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.
Grace Lutheran School Christmas Musical:  (Dec 15)
Grace Lutheran School will be having their Christmas musical on Friday, Dec 15 at 7 pm. 
“Meet Me At The Manger” is about a group of kids who are performing a manger scene in Herod’s Dept Store on Christmas Eve.  Unfortunately, Herod informs them that there is “no room for them in the store”.  The kids decide to take their performance down the street to the Lighthouse Mission.  Along the way, they meet some interesting characters and help Herod discover the true meaning of Christmas.  Please plan on attending.
Christmas Caroling:  (Dec 17)
Save the Date:  All members of the congregation, young and old, are invited to join in singing Christmas Carols and to bring some Christmas cheer to some wonderful people!  Wear a Christmas sweater or scarf, anything to dress festive for the afternoon.
Caroling at:  Touchmark at 1 pm ~ Bethany Homes at 3 pm ~ VA Hospital Community Rm at 4:30 pm
Watch for details on carpooling options, etc as the event gets closer.
Mitten and Sock Tree:
Donations are being taken for a mitten and sock tree.  Bring in new mittens, caps, scarves or gloves for children or adults.  These items will be donated to the schools. Socks of all sizes will be donated to Churches United. Thanks for filling our tree!
Children’s Christmas Programs:  (Dec 17)
Save the Date:  The Children’s Christmas Programs will be held on Sunday, December 17.  The program times will be: Pre-K thru Grade 2 program at 8:15 ~ and ~ Grades 3-6 program at 10:45.  Information regarding rehearsals is posted on the “Get Involved / Sunday School Kids” page of this website.
Children’s Christmas Party:  (Dec 18)
Calling all Kindergarten thru fifth-grade students:  Join us for games, fun and food at a Christmas party just for you on Monday, Dec 18 from 6-7:30 pm.  Preschool children may attend, but we would like parents to attend with them, if possible.  Please bring a dozen cookies or baked treats to exchange and share.
New Pictorial Directory:  (Sign up now to schedule your photography appointment)
Update:  Lifetouch is sending a 2nd photographer on December 27 and 28.  Therefore, there are now additional times available on those 2 days.  Sign up now to get a time that works for your schedule!  Beautiful Savior is in the process of creating a new Pictorial Directory.  We would love to have all members of our congregation be included in this photo directory.  Every family that is photographed will receive a free 8×10 portrait and a free printed directory.  Upcoming photography dates include: Wednesday, Dec 27 and Thursday, Dec 28.  Go to the “Directory” page of this website for more information and to schedule your family photography appointment.
2018 Calendar Fundraiser:
The youth will be offering beautiful “God’s Creation” calendars for sale during services in December.  Suggested donation for a calendar is $10, with a minimum of $6.  Proceeds will go toward the 2019 National Youth Gathering costs.
2018 Pledge Cards:
Pledge Cards help us plan financially for next year.  But, we need everyone’s to get a complete picture. 

Pastor’s sermon on Nov 26 was on Faith and Finances, tithing, how the church uses your donations, and our current financial standing in regards to affording a second pastor.  You can listen to the sermon here: 

 
As you are making your pledge, prayerfully consider how richly God has blessed you and what God’s work is for you in our congregation.  Show your support by turning in your completed pledge card. Thank you to all who already turned in their cards.  If you need a pledge card, click here: 2018 Pledge Card
Christmas Worship Services:
Sunday, December 24:  10 am regular worship, 3:30 and 5 pm Candlelight services
Monday, December 25:  10 am Christmas worship with Communion
Mid-Week Advent Services:  (Dec 6, 13 and 20)
Please join us on Wednesdays in December at 7 pm for our mid-week Advent Services.  We also encourage you to join us for fellowship during a Soup & Sandwich Potluck supper at 6 pm those evenings.
Volunteer Greeters Needed for the Family Photo Sessions:
Volunteers are needed to work at the sign-in table during the family Photo Sessions.  This is a very simple job.  Just log in the families, make certain we have the correct information for each family, fill in the missing information legibly, and show them where to go for their picture at their assigned time.  It’s also a great way to meet some of your fellow church members! 
        To sign up to work at the table, please click here:  Photo Session Greeters
2018 Offering Envelopes:
The 2018 Offering Envelopes are ready to be picked up.  Please stop by the table in the narthex and pick up your 2018 Envelopes.  If you can’t find your box of envelopes, please stop by the office and we’ll get you one.  Thanks!
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 scanned 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!
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. Simply 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 visit with Vicki in the church office.
Call Committee Update:  (excerpt from 3rd quarter finance mailing)
We all celebrate that Pastor Chris has accepted the call to become Senior Pastor at BSLC!  However, keep in mind that the work of the call committee is far from complete.  We ask for your prayers as we proceed with the next phase, which will be to identify whether we can and should recommend calling an associate pastor, calling a director of Christian education (DCE), or pursuing a third option.
 
