Last 9:00 AM Outdoor Worship Sunday, September 3
Fall Worship Schedule begins Rally Day Sunday, September 10
Worship inside 8:00 AM & 10:30AM
Classes for youth and adults at 9:30 AM
Youth meet in Fellowship Hall West
Eddy Perez here Sept. 24
Our mission partner pastor in Miami, Florida will be with us on Sunday, September 24. Pastor Eddy has just written a book, The Blowing Wind, that details his life under communism and his escape from Cuba. Come and hear how God has guided and protected him and called him to follow Jesus Christ. His book will be available for $11. Read and discuss with a friend.
Fall Start-up Dates
Choir - Wednesday nights at 7:00 PM
“Sometimes a light surprised the Christian while he sings; It is the Lord who rises with healing in His wings.” - William Cooper
We are inviting you to join us! We sing a approximately twice a month at alternating worship times. Contact Melanie Hohag.
Confirmation - Wednesdays, beginning September 6 at 6:30 PM
Parent/Student Confirmation Meeting: Please mark your calendars for Sept. 6 at 6:30 PM as the official start of Confirmation Class. Confirmation Sunday will be Sunday, October 15 at the second service.
Women’s Bible Study - Mondays, beginning September 11 at 1:00 PM
Ladies Monday Bible Study will be at Donna Wesley’s home. We will meet for two weeks then take a week off 9/25. Studying "Twelve More Women of the Bible." It is a DVD based curriculum with a study guide. Contact: Donna Wesley
Handbell Practice - Mondays, beginning September 11 at 7:00 PM
As there will be several open slots this fall, former ringers who miss making that "joyful noise to the LORD" are encouraged to join us - if you are interested, please contact Bill Fitzpatrick or the church office.
Lecture Series - Tuesdays, beginning September 12 at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall
The course is titled "The Lives of Great Christians". It consists of 24 30-minute lectures beginning with the title "What Makes a Great Christian?", ending with "Defining the Christian Life" and in between telling stories ranging from Paul and the first Christian Missionaries, through the ages to include Augustine, Francis of Assisi , Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, with many names less well known to most of us. Bring a sack lunch and watch two lectures each session with discussion. Contact: Nancy Lord
Pastor’s Class - Tuesdays, beginning September 12 at 6:30 PM
The Gospel of Matthew: A Handbook for Disciples Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Matthew’s gospel addresses many questions for a disciple of Christ. Who is Jesus? What does it mean to follow him? What might we gain? What might we lose? How will our priorities change? How about our habits? How can He shape our daily life and decisions? Join me this fall as we study the Gospel of Matthew through the eyes of a disciple. Sign-up. Read chapters 1-4 for session one.
Young Adults - We meet on Wednesday nights at a local coffee shop! Please connect with Sedra or JC Mobley for details.
New Sunday Class - Luther on Marriage & Family - Beginning September 10 at 9:30 AM between services
One of the most important aspects of the Lutheran Reformation was its emphasis on the calling of the everyday Christian. At a time when being a monk or a pastor were thought of as the only genuine way to live one’s life for the Lord, Luther spoke of the Christian life as something all believers live through faith. One of the most important vocations in which many of us serve is in the area of marriage and families—as husbands and wives, parents and children, and members of the extended Christian community. This six-session Bible study focuses on these important themes, based on foundational texts from Scripture. The study also draws from the real-life experiences of Martin and Katie Luther, who were not only husband and wife, but the parents of several children. Included are excerpts from Luther’s personal writings to family and friends as they faced the good and bad that come in everyday living, sustained through the struggles and joys we all have through faith in Christ. The discussion questions focus participates’ attention on God’s Word, making direct application to our present lives of faith.
Men’s Bible Study - first and third Saturday at 7:00 AM at the church. It is early, but worth the effort. We are studying: Ephesians
Calling All Bakers!
Baking with a Purpose! Calling all bakers in the congregation to join the children and the youth for a Baking with a Purpose event on September 30 from 10am-12:20pm, followed by a bake sale October 1! Proceeds will bless the Orphans, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whom our Missionary Didi Panzo serves!
Coffee and Tea Sales - October 1
Helps Lutheran World Relief support sustainable development and small farms in many places and especially in the Rachuonyo South district in Kenya. Purchasing coffee and tea is an easy way to enjoy these wonderful products and also support these farmers to receive training and help in planting new trees. This all helps lift people out of poverty.
Travel Group Calendar of Events
Sunday, September 17 at 2:00 PM
Next Get-to-gether at Avelyn & Dick's home. Please bring a food or beverage item to share
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 19 & 20
Overnight trip - Tours and Visit to Estes Park October
Tuesday, October 10th Glen Eyrie Castle Tour ($9 per person paid ahead to Nancy Storey) Lunch @ Marigold's Restaurant following tour
November - Date to be determined - (after Thanksgiving weekend) Lunch At the Broadmoor Hotel, enjoy the Christmas Decorations and visit the Carriage Museum December - Date to be determined - We will visit GEORGETOWN'S 57th Annual Christmas Market which will be held the first two weekends in December. We will enjoy the town's festivities, which start off at noon, and perhaps make an early dinner reservation at some place on our way home. Give it some thought and check your calendar.
