Pastor's Bible Study
Tuesdays 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Genesis means beginning. The beginning of all creation and life. The beginning of all people and faith. On Tuesday nights, we will track the stories of people and their choices. Choices that reflect trust or doubt, blessing and curse, life and death. People like Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Their stories will help us come to know the Lord more deeply, and respond to his call to trust and follow him. We’ll also encounter great questions to ponder:
Here’s the schedule:
18 Creation - Genesis 1-2
25 Fall - Genesis 3-11
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
6 - Joseph Genesis 37-50
Join me Tuesday nights 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall, starting September 18, to probe our beginnings as we study Genesis!
Sunday Classes at 9:30 AM
Ladies Bible Studies
“What Matter’s Most: A Study of Philippians” by Karen Ehman. Mondays at 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall and Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM at church upstairs.
The American West: History, Myth and Legacy Lecture Series
It turns out that the legendary people and events we associate with the Wild West—the last stand at the Alamo, the Battle of Little Bighorn, the exploits of Calamity Jane and Kit Carson, the glories and hardships of the Gold Rush and the Oregon Trail—are just as exciting in the light of history as the tall tales that have defined our conception of them. Tuesdays from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. We will watch two 30 min. lectures with brief discussion after each.
Please bring brown bag lunch.
We are rescheduling the Senior luncheon, more details to come.
Handbell Choir would love for you to join them!
Practice is on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM! If you are interested in joining a group of musicians, please contact Bill Fitzpatrick or the church office. Musical experience not necessary.
BFLC Book Group
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-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 19 at 1:00 PM.
“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”!
Men’s Bible Study
Men’s Bible Study meets the first and third Saturday at 7:00 AM at the church.
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 21, at 10:00 AM, in the Fellowship Hall. The first lesson will be the “Cowboy Hustle”. Questions? See Chris Cooper
Fall Church Workday
Saturday, September 29 at 8:30 AM
Senior Social 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.
Didi Panzo, Missionary in the Democratic Republic of Congo
When Didi last came to the U.S. BFLC gave him some tee-shirts and pillow case dresses to take back, as well as funds for checked baggage. Both have been well received in Boma. He will share pictures of the girls with the dresses shortly and a picture of the boys with the shirts are with this message. Even though most of the boys have Thrivent shirts in the photo, we sent the shirts donated by the congregation and they have been distributed to those in need. Didi will be in the U.S. again later in 2018, for a wedding, and I am sending more dresses for him to take when he returns. There are many struggles to being a missionary in a place like Boma. He has ongoing vehicle problems for three reasons: He could only afford a used vehicle; the roads are very bad and stress the vehicle; quality repair parts are very tough to find. Communication between World Mission Prayer League and Didi are not always the best. Phone service is unreliable and with new staff on board, they want to understand issues. The WMPL leader is in Africa and will visit Didi. Pray that they have a good meeting.
Dive Deeper: 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 - 10:45 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!
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
THE GROVE: We’re starting a Sunday evening gathering on October 7 for all ages. We’ll eat, sing, worship and laugh together from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM! Check out TheGroveBFLC.com for more information!
Sundays in October
October 7 - The Grove!
October 14 - New Member Reception
October 21 - Confirmation Sunday second service
October 28 - Reformation Sunday
Coffee TIME! 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!
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. Call or email Jeremy for any additional information.
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.
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
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. We will meet after both services for 15 minutes in Jeremy’s office on September 23 to discuss the volunteer needs for children and youth. For The Grove, we specifically need volunteers for the music and meal rotations (you’d end up serving about once every two months) and there will be a short meeting of about 10 minutes in Jeremy’s office after each service on September 30 . Email Jeremy at TheGrove@bflchurch.org or call/text him at 949-231-2029
Let’s Help People Enjoy a Full Life!
Our BFLC special offering during the last three Sundays in September will be used for Mosaic’s Day Program. This program involves taking approximately 50 persons in service into the community 6 days and 2 evenings each week. Some of these community activities require an admission fee and this is where you can help!
Three to six options are provided daily such as White Rabbit Beads, Magic Town, bowling, mini-golf, museums, YMCA, art and crafts projects, oil painting, Expanding Minds, Space Foundation and Discovery Center, and many more.
Mosaic 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. Mosaic serves over 100 people in the El Paso, Pueblo, and Teller county areas. Services are provided in four areas including Residential Support, Employment, Host Home Providers, and Day Program.
Please consider donating to Mosaic’s Day Program in our special offerings on September 16, 23, and 30th, and mark them Mosaic. Your donation will touch many hearts!
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 5:00 PM.
Your Social Ministry Committee (Susan Stewart and Dave Reily)
Thank you so much for your recent gift of $120.00 to Rainbow Trail’s Annual Fund. Yours in Christ,
Dear BFLC, Thank you so much for your recent gift of $3000 to Rainbow trail’s Ann Smith Land Exchange.
Yours in Christ,
Thank you so much for recent gift of $1000 to Global Health Ministries.
Together in Christ,
Pastor Doug Cox
Copies of the most recent NALC Newsletter are available on the table in the narthex. Read about last month’s Convocation and check out the picture of Pastor Ken on the front.
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.
Welcome to The Scribe
The Scribe is the semi-monthly newsletter for Black Forest Lutheran Church.