From Pastor Ken
Lutheran Week In Denver
The Annual National Convocation of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) is in Denver for the first time. Lutheran week includes a Youth Symposium, Women’s Gathering, Theological Lectures, Mission Festival and the Convocation itself, which is the meeting of our church body. Since it’s on our home turf, I was asked to be chaplain, to plan and lead worship and devotional times. Other members of BFLC will be there. Our delegates are Mary Montie and Mike Nifong, our Youth and Family director, Jeremy Ryan, as well as over a dozen of our volunteers to welcome people and ensure things go smoothly. Keep us all in your prayers this week, August 13-17 as your church gathers under the theme: The Holy Spirit, Calling, Gathering, Enlightening Sanctifying.
Last Sunday, we had 2 special guests, Gary and Laurie Pecuch, Youth ministry coaches for the NALC. Gary shared stories of how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things: Like OWLS (older, wiser, Lutheran seniors) who make a point to notice and encourage kids on Sunday; “Hi David. It’s great to see you here!” or a 4 year old who wanted to make sure ’poor’ people had shoes; Many in our congregation pitched in and they helped her collect 300 pairs. How can you make a difference in the lives of our youth?
A note from Jeremy Ryan, our New Youth and Family Ministry Director
Reigning from Longmont, I married my beautiful wife Dasia after graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelors in Editorial-News Journalism. God then carried us to Orange County, California for 10 years where we both attended Fuller Theological Seminary receiving masters degrees in Biblical studies.
Throughout this time, I worked at several PCUSA and ECO churches as both a youth and young adults director. In 2013 our son, Ronin, was born and in 2015, God brought us back to Colorado to be closer to family. I've spent the last two years gaining my teaching license in K-12 Special Education while working as a high school teacher in Longmont with middle and high school students diagnosed with Autism and Serious Emotional Disabilities.
We're ecstatic to be joining the community at BFLC and I would love to get to know you all more over coffee. Please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call or text me at 949-231-2029 so we can find a time to connect. I would love to hear from each of you how God has moved in your life and is working in this church!
Friday, August 24 Outdoor Movie - ”The Incredibles” Invite a neighbor!
Sunday, August 26 - Congregational Picnic, RSVP to the office. It’s catered! Sunday, September 2 - Last outdoor worship. 9:00 AM
Sunday, September 9 - Rally Day - 8:00 and 10:30 AM Worship Services, 9:30 Classes
August 26 is our Annual Congregational Picnic! “Gather Together in Thanksgiving” Join us after outdoor worship to give thanks to God for our church community and all those who volunteer at BFLC. RSVP to church office, it’s catered!
Summer Worship Schedule - 9:00 AM
August 19 - Inside
August 26 - Outside
September 2 - Outside
Ladies Evening Bible Study
There has been some interest expressed in an evening bible study for women. Coming in September we will begin with What Matter’s Most: A Study of Phillipians by Karen Ehman. Please, contact Jeanette or the office if you are interested.
Senior Social August 22 at 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.
News from Didi Panzo
Didi and Serafina are continuing to make a difference in the Congo; in spite of a deteriorating political situation that reduces the safety for everyone. The young lady with a breast tumor and small child is fully out of the hospital and living on her own.
BFLC and Thrivent provided clothing for the orphans that Didi took back when he returned in July. 21 children came to visit Serafina and Didi. They were given a shirt and a meal. The felt the love of God, thru our efforts. Since there is a lot of family strife counseling is important for husbands and wives.
Didi’s direct contact with the local people enables him to help them see the Lord. Both families and single people come for help. With other churches, we helped support the farmers as well. Farming is important because it provides employment, food for local people. Further, when people are working there is less time for strife with their spouse.
Didi has been teaching and being the administrative manager at a seminary in Tshela, about 100 miles from Boma, over dirt roads. They will have their first graduation in October.
The office will be closing at noon on Fridays in August.
