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.
Meet & Greet with an Elder:  (Nov 13  ~  Sign Up Now)
Sign Up Today:  In November, members will have an opportunity to meet and speak with an elder. These meetings are intended as a time for you to share any needs or joys you may have.  Meetings will be offered on Nov 5, 7, 11 & 13 from 3 – 5 pm and from 6 – 8:30 pm.  Meet and greet sessions are scheduled for 25 minutes, but do not need to last that long.  All families are encouraged to sign up and attend.        Click here to sign up for a day and time that works for you.
If you are unable to meet during these weeks in November, other meetings can be scheduled.  We ask God for your prayers and blessing upon our time together as we continue to serve you!
Missional Community Meeting:  (Nov 12)
We are a small group of members who are joining Jesus on His mission by living each day as if it were a mission trip into our own community.  We are meeting once a month to share experiences and support each other.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, November 12 at 7 pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Visit with Pastor Brian if you have not attended and plan to attend.  
Gold Club:  (Nov 13)
Gold Club is a time to get together for some wonderful food, fun and fellowship.  Our Gold Club is no longer just for seniors.  It is fellowship for anyone.  If you are free during the day, please come join us.  We also encourage you to bring a friend if you know someone else who would enjoy some social time.  Bring a dish or treat to share and join us Wednesday, November 13 at noon.
Volunteers Needed for Operation Christmas Child Packing Party:  (Sign Up Now)
Volunteers are needed Saturday, Nov 16 to setup for the OCC Packing Party.  Setup is conveniently scheduled during Christmas Program practice.  Volunteers are also needed on the day of the Packing Party on Sunday, Nov 17.  The jobs are easy and the shifts are short so that you will also have time to pack a box and attend worship.        Click here to see where you can help out.
Advent Fun Shop:  (Nov 24)
Mark your calendar now for our annual Advent Fun Shop.  This fun family event of Christmas crafting for preschoolers through fifth-graders will be on Sunday, Nov. 24 from 1-3 pm.  The cost is $3 per child, and an adult should accompany the children, especially younger ones.  Each family is also asked to bring a dozen cookies for a cookie exchange.  Click here to print a registration form.
Thank You from Dorothy Day Food Pantry:
The Dorothy Day Food Pantry would like to extend their “Thank You” for our congregation’s donation of food.  During the month of October, we collected and donated 230 pounds of food to their facility.  Thank you to everyone who brought in food items and showed support for this local organization!
Plan Your Giving for 2020:
It is time to help our congregation plan financially for the coming year by completing a 2020 pledge card for your regular giving.  Pledge cards were mailed the first week of November.  There are extra cards in the Narthex if you did not receive one or need a new one.  
In the mailing you also received a commitment card for the Restore His House Capital Campaign.  If you have not already made a pledge to the Capital Campaign, or would like to increase your current commitment, please also complete the campaign card.  You can mail both cards to the church – or place them in the  drop box in the Narthex.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our financial secretary, Beth Gustafson 239-9090.
BSLC Thanksgiving Food Drive:  (Donate Now)
Fall is a great time to give thanks for all God has blessed us with and to help others in our church family who may be in need.  Please bring non-perishable food items (check expiration dates), paper products and gift cards, to food stores, to the church by Sunday, Nov. 24.
Christmas Program – Grades 3-6:  (Sign up now ~ First practice Nov 2)
Every year BSLC has a wonderful Christmas program put on by our 3rd – 6th grade students.  In order for our program to work,the students must practice several Saturdays.  This year we are asking the parents to sign up their students for our programs.  The students should be available for practices on the following Saturdays: Nov 2, 9, 16 and 23 (no practice Thanksgiving weekend) and Dec 7 and 14.  Practice will begin at 10 am for the main speakers and 11 am for the rest of the 3-6 grade students.  The program will be held on Sunday, December 15 during the 10:45 am worship service.   All children in Grades 3-6 are encouraged to participate.
Decorate the Church for Christmas:  (Nov 30)
Save the Date:  You are invited to help decorate the church for the Christmas season on Saturday, November 30 from 9 am – noon.  Come for awhile or stay until it’s done!  It’s always a joyous time for all!
Time to order your Christmas Poinsettias:  (Deadline Dec 8)
If you would like a poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one on the altar for Christmas, place your order on the sign up sheets in the narthex.  Cost is $15 per poinsettia.  Order deadline is Sunday, December 8.
Confirmation Sponsors Needed:
Confirmation sponsors are needed for the new seventh-grade class.  Anyone from the congregation is welcome to sponsor a confirmand.  Contact Mary Seiffert to get a name and the student’s information.  Support your student with prayer and any other way you wish to remember them, be it a greeting card or a treat, but most importantly, with the power of prayer.
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 61 cents for each piece of mail returned.  You can also let the church know if you would like the e-mail version of the newsletter while you are out of town.  Thank you for keeping the church updated while you travel!
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 2nd service is done on Sunday, you are welcome to take home the flowers you sponsored.  If you have any questions, contact the church office.
Portals of Prayer Available on an App:
“Portals of Prayer” is now available on your digital device!  In addition to relevant and easy-to-read meditations, you can listen to recordings of each day’s Bible readings, devotion, and prayer.  You can also search past devotions by keyword, save your favorites, share prayers, and access seven years of “Portals of Prayer” devotions.  Available on the App Store or Google Play.  The cost is $9.99 for a 1 year subscription.
Operation Christmas Child Collections:  (Nov 17 ~ Donate Now)

Operation Christmas Child Packing Party will be on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 9:30 am – 1 pm.  Everyone is welcome!  This is a family/all member, open house style event.  Our goal is to pack 100 shoe box gifts!

