Hey Kids – Check out what’s going on at the church!

Last Day of Sunday School:  (May 21)
Sunday school will conclude on Sunday, May 21.  A huge thank you to all our teachers and assistants for teaching our youth this year.  We hope you sign up to teach VBS.  We hope you have a great summer and come back next fall refreshed and ready to lead our youth again!  
Vacation Bible School 2023:  (Sign Up Now)
VBS  2023 “Stellar: Shine Jesus’ Light” will be held Sunday, June 4- Thursday, June 8 from 6-8 pm.  Kids ages four to sixth grade are invited to join us for VBS this summer through Bible story, songs, crafts, games and much more!  To sign up, click here to print the form or pick one up in the narthex, and return the completed form to the church office.  Don’t forget to invite your friends! 
Volunteers Needed for VBS 2023 “Shine Jesus’ Light”:  (Sign Up Now to Volunteer)
We are going to have a STELLAR time! (hint hint)  We are looking for volunteers to help out with the following areas at VBS: 

Crew Leaders – move your group of children from station to station (no teaching involved – just make sure you have everyone, assist in the stations and make sure children are behaving)

Station Leaders – are in charge of a designated activity each night. Stations include: crafts, outside games, KidVid and music.  Scripts and materials are prepped and ready for you – all you have to do is follow the directions!

Registration – sign kiddos up each night and point them in the right direction.

Decoration Crew – prior to VBS you would need to help make decorations and set materials. Can be done either at home or at the church.  Materials will be provided. 

Donations – Keep your eyes open for donations that will be needed – your help makes VBS a success.
Shepherd’s Hill Summer Camps:  (Register Now for 2023 Camps)
Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads (St. John, ND) is now taking early bird registrations for summer camps.  Their theme this year is “And the Rock was Christ.”  For a full list and description of all their camp programs, pricing and registration information, check out the bulletin board/brochures in the narthex or visit their website: www.shretreat.org.  If you have any questions, call at (701) 244-5225 or email their Executive Director, Rev. Jon Bonine at director@shretreat.org.
Lutheran Island Camps:  (Register Now for Summer 2023)
Lutheran Island Camp (Henning, MN) is now taking registrations for Summer 2023 Camps. 
If you are interested in their Horse program, be sure to register early as these weeks are sure to fill up.  For a full list and description of all of their summer camp programs and registration, visit their website: www.islandcamp.org.  There are great programs for all ages. 
BSLC offers Grace Lutheran School Tuition Assistance:  (Deadline: June 30)
With classes from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade, Grace Lutheran School is a wonderful option for Christ-centered education.  As part of its mission, Beautiful Savior offers tuition remission for GLS.

If you would like to apply for GLS tuition assistance for the 2023-2024 school year, please fill out an application form (click here for the form) and return it to the church by June 30.  If you have any questions about the application form or about our policy, please call Pastor Chris at the church office at 293-1047 or on his cell at (701) 893-6995.
We expect that BSLC scholarships would cover between 50-60 percent of tuition, but it depends on how many families apply. We will let the families know how much tuition assistance they will be receiving from the church in early summer.
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
Crosstraining for BSLC Children:  (May 21)
Crosstraining meets one Sunday each month from 1-2:30 pm and is for children in first through fifth grades.  Crosstraining involves food (both spiritual and physical), fun and fellowship.  Our next Crosstraining will be Sunday, May 21.  Contact Pastor Brian with any questions.
Sunday School Children to Sing during Services:  (May 14)
The Sunday school children in grades Pre-K thru 3rd grade will be singing before both services on Sunday, May 14.  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.
Crossfire Youth Praise Band:  (Sundays Sept-May) 
Our youth praise band is in need of you!  Crossfire is for any students in grades 3-12 who love to sing and/or play an instrument.  Practices are usually on Sunday evenings from 7-8 pm.  If you have questions, call Ramsey Dahl at 866-5403 or come to the church on Sundays at 7 pm.
Sunday School:  (Started Sept 11)
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 (Click here to print the Registration form) or you can pick one up in the Narthex at the church.  Drop off or mail the completed form to the church office or bring it with you on a Sunday morning.  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!
Bibles for third-graders:  (Sept 11)
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 third grade children received a Bible on Rally Sunday.    If your child was unable to attend on Sept 11, please stop by the office to pick up your child’s Bible.
Register Now for Sunday School:  (You can still Register)
Sunday school began Sunday, September 11 at 9:30am.  Please register your child(ren) now for class so that we know how many teachers we need and how much supplies need to be ordered.  Click here for the Registration Form.  Return the completed form to the church office.  Thank you.
Sunday School Volunteers Needed:  (Going on Now)
Sunday School wouldn’t be a success without our volunteers!  As the school year approaches, 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.
Had a MONUMENTAL week at Vacation Bible School!
Most importantly, the kids had a great time learning about God!  The pictures to the right were taken on Thursday night during their program.  Click on the picture to see the kids tell you how awesome our God is!  (After it opens, use your zoom feature to see it in full screen.)
Thank you to the parents who drove them to VBS each night.  And a special thank you to all the volunteers who helped make VBS so much fun for our kids!
Vacation Bible School 2022:  (June 5 – 9, 2022)
VBS  2022 “Monumental: Celebrating GOD’s Greatness” will be held Sunday, June 5 – Thursday, June 9 from 6-8 pm. 
Kids ages four to sixth grade are invited to join us for VBS this summer through Bible story, songs, crafts, games and much more!  To sign up, click here for the Registration Form or pick up one in the narthex, and return the completed form to the church office.  Don’t forget to invite your friends!  
A meal will be available from 5:15-5:45 pm every day for $3 per person.
Please Note:  The whole family is invited to join us for our program Thursday, June 9 at 8pm.  We will sing, recite and review what we learned.  We look forward to seeing you!
For more information, talk to Stacy Knudson or Pastor Brian.
VBS ~ “Treasured: Discovering You’re Priceless to God”  (Summer 2021)
Jesus loves you! You are a treasure and priceless to God.  Many of our kids’ lives have been flipped upside down.  Now, more than ever, they need to hear these special words to remind them that God knows them, hears them, comforts them, forgives them, and chooses them.  Help kids hold onto the truth that they are God’s greatest treasure!  
Treasured VBS: Discovering You’re Priceless to God was held June 6-10, 2021.  At Treasured VBS, kids discovered God’s greatest treasure isn’t diamonds, gems or gold – it’s them!  Kids participated in memorable Bible-learning activities, sung catchy songs, played teamwork-building games, made and devoured yummy treats, experienced one-of-a-kind Bible Adventures, collected Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and tested out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they took home and can play with all summer long.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Sunday School Memory Work:  (2018-2019)
The following not 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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