Thursday, 19 March 2020 22:01
Have things sunk in yet?Written by Jeron Parkins
“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)
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.”
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 ONLINE. Go 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
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/
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.
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.
Thanks for reading!
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."