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Thursday, 04 March 2021 10:17

On How to Live During a Revolution

So the title of this devotional is bit dramatic, but it seems to me that our country is truly undergoing a radical revolution of beliefs, values and practices. It seems like everything is being questioned and evaluated.  Schools, buildings and streets around the nation are getting new names and famous brands such as the Washington Redskins, Aunt Jemima, Mr. Potato Head, Dr. Suess books, and dozens of other longstanding “institutions” are being rebranded and repackaged to avoid any offense. We live in such a wild time that even maleness and femaleness seem to be under attack!  I suppose that I like calling what’s happening a revolution as people are truly trying to bring about a new culture and a new world. There might be some good that is happening. If the sin of racism is less, great! If there is less sexual violence in our culture, wonderful! But revolution is a big stick that isn’t very precise.  It’s hard to be precise and just when you are trying to purge everything, it’s hard to see any good in what has been accomplished in the past or remember any positive impact. When you are on the warpath, everything looks like a target. 

As a byproduct, if you love to criticize and tear down others it’s a golden age! So many mass media sites, personal blogs and vlogs, and social media pages seem to thrive on “exposing” what’s wrong (never mind if its libel or slander merely gossip as long as people continue to like your page!). Negativity and attack is selling like never before. But this can only go on for so long.  The pendulum is bound to swing back. 

What an opportunity for Christians!  If we intentionally decide to live in the ways of Jesus we will be so distinctive and we will have so many chances to share the gospel.  Just look at this short list of ways that Christians are supposed to be distinct.  What a time for us to shine in the darkness by rejecting the cultural trend and living by God’s word! 

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them” (Romans 12:14).

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:18).

“To the contrary, if your enemy is hungry feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink” (Romans 12:20).

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor” (Romans 13:9-10).

          God’s word calls us to bless when we are cursed.  Speak well of others when they tear you apart (even on social media).  Do good to those who are seeking to harm you.  Seek peace with those who are trying to go to war with you.  (Who can live like this?  Those who have faith in the God who rules over all.  Those who follow a Lord who was “cancelled” for righteousness sake, but who came back from the dead.  Those who believe that God can rescue and bless and reward even when the “powers that be” go on the warpath.  Those that believe that “if God is for us, who can be against us?” can freely choose to live like no others.).

          We might look back and appreciate some of what’s happening in this revolution. Maybe we will see this as a time when some idols fell or wicked practices ended.  But it seems like this time may become a time when Christians are on the chopping block, when our values are on the cancellation list.  How should we respond?   We should respond as Jesus would.  We should respond virtuously and with the gospel.  When we have can’t be silent about a social issue or must fight against evil, we go to the appropriate authorities in a godly and honorable way and speak the truth in love. When we have to stand against evil we don’t become evil in our ways but in all our behaviors and in all our words we remember that we are ambassadors for Jesus.  We could win a battle here and there by being harsh or meanspirited or by using worldly tactics, but do such means win a hearing for the gospel among the lost?  Our mission is to make disciples, not enemies.  We choose to live such good lives among the pagans, that though they accuse us of doing wrong, they will be silenced by the weight of our obviously good lifestyles.  Their slander won’t hold much ground among those who have only experienced our love, generosity, kindness and mercy.  In our politics let us always be the people who humbly treat the “other side” with goodness and grace, concerned about their welfare, giving them the benefit of the doubt and seeing the best in them (in other words treat them as you would want to be treated). When we have to call out evil or stand against sin, let us do so as those who are not “holier than thou” but as those who have received forgiveness instead of what we deserved; as those who have been shown mercy, let us be merciful to others. 


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

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’d to attend the meeting, we will have food available after second service. 

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

MOVIE NIGHT, March 26

Passion of the Christ will be shown in the Sanctuary on the big screen and at the same time a movie for kids will be offered in the Sprung Building. 

GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE, APRIL 2

RESURRECTION SUNDAY SERVICES April 4

Please start inviting people 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

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

Please contact Pastor Bo for more information. 

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!

