First 2018-19 “Food For Families” Bagging Event This Sunday, 9/30

The leaves and weather are changing, kids are back in school and it’s time to ramp up our “Food for Families” program! We will once again be partnering with Achieve Academy to provide bags of groceries for food insecure families each weekend during the school year. How can you help? Donate cash towards the grocery costs in the bucket on the table outside the sanctuary or show up at coffee time this Sunday to help package the food for October and November. The North St. Paul Food Shelf generously donates some items and orders other items for us at cost. Any remaining items are purchased at Aldi. Any questions?  Talk to Deb Houtkooper or Leslie Shank. Thank You as always for your generous support!

New Members

On Sunday, October 14, we will be welcoming some new members to our congregation! If you are interested in becoming a member of Beaver Lake Lutheran Church, Please talk to Pastor Nate.

Thank You!!

Thank you all so much for your generous donations of school supplies as well as financial support for the kids at Achieve Academy!  We received 4 bags of supplies, including dry erase markers, colored pencils, ear buds, construction paper, notebook paper, pencils and backpacks.  In addition, $375.00 was donated.  Your support means that our young neighbors will have the right tools to help them learn and succeed in school.   If you haven’t had the chance to shop or would still like to donate funds, please let Deb Houtkooper know.  Your generosity is so appreciated.

Wednesday Bible Study & Adult Education

Our Wednesday morning Bible Study group will begin on September 12 – that group meets from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Sunday morning adult education will begin on September 16 – that group meets from 8:45-9:45. There is no experience necessary for either of these groups and you don't need to come every week. Please join us whenever you are able. We have some wonderful discussion, explore some outstanding resources, and really go deep in the relationships that we build.

Card Ladies

The card ladies have been busy making their creations for birthday, get well, sympathy and others.  The cost is only 50 cents/card and the proceeds support our missionaries.  Your continued support is truly appreciated!

Data Entry Person Needed

We are in need of someone to do data entry. If you are computer literate or trainable, you just might be what we are looking for. If interested, contact the church office.

The Fall Fair Is Coming!!

This year’s Fall Fair will be held on Saturday, October 27th. If you have any unwanted, usable items you would like to donate to Grannies Attic, they can be brought to church at anytime.  There are tables set up in the far south west corner of the education hall for this purpose. (Look behind the screen) Thank you in advance for your donation and see you at the Fall Fair.

Homebound Visits

We are looking for people who would be interested in visiting one or more of our homebound members on a regular basis. We are also looking for drivers for those who would like to make such visits, but are unable to drive. Please contact Pastor Nate if you are interested.

This Week’s Farmer’s Market Update

Summer isn’t over yet and neither is our Farmer’s Market!  We continue to harvest veggies and flowers from our garden. The Farmer’s Market will continue until the last vegetable is harvested!  Check us out.  What you may find today is green beans, tomatoes, zucchinis, peppers, squash, radishes and zinnias. We encourage you to continue to check each week at our Farmer’s Market in the atrium to see what veggies and flowers are available.  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.  Thank you so much for your continued support of this ministry!

2018 Block Party Report

Beaver Lake’s annual Block Party held on Saturday, July 28 was a fantastic success! Thank you to everyone who helped organize, set up, and serve. We couldn’t have done it without you! Also Thank you to the BLLC Enduring Gift Foundation and to Thrivent for their financial contributions. This  Outreach event is completely free for all people, thanks to their support. Here are some of the highlights of the day.

  • This year the Church of Acts was finally able to complete their full set of music before the rain started.
  • We ran out of the 240 hot dogs we purchased and had to go buy more during the event
  • We had a lot of people walk in from the neighborhood and from the apartments
  • We had a much bigger, better tent this year that didn’t leak in a cloudburst
  • Katie was in high demand and skillfully painted faces almost non-stop for three hours
  • The petting zoo and pony rides were a HUGE hit; we will have “Animals of Walton’s Hollow” back again next year (20+ animals: llama, alpaca, steer,  pony, goats, chickens, ducks, baby bunnies and a dog)
  • Josh from “A Touch of Magic Entertainment” twisted balloon sculptures with humor and silliness

A great time was had by all! Photos will be on the website soon and watch for a slideshow in the church atrium. Mark your 2019 calendars for Saturday, August 3rd when we get to do it again!

Report: Beaver Lake Community Get-Together
District 2 had an amazing first community party and pot luck at the Beaver Lake park on Wednesday, July 27.  The Xiong family and Julie Woodman had a information table there about BLLC and they couldn't count the number of people who came up to tell them how thrilled they were watching the progress of our community garden.  "You are the place with the garden!"  Some members from Blessed Sacrament even said, "We could learn from you; it seems you've got the idea of a community church right!"  Katie and Julie said it was fabulous being out in the neighborhood and living our mission of being a neighborhood church.  They met and talked with people in the neighborhood, formed relationships and had fun!  You might want to plan to attend next year yourself - it sounds like they are going to make it an annual event.
We are looking for people who would be interested in visiting one or more of our homebound members on a regular basis. We are also looking for drivers for those who would like to make such visits, but are unable to drive. Please contact Pastor Nate if you are interested.

