Ash Wednesday, February 14
Noon: Meditation & Imposition of Ashes
5:30 pm: Traditional Soup Supper
6:15 pm: Burning of Palms, Burying the Alleluia
6:30 pm: Service of Reflection, Music, & Imposition of Ashes
Doane University Choir Concert, See Page 6
Broadmoor Community Church, UCC
In this Issue:
A Note from Rev. Marta Fioriti ..........................................................1
Your Minister's Musings - Rev. Anne Cubbage ..............................2
Unfinishable - Rev. Marta Fioriti .......................................................3
Faith Formation For Every Stage of Life ..........................................4
Music Ministry .......................................................................................5
Doane University Choir Concert .......................................................6
Missions & Outreach ...........................................................................7
Church Fellowship & News ................................................................8
Community Opportunity ....................................................................9
10:00am Worship in the Sanctuary
11:00am Fellowship in the Otto Hall
...and to dust all return.
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From Our Moderator, Norman Cole:
It is always exciting to see someone have a vision, pursue that dream and take advantage of an opportunity. This new calling will give [Marta] the chance to continue her faith journey.
The entire congregation thanks [Marta] for [her] help reinvigorating the [Faith Formation] program at Broadmoor. [Her] energy and ideas will long be appreciated.
A Note From Rev. Marta Fioriti,
Your Minister of Faith Formation
Dear Broadmoor Community Church,
It has been my honor to serve as your Minister of Faith Formation (2016-2018), and before that your Director of Faith Formation (2012-2016).
I will always remember Broadmoor Community Church, United Church of Christ, because of your accompaniment alongside me as I was ordained by the Southeastern Association, Rocky Mountain Conference of the UCC.
We accomplished much and had many great conversations about what it takes to deepen faith for children, youth, adults and whole families. This context has been fertile soil for me to grow professionally in ways I never knew possible. I am grateful for the experience that taught me what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a faith leader.
I am resigning my position as Minister of Faith Formation, with my last Sunday being March 11, 2018. I am excited to lead and attend the Rocky Mountain Conference, UCC youth Spring retreat at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center on the weekend of March 16-18.
I will continue to be a part of the Rocky Mountain Conference in my new position as Pastor of the Black Forest Community Church, United Church of Christ. I hope that you will celebrate with me, my husband Roger and our three children, Norah, Nicholas and Nina, as we are off on our next adventure in church life.
In gratitude and faith,
Rev. Marta Fioriti
Your Minister’s Musings
Just a year ago, the dog and I were walking quickly down a New England road wishing the air temperature was a wee bit warmer or the sun was shining a little less anemically, when our attention was grabbed by the sight of two preteen boys. These boys were engrossed in their task: learning to do a kickflip (I had to look it up to know the proper terminology).
They would mount their skateboards, do what looked like a wheelie then kick the board so it would flip while they were in the air. They were fairly adept at this . . . but, when it came to landing back on the board again . . . well, let’s just say they had quite a bit of work to do. Time after time after time after time the landing stymied both boys; but on they practiced.
What if we spent that amount of energy and time to perfect the things of our lives? What if we presented that degree of enthusiasm to enhancing our personal relationships? What if we displayed that level of intensity in our jobs? What if we exhibited that amount of verve to our housework or yardwork or hobbies . . . or our kids? What if we revealed that same passion for perfection in our exercise, our diet, or our care for the earth? What if we, time after time after time after time, practiced until we had learned to speak graciously, forgive freely, and give selflessly?
Maybe each one of us needs to spend a little time on a skateboard, reminding ourselves that practice can make perfect. Might we learn how to stick a landing . . . even when the board (world) is spinning beneath us? I wonder . . .
Grace & Peace,
Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Adult Disaster Relief Trip to South Texas
Hurricane Harvey did a number on so many communities in and around Houston. They will be digging out and rebuilding for years. Under the direction of Chris Lambert, a team of folks will head down to be a part of the disaster relief effort. If you are interested in this week-long work beginning April 21st, please contact Chris Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-576-5378.
