Thursday, 05 November 2020 15:38
Colorado Needs ChristWritten by Jeron Parkins
The problem with elections is that people have to lose in order for others to win, some issues go our preferred ways and others don’t. Probably nobody was totally satisfied with the latest election. I imagine everyone reading this Update is dealing with some negative feelings or frustrations. May the Lord give you his peace if you are hurting today. God does tell us its ok to grieve, but for us Christians, our grief never needs to be hopeless or filled with despair, for we know Jesus is Lord. Wouldn’t it be a terrible if we didn’t believe in God’s presence and oversight in our world? Wouldn’t it be a horrible way to live if we believed everything depended on the actions of politicians – talk about hopelessness and despair! May we remember who is in charge and press on in hope and trust: “Blessed be the name of God forever, to whom belongs wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding” (Daniel 2:20-21). Kingdoms and rulers come and go. Politicians and governments rise and fall. God’s purposes move forward and his plans are fulfilled.
The reality of our day is that Colorado needs Christ! I personally was deeply saddened and heartbroken not only due to the defeat of proposition 115 (banning abortion after 22 weeks), but also at the ratio of how many people voted against it. Regardless of what demographics or statistics one looks at it is absolutely clear that there are a low percentage of people have truly built their lives on the Gospel and biblical principles. It’s estimated that 87% of the Rocky Mountain Region is unchurched (meaning that they aren’t following Jesus nor are they saved). But you know what? We exist as a church to change that! As our tagline says – “It’s All About Changed Lives!” The Gospel changes lives! Regardless whether we have Democratic or Republican representatives, regardless of what laws are passed in the next legislative session or what executive orders come from the capital, we as Jesus’ church exist to lead people to a life-changing and ever growing relationship with Christ. Let’s be encouraged by the truth that Jesus changes lives more radically than any many made political ideology or system ever could. Our mission is to make disciples regardless if our candidates were elected or not. When people are born again and are instructed on how to live to please God, their lives are transformed. And when people start living out the gospel, when they become gospel focused, families and communities change for good. While good laws and good government policies are to be sought after (I am going to get more involved in politics as we move towards 2022 and I encourage you to do so as well) getting people into God’s life and kingdom will always be more impactful.
May love for Jesus flood into our church. May we once again see how great and awesome Jesus is and may he take first place in our hearts again. May we long to see God glorified and worshipped by more and more people. May we intentionally act in ways in order to for people to know Christ personally. May Jesus become Lord in every family and marriage and home in our region.
Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the weeks ahead…
I’ve been very pleased with our worship service attendance this fall given all that is happening in our world. We gather for the worship of the Trinity and through worship and by hearing God’s word, by God’s grace, we are changed. I’m grateful that we have our services on YouTube and Facebook but I do get worried for those who aren’t connected with people in a physical and face to face way. Technology is great but we were made to be with people. While understanding that some of you are taking serious precautions not to get sick, I do worry about your mental and emotional and spiritual health – it is not good to be separated from the Body of Christ, which you are a part of, for long periods of time. I want to remind everyone that we have a Saturday evening service at 6:00 pm that is Mask Only. It is smaller and more intimate and there is lots of social distancing! I would love to see you take advantage of this opportunity to worship if you can’t join us on Sunday mornings. Of course everyone is encouraged to wear masks and physical distance on Sunday morning as well.
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
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP CLASS November 10 & 17
PLAYGROUND WORK Wednesday, Nov 11
We are planning to finish staking down the Playground Astroturf on Wednesday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. if you want to volunteer to help. As the Community and Christian Education Building is completed, the playground will be expanded to the west so that there will lots and lots of space for kids to run and play.
MOVIE AND POPCORN DATE NIGHT Friday, November 13
PARKING LOT CURB & GUTTER INSTALLATION coming soon
Starting next week contractors will be working in our parking lot to prepare the ground for paving. After some initial dirt work / site prep there will be installation of curb and gutters probably by the end of next week (Nov 12 or 13). After that work is completed there will be a determination made given weather conditions to pave in November or wait till Spring / Summer. If the parking lot is inaccessible please park on the street or in the Seventh-Day Adventist lot to the East of our church building.
ANCHORED COLLEGE THANKSGIVING MEAL November 17, 5:30 p.m.
Help get the word out! There is a free Thanksgiving meal for college students and young adults Tuesday, November 17th at 90 Monterey Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Contact Forrest at 970-462-5925
THANKSGIVING DINNER Thursday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m.
If you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have thanksgiving dinner here at the church (we’ll be working on having safety protocols in place). We’ll provide the Turkey and Dressing. You bring a dish to share: Whatever you can bring will be appreciated. If you can’t bring anything, just bring yourself!
Items needed if you want to donate to the meal:
6-Jiffy Cornbread mix
4-Bunches of celery
6-Large cans of cream of chicken soup
6-Large chicken broth
6-Stuffing Bread (not Stovetop mix)
off in church office
For more information contact
Leeann Smith 580-9366
COMMUNITY BUILDING CONSTRUCTION UPDATE
The contractors have been working hard on getting the second floor prepared (see picture) for the upcoming concrete pour (scheduled for next week). Also next week siding will start to go up. We remain on schedule and under budget. Thank you to everyone who has faithfully given towards this project! Our 2nd year fundraising goal is $475,000 – please pray for the Lord to continue to bless this work! Please pray that the Lord would bless us to the extent that we could be debt free in the near future! Also please pray for the continued safety of the workers. As part of the construction plan we needed to shut off a gas line running into the Sprung Building so we are temporarily without heat in that facility until early December. While we’ve been blessed with some warm weather, we are setting up temporary heaters today and they will be immediately utilized.
Every year we take a special offering at Living Water in recognition of Jesus’ arrival (advent). The proceeds of this offering will go to the Women’s Resource Center (this organization helps women in crisis pregnancies and resourcing new moms and helping the family), La Puente Homeless Shelter (provides shelter and food for homeless in our community), and Living Water International (drills and repairs wells around the world so that people can have clean water to drink). There will be special Advent Offering envelopes available in the church office.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOXES
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 from the outer 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 in the church office 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.
WEDNESDAYS IN THE WORD
Wednesdays in the Word will restart in the Spring.
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
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.
Thanks for reading!