Broadmoor Community Church, UCC
In this Issue:
Your Minister's Musings - Rev. Anne Cubbage...........................3
Wrapped in Our Faith Story - Rev. Marta Fioriti.........................4
Some Things You Need to Know....................................................5
Church Fellowship & News..............................................................8&9
Community Opportunity ................................................................10
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00am Fellowship in the Otto Hall
Angels Among Us...
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Christmas Eve Services
4:00pm Family Service: Pageant, Communion and Candle Light with Youth Choir and Bells
7:00pm Traditional Service: Choir & Broadmoor Bronze Bells, Communion, and Candle Light
10:00pm Informal & Contemplative: Music, Testimony, Communion, and Candle Light
Wednesday, November 29:
Soup Suppers & Vesper Conversation, 5:30pm-7:00pm: the holidays can bring up issues of perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, stress, sorrow and old or existing family conflicts. Come join as we explore, together and in small groups, Dr. Brene Brown's insights. Join others as we dare to say "no" to fear, as we instead say "yes" to the hope of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the courage of Mary and Joseph, and the joy of the shepherds as they all experienced "Angels Among Us." Facilitated by Pastor Anne, Childcare available.
Sunday, December 3, First Sunday in Advent, HOPE:
Multigenerational Worship, 10:00am: The Cherub & Chapel choirs present their Christmas music.
Hanging of the Greens/Advent Workshop and Reverse Advent Calendar, 11:00am: We are excited to invite the entire congregation to decorate the church. Following worship we will gather in the Narthex, Fireside room and Otto Fellowship Hall for treats and to decorate various parts of the church. The Otto Hall will have a station of putting up the tree, decorating with and making Chrismon ornaments; the Fireside room will be specific to young people but not limited. They will be decorating cookies, making feather garland and creating Advent wreaths for their Sunday School rooms. The Narthex will have other decorations & Sanctuary trees ready for a helping hand. You may also pick up your Reverse Advent Calendar kit sponsored by the Board of Missions. We hope you join this multigenerational fun!
Youth Choir: NOTE CHANGE - due to the Hanging of the Greens, Youth choir will start at 12:00 with a Pizza lunch. Choir will be from 12:30 - 1:00 and Bells will be from 1:00 - 1:30pm. This is a very important rehearsal for their performance the following Sunday!
Wednesday, December 6:
Soup Suppers & Vesper Conversation, 5:30pm-7:00pm. (see details above)
Sunday, December 10, Second Sunday in Advent, PEACE:
Worship, 10:00am: The Youth Choir & Bells will present their Christmas music.
Faith Formation: programming for children & youth, 10:00am.
Senior Fellowship Festive Christmas Brunch: All seniors (born before 1945) are invited to attend the Christmas Brunch in Otto Fellowship Hall following worship. This will be a great time of fellowship, food, and music. The Senior Chorale of the Rockies will perform a program of Christmas music. The cost is $13 per person. We will have a sign up table in the Narthex on Sundays Nov. 19, 26, and Dec. 3. You may also make out a check to Broadmoor Comm. Church and send to Don Gazibara at 14 Leaming Rd, 80906. The reservation deadline is Dec. 3rd. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you Dec. 10th!
Angels Among Us: #DoNotBeAfraid
Wednesday, December 13: the third of three Soup Suppers & Vesper Conversation, 5:30pm-7:00pm. (see details above)
Holiday Family Movie Night, come at 5:30 for Soup Supper. At 6:00pm Movie on the big screen in Otto Fellowship Hall. Bring a dessert to share.
Sunday, December 17, Third Sunday in Advent, JOY:
Worship: The Sanctuary Choir and Broadmoor Bronze Bells will present the annual Lessons & Carols Christmas Service.
Faith Formation: programming for children & youth, 10:00am.
Costume picking: for Family Christmas Eve service, 11:15am in the Glenview room
Wednesday, December 20: Blue Christmas, 6:30pm (no soup supper on this evening)
Sunday, December 24, Fourth Sunday in Advent, LOVE
Worship, 10:00am: Meet in Otto Fellowship Hall for Song and Story
Christmas Eve Services
4:00pm Family Service: Pageant, Holy Communion and Candle Light with Youth Choir and Bells
7:00pm Traditional Service: Sanctuary Choir & Broadmoor Bronze Bells, Holy Communion, and Candle Light
10:00pm Informal & Contemplative: Music, Testimony, Holy Communion, and Candle Light
Sunday, December 31, "Come As You Are" (pj's, slippers, robes ...)
Worship, 10:00am: Meet in Otto Fellowship Hall to review and renew!
What is Blue Christmas? Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas without a loved one who has recently died, or a time that has always been difficult. The constant refrain on the television, in shopping malls and churches, about getting together with family and friends, reminds many of what they have lost or have never had. The anguish of broken relationships, the insecurity of unemployment, weariness of ill health or the pain of isolation; all of these can make us feel very alone in the midst of the celebrating and spending.
