Vacation Bible School – 2017

When:  July 17-20, 5:30 – 7:15 pm, includes a light supper

Who:  Kids -- 3 years old – 4th grade (preschoolers must be toilet-trained)

Where:  Beaver Lake Lutheran Church

What:  ReNew:  Grow in Faith.  Have Fun.  Change the world. 

Inspire your kids to change the world.  Each day will explore Jesus’ Parable of the Sower with engaging activities that help kids learn how to care for God’s creation.  We can’t wait to see you there!  We are looking for volunteers to help with serving a light supper, group and activity leaders, decorations, etc.  Please consider sharing an hour or more with the youth, the benefits are great!  A donation board for VBS supplies will be displayed soon.  Any questions?  Please ask Julie Johansen, Katie Xiong, or Kim Richardson

VBS Volunteer Meeting on July 9

There will be a brief meeting after church on Sunday, July 9 for all the VBS volunteers.   Volunteers will get an opportunity to review the daily themes, schedules, and activities.

VBS Donation Board

The VBS donation board is up and filled with supply needs.  Please return items by Sunday, July 9.   Look for a box labeled VBS Donations.   Thank you to everyone for your help fulfilling our needs.  We appreciate you!

The 2017 BLLC Farmer’s Market is in Business!

The BLLC veggie garden has been planted, the veggies are growing, and our Farmer’s Market is back in business. We planted a variety of veggies that we know our church members enjoy – radishes, beets, peas, beans, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and peppers. Our Farmer’s Market is open Sunday mornings in the atrium.  Please be sure to check each week to see what veggies are currently available (there may be some already today).  We ask for donations for the veggies.  This year we are donating the money to both the ELCA Good Gifts – to establish a community garden in areas of need -  and the N. St. Paul Food Shelf.  Last year we received $630.00 in donations!  Can we surpass that amount this year?  Let’s challenge ourselves!

Thank You!!

Thank you all for the overwhelming response to our clothing drive!!  The clothes were delivered to Open Hands Ministry on Tuesday and they were very pleased and surprised by the quantity of bags we had for them.  Pastor Nate had taken the back seats out of his van and the clothes completely filled the van to the ceiling!!  All of the items donated will be given to new immigrants, to help them start their new lives in the United States.  Our congregation’s spirit of generosity and willingness to help is truly amazing!!

Thank You!!

We would like to thank our guest organist, David Swanson for filling in for Deb Schoenberger while she is away.

Volunteers Needed

We are in need of someone to run the new projector in the sanctuary during worship services on Sunday. This would be a great job for 4-5 people to rotate and run the projector once each month. Please talk to Pastor Nate if you would be willing to run the projector.

From your Property Committee:

1.   The property committee is working with Calvary's Cross and together we are requesting that  those who do not need parking close to the building to leave the parking spots in the east lot open and available for others who would benefit from more convenient parking.   Both churches have members that have difficulties walking long distances and would truly appreciate a closer spot.

2. During the transition of seasons it can be too warm or too cold in the sanctuary.  Please understand that we can't run the air conditioning and heat at the same time.  For the air conditioning to operate we must drain the same coils that provide heat.  If this is not done the coil will freeze and will have to be replaced.  Once the coils  are drained we can not have heat until they are filled again.   This is an issue every Spring and Fall, and it really can not be helped.  

We thank you!

Recycling at BLLC

You may notice when you walk into church that our walls are decorated with original posters that teach about recycling.  The third-graders at Achieve Language Academy made the posters for a recycling project they were involved in at school.  BLLC would like to do more recycling in the future.  We already do a great job of recycling pop cans, and now we’d like to add plastic, such as cups, water bottles and some food containers.  Thanks to Bob Pringle for getting recycling bins for us!  When I saw the recycling posters at Achieve, I asked the third-grade teacher if I could have them after they finished using them.  She suggested I ask the kids and they gave me a resounding, “YES!”  They were so excited that someone thought their posters were worthy of hanging on the walls in our church!  The posters are very well done, and I promise you will find information on them that you never knew before.   I thought the posters would be a perfect way to bring attention to our new recycling efforts here at BLLC.  You will notice the new bins in the Front Lounge, the Education Hall and the Office.  Please continue to put your pop cans into the labeled bin in the Library, and all plastics (and paper) into the other bins.  Let’s save the Earth and reduce our waste!!

Estate gift spending update 

The refurbishing of the bells and roof repairs have been completed. In addition, several items from the Youth & Family list have been purchased. We recently have made a down payment on the Education Hall carpet and it’s scheduled to be installed 4/28. Terry is also getting started on the air-conditioning scheduling for the Education Hall & the AV screen/projector upgrade for the sanctuary.  Thanks to Terry and everyone else who takes the time to make these improvements a reality.  Want more financial details? Talk to Rod Johnson or Bill Pringle.

Volunteers Needed

The Sign-up sheets for 2017 are now 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.
Food for Families
Your response to our Food for Families new process has been absolutely amazing!!  We collected over $500.00!!!!!  The overwhelming generosity of our small congregation has been phenomenal.   This money will enable us to purchase low-cost food items from the North St Paul Food Shelf, who is partnering with us in our goal to feed hungry families in our neighborhood.  In his sermon last week, Pastor Nate spoke about simple stories of faith.  One of the examples he used was about small churches whose mission is vital in their communities.  Beaver Lake is one of those small churches; reaching out beyond our walls to develop relationships with our neighbors.  We are a small but mighty congregation who lives out our mission in our community!!

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:  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!