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.
Coffee Club meets on Friday Mornings: 
BSLC members, men and women of any age, are invited to gather on Friday mornings at 9 am at Randy’s University Diner, 2130 University Drive S, Fargo.  Please join us!  Everyone is welcome!  Feel free to bring a friend.
BSLC Food Pantry Needs:
The food pantry at BSLC is in need of canned fruit and boxed cereal.  If you are able to help with these needed items, you may drop them off in the church office.  Thank you.
Beautiful Savior has a Facebook page:
Did you know Beautiful Savior has a Facebook page?  Go to our page and click “Follow” so our posts come thru on your Facebook feed:  BeautifulSaviorLutheranFargo
Summer Worship:  (May 26)
Beautiful Savior will offer one Sunday morning worship service at 9 am, followed by fellowship time and Bible study, starting Sunday, May 26, and going through Sunday, September 1.  Our midweek Wednesday night 7 pm worship service will begin May 29 and run through August 28. 
Please note:  We will not have a Wednesday night service on June 12 due to VBS.
Last Day of Sunday School:  (May 19)
Sunday school concluded on Sunday, May 19.  A huge thank you to all our teachers and assistants for teaching our youth this year.  We hope you have a great summer and come back next fall refreshed and ready to lead our youth again!
Encounter Camp at Shepherd’s Hill:  (June 16-21)
All Beautiful Savior students who will enter grade 8 or above should consider attending Encounter Camp Sunday, June 16 through Friday, June 21 at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads.  Join us as we encounter God through word, world, worship and recreation encounters.  Make new friends.  Learn leadership skills and spend time being fed by God’s Word in a camp setting! Beautiful Savior also has scholarship money available to help offset the cost.  See Pastor Chris for more information.
Office will be CLOSED:  (May 27)
The church office will be CLOSED on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. 
We wish everyone an enjoyable and safe holiday!
Donations Needed for VBS:  (now – June 2)
VBS has a list of supplies they are needing.  If you would like to make a donation, please stop by the table in the narthex.  Most donations are due back by Sunday, June 2 with the exception of perishable items that are due back on June 8.  Check the back of the “safari hat” to verify the “return to church” date.  Thank you for helping our VBS be a success!
Items needed for Our Beautiful Garden:  (April / May)
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 spades, shovels and hoes, tomato cages, and 5 gallon pails. 
Thank you in advance if you are able to help us out.
Summer Office Hours:  (May 28)
Summer hours for the church will start May 28.  Kim will be in Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am – 1 pm.  If you need to stop by the church at any other time, please call ahead to make sure someone is around.  Thank you.
Our Beautiful Garden Group:  (Rescheduled to May 29 due to wet conditions)
How do you join the Beautiful Garden group?  Just show up!  Our groundbreaking, seed planting kickoff date is planned for Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30 pm!  We hope to increase the size and include perennials this year.  We also plan to add mid-morning Saturday workdays.  We are a relaxed, casual fun and fellowship group.
41 Sunday School students, Pre-K through high school, planted tomato seeds on March 31.  Each student took their seeds home to care for them and are invited to plant them in the Beautiful Garden.
Wednesday Evening Worship Services:  (starts May 29)
From Memorial Day thru Labor Day, Beautiful Savior will offer a Wednesday 7 pm worship service.  If you can’t make it to church on Sunday morning, we hope you will consider joining us on Wednesday evening.  (The Sunday service/sermon is repeated on Wednesday.)
VBS:  ROAR! Life is wild, God is good:  (June 9-13 ~ Register Now)
All kids from age 4 to sixth grade are invited to participate in this year’s Vacation Bible School, “ROAR!  Life is wild, God is good.”  This year’s VBS will be held Sunday, June 9 to Thursday, June 13 from 6-8 pm.  Dinner will also be offered from 5:15-5:45 pm every night for a cost of $3 per person.  At ROAR! kids discover that God is good – even when life get wild!  Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, experience one-of-a-kind wild Bible adventures and test out sciency-fun gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long.  Each day concludes with the safari celebration that gets everyone involved in living what they’ve learned.  Family members and friends are encouraged to join in daily for this special time at 7:40 pm Kids at ROAR! VBS will join A missions effort to provide nutrition packets and health checkups for moms and babies in need in Zambia, Africa.  Pre-register your child for VBS now.  Forms are available in the narthex or click here.
New Women’s Thursday morning Bible study:  (begins June 13)
“Women of the New Testament” study will end on June 6.  On Thursday, June 13, a new Bible study:  “Psalms – Prayers of the Heart“ will begin.  The Psalms show you how to relate to God as you pray about your doubt, fears and anger.  Psalms show you how to respond to God in praise.  In Psalms you will find the best place to explore who you are and what God means to you.  You are invited to join us.  There is a fee of $7 to cover the cost of the book.  The sign-up sheet is located in the narthex.
Address and Phone Number(s) Changes:
Do we have your current phone number and address?  If you have moved, dropped your landline, have a new phone number or move to the lakes for the summer, 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.
Graduating from High School?  (Due Now)
Do you have a youth who will graduate from high school in May or June?  BSLC would like to know their future plans.  Please leave an update and a picture on the church office desk or e-mail the church.  A display of our high school seniors with a brief description of future plans will be on the bulletin board in the narthex.  There will also be a short article on our seniors in our newsletter.
