Achieve Language Academy: Food For Families

Thank you for continuing to support these 8 food-insecure families living in our neighborhood. You are really making a difference and they are so grateful!  Join us after service on Sunday March 18 to bag groceries for several more weeks.  We are providing them with food to eat over the weekends.  If you have any questions, want to donate (make checks out to BLLC) or want to be more involved in this project please contact Leslie Shank or Deb Houtkooper. 


Social Seniors


On Tuesday, March 20th, we will be having lunch at the Olive Garden,  8367 3rd St. N. in Oakdale at 1:00 pm. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board, so please sign up. If you forget to sign up, please call me Sunday night or early Monday morning. Betty, 651-731-4330.


Community Meal


The first day of Spring will be upon us soon and so will our next community meal.  Please join us on Wednesday, March 21st at 5:30 P.M. for soup supper.  Hope to see you there!


Achieve Conference Meal


On Thursday, March 22, BLLC will host a meal at Achieve Language Academy for students, parents and teachers who are involved in conferences.  The meal is served from 4:30-7 pm.  Teachers, parents and students are so appreciative and it’s just fun to be in the school environment.  Please contact Deb Houtkooper if you are interested in volunteering – you will enjoy yourself, I promise!


Adult Education


We will not have adult education on Palm Sunday (March 25), Easter Sunday (April 1) or the Wednesday of Holy Week (March 28). All adult education classes will resume on Wednesday, April 4.


Easter Garden


Once again the Easter Garden will adorn the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. If you wish to purchase a plant for the garden, please fill out the form found in your bulletin and turn it in to the church office. The plant you purchase is yours to take home following the service.


Easter Cards


The Tuesday morning card ladies have a variety of Easter Cards available for purchase for 50 cents each. They are located in the rack in the library lounge. Get yours today.


Good Friday Prayer Vigil


Good Friday is March 30th and the sign-up sheet for the Good Priday Prayer Vigil is up on the bulletin board.  You are invited to sign up for one or more 1/2 hour increments beginning at 7:00 am and ending with the 6:30 pm time slot.


Rhoda Circle


The Rhoda Circle will resume on April 10th at 12:30 pm. Elizabeth Webster will once again lead the group and anyone is welcome so come and check us out.


Thank You Volunteers!


The Youth and Family Committee want to send a heartfelt thanks to all the families that volunteered their time last Saturday at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC).  Our group joined with other volunteers to pack a total of 240 boxes during a 2-hour shift.  Each box contains 36 packages of food for a total of 8,640 meals bound for Haiti!  Thanks again for spending an afternoon at FSMC.  We will plan another volunteer event with FMSC in a few months.  Watch for the announcement and plan to join us.


Kid's Ministry Lent Project


On each Sunday during the 2018 Lent season, the children will be studying and responding to the "I Am" statements of Jesus.  Watch for a weekly visual art response to be displayed in the sanctuary: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; I am the Good Shepherd; I am the Light of the Word; I am the Vine, you are the branches; I AM; I am the Bread of Life; I am the Resurrection and the Life 


Minnesota Food Share Month

March is Minnesota Food Share Month and once again we will be collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the North St. Paul Food Shelf. While any non-perishable food item will be greatly appreciated, they are mostly in need of: juice, hamburger helper, and peanut butter (regular size). During the entire month of March, we will have the grocery carts at the East and West doors for you to place your donations.

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.


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:  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!