Between now and Nov 17, bring your donations to the church and place them in the collection box in the narthex.   A list of specific items to donate is located on the collection box in the narthex or visit their website at
Remember: No liquids, glass items, candy, gum, toothpaste, medicine or war-related items.
Also, donations toward our shipping costs will be taken until Nov. 17.  At the suggested donation of $9 a box for shipping, it will cost $900 to ship 100 boxes.  If you would like to donate, put your cash or check, written to “Samaritan’s Purse,” in an envelope marked “OCC” and place it in the offering plate.
Lost & Found:  
Missing:  Please check your cupboards at home: 
Both the square and the 9×13 Tupperware bar containers are missing from the church kitchen.  We have the lids, but no containers.
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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
Properties Committee Director / Members Needed:  (Volunteer Now)
Our Properties Director position has been vacant since May.  We are in need of an individual or individuals to help serve on a properties committee.  If you would be interested in serving on this committee, please contact Denise Doeling, Pastor Chris, Pastor Brian or a member of the Church Council.  Thank you to those individuals who have stepped in and helped fill this position during the vacancy.
Coffee Club meets on Friday Mornings: 
BSLC members, men and women of any age, are invited to gather on Friday mornings at 9 am at Randy’s University Diner, 2130 University Drive S, Fargo.  Please join us!  Everyone is welcome!  Feel free to bring a friend.
College Student’s Address:
Do you have a child in college?  Please leave your child’s new college address with the church office.  This will allow us to keep in contact with them as well as to notify the campus ministry so they can make contact with your child.
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 !
GLS Recess Duty Volunteers:  (Volunteer Now)
Note from Grace Lutheran School:  If anyone is interested in volunteering time to monitor lunchtime recess, please contact interim principal Jahnke at 232-7747 or  We would appreciate your helping hands!
Sunday School Volunteers Needed:  (volunteer now)
Sunday school wouldn’t be a success without our volunteers!  As the school year is quickly approaching, we are looking for people to teach, team-teach, assist in a classroom, help with memory work, take attendance, and looking to the future…  assist with the Christmas programs.  Let Bobbi Hestdalen, Pastor Brian or the office know if you would be willing to help our Sunday school program in any way.
Beautiful Savior has a Facebook page:
Did you know Beautiful Savior has a Facebook page?  Go to our page and click “Follow” so our posts come thru on your Facebook feed:  Click here to go to our Facebook page.
Mentors Needed for New Members:
The evangelism committee is looking for families or individuals to mentor new members.  If you think you would be interested in helping, please email  Thanks.
BSLC Food Pantry Needs:
The food pantry at BSLC is in need of non-perishable items: canned fruit, canned soups, peanut butter, rice and pasta boxes or mixes, spaghetti sauce, and boxed cereal.  If you are able to help with these needed items, you may drop them off in the church office.  Thank you.
Scam Alert:  (Posted Jul 31)
We have received information that there is a scam occurring that sounds as if it is coming Pastor Chris.  They are asking you to purchase a Gift Card for a ailing church member.  This is a scam.  We would never send out texts or emails that would ask you to purchase gift cards for or send cash to someone else.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
BSLC Youth Working the Dome:

Thinking about going to the National Youth Gathering in 2022, future BSLC mission or youth trips? 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.  Visit with Pastor Brian for more information.

