Thursday, 01 October 2020 14:58

We made it to October!

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Dear Church,

We made it to October!  In 2020, this is a major accomplishment!   As I think about the state of our church I am very grateful for how God has graced us.  We’ve not seen a lot of layoffs, bankruptcies or business closures among our members and attenders – most people have been able to weather the storm (if you are personally struggling and need some help, please talk to one of our Deacons as we have a benevolent fund that we’ve set aside to help).  In terms of church finances, we’re doing as well or even better than last year at this time.  Obviously being able to get started on the building project and seeing the structure go up has been a tremendous blessing – it gives me such joy to imagine hundreds of people every week being ministered to in Jesus’ name.  God has allowed us to meet our first year fundraising goal and we’re going to celebrate that on October 18th.  Operationally, I’m very pleased to see that almost all of our ministries are functioning and that we are offering three worship services – in a time when some churches aren’t opening till 2021 and other churches are closing forever, this is a big deal.  As of now we’ve got 21 Community Groups which I’m really grateful for as this is a key part of our discipleship strategy!  I’m always saddened to hear when some people aren’t connected in community or don’t have relationships in our church, but I’m hopeful that we are making strides (If you aren’t in a small group or Bible study during the week please seek involvement!).  And on top of this, through this season of Covid-19, our congregation has been remarkably healthy; with a sizable demographic of people over 65 involved in our church we’ve had almost no sicknesses, no hospitalizations and no funerals.  Praise God!  And regarding Satan’s strategy of using the mask issue in dividing and scattering the church, from what I can tell our folks have gone the extra mile to be patient with one another and to be gracious to each other and stay in communion with each other (I’ll talk about social media usage and politics in a future Update post!).  This is not to say there aren’t strong opinions about wearing masks and not wearing masks (we’ve got people of all views who are part of our church family), but I’m thankful that we’ve largely not treated one another ungraciously or divided over the issue – we’ve been able thus far to keep Jesus and his gospel central in our conversations, we’ve been able to stay on God’s mission of seeking to make disciples (If you are struggling in this area and just need to talk or vent or ask questions, feel free to give me a call and I’ll be a good listener – or if you would like a visit from the goofy pastor please contact me).  You guys!  We made it to October through a massive struggle!  God has got us this far so let’s continue to trust in his faithful love.  With the way that God has blessed us and kept his hand on our church body in 2020, I’m so excited about our opportunities to serve him in the year ahead – He’s going to continue to use Living Water Bible Fellowship to glorify his name and change lives.  Don’t stop living in faith, hope and love! 

Here’s some of what is happening in our congregation…

WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD Starts Wednesday, October 7  - POLITICS AND THE CHRISTIAN; What Does Jesus Want His Disciples To Do? 

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines politics as “a) the art or science of government and b) the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy.”  But Merriam Webster also defines politics as “competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)” and “political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices.” For many people, “politics” is a bad word and they avoid political involvement, including voting.  The bitter fights and name calling are often so uncivil and hypocritical that some Christians want no part of the ugliness of politics or involvement with political parties – Tuesday night’s debate didn’t help.  But can Christians “opt out” of politics and be faithful to Jesus?  At its worst, politics is a means of seeking power for one’s own selfish and greedy ends.  At its best, politics is about seeking to bring about circumstances in which other people can thrive and in which God is glorified. What does Jesus want from you in regards to political involvement in this age?  If you’ve been confused about politics or have been frustrated to know how to engage in a God-pleasing way, please attend.  This class is a biblical exploration and questioning of what faithfulness to Jesus looks like in the realm of politics.  This is not a class to attend in order to “vent” or “slam the other political party,” but rather a place for people who want to honor Jesus as Lord to explore what it means to please him in the realm of civic engagement and politics.  Join me (Pastor Jeron) from 6:30 till 8:00 on Wednesday nights starting October 7th in the Fellowship Hall (in main building) and we’ll humbly step forward together into trying to understand what it means to follow and obey Jesus in the realm of politics and civic engagement.

BABY DEDICATIONS Sunday, October 18

At Living Water we offer a time for parents to make a public statement of their desire for God’s grace upon their children and to dedicate them to the Lord.  If you have an infant or toddler that you would like to be dedicated to the Lord in one of our worship services, please contact Pastor Jeron at 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melissa Shipp (Nursery Director) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


The shoeboxes are here!  If you haven’t participate in O.C.C. before it’s a simple ministry of love. Pick up a shoebox in the lobby at Living Water and then fill it up with practical gifts that an impoverished child would appreciate (there are instructions included with each box). Drop off your filled shoebox by mid-November here at Living Water and we’ll make sure it gets shipped. 

