Reformation: 500 years, 1517-2017
The Lutheran Reformation came to be summed up in 3 phrases:
Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.
Grace alone - we do not work our way to God by the good works we do. Instead he comes to us through the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. God so loved the world that he gave his only son, John 3:16. While were we yet sinners Christ died for us Romans 5:4.
Faith alone - When I come to know I am forgiven for Jesus’ sake, I realize this good news is ‘for me’. Faith is not simply believing in God. Faith is believing him and trusting what he says.
Scripture alone - The Bible is where I hear this good news. It is the only place where God fully reveals himself, his heart. If you want to know what God says, listen to the scriptures. Martin Luther in his lecture on the Psalm, says “What pasture is to the beast, the nest for the birds, the stream for fish, the scriptures are for believing souls. They are the fountain from which one must dip. Each word is a source which affords inexhaustible abundance of water to everyone who thirsts…. In them God speaks and they are his word.”
We still hold to this high view of scripture. Drink deeply of his word.
Sunday Adult class: A Man Named Martin Part 3 - The Movement. Beginning November 5
Rainbow Trail Youth Retreat: November 17-19
Theme: Adventure Crossing - Where God’s Story Intersects Our Story Cost: $70. Deposit of $35 by Nov. 1. (This is a reduced cost thanks to contributions from our congregation.)
BFLC’s Mini Fair
As you plan your Christmas shopping, keep our mini fair in mind. BFLC’s mini fair has been scheduled for Sunday, November12 between services.
The following items will be available for purchase:
BFLC Book Group
Title for November: South of Superior by Ellen Airgood Discussion
Wednesday, November 15 at 1:00 PM
When Madeline Stone walks away from her Chicago life and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, she isn't prepared for how much her life will change. Charged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters--one sharp and stubborn, the other sweeter than sunshine. As she is drawn into the dramas of the small, tight-knit town, Madeline learns that it's a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but where friendship, community and compassion run deeper. All are welcome to join us at the church for discussion and refreshments 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 at 495-8075 with any questions.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 PM
Thanksgiving Food Drive
We will have our traditional food offering for Black Forest Cares. All items are appreciated for a turkey dinner.
The office will be closed November 23 & 24.
Military Care Boxes
We will be sending out Military boxes for Christmas, so if you would like to help, you may bring in any of the following:
Set your clocks back one hour and wear white for All Saints Sunday.
Sunday, November 5
Christmas Cards for Prisoners
It is time to again gather to write Christmas cards to prisoners through Prayer for Prisoners International on Sunday, November 19, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.
PFPI is based in Canyon City with outreach to prisons all across the United States. At Christmas they have a massive mission outreach to send personal Christmas cards to any prisoner who requests one. Since beginning this outreach they have sent over 200,000 cards.
They really appreciate our help. Last year we sent cards to prisoners in Florida, Alaska, and Colorado. If you can join us, please sign-up on the bulletin board and indicate how many cards you might bring. This helps us estimate how many names we can send cards to.
The cards you provide must be Christian; no Santa's or snowmen. This is our opportunity to send the love of Jesus to prisoners and impact their lives this Christmas.
Join us on November 19 at 1:00 PM for Christmas music, cookies and a lot of card writing.
Book Stew 2018
The Book Stew is scheduled for January 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2018. If you would like to donate books we will be collecting them in the Fellowship Hall starting December 10. This year's proceeds will be donated to Springs Rescue Mission. Thank you for your continued donations and support.
Didi in the Congo
The political situation in the Congo is continuing to deteriorate. The US state department is issuing guidelines that state the Congo is not a safe place to visit. Although there has not yet been recent trouble near Didi, it is hard to know what will happen.
Didi’s vehicle was damaged by his driver. It is difficult for Didi to get a driver’s license in the Congo and drivers have less concern for safety and caution there, than in the US. Furthermore, the roads are mostly in very poor condition. As we get a better understanding how WMPL allocates funding, we are able to send funds in a way to do the most good.
In the short term, Didi is working on how to feed some of those in need, as well as, how to help local farmers. Organizations that supply food to UNICEF can also deliver to Boma where Didi can pick it up. The farmers are limited by having funds to purchase quality seeds at the start of the season, as well as, fertilizer during the growing time.
Serafina is leading groups of women about safety and prevention of abuse. Churches, family groups and community leaders all need this training. Justice varies with the station of those charged within their community.
Finally, Didi is an acting Dean at a local seminary. He will be teaching and mentoring local leaders to help them become more effective.
Pray for the safety of Didi’s family, the people of the DRC and for his work to be making a difference.
Travel Group Calendar
Tuesday, November 28: Lunch At the Broadmoor Hotel, enjoy the Christmas Decorations and visit the Carriage Museum Saturday,
Saturday, December 9: We will visit GEORGETOWN'S 57th Annual Christmas Market. We will enjoy the town's festivities, which start off at noon, and then dinner at the White Fence Farm. Please let Donna Ewer’s know if you are interested or have any questions.