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   


May God bless you today!
May you live in hope today!
Jeron

Thursday, 25 February 2021 09:55

Sent to the SLV

Over the last few months I’ve been planning for the future work of our church. I’m finishing up a class on church revitalization and have found that the biggest issue that churches have is that over time they lose their sense of mission. Lately I’ve been working on restating our mission statement as a way to clarify the mandate God has given us.

In John 20:19-21 a great moment is recalled: “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

It’s a powerful, joyful scene because the crucified and buried Jesus shows up behind their locked doors of fear – he’s alive! And because he’s alive the standard Hebrew greeting of “peace” or shalom is more than a kind wish for blessing but the announcement of true peace with God and abundant life – peace to you who have believed in me! I’m alive so in me you have found abundant, forever life!

In terms of our mission as a church his words are clear as to why we exist: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

What’s our mission? What’s our mandate? What have we been commanded to do? To what work has God entrusted us?

As disciples of Jesus, we as a church are sent by God to connect the lost people of the SLV to Christ and his Kingdom. Our mission is broader than the SLV of course – it’s not just the lost, hurting, suffering, lonely, isolated, living without purpose, looking for love in all the wrong places people of the SLV that need to be redeemed - we are sent as Jesus’ agents and ambassadors to teach, serve and love people wherever we go (to the ends of the earth) – but our primary mission is to serve our neighbors and to love and reach the generations in this place. We are sent to see their lives transformed, their brokenness healed, their future restored, their marriages saved, and their children rescued. We are sent to prevent people from being ruined by the sin, violence, broken homes, abuse, hopelessness, poverty cycles and addictions which are ravishing our neighborhoods and bringing forth a whole generation of orphans and widows. We are sent to teach people Jesus’ commands, set them free from false hope, man-made religion and cults and see them worship God in spirit and truth. We are sent to see them trust in Jesus and be reconciled to God and receive eternal life. The Redeemer has sent us out to proclaim his finished work of salvation and call people to repentance and reconciliation with the Lord of all. We are sent to prepare a people for the soon and glorious arrival of the Lord Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

As disciples of Jesus we are sent by God to connect the lost people of the SLV to Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.


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

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WORSHIP SERVICES this Sunday

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 p.m. ***With people getting vaccinated we are seeing lower attendance on Saturday evenings as people start to attend Sunday mornings again, therefore Saturday Service is scheduled to come to an end on March 27*** If we start a third service in the Fall it will likely be on a Sunday.

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.

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. ***We have about 60 RSVP’s from members so far. We need to have 80 people for a quorum for an official meeting.*** Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by this Sunday, 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 inviting people 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


May God bless you today!
May you live in hope today!
Jeron

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

Thursday, 17 December 2020 11:19

Good News

“How beautiful on the mountains

    are the feet of those who bring good news,

who proclaim peace,

    who bring good tidings,

    who proclaim salvation,

who say to Zion,

    “Your God reigns!”

Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices;

    together they shout for joy.

When the Lord returns to Zion,

    they will see it with their own eyes.

Burst into songs of joy together,

    you ruins of Jerusalem,

for the Lord has comforted his people,

   he has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord will lay bare his holy arm