BAPTISM SUNDAY, Sunday, October 25

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, October 25. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.


If you need prayer there are several ways to do so:

  • Get your prayer need on the Prayer Chain: Call Teresa Harmon at 580-1930 or Shirley Bervig at 480-1683. You can pray for people by joining the prayer chain. Just call the church office (589-6351) and ask to be added to the prayer chain contact list.
  • Email prayer requests to the Deacon Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Go to our website and click on the prayer link at the bottom of the page
  • If you use Facebook, Living Water has a closed group where updates and prayer requests are shared. Just let myself (Pastor Jeron), Rick Dunnahoo or Bo Hutches know you want to part of this group and we’ll send you an invitation.
  • Call Elders or Deacons or Pastors directly


ANCHORED COLLEGE GROUP  Tuesdays from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Meets at 90 Monterey Avenue.  Free Dinner and Studying the Bible.  Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

WAVES Bible Quizzing is a Bible study for children ages 6 through 12.  It is important to help children know what the Bible says so they can demonstrate biblical teachings in real life situations. Quizzing also teaches children about God. Contact Rose Bertin at 719-588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Meets in the Sprung Building (the Tent!). 

REIGN YOUTH GROUP Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 

Reign meets each Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) behind the Church. At the meetings the youth are encouraged to bring their friends to a night for social interaction, devotions, and a place they can get a godly perspective of issues they face on a day to day basis. The leaders of the youth have families of their own and can relate to the youth's life styles and questions. Youth Leaders, Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748, help in this always challenging ministry as our youth face the ever present peer pressures in the schools and the extra-curricular activities around the community.

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets first and third Wednesdays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

MOPS is a gathering place (in the Fellowship Hall, Main Building) for moms with young children (birth through kindergarten) that offers connections, community, resources and support. MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) exists to meet the needs of every mom—urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms—moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be!  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOPS BIBLE STUDY meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall (in the main building).  Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST Thursdays at 6:00 a.m.

Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall. Enter through the North or South glass doors as the double doors on the East side are closed due to construction. 


Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table).  If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link:

If we already have your kids in our system, just find their names, check them in and print some identification labels – there will be people present to help!  Then come into the sanctuary for worship!  All the children will start out in the worship service and then midway through the service they will be released (after the Lord’s Supper, we will sing the Doxology as a sign for them to go) and they will be escorted from the lobby to the Sprung Building (children can of course can stay in the whole worship service with parents and not participate in children’s ministry).  After the service go and pick up your kids in the Sprung Building using your printed label as identification.


“Tidal Waves” is for 6th – 12th graders and meets in the Reign Building (formerly known as the Cross Building) at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Contact Krista Culver with questions or for more information at 580-618-4076. 


A big part of our discipleship strategy at Living Water is getting everyone attending our church into small groups that meet during the week. One of the best ways to grow is to be connected with a small group of people who are seriously trying to follow Jesus.  Iron sharpens iron!  We have a bunch of Community Groups at Living Water.  Check out our website ( or take a look at the Community Group Board in the hallway outside of the sanctuary to see if there is a group that would work for you.  If you are having difficulty finding a group please contact Pastor Bo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let him know you are looking for a group.  We are seeking to start new groups at this time. 


From Pastor Luke: The worship and production teams are looking to add new people as we seek to up our game for God’s glory and to reach more people with the gospel! We have all sorts of positions available, as we’re trying to grow and do more with videos, social media, our livestream and media in general.  Please prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to help in some way. Comfort with technology and computers is important for most of the roles, but most importantly we are looking for servants who are willing to learn. If interested feel free to reach out to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll see if there’s a spot that fits for you to serve!


We are looking forward to offering another membership class in the near future.  If you are interested in attending the class please contact Pastor Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or one of our Elders and express your desire to participate.


We’ll never be perfect as a church (because the church isn’t made up of perfect people nor will we have perfect systems) but one area that we struggle with is welcoming our newcomers and visitors.  Would you take the time to try to connect with folks that are new?  It is hard to enter a church but it is so wonderful when people try to include you in their lives!  This is especially needed on Sunday mornings during the second worship service.  It’s a challenge as a good portion of folks in that service arrive late so it’s hard to greet people, but I’ve noticed that visitors during our second service aren’t connected with as most of our “mature” believers and outreach focused folks attend first service.  Maybe you would consider become a “missionary” to the second worship service and making it your mission to reach out to visitors and help newcomers connect with our church family? 

Thanks for reading!


Jeron Parkins

Senior Pastor

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