Belltower Broadmoor Community Church, UCC C ommunit y Pet Lovers Fair
Small G roup M inist ry
Sunday, O ct ober 7t h 2-4pm. T his communit y event will offer pet phot os, vendors, and much more! See Back Page for det ails.
Beginning in mid-O ct ober, we will offer several small groups t o discuss various t opics. See Pg. 4 for det ails.
WORSHIP 10:00am Worship in t he Sanct uary 11:00am Fel l owship in t he Ot t o Hal l IN THIS ISSUE Your Minister's Musings ~ Rev.Cubbage....................1 Bless ~ Corina Hurst ..................................................2 Fait h Format ion........................................................3 Smal l Groups............................................................4 60t h Anniversary......................................................5 Music Minist ry..........................................................6 Missions...................................................................7 Church & Fel l owship News.......................................8 Giving ......................................................................9 Communit y Opport unit ies......................................10 Pet Fair & Bl essing................................................Back
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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 an interminably long summer and my heart has been somewhat parched with so many on vacation or hiatus from church (You have been missed!). We are all more than ready for our wildernesses to ?burst into bloom?. This is true for our rain-starved hearts and souls here at Broadmoor Community as well. It has been a hot, dry summer. We have run from the battering and beating of the crazy busy and divisive world and in so many 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 the Leadership of our church gathered to consider what it means to claim that ?community?is our middle name?, my fears are subsiding and my hopes blossom. After a rousing and successful 60th Anniversary Celebration, I am more able to look out beyond the still brown landscape to see that life hasn?t and doesn?t stand still (have you seen the glorious stands of aspen?) . . . and God IS with us. This is a time in history when standing still as a congregation is not an option. God is bringing new life and hope all around us. Although our Jesus-given mission never changes, 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 UCC constitution 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 recent 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 dryness of our hearts receives the autumn rains and the winter snows that will bring new life and joy. Won?t you join me in allowing God?s transforming power to invigorate and resuscitate us this Fall and Winter? How will you allow the abundance of God?s grace to rain down upon you and your life? How will you share that abundance with your faith community? I wonder . . . Grace & Peace,
P astor Anne
bless [bles] verb (used with object), bl essed or bl est , bl essÂˇing. 1. to consecrate or sanctify by a religious rite; make or pronounce holy. 2. to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on: Bless this house. 3. to bestow good of any kind upon: a nation blessed with peace. 4. to extol as holy; glorify: Bless the name of the Lord. 5. to protect or guard from evil (usually used as an interjection): Bless you!
Many years ago, I gave my first tithe. I went to the bank on Friday, and asked for a new $20 bill. I found a small envelope in my mother's desk drawer, and brought it to church on Sunday morning. The pastor announced a time of quiet meditation after the sermon, and the pianist ran her fingers very softly over the keys. The guitar player did not know how to play quietly, so he meditated too. In my own time, I walked back to the dark part of the sanctuary, and stood next to the offering box. I wrote the name of the church on my envelope, and put my modest gift inside. And then? I blessed it. "God, I know that all I have is yours. Please help the church use this offering to glorify you, and to do good works". I dropped my envelope in the offering box, and went back to my seat. This did not exactly feel exciting, but the act of not just giving, but praying over the gift felt important. On Thursday afternoons, I enter the children's classrooms at church. I fill a small plastic cup, once used to dye easter eggs, with water from the tap. It is ordinary and mundane, but this water gives life to earth's creatures. I hold my hand over the purple container and say aloud "God, bless this water, and make it holy. Bless the children who it will touch, and let it fill them with Spirit. May they find comfort through their teachers who pray over them, and may they begin to know who you are while they are in this room." This water will draw crosses on the foreheads and tiny hands of our children and youth, and will create a sacred moment for the youngest in our family. This