Ash Wednesday Service - March 1st at 7:00 PM
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. Lent is the 40 day season of prayer, learning and reflection prior to Easter. On Ash Wednesday we receive a cross of ashes on our forehead as a reminder that we are not here forever. We are dust, and to dust we shall return.
This year we are providing the devotional book for you called Rediscover Jesus. Author Matthew Kelly provides 2-4 page chapters to guide our thoughts through 40 days of Lent. Begin reading on Ash Wednesday and read a chapter a day (not weekends).
On Lenten Wednesdays we will gather for Soup Supper at 6:00 PM in the fellowship hall and then meet for worship at 7:00 PM. We will lift our voices in the Holden Evening Prayer Services and focus our thoughts on themes related to our devotional book, 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 during Lent to this fund!
March 1 (Ash Wednesday) is at 8:00 PM. Beginning March 8th choir practice is at 7:50 PM through April 5th.
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. Sign-up on the fellowship hall bulletin board.
Book Stew has begun it is set-up in the fellowship hall! Proceeds will go to Springs Rescue Mission. THANK YOU!
Senior Social - March 22, April 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.
Daylight Savings Time
Move your clocks forward 1 hour, Sunday, March 12.
Intergenerational Event – March 19th at 9:30 AM
Meet, greet and connect with other members of the congregation young and old. Come and join us!
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY APOSTLES BUILD
This year Thrivent and the local Lutheran Churches have joined other churches in Colorado Springs to build a home for the Rodriguez-Cruz family in the Fountain area. Two churches are being assigned each Saturday to provide volunteer help. The work date is March 11th. Location is in Fountain. As in the past there will be a morning session and an afternoon session. Each church is asked to provide 5 workers for each session. Sign-up sheet for Habitat is in the fellowship hall. Further information contact Ray Sherrier.
Attention: Thrivent Financial Members
If you are eligible for 2016 Choice Dollars, it’s time to direct them! They will expire March 31, 2017. It’s easy to do on line, just access your Thrivent account at Thrivent.com. Another reminder - It’s a new year and every Thrivent member is eligible for TWO Action Teams with funding of $250. Talk to Ed Story or Mary Montie to get started. If you don’t have an idea on how to use $250, Social Ministry can supply one!
What the Book Group is reading for March
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis Discussion on Wed., March 15th at 1 PM This short book is a classic of Christian literature and a masterpiece of satire that has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and sin from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. All are welcome to join us at the church for discussion and refreshments. Copies of the book on loan from the Pikes Peak Library District Book Club Collection are available in the church office to be signed out. Please call Nancy Lord at 495-8075 with any questions.
First Communion Retreat - Saturday, April 1st, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
All 3rd graders and up.
Sign-up for Easter lilies has been posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Cost is $10.00, put in offering plate or on office desk. PRINT information on the sign-up sheet.
Black Forest Cares needs Hams!
Would you like to donate a ham for an Easter dinner basket? Please let Lydia know or sign-up. Hams need to be at the church by April 9th.
Palm Sunday - April 9th
Kids gather in the fellowship hall prior to worship for Palm procession.
Maundy Thursday Worship - April 13th at 7:00 PM
Good Friday Worship - April 14 at 7:00 PM
Easter Sunday - April 16th
6:00 AM - Sunrise Service
7:00 AM - Breakfast - Easter Morning Breakfast is a fundraiser for our youth mission trip and Confirmation Camp. We need your help to bring food items and/or cook breakfast on Easter morning. Sign-up coming soon!
