Advent is the four week season of hope and expectation as we await the birth of Jesus our Lord. During this time, there are many events to learn from and enjoy.
The Real Christmas
What was the world like at Jesus’ birth? How kind was King Herod? How trustworthy were religious leaders? What was Bethlehem like? We'll focus on these and other questions as we see what the gospels say about ‘The Real Christmas’, a new 4-week Sunday adult class starting December 2.
Join Pastor Ken, Sundays at 9:30 AM in the sanctuary.
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Adult Classes - Sundays at 9:30 AM
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - Exodus!
Come join us for a brief (45 minute) service of Thanksgiving hymns and readings. Our processional offering of non-perishable food will help struggling people in northern El Paso county. Donna Wesley will share how God saw her through an experience that threatened her life.
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New Sunday Adult Class
We celebrated Martin Luther and the Reformation, Sunday, October 28. One of Luther’s gifts was his strong focus on the Bible as the sole authority for our faith and life.
How We Got The Bible
How we got the Bible is a class starting Sunday October 28 based on a DVD by historian Dr. Paul Maier. We'll look at the Bible’s importance and origins as well as why we can be confident of it’s message in a doubting world.
Join Pastor Ken and Melanie upstairs.
Foster Children News! Mark Your Calendars! Stability. Enrichment. Community. Which one should foster children go without? Children enter foster care if they are not safe in their homes because of abuse or neglect – not because what THEY DID, but what was DONE to THEM. Did you know that within two years of aging out of the system, only 20% finish high school? Did you know 50% will face homelessness? The odds are against them. The Fostering Hope Foundation exists to support foster families to improve the odds their children won’t become one of those statistics. Would you like to learn how you can help foster families? Not by becoming a foster parent yourself, but by aiding foster families as they work to provide stable environments? Laura Moody, a Fostering Hope Coordinator will be at church between services Sunday, November 4 to present a short information session about how you can really make a difference to a foster family. Plan to attend at 9:30 AM. Questions?
Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org (cell is 701-500-1975) or Dave Reily (Social Ministries Committee).
Special Congregation Information Meeting and Potluck Lunch
Sunday, November 4
Everyone is invited to an informal meeting on November 4th after 2nd Service (11:45 AM) to hear the final report of the Special Study Group. Written reports are on the table in the Narthex, please read prior to meeting.
This report was promised to be provided to the Congregation as a follow up to the 2018 Annual Meeting. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Schwindt, Dave Reily or Steve Lord. We hope you will take time to be informed how much work has been put into this project and where things will go from here.
Their overview of recommendations include 1) calling an associate pastor of outreach, 2) looking into the possibility of housing a preschool. Mark your calendars and plan on coming.
Do you enjoy playing games? Come Friday, November 2 at 6:30 PM for a fun, intergenerational evening in the Fellowship Hall. BUNCO, a ‘dice’ game, is an easy game to learn and loads of fun. Spectators, newcomers, and expert BUNCO players are all welcome. Come enjoy this intergenerational event and share in fellowship with each other. Sign-up on bulletin board.
You Can’t Outgive God
Stewardship has begun sharing through God’s influence on us, we have given the gifts and opportunity to influence others through the use of our time, talents, treasure, and testimony.
Time, Talent, Treasure and Testimony.
Please review the “Estimate of Giving” card on the table in the narthex. It is an estimate of your giving, not a binding contract. After prayerfully considering your giving, please fill out the card and place it in the box in the by November 4th.
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp - November 16 -18
Youth Retreat to Rainbow Trail! Theme: Radically Relevant – What can we offer the world? Cost: $70 (This is reduced cost thanks to contributions from our congregation.)
Sunday, November 4 - Set your clocks back one hour and wear white for All Saints Sunday!
Takes a break in November and December. Will resume in January, 2019
Christmas Cards For Prisoners
On Sunday, November 11, the Social Ministry group will be meeting to write Christmas greetings to prisoners. Prayers for Prisoners International has been sending thousands of Christmas cards to prisoners who have requested them. Prisoners have been so impacted by the messages sent and we are blessed to send them. It would be wonderful if you could join us at noon on November 11. Please sign up on the bulletin board. There will be Christmas music and food.
Bruce and Laura Betts welcomed the arrival of their new grandson Grayson Isaac on October 18, 2018. He weighed 7 lbs. 7 oz.
November Wedding Anniversaries
Audie & Tracey Debusk 5
Tom & Tina Passarelli 5
Austin & Ethel Cleis 12
Dave & Wendy Lisowski 16
Jack & Donna Yonce 19
David & Betsy Wintermute 20
Don & Wendy Crist 21
Bill & Kris Partridge 22
Jerry & Ginny Johnson 30
BFLC Book Group Read for November
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
Join us at the church for discussion on Wednesday, November 28th at 1:00 PM.
