Broadmoor Community Church, UCC
In this Issue
Your Minister's Musings - Rev. Anne Cubbage...........................1
Creative & Curious Community - Rev. Marta Fioriti..................2
Things to Know...................................................................................3
Small Group Update..........................................................................6
Church & Fellowship News..............................................................8
Church News Continued...................................................................9
A Look at BCC.....................................................................................10
Church & Community Opportunities...........................................Back
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00am Fellowship in the Otto Hall
Sunday, November 5,th 3:00pm
See page 4 for details.
A concert dedicated
to Jerry Teske
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Don't forget! On Sunday, November 5th Daylight Savings Time Ends. Please remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday.
Your Minister’s Musings
As long as life goes the way we want it to go; as long as our health is good; as long as we enjoy our jobs; as long as people love us . . . and the sky is blue, we can be fairly happy. But when life goes south; when friends desert us; when our finances are in the tank; when our health is failing; when our dreams are dashed … we go through stages of questioning, anger, frustration, doubt and fear. When we feel these things, we become vulnerable to behaving in ways we never thought possible.
God’s people were in transition. Theirs was a situation of significant and seemingly constant change. For 400 years their ancestors had endured oppressive manual labor and cruel bosses. They had been born into slavery; they’d been use to leaders always present, always giving orders. As they set out on a journey never imagined, everything was different.
And now . . . camped out at the base of the mountain for 6 weeks with their leader, Moses, up on the mountain, they allowed their fears to take over. They allowed themselves to forget, even negate the most recent miracles in their lives. They yearned for that which they knew and understood. They doubted Moses’ leadership, and their idea of fixing the problem was to ditch the leader and his God, to find someone else who would bow to their demands and give them something visible to worship.
This is where we come in! We too waver in relationship with God when life doesn't make sense. C.S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia, one of the most faithful Christians of the 20th century, wrote after the death of his wife, “Where is God? ...Go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face, and a sound of bolting and double-bolting on the inside. After that, silence.”
We are tempted to destroy important relationships when tough times are upon us. We too, put our faith in something tangible, something visible, something seemingly golden—something false! That something accepts all of our devotion: our offerings of time, our offerings of much of our financial wherewithal (remember how Aaron demanded the gold from the wandering slaves?) We tighten our belts in order to make our offerings to the athletic league and the service club, or in order to worship at the altar of the professional sports team, or… Our golden calves are not so very different from that of the Israelites so very long ago. We, in the church, often worship the form of our services and/or the trappings of our spaces. Church people throughout time have worshiped the rules and regulations, because they seem concrete.
Humans are not created to be godless. If we don’t know the God of all creation, we will create our own deities. It’s a sign of our humanity, and a subconscious awareness that we need direction, purpose, and relationship with something, someone bigger than ourselves.
God created us for relationship—with God and with one another. Tragically, we humans are fickle and have difficulty remaining in relationship—ever! How often do we, in our impatience, forgetfulness, and fear take things into our own hands, do our own thing, go our own way, create our own gods? Too often, like the Israelites, we create gods who do not judge, who do not demand anything of us morally or spiritually. They simply take our offerings, take our lives, and ultimately take our souls!
Will we/can we throw away our golden calves—those idols that can so easily claim our lives, our hearts, our minds, and our souls? God calls us out of our dark places and back into the light of grace offered through relationship with the one true God. How will we respond? I wonder . . .
Grace & Peace,
When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us.” …So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron.He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, Exodus 32:1-4
Fostering A Creative & Curious Community
In the spirit of: Reaching Up! Reaching In! ReachinG Out!
Dear BCC Community!
This has been a whirl-wind beginning to our program year -- six weeks worth reflecting and asking good questions. And, If I know anything about Jesus, I know that he was a curious guy. Jesus led by asking curious questions for his confused followers -- all the time. I can imagine that one of the hallmark characteristics of Jesus was curiosity. To be curious means to be marked by inquisitive interest in others' concerns. What did the woman at the well want? What did the blind man need? How can I do a better job with speaking parables? It also means to be marked by a desire to investigate and learn.
I share with you a blog post from Vibrant Faith on Developing Curious Communities. Here are the five practices to foster creative and curious communities.
1. Ask lots of questions. How? What? When? Where? and Why?
2. Pay attention to results. We learn from our successes as well as our failures!
3. Test assumptions through pilot projects and experiments. Risk new ideas, and risk failure.
4. Dial back programs. It's okay to take sabbath.
5. Quit playing the role of expert. How can we unlearn what we might know so well?
I continue to reach in many ways this fall (and be curious) but one of the things I will do is ask questions: How is the volunteer Faith Formation program going? Did we like doing a photo booth again? How is our new Small Group Ministry program going? What should we do different for Advent this year?
