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.
Sunday School Registration:  (Register now)
The form to register your Pre-K thru Grade 6 child(ren) for Sunday School is located under the “Resources / Forms” tab of this website or you can pick up a form in the Narthex at the church.  Sunday School begins Sunday, September 9.
Siding Project has Begun:
We are happy to announce the new siding has arrived and the siding project has begun.  As was voted on during the June Voters meeting, due to the age and wear of the existing siding, all of the siding will be replaced.  We appreciate your patience with this project and hope to have it completed soon.  In the meantime, please stay away from the “work zone” and off of the trailers and materials that are stockpiled on the west and east sides of the building. Thank you.
Gold Club Potluck:  (Aug 15)
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, Aug 15 at noon.
Capital Campaign Volunteer Training:  (Aug 13 and 16)
We are in the process of lining up volunteers to visit with our members regarding our Capital Campaign that will happening this fall.  Capital Campaign Team Training will be held August 13 and 16 from 7 – 8:30 pm. The presenter and trainer will be Ed Bean. Please contact Jennifer Krause at (218) 287-8627 or rnjkrause@yahoo.com if you would like to be part of this team or for more information.
Youth Group for Grades 7-12:  (Aug 19)

Join us Sundays for youth group from 5-7 pm for (spiritual and physical) food, fun and fellowship.  We will be meeting each Sunday in August.  Hope to see you all there!

Back to School Youth Event at Thunder Road:  (Aug 20)

This event is for 6-12 grade in the fall. Enjoy laser tag, miniature golf, go-cart rides, batting cages and more, along with Bible study.  Parents please drop off and pick up your kids from Thunder Road.  We will be meeting Monday, August 20 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Cost is $30 per person, which gains you unlimited entrance into the attractions. Bring extra money for lunch.  For more information or for directions, call Vicar Brian at 293-1047. Please fill out form in the narthex, and return to the office. 

Still time to Enroll your Child(ren) at Grace Lutheran School for Fall 2018:
Association church members, friends and relatives are welcome to come in right NOW and register for the 2018-2019 school year!  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 Food Pantry Needs:
The BSLC food pantry is in need of peanut butter, cereal, canned fruit and vegetables.  We could also use several clean, reusable bags to pack the food in.  Thank you.
Lutheran Witness Subscriptions:  (Deadline Sept 1)
If you are interested in subscribing to The Lutheran Witness magazine, please let the church office know.  The annual rate is $22.01 for a yearly subscription (11 issues).  The deadline is September 1st.
Grace School Needs a Volunteer for PE Classes:  (apply now)
Grace Lutheran school is looking for a volunteer for our afternoon PE classes from 1 pm to 2:40 pm each day during the school week.  The four classes range from Pre-K to 5th grade.  Either a North Dakota Substitute license or Teachers license is required as well a background check that we do from the school.  These classes would include activities, games and exercise to share with the students.  If you have any questions or would like to serve in this capacity, please contact John Hagge at 701-232-7747.
Interested in becoming a Pastor or Deaconess?  (Sept 18)
If so, Rev. Jaime Nava from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis would like to meet with you September 18 between 3:30-7 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1258 Broadway, Fargo, ND.  Rev. Nava is interested in meeting with prospective students of all ages—elementary school age through adults.  Appointments are individual, informal and family/friends are welcome to come with you.  Appointments are not necessary but encouraged.  If you are interested in scheduling a specific time, please contact Rev. Nava at (314) 505-7224 or navaj@csl.edu.
New Kitchen Appliances: 
Next time you’re in the fellowship hall, check out the new appliances.  During the June Voters’ Meeting, it was approved to purchase a new Refrigerator, Stove and Microwave, because the old fridge and stove did not work.  We used proceeds from the Fred Fiechtner fund to pay for these appliances.  This fall we will be holding a capital campaign to raise funds to replace the siding and other much-needed repairs to the church. 
New Pictorial Directories have arrived!
If you had your family photo taken by LifeTouch during our Family Photo Sessions this past winter, then your FREE Pictorial Directory is ready to be picked up.  The next time you are at the church, please stop by the table in the Narthex and pick up your copy of the Pictorial Directory. (Just look for the directory with your name on it.)
Thank you again to everyone who participated to make our directories complete!
Help those Devastated by California Wildfires: 
As we pray for those who have been affected by the wildfires, the Thrivent Member Network-Pacific Sierra Region is mobilizing its financial resources and members to help those in need.  Thrivent members and others who want to help with the recovery efforts are encouraged to visit Thrivent’s Disaster Response page to learn more about the matching opportunity on individual personal donations and other ways in which you can help.
Harvest Time for Our Beautiful Garden:
Our Beautiful Garden is already producing vegetables that are big enough to pick!  We will be placing the extra vegetables on the tables in the Narthex.  Each week there may be a different variety of vegetables on the table depending on which vegetables were picked that week.  Therefore, take a look at the tables each week to see what is there.  Help yourself to any veggies on the table and enjoy some fresh vegetables in your home!
Fall Stewardship Focus and Capital Campaign:
“Restore His House” will be the stewardship theme this year and will include a 3 year 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.
No Electricity?  We can still Worship Together!
Even though we did not have electricity in the building the morning of Sunday, July 15, we still had worship service.  It was held in the fellowship hall without a microphone, an organ or lights.  But, those things are not necessary in order to gather in worship to hear the Word of the Lord and to receive Holy Communion.
 
