b el l t o w er February, 2020
Your Minister?s Musings 2019 was a year of realizations and I, personally, am thankful for the opportunities it afforded us: experiences (some fantastic and some dismal failures) to consider how to budget, staff, and program with courage and faith. We can no longer simply do things the way that we ?have always? done things. One of the most recent experiences included our beautiful Christmas Eve Services. We chose to offer the Christmas Pageant on a Sunday morning (which was fun and well attended) but believe that that choice brought in fewer folks to our 4pm service. We will continue to wrestle with that. The 11pm service was very poorly attended, with more musicians and readers in attendance than others. Although it was, for me, the most meaningful service, we will not spend the church?s
resources in the same way, at the same time again. We will probably offer two services at earlier times as so many of our sister churches are now doing. 2020 was rung in by your Sr Pastor, with great anticipation: anticipation of significant accomplishments, anticipation of new people, anticipation of robust ministries, anticipation of a new level of commitment and investment in sharing God?s love with all our neighbors! This can be a great time of forward thinking and implementation. Broadmoor Community Church, UCC, is a church on the cusp of change--it is coming whether we like it, or are prepared for it, or not. I choose to look at our future with hope that God?s Spirit will continue to blow the cobwebs and fears from our minds and usher in once again the expectation that ?through God all things are possible.? Will you join me in this new and exciting year to live into God?s purpose for our life together? Grace & Peace,
Romancing theStrings Sat urday, Feb 1st , 4:00pm
Choir Opportunities Comebea part of thebeautiful music at BCC If you would like to sing with our Sanctuar y Choir but are unable to make the Thursday night rehearsals, please join us for our Once-a-M onth Choir. We will meet in the choir room on Sunday, Feb 16, at 9:15am to prepare our anthem for worship that day. Other Once-a-Month Choir dates are: March 15, April 19, May 17 We would really like to have more Sanctuary Choir singers for the Lenten/Easter season. Please consider joining us for six-seven weeks from Feb 26 or March 5 through April 12. You do not have to be here every week or be an experienced singer. We are glad to have you as you are able. The choir will sing in the Maundy Thursday service on April 9 and at both Easter services, 9:00 and 11:00 on April 12.
Calling all Children & Youth We would love to have more children and youth! You may join at anytime. Chapel Choir (2nd grade & up) Wed, 6:30 - 7:15pm Youth Bells (6th grade & up) Sun, 11:15am - 12:00pm Please come give it a try, you will be glad you did!
A Chamber Concert of Strings & Piano Repertoire featuring Erika Devins, violin Emerson Olson, violin Jenna Hinkle, cello Judy Biondini, piano Admission is free, donations accepted
Trio Vivante Friday, Feb 21, 7:00pm An evening of chamber music from Spain, Catalonia, Brazil & Mexico featuring a trio of piano, cello, & flute Admission is free, donations accepted.
M esa House Suppor t Mesa House received a dinner from the Women?s Retreat and 2 meals from the Lord?s Dinner. Please consider signing up to deliver a meal this month for "12 Hungry Men"! M ental Health Fir st Aid This program emphasizes prevention and early identification of mental health issues and includes triage techniques for crisis situations. Evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. NAMI, Colorado Springs will bring this program to BCC on April 4, through the support of the STEP Grant. Cost-$20 (Sign up in the Narthex)
B-Street Pantr y Donations You can donate non-perishable food to our partner, B-Street Pantry, by leaving donations in our shopping cart in the lower level entry. Thank you for donating over 2 tons of food in 2019! Foster ing Hope Team Now For ming Fostering Hope Foundation levels the playing field. Through its teams, like the one that represented BCC last year, it shows real loves (no strings attached). Volunteers and community partners serve as an extended family for foster parents and to the children entrusted to them. If you would like to be a part of the new team forming, please contact Kathi Hinckley, Mission Board Chair.
On Jan. 15, BCC once again fed our neighbors in need at the L or d?s Dinner . About 20 volunteers cooked and served a meal of chicken tacos, beans with cheese, a beautiful fresh fruit salad, milk, lemonade and birthday cake. 172 meals were served to 87 people on a cold night thanks to the hard work and compassion of these BCC volunteers. The next Lord?s Dinner will be Sunday, March 15. You can be a part of this important mission by signing up at the Mission Table.
