Food for the Poor
On Sunday, Feb. 19, we’ll hear about an important ministry of our congregation.
Food for the Poor began in Jamaica in 1982 and now serves 17 Caribbean and Latin American countries. It responds to hunger and malnutrition, unsafe housing and drinking water, orphans and abandoned children. Come hear about this important ministry.
Sedra in Africa
Sedra leaves for Kenya, Tuesday, Feb. 21. He’ll be working with the Navigators helping to equip Christian leaders there. Pray that God keeps him safe and helps him learn how to disciple people.
Lent is the 40 day season of prayer, learning and reflection prior to Easter. It begins with Ash Wednesday where we receive a cross of ashes on our foreheads as a powerful reminder of our frailty. The words of Genesis 3:19 are spoken over us; “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.”
Ash Wednesday Worship March 1, 7:00 PM
Every Lent, we provide a devotional book to guide your thoughts during these 40 days. We make use of various authors, Lutheran, Anglican, Catholic.
This year we’ll use the book, Rediscover Jesus by Catholic author Matthew Kelly. His 2-3 page chapters are helpful in focusing our attention on who Jesus is, what he has done and what he is still doing in our lives. Pick up a book for your family on Transfiguration Sunday, Feb. 26, and begin reading the 40 chapters on March 1. (Sundays aren't included in the 40 days)
Lenten Wednesdays will start with a Soup Supper at 6:00 PM followed by the Holden Evening Prayer service at 7:00 PM. Our meditation will reflect on themes from Rediscover Jesus.
This year’s Lenten offerings will be collected for our Good Samaritan Fund. The Social Ministry Committee administers this fund whose purpose is intended to provide funds to predominately Coloradoans who have suffered a personal or natural disaster. The broad areas of assistance include help for natural or man-made disasters, people in need, health problems, or housing needs. Over the past several years, contributions to this fund were used to buy trees for Black Forest fire victims, a foster parent who had cystic fibrosis, and victims of the Canadian wildfires (they had helped us in the past). Recently, the Social Ministry Committee spent money from this fund to help Colleen Little Moon in Pine Ridge purchase a used car when hers broke down. We really appreciate your contributions tothis fund during Lent!
Lenten Worship Choir Practices
March 1 (Ash Wednesday) is at 8:00 PM. Beginning March 8 choir practice is at 7:50 PM through April 5.
Leadership Retreat Saturday, March 4, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
What is God calling you to be? And do? How do we follow Jesus today? What does it mean to be his disciple? Come join our church council and other leaders as we focus on these questions with Ray Scheck, a Lutheran pastor from Maryland.
IT’S BACK! Book Stew is scheduled for Sunday, February 19 - March 12, 2017. Proceeds will go to Springs Rescue Mission.
Food for the Poor
Guest speaker from Food for the Poor coming to BFLC On Sunday, February 19, we will be hosting a speaker representing Food for the Poor. Pastor Gary Bauch, a Missouri Synod Pastor, will speak at both services. FFP began in 1982 in Jamaica.
Today, the interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. They serve in areas of malnutrition, extreme poverty, unsafe housing, unsafe drinking water, orphaned & abandoned children and those in lack of medical care. You are invited to join us in Fellowship Hall between services to watch a 10 minute video. This is a great opportunity to learn about one of the ministries we are supporting at BFLC.
Senior Social Feb. 22, Mar. 22, Apr. 26, May 24 - 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.
We raised $214 and 200 lbs. for Black Forest Cares from the Souper Bowl.
Intergenerational Event – March 19, 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM. Meet, greet and connect with other members of the congregation young and old. Come join us!
Daylight Savings Time - Spring Forward
Move your clocks forward 1 hour. Sunday, March 12.
Missed a Sermon? Listen at www.bflchurch.org/past-sermons
Be prepared! If you receive a phone call from a family member in trouble asking for money be careful. Lots of scammers are at work. This month another of our BFLC members got such a call. Double check the information make sure you know who you are talking to.
Deadlines for Scribe articles are the 20th of the month for articles to be in the first Scribe of the month and at the 10th of the month for articles to be in the mid-month Scribe. Also, you may e-mail information you want in the Scribe to the office at email@example.com
Annual Meeting Highlights
January 29, 2017 - Black Forest Lutheran Church Council President called the Annual Meeting to order after determining the 83 congregants present more than met the Constitutional requirement of 58 members. Pastor Ken led the congregation in devotions. Pastor’s report summarized highlights from 2016. He emphasized that a Christian life is less about membership than it is about discipleship. The church is centered around Jesus Christ and His call to Follow Me. Discipleship!
The Financial Secretary reported that pledges were up from 68 in 2016 to 91 for this year. The 2017 Budget of $450,729 and disbursement of unallocated funds from 2016 was presented and unanimously approved by the Congregation:
Overage from 2016 $45,603
Four items were brought before the Congregation for ballot vote:
The various committees gave short reports highlighting their work and expressing their appreciation.
After a closing prayer the Annual Meeting was adjourned at 1:19 PM.
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Pastor: Ken Hohag
12455 Black Forest Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80908
Black Forest Lutheran Church Schedule:
Sunday Worship: 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Sunday School: 9:30 AM for all ages
Growing Deeper Bible Study:
Each Tuesday at 6:30 PM