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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.

rightnowmedia

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

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:55

Family Worship Guide

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Hi church,

Things have changed a lot in the last few weeks! Everything is coming back into the home - school, work, activities, more time together - and hopefully worship comes back home too.  Attached you will find a resource that will help you start or restart family worship/devotions. Just because Living Water has temporarily stopped our regular services, programs, and ministries doesn't mean that our worship of God is temporarily on hold. I encourage you to use this time of social distancing as an opportunity to disciple your kids! 

Please click on the 'Family Worship Guide' link at the bottom to help you during this time.

Blessings,

Pastor Bo Hutches

 

Family Worship Guide

Thursday, 19 March 2020 22:01

Have things sunk in yet?

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“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
    to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:22-26)

 

DEAR CHURCH,

Have things sunk in yet?  Are you adapting to the new way of life?  I’ve found that there are some things easy to let go of and other things that are very difficult to part with. If you are still numb, don’t be surprised if you undergo a wide range of emotions over the coming weeks – feelings such as anger or fear, maybe even some grief and mourning for what has been lost or taken.  All such emotions are understandable and there is nothing wrong with you for experiencing them.  But keep your eyes open for good things to happen!  Don’t be surprised to find joy as well!  Life hasn’t stopped after all, it’s just taken an unexpected turn. God has not stopped his work – his good plans are still being implemented (though they are from our point of view hard to understand).  We are called to be like the faithful believers of Jeremiah’s day, who lived through the nightmare of the Babylonian invasion and exile, to trust and wait.  Let’s continue to believe in God’s goodness and love, and keep saying, “The LORD is my portion, therefore I will hope in him.” 

WORSHIP SERVICES

Our Elder Board met tonight and in view of the our desire to keep the Covid-19 virus from spreading through our congregation and wider community and in keeping with biblical guidelines in Romans 13:1-7 and Titus 3:1-2, we will not have public worship services at Living Water until April 18th (or longer if there is an extension of the public health order).  Join us for services ONLINEGo to our Facebook page or livingwateralamosa.org to participate this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:45, or watch a recorded service during the week.  We encourage families or small groups to gather in homes to participate in worship – watch the service and then as a group discuss the message and minister to one another in prayer.  If you would like a sermon discussion guide please email me and I’ll put you on a weekly list.  This is an opportunity to invite people to your house who might not be comfortable to enter a church building.      

MIDWEEK MEETINGS AND CHURCH HOURS

We intend to keep the church open during the week (9:00-2:00 pm Monday-Thursday).  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that all gatherings shall be limited to no more than 10 people in a single room or space in a venue (public health order 20-23).  We will seek to keep this standard in the buildings of the church.  If you are a ministry or program leader you can still use the building as long as these guidelines are met. 

One way forward is to set up online meetings through Zoom: here’s the free version link https://zoom.us/freesignup 

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. 

EVANGELISM

peacewithgod.net

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is very active today with internet evangelism.  If you know of people who like to look for answers online, share this link with your unsaved friends and others who need to hear about the hope and love found in Christ. https://peacewithgod.net/ 

rightnowmedia

It's also a wonderful time for you to learn some new skills!  How about taking an evangelism course?  I saw that there are hundreds of different options on Right Now Media.  If you aren’t signed up, just send a request to Pastor Greg (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 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.

bringinglife

BRINGING LIFE PROJECT

We are moving forward on the project!  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.

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Thanks for reading!

Pastor Jeron

Martin Luther's letter to a fellow pastor in how he approached the spread of the plague

"I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated, and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me, and I have done what he has expected of me, and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above. See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash, no foolhardy, and does not tempt God."

Saturday, 14 March 2020 13:52

Important Information

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Hi Church,

Your receiving another email from me, as I think in these times its probably better to overcommunicate.  I modified the points below from another local church’s communication.  

1. Worship Services will go as planned for all who want to come.  9:00 and 10:45 a.m.  We want to keep worshiping the Lord in a public way as a church family, and we want to be a church where people can find the Lord in their fear and need.  Those around us are lost and need Jesus more than anything.  However, online services can be a great option (see below) and might be the right decision for you.   

2. The church has been very well cleaned.

3. Over the coming weeks we won’t be passing around communion or offering plates, we’ll have obvious ways of doing this without common contact. 

3. Protocols are obvious – sanitizer is available in the lobby, wash your hands, don’t feel the need to shake hands or hug, cover your cough, etc.

4. We encourage our older members and infants to stay home if they or their parents don't feel safe to attend. This also includes those with compromised immune systems. 

5. For those that decide to stay home. Our services will be live streamed on YouTube – there will be clear directions on our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org). 

