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.
Summer Worship Schedule:  (May 27)
Beautiful Savior changes to its summer schedule of one worship service at 9:00 am Sunday mornings followed by a Bible study at 10:15 am starting on Sunday, May 27 and going thru Sunday, Sept 2nd.  We will also have a 7 pm mid-week worship service again this summer.  The mid-week service will begin on Wednesday, June 13 and run through August 15.
Newsletter Deadline:  (May 23)
The deadline for the June newsletter is Wednesday, May 23.  Please submit your articles as soon as possible.  Thank you.
Beautiful Garden Kick-Off Event:  (May 23)
All are welcome to join us on Wednesday, May 23 at 5:30 pm for the Beautiful Garden Kick-Off Event!  The plots were already tilled on the 12th.  Therefore, we will start planting!!!  What to bring: YOURSELF and/or someone you know, Shovel (if possible), Wheelbarrow (if possible), Gardening/working gloves, and A BIG SMILE.  (If you could also bring:  Sunshine and 70 degrees ~ that would be awesome!)  See you at the garden!!
Sign up to help Vicar Brian Shane move into their new Home:  (May 29)
Brian Shane, our new vicar, and his wife are scheduled to arrive in Fargo Tuesday, May 29 (at approximately 1 pm).  They will need help moving into their new home.  Therefore, if you are able to help, please contact the church office or Pastor Chris.  
 
Please pray for Brian and his family as they transition from the Seminary to ministry at Beautiful Savior and for safe travels during their move.  As more information and details become available, they will be posted here.
Volunteers for VBS:
We are still in need of three crew leaders and someone to lead games, as well as several adults to help out with this year’s VBS.  We are asking kids in sixth grade and up to help out as assistant crew leaders, station helpers and with other tasks.  If you would like to help with VBS in any capacity (teacher, kitchen worker, games, etc), we’d love to have you!  Please email Bobbi Hestdalen at bobbihestdalen@gmail.com or leave your name in the office if you are interested in helping out with VBS.  Thanks for volunteering!
VBS is needing a few items:
Please stop by the table in the narthex and sign up to bring a few items they are needing for VBS.  Some items can be purchased and brought in advance – others are more perishable and should be purchased accordingly.  Please make sure to bring your items to the church by May 30.  Thank you in advance for your donation.
Root Beer Floats Social:  (June 10)
Join us in serving Root Beer Floats to the residents at Good Samaritan Home on Sunday, June 10 starting at 2:30 pm.  We will also celebrate Flag Day and Memorial Day with them on that day so feel free to dress in patriotic colors if so inclined.  Everyone welcome!
LWML to Tour Jeremiah Program’s Campus:  (Jun 21)
Instead of a meeting this month, the LWML is going to tour Jeremiah Program‘s Campus on Thursday, June 21.  Meet at 6:00 pm at the Jeremiah Home (3104 Fiechtner Drive South, Fargo).  After the tour, you are invited to Shirley Elsner’s home for a light supper.  Guests are welcome.   Sign up in the church office if you plan to tour the Jeremiah Campus.
For information regarding the Jeremiah Program, go to https://jeremiahprogram.org.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (May 24)
Next Quilting date is Thursday, May 24 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.
Last Day of Sunday School:  (May 20)
Sunday school is done for the summer.  Please join us for VBS the week of June 3rd.  A big 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 to lead the youth again!
Summer Office Hours:  (May 27 – Sept 2)
Please note the change in the church office hours for the summer starting after Memorial Day.  Kim will be in the office Monday thru Thursday 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.
Church Office Closed:  (May 28)
The church office will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.
Donate items for the LWML Convention:  (before June 18)
The LWML convention is coming in June.  We will be collecting items for three organizations.  Boxes will be available in the narthex for you to drop off these items.  They will be gathered and delivered to the convention in Minot.
Diapers size 3, 4, 5 (new), Infant Sleep sacks with zipper (new) and most any baby item, Women’s undergarments (new), Bath Towels (new), Pillow cases (new), twin sheets and bedding (new), Personal and feminine care products (new), Bibles (NIV), Christian Music, Art Supplies, Gift Cards, Equipment for summer activities (balls, fishing, etc).  (Click here to see where the items will be donated to and for a printable version of the list.)
