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.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service:  (Nov 21)
Beautiful Savior will offer a Thanksgiving worship on Wednesday, November 21 at 7 pm.  God blesses us abundantly every day.  Come and give thanks to God for all His gifts to us.
Newsletter Articles due:  (Nov 22)
If you have something you would like included in the upcoming newsletter, please submit your article(s) by the 22nd of the month.
Sponsor a Christmas Poinsettia:  (Deadline Dec 9)
It’s time already to sign-up to order a Christmas poinsettia.  If you would like a poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one on the altar this Christmas, make sure to sign up and order one.  The sign up sheet is in the narthex.  The cost is $15.  Deadline for orders is December 9.  After Christmas, you may take home your poinsettia.
Concordia College Christmas Concert:  (Nov 30 – Dec 2)

The 2018 Moorhead Christmas Concerts, “For the Beauty of the Earth,” will be in Memorial Auditorium at Concordia College.  Concert dates are Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 pm; Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 pm and 7 pm; and Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 pm  Tickets are $22 each.  You can purchase tickets online (click here), in person at the Memorial Union or via phone 888-477-0277.

LWML Mites are DOUBLED on Giving Tuesday:  (Nov 27)

Share your thankfulness on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday, November 27.  You have the opportunity to share your blessings by contributing to the 2017–2019 LWML Mission Grants.  Two out of every three people do not know Jesus as their Savior.  Your donation can help reach them and will be matched by two committed donors on Giving Tuesday. Donate online at or through LWML Facebook.

(If you are unable to donate online, you may send your contributions to the LWML office at 801 Seminary Place Suite L010, St. Louis, MO 63105.)

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

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:
Silent Auction Items Needed:  (Sign up now)
Silent Auction items are needed for the Christmas Tea.  Proceeds from the auction go to support LWML missions.  Talk to Mary Seiffert if you have something to donate.  Thank you.
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.
LWML Christmas Tea Hostesses Needed:  (Sign up now)
Preparation is underway for our fourth annual Christmas Tea that will take place Sunday, Dec 2 at 4 pm.  Hostesses are needed for this year’s tea; if you hosted a table last year, it would great if you would again host.  Thank you to all who hosted last year.  This year, the hostesses will bring and serve the dessert for their table.  Please let Jodi Haekenkamp ( or Kim Scheer ( know if you would like to take part.  You may also talk to any of the other committee members.
New Women’s Bible study:  (Thursdays 9 am)
The women’s Thursday morning Bible study will be starting a new study titled “Advent of the Savior” starting on Thursday, November 15 at 9 am.  This study will introduce you to the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus.  It will remind you of God’s faithfulness and power to fulfill his promises, and draw you into the love that brought Christ to earth.  On a seemingly ordinary day, in a manger in Bethlehem, the promised Messiah slipped into the world as a tiny baby.  Thousands longed for his coming, few witnessed his entrance, but millions have been changed by his life.  A sign-up sheet is in the narthex.
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.   Which of the following committees sounds like you?  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 being on a committee, please email  The Annual Grace School Auction will be held on March 23, 2019.  
Do you like to sing Christmas songs?  (Join now – next rehearsal Nov 21)
We are looking for anyone interested in singing in our Christmas cantata, “The First Light”.  It will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm.  Practices will be from 7:30-8 pm on Wednesdays.  If you would like to participate, just show up on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm for rehearsal.  If you have questions or would like more information, contact Ramsey Dahl 701-866-5403 or call the church office.  
Christmas Program Practices ~ Preschool through 2nd Grade:  (starts Dec 1)
Christmas practice for the younger children for their program will begin December 1st.  The first and second graders will practice from 8:30 to 10 am.  The preschool and kindergarten students are asked to come at 9:15 am.  Their program will be on Sunday, December 16 during the 8:15 am worship service.
Christmas Program Practices ~ Grades 3-6:  (Saturdays)
Practices for the Grades 3-6 Christmas Program will start on November 3rd.  The 3rd-6th Graders will rehearse on Saturdays from 10 am to noon each Saturday during November and December (except for Thanksgiving weekend).  The program will be held on Sunday, December 16 during the 10:45 am worship service.  If your child will be participating in the Christmas Program, please complete the sign up form (click here).   If you have any questions contact Ramsey Dahl at (701) 866-5403.
New Member Classes:  (Thursdays)
New Member Classes are being offered on Thursdays at 6 pm (started Nov 1).  Part of the joy of joining our church is learning more regarding what we teach about the Christian faith.  We invite all new members and potential members to participate in our Discovery Class, which reviews the basic, but essential, teachings of the Bible.  This class normally lasts about five to six weeks.  Those who have been members for some time and who also would like a brief review are also welcome to attend!
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.
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Did you know that Amazon will donate every time you shop when you shop thru ?

About AmazonSmile:  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as  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 is also available on AmazonSmile ( 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

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 !

