Announcements
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The Children Present a Christmas Service

The children hope you enjoy today’s worship service.  They have been planning and preparing a special message for the Second Sunday of Advent.  The entire Kid’s Ministry team wishes you an Advent season full of peace and the light of Christ.  Please join us in the Education Hall after the service to enjoy coffee and holiday treats.

Free Concert at Beaver Lake

On Monday, December 18th at 1:15 pm middle school choir students from Achieve Language Academy will present a Holiday Concert in our sanctuary.  This will be the third or fourth time the group has performed for us, and each time has been wonderful.  The choir’s director tells me we are the best audience ever, so Please plan to join us!! 

Food for Families

We will be packing bags for our Food for Families program on Sunday, December 17th after our service.  We are sending 8 bags of groceries to Achieve Language Academy each week for families who are struggling to provide food for their children over the weekends.The North St Paul Food Shelf partners with us, providing some items at no cost, and others at a very low cost.  We are accepting monetary donations over the next several weeks to fund the necessary shopping. Thank you for your help and generosity in this mission!

Community Meal

Please join us on Wednesday, December 20th for our holiday community meal.  We will have a special visitor for the children.  The kids will also be wrapping a hand-selected gift for their parents.  Invite friends and family for a fun time.  It all starts at 5:30.

Church Offering Envelopes

Our offering envelopes for 2018 are now available for you to pick up. They may be found on the table in front of the church office.

Holiday Offering Envelope Reminder

You have two special offering envelopes: one for Thanksgiving Offering (Nov. 23) and another Christmas Offering (Dec. 25th). The money you put in these special decorative envelopes goes directly to our support of charities in the community. The money you put in the regular envelopes goes to the Church general account to help pay all our expenses which includes our outreach activities and helps reduce our deficit.  Both are worthy causes but understand your choice of envelope determines where the money goes.

Cori’s Kidz Pajama Drive

Cori’s Kidz Childcare will be participating in a Pajama Drive. If you would like to participate, please send a new pair of pajamas, in any size, from newborn to adult, for boys, girls, men and women, to keep warm during the winter months. These pajamas, along with a new book donated by Scholastic Reading Club, will be donated to a homeless shelter on December 15th. This is the perfect time of year to help those in need. There is a decorated box in the atrium to put your donations. Thank you for your generosity!

Have you "herd" about the Global Barnyard?!

Outreach is sponsoring another Advent drive for the ELCA Good Gifts Global Barnyard.  As members of the ELCA, we believe that God is calling us into the world together. This is your opportunity to provide critical support to the ministries and programs that mean the most across the globe. 

For example, ten little chicks make a big difference. Eggs are not only an ongoing supply of protein-rich meals, they also help bring in steady income when sold at the market.  Or, how about the superhero of the barnyard - the goat?  Why?  Because goats can go where other animals can’t, surviving in some of the world’s harshest environments – rocky terrain, drought-prone areas, small plots of land, you name it.  Fresh milk from a goat provides daily nutrition for children and their families.  And what’s more, offspring can rapidly transform a community when shared with other families in need. 

Buy your animals from Leslie after the 10:00 am Sunday services at the table in the atrium every Sunday through Christmas.  Choices include chicks, roosters, honeybees, pigs, goats, sheep, fish farms and cows.  As always, thank you so much for your bountiful generosity!

Christmas Giving Tree

Please make a child's Christmas more special by pulling a tag from the Giving Tree and purchasing a gift.  The tag contains the child's age and gift suggestion. Unwrapped gifts along with the tag can be placed under the tree by Sunday December 19th.Your donation to this very worthy cause is truly appreciated!  

Christmas Cards

Remember loved ones and friends by sending a Christmas card this holiday season.  Hand created cards are available for only 50 cents and the proceeds support our missionaries.  The Card Ladies sincerely thank-you!

December Cross Ways

The December issue of the Cross Ways has been printed and is now available for pick up, if you choose to pick up your copy at Church. Remember, the Cross Ways is also available on the Church website.

Rhoda Circle

The Rhoda Circle is moving their monthly meeting, normally held at church, to Betty Ludington’s house. The meeting will be held on December 12th at 12:30 pm. 

Volunteers Needed

There are still several openings openings left on the Flower Chart and more for Coffee Servers. The Flower Chart is on the secretary’s desk in the Church Office. Cost of flowers is $27.50. You will find the sign up sheet for coffee servers on the bulletin board. Please consider signing up for one of these.

MIssion Support

One of the ways we make Christ known to the world is through the support that we give the ELCA when we give to our church each Sunday. A portion of these dollars, known as Mission Support, go to a number of different ministries. Here are some examples of ministries supported by our own synod (St. Paul): 700 secondary school students received scholarships in Iringa, Tanzania; nine new churches opened worshipping in five different languages; 35 candidates preparing for ministry; 43 call processes and interim placements; 2000 Lutherans worshipping in 16 congregations in the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala; 21 pastors and deacons participating in First Call Theological Education; $54,225 given to ELCA World Hunger; $36, 304 given to global missionaries, 5 Young Adults in Global Mission serving in Rwanda, Madagascar, Uruguay, West Bank, Mexico; 50 students worshipping on Wednesday nights through Lutheran Campus Ministry; plus many more! Thank you for your generous support!

Social Seniors

Just to let you know, our Christmas lunch for December will be on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21 instead of Tuesday, the 19th...  Our regular date is the 3rd Tuesday of the month..  Arnies is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.  Hope you will keep THURSDAY DECEMBER 21st on your calendar.

2018 Flower Chart

The 2018 Flower Chart can be found on the secretary’s desk in the church office. By signing up, you can acknowledge that special date or person in your life. Or maybe you just want to donate flowers to beautify the sanctuary. What ever your event or reason, it’s one way for you to participate in Sunday Worship. Stop by the church office and sign up today. The cost is only $27.50 per Sunday.