Fall is here and with it the annual Church Council effort to find the best possible future leaders for our church. We are seeking volunteers and recommendations for positions on the 2018 Council.
Membership on council is both fun and rewarding, providing the opportunity to shape both the present and future ministry of our church. If you are interested in this important leadership role or would like to recommend someone for council, please contact Kathy Schwindt or Lisa Regennitter in the church office.
Rebecca Hohag, Interim Youth Director
Her new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Stewardship Drive
Will go til November 12. “Live Simply – Being the Arm of the Lord”. This year’s Stewardship Drive focuses on how we can simply be good stewards by being the “Arm of the Lord”. It doesn’t take huge efforts to help others and spread the love of Jesus. On Sundays, you will hear how several members reach out to others and share God’s love and care. You will be asked to ponder and pray about:
Please put your form in box on table in the narthex.
Wedding Reception honoring Dick and Penny Cole - You all are invited!
Sunday, November 12 at 2:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall
No gifts please.
Advent Begins December 3
Children will be doing a special activity every Sunday during Advent, in between services.
Annual Ladies Christmas Tea Theme: HOPE
Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 AM
Invitations are in your church mailbox.
Meets November 10 and December 8 at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Come and see how we can support each other as we navigate motherhood.
Box Tops Support Education
Box Tops for Education (BTFE) started by General Mills in 1996, has a simple premise: Purchase a product with the BTFE logo, clip the box top and bring it to BFLC. There is a drawer marked for Box Tops in Fellowship Hall under the bulletin board. We then give them to Wolford Elementary School. In return, the school receives 10 cents for every box top! NOTE: To date, Box Tops has contributed $840 million to more than 70,000 American schools. Let’s fill that drawer!
We have several authors in our congregation and we will be highlighting their books.
My Million-Mile Journey: Finding Fulfillment Through Faith and Forgiveness Author: Patsy Wurster
Patsy lives in the Falcon area with Gary, her husband of thirty years. Their blended family includes five children, seventeen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her important roles as Mom and Grandma, Patsy became a global business leader, working her way up through the ranks in large organizations. After retiring from the corporate world, Patsy began writing about her million-mile journey from an extremely difficult childhood to the personal, professional, and financial success she cherishes today.
The book is available online through xulonpress.com/ bookstore, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com ($14.99, paperback, 9781545606582; $7.99, e-book, 978154566599)
We have one copy available for loan through our church office if you would like to read Patsy’s book.
Thank you for your recent gift of $516.00 to Luther Seminary, which will be Doubled by the Make It Happen Challenge!
Dear Friends of our Military at BFLC,
Thank you so much for your recent generous donation of $121.63 to provide Psalm 91 bandanas to some of America’s finest.
Thank you so much for your recent gift of $516.00 to Rainbow Trail’s Annual Fund. Dave Jarvis
Thank you for your recent gift of $1,146.05 to Mosaic in Colorado Springs. Blessings,
Pastor David deFreese
Thank you for your generous donation of $1,000 to Family Promise of Colorado Springs.
On behalf of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, I wish to extend to you our deep gratitude for your generous contribution of $516.00.
First off, thank you! Our 24th Annual Innkeeper Dinner was a huge success! On behalf of Lutheran Family Services, I want to extend a heart-felt thank you for your sponsorship. Your contribution helped make our vision a reality and it is greatly appreciated! Thank you to the church and congregation!
5 - All Saints Sunday, set your clocks back one hour
10 - MOPS
12 - Social Ministry Fair, Cole’s Wedding Reception
17-19 HS Retreat
19 Christmas Cards for Prisoners
22 Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Takes a break in November and December - will resume in January 2018.
Dishes and Coats
We have collected a lot of dishes in the kitchen and coats on the rack in fellowship hall! Please look and see if any are yours. If they are not picked up by November 1 we will donate them.
BFLC Ministries and Committees
BFLC is comprised of many ministries/committees which help us run smoothly and benefit those in our community and across the world. Are you familiar with any of them? We will be highlighting a different committee/ministry in upcoming scribes so you can get a better understanding of what they do.
Let the Holy Spirit work in you as you read about them and prayerfully consider becoming a part of one. This edition’s focus is on the Worship Committee.
The Worship Committee is responsible for many aspects of the Sunday worship experience. Much of their work is done behind the scenes, but is visible each time you attend worship. The committee meets monthly to plan out upcoming services, altar guild helps prepare the sanctuary for service, and the assisting ministers help pastor during service. If you would like to contribute to this ministry, please connect with Lisa or Jeanette in the church office.
Luther Land trip to Germany
Pastor Ken is planning to host a Luther Land trip to Germany the Fall of 2018. Interested? Let the office know.
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.