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.

Our Congregation is Already Welcoming.  Why Do We Need To Say So?

The Reconciling in Christ (RIC) program recognizes Lutheran congregations, synods, organizations, colleges, and seminaries that publicly declare their welcome to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Inaugurated in 1983 with just a few congregations scattered across the United States and Canada, the program has grown to include hundreds of faith communities. No matter the setting, the welcoming statement is affirmed and accepted by the whole community. The RIC roster has become known as a resource for people seeking a community prepared to welcome them.  Lutheran communities that publicly welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are accepted onto the Reconciling in Christ Roster which now exceeds 813 settings. Most groups start the process of consideration by engaging in a study program or series of educational meetings. Hearing the experiences of LGBT people and their families often creates greater understanding and insights.

Engaging in a welcoming process also deepens the faith life of the community. As members participate in dialogue with one another, they practice putting their faith into speech and then action, creating a more vibrant spiritual community. Engaging the community members in respectful and grace-filled conversation will allow your community to deal with other potentially conflict-laden issues in healthier, more productive ways. 

Council would like Beaver Lake to participate in this process.  The initial tasks of preparing a congregational assessment, gathering information and preparing a tentative timeline have been completed and a team of interested people has already been gathered.  The only thing missing is a leader to drive the process!  Anyone interested in chairing or co-chairing this group should talk to Pastor Nate, Julie Woodman, Lynda Woodman or Leslie Shank.  Thank you!

Aluminum Cans

Keep those aluminum cans coming. But please, only aluminum cans go into the trailer.  No plastic bottles or plastic bags. If you bring your aluminum cans to the trailer in a plastic bag, please empty the bag and take the bag with you or put the plastic bag into the dumpster. Thank You!

Box Tops for Education for Achieve Language Academy

The Box Tops for Education program provides books, computers and playground equipment with points redeemed from participating products.  Achieve Language Academy participates in this program and were thrilled to know that our congregation will collect Box Tops and give them to the school.  If you are willing to collect and save your Box Tops, please bring them into the church office.  There is a labeled container on the counter for the Box Tops.  This is a really easy way we can all contribute to our neighborhood school and help then earn the books, computers and playground equipment they need!!

Website and Social Media Update

Our website  is slowly getting a face lift. Did you know that the website has the church calendar, newsletters, council minutes, youth ministry updates, announcements, information about the community garden, brochures and forms, synod news and NEW this week – Classified Ads! If you have anything for the classifieds, please email the info to or put it in Leslie Shank’s mailbox in the church office. Check out our website and see what YOU discover!

Our Facebook page is becoming more and more popular! We have over 60 followers now. If you have a Facebook account and are a church member, please go to “Beaver Lake Lutheran Church Bllc-Elca” and like/follow us. We post church information and events along with sharing posts from the ELCA, Living Lutheran, etc. The more exposure we get, the more we can reach out to our neighbors who may be interested in our Outreach programs. One of our most recent posts about breaking ground on the Community Garden reached over 600 new people in Maplewood which is great! Keep it up and like and share our posts! Any new items for Facebook, feedback or suggestions should be emailed to or put in Leslie Shank’s mailbox in the church office.

Church Space Scheduling

It’s very exciting that we have so many people and groups now using our church for meetings and activities! And with all that activity comes an increased need to keep track of who has reserved certain spaces so that there aren’t any conflicts with folks wanting the same space at the same time. Therefore, your Church Council has decided to set up a two-pronged approach to make the process easier. The first step requires that all requests for church space use needs to first still go through secretaries in the church office. If the space and time you need are available, they will sign you up on the official calendar on their desk and on a new long-range planning calendar area in the church office, where the old map of the neighborhood used to be. Then the second step of the process, the secretary’s calendar information will be transferred to monthly schedules on the doors of the following spaces: Front Lounge, Library Lounge, Sanctuary, Kitchen and Fellowship Hall –West. That way, at any time, you will be able to see when the space is available and when it is reserved. If you would like to email a time/space requests or changes, you can send them to  and copy If you have any questions or feedback about the new process, please contact Leslie Shank. Thank You!

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!

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!

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.

Families – Welcome to the Praise-Ground!

The Praise-Ground is a children’s space intentionally in the front of the Sanctuary because we recognize that children are often more engaged when they can see what is going on during the worship service.  Please use the table, chairs, toys, and other activities to keep your little one occupied.  Children’s Bibles are located throughout the pews and near the Praise-Ground

While the sounds that children make are welcome in the Sanctuary, we recognize the concerns about disturbing others can hinder parents’ ability to focus on worship.  The Children’s Library is a space where a TV monitor may be available to watch the service as the children look at books or play with small toys.  Please ask an usher for directions.

Kids’ Worship Bags

Bags filled with quiet activities and books can be found hanging at the entrance doors to the Sanctuary. Bags are labeled by age groups and contain age appropriate activities.  Please return the bags when finished.

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!