Footprints Newsletter

Happy Friday!
Summer is in full swing!  Feel that summer heat on Tuesday?  We broke record temps.  101 degrees, they said?  Wow!  Luckily I was away in Estes Park earlier this week and it was only 90 up there!  I still say that's better than blowing snow!
Well, you know it's summer when everyone you know is on vacation.  What a great week to get away!  But I hope you all come back this Sunday, when we invite all the children back for VBS Sunday!  The kids will take over reading some scriptures and break out in song and dance for us!  They had so much fun learning the songs of the day and getting into the "Surf Shack" mood.  That was the theme for the week.
Other than this Sunday, please read your Footprints for an excerpt of Sherri Ramsay's message from last Sunday, when most of us were on vacation!  This will insure you not to miss a beat.  Also, kids, you might want to read about an upcoming Pro Football Camp.  You will be taught and coached by non other than an actual NFL athlete!  It does have a fee, so you might want to start begging your parents or selling more lemonade!  
We will see you for Worship at 10 a.m. for VBS Sunday!  Have a great rest of your week and any vacation time you have left!

Theresa Palaia

Office Administrator
Black Forest Community Church
6845 Shoup Road
Black Forest, CO  80908
719-495-2207

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First Step Preschool Celebrates Both Past and Future in Black Forest

Black Forest Community Church and First Step Preschool share a long history and a  strong connection. When the church was built in 1942, members established an open-door policy, inviting local groups to use their facilities. Over the years, their community focus broadened to hosting concerts, participating in festivals and parades, and organizing the annual Halloween celebration at La Foret Conference and Retreat Center. Kay Stricklan learned of that reputation shortly after moving to Black Forest in 1982. As she began researching a good location for the preschool she hoped to open, it seemed only natural to approach Black Forest Community Church about renting space. At that time, their landmark log building included a basement extension along the south side, which would be perfect as a classroom. Stricklan got busy applying for state licenses, formulating all the required policies and procedures, and working out a rental agreement with the church. Choosing the name “First Step” was easy because, as a Speech-Language Pathologist and mother of two, she knew that the type of learning environment young children encounter in their initial school experience has a lasting impact on their future educational path. As a result, the school’s curriculum focus was on playful exploration of the natural world, development of pre-academic language concepts, and a variety of music and movement activities. Stricklan had the preschool’s logo designed to reflect its special location in the heart of Black Forest.
First Step Preschool opened its doors in January 1984, with a class of just six students. As its reputation for excellence spread, enrollment grew to more than 60.  In 1991, Stricklan made the decision to return to her former career and to donate the preschool to Black Forest Community Church. It immediately gained congregational support as an important part of the Missions program. During the ensuing years, church members have volunteered their help with various preschool projects, including playground improvements, general maintenance, and fundraisers. When Morast Hall (the third building in the Black Forest Community Church complex) was constructed in 1996, the entire lower floor became preschool space. This August, First Step Preschool will begin its 32rd school year, continuing its strong tradition of offering developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for 3-to-5 year olds. Those lucky children and their families are sure to make many lasting memories and friendships as they share in this little piece of Black Forest history.

We are proud to introduce our new director Kristi Priddy:

kpMy name is Kristi Priddy and I am the new Director of First Step Preschool. I hold a degree in Child Development from the University of Texas and have worked with young children in the roles of preschool director and teacher for the last twenty years. I feel privileged to join First Step Preschool and its legacy of providing a high quality preschool program. An engaging preschool environment is one of the first steps to developing a love of learning. We currently have a few spaces available for the 2016/2017 school year. We would love for you to join us in providing a creative, hands on learning experience for your preschooler.

 

Limited spaces open for Fall of 2016. Call today to reserve your spot, (719) 495-0146.

