The 2019 BLLC Vegetable Garden

Our BLLC vegetable garden has been planted which means our Famer’s Market will be back in business once we start harvesting the veggies. We planted a variety of veggies we know our church members enjoy – radishes, green beans, carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, corn, watermelon and peppers. As we did last year, we also planted zinnias. Our Famer’s Market is open Sunday mornings in the atrium. Once we start harvesting the veggies, please be sure to check each week to see what veggies are currently available. As always, 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. Donations from last year totaled $550. With your generous donations, we were able to purchase 1 community garden ($200/garden) through the ELCA Good Gifts and to donate $350 to the N. St. Paul Food Shelf. And because the food shelf has an approximate buying power of $9 for every $1 donated, your donations equaled $3,150! Can we surpass that amount this year? Let’s challenge ourselves!

Community Meal

Our Next Community Meal will be held on Wednesday, June 19th at 5:30 P.M. Hope you can all join us!

Social Seniors

The Social Seniors will meet for lunch on Tuesday, June 18 at 1:00 pm at the Red Rock Restaurant which is in the Sheraton Hotel, 676 Bielenberg Dr., Woodbury. Everyone is invited. We meet the 3rd Tuesday of every month. There will be a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Last month we were at the Bonfire, it was great.

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on”

God's Global Barnyard Report

Our congregation generously raised $1,620 for ELCA Good Gifts during Advent and Christmas!  These contributions support work in 83 different countries and more than 90% of each donation go directly to support current projects.  This year BLLC contributed 1 Family Farm, 1 Fish Farm, 1 Sheep, 5 Goats, 4 Pigs, 4 Honeybees, 2 Roosters and 5 clutches of 10 Chicks for God's Global Barnyard.  Thank you for your gifts that grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives!

BLLC has received a 3 year fully funded Domestic Hunger Grant from the ELCA!

We recently received some exciting news from the ELCA: Beaver Lake Lutheran Church has been selected to receive our second Domestic Hunger Grant! (As you might recall, our first Domestic Hunger Grant was used to build a community garden.)  This news is particularly exciting because we are the only church in the St. Paul Area Synod (a synod of nearly 120 churches) to receive this grant.  Many churches, including churches much larger than ours, along with a number of non-profit organizations within our synod, applied for this grant.  For us to be the sole recipients of this grant is really great news!  Another exciting piece of news is that only about ten percent of those who applied for the grant are fully funded and we are one of the organizations that is fully funded. We will receive more than $13,000 over the course of the next three years to develop community gardens on our property.

The Outreach Team will consult with the Church Council and Property Team in terms of how to best develop the land for these gardens, but the preliminary plan for the gardens looks something like this:

1) The first year we will use the money to upgrade our current community garden and begin work developing a second garden.

2) The second year, we will continue to upgrade the first two garden spaces and we will look at developing a site with raised bed gardens for people whose mobility is limited.

3) The third year we will look at further developing our raised bed garden site. 

Again, these are preliminary plans and we will work closely with the different ministry teams in developing the garden plots.  Please keep these projects in your prayers and talk to someone on the Outreach Team if you are interested in helping with the planning or if you would like to work in the garden.  There has been some talk of having a gardening  team  formed, but at least to start, we will try  to coordinate the work through the existing ministry teams. 

Our prayer is that our community garden program will help families in our neighborhood who struggle with food insufficiency.

Flower Chart

The Flower Chart for 2019 is now ready, it is located on the secretary's desk.  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. Whatever 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.

Sign-up Sheets

Sign-up sheets for Coffee Servers and Missionary Support for 2019 have been posted on the bulletin board. Please consider signing up to serve coffee and treats on Sunday morning or to provide financial help for our missionaries.

Wednesday Bible Study & Adult Education

Our Wednesday morning Bible Study group meets from 9:30 to 11:00 am. Sunday morning adult education 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!

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!

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!