Church Fellowship and News L adies L uncheon at Edelweiss Restaur ant Wednesday, February 19 at 11:30 AM Everyone is invited to enjoy a social time and good food. To make your reservations, call Joan Capesius, 576-2621 or cell 719-321-1167 by noon on Tuesday, February 18. If you would like a ride to the restaurant, meet at the church at 11:00 AM. Pr ayer s for Our Community Natalie Adams, Mary Kanas, Mary Elizabeth Miller, Fred Boswell, Lee Evenson, Dick Dailey, Dick Hanes, Wanda Reaves. Paula Heinrichs, Mary Henson and the families of those who have lost loved ones. 2019 Annual Repor t The 2019 Annual Report will be available online at BCC's website (www.broadmoorchurh.org) by February 14. If you would like a hard copy, please contact Susan in the church office.
"Capturing Light and Color" The BCC Arts Committee invites you to experience the beauty & magic of the many moods of Colorado through the eyes of local artist, Joan Judge. Joan, a landscape artist, concentrates on the fluidity and brilliance of color as she puts her interpretation of Colorado Landscape on canvas. Her exhibit titled "Capturing Light and Color" can be seen in the Fireside Room through February 19. BCC Publication Guidelines For the Belltower, info must be received by the 15th of the previous month. All submissions are subject to review, editing, and placement. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org,. BCC Snow Policy In the event of extreme weather conditions (snow, etc.), church offices and programs will follow Cheyenne Mountain D-12 closures. This guideline affects classes, activities, events and business at the church. Television stations KOAA, KRDO, KKTV list D-12 closings. Radio stations KRCC and KRDO report closings on their websites.
What's Happening With the Faith For mation Progr am? The Faith Formation Coordinator position job description is being honed based on comments from Personnel, Faith Formation, as well as the youth and parents at the Youth Ministry meeting. The parents and youth who gathered last Sunday were clear that they wanted to continue meeting jr. high and high school groups together until there is a large enough number to split. They were amenable to meeting with another church (Chapel of Our Saviour); and were somewhat interested in a future mission trip. The majority thought that having a youth director would be beneficial. When complete, the job description/s will be posted and the interview team (Amber Beard, Weller Dorff, Ron Kinder, & myself) will review applications and begin interviewing by late February. The Church School interim coordinator position has been filled by three amazing BCC women: Laurel
Froedge, Lynleigh Holmes, and Amber Beard. They will make certain that the teachers (yes, we have a nice complement of teachers and substitutes) feel prepared to teach the classes each week and have the supplies they need to do so. They are also beginning to work on Easter events. Meg Shortlidge has agreed to be the coordinator with our nursery attendant, Faith. Journeys Group meets monthly on the first Thursday, 2:30 to 4:00 PM. If you wish to attend please contact: Charlie Coon, email@example.com The purpose of this Group is to share individual experiences, and to explore various writings and videos relating to ?The Perennial Tradition.? (Perennial Recognition). This Tradition proclaims that all spiritual traditions are rooted in Recognition of our Self? ! Neighbor hood Slam! Febr uar y 23 @ 4pm All youth (6th-12th grades), in this church or no church at all, are invited to come together for an afternoon of food, relays, braintwisters, and fun. Stay tuned!
BCC Leadership Update Your Executive Council continues to meet monthly under the guidance of Moderator, Jen Dorff. A Board or Committee Chair is invited to offer an update; and BCC's purpose is held front and center in terms of how we want to move forward and how our budget will allow that progress. Your EC is conscious of your generosity and is working to be good stewards of your monies. They also hope to make recurring online giving more accessible and more frequently used by our congregation. A Hiring Policy was approved by the EC recently and a Safe Church Policy is in the works to make sure that vulnerable children and adults are cared for in our congregation.
Finances-2019 & 2020 The books were closed on 2019 with a deficit of $17,455. This was in part due to the decreased giving of some people but also reflected the many faithful givers who died this past year. It is incumbent upon ALL of us to give generously to the ministries of BCC! The 2020 Budget has been approved by the EC and although the contribution amount has been lessened from 2019, expenses have been trimmed as well so that the bottom line shows BCC will be $65 in the black at year-end.
Ash Wednesday Febr uar y 26 Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, forty days (46 if you count the Sundays!) of spiritual deepening before Easter. As we remember that "from dust we have come, and to dust we shall return," we receive the ashes of last year's palm processional on our foreheads. You may come at noon to the Sanctuary for Meditation & the Imposition of Ashes. The community will also gather at 5:45pm in Otto Fellowship Hall for soup, bread and salad. Our inclusive worship will begin at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.
