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New Year, New You

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New Year New You

It’s time!

The new year is when we stop and resolve to become a better version of ourselves. We get back to the gym, we cook increased vegetable portions, or pump up our spiritual disciples. We want better versions of ourselves because we see the inadequacies in the current.

This New Year, discover how Jesus has already made a New You. This successful transformation has nothing to do with your resolve, but with his. Join us as we see how our powerful God has made us new through Christ.  

Sundays, January 12 – February 23

9:30am


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Christmas 2019

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God So Loved the World

We all desire love – reciprocal, inexplicable, unconditional.

But such a love is also impossible, right?

This Christmas discover the inexplicable, unconditional love of God.

God looked at this broken world and loved it. He sent his Son to bring God’s love and forgiveness to people in desperate need of both. The child born in a Bethlehem stable came to live for us, die for us, and rise from the dead to be our Savior.

Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ! Our worship will feature an inspiring message, favorite Christmas carols, and a place to find God’s, world-changing love.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son…

John 3:16

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Tuesday, December 24th 2019

4:30pm

Christmas Day Celebration Service

Wednesday, December 25th 2019

9:30am


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WORTHY

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The brokenness of this world is clear.

How have you experienced it? Is a family member blind or deaf? Has an accident cost you the use of your legs? Do you wet your cheeks with the tears that trickle down because your grandparent is suffering or gone? Even if you’ve been spared physical brokenness, does other darkness creep into your life? Children are bullied and abused. Nations pour billions into weapons intended for warfare, and sometimes a fear of our own neighbors grips our hearts.

The brokenness of this world is clear.

Yet, God loved this broken world. God loves all the broken people of this world. And God chose one worthy to break the darkness and heal the brokenness. He chose one who would come to draw all nations to himself and establish true peace and justice. He chose one worthy to take up his powerful Spirit and wield that power for healing, forgiveness, and restoration.  He chose one worthy to build the highway that leads you and me to the very city of God and the halls of heaven.  He chose one to be worthy of a magnificent name – Immanuel – God with us!

The one who is worthy is Jesus.

Join us in the weeks leading up to Christmas as we prepare to welcome this one who is WORTHY into our own hearts. 

Sundays, December 1-22
9:30am

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Welcome Home

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There’s something about home. Home is where you relax after a long day of work. Home is where you can let your hair down, because you know the people there will love you, even with your quirks and flaws.

Home is where you feel most safe, in a world that isn’t.

Jesus intended for his church to be more than a school where we learn about God’s Word. He intended it to be more than a cathedral where we praise our Creator.

Jesus intended for church to be a home.

Jesus intended church to be a place where we gather with a spiritual family and enjoy all the blessings of home.

On October 20th, we will celebrate Welcome Home Sunday. We will talk about the importance of having the support of a Christian community.

The worship series will continue to discuss what we gain from Christian Community through November 24th.

Worship at 9:30am.


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10 For 10 Coming to Beautiful Savior

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“All the church ever talks about is money!”

You’ve heard it before. You may even have said it before. Let’s take that statement to task. It’s simply not true. It is true that we’ve spent three to four weeks in worship each year on a significant stewardship emphasis to encourage regular, consistent, generous offerings at Beautiful Savior. It is true that our leadership seeks to be transparent about our congregation’s financial health in our quarterly updates. Yet, that statement above is misleading: God desires so much more than our money! He wants us to love him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. If we could love God that way, money would not be an issue.

Frankly, we are again in serious need of an honest discussion about our love for God and how it is reflected in our use of his blessing of money—earning, spending, saving, and giving. Our congregation has enjoyed the blessing of subsidy funding from our church body for 20 years, but this significant blessing is no more. As a result, the budget that supports the wonderful ministry we carry out in La Porte anticipates $35,000 of red ink. Graphs of our monthly offerings show varying hills and deep valleys that cannot currently support such ministry.

Spoiler alert: You will hear biblical preaching on the stewardship of treasures this fall at Beautiful Savior. Late in September, we will challenge our Beautiful Savior family to give a tithe (10%) OR to increase the proportion of what they are giving for their weekly offerings for a period of ten weeks. Why this challenge? Our generous giving is one way in which faith-filled hearts respond to the riches of Christ and show the honor, love, and gratitude we have for what Christ has done. Giving is an act of worship. That’s the only reason collect offerings.

The practice of tithing (giving 10%) is at least as old as Abraham (Genesis 14:20). In Old Testament Israel, tithing was commanded by law. In the New Testament Church, tithing—along with all other methods of giving—is inspired by the gospel of Christ. Many Christians, free from compulsion, tithe as an exercise of their faith. Does God have the ability to keep us safe, warm and well-fed without 10% of our income? If we share an even greater proportion? Faith relishes the challenge. The Spirit is up to the task!

