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.
United Way School Supply Drive:  (now until July 27)
It’s that time of year…  United Way is filling backpacks with school supplies to give to children who need them.  Supplies most in need include backpacks (new), pencil pouches, glue sticks and glue bottles, highlighters and rulers, markers and colored pencils, erasers and red pens, 2-pocket folders, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks and composition notebooks.  You can also donate money.  A $20 donation fills a backpack for 1 student.  Drop off your donations before 4 pm on July 27th at the FargoDome, West Acres, any Gate City Bank, or any First International Bank location.  For more information, click here.
Gold Club Potluck:  (July 18)
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, July 18 at noon.
Our Beautiful Garden:  (May – Oct)
If you like to garden…  It’s not too late to participate.  All are welcome to join us on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm to work in our Beautiful Garden!  The planting is done and the plants are growing nicely, but so are the weeds.  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 and to pull a few weeds!!  Need I mention that prayers for a good growing season are always welcome…  See you at the garden!!
Ladies Lake Outing: (July 29)
LWML will be meeting at Mardi Schlichtmann’s cabin on Lake Lida, near Pelican Rapids MN (about 50 minutes from Fargo) on Sunday, July 29.  All ladies are invited to join us.  Come enjoy the day floating (bring swimsuit), playing yard games, pontoon ride or just sitting in the shade.  Bring a dish to share.  (Meat, buns, beverages and paper products will be provided.)   A group will be carpooling from BSLC leaving after worship at approximately 10:30 am.  Contact Mary Seiffert at 701-212-3712, if you are interested in carpooling.  If driving separately, call or text Mardi for directions at 701-730-0466.  
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.
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.
Thrivent Night at the Redhawks:  (Aug 1)
The whole family is invited to a picnic and RedHawks game hosted by the Thrivent Member Network – Northland Region! The picnic begins at 5:30 pm, Wednesday, August 1, at the east entrance of Newman Outdoor Field with your choice of a pulled pork sandwich or hotdog and includes chips and pop.  Then stay for the baseball game at 7:02 pm.  All this for just $10 per person!  For tickets, contact your financial representative or go to https://bit.ly/2qCKuOK to purchase. 
Purchase your ticket ASAP to guarantee yourself a seat.
Jr and Sr High Encounter Camp:  (July 15-20)
All Beautiful Savior students who will enter grade 8 or above should consider attending Encounter Camp at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads.  Join us as we encounter God through word, world, worship and recreation encounters.  Make new friends.  Learn basic leadership skills.  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.
LWML Convention Highlights: 
Loretta and Shirley had a great time at the LWML Convention in Minot.  Thank you to everyone who donated items over the past month…  and to everyone who puts their loose change in the Mites Box on Loose Change Sundays.  Loretta wrote up a nice article and shared pictures from the Convention.  If you want to read the notes/highlights and see pictures from the weekend, go to the LWML page of this website (located under the Get Involved tab) and click on the appropriate link.
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.
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 call Adam T at 793-8170 or Brent B at 799-8550.
Fall Stewardship Focus and Capital Campaign:
“Restore His House” will be the theme this year and will include a 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.  We are looking at a goal of $330,000 in three years to meet these building needs.   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.
    Look for more information as fall approaches.  In the meantime, we ask that you prayerfully begin to 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.
Immediate Need ~ Fellowship Captain for JULY Needed: (ASAP)
We still have not filled the Group Fellowship Captain opening…  and July is their month ! 
As of now, we don’t have someone for the month of July which means we won’t have treats lined up during the month of July if we don’t have a volunteer to call people to bring them.  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!
VBS Kids helped battle hunger in Haiti:
This year the offerings received during VBS week went to help battle hunger in Haiti.  The island of Haiti has been battling years of drought and hurricanes.  As a result, parents struggle to grow enough food for their families.  Operation Kid-to-Kid is partnering with World Vision to provide Haitian families with drought-tolerant seeds – A $10 gift provides seeds that can grow into food that will feed a child for an entire year.  Our VBS kids are happy to announce that $464 was collected and donated to provide seeds for Haiti.
Organist or Pianist Needed:
We are in need of an organist or pianist at BSLC this summer.  We are thankful to have Ann, Loretta, Mary and Ramsey use their musical skills during the year.  However, one or two additional people would be nice to help out and give our regular musicians a break.  If you are interested, talk to Pastor Chris, Mary S or e-mail the church office.  Thanks!
Summer Worship Schedule:  (May 27 – Sept 2)
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.
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.

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.
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.  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 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.
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 June 2018 (10 months 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 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:  (July)
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!  
Fellowship and Quilting:  (Aug 9)
Next quilting date is Thursday, Aug 9 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.
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!
“Apple of His Eye” Evangelism Event:  (Oct 13)
Save the Date:  The LCMS ND Circuit has an excellent Evangelism event planned for Saturday, October 13th from 9 am – 1:30 pm, which will be held at either Crosspointe Lutheran or St. Andrews in West Fargo.  This event will be led by the Director of “Apple of His Eye Mission Society” Steve Cohen.  This will be a special opportunity to hear detailed and well studied effective information about how we can effectively witness to others!!  Apple of His Eye Mission Society is centered around Evangelism in the Jewish community, however these same techniques work effectively on Gentiles too!!  This will really be a unique opportunity to understand how important we are to spreading God’s Word and how we can do this effectively in our communities and across the World!  
Please look for more information on this to come, reserve the date for this and when the sign-up information comes out in the near future, please plan on registering as this event will fill up quickly.  It would be great to have a big contingency there from Beautiful Savior!
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.