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.
Newsletter Articles due:  (Jan 22)
If you have something you would like included in the upcoming newsletter, please submit your article(s) by the 22nd of the month.
Sunday School kids will sing during Services:  (Jan 27)
The Sunday School kids will be singing during both worship services on Sunday, January 27.  Please have your children at the church by 8 am for a practice and to line up.  Thank you.
LCEF Scholarships Available:  (apply now – Deadline Jan 31, 2019)

Scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to at least one applicant from each district in the LCEF Central Region.   Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or current full-time post-secondary student at an accredited institution with at least one year of courses remaining. Candidates must also be members of a congregation belonging to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod located in one of the following LCMS districts: Iowa East, Iowa West, Minnesota North, Minnesota South, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, North Wisconsin, South Dakota or South Wisconsin.   More details and application available at lcefcentral.org/scholarships

Auction Items Needed:
The Grace Lutheran School Auction takes place on March 23 and they are looking for auction items.  Do you or someone you know have items that they could use for their silent or live auction?  Some ideas could include fun experiences, unique crafts/art, autographed items, outdoor games or camping/fishing beach gear, small appliances, spa certificates, rugs, jewelry, etc.  Be creative, have fun and Grace Thanks you for your donations!  You can drop off your donations at the school or email Dinah Sommerfeld at dsommerfeld912@gmail.com with questions.
LWML Prayer Service:  (Feb 9)

The LWML will be holding a Prayer Service at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church on Saturday Feb 9 at 10 am, led by Pastor Chris.  Prior to the service, there will be muffins, fruit, coffee and other brunch items served starting at 9 am, hosted by our LWML women.  So, please plan to enjoy some fellowship prior to the Prayer Service.  Everyone is welcome!

Main Street Living Choir to record Songs:  (Feb 9)
The Main Street Living Choir will be rehearsing and recording on Saturday, Feb 9.  We will practice from 12:00 -1:00 pm and will record after that from 1:00-2:30 pm.  The practice and recording will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1258 Broadway N,  Fargo.  You do not have to be part of our church choir in order to participate.  Everyone is welcome!
Special Voters’ Meeting:  (Feb 10)
There will be a Special Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, February 10 at 9:30 am to discuss and vote on the Grace Lutheran School tuition subsidy options.  Please plan to attend and make your voice heard.
New Year’s Resolutions:
What was on your New Year’s Resolution list?
How about adding one or two: 
   –   Read my Bible Daily
   –   Become more Active in my Church
   –   Attend a Bible study
   –   Share my Faith
   –   Give more
   –   Forgive Others
You don’t have to stop with choosing just one or two…  If it’s in your heart to do more, God would love for you to do so!
Happy New Year everyone!
Grace Lutheran School Pre- Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House:  (Jan 22)

On Tuesday, January 22 from 4-6 pm, attend Grace’s “Day of Discovery” and let your children find out, through a Scavenger Hunt, what it will be like in Pre –K and Kindergarten at Grace Lutheran School.  Your travels will include stops in our music department, library and gym.  A special craft, science project and snack are also included in the Hunt.  All this fun and a tour of our facility!  Come and enjoy an afternoon with your child and prepare them for the 2019-2020 school year here at Grace Lutheran School.

Food Pantry Needs:  
The food pantry at Beautiful Savior is in need of cereal, pasta, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese.  Please leave the items in the church office.  Thank you for helping to restock our shelves.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (Jan 24)
Next quilting date is Thursday, Jan 24 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.
ND District Annual Men’s Winter Retreat:  (Jan 25-26, 2019)
The annual men’s winter retreat will be held on January 25-26, 2019 at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads, St. John, ND.  The presenter this year is Rev. Daniel Suelzle of Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel at UND.  His presentation is “Misquoted: Things the Bible Doesn’t Say”.
The retreat begins with 6pm supper Friday, January 25th and ends 3:30 pm Saturday.  The cost is $80 per individual which includes: 3 meals, lodging, speaker, snacks, games, fireside chats, etc.  You should bring: Bible, bed roll, personal items, warm clothing, & friends.
To register, contact Corey Isaak at 701-281-0240 or via email: corey.isaak@gracefargo.org.
Grace School Winter Carnival:  (Jan 26)
Join us for an afternoon of fun, fellowship and food!  Saturday, January 26 from 12 – 3 pm.  Game and food tickets are $5 for 10 tickets.   Register to win a great door prize!  Samsung tablet, restaurant and gas gift cards…  and so much more!  (must be present to win)
Volunteers Needed for Packing Food:  (Feb 2)
Feed My Starving Children has organized an FM Christian Mobilepack from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S, with the goal of boxing 2.5 million meals for hungry children around the world.  Beautiful Savior will work a shift on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 5-7 pm, with slots for 25 volunteers.  At least 6,200 children die each day from hunger-related causes.  Please speak with Pastor Chris or Vicar Brian to consider helping out with this worthwhile effort.
“Joining Jesus” Evangelism Study:  (Feb 7)
We will take a look at a different approach to evangelism from a book titled, “Joining Jesus On His Mission – How to Be an Everyday Missionary” by Greg Finke.  This study will begin Thursday, February 7 at 7 pm and will meet for 8-10 weeks.  Using the five step method in the book, we will take a look at how to meet people right where they are.  Greg states in his book, we will find out how Jesus is messing with people and how we can be a friend to them.  For questions, please see Vicar Brian.
The book can be ordered thru Amazon.com.  (Reminder: Amazon will donate to Beautiful Savior if you order thru smile.amazon.com.  See below for more information about AmazonSmile.)
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.

