Broadmoor Community Church, UCC
In this Issue:
Lent and Holy Week Offerings.........................................................1
Your Minister's Musings - Rev. Anne Cubbage.............................3
Forest to the Lake - Rev. Marta Fioriti............................................4
Faith Formation & Christian Education....................................5&6
Concert, The Supreme Mystery........................................................7
Missions & Outreach..........................................................................9
Church Fellowship & News..............................................................10
Community Opportunity .............................................................Back
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00am Fellowship in the Otto Hall
Courage to Question...
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Potluck in Celebration of Rev. Marta Fioriti's Ministry
Join us as we say farewell to Marta and honor all the passion and talent she has shared,
on Sunday, March 11, 11:00 a.m.
Pot-Luck Brunch featuring Old Broadmoor Church Casserole Recipes and cake.
Bring any dish that your family has treasured!
Lent & Holy Week Offerings
Fearless: the Courage to Question
This is our theme for Lent this year. Somewhere along the way we stop asking questions--maybe we're fearful about what we'll learn.
Questioning takes courage. It's the way that we learn and the way we grow. When we keep the questions coming, we keep the conversation going--with God and one another.
The visual for this season is an open door and a key. The door represents the thin places, the doorways between this world and heaven in which we glimpse a foretaste of God's realm. It also represents the courage that it takes to ask the questions that may lead us to a fuller understanding of God in Jesus the Christ.
This Lent, be fearless. Find the courage to use the key, to walk through those doors, to rediscover your curiosity and meet God in the questions--not just the answers.
We'll explore questions in faith and life with some of the writings of Matt Miofsky in the book, Fail: What to Do When Things Go Wrong. Join us Wednesdays in March from 6-7pm for conversation and prayer. These gatherings are multigenerational and childcare is available!
Join the crowds of children and adults waving palm branches to welcome the Messiah! The Palm processional will begin at 10:00 am, so get here a bit early to find your place in the parade. This will be a multigenerational service and nursery care is available.
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. Most notably, that Passover meal was when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in an extraordinary display of humility. He then commanded them to do the same for each other. Christ's "mandate" is commemorated on Maundy Thursday--"maundy" being a shortened form of mandatum (Latin), which means "command."
Join us on Thursday, March 29, at 6:30 pm in Otto Fellowship Hall for a light meal to commemorate the Last Supper. We will then move to the sanctuary for a moving service of music, light and darkness.
Come to the Music Meditation, 12:15 - 12:45 pm on Friday, March 30. Special Lenten music by Daniel Scherling, Lynn Hurst and others.
Join us for Worship April 1st
& Invite a Friend!
6:30am Sunrise Service
Join us in the Meditation Glen for early morning worship outside!
9am Worship Service
Traditional Easter Worship Service
10am Fellowship & Egg Hunt
All ages are welcome to join us in the Otto Fellowship Hall for coffee, treats and conversation! Parents and children can participate in an Easter egg hunt in the Meditation Glen.
11am Worship Service
Traditional Easter Worship Service
Your Minister’s Musings
In lives caught up in the whirlwinds of the world, do we—each of us individually—put God first? Do we pray before we make momentous, life-changing decisions? Do we pray before we make everyday choices? Do we put God first as we get up in the morning and again as we go to bed?
God has placed us first! We were created in God’s own image. We are part and parcel of God’s divinity, of God’s creative touch, of God’s grace, mercy, and love.
What an awesome yet terrifying responsibility! In order to be faithful to this assignment, we must remain in contact with the One who gave it to us, the One who created us.
God has placed us first! Throughout the ages, we have forgotten that divine spark within us. We have wandered or even run away. We have not remained in contact with our Creator Parent; and yet . . . God did not forget us. God became human in order to better understand our choices and our battles. God in Jesus reminded us of the divine spark, reminded us how to live out our love of God and love of neighbor reminded us how to put God first . . . and reminded us that God puts us first.
What can possibly be our response to this love except prayer and praise? What can possibly be our response to this grace except to share it with others? During this Lenten season, let us take some time to reflect, to question. . . and to pray!
We are called to prayer—not as a last resort, but as a first impulse. We are urged to put God and God’s plans first. Can you? Will you? Dare we? . . . I wonder . . .
Grace & Peace,
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.”
First of all, then I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone . . .1 Timothy 2:1
Timothy is called to prayer—not as a last resort, but as a first impulse. Paul knows that Timothy has all sorts of plans for this young church in Ephesus; but he is urged to put God and God’s plans first. What about us?
