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Friday, 29 May 2020 10:03

Join Us at Worship Service This Sunday!

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Last night the Elder Board met to discuss when we would offer public worship services again.  After prayer and discussion, we made the unanimous decision to invite the church family to re-gather for worship services, this Sunday, May 31st at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

We understand that not everyone will be ready to return.  Everyone’s situation is different and perhaps in your case it’s better for you to stay home.  If it’s going to be awhile before we see you in person, know that we’ll continue to do our best to keep upgrading the live video stream of the services so that you can stay connected with your church family as much as possible – also, would you do us a favor and send us an email or a note on how you are doing?  Or let us know what needs you have or how we can pray for you? 

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If however, you are coming this Sunday to bless the Lord, we want you to understand that Covid-19 is still being spread.  Participating in a worship service is potentially risky (and not only because you are coming into the presence of the Living God!).  With a lot of people being asymptomatic there is always a chance that you’ll be at risk of exposure, especially in a context where there will be singing and where people will want to shake hands or give hugs.  We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging!  So be wise.  If you are sick stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.  Also, we’d love for you to use some hand sanitizer when you come in, or wash your hands upon entry.  Rose Bertin is doing a great job of keeping the church clean, but the less germs we can carry in, the better! 

This Sunday we won’t be offering Nursery or Children’s Ministry.  We are wanting the balconies to be used for families with children so that they have a little more room to wiggle and move around. 

On a typical Sunday, the bulletins will be on a table in the lobby.  Instead of passing the offering plate, we will encourage you to use the new tithe and offering boxes mounted on the lobby walls.  For the near term, the seating will be spread out and so you may not see your favorite seat – it’s an opportunity to take in a new view in the sanctuary! 


AMAZING NEWS

What can’t God do?  My jaw dropped in awe today as I saw a summary of May’s financial report.  Over the years I haven’t paid too much attention to church finances as you all have been so faithful to give back to God.  But after 12 weeks of chaos and all the doom and gloom in the media about our economy I was not looking forward to this month’s financial report.  But guess what?  Guess what God did in the midst of a pandemic?  Your May tithes and offerings were BETTER than May of last year!  Thank you for being apart of what God is doing through our local church family – thank you for honoring the Lord! 

This news brought to mind the incredible promises given in 2nd Corinthians for those who want to see more and more people helped, and ministry in Jesus’ name expanded:  “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work … Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2nd Corinthians 9:8-11).  My summary of these verses: You can’t out-give God! If you want to help people, He will supply what is needed!

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10!  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

 

Online Registration:

www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

Camp Update Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teh9yx1880g

ON THE JOB DISCIPLESHIP

Some of you have been helping Kenny and Clair Minnick feed and minister to a group of local homeless folks.  Kenny’s hope has been to share the gospel with them and at the same time help them change their station in life.  As we enter summer he has an idea about how to help them prepare for a career.  He has launched a landscape ministry / business that seeks to get these folks working.  Here’s what Kenny said in a recent email:  “We started out with a rake and the power of Jesus and went door to door soliciting work no job too small or too big and Jesus has blessed our efforts – we now have a weed eater, a lawn mower, shovels and rakes and various hand tools. So now we are praying for a blower, chain saw and rototiller – we are willing to buy and would graciously accept donations.  This is all at the ground level.  Please continue praying for the ministry for protection, work leads and if anyone has any lawn maintenance, clean up or light hauling please contact me at 562-569-0424.  The apostle Paul said if they don’t want to work don’t let them eat – help us help them and train them up in a way they should go, when they are old it will not depart from them”

SUMMER BIBLE READING

Are you in the Word?  Is the Word in you?  With the month of June arriving Monday, it’s a great time to start a new Bible reading goal.  For instance, have you ever read the New Testament?  You can easily do it in 90 days at about 15 minutes a day or if you can do it in 60 days at about 25 minutes.  If you want to download a plan check out https://www.bible.com/reading-plans or if you want to explore different plans here are some websites I’d recommend:  https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/ or https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological-new-testament.html  Pastor Bo has also printed out a summer reading plan that he borrowed from another church, available for you on the lobby desk here at the church.  

TECH TEAM UPDATE

AJ McGee and Kenny Bertin have set up a Streaming Station in Pastor Luke’s office (thanks Luke!).  We are looking forward to continuing to improve our live stream and video capabilities in the future.  If you like the idea of reaching people with the gospel through the use of technology, would you consider being part of our Tech Team? If you want to serve on the Tech Team please contact AJ McGee (Team Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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UPDATE FROM PASTOR LUKE

Hey there Living Water! Thank you to all of you who have been praying for our family in many different ways. Anna and I feel blessed and loved. We were able to replace my car with a functioning and reliable one, sell our house in Denver for a good price and we’re under contract on a house that we love in Alamosa. God is good, and we are so grateful to be part of a loving church family!

I’m looking forward to meeting together again, but if you're not able to at the moment don't forget to continue to engage with other believers and worship together. Don’t be afraid to sing out as you watch services and remember that worship is not a spectator sport. We are all called to worship God with our whole being, and specifically called to sing his praises. So whether or not you think you’re a singer, sing out! Praise God for His holiness, wisdom, love, power and might!

Psalm 63:3-4

Because your steadfast love is better than life,

    my lips will praise you.

So I will bless you as long as I live;

    in your name I will lift up my hands.

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NEW BUILDING GROUDBREAKING CELEBRATION – Postponed

Everything is still on track for the start of the construction of the New Christian Education and Community Building!  However, we had anticipated that by this Sunday the Reign Building would be gone and we’d be able to gather on the site.  The Building should be gone early this next week and we’ll plan a more appropriate time for prayer and dedication of the project to the Lord. 

FOOD BANK SUPPORT

The Deacons have decided to discontinue the food bank that has been available at church. Instead, we want to encourage members to support and donate to the Alamosa Food Bank which is operated by La Puente. Their office is located at 513 6th Street in Alamosa, across the street from the Alamosa Visitor Center. Call them at 589-4567 for more info.

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SUMMER BIBLE STUDIES / COMMUNITY GROUPS

Typically in the summer groups tend to take a break, but there’s never been a summer like this in most of our lifetimes!  With so much closed down and so many vacations on hold, let’s use the time to build each other up in the Lord!  I want to encourage you to start new Bible studies or restart those that have been put on hold.  If your Community Group hasn’t been meeting, perhaps it’s time to start talking about restarting?  Or maybe this is a great time for you to start hosting people in your home?  Check out www.rightnowmedia.org if you need some resources or ideas.  If you don’t yet have access please email Pastor Greg - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - and he can sign you up for free.  If you need some advice or some help in organizing a group or want to talk about meeting together in the current climate, please contact Pastor Bo – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thanks for reading!
Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 21 May 2020 15:06

Worshiping Together

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We know that worship is more than meeting together on Sunday mornings.  Scripture tells us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1), meaning that we are to yield ourselves continually to God’s commands and instructions, even if they are costly – “This is your spiritual worship.”  Obedience is worship.  Scripture tells us that our behaviors are to make much of Jesus:  “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17).  How we live is to be worship. Scripture tells us that “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7), meaning we all have been given spiritual gifts in order to build each other up.  Serving others is worship.  Scripture says, “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation …Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2nd Corinthians 5:16,18).  Sharing the gospel is a ministry of worship. So my point is that worship is much more than going to church on Sunday mornings. 

But I miss worshipping the Lord together with you.  I miss singing.  I miss the laughter in the hallways.  I miss the weekly family reunion.  I miss sharing life together.  I miss preaching to the church.  I miss having the church eat and drink at the Lord’s table.  I know that you miss the Body of Christ too.  Worship Meetings as special because the saints are gathered together before Jesus and when his name is corporately lifted up and celebrated, we experience peace and love and the transcendent sense of being home.  We feel like we meet with God and our Family of Faith and we leave changed.  We miss it. 

