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Wednesday, 17 February 2021 09:18

What Is Your Treasure?

Most of our days we don’t stop and ask questions about our purpose or what the meaning of life is. It’s usually in a time of hardship or after we’ve achieved some goal that we slow down enough to ask “What’s the point of my life?” or reflect, “I thought once I got to the top, I’d be happier or feel content – why don’t I?”

In the words of J.I. Packer from his book Knowing God: “What were we made for? To know God. What aim should we set ourselves in life? To know God… Once you become aware that the main busines that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord. The world today is full of sufferers from the wasting disease which Albert Camus focused as absurdism (“life is a bad joke”), and from the complaint which we may call Marie Antoinette’s fever, since she found the phrase that describes it (“nothing tastes”)… What makes life worthwhile is having a big enough objective, something which catches our imagination and lays hold of our allegiance, and this the Christian has in a way that no other person has. For what higher, more exalted, and more compelling goal can there be than to know God?”

“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” (Philippians 3:7-8).

We don’t often think like the Apostle Paul did, and while we can assent to what J.I. Packer wrote, most of us aren’t living with the goal of knowing God. Why not? 

A writer named Skye Jethani, in his book With, reflects on why we settle for smaller and less important goals in life: “It has been my experience that when most people hear or think about God, they have a less than complete and sometimes entirely flawed, vision of who he is. As a result they do not tend to desire him At best they see him as a useful instrument for achieving something more desirous but if their vision were enlarged and corrected, if they could see his unrivaled beauty, grasp his unconditional love, perceive his radiant glory, and experience his untainted goodness, then it would become obvious that he is much more than a deity to simply tolerate or a device to employ. In other words, God would cease to be how we acquire our treasure, and he would become our treasure.”

What if we thought about Jesus as our treasure and made it the goal of our life to know him and be with him?  Given how great He is, it would be a goal worth living for. My we pursue Jesus, seek after Jesus and his Kingdom as passionately and seriously as we would in pursuing precious gold and jewels. If Jesus isn’t your treasure, what lesser thing is? Why live for what won’t ultimately satisfy when God invites us to know and experience him?  This is what you were made for!

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46).


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

WAVES BIBLE QUIZZING MEET this Saturday

Come cheer on the quizzers on Saturday, February 20th here at Living Water Bible Fellowship. Quiz kids should arrive by 8:30 and if you are coming as guests please be seated by 8:45. If you have questions please contact Rosemary Bertin at 719-588-6304.

WORSHIP SERVICES

We continue our sermon series from 1st Peter. Greg Bervig will give an update on the Bringing Life Project. Pete Devine will share his testimony as he is being nominated for a second term on the Elder Board.

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

SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY, CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, and TEEN STUDY

There are masks available at the welcome desk in the lobby.  We encourage you to wear masks at our worship services and be wise with your interactions. 

BUILDING PROGRESS

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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME March 7

Living Water hit a milestone in our history recently - our membership reached 200 people! During the March 7 services we’ll acknowledge and officially welcome those who have become members of the church over the last year.  If you are interested in joining the church please contact Pastor Bo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP for the next membership class (we’re still working on dates but likely the next class will be mid to late April). 

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 7

Come hear reports on what’s happening at Living Water and where we are going in the future!  We’ll be electing Officers, Elders and Deacons as well as voting on our new 2021/22 church budget.  The meeting begins at 1:00 pm. We aren’t having a potluck meal this year but for those that RSVP to attend the meeting we will have food available.  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 28. 

PRAYER MEETING Wednesday, March 10

Join us for a time of interceding for our nation, for our community, for our church and for one another. We will meet with the Lord in worship and then bring our requests before the throne of grace. 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM CONFERENCE March 13

Living Water is affiliated with a network of churches known as Converge Worldwide (https://www.converge.org) and our regional network is known as Converge Rocky Mountain (https://www.convergerockymountain.org/). Our regional conference is taking place virtually on Saturday, March 13 from 9:00 am till 2:00 pm. You are invited to attend. Simply hit this link to register for free: https://www.convergerockymountain.org/  Tod Bolsinger, author and resilience expert, is the Keynote speaker at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. and there are break out sessions that focus on different ministry topics. The business meeting starts at 12:45 pm and will be finished by 2:00 pm.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins March 14

ONLINE DIRECTORY

If you are a member of the church and want access to our online directory please contact Janice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 589-6351. She can also print you out a directory. 