water is holy, and it is blessed. On a Sunday morning in the Fall, I wake up early and begin to re-pack my duffel bag. The forest at La Foret is still quiet, but God's presence is loud. I help make sure all the teens are awake for breakfast, and after we eat, we gather together outside in a circle. I place my hands on one head at a time, and all the others who are present lay their hands too. Others, even strangers, see what is happening and the circle grows. We thank God together for our friends, "Thank you God, for this incredible young man. We thank you for his strength of character, and we ask you to bless him and grow his gifts. We thank you for his presence with us, and we ask your protection upon him. May he know, Holy One, that he is loved unconditionally, and that he matters". Every single one; we stay, and reach, and channel God's love until they have all been blessed. Every hand that touched a shoulder, held a wrist; God's blessing poured through it and into the beloved child in the center. And even if I did not say, they knew. We all felt the Holy Spirit there. Blessing. This is the single most important thing I do. Not in my work, but in my life. I am no priest, no pastor, no chosen individual. I am, overall, very average. The thing that is extraordinary is that I am a child of God, and so are you. At the table, bless your bread. When you hear an ambulance go by, bless those inside. If you give a gift to the church, to a food pantry, to a blood bank-- bless it. And even though it can be scary, and unfamiliar, and oh so very vulnerable, bless your neighbors. This is our gift, and we are made to share it. Corina
Some t hings you need t o k now for O ct ober! children*yout h*adult s*family*whole church
Yout h Pumpk in Part y
Fall Ret reat for Yout h Nov. 2?4 @ LaForet
Sunday, Oct . 28, 5-7pm at Corina's House Join us to decorate mini pumpkins and break bread together! Snacks will be provided, and kids are welcome to bring goodies too. All 6th-12th grade youth are invited to come be a part of this fun tradition. More info to come; parents should be on the lookout for an email with details!
Sacrament of Bapt ism Sabrina Brooks Hol mes Parents: Joshua & Lynleigh Holmes
With so many ways to be connected, our youth are *always* plugged in, rarely (if ever) getting the opportunity to truly rest or spend time with friends sans Internet. Now, we're finding that this constant connection often makes us feel more isolated, not less. All youth grades 6?12 are invited to our Fal l Yout h Ret reat . The theme is La Foret: Unplugged, which invites us to experience how powerful it is to simply be? with ourselves, with each other, and with God. We'll spend as much time outdoors as possible ? enjoying hikes, campfires, free time, the labyrinth, you name it? so please pack several layers and good outdoor shoes! You can register your child online at: https:/ / rmcucc.campbrainregistration.com/
C onfirmat ion 20 18 Sunday, Oct ober 7 is Conf irmat ion Sunday. The confirmands who have been meeting since January will participate in the worship service at 10 am. Please join this amazing group of young people, their families, and their mentors in worship and at the reception following worship to celebrate this milestone in their lives.. The confirmands participated in one service project last Spring and will participate in the CityServe Day of Service the day before Confirmation Sunday. They participated in a day and a half retreat and have completed a faith statement or project that reflects their current beliefs about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit . . . and how those beliefs carry over into the Church. I am so very proud of these young men and women and rejoice with them in their accomplishment.
Wh y Doesn't God Lik e Religiou s People -- Par ables f r om t h e Back Side - An n e Cu bbage Monday evenings at 5pm, beginning October 22. Otto Fellowship Hall. Childcare provided, please let us know if you will need it. Jou r n eys - Ch ar lie Coon "Life's purpose resides in observing the various journeys in our life experience, recognizing that our way of "seeing" influences what we see." Time and Location are TBD Spir it u alit y & Th e 12 St eps - M ar y An n Bom gar dn er & Lyn da Sch edler Begins Oct. 16. Tuesday evenings, 5:30-7pm in the West Wing. Come explore, heal and pray with us in community. This group is open to all! Com in g Up: A Boy 's Adven t u r es in 1940s Color ado Spr in gs - Lu cy Bell Discussion on the new book written by Lucy herself. True stories from the boyhood of Oliver Bell and little known history of the black community in CO Springs. Wednesdays, October 24 & 31, and November 7 at 10:00am in the Conference Room Th e Pow er of Blessin g - Cor in a Hu r st "A Blessing is a bond... Don't you ever think a blessing is just words." Monday evenings at 5pm, beginning October 15th. 5 Sessions. West Wing 1. Childcare provided, please let us know if you will need it.
