Wednesdays in Lent
Lent is a season of reflection and prayer. How appropriate, given our busy lives. Wednesday evenings begin with a soup supper at 6:00 PM. Worship with the peaceful Holden Evening Prayer begins at 7:00 PM.
Our reflections will focus on the Serenity Prayer. The Serenity Prayer was written by Reinholt Niebuhr, an American theologian in the 1930’s. The prayer became so popular, that it was sent to soldiers in World War II. The first part of the prayer was adopted by 12 step groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. But, the whole prayer is so profound, it deserves our attention this season. We will use portions of this prayer each Wednesday to guide our reflection on related scriptures so that we may learn to put our trust in God.
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.
Living one day at a time. Enjoying one moment at a time.
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. Join me on Wednesday evenings and bring your Bible.
Lenten Devotional Booklet
Psalms for Lent booklet that focuses on repentance, reconciliation, and renewal. Pick up in the Narthex.
Called to Serve Fair - Sunday, February 25 at 9:30 AM
We invite you into the festive atmosphere of the Fellowship Hall to see the many ways God is using our gifts to serve others. How might the Lord be calling you to serve?
Please, join us in the Fellowship Hall between services. We have a fun “fair” event in which we will hi-light 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 and asking questions. And 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.”
First Communion Retreat - Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 PM
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!
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.
Soup Supper and Lenten Service - begins February 21
Lenten Soup Supper begins at 6:00 PM. Sign-up on bulletin board.
Followed by Lenten Worship at 7:00 PM
Lenten Offerings will be going to Eddie Perez’s San Pedro mission church in Miami, Florida.
Beginning February 21 choir practice is at 7:50 PM through March 21
February Event Schedule
18 Parent & Tech Class
21 Soup Dinner/Lenten Worship
24 Elementary Wolf Refuge
25 Called to Serve Fair, Youth Group/CPR Class
28 Senior Social
WHAT THE BFLC BOOK GROUP IS READING IN FEBRUARY
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore Discussion on Wed., February 21 at 1:00 PM
All are welcome to join us at the church for discussion.
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.
Didi in the Congo
Life is very tough in the DRC, especially for women and girls. Girls are abducted or forced into prostitution due to social and family strife. Didi and Serifina offer counseling which helps the women be strong but it does not solve the underlying mistreatment. In the past, they could not even offer the women something to eat during the counseling, but BFLC is providing some funding that might help with refreshments for people who are otherwise hungry. Some Congolese, even with an education, become farmers because there are not technical jobs where their expertise is needed. Farming is important because it can help alleviate local hunger and malnutrition. Still, there is a problem finding the funds for seeds, fertilizer and tools at the start of the growing season. The government strife means that outside firms do not want to risk the investment in the country. There is increased mining, as electric vehicles and wind turbines require metals found in the Congo, but this does not bring a lot of employment.
Please continue to pray for Didi and Serafina. They would like to receive emails at their address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the beautiful new quilt, “Flowers of the Bible”, made by our quilters hanging in the Fellowship Hall.
Thankful for those who have served on our council . . .
A sincere thank you to Dave Henderson, Al Kobilan, John Poss, and Francesca Vasta for serving on the church council for the last several years. God’s handiwork has shown through these individuals in their dedication to the church and our congregation. We are blessed!
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.
Save the date! Thursday, April 12th! Outcry! Special Speaker in Broomfield, Denver. Christine Caine! Contact Rebecca if interested!
AARP Driver Safety Class - March 21 at 12:00 PM until 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
$15 AARP members, $20 Non-members
Contact: Stephen 597-5683 for reservations.
Senior Potluck Luncheon - Thursday, March 15 at 11:30 AM
Bring a casserole or salad, drinks and bread provided. We will cover Living Wills, Funeral Planning, Last Will and Testament, and more. Speaker Rives Duncan.
Senior Travel Group
Meeting at Donna Wesley’s home on Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 PM.
Reminder - Daylight Savings Time Move your clocks forward 1 hour. Sunday, March 11.
First Communion Retreat - Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 AM
All 3rd graders and up. Please sign-up.