EAGLE LAKE CAMP REGISTRATION

Please go to https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/ to register your children. 

Dates: July 19–23, 2021 Ages: 6-12  Length: Mon–Fri, 9 am- 4 pm  Cost: $200

Activities: Arts & Crafts, Block Racers, Gagaball, Group Games, Inflatables, Laser Tag, Speakers & Worship, Tie Dye, and Many More!

NURSERY POSITIONS OPEN

Child Care Director Melissa Haddican is looking for a  couple people, 16 and older, who love kids, to work during one of the services on Sundays and possibly provide child care for Bible studies. Please email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text her at (510) 299-1113. Background Check required. 

GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE April 2

EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES April 4

I’m so excited for Resurrection Sunday!  I’m praying it will mark a turning point in our world.  Please start praying about who you will invite to Easter Worship Services on April 4th at 8:00, 9:30 or 11:00 am. Nursery available at 9:30 and 11:00. Services will be a bit shorter so we will keep the kids in the services with parents – children’s ministry will resume on April 11.  

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BAPTISM SUNDAY April 11

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, April 11. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

BABY DEDICATIONS May 2

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

COLLEGE STUDENT SUMMER PROJECT/GROWTH ACTIVITY

Come join us for a life changing summer you will never forget. The 14 day Crush Fear summer project is an outdoor adventure that equips you to better follow Jesus and expand His kingdom. The project is located at Three Trails Ranch near the small mountain town of Durango, Colorado.

https://crushfear.weebly.com/

When: May 23th - June 6th, 2021

Cost: $485 - $100 deposit holds your spot.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2

Brenna Rivale is this year’s VBS director. If you want to contribute in some way to this outreach or serve with the VBS team this year please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP June 26-July 3

REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23

Early registration for Eagle Lake is open now and ends January 31st.  Families get $25 off if they register before January 31.  Please contact Pastor Bo for more information.  There will be an organizational meeting sometime in January for those interested in serving on the local staff team.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

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We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM  https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM   

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

Meets at 827 First Street.  Free Dinner and Studying the Bible. Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.

Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table).  If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.

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


 

Thanks for reading!

Thanks for serving the Lord!

Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 04 February 2021 10:21

Walk Closely with Your God

Dear Church,

I pray you are walking closely with Jesus and that your fellowship is sweet. I pray that you are well and that God is glorified through you. Thank you for all you do in the name of our Lord Jesus and all the ways you show his love to others.

The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;

the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace

Numbers 6:24-26


Here’s an overview of what’s happening in the near future at Living Water – what a pleasure to worship and serve the Lord together!

WORSHIP SERVICES

We continue our sermon series from 1st Peter. Chad Mortenson will share his testimony as he is being nominated for a second term on the Elder Board.

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

SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY, CHILDREN’S MINISTRY, and TEEN STUDY

There are masks available at the welcome desk in the lobby.  We encourage you to wear masks at our worship services and be wise with your interactions. 

GUATAMALA MISSION TRIP INTEREST MEETING

Come this Sunday at 12:30 pm to the Fellowship Hall and get your questions answered regarding this summer’s short term mission trip to Guatemala (June 26 – July 3). We’d love to have you join us!  Cost is approximately $1,300 which 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.

MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING BEGINNING!  2nd Wednesday of the Month at 6:30 P.M. in the Fellowship Hall

Join me for a time of interceding for our nation, for our community, for our church and for one another. We will meet with the Lord in worship and then bring our requests before the throne of grace. Our first meeting is this coming Wednesday, Feb 10 at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. 

