Child.  On October 21, we will be packing those donations to be sent to Operation Christmas Child this winter.  For more ideas of items to donate, visit: samaritanspurse.org.  Collection Box will be located in the Narthex on Sunday mornings – or drop your items off in the church office during the week.

Ladies – Come check out LWML:  (next meeting is Oct 18)
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!
Our Beautiful Garden ~ Bundle the Corn Stalks:  (Oct 18)
All are welcome to join us on Thursday, October 18 at 4 pm to help with the final harvest in our Beautiful Garden, bundle the corn stalks and to remove the remaining plants!  What to bring: YOURSELF and/or someone you know, Hoe or Shovel (if possible), and  Gardening/working gloves.  Be prepared to enjoy some great fellowship!!  Need I mention that continued prayers for a few dry days and sunshine are always welcome…  See you at the garden!!
Jr. and Sr. High Lock-In:  (Oct 19-20)
Join other students from the Fargo-Moorhead area for a Jr. and Sr. High youth gathering/Lock-In at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fargo from 7 pm Oct 19 until 7 am Oct 20.  Parents are asked to drop off and pick up your student from the event.  The Gathering is for sixth-graders and up!   Activities include Bible study, games, activities, movies, food and more!  Bring your Bible, board games and a snack to share.  The cost is $10.  For more information or to sign-up, please visit with Vicar Brian.
Buy Concessions from our Youth at the FargoDome:  (Oct 20)

The youth will be selling concessions at the FargoDome as a fundraiser to go to the National Youth Convention next summer.  Upcoming dates include October 20.  As the dates get closer, we will try to let you know what section the BSLC booth will be in so you can find them and support our youth by purchasing your concessions from them during the event those days.

Confirmation Sponsors Needed:  (Sign up now)
Confirmation Sponsors are needed for the new seventh-grade class.  Contact Mary Seiffert to get a name and the student’s information.  Support your student with prayers and any other way you wish to remember them, be it a greeting card or a treat, but most importantly, with the power of prayer.
Donations being accepted for Dorothy Day Food Pantry:  (Month of October)
Join our congregation’s fight against homelessness in the F-M area by bringing canned goods throughout October to fill the shelves of the Dorothy Day Homeless Shelter of Fargo- Moorhead’s food pantry.  Items needed include boxed cereal and canned goods, especially canned fruit and canned vegetables.
The complete list of items is by the donation box located in the narthex.
All members can participate ~ Trunk or Treat Event:  (Oct 24)
All members of the church (young and old) are invited to decorate their vehicle and hand out candy at our annual Trunk or Treat event on Wednesday, October 24.  Start making plans now as to how you can decorate your vehicle and bring smiles to the little kids’ faces!  We’d love to fill the parking lot with vehicles!  Everyone welcome to participate!     Please join us on Wednesday, October 24th.   Hope to see you there!!
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…)  

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.

Do you like to sing Christmas songs?  (Join now – next rehearsal Oct 24)
We are looking for anyone interested in singing in our Christmas cantata, “The First Light”.  It will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm.  Practices will be from 7:30-8 pm on Wednesdays.  If you would like to participate, just show up on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm for rehearsal.  If you have questions or would like more information, contact Ramsey Dahl 701-866-5403 or call the church office.  
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 !

