Thursday, 22 October 2020 13:46
What a time to be a Christian!Written by Jeron Parkins
I hope you are living today by faith, with hope and in love!
What a time to be a Christian! What an opportunity to make a difference! As people’s faith in false gods crumble and as their hope in institutions wane, they are looking for real love and for solid ground to stand on. What a season for sharing Christ! Let’s be intentional about looking for opportunities to talk to people about Jesus and call them to faith. We are to let his love control us (2nd Corinthians 5:14) which will result in us loving others and among other things, sharing our faith. Jesus has called us to look at people with new eyes, to see what he sees:
“Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’” (John 4:35-37).
What a time to be a Christian! Are we nearing the time of Jesus’ return? What an opportunity to work for the Lord! I don’t pretend to know when Jesus is going to come back, but I do know that it’s closer than it was yesterday! Unfortunately we have more options for “numbing out” or “amusing ourselves to death” than we did yesterday too! Life can be so depressing right now and things can seem so heavy that we can easily default to “mindless entertainment” just to cope. But it’s a great time to live out our purpose and our calling! Jesus has called us to serve him. Jesus has given us the call to stay awake for he is near (stay active, keep working for the Lord):
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake” (Mark 13:32-37).
Church, let’s use this time to serve people and love people in his name. May it not be wasted! Maybe for you it’s praying for others. Maybe for you it’s witnessing to others. Maybe for you its acts of service on behalf of others. Maybe it is all three! But whatever you do, do it all in the name of the Lord and for his glory.
Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…
SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 P.M.
SUNDAY at 9:00 A.M. NURSERY
SUNDAY at 10:45 A.M. NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY
BIBLE QUIZ MEET This Saturday, Oct 24
WAVES has their first quiz meet on October 24 at the Valley Church of the Nazarene in Monte Vista! Pray for our kids as they show what they have learned in Exodus so far! If you would like to come support them, we start quizzing at 9 for red level and blue level immediately will follow! Keep an eye on our Facebook page for results and encourage a Quiz kid when you see them!
BAPTISM SUNDAY, This Sunday, October 25
TRUNK OR TREAT Saturday, October 31
“FALL BACK” TIME CHANGE, November 1
PARKING LOT CURB & GUTTER INSTALLATION / PAVING Early November
Would anyone be disappointed to move on from our gravel and dirt parking area? No? Good! The current plan is for our parking lot to be transformed in early November. What this means is that we will be using the Seventh Day Adventist Lot and Clark Street parking for our weekday operations and weekend services November 7-8 and November 14-15.
MOVING HELP NEEDED
From Kenny Minnick: “Good God fearing Jesus loving morning church family, I would like to share with you this little ministry is flourishing. So please continue to pray for our safety and continued growth. With winter fast approaching if anyone has any old blankets or sleeping bags any kind of camping equipment and warm clothing rather than throw it away or donate to some charity please bring it to me for the campers. Typically we serve approximately 35-40 people and it seems as though we run out of food before we run out of people. Propane is another much needed item the small bottles put out by Coleman. Greatly appreciated by these folks. In behalf of Jesus and myself we thank you all, in advance. Below is the Biblical reason why I do and we do what we do.” Be United and Care for Each Other: Philippians 2:2 Think about what we have in Christ: the encouragement he has brought us, the comfort of his love, our sharing in his Spirit, and the mercy and kindness he has shown us. If you enjoy these blessings, 2 then do what will make my joy complete: Agree with each other, and show your love for each other. Be united in your goals and in the way you think. 3 In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. 4 Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES are available in the church lobby
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.
Do you enjoy sewing small projects or writing letters to children around the world? SOAR International Ministries in Alaska has begun their Stuff A Stocking project for this year. You can join with them in bringing joy and hope to at-risk children in Russia and Abkhazia by participating in this project. In this way, they reach out with Christ's love to children in orphanages, shelters, hospitals, prisons and handicap institutions. For many, this will be the first real gift they have ever received. What joy to be able to tell them about the greatest gift of all, the Lord Jesus Christ who came into the world that first Christmas day. These simple gifts, stuffed into a stocking along with a Bible and the Gospel message are ways SOAR is opening doors of ministry for their partner churches and changing lives. About 5000 handmade stockings are needed each year and their pattern is available online if you would like to make stockings. Or, you can sponsor a stocking with a gift of $40 per stocking and even make it personal by writing a letter of encouragement to a Russian child. The gifts for the stockings are then purchased and distributed by SOAR Ministries. So, if you don't like to shop or don't have time to shop but enjoy sharing God's goodness with others, this is a really easy way to share God's love with those in need. You can find more information about these projects at www.stuffastocking.org or you can call Debbie Garrison at 580-4051. Deadline is December 20th.
The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil). We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution.
MOVIE AND POPCORN DATE NIGHT Friday, November 13
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP CLASS November 10 & 17
CPR TRAINING NOVEMBER 14
Cost is $25. If you are serving in a ministry at Living Water the church will pay for your CPR Training. Contact John Harr 588-2539. Please register by Nov 1st.
EAGLE LAKE CAMP JULY 19-23
NEW EVANGELISM GROUP
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.
WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD
Join me (Pastor Jeron) from 6:30 till 8:00 on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall. Our Fall 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 serve him in the realm of civic engagement and politics. We got started last night by watching the Vice-Presidential Debate and we’ll spend some time on Oct 14 discussing 2020 Democratic and Republican party platforms with the goal of getting to the values and principles that underlay political positions and stances. The Class will be recorded (audio) and you can access it through our church website www.livingwateralamosa.org
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
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
Thanks for reading!
Let’s keep praying!