6. Anyone who feels sick (fever, dizziness etc.) we would ask that you not attend services. 

If we do have any changes in ministry or program schedules we’ll be sure to let you know. One change for this Sunday is that the Senior Potluck has been postponed.

This is an important time for us to be the church that Jesus sent out into the world to serve others.  Let’s share our time, money and resources with those in need.  Let’s check on our neighbors who are probably very fearful and offer to help in any way we can.  As someone said this week about the church’s calling, “think mission not isolation”

Let's be praying for the lost and be looking for opportunities to share the gospel - times like this are when people often abandon their idols and start seeking solid ground - let's point them to the Lord and call them to repent and place their lives in his hands!

Thank you,

Pastor Jeron

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 15:35

Welcome!

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Dear Church,

When we welcome guests we generally give them jars of jelly as a way of saying thank you for coming.  This Sunday we’re going to give away rolls of toilet paper.  Ha!  Just kidding!  I imagine that like me, your emotions have swung in a lot of different ways these last few weeks regarding the virus.  I’ve been incredibly irritated by the media and the hysteria that they stir up with their headlines.  There have been other times I’ve been worried for some of the elderly people who I know have serious respiratory issues.  And I’ve been troubled for those I know who are leaning heavily on stock market returns for their retirement.  Businesses are in my prayers that will be affected deeply if more bans are put in place or as trips are canceled.

This is certainly a time to obey God’s scriptural command to “Fear Not” as we know we are loved by our Father in heaven and that he is with us.  Over the coming month, leading up to Easter, the sermons will be on trusting in the Lord and not living in fear.  This Sunday is a great time to invite people to join you at worship services to help them find hope and peace in the Lord!    

So speaking of worship services, we obviously aren’t going to do any greeting times at the beginning of worship services (no holy kisses for a while!).  As I probably shake more hands than anyone else on Sunday mornings, in view of protecting the elderly and those with underlying health issues, don’t be offended if I don’t shake hands with you in the coming weeks, so I don’t become a key way that any illness is spread.  Our cleaning team does a great job in making our church clean and the toys in the nursery get washed regularly - we’ll stay vigilant in this area.  For those who are traveling or who need to be extra vigilant against illness, we do offer a live stream of our worship services.  Just go to www.livingwateralamosa.org and then just scroll down on the home page and you’ll see where to participate in the live stream. 

Also we have a Deacon Board who would like to help you if you are in need.  The Deacons are especially concerned with the elderly.  If anyone gets sick (no matter the illness) and you get isolated and don’t have anyone to bring things like groceries (or other needs) please feel to contact your Deacon or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   One of the neat things we have going on at Living Water is that we are seeking to make sure that all of our members know that they have a Deacon assigned to them to pray for them and to connect with in times of need.  If you as a member don’t know who your Deacon is, you’ll likely be contacted in the near future as our new Deacon Board comes together and Deacons are assigned to members. 

Additionally, for the sake of good communication, we have created a new contact email for the Elder Board:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  This is a time for us as a church to care for each other so let’s keep talking and make sure nobody is out of our circle of care.  Let’s certainly also be praying for the Lord’s protection and that he would bring an end to the virus.   


Here’s some of what’s been taking place and what’s happening in the near future at Living Water:

SENIORS POTLUCK this Sunday

This Sunday after the 2nd worship service in the Fellowship Hall

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BRINGING LIFE PROJECT UPDATE

While details are still being worked out, what you are likely to see within the coming 6-8 weeks is the playground being moved to a location on the southern side of the Sprung Building (the Tent) followed by a demolition of the Reign Building.  We’ll likely be using the Reign Building into the month of April, but at some point in May we’ll have vacated it and launched into demolition.  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.  And of course, even though we are grateful to be approved for a construction loan to finish the project, let’s pray big and ask the Lord to provide all the resources needed so that we don’t even have to draw on the construction loan to finish the project.  What might God do if God’s people take Jesus’ invitation to ask, seek and knock seriously? 

ANNUAL MEETING DECISIONS

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Annual Business meeting this last Sunday.  It was a great meeting to see how faithful God has been over the past year!  God has provided for this church like no other time in our history!  There was also a lot accomplished at the meeting: We passed our 2020/21 Church Budget, we elected all the nominated Officers, Elders and Deacons, and the congregation voted to accept all the proposed changes in our By-Laws. 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS March 22 & 29

Want to learn more about this church?  Ready to become a member of Living Water?  Attend the Membership Class March 22 and 29 at 10:45 a.m. in the Cross Building.  RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HYMN SING March 22

Come sing some of the great hymns of the faith at 6:00 pm here at Living Water on Sunday, March 22.

PRAYER NIGHT March 26

We’ll be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm on Thursday, March 26.  We’ve got a lot to pray about as a church! 

