Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Wednesday, November 22 - 7:00 PM
O Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, And his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136
It is good to give thanks to God everyday. But every year, we set aside a day of Thanksgiving so we together may thank our God for all ways He blesses us.
Martin Luther reflects on the meaning of the Article of the Creed: “I Believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth”. I Believe that God has created me together with all that exists. He has given me and still preserves my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all limbs and senses; reason and all mental faculties.
In addition, He daily and abundantly provides shoes and clothing, food and drink, house and farm, spouse and children… along with all the necessities and nourishment for this body and life. He protects me against all danger and shields and preserves me from all evil.
All this He does out of pure, fatherly, and divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness of mine at all. For all of this I owe it to God to thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true.
As you prepare for Thanksgiving day, reflect on Luther’s words. Join us as we gather together Wednesday, November 22. Bring some non-perishable food for our processional offering that will restock the shelves of our Black Forest Cares food pantry.
Thanksgiving and Stewardship
These two are closely related. Look at our offering prayer: We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us. Ourselves, our time and our possessions. Receive them for the sake of him who gave himself for us Jesus Christ our Lord. Remember to fill out your estimate of giving for 2018.
Holidays and Grief
Holidays can be a hard time for those in grief. Memories of time spent together at Thanksgiving and Christmas can magnify emotions and intensify grief. We will offer a grief support class Sunday mornings beginning soon. Let Lisa know in the church office if interested.
The office will be closed November 23 & 24.
Annual Ladies Christmas Tea
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 AM
Invitations are in your church mailbox.
Christmas Cards for Prisoners
It is time to again gather to write Christmas cards to prisoners through Prayer for Prisoners International (PFPI) on Sunday, November 19, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
PFPI is based in Canyon City with outreach to prisons all across the United States. At Christmas they have a massive mission outreach to send personal Christmas cards to any prisoner who requests one. Since beginning this outreach they have sent over 200,000 cards. They really appreciate our help. Last year we sent cards to prisoners in Florida, Alaska, and Colorado.
If you can join us, please sign-up on the bulletin board and indicate how many cards you might bring. This helps us estimate how many names we can send cards to. The cards you provide must be Christian; no Santa's or snowmen. This is our opportunity to send the love of Jesus to prisoners and impact their lives this Christmas.
Join us on November 19 at 1:00 PM for Christmas music, cookies and a lot of card writing.
Raffle tickets on sale on Sundays. $1/ticket, quilt made by quilters of the church. Winner will be drawn at the Christmas Tea.
Family Game Night & Potluck, November 26!
Bring your favorite board game and we'll have a few options.
Book Stew 2018
The Book Stew is scheduled for January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018. If you would like to donate books we will be collecting them in the Fellowship Hall starting December 10. This year's proceeds will be donated to Springs Rescue Mission. Thank you for your continued donations and support.
Remember to fill out your estimate of giving for 2018 and return in box on table in narthex.
Christmas Tea Set-up and Clean-up
Thursday, November 30 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in Fellowship Hall.
Friday, December 1 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM in the kitchen.
Food prep. Saturday, December 2 (after the tea). If you could stay for 1/2 hour or so to help clean up and get the Fellowship Hall ready for Sunday morning it would be appreciated.
Travel Group - Calendar of Events
Tuesday, November 28 - Tour and Lunch @ THE BROADMOOR HOTEL - Formerly called the Carriage Museum, our private tour is scheduled for 11:00 AM at the PENROSE HERITAGE MUSEUM. Our lunch reservation is at 12:45 PM in LA TAVERNE'S Garden Room (located just inside the main entrance of the hotel, to the far right).
Saturday, December 9 - Georgetown Christmas Market & Dinner @ White Fence Farm in Lakewood (You may wish to Google both of those places). Contact Donna Ewers if you would like to participate in these events.
Thank you Steve Gurnett….
Have you noticed the new addition outside of the Fellowship Hall entrance? Steve Gurnett used his time and talents to carve the bears Rack, Shack, and Benny (Daniel 6) into a tree stump. We are reminded of Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Fall is here and with it the annual Church Council effort to find the best possible future leaders for our church. We are seeking volunteers and recommendations for positions on the 2018 Council. Membership on council is both fun and rewarding, providing the opportunity to shape both the present and future ministry of our church. If you are interested in this important leadership role or would like to recommend someone for council, please contact Kathy Schwindt or Lisa Regennitter in the church office.