Phoebe Swift's friends are stunned when she abruptly leaves a plush job to open her own vintage clothing shop in London—but to Phoebe, it's the fulfillment of a dream, and her passion. Digging for finds in attics and wardrobes, Phoebe knows that when you buy a piece of vintage clothing, you're not just buying fabric and thread—you're buying a piece of someone's past. But one particular article of clothing will soon unexpectedly change her life. Thérèse Bell, an elderly Frenchwoman, has an impressive clothing collection. But among the array of elegant suits and couture gowns, Phoebe finds a child's sky-blue coat—an item with which Mrs. Bell is stubbornly reluctant to part. As the two women become friends, Phoebe will learn the poignant tale of that little blue coat. And she will discover an astonishing connection between herself and Thérèse Bell—one that will help her heal the pain of her own past and allow her to love again.
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 with any questions.
Didi Panzo in the Congo
Didi and Serafina are both safe and healthy. As the election approaches, after several postponements, there will likely be more violence and unpredictable activities. There has been an ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the DRC. Since they are below the equator, the Congo is getting into spring and the farmers will be planting. Corn and peanuts are two crops that are being planted. In a country with a lot of food insecurity, the farmers play a vital role in keeping people alive. Didi has indicated that the orphans are doing well and some are back in school. There is a need for books for the seminary where Didi is the acting administrator. The need is for non-fiction books in English or in French. We are exploring how best to get the books to Didi as DHL is very expensive.
Second Sunday Support
Every second Sunday from 6:30-8:00 PM, parents of teenagers meet to discuss the challenges of raising a 6th-12th grader, hear from a speaker about how to navigate specific subjects of teen life, and pray for each other’s families.
Marriage Retreat at Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
Would you like the opportunity to get away as a couple and just focus on God and each other? We are looking at dates January - March, of 2019, please let me know if there are weekends that don’t work for you! We are up to 8 couples that interested! YA!
Theology on Tap for Young Adults
Join us every Tuesday night at 6:15 PM at Cleats Bar & Grill East (6120 Barnes R) as we discuss various theological ideals and/or Bible passages over some tasty pizza and brews. We’ll chat for a little over an hour and then feel free to stick around and play some “Geeks Who Drink” pub trivia!
2019 Council Nominees
Fall is here and with it the annual Church Council effort to find the best possible future leaders for our church. I am leading this year’s council nomination committee and look forward to hearing from you. We are seeking volunteers and recommendations for positions on the 2019 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 Mike Regennitter.
The ‘Power of Prayer’ is amazing!
Our prayer group would like to include you or your loved ones in their prayers. Let the office know if you or someone you love is experiencing difficulties or scheduling a surgery. Our church community is here for you!
Mini Fair Trade Fair
It was a big hit last year, so we have scheduled another fair trade fair to make your Christmas shopping a happier, easier experience with just a walk into Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 2 between services. When you purchase an item from any of the displays, you are buying a unique gift and impacting a life in another country. On display will be:
Annual Ladies Christmas Tea
Theme: “Wonders of His Love” Saturday, December 1 at 10:00 AM
Invitations are in your church mailbox.
If you consider yourself filled with the wisdom of age, come and join us for the Senior Luncheon on Thursday, December 20 at 11:30 AM. It will be a chance for fellowship and an opportunity to meet Jeremy Ryan, our new Director of Youth and Family Ministries. He will enlighten us about his thoughts on his new position. Plan to bring either a salad or dessert to share; bread and drinks will be provided. Please sign up on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall so we will know how many to prepare for.
The Grove is a smash hit!
With over 40 people at each gathering in October, we had a blast as we worshiped together, ate some delicious food, and got to know each other better! With children, teenagers, adults, young adults, and retirees all present, The Grove has been a wonderful place to intergenerationally develop our relationships with each other. If you missed out, don’t fret, The Grove will be gathering again on Sunday, November 4th and Sunday, November 18th from 5:00 - 6:00 PM! Check out more at: TheGroveBFLC.com
Thanksgiving Eve Worship - Wednesday, November 21 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. Please let the office know if you can donate a turkey!
The office will be closed November 22 & 23
Line Dancing Lessons
A new event is coming your way; Line Dancing Lessons. Great exercise for the body and brain. Your body moves to music; your brain learns the repeated steps. Come November 16 & December 21 at 10:00 AM, in the Fellowship Hall.
See Chris Cooper for details.
Advent Begins December 2
Children will be doing a special activity every Sunday during Advent, in between services.
Thank you for your donation of $900 to Second Change Through Faith. We are a gang deterrence and prevention program serving the El Paso County are. Sincerely,
Dear Friends of our Military at BFLC,
Thank you so much for your recent generous donation to Operation Bandanas in the amount of $83.35.
Dwelling & Abiding,
BFLC Mom’s Group
BFLC Mom’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. We meet to share our joys and struggles with each other; and to learn how God, through a supportive Christian community, can give us peace and strength to face the different stages of motherhood. Childcare is provided. On the 1st Friday of the month we gather with our kiddos for “Momma Yoga.” Please, contact Misty Hopp if you are interested.
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The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.