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT LIVING WATER March 27 & 28

Come delight in God’s grace!  The two day conference will be full of fun activities, rich teachings, and lots of chocolate, all centered around the topic of God’s grace. Conference registration fee is only $20.  The conference runs Friday, March 27 from 6:30 till 8:30 pm and then on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am till 3:30 pm.  Registrations forms are in the lobby.  If you have questions please contact Alison (321) 356-4790 or Teresa (719) 580-1930.  Childcare available.

BAPTISM SUNDAY, March 29

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, March 29.  Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

CHILI COOK OFF March 29

POPCORN AND A MOVIE April 3

Our Family Team is showing OVERCOMER on the big screen!  Friday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm here at Living Water.  

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EASTER IS APRIL 12

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE is June 5 – 6.
  • “LATIN NIGHT” fundraiser for Guatemala mission trip is being planned for June 5 
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is June 8 – 12. 
  • GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP  Dates: June 27-July 4, 2020.  Cost: approx. $1,300 - that includes airfare, 3 meals a day, room & board, all ground transportation, and tips. $200 deposit due ASAP. Make checks out to Living Water Bible Fellowship
  • EAGLE LAKE CAMP is July 6 - 10.  If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  Tap this link and get registered at the lower rate: https://www.willowcreek.com/rega/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2008-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=INSPIRE2020  We’ve already had 30 people sign up and are looking forward to some great leadership training from the 2020 summit. 

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Thanks for reading!
Pastor Jeron

Tuesday, 03 March 2020 18:43

Dear Church Family

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It’s becoming more likely that we are going to start a construction project this summer.  With a $50,000 donation on Friday and other gifts this weekend towards the Bringing Life Project, we have almost reached our initial fundraising launch goal of one million dollars in pledges and donations!  This is a huge start on our three-year overall goal of raising 1.8 million for the project!  Praise God!  Lord willing, over the coming months, we will continue to see more pledges and donations given – and wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see everything paid for, even to the point of being debt free?  With God this is possible.  Please keep praying and ask the Lord to provide the resources for the Bringing Life Project.  Also, please keep sharing our plans with people and invite them to participate in the work of putting up a Christian Education and Community Building (brochures explaining the vision for the use of this building are in the lobby). 

While details are still being worked out, what you are likely to see within the coming 6-8 weeks is the playground being moved to a location on the southern side of the Sprung Building (the Tent) followed by a demolition of the Reign Building.  We’ll likely be using the Reign Building into the month of April, but at some point in May we’ll have vacated it and launched into demolition.  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. 

As people see things happening at our campus, you will likely get a lot of questions about your church and what’s happening.  Cast the vision for what we’d we’re dreaming of, what we’d like to see happen through the use of this future building.  But more importantly, take advantage of the opportunity to talk to people about their beliefs and understandings of God.  When they ask about what’s going on, find a way to ask them about where they are with God.  Maybe ask how they grew up (Did your family attend church? Are you part of a church today? Etc.), or ask him or her if they have a relationship with Jesus.  This project might open the door for you to talk about Jesus with people who need Jesus and share the gospel with them.  Or it could be an opportunity for you to invite uninvolved, immature or “not affiliated with the church” Christians to your Community Group or invite them to come and worship the Lord with you on a Sunday morning. 

I believe that God is going to use this project in incredible ways and that we’re going to end up with far more than a building at the end of the process.  We will be changed and matured as we step out in faith, not just in our giving, but in our relationships, and our community will have the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel afresh as we are intentional about making much of the Lord.  If we leverage this project right we can build new relationships and strengthen existing relationships as people see something tangible arise in their midst and they start asking questions.  For instance you can explain to parents that the building is for the sake of their kids, a place for them to meet the Lord Jesus and experience his love.  Let’s use this project to reach out in love to our neighbors in the name of Jesus.  It’s not about us! 

Here's some of what’s happening in the near future…


WAVES QUIZ MEET Saturday

Our Waves Bible Quizzing children are having a quiz meet here at Living Water at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday if you would like to come and cheer them on.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND! 

Set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night – there are usually a few people every year who show up at 10:00 instead of 9:00 as they weren’t aware that the time change happened.

BABY DEDICATIONS This Sunday

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Shipp (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

POTLUCK & ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING This Sunday

Every year the congregation votes on a new budget and elects people to serve in various roles.  At this meeting reports will be given by ministry directors and leaders about this last year’s ministry efforts and plans laid out for the coming fiscal year. 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS March 22 & 29

Want to learn more about this church?  Ready to become a member of Living Water?  Attend the Membership Class March 22 and 29.  RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRAYER NIGHT March 26

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT LIVING WATER March 27 & 28

Come delight in God’s grace!  The two day conference will be full of fun activities, rich teachings, and lots of chocolate, all centered around the topic of God’s grace. Conference registration fee is only $20.  The conference runs Friday, March 27 from 6:30 till 8:30 pm and then on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am till 3:30 pm.  Registrations forms are in the lobby.  If you have questions please contact Alison (321) 356-4790 or Teresa (719) 580-1930.  Childcare available.

