Broadmoor Community Church, UCC
In this Issue:
Your Minister's Musings - Rev. Anne Cubbage.............................2
Holy Humor Sunday............................................................................3
Faith Formation ..................................................................................4
New Members .....................................................................................5
Missions & Outreach..........................................................................9
Church Fellowship & News..............................................................10
Community Opportunity .............................................................Back
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00am Fellowship in the Otto Hall
He is Risen!
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Easter Sunday, April 1st
See Page 1 for details!
Join us for Worship April 1st
& Invite a Friend!
6:30am Community Sunrise Service
Join us in the Meditation Glen for early morning worship outside!
9am Worship Service
10am Fellowship & Egg Hunt
All ages are welcome to join us for coffee, treats and conversation! Parents and children can participate in an Easter egg hunt in the Meditation Glen.
11am Worship Service
Your Minister’s Musings
Sermon Series: Beyond Easter--Rethinking 'Impossible'
Beginning with Mary and the women at the tomb, the days beyond Easter were filled with "Impossible Things"! Thomas, the disciples at the Sea of Tiberius, and devout Jews from every nation hearing their native language were all perplexed and bewildered. How could these things be? What crazy game was God playing on those folks--and how do we react today as we journey beyond Easter . . . into the impossible?
Join us each Sunday morning to experience God's Spirit . . . beyond Easter!
I remembered the line of children and adults who had entered the sanctuary waving palms as the congregation sang with the band, “Break Dividing Walls”. I could picture the adults who studiously and surreptitiously worked to create palm crosses according to the printed instructions, during the sermon. I heard again the prayer “joy” from a 3-year old who announced that he would soon be a big brother. I replayed the concern voiced about a 90-year old brother who had died peacefully during the night
Were these but memories? Or is something bigger at play? Did that 170 - year - old sanctuary retain memories of God’s intimate moments in our lives? Is it possible that voices from the past echoed out with the same words we spoke today, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!” Is it conceivable that our collective memories perpetuate the good news of God’s in-breaking into our day - to - day lives? Is it possible that in the messiness of the day, we, who claim to be followers of Jesus, will continue to be reminded of the messiness of Jesus’ day?
As the people shouted their praises and put their cloaks on the ground to honor the one who was entering Jerusalem that day, don’t you imagine that there were more questions than answers in most minds? Can’t you imagine those plotting Jesus’ demise shaking their heads at the pomp of this heretical pretender, concerned that this blasphemer’s political action might bring down the iron fist of the Roman Empire? Can’t you read the confusion in the eyes of those who had given up everything to follow this rabbi, this Son of God? And can’t you just imagine the churning that was going on in the belly of Jesus?
Don’t you imagine that after the parade was over, many who went back to their homes went back transformed? Isn’t it possible that others went home reconsidering their own actions of the day: could this man on the back of a young colt possibly be the Messiah for which they waited? Wasn’t he too passive, too self-effacing? Is it any wonder that in Hebrews we read, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
We are challenged to face our fears, to ask our questions, . . . to consider our faith within the holiness of our memories, our stories, and the comforting sanctuaries of life. Will we? . . . I wonder . . .
Grace & Peace,
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible. Hebrews 11:1-3
The sanctuary sat silent in the mid-afternoon light, still warm from the heat and the bodies earlier in the day. The palms taped to the sides of the pews bent at unnatural angles having been broken as folks hurried to catch up with an old friend or to make a new one; and the palms in the chancel were, upon close inspection, dry and brittle. Long single palm fronds lay forgotten in several pews; and the general disorder was enough to bring a smile to my face.
Holy Humor Sunday: April 8
We know what you’re thinking: Did I miss some memo about April Fool’s Day being moved to April 8? The short answer: Nope! But this day is the Christian chance to laugh with God, play practical jokes and revel in the joy of the risen Christ, because it’s Holy Humor Sunday.
