Hey Youth – Check out what’s going on this month!
BSLC High School Seniors to be Honored:  (Aug 5 & 9)
As a congregation, we would formally like to recognize our high school seniors at the in-person worship service on Wednesday August 5 at 7 pm or on Sunday, August 9 at 9 am.  Please plan to attend one of these services.  We ask God to bless each of you and be with you in your new endeavors.  Congratulations to each of you!
Operation Christmas Child Needs:  (Going on Now)
School Supplies are on sale now and we need lots for OCC!  They are at the best prices they will be all year right now!  The top needs are crayons, colored pencils, markers, pencils, pens, scissors, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and glue sticks.  Anything else is also welcome of course.  We have the potential to pack well over 200 boxes if we get enough of those basic school supplies!  Click here for a complete list of gift ideas and “Do Not Include” list.  Email Jennifer at: rnjkrause@yahoo.com with any questions.
LYF will meet via Zoom:  (Wednesdays)
Beginning on May 20:  Wednesdays at 8:00 pm, LYF for Grades 6-12 will meet via Zoom.  Pastor Brian will be sending out the Zoom login information.  Please contact Pastor Brian with questions.  Hope you will join us!
Confirmation Classes:  (Sept 9)
As a part of our education ministry, BSLC offers confirmation classes for students in seventh through ninth grades.  If you have a child in those classes, please have them join us
in-person beginning Wednesday, September 9 at 6:15 pm.  There will also be a short meeting that evening following confirmation at 7:30 pm with parents to review our confirmation program this year.  If you have any questions, please talk with Pastor Chris or Pastor Brian.
BSLC Confirmation Date Set:  (Sept 27)
Seven youth from our congregation will be confirmed at the worship service on Sunday, September 27 at 10:45 am.  (This is the Confirmation for the students who would have been confirmed in April 2020.)

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.  Early Bird Discounts have been extended!!  Register by May 10 to receive $25 off of each camp, or by May 25 for $15 off of each camp.  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.
Confirmands’ Confession of Faith Essays:
Congregations in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod take various approaches to ensure that confirmands understand the faith into which they are baptized and will publicly confess and profess as their own on Confirmation Day.  The tradition at Beautiful Savior is for confirmands to write a confession of faith that will be read publicly during our midweek Lenten services.  Because of the coronavirus epidemic and the suspension of in-person activities and worship services, the 2020 confirmation class did not read their essays this year.  However, we have recorded the essays and made them available on our website.
 
Please take time to listen to the essays in support of our confirmands.  Pray they may continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and in communion with Christ’s church to receive His gifts of Word and Sacrament.  Click here to listen.
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.
Confirmation Sermon Notes:
The Confirmation students can complete their Sermon Notes by watching the worship services which will be posted on the website and Facebook each week.  You can find links to the Worship Services under the “Worship” tab of this website.  Click here to print the Sermon Notes worksheet (it will print 2 per page).  At this point, just hold on to your Sermon Notes and bring them to the church when group Confirmation classes resume.
Auction Items Needed:  (Donate Now)
The youth group is sponsoring a Chili Cook-off and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 21.  If you have an item that you would like to donate for the Silent Auction, please visit with Pastor Brian or bring it to the church office with a note indicating that it’s for the Auction.
9th Grade Confirmation Parents Meeting:  (Postponed ~ New date will be announced later)
To help prepare for Confirmation Sunday, Pastor Chris will host an informational meeting for all families with confirmands in ninth grade.  The meeting will be on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:45 pm.  At this meeting, we will discuss such things as making stoles, taking pictures and other housekeeping items regarding confirmation.
Lutheran Youth Fellowship (Grades 6-12):  (Wednesdays)

All youth in grades 6-12, plan on joining us each Wednesday from 7:30-9 pm for (spiritual and physical) food, fun and fellowship.  Hope to see you all there!

POSTPONED:  Chili Cook-off & Silent Auction:  (Mar 21 ~ New date will be announced later)
Save the Date:  Plan to attend the LYF chili cook-off and silent auction on Saturday, March 21 from 2-4 pm. Purchase an endless chili bowl for a free will donation.  Sample and vote on Beautiful Savior’s finest recipes.  A trophy will be awarded for the best chili recipe.  Desserts also will be available for purchase.  Many wonderful silent auction items will be available.  We would like to invite the entire congregation to attend and contribute to this event.  Please consider donating an item for the silent auction.  Gift certificates and baskets of any value certainly are welcome.  See Pastor Brian if you would like to donate an item.  Thank you.
Higher Things Youth Retreat: (CANCELLED – If you gave Pastor a check, it will be returned to you.)
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton will host “What is Church?” youth retreat, featuring area North Dakota pastors. Cost is $50 per person which covers all expenses including food, activities, and lodging at the church.  Boys and girls will be housed in separate areas.  Attendees should bring sleeping bags and pillows.  The retreat will begin Friday, March 27 at 6 pm and end Saturday, March 28 at 3 pm.  Register at www.higherthings.org/retreats. 
Crossfire Youth Praise Band:  (Sundays Sept-May)
Our youth praise band is in need of you!  Crossfire is for any students in grades 6-12 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 Sunday evening at 7 pm.
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.

Facebook Group Page for Youth and Parents:
The Beautiful Savior Youth have a Facebook Group Page to help keep parents and youth informed on all plans, events and fundraisers.  Please “Join” our page.  You can find our page by searching for “BSLC, Fargo Youth” and then click on the “Groups” tab.  If you are having trouble locating our page, you can also click on the following link:  Youth Facebook Group
Instagram page for Youth and Parents:
Youth and Parents:  Keep informed on events, activities and fundraisers, follow the “BSLC Fargo Youth” Instagram page!
Thank You from Operation Christmas Child:

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!
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!
Buy Concessions from our Youth at the FargoDome: 
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: (none currently scheduled).  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.
Confirmation Picture Display:
Our Confirmation picture display is finally complete.  However, if you have a good copy of any of the years that are printed as a 5×7 (not 8×10), please send the digital image to the church office – or bring in a printed version and we can scan it in and get an 8×10 made.   Thank you to everyone who brought in class photos to help fill in our new Class Picture Display.
National Youth Gathering Update:  (posted July 25, 2019)
Ten youth, two adult leaders and Pastor Brian went to the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. They had a great time learning more about our Real. Present. God.  The youth enjoyed hearing the speakers at the gathering speaking on topics of their own interest.  They also enjoyed the mass event at night when more than 21,000 people gathered together to sing praises. Perhaps a tiny little glimpse of what will be in-store for us when we all get to sing together in heaven. Thank you for praying for us on our trip. 
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!