Thursday, 09 July 2020 08:24

It has been a busy week at Living Water!

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Dear Church,

It has been a busy week at Living Water!  On the west side of our campus construction continues full bore and on the east side of our campus we have a bunch of kids running around at Eagle Lake Camp.  Pastor Luke is getting ready to preach this Sunday and he and Anna (and Samuel) are getting ready to move to their home in Alamosa. Pastor Bo and Jenna are celebrating the arrival of newborn Charles and I’ve been taking the next seminary intensive course (via Zoom from 8-5 p.m.) in my ongoing pastoral studies.  Pastor Greg has family in town and Janice is hosting a granddaughter. 

What’s happening in your life?  I feel so disconnected from so many of you.  They don’t offer a seminary course on “How to Pastor During a Pandemic” so I’m a bit lost as to how to be your shepherd from a distance or how to move the church forward during this time of “Safer at Home.”  Nevertheless, I’d love to hear how you’ve navigated the last five months.  Are there some issues that you are working through that are challenging?  Are you doing ok?  How I can pray for you?   I’m out of the office till next week, but feel free to drop me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or maybe we could meet for lunch here at the church?  While it’s easy to be alone during this time, know that it’s not good to be alone (mostly).  God has given you a community of faith, a family in Christ, to share life with.  Please, please stay connected.  P.S. I’m shooting for a long hike on Saturday in the mountains if you want to fishing (catching not guaranteed).


WORSHIP SERVICES at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Pastor Luke is going to preach on Worship this Sunday. We are still waiting to restart nursery and children’s ministry till the time seems right.  Participating in a worship service is potentially risky with Covid-19 still present in our community. We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging or shaking hands!  So be wise and do what seems best in your circumstances or health situation.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.

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9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa

NEW SATURDAY SERVICE

After consultation with and approval from the Elder Board, I’m happy to announce that we’re going to offer a third worship service on Saturday nights at 6:00 p.m.  Since May we’ve really been missing a good section of our church on Sunday mornings who really want to be with the Lord and church in person, but because they are vulnerable to the virus can’t participate freely in a setting where lots of people aren’t wearing masks.  I was silently hoping that by this time the number cases would have dropped to the point where it would be very little risk to all folks coming on Sunday mornings, but things aren’t moving in the right direction.  So Saturday nights will be for our church family and others who have to wear a mask or feel that it’s essential to wear a mask.  This “mask-only” service starts Saturday, July 18.  I’m excited to preach the Word and to reconnect with folks who I’ve only “seen” online since March when we stopped having regular services.  We’re still praying about how to do things musically (as its summer and we don’t want to overload worship team members) but I’m confident that as time goes on that we’ll find our rhythm (pun intended). 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well.  Many local contractors have been hired and the project is positively impacting the local economy. If it’s been awhile since you’ve thought about what we’re doing or you have questions, go to https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ where we’ve posted a ton of information. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone with your consistent financial giving.  You pledges and financial contributions are huge!  Church please be in prayer for the new building.  Pray for the safety of the workers.  Pray for the project to be finished on time and under budget.  Pray for God to bless us financially even to the point that we would be debt free in the future. 

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YOUTH GROUP GARAGE SALE July 24 and 25

The Annual Youth Group Summer Garage Sale is still on!  It is taking place July 24-25th.  The location has changed due to our construction project.  It is now taking place at the Aspen Storage Facility (South of Walmart).  If you want to donate items and drop them off, please Cliff and Cari Kincannon (505-350-8748). 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMING JULY 27 - 31

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GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7

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The Global Leadership Summit is not a worship event nor is it a church meeting or a normal church conference.  Why then do we host it?  We host the GLS at Living Water to bless our community.  Local businesses and organizations want to sharpen the leadership skills of their people but struggle with the cost of sending employees or volunteers to big-city conferences.  Hosting the GLS is a way for us to open our facility and meet felt needs in our community; it’s an attempt at loving our neighbors in a positive and uplifting way that they will appreciate.  Personally, the last few years I’ve been inspired and encouraged in my leadership through attending the Summit.  I’d encourage you to join me.  The Summit takes place Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.  Registration is $99 (before July 14) at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount.  If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/

SAFETY TEAM RECRUITMENT

For several years now we’ve had a Safety Team at Living Water.  We’re currently seeking new members.  While calling us to trust in God for our security and welfare, the Bible shares several instances where the people of God acted wisely by taking precautions in a fallen world. For instance, In 1st Chronicles, chapter 9, the Bible records the responsibilities of the gatekeepers of the house of God. They were trusted officials and guarded the rooms, treasures and the gates. The purpose of the LWBF Safety Team ministry is to allow our church family the freedom and safety to focus on learning about God, experiencing God, and worshipping God. The Safety Team will provide trained assistance to keep our church family safe in the event of medical emergencies, fire emergencies, necessary evacuations or lock-downs, intruders, or other disturbances. If this is something that you are interested in, please contact Randy Atkinson at 588-2809.  

GUATEMALA 2021

Summer 2021 Guatemala trip. We are scheduled for June 26-July 3, 2021. Cost is approximately $1,300.

Cost includes airfare, all ground transportation, room & board, and 3 meals a day. We'll be painting houses, building a basic bathroom for a family, and visiting orphanages. Contact Eric Palmer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-219-8833 for more information.


Thanks for reading! 

May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you,

Jeron

Jeron Parkins

Senior Pastor