(Brought back fond memories to those members who were here years ago when we had Worship Services in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday…  with the exception that we didn’t have electricity this time.  Fun to do once in awhile, but so grateful to have a beautiful sanctuary to worship in on a weekly basis.  Beautiful Savior is blessed!)
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.
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.
Immediate Need ~ Fellowship Captain Needed: 
We still have not filled the Group Fellowship Captain opening…  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!
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!!
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 22.
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.)
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, 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.
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 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.
Newsletter Articles due:  (Aug 24)
If you have something you would like included in the upcoming newsletter, please submit your article(s) by the 24th of the month.
Vendor Day at St. Andrews:  (Aug 25)
The St. Andrew Board of Human Care is hosting a Vendor & Reference Day on August 25 from 10am- 3pm.  This event is open to those at St. Andrew and the public.  Many agencies will be available telling about themselves and the services they provide such as the WF Fire Dept, Prescription Assistance, and various others.  There will be several vendors displaying and selling their products as well!  Lunch will be served from 11am-2pm.  Donate 1-3 non-perishable food items for 1 lunch ticket or 3-6 items for 2 tickets.
The purpose of this event is to bring many of the community services available in one place to make it easier to learn about them and to raise funds for the “Caring for the Needy” fund at St. Andrew.

Vendors will be donating 10% of sales as well as $10 for a space to the “Caring for the Needy” fund which is set up for those who are in need of assistance.  Non-perishable food items will help stock our pantry.  Every donation counts in helping someone who is in need!

Confirmation Retreat:  (Aug 26)
Save the date:  Before Confirmation classes begin,we will be hosting a mandatory Confirmation retreat for Confirmation students who will be in 8th and 9th grade this fall.  The Confirmation retreat will be held on Sunday, August 26 from 3:30 – 7 pm.
Confirmation Classes:  (Sept 5)
As a part of our education ministry, BSLC offers confirmation classes for students in seventh through ninth grades.  If you have a child in those classes, please have them join us beginning Wednesday Sept. 5 at 6:15 pm.  If you have any questions, please call the church office or talk with Pastor Chris or Vicar Brian.  Confirmation classes runs from 6:15 to 7:30 pm each Wednesday from September thru April.
Confirmation Students’ Parents Meeting:  (Sept 5)
On Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 pm, there will be a short meeting with Confirmation parents to describe our Confirmation program this year, hand out information and answer any questions you may have.  Your child may attend this meeting with you.  If you have any questions before the meeting, please contact Pastor Chris or Vicar Brian.
YWCA’s Annual Chocolate Fantasy and Chili, too!  (Sept 6)
YWCA’s 35th annual Chocolate Fantasy and Chili, too! event is a special way to support the YWCA Emergency Shelter, which each year helps over 1,400 women and children in rebuilding their lives.  On September 6 from 11am- 7pm, come to the Delta by Marriott to enjoy local chocolate delicacies, bid on silent auction items, rub elbows with celebrity servers, and listen to live music.  Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 (ages 5 and younger are free!).  For tickets, please visit: https://www.ywcacassclay.org/events or call 701-232-2547.
Fall Worship Schedule:  (Sept 9)
Beautiful Savior will offer 2 Worship services on Sundays starting on September 9.  The service will  be at 8:15 and 10:45 am, with fellowship time starting at 9:15 am.  Sunday School and Adult Bible Class will be at 9:30 am.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (Sept 13)
Next quilting date is Thursday, Sept 13 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.
ND LWML Annual Fall Retreat:  (Sept 14-16)
The ND LWML Annual Fall Retreat will be held at the Chieftan Conference Center in Carrington, ND on September 14-16.  The theme this year is “Vocation Bible School” or V.B.S.  Deaconess Amy Rast will be the presenter.  All women of the district and their guests are welcome to join us.  Click on VBS picture to see full Fall Retreat poster.
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!
Loose Change Sundays:  (Next Sunday: Sept 30)
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.
“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!
Faith in Action Mercy Conference:  (Oct 27)
We are excited to announce an inspiring mercy conference called, “Faith in Action!” This is truly a one-of-a-kind conference you won’t want to miss—sponsored by Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch! The conference features outstanding speakers and hands-on opportunities; and highlights some amazing ministries of mercy from a three-state region and beyond!
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and hear from Rev. Matthew Harrison, the President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and author of, “Christ, Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action” and “Remember the Poor: How the Earliest Christians Cared for the Needy.”
This one-day event, held October 27th from 8:30 am–4:30 pm on the campus of Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Fargo, will bring Lutherans together to re-imagine the work of mercy as part of the church’s mission, and to help make caring ministries of mercy possible all across Christ’s church!

Stay tuned for more information about registration and breakout sessions!

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.