Belltower March 2020
In This Issue Your Minister's Musings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Entering the Passion of Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Faith Formation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Music Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Missions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Church Fellowship and News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
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Your Minister's Musings
The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come ... come to save you." Isaiah 35:1-4
It has been a long snowy winter, and we are all more than ready for our wildernesses to "burst into bloom." This is true for our sun-starved hearts and souls here at Broadmoor Community UCC as well. It has been a gray cold winter. We have hunkered down and in some ways it feels as if we have feeble hands and unsteady knees. BUT . . . we are encouraged with Isaiah's words, "Be strong, do not fear, [our] God will come to save [us]." As your Executive Council works toward putting feet to our church's purpose, my fears are subsiding, and my hopes blossom. I am more able to look out beyond the still mounded snow to see that life hasn't and doesn't stand still (have you seen the brave buds on the trees?) . . . and God IS with us. This is a time in history when standing still as a congregation is just not an option. God is bringing new life and hope all around us. Although our Christ-given mission never changes (sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and God's extravagant love and grace), how we express that message, how we engage people and share the gospel with them is something that does need to be changed at times in order to reach those who have yet to hear it or know it. We are instructed to transform lives and communities and institutions and injustice through that gospel! The Preamble of the
United Church of Christ guides us in this with these words: [The UCC] claims as its own the faith of the historic Church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. It affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality of worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God. Diana Butler Bass writes about her research with vital congregations in which she found: Vital mainline congregations all over the United States are actually deepening spiritually and, in most cases, growing in membership. (The desert is blooming!) The 50 congregations in her study embrace no evangelistic strategy, no programmatic style of church growth. They exhibit Christian authenticity, express a coherent faith, and offer members ways to live with passion and purpose. (The wilderness rejoices!) These churches exude a strong sense of mission and identity. (Hear the shouts of joy!) Let us, each one, watch for the signs of new life as the ice and snow encasing our hearts melts. Won't you join me this Lent in allowing God's transforming power to invigorate and resuscitate us? I wonder . . . Grace & Peace,
Throughout Lent we will "freeze-frame" moments of Holy Week so we might put ourselves in the picture, thereby "Entering the Passion of Jesus."
Join us this Lent and Easter! No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
Worship and Event Schedule Sundays, 10:00 am
Mar 15 - 'The Teaching: Risking Challenge"
Mar 1 - "The Parade: Risking Reputation"
Mar 22 - "The First Dinner: Risking Rejection"
Mar 29 -'The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends"
All Ages Lenten Workshop in Otto Hall
Mar 8 - The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger
Apr 5 - "The Garden: Rifling Temptation"
Mondays, 12:30 pm or Wednesdays, 5:30 pm Small Group Lenten Study based on Amy-Jill Levine's book, "Entering the Passion of Jesus"
Lenten Study Groups
Gather to discuss each day of Jesus' last week. Amy Jill Levine's book, Entering the Passion of Jesus, is the basis for the curriculum. Groups will meet each Wednesday beginning on March 4 at 5:30 pm and another on Mondays beginning March 2 at 12:30 pm. You may come at noon with your lunch. Books are available from Pastor Anne.
Journeys Group meets monthly on the first Thursday, 2:30 to 4:00 pm. If you wish to attend please contact: Charlie Coon, firstname.lastname@example.org 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. . . !
Church School at BCC
Broadmoor Community UCC values Faith Formation for all ages. The children and youth classes typically meet during the worship service (immediately following the Children's Time) on 2nd through 4th Sundays. Due to Spring Break, Palm Sunday, Easter & Holy Humor Sunday, the following schedule will be kept:
The entire faith community worships as one (special activities available)
Church School (don't forget to change your clocks)
March 22 - April 19
The entire faith community worship as one (special activities available)
Saturday, March 7 6:15 pm Pre-Concert Lecture 7:00 pm Concert Baroque Tangents The Chamber Orchestra’s resident expert in Baroque music, Elisa Wicks, lets her talent shine in a Baroque concert with a twist.
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Tickets available at the door, by calling 633-3649 or online @ chamberorchestraofthesprings.org
Once-a-Month Choir: March 15 will be your chance to sing with the Sanctuary Choir. Join us that day at 9:15 am in the Choir Room to prepare for the 10:00 am worship service. It’s not only meaningful, but fun!
