Christmas Season at Black Forest Lutheran Church
December 17 - Intergenerational Christmas Program at 4:30 PM
December 24 - Advent Worship at 9:00 AM Only - note schedule change
December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Services - 3:30, 5:30, 7:30 PM.
The light shines in the darkness.
December 31 - College/Young Adult Service - We'll be gathering together on Saturday, December 30 to run through things and gathering socially the week before for a meet ’n greet. Contact Rebecca.
December 31 - Hope & Healing for the Poor - Dr. Benjy Partridge’s experience in Nicaragua.
January 7 - New Member class begins.
A sign-up will be posted on bulletin board in Fellowship Hall. If you would like to help defray the cost ($10), please make a check out to BFLC with a notation in the memo line ”poinsettia” and put in offering plate. You can denote the name of a loved one you wish to dedicate or remember on the signup sheet. The plants may be picked up following the 7:30 PM Christmas Eve Service.
The office will close on December 22 & 29 at noon.
Black Forest Cares will be closed on December 29.
Olive Wood Discount
The carvers in the Holy Land are especially hopeful and in need of successful sales this year of their olive wood carvings. We still have several Martin Luther statues, which originally sold for $55. At this time we are reducing the price to $35. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Mary Montie.
This carving is really exquisite, and remember, it is carved from olive wood from the Holy Land. Martin will be on display in the narthex.
Thank you to everyone who has purchased olive wood this year. Sales will be posted in an upcoming Scribe, but with the support of other congregations, as well as Black Forest Lutheran, it’s looking like a successful year.
Book Stew 2018
The Book Stew is scheduled for January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018. If you would like to donate books we are collecting them in the Fellowship Hall. This year's proceeds will be donated to Springs Rescue Mission. Thank you for your continued donations and support.
End of the Year Tax Information and Deadline December 31
Donor must deliver or mail (postmark) on or by this date in order to claim a charitable contribution deduction for 2017.
Checks that are placed in the church offering during the first worship service on 2018 will not qualify for a charitable contribution deduction in 2017, even if the check is predated to 2017 or was actually written in 2017. However, checks that are written mailed and postmarked in 2017 will be deductible in 2017 though they are not received by the church until 2018. If you have questions please contact the church office.
Black Forest Cares Needs Restocking
Please consider donating some of these needed items:
December Schedule of Events
15 - MOPS
17 - Christmas Program
20 - Hobbit Movie
24 - Christmas Eve
25 - Merry Christmas
27 - Ski Trip
31 - College led service
Didi in the Congo
Didi is alone in the Congo as Serafina is in Pennsylvania with their children. Didi has three big areas where he has been focusing lately.
First he is at the school in Tshela three days a week. There are 65 students in the seminary. The director is away in Kinshasa where he is going to school. As a result, Didi has assumed the position of administrator, in addition to teaching. Tshela is almost 100 miles from Boma, over very poorly maintained roads. Didi has a driver, but, remember, his driver is the one who damaged his vehicle.
The counseling work Didi has been doing has taken “a big jump as most of the people have stress in their lives. “ This means he is able to help many people. He has been able to help orphans with a little food, but refreshments for those being counseled are limited by funding.
Didi has also helped the farmers with some seeds as they do not have enough upfront money before harvest. Didi is very appreciative of the support he is getting from Black Forest as he would have no money to help others otherwise.
Please continue to pray for his health and safety as there is considerable unrest in the Congo.
Didi would like to get emails from those who care for his work. Didi’s email address: email@example.com
BFLC Staff Christmas Gift
It has been the practice for many years to invite special contributions from the members of the congregation towards a cash Christmas gift for the paid staff of Black Forest Lutheran Church. This includes not only the Pastor, but our Ministry Coordinator, our Interim Youth/Education Director, our Administrative Assistant, our Organist and Choir director. If you would like to contribute to the staff gift you may:
The Finance Committee
Ski Day for HS and Young Adults
Wednesday, December 27 at Ski Cooper
Full day or partial day: depart BFLC parking lot early/mid AM depending on group consensus! A time to ski, snowboard or just sit by the fire! Cost $50 Sign-up!