8:00 AM - Worship
9:45 AM - Easter Egg Hunt
10:30 AM - Worship
A Special Thanks from Pine Ridge & Colleen Little Moon
As some members remember, our congregation has been supporting the people of the Oglala Lakota Native American reservation at Pine Ridge, South Dakota for roughly the last 20 years. The area is among the poorest in the US. Rob Martin, a former member of our congregation had been the most recent advocate and leader of our support. Over the past years, many of you have performed numerous construction projects, provided supplies for school-aged children and youth or supported anti-suicide efforts and drug resistance training. At Christmas we led clothing and toy drives that were driven to Pine Ridge and distributed. Your gifts of your time, talents and treasures were very much appreciated. One of our contacts there in the Pine Ridge area was a woman named Colleen Little Moon. Colleen has been leading an often uphill battle to help the children and youth in the area. Colleen continues to overcome the many challenges and continues working with Rob Martin. Rob is now leading the support effort from his new congregation. As Black Forest Lutheran Church now steps away from our ministry to help the Lakota Sioux, here is a short note of thanks from Rob: Thanks to BFLC for all the support you’ve provided to the Lakota people over the past 20 years. It may not have seemed to make a difference, but I can assure you, IT DID! Take care and God Bless all of you at Black Forest Lutheran Church!!!!! Please keep Rob, Colleen and the Lakota Sioux in your prayers as Rob continues the mission begun here some years ago.
Thank you very much for your support, love and care for our youth ministry. The youth and I deeply appreciate your participation in making the Sweetheart dinner a continued success. We thank you for your prayers, attendance, donations of money as well as items to decorate. Your BFLC Youth Please pick up your card table in the fellowship hall, thank you for bringing them.
On behalf of LMVFM, I want to thank you for your donation of $356.45 to our ministry.
Lutheran Military Vets and Families
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HELP US HELP YOU!!!
We would all like to think crisis or death will not befall us, but it will. BFLC would like to be there for you and for your family. Please let us know a good point of contact for you should be we need to reach someone on your behalf in case of emergency or death. Call or email the office with this information. We'll need your name, your point of contact and their relationship to you, their phone number and email address. Thank you for helping us to be there for you.
Didi in the Congo By Ed Storey
It sounds like Didi and Serafina are both well and healthy in Boma. Didi is teaching at a theological school part time. The school is 100km (60 miles) from his home, over dirt roads. This is an opportunity for the students to have another qualified instructor. There will be some March visitors in Africa. Early in the month, Didi and Serafina are going to a conference between the NALC, the Mekane Yesus Church and World Mission Prayer League. The conference is in Ethiopia & they will be there for 3 days. After the conference the Africa Director for the WMPL will travel back to Boma with Didi. Dr. William Obaga is the African director and he will be coming to Boma to learn about Didi’s plans to start a refuge for battered women and orphans. Political tensions are still high in the DRC. As the government fails in its democratic process, violence breaks out in many places. Didi is still in need of the generator, as the power fails almost every day. Black Forest is in the process of sending $1000 to help pay for the generator. Ethiopia is in the northeast corner of Africa and Boma is in the Southwest. It will be a long trip and African airlines are not as safe as those in the US. Pray for the safety of Didi and Serafina in their many travels.
Phone Scams - 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.
2017 Black Forest Lutheran Church Counil
Dave Reily - President
Kathy Schwindt - Vice President
Dave Henderson - Treasurer Secretary
Amy White - Christian Education
Fran Falldorf - Congregational Life
Barry Cavanaugh - Evangelism
Dave Henderson - Finance
Kathy Schwindt - Mission Endowment Fund
Al Kobilan - Long Range Planning
Patsy Wurster - Mutual Ministry
John Poss - Property
Dave Reily - Social Ministry
Mike Regennitter - Stewardship
Michele Robinson - Worship
Confirmation Camp - June 4th - 6th
Vacation Bible School - July 2nd - 7th
El Paso Mission Trip - July 8th - 15th
El Paso Mission Trip BFLC and Cristo Rey have been partners for almost two decades. Over the past few years, BFLC has consistently sent adults and youth to be part of the El Paso Border Immersion Program each summer. The El Paso Mission trip is not only an opportunity to strengthen relationships between the two congregations and their youth ministries, but also a chance for our youth to learn about the immigration realities and life on the borders from the various sides. In addition, the youth of BFLC will have a chance to grow in their faith and love for God and in serving his people as they lead the Vacation Bible School program for that week. This is a great opportunity for the youth to grow in worship, ministry, evangelism, discipleship and ministry. Let Sedra know if you are interested.
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