Peace & Grace,
Rev. Marta Fioriti
Minister of Faith Formation
This morning I went to the All People's Breakfast, Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was the fiftieth anniversary of his death. What a year to remember his work! On the day of his death he was called: an apostle for non-violence. Dr. King was one of the most eloquent orators of our modern day. I so wish that more of us had the ability to fight for equality, peace, justice and love of all humanity with words and not physical violence. How different our world might be.
Rosemary Harris Lytle, the head of our Colorado Springs Local NAACP chapter, was the key note speaker and quoted Dr. King- as his words are timeless and absolutely relevant. One of the words quoted by Rosemary, that stuck out to me was the word, unfinishable. This word struck deep within me as a minister, mother, good citizen, moral human- that the work we do is always unfinishable. The work that Dr. King started so long ago is unfinishable. The work that we do as a faith community to feed our neighbors in need, is unfinishable. The work we do to teach our young people faith is unfinishable and the work we do to unfold the "Kin-dom" of God is definitely unfinishable, but, we keep on doing it. We keep plodding along, steady, strong and active.
As Christians that are a part of a faith community, we are continually called to do the unfinishable work of God. Last winter a group of us engaged the curriculum White Privilege: Let's Talk. If you or your family is interested in continuing the unfinishable work and engaging race and privilege in our country, here are some resources that I think would be quite accessible:
The novel: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. This is categorized as young adult literature but said to be "absolutely riveting".
The Netflix series: Greenleaf, about a black family and their mega church, (adults only).
The classic novel: Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
The book: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
I do hope, that despite the constant change in political climate, this church community and in your
personal lives, that you will hold onto and be comforted (as I was) by the fact that the work is
worth it even though it is unfinishable.
Spring Retreat Details for Youth
Spring Youth Retreat /// March 16–18 /// $150 /// La Foret
Theme: Jesus and the Upside Down Kin-dom
Reflecting upon a few of the parables of Jesus, this retreat will dive deeper into how our faith calls us to see the world in a way that gives dignity, freedom, and hope to the people of our community. The retreat is open to all youth grades 6–12.
Youth Ministry Schedule
Feb. 4: Multigenerational Worship
Feb. 11: Youth Valentine's Day Breakfast
Feb. 18: "What is Lent, anyway?"
Feb 25: "Follow Me" - Mark 8:34-38
Why? How? What? When?: Lenten Vespers
Why is the sky blue? Why do dogs have four legs? Why can't I see God?
Somewhere along the way, we stop asking so many questions. We settle for the answers given to us long ago, rather than rocking the boat. Maybe we're fearful about what we'll learn or we fear that we'll fail. Questioning takes courage. When we keep the questions coming, we keep the conversation going with God ... and one another.
This Lent, you are invited to experience one of life's greatest mysteries -- God's radical Love. Rediscover your curiosity and meet God in the questions. Take a chance . . . to live!
On Wednesday evenings, we will explore some of our questions in faith and in life by using some of the writings of Matt Miofsky in his book, Fail: What to Do When Things Go Wrong.
Join us each Wednesday, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, & 21 from 6-7pm for conversation and prayer. These gatherings are multigenerational and childcare is available.
Adult Faith Formation Opportunity
11:00am, following worship, in The Glenview Room, this is a forum for all adults to engage in meaningful conversation in a safe and loving space. *Childcare available
Discussion topics for February:
Feb 4 “Cast & Mend” How might casting for new ideas and mending gaps in our community look?
Feb 11 Transfiguration Sunday – conversation about Transformation, personal and church wide
Feb 18 A book review and conversation on its theme. The book TBD.
Feb 25 Forum conversation where does our journey take us?
Grab some coffee and join us. Contact Thelma Peck for info: email@example.com
*For Every Stage of Life*
Youth Valentine's Day Breakfast
6th-12th graders, please join us for a breakfast during church on February 11th to celebrate compassion for all people in the spirit of Valentines Day. RSVP by Friday Feb. 9th so we will have enough food!
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
“Music is a piece of art that goes in the ears, straight to the heart.”