    in the sight of all the nations,

and all the ends of the earth will see

    the salvation of our God.”   Isaiah 52:7-10

At Christmas we are reminded that God is working in our world to bring salvation, just as he promised.  As we near the end of 2020, let us remember the good news, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Isaiah the prophet was commissioned by God to speak to Israel on many topics.  In the latter half of the book many of his messages are directed towards the Jewish people who have been enslaved in Babylon.  In 586 B.C. the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and the temple and took a large chunk of the population with them back to Babylon.  The Lord wanted his covenant people to know that he was going to bring them home, that their punishment for covenant unfaithfulness and idolatry was nearing its end. So in Isaiah 52 the prophet invites his readers to imagine a runner moving through the mountains to the ruins of Jerusalem.  The runner being alone is typically a sign of good news - not a bunch of stragglers returning from defeat, but someone with an announcement of victory!.  And the announcement is beautiful!  Your God Reigns!  The Babylonians saw the defeat of Jerusalem as a defeat not only of the Israelites but of their God.  What Isaiah labored to proclaim many times was that God himself had brought the Babylonians to Jerusalem to judge his people, and that God himself would punish the Babylonians for their wickedness.  The announcement of Your God Reigns was a positive shout that the Babylonians and their gods were no longer being allowed to control and oversee God’s people.  It was good news of peace.  It was good news of salvation on the way.  Then Isaiah asks his readers to imagine watchmen on the walls.  They not only see the runner, the messenger, they see God coming!  And they shout for joy!  Isaiah says that God is returning to Israel. And when the Lord “bares” his arm and goes to work, the whole world will see his salvation. God not only returns, he rescues!  Isaiah’s message to Israel was that God was going to restore Jerusalem and return it’s captives – which started in 538 B.C. with King Cyrus (the Persians, by God’s plan, defeated the Babylonians) decreeing that the Jews could return home.  By God’s grace and the exercise of his power, the Israelites would experience his salvation and peace. 

One of the key teachings of Isaiah was that the reign of God extends beyond Israel.  He is not some localized small “g,” god, he is the Sovereign of the universe!  And the message of the Old Testament is that God’s salvation wasn’t just to come to Israel, nor was it just for Israel.  The Old Testament communicates that God is focused on the redemption of the peoples of the earth.  Israel was to be a light to the nations – those in spiritual darkness would find God as a result of the Israelites witness.  As all the world fell into sin and all peoples of the earth experienced the consequences of the Fall, so God’s redemptive plan is focused on redeeming creation and on the rescuing the nations of the earth.  After the mess of Genesis 3-11, where division reigned and sin reigned, we come to Genesis 12 and the Call of Abram.  God made a promise to Abram that carries through to our day:  “In you all the nations of the earth will be blessed” (12:3).  The Apostle Paul says this about the worldwide scope of the promise:  “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed” (Galatians 3:8).  What does that mean?  It means that in and through Abraham’s descendants the world would hear good news.  God’s message of salvation was to go to all the earth and thereby bless people from all nations who came to faith in the God of Abraham. 

Isaiah, in 52:10, spoke of a wider revelation of God to the nations, beyond the return of exiles to Jerusalem - that all the earth would see the salvation of God.  What did this promise speak of?  Well, what he was speaking of was the movement of God in our world that started at Christmas.  God was going to come to a world that was lost and in bondage.  God was going to bring salvation to the nations.  We learn in the New Testament that God fulfilled his promise to Isaiah and is continuing to fulfill his promise to Abraham.  The Good News is that God has come through Jesus Christ.  Jesus is God returning.  Jesus is God saving.  “For at Bethlehem “the arm of the Lord” was rolling up his sleeves for Calvary.  Finally he went to Calvary, and the arm of the Lord was indeed stretched out there, stretched out on the cross for the redemption of the world… Jesus Christ is the reigning, returning, redeeming God.  God has kept his promise” (Christopher Wright). 

God’s work at Calvary continued with a resurrection on the 3rd day and an exaltation on the 40th day and the Spirit coming on the 50th day. Now we wait for a return!  The Day of the Lord is at hand and everyone will see it. Good News!  Until that great day, until Jesus’s second advent, we live in the presence of the Holy Spirit, we live with the good news of our coming salvation, we live with the good news of our eternal inheritance.  And we share the good news with others.  Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!  2020 was a terrible year in many respects.  But Good News!  Jesus is the reigning, returning, redeeming God and in him the future is bright – Merry Christmas! - He is making all things new!  Our Messiah has come.  Our Messiah is coming!

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


CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

Let us celebrate with the angels over Jesus’ birth: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests!”  We’re adding another worship service this year to ease overcrowding.  We will also have the Sprung Building open with a live stream of the service on the big screen for overflow or for those who want to physical distance a bit more.  Feel free to invite people to Christmas Eve services on Thursday, December 24 at one of the following times: 

3:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

Just a reminder that you are encouraged to wear masks when you come to services and events at the church.  Though for most of us the chance of death through Covid-19 virus or through the influenza virus is very low, it’s still no fun to get sick!  If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  It’s okay during this season to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses.  Let’s keep praying for the Lord’s protection of our church family and for the overall health of our community.