In a church challenged by both outside and inside pressures, do we put God first? Do we pray before we get caught up in budgets or building maintenance or filling that unfillable hole when a beloved staff member leaves? Do we pray before we despair about fielding enough volunteers for the next project or Faith Formation class?
From the Forest to the Lake
Dear Broadmoor Community Church,
This will be my final submission to the Belltower. Every minister desires to leave a congregation better. More equipped for ministry. More faithful perhaps. More involved. More heart challenged than when she first arrived. My hope for all of you is that you continue to dive deeper into the fearless and courageous questions (our Lenten theme) of why, how, what and when about Faith Formation.
We truly know God, not by what we are told or the knowledge we retain from books or even the bible, but from the experiences we have in community and life. If the goal of the church is to provide a space to know God deeply, then we must ask hard questions. Vulnerable questions. Questions that might be risky or hard to hear. And then, to sit and be present with the answers. Hold space for the responses. Be in the season of Lent.
This response reflects the actions of Jesus when he went into the desert alone for forty days.
Most of you don’t know that I have been working in a church setting since 2000. I was primed for church work with an undergraduate degree in Christian Education. Each context is very different from the other. I always come back to the same thing, the work of Maria Harris and her book: Fashion Me a People, Curriculum in the Church. This book was published in 1989. I read it both in undergraduate and graduate classes. It is not new or fresh or cutting edge-it just works. Her idea was that the whole church (the young, the middle-aged, the experienced) learn faith best when they engage the community as the curriculum of the church. But this must be named, engaged and active. “Curriculum in its large and important senses, connects it intimately with all that goes on in the church’s life…”
If the goal of the church is to teach faith (I think that is the goal), the question that might be asked is not what curriculum is being used for children’s and youth ministry or what lectures are planned for adults, but how is the church providing faith formation in its entirety? How do the people of the church realize that they are a people with a pastoral vocation? What would it mean for the experience of worship to be just as valued as Sunday School programs in the West Wing? What would it mean for that experience to flow over into the fellowship hour, mission experiences and what would it mean for the people of the church to take all of these Faith Forming experiences as equal in importance? What would it mean for each adult to value the importance of faith learning with the young, and the young with the adults? What would it mean to learn faith in a multigenerational setting? Hard questions are sure to provoke a robust conversation, my favorite kind of conversation.
These questions might require one to be in the season of Lent -- in the desert for forty days and forty nights.
Each week, our children and youth enter a space of vulnerability and risky question asking. The talking rock is usually passed around and young people are invited to share how their week went; the joys and the sorrows. It is not an easy space to hold. Sometimes super awkward, sometimes not so faithful, though, sometimes full of tears. This week, the youth ran out of the West Wing -- too fast for me to engage with them, so I yelled “God is in you and you are in God!” I was surrounded by adult parents when I yelled these words -- uninhibited and unabashed. I yelled them without regard for the people around me, because sometimes this Spirit is larger than all of that.
BCC has given me so much over the past five and half years. It has given me the wide open space and opportunity to yell the things of the Spirit with confidence, energy, spunk and creativity. I am grateful for the rich experience of painting the wall of the West Wing with Children’s Art and photographs-- glittered floors and crazy snacks. I am grateful for the time on the chancel steps -- with beautiful young blessings, laughter and crazy messages of hope. I am grateful to practice my story telling in the pulpit, to speak messages of integrity and personal truth. I am grateful to all of you for sitting with me, holding space for me, sometimes super awkward, sometimes not so faithful, though sometimes full of tears. These experiences reflect the actions of Jesus when he went into the desert alone for forty days. I have come out of the desert knowing more than I did before, and all of you have come out of the desert knowing more about your calling as people with a pastoral vocation.
I'm looking forward to watching from the Forest how all of you continue to serve God and engage in the hard work of Faith Formation down at the Lake.
What's New In Youth Ministry?
Our 6th-12th grade community is an active and bonded group of young people who meet consistently on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month and participate in a wide range of activities together throughout the year.
Most lessons on Sunday morning follow the UCC lectionary and have the same topic that the rest of the family will study in church school and in "big church". The lessons are discussion based and participatory, and sometimes include a video, song, poem or game related to the topic. We do our best to make scripture connect to our lives and the world around us, and remind youth that their actions are meaningful. Each kid leaves for the day with a prayer and special blessing: "You are a child of God and you are loved".
Soon, our 6th-12th grade students will be a part of the RMCUCC Spring Youth Retreat at La Foret. These retreats work with biblically based themes (this retreat is on parables) and they give our youth a chance to form friendships with kids from other churches and to glimpse the greater mission and purpose of the United Church of Christ. Retreats and camps are an awesome way to get these kids more involved and invested in what our church family is all about.
