Healthy Relationships - New Sunday Adult Class
Healthy relationships need good listening, honest communication, respect, time, and effort. Join me Sunday mornings upstairs at 9:30 AM.
Sweetheart Dinner - Saturday, February 10 - Theme: "25th Annual Hoedown"
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of this great tradition. Our youth group offers a delicious homecooked dinner in a transformed Fellowship Hall served by our BFLC wait staff.
Doors open at 5:30 PM - hors d’oeuvres and pictures
6:00 PM - seating begins
Cost: $23 - individual $46-couple
Sign-up and pay at the table in the narthex to reserve your seat.
Menu choices are: Oven Roasted BBQ Chicken or Beef Brisket or Vegetarian: Creamy Corn Chowder
Items needed are: Western themed decoration and card tables.
**Couples: Please send Rebecca a pic of you and your significant other in the “early days”.
Don’t miss this quality event!
Ash Wednesday Worship - February 14 at 7:00 PM
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. It is the service when a cross of ashes is traced on our foreheads to remind us that we aren't on earth forever. Our lives will end sooner or later. It’s helpful to remember that, while we are limited, our God is not. Our lives are truly in His hands.
Lent is a season of reflection and prayer. This year we gather on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM to focus on Serenity. Given our fast paced, busy lives, this is an appropriate theme. You probably know the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, The courage to change what I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. But did you know there is more? The prayer continues: Living one day at a time. Enjoying one moment at a time. Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. Trusting that you will make all things right, if I surrender to your will. So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next.
I invite you to memorize this prayer while we focus on a different line each week.
Travel Group Gathering - Saturday, February 3
Dick & Avelyn Ullom will be hosting a brunch at their home at 10:30 AM.
Souper Bowl of Caring - Sunday, February 4
Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of Super Bowl football game. We will be collecting monetary donations and food for the people in need. Our donations will go to BF Cares.
New Member Reception - February 11
Please come and welcome our new members between services. Be sure to wear your name tag!
Senior Social - February 28, March 28 & April 25
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.
WHAT THE BFLC BOOK GROUP IS READING IN FEBRUARY
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
Discussion on Wednesday, February 21st at 1:00 PM
When Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean meet as teenagers in the mid-60s, the civil rights movement is moving along and so are their everyday lives. Their regular gathering place is Earl's All-You-Can-Eat diner, the first black-owned business in downtown Plainview, Indiana. Dubbed the Supremes by their friends, the inseparable trio is watched over by big-hearted Earl during their complicated high school days, and then every Sunday after church as they marry, and have children and grandchildren. All are welcome to join us at the church for discussion. 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.
Please, join us in the Fellowship Hall between services on February 25. We have a fun “fair” event in which we will highlight some of the committees that serve our church and community. There will be tables set up in which you can learn more about these committees by visiting each one and asking questions.
This may lead to the possibility of winning door prizes! Don’t miss the opportunity to discover where the Lord may be “Calling You to Serve.”
February Calendar of Events
4 - Souper Bowl
10 - Sweetheart Dinner
11 - New Member Reception
14 - Ash Wednesday Service - 7:00 PM
14 - Choir Practice - 8:00 PM
21 - Soup Dinner - 6:00 PM/Lenten Worship - 7:00 PM
21 - Choir Practice - 7:50 PM (will be at 7:50 PM through March 21)
24 - Called to Serve Fair
Didi in the Congo
Didi is very busy. Serafina arrived safely, after a somewhat eventful trip from visiting their children in Pennsylvania. The main airport is in Kinshasa, a particularly restless area of the Congo. Even though they are both in Boma, Didi spends 3 days a week in Tshela, about 100 miles away.
There is a seminary in Tshela and Didi is in charge administratively. For now, the usual administrator is away in Kinshasa, working on his own education. Didi is also teaching. He was able to help the farmers with their seed purchase at the beginning of the growing season. In the past, there was often a problem with insufficient funds to purchase seeds to begin planting. There is more help needed, such as fertilizer, more seeds, and fencing, but growing food is important to help people survive.
Didi is still feeding the orphans. He tried adding vitamins to the food, but the orphans did not like the taste. They are now getting mostly oatmeal. It is hard to know what is in store for the DRC, as the government is long overdue to leave.
Pray for the safety of Didi and Serafina. The Panzo’s would love to hear from you, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Promise of Colorado Springs/IHN
Family Promise of Colorado Springs/IHN is hosting their “Hope, Hearts and Home” fund raiser and auction on Sunday, February 25th at Hotel Elegante at 12:30 PM.
If you would like to make a donation, please put it in the collection plates designated Family Promise.
To attend the event please call 719-329-1244 by February 16th for the best ticket price! They provide transitional shelter and support services for homeless families.
AARP Driver Safety Class - February 14 - 12:00 - 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. $15 AARP members, $20 Non-members
Contact: Stephen 597-5683 for reservations.
MOPS meets 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month. Several moms and soon-to-be moms from our church and community have enjoyed meeting regularly this fall for devotional time and other fun activities. If you would like to join this group of young women, please contact Jeanette or Lisa in the office.
Why Choose a Columbarium?