WE WILL HAVE REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICES ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27 at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.

No Saturday Evening Service on December 26.  Saturday evening services will resume January 2nd at 6:00 p.m. 

Children’s Ministry will take a break on December 27 and Jan 3, will resume Jan 10. 

MEN’S BREAKFAST 2021

A note to the men from Pastor Greg: 

Hey Guys, wanted to let you all know that we will be taking the next two weeks off for Christmas and New Year's. 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."

MISSIONARY CONTACTS

Our Mission Board recently put together a list of the missionaries our church supports in the form of a booklet (thanks Janice for your help!).  As a church we have a partnership with these missionaries in the spread of the gospel, discipleship of the saints and the planting of churches.  We are hopeful as a Mission Board that you would connect with or reach out to one of these missionary couples and form a relationship with them.  They need our intercession / prayer support.  Maybe your Community Group could adopt one of these missionary couples?  Maybe travel oversees and serve with them in some capacity?  The Mission Booklets are located in the racks by the sanctuary doors or out in the lobby by the missionary photos.  Please pick one up next time you are in the building.  Additionally… one of our missionary couples is now living in Alamosa!  Chris and Faith Creech moved here within the last two months and are getting settled. They are looking forward to connecting more with our church family and would love to meet you.  Contact Chris and Faith at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 719-836-7038. 

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. 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Work on the Christian Education and Community Building is ahead of schedule and under budget. Thank you for your continued prayers for worker safety, for the project staying on schedule and for God’s financial provision. Check out www.bringinglifeproject.org for more information or give anonymously or to make a pledge.  

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.

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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), 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

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.
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Thanks for reading!
Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 10 December 2020 10:49

Dear Church Family

I hope you are all doing well!  I hope your days have been great and without stress or strain!  Of course that is unlikely given the world we live in.  Most everyone probably has things that we are thankful for but probably everyone is dealing with some type of loss, hardship or anxious struggle.  What do you do with your pains?  How do you handle your grief?  All of us know from experience that it’s not good to pretend everything is fine when it’s not.  God has given us a church family and deacons and elders and pastors to confide in, help us and get prayer.  Another blessing that God has given us to keep us above water in this life is the Book of Psalms.  I want to focus on this blessing today and call you to avail yourself of it.  Often we don’t know how to express our feelings, whether they be feelings of loss or of anger.  But in the book of Psalms God has given us laments and prayers that saints of old have crafted out of their own real life problems.  These inspired words of struggle and cries to God can be read and spoken and used as prayer guides to help us express our heart to God.  Sometimes we get so pent up in emotion we don’t know what to say, we are speechless or our emotions boil over in other ways.  But as we read the Psalmists’ anguished cries or recite their testimonies we find we are able to connect with our Lord who loves us.  What a blessing to be understood!  What a blessing to be heard!  Realize in our prayers that God isn’t threatened by our emotions.  He can handle our raw and impolite prayers.  He already knows we are angry; he already knows our bitterness over loss – there is not need to hide it!  We are so much better off to draw near to him and speak our hearts and ask for the grace we need.  For instance, you might be under tension and guilt because of your sins and you fear God’s anger and you are tempted to withdraw from his presence.  Don’t move away, draw near!  How much better to express our feelings and pray a Psalm.  For example, “LORD, you do not withhold your compassion from me.  Your constant love and truth will always guard me; my iniquities have overtaken me; I am unable to see.  They are more than the hairs on my head, and my courage leaves me.  LORD, be pleased to rescue me; hurry to help me, LORD” (Psalm 40:11-13).  If you aren’t currently engaged in a Bible reading project or if you are out of the habit of regular scripture reading, I encourage you to become familiar with the Psalms.  You can read through the book in a month by reading 5 Psalms a day.  What I’ve done in the past is read through 4 or 5 or 6 Psalms and then go back during the day and spend time thinking on and praying through those passages that seemed especially relevant to my situation in life.  Or it can be helpful just pulling one line or a phrase from a Psalm and prayerfully repeating it again and again throughout your busy day at work.  There are many ways to be ministered to by the Psalms.  I do hope you are doing well today, but please remember my brothers and sisters that our Lord always is near and he always wants us to come to him with our struggles.  He is a great Father who loves his redeemed ones without end and we have a risen Savior who knows what we are going through, both through his omniscience and through his experience. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens – Jesus the Son of God – let us hold fast to our confession.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16). 

