He is Risen
The two disciples were in grief walking the road from Jerusalem to Emmaus because Jesus had just died. They were also confused because that morning they heard from the women that the tomb now stood empty.
In their sadness and confusion, Jesus himself comes and walks with them, though they don’t know it’s the Lord. Only later, in the breaking of the bread, do they realize that He is alive. And that changes everything.
For us also, in whatever situation we find ourselves in joy or grief, work or play, the same is true. We are not alone. He is with us. He is Risen. He is Risen indeed! Who is this Jesus?
The sermons in May will address the question: Who is this Jesus?
May 7 - He is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for us - Also come to the Ministry fair in the Fellowship Hall.
May 14 - He is the Way, Truth and Life - Didi Panzo, our missionary in the Congo, will be with us for worship and adult class.
May 21 - He will not leave us orphans - We also recognize our graduates and last day of Sunday school.
May 28 - Knowing him is Eternal Life - Today will be our last 8:00 & 10:30 AM worship services until the fall.
June 4 - Services will be at 9:00 AM.
New Member Class - between services held in the Sanctuary
Regrets, Reality, Restoration DVD class - upstairs
There’s probably not one of us who wouldn’t appreciate a do-over or two when we look back at the course of our lives. With age and experience come the sobering realization we’ve all blow it more than a few times. Sometimes the misstep is catastrophic in its consequences, leaving others devastated by our actions-or inactions; sometimes the mistake is fatal, leaving another just that: dead.
In Regrets, Reality, Restoration, you will hear the heartfelt stories of people who have experienced profound regret over their actions. Their stories come from past decisions and circumstances that colored their futures in many ways. Excessive drug and alcohol abuse, abandoning one’s Christian faith, poor ethical decisions, tragic accidents—-these are the events our interviewees went through; you may have your own. As distraught as these individuals had become, see how-even in their most tormented moments-it was God’s love in Christ Jesus that brought forgiveness and restoration to their anguished pasts. Video Sessions: 1. It Only Took Once 2. I’m So Sorry 3. You’re Forgiven 4. But for a Moment
Church Workday: Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM.
More hands get more done! Lunch provided. Bring gloves, rakes, wheelbarrows. Items for workday depending on attendance:
Mark Your Calendars - the Social Ministry Fair is Coming May 7
The Social Ministry Committee invites the entire congregation to attend this unique event. The purposes of The Fair are to: 1) raise awareness of ministries we support, and 2) encourage each other to find ways to volunteer or otherwise participate in reaching out to those in need.
Plan to attend anytime between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. There will be various social ministries represented offering many ways you can be the hands and feet of Christ. Light refreshments will be available.
Contact David Reily for more information.
Senior Adult Ministry
Computer Class - Friday, May 5 at 10:00 AM
Travel Group - MAY GET-TO-GETHER is Sunday, May 21 at 2:00 PM at the home of Bart & Donna Ewers
Senior Social - May 24/June 28/July 26/Aug. 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.
Habitat For Humanity
The workday will be May 13th. Sign-up sheet is in the Fellowship Hall or contact Ray Sherrier.
Special Projects Group
The Special Projects Group is alive and well. We have several projects lined up for the spring and summer that might interest you:
Men’s Mutual Support Group
On Saturday mornings at 8:30 AM, after the Men’s Bible Study, some of the guys stay to connect on a more personal level. They share what’s going on in their lives, past experiences, just whatever is on their mind. This opens up conversations and connections that allow for friendships to grow and support and concern for one another to happen. This is open to any of our guys, so come get to know others and be connected. For more information call the office or Dick Cole.
REDISCOVER JESUS – The invitation and challenge continue. Many of you have read and are still reading Rediscover Jesus. We are offering a 5 week study on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 AM beginning May 3. During this time we will focus on the 4 practical ways to get close to Jesus:
Come join me!
Grace & Peace, Jan Duncan
We are taking a break for the months of April and May. We will resume over the summer. For questions, please connect with Sedra or the office at 719-495-2221
Caring for our little ones is a vital ministry here at BFLC. We have openings for both adults and teens this summer. This is a paid position. If you are interested or have questions contact Lisa in the office.
New Church Directories are in your church mailbox!
It’s me, Jan Duncan. The time has come to move to the next phase of my life and see what God has next in store for me. I have truly loved my time here at BFLC, serving God amongst you has been so rewarding. I will still be worshipping here and so will still have the pleasure of your presence in my life. My last day will be June 30. Thank you for being a part of my world and for growing in Christ right along with me for these past 12 ½ years.
Grace & Peace,
BFLC Book Group
We're reading in May - "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks
Discussion on Wednesday, May 17 at 1 PM
When the plague visits an isolated village in the English countryside, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers endure a self-imposed quarantine to keep the disease from spreading. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a "year of wonders." Inspired by the true story of the village of Eyam, "Year of Wonders" is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. 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 contact Nancy Lord with questions.
May Wedding Anniversaries:
Find Comfort Every year, over 4, 000 migrant farmworkers stream into the San Luis Valley to work harvest. With sporadic work, low wages, lack of family resources, and limited access to social services, migrants are a population that live close to the edge of crisis, often lacking basic resources.
Hygiene kits include:
Job Opening - Support Coordinator, Black Forest Lutheran Church
Start Date: The job starts June 1, 2017
Contact Information: If interested, please contact Jim Kent at email@example.com,719-440-7011 or Patsy Wurster at firstname.lastname@example.org, 719-358-1064 on the Mutual Ministry Committee for a complete description of the tasks required.
Confirmation Camp - June 4-6 at Messiah Mountain Retreat Center. Cost: $50 VBS - July 2-7
El Paso Mission Trip - July 8-15
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 relationship 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. Besides, 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. Dates: July 8-15.
Let Sedra know if you are interested.
The church office will be closing at noon on Fridays in June, July, and August. Also, There will only be one Scribe in June and July.
Worship with us
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