BAPTISM SUNDAY, March 29

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, March 29.  Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

CHILI COOK OFF March 29

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE is June 5 – 6. 
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is June 8 – 12. 
  • GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP  Dates: June 27-July 4, 2020.  Cost: approx. $1,300 - that includes airfare, 3 meals a day, room & board, all ground transportation, and tips. $200 deposit due ASAP. Make checks out to Living Water Bible Fellowship
  • EAGLE LAKE CAMP is July 6 - 10.  If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  Tap this link and get registered at the lower rate: https://www.willowcreek.com/rega/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2008-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=INSPIRE2020  We’ve already had 30 people sign up and are looking forward to some great leadership training from the 2020 summit. 

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Thanks for reading!

Pastor Jeron

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 09:57

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Good Morning Church! 

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1).  “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).  “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).  Let’s remember today that we who are in Christ are safe in the love of our God.  YOU are loved by the Lord Almighty!  No matter what is happening to you today, no matter what trial or tribulation you are going through, remember that he is currently working out his eternal plan to bring you into his kingdom and is transforming you into the person he desires you to be – you have a hope that is sure and eternal!  “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son… And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified” (Romans 8:28-30).  “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, and his steadfast love endures forever!


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

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BRINGING LIFE PROJECT Update

We’re continuing to see more financial gifts given and more pledges coming in towards the construction of the Christian Education and Community Building – Thank you for your sacrificial offerings to the Lord’s work!  We have a meeting with our Lender on March 5th so please be in prayer – and of course the less we have to borrow the better, so if you have been waiting to make a pledge or to give a gift, now would be a great time!  Lots is being accomplished.  We hope to sign a contract today to be able to use the retention pond to the south of the church which would save us lots of money and a great deal of parking lot adjustments. 

VALENTINES DANCE February 14

Everyone is invited to come to Living Water’s first “Valentines Community Dance” this Friday at 7:30 in the Sprung Building.  It will be a fun, wholesome, family event with a mix of appropriate music and even some 2 step dance lessons!  Feel free to invite people from the community.

WAVES FUNDRAISER February 16

Come for a fundraiser lunch and then stay and watch the kids challenge the pastors to a quiz off on the book of Genesis.  Waves Bible Quizzing seeks to get God’s Word into children’s hearts.  Come support the kids! 

WOMEN’S BALANCE & GIFT TRAINING WORKSHOP February 16

Join Erma Defee (B.S., M.A. in Health and Physical Education) for this workshop in the Sprung Building on Sunday, February 16th after the Waves Fundraiser (approximately 1:00 p.m.).  RSVP: (325) 277-7875

LIVING WATER IS HOSTING A BAND / Host Homes Needed!

The Colorado Christian University Symphonic Band & Mainstream Jazz Ensemble are performing a community outreach concert in Alamosa on Friday, February 28, 2020, on their annual spring tour. Living Water has already generously agreed to house the students Housing members consists of attending the concert, & afterwards, picking up 2+ members of the band, & hosting them for 1 night. In the morning, provide breakfast & a sack lunch for the next day, then transport them back to Living Water. The band does ask that members do not sleep on floors, as these are traveling musicians. Please contact Deborah Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-290-5097 to sign up to host or with questions.  


image003 110 YEAR CELEBRATION Saturday, February 29

Our church opened the doors to this new facility in January of 2010.  We experienced 10 great years of God’s grace in this place!  Let’s come and worship God and rejoice over what he’s done through this ministry tool on Saturday, February 29th at 2:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to the church office (589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

CONVERGE CONFERENCE March 6 & 7

If anyone is in Aurora, CO March 6 & 7, come join Pastor Jeron at the Rocky Mountain Converge Conference – Living Water is associated with a national group of churches known as Converge (www.converge.org) and this is the regional annual meeting.  You can look at the sessions and register at www.togethertotransform.org

BABY DEDICATIONS March 8

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Shipp (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

POTLUCK & ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING March 8

Every year the congregation votes on a new budget and elects people to serve in various roles.  At this meeting reports will be given by ministry directors and leaders about this last year’s ministry efforts and plans laid out for the coming fiscal year. 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS March 8

MEMBERSHIP CLASS March 22 & 29

Want to learn more about this church? Ready to become a member of Living Water? Attend the Membership Class in March. RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PRAYER NIGHT March 26

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT LIVING WATER March 27 & 28

More information coming soon!  Save these dates!  