Here's some of what is planned and happening at Living Water in the coming weeks…


WORSHIP SERVICES

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

SUNDAY at 9:00 a.m. NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 a.m. NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

Just a reminder that you are encouraged to wear masks when you come to services and events at the church.  Though for most of us the chance of death through Covid-19 or through influenza is very low, it’s still no fun to get sick!  If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  It’s okay during this season to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses.  Let’s keep praying for the Lord’s protection of our church family and for the overall health of our community.

MOVIE NIGHT this Friday at 6:30 in the sanctuary

The Family Team is making popcorn and setting up the big screen for a showing of “Home Alone.” 

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

Let us celebrate with the angels over Jesus’ birth: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests!”  We’re adding another worship service this year to ease overcrowding.  We will also have the Sprung Building open with a live stream of the service on the big screen for overflow or for those who want to physical distance a bit more.  Feel free to invite people to Christmas Eve services on Thursday, December 24 at one of the following times: 

3:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m.

WE WILL HAVE REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICES ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27

No Saturday Evening Service on December 26.  Saturday evening services will resume January 2nd at 6:00 p.m. 

Men’s Breakfast will take a break December 24 and December 31, will resume Jan 7. 

Children’s Ministry will take a break on December 27 and Jan 3, will resume Jan 10. 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Work on the Christian Education and Community Building is ahead of schedule and under budget.  Major advancement happened yesterday on the installation of a new gas line and there is a likelihood of heat being restored in the Sprung Building by this Sunday (we have been using temporary heating sources in the interim).  Thank you for your continued prayers for worker safety, for the project staying on schedule and for God’s financial provision. Check out www.bringinglifeproject.org for more information or give anonymously or to make a pledge. 

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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), 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

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.
    • Church Office:     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks for reading!
Pastor Jeron

Thursday, 03 December 2020 16:09

You Are Loved!

I pray that you are well today.  More importantly I pray that you would be able to more thoroughly “comprehend with all the saints, what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:18-19).  I always smile when I read the Apostle Paul’s prayer because he prays that we would understand what he describes as an incomprehensible love!  Ha!  But don’t we struggle to understand and accept God’s love?  Don’t we find it incomprehensible?  How could God love someone as imperfect and unfaithful as us?  It seems to me that many of our fears and anxieties as well as our attempts to earn people’s favor / acceptance flow out of a failure to believe we are loved.  One of the reasons we started observing the Lord’s Supper at every worship service this Fall was to help people grasp the incredible love of God – to remember week by week that God has loved us as no one else has – dying for us so that we could have life! “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved god but that he loved us and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10).  When we know we are loved by the Lord Almighty, by the God of the angel armies, by the maker of heaven and earth, we are set free from crushing worry or twisted imaginations because we know that whatever happens, or that whatever could happen, we are ultimately safe.  Even now, as so many people suffer the loss of so many things, those who are in Christ, who trust in his love, experience peace and joy because our faith and hope aren’t rooted in material possessions, temporal dreams nor human acceptance.  When we give ourselves over to God and his love, we have a treasure that can’t be repossessed nor destroyed by government regulations, looters or lockdowns.  What does safety look like when you know you are loved?  How can we be set free from fear?  “Henri Nouwen, a Dutch priest, professor, and author, found the answer in the Flying Rodleighs, a trapeze troupe from South Africa.  While in Germany, he attended a performance out of curiosity and found himself transfixed by the artistry of the acrobats  But in the flying and spinning Nouwen saw more than an exhilarating show – he saw theology in motion.  Nouwen observed that the flyer – the person souring through the air – is really not the star of the trapeze performance.  While everyone is focused on the flyer’s arial maneuvers they sometimes fail to see the maneuvers are only possible because the flyer fully trusts that he will be caught.  Everything depends on the catcher.  This led Nouwen to a new way of understanding his life with God.  “I can only fly freely when I know there is a catcher to catch me,” he wrote … Rather than trying to overcome our fears by seeking more control, the solution offered by LIFE WITH GOD is precisely the opposite – we overcome fear by surrendering control.  But surrender is only possible if we have total assurance that we are safe … This assurance only comes when we trust that our heavenly Father desires to be with us and will not let us fall” (quote from Skye Jethan, from his book “With”).  My brothers and sisters, may you believe that God loves you today.  May you live freely (not in slavery to fear, nor trying to control people or circumstances) in the knowledge that you are loved.  May you fly and love freely, doing the will of God, knowing that whatever happens, you will be caught!  “What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, who will he not also with him graciously give us all things?... Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors though him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:31-39). 

