Trees grow tall because they drink deeply.
Here are ways to grow in your Christian faith.
Pastor’s Bible Study Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - ‘Genesis’
Oct. 2 - Flood and the Tower Genesis 5, 6-9, 11
9 - Abraham & Sarah (1) Genesis 12-16
16 - Abraham and Sarah (2) Genesis 17-19
23 - Isaac Genesis 21-23
30 - Jacob Genesis 27-33
Nov. 6 - Joseph Genesis 37-50
So far we have covered creation and the fall and have seen our own strength and weaknesses in Adam and Eve.
Join me as we see the same in Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph and discover God’s goodness in both their trust and doubt, faith and failures.
Sunday Morning Adult Classes - 9:30 AM
Sept. 30 The Life of Apostle Paul - we continue the excellent CD
Oct. 7 Our Neighbors Faith - we continue the study we began last spring. What do we share in common? How are we distinctive?
THE GROVE - Starting Sunday, Oct. 7 - 5:00 PM
I encourage you, whatever your age, to be a part of the Grove. Through music, message, and meal, you have another way to grow in faith and know each other better.
The Grove is a time every 1st and 3rd Sunday evening from 5:00 - 6:00 PM, to share in each other’s lives and embrace the community with which God has blessed us. We come together at 5:00 PM for 20-25 minutes of prayer, music, and a brief devotional. But don’t be fooled. This time is crafted for folks who are 9 months, 9 years, or 99 years old. We love noisy babies, restless toddlers, angsty teenagers, busy adults and tired retirees. Sit, stand, crawl, dance, the point of this time is to simply be comfortable and enjoy the good company.
At about 5:30 PM we will have a meal. We all love to eat and some of the best experiences of life are over a warm plate. We know life is busy and young ones need their rest so if you’re ready to call it a night after dinner, by all means feel free to head out. If the night still feels young, then by shortly after 6 we will often have some rotating fun event or extra gathering for the evening. Talks around a fire pit, parent support groups, flashlight tag in the woods, making charitable crafts for those in need, the time after 6:00 PM may look different each time we meet but will always fill your soul and help further build you into the community.
God has knit us together like the roots of an aspen and we would love to grow with you when The Grove begins on Sunday, October 7th at 5:00 PM! www.TheGroveBFLC.com
Jeremy is looking for VOLUNTEERS!
We’re getting ready to kick off some great stuff for the fall, but we need some more volunteers to help with the youth, Sunday school and The Grove. For The Grove, we specifically need volunteers for the music and meal rotations (you’d end up serving about once every two months).
Email Jeremy at TheGrove@bflchurch.org or call/text him at 949-231-2029
Jeremy is looking for a guitarist to help lead worship songs during “The Grove” on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Contact Jeremy if interested.
Sundays in October
October 7 - The Grove starting up!
October 14 - New Member Reception - at 9:30 AM. Wear your nametags. Support Sunday starting up! Stewardship begins…..
October 21 - Confirmation Sunday second service. Being confirmed are Sean Cook, Zoe Johnson, Tyler Kvale, Cody and Regan Buttermore.
October 28 - Reformation Sunday. Be sure to wear red.
Influencing Others Through Stewardship
Stewardship will begin sharing through God's influence on us, we have given the gifts and opportunity to influence others through the use of our time, talents, treasure, and testimony. Beginning October 14th, the Stewardship Committee will be offering stories of how some have been challenged, grown their faith, and been a recipient of someone else's kind act.
Join us on November 11th as we celebrate the journey of being God's steward.
BFLC Book Group Reads Non-fiction in October
We will be reading and discussing The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Join us at the church for discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 17th at 1:00 PM
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells--taken without her knowledge--became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer and viruses; helped lead to in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet Henrietta Lacks is buried in an unmarked grave. Her family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. The story of the Lacks family is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.
Copies of the book on loan from the Pikes Peak Library District Book Club Collection and are available in the church office to be signed out.
Contact: Nancy Lord
Senior Social - October 24 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.
Have you noticed the new sign at the Black Forest Road entrance? The property committee has been investigating sign options for several years and thanks to the efforts of Brian Green, John Poss, and Vern Regennitter, we were able to procure a new one and have it installed last month. These gentlemen put in many hours of investigation as to cost and visibility of a new sign that would remain aesthetically pleasing to the forest environment in which we worship. Great job!
Pumpkin Carving and Chili Cook-Off!
Come show up your chili cooking skills by bringing your best dish (spicy or otherwise) to the dinner at The Grove on October 21st! Sign up with Jeremy or on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall to note the type of chili you’ll be bringing. Oh, and did I mention that there will be prizes in the areas of Best Overall Taste, Most Creative, and Best Balance of Spice?
Then jump into the fall spirit with some family pumpkin carving after The Grove at 6:00 PM! Pumpkins, craft supplies and carving tools will be provided so that folks of all ages can decorate or create a Jack O Lantern!
Missionary Didi Panzo in the Congo
Didi is in the midst of a visit by World Mission Prayer league people. Paul is the General Director and Gloria is a nurse from Kenya. They are there to better understand the mission in Boma. Didi will take them to see the farmers and the orphans; two important groups in his mission work. They also went to the College where Didi is the interim manager and an instructor. Paul has preached and they are getting to see the area. The visit is particularly important because communication is always tough between Boma and the US.
