It’s a Girl!
Congratulations to Sedra and Kathryn Razafinamanina. Their baby girl, Hephzibah Jewel, was born on Monday evening, Sept. 25. She was 6 lbs. 10 oz.
Living Out Your Faith
The Apostle Paul has great encouragement for us in his letter to the Philippians. He expresses great confidence in us. Not because we are so good, but because God is so good. “I am confident of this, that the One who began a good work in you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.” What is God doing in your life? What is he healing or making new in you? How are your thoughts and actions more like Christ? This October our Sunday sermons will draw upon Paul's work in Philippians.
Oct. 1 - Your Faith ‘work out’ Philippians 2
Oct. 8 - Knowing Christ Philippians 3
Oct. 15 - Don’t worry. Pray! Philippians 4
Confirmation Sunday - Oct. 15 at 10:30 AM
Come support our youth affirming their faith.
Cantata - Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM
It’s that time of year again! Choir is starting to rehearse this year’s Cantata for December. Consider joining us even if you are not a regular member. Come, sing a new song to the Lord for Advent season.
New Picture Directory is in the Making
A team is working to make a Paper Picture Directory and it will be available as soon as possible. We’re taking family pictures of those wanting to be in the directory. Now through October 8th, cameras will be ready to take your picture during Fellowship and after Second Service. For more information see Jeanette Gould, Dick Cole or Chris Cooper.
Church Fall Workday
Thank you to all those who joined us for our “Fall Workday”. We were able to do several outdoor projects in preparation for winter!
Fair Trade Products - October 1
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate mix and chocolate will be sold between services! Please come and check it out! The money for the products sold goes directly to Lutheran World Relief’s support of Fair Trade products. For questions or if you would like to order something and you can’t make church that Sunday please be in touch with Lisa Simms.
Bake Sale - October 1 between services. Proceeds will bless the Orphans, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, whom our Missionary Didi Panzo serves!
Confirmation Sunday - October 15 during the 10:30 AM service.
Being Confirmed are:
New Member Reception - October 22 - Between services.
Wear your nametags.
October 29 - Reformation Sunday wear red.
Our New Courtyard
Please be sure to visit our beautiful new courtyard area on the west side of the church. Bill & Mary Montie, with the help of many others, have been working hard to make it a space for us to delight in the Lord. In addition to several new plants and flowers, it has a path, table and chairs to enjoy. Thank you all who have contributed to this project!
Senior Group Luncheon/Potluck - Thursday, October 19, 11:30 AM
October Wedding Anniversaries
Ken & Lori West 2
Stan & Electa Beckner 5
Thomas & Angela Morlan 6
Robert & Susan Stewart 11
Glen & Linda Cope 14
Jon & Susan Rummel 20
Ken & Carol Palmen 21
Errol & Donna Reiner 21
Barton & Donna Ewers 23
Vincent & Tammie Anderson 25
Bob & Shari Draeger 25
Kevin & Heidi Mellon 29
Jim & Marie Merrick 30
BFLC Book Group
In October we'll be reading Standing in the Rainbow by Fanny Flagg
Discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 1:00 PM
Along with Neighbor Dorothy, the lady with the smile in her voice, whose daily radio broadcasts keep us delightfully informed on all the local news, we also meet Bobby, her tenyear-old son, destined to live a thousand lives, most of them in his imagination; Norma and Macky Warren and their ninety-eight-year-old Aunt Elner; the oddly sexy and charismatic Hamm Sparks and the two women who love him as differently as night and day. Then there is Tot Whooten; Beatrice Woods, the Little Blind Songbird; Cecil Figgs, the Funeral King; and the fabulous Minnie Oatman. The time is 1946 until the present. The town is Elmwood Springs, Missouri, right in the middle of the country, in the midst of the mostly joyous transition from war to peace, aiming toward a dizzyingly bright future.
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.
Book Stew 2018
The Book Stew is scheduled for January 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th, 2018. If you would like to donate books we will be collecting them in the Fellowship Hall starting December 10th. This year's proceeds will be donated to Springs Rescue Mission. Thank you for your continued donations and support.
Travel Group Calendar of Events
Tuesday - October 10 - Glen Eyrie Castle Tour ($9 per person paid ahead to Nancy Storey) Lunch @ Marigold's Restaurant following tour
November - Date to be determined - (after Thanksgiving weekend)
Lunch At the Broadmoor Hotel, enjoy the Christmas Decorations and visit the Carriage Museum
We will visit GEORGETOWN'S 57th Annual Christmas Market which will be held the first two weekends in December. We will enjoy the town's festivities, which start off at noon, and perhaps make an early dinner reservation at some place on our way home. Give it some thought and check your calendar.