Never heard of Holy Humor Sunday? The idea isn’t new, and in fact, Greeks in the fledgling centuries of Christianity were the first to order up some laughs on the Sunday after Easter. Early Church theologians mused that God played a practical joke on the devil by resurrecting Jesus from the dead, and this became known as the great “Easter laugh.” Churches in 15th century Bavaria used to celebrate the Sunday after Easter as Risus Paschalis (‘God’s Joke,’ or ‘the Easter laugh’). Priests would deliberately include amusing stories and jokes in their sermons in an attempt to make the faithful laugh. It was their way of celebrating the resurrection of Christ -- the supreme joke God played on Satan by raising Jesus from the dead. The observance of Risus Paschalis was officially outlawed by Pope Clement X in the 17th century. Perhaps people were having too much fun! As G.K. Chesterton once wrote:
“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.
Never forget that the devil fell by force of gravity.
He who has the faith has the fun.”
Invite a friend to one of the Easter services, then extend the invitation to Holy Humor Sunday!
This is a day of rejoicing that
Christ is Risen!
You are invited to wear bright colors, hats, and/or socks. You may also bring your kazoo!
3rd & 4th Grade Bible Workshop
10:00am on Sundays
The Bible is a central element of our Christian faith, and it’s important to introduce it to our children. Many churches have a wonderful tradition of presenting Bibles as a gift from the church to older children as a way of helping to make that introduction.
For us, this “gift” is 3-weeks long -- a Bible presented from the church at the start of worship kicks off a 3-week workshop to help our children understand how to use it, its central stories and figures, and why this ancient book can be meaningful to us today.
Bibles are presented to all 3rd and 4th graders who choose to participate. Please send your child’s/children’s complete name (First, Middle, Last), to be inscribed in the front of their Bible. This will let us know that your child will be participating in the workshop.
Sunday, April 15, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 22, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 29, 10:00 a.m.
2018 Confirmation Notes
All youth 8th grade and up are invited to participate throughout the summer.
Confirmation Sunday will be October 6, 2018.
Sunday, April 8: Orientation Meeting with parents @ 11:15 a.m.
Confirmands will join the meeting after Youth Choir.
(possible date) Sunday, April 29 @ 11:15 am--lunch provided:
What does it mean to be a Christian? (bring your phones)
Sunday, May 6 @ 11: BCC Annual Meeting & debrief
Ann Axelrod has been worshiping at BCC for a couple of years.
Amber Beard joins us from Texas with her boyfriend, Addison, who was reassigned to teach at the United States Air Force Academy. Amber practices law remotely for a criminal defense firm in Texas and serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Colorado Springs. She enjoys the outdoors, classical piano, traveling to new places, and her Bengal kitten, Aspen. Amber is thrilled to be a part of our wonderful church family!
Lynda Schedler is a good friend of Rick Anderson and Ann Axelrod.
Matt & Jen Keyes and their girls, Jill and Kate, have been worshiping at BCC for just a few months. Matt is a self-employed software consultant and Jen is a stay at home mom. Jill is 12 and will be going to Cheyenne Mountain Junior high next year and Kate is 10 and in the fourth grade at Piñon valley Elementary. They enjoy traveling and camping. The Keyes family are very excited to be new members, and look forward to being on a spiritual journey with BCC!
Welcome New Members!
Announcing: Music & Arts Camp 2018
July 30 - August 3
9:00am to 3:00pm
AND Musical presentation Friday, August 3 @ 7:00pm
and Sunday, August 5 @ 10:00am
New Control System for the BCC Casavant Organ
John Grunow, our organ builder, has been selected to install a new computer interface system to replace our failing computer. Here is a brief explanation from John.
Electrically operated pipe organs, such as the one at Broadmoor Community Church, must have some kind of interface between the player and the organ mechanisms. When my firm did the last major work on your instrument we chose the most advanced control system available at that time. Today, the computer “brain” of the system has become problematic and the now old computer technology has been surpassed and is no longer supported. When the computer fails, which could be at any time, the organ is no longer playable.
The new replacement system chosen has the same features of the existing system, but works more efficiently. Since the system is made to order just for this instrument, it will take up to six weeks for all the materials to arrive in Colorado Springs. Once work begins, the organ will be out of commission for a couple of months while the new system is being installed and tested.