Luther Land Trip With Pastor Ken Hohag
11-day trip starting, August 27, 2018
Come walk the steps of Martin Luther 500 years after the Reformation. We’ll visit: Eisleben - Where he was born
Erfurt - Where he was a monk
Eisenach - Where he hid from the pope and translated the Bible
Wittenberg - Where he was professor of theology and posted the 95 Thesis Augsburg - Where he defended his faith
As well as: Mainz, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Nurenberg
Trip includes: - roundtrip airfare from Denver - accommodations at First Class and select hotels - most meals - comprehensive sightseeing - professional Tour Director - all service charges and local taxes
Cost: $3679 per person based on double occupancy
A deposit of $400 holds your reservation. The balance is due by May 14.
Let Pastor Ken or Lisa know if you would like to go.
Welcome New Members!
Winston & Amy Churchill
Brian & Avelyn Green
Jesse & Julie Kieffer
Alex, Nate, John & Paige Summerfield
Jacob & Emily Wolfe
Diabesity Class - Saturday, February 17 at 10:00 AM
On obesity, diabetes, and diet. Dr. Janeen Anderson, a member at BFLC, will be facilitating this class which takes a different approach to addressing these issues, including ‘low volume high intensity weight training.’ There will also be an opportunity to view a lecture series on obesity and diabetes with Janeen and ask questions.
Please, join Janeen on Saturday morning in the Fellowship Hall to learn how wonderfully God has designed our bodies and new ways to explore our health. You can just show up!
Annual Meeting Highlights
January 28, 2018 Black Forest Lutheran Church Council President called the Annual Meeting to order after determining the 88 congregants present more than met the Constitutional requirement of 59. Pastor Ken led the congregation in devotions. Pastor’s report summarized highlights from 2017. It had been a year of change. Pastor encouraged us to find another person that we can encourage in their life of faith.
A Special Study Group was formed to look at where God may be leading us. With the major housing growth in our area, Pastor asks the congregation to prayerfully consider how God wants us to respond, and how we can make Him known. The Financial Secretary reported that pledges were down with 91 unpledged estimates made in determining the 2018 budget. A $30,000 contingency reserve was therefore carried over into 2018 given the inaccuracies inherent in these estimates.
The 2018 Budget of $460,000, 2017 overage, and disbursement of unallocated funds from 2017 was presented and unanimously approved by the Congregation: Overage from 2017 - $61,511.96
Two Constitution/Bylaw items were brought before the Congregation for ballot vote: 1. Constitution 12.02 addition: “If a council member desires to serve a second term, they shall stand for re-election at the completion of their first term” was unanimously approved 73/73. 2. Bylaw 10.05.01 addition: “All candidates for election will be listed on a single ballot with incumbents identified” was unanimously approved 73/73.
An ad-hoc committee, the Special Study Group (SSG), presented to the Congregation a new Mission Statement: “Black Forest Lutheran Church glorifies God through worship, prayer, education, and service as ambassadors of Christ.”
The old Mission Statement had not changed in over 25 years. New Mission statement approved by majority. The SSG also presented for approval: “The Congregation of Black Forest Lutheran Church approves a Special Study Group to work with the Council and staff to explore the future of our church. The study group will consist of members of the Council’s previous ad-hoc group. This group is required to provide a written report to the Congregation within a year outlining any recommendations they feel would strengthen the current and future ministries of BFLC.” The statement was approved by majority with an amendment to require quarterly feedback to the Congregation.
A ballot to elect Council Members consisting of two incumbents and four new individuals was presented to the Congregation to vote for six positions on Council. All were unanimously elected by acclimation.
The various committees gave short reports highlighting their work. After a closing prayer the Annual Meeting was adjourned.
On behalf of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, we wish to extend our deep gratitude for your generous donation of $2327.
Rateb Rabie, KCHS
Thank you for your recent gift of $143 to Luther Seminary for the Sustaining Fund. Sincerely,
Dear Members of BFLC,
Friends of Madagascar Mission has received your gift of $1330 for Betela Seminary.
Peace in Christ!
Rev. David Lerseth
Thank you so much for your recent gift of $143 to Rainbow Trail Annual Fund. Yours in Christ,
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