We will come together again!  We will get to go to church again!  I want to encourage you to patiently endure.  The church is a priceless gift and we are so blessed to be part of the family of faith.  May we never look at worship services as a burden again!  May we never say again that we “have” to go to church! 

Until then, what does the Lord call us to?  Worship!  Keep worshiping by assembling together in small groups.  Keep worshiping by serving one another.  Keep praying, staying close to God, bringing petitions and intercessions before the throne of grace.  Keep worshiping by reading and applying the Word.  Keep the commands of Christ.  Keep sharing the news that Jesus has overcome death and that there is eternal safety and new life found in Him.  Decide to be a worshiper regardless of the circumstances surrounding you! 


REOPENING DATE

Our plan at this time is to resume worship services on Sunday, June 7 at 9:00 and 10:45 am.  Please be praying for churches to reopen. There are some churches that are opened for worship and their experience hasn’t been that good, because there were so many restrictions present. What I’m praying for is that there will be a minimum level of protocols required.  Whatever the case, when the Lord opens the doors (Hallelujah!) we will clearly communicate what to expect when you come to worship.  In the meantime please continue to seek out community in small groups and Bible studies. 

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10!  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

Online Registration:

www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

Chili Dinner Camp Drive Through Fundraiser! Friday, May 29 6:00 – 7:00 pm

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cSuYD1eitFZf9gDfdiTBF-b_ixnwyR710Vp4RkXfUmo/edit

Camp Update Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teh9yx1880g

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NEW BUILDING GROUDBREAKING CELEBRATION

On Sunday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m. we will have a special time of gathering here at the church campus and launching the building project. We will safely gather as a large group on the site to sing together and to pray together before our great God.  We will be lifting up the work to him and asking him to bless it and be glorified through it.

NEW BUILDING UPDATE

Getting the utilities turned off at the Reign Building has been a challenge!  As I said last week, the delay has allowed for more materials to be reclaimed, so we’re thankful for that.  But the Reign Building will be removed completely next week.  Dirt work (preparing the ground for the new structure) will begin Monday, June 1st.  If you want to learn more about what we are planning and why we are building, please go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/  If you want to make a financial contribution to the project you can go to our website https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/ where you can contribute securely.

NEW PARENTING PODCASTS AVAILABLE

Pastor Bo, Pastor Greg and I sat down and recorded a Podcast on “Practical Parenting.”  Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org and look under the resources tab for the teaching podcasts, or you can access them through the Living Water App. 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS has been rescheduled to the week of July 27-31

livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 


“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” Galatians 6:9
Thanks for reading
Jeron

Thursday, 14 May 2020 13:52

What Matters Most

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Church, I’m so sorry if you’ve lost something (or someone) during this crisis.  I’m sorry if your dreams have been sidetracked.  I’m sorry if your plans have been put on hold or what you’ve been working so hard on has fallen apart.  But as you grieve what you’ve lost, don’t forget what you’ve got.  I read through Philippians this morning and was struck by Paul’s outlook on his circumstances and his life.  At one point in his life he could boast about all he had.  He was a rising star in Jerusalem and in Judaism, and he could boast about what he had accomplished and why he was important – “if anyone thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more; circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless” (3:4-6).  But as he wrote to the Philippian church he is in jail.  He is hated by those who once thought him special.  He has enemies who want him dead and he has critics who hounded him.  From a worldly perspective he has lost all that mattered.  But he didn’t believe it for a moment!  He had what mattered most!  And in your sufferings, dear Christian, you shouldn’t look at your losses as catastrophic or through worldly glasses.  When Paul met Jesus Christ and when Jesus entered his life all the things of the world – the prestige, the wealth, the applause, the sense of being “someone” before others, it all vanished – but he found what really mattered.  Our society is built on gaining.  The accumulation of wealth and material things is set out as the goal by the world.  We are successful if we gain a fit body or an advanced degree or a respected reputation for business.  We believe that such things are the key to happiness.  And now that these attainments are being lost or taken, people are devastated.  Maybe you are growing depressed at what you’ve lost?  Consider Paul and his thinking!  “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish” (3:7-8).  Paul was in jail and his life was at risk, but he had what matters most!  He had the greatest thing a human being could have – a knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Compared to a relationship with God, well, all the things that people boast and brag about, they are rubbish.  What Paul wanted most was to know Jesus more, to experience what Jesus had experienced.  He made it his life’s passion to know and love God, to know and identify with Jesus: “Not that I have already attained all this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own.  Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do: forgetting what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (3:12-14).  In spite all his losses he had what mattered most, and that’s what really mattered!  Because he had Jesus (or because Jesus had him) he could say: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (4:4). Paul was full of joy and he wanted the Philippians to be joyful in what they had in Jesus, not depressed because he was in prison or because they were suffering.  We have what matters most and because we have God in our lives we can suffer the loss of all things and still be ok.  The world is suffering loss and turning to drug and drink or porn or food.  As we grieve our losses we take a different a different tact.  We remember what we have.  We renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2). We focus on what is good (Philippians 4:8).  We remember we have a God who is working in our lives. “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work will carry it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (1:6).  We have a God who humbled himself and gave up everything for us: ”Who though he was in the form of God… he emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant… he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (2:5-8). We remember we have future that is secure: “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (3:20).  And we rejoice that we have a God who takes care of us:  “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (4:19).  Though we suffer loss, we have what matters most, and so we know we will make it.  Church, you will make it!  You will get through this!  God’s Got You! 

Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…


REOPENING DATE

Our plan at this time is to resume worship services on Sunday, June 7 at 9:00 and 10:45 am.  We are waiting to hear from the State of Colorado on what the gathering limitations will be when the new phase kicks in (or Alamosa County is granted a variance); what we anticipate is 30% or 1/3 of a room’s capacity (though it could be less).  If this is the case we will be able to seat about 85 people in the sanctuary in each service.  But we will also have overflow rooms set up in the Fellowship Hall and in the Cross Building.  Please be praying for churches to reopen.  When the Lord opens the doors (Hallelujah!) we will clearly communicate what to expect when you come to worship.  In the meantime please continue to seek out community in small groups and Bible studies. 

NEW BUILDING PROGRESS

Yesterday was a big day as we finalized our construction loan and the Reign Building started to be deconstructed.  We’ve had a delay in the demolition with Excel not being able to come and shut off the utilities, but it has turned out to be a good thing as folks have been able to pull out more of the useable materials, including windows, lights, plumbing fixtures - even the trusses will be reclaimed.  It’s been great to see so many people from the church participating in this project.  If you want to learn more about what we are planning and why we are building, please go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/  If you want to make a financial contribution to the project you can go to our website https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/ where you can contribute securely.

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EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10!  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

Online Registration: www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND BIBLE STUDIES

There are a number of groups that have begun to meet again in person, and others are still gathering remotely through Zoom.  If you are wanting to join an ongoing community group or Bible study or if you want to start something new, please contact Pastor Bo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS has been rescheduled to the week of July 27-31

livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa

FAMILY IN NEED

Valdino and Frances Gallegos from Romeo lost everything in a recent house fire.  There has been a Go Fund Me account set up if you want to help.  https://www.gofundme.com/f/204whqvgpc?utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2nRr7a_2ceAuayuN-Olq922Iy1o-b5adHa5B4vtaKteR8FvMonpQO8swg  Here’s the latest update from the organizers of the fundraiser: We are doing fairly good with clothing…we are now really looking for a storage trailer or container to place on their property for donations coming in…we will not turn any donations away…prayers, monetary donations and keeping them in your thoughts are so appreciated...please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you can help 719-298-6396.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 


“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, 07 May 2020 18:03

Prayer Call!

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Dear Living Water Family and Friends,

On this National Day of Prayer, may we seek the Lord and call on him to heal our land! 

If you are interested in participating in prayer this evening for our country, there is a national broadcast / live program. Visit this website for more information: https://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/

 Well Done Church!

