Fall/September Worship Schedule
Sunday, September 9 - Rally Day
2 Worship Services 8:00 & 10:30 AM
9:30 AM Pancake Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall, New Member Class in the Sanctuary
Parent/Student Confirmation Meeting
Please mark your calendars for September 5 at 6:30 PM as the official start to Confirmation Class.
Ladies Evening Bible Study
There has been some interest expressed in an evening Bible study for women. Coming in September we will begin with What Matter’s Most: A Study of Phillipians by Karen Ehman. Starting Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 PM.
New Lecture Series
The American Mind by Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College. Americans pride themselves on being doers rather than thinkers. Ideas are naturally suspect to such a people. But ideas are at the root of what it means to be American, and today's habits of thought practiced by citizens throughout the United States are the lineal descendants of a powerful body of ideas that trace back to the first European settlers and that was enriched by later generations of American thinkers. We will start on Tuesday, September 11th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We will watch two 30 minute lectures with brief discussion after each. Please bring brown bag lunch. This is a 36 lecture series and will run for 18 weeks, with a break for Christmas and New Years.
The Handbell Choir would love for you to join them!
Handbells will be starting up on September 10 or 11. If you are interested in joining a group of musicians, please contact Bill Fitzpatrick or the church office. Musical experience not necessary.
“Singing has less to do with the quality of your vocal skills and more to do with the posture of your heart. The church is the ultimate choir, and it doesn’t require auditions. Everybody’s in.” - Kristyn Getty
September, like each month of the year, brings certain qualities into our lives: shorter days, longer nights, crisper mornings, homework! September means the resumption of choir rehearsals, too. Those folks who find delight in working with an ensemble meet on Wednesday nights to “make a joyful noise to the Lord.” Do consider joining us, even for a “semester,” a “season” (Christmas Cantata) or the full school year. Welcome!
This article is the first in a brief series called “Singing Our Faith.” My hope is to encourage you in the larger choir: our congregation! Have you ever thought of it this way before? Each Sunday morning you get to “sing your faith”, reminding yourself, your spouse, your children, the folks in the pews around you, Pastor Ken!
We are accustomed to “confessing our faith with the words of the Apostles Creed", as Pastor Ken introduces it. But have you considered that you do this each time you turn to a song? Lifting your voice has the power to lift a heart!
In the upcoming weeks we are Introducing several new songs which will help us do just that. Written by an Irish couple, Keith & Kristyn Getty, they are strong expressions of the gospel. Keep your ears tuned and join us in “singing our faith”!
Third Quarter Senior Luncheon
If you consider yourself filled with the wisdom of age, come and join us for the Senior Luncheon on Thursday, September 20 at 11:30. 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.
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 on the third Friday of each month beginning September 21st, at 10:00 AM, in the Fellowship Hall. The first lesson will be the “Cowboy Hustle”. Questions? See Chris Cooper
BFLC Book Club
We will be reading and discussing The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, premovie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives. Join us at the church for discussion on Wednesday, September 19th at 1:00 PM
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.
Travel Group Weekend to Alamosa for Saturday's Train Trip on CUMBRES & TOLTEC SCENIC RAILROAD Antonio, CO to Chama, NM. October 5-7 Contact Donna Ewers for Information.
This month, the Social Ministries Committee is highlighting a local, faith-based non-profits: Crossroads Ministries, USA. From your faithful giving, your Social Ministry committee donates money to Crossroads Ministries.
DID YOU KNOW -- Approximately 85% of the men and women who reside in care centers rarely have a one-on-one visitor and 50% have no living relatives?
CROSSROADS MINISTRIES, USA – works “to improve the spiritual and emotional care of the elderly living in skilled and assisted care centers through one-on-one visits, on-going Bible study and friendship, thereby improving their overall quality of life.” You can become personally involved and make a difference in the life of the elderly by volunteering, making a monthly financial commitment or becoming a prayer partner today.
See their website at: http://crossroadsusa.org
Submitted by David Reily, for the Social Ministry Committee
Delegate Report from the North American Lutheran Church 2018 Convocation
Thank you for sending us as BFLC delegates to our 2018 Convocation held in Denver, August 16-17. Like many, we sometimes forget that we are one congregation of a larger Church body – 424 to be exact with 142,000 members. When we joined the NALC in 2011 there were approximately 180 congregations! This year’s theme was, “The Holy Spirit: Calling, Gathering, Enlightening, Sanctifying.” Listening and learning during the many presentations made over this two-day period, we have no doubt that the Holy Spirit is leading our Church body.
The event included inspiring devotions, testimonials, and worship services, some by our own Pastor Ken, the Convocation Chaplain. Representatives from sister denominations such as the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the Anglican Church of North America, and the Lutheran Church—Canada joined us and spoke about our close working relationships.
Multiple committees and staff provided valuable updates. The Assistant for Missions described the miraculous help provided by the Lord enabling our Oromo NALC congregations to purchase worship buildings following their eviction from ELCA facilities. Lutherans for Life explained their work across the nation and the Disaster Response Task Force briefed that in support of 2017 hurricane relief, NALC members donated $400,000 plus over $1.2 million in material goods, and provided 2,000 volunteers. Other NALC efforts supported outside mission networks such as Water Mission International for which a NALC congregation in Ohio raised $400,000 in 4 years! We also learned about the many resources available to help us continue to be a traditionally grounded church, such as adult studies and Sunday school materials through Sola Publishing. Of note, our NALC Canadian brothers and sisters offered us the use of their beautiful Alberta wilderness camp facilities to our youth and other Church groups!
