Thursday, 22 April 2021 10:26
Prayer & PlanningWritten by Jeron Parkins
In my Bible reading this morning I was in the middle part of 1st Chronicles where King Saul was specifically called out for not taking the time to inquire of the Lord in his decisions and planning and then a few chapters later King David is repeatedly shown intentionally seeking out the Lord’s direction and will. The obvious take away for me was that as a steward leader of Jesus’ church I need to keep asking the Lord for his direction and for divine wisdom. I can’t see the future and as far as I know we don’t have anyone in our church who can see the future, but Jesus is the Lord of history – how foolish we would be if we didn’t seek the Lord! Then, while I was eating breakfast I had my face in a pastoral leadership book (Sticky Teams by Larry Osborn) and the author gave the leadership axiom, “Plan in Pencil,” and he says this: “Rigid plans, guidelines and regulations work fin in a stable environment. But if there is anything we know about the future, it won’t be anything like what we expected.” Wow! That’s been so true over the last year, hasn’t it? And frankly that has been so true since I came to Living Water in 2004. Every year there are unexpected changes and every year we face some kind decision forced upon us because of growth. Our church has had to change so much! It’s been great, and it’s been hard! But by God’s grace I think we’ve made a lot of right calls and decisions. I’ve been so proud of this congregation’s willingness to change and adapt and be flexible with adding services or changing worship times or bringing on new staff. This congregation has again and again prioritized mission and ministry over personal preference and comfort. Well guess what? It’s time to seek the Lord again and its time to plan. As we are just a few months away from the new building opening, we really need to ask the Lord what needs to be done. Will we see a lot of new people join our church family? Will we need to create new structures and new ministries? New job descriptions? What new opportunities will we have to share the gospel? What new groups of people can we ministry too? Would it be wise to change our worship service times? As our pastoral staff and Elder Board can tell you, the last few months I’ve been bombarding them with ideas and thoughts about how to prepare for the future. I really, really want to be ready for growth. I really, really don’t want to get caught off guard by unforeseen issues. Even yesterday some of us pastors met and were kicking around ideas for how to restructure our children’s ministry for maximum effectiveness. We are furiously writing out plans (which I think is wise and good stewardship practice). What I needed to hear today was that it’s ok if our plans are in pencil. What we’ve all learned this last year is that we don’t know what to expect and we don’t know what’s going to happen and that a “set in stone” plan for the coming 6 months and the new building’s opening is foolishness. But what I really, really want to know is if God finds our plans pleasing and good or if we should pull out the eraser. Will you join me in following King David’s example and constantly seeking the Lord and inquiring of him about what is best? I’ll try to keep you informed about decisions that we are facing as we move into the Fall. Please continue to pray for the successful completion of the building project and that it would come in under budget. Pray for the fund-raising and that the Lord would provide us the ability to be debt free in the near future. Pray for the ongoing generosity of our congregation in all matters financial. Please pray for the safety of the workers. Pray for the Facility and Finance Team that they could make good decisions. Pray for wisdom for the Elder Board and Pastoral Staff and for protection from the enemies attacks. Pray for us to make the right decisions regarding administration, policies, programming and ministry plans. Pray for our congregation that our love for Jesus would grow and grow! Please pray that we would be a church that gets better and better at making disciples for the Lord. Pray that when the time comes for us to receive new people into our church that our members wouldn’t be too busy to love them and bless them. Pray that our church would have a deep desire to see lives transformed and to see Jesus glorified.
Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…
Our Worship Services are at 9:00 and 10:45 A.M.
This Sunday the Message is from Psalm 139
We’re having a fundraiser for kids to attend Eagle Lake Camp – lots of baked goods available this Sunday!
Hymn Sing will be at 6:30 P.M. in the Sanctuary
New Sermon Series starts May 9: The Book of Daniel
FAMILY TEAM POPCORN and MOVIE April 23
WAVES BIBLE QUIZZING MINISTRY UPDATE
Living Water Bible Quizzers have been studying Exodus all year and 16 quizzers have earned the opportunity to travel to WASHINGTON to participate in our WORLD quiz meet for 2021! :) As you can imagine, this will be a trip to remember, but we would appreciate your help to get us there!
There are a few ways to help us!
1. You can sponsor a quizzer or donate cash gifts through your quizzer by sending a check to Living Water Bible Fellowship with WAVES in the memo line!
2. Several parents have items for sale with the proceeds benefiting our WORLD trip.
3. WAVES will have a bake sale and concessions at LWBF's Family Movie night on May 28! Watch for times and details!
4. Join our Pastor/Quizzer Quiz off! Quizzers will have a pledge fundraiser to collect your pledges for each answer they get correctly! We will also have a spaghetti lunch and silent auction on this date! Stay tuned for dates!
LADIES SPRING TEA May 1
BABY DEDICATIONS May 2
MISSION BOARD UPDATE
Living Water’s Mission Board consists of Nichole Defee, Jeron Parkins, Alex Toth, Joy Massey and our chairperson is Eric Palmer. This Summer we are expecting to have Deric and Rebecca Sneller and family (Missionaries to Japan) visit us in late May and Jeremy and Beth Schmidt and family (Missionaries in North Africa) join us in August. Please watch for opportunities to interact with your missionaries. Recently we were happy to donate $1,000 toward the Baskets of Hope Easter Project initiative sponsored by our missionaries Wendell and Heather Garrison serving with SOAR International. Eric Palmer and the Guatemala team have their plane tickets and would appreciate your prayers to accomplish all their ministry plans and for safe travels and that God would use them for his glory. The FOCUS Nicaragua Team was able to meet on Saturday morning, April 17 with Jimmy Smith (Converge Mobilization Specialist), who helped us prepare for implementation of our plan to start sending groups to Nicaragua. If you would like information on our missionaries there are Mission Books in the lobby.
Joy Massey is our prayer coordinator and she said the next Nicaragua Prayer Meeting is Friday, May 7th at 6:30pm.
Join in person at the church or Zoom Meeting: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78447538281?pwd=VE1wQkhOeFVWYzdDazFZWnpyZ0x6dz09
Meeting ID: 784 4753 8281
LATIN NIGHT May 21
Living Water’s Mission Board and Family Team are planning a fun night of fellowship, dinner and some dancing lessons on Friday, May 21. Proceeds will go towards Guatemala Mission Team projects. More information to come!
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING UPDATE
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2
REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16
While the Gallup reservation is still not open for the youth to serve, they will be working locally to bless our community.
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
This time of the year it is common for folks to transition out of the San Luis Valley for new jobs. If you have farewell parties for people please respond to this email and let me know and I’ll announce it.
On Sunday, May 2 we’re having a farewell gathering for John and Lynn Clark as they transition to Texas. It’s from 2-4 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall.
Thanks for Reading!