60t h Anniver sar y Picnic As chair of last Sunday's celebration, I left the picnic with two thoughts. One is that we have a wonderful congregation full of compassionate members that care and enjoy a good time. Two is that we should go to church for Anne's thoughtful sermons on Sunday, and open a bakery on the other days of the week. Your desserts were creative and delicious. There are so many to contribute to making a church wide celebration successful. Particular thanks go to the members of the planning team and their helpers: Rev. Anne Cubbage - Adviser and creator of the bingo game Rev. Lynn Hurst - Music by the Ensemble that was so much fun Kathi Hinckley/ Missions Team - Children games Norman Cole/ Executive Council - Hospitality and Tear Down Gary Foote/ Worship & Arts - Sponsor of the bouncy house and silent pie auction Marcia Wilcox - Food acquisition and preparation Charlotte Mason/ Sunday Fellowship - Table decorations and desserts Debbie Uhl & Denise Baker/ Christian Education - Cake walk Barbara Gazibara - Historical panels Bridgett Lambert/ Worship & Arts - Art Walk Gretchen Long - Miniature Horses Susan Simmons/ Community Life - Costume contest and awards Charlie Coon, Bryan Hurst and Don Gazibara - Photographers Congregation - Pies, cakes, setup, tear-down, cleaning and so much more Thank you! Rick Anderson, chair of Community Life Board
CONSIDER JOINING THE VIBRANT, MUSICAL LIFE AT BROADMOOR COMMUNITY CHURCH! NO AUDITIONS ARE REQUIRED. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT LYNN HURST AT 473-1807 X116 OR lhurst @broadmoorchurch.org
M usic EXPERIENCING & EXPRESSING GOD THROUGH MUSIC
I f Choirs areto continue... Weneed YOU!! Children?s Choirs
We need more chil dren 4 years ol d - 5t h grade! Bring a f riend Music & Movement Cl ass (4 year olds - 1st grade) Wednesday, 5:30 - 6:15pm We have a lot of fun playing instruments, moving to music and singing. If you want your child to have more musical experiences, this is the place to be! Chapel Choir (2nd - 5th grade) Wednesday, 6:30 - 7:15pm We are preparing music to sing in worship at both BCC and Chapel of Our Savior. Please bring a friend and help us grow the choir!
Yout h Choir & Bells We need 6t h - 12t h graders!! We meet in the Choir Room on Sundays after worship from 11:15 - Noon. Pl ease bring a f riend and join us as we prepare to lead worship with singing, ringing, drama and dance!
More Singers and Ringers are NEEDED for ... Sanct uary Choir, Thursday 7:00 - 8:30pm Senior Bel l Choir, Thursday 1:15 - 2:00pm Come join t he f un!!
WelcomeNew Music I nterns We are very pleased to have four Music Interns this year. The three new ones are on a trial basis through October and will then decide if they are able to make the full year commitment. Please welcome them to our church and help them feel a part of our congregation. Blaize Adler-Ivanbrook (returning): Baritone, soph at CC Reilly Williams (new): Tenor, soph at CC Alison (Ali) Archuleta (new): Alto, soph at UCCS Sophie Young (new): Soprano, soph at UCCS Look for more information about them in our November Belltower.
October Concert in t he Sanct uary Saturday, Oct 6, 7:00pm Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Waves of Poetry Music by Mozart, Britten & Debussy Pre-Concert Lecture with George Preston at 6:15 Tickets available at the door or by calling 633-3649 order online at chamberorchestraofthesprings.org
INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE? Contact Missions cochairs Kathi (329-1949 email@example.com) or Patty (520-0576 firstname.lastname@example.org). Join our monthly board meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room.