Here's some of what is planned and happening at Living Water in the coming weeks…

WORSHIP SERVICES

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 P.M.   

SUNDAY at 9:00 A.M.  NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 A.M.  NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

Just a reminder that you are encouraged to wear masks when you come to services and events at the church.  Though for most of us the chance of death through Covid-19 or through influenza is very low, it’s still no fun to get sick!  If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  It’s okay during this season to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses.  Let’s keep praying for the Lord’s protection of our church family and for the overall health of our community. 

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Thanks for your continued prayers and faithful giving for the Christian Education and Community Building.  We remain ahead of schedule and under budget.  As construction continues, work is underway to restore heat into the Sprung Building (the gas line had to be temporarily disconnected and reconfigured).  Our hope is that Sprung Building heat will be restored by December 12th.  Curb and Gutter has started to be installed in the east parking lot. The setbacks and the “bump” near Clark Street are by city code.  We’re excited to be able to do some landscaping over the coming year!  Won’t our campus look so much better with pavement and plants and trees?  Coming into and out of our parking lot will take some getting use to but we’ll get the hang of it!  By the way, if you know folks from the Seventh Day Adventist Church, please thank them for the use of their north parking lot – it’s been a blessing!  If you haven’t driven by the building lately the outer shell of the building is nearly complete.  On the north side there has been lots of interest in the two tone with an almond color on top and silver on the bottom.  The bottom portion will have different colored panels affixed soon which will provide what we think will be a nice look with the almond color of the metal building. Windows will be inserted soon which will allow for temporary heat to be used for internal construction to take place over the winter. Please continue to pray for the safety of all the contractors and workers. Please keep praying that the year two of our fundraising efforts for this ministry tool go well!  Check out www.bringinglifeproject.org for more information or give anonymously or to make a pledge. 

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A PODCAST FOR MEN

From Pastor Bo: “Back in August I started a personal podcast that is broadly about masculinity and Christianity. I wanted to share this resource with you. By clicking the link, you'll notice that I cover a lot of different topics that you might find interesting. I release a new episode every Wednesday. If you tune in, let me know what you think.”

https://themajestysmen.com/virtus/

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

We’re making plans for Christmas Eve Services.  In years past our services have been very full and for obvious reasons we’d like to have less congestion this year.  Our plan is to offer more services this year to bless more people with the hope of Jesus and we’re wrestling with a number of different options for service times and will certainly add a mask-only option and a live online option.  We’ll get you a complete list of times as soon as possible, but for you traditionalists who’ve been hoping for a midnight experience we are planning to have an 11:00 p.m. service. 

ADVENT OFFERING

Every year we take a special offering at Living Water in recognition of Jesus’ arrival (advent). The proceeds of this offering will go to the SLV Life Center (this organization helps women in crisis pregnancies and resourcing new moms and helping the family – formerly known as the Women’s Resource Center), La Puente Homeless Shelter (provides shelter and food for homeless in our community), and Living Water International (drills and repairs wells around the world so that people can have clean water to drink). There will be special Advent Offering envelopes available in the church office if you want to participate.

