Our church council unanimously agreed to hire Rebecca Hohag as our Interim Youth and Education Director. She also helped us in this position during the summer of 2009.
Greetings from Rebecca…
Well HOWDY good people of Black Forest Lutheran! It is my humble joy and challenge to serve as BFLC’s Youth and Education Director this fall. So rarely is such an opportunity offered to serve the very community which nourished my early discipleship. I prayed long before accepting the invitation to plant myself back into my home soil. I’m thrilled to reacquaint myself with each and every one of the Black Forest flock, those who know me since infancy and those who have yet to meet me! Please feel free to give me a holler or surprise visit: I look forward to connecting with anyone interested about Youth Ministry! I trust that the coming weeks are safely and securely in God’s hands, and it is my heartfelt prayer that God uses these days to bind us together in the loving grace of our heavenly Father God and dearest friend, Jesus.
In grace and gratitude,
Middle & High School Youth - Saturday, October 21 7:00 PM
Youth Group & Family Pumpkin Carving and Chili Potluck
October 29: 4:30 - 6:30 PM
This is for all ages. We will provide the pumpkins!
500th Anniversary of Reformation
Sunday, October 29
It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses to the Wittenberg Church door. Rather than simply starting a discussion, it started a re-formation or re-shaping of the church. In Sunday’s sermon and 9:30 AM Adult class, Pastor Ken will review the main themes of the reformation; Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, and how they continue to be important in our lives today.
Sunday Adult class: A Man Named Martin Part 3 - The Movement.
Begins November 5
Luther Land trip to Germany
Pastor Ken is planning to host a trip to Germany in the Fall of 2018. Interested? Let the office know.
It’s that time of year again! Choir is starting to rehearse this year’s Cantata for December. Consider joining us Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, even if you are not a regular member. Come, sing a new song to the Lord for Advent season.
New Member Reception
October 22 - Between services. Wear your nametags.
2017 Stewardship Drive
October 22 to November 12
"Live Simply – Being the Arm of the Lord”
This year’s Stewardship Drive focuses on how we can simply be good stewards by being the “Arm of the Lord”. It doesn’t take huge efforts to help others and spread the love of Jesus. At the four Sundays, you will hear how several members reach out to others and share God’s love and care. You will be asked to ponder and pray about: How can I be the arm of the Lord? How will I serve God today? What talents can I use for God? What does God want me to be? Also, watch “The Estimate of Giving Tree” blossom in the narthex as estimates are submitted for the 2018 budget. Will we surpass 2016’s 88 submissions???
October 29 - be sure to wear red.
Congratulation to our newest Confirmands!
Madison Hanson, Zachary Regennitter, Brendan Gould, Audrey Leonard, Stephany Knox, Avory Kvale, Katelyn Gurnett,Kirsten Hinderberger, Kamdyn Hinderberger Joshua Westphal, Jacob Westphal, Kori Woods Dishes
Dishes in the Kitchen
We have collected lots of dishes in the kitchen. Please look and see if any are yours. If they are not picked up by November 1 we will donate them.
Military Care Boxes
We will be sending out Military boxes for Christmas, so if you would like to help, you may bring in any of the following: Comics Chapstick Peanuts Lemonade (ind.) Gum Snack pac of cookies Sm. Hygiene products Cracker Snacks Protein bars Trail Mix Slim Jims (ind.) Lifesavers
Please mark them ‘Military’ and put them in the laundry cart in the narthex. Thanks for supporting our military members in this way!
We have several authors in our congregation and we will be highlighting their books.
My Million-Mile Journey: Finding Fulfillment Through Faith and Forgiveness Author: Patsy Wurster
Patsy Wurster lives in the Falcon area with Gary, her husband of thirty years. Their blended family includes five children, seventeen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her important roles as Mom and Grandma, Patsy became a global business leader, working her way up through the ranks in organizations. After retiring from the corporate world, Patsy began writing about her million-mile journey from an extremely difficult childhood to the personal, professional, and financial success she cherishes today.
The book is available online through xulonpress.com/ bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com ($14.99, paperback, 9781545606582; $7.99, e-book, 978154566599)
We have one copy available for loan through our church office if you would like to read Patsy’s book.
BFLC Book Group
Standing in the Rainbow by Fanny Flagg
Discussion on Wednesday, October 18 at 1:00 PM
All are welcome to join us at the church for discussion and refreshments
Senior Group Luncheon
Thursday, October 19 at 11:30 AM. Soup potluck. Guest speaker Rives Duncan. Sign-up in Fellowship Hall.
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.