A columbarium is a group of compartments or niches designed to hold cremated remains – or cremains- of loved ones. Black Forest Lutheran Columbarium is in a beautiful and peaceful location offering mourners a private place of solace. Our columbarium is intended for use by current or former members of BFLC and members of their immediate families (parents, spouses or children).
Flexible inurnment options allow family members to be placed side-by-side or in the same niche. Costs vary based on niche type.
For more information contact the office or pick up a brochure.
Here at BFLC we invite people to take the opportunity to be individually prayed for, within the liturgy of Holy Communion. Why do we offer healing prayer? Having received the bread and the wine and experienced the Real Presence of Jesus (Martin Luther’s words), we are nourished in our relationship with the Lord. We can then respond to Jesus invitation to “come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
If you choose to receive healing prayer, the prayer minister will lay hands on your head or shoulder, and pray for you in a general blessing or specific request.
In this way we answer the call to “pray for each other so that you may be healed.’ (James 5:16). See you at the cross.
Young Adults Bible Study and Chill Tuesdays at 7:00 PM at the Starbucks off Powers and Palmer Park. Come each week or sporadically as we dwell in the word and support one another.
**Thursday February 12th!** Outcry!
Special Speaker in Broomfield, Denver. Christine Caine! Contact Rebecca if interested! https://outcrytour.com/event/denver-co/
Starting Your Day With God
Have a quiet interlude with God before you begin your full day can bring assurance of being prepared for what they day may hold. Martin Luther stressed the need for time and prayer with God before anything else.
Our Portals of Prayer devotional booklets have a brief scripture and thought provoking devotion written for each day. Pick one up and take the time to give it a try as you continue to grow as a disciple of Christ.
February Wedding Anniversaries
Jay & Laura Guhlke 4
Greg & Tracy Kleine 4
Joe & Vonda Dowdy 12
Randy & Lynn Pierce 14
Bill & Kathy Schwindt 14
Bill & Mary Lynn Willis 14
Dave & Jan Henderson 23
Craig & Laura Knox 29
Special Study Group
At the January annual meeting the congregation approved a Special Study Group (SSG). This group is beginning to gather data to study how Black Forest Lutheran Church (BFLC) could better reach our community with God’s love. Starting in mid-February individuals from the SSG will be calling our members to ask a series of questions in which the responses will be kept confidential within the study group. These confidential responses will be analyzed to form the basis of any recommendations that we might make to the congregation for the future direction of our church.
We are asking that you consider giving us the 10 to 15 minutes this survey will require, so as to gather the best data to make recommendations.
Any questions, please feel free to call Steve Lord.
Olive Wood Sales & Zoughbi Scholarship Fund
Thank you to everyone who supported our olive wood ministry! Sales from our congregation and others totaled $8,131! Our carvers really needed the support this year. Also, thank you to those who supported the “doll clothes” ministry and/or directed donations to the scholarship fund for Micheal Zoughbi’s grandchildren. This fund helps supplement the tuition to send Carmen, Micheal, Taleen & Majd to a Christian school in Jerusalem, and we are sending $900 for that purpose.
Black Forest Cares
Now that 2017 has faded away, the Black Forest Food Pantry would like to thank all of you for thinking of us and contributing to us. As a community resource to those who are in need, we can only survive with help from the community, and Black Forest Lutheran Church is one of our main resources. So thank you all for being there with what we need whether that is cereal, hams, turkeys, etc. We were able to provide 14 families (41 people) with turkeys for Thanksgiving and 14 families (38 people, 16 children) with Christmas hams and turkeys.
Our yearly total was 479 families (1121 people).
Thrivent Member Network - Rocky Mountain Region
As part of the Thrivent Member Network, we are part of a generosity movement, which makes an impact on helping others:
• Members across the region led over 2,900 Thrivent Action Team projects that improved their local communities
• Through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, 9 homes were funded and built and 20 were funded and repaired
$1,723,573 Choice Dollars were directed to churches and nonprofit organizations. You’re making a difference – you’re helping more people and families, resulting in stronger congregations and communities! If you would like to lead a Thrivent Action Team in 2018, contact Mary Montie.
Remember, you get $250 upfront seed money in the form of a debit card. If you are not a Thrivent member, contact Mary anyway, she’ll find someone to work with your idea.
Parents & Tech - Sunday February 18 at 9:30 AM
Join us to discuss and share insight on how to corral and establish limits with our phones at home and with our kids. Contact Cindy Bohn & Rebecca or just show up!
Dear Members of BFLC,
On behalf of LMVFM I would like to thank you for your donation of $105.07 to our ministry.
CH Leslie Haines
Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries, Inc.
Thank you for your recent gift of $90.00 to Luther Seminary.
Director of Advancement Services
Thank you so much for your recent gift of $90.00 to Rainbow Trail's Annual Fund. Dave Jarvis
Dear Mission Team,
Thank you so much for your gift of $1000 to Prayer For Prisoners International.
Dear Friends of La Puente,
We would like to thank you for your generous gift to us at La Puente. We were able able to give so many a cheerful and festive Christmas celebration! Community members enjoyed a warm meal, gift from Santa, and great company, things they otherwise may of gone without. Thank you so much for helping to spread warmth and HOPE! La Puente Staff & Volunteers
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.