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Greatness Worship Series

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Greatness

Greatness

Greatness is a lofty ideal for which many strive. Only the lazy or unmotivated are content with mediocrity. What allows someone to achieve greatness? Often attempts at greatness begin with grand intentions but fall short upon completion. Trauma, conflict, and everyday struggles interfere with personal delivery of greatness. On the pages of God’s Holy Word, Romans 8 leaps forth to describe the greatness of our God and his great promises. When God stands on our side, we know his greatness and the greatness of his gracious promises – all guaranteed through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This worship series begins with an outdoor worship service at Creek Ridge County Park on Sunday, June 25th at 10:00am. All are invited to the picnic meal to follow after the worship service. Then we will play games and enjoy the atmosphere of the park.

The series continues for three weeks following, with services at 9:30am.

June 25 – Great Peace (Outdoor at 10:00am)

July 2 – Great Power

July 9 – Great Future

July 16 – Great Promises

 


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Soccer Camp

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Soccer Camp

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church invites the children of our community to a soccer camp from Monday, June 19th – Friday, June 23rd, 2017.

Main Camp (M-F) Beginners’ Camp (Tu-Fr)
Time 5:30-7:30pm 10:00-11:00am
Ages 5-12 3-4
Cost $10 $10

(Timely payment of the registration fee secures your child’s spot.)

The main camp for ages 5-12 will have evening sessions from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The Beginners’ Camp begins on Tuesday, June 20th with mornings sessions from 10:00am to 11:00am.

Registrations and fee payment must be completed by June 1st. Space is limited and there is a cap on the number of participants in each age level. The nominal fee ensures that all children who want to participate will be able.

Online registration has closed. Spots may be open in select age groups. Call 219-324-7442 to inquire about openings.

In Beautiful Savior’s Soccer Camp your child will learn the basic skills of soccer and have the ability to practice in a friendly and engaging environment for all participants. Participants will be coached by volunteers from Divine Savior Academy, located in Doral, Florida. Beautiful Savior’s camp will also incorporate a strong focus on teamwork and character building.  Beautiful Savior staff will strive to make this camp a fun and safe environment.

Participants will be divided into constructive and competitive age groups.

Beautiful Savior will also offer a free picnic meal to all campers and family members on Friday evening.

Each registered and participating child will receive a t-shirt and additional sports item.

Participants must bring cleats or athletic shoes, shin guards, and water. 

Beginners’ Camp participants should bring athletic shoes and water. 

Qualifying families may contact Beautiful Savior directly to inquire about camp scholarships. Please call (219) 324-7442 or send an e-mail to admin@bslclaporte.org.

Online registration has closed. Spots may be open in select age groups. Call 219-324-7442 to inquire about openings.

What to help support our camp and keep registration fees low?

Purchase Port-a-Pit chicken to do so. The Port-a-Pit will be held on Friday, June 30th, from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. This will be one week following the last evening of our camp. Pre-sale tickets will be available during the soccer camp, or you can purchase them conveniently now.  Your port-a-pit tickets will be set aside and can be picked up during soccer camp or on the night of the port-a-pit. Thank you for your support.

Port-a-Pit Tickets!


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August 2014

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A Blockbuster God

Are you a movie fan? If you are, summer is a fantastic time for you. In summer, Hollywood always seems to pull out some of their biggest blockbuster attempts. So did you see or are you planning to see any blockbuster films? Transformers: Age of Extinction? Dawn of the Planet of the Apes? How to Train Your Dragon 2? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Planes: Fire and Rescue?