One of the positives that has come out of this Virus Crisis that I’ve seen is that a lot of Christians are being more vocal about their faith and more active in sharing Scriptures with others.  I’ve noticed that my social media stream has been dominated by Christians sharing Bible verses and seeking to encourage others with God’s Word.  As a pastor this really, really makes me smile!  Why?  When the whole church is involved in ministry and making disciples, there you have a healthy church! Now some of you might not have realized that you were involved in making disciples when you shared a Bible verse.  And some of you might say that sharing a Bible verse on Facebook or Instagram doesn’t go very far in helping people grow.  But God’s Word in impactful and life changing!  I was saved by reading John 3:16.  And because someone was faithful to put John 3:16 on a cardboard sign that I read, I heard Jesus’s call and was changed, and I’ve been able to influence others for the gospel for about 25 years now. 

This gets to an important understanding of how the church is supposed to work.  Lot’s of churches depend on the pastor to do everything and to disciple everyone. I’m thankful that isn’t Living Water Bible Fellowship! It’s a strategy that is unbiblical and doomed to fail.  God has designed his church for everyone to play a role in the transformation of people.  We are all called to make disciples for Jesus.  A church that depends on one man to disciple hundreds or even dozens of people will be an unhealthy church because discipleship happens best through personal relationships and the pastor simply can’t know everyone or spend time with everyone and still fulfill his preaching and oversight functions.  The biblical model of coming to maturity in Christ is through relational training.  Biblically, training is the impartation of one’s life and values and character.  Paul trained Timothy and Titus and they were expected to train others (2nd Timothy 2:2).  Classes and seminars can help in the transfer of doctrinal truth, but God’s word is learned best through the example of watching other believers live it.  What’s supposed to happen is that I spend time with a few people, instructing them, training them, teaching them and then they do the same in others lives.  We all need a Paul in our life and we all need a Timothy and a Titus – in other words we need someone mentoring us and we need to be mentoring others. 

When I came to Christ my development was slowed because I didn’t have a spiritual “parent” who was there for me to ask questions of or to counsel me or to correct me.  I didn’t have a person or people to speak into my life.  Frankly, all things being equal, I think I could have been a much better disciple-maker if there had been people around me to train me on how to live as a Christian instead of having to figure it out for myself. 

This is where you come in.  This is why your sharing of Scriptures is such a healthy sign.  If we can share God’s word with each other, we are involved in each other’s growth – this is what we were called to do!  Hearing the Word of God can be done in a sermon or it can come through a friend or through a Bible study or a Community Group. However it happens, we are to bring God’s word to bear upon people’s lives so that they will grow in their relationship with Christ.  If you’ve started with sharing verses on Facebook, I encourage you to take the next step and share your life with others.  Pour into others the biblical wisdom and knowledge you’ve gained, as God has poured it into you. Be a spiritual parent or a mentor of an individual or of many – show them how you live and how you apply the Word.  You are called to ministry to others and serving others just as much as a pastor or missionary is - your ministry just takes place in a different setting or venue or arena. 

“Simply by virtue of being a disciple of Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit of the new covenant, all Christians have the privilege, joy and responsibility of being involved in the work God is doing in our world, the “work of the Lord.” And the fundamental way we do this is by speaking the truth of God to other people in dependence on the Holy Spirit” (Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, The Trellis and The Vine).  Ask the Lord to use you more and more in the lives of others.


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9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa

WHEN CAN WE MEET AGAIN? 

Hopefully we will be able to meet again soon!  Our Alamosa County Commissioners are seeking a variance from the state to give our rural county some more leeway regarding the Safer-At-Home public health order.  This should affect churches as well as businesses – regardless, we are still planning on having a phased in approach in terms of numbers of people that can be present.  We’ll see if the variance is accepted because there has been an “outbreak” at the mushroom farm of several Covid-19 cases.  When we do move beyond the “less than 10” requirement we will likely do some worship nights and / or prayer nights.  Depending on how large the crowd can be, we will seek to reinstate Sunday morning worship as well.  Please be praying! 

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NEW BUILDING PROGRESS

The playground has been taken down.  It will be reinstalled to the south of the Sprung Building after dirt has been moved in and compacted.  Pastor Greg is working on preparing the Reign Building for demolition, filling out forms to get all the utilities shut off.  The Reign Building should be gone by May 15.  Site prep work will proceed and construction will begin soon after.  The city is requiring us to pave the entire parking area.  We had hoped to just pave part of the parking areas initially, but we have it in our budget to do the whole thing.  This might be a blessing in the long run however, as bids have been coming in below budget and what we could save will pay for the additional paving. Low oil prices are also helping paving bids!  Also wanted to report to you that financial giving has been strong.  Our 3 year fundraising goal for the Bringing Life Project is to raise 1.8 million dollars (total project cost on the high end is 3.8 million).  Year one goal was to raise 60% of the 1.8 million (60% of 1.8 million is $1,080,000).  7 months into Year One we are at $1,004,992, so we’re right on target for reaching our year one goal!  Thanks for the fantastic giving!  Our goal for year two of the Bringing Life Project is 25% or $450,000.  Year three goal is 15% or $270,000.  Of course we are praying for God to provide all of the money so that we wouldn’t have to take out any loan – he can do it!  Feel free to get the word out about what God is doing at LWBF and invite people to contribute to the construction of the New Christian Education and Community Building. We have packets of informational material in our lobby.  

FACEMASKS

Church – are you in need of cloth face masks? A bunch of our very talented ladies have been busy sewing masks for our church family. The Deacons will be distributing them tonight (May 7) from 6:00 – 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall and there is no charge to you. When you arrive, please enter through the Fellowship Hall door and practice social distancing. We also plan to have another distribution sometime next week. If you cannot go to the church, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one of the Deacons will deliver yours.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS has been rescheduled to the week of July 27-31

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10!  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

Online Registration: www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

TECH TEAM FORMING

***AJ McGee has volunteered to lead our Tech Team!*** If you want to serve on the Tech Team contact AJ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  We are looking forward to continuing to improve our live stream and video capabilities in the future.  If you like the idea of reaching people with the gospel through the use of technology would you consider being part of our Tech Team?  Or as Pastor Luke said recently to the Praise Team:  “We need people who are interested in tech, who have a musical ear or a visual eye (to mix the music for the livestream, and to help with cameras and graphics) and are willing to learn. Somebody doesn't need all of these qualities, but just one would be a good starting place. And being willing to learn is the most important!”  From podcasts to video announcements to online services to online groups your role on the Tech Team could be used greatly for the Lord!  Initially you would help with the live stream worship services but there are a lot of creative opportunities to develop Living Water’s online outreach and discipleship ministry. 

FOOD BANK SUPPORT

The Deacons have decided to discontinue the food bank that has been available at church. Instead, we want to encourage members to support and donate to the Alamosa Food Bank which is operated by La Puente. Their office is located at 513 6th Street in Alamosa, across the street from the Alamosa Visitor Center. Call them at 589-4567 for more info.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 


“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Thanks for reading!

 Pastor Jeron!

Thursday, 30 April 2020 10:22

Being Christian while the Nation Rages

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People are tired.  People are afraid.  Emotions are running high.  Futures are at stake. There are daily battles on social media regarding the wisdom of social distancing and the opening up of businesses (or lack thereof).  National news media seems to have forgone all sense of neutrality and the “news” seems mere biased opinion and analysis than reporting.  Nearly everyone has an opinion on what should be done, and some aren’t being very gracious with those who hold differing views.  If people hadn’t already divided and lost friends over the political divide, it seems that people are now dividing and loosing friends over the Covid-19 recovery and what should be done.  And yes, on top of all of this we are in an election year (yippee!), so our politicians (hopefully not all!) are tempted to frame and spin all the issues for maximum impact (re-electability), making their opponents out to be demons and their policies the stuff of nightmares. 

What should we as Christians do?  Tune out?  Let go and let God? Engage? Fight?

