Thursday, 11 March 2021 16:54
Why are we surprised?Written by Jeron Parkins
It was about a year ago that our lives started to be affected by the Covid-19 virus. It was a year ago today that the National Basketball Association made news by stopping in progress games and shutting down their league. Politicians started giving emergency declarations. Shut downs began. And well, you know the rest of the story… It’s been an incredibly difficult and challenging year! And as Christians we continue to be discouraged by immorality exhibited and pursued by our national and state leadership. Such things as same sex marriage being made legal and the current push for transgender rights (including the ability of biological males to compete against females in sports) are just the latest way that our society, has moved away from biblical ethics. The current presidential administration is working hard to pass the Equality Act, which while couched in justice and equal rights terms, is just a logical extension of a worldview that long ago rejected biblical truth. It is very discouraging and disappointing to see our society pushing for it’s own ruin in the name of progress.
I don’t know why, but sometimes I find myself surprised by the state of the world. But why should I be shocked when human plans don’t take into account God and his will? Why do I find anger rising in my mind when I know that lost people are just doing the best they can to make sense of a world and problems they don’t understand? Why am I caught flat footed and off guard when sinners end up sinning? Why do I expect lost people to live like saints? Do I mentally choose to forget that there is a spiritual war taking place and that we have an enemy who lives to keep people in darkness?
While God created a good world, sin has made a mess of it and as a result Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33). Why should we live like there is no threat from virus or disease? Why are we surprised that people don’t have our values? We live among the same lost people that the Apostle Paul and the Apostle Peter did 2,000 years ago, it’s just that their idols have different names. Like Moses some 3,400 years ago and Isaiah some 2,700 years ago, we live with governments and organizations that are not seeking to exalt the Kingdom of God. The Bible tells the story of how evil and terrible things become when God is rejected. Why do we sometimes get lulled into thinking that the United States of America is the promised land? Don’t we realize that for many in our country, when they call themselves Christians, it just means to them that they were born in America? That they have no relationship with God? We’ve known for a long time that the USA isn’t a Christian nation (though built on Christian values and truths), why are we surprised when it doesn’t act like one?
While the Bible tells us that the trials and tribulations we are seeing are normal, it also tells us that God is at work redeeming the world (Romans 8:18-23) and that he will succeed one day in making “all things new.” We have a living hope in the soon return of the Lord Jesus. But while we wait, let’s not sit back but rather go into the world and participate in Jesus’ mission. He calls us to be salt and light, so let’s do his will in the San Luis Valley, let’s do that in Colorado. Let’s speak the truth in love and seek to change things for the betterment of people and the glory of God. What would be really, really surprising if Christians, having grasped God’s teaching about the state of the world, and having heard that they have been sent by Jesus into the world to witness for him and his kingdom, sat back and thought that things would change or that better days would come without their involvement.
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.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins this weekend
ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING UPDATE
On Sunday we had our annual business meeting. The congregation voted on and passed the 2021/22 budget. The congregation also elected Officers, Elders and Deacons. Thank you to Kay Curtis and Janice Myers and others for helping with the lunch. In the near future we hope to get back to having church potlucks (with some modifications on the serving of food).
Church Clerk: Barb Reisner
Financial Secretary: Melanie Jeppesen
Assistant Financial Secretary: Judy Allen
Treasurer: Janice Myers
Asst. Treasurer: Margie Clemmer
Dennis O’Doud, Lance O’Doud, Jay Harmon, Dave Bower, Alex Toth will begin new three year terms in April. Eric Palmer was elected for another three year term. Deacons with remaining terms are Myron Myers, Ron Simmons, Allan Haverfield (their term expires in 2022), Randy Garrison, Jim Defee, Blain Decker, Kenneth Reynolds, David Haage, Will Hickman, Jason Defee, Alan Wehe and Arthur Torres (their term expires in 2023).
Randy Atkinson, Pete Devine and Chad Mortensen will begin new three year terms in April. John Har, Paul Wiescamp and Don Graber are on the board until 2023).
MISSIONS at Living Water
The Mission of the LWBF Mission Board is to spread the gospel of Christ and equip disciples to be effective witnesses of the gospel at home and abroad. As a church we support 13 missionary couples/families at locations around the world. We encourage you to get involved with our missionaries and look into opportunities to partner with them personally in their gospel work. Recently, after more than a year of careful consideration, outside feedback, and a survey trip, our Mission Board has embarked on a more intensive partnership with our missionaries in Granada, Nicaragua, Scott & Jennifer Esposito. We anticipate seeing our people developed and equipped as disciples as we take multiple trips to Nicaragua to invest in the ongoing ministries of R.E.A.P Granada. Please check out the Webpage to sign up for more information and please consider joining us in prayer this Friday night.
- Nicaragua FOCUS webpage: https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/ministries/mission/focus
- Friday Prayer Meeting
We will have our monthly Nicaragua Prayer Meeting this Friday, March 12th at 6:30 pm. If you would like to join us in person, we are meeting in the Fellowship Hall at Living Water. Join Zoom Meeting https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78447538281?pwd=VE1wQkhOeFVWYzdDazFZWnpyZ0x6dz09
Meeting ID: 784 4753 8281 Passcode: g6Wq72
- Missionary Booklet containing contact information for our missionaries located in the foyer.
Walls are going up and the rooms are taking shape. Please continue to pray for the safety of the workers. We are still ahead of schedule and under budget. Please pray for God to provide for our year two Bringing Life project financial goal – we are shooting for $450,000 of new giving this year and so far $86,000 has come in – praise God! If you want to know more about the project or how to get involved, please go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/
MOVIE NIGHT, March 26
Passion of the Christ will be shown in the Sanctuary on the big screen and at the same time a movie for kids will be offered in the Sprung Building.
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE, APRIL 2
We call the day of Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death “Good Friday” because of what Jesus accomplished through his sacrificial work on the cross. Come and worship the Savior on Friday night, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.
RESURRECTION SUNDAY SERVICES April 4
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
Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children.
Please contact Pastor Bo for more information.
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!
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
CCSP Board Members Needed
Christian Community Service Projects (CCSP) (http://www.betheservant.org) is looking for board members. We have several groups coming to help our community and those in need of home/property improvements and/or clean ups.
Thanks for reading! Pastor Jeron