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Vacation Bible School 2020:   (Registration Deadline *extended* July 10)
Due to a lot of unknowns, Rocky Railway Vacation Bible School 2020: “Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through” will be coming to you in August in a different way than we are used to.  This year, VBS will be coming to families as “VBS in a box.”  If you register for VBS this year, your family will receive a ‘box’ with: a CD/DVD of songs, craft supplies, snacks, Bible story leaflet and access to our digital resources for VBS.  This will include videos by Pastor Chris and Pastor Brian of our Bible stories for each day.  We pray this VBS approach 
provides flexible options for our families.  We will continue to provide you support as needed.  All kids age 4 (by August 1, 2020) to sixth grade (fall of 2020) are invited to participate in this year’s VBS.  To allow us time to order materials and have them available for your family, please register your child (click here for the form) by July 10.
Grace Lutheran School News:  (posted July 10)
Grace Lutheran School has a new website:  www.gracelutheranschoolfargo.com
 
Grace Lutheran School is now enrolling pre-k to grade 8.  Please call 232-7747 for more information.
 
Recruit Families and Save on Tuition: Enroll a new family at GLS for the 2020-21 school year and receive:  $200 off for first family, $500 off for the second family and $1000 off for the third family!
Greetings from Grace Lutheran School:  (Register now for Fall 2020)
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 your school any time.  We enjoy connecting with family and supporters.  Check out our website:  www.gracelutheranschoolfargo.com

Summer Camps at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads:  (posted June 2)
We are having camps as scheduled!!  We are working to adjust for keeping more social distance during camps.  You can sign up for your favorite camp at www.shretreat.org or get a brochure at your church.  If you have any questions, please call 701-244-5225 for details.  Looking for a summer job?  We are looking for college-age camp counselors or more experienced adults to help out this summer.  Contact us today!  Please watch our website to find out when a freewill “Thank You” video conference will be offered, and a chance to learn more about the resources available to you at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads.
Camp Grace Now Taking Registrations:  (Going on Now)
Looking for a great summer program to keep your children active and entertained?  Camp Grace is a summer day camp offered at GLS for children ages 4-12 years old.  For more information, contact the school office at (701) 232-7747 or their website: www.gracelutheranschoolfargo.com.  Register today. 
Summer Camps at Lutheran Island Camp:  (Cancelled for summer 2020)
This year’s theme at Lutheran Island Camp and Christ Serve Ranch is “Building New Bridges.”  There are great programs for all ages.  Their website is www.islandcamp.org.  It is located on East Battle Lake, Minnesota.  Lutheran Island Camps have been cancelled for the summer of 2020.
CANCELLED during pandemic:  Crosstraining  for BSLC Children:  (Mar 15)
Crosstraining meets one Sunday each month from 1-3 pm and is for children in first through fifth grades.  Crosstraining involves food (both spiritual and physical), fun and fellowship.  Our next Crosstraining day will be March 15.  Contact Pastor Brian with any questions.
Thank You from Operation Christmas Child:  (Dec 2019)
Operation Christmas Child was a great success!  121 awesome shoe box gifts were packed.  That is 121 kids who will experience God’s love for them through a simple gift and who will have the chance to hear about Jesus! Keep these kids in your prayers!  An announcement will be made as soon as we find out what countries our boxes have gone to. 
We had over 70 people participate in the packing party on Nov 17 and many more who donated items for the boxes or money for shipping.  Our Sunday School kids alone collected enough offerings to pay shipping for 28 boxes!  Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we were able to donate shipping for ALL of our boxes!  Special thanks to our “elves” who helped with set up and during the party, solicited some special donations of items, coordinated with Sunday School, and provided church office support.  We thank God for all He has provided and for the opportunity to share His love!
Sunday School:  (Started Sept 8)
BSLC offers a Sunday School program for children ages 3 and up during the school year (Sept – May).  Sunday School meets from 9:30-10:30 am on Sunday mornings (conveniently scheduled between our two Worship Services).  If you have a child age 3 and up, sign them up for Sunday School (the form is located under the “Resources / Forms” tab of this website) or you can pick one up in the Narthex at the church.  If you have any questions, please contact the church office.
 
Sunday School Teachers / Helpers Needed:
If you would like to help our Sunday School program in any way
(ie: teaching, substitute teaching, being that extra set of hands in a classroom, helping with memory work, taking attendance, etc), please contact the church office or stop in the office on Sunday morning to sign up.  We can always use a spare pair of hands!
Sunday School Children to Sing during Services:  (Mar 15)
The Sunday school children in grades Pre-K thru 3rd grade will be singing before both services on Sunday, March 15.  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.  Even if you attend the 1st service, please allow them to stay for the first few minutes of 2nd service to sing at that time too.  Thank you.
VBS Kids helped battle Malnutrition in Zambia:  (Summer 2019)
This year the offerings received during VBS week went to help battle malnutrition in Zambia, Africa.  Kids at ROAR! VBS joined a mission effort thru World Vision to provide nutrition packets and health checkups for moms and babies in need in Zambia.  The special ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) packets help bring hungry kids back from the brink of death in mere weeks – making this gift a real life-saver!  
Our VBS kids are happy to announce that $390 was collected and donated to this life-saving support to families in Zambia.
LCMS Summer Camps:
There are brochures in the narthex for those who would like to attend church camp.  This year’s theme at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads is “A Great Cloud”.  Some of the camps offered are horse camps, art camp, guitar camp and even an adult camp.  Their website is www.shretreat.org.
 
This year’s theme at Lutheran Island Camp and Christ Serve Ranch is “Building New Bridges”.  There are great programs for all ages.  Their website is www.islandcamp.org.
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!
VBS Kids helped battle hunger in Haiti:  (Summer 2018)
This year the offerings received during VBS week went to help battle hunger in Haiti.  The island of Haiti has been battling years of drought and hurricanes.  As a result, parents struggle to grow enough food for their families.  Operation Kid-to-Kid is partnering with World Vision to provide Haitian families with drought-tolerant seeds – A $10 gift provides seeds that can grow into food that will feed a child for an entire year.  Our VBS kids are happy to announce that $464 was collected and donated to provide seeds for Haiti.
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Sunday School Memory Work:  (2018-2019)
The following note was sent home with all Sunday School children on Sept 17:
Dear Parents of Sunday School Children:  We would like to encourage talking about God’s word at home.  To help facilitate this, each grade has been given memory work.  Please take some time during the week to work with your child(ren) on their memory work.  We would like each child to be able to have all of it completed by the end of the year.
 
In case your child’s memory work sheet has been misplaced, just click on the appropriate link to access it:
     Preschool       Kindergarten       1st Grade       2nd Grade       3rd Grade      4th Grade        5th Grade
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