We as Christians should participate in our democratic republic.  We should enter the public square as individuals who are political.  We should seek to establish a certain social order.  How can we not engage in the running and the future agenda of our government, if we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ – that there is a Creator, there is truth, there is righteousness and there is a Lord who has risen from the dead.  If we don’t believe in universal principles of right and wrong, if we don’t believe there is a God we will answer to, if we don’t believe in the need for justice and freedom, then how our government is run doesn’t matter and we can stay idle.  So we should participate and not be silent. 

However, we need in our activity, and in the midst of what seems like a war, to remember who we are as Christians and who we represent as Christians: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.  Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:9-17). 

We should participate in the development of public policy and the shaping of our community and nation, but we should remember who we represent.  In all we do, in our voting and in our dialog, we represent Jesus Christ first and foremost.  As believers, we serve Jesus (God’s slaves!).  We are part of his kingdom.  We are citizens of heaven and what we advocate for should always be done as his ambassadors.  Politics can devolve into a process of merely seeking what we want and about selfish and manipulative agendas. As Christians, in view of how Jesus saved us and made us part of his family, we shouldn’t live selfish or self-centered lives, but we should humbly seek what is good and just in God’s sight for the good of people (A Christian political platform or policy statement should please and glorify God – does yours?). What can’t be a part of a Christian’s activity is any evil or conduct that is un-Christlike.  We are God’s people!  No matter the conduct and methods of others, we have the responsibility of treating everyone with respect and honor, for we belong to Jesus and represent him in all we do. We could win a political argument or move the needle of opinion in a positive direction through social media bashing, ugly attacks and libel, but at what cost?  We risk making Jesus out to be something that he is not through our actions. May it not be! We are to live good lives before the world so that Jesus is glorified.


Here’s some of what’s happening in our church family: 

COMMUNION THIS SUNDAY

During the live stream this Sunday we’ll be observing the Lord’s Supper so please set up your own station of bread and juice at home.  It’s important to remember that the Lord’s Supper is a sacred event and it is something should be treated with honor.  Specifically it is to be practiced by believers in Christ, as it is a celebration and remembrance by his church of what he has done for us.  If you have unbelievers who are watching the service with you, I will give some explanation as to why they shouldn’t participate, but I would encourage you to add to my words and sharing the gospel with them as is appropriate.  Hopefully by June (see below) we’ll be able to meet again in person and return to the public observance Lord’s Supper. 

WHEN WILL WORSHIP SERVICES OPEN AGAIN IN OUR BUILDING?

Though we would love to open up worship services right away, the Elder Board decided it would be wrong to not submit to the government’s current public health order of 10 or less people in a public gathering (see Romans 13:1-7).  We do want to protect people and if it means not meeting for a while longer, we can do it!  We don’t feel that Jesus’ church is being singled out or persecuted or told that we can’t proclaim the gospel, so we are going to comply and not schedule large size public gatherings until the restrictions are lifted.  The Governor has talked about a phased approach, eventually allowing 50 person gatherings, and then, if that goes well allow larger gatherings.  What this likely means is that we’re talking sometime in June before we are going to have any kind of a public worship service.  For now we will continue having a Sunday morning live stream worship service  (go to www.livingwateralamosa.org).

The Elder Board is encouraging the church however to start gathering again in small groups.  Perhaps now is the time for you to start hosting a Sunday morning gathering in your home (of 10 or less) to participate in the online worship service?  Perhaps now is the time for small groups that have paused meeting to start meeting again?  Or this is the time to start new groups?  If groups have at risk people perhaps it would be better for them to continue the Zoom meetings or to schedule a restart in June?   

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The Playground is coming down today (see pictures below).  Deconstruction of the Reign Building will happen soon.  Construction is slated to begin May 17 (or earlier).  Thank you for those who have given and are giving to the Bringing Life Project!  If you want to make a contribution, feel free to go to our website where you can give securely (there is a giving tab) or send your contributions to the church (mark Bringing Life Project on the memo line).  Please pray for the safety of the volunteers and workers! 

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FACEMASKS

Church – are you in need of cloth face masks? A bunch of our very talented ladies have been busy sewing masks for our church family. The Deacons will be distributing them this Thursday the 30th from 6:00 – 6:45 pm in the Fellowship Hall and there is no charge to you. When you arrive, please enter through the Fellowship Hall door and practice social distancing. We also plan to have another distribution sometime next week. If you cannot go to the church, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one of the Deacons will deliver yours.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

VBS has been rescheduled to the week of July 27-31

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10!  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

Online Registration: www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

TECH TEAM FORMING

We are looking forward to continuing to improve our live stream and video capabilities in the future.  If you like the idea of reaching people with the gospel through the use of technology would you consider being part of our Tech Team?  Or as Pastor Luke said recently to the Praise Team:  We need people who are interested in tech, who have a musical ear or a visual eye (to mix the music for the livestream, and to help with cameras and graphics) and are willing to learn. Somebody doesn't need all of these qualities, but just one would be a good starting place. And being willing to learn is the most important!  From podcasts to video announcements to online services to online groups your role on the Tech Team could be used greatly for the Lord!  Initially you would help with the live stream worship services but there are a lot of creative opportunities to develop Living Water’s online outreach and discipleship ministry.  Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kenny Bertin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Luke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to get connected in serving the Lord! 

NEW LIVING WATER TEACHING PODCASTS AVAILABLE

Pastor Bo has posted some new lessons from the Book of Proverbs. Just go to our Website ( www.livingwateralamosa.org ) under Resources, or find it on the LWBF App. 

FOOD BANK SUPPORT

The Deacons have decided to discontinue the food bank that has been available at church. Instead, we want to encourage members to support and donate to the Alamosa Food Bank which is operated by La Puente. Their office is located at 513 6th Street in Alamosa, across the street from the Alamosa Visitor Center. They are usually open weekdays from noon until 4pm. Call them at 589-4567 for more info.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  For those of you giving by cash or check our church address is 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 

livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa


“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Thanks for reading!

Jeron!

Thursday, 23 April 2020 12:30

Dear Living Water Family and Friends

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I heard a guy come into the church today say on missing worship and his church family, “My whole week has been shot for a month now.”  Ha!  You could tell that he loved his church family and he loved gathering with the people of God in worship.  Will there, after everything reopens, be more people loving God and investing in things that lead to his glory and his purposes being fulfilled?  I heard another person say that she thinks we’re going to be a much more grateful people who appreciate things more as a result of the stay at home order and limitations on our freedom.  I hope she’s right!  May we be changed for the good! 

I heard another guy say that politicians “aren’t going to let a good crisis go to waste,” suggesting that wily people know how to use circumstances to bring about their desired ends.  I think (in a more positive sense) that God has an expectation that we’d use this crisis for good.  That we’d use the time away from the norm to seek change and growth in our life.  Who are you becoming?  What are you living for?  What are your plans and priorities?  I hate questions like these because they force me to evaluate and self-reflect, but if there is ever a time to ask yourself if you need to have a Re-Start, it’s now.  For instance, if you’ve come to realize through this crisis that you are far from God, don’t go back to normal!  If you’ve been convicted on being lazy towards God and building a relationship with Him, now’s the time to turn to a new way of living and starting some new habits that place you before Him.  If you are a parent with kids at home, and you’ve realized that you weren’t discipling your kids before this crisis hit, hit that Re-Set button!  If before we ever heard of Covid-19 you were in the pattern of never seeking to share the good news of Jesus’ victory, never praying for lost co-workers, family members or friends – God’s clear will for you is not to go back to normal!  He’s given us the mandate of being on mission for him, being his witnesses.  

