Our Neighbors Faith
New class beginning May 6
Ever wonder why there are different kinds of churches - Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Methodist Presbyterian? Where did they come from? How are we similar or different? And how about our neighbors who are Mormon or Jehovah Witness. What do they believe? Why do they have a different bible? Are they Christian?
Join me Sundays at 9:30 AM on May 6 and 13 as we study Our Neighbors Faith.
Sunday Sermons in May
May 6 - He is the Vine, We are the Branches
May 13 - He heals our hurts (Mother’s Day)
May 20 - He pours out his Spirit (Pentecost)
Saturday, May 19, 8:00 - 12:30 PM. Bring gloves, rakes, wheelbarrows, etc.
A few projects we will be working on….
- Trim/cut back plants in garden areas
- Add reflectors to Shoup Rd. entrance
- Clean up light fixture indoors
- Set-up patio furniture
- Rake up pine needles
Lunch is provided.
Summer Worship Schedule
Begins Sunday, June 3, Only one service at 9:00 AM and will continue until after Labor Day.
Activities in May
6 - Coffee, tea and chocolate will be sold to benefit LWR Fair trade; and jewelry and other items will be available to benefit Outreach Uganda. These items make great Mother’s Day gifts! Come check it out!
11 - MOPS
13 - Graduation Sunday and Mother’s Day
19 - Church Workday - Saturday, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
20 - New Member Reception, Pentecost - Wear red.
27 - Last 2 Service Sunday until September
Mak Miller and Cam Regennitter College Graduation Party!!
Open House - Sunday, May 14, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
PS. Celebrating Mommas too!
What the BFLC BOOK GROUP is READING FOR MAY
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
After discovering that she was abandoned by her birthmother in 1913, Nell embarks on a life-long quest to discover her true identity. After her death, her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search. Soon, Cassandra finds herself at Blackhurst Manor, investigating the doomed history of the Mountrachet family. Join us at the church for discussion on Wednesday, May 16 at 1:00 PM
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.
Adult Senior Social
May 23, June 27, July 25, 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.
May Wedding Anniversaries
Paul & Judy Burke - 2
Chuck & Pat Holte - 2
Dan & Leslie Brooks - 3
Shane & Lauren Swenson - 5
Jim & Debbie Kent - 7
Richard & Carolyn Byrnes - 23
Bob & Margaret Zancanella - 23
John & Paige Summerfield - 26
Harold & Sunny Wilson - 27
Bob & Joyce Witte - 27
Jacob & Emily Wolfe - 27
Todd & Tara Cook - 30
Juan & Vanessa Corpus - 30
Dan & Darlene Johnson - 31
Where did the “new” piano in the sanctuary come from?
Actually, it was made in Boston in 1916 and spent the last couple of decades wasting away in a garage. A member of our congregation, Jim Fariss, used this to learn piano rebuilding. This was a project spanning nearly two years that included refinishing the case, repair of cracked soundboard, new parts such as hammers and keytops, and regulating the action to play correctly to name just some of the work done. With the color and size just right for the location, it seems as if the piano has always been there. Pictures are displayed in Fellowship Hall. Thank you Jim for your great work and generosity.
Intergenerational and Youth Events
Welcome Baby Wolfe
Jacob and Emily Wolfe welcomed the arrival of their son Michael Emerson on April 19, 2018. He weighed 9 lbs. and was 20 1/2”long.
Supporting Didi Panzo's Ministry in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Thank you for last year’s donations of shirts and shoes for Didi’s orphans. We plan to send the remaining shirts/shoes collected from last year to Didi because he will be visiting family again in Pennsylvania. Additionally, during May, we will be accepting financial contributions for Didi and Serafina.
There are three targeted needs we’re focusing on for this collection:
Thankfully, Ed Storey and Dave Reily
Military Care Boxes
We will be sending out Military boxes for Memorial Day, so if you would like to help, you may bring in any of the following:
Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 PM
Group gathering hosted by George & Chris Cooper
Bingo Night coming this summer!