BAPTISM SUNDAY, March 29

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, March 29. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

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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. Or go to our website at https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/resources/rightnowmedia and sign up.

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Thanks for reading!
Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 16 January 2020 12:44

God’s Work - Past, Present, Future

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I was looking at the looking at the banner on the street welcoming Pastor Luke, Anna and Samuel, and it brought back memories of Elizabeth and I arriving in Alamosa back in 2004 and the wonderful welcome this church gave us.  You’ve all made serving at Living Water a great experience for us pastors!  Let us all seek to love and support and pray for Pastor Luke and his family as he launches his ministry to the Lord and to us this Sunday.  The coming months are going to be fun as we find our rhythm as a pastoral staff and as a church. 

The above picture is of a sign that we had at 1022 Main Street for several years before we moved to our current meeting location.  There were so many good memories made for our church family in that old building.  So many people who were loved and served in Jesus’ name.  What’s wild is that we’ve now been in our current location for a solid 10 years!  It was the second weekend in January 2010 that we had our opening worship service here at 2910 Clark Street.  It’s good to remember that God has been so faithful in the past to work through us to accomplish his will. 

Presently our church family is as healthy as its ever been.  I’m so pleased with the way we’re loving each other and the Lord.  I’m just as excited about our future today as I was back in 2004.  We’ve got so many people hungry for God glory, entrusted with so many God-given gifts and talents and experiences – if we are willing to listen to God and adjust our lives to his mission we could see so many lives changed!  At the end of February (the 29th) we are having a Saturday night celebration of what God has done through us in our new location over the last 10 years – I hope you can come and give thanks to the Lord!  God still has his hand on this congregation and can’t wait to see what the future holds!  Thank you for your ministry and your sacrificial service to Jesus.  Keep praying for the lost in our community to be found, for more and more people to enter into a life-changing and ever growing relationship with Jesus Christ. 


Here’s some of what’s happening in the near future with your Living Water family of faith:

ICE FIESTA this Saturday

All are invited to this Living Water Family Team Event!  Come join us for fun, games, laughter, hot cocoa at the Alamosa Ice Skating Pavilion at 2:00 pm this Saturday. 

SERMON SERIES

We’re returning to Colossians for the coming months and we’re getting into the core part of the book (I’m itching to get preaching again this Sunday!).  There are all kinds of systems of hope lifted up in our world which promise abundant life.  Unfortunately they don’t deliver because they don’t depend on what’s most important.  This is a great season to invite people to join you at worship services as chapters two and three of Colossians articulate clearly where true hope and abundant life is found. 

WELCOME TO LIVING WATER MEAL this Sunday

If you are new to Living Water or want to know more about the church or how to get involved, or are interested in becoming a member of this church, you are invited to have lunch with Pastors and Elders this Sunday at 12:15 in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring any questions you have, kids are welcome to attend. 

MEN’S STUDY starts Thursday, January 22

Gather for breakfast every Thursday morning and a 7 week study called Not a Fan.  In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans.

He was looking for followers. Not just any follower though, but a...COMPLETELY. COMMITTED. FOLLOWER.

How would things change if you lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved?  Meet with other men at 6:00 a.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall. 

PRAYER NIGHT January 23

Come and pray with your church family on Thursday, January 23rd.  Meet in the fellowship hall at 6:30 pm.

HYMN SING January 26 at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary

FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY starts February 5th

More than 4.5 million people have gone through Financial Peace University and learned God’s ways of handling money.  They’ve been taught how to create a budget they can actually follow, and they’ve rewritten their stories – changing their futures forever.  Lyle Hood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 580-3696) is starting a 9 week course on February 5th here a Living Water. Each session will run from 6:30 till 8:00 pm.  Cost is $99 for the materials.  Sign up at www.fpu.com\1102346

VALENTINES DAY DINNER AND DANCE February 14

Our Family Team is looking forward to serving a Prime Rib / Smoked Turkey Dinner at 6:30 pm followed by a dance in the Sprung Building.  There will be professional pictures taken.  The meal is limited to about 50 couples so RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

WAVES FUNDRAISER February 16

Come for lunch and then stay and watch the kids challenge the pastors to a quiz off on the book of Genesis.

COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY BAND TOUR  February 28

Living Water is hosting a great group of young adults on Friday, February 28th.  The concert will take place at Ortega Middle School that evening.  We get to host students in our homes.  Please contact Debora Palmer if you are willing to host a band student or two that Friday night.  She’ll give you all the details. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

10 YEAR CELEBRATION Saturday, February 29

More information coming soon!  If you want to serve on the committee our first meeting is Wednesday, January 22nd at 10:30 here at the church building.

BABY DEDICATIONS March 8

POTLUCK & ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING March 8

Every year the congregation votes on a new budget and elects people to serve in various roles.  At this meeting reports will be given by ministry directors and leaders about this last year’s ministry efforts and plans laid out for the coming fiscal year. 