The cost of this work will be $28,000 and is being covered by funds from the insurance settlement, held by the Building and Grounds committee. If you would like to donate to this project, please mark your check or envelope with "Organ Fund". We thank you in advance for helping to keep our organ a beautiful and cherished instrument for many years to come.
join the vibrant, musical Life at BCC!
No auditions! NO CUT-OFF TIME FOR JOINING.
For more info contact Lynn Hurst at
473-1807 x116 or email@example.com
of the Springs
Saturday, April 28
6:15 Pre-Concert Lecture
Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni; Beethoven's "Emperor" Piano Concerto with pianist Kensuk Ota;
Amy Beach's "Gaelic" Symphony
Tickets available at the door or by calling 633-3649
April Choir News
Cherub & Chapel Choirs (K - 5th grades) will resume rehearsals on Wednesday, April 4 from 5:30 - 6:30pm. We will meet for four weeks only so this would be a great time to give it a try! Our end of the year program will be on Sunday, April 29, at the 10:00am service.
Youth Choir & Bells (6th - 12th) will resume rehearsals on Sunday, April 8. The Choir will rehearse from 11:15 - 11:55 and the Bells will rehearse from 11:55 - 12:30. We will meet for three weeks only so this would be a great time to give it a try and bring a friend! Our end of the year program will be on Sunday, April 29, at the 10:00am service.
Parents, please encourage your children and youth to give these groups a try and bring a friend!
Forte Handbell Quartet
Sunday, April 15
Inspired by the exciting advances and ideas of performers and musicians both within and beyond the handbell world, and staying true to our own mission of exploration, Forté is testing boundaries, questioning conceptions, and challenging ourselves and the whole handbell world to Rethink Possible. As we tour to and from the east coast, we will be presenting performances of a broad range of musical styles, including many not often heard on our instrument. This will be our homecoming concert. Don't miss it!
Summer Concerts in the Glen
every Wednesday, July 11 - Aug 15
BCC April Concerts
Interested in learning more?
Our Lord's Dinner Coordinator
We are in need of 2 or 3 people willing to serve as a coordinator for the Lord's Dinner once or twice a year. The job involves planning a meal, purchasing food, which is reimbursed, and leading volunteers to make & serve a meal for our neighbors struggling with food insecurity. Plenty of guidance is available in printed form, and you'll have help from those who have done the job before. It usually involves a half day of planning and shopping and a Sunday from 4:30 to 7:00 preparing and serving. This is a great way to become more directly involved with our church's mission while limiting your time commitment to one or two events. Email Kathi at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Check out the Missions Table
for more information and opportunities!
Table of Plenty
We are putting together teams to cook meals for Mesa House at First United Methodist church downtown, which has offered the use of their commercial kitchen. The Missions team staffed this first trial March 23, and you are invited to join us for the next, details to come! Please support your Missions Team in this "reach". Contact Kathi Hinckley at email@example.com
Contact Missions chair Kathi (329-1949, or firstname.lastname@example.org) Join our monthly board meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room.
World Holiday Market Returns!
Saturday, November 3. Vendors are already signing up for this fun nonprofit fair. We’ll need your help! Circle this day on your calendar and look for more notices.
Get involved by putting your faith into action!
Celebrating Creative Expression
If you love to paint, sculpt, quilt, weave or practice any other craft, please consider being a part of the Art Committee’s celebration of BCC creative expression. The Art Committee will be recognizing art within the BCC Community in an exhibit during the first week in June. Contact Bridget Lambert or Thelma Peck about participating.
Ayusa Student Exchange
Ayusa is a student exchange organization with a central mission to promote global understanding through exchange. Hosting exchange students is a real way for American families to promote peace and build bridges of understanding. Host families offer their exchange sons and daughters the chance to experience true American life.
Please take a moment to consider the rewards of hosting a foreign exchange student this school year or semester. Our own Dan Scherling is a community representative with Ayusa and can answer any questions you have. You can contact Dan at 719/237-5017, email@example.com or visit the Ayusa website at http://www.ayusa.org
BCC in Prayer
Tana Clement, Les Kotval, Amy Rivers, Venus Moshrefi, Phyllis Baker, Ron Myers, Rita Archibald, Mary Elizabeth Miller, and Wayne Mashburn.