Are we as a community and as individuals asking good questions of our church, our ministry areas- are we all 'reaching up! reaching in! and reaching out!' ? Are we fostering a creative and curious community: inquisitive, interested and have a desire to challenge ourselves? (here is the blog link: https://www.vibrantfaith.org/2017/09/developing-curious-communities/
* Check out the November monthly special offering (page 3)
* Our new Parish PA and wellness initiative (page 4)
* And the opportunities in our wider community (last page)
Peace & Grace,
Rev. Marta Fioriti
Minister of Faith Formation
For all 8th, 9th & 10th grades
1. We hope you received your letter of invite!
2. If not, please contact Marta Fioriti.
3. If you have not already registered for the Faith Formation program - do that at our web site: www.broadmoorchurch.org, ministries tab, faith formation and choose confirmation.
4. Mark your calendar for the mandatory parent meeting on Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 11:15am.
Our Special Offerings: October was Socktober...
November is Loose Change Month
Led by the Board of Missions & Encouraged by the Board of Christian Education
The month of November is "Loose Change" month! This means, we are all invited to bring our loose change on Sunday Morning. Grab any sort of change from under the couch cushions, car floor, piggy banks or stuck at the bottom of purses. Another great way to give loose change is to remember to save the small change you receive back on purchases, put it in a special spot and bring it to church on Sunday. This is a great way for young people to learn about giving and stewardship. This month the change will go to Mesa House. BCC has been supporting Mesa House for many years. It is a small shelter, supporting men with addictions on the West side of Colorado Springs. Thank you for participating!
Some things you need to know
in the coming months!
Hanging of the Greens
and Advent Workshop
Sunday, December 3, following worship.
Meet in the Fireside Room to help with decorating our church!
Meet in Otto Fellowship Hall to create your own at-home Advent Ritual space to guide you through the season. We will also have a cookie-decorating station!
Fall Retreat for Youth
For all 6th-12th grades
November 3rd-5th, at La Foret
It is that time again - - Fall retreat! YES!
"Campers will explore faith, love, global/local issues, and so much more in the Heart of Black Forest. As much as possible, we place youth groups in cabins together and program the weekend to allow for youth-group bonding as well as large-group gatherings, free time, and evening events in which campers catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We have an impressive team of trained volunteer youth leaders in our conference who will be staffing cabins, leading large-group gatherings, and creating cabin communities with youth. "
Marta & Corina will attend this event with our youth. All youth grades 6-12 are welcome. Mark your calendars, can't wait to see you there!
You can register your child online at: https://rmcucc.campbrainregistration.com/
Sunday, November 5, 3:00pm
The Joy of Living
A free concert dedicated to our close friend and long-time member, Jerry Teske. Performing the Faure Requiem with orchestra and a selection of pieces either written or arranged by Jerry.
join the vibrant, musical Life! No auditions!
NO CUT OFF TIME FOR JOINING.
For more info contact Lynn Hurst at 473-1807 x116 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPERIENCING & EXPRESSING
GOD THROUGH MUSIC
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs
Saturday, November 18, 7:00pm
Highs & Lows
Music by Part, Britten,
Lundquist & Mozart
Jacob Klock, violin
Charles Ortega, tuba
6:15 Pre-Concert Lecture
Dessert reception during intermission
Tickets available at the door or by calling 633-3649
order online at chamberorchestraofthesprings.org
Sunday, November 19
The Pikes Peak Flute Choir will present a fall concert featuring music about distant flights, delightful daydreams and fanciful characters.
Pikes Peak Ringers
A Symphony of Christmas
Sunday, November 26
Join this premiere handbell choir for an afternoon of joyous Christmas music.
THE BCC CONCERT SERIES PRESENTS
All concerts in the Sanctuary
All our choirs are beginning work on music for the Advent/Christmas season. If you have ever wanted to give any choir a try, now is a great time!
We would love to have new children/youth or adults join us at any time.
Please consider joining us now
for this joyous season.
Children's Choirs - Wednesday - 5:45 & 6:00 pm
Youth Choir & Bells - Sunday - 11:30am
Sanctuary Choir - Thursday - 7:00pm
No Rehearsals the week of Thanksgiving
Warm wishes for a healthy YOU,
Your Parish PA,
Kimberly Kuppenheimer, MA, HTCP/I, PA-C
Dear fellow members of BCC,
My name is Kimberly Kuppenheimer, I am a member of BCC and a Physician Assistant. Many parishes have a healthcare provider on staff who offer health and wellness programs to support the congregation. I am offering my voluntary services as your Parish PA and will be introducing some integrative health offerings this fall to support your mind, body and spirit.