We need space and time to acknowledge our sadness and concern and know that we are not alone. We feel the darkness growing deeper around us. We need encouragement to live the days ahead. For these reasons, we will offer a special “Blue Christmas” service. Bring a friend and Join us in prayer, scripture and music that acknowledge God’s presence is for those who mourn, for those who struggle– and that God’s Word comes to shine into our darkness.
Your Minister’s Musings
When I first arrived in Colorado Springs, I had the privilege of meeting many of you in homes around the area. Because I was new, didn’t know my way around, and refuse to limit myself with some disembodied voice (even one with a wonderful British accent), each time I "explored" many a winding road before making it back home. I certainly at times felt that I was journeying through a vast desert and wondered whether it would have been smarter to have a sleeping bag and pillow tucked into the trunk.
However, in my wanderings, I have “accidentally” discovered some of the most wonderful people, places and things. Isn’t that exactly what our life journeys are like? Sometimes we take the long way around and in the process see so much more of life than we ever would have. Sometimes that journey, ‘the long way around’ allows us to meet people who will and do help us on our journeys (angels among us). Sometimes those detours give us new insight or new learnings that can then be used later. Sometimes these excursions allow us to find havens that offer beauty and rest.
How much less we would be if we never had to take the long way around, if there were no detours. The Lord our God certainly has been with us as we take our journeys, individually and as a church; and we “have not lacked anything.”
On December 3 we enter the season of Advent (four weeks before Christmas) and begin, once again, our journey towards the manger. There will be many opportunities to travel together (December 3 we will “hang the greens”, make Advent wreaths, decorations, and cookies, and sing carols together from 11 to 1; and three Wednesdays we will have the opportunity to gather together for Soup Suppers and Advent Vespers) and to travel individually (Advent devotionals are available and every family is urged to participate in the Reverse Advent Calendar project.)
What adventures might face us as we take this trip? Will we take the side trips available to us as well? Some of those side trips include concerts throughout COS and a Blue Christmas service on December 20 (see the description on a previous page). How might this four week journey and these side trips, help us remember that through God's angels among us, God watches over us on our journey: through the deserts, the wildernesses, the dark and winding roads of life? Who might join us in this journey? What will we discover about ourselves and about our church? Where will it take us? . . . I wonder . . .
Grace & Peace,
The Lord your God has . . . watched over your journey through this vast desert. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything. Deuteronomy 2:7
Rituals: Wrapped in our Faith Story
candles*devotions*calendars & angels
Peace & Grace,
Rev. Marta Fioriti
Minister of Faith Formation
Advent is coming. Literally, Advent means “coming.” The coming of Christ, the coming of incarnation, the coming of light in the midst of our darkest time. The season of Advent is one of the most precious liturgical seasons of the church calendar. This season is a wonderful way for individuals and whole families to deepen into our religious traditions, engage in rituals while wrapping them in our faith story, our personal stories.
So, we invite you to participate in a variety of ways this Advent. On the first Sunday in Advent, you will be able to pick up your own Advent Devotional that goes with our whole church theme: Angels Among Us: #DoNotBeAfraid. This devotional is meant to be used individually or as a family.
We know that some families have young children. We invite even our littlest angels to engage the Advent devotional as it is written. Grab plain pieces of paper, markers or crayons, so that they can color while you go through the ritual. This is a great time for children to learn this religious tradition of Advent. When you gather, let them know this is a quiet time as a family, they may help you light the candle, and you can show them where the bible scripture is. When you are discussing the questions, you may invite children to color images of hope (or peace, joy and love). If they cannot write, when they are finished, you can help them write the word "hope" on the coloring page and hang it in a special spot. This may be the picture you decide to snap and post on Facebook during the Advent practice written below.
At the end of the devotional each week you will be invited to continue your Advent practice for the week, we are calling it: Hope Continued, Peace Continued, Joy Continued and Love Continued... Here is what you do: join our social virtual challenge where we will motivate and encourage each other to stay connected during the darkest days of this Advent season. Please take one picture of “hope” for the first week of Advent (or peace, joy and love) and post it on your chosen social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and mention or tag Broadmoor Community Church, United Church of Christ. In addition please add a hashtag: #morehope and/or #donotbeafraid.
In addition to this special devotional, the Board of Missions has created a Reverse Advent Calendar. This kit will be available on the first Sunday of Advent. This is a time when you mark the days from December 3-25 by placing non-perishable items in a decorated basket that we will give to our neighbors in need. Check out the specifics under "missions."
Looking forward to our time together. Don’t forget to check out all the Advent/Christmas experiences on the first few pages of this publication.
