The Real Work of Christmas
When the song of angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock
The real work of Christmas begins…
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music in the heart.
Sunday, December 31: College/Young Adult Service
Hope & Healing for the Poor
Hear about Dr. Benjy Partridge’s experience in Nicaragua.
January 7: New Member Class begins at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary.
January 7: New Adult Class begins at 9:30 AM - How to Read the Bible
Would you like to be able to read the Bible and discern more of what God is teaching and telling you?
I invite you to join me on Sunday, January 7th, 14th and 21st from 9:30 -10:15 AM to go on a journey of learning a method to go deeper into the Word. God has so much to share with each of us personally!
Bring your Bible, a notebook and an open heart!
Hope to see you! If you have any questions please contact Lisa Simms.
January 14 and January 21: Council’s Voter Information Meetings between services at 9:30 AM
Information about three topics requiring votes at the Annual Meeting will be presented.
• The 2018 Church Budget
• Constitution and By-Law Changes (see below)
• Recommendations about our current special study group’s introspective look at BFLC
Your BFLC Council will be proposing two changes to the Church Constitution/Bylaws at the Annual Meeting held January 28, 2018. They both involve re-election of Council members. There will be two informational meetings on January 14th and 21st in case you have any questions regarding these changes. The proposed changes are as follows:
BFLC Constitution Chapter 12.02 add underlined verbiage: 12.02 The members of the Church Council, except the Pastor(s), shall be elected by majority vote by written ballot or voice vote at the annual meeting of the congregation as described in the Bylaws and/or Continuing Resolution (s). They shall serve terms of 3 years or until their successors are elected and shall stand for re-election at the completion of their first term. Their terms shall begin at the close of the Annual Meeting at which they were elected.
BFLC Bylaw Chapter 10.05.01 add underlined verbiage: Bylaw 10.05.01 Voting at Congregation Meetings
All candidates for election will be listed on a single ballot with incumbents identified.
The 2018 Flower Chart is up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Flowers are $18.00.
Start Up Dates for January
7 - Sunday School
7 - New Member Class
7 - New Adult Class
8 - Women's Bible Study (Potluck)
9 - Lecture Series
10 - Confirmation
10 - Choir Practice
Book Stew 2018
The Book Stew is scheduled for January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 2018. If you would like to donate books we are collecting them in the Fellowship Hall. This year's proceeds will be donated to Springs Rescue Mission. Thank you for your continued donations and support.
Senior Social resumes January 24, 2018
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.
End of the Year Tax Information and Deadline December 31
Donor must deliver or mail (postmark) on or by this date in order to claim a charitable contribution deduction for 2017. Checks that are placed in the church offering during the first worship service on 2018 will not qualify for a charitable contribution deduction in 2017, even if the check is predated to 2017 or was actually written in 2017. However, checks that are written mailed and postmarked in 2017 will be deductible in 2017 though they are not received by church until 2018. If you have questions, please contact the church office.
Committee Annual Reports are due January 5
Turn them into the office or email to email@example.com
Congregational Annual Meeting is January 28
Potluck - bring a dish to share!
Didi in the Congo - January, 2018
Didi is alone in Boma, as Serafina is in Pennsylvania with their children. He is getting into the hottest time of the year in Boma, with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees F.
Didi spends about 3 days a week in Tshela, at a seminary. The head of the seminary is in Kinshasa, working his own education. As a result, Didi has the administrative responsibility for the (approx 60) students, as well as teaching. Tshela is a considerable distance from Boma, meaning he is unable to help farmers, orphans or victims of family violence in Boma when he is in Tshela. Still, he has made some progress. There has been some help for farmers. They often do not have enough funds left over from the last harvest to purchase seeds for the next year. Didi has assisted with the startup costs. The farmers grow many of the same vegetables as we eat in Colorado. When he is in Boma, and counseling women who have been abused, he is able to give them something safe to drink.
We are hopeful in 2018 there will be funds to give them something nutritious to eat as well. With the unrest in the DRC, please pray for the safety of Didi and those to whom he ministers. When the internet and electricity is working, Didi appreciates receiving emails of encouragement. His address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 - Souper Bowl
10 - Sweetheart Dinner
11 - New Member Reception
MOPS (Mothers-of-Preschoolers) 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.
A special thank you to Mary Montie for orchestrating the Christmas Program this year. She put a lot of effort into including members with various musical talents and having Mrs. Claus (Donna Wesley) tell her favorite Christmas Story, the story of Christ’s birth. It was a big hit!
Thank you to Melanie and the choir for another beautiful Cantata. Countless hours of work go into preparing a musical performance. So, next time you see a member of the choir, remember to say “Thank you!”