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 the Ministry Coordinator, the Interim Youth/Education Director, the administrative assistant, the organist and choir director. If you would like to contribute to the staff gift you may: indicate the purpose and amount on the front of the “Other” area on the face of regular contribution envelope or indicate your purpose in the “Memo” section of a check.
The Finance Committee
November 17, Dec. 8, and 15 at 10:00a are our next get togethers. Come and see how we can support each other as we navigate motherhood.
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.
The office will close on December 22 & 29 at noon.
Black Forest Cares will be closed for those Fridays.
THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS FALSE: Too Many Calories/Too Little Expenditure and Will Power Equals Weight Gain Got your attention?
Janeen Anderson has offered to facilitate a six-lecture class on obesity, diabetes and diet. Your belief system will be challenged. The lectures are presented by Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist in Canada. In trying to help his diabetic patients, he put them on a low carb diet, but they either couldn’t understand it or couldn’t follow it. He went to intermittent fasting with amazing results!
The lectures will explain the science behind his advice. They are designed for presentation to medical personnel; however, I have watched them and find them easy to follow, as long as you have an interest. If he uses “big” words, he defines them. I will be posting an interest sheet on the bulletin board. Classes would begin sometime after the holidays. Janeen is willing to do them either on a Saturday or on an evening starting at 6pm. Each class will run 1 ½ hours, giving time for discussion. I will be posting an interest sheet on the bulletin board.
Sign up if you would like to learn how wonderfully and intelligent God has designed our bodies to function, depending on what we put in them!
Sundays in December
3 - Advent Begins - Children will be doing a special activity every Sunday during Advent, in between services.
10 - Cantata both services
17 - Intergenerational Christmas Program at 4:30 PM
24 - Christmas Eve Morning Service at 9:00 AM,
Candlelight Services at 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM, and 7:30 PMp
31 - College led services - 8:00 AM & 10:30AM
Zoughbi Christian School Scholarships
Christianity is dying in the Holy Land, and the conflict has greatly diminished tourism. More Christians are leaving the country, as they are losing their freedom, transportation is difficult, income is low compared to living expenses and unemployment is very high. Many of you know Micheal Zoughbi, who is our friend from the Holy Land. We have been in a relationship with him close to 20 years. His name pops up mostly in the fall when we bring out the olive wood carvings. Years ago, with the decline of travel/tourism to the Holy Land, Micheal became very creative in order to help his fellow Christian Palestinians – he set up a cooperative of Christian carvers. Micheal and his wife, Carmen, know the importance of a Christian education and made the sacrifices necessary to send their six children to private Christian schools. Micheal and Carmen are now grandparents and their son, George, also wants his 3 children attending a Christian school.
The Holy Land’s Christian Schools are subsidized at a fraction of what the Jewish schools receive from the State; thus are more costly. The annual tuition per student is approximately $2,500. Members of BFLC and those of other congregations have asked how we can help Micheal’s family personally. Discussion on this topic led us to setting up a scholarship fund to help with the tuition for Micheal and Carmen’s grandchildren – Carmen, Micheal and Taleen. Thus, we help sustain Christianity in its birthplace and are living out the great commission. A “Zoughbi Scholarship Fund” has been set up for this purpose. If you would like to contribute, make a check out to BFLC with a notation Zoughbi Scholarship Fund. If you have questions please contact Steve Lord, Ed Storey or Mary Montie.
17-19 - High School Retreat
19 - Christmas Cards for Prisoners
22 - Thanksgiving Eve Worship
23 & 24 - Office Closed
25 - Intergenerational Game Night & Potluck
2 - Christmas Tea
Taking a break in November and December - will resume in January 2018.
Luther Land Trip
Pastor Ken is planning to host a Luther Land trip to Germany the Fall of 2018. Interested? Let the office know.
BFLC Ministries and Committees
BFLC is comprised of many ministries/committees which help us run smoothly and benefit those in our community and across the world. Are you familiar with any of them? We will be highlighting a different committee/ministry in upcoming Scribes so you can get a better understanding of what they do. Let the Holy Spirit work in you as you read about them and prayerfully consider becoming a part of one.
This edition’s focus is on the Evangelism Committee:
Let the Holy Spirit work in you as you read about them and prayerfully consider becoming a part of one. The Evangelism Committee is responsible for linking BFLC with the community. They spread the word about BFLC through advertising in various community resources, in addition to maintaining the church web-site/social media. Thus, you could say, they are called to find creative ways in which to interact with our community. Additionally, the Evangelism Committee plays a key role in missionary support. If you would like to learn more about this ministry, please connect with Lisa or Jeanette in the church office.
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.