We as Christians are always in danger of living just like the secular people around us, even though we’ve been bought with the blood of Christ and made new people who are to keep in step with the Spirit.  The good news of Covid -19’s arrival is that with so many cultural traditions and habits and ways of living being blown up by the war on the virus, we have been given an opportunity to step away from what perhaps had become our master.  Have you hated a job and you’ve now been given the opportunity to find one that you like?  Or was your way of living destroying you, but you were forced to step away from it?  Praise God!  Or maybe in your case, the opportunity is not to step away from something altogether, but rather put it into perspective, and reinfuse it with a heavenly purpose?  For instance maybe you started a business that was meant to serve people in a way, but it had become this monster that grew out of control that has just become about money?  Could it be that you have the chance now to get it back in line with what your original vision was?  Or for instance, perhaps before the virus came your family was all about sports.  All sports, all the time is how a lot of families live in the San Luis Valley.  Before the shutdown came, sports set your schedules, sports directed your finances, sports consumed your days!  Such sports as basketball, baseball, hockey, and golf are in and of themselves neutral things, part of a good world that God has made.  But if they become more important than God, they were an idol in your life.  If sports has pulled you or your kids away from a relationship with God and from serving God, you have been doing them wrong!  You’ve gotten off track!  Repent!  Does this mean you have to give up sports?  No, but it does mean that if you take God seriously and you consider yourself his worshiper, you need to change your relationship with sports (or music, fishing, knitting, investing in real estate, going to the lake, making money, drinking beer, or whatever has become an idol and taken control).  So at this time, in keeping with our example of sports, look again at your life and God’s calling.  Can you not use sports for a bigger purpose?  Can your obsession with ping-pong or mountain biking be redeemed?  Yes!  Use it for God!  Hit that Re-Set button and say that you are going to use your passion, again for example, to help children to learn discipline or exercise, to love lonely or needy people, or for the purpose of having a platform to proclaim the gospel to them.  Re-Claim your favorite sport (or your hobby or passion or your job) to serve Christ and participate in his command to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth! 

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). 

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17). 


livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa

WHEN WILL WORSHIP SERVICES OPEN AGAIN IN OUR BUILDING?

The Elder Board is meeting tonight to discuss our options for the future re-opening of our buildings for ministry.  Please be in prayer for God’s wisdom and discernment to be granted to the Elders so that they can make the best decisions possible for our church and our community and for God’s glory.  Thank you everyone who has continued to meet online or who have tried to continue with ministry in some way.  This season will pass.  We will get through this time.  Please keep praying for others and contacting folks that the Lord brings to mind.  If you are in need or need prayer please reach out: 

    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  719-588-7286
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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NEW BUILDING UPDATE

Those of us tracking the progress of the Bringing Life Project have been encouraged to see how God has blessed our church again and again. There has been a tremendous amount of effort behind the scenes by Pastor Greg, the Facility and Finance Team (including our Treasurer and Financial Secretary and assistants) to handle all of the paperwork and requirements from the City of Alamosa, the title company and our lender.  Keep praying please for God’s Spirit to energize these folks and help them continue to make wise decisions in the future.   

Some of the good things that have happened:  1) No Asbestos in the Reign Building, which means the tear down is going to go smoother.  2) This week we saw another hill summitted as we got a demolition permit from the City for the removal of the Reign Building – which will take place sometime between May 4-15.  3) God has provided a man in our congregation who has the equipment and the expertise to handle the tear down of the building efficiently – he’s decided to donate his equipment, labor and time to the church, saving us a ton of time and lots of money. 

Ministry leaders are currently removing equipment and supplies and emptying out the building.  For those of you interested in perhaps reclaiming some of the materials from the condemned building, Pastor Greg is your contact person, as there might be some things that can be reused.  We’ll be removing and relocating the playground April 30 - May 2.  Construction is slated to begin May 17 (or earlier).  Thank you for those who have given and are giving to the Bringing Life Project!  If you want to make a contribution, feel free to go to our website where you can give securely (there is a giving tab) or send your contributions to the church (mark Bringing Life Project on the memo line).  Please pray for the safety of the volunteers and workers!

TECH TEAM FORMING

We are looking forward to continuing to improve our live stream and video capabilities in the future.  If you like the idea of reaching people with the gospel through the use of technology would you consider being part of our Tech Team?  Or as Pastor Luke said recently to the Praise Team:  We need people who are interested in tech, who have a musical ear or a visual eye (to mix the music for the livestream, and to help with cameras and graphics) and are willing to learn. Somebody doesn't need all of these qualities, but just one would be a good starting place. And being willing to learn is the most important!  From podcasts to video announcements to online services to online groups your role on the Tech Team could be used greatly for the Lord!  Initially you would help with the live stream worship services but there are a lot of creative opportunities to develop Living Water’s online outreach and discipleship ministry.  Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kenny Bertin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Luke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to get connected in serving the Lord! 

NEW LIVING WATER TEACHING PODCASTS AVAILABLE

Pastor Bo has posted some new lessons from the Book of Proverbs. Just go to our Website ( www.livingwateralamosa.org ) under Resources, or find it on the LWBF App. 

FOOD BANK SUPPORT

The Deacons have decided to discontinue the food bank that has been available at church. Instead, we want to encourage members to support and donate to the Alamosa Food Bank which is operated by La Puente. Their office is located at 513 6th Street in Alamosa, across the street from the Alamosa Visitor Center. They are usually open weekdays from noon until 4pm. Call them at 589-4567 for more info.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  For those of you giving by cash or check our church address is 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 


“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Thursday, 16 April 2020 13:40

Still Celebrating The Resurrection

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Easter is the celebration that God’s work of redemption is complete; Jesus came out of the tomb and the final victory is assured!  It is finished!  The work is done!  Resurrection Sunday is Christianity’s greatest celebration and holiday and yet we couldn’t celebrate in our normal way. 

Probably all of us missed something this last Sunday, some tradition we loved or some joy that we normally experience.  Maybe it was seeing the children dressed up in Easter outfits or maybe it was the big meal around the table.  For me it was stranger than strange to have our sanctuary nearly empty on Easter Sunday.  I think in my angst I compensated in not having our normal 3 services by preaching the longest sermon of my life (70 minutes! Maybe it was the longest sermon of your life too! Sorry about that).  There is something wonderful on Easter morning when hundreds of people gather expectantly and joyfully and people are singing out loudly and boldly to their risen Lord!  I missed the feeling of that. 

But could some good come out of this?  Maybe celebrating the resurrection won’t be limited to one day?  I’ve wondered in years past in all the Easter Egg hunts, the family gatherings and traditions if perhaps the incredible accomplishment of Jesus dealing with humanity’s greatest problem hasn’t been overlooked?  There is so much happening Easter weekend that when Monday rolls around most folks stop thinking of the resurrection and they start thinking of their summer plans.  The greatest victory the world has ever seen has a day for remembrance, but the purpose of the day often gets swallowed up by other good activities.  Maybe, just maybe, in the midst of a pandemic and our routine thrown out of order, people were actually forced to remember how terribly real their mortality is and how death - that ugly enemy - whose appetite is insatiable, and power unstoppable, has been defeated.  Could it be that because so much was removed, that some people actually heard the Gospel for the first time?  Could it be that because things were changed-up, that people actually encountered the Risen Jesus?

The celebration of God’s victory goes on today!  You are redeemed and saved in Christ!  You have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and have been brought into the kingdom of God’s Son!  Because of Jesus’ finished work you will live forever with God in glory instead of experiencing the judgment of God against your sins. 

“Thank you God for loving us as you have.  Thank you for doing what we couldn’t.  Thank you Jesus for making yourself nothing and serving us through your incarnation of birth, life, suffering and death.  Thank you for going to the cross and taking our punishment for our sins.  Thank you for making our salvation possible.  Thank you for wanting us to be alive with you forever.  Thank you for the Gospel message coming to us and thank you Holy Spirit for making it understandable.  Thank you for justifying us, for your work of sanctifying us and for the good news that you are going to glorify us.  Father, Son and Spirit, thank you for saving us!  Thank you for making us yours and ruling over our lives.  Thank you for the hope that we have that can’t be taken away by circumstances.  We love you and worship you always, Amen.” 


