Food for Families

In September, on “God’s Work.Our Hands.” Sunday, together as a congregation we packed 50 bags of groceries for families at Achieve Language Academy who experience food insecurity – especially over the weekend, when the kids are home all day.  We got a lot of positive feedback from you who were involved in this project, so, moving forward we would like to have a Food Packing Project every 6 weeks.  We would organize it the same way we did last time, with people packing bags, checking bags and taking the bags to an area where they can be stored.  In order to be ready to pack bags, we need to purchase additional food, so for the next several Sundays we will have food items on display and are asking for monetary donations to go toward the purchase of additional food to support the Food for Families Program.  We plan to have our next Food Packing Project on Sunday, November 12th in the Education Hall right after the service.  If you have any questions or want to be more involved in this project please contact Donis Kassen, Leslie Shank or Deb Houtkooper.  Thank you so much for helping our neighbors in need!!!

The Fall Fair Is Coming:

The Fall Fair schedule is as follows:

   October 25 – We start setting up @ 5:00 pm

   October 26 – Continue setting up 9:00 am to Noon

   October 27 - Continue setting up 9:00 am to completion

The Fall Fair is on Saturday October 28th and starts 9:00 am and goes until 2:00 pm. There are sign-up sheets on the bulletin board if you would like to volunteer to help in any capacity. Also, if you have any extra grocery bags you don’t know what to do with, please bring them to church, we can use them the day of the Fall Fair. See you all there.

Fall Fair Raffle:

Fall Fair Raffle Tickets will again be on sale TODAY just outside of the Church Office. Items being raffled are: three different Gift Card Baskets, a Hand Painted Platter and a Hand Made Quilt. Raffle tickets sell for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Choose one, or as many as you like. Good Luck!!

Trunk -or -Treat

Thank you to everyone that helped with Trunk-or-Treat; from serving the meal to passing out candy.  We had another successful year!  It was fun to see everyone in their costumes and the decorated cars!  Thank you!


Can’t get enough of the celebration of the reformation? Here are some more opportunities in our area:

Reformation Festival--Oct. 27-28, 2017

  • Join in presentations and workshops Friday and Saturday (10/27-10/28) by more than 25 theologians and musicians on Luther Seminary's campus.
  • Attend a performance on Friday evening (10/27) by the National Lutheran Choir of "Holy Spirit Mass," a new choral work commissioned for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at the Basilica of Saint Mary
  • Worship on Saturday afternoon (10/28) at Central Lutheran Church with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton preaching and massed choirs from area churches.

Hosted by Luther Seminary and the National Lutheran Choir and sponsored by Central Lutheran Church. For more information, contact Luther Seminary at 651-641-3416

Vänskä Conducts the Reformation Symphony: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation through Music at Minnesota Orchestra

November 2 - 4

Martin Luther's hammer rang out 500 years ago as he pounded his declaration of faith to the Wittenberg church door, and the Minnesota Orchestra marks the anniversary with music inspired by Luther's revolution. Bach poured a deep sense of spirituality even into his secular works like the beautiful Orchestral Suit No. 2. Luther's sturdy hymn, Ein feste Burg, is the heartbeat in Mendelssohn's celebratory Reformation Symphony, and it beats again through Sebastian Currier's remarkable new Reformation-inspired oratorio about ruin & regeneration, Re-formation. For tickets, call the Minnesota Orchestra at 612-371-5600

Martin Luther on Trial at Pantages Theatre

November 11 - 12

The new play Martin Luther on Trialimagines a provocative courtroom drama where the German professor of theology must take the stand in defense of his religious and political controversies. Aided by his beloved wife Katrina, Luther is up against a wicked prosecutor -- who happens to be the Devil himself -- and a witness lineup that consists of Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope Francis. Catch the verdict when Martin Luther On Trial brings its witty and incisive examination to the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. For tickets, call the Pantages Theater at 612-455-9500

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.

Thank You!!

Thank you all so much for your generous donations of school supplies and financial support for the Kids at Achieve Academy!!  We received more than 12 very full bags of supplies, including dry erase markers, colored pencils, Kleenex, folders, construction paper, glue sticks, markers, pencils and pens!!  In addition, more than $500.00 was donated!!  Your support means our young neighbors will have the right tools and supplies to help them learn and succeed in school.  Your generosity means so much!!!

The Vegetable Garden & Farmer’s Market Has Ended!

The 2017 BLLC vegetable garden has been “put to bed” for the year.  It has been another fantastic year and our garden produced lots of great veggies.  This year we planted Zinnias which were a big hit at the Farmer’s Market.  A great big THANK YOU to all of those who made this year’s veggie garden and Farmer’s Market a success:  Jerry Swanson for tilling the garden (spring and fall); Kim Richardson and Lynda Woodman for helping with weeding and harvesting; Lu Larsen for washing, packaging and making her wonderful Refrigerator pickles; and, of course, our generous members who purchased the veggies and flowers at our Farmer’s Market every Sunday!  Last year our donations totaled $630!  This year’s grand total is $830 - WOW!  With your generous donations, we are able to purchase 2 community gardens ($200/garden for a total of $400) through the ELCA Good Gifts and to donate $430 to the N. St. Paul Food Shelf.  And, because the food shelf has an approximate buying power of $9 for every $1 donated, our donation equals approximately $3,870!  The garden and Farmer’s Market will return in 2018.  Thank you for your wonderful support and for your generous donations! 

Susan McGarthwaite (Keeper of the Garden)

“Read Me a Story!”

Three new books have been added to the Children’s Library.  The books have been selected specifically to help families begin conversations about faith.  So, take some time after dinner or on the weekend to read a story together and wonder where God is in the story.

A short summary of each new book is listed below.  Books may be checked out; please sign the card and leave in the basket provided on the top shelf.

Does God Know How to Tie Shoes?

by Nancy White Carlstrom

As a young girl explores her world, she wants to know more about God.  Her parents’ responses help Katrina see God all around her, echoing the beautiful language of the Psalms.  All ages will enjoy the stunning illustrations and text.

Maybe God Is Like That Too  by Jennifer Grant

During an ordinary day in the city, a young boy is searching for the presence of God.  His grandmother says, “You just need to know where to look.  Whenever you see love, joy, and peace, God is there.”  As he goes about his day, he pays careful attention to his surroundings and discovers God’s Spirit on the bus, at school, and at home.  Ages 4-8

The Nativity  by Julie Vivas

The birth of Jesus and the arrival of the shepherds and Wise Men are retold with Bible text excerpts and lovely watercolor illustrations.  The author’s illustrations will incite wonderful questions and conversations about this beloved Bible story.  All ages will enjoy this 

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!!

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.
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!