Faith Formation & Christian Ed.
Faith Formation Interim Coordinator
With Rev. Marta moving on to become Pastor at Black Forest Community Church, UCC, Corina Hurst will fill the Interim Sunday Morning Coordinator position through May 20. This limited position covers only a small part of what Marta's responsibilities were, and is limited to coordination regarding Children and Youth Ministry. Corina will work closely with the Board of Christian Education to ensure that its goals are met, and that the vision of Faith Formation for the young people of BCC continues while we search for a permanent way to fill the position. Corina has a good relationship with our kids and parents, as she has worked as a Sunday morning assistant and facilitator with BCC for the last few years, and she is excited to further serve in this ministry. Feel free to email churst@broadmoorchurch if you have questions!
3rd & 4th Grade Bible Workshop
10:00am on Sundays
All 3rd and 4th graders are invited to join a Bible Workshop this Spring!
Bible Presentation & Workshop #1: Sunday, April 15.
Workshop #2: Sunday, April 22
Workshop #3: Sunday April 29
Your child is invited to join us for BCC's interpretation of this tradition so common in Protestant churches. For us, this "gift" is a Bible from the church and 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.
Keep your eyes peeled for more ways to register your child. Or contact the workshop facilitators, Scott Dorff (email@example.com) or Mary Frances Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Corina Hurst, Faith Formation Interim Coordinator (email@example.com)
When: 11:00am, following worship
Where: The Glenview Room
Who: All Adults!
What: This informal gathering meets after worship on most Sundays (exceptions are church-wide activities) with the purpose of sharing our unique spiritual journeys.
For the Sundays of Lent: discussions will be based on this year's Lenten Theme: FEARLESS: THE COURAGE TO QUESTION, and weekly topics will be the Questions presented in the Worship Schedule. References are: the Sunday Bulletin, relevant writings and films relating to the topic question, and experiences in your own Journey!
Sunday, March 4: Why doesn't God solve all my problems? John 9:1-41
Sunday, March 11: No forum, Rev. Marta's last Sunday and potluck celebration.
Sunday, March 18: What if I am angry at God? John 11:1-45
Contacts: Charlie Coon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Thelma Peck (email@example.com)
Adult and Children's Faith Formation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
of the Springs
Saturday, March 10
6:15 Pre-Concert Lecture
Great Romantic Serenades
Three of the biggest names of the Romantic era, Brahms, Strauss, and Dvorak, come together in a program of blissful music.
Tickets available at the door or by calling 633-3649
March Choir News
Sanctuary Choir: It's not too late to join the choir for the Lenten & Easter season. Rehearsals are Thursday nights from 7:00 - 8:30pm. We would love to have you!
Youth Choir & Bells: The Youth Choir will sing in worship on Sunday, March 11. They will not rehearse on Sunday, March11, 18 or 25 or April 1. Their next rehearsal will be April 8.
Children's Choirs: The Children's Choirs will sing in worship on Sunday, March 11. They will not rehearse on Wed, March 28, due to Spring Break. Their next rehearsal will be April 4.
The Youth & Children's Choir Spring Program will be on Sunday, April 29
Colin McAllister, guitar
Kelly Zuercher, piano
Sunday, March 4
See full page ad on page 7
BCC March Concerts
Interested in learning more?
February's Special Offering was Restoration Bags
A big thank you to all church members who participated in our collection of items for Restore Innocence! Your thoughtful donations will help provide comfort and dignity to young survivors of sex trafficking in the United States and help bridge the gap between these victims and law enforcement. We appreciate your gifts.
Check out the Missions Table
for more information and opportunities!
Table of Plenty
Table of Plenty is a newly created activity from your Board of Missions to share God’s love through food and community. Our goal is to bring together families and community to prepare meals for our neighbors. We will start by putting together teams to prepare meals for Mesa House at the First United Methodist church downtown, which has graciously offered the use of their commercial kitchen. The Missions team will staff this first trial in late March and you are invited to join us! We hope to grow this program to help feed many friends and neighbors in need.
If you are interested 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.
Congratulations to the B Street Pantry (Stratmoor Hills Community Food Bank) upon receiving a a grade of 100% on their most recent inspection by Care and Share! BCC is a partner to this pantry through Westside CARES. Our representative to this project is Carolyn Kruse. Nice job!