 

ACTS SERMON SERIES STARTING This Sunday

He is Risen!  The world must know!  Acts gives us a picture of how the Good News of resurrection and victory and forgiveness of sins spread throughout the world.  Our mission as a church hasn’t changed from the first century.  Let’s learn the lessons of Acts and let’s be a unified people on mission for Jesus by the power of the Spirit!   

TECH TEAM FORMING

We are looking forward to continuing to improve our live stream and video capabilities in the future.  If you like the idea of reaching people with the gospel through the use of technology would you consider being part of our Tech Team?  From podcasts to video announcements to online services to online groups your role on the Tech Team could be used greatly for the Lord!  Initially you would help with the live stream worship services but there are a lot of creative opportunities to develop Living Water’s online outreach and discipleship ministry.  Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Kenny Bertin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Pastor Luke (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to get connected in serving the Lord! 

livestream

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa

NEW LIVING WATER TEACHING PODCASTS AVAILABLE

We’re excited to let you know about a new teaching ministry – Living Water Podcasts!   The pastors of Living Water are starting to put together shorter lessons on various topics that will help you in your walk with Christ.  You can access them through our website www.livingwateralamosa.org or through the church app.  Our vision is to see you grow in your knowledge and understanding of God and his ways so that you can please him in how you live – we want you to think biblically so you can live faithfully! 

GROUPS STILL MEETING!

While the stay at home order is in place there are groups in the church still meeting online. 

Mothers of Preschoolers Group is meeting virtually on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and has a Bible study on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.  Contact Alison This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the MOPS Alamosa Facebook Page

Reign Youth Group is meeting online through Zoom on Wednesday nights.  Contact Cliff or Cari to get connected This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the Reign Youth Group Facebook Page

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing is meeting through Zoom on Wednesday nights.  Contact Rose to get connected This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the Making Waves For Jesus Facebook Page

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NEW BUILDING UPDATE

We got some good news this week as we continue to prepare for Reign Building Demolition.  The building was tested for Asbestos and out of fifty samples, one came back as positive, but upon further testing it was at a level below government standards that mandate an intensive and costly removal.  Praise God!  So at this point we’re still waiting for our title company to give our lenders a final approval to proceed on the construction loan – it could come today.  As soon as we get the go ahead we’ll get busy!  Please contact Pastor Greg if you want to help with moving items to storage units or with the actual demolition or help with the relocation of the playground.  We’re shooting for new construction to start by mid-April!

CONNECTIONS

  • If you are looking for services or help for people in the San Luis Valley, here’s a new website to check out: www.MySLVConnect.com
  • If you want to talk to a nurse about symptoms you are having
    • The San Luis Valley Nurse Hotline is 589-2511 ext. 9
    • Rio Grande Hospital Number 719-657-4990
    • Valley Wide Health Systems 589-3658 ext. 9
  • If you are wanting an update on what’s happening in the valley regarding Covid-19: https://www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19/  
  • Pastors, Elder and Deacon Board Contacts: 
    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  719-588-7286
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Deacon Board:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.livingwateralamosa.org
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Janice:                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OUTREACH TO HOMELESS

Many of you know Kenny Minnick who attends Living Water.  He is actively reaching out to the less than fortunate who are living in camps by the river here in Alamosa.  He’s distributing simple meals (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, baked goods, chips and fruit) and clothing items.  If you want to help, you can contact him directly at 562-569-0424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOOD BANK SUPPORT

The Deacons have decided to discontinue the food bank that has been available at church. Instead, we want to encourage members to support and donate to the Alamosa Food Bank which is operated by La Puente. Their office is located at 513 6th Street in Alamosa, across the street from the Alamosa Visitor Center. They are usually open weekdays from noon until 4pm. Call them at 589-4567 for more info.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  For those of you giving by cash or check our church address is 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 


“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 11:38

Resurrection Faith

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Jesus told his disciples that he would rise from the dead.  Again and again, he mentioned his death, burial and resurrection.  But after he died, no-one expected to see him again.  His disciples didn’t believe that Jesus would be raised from the dead.  Why?  They were operating within normal human understanding.  They put God in a box and made him small in their sight.  But they learned, as should we, that with God nothing is impossible.  We quickly settle into probabilities and models of “how things will likely go” and we get bound up in our human expectations and projections.  But how many scenarios and likelihoods that we’ve come up with have factored in Almighty God?  What is He doing that the statisticians and politicians haven’t accounted for?  If he can raise the dead, what can’t he do today? 

I’m turning my potential fears over to Jesus, trying to live with a resurrection level faith.  For instance I think about some churches and Christian organizations and I’m wondering how they could possibly survive what’s happening.  Satan tempts me to fear and get anxious for them and for the pastors, but I overcome my feelings of worry by choosing to remember that “With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26) and remembering that Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18).  God can be trusted and we need to apply Moses’ words to the situations that seem to be impossible:  “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today” (Exodus 14:13). 

I can’t help but grieve that Easter will look different this year –  I like our Easter celebrations!  I like seeing people dress up.  I like the energy of lots of excited people singing to Jesus.  But it doesn’t mean we can’t change and it certainly doesn’t mean that God isn’t at work!  Amen?  This season might make us uncomfortable in having to let go our traditions, but this season could bring new traditions and new practices (new wineskins) that the church has desperately needed in order to be on mission powerfully for Jesus.  I’m choosing to live by faith that God is still working and that he will be exalted.  I’m choosing to believe that he can bring resurrection and renewal even though my small mind and my limited ways of thinking can’t yet see how. 

Paul Mitton, our Converge Rocky Mountain Executive Director said this recently:  “This Holy week appears to be radically different from any other Holy week we've experienced.  But in some ways it may capture the glory of the first Easter better than our normal celebrations.  That first Easter there were no massive crowds. No community Easter egg hunts. No packed parking lots. That first Easter, a handful of women showed up at a borrowed tomb to tend to the needs of their deceased Master. I'm sure they were filled with as much fear and uncertainty as many in our world today.  But that was soon to change.  "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!" declared the angelic representatives … Our risen Savior also wasn't sequestered off somewhere.  That first Easter, the crowds didn't come to Jesus, Jesus went to the crowds.  He met the despairing, the fearful, the hopeless right where they were and, through His prescience and promises, breathed new hope and strength and peace into their souls.  And don't think that Jesus won't do the exact same thing this Easter.  Even though crowds will be non-existent and the shadow of death covers our land, our risen Lord is alive and active. Bringing strength and hope to health workers on the front lines; To elderly folks on respirators; To people behind masks and saturated with sanitizer; To the hungry and homeless and hopeless Jesus will come.  And lives will be transformed.”

God transforms lives and he’s not stopping this week!  He could transform someone in your living room this Sunday.  Be encouraged and trust the Lord because nothing is impossible – God isn’t on lock down!  Amen?  Let’s have the faith to pray this week.  Let’s ask God to do what the world says is impossible.  Who are you asking the LORD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH to save this week? 


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Let’s pray as much as possible from sunup to sundown this Friday. 

If you are looking for a way to have a structured prayer time, you can participate in a 50 minute webinar with our network of churches, where we seek God, aligning our hearts with his and praying on behalf of our world, as well as for our nation, state and community leaders. It’s 9:00 a.m. this Friday.  Go to www.converge.org to sign up.  

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EASTER WORSHIP LIVE STREAM!

9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa

CHILDREN’S RESOURCES FOR EASTER

Parents, please click on the links below (they are for different age groups) and you’ll be asked to fill out a short registration form. 

After you register you can download various printable materials for Easter. 

