News & Notes – For the week of April 11-17

Are you a Visitor? If you are a visitor today, please email pastor@polkcity.church if you would like to have any of your questions about Beautiful Savior answered. I would love to hear from you. ~ Pastor Bunge

Adult Information classes Begin Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary for four consecutive Tuesdays. Each of the four total sessions lasts about an hour. No costs, tests, memorization or obligation to join our congregation. Just a basic presentation of what we believe, teach and confess. This is also a great refresher for current members as well.

Wednesday Night GoToMeeting Bible study resumes Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. We continue our journey through Hosea. Feel free to join any week. Study and invitation will be emailed Monday. Please contact the church office if you do not receive the email.

Men’s Breakfast is Saturday at 8 a.m. All men are welcome to attend. We start with a prayer, have breakfast, then our video-based lesson. We end at 9 a.m.

COVID update: as of May 1, sanctuary seating will return to normal, and the Saturday evening ‘mask required’ service will no longer be offered. Mask wearing continues to be optional at all services. Please pray that the pandemic will continue to be brought under control and that we will not have to resume these previous mitigation/safety efforts. ~ Pastor and Board of Elders

Worship Team Members Needed! Do you play an instrument or enjoy singing (hopefully others enjoy it too!)? Next Sunday (Beautiful Savior’s Worship Team) is always looking to grow its talent pool. Members are all volunteers, and with everyone’s life getting busier, we need to rotate spots to keep the music “live” and fresh each week. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to enjoy the blessing of music and fellowship. Contact pastor if interested.

VBS 2021!! Be sure to mark June 21-24 on your calendars for this year’s VBS!! More information to come!

Spend a little, give a little! Did you know that you can generate donations while shopping, at no extra cost? Simply start your shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1422166 to confirm “Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church” as your charity of choice, and AmazonSmile will donate a portion of your eligible purchase price to our organization.

Interested in being a lay reader? If you would like to read the Old Testament and Epistle readings from the lectern during worship, contact the church secretary at secretary@polkcity.church and we will put together a schedule. Men, women, and youth are welcome. Pastor will give you a few pointers, too.

SAVE THE DATES – Tuesday, April 20th is the date for the next Beautiful Women in Mission meeting beginning at 6:30. Saturday, April 24th is the date for the Des Moines West LWML Zone Spring Rally via Zoom. More info plus the link to “attend” will be available in the near future.

Help Wanted! Beautiful Beginnings is hiring for part time daycare help that could possibly turn into fulltime. Email or call Jessica. Training for all positions, no experience, starting pay of $10.75/hr. No nights or weekends.

CAN OF CORN? When you go to the store to pick up groceries, please consider buying a couple of extra cans of vegetables or fruit and contributing them to the BSLC food pantry located just inside the church entrance. A complete list of desired items are in the literature on the pantry shelves.
THIRTY THOUSAND! At the end March, we reached the 30,000 level! That’s the number or redeemable cans and bottles that were contributed in the first quarter of 2021, and we are still gratefully accepting any and all cans/bottles that you wish to donate. Simply put your donations in the left side of the church garage and we’ll take it from there. We’re building up our fund balance and will start to disburse fund shortly. This process is a true win win for everyone. Thanks to everyone for your continued support.
The featured national and district LWML grants for April are both centered on two different women’s ministries. The national grant is the LCMS Deaconess Ministry – LCMS Office of the International Mission for $39,523. Deaconesses are women who are full-time professional church workers trained to share the Gospel through works of mercy, spiritual care, and teaching the Christian faith nationally and internationally. This grant will provide educational and financial support to the deaconess training programs of our partner churches in several countries. For more info refer to the flyer in the April 4th bulletin or go to www.lwml.org/2019-2021-mission-grant-21.

The featured Iowa West District LWML grant for April is W.I.S.H.E.S. Over the past 20 years W.I.S.H.E.S. (Women in Service Helping Exclaim Salvation) grants have provided scholarships for members going on short-term mission trips. Members have served in a variety of mission outreaches in Latvia, Russia, Belize, Haiti, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, Texas, Alaska and California. Through mission trips LWMLers have been able to share their skills and their love of our Lord. Mission trips are organized through entities such as MOST, IOWAY, and other Recognized Service Organizations of the LCMS. This grant will provide scholarships for LWML members to “Serve the Lord with Gladness” on short term mission trips. To apply for a W.I.S.H.E.S.scholarship contact VP Tracy Stetzel at stetz@netins.net

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Reminder: to continue your support of the Lord’s work in and through our congregation, there are three options available for your giving during the pandemic: 1) give online at polkcity.church 2) snail mail in your offerings addressed to the church 3) drop off your offering in the church mailbox, which can only have its contents accessed with a key.

Live Stream Archives: Our archived live streams are now public dating back to January 2018 with the exception of funerals, weddings, and other more private events. You can view these on the YouTube channel youtube.com/bslcpolkcity
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!