Food for Families

In September and November, together as a congregation we packed 50 bags of groceries for families at Achieve Language Academy who experience food insecurity – especially over the weekend, when the kids are home all day.  We will complete a Food Packing Project every 6 weeks with people packing bags, checking bags and taking the bags to an area where they can be stored.  In order to be ready to pack bags, we need to purchase additional food, so for the next several Sundays we will have food items on display and are asking for monetary donations to go toward the purchase of additional food to support the Food for Families Program. 

We plan to have our next Food Packing Project on Sunday, December 17th in the Education Hall right after the service.  If you have any questions or want to be more involved in this project please contact Donis Kassen, Leslie Shank or Deb Houtkooper.  Thank you so much for helping our neighbors in need!!!

Adult Education at Beaver Lake Lutheran:

We have two offerings for Adult Education. One is on Sunday mornings from 8:45-9:40, the other is on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00. On Sunday mornings, we are looking at one of Martin Luther’s most important publications, The Small Catechism, using a new publication from Augsburg Fortress called, From the Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. On Wednesday morning we are using a resource by one of my seminary professors, David Lose, called Making Sense of the Cross. Both classes are free and open to all.

Confirmation:

Beaver Lake Lutheran Church has joined forces with House of Prayer Lutheran in Oakdale for the past two years for confirmation. This year, Holy Cross Lutheran is joining us as well. We are excited about the opportunities this type of collaboration will bring to our three local ELCA faith communities. If you have a youth in 5-8th grade who might be interested in starting confirmation, talk to Pastor Nate.

Thank You!!

Thank you all so much for your generous donations of school supplies and financial support for the Kids at Achieve Academy!!  We received more than 12 very full bags of supplies, including dry erase markers, colored pencils, Kleenex, folders, construction paper, glue sticks, markers, pencils and pens!!  In addition, more than $500.00 was donated!!  Your support means our young neighbors will have the right tools and supplies to help them learn and succeed in school.  Your generosity means so much!!!

The Vegetable Garden & Farmer’s Market Has Ended!

The 2017 BLLC vegetable garden has been “put to bed” for the year.  It has been another fantastic year and our garden produced lots of great veggies.  This year we planted Zinnias which were a big hit at the Farmer’s Market.  A great big THANK YOU to all of those who made this year’s veggie garden and Farmer’s Market a success:  Jerry Swanson for tilling the garden (spring and fall); Kim Richardson and Lynda Woodman for helping with weeding and harvesting; Lu Larsen for washing, packaging and making her wonderful Refrigerator pickles; and, of course, our generous members who purchased the veggies and flowers at our Farmer’s Market every Sunday!  Last year our donations totaled $630!  This year’s grand total is $830 - WOW!  With your generous donations, we are able to purchase 2 community gardens ($200/garden for a total of $400) through the ELCA Good Gifts and to donate $430 to the N. St. Paul Food Shelf.  And, because the food shelf has an approximate buying power of $9 for every $1 donated, our donation equals approximately $3,870!  The garden and Farmer’s Market will return in 2018.  Thank you for your wonderful support and for your generous donations! 

Susan McGarthwaite (Keeper of the Garden)

“Read Me a Story!”

Three new books have been added to the Children’s Library.  The books have been selected specifically to help families begin conversations about faith.  So, take some time after dinner or on the weekend to read a story together and wonder where God is in the story.

A short summary of each new book is listed below.  Books may be checked out; please sign the card and leave in the basket provided on the top shelf.

Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?

by Nancy White Carlstrom

As a young girl explores her world, she wants to know more about God.  Her parents’ responses help Katrina see God all around her, echoing the beautiful language of the Psalms.  All ages will enjoy the stunning illustrations and text.

Maybe God Is Like That Too  by Jennifer Grant

During an ordinary day in the city, a young boy is searching for the presence of God.  His grandmother says, “You just need to know where to look.  Whenever you see love, joy, and peace, God is there.”  As he goes about his day, he pays careful attention to his surroundings and discovers God’s Spirit on the bus, at school, and at home.  Ages 4-8

The Nativity  by Julie Vivas

The birth of Jesus and the arrival of the shepherds and Wise Men are retold with Bible text excerpts and lovely watercolor illustrations.  The author’s illustrations will incite wonderful questions and conversations about this beloved Bible story.  All ages will enjoy this 

Volunteers Needed

The Sign-up sheets for 2017 are available for you to: serve coffee on Sundays, sponsor our missionaries or to remember a special occasion or a loved one with flowers. Look for the Coffee and Missionary sign-up sheets on the bulletin board and the Flower sign-up chart on the secretary’s desk in the church office.

Children's Spaces

We are excited about our NEW children's spaces in the sanctuary and library lounge.  Families with young children are encouraged to use these spaces during service. We hope they create a welcoming environment for families and children and encourages everyone to worship more comfortably together.   As always if you have any questions about the new spaces please ask. Katie, Julie, Kim, or Leslie would be happy to answer any questions.
 
Bulletin Announcements
When submitting information for the bulletin insert, please include Marcia Hansen as an addressee. She will be assisting your publisher with the Sunday bulletins.  Marcia’s Email address is: marciahansen@outlook.com.  Thank You!
 
Suggestion Box

Do you have any ideas or suggestions?  Hopes or dreams for the future of Beaver Lake?  What do you think we should be doing?  Your input is important and we’d like to hear from you!  A Suggestion Box is now located on the Welcome Table in the Atrium.  All submissions will be directed to the appropriate ministry team for consideration.  Please contact any council member for more information.  Thank you!