BUILDING PROGRESS

The building remains ahead of schedule and under budget. Please keep praying for the workers safety. Please keep asking the Lord to bless our second year fundraising goal. Thank you for your faithful giving. If you haven’t made a pledge or a contribution please consider giving to the building fund (see different giving options and anonymous giving information at www.bringinglifeproject.org). Walking around the 2nd floor this morning had me dreaming of the future! What a great tool we’ll have for ministry! Here’s some photos on the upstairs progress:

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NEW MEMBERS WELCOME March 7

Living Water hit a milestone in our history as recently as our membership reached 200 people. During the March 7 services we’ll acknowledge and officially welcome those who have become members of the church over the last year.  If you are interested in joining the church please contact Pastor Bo This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP for the next membership class. 

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING March 7

Our Annual Business Meeting will be IN-PERSON on Sunday, March 7. We’ll be voting on the 2021/22 church budget and electing church offices. If Living Water is your church you are invited to attend – we’re happy to have you!  We understand that some members might not be able to physically attend the meeting, so we will likely have a means for you to participate remotely. The current plan is to have the meeting after the 2nd Worship service. We likely won’t have a potluck this time around so we’re talking about options for food.

CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN TOGETHER TO TRANSFORM CONFERENCE March 13

Living Water is affiliated with a network of churches known as Converge Worldwide (https://www.converge.org) and our regional network is known as Converge Rocky Mountain (https://www.convergerockymountain.org/). Our regional conference is taking place virtually on Saturday, March 13. We usually send a couple church members as delegates to the meeting, but this year everything is online. Would you like to be a delegate representing Living Water at the business meeting? You’ll likely get a Zoom invite. If so please contact Janice at the office. 589-6351 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We need to have our delegates selected by next week so they can send out hard copies of the budget and other motions to the delegates. 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins March 14

ONLINE DIRECTORY

If you are a member of the church and want access to our online directory please contact Janice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 589-6351. She can also print you out a directory. 

EAGLE LAKE CAMP REGISTRATION

Eagle Lake has EXTENDED their early registration discount until February 14th and they have LOWERED the price of the registration fee from $25/kid to $10/kid. Start the registration process below:

https://eaglelakecamps.com/camp/livingwater/

NURSERY POSITIONS OPEN

Child Care Director Melissa Haddican is looking for a  couple people, 16 and older, who love kids, to work during one of the services on Sundays and possibly provide child care for Bible studies. Please email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text her at (510) 299-1113. Background Check required. 

PHISHING WARNING

On Tuesday someone sent out an email supposedly from me (Jeron) asking people to contact them. If you respond they will ask you to buy gift cards or money from you for “ministry.”  It’s a scam.  If you got such a message please report it.  Phishing definition: “The fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies or people in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.”

GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE April 2

EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES April 4

I’m so excited about Easter this year!  I’m praying it will mark a turning point in our world.  Please start praying about who you will invite to Easter Worship Services on April 4th at 8:00, 9:30 or 11:00 am. Nursery available at 9:30 and 11:00. Services will be a bit shorter so we will keep the kids in the services with parents – children’s ministry will resume on April 11.  

BAPTISM SUNDAY April 11

Baptism is a sign of one’s repentance and faith.  It is an act in which you publicly declare your trust and allegiance to Jesus.  Ideally it should happen soon after a person has made the decision to follow Jesus. Have you started following Jesus but haven’t yet been baptized?  The next baptisms will take place Sunday, April 11. Please contact Pastor Jeron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 589-6351) if you are ready to obey Jesus in this area, or if you have questions.

BABY DEDICATIONS May 2

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

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL June 28-July 2

Brenna Rivale is this years VBS director. If you want to contribute in some way to this outreach or serve with the VBS team this year please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP June 26-July 3

REIGN YOUTH GROUP MISSIONS WEEK July 11-16

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23

Early registration for Eagle Lake is open now and ends January 31st.  Families get $25 off if they register before January 31.  Please contact Pastor Bo for more information.  There will be an organizational meeting sometime in January for those interested in serving on the local staff team.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6

NEED PRAYER?