Footprints Newsletter

Happy Friday Morning!!
It sure is a happy day.  It's the last day of our week-long VBS, and as part of the volunteer team, I can say, it has been a wonderful week!  Barbara Lehman should get a standing ovation for her hard work creating all the stage props by hand.  She is an amazing artist and you will be lucky enough to see her work as it will be left on the altar until next Sunday, the 26th for VBS Sunday, when we invite all the children to come back to worship and sing for us.  We had lots of kids participate this year and the weather held out nicely!
On another happy note, we brought on board a wonderful new preschool director, Kristi Priddy.  She comes to us with a lot of experience.  An article introducing herself is inside this week's Footprints.  The enrollment is filling up and there is limited space available for the coming year at the preschool.  Things are looking up in our little church, I am so happy to say!
I hope you can join us this Sunday, when Sherri Ramsay will be our guest speaker as we celebrate Father's Day.  Kids, don't forget about your Dad this Sunday!  Make him feel extra special.
I hope you all have a spectacular weekend!  See you on Sunday! And…
Happy Father's Day!

Theresa Palaia

Office Administrator
Black Forest Community Church
6845 Shoup Road
Black Forest, CO  80908
719-495-2207

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Footprints Newsletter

Hello All!
Is it really Friday again?  Wow!  No complaints here!  It has been a beautiful week outside, with the exception of a hail storm here and there.  I hope your cars, homes and gardens didn't receive any damage during one of those storms we had throughout the city.  Some parts even got free golf balls from heaven!  Yikes!
Can you believe our VBS week begins on Monday?  I remember the planning stages and it's already here!  There is still time to sign up your child if you haven't done so already.  We can still use your help with donations.  Please see inside your newsletter for a complete list and consider bringing those with you to church on Sunday.  Again, we thank you in advance.
Who's ready to kick back and relax?  Well, you are in luck!  The Navalta and Simonoff families will be hosting a "whew" party at the Navalta's after worship this Sunday.  Bring a dish to share and they will provide the meat, drinks and lounge chairs!  
I sure hope you have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you on Sunday at worship!
Kiddos, we can't wait to see you for a fun week together at VBS! 
  

Theresa Palaia

Office Administrator
Black Forest Community Church
6845 Shoup Road
Black Forest, CO  80908
719-495-2207

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Vacation Bible School

Time is running out to register for BFCC’s Vacation Bible School, Surf Shack, starting Monday, June 13.  VBS will run all week, June 13-17, from 9am to noon and is FREE! 

Join us for games, science, Bible Stories, snacks and all around fun in beautiful Black Forest! Register at http://2016.cokesburyvbs.com/blackforestcommunitychurch or call the church office at 495-2207.

"Catch the Wave of God's Amazing Love"


Theresa Palaia

Office Administrator
Black Forest Community Church
6845 Shoup Road
Black Forest, CO  80908
719-495-2207

Footprints Newsletter

Good Morning!
What a beautiful morning!  I do believe summer is finally here!  My favorite time of year here in this beautiful state of Colorado.  
Did you register your child yet for VBS?  Well, what are you waiting for?  It begins in only 10 more days!  Last year, the kids had an amazing week.  Let's repeat that this year!  Details on where to register can be found under the Vacation Bible School article in this week's newsletter.  In addition to signing up your child, (even if you don't have a child to sign up) we could use your help by donating items needed for the VBS week to include food donations. The list of needed items can be found in your Footprints attachment. Please refrain from bringing perishable items until the end of next week, no later than Sunday, June 12th.  We thank you in advance!    
In this week's Footprints, you can read a bio of Rev. Susan Hartley.  It's so interesting to see her journey to BFCC.  We are so happy to have her here.  She came at the most perfect time!  We are blessed.
Lastly, a volunteer opportunity awaits.  A chipping project has been scheduled for Sunday, June 12, beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m.  If you are willing and able to volunteer on a Sunday in the beautiful Black Forest, Donna Arkowski, Volunteer Coordinator, would be so pleased to have you join this work party.  Please let her know by return email if you can make it.  Her email is darkkorch@msn.com and her phone number is 719-495-2982.
The future is so bright and we look forward to a positive, fresh start in our church as the seasons change from spring to summer; the most beautiful time of year!  So go out and enjoy this weather, and don't forget to join us on Sunday, when Rev. Susan Hartley returns for worship!  

Theresa Palaia

Office Administrator
Black Forest Community Church
6845 Shoup Road
Black Forest, CO  80908
719-495-2207

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