One of the important considerations going forward will be the congregation’s ability to support an associate pastor, DCE, or other lay employee to support Pastor Chris.  As it stands, our offerings received in 2016 and 2017 would not be sufficient to support two pastors.  In the future, when our congregation proceeds with its stewardship process, please prayerfully consider your desire and ability to continue to support the Church.  The Scriptures speak often of giving; one of my favorite such passages is 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “(W)hoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Growing in Faith Together Survey:
How will you share your G.I.F.T.s this year?
Here is your chance to let us know more about you and your talents, gifts and passions.  As part of our 2017 Fall Stewardship campaign, we are asking every member of our congregation who is in sixth grade and older, to complete a “Time and Talents” survey.  The information in this survey will help us match you with opportunities in our church that might interest you.  You can access the survey by going to the “Resources/Links” tab of this website.
Grace Lutheran School  –  Marketing Director Needed:
GLS is currently searching for a Marketing Director for approximately 15 hours a week.  The director would work closely with school staff and Board members to develop a marketing strategy to raise visibility and awareness of the value of Christian education.  To apply, please call Principal John Hagge  701-232-7747 or email jhagge@gracels.com.
Hurricane Relief:  (How can I help?)
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 or 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 10:00 am, followed by a children’s program at 10:30 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.
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.”
Grace Lutheran School – Phy Ed Teacher Needed:
GLS needs a Phy Ed teacher by Jan 5, 2018.  This is a part-time position.  The applicant would need a North
Dakota teachers license or Sub license.  Please contact John Hagge at 232-7747 if interested.
 
GLS – Tutors Needed:
Grace also is in need of at least 3-4 volunteer tutors to help students with their studies in the morning and afternoon, also after school. These tutors would need to help as teachers for these students in Math and English. Please have interested members contact Principal John Hagge at 701-232-7747.
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!
Sunday School Teachers Still Needed:  (as of Dec 10)
We are still looking for help on Sunday mornings for Sunday School.  We are looking for teachers or team teachers for the High School class, 2nd and 5th grades, substitutes and memory work helpers.  If interested, please contact Bobbi Hestdalen at 701-540-2218 or the church office.
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.
Loose Change Sundays:  (next Mites Day is Dec 31)
Sunday, December 31st is the 5th Sunday in December and therefore is Loose Change Sunday!  Please bring your loose change or dollars on Sunday and place it in the Mites Box.  Thank you to all who dropped their loose change into the Mite Box on the 5th Sundays in April, July and October.  A total of $83.74 was donated on April 30th, $103.80 on July 30th, and $___ on October 29th.  Combined Mite Box contributions 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.
Christian Chicks Book Club: 
Our January book will be “Any Dream will Do” by Debbie Macomber.  The book is available through the library system.  If you have questions or want to find out more, please e-mail ChicksBC16@gmail.com. 
Ladies – Come check out LWML:  (next meeting is Jan 18)
LWML meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6 pm.  All women regardless of age are invited to join.  Even if you can’t attend every meeting, you are still welcome to come as it fits your schedule.  There are lots of activities coming up – so even if you can’t attend the monthly meetings, consider teaming up on a committee to help make things happen.  Your participation in LWML is a great way to make new friends within the church.  And, at the same time, you will be Serving the Lord!
Grace Lutheran School Auction:  (Mar 10)
Save the Date:  The Grace Lutheran School Auction is scheduled for March 10, 2018.  More information will be available closer to the event date.