Given the growth of the NALC, a committee is investigating a restructuring that would create regional bishops to provide better support to congregations and lighten the load on our single NALC bishop. Additionally, as we grow the NALC, our Seminary will be hiring more faculty.
The next Convocation will be held August 5-9, 2019 in Indianapolis and will include the election of a new NALC bishop. Based on our wonderful experience we highly encourage you to consider volunteering to serve as a delegate for this event.
Similar to what John says in his last verse, there are so many other things the Holy Spirit did during this convocation that if they were all written down, it would take all the pages of many of our Scribes (newsletter).
Mary Monte and Mike Nifong
News from Didi Panzo - Missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Didi and Serafina are doing well in the Congo. We have supported, thru Didi, farmers locally. There is a landowner who rents out farm patches to local people. Women do much of the work, in addition to providing the meals. Some men also help. When both partners are farming, the family life is better because they are both busy. There are no animals or machines used. Implements, like shovels need to be made by a local blacksmith. We have helped with seeds and the cost of equipment.
Farming is especially important because many people struggle to have enough to eat. There is not enough grown to export, but the food can be sold in the market. Local currency is used for small purchases, like food, but US dollars are used for larger transactions. Rice is also widely grown.
The land and climate are well suited for growing vegetables, but there are many “weeds” that invade the plots and must be removed by hand. There may also be local creatures that can come to eat the crops or be a danger to the farmers. Water is available, but it must be carried by hand. Our support of Didi, thru WMPL helps the farmers produce more food.
Confirmation Sunday will Sunday, Oct. 21 at the second service.
September 26 and 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.
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: Comics Chapstick Peanuts Flavored Water Enhancers (Like the Mio ones) Spices to flavor food Gum Snack pac of cookies Sm. Hygiene products Cracker Snacks Protein bars Trail Mix Lifesavers Slim Jims (ind.) Please mark them ‘military’ and put them in the laundry cart in the narthex. Thanks for supporting our military in this way! *If you have a family member serving please let Lisa know.
Results of the Lemonade Ginger Snap Sunday
The Social Ministry Committee thanks you for your support of our Mission Partner, Cristo Rey in El Paso, TX, via our Ginger Snap Sunday, August 12. Because of your generosity we will be sending them a check for $403.34! Cristo Rey reaches out in so many ways to the more unfortunate and, in the process, carries out Jesus’ commandment to make disciples. BFLC has been in partnership with Cristo Rey for 25 years as of this last January. Throughout the years several youth and adult service trips have been made to El Paso and crossed over to Juarez. Our relationship has been very rewarding.
A life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities By Pam Wagner
What is Mosaic? This is one of the first questions asked when I tell someone where I work. Mosaic’s mission embraces God’s call to serve in the world. It is a non-profit Lutheran organization that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for them to enjoy a full life.
Two years ago, I found myself needing to fill a void in my life after retirement. As a former special educator, I knew I had found that place when someone at church told me about Mosaic. After attending a “Discover the Possibilities” luncheon and some orientation, I became a volunteer in the day program. After six months as a volunteer, I became an employee. I had found my niche. Mosaic is a place where I can walk in each morning, not necessarily feeling bright and cheery, be greeted by the people we serve and immediately my frown turns upside down! Happiness and appreciation just bubble out of people there.
Mosaic in Colorado Springs serves over 100 people in the El Paso, Pueblo, and Teller county areas. We have served this community for nearly 40 years, and are funded primarily through Medicaid and individual donations. For more information on this great ministry that we at Black Forest Lutheran support, check out Mosaic on Facebook, take a peek at the bulletin board in Fellowship Hall in September, or visit our website at: https://www.mosaicinfo.org/location/mosaic-colorado-springs
Special Study Group Update
Over the past few months the SSG has been able to develop ideas and share them with the appropriate committees to insure that the church will continue to serve the Lord and community into the future. The committees were very receptive to the ideas and in some cases are already considering acting on the suggestions. It is the hope of the study group that we will provide the Council and hence the congregation with our final report in September.
Ryan and Erika Hendrickson welcomed the arrival of their daughter Ivy Grace on August 11, 2018. She weighed 7 lbs. 15 oz. and 21”long.
September Wedding Anniversaries
Thomas & Katherine Leland 4
Candice & Eugene McNancy 4
George & Christine Cooper 9
Bill & Annegret Sessoms 11
Woody & Nadine Duffin 15
Richard & Janna Flanders 17
WD & Dale Sue Hightower 17
Bryan & Kerrie Petch 17
Marty & Debbie Phillips 19
Karl & Evelyn Miller 20
John Poss & Kathleen Fitzpatrick 21
Robert Owens & Kim Stephens 22
Jesse & Julie Kieffer 26
David & Mistry Hopp 27
David & Tammy Klein 27
Sunday Volunteers Needed . . .
BFLC Sunday Worship is successful with the help of many volunteers. Many of these opportunities to serve don’t entail a huge time commitment and are a great way to connect with other members of our congregation. If you would like to help out or have questions about any of these, please contact Jeanette or Lisa.
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.