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Thursday, 10 September 2020 22:15

Where Can Peace Be Found?

Are you finding it hard to stay focused?  Do you feel down or overwhelmed?  Are you having a hard time doing the simple things?  Are you lethargic or apathetic?  Having a difficult time praying or reading your Bible?  Angry and short-tempered with your words or your social media posts?  Are you facing a heightened amount of temptation? 

Given all that has happened in 2020 and all that is going on just in the month of September, should we be surprised at such feelings?  For instance, I saw that several people were praying for moisture, but when it came in the form of a drenching snow storm (breaking trees, killing gardens and flower gardens, devastating crops) for some it felt like another attack instead of a blessing or answered prayer.  Hasn’t that been the case this year again and again?  Such things are emotionally draining and discouraging.  And month after month of tension and breathlessly listening to more and more bad news doesn’t set us up well for joy and peace and love.  We instead tend to want to drown out the ugliness or numb ourselves to the pain.  Binge movie watching and alcohol use is up tremendously (dangerously?) and I wouldn’t doubt that things like pornography usage or drug usage is through the roof.  And we aren’t even into the promised craziness of October and early November elections! 

What shall we do in the continued onslaught to remain healthy?  Where shall we turn when our expectations are dashed?  How will we cope with more stress? 

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Here is a promise.  A promise of rest.  Rest is a ceasing of activity and exertion. It is a place of peace.  Rest is stop to that which makes you weary.  Perhaps you are wore out because your constant worry and activity hasn’t gotten you anywhere?  Are you are still worried about losing everything, or everything falling apart?  What shall you do?  Go on in your own strength?  Try to “well up inside you” the strength you need?  No.

Jesus said to go to Him.  When Jesus gave this invitation to people to come to him what did he have in mind?  He wants people to trust him as Lord.  He wanted people to trust themselves to his power and protection.  He wanted them to trust themselves to his sovereignty and love.  Have you surrendered yourself to the supremacy of Christ in 2020?  Have you turned yourself over to God?  Abandoned yourself and your life to the Good Shepherd?  Oftentimes we use Matthew 11:28 to call people to stop laboring for their salvation and we direct the verse to non-Christians, but doesn’t it apply to you as well, Christian?  The “rest” Jesus promises, the peace and sense of safety that we long for, the security we need, is found in letting him lead and trusting him to see you through.  Don’t you need to do that today?  I’m happy you did it 30 years ago or 15 years ago when you first came to Jesus, but trusting Jesus wasn’t meant to be a one-time decision, just as repentance wasn’t meant to be a one time act.  If you are reading this and are overwhelmed with a problem or a sorrow, I’m sorry.  I imagine what you are dealing with is paralyzing and hurts tremendously.  Where should you go?  What shall you do?  Jesus invites you to come to him with all your problems and with all your pains and with all your fears and finding the peace your weary soul needs by giving yourself to Him. 

I don’t know if more fires and floods are on the way, nor what this flu season will be like, nor what the government will be like in 2021.  But I’ve come into a contentment that Jesus is Lord and that whatever comes has been allowed by the one who loves me and who already gave himself to save me.  Whatever comes hasn’t taken Him by surprise and His good and loving plans will not be thwarted.  Giving my life to Him has given me peace and hope through a lot of storms. Those who have abandoned themselves to Jesus, those who have entrusted themselves to Jesus find rest!  

Consider what life looks like for those who step out in faith and trust in Jesus as Lord.  Contentment and peace don’t happen overnight, and it takes a lot of unlearning what has been taught by the world, but God wants you to be at rest in his grace.  Luke 12:22-32 (NIV): Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?  Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.”

Here's some of what’s happening at Living Water…


BULLETIN AND QUARTERLY EVENTS CALENDAR

As you enter the sanctuary you’ll find weekly bulletins and a quarterly events calendar on some racks we’ve placed by the doors.  If you have events or announcements, please send information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll do our best to get it out to the church! 

LOOK WHAT CAME THIS MORNING!

7 semi-trucks ready to unload! Thanks Dennis and Lance O’Doud for taking the time yesterday to clear off the snow so we’d have a place to stack all the steel.  I was a little disappointed as I thought it would come preassembled. Ha! Just kidding!  Please keep praying! 

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CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS THIS SUNDAY 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.

NURSERY STARTS THIS SUNDAY at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

Parents if you are wanting to utilize the nursery this Sunday, we are using the south side nursery at 9:00 a.m. and the north side nursery at 10:45 a.m.  If you have questions, please contact Melissa Haddican This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (510) 299-1113

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING September 13

Join the ladies at Madrill Garden on Redwing Lane September 13th from 1-3pm for a program and refreshments.  Contact Geri Flemming at 970-302-8781 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details

MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS meets September 16 at 9:00 a.m.

Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.  Alison Hickman 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEN’S BREAKFAST STARTS this coming Thursday, September 17

Join other guys for food, fellowship, time in the Word and prayer. Six o’clock Thursday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.

MOPS BIBLE STUDY is September 23rd at 9:00 a.m.

Meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.  Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions. 

WORSHIP TEAM EXPANSION

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!

BUILDING DEDICATION

On Sunday, September 6th we had a time of gathering on the site of the new building for prayer.  We asked God to continue to use our congregation for his glory.  We thanked God for the tool of a new building for sharing the gospel, for making disciples and investing in families and the community.  We asked for the Lord to protect the workers, to allow the building to be finished on time and for God to bless us financially, even to the point of being debt free.  Many of those present wrote Bible verses where the walls of the building will be raised, symbolically stating our intention to build lives on the Word of God.

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HOW ARE YOU DOING? 

While many people still have jobs and are doing ok financially, maybe you are in a place where you are struggling to make ends meet?  We do have a Benevolent Fund here at Living Water that is meant to be a help to you if your situation gets unmanageable.  Feel free to contact the Deacons This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John Harr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DEACONS AND MEMBERSHIP CARE

We have a great group of Deacons at Living Water!  If you are a member of the church you have been assigned a Deacon to pray for you and check in with you on a regular basis (if you are a member and you haven’t received any communication from a Deacon, please let us know so we can address the oversight!  Contact Deacon Chairman Larry Gardner 715-966-0616).  I want to encourage you to respond to your Deacon when he calls or texts or emails.  These men see it as a privilege to pray for you and to encourage you in your faith. 

PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS

    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Janice:                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MATH TUTORING AVAILABLE

Sharon Furukawa is a retired math teacher who taught in Valley schools for 27 years.  In an effort to help parents and students who may be struggling in math, she is offering math tutoring on Tuesdays, 4:00- 5:30 pm, at the Alamosa Presbyterian Church, 330 San Juan.  All ages are welcome and it is free of charge.  Masks are required for everyone, we will set up for social distancing and have a bleach solution to clean tables, chairs and door handles before and after each student.  Each student should bring their own pencils, paper, assignment and/or laptop/tablet.


Thanks for reading!

Jeron

BUILDING COMMITMENT CEREMONY This Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Prayer Time!  With the onset of Covid-19 restrictions earlier this summer we never got the chance to have a “breaking-ground” ceremony for the new building.  Join us between worship services on Sunday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. for a time of prayer on the site of the new Christian Education & Community Building. If you have questions on the project please visit https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/

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LIVING WATER FALL PLANS

 

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING has started; Sundays at 10:45 a.m. Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING has started; Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.  Rose Bertin 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS has started; Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at 9:00 a.m.  Alison Hickman 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOPS WOMEN’S GROUP STARTS SEPTEMBER 9; Meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Contact Shirley Bervig 719-480-1683 with questions. 
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9; Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.  Cliff & Cari Kincannon 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   
  • SUNDAY NURSERY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13.  Melissa Haddican This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (510) 299-1113
  • THURSDAY MORNING MEN’S GROUP STARTS SEPTEMBER 17.  Join other men for breakfast and a Bible study at 6:00 a.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall. Randy Atkinson 588-2809.
  • COMMUNITY GROUPS are starting in SEPTEMBER.  Please contact Pastor Bo if you are interested in starting a group or want to learn more about groups This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING September 13 at Madrill Garden on Redwing Lane September 13th from 1-3pm for a program and refreshments.  Geri Flemming 970-302-8781
  • PLAYGROUND OPENING SEPTEMBER 13.  Contact Greg Bervig if you want to help with remaining work to get it ready!  588-1430 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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MARRIAGE NIGHT

Living Water’s Family Team invites all married couples to participate in this virtual event!  What would be great is if you could host a couple or two (or three!) in your house.  Go to MarriageNight.org and buy an In-Home Ticket for $30.  Perhaps use this event to launch a Marriage Group and do a 4 or 6 week study on how to strengthen or develop healthy marriages.  Contact Pastor Bo if you want to get started with a group (719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).   

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LOST AND FOUND

Are you looking for your kid’s jacket or maybe you wondered where you left your Bible?  We’ve got a lot of stuff piling up in our lobby that needs to get back home!  Please check the coat rack in the outer lobby for missing items. 

BUILDING USE

As we move into busier fall schedules and more ministries becoming active, it is important that everyone please check with the office (589-6351) before using the Sprung Building, Cross Building, Kitchen, Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary.  Please make sure you put your event or ministry on the calendar.  We want our buildings to be maximized for ministry but we don’t want any double bookings or misunderstandings, so please make sure you have a space reserved before you use it.  Additionally it is very important that after you use the space that you leave the room clean for the next ministry.  Our cleaning staff will be working hard to ensure clean rooms and spaces but we need everyone to help.  If you need guidelines or a list of cleaning responsibilities they will be available through the office. Thanks!

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.  

FALL BIBLE READING

Are you in the Word?  Is the Word in you?  With the month of September arriving this Tuesday, it’s a great time to start a new Bible reading Fall goal!  If you want to download a plan check out https://www.bible.com/reading-plans or if you want to explore different plans here are some websites I’d recommend:  https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/ or https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological-new-testament.html 

HOW ARE YOU DOING? 

While many people still have jobs and are doing ok financially, maybe you are in a place where you are struggling to make ends meet?  We do have a Benevolent Fund here at Living Water that is meant to be a help to you if your situation gets unmanageable.  Feel free to contact the Deacons This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John Harr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS

    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Deacon Board:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Janice:                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  We’re on track to meet our 2020/21 budget goals!  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 

MATH TUTORING AVAILABLE

Sharon Furukawa is a retired math teacher who taught in Valley schools for 27 years.  In an effort to help parents and students who may be struggling in math, she is offering math tutoring on Tuesdays, 4:00- 5:30 pm, at the Alamosa Presbyterian Church, 330 San Juan.  All ages are welcome and it is free of charge.  Masks are required for everyone, we will set up for social distancing and have a bleach solution to clean tables, chairs and door handles before and after each student.  Each student should bring their own pencils, paper, assignment and/or laptop/tablet.

MOVING HELP NEEDED

One of our church members is moving back to Alamosa and is looking for some help.  Chris Creech is a long term pastor and missionary and has recently sold his house in Fairplay, CO and purchased a house in Alamosa.  He served as an interim pastor at Living Water around 2002-2003 and was a timely blessing to our congregation.  He can’t do the work himself and his wife Faith is recovering from hip surgery.  He is willing to pay for people to come to Fairplay and bring their stuff to Alamosa.  He is looking at a mid to late October moving time frame.  If interested please call Chris at 719-836-7038 

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Sunday.  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.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.  Children’s Ministry and Nursery start Sunday, September 13!

SATURDAY MASK ONLY WORSHIP SERVICE 6:00 p.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Saturday.  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. So Saturday night services are Mask Only.


Thanks for reading!

Pastor Jeron

“Call to me and I will answer you…” (Jeremiah 33:3).

Thursday, 27 August 2020 11:54

What God Wants

There is a lot in the news right now about people treating each other wrongly and unjustly.  Both political parties are making accusations against each other of being unjust or unfair.  In this current political and acrimonious climate, if we aren’t staying centered on Christ, we could easily end up hurting someone with our words or our deeds as we are all so stirred up with the challenges facing our country.  May we never hurt anyone and may our relationship with God always be healthy, but what if you end up living in a way that isn’t good before God? 