Travel Group Calendar of Events
Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 PM at Bart & Donna Ewers. 17584 Lake Side Drive Monument 80132
November - Date to be determined - (Lunch At the Broadmoor Hotel, enjoy the Christmas Decorations and visit the Carriage Museum
December - We will visit GEORGETOWN'S 57th Annual Christmas Market which will be held the first two weekends in December. We will enjoy the town's festivities, which start off at noon, and perhaps make an early dinner reservation at some place on our way home.
LWR Fair Trade
Thank you to all who helped make our October coffee, chocolate, hot chocolate and tea sale a success! We sold $110.00 worth of product which all goes directly back to LWR Fair Trade. Your support is so appreciated for this ministry!
Lisa Simms, Social Ministry Committee
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’s Mini Fair
As you plan your Christmas shopping, keep our mini fair in mind. BFLC’s mini fair has been scheduled for Sunday, November 12 between services. The following items will be available for purchase: Olive wood from the Holy Land, jewelry, aprons, scarves, & handbags from Uganda, a variety of Fair Trade items through Lutheran World Relief, and 18” hand made doll clothes (all sales go toward the Zoughbi scholarships)
We can take checks, but are not able to process charge cards. Remember, by purchasing these gifts, you give a great gift in addition to improving a life! Invite your friends for worship, to share a donut and then shop!
Christmas Tea Workshop
Wednesday, October 18 at 9:00 AM
Bring scissors. Help us prepare for the annual “Ladies Christmas Tea”.
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 AM
Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 PM
Thanksgiving Food Drive
We will have our traditional food offering for Black Forest Cares. All items are appreciated for a turkey dinner.
The office will be closed November 23 & 24.
Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
A new approach to Devo time . . . Coloring at its best . . . No need to be artistic . . . this is another way to explore God’s Word. Be with other gals . . .teenagers too (Kirsten and Madison love it!) All you need to get started is to consider your favorite Bible verse or a verse that has special meaning to you and ask how the Lord may have you express it through coloring/journaling. It allows you to show off that verse so it stands out and makes it easier to remember. You’ll be surprised what He sometimes reveals!!! You can rediscover God’s Word through journaling in your own Bible, purchase the Inspire journaling Bible at Mardels, or separately on a blank sheet of paper – whatever you would like!
Join Lisa Regennitter in this opportunity to combine fun, fellowship, and Bible exploration in one activity.
Education Box Tops for Education (BTFE)
Started by General Mills in 1996, BTFE has a simple premise: Purchase a product with the BTFE logo, clip the box top and bring it to BFLC. There is a drawer marked for Box Tops in Fellowship Hall under the bulletin board. We then give them to Wolford Elementary School. In return, the school receives 10 cents for every box top! NOTE: To date, Box Tops has contributed $840 million to more than 70,000 American schools. Let’s fill that drawer!
Meets the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month, in the Fellowship Hall.
Friday, October 27 at 10:00 AM is our next get together. Come and see how we can support each other as we navigate motherhood.
2017 - 2018 MERF College Scholarship Essay Contest
“The Mensa Education on & Research Foundation on college scholarship program is unique in that its awards are based totally on essays written by the applicants. There is no requirement for applicants to be Mensa members nor is consideration given to grades, academic program, or financial need.” (From the MERF Web page at http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/)
What could be simpler than writng an essay describing your goals and filling out a very simple application? And the applicant requirements couldn’t be simpler, either: The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the US who resides in a participating local group's area (Colorado Springs is Plains & Peaks Mensa); the applicant must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited institution on of higher learning during the academic year following the application date; and lastly, the applicant must submit an application and essay of not more than 550 words explaining their academic and/or vocational goals.
Please note: The essay application will be available starting September 15th, and the deadline for entries is January 15, 2018. So, if you’re in a degree program or about to enter one, check out the MERF Essay Contest. There will be at least one prize of approximately $300 given out for our local area, along with the potential of winning up to $1000 at the national level. And remember, you don’t have to be in Mensa to participate, so if you have a friend or relative who would qualify, direct them to the MERF web-site http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/ scholarships/ for the complete rules and application, or have them contact Sandy Halby, 719-528-5483, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
15 - Confirmation Sunday
18 - Christmas Tea Workshop
19 - Senior Group Luncheon
22 - New Member Reception and Stewardship Drive begins
25 - Senior Social
29 - Family Pumpkin Carving
October 25 - 1:00 PM
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.
Thank you for all those who helped out with 'Baking with a Purpose' this past weekend by either contributing baked goods or buying some goodies. We raised $206.50 to send to our missionary in the Congo, Didi Panzo.
It is time to again gather to write Christmas cards to prisoners through Prayer for Prisoners International 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, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to indicate how many cards you might bring. We need to have an estimate of how many names we will need. 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 lots of card writing.