Each of us on staff would like to express our gratitude for your generous gifts during this Christmas Season. It is comforting to know we are surrounded by such a caring church community. Thank you!
THANK YOU! Thank you to those who have been praying for me during my recent illness. I never have felt so supported by such a caring congregation as I felt these past few months. Your caring and concern for me and your personal notes and conversations were so uplifting. The doctors never specifically diagnosed the mysterious illness, but God knew all about it. And He took care of it.
WHAT THE BFLC BOOK GROUP IS READING IN JANUARY
Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
Discussion on Wednesday, January 17th at 1:00 PM
Town pharmacist and local spinster Ave Maria has been keeping the secrets of Stone Gap for a long time, but now a skeleton is about to tumble from her own family closet. Overflowing with humor and compassion, Big Stone Gap is the enchanting story of a woman who thinks life has passed her by, only to learn that the best is yet to come. Set in Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, the novel follows Ave Maria Mulligan on her quest to discover just who she is and what she wants out of life.
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.
Cards Recycling Program
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 now be recycled. BFLC will be collecting them (look for the box 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. You can be of great help if you remember the following: Size preferred is 5”x7” or smaller; Hallmark, Disney and American Greeting cards are not accepted; and the backside of the card front must be clear of writing.
If you have any questions, please see Chris Cooper.
January Wedding Anniversaries
1 - Duane & Nathalie Sorgaard
4 - Dick & Lyn Anderson
5 - Kent & Janeen Anderson
7 - Ken & Melanie Hohag
22 - Arnie & Luanne Spencer
27 - Albert & Lora Kobilan
30 - Jay & Courtney Kvale
30 - Robin & Janet Masek
George Pupich’s Memorial Service
Date and time: January 12, 2018 at 12:00 noon.
Location: USAFA Cemetery Pavilion
Reception to follow at the Falcon Club (formerly the Officer's Club). Both the cemetery and the club are on Parade Circle, the same road as the golf course, AOG building, and hospital.
After the service and before the reception, the family will place George's ashes in the Columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, Diana asks that you make donations to one of the following: Abode Hospice of Colorado, Semper Fi Fund, Caring Bridge
If you do not have access to military installations (Active Duty or Retiree ID), you must use the North Gate.
Directions via North Gate: From I-25, take exit 156 (North Gate Boulevard) and go west (toward the mountains) After going through the North Gate security gate, continue west and turn LEFT (going south) onto Stadium Boulevard (immediately after the B-52-- the big black plane static display) Take the next RIGHT (going west) onto Parade Loop. Take the first RIGHT (going north) into the cemetery and proceed all the way north to the Pavilion.
Directions via the South Gate From I-25, take Exit 150. Go north to the South Gate security gates. Once clearing the gates, proceed on North Stadium Boulevard about 6 miles (over bridge, past airfield, past stadium) Turn LEFT (going west) on Parade Loop. Take the first right (going north) into the cemetery and proceed all the way north to the Pavilion.
Directions from the Cemetery to the reception at the Falcon Club (address: 3120 Academy Drive; USAFA, CO 80840) - Exit the cemetery and turn LEFT (going east) on Parade Loop. - Turn RIGHT (going south) onto Stadium Boulevard - Take the next RIGHT (going west) onto Academy Drive - The Falcon Club (formerly the Officers' Club) will be on the right at about 1¾ miles. If you come to Doolittle Hall, the AOG building, Pegasus will let you know you have gone too far.
The BFLC DVD Lecture and Lunch
Will be starting again Tuesday, January 9, with a bit of twist. Instead of a religious topic as we have done for the past two series, we thought we would expand to look at American history. The lecture series will be “America’s Founding Fathers”, a lively, insightful and engaging survey of the people and politics of the formative years of the American Republic.
If you think our current political atmosphere is acrimonious, you will gain hope from this series by learning what intense differences our founding fathers struggled over to establish our unique form of government.
Pack your lunch and come join us each Tuesday from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM for this enjoyable walk through the beginning of the nation. As always, friends and neighbors are invited. Questions can be directed to Steve Lord.
Luther Land Trip
Pastor Ken is planning to host a Luther Land trip to Germany the Fall of 2018. Interested? Let the office know.
Olive Wood Discount
The carvers in the Holy Land are especially hopeful and in need of successful sales this year of their olive wood carvings. We still have several Martin Luther statues, which originally sold for $55. At this time we are reducing the price to $35. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Mary Montie. This carving is really exquisite, and remember, it is carved from olive wood from the Holy Land. Martin will be on display in the narthex. Thank you to everyone who has purchased olive wood this year. Sales will be posted in an upcoming Scribe, but with the support of other congregations, as well as Black Forest Lutheran, it’s looking like a successful year.
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.