Calling all children
K - 5th grades
The Cherub and Chapel Choirs meet on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 6:30pm in West Wing 3. We are hoping some new children will join us. We have a lot of fun playing instruments, dancing and singing while learning about our faith. Lynn Hurst and Neika Rosenberger lead this group. Please give it a try!
Youth Choir and Bells
Calling all 6th graders and up. If you haven't given the choir and bells a try, please come join us on Sundays after worship. You will be glad you did!
The Children and Youth will sing in the Feb 4 worship service.
All choirs are beginning work on music for the Lent/Easter season. If you have ever thought about trying out a choir, now would be a great time to join us. If you are interested, contact Lynn Hurst at either (719) 473-1807 ext 116 or at email@example.com.
Sanctuary Choir Thursdays, 7:00pm
Broadmoor Bronze Bells Thursdays, 5:45pm
Senior Adult Bell Choir Thursdays, 1:15pm
Youth Choir & Bells Sundays, 11:30am
Cherub & Chapel Choir Wednesdays, 5:30pm
to the many wonderful people who opened their homes for housing the Doane University Singers and helped with the meal. We could not have done this without you!
Sunday, March 4, 3:00pm
Colin McAllister, guitar
Kelly Zeurcher, piano
February Choir News
More Choir Members Needed!
We would really like to have more Sanctuary Choir singers for the Lenten/Easter season. Please consider joining us for six weeks from Feb 22 - March 29. You do not have to be here every week or be an experienced singer. We are glad to have you as you are able. The choir will sing in the Maundy Thursday service on March 29 and at both Easter services, 9:00 and 11:00 on April 1.
Come be a part of the beautiful music at BCC
DOANE UNIVERSITY CHOIR
Performance at Broadmoor Community Church, UCC
Thursday, February 8th at 7pm
Doane University is a private liberal arts college in Crete, Nebraska. It is historically affiliated with the United Church of Christ and serves as the representative institution for the Nebraska, Rocky Mountain, Kansas-Oklahoma and South Dakota conferences of the UCC. An auditioned choir of 50 voices, the Doane Choir is the college's premier touring choral ensemble directed by Kurt Runestad.
For more than a century, Doane choral groups have inspired audiences with performances of sacred music and secular music. In more recent years, the choir has enjoyed international acclaim as well.
Interested in learning more?
February's Special Offering will be Restoration Bags !
Restore Innocence is a local non-profit that aids victims of sex trafficking in the rescue, restoration and reintegration process by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Restore Innocence has a very successful mentoring program for survivors, and in the past 7 years, they have also provided 2,500 "Restoration Bags" full of needed items for victims across 45 states. These bags are given to law enforcement, who then provide them to those who are recently rescued (many of whom are minors). Victims usually have only the clothes on their backs, which are often taken as evidence, so bags include some basic clothing items and toiletries. As our special offering this month, we need your help to donate new items to fill these bags. For more information, stop by our "Restoration Tree", go to https://www.restoreinnocence.org/, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the Missions Table for more information and opportunities!
Contact Missions chair Kathi (329-1949 email@example.com) Join our monthly board meetings the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room.
March: "Our Lord's Dinner"
The next Lord’s Dinner will be Sunday, March 18th at Sacred Heart church. Sign up at the Missions Table if you would like to help out!
Get involved by putting your faith into action!
"Reach" program: Table of Plenty!
Your Missions board has been working on a "Reach" to coincide with the theme for the program year, encouraging our church to "Reach Up, Reach In, and Reach Out". We are in the beginning stages of an idea we call "Table of Plenty", that will focus on feeding people and building relationships in our church and our community. Stay tuned as we go forward and reach!
Snow Cancellation Policy
We recommend the following guidelines: In the event of extreme weather conditions (snow, etc.), church offices and programs will follow Cheyenne Mountain D-12 closures. 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.