TheLord's Dinner Thanks to all of you who stepped up to help with the Lord?s Dinner in September. Over 140 neighbors were served a delicious stir fry dinner coordinated by Bryan Hurst. Upcoming: We will need help for our Thanksgiving Dinner in November. We'll need: Mashed Potatoes, Dressing, Green Beans, and Pies -- enough to feed at least 175 people. Sign ups will be available starting next month.
CityServeDay is Saturday October 6. Learn more about this city wide day of service to our home city at the sign up table in the Narthex. BCC will join 35 other local churches in providing needed service to the nonprofits in Colorado Springs. You can help in one of two ways- sort clothes and cut out fabric at Partners In Housing, or help clean the exterior and interior of apartments that are being readied for the homeless in our community with Family Life Services. Both projects will be from 9-noon.
World Holiday Market Sign ups are open! We need vendor helpers, security, sellers for Women?s Bean Project and baked good for the Bake Sale. One new vendor is 16 year old Kayla Wolins, who has raised over $30,000 for the The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado from the sale of her notecards and photos. She started doing this at age 12! Come support Kayla?s nonprofit, Cards for Caring, as she demonstrates the very best of today?s youth. Many other new vendors as well.
STEP Grants Update North Middle School students received a blessing through the BCC STEP Grant program in the form of new shoes! Supershoes, organized by Tom Hurley and Ed Brady, delivered several carloads of shoes to students who needed them. Thank you for this amazing work!
Socktober Warm Feet, Warm Hearts
Yes, you read that right, SOCKS!
Get i nvol v ed
by put t i n g your f ai t h i nt o act i on!
We are asking for donations of socks, to be given to B Street Pantry, Urban Peak, and other organizations in our city who serve our homeless neighbors.
Church Fellow ship and New s Ladies Luncheon Edelweiss Restaurant, October 9th at 11:30 AM All women of the church and their friends are invited to attend the next Ladies Luncheon. If you want to car pool, meet at the church parking lot at 11:00 AM. For reservations, call Joan Capesius (576-2621) by noon on Monday, October 8th.
Latitudes & Attitudes November 20th, 7pm in the Fireside Room. Badass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer. ?Part history, part scholarly adventure story, and part journalist survey, Hammer writes with verve and expertise? about how Haidara, a mild-mannered archivist from the legendary city of Timbuktu, became one of the world?s greatest smugglers. Haidara organized a dangerous operation to sneak 350,000 texts out of the city to the safety of southern Mali. His story is one of a man who, through extreme circumstances, discovered his higher calling and was changed forever.
Boo!mers' Costume& Demonic Pot Luck 1946-1964 Bring a 'Possessed Appetizer', 'Satanic Side Dish' or 'Demonic Dessert' to share. 'Eerie Entree' provided! 'Ghostly Libations' gladly accepted. Prizes for 'Scariest Dish' & 'Spookiest Costume'! Sat urday, Oct ober 27, 6:00 pm, 2870 Aquila Ct RSVP: Gary & Anne Foote email@example.com or 473-0716
Senior Fellowship The Fall/ Winter Luncheon will be held at the Edelweiss Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave. on Sat. Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m. Richard Marold, author, will portray pioneer Winfield Scott Stratton. A sign-up table will be available in the Narthex Sundays October 21 & 28 and Nov.4. Reservations may also be made by calling Don Gazibara at 473-3367 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is November 4. We look forward to seeing you there.
