Thursday, 25 February 2021 09:55
Sent to the SLVWritten by Jeron Parkins
Over the last few months I’ve been planning for the future work of our church. I’m finishing up a class on church revitalization and have found that the biggest issue that churches have is that over time they lose their sense of mission. Lately I’ve been working on restating our mission statement as a way to clarify the mandate God has given us.
In John 20:19-21 a great moment is recalled: “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
It’s a powerful, joyful scene because the crucified and buried Jesus shows up behind their locked doors of fear – he’s alive! And because he’s alive the standard Hebrew greeting of “peace” or shalom is more than a kind wish for blessing but the announcement of true peace with God and abundant life – peace to you who have believed in me! I’m alive so in me you have found abundant, forever life!
In terms of our mission as a church his words are clear as to why we exist: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
What’s our mission? What’s our mandate? What have we been commanded to do? To what work has God entrusted us?
As disciples of Jesus, we as a church are sent by God to connect the lost people of the SLV to Christ and his Kingdom. Our mission is broader than the SLV of course – it’s not just the lost, hurting, suffering, lonely, isolated, living without purpose, looking for love in all the wrong places people of the SLV that need to be redeemed - we are sent as Jesus’ agents and ambassadors to teach, serve and love people wherever we go (to the ends of the earth) – but our primary mission is to serve our neighbors and to love and reach the generations in this place. We are sent to see their lives transformed, their brokenness healed, their future restored, their marriages saved, and their children rescued. We are sent to prevent people from being ruined by the sin, violence, broken homes, abuse, hopelessness, poverty cycles and addictions which are ravishing our neighborhoods and bringing forth a whole generation of orphans and widows. We are sent to teach people Jesus’ commands, set them free from false hope, man-made religion and cults and see them worship God in spirit and truth. We are sent to see them trust in Jesus and be reconciled to God and receive eternal life. The Redeemer has sent us out to proclaim his finished work of salvation and call people to repentance and reconciliation with the Lord of all. We are sent to prepare a people for the soon and glorious arrival of the Lord Jesus and the Kingdom of God.
As disciples of Jesus we are sent by God to connect the lost people of the SLV to Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
Here’s some of what’s happening in at Living Water in the near future…
WORSHIP SERVICES this Sunday
SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 p.m. ***With people getting vaccinated we are seeing lower attendance on Saturday evenings as people start to attend Sunday mornings again, therefore Saturday Service is scheduled to come to an end on March 27*** If we start a third service in the Fall it will likely be on a Sunday.
SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY
SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY, CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, and TEEN STUDY
There are masks available at the welcome desk in the lobby. We encourage you to wear masks at our worship services and be wise with your interactions.
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME March 7
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 7
PRAYER MEETING Wednesday, March 10
Join us for a time of interceding for our nation, for our community, for our church and for one another. We will meet with the Lord in worship and then bring our requests before the throne of grace. 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM CONFERENCE March 13
Living Water is affiliated with a network of churches known as Converge Worldwide (https://www.converge.org) and our regional network is known as Converge Rocky Mountain (https://www.convergerockymountain.org/). Our regional conference is taking place virtually on Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm. You are invited to attend. Simply hit this link to register for free: https://www.convergerockymountain.org/ Tod Bolsinger, author and resilience expert, is the Keynote speaker at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. and there are break out sessions that focus on different ministry topics. The business meeting starts at 12:45 pm and will be finished by 2:00 pm.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins March 14
EAGLE LAKE CAMP REGISTRATION
Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children.
Dates: July 19–23, 2021 Ages: 6-12 Length: Mon–Fri, 9 am- 4 pm Cost: $200
Activities: Arts & Crafts, Block Racers, Gagaball, Group Games, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Speakers & Worship, Tie Dye, and Many More!
NURSERY POSITIONS OPEN
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE April 2
EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES April 4
I’m so excited for Resurrection Sunday! I’m praying it will mark a turning point in our world. Please start inviting people to Easter Worship Services on April 4th at 8:00, 9:30 or 11:00 am. Nursery available at 9:30 and 11:00. Services will be a bit shorter so we will keep the kids in the services with parents – children’s ministry will resume on April 11.
BAPTISM SUNDAY April 11
BABY DEDICATIONS May 2
COLLEGE STUDENT SUMMER PROJECT/GROWTH ACTIVITY
Come join us for a life changing summer you will never forget. The 14 day Crush Fear summer project is an outdoor adventure that equips you to better follow Jesus and expand His kingdom. The project is located at Three Trails Ranch near the small mountain town of Durango, Colorado.
When: May 23th - June 6th, 2021
Cost: $485 - $100 deposit holds your spot.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2
GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP June 26-July 3
REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16
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.
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6
We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM
May God bless you today!
May you live in hope today!