Preschool: https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/RWRD/e5a28935-b56f-466c-d077-afc304a5cf09

Young Children: https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/RWRD/e746160d-149c-4b6c-afbb-f9263f0f3db5

Older Children: https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/RWRD/af0b64ac-7292-4be0-f1ff-d7698eb229a9

NEW BUILDING NEWS

Good News!  Through your faithful giving we’ve reached the $1,000,000.00 goal for our Building Fund!  Also recently our lender approved us for a construction loan and we’re working on expediting the appraisal and title processes.  Otherwise all the “pre-construction phase” permitting has all been completed. So we are moving full steam ahead!  The Bringing Life Project is the Lord’s work and we’re going to continue to depend on him to see this building raised and paid for.  This project will be a shot in the arm for local contractors and will be a sign to our community that there is going to be life beyond this virus.  More information to come! This means that when we get approval to start meeting in groups again, over the next year we’ll have less meeting space to work with.  So let’s all do our best to be flexible (we’re learning that now aren’t we!) and lets seek to be accommodating to other groups and meetings. If you are interested in helping with the playground transfer or the work of emptying out and deconstructing the Reign building please contact pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  For those of you giving by cash or check our church address is 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101.  Or you can stop by the church Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 till 2:00 pm.  Thanks!

NEW LIVING WATER TEACHING PODCASTS AVAILABLE

We’re excited to let you know about a new teaching ministry – Living Water Podcasts!   The pastors of Living Water are starting to put together shorter lessons on various topics that will help you in your walk with Christ.  You can access them through our website www.livingwateralamosa.org or through the church app.  Our vision is to see you grow in your knowledge and understanding of God and his ways so that you can please him in how you live – we want you to think biblically so you can live faithfully! 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

For those groups who want to keep meeting remotely, the church has purchased a Zoom Conferencing Account.  Please contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Just a reminder that you have free access to this online video library. It contains a vast array of Christian teaching for all age groups (and includes great children’s content!).  Simply send an email to Pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request that you be added to our Right Now Media access list. 

CONNECTIONS

  • If you are looking for services or help for people in the San Luis Valley, here’s a new website to check out: www.MySLVConnect.com
  • If you want to talk to a nurse about symptoms you are having
    • The San Luis Valley Nurse Hotline is 589-2511 ext. 9
    • Rio Grande Hospital Number 719-657-4990
    • Valley Wide Health Systems 589-3658 ext. 9
  • If you are wanting an update on what’s happening in the valley regarding Covid-19: https://www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19/  
  • Pastors, Elder and Deacon Board Contacts: 
    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  719-588-7286
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Deacon Board:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Greg:       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Janice:                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).


Thanks for reading!
Jeron

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 13:25

How to Live Well in a Climate of Fear

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Fear continues to grow in our community. Worry doesn’t help of course and watching the news only ratchets up anxiety. If you are afraid today or know someone who is existing in fear, I’d encourage you listen to the sermon (Faith Not Fear) from March 15: https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/resources/sermons/message/faith-not-fear Over the last two weeks I preached that God is With Us (March 22) and God is For Us (March 29) – I think these messages can be a source of comfort and encouragement for you to stay strong in the faith – go to www.livingwateralamosa.org for sermons (look under the Resources tab). Also, if you in more of a mindset to listen to teaching, we have just started a Teaching Podcast that you can access on our website.

President Trump announced yesterday that America is heading into “a rough two week period.” His team of experts estimated 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the coming weeks in the United States. Terrible news for our nation. Obviously let’s continue to pray for God to stop this virus from spreading. Let’s pray for health care providers and for politicians to weather this storm and make good decisions. Let’s pray and pray and not give up!

As Christians we know we are ultimately safe in God’s hands – he is our Faithful Creator! Living well in a climate of fear means leaving our lives in God’s hands and trusting him with our future. 1st Peter 4:19 says “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” Our calling today? Continue to do good. Continue to serve and love God. Continue to help and serve your neighbors. Continue to pray for people’s situations and hardships. In this time living well means helping our community deal with real problems (I’ve included a list below that might be of some help for you). It means listening to our neighbors or family members who are afraid and letting them vent. It means sharing the hope that we have within us and inviting fearful people to put their hope in the Lord Jesus.


COMMUNION AT HOME THIS SUNDAY

As part of our live stream worship service (9:00 and 10:45) I will lead you in communion – just have some bread and juice set up prior to watching the service and I’ll prompt you when to partake during the service. I’d encourage families to make a big deal about this with your children – it’s an opportunity to make some great memories as a family of faith and to raise up the importance of worship before your kids.

CHILDREN’S RESOURCES FOR PALM SUNDAY AND EASTER

Parents, we wanted to get some resources to you for the coming Sundays.

Please click on the links below (they are for different age groups) and you’ll be asked to fill out a short registration form.

After you register you can download various printable materials for Palm Sunday and Easter.

Preschool: https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/RWRD/e5a28935-b56f-466c-d077-afc304a5cf09

Young Children: https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/RWRD/e746160d-149c-4b6c-afbb-f9263f0f3db5

Older Children: https://curriculum.lifeway.com/#/easy-link/RWRD/af0b64ac-7292-4be0-f1ff-d7698eb229a9

WORSHIP SERVICES

Join us online at 9:00 or 10:45 this Sunday (or you can watch or listen anytime during the week): Here are ways to connect:

- Go to www.livingwateralamosa.org

- You can connect to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa Subscribe to our channel. Click/tap on the bell, and have it show you all notifications. YouTube will notify you when we go live. It also notifies you when we post new content.

- Like this page https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa and watch the live stream on Facebook.

NEW BUILDING NEWS

Good News! Through your faithful giving we’ve reached the $1,000,000.00 goal for our Building Fund! Also this morning our lender has approved us for a construction loan. So we are moving full steam ahead! The Bringing Life Project is the Lord’s work and we’re going to continue to depend on him to see this building raised and paid for. This project will be a shot in the arm for local contractors and will be a sign to our community that there is going to be life beyond this virus. In the coming weeks we are going to be moving the playground and demolition of the Reign Building will commence. This means that when we get approval to start meeting in groups again, over the next year we’ll have less meeting space to work with. So let’s all do our best to be flexible (we’re learning that now aren’t we!) and lets seek to be accommodating to other groups and meetings. If you are interested in helping with the playground transfer or the work of emptying out and deconstructing the Reign building please contact pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

We want to encourage you to continue to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission. You can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401. Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING. You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift. For those of you giving by cash or check our church address is 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. Or you can stop by the church Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 till 2:00 pm. Thanks!

NEW LIVING WATER TEACHING PODCASTS AVAILABLE

We’re excited to let you know about a new teaching ministry – Living Water Podcasts! The pastors of Living Water are starting to put together shorter lessons on various topics that will help you in your walk with Christ. You can access them through our website www.livingwateralamosa.org or through the church app. Our vision is to see you grow in your knowledge and understanding of God and his ways so that you can please him in how you live – we want you to think biblically so you can live faithfully! With Pastor Luke and Kenny Bertin’s help, Pastor Bo has posted a series of introductory episodes explaining the podcast ministry and some lessons from the Psalms. We’re praying that this develops into something that blesses the Christian community and glorifies our Lord.

WAYS TO HELP OUR NEIGHBORS / HELPFUL INFORMATION

Many of you know Kenny Minnick who attends Living Water. He is actively reaching out to the less than fortunate who are living in camps by the river here in Alamosa. He’s distributing simple meals (peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, baked goods, chips and fruit) and clothing items. If you want to help, you can contact him directly at 562-569-0424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The City of Alamosa is looking for some help with getting facemasks for their employees who interact with the public. Here’s Heather Brooks (Alamosa City Manager) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Also the hospital is looking for people to make surgical masks. Here’s an article on how to do it: https://www.sanluisvalleyhealth.org/news/2020/march/slv-health-asks-for-help-to-make-surgical-masks/
La Puente Outreach has a list of needed items and drop off locations here: http://lapuentehome.org/public-service-announcement/stronger-together/
Needs in our community / places to volunteer: The San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership has set up an easy-to-use message board for people to connect volunteers in the Valley – many tasks are things people can do from home. www.mb.boardhost.com/SLV/
Support local businesses; purchase things locally as much as possible.
If you are looking for services or help for people in the San Luis Valley, here’s a new website to check out: www.MySLVConnect.com
If you want to talk to a nurse about symptoms you are having
The San Luis Valley Nurse Hotline is 589-2511 ext 9
Rio Grande Hospital Number 719-657-4990
Valley Wide Health Systems 589-3658 ext 9
If you are wanting an update on what’s happening in the valley regarding Covid-19: https://www.slvemergency.org/slv-covid-19/
Church email addresses:
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COMMUNITY GROUPS

For those groups who want to keep meeting remotely, the church has purchased a Zoom Conferencing Account. Please contact the office if you would like to schedule a time to use it: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 589-6351.