Reverse Advent Calendar : this year the Board of Missions is sponsoring a Reverse Advent Calendar for every household . You can pick these up in the Narthex on December 3 during the Hanging of the Greens/Advent Workshop. See page 7 for more details.
Wednesday Soup Suppers at 5:30: If you'd like to bring soup, or help to set up and clean up, sign up at the Missions Table.
3rd Annual Holiday Family Movie Night: Wednesday, December 13, 5:30pm Soup Supper, 6:00pm Movie. Bring a dessert to share, wear pajamas and bring pillows and blankets!
Confirmation Parent Meeting: December 10, 11:15am in WW 1. Parents of 8th-10th grade are invited to register their youth and get more information about our upcoming Confirmation programming, beginning, January 2017
Hanging of the Greens & Advent Workshop: Sunday, December 3, 11:00am - All are invited! There will be 4 stations set up in the Fireside Room 1) Christmas Cookie decorating, 2) Feather Garland making for the tree, 3) Advent wreath making for the Sunday School classrooms and 4) a coloring station. Parents are invited to spend time with their children while they are creating and decorating. One parent may want to join the crew in the Narthex by helping to put up greenery, sanctuary trees and the crèche. Each space will have coffee and treats to enjoy with fellowship.
Advent & Christmas Services: Please check out details on pages 2 & 3. This year our 4pm Christmas Eve Service is especially for families with children & youth. On Sunday December 17, 11:00am, the children and youth are invited to be a part of the service by choosing to be an angel, animal, shepherd, wise person, Mary or Joseph.
Youth Group Christmas Caroling : December 17, 6:30 pm. 6th-12th graders meet in the church parking lot to carpool to neighborhoods. Bring joy to others by singing some favorite Christmas songs with us! Please bundle up, it will be chilly! Parents, look for an email coming soon with more information.
Some things you need to know for December!
It's the most wonderful time of the year...
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
Sunday, December 17
Presented by the Sanctuary Choir and
Broadmoor Bronze Bells
Don't miss this beautiful service of scripture, carols and special music
December Choir News
Sanctuary Choir: Cherub & Chapel Choir: Youth Choir & Bells
Rehearsals on Dec 7, 14 and 21 Sing on Dec 3 at 10:00am Rehearsal on Dec 3 from
Sing on Dec 3, 10, 17 and 24, 7:00pm NO rehearsals the rest of Dec 12:30 - 1:30
NO rehearsal on Dec 28 Resume rehearsal on Jan 10 with PIZZA LUNCH @ 12:00
Resume rehearsal on Jan 4 Rehearsals on Dec 10 & 17
from 11:30 - 12:30
Broadmoor Bronze Bells: Senior Bell Choir: Sing on Dec 3, 10 & 17
Rehearsals on Dec 7, 14 and 21 Rehearsals on Dec 7 & 14 at 10:00am
Play on Dec 17a.m. & Dec 24, 7:00pm NO rehearsals on Dec 21 or 28 Sing on Christmas Eve at
NO rehearsals on Dec 28 or Jan 4 Resume rehearsal on Jan 11 the 4:00pm service
Resume rehearsal on Jan 11 Resume rehearsal on Jan 14
Interested in learning more?
November was Loose Change Month!
A big thank you to all church members who participated in our Loose Change Month, with donations going to Mesa House! We have collected well over $175 as of November 22nd.
Check out the Missions Table
for more information and opportunities!
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.
December is the
Reverse Advent Calendar
Find a basket in the Narthex or Fireside Room to take home. This project invites us to put items into a basket rather than take something out for ourselves, as we usually would with Advent calendars. Each day, beginning on the first Sunday of Advent, Dec. 3rd, put a useful, practical item into the basket. Then bring it back on Christmas eve! This is a way to journey through Advent, waiting for the coming of Christ while giving it all a sense of purpose. Someone in the household can get the items, store them, and then make a family ritual of a daily gift to the basket. Directions and tips are included. Smaller baskets are also available for 12 days of Christmas giving. "And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8
Get involved by putting your faith into action!
Thanksgiving Dinner for Springs Rescue Mission
On November 19th, many from our church "reached", came together, and loved our neighbors by preparing and serving food for Springs Rescue Mission. Over 150 neighbors were served a thanksgiving meal thanks to the kindness of our membership. BCC was welcomed by the Springs Rescue Mission with open arms. SRM worked with us to assure that the food you prepared provided a warm & wonderful meal to our neighbors in need. Mesa House also received a meal from this effort. A BIG thank you to the many, many people who made this possible.
