We all have a purpose. We are partners with God in His redeeming work in this world. He has entrusted us with gifts so that we can influence others for good. In October and November, we’ll focus on ways we impact others through the use (or Stewardship) of God’s gifts. How might you make a difference through your time, talent, treasure, or testimony?
New Member Sunday - October 14
Welcome our New Members at the reception at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall. Remember to wear your name tags.
Confirmation Sunday - October 21
Five students will affirm their faith at the 10:30 AM service. They are:
Reformation Sunday - October 28
It’s been 501 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis to the Wittenberg Church door. How is God reforming the church today? How is he reshaping and redirecting you? Remember to wear red on October 28.
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 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 6:00 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 6pm may look different each time we meet but will always fill your soul and help further build you into the community. Check out www.TheGroveBFLC.com and sign up to receive emails for updates!
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
Influencing Others Thru 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.
Congregation Information Meeting
Everyone is invited to an informal meeting on November 4th after 2nd Service to hear the final report of the Special Study Group. Written reports will be provided in the Narthex prior to the meeting. This report was promised to be provided to the Congregation as a follow up to the 2018 Annual Meeting. If you wish to bring a light snack or a dessert, please feel free to do so. If you have questions, please contact Kathy Schwindt, Dave Reily or Steve Lord. We hope you will take time to be informed how much work has been put into this project and where things will go from here.
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, October, 17 at 1:00 PM
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.
Christmas Cards For Prisoners
It is time to gather to write Christmas cards to prisoners through Prayer for Prisoners International on Sunday, November, 11 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 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. If you can join us, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to indicate how many cards you might bring. We need to have estimate of how many names we will need. 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 11 at 1:00 PM for Christmas music, cookies and lots of card writing.
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!
Didi Panzo in the Congo
Didi and Serafina are both safe and healthy in Boma. They will come to the US late in the year for the marriage of one of their daughters. I sent some more dresses made at BFLC to a daughter so they can take them back.
The leader of World Mission Prayer League and a fellow missionary from Kenya came to Boma and spent a week with Didi, visiting the farm, the orphans and where he is leading the seminary in Tshela. The visit was an opportunity for Didi and WMPL to strengthen their communications.
The Congo has an election coming up soon. There is a lot of uncertainty in the countryside, with different groups pushing for dominance. It is hard to predict what might happen. Please pray for the safety of the Panzos.
There is a Catholic orphanage nearby. They are overwhelmed by the number of children in need, balanced against their meager resources. Didi gave them some dresses made by BFLC for the little girls.
Foster Children News! Mark Your Calendars!
Stability. Enrichment. Community. Which one should foster children go without? Children enter foster care if they are not safe in their homes because of abuse or neglect – not because what THEY DID but what was DONE to THEM. Did you know that within two years of aging out of the system, only 20% finish high school? Did you know 50% will face homelessness? The odds are against them.
The Fostering Hope Foundation exists to support foster families to improve the odds their children won’t become one of those statistics. Would you like to learn how you can help foster families? Not by becoming a foster parent yourself, but by aiding foster families as they work to provide stable environments?
Laura Moody, a Fostering Hope Coordinator will be at church between services on two Sundays – Oct 28 and Nov 4 to present a short information session about how you can really make a difference to a foster family. Plan to attend one of her presentations at 9:30am either Sunday. Questions?
Contact Laura at email@example.com (cell is 701-500-1975) or Dave Reily (Social Ministries Committee).
2nd Sunday Support
Teenage years can be tough. If you’re a teenager, parent, teacher, grandparent or work with teens then join us Sunday, October 14 at 6:30 PM as we talk about how to live with and manage our anxiety.
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. Contact: Lisa 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 evening if you are not a regular member. Come, sing a new song to the Lord for Advent season.
College/Young Adults - Theology on Tap
Join us every Tuesday night at 6:15 PMm at Cleats Bar & Grill East (6120 Barnes Rd.) as we discuss various theological ideals and/or Bible passages over some tasty pizza and brews. We’ll chat for a little over an hour and then feel free to stick around and play some “Geeks Who Drink” pub quiz!
Do you enjoy playing games?
Join us on Friday, November 3 at 6:30 PM for BUNKO, a ‘dice’ game, is an easy game to learn and loads of fun. Spectators, newcomers, and expert BUNCO players are all welcome. Come enjoy this intergenerational event and share in fellowship with each other.
Thanksgiving Eve Worship
Wednesday, November 21 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 22 & 23.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AARP Safe Driver Class
Wednesday, October 17, 11:45 AM - 4:00 PM. Receive a discount on your car insurance and pick up a few pointers about driving habits. $15 for AARP members...$20 non-members. The class will be held in the Fellowship Hall. Call 719-597-5683 to register.
Travel Group Events
Thursday, November 8th - Day Outing to the HISTORY OF COLORADO MUSEUM in Denver. Contact: Duane Steinke
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16th - Our HOLIDAY CELEBRATION and GATHERING will be combined. 3:00 PM - We have reserved a private room for our group @ EDELWEISS GERMAN RESTAURANT Afterwards, everyone is invited to the home of Bart & Donna Ewers to socialize and enjoy after dinner cordials and treats. We are hoping to gift you with the beautiful music of pianist Jake Smith. Contact: Donna Ewers
2019 Council Nominees
Fall is arriving and with it the annual Church Council effort to find the best possible future leaders for our church. I am leading this year’s council nomination committee and look forward to hearing from you. We are seeking volunteers and recommendations for positions on the 2019 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 Mike Regennitter.
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