You might have huge anticipation built up for these movies. You may check every day to see when they are going to come to a theater near you. You long for that movie to come out so you can take it all in. As the release gets closer it’s almost as if you can taste it – the excitement, the adventure, the drama, the explosiveness! In Psalm 63 David expresses his longing and anticipation for the Lord, even comparing it to a deep thirst:

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Do you have such a longing for God? Much of the excitement and anticipation of the blockbuster movies comes from the previews. There you see glimpses of what to expect. David’s longing for God came from knowing who God is and what God does. David had seen not just glimpse, but the entire beauty, majesty, and splendor of God. He writes:

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

You also have seen God. You also have seen his power and his glory. His power and glory goes beyond the special effects of blockbuster films. Your God created the heavens and the earth. Your God created you. Such thoughts of our holy, majestic, and glorious God may even bring sadness and despair, because we know we have fallen far short of his expectations for us. You know the disgust and disappointment when the Hollywood blockbuster doesn’t live up to your expectations. Imagine God’s disgust and disappointment as he views the film roll of our lives. Yet, David praises God because he knows his love:

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

This love that produces praise is the incredible love and forgiveness God has displayed in his son, Jesus, and in all Jesus has done for us. Jesus’ death to take away our sins and his gift of righteousness and eternal life are God’s true glory and majesty.

When a movie truly is a blockbuster and wows, dazzles, and impresses us, it also sticks with us. We rave about it to our friends. We keep thinking about the incredible scenes and the climax, and the twist we didn’t see coming. David also kept thinking of God and his love, reveling in happiness, delight, and security:

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. – Psalm 63

As you consider the blockbuster films of the summer, remember the blockbuster love of your God. He has forgiven all of your sins and brought you satisfaction and life in Jesus. He upholds you with his right hand.

Beautiful Savior’s newsletter articles in 2014 will focus on portions from short Psalms. These Psalms can be easily committed to memory and serve as wonderful prayers and tools for daily meditation on God’s Word.


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I need more…Satisfaction!

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“A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work.”

Do you recognize that quotation?  Do you relate to that quotation? It sounds simple enough: Somehow find the ability to lean back in your hammock on your day off and say, “What a satisfying life this is!”

But what if your expectations for satisfaction are too high? What if they are unrealistic? What if they are wrong?  What if they only pivot around yourself and your own ego?

What if you never find that satisfaction you seek?

Then you know how the person felt who wrote that quote.  His name was Solomon and he wrote a book about his search for satisfaction.  He couldn’t find it either, except when he looked for his satisfaction in his God.

The Bible says about God, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16). Do you believe that?  What about this: The Apostle Paul told a young pastor, “If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:8). Is that truly satisfaction – simple food and clothing and contentment? How can you be truly satisfied with that?

Which is worth more – simple satisfaction or sublime satisfaction?  Which type of satisfaction do you seek?

What satisfaction do you deserve?

When God sought satisfaction from us we left him empty.  Our lives have never lived up to the expectations of our God.  God had every right to be dissatisfied with us, and to let us know in no uncertain terms.  Instead, God sent his Son to completely satisfy everything he expected – both a perfect life and the punishment and penalty that needed to be paid for all the times we let God down.  Jesus paid that price on the cross.  Jesus gave us a reason to be completely satisfied.

Satisfaction in our lives does not come because of what we do but because of what God does. He takes care of us…body and soul. He feeds us. He sent Jesus to rescue us from his great dissatisfaction over our sin, and in Jesus we receive that sublime satisfaction we seek.  We receive the love, kindness, and comfort of our amazing God. We know his promises are sure and certain.  He promises to be with us.  He promises to bless the work of our hands. He promises that whatever we do for him will not be in vain.

“[God] who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

Be satisfied—truly satisfied—in Jesus!


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Transformation Series

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TransformationJoin the family of Beautiful Savior in the month of June as we discover the amazing transformation Jesus brings to our life!

Apart from Jesus, we find ourselves buried in the dirt and mud of our own sins.  Finding deception within our own minds, we seek to fulfill desires that leave us unsatisfied.  When we look at our life it is anything but beautiful.  We might feel as insignificant as a worm.

Jesus brings restoration, life, beauty, and transformation.  He transforms our life from mundane to extraordinary, from pointless to fulfilling, from death to life.

Join us on the Sundays in June 2013 and discover how your life can be transformed in Jesus.

Sunday Morning Worship: 9:30am


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