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

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

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

Meets at 827 First Street.  Free Dinner and Studying the Bible. Contact Forrest 970-462-5925

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S MINISTRY at 10:45 a.m.

Parents, when you come to the 10:45 service, arrive a bit early to check in your kids. For check in, there are three kiosks in the main building (outer lobby, inner lobby and by west double doors) that you can use (we will seek to clean these often, but if you prefer a physical sign in on paper, there will be a clipboard on the lobby table).  If your kids haven’t participated in our children’s ministry before, allow a bit more time to get registered – or simply register your kids right now through this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeKcvQV-Vi0u2bSAW_kcmCswbRnYR0FjOZvW08pQL7FYEIhDg/viewform?usp=sf_link

SUNDAY TEEN BIBLE STUDY at 10:45 a.m.

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


Thanks for reading!
Thanks for serving the Lord!
Pastor Jeron

Friday, 22 January 2021 08:37

Dear Church

Our Nicaraguan Mission Team rolled into Alamosa last night a bit before midnight. Thank you for your prayers. It was an excellent trip. The missionaries that we are connected with are doing a fantastic job loving people, bringing peace to their neighborhood, supporting marriages and families, and communicating the gospel in very difficult circumstances. It was a great encouragement for me personally, and I know Eric, Joy and Ron are also coming back with a great incentive to love in Jesus’ name. In Nicaragua the unemployment rate is about 70%. Covid-19 restrictions are making things worse as tourist dollars have stopped flowing. You can go to jail for saying anything bad about the government and they monitor social media comments. But even in the midst of extreme poverty and struggle I can witness to you that there is joy, hope and love among some of the Christians living in the Granada area. How is this possible? My initial observations: 1) those who are healthy and vibrant have a living hope in a Great God whom they are turning to every day for help and 2) they live their lives as part of a community of faith which intentionally encourages each other in the truth and loves one another practically as part of their daily lives and 3) they have a real sense of purpose in sharing God’s love and the gospel with their neighbors – they know they are part of something bigger than themselves and they have something worth living for. Regardless of where our nation is headed (in keeping with scripture let’s be praying for elected officials including the new president and vice president) we too can experience joy and abundant life regardless of circumstances.

Love you guys!

Can’t wait to see you this weekend at services!

Pastor Jeron

I’m a little tired, so forgive me if I forget some stuff, but here’s what I know is happening through Living Water in the near future:

WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES

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

SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY

MOVIE NIGHT This Friday at 6:30 pm

This weekend we have a great family weekend planned. On the big screen "The Little Rascals" is being shown Friday night with our Popcorn and a Movie. It starts at 6:30. A great time for the whole family, as a date night, or come by yourself and hang out with friends and family. Safety measures in place. 

PANCAKE BREAKFAST at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday in connection with Parent Summit

All church family welcome! If you keep coming, we’ll keep cooking! 

PARENT SUMMIT this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. – Keep your kids safe!

Parenting is tough, especially with the added challenges of navigating technology. We want to help equip and empower you whether you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or guardian of any sort. This workshop will have some great speakers and helpful insights on how to protect your kids. If you cannot participate for the whole day please know you can do the morning session or the afternoon session, just let the Family Team know in the comments when you RSVP on the link Must have RSVP by Friday at noon if you need childcare. Please RSVP with this link. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050d44a4a723a5f58-parents Safety measures are put in place due to Covid-19. Lunch is provided, childcare if needed, provided - but you must RSVP! Feel free to invite your friends that are dealing with raising kids and the event is open to grandparents, aunts and uncles. 

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP meeting next week

***Join the Eagle Lake Team! First meeting is Tuesday, Jan 26 at 1:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall! Come and be part of the work!*** 

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23

Early registration for Eagle Lake is open now and ends January 31st. Families get $25 off if they register before January 31. Please contact Pastor Bo for more information. There will be an organizational meeting sometime in January for those interested in serving on the local staff team. 

