Wednesday, 25 March 2020 13:04
Dear Living Water Family & FriendsWritten by Jeron Parkins
Probably many of us are looking for ways to help others during this crazy time, and so far, perhaps, there hasn’t been too many tangible opportunities to serve our neighbors. Let’s remember that one of the most effective ways we can help others is though the ministry of prayer.
We had a prayer meeting scheduled for Thursday night but for obvious reasons we aren’t meeting in person.
But could I ask you to pray tomorrow? This Thursday?
There is a great scene in the book of Jonah regarding the importance and power of prayer:
“Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and callout against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out. “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They call for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them…By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God… when God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it” (Jonah 3:1-5,8,10).
What’s so great about this lesson is that the Ninevites weren’t a godly people, but they were convicted of their sin through Jonah’ preaching, and they decided to cry out to God. Because they repented of their sin and they cried out to God in prayer, God didn’t bring upon them the destruction he had spoken of through Jonah. God heard their cries and answered their prayers.
At such a time as this, shouldn’t we Christians take prayer as seriously as the pagan Ninevites did? Our prayers will be heard! Our prayers will make a difference!
Let’s pray for our nation, for our community and for our church this Thursday. Let’s pray for people who are in the most danger from the virus. Let’s pray for local businesses. Let’s ask God to deliver this nation from ruin. Come up with your own strategy and prayer list. Maybe set aside some scheduled time during the day. Go on a prayer walk. Perhaps make a list of people or groups to pray for as a family. Ask God who needs prayer. Pray for God to stop the spread of the virus. It could be that we pray for the parts of our nation or for people in our nation to have the same spirit of repentance that the Ninevites showed. Pray for revival of the Christians and for churches to return to the Lord’s mission. Pray for Christian families to grow strong and for marriages to be restored (You get the point, the things you can pray about and the ways you can pray is endless).
For those of you who are physically able, I ask you to fast and pray. Fasting is simply an act of ceasing from a normal or regular activity so that you can concentrate on a specific task like prayer. Giving up something (like food) for a few meals helps us to stay focused and on task in prayer, and it is a sign to God that we are serious about what we are interceding for.
Let’s humble ourselves before our God and pray and ask him to heal our land.
Here’s the latest update on what’s going on with your church family:
We’re doing a live stream on Sunday mornings – join us at 9:00 or 10:45! So far we’ve had nearly 1,000 views on Facebook of last Sunday’s services and I don’t know how many on YouTube. We heard back from many of you on how to improve the quality of our live stream and we’ll do our best! Please invite people to participate. Please pray for Kenny Bertin as he makes our live stream possible. This Sunday’s sermon is from Romans 8:28-39. You can simply go to www.livingwateralamosa.org and there is a button to push to get set up. Here are a few more pathways:
- You can connect to our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa. I recommend subscribing to our channel, click/tap on the bell and have it show you all notifications and YouTube will notify you when we go live. It also notifies you when we post new content.
- Like this page https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa and we will be streaming live to Facebook.
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. Or you can stop by the church Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 till 2:00 pm.
REIGN YOUTH GROUP
We would like to continue Youth Group through Zoom. We will be taking tomorrow night 6:30pm-9:00pm to get everyone setup and connected. You need a phone, iPad, or a computer with camera and microphone. I need emails to invite you to our “meeting” the same email your Zoom account is registered to. If you don’t have any idea what I’m talking about please reach out to me at 505-350-8748.
WAVES BIBLE QUIZZING
WAVES Bible Quizzing will continue on! Thank you so much for your hard work at home. Our next ZONE Quiz Meet Scheduled for April 4 is still on! It will look a little different and plans are in the works. We will update you as soon as we know how it will proceed. Weekly meetings are on hold for now to keep all safe, but we will be supplying resources for your families to use at home!
After talking to the Elders and working through the process of wanting to make a good decision it has been decided we will not meet on Thursday mornings until the COVID 19 situation improves. The Elders would like to strongly encourage us all to meet in small or one on one groups until we can all gather together again as a group. We all have different levels of interaction with others during the week so be wise and safe while staying on mission for Christ! Many opportunities to share and display the hope we have in Christ will arise daily with those who do not have the hope we have. Let Jesus Shine!!
FAMILY WORSHIP GUIDE
Parents, please see the attached “Family Worship Guide” that Pastor Bo put together. This time of social distancing gives you a great opportunity to start for the first time or restart family worship/devotions. This guide is meant to help you get started.
BRINGING LIFE PROJECT
We are moving forward on the new building! 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.
We’ve got a lot to be thankful for! Our ministry of music Sunday by Sunday has been excellent at Living Water, but it hasn’t been without its challenges. For years and years we’ve struggled to find a good balance of volume in our sanctuary during our worship services. While we’ve made many upgrades, one of major hurdles to get over has been trying to find an appropriate level of drum volume. So over the last few months Pastor Luke and Carl Busser did a lot of research into electronic drums. In consultation with the Elder Board, a few weeks back we made a decision to invest in an electronic drum kit. This new tool allows for us to maintain a full sound in our services, but the volume levels can now be controlled through the sound board. Can’t wait till we can meet again! Most of the kit arrived yesterday and Pastor Luke and Carl set it up (the new symbols are still in California – this picture is with old symbols).
Thanks for reading!