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 

PRAYER REQUESTS

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

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

Wednesday, 18 November 2020 11:20

Dear Living Water Friends and Family,

One of the leadership lessons I learned at the Global Leadership Conference this summer was that we shouldn’t make promises we can’t keep.  Churches that once said “we’ll never have online services,” or “we’ll never have online giving options,” now have them.  We can make some guesses at the future but it’s very difficult to envision what actually will happen, so we should be careful in our statements or our plans.  We lack key pieces of information or circumstances arise that only God could have foreseen.  The truth is that we don’t really know what tomorrow will bring.  If we haven’t learned that lesson in 2020, we never will. 

The book of James gives us some wisdom to live by: “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a place a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring – what is your life will be! For you are a like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you should say ‘If the Lord wills, we will live or do this or that.’” (James 4:13-15).  In this passage James is speaking to businesspeople who are making business plans.  They arrogantly think that the world and their lives are stable and secure, when in fact, life is insecure and their lives are a mist that can disappear in a moment.  Proverbs 27:1 “Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring.”  The point that James is making is not that planning is wrong (it’s not, in fact it is wise to do so), nor that we should live in fear (we shouldn’t).  What he is speaking against is a worldview that doesn’t take God into the equation, a thinking that doesn’t account for God’s plans nor God’s will.  When we boastfully say that over the next 3 years we are going to accomplish “so and so” and “such and such” we are setting ourselves up for great disappointment and we sin. “But as it is,” James continues in verse 16, “you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So it is sin to know the good and not do it” (4:16).  “If the Lord wills” (verse 15) is a humble acknowledgment that God is in control of our days. To remember God is on the throne and this is His world is “to know the good” (verse 16). 

The biggest take away from me in this regard is that we need to keep praying and seeking the Lord’s will.  We as leaders are encouraged to “cast vision” but we need to do so humbly, knowing that it’s God’s vision that matters, his will that should be done.  For instance it is our Elder Board’s conviction and my own conviction that we need to stay open as a church.  I believe that the church is “essential” source of hope and fellowship and truth in this crazy world and that it should continue to serve people publicly and in person.  I, in my pride, would like to tell you that we’ll never have to cease in-person worship services again nor shut our doors.  But we don’t know what tomorrow will bring and so I need to be humble and not get ahead of the Lord nor arrogantly claim I know all possible scenarios.  What matters is the will of God, not what I want to happen.  What I’m doing a lot of right now, and I hope you are too, is spending time with the Lord and acknowledging that this is his world and that I am his servant.  I’m asking God to guide me TODAY in the decisions I need to make, for I want to live in keeping with his plans.  I am in the habit now of daily remembering that Living Water Bible Fellowship is not “my church” but Jesus’ church, and that what he wants done should always trump my desires and my vision for how things should go.  I’m just a steward leader who is seeking to take risks and manage things well for the Lord so he is pleased when he comes to take an account of what is his (see Luke 19:11-27).  What about you?  Are you looking to the Lord more and more as 2020 goes on?  Are you growing in your dependance on Him?  Are you seeking the Lord for wisdom and guidance?  To not do so in such a crazy world would be foolishness. 


Here’s what we are planning for the weeks ahead at Living Water…

WORSHIP SERVICES

SATURDAY MASK ONLY SERVICE at 6:00 P.M.   

SUNDAY at 9:00 A.M.  NURSERY

SUNDAY at 10:45 A.M.  NURSERY; CHILDREN’S MINISTRY; TEEN BIBLE STUDY

Just a reminder that everyone is encouraged to wear masks.  If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.  It’s okay to not shake hands or hug and to physical distance to stop the spread of viruses. 