Coal Mine Dragon Restaurant
Tuesday, February 13 at 11:30 am
All women of the church and their friends are invited to attend the next Ladies Luncheon Tuesday, February 13th at 11:30 AM. We'll go to the Coal Mine Dragon on 1779 S. 8th St. If you want to car pool, meet us in the church parking lot at 11. For reservations, call Joan Capesius (576-2621) by noon on Monday, February 12th.
BCC in Prayer
Tana Clement, Les Kotval, Amy Rivers, Venus Moshrefi, Phyllis Baker, Glenn Foster, Larry Barrett, Guy Nanney, Eileen Barber, MarySue Wildman, Brigette Baschleben, and the families of Kathy Conner, Jean Pata, & Mary Carlone.
Treat Bags for TESSA
Please join us Monday, February 5 to fill 24 adult and 24 child Valentine treat bags 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.
Food Is Love
Would you like to volunteer to love your church by bringing cookies, bread, muffins, fruit, or cheese and crackers for fellowship on a Sunday? You can pick up a volunteer sheet from the table in the Fireside room and turn it in to the office, or mail it to the church. Thank you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, by the due date.
Church Fellowship and News
Valentine cards are now in the card racks behind the fireplace. They are only 50 cents each, so buy some for ALL of your sweethearts. There are some very pretty cards there, be sure to check them out! Thanks for supporting our charities for women and children.
Feb. 16, 8am – 5pm in Otto Fellowship Hall. These preventive health screenings are designed by doctors and administered by trained professionals, and can help detect hidden health issues before they become a problem. You can pick up some information on costs and screenings from the info table in the Fireside Room.
Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, forty days (46 if you count the Sundays!) of spiritual deepening before Easter. As we remember that "from dust we have come, and to dust we shall return," we receive the ashes of last year's palm processional on our foreheads. We will gather at 5:30pm in Otto Fellowship Hall for soup, bread and salad. Our multigenerational worship will begin at 6:30pm. The children and youth choirs will sing; and during worship, all children will participate in our annual Alleluia Banner ritual. Nursery care is provided.
More information coming soon about our Lent programming and activities.
Ash Wednesday, February 14
Noon: Meditation & Imposition of Ashes
5:30 pm: Traditional Soup Supper
6:15 pm: Burning of Palms, Burying the Alleluia Banner
6:30 pm: Service of Reflection, Music, & Imposition of Ashes
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Healing Touch Educational Opportunity
LEVEL 1: Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, Instructor: Melinda Chichester.
Email for information & class costs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Rocky Mountain Conference Women's Retreat
Registration begins February 1st! Camp Cost: $150, 04/20/18 - 04/22/18
Registration will be live by February 1, but we wanted to make sure you had it marked on your calendars.This year's RMC-Wide Women's Retreat will take place Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22, 2018, and it will once again be held at La Foret in Black Forest. The tentative theme is Connecting with God in the Messiness of Life.
For info, contact planning team member, Barbara Whitcher (email@example.com)
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Soul Link Book Group
The written word can heighten our awareness of God’s presence and motivate us to attend to matters of a spiritual nature. You are invited to join with others who wish to share insights gleaned from their reading. Meetings will take place on the third Tuesday of the month: February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15, at the Old Colorado City Library on Pikes Peak and Colbrun from 6:30 – 8:00pm. Contact Vicki Rector (229-9868) for details.
I Saw it in our Budget: What is OCWM?
OCWM stand for "Our Church's Wider Mission". What we can do TOGETHER with all the settings of the United Church of Christ is SO MUCH GREATER than what we can do individually. Because of our commitment to our Covenant within the UCC, congregations are empowered and individual lives are changed in the US and around the world.
Contributions to Our Church’s Wider Mission: Strengthen local churches through conflict mediation, youth programming, & search process help; provide resources for worship, education & stewardship; connect us with mission partners around the world, providing both long term and short term disaster relief; make possible church camp experiences at La Foret; help us to stand for justice and work for peace. Check out this brief and fun video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuDtdh7HnII
Community-Wide Experiences and Opportunities
See the stairwell bulletin board for community experiences like lectures, connecting with other churches, and concerts. If you have something to add to the board, please contact our office.
Rocky Mountain Conference News
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