MEMBERSHIP CLASS March 22 & 29

Want to learn more about this church? Ready to become a member of Living Water? Attend the Membership Class in March. RSVP to Pastor Bo 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE AT LIVING WATER March 27 & 28

More information coming soon! 

BAPTISM SUNDAY, March 29

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, March 29. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

WHO ARE YOU INTENTIONALLY FOCUSING ON?

As those who have tasted the grace of God and have experienced the hope and love found in Jesus Christ, one of our greatest privileges is to seek to introduce others to the Lord.  There is no greater gift than to introduce them to Jesus.  Easter is about 3 months away.  Use this high point on the Christian calendar as a marker as you pray for lost people in your life.  Select a few people (or lots of people if you want!) and begin praying for them every day.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to convict them of their need of the Savior.  Love and serve them in Jesus name and look for opportunities to plant spiritual seeds or even to share the reason for the hope you have.  Give them an invitation to attend an Easter service with you on April 12. 

LOOKING AHEAD TO SUMMER

  • GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP  Dates: June 27-July 4, 2020.  Cost: approx. $1,300 - that includes airfare, 3 meals a day, room & board, all ground transportation, and tips. Need a minimum of 10 people. $200 deposit due ASAP. Make checks out to Living Water Bible Fellowship and when you drop it off to me or the church, let them know that it’s for Guatemala. You will need a passport that will be valid through July 4, 2020. Vaccinations: be up to date on tetanus, MMR, Hep A & B. You will not need malaria. To sign up or for more information about trip contact Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • EAGLE LAKE CAMP is July 6-10. If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  Tap this link and get registered at the lower rate: https://www.willowcreek.com/rega/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2008-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=INSPIRE2020  We’ve already had 30 people sign up and are looking forward to some great leadership training from the 2020 summit. 

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 in the Reign Building

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Wednesday in the Word Adult Bible Study – more information to come!

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall


Thanks for reading!

If you think about it, please pray for some of the local churches in our valley.  Pray for their leadership and pray for a revival of those who have drifted away from the worship of Jesus. We’re hosting a pastor’s gathering here at Living Water Feb 4th and I hope its an encouragement to a lot of these faithful servants. 

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 19 December 2019 09:39

The Gospel, Politics, & Social Media

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Our nations is agitated and divided regarding President Trump.  Some love him and some hate him.  You might be stirred up today by what’s been happening in the House of Representatives and the impeachment.  With social media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.) its very easy for us to share opinions or make angry statements which aren’t helpful in our mission to make disciples.  Remember, as Christians, our highest calling is to glorify God.  Our mission is to make disciples.  We are representatives and citizens of the Kingdom of God and everything we do should reflect well on our Lord Jesus Christ.  So while it’s important for all of us to be individually involved in the political process and vote, social media is a technology which is not conducive to well-reasoned discussions or dialog.  We should have reasons for supporting or not supporting certain politicians and laws, but in sharing or venting on social media, we can easily undercut our mission of sharing the gospel and leading people to Christ.  In the last few years I’ve developed the following social media guidelines for our staff and elected leaders and thought this morning that they might be helpful as you ponder sharing on social media:

