Thursday, 01 October 2020 14:58
We made it to October!Written by Jeron Parkins
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
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES will be available October 18
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
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.
- Go to our website www.livingwateralamosa.org 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.
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 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.
SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.
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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_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.
SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.
“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.
WORSHIP TEAM EXPANSION
MEMBERSHIP CLASS COMING SOON
AN AREA WHERE WE NEED TO GROW
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!