FirstChoice Clinic Golf Event:  (Jun 19)
How would you like to spend the day golfing and at the same time help those in our community who are facing an unplanned pregnancy?  Join the FirstChoice Clinic “Driving Fore a Difference” Golf Team by calling Mona at (701) 237-5902 for all the details or register online http://teamfirstchoice.com. You may also make a donation online at http://teamfirstchoice.com. The golf event will be held on Tuesday, June 19 at Rose Creek Golf Course.
Free Desk:
The church has a metal desk approximately 5′ x 30″ in size.  If you are interested in it, contact Chuck Hoge or the church office.
Lutheran Island Fargo Moorhead Day Camp:  (July 16-20)
A team of well trained staff members from Lutheran Island Camp will be providing a day camp opportunity for children ages 5-12 in the FM area the week of July 16-20.  The day camp will be held at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Moorhead.  For more information, check out the brochure in the narthex or on the Lutheran Island Camp website at: www.islandcamp.org/camps.php then scroll down to the “Off-Island Explorer Day Camps” section.  You may also register online via their website.
Vacation Bible School:  (June 3 ~ sign up now)
Anchor your kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through every storm in life with this year’s “Shipwrecked” Vacation Bible School.  All kids from age 4 to fifth grade are invited to participate.  This year’s VBS will be held from Sunday, June 3 through Thursday, June 7 from 6:00-8:30 pm.  This five-day experience helps kids discover that they are rescued by Jesus.  This adventure is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences that kids see, hear and touch!  Bible Point crafts, team-building games and cool Bible songs are just a few of the activities that help faith come alive into everyday life.  Please fill out a form and turn it in to the church office.
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 Pastor Chris for more information.
High School Senior Graduate Information needed:  (now)
Do you have a student graduating from high school this year?  BSLC would like to honor your student in our May newsletter.  Please let the office know what he/she plans to do after high school.  The office also would like a picture to be hung on our board along with your student’s plans.
Update:  Even though the deadline has passed, you may still submit your Senior’s information and it will be included on the bulletin board and we can include it in the June Newsletter.
Summer Volunteers Needed:  (sign up now)
Do you like sunshine and fresh air?  The property committee is looking for individuals to help throughout the summer with the weekly mowing and yard upkeep around the church property.  If you would be willing to help out with the weekly mowing and yard work, please contact Chuck Hoge or leave a message in the church office. 
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.

Group Fellowship Captains Needed:
Two of our fellowship group captains will be stepping down over the next couple months.  Are you interested in helping out and becoming a captain? 
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!
Summer Camps at Shepherd’s Hill:
Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads has brochures in the narthex for those who would like to attend church camp.  Rev. Jon Bonine is the new camp director at Shepherd’s Hill.  This year’s theme at camp is “A New Creation”.  Some of the camps offered are: horse camp, science camp, Leadership Quest, fishing camp and even a grandparent camp.  For more information, go to their website  www.shretreat.org.
Summer Camps at Lutheran Island Camp:
Lutheran Island Camp is celebrating its 66th year of camping this year.  They are located approx. 90 miles from Fargo.  This year’s theme at camp is “by FAITH”.  They offer a full range of camps all summer long.  There are camps for ages 3-18, adults and even family camps.  Activities range from Horseback Riding, Performing Arts, Paintball, Kayaking and Fishing to name a few.  Attend just one camp – or sign up for multiple.  There are brochures with Registration Forms in the narthex for those who would like to attend a camp. 
For more information, go to their website www.islandcamp.org.
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 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.
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!
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!  (Pictured to the right is the class of 2017.)
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 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 contact Beth Gustafson or the church office.
Hurricane Relief:  (How can I help?)
It is almost May 2018 (8 months later), 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 a children’s 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.
Christian Chicks Book Club:  (May)
The Christian Chicks Book Club will be discussing the book “If I Live” which is the third book in the series “If I Run” by Terri Blackstock.  The library has multiple copies of this book, so hopefully everyone will have a chance to check it out.  Date, time and location have yet to be determined.  Looking forward to seeing you there!  
Gold Club Potluck:  (June 20)
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, June 20 at noon.
Voters’ Meeting:  (Jun 24)
Save the date:  Please plan to attend the quarterly Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, June 24 at 10:15 am.  Hear reports from our various committees and news of what’s going on in the church.
Loose Change Sundays:  (next Mites Day is July 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.
Ladies – Come check out LWML:  (next meeting is Sep 20)
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!