Pews/Chairs have been Cleaned:
The pews and chairs in the sanctuary and narthex were cleaned last week.  Don’t they look nice?  Please help to keep these 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.
Fall Stewardship Focus and Capital Campaign:
“Restore His House” is the stewardship theme this year and includes a 3 year capital campaign to focus on replenishing our building fund.  As was reported at the June 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 is $300,000 in three years to meet these building needs.  We also have a goal of raising $30,000 for Grace Lutheran School during during that same time frame.  During the “Restore His House” campaign, you also can look forward to a sermon and Bible study series, a fall work day, opportunity to visit one-on-one with an Elder, and at least one service opportunity.
    There will be a mailing sent out in early October with details about the 3 year Restore His House Capital Campaign, giving you the opportunity to make your commitment to the Campaign.  Then, in November, you will receive the annual commitment card for your regular giving commitment for 2019 as usual.  We ask that you prayerfully consider how God has blessed you and what you may be able to commit to both the capital campaign and your regular contributions for the coming year.  
Siding Project is Finished:
We are happy to announce the siding project is complete!  As was voted on during the June Voters meeting, due to the age and wear of the existing siding, all of the siding was replaced. 
Please note:  If you sit on the “Home” page of this website and watch the slideshow, you can see a few pictures taken during the siding project.
BSLC Food Pantry Needs:
The food pantry at the church is in need of canned fruit, boxed cereal and non perishable food items that don’t need to be cooked.  You can drop them off in the church office.  Thank you.
Christmas Program Practices ~ Grades 3-6:  (sign up by Oct 24)
Practices for the Grades 3-6 Christmas Program will start on November 3rd.  The 3rd-6th Graders will rehearse on Saturdays from 10 am to noon each Saturday during November and December (except for Thanksgiving weekend).  The program will be held on Sunday, December 16 during the 10:45 am worship service.  If your child will be participating in the Christmas Program, please complete the sign up form (click here) and return it to the church office by October 24th.   If you have any questions contact Ramsey Dahl at (701) 866-5403.
Our Beautiful Garden – Donations Appreciated:
The Beautiful Garden at BSLC is really producing some beautiful veggies!  Extra veggies are set near the church main doors (also cucumbers in the fridge) for you to take and enjoy.  Each week there may be a different variety of vegetables on the table depending on which vegetables were picked that week.  Therefore, take a look at the tables each week to see what is there.  Help yourself to any veggies on the table and enjoy some fresh vegetables in your home! 
If you feel like making a donation towards the gardening efforts to help fund the water bill and seeds, please mark “garden” on an envelope and place in the offering plate.
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, Pastor Chris 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!  
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 at 7 pm Sunday, Sept 9.  Our group will do a Dairy Queen visit kick-off from 7-8 pm and practice will follow at the church from 8-8:30 pm.  Practices are usually on Sunday evenings at 7 pm.
College Student Addresses:
Please leave your child’s college address with the church office.  This will allow us to keep in contact with them as well as to notify the campus ministry so they can make contact with your child.
LWML Christmas Tea Hostesses Needed:  (Sign up now)
Preparation is underway for our fourth annual Christmas Tea that will take place Sunday, Dec 2 at 4 pm.  Hostesses are needed for this year’s tea; if you hosted a table last year, it would great if you would again host.  Thank you to all who hosted last year.  This year, the hostesses will bring and serve the dessert for their table.  Please let Jodi Haekenkamp (Jodi_haekenkamp@hotmail.com) or Kim Scheer (dkdm1@msn.com) know if you would like to take part.  You may also talk to any of the other committee members.
Silent Auction Items Needed:  (Sign up now)
Silent Auction items are needed for the Christmas Tea.  Proceeds from the auction go to support LWML missions.  Talk to Mary Seiffert if you have something to donate.  Thank you.
Grace Lutheran School looking for Volunteers:   
Would you like to volunteer in our school?  Volunteer duties include assisting students in completing their work, helping teachers with tasks and breaks, and supervising morning care and recesses.  We could also use help in the kitchen when our regular cook is sick or taking time off.  Year-round there are always little projects 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.
Enroll your Child(ren) at Grace Lutheran School:
Association church members, friends and relatives are welcome to come in right NOW and register for the 2018-2019 school year!  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! 
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.  After the service is done on Sunday, you are welcome to take home the flowers you sponsored.  If you have any questions, contact the church office.
New Facebook Group and Instagram Page for Youth and Parents:
For information regarding the new 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.
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!
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.)
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 e-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.
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. 
Hurricane Relief:  (How can I help?)
It is August 2018 (almost a year after the hurricanes), and the need is still there…
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 about how you can help or if you 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 9:00 am, followed by “This Is Your Life” program at 9:30 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.”
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.
Newsletter Articles due:  (Oct 22)
If you have something you would like included in the upcoming newsletter, please submit your article(s) by the 22nd of the month.
Trunk or Treat:  (Oct 24)
Save the Date:  Our annual Trunk or Treat event will be held on Wednesday, October 24.  All kids from the congregation and their families are invited to come to church from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 for Beautiful Savior’s Trunk or Treat.  For those from pre-school to fifth grade, come show off your costume and grab some treats in a fun, safe environment.  For those in sixth grade through twelfth grade, we need you to sponsor a car where you will hand out candy from your trunk.  There are several prizes, including gift cards for best costume (sixth grade and up), best car decoration and best treats.  Join us for this fun event!
Start thinking about how you can decorate your trunk…  All members are welcome to decorate their trunks/vehicles.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (Oct 25)
Next quilting date is Thursday, Oct 25 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!  We will be meeting only once a month during the summer.  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.
Faith in Action Mercy Conference:  (Oct 27)
We are excited to announce an inspiring mercy conference called, “Faith in Action!” This is truly a one-of-a-kind conference you won’t want to miss—sponsored by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch!  The conference features outstanding speakers and hands-on opportunities; and highlights some amazing ministries of mercy from a three-state region and beyond!
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and hear from Rev. Matthew Harrison, the President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and author of, “Christ, Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action” and “Remember the Poor: How the Earliest Christians Cared for the Needy.”
This one-day event, held October 27th from 8:30 am–4:30 pm on the campus of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Fargo, will bring Lutherans together to re-imagine the work of mercy as part of the church’s mission, and to help make caring ministries of mercy possible all across Christ’s church!   For more information or to register, go to www.dakotaranch.org/mercy.
Chili / Soup Feed ~ Fundraiser for Youth Events:  (Oct 28)
Save the Date:  The youth going to the National Youth Gathering will host a chili / soup fundraiser on Sunday, October 28th at noon in the fellowship hall.  We are looking for donations of chili and soup.  If you are willing to donate, please contact Vicar Brian.  All event proceeds will go to pay for the youth to attend the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN.
New Member Classes Begin:  (Nov. 1)
New Member Classes will be offered on Thursdays starting on November 1.  Part of the joy of joining our church is learning more regarding what we teach about the Christian faith.  We invite all new members and potential members to participate in our Discovery Class, which reviews the basic, but essential, teachings of the Bible.  This class normally lasts about five to six weeks.  Those who have been members for some time and who also would like a brief review are also welcome to attend!
LWML Zone Fall Rally:  (Nov 10)
Save the Date:  The LWML Zone Rally is scheduled for November 10 starting at 9 am at St. John in Hillsboro, ND.  Please plan to attend.
Gold Club Potluck:  (Nov 14)
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, Nov 14 at noon.
LWML Christmas Tea and Munchies for Missions:  (Dec 2)
Save the Date:  On Sunday, December 2nd, the LWML will once again be having their fund-raiser “Munchies for Missions” just in time for you to buy your Christmas goodies.  The Women’s Christmas Tea will also be held that afternoon.  Watch for more details as the events get closer.
Loose Change Sundays:  (Dec 30)
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.
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.