Announcements
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Sign Language Interpreter

Carly Fischbeck has been working as an American Sign Language Interpreter for the past several weeks and we are thankful to have her in our midst! A number of you have commented on how her signing brings a wonderful visual element to our services. Please make sure to introduce yourselves to Carly and thank her for her great work!

Thank You Tea

Achieve Language Academy is hosting a Thank You Tea to show their appreciation for everything our congregation does in support of kids, teachers and parents at the school.  The Tea is planned for Thursday, May 24th at 10:30 am in the new conference room at Achieve.   Absolutely everyone is invited to attend!!   If you have donated money, helped pack groceries, prayed for the school, attended a concert, donated toothbrushes or toothpaste, hats, mittens, school supplies or cash, helped shop for or serve one of the conference meals, or volunteer to read with the school kids you are invited!!  The kids are always so excited about this event, and really appreciate it when people attend, so please mark your calendar!  The school has requested I RSVP with the number of people attending by May 18th, so I posted a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for you to indicate that you would like to attend.   Please sign up and plan to come.

Achieve Middle School Concert

Mark your calendars for an upcoming Spring Concert by the Achieve Middle School Choir!  On Monday, June 4th at 1:00 pm in BLLC’s sanctuary the choir will serenade us with their lovely voices and contagious enthusiasm!  The kids are always so excited to come here to perform, so please join us.  Light refreshments will be served after the concert.

Your Enduring Gift Foundation Reached a Milestone in helping Our Community:

We have now donated over $100,000 to primarily outreach activities!!!!! All of the money given by members of this congregation continues to grow allowing us to spend $20,000 in earnings a year forever! New contributions to the principal would allow the annual spending to grow. EGF donations are gifts that keep on giving! One example is our support to Lutheran Social Services to transform the lives of homeless youth.  Want more financial details? Talk to Rod Johnson or Bill Pringle.

Community Meal

Please plan to attend our Community Meal on Wednesday, June 20th at 5:30 PM.  Spread the word and hope to see you there!

Opportunity – Painting Project

If you remember, we planned in our budget to upgrade the women’s bathroom this year. As part of that project we would like to paint the walls in both the men’s and women’s bathrooms. We could save some dollars and have some fun if we did that painting ourselves.  To do that, we need some volunteers. We are looking for a coordinator who can organize the activity and a team of painters. If you are interested please talk to Rod.

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!

Volunteers Needed

There are many openings on the Flower Chart, Missionary Chart, and for Coffee Servers. You will find the signup sheets for coffee servers and Missionaries, on the bulletin board. The Flower Chart is on the secretary’s desk in the Church Office. Cost of flowers is $27.50. Please consider signing up for one of these.

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.

Children's Spaces

We are excited about our 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.   
 
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!