Come celebrate our initial kick off program by stopping by the Wellness Kiosk in the Fireside Room on Sunday, November 12, 11:15-12:00. I will be there offering free blood pressure screenings and members of our congregation who are Healing Touch practitioners will be offering free treatments to alleviate stress and/or pain.
January Second Hour Wellness Presentation: January 21, 11:15-12:00 Glenview Room, "I AM" gentle yoga and meditation. Come learn the powerful benefits of just 8 minutes of gentle yoga stretches (can be done even in a chair!) and 12 minutes of mindfulness meditation taught by Jacquie Ostrom, licensed counselor and meditation Instructor. A great way to relieve stress!
Our Parish Physician Assistant, Kimberly Kuppenheimer, PA-C is originally from the east coast where she earned her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, (Lewisburg, PA); Masters degree in clinical child psychology (New York University, NY); and Physician Assistant degree at MCP/Hahnemann University, (Philadelphia, PA). Kimberly moved to Colorado Springs in 2015 with her husband, Greg, two children, Grant and Hayden and their yellow lab, Millie. She currently works in Family Practice at Fort Carson Evans Hospital and also runs a free Healing Touch clinic at Evans as well as a free Healing Touch clinic for the homeless during the BCC’s Lord’s Supper at Sacred Heart Church. In her spare time, Kimberly teaches Healing Touch Level 1 classes and lectures on the benefits of Integrative Medicine modalities at various locations in Colorado Springs, including the Pillar Institute. Kimberly also travels regularly to India where she teaches Healing Touch and engages in humanitarian work with the poorest of the poor. Kimberly will be setting up a Wellness Kiosk after worship once a month to offer free blood pressure screenings, free Healing Touch energy treatments and referrals to community resources. She’s always willing to lend a compassionate ear. Throughout the year, Kimberly will arrange health promotion events during second hour after worship. For more information about the Wellness Initiative here at BCC please contact Kimberly.
Meet Our Parish PA
Wellness Initiative at BCC
BCC Small Group Ministry Program
Our pilot program is Reaching up!- or just "up and running"!
Just in case you are curious…
We have close to 40 folks engaged in a once a week small group for five weeks, growing in faith, growing in community and growing in Spirit.
Here is what the facilitators are saying:
“The topic of prayer was certainly deep for the first week together, though, I am glad we set the expectation for these groups. I am excited about what is to come in the weeks ahead.”
“My group surprised me! There was openness, vulnerability, and enough interest that I barely had to facilitate.”
“We have a good committed group of folks who are hungry for this kind of interaction.”
“I am so pleased that everyone is sharing stories, thoughts, questions. We are truly learning from each other. We laugh a lot as we search our hearts & lives.”
"The responses were good and people were open. One of our participants is not a member of the church but was thrilled to join a small group in order to get to know people better.”
“It is a great way to build relationships and understanding of people within our church community, “
Keep your eyes peeled for mid-week happenings (hopefully a vesper and some small group time) during the Season of Advent.
Interested in learning more?
October was Socktober!
A big thank you to all church members who participated in Socktober. Through your generous donations we gathered 309 pairs of socks. We distributed the socks to Westside CARES and Springs Rescue Mission where they were very much needed and appreciated. Warm Hearts made Warm Feet!
Thanksgiving Lord's Dinner - November 19th
We will be asking for your help again this year to help provide food for our Thanksgiving Lord's Dinner. We will need: Cooked Turkey’s that are carved with meat taken off the bone, Mashed Potatoes, Dressing, Green Beans, and Pies (Costco). All the food items will need to be cooked and ready to serve on November the 19th. We will do sign ups on November 5th & 12th in the Narthex & Fireside Room.For those of you gone during this time, you can still help! The easiest contribution would be to sign up to buy pies or cranberry sauce and give them to Kathi Hinkley or Patty Jerman ahead of time. We appreciate all the help you can give for this big project in feeding our neighbors in need.
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.
Loose Change Month
See page page 3 for details
Check out the Missions Table for more information and opportunities!
Get involved by putting your faith into action!
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.