COMMUNITY GROUPS

It’s a great time to start a new Community Group! Please call Pastor Bo if you are interested. It’s also a great time to join a Community Group! Please see the Community Group Board in the hallway. We all need a community of brothers and sisters who love us and who are there for us in our time of need. We all need a community of faith that encourages one another to keep walking with Jesus even when things get hard. We all need an outlet to serve others and exercise our gifts. Don’t stay isolated in 2021! Get connected! 

BIBLE READING PLAN

One of the best things you can do personally to put yourself in a position to grow spiritually mature is regular Bible reading. Click on this link for a reasonable and doable plan: https://fivedaybiblereading.com/?fbclid=IwAR19FsCt2-bUJEOZ8fmtjZKvFgRD6ggG2hq1U-IY4HhwXCLEQG6g55kayi4 There are paper copies of this plan on the lobby table in the church. Perhaps one of the ways to connect your community group together would be to get on the same reading plan? 

ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING March 7

This year might be a little different but our fiscal year ends February 28 and so we will gather (likely both in person and virtually) March 7th to pass a new budget and elect new church officers. Please be in prayer for ministry leaders as they prepare new year budget requests and for the Facility and Finance Team as they work with Pastor Greg and the Elder Board to put a final budget proposal together by mid – February. A Nominating Committee will be formed soon to make nominations for various elected positions, to be voted on at the March 7 meeting. 

EASTER SERVICES April 4

I’m so excited about Easter this year! I’m praying it will mark a turning point in our world. Please start praying about who you will invite to Easter services on April 4th at 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00 am

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP June 26-July 3

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.

Monday, 04 January 2021 08:21

Happy New Year

Dear Church,

Some of you have endured the worst year of your life.  I want you to know that God has seen everything you’ve been through and he has watch all the tears fall that no one else has seen.  God’s love for you hasn’t departed nor has God forsaken you.  There is nothing abnormal or strange about going through trials or suffering in a fallen world.  Living in a broken world guarantees that all inhabitants, including faithful Christians, will get banged up and wounded as they walk through it.  But we are to remember that God is in control and he has designs upon what we go through – there is purpose in it.  God is good and we are called to believe that in his love for us that “all things work for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).  The Apostle Peter gave a partial explanation in 1st Peter as to why Christians are allowed to suffer grief: “… you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is test by fire - may be found to result in praise, and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”  Christian, your faith is worth more than gold.  Trials cause your faith to be purified and because faith is more valuable than gold (it brings a better return than gold ever does) we are to trust God that the painful and difficult purification of our faith is worthwhile.  If our faith is strengthened, it is worth it!  Trials not only purify but also allow your faith to be tested, to be proven.  We realize when we live through things that are difficult and we’ve had to rely on God, that our faith is the real deal, that it can withstand life’s challenges.  Without the many griefs that come our way in this life, we would be left wondering if we would actually stand when hard times came.  Living through trials, we know that our faith works and that we can stand no matter what comes, as we trust in God for his power and provision.

You have encouraged me by your faithfulness this year to the Lord and to your family of faith.  Many people have seen the genuineness of your faith and your love this year.  Your giving to the needs of others has once again been tremendous in 2020.  The people of the San Luis Valley are better off because of our church being here.  I remember all those who contributed to Eagle Lake Camp.  Thanks for those of you who participated in fundraisers for the youth or filled shoeboxes.  I think of Kenny Minnick and your participation in the feeding of the homeless and supporting him in various ways so he could share the gospel.  I’m thinking of those of you who contributed to Project Growing Hope, helping Holly and Sara feed hungry children.  Thank you everyone gave food to the church food bank and who contributed to the various needs of your fellow church members in Jesus’ name.  Thanks for supporting and praying for Anchored College Ministry and the fine young couples who are trying to reach Adams State University.  Thank you for going to the Waves Quiz Meets and encouraging Tidal Waves.  Thanks for volunteering on Sunday mornings to serve the kids in the Sprung Building and the infants in the Nursery.  I hope you picked up one of our missionary booklets and Thanks so much for your prayers and your giving to our missionaries (and thanks to those who have encouraged my kids in ministry – helping my son Will and daughter in law Cassidy and their partners Alan and Kristen Hensely reach college students full time in Durango and helping my daughter Katie go full time in evangelistic ministry – she has almost reached her minimum monthly financial need!).  It’s been a blessing also to see the new building go up – thank you, thank you, thank you! - when I look at it I get so excited as I imagine decades ahead of our church blessing generations of people with the gospel and thousands of kids learning to walk with Jesus. 