SUGGESTED SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR LEADERS of LIVING WATER BIBLE FELLOWSHIP

  • SHARE THE GOSPEL “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2nd Corinthians 5:20).
    • Share the gospel on social media!  The more personal the better. Tell your story of how God came into your life.
    • Part of sharing the gospel means communicating our need for a Savior and salvation because of sin. People do need to know the problem of sin and how sin separates them from God.  But how you communicate this matters on social media. If you want to have a continued voice in non-believers lives be wise in how you call people to repentance. Focusing on their system of religion negatively will shut down conversations and harden them against hearing the truth because it’s a public conversation. Focus on what Jesus has accomplished and call them to personal faith in the Lord. 
  • BE THE LIGHT “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12).
    • Non-Christians are reading your posts. Are they being drawn to Christ or repelled from Jesus through your social media presence? 
    • Let us always seek to represent Jesus well online. Your social media posts will follow you for years. Stop before you post and think about all the people who will read what you say.  Would Jesus be proud of this post? Or ashamed? Am I being mean here?  Am I being a jerk?  If so don’t post.
    • Your online life is your real life. It should go without saying that we never want to post what is immoral. There is no place for dirty jokes, dirty language or immoral behavior or pictures on our social media feeds.
  • BE SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO BECOME ANGRY  “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of a man does not produce the righteousness of God” (James 1:19).
    • Never post in anger.
    • Spending lots of time on Facebook and other social media means you are reading lots of different viewpoints and perspectives. You will see much that will frustrate you or make you angry. You might be tempted to post out of anger or attack. You might post a meme or an article that you later regret. Your reputation is at stake and as a representative of Jesus and the church you stand a great chance of saying something out of anger that will embarrass Jesus or your church family.  Don’t post when angry.
  • DON’T CRITICIZE “Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Romans 14:10)
    • Don’t attack other Christians online. Remember the world is watching. Lost people are reading your posts and if they see you putting other Christians down our witness is weakened. Unbelievers probably won’t give a hearing to those who bite and devour one another online.
    • Criticizing your Christian brothers and sisters on social media isn’t helpful to them or the church. They will often respond poorly and there are better ways to talk to someone if they are involved in behavior or beliefs that you feel are harmful. Always talk to them privately first. 
    • Putting down pastors or leaders from other churches, whether locally or nationally, should never happen on social media. If we feel that our church needs to be protected from certain churches or teachers (whether it be doctrinal issues or practices) we can as leaders communicate to our volunteers or church through different mediums other than social media.
    • Constant social media posts about a certain theological perspective or constant criticisms aimed at other theological perspectives in the church 1) separates and divides the church 2) doesn’t help people understand your position and 3) isn’t edifying to the body in general 4) and it makes us look foolish before the unbelievers. 
    • General Memes or impersonal statements about a certain theological position doesn’t do a good job of sharing your heart or your concern or your love for people. It comes across as cold, uncaring, mean religion on social media. So much better to talk personally to the people you want to share with.
  • LOVE OTHERS “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2). 
    • Your reputation on social media is quickly earned. People will form perceptions of you very quickly. Are you someone who is known for your love, or for your anger?  Are you someone who people can authentically talk with or are you seen as unapproachable and lacking humility and love? It only takes a few posts for your reputation to be set in concrete.
    • The nature of social media invites complaining or attacking.  Facebook quickly becomes “Hatebook.” Refuse to be known as “that gal” or “that guy” who is always negative and who always seems to be shooting others down. Be known as someone who is positive, encouraging and loving. 
    • Refuse to live as if you have no hope or no joy. Don’t let social media become the place where you vent or you get a reputation for complaining about all the things you dislike.
    • Before you communicate on social media on anything of substance, ask yourself what you are trying to accomplish. Are your motives right? Is your heart right? Are you doing this out of love or because you want to put someone in their place? Are you posting because you care for people or just because you want to win? 
    • Be sensitive as church leaders about the “younger brother.” You might have freedom in Christ to practice certain behaviors but some more immature Christians reading your posts might associate your photos or actions with immorality and they might be led into what for them is sin. Be discerning with things like alcohol use or the viewing of certain movies that you have freedom in Christ with – don’t cause others to stumble by glorifying or celebrating something that would be harmful for others. 
  • DON’T ARGUE “Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers” (2nd Timothy 2:14).
    • If you teach online or use social media, because of the venue, be sure to focus positively on correct doctrine. When Paul told Timothy in verse 14 to “Remind them of these things” he was referring to the doctrinal content in the immediate hymn or the doctrinal content in the rest of the letter. In other words, don’t spend time talking about doctrines that are false or wrong, use your posts to focus on biblical doctrine. There can be teaching done on social media, but if you want your fellow Christians to understand something or learn something, state positively what you are teaching and resist the urge to point to other people or groups negatively. 
    • Don’t “quarrel about words” on social media with false teachers. You can get into public battles that are useless and this is especially the case online.
    • Don’t “quarrel about words” with folks that just want to pick a fight or want to make you look bad.
    • There are people, some who are Christians, who spend endless hours talking about what is trivial or isn’t all that important.  Don’t give them the time of day; the less attention they get the more likely they are to not have a voice.
    • We as leaders want to protect our flock and refute teachings which are false, so we will feel the need to state what is true / what is biblically correct on social media. We are worried about sheep being led astray. This is especially the case when a false teacher or a particular theology that we don’t like is making a big splash. Before you “go there” talk with the Elders or a Pastor first about your tact and strategy. 
    • If you are in conflict with someone, social media is last means of communication you want to use!  If you argue publicly, lines get hardened and people get hurt and it makes it very difficult to resolve. Don’t argue publicly. Start with personal communication with the person. If you have a hard time personally resolving conflict with someone, follow the pattern in Matthew 18.
    • Be realistic about the limits of social media. Most people aren’t neutral, they are already biased. If you are counting on Facebook or Twitter to sway people your way you are mistaken and will be disappointed. Is it really in your best interests to spend your limited time here?  Is the online “war” going to put Living Water in a good light? 
    • Arguing with people about a certain theological topic is almost never effective or helpful. Long posts with lists of reasons you are right are a waste of time. Your “opponent” will only respond to the points that he or she feels she can win. Not only will you not achieve your goal, you will likely gain a reputation for being argumentative. 
    • The context of social media matters. People can’t see your body language and they often misunderstand the tone in which you are talking. There is a high likelihood of miscommunication.
  • DON’T BE POLITICAL “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities…Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed” (Romans 13:1-7). 
    • It’s great to be known as a good citizen online. It’s great for people to know that we are citizens who are actively involved in our nation and care about our nation. It’s great that we call for prayer for our officials on social media. 
    • What isn’t good for us as church leaders is to attack political parties or politicians on social media.  First, political posts on social media aren’t helpful for the spread of the gospel. We want Democrats, Libertarians, and Republicans to hear the gospel.  Political posts by church leaders effectively tell lost people to stay away from church (Republicans not welcome here!  Democrats not welcome here!). Don’t let your politics be the cause of someone offhandedly rejecting Christians or our church. Let’s not put barriers in the way of someone hearing the gospel. Secondly, when it comes to matters such as religion or politics there is often very little chance that we will change someone’s mind. So why are you posting? Out of anger? Out of pride? Search your heart. 
    • If you feel very strongly about posting something that is political, explain your point of view positively and don’t attack other political parties or other politicians. You can show where your stance is different from other plans, but there is no need to drag politicians or political parties through the mud to make your point.

