Friday, 22 January 2021 08:37
Dear ChurchWritten by Jeron Parkins
Our Nicaraguan Mission Team rolled into Alamosa last night a bit before midnight. Thank you for your prayers. It was an excellent trip. The missionaries that we are connected with are doing a fantastic job loving people, bringing peace to their neighborhood, supporting marriages and families, and communicating the gospel in very difficult circumstances. It was a great encouragement for me personally, and I know Eric, Joy and Ron are also coming back with a great incentive to love in Jesus’ name. In Nicaragua the unemployment rate is about 70%. Covid-19 restrictions are making things worse as tourist dollars have stopped flowing. You can go to jail for saying anything bad about the government and they monitor social media comments. But even in the midst of extreme poverty and struggle I can witness to you that there is joy, hope and love among some of the Christians living in the Granada area. How is this possible? My initial observations: 1) those who are healthy and vibrant have a living hope in a Great God whom they are turning to every day for help and 2) they live their lives as part of a community of faith which intentionally encourages each other in the truth and loves one another practically as part of their daily lives and 3) they have a real sense of purpose in sharing God’s love and the gospel with their neighbors – they know they are part of something bigger than themselves and they have something worth living for. Regardless of where our nation is headed (in keeping with scripture let’s be praying for elected officials including the new president and vice president) we too can experience joy and abundant life regardless of circumstances.
Love you guys!
Can’t wait to see you this weekend at services!
I’m a little tired, so forgive me if I forget some stuff, but here’s what I know is happening through Living Water in the near future:
WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES
SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 p.m.
SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY
SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY
MOVIE NIGHT This Friday at 6:30 pm
This weekend we have a great family weekend planned. On the big screen "The Little Rascals" is being shown Friday night with our Popcorn and a Movie. It starts at 6:30. A great time for the whole family, as a date night, or come by yourself and hang out with friends and family. Safety measures in place.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday in connection with Parent Summit
All church family welcome! If you keep coming, we’ll keep cooking!
PARENT SUMMIT this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. – Keep your kids safe!
Parenting is tough, especially with the added challenges of navigating technology. We want to help equip and empower you whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or guardian of any sort. This workshop will have some great speakers and helpful insights on how to protect your kids. If you cannot participate for the whole day please know you can do the morning session or the afternoon session, just let the Family Team know in the comments when you RSVP on the link Must have RSVP by Friday at noon if you need childcare. Please RSVP with this link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d44a4a723a5f58-parents Safety measures are put in place due to Covid-19. Lunch is provided, childcare if needed, provided - but you must RSVP! Feel free to invite your friends that are dealing with raising kids and the event is open to grandparents, aunts and uncles.
EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP meeting next week
***Join the Eagle Lake Team! First meeting is Tuesday, Jan 26 at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall! Come and be part of the work!***
EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23
Early registration for Eagle Lake is open now and ends January 31st. Families get $25 off if they register before January 31. Please contact Pastor Bo for more information. There will be an organizational meeting sometime in January for those interested in serving on the local staff team.
It’s a great time to start a new Community Group! Please call Pastor Bo if you are interested. It’s also a great time to join a Community Group! Please see the Community Group Board in the hallway. We all need a community of brothers and sisters who love us and who are there for us in our time of need. We all need a community of faith that encourages one another to keep walking with Jesus even when things get hard. We all need an outlet to serve others and exercise our gifts. Don’t stay isolated in 2021! Get connected!
BIBLE READING PLAN
One of the best things you can do personally to put yourself in a position to grow spiritually mature is regular Bible reading. Click on this link for a reasonable and doable plan: https://fivedaybiblereading.com/?fbclid=IwAR19FsCt2-bUJEOZ8fmtjZKvFgRD6ggG2hq1U-IY4HhwXCLEQG6g55kayi4 There are paper copies of this plan on the lobby table in the church. Perhaps one of the ways to connect your community group together would be to get on the same reading plan?
ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING March 7
This year might be a little different but our fiscal year ends February 28 and so we will gather (likely both in person and virtually) March 7th to pass a new budget and elect new church officers. Please be in prayer for ministry leaders as they prepare new year budget requests and for the Facility and Finance Team as they work with Pastor Greg and the Elder Board to put a final budget proposal together by mid – February. A Nominating Committee will be formed soon to make nominations for various elected positions, to be voted on at the March 7 meeting.
EASTER SERVICES April 4
I’m so excited about Easter this year! I’m praying it will mark a turning point in our world. Please start praying about who you will invite to Easter services on April 4th at 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00 am
GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP June 26-July 3
Summer 2021 Guatemala trip. We are scheduled for June 26-July 3, 2021. Cost is approximately $1,300.