BCC in Prayer
Tana Clement, Les Kotval, Amy Rivers, Venus Moshrefi, Bette Claytor, Marje McHarg,
Oil Lamps Needed
Do you have an old-fashioned oil lamp? We would like to use many oil lamps on our altar on Sunday, Nov 12. If you have one we can use, please bring it to the church office by Monday, Nov 6. Thank you in advance.
Women’s Fellowship Workshop
Women’s Fellowship workshop will be held Monday, November 6, at 1:45 in the Otto Hall. We will make Christmas cards for our card racks and for TESSA’s Christmas Shoppe, plus any other cards that we need for our racks. 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).
Do you love BCC?
Do you want Sunday morning folks to feel that they have come "home"? Then YOU are Ambassador material! Please contact Susan Simmons to become an ambassador. This is such an easy thing to do. We would love for you to help with this ministry. Anyone and everyone is welcome! Call Susan at 648-4846
Tuesday, November 14th at 11:30
Everyone is invited to enjoy a social time and good food at the Colorado Mountain Brewery on 600 S 21st St Unit 180 at 11:30 AM. We can meet at the church to car pool at 11:00, or you may drive over to the Colorado Mountain Brewery to meet at 11:30. To make your reservations for lunch, call Joan Capesius at 576-2621 no later than Monday, November 13th. Hope to see you at the Brewery.
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
We are still collecting those free calendars that you get in the mail from organizations you donate to. TESSA’s victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault can use them. Put them in either of the two Women’s Fellowship’s mail slots in the copier room in the office area. I have delivered 83 calendars already and have 54 ready to deliver!! If you have any questions, please call Ginny Rosinski (576-3570)
TESSA Thank You
A note from Laurie, the Children's Program Manager at Tessa: "Thank you so much for all of the Halloween goody bags! Our families will be so excited and appreciative! Thanks to you, our kiddos will be able to experience some "normal' in their chaotic lives!"
Thanks to all of you that helped to fill the goody bags! Any questions? Call Ginny Rosinski 576-3570.
The Prayer Room is Open...
Senior Fellowship Festive Christmas Brunch
Sunday, December 10, 11:30 a.m.
Otto Fellowship Hall
"...Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and the power to carry that out." (11th step of the 12 steps of recovery)
Prayer and meditation can be practiced daily in the Southwest corner of the Sanctuary, overlooking the serenity of the Glen. Music and books are available for your use.
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!
Reaching Up, Reaching In, Reaching Out
The theme this year we are glad to shout,
with each group in the church,
we will strive to search
for which way our reach will extend--
out of the sanctuary . . . and within
Socktober really rocks
As we give those in need new socks.
One fish, two fish, and many loaves
To feed the hungry who arrived in droves.
Our children wrote the words and built a set
So in a play they could emote
About the bible and the message it does evoke.
A new pastor we did install,
After our Anne accepted our call.
With attire of red we prayed and sang,
While outside the church bells rang.
We blessed the dogs. We blessed the cats.
We blessed the fish, we blessed the rats!
There may have been a deer or two and a bear close by who heard the call
That we love them all. We love them all.
With the children of the courts we shared
That we cared and we cared and we care!
A mission trip the youth did do
While in their faith and love they grew.
We learn, we pray, we work, we play.
We serve the Lord in many a way.
We are being the church by reaching up, reaching in, and reaching out.
By reaching up, reaching in and reaching out!
A Look at Broadmoor Community Church
Through the Eyes of a Dr. Seuss Wannabe
Latitudes & Attitudes
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
Tues. Nov. 21, 7PM
This memoir tells of the upbringing of the author in a working class family. He speaks honestly and warmly of his family life in middle America while he analyzes the sociological implications of being of the working class and his aspirations in life, as well as considering the keys to his success as a lawyer. He ponders what and who help people in his situation to be successful.
Please join this open book study here at BCC!
315 Lake Ave, COS 80906 * (719) 4731807 * www.broadmoorchurch.org * Find us on Facebook!
Defeating Fear with Hope, Peace, Joy & Love
Soup Supper and Vesper Conversation
Wednesdays: November 29, December 6, and December 13
The holidays can bring up issues of perfectionism, unrealistic expectations, stress, sorrow and old or existing family conflicts. Come join others 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".
There is more to life. Let us explore the possibilities!
Childcare will be available.
Laptops for Refugees
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn about the Colorado Springs Sanctuary Coalition...
Vision: We are a coalition of activists from many faith, immigrant, and justice communities. We work to respect and uphold the dignity of all human beings.
Right now All Souls Unitarian Church downtown is a sanctuary church and is hosting a family. If you are interested in supporting this program and cause, please contact: Candace Datz: email@example.com
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 church office.