Our Lord's Dinner
The next Lord’s Dinner is Sunday, March 18. Please sign up at the Missions Table in the fireside room to help. We could have used a few more volunteers in January, so please consider giving us a hand in March.
Get involved by putting your faith into action!
Friday Meals for Mesa House
Providing dinners for Mesa House is an ongoing commitment for BCC. Even if you don't fancy yourself a master chef, please consider signing up for a specific Friday to make a simple meal for the 12 men in residence at Mesa House. Sign ups are located at the Missions Table near the Fireside Room, along with some easy meal ideas to get you started. The Missions team has a Costco gift card to make this easier & cheaper. Contact email@example.com for details.
Tuesday, March 13that 11:30 AM at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. All women of the church and their friends are invited to attend the next Ladies' Luncheon on Tuesday, March 13th at 11:30 AM.We will be going to the Romano’s Macaroni Grill . If you want to car pool, meet at the church parking lot at11:15 AM. For reservations, call Joan Capesius (576-2621) by noon on March 12th.
Fellowship: Food is Love!
Please volunteer to love your church community by bringing a platter of cookies, bread, muffins, fruit, or cheese and crackers for Fellowship some Sunday. You can get a sign-up sheet from the table near the window in the Fireside Room, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you would like to help. Thank you!
BCC in Prayer
Tana Clement, Les Kotval, Amy Rivers, Venus Moshrefi, Phyllis Baker, MarySue Wildman, Ron Evenson, Dalton Conner in the loss of his wife, and the Jean Pata and Glenn Foster families.
Revised Snow Policy
When inclement weather forces us to cancel or delay our Sunday worship service and classes, we will post such notice on our website, broadmoorchurch.org and on our Facebook page by 8 a.m. Sunday morning. If no notice appears by that time, you should assume we are having worship as planned. If possible, we will update our office voicemail greeting (473-1807) with such a decision and notify our congregation by email. TV stations KOAA, KRDO, KKTV list D12 closings. Radio stations kRCC and KRDO announce closings. On weekdays during the public school year, BCC follows the closing decisions of the Cheyenne Mountain D-12 school district. Under most circumstances, a decision to close or delay school is made by 6:00am. If schools are closed, the church is closed and all activities are cancelled. If school openings are delayed, we will delay opening the church.
St. Patrick's Day Fellowship
Come wearing your green & dancin' a "Jig" to our St. Patrick's Day Fellowship on March 16 @ 6:00PM. Please bring an appetizer (Green) & a beverage!
RSVP: Roger Christensen & Marge Tinan:
719-638-0475 (leave message) or text 719-338-7875 or 719-464-8551, or email email@example.com.
Holy Humor Sunday
Bring your friends along to enjoy BCC the Sunday following Easter. On April 8, Pastor Anne and others will entertain us with Holy Jokes galore. We encourage you to help share the joy we find in BCC with those you know and invite them along for Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday and then Holy Humor Sunday, to round it all out!
Women's Fellowship Workshop
The March workshop will be held Monday, March 5, at 1:45in the Otto Hall (after Soup, Salad and Scripture). We will make Easter cards and whatever recycled greeting cards (birthday, anniversary, get well, thinking of you, thank you, sympathy, general and note cards) are needed in the display rack near the Fireside Room. All supplies are provided and everyone is welcome to join us in this craft. If you have any questions, please call Ginny Rosinski (576-3570).
Church Fellowship and News
Women's Gathering - Norwex
Monday, March 19th 1:45pm
Have you ever thought about ridding your home of the harmful chemical cleaners that we are so accustomed to using? What about finding out how to clean your home with simply water and a Norwex cloth to make your home a safe haven for your family? Come find out more about Norwex as Susan, a staff member at BCC, will do some demos and answer your questions. Save your health, save the environment, Save $$$!
315 Lake Ave, COS 80906 * (719) 4731807 * www.broadmoorchurch.org * Find us on Facebook!
John Phillip Newell Talks
SAVE these upcoming Spring dates : April 10-11, 2018
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. His published works include: The Rebirthing of God: Christianity's Struggle for New Beginnings, Christ of the Celts, and The Healing of Creation. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Houston Hurricane Recovery Trip
We are still seeking help for the trip April 21-28: No special skills required.
Contact Chris Lambert at email@example.com or 719-576-5378. www.ucc.org/disaster_hurricane_harvey_recovery_houston_tx
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.
Rocky Mountain Conference News
Are you interested in finding out more information from the Rocky Mountain Conference or the United Church of Christ?
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CONFERENCE (www.rmcucc.org)
Sign Up for the RMC Newsletter: (www.rmcucc.org/ROOTS)