Look what’s Back! Recycle Your Cards
What do you do with all those beautiful Christmas cards sent to you? What about all the sample cards from organizations wanting a donation? Do you feel sad throwing out lovely birthday and anniversary cards you’ve received? Well, they can be recycled.
BFLC will be collecting them (look for the basket in the Fellowship Hall) and sending them to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children for its Recycled Card Program. St. Jude’s turns the cards into “new” cards and sells them in packets. All occasion cards are accepted; birthday, anniversary, thank you, get well, holiday, etc.
Social Ministry Committee
Confirmation Sunday will Sunday, October 21 at the second service.
Weekend to Alamosa for Saturday's Train Trip on CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD Antonio, CO to Chama, NM. October 5-7
Contact Donna Ewers for Information.
Let's Get This September Started!
Handbell Choir would love for you to join them!
Handbells will be staring up on September 10 or 11. If you are interested in joining a group of musicians, please contact Bill Fitzpatrick or the church office. Musical experience not necessary.
Sometimes a light surprised the Christian while he sings. It is the Lord who rises with healing in His wings. -William Cooper
We are inviting you to join us! We sing approximately twice a month at alternating worship times. If you are interested talk with Melanie Hohag. Choir will be starting September 12.
In September look for a BUNKO night!
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible study meets the first and third Saturday at 7:00 AM at the church
Senior Luncheon Thursday, September 20
Sunday Volunteers Needed . . .
BFLC Sunday Worship is successful with the help of many volunteers. Many of these opportunities to serve don’t entail a huge time commitment and are a great way to connect with other members of our congregation. If you would like to help out or have questions about any of these, please contact Jeanette or Lisa.
Superhero Movie Night!
Power up your ice ray and stretch those super muscles for a superhero movie night on August 24th. We’ll be watching the Incredibles, playing some superhero trivia and have some superhero treats!
Cost is free so bring a gaggle of friends and we’ll see ya at 7:00 PM here at the church! Contact Jeremy at 949-231-2029 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Hey Batter, Batter, Swing Batter!
Don’t be fooled by the start of school, it’s still the middle of summer and that means it’s time to hit the ol’ ball game! Join us young and old as we watch the Sky Sox crush the Oklahoma City Dodgers on August 31st at 6:30 PM at Sky Sox Stadium. This night also happens to be faith night so there will be a worship band and fireworks at the end of the game. Tickets are free but there are a limited amount. Contact Jeremy at 949-231-2029 or email@example.com to sign-up!
The BFLC Mom’s Group has a faithful group of young mothers who have enjoyed Bible Studies, Yoga, and visits to the park. They meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month in the Fellowship Hall. If you have any questions or would like to join these ladies, contact Misty Hopp.
Dear Brothers in Christ,
Thank you for your benevolence gift of $353.66 to Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey.
Thank you and God Bless You,
Thank you so much for your recent gift of $105.00 to Rainbow Trail’s Annual Fund.
Yours in Christ,
Eagle Scout Projects
Black Forest Lutheran Church has been the recipient of two Eagle Scout projects recently. Last fall Cody Buttermore and his team put crushed rock in our outdoor worship area. As Cody says, "That was a lot of rock!” The outcome certainly was an enhancement to our already beautiful outdoor setting. Brendan Gould added to our curb appeal! Notice the entrance off Black Forest Road and you will see the huge boulders that were added on the hill to improve that area. Brendan and his troop helpers also built several dams to help with the flow of water when heavy rains fall. An Eagle Scout badge is a prestigious award and involves a lot of planning and leadership. We thank and congratulate these young men!
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!
Hosted by: AARP Saturday, August 18 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Black Forest Fire Dept. 11445 Teachout Rd. RSVP to Ray at 495-6767
8 - Youth BBQ Blast
22 - Senior Social
24 - Outreach Outdoor Movie
26 - Church Picnic
2 - Last Outdoor Worship at 9:00 AM
5 - Confirmation Begins
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.