When you sin and do what isn’t pleasing to the Lord, should you do something?  Should you make some kind of restitution?  Try to appease Jesus in some way?  What does God want from us when we mess up? 

Micah the Prophet spoke to a people who had drifted from their relationship with God and fallen into sin and idolatry.  He spoke to them on God’s behalf about their unfaithfulness to him.  There is a scene in chapter six of Micah (read 6:1-8) where Micah envisions a courtroom scene where God has brought in the earth to act as a judges against his people (1-2) and then the Lord asks his people what he has done to cause them to break the covenant and act wickedly against him, basically saying, “Haven’t I been faithful to you and taken care of you?”  In verses 6-7 the nation, represented perhaps by the king, has come to a conviction of guilt and asks what kinds of gifts or offerings can be given to restore the relationship.  What could be given to the Lord to “make things right?”  This is the wrong question, running down the wrong path for people who are already in relationship with God. 

Micah’s famous answer in verse 8 isn’t the religious answer that the King (or the nation expected).  When you have already been forgiven and you are already in a relationship based upon grace, repentance isn’t about making it up to God or re-earning his favor through your good works or gifts, but about confessing your sin (1 John 1:9), trusting in his forgiving grace, and returning to Him in loving obedience. 
          “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”  (Micah 6:8 NASB).  Israel already knew what God wanted from them in terms of behavior.  As Christians we already know the good life God has called us to live.  So when we sin, we are called to respond to God’s love and gift of salvation with our heartfelt confession of our sin, but also with our obedience to Him, which always entails loving actions towards others.  God wants us to have a big heart for him, a big trust in him, but outwardly he wants us to always practice justice towards others and always be merciful towards others – even if they hold to another political viewpoint than we do.  God has already saved us – there is nothing we can do to contribute to His grace – He simply wants us to respond to the grace we’ve been given by serving and loving others as we have the opportunity and by staying close to Him. 

Maybe you can ask these questions about your current relationships:  Am I being just towards this person?  Or am I treating them or talking about them unfairly?  Am I quick to forgive and move on, not taking things personally when someone says something poorly about me and my beliefs?  How would God want me to treat this person in this situation? 


LIVING WATER FALL PLANS

My enthusiasm for the Fall is growing!  The activity at the church is picking up as we enter our Fall schedule.  Let’s be praying for a continued down-turn of Covid-19 cases and for God’s protection of all our people.  Here’s some of what’s coming up in the near future at LWBF:  

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING has started. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING has started.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   
  • SUNDAY NURSERY is likely to start SEPTEMBER 13.  Please contact Melissa Haddican This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. 
  • COMMUNITY GROUPS are starting in SEPTEMBER.  Please contact Pastor Bo if you are interested in starting a group or want to learn more about groups This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MEMBERSHIP CLASS – Dates and Times To Be Determined  (Please contact Pastor Bo if you want to become a member of Living Water)
  • BAPTISM SUNDAYS – Dates To Be Determined  (Please contact Pastor Jeron if you are ready to be baptized)
  • BABY DEDICATION SUNDAYS – Dates To Be Determined  (Please contact Pastor Jeron if you are interested in dedicating your child to the Lord). 
  • ADULT CLASSES – More Information To Come

WOMENS MINISTRY TEAM is planning to meet Sunday, August 30th

Geri Fleming is the new Ministry Team Director.  Please contact her if you are able to come or are interested in serving with the Women’s Ministry Team this Fall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Join the ladies at Carrol Park at 12:15 p.m.  Bring a lawn chair.  If weather is bad meeting will be moved to Fellowship Hall. 

BUILDING COMMITMENT CEREMONY Sept 6 at 10:30 a.m.

With the onset of Covid-19 restrictions earlier this summer we never got the chance to have a “breaking-ground” ceremony for the new building.    Join us between worship services on Sunday, September 6 at 10:30 a.m. for a time of prayer on the site of the new Christian Education & Community Building. The concrete is scheduled to be poured tomorrow and on the 6th we’ll plan on gathering on the new floor to ask the Lord to use the future building for His glory.  If you have questions on the project please visit https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/

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MARRIAGE NIGHT

Living Water’s Family Team invites all married couples to participate in this virtual event!  What would be great is if you could host a couple or two (or three!) in your house.  Go to MarriageNight.org and buy an In-Home Ticket for $30.  Perhaps use this event to launch a Marriage Group and do a 4 or 6 week study on how to strengthen or develop healthy marriages.  Contact Pastor Bo if you want to get started with a group (719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).   

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PLAYGROUND PROGRESS

Thanks for everyone who came out for the playground workday.  Especially thankful for Sean Messersmith (who helped in the original playground installation) coming back and helping us remember how to do it again!  In the coming weeks fencing, turf and padding will be installed.  The target for playground re-opening is September 13. 

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LOST AND FOUND

Are you looking for your kid’s jacket or maybe you wondered where you left your Bible?  We’ve got a lot of stuff piling up in our lobby that needs to get back home!  Please check the coat rack in the outer lobby for missing items. 

BUILDING USE

As we move into busier fall schedules and more ministries becoming active, it is important that everyone please check with the office (589-6351) before using the Sprung Building, Cross Building, Kitchen, Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary.  Please make sure you put your event or ministry on the calendar.  We want our buildings to be maximized for ministry but we don’t want any double bookings or misunderstandings, so please make sure you have a space reserved before you use it.  Additionally it is very important that after you use the space that you leave the room clean for the next ministry.  Our cleaning staff will be working hard to ensure clean rooms and spaces but we need everyone to help.  If you need guidelines or a list of cleaning responsibilities they will be available through the office. Thanks!

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Sunday.  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.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service.  Children’s Ministry and Nursery start Sunday, September 13!

SATURDAY MASK ONLY WORSHIP SERVICE 6:00 p.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Saturday.  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. So Saturday night services are Mask Only.

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.  

FALL BIBLE READING

Are you in the Word?  Is the Word in you?  With the month of September arriving this Tuesday, it’s a great time to start a new Bible reading Fall goal!  If you want to download a plan check out https://www.bible.com/reading-plans or if you want to explore different plans here are some websites I’d recommend:  https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/ or https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological-new-testament.html 

HOW ARE YOU DOING? 