Stewardship Focus and Capital Campaign:  (going on now)
“Restore His House” is the stewardship theme this year and includes 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.  Our goal is $300,000 in three years to meet these building needs.  We also have a goal of raising $30,000 for Grace Lutheran School during that same time frame.  
    A mailing was sent out in October with details about the 3 year 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 by early November.
   At the beginning of November, the annual commitment card for your regular giving to the General Fund for 2019 was mailed to our members.  We ask that you prayerfully 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.
   If you did not receive information about the campaign or the annual commitment card, please let the church office know and we can get you the appropriate information. 
Pews/Chairs have been Cleaned:
The pews and chairs in the sanctuary and narthex were cleaned last week.  Don’t they look nice?  Please help to keep these 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.
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, Pastor Chris 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 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 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.)
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.
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:  or  or
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:
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:  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.
Decorate the Church for Advent:  (Nov 29)
Save the Date:  On Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm, plan to spend an hour or so helping decorate the church for the Advent Season.  All members of Beautiful Savior are welcome and encouraged to come out and spend some time in fellowship with other members of the congregation while making our church festive for the season.  “Jesus is the Reason for the Season
Advent Fun Shop:  (Dec 2)
Kids of all ages can make Christmas presents for loved ones at our annual Advent Fun Shop.  This fun family event of Christmas crafting for preschoolers though fifth-graders will be on Sunday, Dec 2 from 1-3 pm.  The cost is $3 per child.  An adult should accompany the children, especially younger ones.  Each family is also asked to bring a dozen cookies for the cookie exchange.  Please register your child with Vicar Brian or the church office for this event.
LWML Munchies for Missions:  (Dec 2)

The LWML Munchies for Missions bake sale will be Sunday, Dec. 2.  BSLC members are asked to fill containers with baked Christmas goods, that will be distributed on Sundays, Nov. 18 and 25.  Bring your containers to the church between 9 am and noon Saturday, Dec 1.  Thanks for participating in this LWML fundraiser!

LWML Christmas Tea:  (Dec 2)
Save the Date:  Join us for fellowship, food and entertainment on Sunday, December 2.  Starting at 3:30 pm with a silent auction and table preview and at 4 pm, the Oak Grove Carolers will perform followed by a meal served by the BSLC men. A free-will offering will be taken to support CCRI – Build 4 The Guys.  If you wish to host a table, let the church office know.  Each hostess is asked to donate $20 towards a group dessert.  If you would like to attend as a guest, please RSVP by calling the church at 293-1047 by November 16.  If you have a silent auction item to donate, contact Mary Seiffert.
Midweek Advent Services:  (start Dec 5)
Beautiful Savior will be offering midweek worship services at 7 pm on Wednesdays during the Advent season.  Please join us as we spend extra time learning about and celebrating this glorious season!  (Wednesdays: December 5, 12, and 19)
Midweek Soup and Sandwich Suppers:  (start Dec 5)
Each Wednesday prior to the Midweek Advent worship service, there will be a soup and sandwich supper.  If you are able, please bring a soup, sandwich, side dish or dessert to share. 
Please note that everyone is welcome even if you don’t bring something to share.
Operation Christmas Child Servant Event Trip:  (Dec 8)
Volunteers needed to go to the Operation Christmas Child Processing Center, Minneapolis, MN, to prepare shoe box gifts for shipping on December 8.  There is room for six people to go with.  Youth must be 13 or older before Dec. 8.  No exceptions. (This is an OCC Processing rule!!)  For information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Krause at  Forms will also be available in the narthex.
Voters’ Meeting:  (Dec 9)
Save the Date:  There will be a Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, December 9 starting at 9:30 am.  All members of the congregation are encouraged to attend and hear reports of what is going on in our congregation.  During the December meeting, we will also be approving the 2019 financial budget.  Please plan to attend.
Grace Lutheran School Christmas Musical:  (Dec 13 & 14)

Grace Lutheran School’s annual all-school Christmas Musical is on December 13 & 14 at 7 pm.  We’ll meet Hannah and her crew who are frantically trying to open Bethlehem’s one and only theme park, “Royal World” even in-spite of poor planning and city safety inspectors.  What they didn’t expect was the birth of the True King in a little stable on the edge of town.  As the story unfolds, all involved learn what is really important and what Christmas is all about!  Dress rehearsal on December 13 at 1:30 pm is open to the public.

GLS Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble:  (Dec 15)
Save the Date:  Shop at Barnes & Noble on December 15 and support Grace Lutheran School.  On that day, Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of your purchases to Grace Lutheran School.  Make sure to mention Grace at the checkout.  Please note –  We will have a special storytime and craft activity at 3:00 pm that day.
Can’t make it on December 15?  You can also support GLS by ordering online from 12/15/18 to 12/20/18 by entering Bookfair ID 12311213 at checkout.  Thank you for supporting Grace Lutheran School!
Children’s Christmas Programs:  (Dec 16)
The Christmas Programs will be held on Sunday, December 16. 
The program for the Preschool thru Grade 2 will be at 8:15 am. 
The program for Grades 3-6 will be at 10:45 am.
Please note that there will not be Sunday School that morning.
Christmas Caroling at Bethany:  (Dec 16)
Please join us in spreading some Christmas cheer.  Beautiful Savior will be caroling at Bethany on 42nd Ave on Sunday, December 16 at 3 pm.  We hope you will come out and join us!  All ages are welcome!  
Gold Club Potluck:  (Dec 19)
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, Dec 19 at noon. 
Christmas Cantata:  (Dec 19)
Save the Date:  The Christmas Cantata “The First Light” will be held at Beautiful Savior on Wednesday, December 19 at 7 pm.  Please plan on attending this Holiday event and enjoy the music of the season.
Loose Change Sundays:  (Dec 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.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (Jan 10)
Next quilting date is Thursday, Jan 10 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 Jan 17)
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 23)
Save the Date:  The Grace Lutheran School Annual Auction will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  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
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 for the latest information or follow the “LCMS Youth Gathering” facebook page.