News & Notes – For the week of November 18 – November 24, 2018

The Sunday School Christmas Program will be at the 10:30 Service on December 16th! No Sunday School on the following dates: November 25th, December 23rd and December 30th for the holidays.

Men’s Breakfast December 8th, 8-9 a.m. Video series on evidence for faith continues w/session 2 on “What is Truth”.

Church Christmas Decorating: Please help decorate the church for the Christmas season on Saturday, December 1 at 10:30AM. This is a project that takes about 1 1/2 hours with the assistance of a few volunteers. All ages are welcome, and this can be a great family event!

Thanksgiving Food Pantry–Christmas Family Sponsorships: This year we will sponsor gifts for several smaller families, and we are still gathering information on the types of appropriate gifts that can make the most impact. We plan to have more information next week that can be used to support these families. In mean time, please consider contributing just one non-perishable food item to the BSLC food pantry next week. Just imagine the impact if every church member brought in just one can of vegetables! A very small contribution by all of us can magnify into a very significant gift to the food bank. Thanks for your support!

NO MORE “BS” – IMPORTANT – email address and website changes: There are a few changes to the website and email addresses. First, and most importantly, our website is no now polkcity.church and no longer bs-lc.org. Second, The Scrip banner on the home page has been shifted to the bottom of the home page. We will be utilizing new email addresses as well. Please begin using: pastor@polkcity.church and secretary@polkcity.church. Thank you!

Please Review us! PLEASE review Beautiful Savior on Google and Facebook, this will push us to the top of search results! The more and positive reviews we get, the higher our exposure for free. Only takes a minute or two. Thank you!

Church Directory: The 2018/19 BSLC Church Directory is hot off the press! Please pick up a copy in the fellowship hall. If you notice an error, please notify the office at secretary@polkcity.church. A correction sheet will be printed the middle of December reflecting changes and missing pictures we have been notified of. Please keep the changes coming! Thank you.

Good Shoes take you Good Places: A huge THANKS to all who have donated shoes! We are in the last 60 days of the drive and have collected over 1100 pairs of shoes. We are still hoping to reach our goal of 2,500 pairs of shoes by the end of the year…with your help!! Did you know that by collecting gently worn, used and new shoes that you can help us raise money? Not only do you help us but the shoes are then used to help start micro-enterprises in developing nations like Haiti. It’s a double donation!

Attention all women! Due to the proximity of the Thanksgiving holiday to our usual meeting date, the LWML will be meeting on Monday, November 19th instead of Tuesday, November 20th. We will meet at 7:00, and there will be a devotion and a business meeting. All women are invited to attend!

High School Youth Support: A simple change in spending habits supports our youth group! Support BSLC Youth with SCRIP. (Google “scrip”) www.shopwithscrip.com & click “Sign In” to start. BSLC CODE: 34ALAEAA6L326 (share this code with friends, families, & co-workers!) More instructions & info available in fellowship hall on the bookshelf. Questions? Contact Deann Nelson deann125@gmail.com

Youth Fund: We continue to accept redeemable cans and bottles to raise funds to attend the Youth Gathering in Minneapolis July 2019. As always, we are so grateful for the contributions we have received. Papa’s Pizza also has continued their long-term support of our fund-raising efforts. With a balance of over 8.5K, our fund-raising balance continues to grow. Please feel free to leave redeemable cans and bottles in the church garage, and we’ll take it from there. Again, thanks for your support!

Help Needed! We need volunteers to learn how to do the live streaming AND sound board equipment for our second service. We’d like to add some ‘depth’ to our pool of existing helpers. It’s easy to do, and the training is short. Email the church office secretary@polkcity.church if interested.

Sunday morning Bible study: The Book of Revelation is our current Bible study. There are lots of differing opinions circulating on this unique book. We continue today with Rev. 19.

Food Drive Donations (D.M.A.R.K): Please consider donating to our food bank cabinet. All non-perishable food contributions as well as personal products are contributed to the Des Moines Area Food Bank for distribution every other month. A listing of the items desired by the food bank can be found in a handout on the food bank cabinet. Some of the most needed items are: Formula and baby food, personal care products, diapers (larger sizes of diapers are needed the most), baby wipes, and
feminine hygiene products. Food and personal items donated in the month of September & October were 160.

Want to (re)listen to a sermon? Check out bs-lc.org 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 steam, 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!