While many people still have jobs and are doing ok financially, maybe you are in a place where you are struggling to make ends meet?  We do have a Benevolent Fund here at Living Water that is meant to be a help to you if your situation gets unmanageable.  Feel free to contact the Deacons This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John Harr This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS

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“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5


 

Thanks for reading!

Jeron

Wednesday, 19 August 2020 19:23

Nothing Is Impossible With God

Can you see it?  When you look at the above picture, can you see the walls and smell the fresh paint?  The people walking into the classrooms on the second story?  Energized children riding up and down (and up and down) the elevator and learning of the Father’s love?  The hugs and laughter in the hallways?  The moms gathered for coffee and the kids in the indoor play area on a cold winter day?  Babies exploring the new nursery?  The heads bowed in prayer in adult Sunday School?  Dozens of teens singing to the Lord Jesus their rescuer?   

Nothing is Impossible with God.  “In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of the Cyrus kind of Persia… Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.  Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the LORD, the God of Israel – he is the God who is in Jerusalem” (Ezra 1:1-4).  The Lord of heaven and earth had decreed through Jeremiah that after 70 years that he would bring a remnant of his people back to the promised land.  But nobody would have bet on it.  Jerusalem was so thoroughly destroyed and the nation so devastated it was impossible to imagine.  After a few generations in Babylon the Jewish traditions and faith were greatly diminished.  The people had become secular and few remembered their former way of life, let alone what it was to live in Israel.  Would the way back to Jerusalem really open?  How could it?  The Babylonians had slave labor in the Israelites. They had a class of people who helped their economy.  Would they send them back?  No way!  But God is greater than any circumstance or obstacle and nothing is impossible with God.  God brought the Persians to world dominance and after they had shockingly overthrew the mighty Babylonians, God moved in the life of the Persian king to institute a new policy.  He decreed that the Jews could go home! 

Nothing is impossible with God.  After a large group of exiles returned to Jerusalem and Judah and began rebuilding the temple, they faced opposition from the non-Jewish people in the area.  They spoke negatively of the Jews intentions, and told a later king of Persia that they intended to rebel and stop paying taxes.  Surely the Persian leadership, and all the government, who were hungry for revenue and dominion would shut the Jewish people down and keep them from rebuilding the temple.  Not so!  After many years Darius the king made a decree, saying this to those who opposed God’s people:  “Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the province Beyond the River, Shethar-bozenai, and your[a] associates the governors who are in the province Beyond the River, keep away. Let the work on this house of God alone. Let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. Moreover, I make a decree regarding what you shall do for these elders of the Jews for the rebuilding of this house of God. The cost is to be paid to these men in full and without delay from the royal revenue, the tribute of the province from Beyond the River. And whatever is needed—bulls, rams, or sheep for burnt offerings to the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, or oil, as the priests at Jerusalem require—let that be given to them day by day without fail, 10 that they may offer pleasing sacrifices to the God of heaven and pray for the life of the king and his sons. Also I make a decree that if anyone alters this edict, a beam shall be pulled out of his house, and he shall be impaled on it, and his house shall be made a dunghill. May the God who has caused his name to dwell there overthrow any king or people who shall put out a hand to alter this, or to destroy this house of God that is in Jerusalem. I Darius make a decree; let it be done with all diligence” (Ezra 6:6-12). 

What?  How?  This couldn’t happen!  Those who opposed Israel were made to contribute money and resources to help them rebuild their temple and strengthen the Jewish nation?  How is this possible?  It is possible because God wanted it to happen and decreed it to happen.  When I read the book of Ezra this morning I counted six times when Ezra attributed what was happening in him and through him to God’s power, saying, “for the hand of the Lord was on him.” 

Church, when God decides to accomplish something it is as good as accomplished.  So we live by faith that Christ is building his church. We live by faith that the kingdom will come.  We live by faith that he is with us.  We live by faith that he will give us what we need to make disciples for he has sent us.  We expect opposition.  We expect struggle.  We expect hardships and difficulties in doing God’s will because we live in a world where God’s plans are opposed.  But if it’s God’s will it will be done.  There were those who doubted the temple would be rebuilt (read the book of Ezra).  There were those who doubted that the walls would be rebuilt (read the book of Nehemiah).  But as the people acted in faith the temple went up and the walls were set.  Can you see it? 

“Lord Jesus, we ask you would stir us to do your will.  Lord Jesus, move in us to step out in faith and seek to make disciples.  May the Word of God spread from our lips into our community and may we see many turn to you.  We know it’s possible because you saved us, and if you can save us, you can save anyone!  Our great God, we lift up the building project to you.  As we prepare to pour the concrete pad next week and as we plan on erecting the walls in September, we ask Lord that you would bless this project for the sake of your great name.  We ask that it would be a tool that would contribute greatly to making disciples for you.  We ask that you would protect the workers Lord and let the building be enclosed before the cold weather comes.  We ask that you would provide all the funding Lord.  We ask you, the one who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, to glorify yourself by moving in people to contribute in such a manner that we would one day be debt free.  Nothing is impossible for you Jesus!  Lord, we know that a building is just a tool, and that it is you working through your people who accomplish the task of reaching the nations.  So fill us with your Spirit.  Give us a love for people that we haven’t had before.  Break our hearts for the lost and help us see them as you do.  Our sweet Jesus, make us sing again your songs of deliverance and may lives be changed as your salvation is made known by this grateful church.  We ask this all Lord in keeping with who you are in what you want to see happen.  In your name Jesus, Amen.”


Here’s some of the things that are happening at Living Water in the near future…

PLAYGROUND WORKDAY This Saturday at 9:00 a.m. 

We are gearing up for playground re-installation.  The site is being prepped today for installation of equipment, turf and a fence.  Everyone is invited to come and help this Saturday, August 22 at 9:00 a.m. where we hope to install most of the major equipment (contact Pastor Greg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Please bring landscaping rakes and shovels, gloves and be prepared for warm weather! 

