Hey Kids – Check out what’s going on at the church!
Sunday School Volunteers Needed:  (Going on Now)
We plan to have in-person Sunday school this fall.  We are looking for people to teach, team-teach, assist in a classroom, help with memory work, take attendance, and assist with the Christmas program.  Let Stacy Knudson, Pastor Brian or the office know if you would be willing to help our Sunday School program in any way.
Sunday School Registration:  (SS meets from 9:30am -10:10am)
It’s time to register your child(ren) for Sunday School.  Click here to print the Registration Form, complete it and return it to the church office via mail, email or stop by and drop it off.
GLS in Need of Artists and Creative People:  (Going on Now)
Grace is looking for a couple of people with artistic talent to help with class projects during the months of October and November.  Class projects are a big part of our Celebration of Grace.  Please contact Mrs. Weidner if you are willing to volunteer at cweidner@gracels.com or 701-232-7747.
Bibles for third-graders:  (Sept 13)
The scriptures implore us to keep the Word of the Lord in front of us as a constant reminder of how much God does for us, especially salvation through Jesus Christ.  God’s word is also a means of grace, by which God works faith in us.  Because God’s word is such a special gift, all children entering third grade will receive a Bible during either worship service on Rally Sunday.  Update:  Please contact the church office if your third grade student was unable to attend on Sept 13.
Operation Christmas Child Needs:  (Going on Now)
Hygiene items needed for Operation Christmas Child.  Pick up a few extras when shopping for your family.  The top needs are wash cloths, soap, toothbrushes, floss, lip balm, and hair brushes.  Other great extras are deodorant, bandages, nail clippers, emery boards, compact mirror, or a soap dish. Other small items are also welcome.  No liquids.  We have the potential to pack well over 200 boxes if we get enough of those basic hygiene items!  Click here for a complete list of gift ideas and “Do Not Include” list.  Email Jennifer at: rnjkrause@yahoo.com with any questions.
Enroll your Child(ren) at Grace Lutheran School:  (Registrations taken year round)
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 701-232-7747 and set up a Care Visit today!   Their website is:  www.gracelutheranschoolfargo.com
Sunday School Letter to Families:  (August 31, 2020)
Dear Sunday School Families,

Rally Sunday is right around the corner, and we wanted to give you an overview of Sunday School this year. There have been a few changes, and we want to let you know the steps we have put in place to try and help keep you safe:

  • Rally Sunday is Sept. 13: this will be the first day of Sunday school.
  • The time will be 9:30-10:10 a.m. *Please note this is 20 minutes shorter than last year!
  • The location will be a little different we will meet in the sanctuary the whole time – we will start with singing and move right into our lesson as a whole group (PreK to fourth grade)!

– This could change pending how many children attend, but right now we feel it is best to keep everyone in the sanctuary so we can be physically distanced during Sunday School.

– Older grades will meet in their classrooms and will be assisting with the younger children’s lessons as they are interested.

  • Masks are highly encouraged due to the singing that will occur.
  • You will need to come into the Sanctuary to pick up your child at 10:10 a.m.

– Please keep your child with you and refrain from wandering around the church between Sunday School and the next church service (10:30 a.m.).

  • We will be sanitizing the Sanctuary between Sunday School and both services.

We are changing up the lessons a little bit as well. We have decided to use the VBS program, Rocky Railway, as our first five Sunday School lessons to kick off this great year! Instead of sending everything home in a box for you to try and complete on your own, we will focus on one lesson each week during Sunday School. Activities, crafts, and/or experiments will be provided to the children at the end of the lesson so they can take it home and share the main lesson idea with their family. We will walk through the instructions during Sunday school so they can see what they will be doing at home.

Please register your child for Sunday school.  The form is attached for your convenience and is also available on the church website under the “Resources/Links” tab.

God’s blessings,
Stacy Knudson, education director
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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.
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:
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