Melanie and I are back from 2 weeks in Greece. It was amazing to retrace the steps of Apostle Paul in Athens as we stood on the Areopagus, a large out croping of rock where Paul addressed the Athenians. (Acts 17)
We visited the ancient city of Corinth where Paul ministered to a group of Christians for 1 1/2 yrs. and saw the place he stood before the proconsul, Galio. (Acts 18)
We also had the privilege to stay on the island of Patmos where John the Evangelist received the vision which is recorded in the Bible book of Revelation.
Thank you for your 25 year anniversary gift which helped make our trip possible. We return filled and refreshed.
Pastor Ken and Melanie
Vacation Bible School/Rainbow Trail Day Camp
July 3-7, 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM.
It’s a great week for the kids who come as well as students and adults who make it happen. VBS is an outreach to the community. Its part of our mission - to connect with kids and parents and let them know about our amazing God who loves us so much he sent his son.
Kindergarten - 6th grade (grade refers to the grade they will be entering this fall)
Cost: Free Registration Forms are on the bulletin board, please fill out and return to church office. Volunteers are needed to make this a great success, sign up!
Details for MS/HS Day Camp
July 2 - July 6
Sunday, July 2 - Potluck at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
Monday - Friday - Assist with VBS from 8:45 AM to 12:15 PM.
Sunday - Wednesday nights
- 6:15 PM - Gather/Mingle
- 6:20 PM- Active Games
- 6:50 PM - Snack/Drink/Break
- 7:00 PM - Bible Study
- 8:00 PM - Campfire/Small Groups/Devotionals/Music
- 8:30 PM - Dismiss
- 6:00 PM - Program and Ice Cream Social
I am encouraging family connections with Sedra. Please let him know what would be a good time to drop by and visit with you and your kids.
July is Birthday Month
On Sunday, July 2 we will celebrate the birthday of our nation and the birthdays of BFLC members with a birthday cake. We are asking you to give a gift-coin for every birthday you have celebrated. The coins collected that day will be given to the Fisher House. A container for your coins will be on the table, so don’t put your birthday offering in the offering plate. Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment.
Black Forest Lutheran Church Mission Endowment Fund Lemonade Sunday
The MEF is a part of our church. The fund manages designated monies with an eye toward furthering the work of Christ. It has been funded by designated donations, either from church members or from memorial gifts. The interest and dividends earned by the investments are donated to causes consistent with the church, by the committee. The most recent donation, for example, went to Didi Panzo, our missionary in Boma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. If you would like to learn more about the MEF, to be on the committee, or to make a donation, contact a committee member. They are Lora Kobilan, Chris Cooper, Bill Dieckhoff, Kathy Schwindt, or Ed Storey.
SPECIAL PROJECTS UPDATE!
We still need volunteers for the following projects:
1. Saturday, 8 July: At George Kerstein’s place. This is in prep for a youth volunteer visit from Monday, July 17 through Thursday, July 20 .
2. New project: We have a youth volunteer group from Texas who will be staying at the church. They will be available to work for us on Wednesday and Thursday, July 12-13. We need chainsaw prep work for this project on Monday and Tuesday, July 10- 11. No hauling.
3. On July 15th (Saturday) we will finish mitigation prep work at George Kerstein’s or begin a smaller project at Donna Wesley’s place. So far – no volunteers.
4. July 17-20 (Monday – Thursday) we will finish work at George’s Place. These are the days we have 10 youth volunteers to help with hauling slash to a central location. We will also continue chain saw work to mitigate fire danger.
If you can help with any of these projects, call or email Joe Dowdy. With volunteers we can do great things.
Thank you all so much for such a memorable retirement party.
I was so touched by all your warm sentiments. A special thanks to the ladies who went over the top in putting this together. One last thought: God has plans for BFLC - open yourselves up to Him and them.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you “declares the Lord” plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future .”
Grace & Peace, Jan Duncan Director of Ministries Retired
Letters of Thanks
Dear Dick, Evelyn, Mary, Bill, Pastors and church members!
Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your generous sponsorship of the meals served on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Marian House Soup Kitchen. We are pleased to share with you that because of your gift, 680 warm, nutritious meals were provided to 437 men, 135 women, 21 children and 159 seniors. And, 88 of those individuals received second helpings to fill their hungry bellies. God bless you! As you know, we cannot serve those we serve without generous caring and giving people like you. Your Churches, coming together to serve the poor of our community, are living “Faith in Action”. You truly live the Gospel of Our Lord asking us to serve each other. On behalf of all those we serve in response to Jesus Christ’s call to affirm the value and dignity of each human life, to build solidarity within the community and to advocate for the poor and vulnerable, THANK YOU for supporting our mission and for your long term service every 4th Thursday. Let me know if you have any questions. I have reserved this date for you again next year.
Thank you so much for your recent gift of $60.00 to Rainbow Trail’s Annual Fund. Thanks again for your congregation’s continued support. Summer is here!
Hope all is well.
David Jarvis, Executive Director
Thank you for your donation. Your generous gift of clothing, blankets, and hats. Your donation will assist in our community outreach efforts, insuring that the hundreds of guests we serve each year will be clothed. Thank you again!
