Hey Kids – Check out what’s going on at the church!
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.
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.
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 www.samaritanspurse.org/occ/
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.
Christmas Program – Grades 3-6:  (Sign up now – practice starts 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Greetings from Grace Lutheran School:  (registrations are taken year round)
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.
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 “Forgiven”.  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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