Relief for Those Affected by Storms/Fires This Summer
We have all seen and heard about the devastating hurricanes and fires across the U.S. this summer. Here are a few ways we recommend helping:
Donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey can be made via the North American Lutheran Church's (NALC) website at https://www.thenalc.org/projects/hurricane-harvey/.
Thrivent members can make donations via Thrivent at: https://www.thrivent.com/. In some cases, Thrivent may match your gifts.
The NALC also has a 'Disaster Response Fund' for domestic disasters which you can contribute to on-line at https://thenalc.org/nalc-disaster-response/. Click on the ‘Disaster Response Fund link to donate.
The Social Ministry Committee asks that you please keep the victims of these disasters in your prayers and that God aides the relief workers.
2017 Stewardship Drive - October 22 - 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. At the four 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: How can I be the arm of the Lord? How will I serve God today? What talents can I use for God? What does God want me to be? Also, watch “The Estimate of Giving Tree” blossom in the narthex as estimates are submitted for the 2018 budget. Will we surpass 2016’s 88 submissions???
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, November 12 between services. The following items will be available for purchase: Olive wood from the Holy Land Jewelry, aprons, scarves, & handbags from Uganda, a variety of Fair Trade items through Lutheran World Relief, 18” hand made doll clothes
All sales go toward the Zoughbi scholarships. We can take checks, but are not able to process charge cards. Remember, by purchasing these gifts, you give a great gift in addition to improving a life! Invite your friends for worship, to share a donut and then shop!
Christmas Tea Workshop - Saturday, October 18, 9:00 AM
Mark Your Calendar! Christmas Tea is Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 AM
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 church office will be closed Nov. 23 & 24.
Bible Journaling - Date TBD, 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. A new approach to Devotional time . . . Coloring at its best . . . No need to be artistic . . . this is another way to explore God’s Word. Be with other gals . . .teenagers too (Kirsten and Madison love it!) All you need to get started is to consider your favorite Bible verse or a verse that has special meaning to you and ask how the Lord may have you express it through coloring/journaling. It allows you to show off that verse so it stands out and makes it easier to remember. You’ll be surprised what He sometimes reveals!!! You can rediscover God’s Word through journaling in your own Bible, purchase the Inspire journaling Bible at Mardels, or separately on a blank sheet of paper – whatever you would like! Join Lisa Regennitter in this opportunity to combine fun, fellowship, and Bible exploration in one activity.
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!
Special Ad-Hoc Committee Formed by Council
Your Church Council wants to make you aware that it has formed an ad-hoc committee of congregation members to conduct a special study. The purpose of the study is to consider our mission and who we are as a congregation and then to make proposals regarding our mission statement and our future direction. During this study, they will seek God’s will for this congregation as we continually work to be disciples of Jesus. We anticipate having some recommendations for the congregation to consider in December with a vote at the next annual meeting in January. The eleven members of the committee are: Laura Cavanaugh, Tiffanee Greenwood, Jay Guhlke, Tom and Tara Gustin, Misty Hopp, Jim Kent, Tracy Kosman, Maureen Lang, Steve Lord (team facilitator), and Lisa Simms.
Please keep this committee in your prayers and look for additional updates in the coming months. Questions may be directed to Steve Lord or David Reily (council liaison to the committee).
MOPS (Mothers-of-Preschoolers) is meeting every other Friday in the fellowship hall.
Friday, October 13 at 10:00 AM is our next get together. Come and see how we can support each other as we navigate motherhood.
1 - Coffee and Bake Sale
15 - Confirmation Sunday
18 - Christmas Tea Workshop
22 - New Member Reception and Stewardship drive begins
25 - Senior Social
26 - Senior Group Luncheon
Senior Social October 25, 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.
I would like to thank you for your love and care for me after my recent surgery.
May God bless each of you,
Thank you for your donation of $1,000 to Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.
What a blessing! We enjoyed visiting your church. Thank you so much for your donation of $600.
Crossroads Ministries USA
Thank you for your Generous Donation of $500 to SCTF for the Prevention and Intervention of Gang Involvement in El Paso County.
Second Chance Through Faith
Dear Friends of LFS,
On behalf of LFSRM, thank you for recently donating 3 olive wood pieces for our 2017 Innkeeper Dinner.
Lutheran Family Services
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ Jesus,
Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel. Locally, domestically and globally-your faithful witness to the Gospel blesses us personally and as the NALC. Most recently-your incredible generosity benefitting the Great commission Society will and is changing lives. Thank you! Please know you all will remain in our prayers. NALC
Dear Member of BFLC,
On behalf of LMVFM I would like to thank you for your donation of $121.63 to our ministry.
Chaplain Leslie Haines
Lutheran Military Veterans & Families Ministries, Inc.
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