Vacation Bible School/ Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
June 25-29 9:00 AM -12:15 PM
Kindergarten - 6th grade (grade refers to the grade they will be entering this fall) Cost: Free
Registration begins: May 27
VBS is always an outreach to our children as well as the children in the community. It provides a great venue for introducing children to Jesus and growing them in their relationships. Again, this year we are offering it free in the hopes that we can reach more children and families. We do need adults and teens to assist the Rainbow Trail counselors in running this program.
Contact the office if you would like to be a part of this amazing outreach ministry. We are also looking for a Craft Coordinator and Coordinator to keep daily activities on schedule during the week. Interested? Please let Lisa know in church office.
MS/HS Day Camp Week
June 24 - June 27
Sunday, June 24 - Potluck at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We will also be starting our camp for MS/HS this night!
Monday - Friday Volunteer from 8:45 AM to 12:15 PM.
Sunday through Wednesday nights
6:15 PM Gather/Mingle
6:20 Active Games
7:00 Bible Study
8:00 Campfire/Small Group/Devo./Music
Thursday 6:00 PM - Program and Ice Cream Social
Fight Fraud - Shred Instead
Saturday, June 2
9:00 AM -12:00 PM in the church parking lot
Three boxes or paper bags will be accepted per car.
Black Forest Cares
Donations accepted for Black Forest Cares. They need volunteers, please let Stan Beckner if you are able to help out.
Are you feeling “Called to Serve?”
Here are some opportunities for you to help out:
- Assisting ministers are needed for 8:00 and 10:30 worship in May and 9:00 worship for the summer.
- Ushers are needed for all services.
- Vacation Bible School helpers - includes camp director, craft coordinator, and snack coordinator.
Please, let the office know if you are willing to help out.
Notice something around the church that needs attention? Perhaps a light bulb is out or a door doesn't shut properly. Take a moment to fill out a "squeak sheet" in the office and let us know. This helps our property committee to identify and address issues so that our church can be as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside.
Special Study Group - First Quarterly Report
I am pleased to say in this first quarterly report for the Special Study Group that the group is making progress.
During March the group spent two and half weeks calling families and members of the congregation, interviewing them about their likes and concerns for the church. What we learned was that most people chose BFLC for one or more of four reasons: location, pastor, friends/family and the traditional services. Members continue to attend because of their close relationships with other people in the congregation and the pastor, and because they are also well pleased with the worship services. There were some comments about the need to improve in areas of youth education, needing to consider adding another pastor and the need for more young people in the church. The survey was a good opportunity for the members of the special study group to learn the strengths and challenges of our church.
The group has taken what was learned from our discussions with members and begun to “brain storm” ideas to resolve concerns and issues.
It is the intention of the group to take these ideas and discuss them with the appropriate committees within the church, as well as with outside sources when available. Once that is done, by hopefully mid-summer, it is our intention to transform those ideas into recommendations that we will first brief to the council and then to the congregation.
The self-evaluation that the church did through our March survey was not easy for those that were making the calls and analyzing the data. I suspect that determining appropriate paths to recommend for the church as a result of this study will be just as hard, if not even more daunting. We ask for continuing prayers of support from the congregation.
Book Stew Results!
Earlier this year, our Book Stew event drew readers from throughout the congregation, leaving donations as they traded books. That effort raised $572.31. The Social Ministry Committee thanks you for your support and is donating that amount to the Springs Rescue Mission. That charity, based near south Nevada Avenue, has as a motto, “More than Food and Shelter.” They offer job training and rehabilitation too with the goal of transforming lives. Read about them at: https:// www.springsrescuemission.org. This is an example of how we glorify God through Service.
Providing Help During our Lenten services, $2,020 was collected. The Social Ministry Committee is sending that amount to Pastor Eddie Perez’s Iglesia Luterano San Pedro in Florida. We support Pastor Perez’s work in Miami as one of our mission outreaches. His work reaches Cuban Americans in South Florida, as well as Cubans in Cuba. They are hungry for the word of God! Thank you for your generosity towards this mission outreach, spreading hope and the good news of our Lord and Savior.
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.