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WOMENS MINISTRY TEAM is planning to meet Sunday, August 30th

Geri Fleming is the new Ministry Team Director.  Please contact her if you are able to come or are interested in serving with the Women’s Ministry Team this Fall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  Join the ladies at Carrol Park at 12:15 p.m.  Bring a lawn chair.  If weather is bad meeting will be moved to Fellowship Hall. 

FALL PLANS

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING has started. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING has started.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   
  • SUNDAY NURSERY is likely to start SEPTEMBER 13.  Please contact Melissa Haddican This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. 
  • COMMUNITY GROUPS are starting in SEPTEMBER.  Please contact Pastor Bo if you are interested in starting a group or want to learn more about groups This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

BUILDING USE

As we move into busier fall schedules and more ministries becoming active, it is important that everyone please check with the office (589-6351) before using the Sprung Building, Cross Building, Kitchen, Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary.  Please make sure you put your event or ministry on the calendar.  We want our buildings to be maximized for ministry but we don’t want any double bookings or misunderstandings, so please make sure you have a space reserved before you use it.  Additionally it is very important that after you use the space that you leave the room clean for the next ministry.  Our cleaning staff will be working hard to ensure clean rooms and spaces but we need everyone to help.  If you need guidelines or a list of cleaning responsibilities they will be available through the office. Thanks!

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.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Sunday.  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.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service. 

SATURDAY MASK ONLY WORSHIP SERVICE 6:00 p.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Saturday.  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. So Saturday night services are Mask Only.

Thanks for reading! 


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

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:33

Dear Church Family and Friends

Dear Church Family and Friends,

We’ve been able to serve a lot of people in our buildings this summer.  I’m so grateful!  From a Funeral on Monday, to this week’s recitals by the Sandie Wehe Music Studios to starting a Saturday night service in July, to a Movie Night by the Family Team to last week’s Global Leadership Summit to Vacation Bible School in late July to Eagle Lake Camp in early July to various ministries such as Reign Youth Group and Community Groups and Bible Studies it really hasn’t seemed all that different from other summers.  Obviously being one building down (we saw the Reign Building be dismantled in June along with the playground) we’ve had to be more flexible, but things have worked out! Whew! Lots of people have made this all possible. Thank you Jordan Curtis and team (Eagle Lake), Harley Kincannon and team (VBS) for stepping out in faith and having excellent outreach ministries for children!  Thanks Cliff and Cari for making it possible for the youth group to meet over the summer.  I especially want to thank Kenny and Rose Bertin for going the extra mile in working with and around all these ministries, both in tech and cleaning – your efforts have been noticed!  Also Pastor Luke and the worship team have had to adjust a lot (and clear the stage a lot) to make things happen – thank you! 

As we go into the Fall, let’s pray for God’s grace to be on our church.  May we be a like a shining city on the hill for Christ!  Would you please pray for all the ministries re-launching this Fall?  And if you are looking for a place to serve, here’s a partial list of ministries you can pray for or possibly help with:  Community Groups.  Project Growing Hope.  Homeschooling Groups.  Mothers of Preschoolers.  Anchored College Ministry.  Waves Bible Quizzing.  Tidal Waves Bible Study.  Reign Youth Group.  Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry.  Women’s Ministry Team.  Family Team.  Wednesday in the Word.  Men’s Prayer Breakfast.  Safety Team.  Projection Team.  Video Team.  Sound Team. 

New Building Construction is coming along great!  We will start to see some big changes soon as the floor will be poured and the building will actually start to be erected. What a great tool this will be for making much of Jesus and blessing our community!  Please continue to pray for the workers safety, for the work to be completed on time and under budget.  Please be praying for God to provide the finances needed over the coming years – even that we could be at place of being debt free!  Up to this point, by God’s grace, we are right on target in our fundraising goals and to meet our year one fundraising goal we are praying for $60,000 to be pledged or given over the next three months.  Please continue to pray for this endeavor!  We have informational folders in the lobby or you can visit https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ 


Here’s some of the things that are happening at Living Water in the near future…

PLAYGROUND WORKDAY Saturday, August 22:  We are gearing up for playground re-installation.  Dirt is being brought in today and tomorrow.  Next week there will be plenty of small projects for you to help with (contact Pastor Greg This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) leading up to a general playground workday on Saturday, August 22 where we hope to install most of the major equipment. 

WOMENS MINISTRY TEAM will meet on Sunday, August 30th at Carrol Park at 12:15 p.m. (weather permitting).  Geri Fleming is the new Ministry Team Director.  Please contact her if you are able to come or are interested in serving with the Women’s Ministry Team this Fall.

FALL PLANS

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING has started. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 19.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   

BUILDING USE

As we move into busier fall schedules and more ministries becoming active, it is important that everyone please check with the office (589-6351) before using the Sprung Building, Cross Building, Kitchen, Fellowship Hall or Sanctuary.  Please make sure you put your event or ministry on the calendar.  We want our buildings to be maximized for ministry but we don’t want any double bookings or misunderstandings, so please make sure you have a space reserved before you use it.  Additionally it is very important that after you use the space that you leave the room clean for the next ministry.  Our cleaning staff will be working hard to ensure clean rooms and spaces but we need everyone to help.  If you need guidelines or a list of cleaning responsibilities they will be available through the office. Thanks!

Please pray for the SLV as schools are reopening and teachers, administrators and parents are trying to make it happen.  May everyone be given an extra measure of patience and strength in the days ahead. Let’s pray, and pray and pray some more for things to go as well as possible this Fall in relation to the kids and their education.  But let’s especially pray for a special time in our valley’s history to arise in the near future when many people will come to Christ.  May there be a revival of the Christians and may there be a harvest among the lost!


Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 06 August 2020 08:50

Walking With Jesus in Unity

As Christians there will always be political or social issues in which we won’t see things the same way.  At times, as in any family, church members will be in disagreement on how to proceed or come to different conclusions on a decision that needs to be made.  It’s normal.  Across America churches are being put into some difficult situations with their brothers and sisters in Christ regarding the wearing of masks.  Maybe you’ve felt the tension?  Maybe you’ve become frustrated with a fellow Christian?   A Deacon gave me his opinion that we have 3 different views of mask wearing among the members of Living Water.  View #1 is that we should wear our masks at all times in public and that it is the loving thing to do and it will help us be good witnesses to our lost neighbors.  View #2 is the viewpoint that if the government or the business wants us to wear a mask, fine, but they are not sure whether it helps or not.  Those holding this view are skeptical and irritated by the mask mandate and likely won’t voluntarily wear a mask, but will wear the mask if it’s required.  View #3 is the outlook that people are welcome to wear masks but it shouldn’t be imposed on everyone by the government.  These folks say if people are worried about getting sick, let them wear masks, but we aren’t going to do so.  Those who are not worried about it should be treated as adults who are free to choose whether or not to wear a mask, as this virus isn’t nearly as deadly as what was anticipated, or they feel that their rights are being taken away unconstitutionally.  There are likely more than these three views or variations of each of them that are held to by people in our church and in many congregations across the land. 

Whatever view you hold and for whatever reasons, let’s not let it come between our relationships, or hinder our mission as a church.  We have been reconciled to God through Christ and therefore are part of the same family and commissioned for the same purpose.  The enemy would love to separate us from one another over this issue.  He would love to make the body weak and unable to stand for Christ in unity.  We might be very uncomfortable or even upset at someone for holding a view we have rejected but let us remember that this issue will pass and the only one who wins if followers of Christ separate is Satan.  Keep loving your brother and sister who looks at this situation differently than you do.  This is a situation where Ephesians 4:2 applies:  “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  It’s fine (and good) to dialog and even debate in love, but don’t let your anger overflow to scorch a brother or sister in Christ who doesn’t see things as you do. 

Over the last 5 months we as an Elder Board we have asked the Lord for discernment and wisdom for how to address this situation.  In our meetings we’ve looked deeply at passages such as Romans 13:1-7 (the importance of submitting to governmental authority), 1st Corinthians 13 (the importance and application of love) and Hebrews 10:24-25 (the importance of continuing to meet).  As Elders we haven’t seen things the same way and all three views listed above are present on our Board.  But we are united under Jesus and will continue to find a consensus that we think pleases the Lord and puts us in the best position to fulfill our mission, while at the same time respecting our elected officials and not taking unwise risk (it’s impossible to live life well or to live an authentic Christian life without taking on some risk).  It has seemed best for us to offer services and meetings which are “touchless” and are encouraging folks to avoid physical contact (not shake hands, etc.) and are continuing to encourage everyone to wear masks when they enter our facilities and urge those who are at greater risk (the elderly and those who have pre-existing conditions) to be very cautious in engaging with activities or meetings at the church. 

Thankfully at this time the San Luis Valley is seeing a very low number of cases of the virus.  Let’s pray for better and better days ahead, lets keep serving one another in love, and let’s stay unified in the mission to exalt Christ as Lord.  There are thousands and thousands of people who need salvation and Jesus has called us to work together to see the gospel proclaimed.  Our church is all about seeing lives changed through the gospel but we can’t do it well if we aren’t united.

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Sunday.  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.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service. 

SATURDAY MASK ONLY WORSHIP SERVICE 6:00 p.m.

We continue our Acts sermon series this Saturday.  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. So Saturday night services are Mask Only.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well!  We will likely see the concrete pad being poured in the by mid-August.  Our own Allan Haverfield (and crew) has been working on some bathroom plumbing before the concrete comes.  Last night our tech team (Dale, Kenny and AJ) met with the architect to make some adjustments.  Financially we are right on target for our fundraising goals – praise God!  So you know, our current target is to see $60,000 pledged or given over the next three months to reach our year one goal.  Please continue to pray for this endeavor!  We have informational folders in the lobby or you can visit https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/  Pray for the continued safety of the workers. 

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FRIDAY FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT Tomorrow August 7

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This is a mask friendly event literally...kids will get to pick out a mask and keep it. We will have children size breathing masks and also adult size masks if you should need one. 

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 FALL PLANS

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 9. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 19.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   

rightnowmedia

You have free access to this online video library. It contains a vast array of Christian teaching for all age groups (and includes great children’s content!).  Simply send an email to Pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request that you be added to our Right Now Media access list. 

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9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa


Thanks for reading! 

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-45). 

Thursday, 30 July 2020 09:48

Joy!

Dear Church,

It’s been such a treat to host Eagle Lake Camps and VBS this summer!  What a joy to see kids laughing and having fun with their peers!  More importantly there are a lot of kids in our community that have heard the gospel or are hearing the gospel this summer at Living Water.  We had several children receive Christ through Eagle Lake’s ministry and we’re praying for the children attending VBS this week that there would be children saved.  While the problems in the world might get a lot of our attention, let’s not forget that God is still moving in our midst.  Jesus is working through his church, by the power of the Spirit, to change lives.  What a privilege to be part of an eternal work!  Do you have a story to tell of someone being saved recently or a gospel conversation you had with someone?  I’d love to hear about it and perhaps share it with the congregation.  May the Lord give you grace this week to minister to others in the name of Jesus. 


Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The project is proceeding according to the timeline and things are going well.  We took a big step forward this week with the concrete stem walls being poured.  We will likely see the concrete pad being poured in the by mid-August.  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 lots of information on the project.  Thank you for your consistent financial giving.  Your 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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SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

This Sunday, August 2 we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper at both services.  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.  If you are sick please stay home and join us via the live stream of the service. 

SATURDAY MASK ONLY WORSHIP SERVICE 6:00 p.m.

This Saturday, August 1 we are celebrating the Lord’s Supper at the Saturday service. 

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. So Saturday night services are Mask Only.

GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7

The Summit takes place this Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th.  Register 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/

MOVIE NIGHT AUGUST 7 AT 6:30

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FALL PLANS

  • TEEN BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 9. Contact Kris Culver 580-618-4076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • CHILDREN’S BIBLE QUIZZING STARTS AUGUST 19.  Contact Rose Bertin at 588-6304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS STARTS SEPTEMBER 2.  Contact Alison Hickman at 321-356-4790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    
  • REIGN YOUTH GROUP FALL LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 9.  Contact Cliff & Cari at 505-350-8748 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SUNDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S MINISTRY STARTS SEPTEMBER 13. Contact Pastor Bo at 719-529-1204 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  For children’s ministry, please open this link and fill out this registration form (one per child please):  https://docs.google.com/a/livingwateralamosa.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform   

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You have free access to this online video library. It contains a vast array of Christian teaching for all age groups (and includes great children’s content!).  Simply send an email to Pastor Greg at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request that you be added to our Right Now Media access list. 

