FROM PASTOR KEN
I am thankful we can worship outside this summer. I know of a Colorado Springs church that won’t be worshiping until August. As thankful as I am for our outdoor worship area, I miss greeting each of you face to face and don’t feel as connected with you as I usually do. If the weather is too cool or wet we will worship inside with over flow seating in the Fellowship Hall.
For those uncomfortable with either option, remember you can also worship in your car in the church parking lot, tuning in with your FM radio.
Many of you are worshiping online. In April and May we were recording on Saturdays and uploading worship for Sunday morning. Now that we are gathering for worship on Sundays, we can’t upload the service before mid-afternoon. (Black Forest has very slow internet.) Thank you for your patience and understanding. We continue to do all we can to provide meaningful worship at this unusual time.
FROM JACOB OGLESBY
As youth and family ministries director this has turned out to be one of my most busy months yet. On Tuesday, the 23rd Pastor Ken and I, as well as some amazing volunteers, got to lead some of our students in a confirmation retreat. This was a ten-hour retreat where we had the opportunity to hike, do Bible studies, build a cross, do a couple of service projects, have fun, and so much more. I am grateful to the students, the parents, and all those who helped out in making it a great day for all. I am already looking forward to and planning next year’s!
As many of you also know the week of the 29th is our VBS week. This, as with most things at this time, looks very different than it has in the past. This will be our first at-home, digital VBS. I am thankful for all those who have signed up, who have helped out, and of course for Rainbow Trail who has almost completely redesigned their summer day camps in just a few short months. Although this is different I also know that this is already turning out to be a very powerful outreach to families in our community. My prayer is that each and every home becomes a beacon of light in such a dark time and that every child that is connected to this church comes closer to understanding who Christ is and His overwhelming love for us. I look forward to this week of VBS and know that although we are limited, God is not.
We also did a drive-in style movie with the youth and their families on Wednesday, July 1.
Lastly, we can look ahead to the month of July. There are many great events just over the horizon and I look forward to sharing them all with my Black Forest Lutheran Family. I pray that you are blessed and that you are a blessing to another at this time!
One thing we can do as a church body is pray for Zach and Cam Regennitter weekly, as this is hard work. We trust that the Spirit will use them as they serve. Please consider sending supportive letters and care packages as well.
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