Summer Worship Schedule Begins June 3 at 9:00 AM
New Youth and Family Ministry Director
After our Mutual Ministry Committee’s 6 month search the BFLC Church Council hired Jeremy Ryan as the new permanent Youth and Family Ministry Director.
Jeremy is a native of Colorado who spent 6 years in California working in youth ministry. First with Young Life, then in 2 congregations as youth director. Moving back to Colorado, he has been a High School Special Education teacher for the past 2 years in Longmont.
Jeremy and his wife Dasia have a 4 year old son Ronin. They love to hike and travel. Jeremy’s other interests also include family, Bible, comics, and playing video games with Ronin.
Jeremy is 33. He graduated from CU Boulder with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Religious Studies. In California, he received his MA in Biblical Studies at Fuller Seminary.
Jeremy will be finishing up his teaching responsibilities in late June, but will be coming to BFLC 2 days/week during VBS, June 25-26, and in early July. He will officially start at BFLC mid-July.
Saturday, May 19 from 8:00 AM -12:30 PM. Includes lunch. Bring gloves, rakes, shovels, etc. for outdoor projects.
A few projects we will be working on:
Sundays in May
20 - New Member Reception/Pentecost - Wear red
20 - Last Sunday School session until the fall! Thank you to all teachers, parents, mentors and prayer warriors!
27 - Last 2 Service Sunday until September
What the BFLC BOOK GROUP is READING FOR MAY
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton Join us at the church for discussion on Wednesday, May 16 at 1:00 PM
May 23, June 27, July 25, Aug. 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.
Our Mom’s Group will be meeting at 9:00 AM on May 25, June 8, June 22
Something new! Look for Outdoor Fellowship on the patio beginning June 10 after worship. Please, join us for refreshments and conversation. As we move from two services to one for the summer months, this a great opportunity to meet those who usually attend a different service.
Thursday, June 21 at 11:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall!
News from Didi Panzo
Angola is the homeland of Didi and Serafina. There has been a change in government for the first time in 38 years. It is too early to tell if the new leader will be better, but there have been a few good signs. Pray for the people of Angola and for Didi’s family.
Didi and Serafina are planning on coming to the US for a good part of June, to visit their children. BFLC has some shirts for Didi to take back for the orphans. There will be an opportunity to contribute to the baggage fees to take them back to Boma and the children in need. Currency in the DRC is in disarray. In addition to local currency, Angolan and American money is used. As you can imagine many purchases, like the doctor for Rebecca, are in US dollars. The ATM, where Didi receives money for his mission, dispenses only dollars. He needs to exchange it for local currency to purchase food and other items. The ATM costs US$7 for $500 dispensed. Rebecca is continuing to heal, but she has some smaller tumors that will be removed.
Supporting Didi Panzo
Thank you for last year’s donations of shirts and shoes for Didi’s orphans. In 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
Cystic Fibrosis 5k
Saturday May 19 at 9:00 AM for Amanda Ragsdale! Greater Strides! Walk, run, or cheer us on at America the Beautiful Park! Sign up is up! Come support, learn, and walk with us as we support God's healing power in our community!
FAITH, FILM, FELLOWSHIP at Anita Wolfe's!
May 19 - Saturday Movie: Heaven Is for Real at 4:30 PM. Address in Directory.
Summer Worship Schedule
June 3 - In
June 10 - In
June 17 - Out
June 24 - In
July 1 - Out
July 8 - In
July 15 - Out
July 22 - In
July 29 - Out
August 5 - In
August 12 - Out
August 19 - In
August 26 - Out
June 3-5 at Messiah Mountain Retreat Center. Cost: $50 Let Rebecca know if you plan on going.
Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp/Vacation Bible School
June 25 - 29
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. Thank you Jim for your great work and generosity. Pictures are up in the Fellowship Hall.
Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 PM
Group gathering is being hosted by George & Chris Cooper
Coming this summer!
Vacation Bible School/ Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp
June 25 - 29 from 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 Camp Coordinator to keep daily activities on schedule during the week.
If you are 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 - 12:15 PM
Sunday - 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
May and June Calendar
May 19 - Church Workday and Cystic Fibrosis Walk
May 20 - Pentecost/New Member Reception
May 23 - Senior Social
May 25 - Mom’s Group
May 27 - Last 2 service Sunday
June 2 - Shredding
June 3 - Starts 9:00 AM Worship
Fight Fraud - Shred Instead
Saturday, June 2 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the church parking lot
Three boxes or paper bags will be accepted per car. Donations accepted for Black Forest Cares. They need volunteers, please let Stan Beckner if you are able to help out.
Congratulations to our Graduates!
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.
I’m writing to thank you for your support and to share a story your generosity has made possible. Cornelia’s young son is afflicted with cystic fibrosis and needs an oxygen generator to stay alive and healthy. When their family could not pay their utility bill, the pending loss of electricity escalated into a serious crisis. For LaPuente’s Outreach Program, the timing couldn’t have been worse, as all of their resources for helping with utilities had been spent. The story about Cornelia’s family’s need was shared throughout the community of La Puente. Before the crisis could escalate, a donation emerged like a miracle and soon they were caught up with their bill. Instead of facing eviction and having to navigate a potential medical crisis, this mother and son can now move forward, knowing they belong to a caring community that is there to support them in times of crisis.
La Puente Home
Youth Summer Jobs
It’s almost summer, which means kids are out of school and looking for things to do. Right? If you would like to hire some of BFLC’s youth to help with yard work, baby-sitting, pet-sitting, or other odd jobs let the office know and we will connect you with a member of our youth who can help you out. Let’s support one another and our community.
Starting May 18 the office will be closing at noon on Friday’s through August.
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