If you would like to sing with us during the Lenten season (some of the best music of the year) through Easter, please join us for rehearsal on Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
Chapel Choir (2nd through 5th) - New Schedule: Please join us for the last 6 weeks of choir. Even if you haven’t been a part of the choir all school year, it’s not too late to give us a try. We learn about music and our faith while preparing music to sing in worship. We meet in the West Wing on Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:15 pm. We will meet March 4, 11 and 18. NO choir March 25, April 1 and 8. We will meet April 15, 22 and 29.
Spring activities from your Mission Team BCC will be working with our partners at North Middle School during Lent. Purchase a lunch ticket to help pay off the schools' lunch debt or bring in granola bars and snacks for students. (Did you know NMS currently has about 30 students who are homeless?)
Let's "Crash the Lounge" again the first day after spring break, March 30. They LOVED it when we did that last year. Just bring a treat, sweet or savory, to the Otto Hall on Sunday, March 29. (And did you know student success and teacher turnover are directly linked?) On May 2 a city-wide project from COSILoveYou will pair local schools with local churches to provide volunteers to work on projects that the schools need doing. Our partnership with NMS is an example and inspiration for other churches in the area. We can be very proud of that! Last spring, we cleaned up the student courtyard at NMS. Save May 2 and wait for more details.
Our Lord's Dinner
This month's Lord's Dinner will be on Sunday, March 15. If you would like to help with the preparation or to serve and clean up, please sign up at the Missions Table in the Fireside Room. Teens accompanied by an adult are welcome to attend the event.
Church Fellowship & News
The 2019 Annual Report is available.
View it online by going to our website broadmoorchurch.org and click on the "Annual Report" button. Congratulations to Addison Gentry & Amber Beard, who were married at Shove Chapel on February 29.
Wednesday March 18, 11:30 am Everyone is invited to enjoy a social time and good food at Joseph's Dining (1606 S. 8th St). To make reservations, call Joan Capesius (576-2621 or cell 321-1167) by noon Tuesday, March 17. For a ride, meet at the church at 11:00 am.
Online Directory Access
So many of our members/active nonmembers, are excited about using ShelbyNext on their phones for Member Contacts. If you aren't utilizing it and would like to know how, contact Susan in the church office!
The Arts Committee would like to thank all those who participated in the "Clean Out Your Closets...of ART" event! And especially to those who helped support the event by purchasing art with 10% of the proceeds going to the Arts Committee.
Baby Boomers (1946-1964) St. Patty's Day Bash! Let's get "Jiggy" at Roger & Marge's (4309 Stonesthrow View) March 14 @ 6:00 pm. Certain driveways will be designated for parking with signs. Please do not park on-street within the circle, which is Stonesthrow View. RSVP: email@example.com or (719-3387875 text) Bring your favorite beverage & a green (or another color) appetizer.
Broadmoor Musikgarten Academy has been selected for the 2020 Best of Colorado Springs Awards in the category of Kids Activities.
Pikes Peak Interfaith Coalition present Community Dialogue
Mental Health Help
Relationships can be tricky in times such as these. On March 1 (2:00-4:00 pm) the Pikes Peak Interfaith Coalition will lead an experience to help you navigate your relationships. You are invited to join with your neighbors to develop a better understanding of what we have in common in matters that affect all of us. We believe that relationships are the path forward so that all can be heard and valued in Colorado Springs and around the world. Join us at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive).
The Mental Health First Aid USA curriculum emphasizes prevention and early identification of mental health issues, and triage techniques for crisis situations. Participants will learn how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. NAMI, Colorado Springs will bring this program to BCC on April 4 through the support of the STEP Grant.
Faces of Christ
Through a special collection of prints, acquired in the early 1970's, titled "Faces of Christ", the BCC Arts Committee invites you to put yourself in the story as we follow the events of the Passion of Jesus. This rare collection can be seen during the six weeks of Lent in the Fireside Room.
Stratmoor Hills B Street Pantry Turns 10!
BCC was instrumental in its inception. Join the celebration on March 4. Media & the community are welcome to meet at 2:30pm for a brief tour & history. The official celebration begins at 3:30pm.
April 5 Film Viewing BCC folks are invited to attend this film. We are one of the sponsors for this film about a passionate woman who has been nominated as a saint of the Roman Catholic Church despite her unorthodox and often radical actions and words. After the viewing, join the group for a meal and discussion. For more information, read Day's autobiography: The Long Loneliness.