NEW DEACON CHAIRMAN

Recently Larry Gardner officially took over as the new Deacon Board chair.  Rick Dunnahoo has served on the Deacon Board for many years, including the last three years (at least) as Deacon Chairman.  He’s done an excellent job, especially in the areas of communication and administration, bringing a lot of order and structure to the ministry.  Thank you Rick for your faithfulness in serving Jesus as a Deacon!  Remember members, that if you need prayer or are in need of help, you can reach the Deacons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PASTOR, ELDER AND DEACON BOARD CONTACT EMAILS

    • Pastor Jeron        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
    • Elder Board:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Deacon Board:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Greg:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Luke:        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Pastor Bo:           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Janice:                This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

www.livingwateralamosa.org

https://www.facebook.com/lwbfalamosa

https://www.youtube.com/LivingWaterAlamosa


Thanks for reading! 

“But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43-45). 

Thursday, 16 July 2020 12:15

What It’s Supposed To Be

There is a trend among larger churches deciding to not have public worship services until 2021.  Instead of setting arbitrary reopening dates that are likely to get changed because of fluctuating virus rates or political decisions, they are calling their members to meet together in homes and in more intimate settings for worship, Bible study, prayer and outreach.  Like so many other institutions and traditions that seemed unchangeable, even megachurches which have focused on attracting people to massive and excellent productions are being forced to change their practices.  While lamenting Covid-19’s negative impact, it is a great time for us to ask what is the church supposed to be like, what is it supposed to look like?  While gathering together with the saints for the preaching of the Word and the exalting of Christ through public expressions of faith will always have its place, we should recognize that coming together in a large group of people once a week isn’t the be all and end all of what it means to be the church. We should look again and appreciate what it means to have a community of people who know your name and are part of your life in a real way.  Christians need to have authentic, intimate community with other believers.  Yet this isn’t something we typically find or accomplish in large group settings.  I can’t help but see balance in the early mega-church practices described in Acts 2 (read verses 42-47).  They attended large gatherings at the temple and in the temple courts but then gathered in small groups in homes spread throughout the city.  Different types of gatherings are helpful and positively impactful upon our faith.  As the church spread outside of Jerusalem, believers everywhere continued to meet in large groups on the Lord’s day but they also lived life together during the week.  I’ve noticed on Sunday mornings that new people (especially second service which most of our mature leaders don’t attend) aren’t usually approached and made to feel welcomed because the regular attenders are talking with their friends and family whom they haven’t seen during the week.  I think many Christians are starved for fellowship during the week and they try to make Sunday mornings a time of fellowship, even though Sunday mornings are by nature more impersonal due to larger numbers.  But new people come to church services with the expectation that the church will be “friendly” and “welcoming.” They often leave disappointed but their expectation was unrealistic because a worship service is to focus on the vertical relationship with God, not on the horizontal relationships among the believers.  And what little time our folks have before and after services to mingle were focused on their friends, not on finding new relationships with newcomers. We’ve tried to address this through various official leaders who are to be focused on the newcomers, but even those in official positions tend to drift into investing their time with people they already know.  Our Deacon Board is working on a plan to address this, which I’m excited about.

In my “ideal church,” what it’s supposed to look like is that everyone gathers for a local worship service once a week (it’s not possible of course in our economy for everyone to do so as some people have to work on the Lord’s Day).  There is something powerful and impactful about the large group gathering even if you didn’t experience a spiritual “high” every week.  In my ideal church practice, the saints should faithfully gather in a more intimate group during the week for one-another ministry, for prayer, for fellowship and for studies that seek to apply the word of God to life.  Every visitor and new person should be directed to a home group or a community group or a Bible study where people can know their name and help them grow in Christ.  These groups don’t gather to talk weather or politics but to intentionally pursue Christ and maturity in him.  Again, in my ideal church, these groups aren’t merely meeting for 90 minutes and then separated for a week without talking.  Rather, the members (helped along by a well-trained group leader who sees this ministry as very important) are reaching out to each other during the week, praying for each other, finding ways to eat together or recreate together, and looking for ways to enfold other friends or acquaintances into the group.  Undoubtedly doing life together would be a big shift for people.  It would require a lot of transparency and humility and flexibility.  Doing church deeply would entail giving up certain things that our culture says is important or perhaps learning to doing activities together that we tend to do solo (doing life together could mean shared gardening plots, carpooling to the front range for appointments, watching the game in community or signing up kids on the same traveling sports teams or clubs).  What’s the payoff?  The bigger goal in all this is changed lives and God’s glory.  Lives aren’t changed only by a preacher or a worship team from a distance, but more often up close and personal.  Discipleship best happens in loving relationships where we are helped by others to love and follow Jesus Christ. 

Are you in community?  I urge you to pursue it.  Lord willing we’ll be able to keep having worship services in person and they won’t be banned.  Even if that comes, may all who call LWBF their church have a place in the body of Christ where they can love and be loved, serve and be served, disciple and be discipled.  The church is a wonderful organism (though because it’s filled with imperfect people it won’t ever be perfect and not without problems).  Jesus’ ideal however is that all the people he’s redeemed would experience it and participate in it, for to be saved is not only to be reconciled to God and forgiven but to be incorporated into his body, the church.    

Here’s some of what’s happening at Living Water in the near future…


NEW SATURDAY SERVICE starts this Saturday

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 this 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). 

SUNDAY SERVICES 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

We’ll be returning to the Acts Sermon Series.  Also Loren and Alaina Holland, our church planting missionaries serving in Rome, Italy will be sharing a bit of their lives and ministry.  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.