Snow Cancellation Policy
In order to help the many people who participate in activities here each day, we recommend the following guidelines: In the event of extreme weather conditions (snow, etc.), church offices and programs will follow Cheyenne Mountain D-12 announcements of closure. 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 announce closings.
at La Taverne, Broadmoor Hotel
Tuesday, December 12th at 11:30
Everyone is invited to enjoy a social time and good food at La Taverne on the lobby level of the Broadmoor Hotel at 11:30 AM. We can meet at the church to car pool at 11:00AM or you may drive over to the Broadmoor Hotel to meet at 11:30 AM.To make your reservations for lunch, call Joan Capesius at 576-2621 no later than Monday, December 11th. After lunch, we will look around at the Broadmoor Christmas Decorations. There are reservations for only twelve people.
BCC in Prayer
Tana Clement, Les Kotval, Amy Rivers, Venus Moshrefi, Marje McHarg, Phyllis Baker,Glenn Foster
Baby Boomers' Yankee Swap
The BCC Baby Boomers will ring in the New Year with their annual
In the home of Doug & Leslie Weddell (2 Gentry Lane),
Friday, January 5 @ 6:00 pm.
Please bring an appetizer to share, a beverage of choice and a wrapped gift to "Swap".
Guidelines for bcc Publication
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 email@example.com, by the due date.
Church Fellowship and News
Christmas Treat Bags for TESSA
We need help! PLEASE join us Monday, December 4, to fill 72 Christmas treat bags (36 for adults and 36 for children) for TESSA (serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault) at the Women’s Fellowship monthly workshop at 1:45 in Otto Fellowship Hall after Soup, Salad and 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.
Senior Fellowship Festive Christmas Brunch
Sunday, December 10, 11:30 a.m.
Otto Fellowship Hall
Stephen Ministry offers a tangible, intentional way to care for people during life transitions.
Through their caring presence, Stephen Ministers act as God's ears, God's eyes, God's heart, providing hope to people at a time when they need it most.
Seniors mark your calendars! On Sunday December 10th you are cordially invited to attend a brunch in Otto Fellowship Hall following the church service. We will share a time of fellowship and carol singing led by Lynn Hurst prior to brunch. Following the brunch, the Senior Chorale of the Rockies will perform a program of Christmas music for our enjoyment. The cost is $13.00 per person. We will have a sign-up table in the Narthex on Sunday, November 19 and 26, and December 3rd. Please make payment when you make your reservation. You may also send a check made out to Broadmoor Community Church to Don or Barbara Gazibara, 14 Leaming Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80906. The reservation deadline is Sunday, December 3. Because of notifying the catering service, no reservations will be taken after the December 3rd deadline. We look forward to seeing you on December 10!
In addition to learning to care for others, Stephen Ministers are surprised at how much they grew themselves and how they can use their skills in their everyday interactions.
Through Stephen Ministry, congregations equip and empower a team of Stephen Ministers--laypeople who provide one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing grief, unemployment, hospitalization, loneliness, divorce, financial stress, a terminal illness, or other life difficulties.
Stephen Ministers are congregation members who go through 50 hours of Christian caregiving training. Each Stephen Minister is then matched with a hurting person--men with men, women with women.
When people serve in a ministry that taps into their spiritual gifts, their wounds, and their passions, they want to participate. Retirees, young professionals, stay-at-home parents pass along the way they have experienced God and others want to become involved.
Broadmoor Community Church, UCC is dreaming of starting a Stephen Ministry. Monies are available for training if there is enough interest. Will you prayerfully consider how God is calling you to participate? Contact Pastor Anne (firstname.lastname@example.org) to respond or for more information.
Latitudes & Attitudes
Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
Tuesday , Jan. 16th
Leader Lynne Proctor
In ten chapters, using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely traveled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.
Please join this open book study here at BCC!
Christmas For All
Springs Rescue Mission will need help for the annual Christmas For All meal on December 23rd. The Mission, along with friends and volunteers, will serve a home-cooked meal to our homeless and at-risk neighbors in the Pikes Peak region. They’ll enjoy a holiday dinner with all of the trimmings and we’ll deliver an encouraging holiday experience for those who are hurting in our city. For more information, or to volunteer, visit https://www.springsrescuemission.org/special-events/
Laptops for Refugees
We are still collecting laptop computers! Laptops and basic Internet access could really benefit many of the refugee families here to learn English and apply for jobs. If you have gently used laptops you would like to pass on, please drop them in the church office for pick up, or contact Rev. Marta Fioriti, email@example.com
Messiah By George Frederic Handel
This year, the performance of Messiah commemorates the 275th Anniversary of the first performance of this great Oratorio in Dublin, Ireland in 1742. The performance will be Sunday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. $10 for adults, $5 for students (21 and younger). Visit http://www.fumc-cs.org/messiah-concert for more information. Tickets are available in the Music and Arts Office at First United Methodist Church, 420 North Nevada.
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.
315 Lake Ave, COS 80906 * (719) 4731807 * www.broadmoorchurch.org * Find us on Facebook!