 


 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!  Here are some of the things that are happening at Living Water in the weeks to come…

ART SALE Sunday

If you are looking for some unique Christmas gifts from around the world the Mission Team will be offering various items in the outer lobby on Sunday, December 22.  Proceeds will go into the Mission Team fund. 

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Sunday morning children’s ministry will take a break Sunday, December 22 and 29, but will resume in January.  Nursery will continued to be offered at all services. 

bringinglife

BRINGING LIFE PROJECT Update

We’re continuing to see more financial gifts given and more pledges coming in towards the construction of the Christian Education and Community Building – Thank you for your sacrificial offerings!  Approximately $550,000 in special offerings and pledges has been given over the last few months!  And the good news is that our general fund giving is still on track to meet our annual budget.  Great job church!  We’re definitely within striking distance of breaking ground in the Spring, needing about $250,000 more to reach our launching point for breaking ground.  As we move to the end of the year and as folks think about making end of the year financial contributions, please pray for people from our church family and for those outside of our church family to continue to invest in the Bringing Life Project. 

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES December 24

Our Candlelight Services will take place at 4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24th.  Nursery available both services.  In years past the earlier service is usually overflowing with people and the second service has more seating, so if you have guests and want more available seating please come to the 6:00 pm service. 

NEW YEARS BASH December 31

Our Family Team is putting on a game night at the church starting at 7:00 pm. 

WELCOME TO LIVING WATER MEAL 

If you are new to Living Water or want to know more about the church or how to get involved, or are interested in becoming a member of this church, you are invited to have lunch with Pastors and Elders on Sunday, January 19th at 12:15 in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring any questions you have, kids are welcome to attend. 

PLANNING AHEAD

  • Valentine’s Day Dinner at Living Water February 14th.
  • The Colorado Christian University Band Tour is coming to Alamosa on February 28th with dinner for the students at 5:30 and the concert at 7:00 pm at Ortega Middle School.  If you hosted a student or students last year, please consider hosting again. Please let Deborah Palmer know if you’re interested. 
  • 10 year celebration of what God’s done at 2910 Clark Street – February 23rd
  • Annual Church Business Meeting is March 8th
  • Next Membership Class is March 22 and 29th
  • Easter Sunday is April 12th in 2020.  Who are you praying for to know Christ?  Who will you invite to join you for Resurrection Day worship this year? 
  • Eagle Lake Camp is July 6-10. If you sign up before January 31st you get a $25 discount.  www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater
  • The Global Leadership Summit is August 6-7 and it’s currently $99 for the registration.  We’ve already had 30 people sign up for the 2020 Summit. 

ONGOING MINISTRIES

Various Community Groups and Bible Studies throughout the week (call office or look on website for details). 

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry: preschool – 5th grade during the 10:45 service – taking a break Dec 22 & 29

Adult Sunday School: meets in the Cross Building at 10:45

Tidal Waves Teen Study meets Sunday mornings at 10:45 – will meet again in the New Year

Anchored College Group meets Tuesday nights at 6:30 – call office for information

Mothers of Preschoolers Group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 9:00 am in the Fellowship Hall

Reign Youth Group meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Reign Building. 

Waves Children’s Bible Quizzing meets Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm in the Sprung Building

Wednesday in the Word Adult Bible Study – will meet again in the New Year

Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast  meets at 6:00 am in the Fellowship Hall taking a break till the new year

 


 

Thanks for reading!
Jeron

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