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 21) 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/

REIGN UPDATE

Our youth group had a major adjustment this summer as they couldn’t go to Gallup, NM for their annual mission trip. In lieu of that they have been serving various people around the community this week through yard work, painting projects and washing windows.  They are also spending a lot of time in devotions and lessons and are just trying to grow closer as a group.  It’s a tough time to be a teenager!  I’m so grateful that there is a community for them at Living Water!  Cliff and Cari would like to invite all incoming 6th graders to start attending youth group August 5th (Wednesday nights at 6:30) and then we will do a fall kickoff end of August beginning of September.

NEW DEACON CHAIRMAN

After the annual meeting (way back in March) the Deacons were going to meet to elect a new chairman and other officers. Because of Covid-19 some of what they wanted was put on hold.  At this week’s Deacon Meeting, Larry Gardner officially took over as the new Deacon Board chair.  Rick Dunnahoo has served on the Deacon Board for many years, including the last three years (at least) as Deacon Chairman.  He’s done an excellent job, especially in the areas of communication and administration, bringing a lot of order and structure to the ministry.  Thank you Rick for your faithfulness in serving Jesus as a Deacon!  Remember members, that if you need prayer or are in need of help, you can reach the Deacons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

Thursday, 09 July 2020 08:24

It has been a busy week at Living Water!

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

Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:19

When the Foundations are Being Destroyed

Dear Church,

May you have a wonderful Independence Day weekend! 

Below is a short devotion and some of what’s coming up at our church in the weeks ahead.

Please be praying for Pastor Bo and Jenna as baby Charles should be here soon! 

Just a heads up, next week with Eagle Lake Camp on site, it will likely be a little hard to get ahold of folks at the church as Janice will be helping with the camp and several pastors are out (Jeron attending seminary conference, Luke preparing to move and studying for his first sermon on July 12, and Bo at home with the baby). 

When the Foundations are Being Destroyed

This week the foundations of our new church building are being prepared.  Large trenches are being dug for huge amounts of concrete and rebar to be put in place to provide firm footing (see pictures below).  Knowing what is underneath the Christian Education building will allow me to enter that building with confidence, trusting that it won’t be shaken. 

I don’t know how you are processing the current happenings in our society, but it fills many with anxiety and worry. What was unimaginable (no school, no baseball, no church) became reality.  So much has been shut down and restricted these last 4 or 5 months and ideas that seemed outlandish and insane six months ago are being trumpeted as reasonable and rational (no handshakes, no police).  “What’s going to happen next?” is a question that isn’t conducive for peace.  Change can be good (less racism for instance, or less sickness through common sense of washing hands) but I wonder what things are going to look like when the dust settles?  Our elected officials are under great pressure to bring massive change without seemingly having an end goal in mind.  Are we standing on anything secure?  What “foundations” (the bases of social order, the ground rules for living in society) are going to be in place after this coming election?  There could be a lot of good that comes about of course, and if so, great!  But so much to think about.  So much to worry about.  What shall we do?

1 In the Lord I take refuge.

    How then can you say to me:

    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.

2 For look, the wicked bend their bows;

    they set their arrows against the strings

to shoot from the shadows

    at the upright in heart.

3 When the foundations are being destroyed,

    what can the righteous do?”

4 The Lord is in his holy temple;

    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.

He observes everyone on earth;

    his eyes examine them.

5 The Lord examines the righteous,

    but the wicked, those who love violence,

    he hates with a passion.

6 On the wicked he will rain

    fiery coals and burning sulfur;

    a scorching wind will be their lot.

7 For the Lord is righteous,

    he loves justice;

    the upright will see his face.

Psalm 11 was written by David in a time of crisis.  We aren’t told what is happening, but apparently this is a time when he was being unjustly hunted down and attacked.  He had no power or hope to change the circumstances.  David has been told (probably by someone that meant well) that he should flee for his safety (verse 2), that he should take refuge in the mountains.  And we know historically that he did flee from King Saul into the wilderness for a season.  So here he is advised again to run, for after all, when justice or the rules of society are thrown out (verse 3), what else can you do but flee?  David’s answer and what we are to remember, church, is that “The Lord is in his holy temple; The Lord is on his heavenly throne” (verse 4) and therefore we should take our refuge in the Lord (verse 1).  We have all probably felt the desire to flee to a mountain cabin.  What the scriptures tell us is to put our hope and trust in the Lord.  We are to remember that He is the righteous judge.  He examines the righteous and the wicked (verses 4-5) and he will eventually bring justice (verses 6-7).  All things will eventually be made right because of the character of the Lord, and the upright will see his face (verse 7). 

What then does it mean to take refuge in the Lord?  It means to build our lives on foundations that cannot be shaken.  Society will go on changing the rules until Jesus comes back, but there is security in God. Taking refuge in the Lord means to make the decision to turn our lives over to him.  It means to live by faith in God.  To entrust our lives and our future to his loving care.  If we have already been living a God-pleasing life of loving Him and others then it means to carry on with the same behavior even when the world hates it.  To take refuge in him, if we have been living selfishly or sinfully however, means to repent and by his grace conform our practices to his will and then rely on his protection and power. The foundation that we should build our life upon, the foundation that can’t be shaken, is God.  Are you turning to the Lord today, living by faith in his plan and purposes?  The news can (and will) tell you all kinds of reasons why you should be terrified, and why you should give up, but you can say in response, “In the Lord I take refuge” and know that whatever comes, you are never out of his sight or outside of his love or outside of his loving and good purposes.

EAGLE LAKE CAMP

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EAGLE LAKE CAMP, JULY 6 - 10  The First 100 kids registered get 50% off.  It’s $100 (instead of $200)! 

Please see the website for questions or updates www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater or contact Jordan Curtis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (719) 271-6606. We are still in need of counselor homes for the week for 6 people. If you are ready to serve as a Host Family, please fill out the Host Family Questionnaire online at www.eaglelakecamps.com/livingwater

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

gls2020

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/

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Thanks for your prayers!  At this point 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.  Feel free to pull into the lot and pray over the site.  Pray for the safety of the workers.  We are still looking for a few key contractor bids to come in.  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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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.

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission.  If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401.  Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING.  You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift.  You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101. 

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Thanks for Reading and for Praying,

Thanks for Loving One Another and Serving the Lord,

Jeron

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