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

There’s been a flurry of action as the concrete pad was poured on the second floor and the building has begun to be enclosed.  Please pray for the continued safety of the workers and for the project to stay under budget and ahead of schedule.  Our second year goal fundraising goal for the Bringing Life project is $450,000 (I mistakenly said $475,000 last week) but we’ve already started to see a dent in that as financial gifts continue to come in. Our second year goal has now dropped to $430,000!  If you want more information on the Christian Education and Community Building there are packets in our lobby or you can get a complete overview at https://www.bringinglifeproject.org/ If you want to make anonymous contributions or see other giving options please visit https://www.livingwateralamosa.org/give

 

THANKSGIVING DINNER this Thursday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m.

If you are in a situation where you can’t connect with family or friends please come and have thanksgiving dinner here at the church.  We’ll provide the Turkey and Dressing.  You bring a dish to share: Whatever you can bring will be appreciated.  If you can’t bring anything, just bring yourself!  Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask and be wise in your interactions.  Please RSVP to Leeann Smith at 580-9366.  All

Items needed if you want to donate to the meal; Please drop off at church office or make arrangements (589-6351 or 580-9366). 

6-Turkeys

6-Jiffy Cornbread mix

4-Bunches of celery

6-Large cans of cream of chicken soup

6-Large chicken broth

Sage

Celery Seed

1-Bag onions

6-Stuffing Bread (not Stovetop mix)

Poultry Seasoning

Rolls

MISSIONS EMPHASIS November 28/29

Living Water’s Mission Board is really excited about the future of cross-cultural missions!  At our worship services the weekend of Nov 28 and 29 Mission Board Director Eric Palmer is going to take some time to share some positive developments.  We’re anticipating God using our church more and more to proclaim the gospel and make disciples overseas.  Updated Missionary Booklets will be available in the information racks located near the entrances to the sanctuary and out in the lobby so you can be praying more regularly for our missionaries.  We’ll have sign-up sheets out there if you are interested in joining the Mission Board or if you are interested in participation in future short term trips. 

HYMN SING NOVEMBER 29 at 6:00 p.m.

A PODCAST FOR MEN

From Pastor Bo: “Back in August I started a personal podcast that is broadly about masculinity and Christianity. I wanted to share this resource with you. By clicking the link, you'll notice that I cover a lot of different topics that you might find interesting. I release a new episode every Wednesday. If you tune in, let me know what you think.”

https://themajestysmen.com/virtus/

WOMEN’S CHRISTMAS TEA December 5

On Saturday, December 5 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. the Women’s Ministry will be hosting the annual Christmas Tea.  Please RSVP to the church office (589-6351) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24

We’re making plans for Christmas Eve Services.  In years past our services have been very full and for obvious reasons we’d like to have less congestion this year.  Our plan is to offer more services this year to bless more people with the hope of Jesus and we’re wrestling with a number of different options for service times and will certainly have a mask-only option and a live online option.  We’ll get you a complete list of times as soon as possible, but for you traditionalists who’ve been hoping for a midnight experience we are planning to have an 11:00 p.m. service. 

ADVENT OFFERING

Every year we take a special offering at Living Water in recognition of Jesus’ arrival (advent). The proceeds of this offering will go to the SLV Life Center (this organization helps women in crisis pregnancies and resourcing new moms and helping the family – formerly known as the Women’s Resource Center), La Puente Homeless Shelter (provides shelter and food for homeless in our community), and Living Water International (drills and repairs wells around the world so that people can have clean water to drink). There will be special Advent Offering envelopes available in the church office if you want to participate.

NEW DEACON BOARD CHAIRMAN

John Clark accepted his nomination and election by his fellow Deacons to be Living Water’s Deacon Board Chairman.  If you know John this is an ideal role for him.  Please pray for John as it is a large responsibility.  Church members, as your Deacons reach out to you to check up on you, please encourage them with your response or acknowledgement of their communication.  They have a charge to pray for you as well as be there for you / advocate for you in your time of need.  If you are a church member and you don’t know who your Deacon is, please contact John at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 832-725-0616. 

FOOD BOX

The Deacon Board has placed a large wooden box in the Fellowship Hall for the reception of non-perishable food items (no foods that can rot or spoil).  We are no longer offering a non-perishable food bank here at the church building but the Deacons will transfer all donated items to the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley (513 6th St, Alamosa) for distribution. 


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

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