VBS Needs Volunteers:  (sign up now)
Vacation Bible School will be June 9-13.  We are asking kids in sixth grade and higher to help out with this year’s VBS as assistant crew leaders, station helpers and with other tasks.  We also need plenty of adults to help out with this year’s adventure.  Please contact Bobbi Hestdalen or Vicar Brian for more information.
Join our Lawn Care Team:
Do you like to mow the lawn?  Does tending to the landscaping sound fun to you?  Or would you be willing to pick up garbage that has blown into our yard?  If any of these tasks sound interesting to you, we’d love to have you on our lawn care team!  If you’d like to help with our lawn and/or landscaping, visit with Beth Gustafson, or one of our Properties team members, or leave your name in the church office.
LCMS Summer Camps:
There are brochures in the narthex for those who would like to attend church camp.  This year’s theme at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads is “A Great Cloud”.  Some of the camps offered are horse camps, art camp, guitar camp and even an adult camp.  Their website is www.shretreat.org.
 
This year’s theme at Lutheran Island Camp and Christ Serve Ranch is “Forgiven”.  There are great programs for all ages.  Their website is www.islandcamp.org.
Join Our Gardening Group:  (starting May 29)
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?  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.  Starting May 29, we will meet at the garden on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm during the summer and fall.  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.
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.
Mentors Needed for New Members:
The evangelism committee is looking for families or individuals to mentor new members.  If you think you would be interested in helping, please email tim.deitemeyer@hotmail.com.  Thanks.
Used Car Needed:
A BSLC member is in need of a used car in good running condition.   If you would be willing to donate or sell a car to them, at a reasonable price, contact the church office at (701) 293-1047.
Harlan and Esther Wallum Scholarship Fund: 
Are you thinking about where you or your  children may go for college?  Consider one of our LCMS universities.  Grants are available to assist youth and adults who wish to begin or continue their education from an LCMS university or seminary.  Applications are available in the church office.
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.
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.
Military Addresses Needed:
Do you have a family member in the military?  The LWML would like their address so that they can send cards of encouragement to them.  Please leave their address on the church office desk or email them to the church.  Thank you.
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! 
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.
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.)
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/northOnce there, you can watch the current week’s broadcast 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.  Or use this link:  mainstreetliving.com/north/blog/category/schedule (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.)
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.”
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!
LYF Youth Picnic:  (Rescheduled to June 7)
All youth in grades 6-12 are invited for an outdoor activity and game night Friday, June 7 from
6-8 pm at Beautiful Savior.  The event will include a barbecue dinner of hot dogs and brats.  Bring a dish to share and your favorite outdoor game.  See Vicar Brian with questions.
Voters’ Meeting:  (Jun 9)
Save the date:  There will be a Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, June 9 at 10:00 am.  Come hear reports from our various committees and keep updated what is going on in our church.
Root Beer Float Social:  (Jun 9)
Please join us as we serve root beer floats to the residents at Good Samaritan Society, 4502 37th Ave S, Fargo on Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 pm.  In addition to serving root beer floats, we will sing patriotic songs and have a short program for everyone at the home.  Everyone in the congregation is welcome to join us.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (June 13)
Next quilting date is Thursday, May 23 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.
Special VBS Worship Service:  (June 13)
There will be a special worship service Thursday, June 13 from 8 – 8:25 pm.  Our VBS kids will be singing the songs they have learned at this year’s vacation Bible school.  Come hear some fun music and support the kids.
Missional Community Meeting:  (June 18)
We are a small group of members who are joining Jesus on His mission by living each day as if it were a mission trip into our own community.  We are meeting once a month to share experiences and support each other.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 18 at 7 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Visit with Vicar Brian if you have not attended and plan to attend.  
Gold Club:  (June 19)
Gold Club is a time to get together for some wonderful food, fun and fellowship.  Our Gold Club is no longer just for seniors.  It is fellowship for anyone.  If you are free during the day, please come join us.  We also encourage you to bring a friend if you know someone else who would enjoy some social time.  Bring a dish or treat to share and join us Wednesday, June 19 at noon.
Newsletter Articles due:  (June 20)
If you have something you would like included in the upcoming newsletter, please submit your article(s) by the 20th of the month.
Ladies – Come check out LWML:  (next meeting is June 20)
LWML typically 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!
2019 LWML Convention:  (June 20-23, 2019)
Save the date: The LWML 38th Biennial Convention “In Praise to the LORD!” will be held at the Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL June 20-23, 2019.  There will be a bus option available to the attendees from ND, SD and MN.  More information will be available at a later date.
Ordination and Installation of Pastor Brian Shane:  (June 23)
Save the date:  Vicar Brian Shane will be ordained and installed as associate pastor at Beautiful Savior on Sunday, June 23 during a 4 pm service.  Come to celebrate with and show your support for our new church worker!  Following the service, there will be an opportunity to celebrate with the Shane family with a dinner and fellowship time.  Feel free to bring a card to congratulate Pastor Brian on his first call.    Please plan to attend this important event.
Loose Change Sundays:  (Jun 30)
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.
Office will be CLOSED:  (July 4)
The church office will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 
Beautiful Savior wishes everyone an enjoyable and safe holiday!
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.