As I look to the new year I believe our biggest agenda is to become close as a church family.  Hopefully this will become easier and easier to do as Covid becomes less of an issue.  Even without the virus, one of the cultural realities of our valley is that it is all to easy to get in the habit of living apart from one another.  Our western culture is individualistic and on top of that our local culture is often isolationist in nature – we tend to live separate from others or we tend to hunker down with extended families and don’t make time for others.  Our local economy is such that a lot of people work in isolation and work long hours.  The problem with this pattern is that the gospel rides on relationships – the good news and abundant life of Christ is explained and learned and applied in the midst of people.  Such things as loving one another, supporting marriages and parents, evangelism, prayer and walking with each other through life’s challenges meant to be practiced outside of Sunday mornings in the context of daily going to work, earning a living, raising kids, talking to the neighbors, normal life.  Somehow we need to put a higher value and priority at Living Water on doing life together during the week.  We all need friends to be there with us as we walk through this crazy life.  As you think about your priorities in 2021 I urge you to consider how you will open more of your life and your time to your family of faith – you need them and they need you.  The Christian life can’t be lived well alone.  The mission that Jesus gave us is best accomplished as we do it together.  Just because our neighbors and our culture have chosen an isolated life doesn’t mean it’s the best life or a healthy life.  Hebrews 10:24-25: “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” 

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


NEW SERMON SERIES starts this weekend

Spiritually, Christians are sojourners, temporary residents of this world, awaiting Jesus to come and save.  While the majority of Americans still claim to be Christians, the reality is that our culture is no longer Christian at it’s core.  America’s values and behaviors are moving farther and farther from the revealed will of God.  Christians in many spheres are being treated as the enemy of progress, as hateful opponents of personal freedom and are being shoved to the margins of society.  Our joy is great over the future and what God has planned, but how shall we live with and respond to persecution?  Peter wrote his first letter to a group of Christians who were a small minority living in the midst of people who treated them poorly, but his writing was an encouraging call to make a positive difference in the world by living as ambassadors for Jesus.  As we study the letter of 1st Peter, we will learn how to joyfully represent and glorify God even while enduring trials of persecution.

WORSHIP SERVICE TIMES

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

SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY

Children’s Ministry will resume January 10th

I’m grateful that we have our worship services on YouTube and Facebook (thank you A.J., Terri, Katie and Kenny!) but I do get worried for those who aren’t connected with people in a physical and face to face way.  Technology is great but we were made to be with people.  While understanding that some of you are taking serious precautions not to get sick, I do worry about your mental and emotional and spiritual health – it is not good to be separated from the Body of Christ, which you are a part of, for long periods of time.  I hope you are still taking the time to meet with people during the week and encourage and support one another with the Word of God and with prayer. I want to remind everyone that we have a Saturday evening service at 6:00 pm that is Mask Only.  It is smaller and more intimate and there is lots of physical distancing!  I would love to see you take advantage of this opportunity to worship if you can’t join us on Sunday mornings.  Of course everyone is encouraged to wear masks and physical distance on Sunday morning as well. 

BIBLE READING PLAN

One of the best things you can do in the new year is read through the Bible.  Click on this link for a reasonable and doable plan:  https://fivedaybiblereading.com/?fbclid=IwAR19FsCt2-bUJEOZ8fmtjZKvFgRD6ggG2hq1U-IY4HhwXCLEQG6g55kayi4  There are paper copies of this plan on the lobby table in the church.  Perhaps one of the ways to connect your community group together would be to get on the same reading plan? 