Church Fall Workday Coming Soon!
Middle School Mission Trip to Alamosa, CO. October 6-7
Please check with Sedra or office for the details! Come and participate in this meaningful, fun, faith growing introductory mission trip. We will serve the people in the poorest county of the state of Colorado. We will conclude the trip with a getaway to the Great Sand Dunes. Please sign-up! Cost: $50
September Book Club
We have the opportunity to do something different this Sept. by reading for discussion The Blowing Wind by Pastor Eddie Perez. This is the recently published spiritual autobiography of the Cuban-born Miami, FL pastor whose ministry to the Spanish-speaking community there receives support from BFLC. In fact. Pastor Perez will be visiting BFLC right after our Sept. 20th meeting and preaching on the 24th. The congregation made an initial order of 50 copies of The Blowing Wind and they are available at the church for $11. It is not a long book and a copy can easily be shared by two of three readers in the next month if anyone would like to coordinate with someone else. We will meet at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 20th in the Fellowship Hall for discussion and refreshments. The book even includes questions for discussion and reflection! Everyone is welcome, as always, to join us in reading and discussing this book.
Set-up and Clean-up Help needed!
Lots of people enjoy a cup coffee with their donut on Sunday mornings! So we are looking for people to set-up or clean-up for coffee hour! Sign-up in kitchen or office. Coffee hour begins September 10.
Marian House Soup Kitchen
Black Forest Lutheran Church works at the Marian House Soup Kitchen at 14 Bijou Street on the last Thursday of every month from 8:00 AM -1:30 PM. We can always use more volunteers. We help prepare and serve a meal to over 500 people! Please contact, Bill Montie if you have questions, would like to help and/or need directions.
Autumn Colors Adult Senior Fellowship
Interested in a weekday van ride into the mountains to see the aspen and have lunch in late Sept. or early Oct.? Please put your name and contact into on the sign-up sheet on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board. Date(s) and time to be determined as Nature provides. Questions, call Steve Lord.
September Wedding Anniversaries
Thomas & Katherine Leland 4
Candice & Eugene McNancy 4
George & Christine Cooper 9
Bill & Annegret Sessoms 11
Woody & Nadine Duffin 15
Richard & Janna Flanders 17
WD & Dale Sue Hightower 17
Bryan & Kerrie Petch 17
Marty & Debbie Phillips 19
Karl & Evelyn Miller 20
John Poss & Kathleen Fitzpatrick 21
Robert Owens & Kim Stephens 22
David & Mistry Hopp 27
David & Tammy Klein 27
Didi in the Congo
The daughters of Didi and Serafina, Nicole and Sarah, are safely back in Pennsylvania. They spent a month in Boma, with their parents. Both daughters had an opportunity to interact with the locals and eat local food. The women and children that Didi ministers to had an opportunity to meet his daughters. The girls got to see life without reliable electricity or Wifi in Boma. For now, the Panzos think they are safe from civil unrest. There have been times when it would not have been wise to go out on the street. The president of the DRC is long past his term of office; yet he refuses to have elections for a successor. No one knows what the future might hold as the opposition is becoming increasingly unhappy. We have been interacting with Didi in two areas: 1)Farmers and the benefit that they would gain from good seeds and fertilizer and 2) Improving the nutrition of the orphans Serafina is feeding. Helping with either is not a lot of money, but it requires a defined plan and WMPL approval. Also, there needs to be a means to reliably ship food to Boma.
Senior Social - September 27 and October 25 at 1:00 PM
Join us for our monthly get together to socialize, play dominoes, or do crafts. There is no obligation to participate in the games. Individuals bring their own crafts to work on. Others use the opportunity to just sit and talk. Light snacks are provided.
10 years ago when I was hired I never could have imagined what a blessing this job and you all would be. I am so thankful for all of you - the prayers, cards, hugs, food, and so much more! I am doing great after my surgery and glad to be back. Blessings,
P.S. If you are missing a dish, please let me know. I did put some in the kitchen.
Dear Black Forest Lutheran Church Family,
We love you all! We are so thankful for your love, support, and generosity before, during or after the baby shower for our daughter Hephzibah Jewel. Thank you for being such a Christ-like congregation in rejoicing with those who rejoice and mourning with those who mourn. It is an honor for us to be walking alongside you and being able to minister amongst you. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he repay a hundredfold that which you generously gave us.
Sedra, Kathryn and Hephzibah
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