Freddie and Jerry Smith moved to COS permanently 2 1/2 years ago from Dallas. They have three children and seven grandchildren (One in the picture). Freddie is originally from Texas and Jerry from Oklahoma. They met in Lubbock while he was attending USAF pilot training. Freddie enjoys walking and reading while Jerry enjoys swimming with a Masters swim team.
Martha Barton was born in Boston during WWII. After the war, her family moved to Minnesota. Her pre-school years happened in a small farming community (Heron Lake) but most of her upbringing was in Northfield. Martha's college education led her to a nursing career in Minneapolis, Denver and COS. After marriage, she and her husband settled in COS (51 years ago). Their two sons were born in the ?70s. Throughout these decades, her nursing expanded to a variety of specialized care. She was very active in volunteer community services as well. Through this exposure, Martha was drawn to the work happening in the Hospice industry. She was hired (1987) to lead the first hospice organization in our community. Under her leadership, this organization added Palliative Care as well as a Foundation of its own, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care. After 30 years of leading PPHPC, she retired in 2017. She is (again) gladly volunteering for several of the not-for-profit organizations doing good work in our community.
Glenda Stafford & LaDonna Watson
Cheryl Greaser moved to Colorado Springs from PA 4 years ago after her husband unexpectedly passed away. Her son Jason and she recently bought a home, so they're experiencing the joy and angst of ownership. Since being in Colorado, she's found she enjoys hiking. She got her scuba certification. She also found a place called the Eagles where you can discover your inner dancer. She's met amazing friends who are helping her find herself and what that truly means. Her husband was a UCC pastor and retired Chaplain, it took her awhile to find a new church home without him. With the gentle guidance from her friend, Gloria, she found this wonderful church family. She thanks you for your acceptance of her with all her flaws, faults and idiosyncrasies.
Jennifer Koslowsky, better known as ?Jen?, grew up in Vermont with one sister and amazing parents. She lost her Dad to suicide when she was 16 and less than 2 years ago, she lost her Mom after a 4-year battle with breast cancer. Jennifer never lost her faith at any point in her life, but she did venture away from church. One of her Mom?s dying wishes was to see Jen get involved in a church community again, so she knows her Mom is looking down on her with a huge smile today. Jen is what some people would term a ?workaholic?. She successfully ran her own neuromuscular massage therapy business for nearly 20 years, but she started suffering from chronic back pain.
She felt like God was telling her she needed to go into another field, but when you have one you already love and find security in, it?s hard to walk away. Jen continues to suffer from back pain, but she asked God what he wanted her next step to be and she felt that he was encouraging her to dive into the field of real estate where she hopes to continue to connect on a personal level with her clients. Jen is now an agent with Coldwell Banker Red Rock Realty. She is hopeful that if anyone is looking to buy or sell, that they would reach out (332-9239 or JenSellsHomesCO.com). Jen brings compassion and dedication to whatever she is doing. She believes that we are put here on this Earth to learn how to love and help others. When Jen isn?t working, you will find her doing yoga, hiking, baking, or enjoying time kayaking on the Colorado reservoirs with her husband, Daryl, who also attends BCC.
Enter ing the Passion of Jesus: Pictur ing Our selves in the Stor y This Lenten theme invites us to "freeze-fram" moments in the Holy Week story in order to spend more time in the story and to see our own lives as part of the ongoing story of risk for the sake of making a beter world. Join us at 10am Sunday mornings. There will also be a small group study on a book of a similar name (Entering the Passion of Jesus.) by Amy Jill Levine. If you would like to help facilitate, contact Pastor Anne today.
Stacey Lehner is originally from NJ, has been in CO for 23 years & loves the small town feel of COS with all the amenities of a city. Married with 3 daughters. Real estate broker with Keller Williams and teaches at the Real Estate College of Colorado. Loves reading, hiking, camping, and spending time with Abigail, Autumn, and Ayla. Ayla Lehner is a student at Manitou Springs High and is involved in the student council.She has a passion for music and sings in the Summit Ensemble with the COS Children?s Chorale. Loves cats, having fun with friends, singing and playing piano.
Diana Morrisey has lived in Colorado with her family for the past 23 years, the last 11 in Colorado Springs. She and her husband Tim have four grown children and two grandchildren. She is retired from teaching Language Arts in various states, and is now a volunteer tutor and library helper at Midland Elementary in D11.
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