Several moms and soon-to-be moms from our church and community have enjoyed meeting regularly this fall for devotional time and other fun activities. If you would like to join this group of young women, please contact Jeanette or Lisa in the office and look for their 2018 schedule in January.
When your doing your Christmas shopping think of us! Did you know that Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice and Black Forest Lutheran Church is a choice for the designed charity.
Thank you for your generous gift of $500 in support of Global Health Ministries. 40,000 people benefited from GHM’s partnership in 2016 by receiving either free or discounted treatment, or a level of treatment made possible of supplies and equipment.
Pastor Doug Cox
GHM Executive Director
Dear Brothers in Christ,
Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey wants to thank you for your donation of $1,865 to our Border Immersion Program.
I want to thank you for your gift of $500 to Compassion’s Where Most Needed Program. Your partnership and concern for children in poverty is truly making a difference.
President & CEO
Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you for your gift of $694.25 to Food for the Poor.
Thank you for your recent gift of $200 to Mosaic in Colorado Springs.
Pastor David deFreese
We recently received your gift of $500 to Lutheran World Relief. Thank you!
President and CEO
Dear Christian Friends of Orphan Grain Train,
Thank you for your contribution of $500 to OGT Rocky Mountain Branch to be used where needed.
Thank you so much for your recent gift of $200 to Rainbow Trail’s Annual Fund. Dave Jarvis
Cards Recycling Program
What do you do with all those beautiful Christmas cards sent to you? What about all the sample cards from organizations wanting a donation? Do you feel sad throwing out lovely birthday and anniversary cards you’ve received? Well, they can now be recycled. BFLC will be collecting them (look for the box in the Fellowship Hall) and sending them to St. Jude's Ranch for Children for its Recycled Card Program. St. Jude’s turns the cards into “new” cards and sells them in packets. All occasion cards are accepted; birthday, anniversary, thank you, get well, holiday, etc. You can be of great help if you remember the following: Size preferred is 5”x7” or smaller; Hallmark, Disney and American Greeting cards are not accepted; and the backside of the card front must be clear of writing. If you have any questions, please see Chris Cooper.
Mission Endowment Fund
As we approach year end, may wish to maximize charitable deductions. One way to accomplish this is to contribute to the Mission Endowment Fund. The MEF manages gifts to the church under an investment concept. Disbursements, beyond the operational budget of the church, are made to worthy causes primarily from the income earned on investments.
Will resume in January 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM.
The 2018 flower chart is up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall.
Flowers are $18.00.
January 2018 Start Up Dates
7 - Sunday School
7 - New Member Class
7 - New Adult Class
8 - Handbell Practice
8 - Women’s Bible Study (Potluck)
10 - Confirmation
10 - Choir Practice
24 - Senior Social
The BFLC DVD Lecture and Lunch
Begins Tuesday January 9, with a bit of twist. Instead of a religious topic as we have done for the past two series, we thought we would expand to look at American history. The lecture series will be “America’s Founding Fathers”: a lively, insightful and engaging survey of the people and politics of the formative years of the American Republic. If you think our current political atmosphere is acrimonious, you will gain hope from this series by learning what intense differences our founding fathers struggled over to establish our unique form of government.
Pack your lunch and come join us each Tuesday starting January 9, from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM for this enjoyable walk through the beginning of the nation.
As always, friends and neighbors are invited.
Questions can be directed to Steve Lord.
Sunday, January 28 at 11:45 AM
Potluck, bring a dish to share!
Committees don’t forget to turn your Annual Reports into the office or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 5.
Luther Land Trip
Pastor Ken is planning to host a Luther Land trip to Germany the Fall of 2018. Interested? Let the office know.
As this year winds down it's important to remember those whom we have served and those who serve others. Particularly, La Puente in Alamosa, which provides assistance to one of the poorest regions of Colorado. Our MS Youth participate in yearly mission trips through La Puente and our congregation sends Easter baskets each year for them to distribute among those whom they serve. La Puente strives to meet the needs of those in need with emergency shelter, food assistance, self-sufficiency services, supportive housing, homeless prevention, community outreach services, and job training for the homeless and other community members in crisis. In the new year, please continue to pray for La Puente and those whom they minister to.
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The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.