MEN’S BREAKFAST AND STUDY starts January 7

A note to the men from Pastor Greg: 

Hey Guys, we will start up again Thursday morning Jan 7 at 6:00 a.m.  When we start up again in January 2021 we plan to start a study on the Divine Opportunities that lay ahead in 2021 where God accomplishes what man cannot through men who are completely sold out for Christ.  Do not let our culture influence your belief on what real gain and riches are!  Join us as we look into the Word and understand how men who abide and mature in Christ through total surrender become the influence our culture so desperately needs. Before we meet Jan 7 read Luke 18: 18-30, Luke 17:33 and Luke 19:25-26 and then be prepared to share your thoughts on the following statement:

Eternal life and unmeasurable gain only comes through abandonment of self and total surrender to Christ.  LET IT GO!!!

Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas! What a blessing it is for Christians to celebrate the Incarnation. Indeed, the most joyful news ever proclaimed. At last our Savior and King has arrived! He has slayed  the dragon of sin and death! His reign is eternal and His rule everlasting! " Glory to God in the Highest."

PRAYER MEETING FOR NICARAGUA Friday, January 8 at 6:30 pm

Ron Simmons, Joy Massey, Eric Palmer and Pastor Jeron are planning on traveling to Nicaragua January 14-20.  We are taking a survey trip to investigate our Mission Board’s belief that we can mobilize our church to participate to a greater degree with what God is doing.  Living Water has had a lot of investment in the Granada area through the years as we’ve had several couples and singles associated with our church living and ministering there in the past.  With our current missionaries’ invitation and with current favorable circumstances, we anticipate the possibility of a great partnership to develop in which we send multiple short term teams from Living Water to Nicaragua every year, but we are still in the prayer and investigation phase.  Please join us in the Fellowship Hall for prayer. 

PARENT SUMMIT January 23

Our Family Team has been working on putting together a summit focusing on protecting kids from sexual exploitation.  The speaker will be Breanna Fetkavich from Street Grace Church.  Breanna, once part of our church family at Living Water, has been involved in anti-trafficking ministries for several years now in Houston, Texas.  The topics of the summit will be: Age-appropriate conversations, Healthy relationships, Social media, Internet and phone safety, Pornography and How to tell/who to tell.  We’re currently shooting for Saturday, January 23 from 9:00 till 3:00 pm with lunch provided.  More information to come. 

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BRINGING LIFE PROJECT Update

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The North Entrance is taking shape!  Please be in prayer for the contractors as they push through some cold days.  The project remains on schedule and under budget. Please continue to pray for the workers’ safety and for God to provide all the finances needed.  If you are looking for a place to do last minute end of year giving, this is a great kingdom investment!  Check out https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ for more information.  You can give anonymously and in various ways. 

ANNUAL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING March 7

This year might be a little different but our fiscal year ends February 28 and so we will gather (likely both in person and virtually) March 7th to pass a new budget and elect new church officers. Please be in prayer for ministry leaders as they prepare new year budget requests and for the Facility and Finance Team as they work with Pastor Greg and the Elder Board to put a final budget proposal together by mid – February.  A Nominating Committee will be formed soon to make nominations for various elected positions, to be voted on at the March 7 meeting. 

EASTER SERVICES April 4

I’m so excited about Easter this year!  I’m praying it will mark a turning point in our world.  Please start praying about who you will invite to Easter services on April 4th at 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00 am

GUATEMALA MISSION TRIP June 26-July 3

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.

EAGLE LAKE DAY CAMP July 19-23

Early registration for Eagle Lake is open now and ends January 31st.  Families get $25 off if they register before January 31.  Please contact Pastor Bo for more information.  There will be an organizational meeting sometime in January for those interested in serving on the local staff team.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Pastor Jeron