Giving Hearts Day:  (Feb 14)
Giving Hearts Day is the largest 24-hour giving event in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.  Each year, thousands of people rally around hundreds of nonprofits in our community saying “count me” as a Giving Heart for charity.  Giving Hearts Day this year is Feb. 14.  Please mark your calendar so you remember to donate to Grace Lutheran School and many other deserving charities.  This is an easy and quick way to give.  On February 14, go to the Giving Hearts website and choose Grace Lutheran School to donate. 
Sunday School Substitutes Needed:  (sign up now)
We are looking for a few more substitute teachers and volunteers to assist in classrooms.  We are also looking for someone to listen to the kids recite memory work.  Let Bobbi Hestdalen, Vicar Brian or the office know if you would be willing to help our Sunday School program in any way.  Sunday school wouldn’t be a success without our volunteers!  
Grace School Auction Committee Needs You:  
There are many committees that come together to make each Auction successful, and we need YOU to help bring those committees to life.  Remember, you don’t have to do everything – any help, no matter how big or small, helps make this event possible.  If you would like to help with planning the event or to be on a committee, please email dsommerfeld912@gmail.com.  Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6 pm at GLS.  The Annual Grace School Auction will be held on March 23, 2019.  
Calling all parents of 3 and 4 years old children:
Grace Lutheran School is interested in bringing back their preschool!  Grace School believes in the education of the whole child: academic, social, physical, emotional, creative and spiritual.  Our staff is a group of dedicated professionals who value the opportunity to contribute to the Christian education and fulfillment of our students.  Please take a moment to complete a short survey to show your interest! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSJDMRT
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.
Consider Donating Blood:  
An hour of your time could save someone’s life.  Throughout January and February, Beautiful Savior is encouraging its members to donate blood through Vitalant, formerly known as United Blood Services, 3231 11th St. S in Fargo.  When you donate blood, it doesn’t just help people during disasters.  From surgery to fighting cancer to giving birth, blood donations are used to save around 12,000 lives a day.  A lot of the medical care we take for granted wouldn’t exist without donations.  To find out more, determine your eligibility or to donate, call 877-258-4825.
2019 Offering Envelopes:  (take home yours today)
Offering Envelopes for 2019 are available to be picked up in the narthex.  If you can’t find your envelopes, please let the office know, and a box can be made available for you.  Thank you for taking home your envelopes.
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 service is done on Sunday, you are welcome to take home the flowers you sponsored.  If you have any questions, contact the church office.
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.)
Going South for the Winter?
Please let the church office know when you plan to leave for the winter so that you will still receive any correspondence from the church.  The church has to pay the Post Office 59 cents for each piece of bulk mailing / newsletters returned.  You can also let the church know if you would like the email version of the newsletter while you are out of town.  Thank you for keeping the church updated while you travel.
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 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 possible, it would be appreciated if you could return your commitment card as soon as possible so that we can plan for which project(s) we can afford to do this Spring.
   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.
   If you would like information about the campaign, please let the church office know and we will get it for you.
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.
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! 
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. 
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.
Gold Club Potluck:  (Feb 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, Feb 20 at noon. 
Ladies – Come check out LWML:  (next meeting is Feb 21)
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!
Important Dates: Spring 2019 
     Ash Wednesday:  March 6
     Daylight Saving Time:  March 10
     Palm Sunday:  April 14
     Maundy Thursday: April 18
     Good Friday: April 19
     Easter Sunday: April 21
Voters’ Meeting:  (Mar 17)
Our Spring Voters’ Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 17 between services.  Come and hear reports from each of our boards and hear about what is going on in our church.  Please plan to attend.
Grace Lutheran School Auction:  (Mar 23)
Save the Date:  The Grace Lutheran School Annual Auction will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Fargo.  Watch for more details as the date gets closer.  If you would like to help with planning the event or being on a committee, please email jhagge@gracels.com.
Loose Change Sundays:  (Mar 31)
Mites Sunday occurs during the months that have 5 Sundays and is called “Loose Change Sunday”!  Please bring your loose change or dollars on those Sundays and place it in the Mites Box.  On a weekly basis, the Mites Box is located across the hall from the church office and you are welcome to drop off loose change into the box at any time – it does not have to be on Loose Change Sunday.  Thank you to all who have dropped their loose change into the Mites Box.  Combined Mite Box donations amount to millions of dollars that fund district and national mission grants.  To see a list of the current recipients of the Mite Box donations, go to the “Get Involved / LWML” page of this website.
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.