Latitudes and Attitudes
Looking ahead: Our next book study is Tuesday May 21 at 7:00 PM at the church. We will discuss Emerald Mile by Kevin Fedarko. Everyone is welcome, if you have read the book or not!
Tuesday, April 10th at 11:30 AM. All women of the church & their friends are invited to attend the next Ladies Luncheon at Bonefish Grill on 5102 N. Nevada. The restaurant does offer other entrées like chicken and beef. If you want to car pool, meet in the church parking lot at 10:50 AM. We will be leaving for Bonefish Grill at 11:00 AM. For reservations, call Joan Capesius (576-2621) by noon on April 9th.
Interested in Executive Council
The Nominating Committee is currently soliciting candidates for leadership positions (council & boards) to begin July 1, 2018. If you want to know more, we welcome you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 473-1807. Thank you!
Church Fellowship and News
Save the Date: Broadmoor Community Church is holding its second annual camping trip on August 17 - 19
For more information, click this link: https://goo.gl/ymGdB1
If you are ready to sign up without more information, click this link: http://goo.gl/T21VDp
Pamper/Treat Bags for TESSA
Please join us Monday, April 9, to fill pamper kits for the ladies at TESSA (serves victims of domestic violence & sexual assault) and treat bags for the children at the Women’s Fellowship workshop at 1:45in Otto Hall after Soup, Salad & Scripture. All supplies are provided. So, PLEASE join us in this worthwhile and fun project!! Please call Ginny Rosinski (576-3570) if you have any questions.
John Phillip Newell Talks
The Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell is a poet, peacemaker, minister and scholar, internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, Newell teaches and preaches internationally on themes related to the sacredness of the earth and the oneness of the human soul. He is one of the most prominent teachers of spirituality in the English-speaking world. Two 6:30 PM evening programs are free and open to the public: Library 21c on April 10th, and First United Methodist Church on April 11th. See the flyer on our bulletin board. Questions or comments: Charlie Coon, email@example.com or 719-636-2004.
IAM-20 Yoga & Meditation Class
We are excited to offer this gentle yoga class Mondays, from 10:45 to 11:45am in Otto Fellowship Hall. It is FREE and open to all! All Yoga is modifiable for physical limitations. Gentle flowing yoga, practiced in 20 minutes/day for full body relaxation with an easy guided meditation. Teacher: Jacquie Ostrom MA, LPC, certified Yoga and Meditation Instructor, 719 238-1993
Happy, Healthy Feet & Body Workshop + Classes
Building Community Through Moving Better!
Workshop:Monday, April 9th, 6:45-8:45 pm
Classes: Mondays, April 16th-May 7th, 6:45-7:45 pm
Instructor: Joanna Zaremba, 15-year lighthearted movement professional, Restorative Exercise Specialist-Certified Personal Trainer, Registered Yoga Teacher
Our feet are our foundation for movement -- what happens if they aren’t happy? Whether you are interested in foot health, currently have foot pain, have had foot pain in the past, or have pain in another part of your body, this workshop is for you. You will learn how to improve your balance and bone health, how to strengthen your hips, how to shop for shoes, and more! The workshop will be a general overview covering how to improve your foot health with corrective exercises woven into the content. Our four-week class series will cover the concepts in greater depth with more movement, so you will have time to begin to see and feel changes in how your body moves from the ground up!
Both the workshop and the classes are intended for all ages and levels. Please call or email Joanna if you have any questions. 719-505-3319, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rocky Mountain Conference Women's Retreat
April 20-22. Go to http://rmcucc.org/home/camps-events/ for more info or to register!
Community-Wide Experiences and Opportunities
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 office.
Soul Link Retreat
Abide Inside: Being at Home with Ourselves. Our retreat will offer the opportunity to spend time with ourselves and others who know deep down that it is important to abide inside. April 21, 9:00-2:00, Broadmoor Community Church. $35 at the door. Lunch is included. Scholarships available. Information: Tom Stella (719) 648-3939