Please pray for the safety of the visitors, as well as for Didi and Serafina.
Who is God? How does science work with my faith? How is God all loving and yet there is so much pain in the world? These are all huge questions but that doesn’t mean we should be scared to ask them.
Every Sunday morning from 9:30 - 10:15 AM in the high school room, middle and high school students will venture together through the depths of these ideas. Come with your most challenging thoughts and we’ll work through them together!
2nd Sunday Support
Ball games and bullying, prom and peer pressure, raising a middle or high schooler is filled with incredible joys and outstanding trials. Come and share with other parents who are going through the journey of raising a teenager every second Sunday from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We’ll have a safe space to share our joys and trials, have a discussion on how to navigate specific subjects of teen life, and pray for each other’s families.
Would you like the opportunity to get away as a couple and just focus on God and each other? We are starting a list of couples who may be interested in going to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp for a weekend retreat.
I am just so excited to offer this to all of you! Marriage is hard and can be stressful, that is why we need to take times like these for each other! ~Lisa
If you consider yourself filled with the wisdom of age, come and join us for the Senior Luncheon on Thursday, December 20 at 11:30 AM. It will be a chance for fellowship and an opportunity to meet Jeremy Ryan, our new Director of Youth and Family Ministries. He will enlighten us about his thoughts on his new position. Plan to bring either a salad or dessert to share; bread and drinks will be provided.
Please sign up on the sheet in the Fellowship Hall so we will know how many to prepare for.
It’s that time of year again! Choir is starting to rehearse this year’s Cantata for December. Consider joining us Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM if you are not a regular member. Come, sing a new song to the Lord for Advent season.
You love coffee! And you love it even more when someone else is buying! Well friend, I’ve got an opportunity for you! Jeremy would love to take you out and get to know you more over a cup of joe.
Sign up for a time on the sheet on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board today!
October Wedding Anniversaries
Ken & Lori West - 2
Stan & Electa Beckner - 5
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
Military Care Boxes
We will be sending out Military boxes for Veteran's Day, so if you would like to help, you may bring in any of the following:
Red Hymnals for Worship
We are in need of some more red hymnals. If you would like to purchase one for the church and dedicate it to someone special (on the inside cover), please connect with Lisa. The cost is $25 per hymnal.
Long Neck Pumpkin Farm!
Come join us on October 28th at the Long Neck Pumpkin Farm at 1:00 PM! There are plenty of activities for kiddos and the whole family as well as a time to pick out your own pumpkin! Cost is $15 per person (or $10 without a pumpkin). Contact Jeremy at 949-231-2029 or TheGrove@BFLChurch.org to sign up, or sign up on the form in the Fellowship Hall!
BFLC Mom’s Group
BFLC Mom's Group meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at 10:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. We meet to share our joys and struggles with each other; and to learn how God, through a supportive Christian community, can give us peace and strength to face the different stages of motherhood. Childcare is provided. On the 1st Friday of the month we gather with our kiddos for “Momma Yoga.”
Please contact Misty Hopp if you are interested.
Mensa Education & Research Foundation College Scholarship
“The Mensa Education and Research Foundation College Scholarship Program is unique in that its awards are based totally on essays written by the applicants. There is no requirement for applicants to be Mensa members nor is consideration give to grades, academic program, or financial need.”
Please note: The essay application will be available now and the deadline for entries is January 15, 2019. There will be at least one prize of approximately $500 given out for our local area, along with the potential of winning up to $1000 at the national level. You don’t have to be in Mensa to participate.
Please go to the MERF website http://www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/ for the complete rules and application, or contact Sandy Halby, 719-28-5483, or email email@example.com.
HELPING THOSE IN PRISON
Remember this verse from Matthew 25, “…I was in prison and you came to visit me”?
The Prayer for Prisoners International group (PFPI) is a local faith-based organization with a wonderful ministry to inmates who need Jesus. Each year, we support them by sending Christmas cards to inmates who have asked to hear more about Jesus. To hear and see more about the work God does through PFPI, watch a couple short videos at: http://www.prayerforprisoners.org/media - on their website. To learn more about their unique work, you can attend their fundraising dinner event on September 22 at Hotel Elegante (S. Circle and I-25) at 5:00 PM. Just call their office in Canon City if you wish to attend: 719-275-6971. Doors open at 5pm.
Your Social Ministry Committee (Susan Stewart and Dave Reily)
Coffee and Crafts Work Shop
Ladies are invited to a Coffee and Crafts Work Shop on Friday, October 12 from 9:00 - 11:00 AM at Lavonne Hidy’s home, to help make items and assemble Christmas Bags for 4 to 8 year old children connected to LaPuente Home in Alamosa. Ladies are asked bring scissors, Elmer’s glue and any of the following items they might have: large buttons, scraps of ribbon and rick rack or bias tape or small felt dots. Home baked cookies would be most welcome at La Puente’s Christmas Party for all ages. Your cookies would need to be ready by November 27.
Line Dancing Lessons
A new event is coming your way; Line Dancing Lessons. Great exercise for the body and brain. Your body moves to music; your brain learns the repeated steps. Come November 16 & December 21 at 10:00 AM, in the Fellowship Hall.
See Chris Cooper
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