Still Time to Enroll your Kids at Grace Lutheran School: 
We are looking forward to sharing Jesus with our students through the school year theme of “Beautiful Feet on Every Street”.  This theme is based on Isaiah 52:7 “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news.”  As always, feel free to stop in and visit our school any time. 
Address and Phone Number(s) Changes:
Do we have your current phone number and address?  If you have moved, dropped your landline, have a new phone number or move to the lakes for the summer, 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.
Military Addresses Needed:
Do you have a family member in the military?  The LWML would like their address so that they can send cards of encouragement to them.  Please leave their address on the church office desk or email them to the church.  Thank you.
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!
Harlan and Esther Wallum Scholarship Fund: 
Are you thinking about where you or your  children may go for college?  Consider one of our LCMS universities.  Grants are available to assist youth and adults who wish to begin or continue their education from an LCMS university or seminary.  Applications are available in the church office.
Thrivent Choice Dollars:
If you are a Thrivent member and are eligible for Thrivent Choice dollars, please go online or call your representative to have your Thrivent Choice dollars designated to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church.
Read our Newsletters Online:
Do you currently receive the newsletter in the mail and would prefer to read it in a digital format?  If so, just let the office know and we can add you to our newsletter email group.  Instead of receiving the newsletter in the mail, we would send you an email with the newsletter attached.
The newsletters are also available on our website under the “Resources” tab.  Click here to read this month’s newsletter, or any of our past newsletters.
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.
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 2018 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 you did not make a commitment yet, it if not too late.  You can pick up a commitment card in the church office.  Or you may make donations to the campaign anytime by writing “Capital Campaign” on the memo line of your check.
   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.
   You can see a complete list of projects and also watch the progress of the campaign on the display in the Narthex.
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 our school office at (701) 232-7747 for further information.
Crossfire Youth Praise Band:  (Sundays Sept-May)
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.
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. 
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.  MSLN is also broadcast on WDAY Xtra with “This Is Your Life” program at 10 am followed by the “Main Street Living” worship service. 
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 this week’s broadcast, go to: there, you can watch the current week’s broadcast with the links at the bottom of the screen.  Or you can access previous broadcasts from prior months by using the drop-down menu at the top of the screen and choosing “Watch Main Street Living” under the “Main Street Living” tab at the top of the screen.  Or use this link: (Depending on your web browser, the drop down menu might show as a set of 3 lines at the top of the page.  If so, just click on the 3 lines to access the drop-down menu.)
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!
Enroll your Child(ren) at Grace Lutheran School:  (Never too late to register)
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 today!  
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!
Buy Concessions from our Youth at the FargoDome:  (Nov 16)

The youth will be selling concessions at the FargoDome as a fundraiser to go to various youth events and also the National Youth Gathering in 2022.  Upcoming dates include: (November 16).  If you are at an event at the FargoDome on that day, please look for our stand and purchase your concessions from the BSLC Youth.

Newsletter Articles due:  (Nov 20)
If you have something you would like included in the upcoming newsletter, please submit your article(s) by the 20th of the month.
Fellowship and Quilting:  (Nov 21)
Next quilting date is Thursday, Nov 21 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.  Come help cut squares or tie the quilts.  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:  (Nov 21)
LWML typically 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!
Christmas Program – Pre-K thru Grade 2:  (Practice begins Nov 23)
Christmas practice for the younger children for their program will begin November 23.  Grades 1-2 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 held on Sunday, December 15 during the 8:15 am worship service.
Note:  There will not be practice on Saturday, November 30 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
MSLN Choir Needs You:  (Nov 23)
The Main Street Living Choir will be recording new songs on Saturday, November 23 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  Practice will be from 1-2 pm and we will record from 2 -3:30 pm.  Everyone welcome.  If you have any questions, please call Ramsey Dahl at 866-5403.
Sunday School Children to Sing during Services:  (Nov 24)
The Sunday school children in grades Pre-K thru 3rd grade will be singing before both services on Sunday, November 24.  Please have your child(ren) here by 8:00 am that morning for them to rehearse and to line up.  After they are done singing, they will sit with their parents for the worship service.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service:  (Nov 27)
God blesses us abundantly every day.  Beautiful Savior will offer a thanksgiving worship Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 pm.  Come and give thanks to God for all His gifts to us.
Midweek Advent Worship:  (Begins Dec. 4)
Our Advent Worship service and suppers will be Wednesdays, December 4, 11 and 18.  There will be a soup and sandwich supper starting at 6 pm followed by a worship service at 7 pm.  Please join us for these special services during this wonderful time of year!
Voters’ Meeting:  (Dec 8)
Save the Date:  There will Voters’ Meeting on Sunday, December 8 starting at 9:30 am.  In addition to updates from each of the boards, the 2020 Budget will be presented and voted on.  All members of BSLC are encouraged to attend.
LWML “Munchies for Missions”:  (Dec 8)
The LWML Munchies for Missions bake sale will be on Sunday, December 8, after both worship services.  BSLC members are asked to bake and fill containers of Christmas goodies to sell.  Containers will be distributed on Sundays, November 17, 24 and December 1.  Bring your containers to the church Saturday, December 7 between 9 am and noon.  Then plan to shop on Sunday and take home a variety of tasty goodies for the holidays.  Thanks for participating in this fundraiser for LWML Mites!
Barnes & Noble Fundraiser for Grace Lutheran School:  (Dec 8)
Come shop at Barnes & Noble on Sunday, December 8 from 10 am – 9 pm.  Give the cashier the special code to support our school and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Grace Lutheran School.  It’s that simple!  We’re also hosting the story time and craft project that day and will be wrapping gifts at the store for a free-will donation!  We hope to see you there!
Children’s Christmas Party:  (Dec 13)
Save the Date:  The children’s Christmas Party will be held on Friday, December 13 from 6-7 pm.  Watch for more details to be announced toward the end of November.
Loose Change Sundays:  (Dec 29)
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.
New Year’s Eve Worship Service:  (Dec 31)
Beautiful Savior will have a New Year’s Eve worship service at 6 pm on Tuesday, December 31.