Wednesday Nights - We continue our 6:00 PM Soup Supper followed by worship at 7:00 PM with Holden Evening Prayer.
We focus on portions of the Serenity Prayer & related scriptures as we learn to put our trust in God.
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.
Living one day at a time.
Enjoying one moment at a time.
Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
March 14 - Taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it. March 21 - Trusting that you will make all things right, if I surrender to your will. March 29 - So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next.
March 25 - Palm/Passion Sunday at 8:00 AM/10:30 AM
We wave Palm branches as we hear of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Then hear the dramatic reading of his Passion; how the once joyful crowd turns angry and cries out for his death on a cross.
March 29 - Maundy Thursday at 7:00 PM
In the context of the Holden Evening Prayer service, we wrap up our series on the Serenity Prayer. Worship includes Holy Communion and ends with the dramatic stripping of the altar, preparing us for the starkness of Good Friday.
Join us for the last Soup Supper at 6:00 PM.
March 30 - Good Friday at 7:00 PM
Called good because on this Friday the greatest gift ever was given; the life of our Lord for us. Readings are interspersed with song as we hear the story of our Lord’s Passion in the gradual darkening of the sanctuary.
April 1 Come Celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection
Easter Morning Breakfast Sunday, April 1 at 7:00 AM
We need your help to bring food items and/or cook breakfast on Easter morning. Sign-up coming soon!
Lenten Offerings going to Eddie Perez’s San Pedro mission church in Miami, Florida.
Choir practice is at 7:50 PM through March 21
Senior Social - 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.
It's Easter Basket time again!
We will be putting together 200 baskets filled with practical and fun goodies to show underprivileged children locally and down in the San Luis Valley God's love. We will be assembling baskets between the services on Palm Sunday, March 25th so come out and help if you have the chance. This year we will be asking you to donate bags of Jelly Beans so we can stuff plastic eggs with them. There is a basket in the Fellowship Hall that you can put your jelly bean donations in. Please bring your jelly beans in NLT March 21st so we can plan accordingly.
Thank you. Francesca Vasta
Sign-up for Easter lilies has been posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall. Cost is $10, put in offering plate or on office desk. Please PRINT name and dedication information on the sign-up sheet.
Black Forest Cares needs Hams!
Would you like to donate a ham for an Easter dinner basket? Sign-up on bulletin board.
From the Congo…. Grace’s Storey
Black Forest has been assisting Didi with resources for his ministry efforts to a greater extent lately. This is enabling him to assist both those who farm and some people who are especially in need.
In the past issue of the Scribe, there was a mention of a young, single mother, Grace*. She had a large, but benign tumor. Through Didi, BFLC provided the funds for an operation to remove the tumor. She had the operation and is recovering. The operating conditions look quite primitive and unsanitary, but she is apparently recovering well. Since Grace, (with her tumor), had no means of support, Didi shared some funds for food for the daughter as well. Once she fully recovers, she should be better able to care for herself and her child.
Didi also mentioned that a farmer donated some corn to be used to help feed orphans. Even though it was not a lot, there are two messages to be gained. First, the farmer was apparently raising enough food for the needs of his family and has some to share. Also, we are seeing a concern by someone in Boma for those in need in the same area.
Grace was in recovery after the removal of the tumor, with the Doctor. By our standards, the medical facility does not look modern or clean, but so far she is doing well.
The corn and cassava was donated by a farmer to be used to help feed the hungry orphans. It is encouraging to see local people helping those in need.
*Name changed for confidentiality.
Help Us Help You!
We would all like to think crisis or death will not befall us but it will. BFLC would like to be there for you and your family. Please let us know a good point of contact for you should we need to reach someone on your behalf in case of emergency or death.
Call or email the office with the following information:
WHAT THE BFLC BOOK GROUP IS READING FOR MARCH
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Discussion on Wednesday March 21st at 1:00 PM
AARP Driver Safety Class
March 21 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
$15 AARP members
Contact: Stephen 597-5683 for reservations.
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.
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, and Nurenberg
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.
15 Senior Potluck/Bible Journaling
21 Book Club Soup Supper/Worship AARP Driving
24 Hacksaw Ridge Movie
25 Palm Sunday Assemble Easter Baskets
28 Senior Social
29 Maundy Thursday Worship
30 Good Friday Worship
Hacksaw Ridge (Movie)
Saturday, March 24 at Anita Wolfe's house.
Join us to watch this powerful story of America's first conscientious objector and how God's grace shone through him. At 5:00 PM.
Sign-up. Rated R for violence.
Marian House needing help on Saturday, March 31
They are short volunteers. Let Rebecca know. The day before Easter, giving back.
Thank you so much for your generous contribution to our 2018 Hope, Hearts and Home Luncheon. By donating the carved Olive Woods you are helping us continue our legacy of helping families with children find self-sufficiency.
Thank you for your recent gift to the ministry of Samaritan's Purse. We are deeply grateful for your partnership.
Dear Friends of Veterans,
I wish to extend my personal thanks to you on behalf of the Eastern Colorado Health Care System - Denver patients and staff for your recent donation of $200. Daniel Warvi
On behalf of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, I wish to thank you for your contribution of $100.00.
Thank you so very much for you’re your donation of $400.00 to Good Samaritan Society, Simla. What a blessing this gift is. We are in the process of replacing some furniture in our family room and this will really help. Your support is greatly appreciated.
In His service,
Thank you so much for your recent gift of $100.00 to Rainbow Trail’s Annual Fund. Dave Jarvis
On behalf of all the veterans at the Denver VA Medical Ctr, I want to thank you for your donation of $200 to benefit the Fisher House.
Fischer House Manager
Atlas of Caregiving - A Workshop sponsored by AARP
This is a free interactive workshop meant to familiarize people with creating a plan for their future. Aging comes with the increasing chance that emergencies will arise as their health deteriorates. We, as Americans take out a lot of insurance policies to prevent unpleasant surprises. In a somewhat similar way, this is a program to be activated when “stuff” happens. It is a free class meant to help us explore and identify all our caregiving resources particularly those that involve the folks who will give us care. Family caregiving is on the rise. The high cost of care facilities can devastate our financial resources. Also, no one says, “Oh, I would really like to live out the last chapter of my life in a skilled nursing facility.” We at AARP are involved in trying to address the problems encountered as we age. This program developed by the family caregiver alliance has been tested and found to be well received. As a facilitator, I have been through the program. Initially, I told state AARP that I wouldn’t be a presenter, but after seeing a horror story develop in my own family, changed my mind. This needs to be shared. Workshop will be offered on April 11 from 9:30-11:30 in the Fellowship Hall.
Call Rita Fitzpatrick at 573-6895 to make a reservation.
Migrant Workers Find Comfort
Every year, over 4,000 migrant farmworkers stream into the San Luis Valley to work harvest. With sporadic work, low wages, lack of family resources, and limited access to social services, migrants are a population that live close to the edge of crisis, often lacking basic resources.
Hygiene kits include:
New Member Class begins April 15 between services.
Some Ideas for Multiplying Your Pennies to Share
New underwear and socks (both adult and children’s, including bras for women) & disposable diapers are always needed at the Marian House Clothing Closet. Please consider the following ideas when supporting these ministries.
Please pick up your card table in the fellowship hall, thank you for sharing them with us for the Sweetheart Dinner.
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.