How is it possible to give as generously as a tithe– or more– and  do so freely and joyfully? Christ’s love empowers his poeple. It flows freely from Christ “who loved us and gave himself up for us” (Ephesians 5:2). Generosity to God is a response to Christ’s willing sacrifice for us.

Tithing serves New Testament Christians as a benchmark for proportionate giving. The Apostle Paul said, “…each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income” (1 Corinthians 16:2). As New Testament Christians, tithing is a practice to be engaged in freely rather than a requirement to be met legally. Some of us are already in this spiritual habit. Inspired by God’s grace, we may seek to give more, more often, or more creatively. For others, tithing will be a big step and a significant test of faith. For still others, life-issues known to God may make a tithe currently unreachable. What about an extra percent, or two, or three? No matter where we are on the “giving spectrum,” this is true: Our trust in God’s goodness is well-placed!

“Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us to Him be glory in all the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”

Ephesiasn 3:20-21

You will receive several mailings, devotional pieces, and a commitment packet over the next four months as part of our 10 for 10 Stewardship Emphasis. Receive them in the spirit they are offered: As an opportunity to grow in faith and in the grace of giving. Study them. Think about them. Pray through them. They will help keep our stewardship emphasis centered in Christ and the cross as we seek to avoid financial quick-fixes and gimmicks!

May the Lord of the Church richly bless our Beautiful Savior family as we seek to excel in the grace of giving!

In Christ,

Beautiful Savior’s Leadership Team

Brad Minnick, Patrick Wheeland, Barry Younggreen, Carl Rowe, Tom Klosowski, Brian Larson, Pastor Kevin Boushek


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Soccer Camp

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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church invites the children of our community to a soccer camp from Monday, June 17th – Friday, June 21st, 2019.

 Main Camp (M-F)Beginners’ Camp (Tu-Fr)
Time5:30-7:30pm10:00-11:00am
Ages5-123-4
Cost$20$20

(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 18th 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. (The slight increase for this year is to allow us to give each child a soccer ball at the end of camp.)

Registration has closed for 2019. Please call 219-324-7442 to inquire if openings remain in our camp. Thank you.

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 a soccer ball.

Participants must bring cleats or athletic shoes, and water. (Shin guards are highly recommended.)

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.

Registration has closed for 2019. Please call 219-324-7442 to inquire if openings remain in our camp. Thank you.


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The Hope of Easter

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Easter 2019 at Beautiful Savior

Hope is a beautiful word and a powerful force, but our hopes aren’t always realized.

Our hopes aren’t always realized.

Discover a hope that won’t disappoint – the Hope of Easter. Experience the good news of love, a new start, and the promise of eternal life – all connected to a world-changing event that brings hope.

Join us at Beautiful Savior for vibrant worship, an inspirational message, and a place for your family to discover The Hope of Easter

Easter Sunday

April 21st, 2019

9:30am

Series Continues Through June 2nd.


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Holy Week Worship

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Beautiful Savior offers several worship opportunities during Holy Week.  We would love for you to join us for any of these services!

Palm Branch

PALM SUNDAY

Sunday, April 14th – 9:30AM

Jesus triumphantly enters into Jerusalem as the King. We shout out joyful songs of praise.

 

Communion

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Thursday, April 18th – 7:00PM

Jesus demonstrates a love unlike any other. The King of kings becomes a willing servant.

 

CrossGOOD FRIDAY

Friday, April 19th – 7:00PM

Service of Darkness

Jesus gives up his body and pours out his blood as the perfect sacrifice.

Empty TombEASTER SUNDAY

Sunday, April 21st – 9:30AM

Celebration Service

Jesus is risen to free us! Freedom dawned for us on Easter morning as Jesus rose victorious.

An Easter Brunch will be served following worship. All are invited to attend.


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Scandal

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The President did what?!? The local pastor said what?!?

Scandals aren’t just bad because bad things occurred. Scandals deal with the things we did not see coming; things that shouldn’t happen. The plot and conspiracy that unfolded to condemn a man named Jesus two millennia ago is a scandal.

But there is more to this scandal than what transpired in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

The scandal includes us all!

The scandal of our sin caused all Jesus endured. Greater still is the scandal of God’s grace – his undeserved love for us – that alone moved him to send his own Son to die for us.

During this season of Lent we will unpack the scandal that took place 2,000 years ago and its significance for us today.

March 10 – April 14

Sundays at 9:30am

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Community Easter Egg Hunt

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Beautiful Savior invites the La Porte County community to an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 13th, 2019.  The Egg Hunt is open to all children ages 2-10.  There will be separate designated areas for the following age groups: age 2, ages 3-4, ages 5-7, and ages 8-10.  Beautiful Savior offers this event to our community for families to share and enjoy an Easter tradition.

Please join us on april 13th at 10:30am for our Easter Egg Hunt!

Registration for the event will begin at 10:00am.

Call (219) 324-7442 for more information.


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