Pastor Bo can be reached at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Just a reminder that you have free access to this online video library. It contains a vast array of Christian teaching for all age groups (and includes great children’s content!). Simply send an email to Pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request that you be added to our Right Now Media access list.

Keep Praying and don’t give up!


Thanks for reading,

Pastor Jeron

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 13:04

Dear Living Water Family & Friends

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Probably many of us are looking for ways to help others during this crazy time, and so far, perhaps, there hasn’t been too many tangible opportunities to serve our neighbors.  Let’s remember that one of the most effective ways we can help others is though the ministry of prayer.

We had a prayer meeting scheduled for Thursday night but for obvious reasons we aren’t meeting in person. 

But could I ask you to pray tomorrow?  This Thursday?

There is a great scene in the book of Jonah regarding the importance and power of prayer: 

“Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and callout against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth.  Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out.  “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They call for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them…By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God… when God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it” (Jonah 3:1-5,8,10).

What’s so great about this lesson is that the Ninevites weren’t a godly people, but they were convicted of their sin through Jonah’ preaching, and they decided to cry out to God.  Because they repented of their sin and they cried out to God in prayer, God didn’t bring upon them the destruction he had spoken of through Jonah. God heard their cries and answered their prayers.

At such a time as this, shouldn’t we Christians take prayer as seriously as the pagan Ninevites did?  Our prayers will be heard! Our prayers will make a difference!

Let’s pray for our nation, for our community and for our church this Thursday.  Let’s pray for people who are in the most danger from the virus.  Let’s pray for local businesses.  Let’s ask God to deliver this nation from ruin.  Come up with your own strategy and prayer list.  Maybe set aside some scheduled time during the day.  Go on a prayer walk.  Perhaps make a list of people or groups to pray for as a family.  Ask God who needs prayer.  Pray for God to stop the spread of the virus.  It could be that we pray for the parts of our nation or for people in our nation to have the same spirit of repentance that the Ninevites showed.  Pray for revival of the Christians and for churches to return to the Lord’s mission.  Pray for Christian families to grow strong and for marriages to be restored (You get the point, the things you can pray about and the ways you can pray is endless).    

For those of you who are physically able, I ask you to fast and pray.  Fasting is simply an act of ceasing from a normal or regular activity so that you can concentrate on a specific task like prayer.  Giving up something (like food) for a few meals helps us to stay focused and on task in prayer, and it is a sign to God that we are serious about what we are interceding for.

Let’s humble ourselves before our God and pray and ask him to heal our land. 


Here’s the latest update on what’s going on with your church family: 

WORSHIP SERVICES

We’re doing a live stream on Sunday mornings – join us at 9:00 or 10:45!  So far we’ve had nearly 1,000 views on Facebook of last Sunday’s services and I don’t know how many on YouTube.  We heard back from many of you on how to improve the quality of our live stream and we’ll do our best!  Please invite people to participate. Please pray for Kenny Bertin as he makes our live stream possible.  This Sunday’s sermon is from Romans 8:28-39.  You can simply go to www.livingwateralamosa.org and there is a button to push to get set up.  Here are a few more pathways: 

- You can connect to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa. I recommend subscribing to our channel, click/tap on the bell and have it show you all notifications and YouTube will notify you when we go live. It also notifies you when we post new content.

- Like this page https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa and we will be streaming live to Facebook.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

We want to encourage you to continue to give faithfully to our general budget even though we aren't meeting on Sunday mornings so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  You can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401. You’ll be asked to register with a credit/debit card your first time.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  For those of you giving by cash or check our church address is 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101.  Or you can stop by the church Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 till 2:00 pm. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

For those groups who want to keep meeting remotely, the church has purchased a Zoom Conferencing Account.  Please contact the office if you would like to schedule a time to use it: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 589-6351.

Pastor Bo is calling group leaders this week to check in.  You can call him at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

REIGN YOUTH GROUP

We would like to continue Youth Group through Zoom. We will be taking tomorrow night 6:30pm-9:00pm to get everyone setup and connected. You need a phone, iPad, or a computer with camera and microphone.  I need emails to invite you to our “meeting” the same email your Zoom account is registered to. If you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about please reach out to me at 505-350-8748.

WAVES BIBLE QUIZZING

WAVES Bible Quizzing will continue on!  Thank you so much for your hard work at home.  Our next ZONE Quiz Meet Scheduled for April 4 is still on!  It will look a little different and plans are in the works.  We will update you as soon as we know how it will proceed.  Weekly meetings are on hold for now to keep all safe, but we will be supplying resources for your families to use at home!  
Join our Facebook Group!   https://www.facebook.com/groups/481516365342924/  I will be posting challenges and videos to help you study.  Rosemary's Contact info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-588-6304

MENS BREAKFAST

After talking to the Elders and working through the process of wanting to make a good decision it has been decided we will not meet on Thursday mornings until the COVID 19 situation improves.  The Elders would like to strongly encourage us all to meet in small or one on one groups until we can all gather together again as a group.  We all have different levels of interaction with others during the week so be wise and safe while staying on mission for Christ! Many opportunities to share and display the hope we have in Christ will arise daily with those who do not have the hope we have. Let Jesus Shine!!

SUPPORT

There have been a number of people inquiring as to how they can help their fellow church members or how they can participate in serving people in the wider community. If you have a need, please communicate it at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you have a project or ministry that helps people that you want to invite others to participate with you in, please send it to me or call the office (589-6351) and we’ll help get the word out. 

FAMILY WORSHIP GUIDE

Parents, please see the attached “Family Worship Guide” that Pastor Bo put together.  This time of social distancing gives you a great opportunity to start for the first time or restart family worship/devotions. This guide is meant to help you get started.

Click here to view the Family Worship Guide.

BRINGING LIFE PROJECT

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We are moving forward on the new building!  When we get through this crisis we will be ready to serve lots of people in Jesus’ name.  Below are some simple artistic renderings of what some of the interior will look like (using some of our older logos).  While details are still being worked out, what you are likely to see within the coming 6 weeks is the playground being moved to a different location followed by a demolition of the Reign Building. We will seek to reclaim as much material from the Reign building as is feasible and perhaps re-task usable components.  The game plan then will be to start construction as soon as possible, and the goal is to have the exterior of the building raised during the Summer / Fall of 2020 so that interior work can proceed during the Winter of 2020/21. Fundraising for the Christian Education and Community Building will continue as our three year goal is 1.8 million – praise be to God as we’ve got an excellent start between cash donations and pledges towards this project goal.  We have packets in the lobby for those who would like more information on how to participate.

WORSHIP TEAM

We’ve got a lot to be thankful for!  Our ministry of music Sunday by Sunday has been excellent at Living Water, but it hasn’t been without its challenges.  For years and years we’ve struggled to find a good balance of volume in our sanctuary during our worship services.  While we’ve made many upgrades, one of major hurdles to get over has been trying to find an appropriate level of drum volume.  So over the last few months Pastor Luke and Carl Busser did a lot of research into electronic drums.  In consultation with the Elder Board, a few weeks back we made a decision to invest in an electronic drum kit.  This new tool allows for us to maintain a full sound in our services, but the volume levels can now be controlled through the sound board.  Can’t wait till we can meet again!  Most of the kit arrived yesterday and Pastor Luke and Carl set it up (the new symbols are still in California – this picture is with old symbols). 

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MEMBERSHIP CLASS

The Membership Class will be held at date to be determined.  If you are interested in taking the membership class please contact Pastor Bo: 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thanks for reading!

Praying!

Pastor Jeron

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