Hal l oween Treat Bags f or TESSA Join Women's Fellowship Monday, Oct ober 1, at 1:45pm in Otto Hall, to f il l Hal l oween t reat bags f or adul t s and chil dren for TESSA to distribute to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault that they serve. All supplies are provided so, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE join us in this worthwhile and fun project!! Call Ginny Rosinski (576-3570) if you have any questions. Cal endars f or TESSA Are you st art ing t o get t hose f ree cal endars in t he mail ? TESSA?s victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault can use them. Put them in either of the Women?s Fellowship?s mail slots in the copier room in the office area. If you have any questions, please call Ginny Rosinski (576-3570).
What will beyour investment in BCC for 2019? Through your investments of time, talent and treasure, BCC was able in 2018 to: -
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Send a team of missionaries to Houston for Disaster Relief yo u r in v e s t m e n t Raise over $1200 for One Great Hour of Sharing al l ow B CC t o Offer a Blue Christmas Service for our Community a c c o m p l is h Meet our neighbors through the Annual Community Pet Lovers Fair i n 2 0 19 ? Hire a new Faith Formation Coordinator as well as a new Nursery Attendant To g e t h e r w e c an Hold 6 highly successful summer outdoor concerts make a d if f e r e n c e ! Repair and upgrade the pipe organ's computer system Send several youth to camp and hold the first Confirmation Class in over 5 years 315 Lake Ave, COS 80906 * (719) 4731807 * www.broadmoorchurch.org * Find us on Facebook!
Proportional Giving Chart
What 's Up Wit h This Chart ? The tithe was recognized by our Hebrew ancestors as the best way to honor God for the blessings of their lives AND to sustain the tribe of Levitical priests who had not received land as did the other eleven tribes. It was seen as a way to help the widow, the orphan, and the sojourner. The tithe was often the best of ones harvest--the first fruits. The recognized amount was a tenth of one's harvest (or income). The chart above will allow you to view your goal and to recognize the steps needed to achieve that goal (or perhaps to reach beyond). 1. Find where YOU are on the chart (your annual income and current giving). 2. Move to the right to determine where you want to be.
Pl ease ret urn t his Invest ment Card t o t he church on Sunday, Oct ober 28--Ref ormat ion Sunday: t he day we renew our covenant s wit h God and God's peopl e in t his pl ace.
Fellowship Sunday - Spend T ime Toget her! To honor the desire and need we have to spend time in fellowship together, t he f irst Sunday of each mont h wil l have no schedul ed af t er church act ivit ies, with the exception of youth choir. Please use this time to enjoy the company of your beloved church family, and especially get to know someone with whom you are not yet acquainted! This is a time that all ages and stages are welcome, so bring yourself and bring your family.
C ommunit y-W ide Experiences and O pport unit ies Please check out the stairwell bulletin board & Belltower Newsletter for community-wide experiences such as lectures, connecting with our sister churches and musical concerts. If you have something to add to the board, please contact our church office.
Lumunos D enver A rea M en's Ret reat
H ome: Building Pride, Finding Family
Crossing the River:
Benefit C oncert
Swimming Toward Spiritual Growth
Denver Gay Men?s Chorus with Out Loud, The Colorado Springs Men's Chorus on Sept ember 29t h, at 7:30 p.m. at t he First Unit ed Met hodist Church in Col orado Springs. Go to DGMC.org for tickets.
October 5-7, 2018 | Franciscan Retreat Center, 7740 Deer Hill Grove Colorado Springs, CO 80919 802.860.1936 email@example.com
Concert addresses the challenges of homelessness and housing insecurity in our world. We will be partnering with West side Cares, Homeward Pikes Peak, Urban Peak and Care and Share. A port ion of t he proceeds of t he concert goes t o t hese
Br i n g a Fr i en d . . . Br i n g y ou r p et s! Com e joi n th e f u n an d i n tr od u ce ou r n ei gh bor s to Br oad m oor Com m u n i t y Ch u r ch 's ex tr av agan t h osp i t al i t y ! T h i s i s a f u n an d m ean i n gf u l even t f or th e w h ol e f am i ly to en joy !