News & Notes – For the week of March 17-23, 2019

Lent is the 40-day season of repentance we observe prior to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Wednesday services during Lent begin at 7 p.m. with the youth hosting fellowship and a freewill offering following. This year’s series is “Characters of The Cross.” The character this week is Malchus. As with all our services, everyone is welcome. How about bringing a guest?

Free will donation for First Aid Kits! They will be gone at the end of March. Please put money in the “donation” box found on the youth shelf.

Support our Youth and enjoy dinner! BSLC Youth and Panera Bread in Ankeny are partnering to help raise funds for the youth. Please help support them by taking the flyer found in the Fellowship Hall to the Ankeny Panera Bread on Monday, April 1st (this is no joke!) from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Flyer must be presented at time of purchase.

Church Council Meeting Agenda – March 18, 2019
7:00pm Call to Order
Opening Prayer, Roll Call, Approval of minutes from February meeting
7:15pm Unfinished business – Sound System quotes in progress
– Church site plan amended presentation – Tree Removal
– to be given by soccer club representative – Speaker in Fellowship Hall in order to hear service
– Church Organ proposal to be presented New Business:
by a member of the Organ committee TBD by Officer reports provided to Council members prior to meeting.
Items from the Security Team: Announcements:
– Shades in the sanctuary for South windows – Next Church Council meeting will be Monday, April 15 @ 7p.m.
(window film option to be presented). 7:45pm Adjournment & Closing Prayer

Facebook Live Bible Study from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. The study and questions will be posted on the church Facebook page earlier that morning. Join us and we’ll see where God takes it!

Wednesday morning Bible study at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. We’ll go through the DVD series “Evidence for Faith” (the same one men’s breakfast is working through). We’ll meet in the sanctuary.

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY and March 24 due to Spring Break.

Hungry? Since 2008, Meals from the Heartland has provided over 83 million meals to the hungry in Iowa, across the nation and around the world. Join us Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at an open packing event to help package delicious and nutritious meals at Meals from the Heartland’s Packaging Center, 357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines. Children as young as 5 can participate, sign up the entire family! Wear your Beautiful Savior or Thrivent T-shirt if you have one. Whether you help package meals or not, you can help fund the cost of supplies and ingredients. Each package costs just $1.20, so every donation has an impact. Contributions can be made online at mealsfromtheheartland.org. Sign up sheet is located in the Fellowship Hall.

Thrivent members – Choice Dollars for 2018 will be expiring soon, don’t forget to direct your choice dollars by March 31, 2019. If you don’t know how, go to www.thrivent.com/thriventchoice or call 800-847-4836 and say Thrivent Choice.

Attention All Women! The next LWML meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00. We will have a devotion and discuss several business items and upcoming events. Hope to see you there!

Sunday morning Bible study: Today we will continue learning about the new heaven and earth.

SCRIP Cards are not just for the holidays or gift giving… With Spring Break just around the corner don’t forget to order some gift cards for your activities … Movies, Shopping, and Vacations (AMC & Century Theaters, GAP, Athleta, Barnes & Noble, or Holiday Inn & Hotels.com have awesome rebates over 10%) Also remember to by scrip cards for your Spring outdoor activities at the home improvements stores (mulch, annual flowers). Remember, they NEVER EXPIRE! It adds up quickly for the youth group! See church’s web page for enrollment/ordering or contact Deann Nelson.

Attention: Please note that there is a flyer in this bulletin about the LWML Spring Rally – All women are invited to this uplifting event. On the flyer is a list of items for the ingathering, and anyone – women and men – may contribute to this if they wish. There will be a bin in the Fellowship Area next weekend in which you can place your items. Deadline for this collection is March 31st. There will also be childcare at the rally this time, so if you plan on going and need childcare OR if you need a ride, please call Patti Thies – 515-964-3583.

2019 Altar Flowers: Floral bouquets enhance our worship services. If you would like, please sign up to bring flowers for the altar. Flowers should be delivered before the Saturday evening service and removed following the Sunday late service. Thanks!

We’re Hiring! No Night or Weekend hours! Do you have kids in school and want to make a little money around that schedule? You’re in luck! Beautiful Beginnings is looking for someone 10-2 or 10-3. Stop by and apply- we’d love for you to join our family!

YOUTH FUND: We’re still making excellent progress on the various youth fund efforts. Whether it’s SCRIP funds, bottles and cans, fellowship events, or other activities, your contributions have helped to raise our fund balance. We currently stand at $11,502.36, with more events on the way! Your help is greatly appreciated! Redeemable cans and bottles can be placed in the church garage at any time. Warm weather is coming, plan your spring-cleaning cleanup event now!

Want to (re)listen to a sermon? Check out polkcity.church under the “What’s Happening” tab and click on “Sermon Podcast.”

Problems Watching Online Service? If you ever have problems while watching BSLC’s online/live stream, please scroll to the bottom of our website polkcity.church and click “report a problem”. Please do not send an email or the proper individuals won’t be notified of the issues. Thank you!

In Need of Prayers? Please contact Pastor for any prayer requests or if you would like visits for hospitalization, medical concerns, etc. Pastor can’t be there if he is not aware of the need. Thank you!