La Puente Staff
On behalf of Family Promise, your IHN, thank you for the generous donation. Peace and blessings,
Dear BFLC Friends,
It was great to see so many of you at the Taste of Hope! Lutheran Family Services could not do our important work without you. Our sponsors like you are so generous with time and talents. We are very excited that with your help, we were able to bring on a new caregiver for our KPC Respite Home, which provides crisis care for kids. Thank you!
On behalf of the 60,000 people in El Paso and Teller Counties who will be victimized by Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault this year, thank you for taking a stand. Your donation of $400 sends a message. To survivors, your gift means one more supporter along the road to recovery.
Becky Treece, Tessa
The office will be closing at noon on Fridays in July, and August.
There will be only 1 Scribe in July.
Cameron Regennitter will be Travel Director at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp this summer. RTLC is asking for prayers, supporting letters, and care packages for our young folk. You can send the above to:
Attn: Cameron Regennitter Camp Office
PO Box T
Hillside, CO 81232
RTLC is a great opportunity for our children to grow spiritually and grow into future leaders.
Senior Adult Ministry Event
Depart August 1st & return August 3rd ..... Overnight Trip To Carbondale, CO Contact Donna Ewers for all the details.
Annual Church Picnic Save the Date Aug. 27 Outdoor Service
Black Forest Festival Saturday, August 12
Black Forest Lutheran Church will be hosting a booth in the back parking lot off of Shoup Road. There will be face painting, balloon art and possibly a magic show.
Call Patsy Wurster at 719-358-1064 if you'd be interested in helping us in welcoming young families to BFLC.
The Social Ministry Committee will host its annual Lemonade and Gingersnap Sunday following outdoor worship on Aug. 13. This is a fundraiser to enhance the yearly financial gifts BFLC gives to our Mission Partner - Cristo Rey in El Paso, TX. The gingersnaps are homemade and melt in your mouth! Of course, the lemonade is icy cold.
Summer Worship Schedule - 9:00 AM
August 27 (Annual Picnic)
July Wedding Anniversaries
7 - Mike & Landra Decker
8 - John & Donna Hartley
17 - Joseph & Kelsey Mobley
19 - Scott & Ann Buttermore
23 - Mike & Debbie Woods
24 - Tom & Karen Jackson
28 - Greg & Maren Wurster
29 - Ryan & Erika Hendrickson
29 - Paul & Roxie Larson
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.
The geraniums in the outdoor worship area are donated and in memory of Al Klimeck.
Volunteer Opening Available!
The Social Ministry Committee is seeking a volunteer to join our committee as we work to be the hands and feet of Christ to those outside our congregation. The committee normally meets twice per year, but stays active throughout the year coordinating and planning special events and charity drives. If you feel you are called to this type of work, please contact either Jeanette Gould in the office or Dave Reily, the chairperson of the committee.
July 26/August 23
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.
Dear BFLC Family,
Peace be with you, In the upcoming Fall 2017, we want to start a mentorship/sponsorship program for our confirmation class. Some of the goals are to build community, encourage cross generational relationship, share experiences (to pair up the wisdom of the elder with the wonder of the youth), discuss the topics we cover during class to deepen the youth’s understanding while giving the mentors the opportunity to share their faith and experience, coaching and mentoring through issues that the youth want to deal with. Our expectation is for the sponsor and the youth to meet at least once a month. Confirmation class goes for 2 years. Confirmation will start in September. We will have an orientation and workshop before we jump into this program.
Would you please pray and consider being a mentor for the youth? The confirmation class of 2018 and 2019 will be the pioneers of this program. Would you please share your ideas on how we can be successful in this program? The big picture is “as we are going we are to make disciples”. We can start this within our congregation. How wonderful would it be to have the youth and the older generations in our congregation to have vibrant discipleship relationships? I look forward to hearing from you.
Peace and Blessings,
Sedra RAZ, Youth and Education Director, BFLC
El Paso Mission Trip leaves July 16
Resources for parents and families
Have you heard of http://www.holyfamilytime.com/? We will be modeling this for our families here at BFLC, so please bookmark and familiarize yourself with the website.
Didi in the Congo
By Ed Storey
Didi and Serafina have returned home safely from their trip to Addis Abba, in Ethiopia. He met with Dr. Gemechis Buba of the NALC and Dr. William Obaga of the World Mission Prayer League. The purpose was to discuss God’s mission in Africa. They had an opportunity to visit the Lead Star Theological School in Addis & talk about how the various organizations can work together. There were eleven church members from a Lutheran church in Minnesota who were in Ethiopia at the same time. On the return trip to Boma, they had a brief visit in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya is making progress, better than the DRC. Dr. Obaga came back to Boma with Didi to learn more about Didi’s proposal for a shelter for orphans and women. This will be a complex plan, including likely needing a board of directors. Didi is continuing to teach at a school some distance from Boma, three days a week. The road is not good and there are several towns to pass through. The towns are not any more prosperous than Boma.
Please continue to pray for the safety of Didi and Serafina. Boma is often beset with political unrest. It is hard to predict when or where that might break out. In many places people have no employment and they have trouble feeding their families.